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to many of us still living in this area. Many very unhappy memories of the asylum still remain with us each time we pass the now beautiful grounds of the Commons. While we understand and fully agree with the progress made for usage in the reconstructing and preserving the barns, the memories remain of the circumstance of those difficult visits with those we loved. The words, “Seek Asylum,” or word usage of “escape” in their ad revisits old memories for many of us. The Commons' ad adviser group should have the ability, with all the people involved to find use for this grounds, to find better terminology -- much of it right at their fingertips. As a member of the older group of our family, we find we cannot use any part of that area; however our children have the ability to look past and do take part and visit the shops at the Commons. Still, having said that, they do have a sense of their parents' feelings and fully agree that the words in the ads could improve. Please rethink your direction. Phyllis Heniser • Benzonia

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I write in reply to T.L. Watts’ letter finding offensive the heading “Take Asylum” on the ad for the Grand Traverse Commons. Given Mr. Watts’ personal circumstances, no one could disagree with him. I’d like to reassure him, however, that his father’s memory is well respected in the current spirit and atmosphere on the grounds of the old State Hospital. I am not associated with The Minervini Group (TMG), the developers of the Commons, but I have lived in Building 50 for several years now, and in that time I have not heard a disparaging remark about the building’s former inhabitants and their troubles from any of the developer’s staff or residents. On occasion members of TMG have left whatever they were working on to give private tours to former patients or

their families who have come into the office and expressed interest -- or in some cases - a therapeutic need, to see the inside of the building again. Some of those tours have left TMG staff in tears. Those who find the concept of living in a former mental hospital amusing tend to be those who have never visited or are not living here. Before you ask -- no, I do not sense ghosts or troubled spirits in or around Building 50; to the contrary, even walking the grounds at night the atmosphere is peaceful. I like to think that the renaissance of the State Hospital is expunging the pain. In fact, this place has proven to be an asylum in the best sense, a safe haven and shelter. I can only hope that sense of refuge was what the ad writer was imagining. That is no justification for a choice of words that offended Mr. Watts and others, but I hope it may serve as an explanation. Winnie Simpson • GT Commons

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My family could not agree more with the letter to the editor published in your paper week of July 1 concerning the poor choice of words in the Commons' advertisement. As the letter writer so well conveyed the hurtful use of some wording ---so offensive

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Regarding Steven Tuttle’s column on Israel (“Surviving Really Nasty Neighbors,” 6.14.10): He was right about one thing—his one-sidedness, so much so that he sounded like an instrument of the Israeli military/government. His position is well-articulated by most of American mainstream journalism. Perhaps this is part of the reason journalism is in trouble. Israel is always the victim, but always it is Palestinians (or Lebanese or Turks) who die and are injured in the greatest numbers. Please don’t believe the myths and clichés and sound bites, dear readers. Tuttle spins a portrait of Israel as always being the one attacked, and that it is only “responding” or acting in “self-defense.” He neglects the ongoing stealing of land and water from the Palestinians by Israel, the apartheid wall and the Israeli-only roads that criss-cross the West Bank, also on stolen land. He ne-

glects the checkpoints and closures and daily humiliations of an entire population, not to mention the large-scale assaults on Lebanon and Gaza that are supported with American weapons and money and the criminal blockade of Gaza that affects mostly children. He neglects to mention that it is Israel that is nuclear armed and increasingly fanatical in its views of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and the Israeli Arabs, those folks who have it so good in the only democracy in the Middle East. The government is considering right this minute one law that would expel Palestinians who say things Israel doesn’t like to hear, and another that would make it illegal to participate in the growing boycott/divestment/sanctions movement against Israel like the one that helped end the other apartheid regime. Some democracy. Mr. Tuttle and anyone else in this country who cares (we all should, given the more than $3 billion in American aid to Israel every year) would do well to dig a little deeper for their information about Israel and Palestine. Start with some accurate history, from Jimmy Carter’s Palestine Peace Not Apartheid to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s "A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples and The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine." Regarding the Gaza flotilla attack, see, jewishvoiceforpeace. org, and Israeli newspapers provide far more fair coverage and analysis than Tuttle’s column did. See Gideon Levy in Haaretz or Amira Hass, the only Israeli journalist who lives in and writes from the West Bank. There are excellent online resources for information as well. See’s blog for a listing of some of these. Finally, remember what an Israeli official answered when asked by a journalist how Israel justifies its treatment of the Palestinians: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.” Gina Aranki & 15 members of For the Mideast: Just Peace Collective • TC

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Our Wars Michael Steele, chair of the Republican Lebanon (twice), Grenada, Honduras, BoNational Committee (RNC), has put the Af- livia, Colombia, the Virgin Islands, Liberia ghanistan war in the headlines again. Mr. (twice), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Steele, who apparently believes his job is Bosnia, Haiti, Zaire (now the Democratic to make outrageous statements for which he Republic of the Congo), Albania, the Sudan, must subsequently apologize, said Afghani- Yemen, Macedonia and Pakistan. Today, we have troops in more than 100 stan is now wholly Barack Obama’s war and countries around the world. About 370,000 of we have no chance to win, anyway. Predictably, the Democrats howled in pro- our 1.4 million men and women in uniform are test. So, too, did a phalanx of big-name Re- deployed on foreign soil. We’re pretty much oblivious to all of it. publicans, including John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who decried the defeatist comments as Never mind that all of this is done with our tax dollars, the spending of which insulting to our troops in harm’s was approved by our representaway. Demands for Mr. Steele’s tives in Congress and endangers resignation came pouring in from our sons, daughters, brothers, a wide spectrum of politicians sisters, fathers and mothers. left and right. Even former Vice But we aren’t arguing about President Dick Cheney’s wife winning or losing or military Lynn suggested the GOP might consider new leadership. strategy. We’ve long since Officially, the war in Afstopped arguing about whether ghanistan started on October 7, or not we should be quite this 2001, in response to the attacks adventuresome. Now we’ve decided to fight over naming rights of 9/11. It was dubbed Operation Enduring Freedom and involved to the war in Afghanistan. How absolutely remarkable. American and British Special Forces plus a blistering American Lost in the infantile nameBy Stephen Tuttle air assault. (If you want to know calling contest are the warriors who fight these things for us. the real story of the earliest days of the war, which actually started a bit earlier, We’re fighting the longest running military read local author Doug Stanton’s exquisitely conflict in our country’s history and we have researched and written book, Horse Soldiers.) other troops in every corner of the globe. But George W. Bush was president at the time we’ve still been asked to contribute nothing it all started. Support for retaliation against to these efforts. Oh, yes, on the Fourth of July we preAfghanistan was almost unanimous. After all, they were then being “governed” by the Tal- tended to honor our “heroes” by giving lip iban, who had given safe haven to al Qaeda, service to sacrifice and then listening to the who had given birth to the 9/11 murderers. Marine Corps Band just before settling in for Congress provided the go-ahead and funding, some cotton candy and fireworks. Meanand the public was gung-ho for vengeance. while, in the Middle East, the death toll races We’ve been at it ever since, the longest mili- toward 7,000 and the casualty count has tary engagement in United States history. already exceeded 35,000. Except for their President Obama’s recent surge placed an- families, friends and compatriots in battle, other 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, giving us they hurt and die alone. The rest of us suffer not at all. We sacnearly 100,000 troops now engaged. But this is not George W. Bush’s war. rifice nothing. We focus on oil leaks and And it certainly isn’t Barack Obama’s war. vapid campaign rhetoric. Republicans rally for their tea partiers and against illegal imIt is our war. Technically, it isn’t even a war. No migrants while blathering on about less taxes president has requested, nor has Congress and smaller government. The Democrats, a issued, a formal declaration of war since party in search of a coherent platform, rant Franklin Roosevelt requested and received on about reforming Wall Street while trying one in 1941. Since then we have engaged desperately to protect their majorities. Do you know what the GOP or Demoin military operations all over the world for all kinds of reasons. How many countries? crat platform on the war in Afghanistan is currently? They are both “committed to vicLet’s run down the list. Since World War II we’ve put our mili- tory.” Have you heard any candidate for any tary in harm’s way in Iran (five times, in- office discuss our troops in any country other cluding deposing a democratically elected than Iraq or Afghanistan? Have you heard government so we could install the Shah), any candidate talking about an increased Yugoslavia (twice), Uruguay, Greece, Ger- budget for the Department of Veteran Affairs many (twice), China (twice), the Philippines or the VA healthcare system? Or maybe, in (twice), Puerto Rico, Korea, Vietnam, Gua- general, bringing some of our troops from temala (twice), Egypt, Iraq (three times, in- somewhere home? Not one. No, Afghanistan isn’t Barack Obama’s cluding a delightful moment in 1963 when we helped depose the ruling party so Saddam or George W. Bush’s war. It’s our war. All Hussein could return from exile), Panama of them are. We all own every military de(twice), Cuba (twice), Laos, Indonesia, the ployment we ever undertake. We’re just not Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Chile, An- really interested in any of them. gola, Libya (twice), El Salvador, Nicaragua,


