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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Mix!

Music Kristi Kates You’ve played all of your Sound FX tracks on CD, streamed Pandora’s Spooky Symphonies channel for three hours and danced to the “Monster Mash.” Now you’re in dire need of some more modern music to entertain your Halloween guests. Never fear! Express is here with a monstrous mix of two dozen essential cuts for Halloween 2014.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking to get out of town for Halloween, take a road trip to N’awlins for the 2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival, perfectly timed from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This year’s edition of the fest will include headliners Foo Fighters and OutKast, plus additional sets from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Manchester Orchestra, Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex, Zedd and plenty of others. Bring your own costume and spend your Halloween modern rockin’.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

North Perk Brews Up An Open Mic

Music Kristi Kates Open mics can be great platforms for musicians to try out new tunes, get experience in front of an audience or just have a little fun. In Petoskey, however, open mic nights have become something of a rarity. Red Sky Stage and Beards Brewery do hold them occasionally, but North Perk Coffee has just started a regular open mic happening that’s poised to be a Gaslight District hit.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

A New Season at BC's Own Venue

They bill themselves as “six boys lost in time, as if they never left 8th grade male choir class.” That’s a pretty accurate description of Traverse City’s The Overtones, a men’s a cappella group existing in perfect harmony since 1990.

Music Kristi Kates “When we acquired the building, we blew eight inches of foam insulation into the ceiling,” she said. “While painting the ceiling girders, we accidentally hit the foam with the paint, and Tony realized that we would not need to install the drop ceiling.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

The Overtones: A Musical Time Warp

They bill themselves as “six boys lost in time, as if they never left 8th grade male choir class.” That’s a pretty accurate description of Traverse City’s The Overtones, a men’s a cappella group existing in perfect harmony since 1990.

Music Kristi Kates After graduation, the friends went on to their separate college classes and careers, but, in 2000, they were brought back together by Men of Note’s director Tom Stokes who wanted the members to consider singing as part of a larger group called The Northmen Singers.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Brett Mitchell Sews Up Another Album

Music Kristi Kates “I usually tell people my music is folky, indie pop-rock—whatever that even means any more,” Mitchell laughed. “I have an eclectic taste in music, so I think that comes through in my songwriting."
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Go Go Gopherwood!

Music Kristi Kates Just a couple of years later, when people started buying VCRs, attendance waned. So, the decision was made to change the name and start presenting music instead. The first concert took place at a camp just outside Lake City where the organization presented a show by the Lost World String Band.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Loudon Wainwright’s Bluesy Return

Music Kristi Kates Whether you first knew him as Captain Spalding, the “singing surgeon” on the ‘70s TV show M*A*S*H; via his novelty song “Dead Skunk”; or from one of his Grammy nominated albums, you’ll likely recognize the work of Loudon Wainwright III.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Flavors of Fall at Harvest Fest

New Additions Keep Autumn Festival Fresh

Music Kristi Kates “More than 10 years, at least,” Jim Baumann mused. Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, may not have a precise timeline, but he has noticed a change in the perception of the fest over the years in conjunction with the locavore movement.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

River’s End Block Party Gives Back

Music Kristi Kates The music starts at 2 pm and includes the rock-soul band The London Souls from NYC; instrumental surf-rockers Fronkensteen from Ohio; Nashville soulster Bobby Emmett; Michigan Misfits tribute band Devil Lock; and Ann Arbor indie-rockers Spanish Charles.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Modern Vaudeville of SHEL

Over a year ago, Express talked with Colorado indie band SHEL as they prepped for a performance at Blissfest.

Music Kristi Kates The four-girl band—all sisters—were just starting to snag attention for their unique brand of eclectic folk music. They were keeping a focused schedule of performances across the country and enjoying inclusion in ad campaigns like commercials for Splenda and Glade.
 
Monday, September 8, 2014

Twice the Fun at Hops and Props

There’s beer and boats … and then there’s hops and props.

Music Kristi Kates The breweries will be arriving from all over Michigan, and will include brews from Bells, Dark Horse, Shorts, Founders, Mitten, Hideout, North Peak, Rochester Mills, New Holland, and Arcadia Brewing Companies, plus offerings from The Livery, Douglas Valley Winery, Bardic Wells Meadery, Virtue Cider, and many more.
 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Frankie Ballard Headlines Country Jamboree

Music Kristi Kates LIKE NOTHING ELSE Festival organizer Chris Cook has been running the festival grounds in Buckley for the past three years. Over that time, he said, they’ve hosted a lot of country concerts, but this is the first time they’ve focused specifically on a full-speedahead, all-country event.
 
Monday, August 25, 2014

They've Got Moxie

Think you know folk music? Familiar with traditional instruments?

Music Kristi Kates The songs that they play may have a foundation in the traditional, but they run them all through their own unique filter, a process that started almost 10 years ago when Ladio and Lynn met at the Michigan American String Teachers Association camp in Howell, Mich.
 
Monday, August 25, 2014

From Chants to Muzak: Work Music Through the Ages

Music Kristi Kates Work songs have been documented since people started keeping track of history itself. From domestic trades to agricultural work, sea shanties to cowboy songs, chain gang chants to paperboys hawking their wares, tunes have long been utilized for a range of productive reasons.
 
 
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