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LEAD STORY A severe but underappreciated American drug problem (sometimes deadly and often expensive) is patients’ failure to take prescribed medications -- even to save their own lives (such as with anti-coagulants or cholesterolregulating statins). In recent pilot programs, according to a June New York Times report, compliance rates have been significantly improved -- by giving patients money ($50 to $100 a month, sometimes more) if they remember to take their drugs. Data show that, indeed, such compliance subsidies reduce society’s overall health care costs by preventing expensive hospital admissions. Beyond health care costs is the social benefit when violent schizophrenics take their meds and refrain from attacking people. Government in Action -- Labor unions’ sweet, recession-proof contract with the New York City area’s severely cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year provided 8,074 blue-collar workers (conductors, engineers, repairmen, etc.) with six-figure compensation, including about 50 who earned $200,000 or more. Researchers cited by The New York Times in April found that one Long Island Rail Road conductor made $239,148, about $4,000 more than the MTA’s chief financial officer and about $48,000 short of being the highest-paid person in the entire system. Included in some of the fat payouts for LIRR locomotive engineers was special “penalty” pay (about $94,600 in one case) for engineers who are required to move a train to a different location from its normal assignment. -- Arizona (viewed by some as hardhearted for its April law stepping up its vigilance for illegal immigrants) showed a soft side recently, implementing a $1.25 million federal grant that it believes will save the lives of at least five squirrels a year. The state’s 250 endangered Mount Graham red squirrels risk becoming roadkill on Route 366 near Pima, and the state is building a rope bridge for them to add to several existing tunnels. Great Art! -- At a June concert in Australia’s Sydney Opera House, American musicians Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed performed Anderson’s 20-minute, very-high-pitched composition, “Music for Dogs,” an arrangement likely to have been largely unmelodious to humans, who generally cannot hear such high pitches, but of more interest to dogs, who can. (Dogs were permitted in the audience, but news reports were inconclusive about their level of enjoyment.) -- Many jihadist recruiting pitches are dry and pious, but in May, the Somali activist Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, 26, who was born in Alabama, began streaming Internet rap “music” videos to encourage warrior signups. (Sample verse: “It all started out in Afghanistan / When we wiped the oppressors off the land / The Union crumbled and tumbled / Humbled, left them mumbled / Made a power withdraw and cower.”) Actually, there was no music but merely alAmriki singing, presumably because in the version of Islam favored by Somali jihadists, “music” is not permitted. -- West Virginia’s Division of Culture and History announced in June it would hold a state-sponsored art exhibition, showcasing the state’s arts talent. Until now, the state has refused such projects because the last one, in 1963, turned out badly. The grand prize that year, supposedly representing the character and tradition of the state, went to “West Virginia Moon,” which was a collection of broken boards and a screen door.

A Professional All the Way In May, the chief media spokesman of the Nye County, Nev., sheriff’s office, Det. David Boruchowitz, announced to the press the arrest of a man charged with burglary and assault. The suspect’s name, he reported, was Det. David Boruchowitz. The chief investigator on the case, Det. Boruchowitz told reporters, was Det. David Boruchowitz. (Three days later, the charges were dropped, but that announcement was made by someone else.)

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Easy Fixes Ignored There’s a bridge over the Boardman River on the bike path in Traverse City where teenagers enjoy jumping into the water nearly every day in the summer. They climb eight feet or so up the framework and make the leap of perhaps 20-25 feet into the river. It looks like a lot of fun, but some kids report touching the bottom of the riverbed in their leaps and I’m always tempted to say, “Kids, remember, if you get killed doing that, you’ll be dead for a mighty long time.� Teens make a leap of faith that they won't But that would be a buzz-kill, and like get hurt. I say, it looks like a lot of fun. Kind of like a 7-Up commercial with a lot of yahoo energy. cussion and planning went into Still, you have to wonder: “fixing� the disastrous intersecat what point does some teention of the bike path at Diviager break his neck diving, or sion and Grandview Parkway slip and fall over backwards and on West Bay in TC. Yet there crack her skull on the bridge? are still daily confrontations If we had a society that valbetween motorists and cyclists ued personal freedom above all at that intersection, which reelse, we’d simply say that the mains a deadly hazard, despite loss of a life is a small price to all of the signs, “walk� buttons pay for being able to do your and flags meant to catch the atown thing. tention of irritated and confused But we don’t really value drivers, some of whom tend to personal freedom all that much shift into road-rage mode. And in America -- we just give it lip b y r o b e r t d o w n e s you can bet there are plenty of service. In fact, we have a litipissed-off cyclists, runners and gious society, and one can imagroller bladers there too who are ine that any parent whose child dies on that frustrated in their roles as moving targets. bridge won’t be blaming their kid for his or Again, there’s an easy fix: Dig a pedesher reckless behavior; they’ll be wondering trian tunnel under the highway. Use some of why the City or TART Trails maintained Obama’s stimulus money and get ‘er done. such an obvious public hazard, and what If every member of TART Trails brought a lawyer to call in the yellow pages. shovel down to the bay, we could dig it ourTeenagers aren't the brightest bunch selves in an afternoon, just like immigrant when it comes to personal safety. Science laborers used to dig basements years ago. tells us that an area of the brain that governs Easy fixes -- why are they so often igjudgement is not yet fully developed in teen- nored? Lack of imagination. agers, which accounts for why society has an Consider the State’s ballyhooed law obligation to protect them. against texting while you’re driving. This I recall diving off a cliff overhanging a has all of the efficacy of using a wet Kleenex gravel pit lake in Northville many years ago, for a parachute. Why not require automakwhich was a huge hit with all of the kids. ers and cell phone manufacturers to create But there were steel rebar spikes embedded systems that would automatically shut down in concrete slabs deep underwater which texting and web-surfing whenever anyone gave a friend a good gash in the head (lucky enters a vehicle? In fact, this technology alhe didn’t poke his brains out); and one time ready exists with parental controls to limit I saw a young guy dive 20 feet through the texting and “sexting� on their kids’ phones. donut of an inner tube. Amazing he didn’t According to the U.S. Department of break his neck -- a matter of inches. Transportation, an estimated 812,000 perThe funny thing is, so many hazards are sons are using a cell phone at any given moeasily fixed long before anyone gets hurt or ment while driving. Cell phone distractions there’s a lawsuit. At the TART Trail bridge, caused 600,000 accidents last year, along for instance, a simple overhanging buttress with 330,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths. similar to those used to keep squirrels out of That's more deaths than those killed in bird feeders would keep the kids from climb- the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11 -ing to the top. Or, for a $20 bucket of tar and 3,000 people dead as the result of texting a crate of broken beer bottles, one could cre- every year -- year after year. ate the kind of cheap fix that keeps people All of those people would be alive today from climbing walls in Central America. if we simply had the imagination to require Speaking of TART, several years of dis- an easy fix for a serious problem.

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uss Barron has literally died five times during the course of his life, with his heart coming to a complete stop, -- a terrifying experience that includes the realization that he may have only minutes to live. Once, his heart quit beating at a traffic light in Traverse City. “I was sitting at a light on South Airport Road and knew that something bad was going to happen,” he recalls. “I felt the blood rushing from my head and knew that I was going to die right there at my steering wheel.” In desperation, Russ opened his car door and threw himself into traffic, hoping that someone would stop and help him. “I threw myself out in the street and my heart started up again,” he says. “I went to work the next day, but I didn’t look so good.”

“It’s difficult going from wearing a shirt and tie and being a successful professional for 30 years to all of a sudden wondering how you’re going to get out of bed this week,” he says. His problems began the day of his birth when he was literally born blue. “I have a really rare heart condition called Epstein’s Anomaly,” Barron says. “There may be only 30 of us or so in the eastern United States who have this disease.” Growing up in Linden, outside Flint, Barron spent most of his childhood feeling faint, with a blue tint to his lips and skin and unable to play school sports. “Epstein’s Anomaly is real simple,” he says. “The right side of my heart is upside down and the valves inside are also upside down, including my heart’s electrical system. It’s kind of like having your house wired by someone who doesn’t know anything about electricity and nothing works.”

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LIFE & DEATH For Russ Barron, health care reform can’t come soon enough Barron, 52, has lived on the edge of mortality his entire life. He’s had seven strokes, three open heart surgeries, two heart valve replacements and 15 pacemaker surgeries. He’s been a patient at Munson Medical Center five times this year alone for complications related to his pacemaker, as well as a minor stroke. Perhaps an ordinary person would crumble under the terrifying pressure of living in Barron’s shoes, and yet Russ has dozens of friends (including this writer) who find him to be amazingly optimistic, funloving and thoughtful. Not to mention courageous. Beyond the unpredictability of his heart, there’s only one thing he fears: that a fractured set of rules will condemn him to death at the hands of the State and Federal health care bureaucracy. Currently on full disability, Barron is faced with the prospect of surviving 18 months without any health care coverage between the time he loses his state Medicaid benefits and the time he qualifies for Medicare under Social Security. Because of his pre-existing heart condition, it’s impossible for him to obtain health insurance and he’s already spent everything he owns on his health bills -- at least $1 million, including a lifetime of savings and the sale of his home -- everything. BORN BLUE Barron provides a face for the millions of uninsured but hard-working and responsible Americans who need health care reform. Despite decades of heart problems and complications, Barron has had successful careers in several fields and has been a productive member of society his entire life.

When he was 11, a doctor noticed a heart murmur which led to the discovery that a valve in Barron’s heart wasn’t closing properly. “I lived with it,” he says, but he wasn’t expected to live long: doctors gave him until the age of 14. The Barron family moved to Lake Havasu City in Arizona when he was in his teens, where he had the first of nine pacemakers installed in his chest in 1980. Today, his chest also packs an automatic defibrillator which gives his heart a burst of electricity, if and when it quits beating. At the age of 24, Barron became the first successful patient in the world to have what is called a Starr-Edwards valve installed in his heart at a hospital in Portland, Oregon. This ‘ball & cage’ artificial valve has the distinction of being the oldest continuouslyoperating heart valve of its kind in the world. “You can hear a lot of clippety-clop in my chest,” Barron says. WORK ETHIC Despite his health problems, Barron created a successful career. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a contractor, building hundreds of homes in the Lake Havasu area. “By the time I was 30, I was making over $50,000 a year, which was rare back in the ‘80s,” he says, adding that for a number of years, his earnings ranged into the six figures. His health problems led to an interest in medicine and he went on to become a respiratory therapist in the Pacific Northwest. Eventually, he settled back in Michigan, becoming a marketing and operations manager for DME, a chain of local pharmacies. He also managed a sleep lab in Traverse City before being laid off -- a situation which ultimately ended his

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“I consider myself lucky because I wasn’t supposed to live past the age of 14, but I can’t see how we as a nation can have all of these loopholes in our health care system and say that’s okay,” says Russ Barron, who suffers from a deadly heart condition. Only a pacemaker and defibrillator in his chest -- along with his courage and optimism -- are keeping him alive. Photo by Robert Downes.

health insurance benefits, since the COBRA extension of such runs only 18 months. Through the years, Barron saw his savings whittled away by co-pays, hospital stays, home nursing care and shortfalls in what his Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurance would pay. “Not all doctors accept Blue CrossBlue Shield,” he says, making the point that even persons with health insurance can pile up bills. “They want the full cost of a surgery or a procedure, so you have to pay the difference on what the doctor receives from Blue Cross. If the insurer reimburses $11,000, but the doctor wants $16,000, you have to pay the remaining $5,000.” In 2003, Barron spent 21 days in the hospital recovering from the complications of a difficult surgery. “When I got out I couldn’t work for four months and there were all of the co-pays and medical bills to worry about,” he says. Then there are the pharmacy bills: Barron takes 12 pills each morning, 6 pills each night, and wears a pain patch continually. It adds up. Currently, more than 60% of all personal

bankruptcies in America spring from medical causes, often even among persons who have health insurance, according to a study in the American Medical Journal. Barron can confirm that hardship;. Today, he lives with his fiancé Alice Hauser at her home in Suttons Bay. They’ve had to delay getting married because of the risk that health care costs might mean to her own property. “I ended up having to spend all of my savings -- my IRAs and my 401k -- everything I had just to have my surgeries and stay alive.” CATCH 22 For years he struggled to avoid going on disability, despite the urging of his physician. “I want to be a productive member of society, but my society is smaller now -- it’s my friends and clubs,” he says, adding that he was fortunate to receive state disability benefits and Medicaid within a month of applying. Despite the help and consideration of many doctors, pharmacists and state health employees to whom Barron is grateful,

in some ways the health care system is rigged against him -- even to the point of threatening his life. Take COBRA benefits from his former employer, for instance. Under the law, Barron could pay for his COBRA insurance premiums out of his own pocket, but only for a period of up to 18 months. “I don’t know why the health care system won’t let you just carry on your COBRA benefits, but they force you to drop your insurance,” he says. That means that even if Barron could afford private insurance at a new, much higher rate, he’d be denied coverage because of his pre-existing condition. Then there is the impending shortfall in his state and federal coverage: Barron has been told by the State that he’ll lose his Medicaid if he goes on Social Security because he’ll be making too much money to qualify for Michigan’s health program for persons on low incomes. But under federal rules, he’ll have to wait two years (or 18 months beyond the fall-off of his Medicaid) to receive Medicare while he’s on Social Security. It’s a potentially fatal Catch 22. “Under the federal system, they say they’ll pay you Social Security, but you must wait two years to get on Medicare. Why? Whoever made up that rule really wasn’t thinking because by that point, you’ve got all of these health conditions. Why do I have to wait two years? What is the logic behind that? Are they waiting for you to die? “Now what do I do? I’ve sold all of my assets and I’m down to the bare bones.” ANXIETY OVER THE FUTURE Barron’s health problems are rubbed raw by the anxiety he feels over his impending lack of medical coverage. “This last month was the first time I haven’t had health coverage in over 30 years and it was quite a shock,” he says, referring to the fall-off of his COBRA benefits. “It was really a depressing day. I woke up and thought that I don’t have insurance, and that’s a scary thing.” Like many Americans who’ve lost their benefits, he began hoarding pills and cutting

dosages. The confirmation of his Medicaid benefits was a godsend, but he wonders how he’ll bridge the 18-month gap to Medicare. The bitter irony is that unlike the Tea Party stereotypes condemning ‘moochers’ trying to receive ‘free’ health care reform for nothing, Barron has contributed heavily to Social Security and Medicare all his life and simply wants a chance to live on what he’s put in the system. “I have no quarrels that you should spend all you own before getting charity or help from the state,” Barron says. But he also feels that he should be able to receive what is his due as a contributing member of society. “Now, knowing that I’m a man who’s worked all of my life and has done well and has had to sell everything I own, including all of my retirement money just to get to this point in disability, all I want is to try to live a normal life on my own Social Security.” HELPING HANDS & COLD SHOULDERS “A lot of people in the community have offered to help me out,” he says. “Loads of people and friends. I have a wonderful support system in the community and at Munson and from the pharmacy programs at Target and Walmart. At the end of the day, I’m blessed, but I’d like to see a change in our country for the right reasons and see all Americans have health care coverage. We’re supposed to be the greatest nation in the world, yet we can’t provide our people with health care?” And while there have been angels in his life, there have also been thoughtless individuals. Barron has been dismayed by persons who’ve badmouthed the efforts to reform the nation’s health care system without realizing that they’re condemning him to death. If they only knew. “Anyone can have a stroke tomorrow and within two to four years go through everything they own and be where I am now with no insurance,” he says. “A lot of people are against health care reform, but they’re just in their own world and don’t understand that they could be in my world in a moment’s notice.” Write your congressman and U.S. senator if you’d like to help Russ Barron get an exception for his Medicare benefits.

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he controversy over natural gas fracking comes at a time when this cleanest of the fossil fuels has emerged as an option in the energy mix. Huge supplies are opening up across the country and prices are down. Wind energy entrepreneur Marty Lagina of Traverse City, featured in last week’s Express article, wants to couple wind and natural gas. His idea is to build a “smart” natural gas plant right next to a field of wind turbines, which would kick on when the wind is low. The hybrid power would solve wind’s greatest downside—its inability to provide 24/7 power, thus making it a real player in the power mix. A veteran in the natural gas field, he said that water contamination is extremely rare. At the same time, Traverse City Light and Power has backed off biomass gasification as an energy source due to concerns over air pollution potentially causing respiratory problems and the impact on Michigan forests (several biomass plants have been proposed in Northern Michigan). TCL&P’s newest proposal is to analyze natural gas, possibly renovating its aged peaker plant in Kalkaska County. MORE PROBLEMS... “Gas possesses many problems and is not a panacea. Water contamination is just one problem. It being a fossil fuel is another for me,” said Jim Carruthers, a TCL&P board member and veteran activist who favored biomass because the wood supply is renewable. “For the past 25 years the environmental community has been fighting use of fossil fuels for energy and now all of a sudden they are changing their tune because they don’t like biomass. Nothing is perfect. Also, most of the gas leases were gobbled up by out of state interests. Very few if any went to Michigan companies so it really will do nothing toward boosting our economy. Just because it is there does not mean it is good for us, the environment or the energy industry. A handful of environmentalists are leading our community astray with misinformation, which is most damaging.” Jim Olson, one of the leading defenders of Michigan water, wasn’t outspoken against biomass, although he doesn’t support it on a large scale. But he is deeply fearful about fracking’s impact on the water supply. He said that state and landowners, especially

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theNEWS farmers, are leasing oil and gas rights without knowing the full consequences. They don’t realize that their rights are subordinate to the drilling company when signing away their rights. Specifically, if the natural gas driller needs groundwater to complete the fracking operation, the property owner’s rights to that water come second— unless otherwise specified in a lease. “On top of this, the individual and cumulative effects and impacts will pervasively affect adjacent landowners, lakes, and streams. I don’t believe the state is looking out for the public’s interest in water,” Olson said. SEEK MORATORIUM Olson feels that citizens and the state’s leaders must demand a moratorium on any more leasing and permits until there has been a complete and thorough investigation and determination of the effects and cumulative impacts of hydraulic fracturing statewide. M’Lynn Hartwell, also an environmental activist who opposed biomass, supports Lagina’s idea of coupling natural gas and wind. She has also suggested using biofuels from area farms. Does she still support the idea with the environmental concerns over fracking? “The short answer is yes, but the long answer would explain that we need more regulation over the natural gas drilling industry and accountability. Much more,” she said. Fracking has actually been used commercially since 1949 in more than one million wells by the natural gas and oil exploration and production industry, including many shallow natural gas wells, she said. Most wells were managed properly and caused no significant harm to the environment. But Michigan must absolutely assure that all environmental protections are in place to protect air and water before granting permits for fracking, which involves drilling at much greater depths—up to two miles—using the tremendous pressure of millions of gallons of water and close to 600 chemicals, several of them toxic. “I believe if drillers were to have their license to operate in Michigan suspended

STATE LAW Drillers were exempted from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act during the Bush administration. The good news is that three Michigan state laws require drinking water protection, including the Water Resources Act, the Environmental Response Act, and the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, said Chris Grobbel, an environmental consultant. Ed Timm, a chemical engineer who was heavily involved in stopping an Alba injection well in the Jordan River Valley, said that the disposal of fracking and brine water in injection wells will surely become an issue because of the threat posed to rivers and streams. Yet it’s unrealistic to believe that solar or wind—a favorite alternative among environmentalists—can supplant coal in the short-term. The huge jolt in energy costs would be catastrophic for businesses and homes. Despite political promises, experts believe that the transition to solar and wind will likely take about 100 years, he said. “The age of cheap power is over, and we have to look at conservation, because power will cost four times as much. Conservation is important, but when you live in Northern Michigan, you can only go so far. This is an intensive energy climate to live in. The natural gas and wind hybrid with low carbon and air pollution is one that might work, but the state must think big picture as we proceed to new energy sources, Olson said. “It’s our natural gas,” he said. “It belongs to us. Why isn’t the state leveraging it with conservation requirements. Why isn’t it getting an assurance of stablized prices and a certain supply in Michigan before selling these leases? We are not thinking big picture. This planet is facing serious problems. We have to very carefully articulate the public purposes and goals we are after—water, climate change, purity of water. How do we get there? “The BP disaster in the Gulf is a great example of why we must do this. Putting it in our face as human beings that there are certain areas that are so important to everyone that we have to drop the old thinking about turning important public matters entirely into a highly centralized private market mechanism.” Timm said there are still things we can do as individuals, such as choosing to build low-energy homes or improving the homes we have. “Just for grins, I got out my ancient copy of my Whole Earth catalog in 1968, and I was stunned by how current it is. How to make car fuel out of French fry oil, solar and wind, earth bermed homes. We were on the right track during the Jimmy Carter administration, and we didn’t want to hear it.”

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No, but his tribute band will be turning the page By Rick Coates The 46th Alpenfest in Gaylord kicks off on Tuesday. The ďŹ ve day festival is loaded with family friendly activities that are at no cost or are free of charge after purchasing an Alpenfest pin for $3, making it one of the best entertainment values in the Northern Michigan. “The Alpenfest pin is a great value because it allows you to attend the many food events we have for no additional charge,â€? said Gayla Lamberies, festival special events coordinator. “Otherwise to participate in these events they are $5 each.â€? Food is one of the focal points of the Alpenfest with Wurst Wagon on Tuesday being the ďŹ rst as troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Gaylord don aprons and serve guests at the opening night ceremonies. On Wednesday is the Die Groeste Kaffee Pause (The world’s largest coffee break) at 9:30 am under the pavilion with coffee, donuts and milk. For dinner, enjoy a chicken BBQ hosted by Dowker’s Meat Market, also under the pavilion. Other food events through the weekend include a sausage and sauerkraut dinner, pancakes and sausage breakfast along with the Pontresina Suppen Mahlzeit featuring the Festival’s secret Pontresina soup recipe.

festival circuit for the past nine years building quite a following. “Seger’s music is loved all over but in particular it resonates with those from the Midwest ,â€? said George Nichols, lead singer for The System. “We are from Muskegon but we play all over the Midwest.â€? The popularity of tribute bands has been on the rise. Almost every weekend a venue or festival in Northern Michigan has been hosting one. Nichols says there is good reason for it. “Most festivals can’t afford the price tag of the original artist,â€? said Nichols. “In our case we were born out of the fact that Seger had basically quit touring. It had been several years since he had toured when we formed nine years ago.â€? So exactly how did Nichols go about starting The System? “Well I have been in bands for 30 years and Seger songs have always been a part of my sets,â€? said Nichols. “People would keep telling me I look and sound like Seger. I laughed at the idea at ďŹ rst and eventually when it looked like Seger wouldn’t tour again I started tossing the idea around with my band.â€?


BURNING THE BOOGG One Alpenfest tradition that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike is the Burning of the Boogg. This takes place on Tuesday night and is quite the ceremony. Everyone is encourage to put their troubles on a piece of paper and drop them in the Boogg to watch them go up in smoke. Alpenfest is known for its many wild events from a GoldďŹ sh Eating Contest to a SPAM Carving Contest. Everyone thinks their dog is cute, but if you think yours might be ugly then give the Ugly Dog Contest a try. Other contests include Swiss Stone Spitting, Yodeling, Alpenfest Idol, Bubble Gum Blowing and a Men’s Knee Contest. The festival will feature musical entertainment ranging from the Young Americans to country sensation Blackhawk. Thursday night enjoy Lights, a Journey tribute band and Detroitbased Annabelle Road, an up-and-coming country band that play a mix of covers and originals, swinging between Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash to Faith Hill and John Mellencamp. THE SYSTEM Closing out the 46th Annual Alpenfest will be The System, a Bob Seger tribute band. The Michigan-based band has been on the Midwest

A CHALLENGE Their name comes from one of Seger’s early bands in the late ‘60s, although The System plays Seger tunes from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s career. So does Nichol’s ďŹ nd it a challenge trying to emulate a rock legend? “Yes, I think people don’t realize what a great and distinctive voice that Seger has,â€? said Nichols. “I have to really work hard at it because this is just a part-time gig. The reality is that we are all in other bands because we perform maybe a couple dozen shows as a Seger tribute band. If you want to make money performing Bob Seger songs then you need to be Bob Seger.â€? But Nichols ďŹ nds The System to be among the most rewarding bands he has been in. “What I like is Seger has a huge following and people come out to the show to listen to the music,â€? said Nichols. “We perform two hours of his hits and people sing along and they love it. I have been in cover bands and opened for big names, but you are just the opening act and no one is there to listen to you. This is different; people are actually there to listen to us and you walk away energized.â€? The System will bring the Alpenfest to a close on Saturday July 17, performing on the Alpenstage. There is no cost for the concert. For additional info check out www.alpenfest. com or call 989-732-6333. Their website has a printable brochure with a detailed listing of all the events.

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onFILM was,” says Brand. “Christina” tells a different perspective of World War II, mainly that of the individuals whose lives were changed personally. “I wanted to be able to tell a World War II story with all the emotional ups and downs, all the emotional stress, but without externalizing it,” says Brand. “Obviously we don’t have explosions, tank battles or air raids. That’s not what this movie is about. It’s about the personal experience of war through three characters.” Reynolds says that lack of physical action and special effects made the film cheaper to shoot. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. “We only had 12 days to shoot,” she says. “They are extremely intense performances and it’s a complicated psychological drama,” adds Brand. “You have to convey a sense of reality, so you can’t put in a half effort.”

Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), Jordan Belfi (“Entourage”) and Nicki Aycox (“Deep Blue”) play mind games in the psychological thriller Christina, a story inspired by true events about a young German woman and her dark past.

Christina By Erin Crowell


ollywood comes to Northern Michigan a bit early this summer – with the Traverse City Film Festival still three weeks away, the State Theater will offer a special red carpet event on Sunday, July 18, with the premier of “Christina,” the independent film set in Post World War II Berlin. Inspired by a true story, the film is about a young German woman who attempts to escape the war-ravaged city with her G.I. fiancée to start life anew in America. There’s only one thing standing in their way: a police detective, bound and determined to prevent Christina from escaping the country…and her past. HIGH CALIBER HOLLYWOOD “Christina” is presented by Leland-based 8180 Films and is the production company’s first film since owners Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter started the company in 2007. There will be two showings for “Christina,” 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; with the first already soldout. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Larry Brand and the cast. With serious connections in the film

industry, 8180 has produced a small budget film with Hollywood proportions – using some of the best film equipment in the biz, as well as some high caliber acting talent. The film stars Stephen Lang as the tenacious Inspector Reinhardt. Lang has starred in several films including “The Men Who Stare at Goats” (2009), “Public Enemies” (2009); and is probably most credited for his role in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster “Avatar” as the muscular, ego-popping Colonel Quaritch. “We needed someone with a monstrous presence. Not a monster, but someone with a presence that commands attention,” explains the film’s executive producer and co-owner of 8180 Films Rebecca Reynolds. “We had people coming up to us asking, ‘Where did you get the German actor?” she says of Lang. “They were stunned when they found out who he was. A guy at one of our earlier screenings told me he spent the entire movie looking for Stephen Lang.” “It’s an absolute testament to his flexibility in various roles,” adds Larry Brand, writer and director. Starring in the title role is Nicki Aycox, who appeared in both sequels of “Jeepers Creepers” (2003) and “Joy Ride” (2008), and who currently stars opposite Dylan McDermott

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Leland-based film company premiers psychological drama in the TV series “Deep Blue.” “For Christina’s role, we needed someone with a fearless emotional range,” says Reynolds. In the role of Christina’s G.I. boyfriend, Billy Calvert, is actor Jordan Belfi – most commonly known for his regular appearances on the HBO series “Entourage” as sleazy talent agent Adam Davies. Belfi also appeared in the 2009 film “Surrogates,” starring Bruce Willis. “These are the best three actors I’ve ever worked with,” says Brand, who wrote the screenplay for 2009’s “Halloween: Resurrection” (starring Jamie Lee Curtis). “I’ve worked with a couple Academy nominees, some really brilliant actors; but (Lang, Aycox and Belfi) were the absolute highest quality.” STRENGTH IN THE SCRIPT Reynolds says the strength of the script is what attracted the acting talent. Brand, Reynolds and Carpenter chose the story for their first film after Brand heard about it through a family friend. “The soldier involved in the true story was someone who my friend knew. He came back with this story of falling in love with this German girl who wasn’t who he thought she

CONNECTIONS Brand and Reynolds have known each other for 30 years, helping one another on projects, offering an outside perspective on certain scripts or even the heads up on certain film ideas. “What frequently happens in this business is you tend to work on your friend’s projects, whether I directed something, (Reynolds) produced something and what-not. There’s a lot of cross-pollination,” says Brand. That’s how many of the connections were made in the filming of “Christina.” Cinematographer/producer Kees Van Oostrum had worked with Reynolds on the HBO series “Ari$$,” while costume designer Jacqueline Saint Anne also worked with Reynolds on a couple HBO projects. Anne had access to all the necessary costumes for the film. “It’s a time period piece, so it was more convenient to shoot it in Burbank, California where (Anne) had access to a warehouse the size of Building 50 (in Traverse City),” says Reynolds. “All the clothing is organized by time period, color, material.” 8180 Films is already in the planning process for their next film, which will be shot closer to home. “It’s a modern piece in a rural setting, so this area is perfect,” says Reynolds. Reynolds and Carpenter have been actively involved in local film. They served as side founders and board members of the By the Bay Film Series in Suttons Bay for 10 years before making the decision to start their own film company. “With By the Bay, our goal was to show independent films with complex characters,” says Reynolds, “which is what we’ve done with ‘Christina.’” RAKING IT IN While “Christina” is showing in Northern Michigan for the first time, the film has already been screened at several film festivals across the country, taking awards along the way, including Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Buffalo-Niagra and Newport Beach film festivals, as well as Outstanding Achievement in Writing and Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Male Role (Stephen Lang) at New York City’s VISIONFEST 10. Tickets for the 9 p.m. showing at the Traverse City State Theater are still available, at $10 a piece, and include a Q&A with all three cast members and crew.

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that death is the end for each of us, so we had all better live as beautifully, kindly, and honestly as we can. Of course, in my stories, people often fail to do this and trouble ensues,” she answered. And as to love, another of her themes, sometimes skewed by time travel, sometimes by death, she says “It’s a simple and important facet of our existence: we are brief creatures. We love, we die. Most of literature sprouts from these hard facts.” As to coming to Traverse City for the Writers Series, she says in an email interview, “I have only been there briefly, always on the way to somewhere else, so it will be nice to get a longer glimpse of the city. I am typing this in New York City, it’s almost 100 degrees, and I imagine that Traverse City is cool and green, very inviting.”

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WHO’S WHO OF GRAVES Choosing Highgate was an inspired choice; from its impressive front gates to its haunting walkways passing the graves of people such as Karl Marx; John and Elizabeth Dickens, parents of Charles Dickens and the models for Micawber and Mrs. Nickleby in Dicken’s books; George Eliot; Christina Rossetti; and even Adam Worth, a criminal said to be the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes’ Professor Moriarty. And it was used as a setting in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Against this impressive backdrop, Niffenegger set her ghost story of “couples coming together and coming undone,” where two sets of twins are entwined and separated, where a lonely ghost roams the rooms of her old apartment being felt by her lost lover and others but still alone and unseen. The title of her latest book, Her Fearful

Left: Walter Kirn’s book, Up in the Air produced the critically-acclaimed film starring George Clooney. Right: Audrey Niffenegger brings two bestsellers to the series.


Up in the Air with the Time Traveler’s Wife Symmetry, comes, she says, from William Blake’s poem, “Tiger, tiger, burning bright…” and is about doubling, twins, about death and loss. Death has been a theme in all of Niffenegger’s work, beginning with prints she did in the 1980s and 1990s which portray skeletons and suicides. Asked whether the prints and their portrayal of death came first or if the visual leap followed the written page, Niffenegger says, “The images tend to be first, but the images always hint at story.” The Time Traveler’s Wife was originally planned as a graphic novel, leaning heavily on her artistic background, but she quickly found it too difficult to “represent sudden time shifts with still images” and her writing career was born. Now teaching courses in text-image relationships at Columbia College in Chicago, she’s discovered the close relationship between the arts of writing and painting. “Many of the writers I teach are artists,” she says. “I’ve noticed that description, physicality, and a sense of place are all very easy for artists when they become writers.”

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I am not at all religious, “ and believe that death is the end for each of us, so we had all better live as beautifully, kindly, and honestly as we can. Of course, in my stories, people often fail to do this and trouble ensues.

n a true double header, the National Writers’ Series is bringing best selling writers Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry) and Walter Kirn (Up in the Air) to the Traverse City Opera House on July 15, 7 p.m., to talk about their books, writing, life, art, and inspiration. Audrey Niffenegger, a native Michiganian, was born in South Haven and now lives in Chicago. Far from starting as a writer, she wanted to paint, training as a visual artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and receiving an MFA from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice. The wildly successful writing career came later, with The Time Traveler’s Wife, which shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List, and has now been followed by her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. While plotting the second novel, Niffenegger says she set out to do something different from the first, a poignant story of time travel and a transcendent love. She turned to London, and an apartment house adjacent to Highgate Cemetery, a hauntingly dramatic cemetery in North London. “I had been there in 1996,” she said in a recent interview. “I took the tour and was completely amazed by the place: so beautiful, so bizarre. When the novel I was writing acquired a cemetery, I was planning to use Graceland Cemetery in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, but soon remembered Highgate and decided to get in touch with the group that owned it to see if I could set the novel there. At the time there were no ghosts in the novel, Robert (the tour guide), long preceded Elspeth (the woman dead at the beginning) as a character in the book.”

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NOT RELIGIOUS With death being a major subject in both of her novels, I asked Niffenegger her own feelings about this very deep and eternally puzzling question. “I am not at all religious, and believe

HIGH FLYING Walter Kirn, New York Times best selling author of the 2001 novel, Up in the Air (turned into the successful film of the same name starring George Clooney), will be guest host at the opera house event, giving a talk, signing books, and interviewing Niffenegger. Writing during a tough winter on a ranch in rural Montana, Kim was inspired to write the book by a first-class passenger he had once met on a plane. That man became Ryan Bingham, “a man who makes his living traveling to workplaces around the United States and laying off employees for bosses too cowardly to do it themselves.” When Ryan encounters a young coworker promoting a plan to cut costs and lay off people over the internet, he grows incensed, and claims she knows nothing about the process of firing people. Together the couple learns some hard truths about hard times though the truths don’t quite stick and Ryan is soon back to the life he knows. With this kind of doubled talent, the new National Writers’ Series event shapes up to be one of the best. The series, spearheaded by our own best selling author, Doug Stanton, is fast becoming nationally important due to visiting writers such as Tom Brokaw coming to Traverse City. Monies raised will go toward providing scholarships for local writers on their way to college, with winners of the first scholarship contest to be announced this fall. Tickets for “An Evening with Audrey Niffenegger” are $15 advance/$20 at the door for adults, and $5 for students. They can be purchased at the City Opera House box office or online at www.cityoperahouse. org Doors open at 6 pm, complimentary desserts provided by Morsels. Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli’s mystery, Dead Sleeping Shaman, is in bookstores everywhere.

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woven into almost everything I do.” These focused approaches to their respective lives make Gierke and LeMay the perfect hosts for Drum Your Art Out; in addition to the roles mentioned earlier, LeMay will mastermind the actual drum decoration, and Gierke will lead the evening drum circles. WORKSHOP RHYTHMS Two versions of the workshop are being offered at Boyne through the Solace Spa, the most immersive being the two-day package, which includes crafting of your own frame drum, all of the Friday and Saturday workshops, and both drum circles. A one-day version of the event is also being offered, where participants will receive a pre-made frame drum that they can decorate, and they will be able to sit in on one of the drum circle evenings. Either selection is fine with LeMay; she just wants people to be part of this unique event. “There’s a feeling of empowerment one gets from creating your own drum with your own hands; from the give and take of a drum circle to the Zen-like state of being so focused in drumming that you move into the ‘zone,’ a very meditative-like state that’s joyous and peaceful,” she says, “In a drum circle, you drum until you are the drumming.”

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t was an impressive sight during the first Green Cuisine event in 2006. Event cofounder Timothy Young gathered the 200 guests in attendance around him and said, “Let me show you how much trash this event produced,” he opened up the palm of his hand to reveal a couple of small pieces of non-recyclable plastic. But creating a “zero-waste” event was only one aspect of Green Cuisine. “A big goal is to have an event that creates networks between local people and our incredibly rich local food system,” said Young. “We didn’t want to start just another festival. This is an event with a mission. This is a chance for local friends and neighbors to come meet the heroes behind the food that they love and appreciate.” Last year the Green Cuisine attracted over 1,000 guests. This year’s event takes place Wednesday July 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Food For Thought organic farm in Honor. The event will feature 25 local restaurants, wineries and breweries allowing visitors the opportunity to sample some of the best products of local food and beverages. Guests may also tour Food For Thought’s organic farm and green buildings as well as socialize with winemakers, brewmasters, chefs and restaurant owners. This is a familyfriendly event, so children are welcome and there is no charge. Green Cuisine evolved out of a summer “business after hours event” to bring community and business leaders from the region together to learn how to create a zero waste event while learning about local foods. The importance of a local vibrant food economy coupled with the rising importance of agri-tourism is another highlight of the event. “A vibrant and sustainable local food economy is important to our community and our overall well being,” said Evan Smith of Cherry Capital Foods. “Green Cuisine reminds us and educates us of this with its annual celebration.” Don Coe managing partner of Black Star Farms and an ag commissioner with the Michigan Department of Agriculture has long been a proponent of agri-tourism in Michigan. “Green Cuisine is a true showcase of the agricultural diversity that exists here in Northern Michigan,” said Coe. “The emergence of the wineries, breweries along with several other ag based businesses and restaurants using locally grown and produced foods is having a major impact on our tourism industry.” Others who organize events in the region attend out of a curiosity of not only using local but going “zero-waste.” So exactly what does “zero-waste” mean? “As in all things sustainable ‘zero-waste’ is a process, not a destination. The goal is for all the waste generated from the event to be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Utensils, drinking cups and plastic bags are made from corn and compostable. Plates are also made from non-bleached recycled content and, along with the food scraps, are added to our onsite composting piles where we compost 100% of our food waste from our food facility, along with approximately seven tons of cardboard every year,” said Young. “This compost is then used on our organic farm and the organic farms of local farmers that grow crops for us. Last year we had over 1,000 guests eating, drinking and socializing which resulted in less than one ounce of waste.” While there is no charge for attending Green Cuisine, organizers ask that everyone planning on attending register online. They also ask that you support the local vendors who all provide their financial support, products and services free of charge in hopes that you will, in turn, support them. A complete list of all vendors and sponsors is also online. Food For Thought is located at 10704 Oviatt Rd. Honor. For more information and to register go to or call them at 231-326-5444. --Rick Coates


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above: Paul Crosby drummer for Saliva and Joey Callahan of Radius Recording Studio officially rocked out @ Leelanau Sands Concert Showroom. below: The “Flatliners” crew from Cheboygan Memorial Hospital got their mojo togethaʼ for the Wanigan Raft Race on the Cheboygan River, with Rachel Huhn, Lori Trestain, Don Watson, Bob Miller, Margaret Johnson, Josh Firack, and Bob Trestain. Photo by Michael Grisdale.

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ith a whoop and shout, one-by-one, six paddlers took turns easing over a two-foot drop on the Sturgeon River. It was an old dam site that had been removed years ago. Sizeable standing waves, which you had to negotiate, waited at the bottom of the drop. This occurs within the first halfhour down the river after launching from Lumbermen’s Park in downtown Wolverine. A fast, feisty river, the Sturgeon quickly establishes its character with the dam drop. The Sturgeon is one of the fastest – if not the fastest – flowing streams in the Lower Peninsula. Lots of tight bends with fallen trees and sweepers, occasional narrow passages between bushel-basketsized boulders, submerged trees and fast riffles with standing waves, make it one of the most challenging paddles in Northern Michigan. It drops on the average 14 feet per mile from beginning to end as it flows

call of the wild north to Burt Lake. It’s one of the few north-flowing rivers in the state. It’s more than a handful for novice paddlers. You need at least basic paddling skills to negotiate the many hazards you encounter. The liveries that service the river clear a path through downed trees, but the swift current tries to sweep you into the obstacles and leaves you precious little time to decide on a course. EXPERIENCE COUNTS Jerry Dennis, in his book, “Canoeing Michigan Rivers,” says, “The swift current combined with tight turns, leaning trees and occasional obstructions make it a river not recommended for absolute beginners.”


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That doesn’t mean the river doesn’t draw its share of beginning paddlers, according to Jon Henley, owner of Henley’s Canoe and Kayak Livery, located in Wolverine. “It’s a popular river, especially on hot summer weekends, and we get our share of people that probably shouldn’t be paddling that want to do it anyway. They want to have fun and don’t mind getting wet. We warn them about the hazards, but still they want to go.” The stretch of river south of Wolverine, from Trowbridge Road access north to the village park, is an easier section of river to paddle, according to Henley. “That’s a nice stretch of river below Wolverine, and it isn’t as hard or fast as the river north of town. It’s about a two-hour trip back to the livery. That’s where I try to send the real beginners.” Henley does routine cleanups along the river, because the frequent dumping of canoes and kayaks during a downstream trip can leave refuse strewn along river banks and stuck in streamers. “It’s part of the cost of doing business,” he laughed. “I moved up here with my family years ago because of the clean environment. I want to make sure it stays that way. This is one of the most beautiful rivers that I’ve seen. It’s so pristine.” WINDING WATERWAY The Sturgeon, also considered a premier trout stream, is as beautiful as it is challenging. But, sometimes it’s hard to see the beauty, because you have to pay such close attention to the river and your course. It remains about 30 to 50 feet wide through most of the river north of Wolverine. Quick, narrow passages around and through obstacles can be thrown at you on a moments notice as you round a bend in the river. It keeps it fun and exciting. The river alternates winding through


dark cedar forests and bright, open meadows with waving grasses and wildflowers. Much of the river meanders through state forest. There are few obtrusive cottages along the way until you get near the town of Indian River. The spring-fed river, whose headwaters begin near Gaylord, is a little over 40 miles in length, but only the last 16 or so miles – from Trowbridge Road where it crosses below I-75 to Burt Lake – are considered navigable. Our small group of Traverse Area Paddle Club paddlers did an 11-mile section north from the township park to the Fisher Woods Road access site. It took us a little over four hours with a stop for lunch along the river. It was a fun day spent on a feisty little river that likes to give as much as it takes. Weekends can be busy with tubers, especially from the White Road Bridge access north to Indian River. One of our group said they had encountered as many as 75 tubes through this two-mile stretch a few summers ago. It was a group an Indian River outfitter had put into the river; talk about a log – er, tube – jam. Henley’s will spot your vehicle if you have your own watercraft. For more information on canoe and kayak rental rates and trips, call 231-525-9994 or log onto www. Big Bear Adventures, located in Indian River, is another outfitter servicing the Sturgeon River. They can be reached at 231-238-8181 or by logging onto If you are looking for like-minded people that love to do river floats, the Traverse Area Paddle Club, on average, will have over 150 trips scheduled on area rivers and lakes throughout the paddling months of April through October. Check them out at www. Membership is only $15 individual or $25 for a family.

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Humanists host Mark Gustafson on whether good films affirm faith. Held at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm. Free. 231-620-11225. Ballet Workshop: Valery Lantratov, graduate of the Moscow Dance Academy, will lead a Master class at The Opera House, Cheboygan, 2pm. Cost, $15. Register at 231-627-5432. Author Signing: Wendy Burden, author of "Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir," which chronicles the lives of her wealthy family, its successes and failures, will be at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, noon-3pm. Includes a luncheon. Tickets, $25.


Over 1,500 horses arrive in Williamsburg for the annual Horse Shows by the Bay, a four week equestrian event happening July 8-August 1 at Flintfields Horse Park. July 14-18 features a grand prix, open jumper welcome prix, hunter classic, and more. Visit for more info, and look for an article in next week's Express. Photo by Erin Crowell.

MONDAY 7/12 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1817) First flower show is held in Ireland. Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication: Happening at 2274 West Ave, Interlochen, for the Schopieray/Walters family, 5:30pm.

Auditions for "The Spelling Bee": Old Town Playhouse is holding auditions for the musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at 7pm. Prepare a song. Perusal scripts are available. Visit for more info. "Humanism, Film and The Grail": Grand Traverse

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1787) Congress establishes the Northwest Territory. Author Signing: Amy S. Hansen, author of "Bugs and Bugsicles," will be at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, for a presentation, 1-3pm. Free, but please reserve at 231-347-1180. Collage: Interlochen Arts Camp students showcase music, dance, theatre, writing and the visual arts at Kresge Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $22 for adults; $9 for students. Summerfest: Held in Indian River, featuring an ice cream social, duck race, bike parade, sand castle contest, carnival, Gordon the Magician, teen dance, 5k/10k run, volleyball tourney, live music and so much more! Visit for all the details. Alpenfest: Party like a Swiss at Alpenfest, happening throughout Gaylord. Features live entertainment, parade, games, carnival, food, drink and more. Visit for the schedule. Eco-Friendly Gardening: Join horticulturist Rob McCartney at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 7pm, to learn about superior organic gardening. Free. Plant It Wild: Brian Zimmerman will discuss landscaping with native Michigan trees and shrubs at Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort, at 7pm. Call 231-352-6962 for more info. Ragamuffin Dinner Theater: Presenting "The Maid Diaries: Room 310, Unlocking the Secrets," a dramatic comedy theater held at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Includes five-course dinner. Tickets, $39.95. Call 231-347-4000. Manistee ShoreLine ShowCase: Live concert with Curtis Fuller, Arno Marsh and The Catherine Whitney Trio, held under the gazebo on First



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WEDNESDAY 7/14 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1951) First color telecast of a sporting event airs on CBS (horse race). Opera Night: Bay View concert held in Hall Auditorium, Petoskey, at 8pm. Part of the Bay View Music Festival. Tickets, $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Visit Green Cuisine: Area restaurants, wineries, breweries and more will host a local food tasting at Food For Thought organic farm in Honor, 5-8pm. This zero-waste event promotes sustainability. Free. Visit Book Launch Party: Author Heidi Durrow of "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" -- a tale about the daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I. who struggles with identity -- will be at Brilliant Books, Suttons Bay, 7pm. Guided Meditation: Relax with Cindy Kochis, Intuitive Energy Healer at Higher Self Books, TC, from 6-7:30pm. 941-5805. Booksigning: Paul Bennett, author of "Loving Grief," will be at Horizon Books, TC, 7-9pm to discuss his book on dealing with grief. Welcoming Wednesdays: Jerry Slater from the Benzie Area Historical Society will speak about the museum and programs at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, 5:30-7:30pm. Includes picnic supper and live music with Sharyl Corey. 231-882-4241 for more info. "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas": Showing at the Traverse Area District Library, 12:30pm. Bring a beach towel or blanket to sit on. CMU Summer Theatre: Performing three comedy productions at Boyne City High School: "Last Train to Nibroc" on July 14; "Incorruptible" on July 15; and "Almost, Maine" on July 17. All shows start at 7:30pm. Tickets, $5 for adults; $3 for students. Call 231-582-6222 for more info. Horse Shows by the Bay: Held at Flintfields Park, Williamsburg, featuring (for this week) Grand Prix of TC, Open Jumper Welcome Prix, Children's Jumper Classic, Hunter Classic and more. For a complete schedule and more info, visit Josh White Jr.: Secular folk/blues, jazz and actor will perform at Delbert Michel's Studio, TC, on July 14, at 8pm; and at the Old Art Building,

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(UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "Get to Know Your Customers Day." Alden Evening Stroll: Featuring music from The Three B's. Held in downtown Alden, 6-9pm. Beaver Island Music Festival: Festival promoting renewable energies, music and artwork. Includes bands Red Tail Ring, Four Finger Five, Kung Fu Rodeo, The Blue Water Ramblers, Midtown Underground and more. Visit for a complete schedule. Switchback: Country, bluegrass, Cajun and Celtic performance at Elk Rapids High School's Peterman Auditorium, 8pm. Benefits the Grass River Natural Area. Tickets, $15 for adults; $10 for kids 17 & younger. Trunk Show: Featuring before and again tees at Threads, Petoskey, on July 15, from 10am-6pm; and at The Village at Bay Harbor, July 16 & 17, 10am-7pm. NMC Concert Band: Performing at Hull Park, TC, at 7:30pm. Free. The BackBeats: Beatles tribute show held at the Odmark Performance Pavilion, Charlevoix, at 7pm. Interlochen Jazz Ensemble: Performing at Grand Traverse Lighthouse, 7pm. Free. Jake Slater's Tribute to Elvis & The Clef Cats: Concert on the Grand Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, 7pm. Enjoy picnic concessions early. Bring a chair or blanket. The Neighbors: Alternative piano rock/gypsy band performing at Studio7 Arts, TC, at 7pm. Tickets, $5 at the door. RSVP to info@studio7arts. com. Refreshments will be available. Papermaking: Using natural materials, Mary Walker will help you make decorative paper for artwork, notepaper and bookbinding at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. Register at 231-533-8314. 28th Annual Garden Walk: Hosted by the Friendly Garden Club of TC, noon-8pm. Rain or shine. Call Vickie for more info at 922-9528 or Suzanne: 231276-6905. Trails Less Traveled: Enjoy a guided hike on the Chippewa Trail at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 2pm. "Torch Lake: The History of Was-Wah-Go-Ning": Author Ed McDuffie will discuss how the book was researched and written at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society's program, held at the Elk Rapids Township Hall, 7pm. $5 admission. Booked for Lunch: Author of "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky," Heidi Durrow, will speak about the story of a girl struggling with racial identity. Held at the Bay View Inn, Petoskey, noon-2pm. Includes lunch. Tickets, $25. Available at McLean & Eakin, Petoskey. Annual Historical Picnic Pot Luck: Hosted by the Alden Historical Society at the Alden Depot Park, 5pm. Call 231-377-7333 for more info. Summerfest: (See Tuesday) Summerfest: (See Tuesday) Josh White Jr.: (See Wed.) CMU Summer Theatre: (See Wed.) Alpenfest: (See Tues.)


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(UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "Hot Dog Night." Annual Wine & Beer Tasting: Alden's "Hops & Berries" will be held on the shores of Torch Lake, 5-8pm; featuring pours from area wineries and breweries, along with live music and silent auction. 6th Annual Spirit-Fest Weekend: Holistic heal-

"Thank you, thank you very much": Since the age of 13, Jake Slater was hooked on Elvis. The young performer, just 19 years old, has embodied The King, competing in several Elvis look-a-like and performance competitions. He'll perform live on the Grand Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, July 15, at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Come early for the picnic.

ers, workshops, vendors, food and camping at 1865 Roby Rd. in Johannesburg. Visit "Really, Really Big Revue": Acting, improv, puppetry, magic and more crazyness hosted by the Traverse City Children's Theatre at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 2pm & 7pm. Tickets, $11 for adults; and $6 for kids. "The Taming of the Shrew": Performance by Riverside Shakespeare at Waterwheel Park, Suttons Bay, at 7pm, on July 16; at Memorial Park, Elk Rapids, 6pm, on July 17; and at Fife Lake's Village Park, July 18, at 6pm. Bring a blanket or chair. Food welcome. Dominic Fortuna Dinner Show: Featuring live entertainment by the Schussycats and a Broadway-caliber performance at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, 7pm. Catch your favorite tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Tickets, $44.95. Traverse City Wine & Art Festival: Launch party with tastings, giveaways and multimedia entertainment at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 6-7:30pm. Preview of the Aug. 21 event. Public Viewing: See the night sky at NMC's Rogers Observatory, TC, after dark. Free, but donations appreciated. Grass River Pontoon Cruise: Learn about the wildlife on the Grass River, July 16, at 6pm or 7:30pm and July 17 at 10am or 11:30am. Bring your binoculars and a camera. Register with the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, at 231-5338314. Shepard's Folly: Celtic songs from this Irish/ Scottish quartet, playing at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, 7pm. Bring a blanket and/or a picnic basket. Admission, $10. Hosted by Grand Traverse Hiking Club, with a special presentation. Leland Twilight Art Walks: Featuring live music from Windy Ridge Trio, wine and appetizers and art at participating stores in downtown Leland, 5-9pm. Visit for more info. Splish Splash: Fun for all ages celebrating childhood story favorites with storyteller and musician Karen Czarnick at the Senior Center Picnic, 3:30pm, in Kalkaska. Sour Mash: Blue grass music at Marina Park, Northport, 7pm. Free, but donations accepted. Rock Round the Clock: Silent auction, wine & hors d'ourves, music and memories from the '50s and more. Benefits Raven Hill Discovery Center,

Charlevoix. Starts at 7pm. Tickets, $25. Author Signing: Author of "Her Highness' First Murder," the new murder mystery series by Peg Herring at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm. Songwriters in the Round: Assortment of local musicians performing a free concert at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Music in the Park: The Mickeys will perform Americana, country and folk in East Jordan Park, 7pm. Summerfest: (See Tuesday) Trunk Show: (See Thursday) Alpenfest: (See Tues.)

SATURDAY 7/17 (UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "Cow Appreciation Day." The Brandenburg Gate: Baroque instrumental music concert by Chamber Music North at two locations: First Congregational Church, TC, on July 17, at 7:30pm; and at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, Glen Arbor, on July 18, at 7pm. Cooking Show: Watch the culinary team from Odawa Casino prepare dishes that won them top honors in the 2010 Chefs Challenge and Iron Chef Competition at Boyne Mountain. Held in Ozone, 6pm and 7:30pm. Tickets, $20. Aquapalooza 2010: On-water party at Ferry Beach, Charlevoix, featuring live music from Charlie's Root Fusion and De Hurricane, 3-7pm. Encore Winds Concert: Free old time marches and big band concert held in Alden Park, 7:30pm. ISEA Music Festival: Join the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay for live music, with Song of the Lakes, The Wild Sullys, Interlochen Ensemble-Brass Quintet and others, along with several environmental nonprofit organizations to promote Great Lakes health and beauty, 10am-5pm. Food provided. "On the Spin Cycle": Author Wendy Stout presents her comic strip book about a 30-something single mom at Horizon Books, TC, 1-3pm.

Mario Batali Book Signing: The famous TV chef host/author will be at Borders Books, TC, 2-4pm. 19th Annual Hog Ride: Get your motorcycle and join over 400 bikers for a 120 mile poker run through scenic Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties, with registration starting at 11am. Minimum $20 contribution. Benefits the Father Fred Foundation. Visit Frog Hop: Learn the difference between the green frog and American toad at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC, 10am. All ages welcome. $5 donation. TC Derby Dahlias Launch Party: Come mingle and skate with the roller derby team at the Kaliseum, Kalkaska, starting at 6pm. American Spirit: Traverse Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Sousa, Copland and Bernstein, with color guard presentation honoring the US Coast Guard before the Saturday performance. Happening at the City Opera House, July 17, at 7:30pm; and July 18, at 3pm. Visit for tickets. 80th Annual Venetian Festival: Charlevoix's summer-time party returns July 17-25, starting on Saturday with the Beach Bash, 3-7pm, Voices Without Border performance ensemble on Sunday, 7-9pm, followed by entertainment, games, arts and crafts and more all week. Visit Aten Place Concert: Bill and Kate Isles, along with Canadian musician April Verch, perform a poetic concert of music at Aten Place, Boyne Falls, 7:30pm. Tickets, $15. Bring snacks and desserts to share at intermission. Elberta Art & Crafts Sale: Featuring over 50 vendors on Waterfront Park, 10am-4pm. Book Sale: Held at the Cadillac Library, 10am2pm, starting at 50 cents and up. Annual Fundraising Event: Northwings of SeeNorth will host a Sculptural Stuff Owl Workshop at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 11am-5pm. Music, fun and art for all ages. Author Signing: Brenda Humphrey Meisels, author of the Michigan novel "Family at Booknook," will

be at Horizon Books, Cadillac, 12:30-2:30pm; and at Horizon Books, TC, from 3:30-5:30pm. Kingsley Heritage Days: Softball, basketball and volleyball tournaments, along with bingo, a silent auction, live music, mini flea market/crafts and more in Kingsley. Parade Sat. at 10am. Huron Shores Chorus: Performing in Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City, 8pm. Green Roofs, Living Walls: Learn all about this popular European gardening at Pine Hill Nursery, Kewadin, 10am. Register at 231-599-2824. Bocce Tournament: Held on the Historical Front Lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon-8:30pm. See teams compete for the cup and enjoy a picnic on the lawn, along with live music. Visit for more info. The Herbal Harvest: Workshop at Pine Hill Nursery, Kewadin, 11am. $10 fee. Register at 231-599-2824. Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Anniversary: Join the winery, located on Old Mission Peninsula, for door prizes, tours, wine tasting and appetizers, 11am-6pm. Arts & Craft Show: Held on River Street, downtown Elk Rapids, at 9am-4pm. "Her Highness' First Murder": New murder mystery novel series by Peg Herring presented by the author at Horizon Books, Petoskey, 2-4pm. Cherry Jubilee: Held at Friske Orchards Farm in Ellsworth. Featuring live Celtic music, wagon rides, Albo the Clown and more. Visit Invasive Species Workbee: Held on the Boardman River, 9am-1pm. Recommended for teens and adults. Help protect our watershed. Register at Anchor Day: Held in Empire. Parade, games, chicken BBQ and evening dance on the beach. Visit for details. Bay View/Port Huron Mackinac Island Yacht Race: Held on the shores of Mackinac Island. Visit for more info. Live Music: Joe LaBonte and Lennie McNeil present a free guitar concert at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Legends Classic Car Show: Classic car cruise down the streets of downtown Charlevoix. Part of the 80th Annual Venetian Festival. 6th Annual Spirit-Fest Weekend: (See Friday) Summerfest: (See Tuesday) Trunk Show: (See Thursday) CMU Summer Theatre: (See Wed.) Alpenfest: (See Tues.)

SUNDAY 7/18 (UN)OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: "National Ice Cream Day." Children's Concert: Classical music concert based on the works of "The Secret Garden," "Hansel and Gretel," "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Magic Flute." Part of the Bay View Music Festival at Bay View, Petoskey, 8pm. Tickets, $10 in advance or $12 at the door. bayviewfestival. org. Art in the Park: Held in Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park. "Christina": Leland-based 8180 Films presents their independent film "Christina," a psychological drama based on true events, at the State Theater, TC, at 9pm, followed by cast and crew Q&A. Tickets, $10. Film starring Stephen Lang ("Avatar"), Nicki Aycox ("Dark Blue") and Jordan Belfi ("Entourage") about a young German woman in Post World War II Germany and her attempt to escape her past--and the city--with her GI boyfriend. "Sante Fe Sister": Author Jeannie Weiner presents her novel about a Jewish community in Sante Fe and the secret of one of its leaders, at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm. Ride Around Torch Lake: Hosted by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club. Visit The Mini Fair: Art, auction, games, food and live entertainment by The Young Americans, at noon. Held 10am-4pm at the Fire Hall grounds in Good Hart. Free admission.

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Camp Daggett Pepsi Refresh Project: The youth camp is in the running for $50,000 in youth scholarships from the Pepsi Refresh Project. One of 100 finalists. Vote now at! The Sensational 70s: Dominic Fortuna returns from Broadway for a performance every Thursday and Saturday at the Williamsburg Dinner Theater, 6pm. Tickets, $39.95. Visit for more info. Free Jazz in the Gardens: Held at Wildflowers, Glen Arbor, every Tuesday, from 6-8pm. Line Dancing: Classes taught at the Bear Lake Manor Bed and Breakfast in Bear Lake, every Monday evening. Cost, $3. Call 231-864-2242 for more info. Tea & Talk Series: Explore the backgrounds of unique gemstones while enjoying tea in Becky Thatcher Designs' garden, Glen Arbor, featuring a different topic every week. Held on Tuesdays, 3-5pm. RSVP at 231-334-3826. Stone Circle Gatherings: Poetry, storytelling and music around a fire, every Saturday evening at 9pm. Located ten miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Dr. Adults, $4; Kids, $2. Call 231264-9467. Happening through Sept. 4. Public Stargazing: Held at Lanphier Observatory, Leelanau School, Glen Arbor, now through Aug. 26. Every Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30pmmidnight. Adults, $3; students, $2. Welcoming Wednesdays: Held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, from 5:30-7:30pm. Those new to the Benzie County area are invited to participate in a discussion and kids' activities. Held June 23-July 21. Call 231-882-4241. Beach Bards Bonfire: Stories, poetry and music every Friday, July 2-Aug. 13, Leelanau School beach, Glen Arbor, starting at 7:30pm. Hayrides: Enjoy a ride through the woods, swamps, pasture and forests of Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, every Saturday and Sunday, from noon-4pm. Visit for more info.

Free Saturday Morning Ride: For beginners to intermediate level bicyclists, meeting at Fit For You Health Club, TC, at 8am. Advanced riders meet at Fit For You for road rides. Free Monday Runs: Hosted by instructor Brittanie Wright, starting at Fit For You Health Club, TC, 5:30pm. Music at the Gazebo: Every Wednesday in downtown Boyne City, 6:30pm, now through August. Weekly Wildflower Walks: Every Tuesday at Grass River Natural Area, 10am, now through Aug. 31. Located in Bellaire. Visit for more. Classic Cruisers & Muscle Cars: Check out cars spanning the decades, along with All-American hot rods, on display every Thursday outside of Ivan's Mountainside Grill, Shanty Creek Resort, 6pm. Manistee ShoreLine ShowCase: Concert featuring a variety of musicians, every Tuesday, at the Rotary Gazebo, on First Street Beach, Manistee, 7pm. Historical Walking Tours: Experience walks through historical neighborhoods of Traverse City with the Grand Traverse Heritage Center, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1pm. Walks last approximately one and a half hours. Cost, $12 per person. Registration required by calling 995-1013. Chance to Learn to Dance: Including the art of leading & following. Held at Steven's Place, TC. All times at 7pm. Tuesdays, swing; Wednesdays, tango; Thurs., social. 929-8945 for more info. Andres Place: Art program for challenged adults, every Wednesday, from 1-3:30pm at Riverview Terrace Apartments. Call 231-631-2477. Facing West Gallery: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm. Argentine Tango Lessons with a practice that follows. Cost $10/person. www.Facingwestgallery. com or 231-642-6408. Zumba with Martha Hubbell, Monday, 6-7pm , Thursday 9-10am, 5:30pm; Friday, noon; Saturday, 10-11am. Cost, $10. or 231-631-4358. "Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage": Exhibit held at the Leelanau Historical Society Museum, Leland. Call 231-256-7475 for hours. Blissfest Coffeehouse: Open mic songsharing at the Grain Train, Petoskey, from 1-4pm; every Sunday. Visit for more info. Tango Practice: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm at Logan's Landing in Beledi Global Dance, TC; and at Tango Co-Op, TC, same time. 231-590-8660. Live Music: Every Saturday, from 3-7pm at Circa Estate Winery, Lake Leelanau. Visit

FARM MARKETS Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Held every Saturday, May 8 through Oct. 31, 8am-noon, located in Lot B, across the road from Clinch Park in downtown TC. Acme: Located along Acme Creek, every Saturday, now through October, 9am-1pm. Next to the Stained Glass Cabinet Co. on M-72. Petoskey: Every Friday, 8:30am-1pm, June 18-

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Oil Paintings Exhibition: Featuring the work of Kathleen Murphy at the Old Art Building, July 16 & 17. Opening reception, Fri., 5-9pm, with entertainment by classic jazz guitarist Jerry Flowers, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Open Sat., 10am-pm. Free and open to the public. Leelanau Wine & Cheese Reception: Featuring nationally known fiber artist Chris Triola at Michigan Artists Gallery, Suttons Bay, July 16, from 6-9pm. Folk Art Sculptures: Featuring work by Mount Pleasant artist Wesley Merritt at the Dennos Museum Center, June 20-Sept. 5. "A Visual Feast": Artists reception for Margaret & William White at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, July 16, from 6-8pm. Exhibit runs through Aug. 8. Visit Acrylic Exhibit: Mary Eliowitz will show her new acrylic paintings at Glen Lake Artists Gallery, Glen Arbor, July 16-July 29. Opening reception with refreshments on July 16, from 6-9pm. Out of the U.P.: Featuring artist/blacksmith Gordon E. Gearhart at Cycling Salamander Fine Art Gallery, Charlevoix, July 10-Aug. 31. Painting Exhibit: The Bella Galleria at the Old Mission Tavern presents Michigan Artists Donna Mc Dermott featuring new Mystique Potrait Series, along with Bonnie Olendorf featuring her new batik paintings. Held July 11-August. "Oncology On Canvas": Biennial art competition to help those affected by cancer express their emotions about the disease. Exhibit on display at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Petoskey, July 12-23. Opening reception, July 12, 6-8pm. Acrylic Artist: Jim Casper, inspired by artists over the age of 70 who began painting after retirement, will feature his work at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, July 3-13. Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Call for Entry: The Crooked Tree Arts Center is accepting online entries for its annual exhibition held Sept. 18, now through July 30. Visit for details. Otto Bacon: IronWorks exhibit held at Three Pines Studio, in Cross Village. See Bacon's forged iron creations. Invitational Arts Exhibition: Over 50 artists' works for sale at the Jordan River Arts Center, East Jordan, June 27-July 16. jordanriverarts. com. Post Urban-Northern Midwest: New Work by Rufus Snoddy: Exhibit featuring one artists' transition from California to Northern Michigan living. Featured at Gallery 50, now through July 31. Located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Community Mural Project: The public is invited to paint a square tile that will make up the 13 by 50-foot mural on Ace Hardware in TC. Hosted by the Artcenter, TC. Stop by or call 941-9488 for more info. Michigan Water Color Society Exhibition: A juried show of Michigan water color artists held at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, June 20-Sept. 5. Art of the Watershed: Opening reception featuring art quilts and fiber art by Silvertree Art Quilters at the Watershed Center, TC. Exhibit runs through September 7. Portion of sales support protection of Grand Traverse Bay. Visit Quilt Show: Work from ten quilters are on display at the Crystal Lake Art Center, Frankfort, now through the end of June. Exhibit open 9am-5pm. North of the Bridge Exhibit: Showcasing artists from the Upper Peninsula at the Crooked Tree Arts Center's Art Tree Gallery, Petoskey. H2 OH!: Water scenes art exhibit showing at Seed Studio Gallery, Elk Rapids, May 15-July 15. Translucent: Watercolor and glass medium exhibit held at Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

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Antrim & Charlevoix 220 Lake St. - Boyne City Levels Nightclub: Tues. -- Daniel Adams Wed. -- Robin Lee Berry Thurs. -- Nathan Bates Sun. -- Open Mic, 8pm Alden Bar & Grille Sun. -- Open mic Mon. -- Jeff Woodsey BBQ Restaurant - Boyne City 7/16 & 7/17 -- Michael Lee, 6pm Bellaire Lanes Sandbaggers Lounge Wed. -- Danny B. BOYNE MOUNTAIN - Boyne Falls Beach House: 7/16 -- Nelson Olstrom, 7-10pm 7/17 -- Pete Kehoe, noon-3pm; Michelle Chenard, 7-10pm Everett's: 7/16 -- Nelson Olstrom 7/17 -- Ron Getz Pierson's: Buck's Bar - Mancelona Thurs. -- Music Video DJ Adam R Fri & Sat -- Live music Cafe Santé - Charlevoix Country Club of Boyne Seminole Pub: Wed. -- Pete Kehoe Douglas Lake Bar - Pellston Flight Deck - Charlevoix

7/13 -- Hipps & Ricco Front Porch Cafe - Ellsworth Jordan Inn - East Jordan 3rd Tues. -- Featured Artist Night 4th Tues. -- Folk Jam Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music Murray's Bar & Grill - E. Jordan All shows are 9pm-12am 7/16 -- The Worker Bees 7/17 -- Beer Bottle Blues Band Pearl's - Elk Rapids Press Box - Mancelona Fri. -- Live music w/ Lobdell Rhode, 6:30-8:30pm; trivia, 9pm Red Mesa Grill - Boyne City River Walk - Elk Rapids Roadhouse - Mancelona SHANTY CREEK RESORT -Bellaire Ivan's: Lakeview: Short’s - Bellaire Smokey's - Pellston 7/17 -- Hipps & Ricco, 8-11pm Sportsman's Bar - Boyne City Vasquez Hacienda - E.R. Tues. -- Open Mic Night Fri. -- Nick Vasquez Villager Pub - Charlevoix Whitney's - Charlevoix

Otsego, Crawford & Central Biggby Coffee - Gaylord Weds. -- Open mic hosted by Billye Thatcher Brothers Coffee & Tea - Gaylord 3rd Sat. -- Open Mic, hosted by Steve D, 6:30-8:30pm Club Rumors - Gaylord Wed. -- Comedy Night The Otsego Club - Gaylord Forest Dunes - Roscommon Golden Nugget - Ellsworth

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Railside - Elmira SOARING EAGLE CASINO Mt. Pleasant Water Lily Lounge: 7/16 -- John Whalen 7/17 -- Joe Meyer Stampede Saloon - Gaylord Timothy's Pub - Gaylord Fri. & Sat. -- Video DJ w/ Larry Reichert Ent.

Aroma's Coffee House - TC Tues. -- John Pomeroy, 7-9pm Auntie Pasta's & Zio's - TC Patio: Thurs., Fri., Sat. -- Live Music Blue Tractor - TC Bud's - Interlochen Thur. -- Live Music, 5-8pm Catch Island Grill - TC 7/18 -- Big Rand Mon. -- Ron Getz w/ Ronnie Hernandez, 5-8:30pm Chateau Chantal - TC Thurs. -- Dave Collini, Jeff Haas Cherry Stop - TC Uncorked Wine Bar: Sat. - The Music Factory, 5-7pm Crema - TC Tues. -- Break-Dancing, 7pm Thurs. -- Rojo Loco, 6-8:30pm Fri. -- Open Mic, " " Sat. -- Live Local Music, " " Sun. -- Doug Hansen, 1-3pm Fantasy's - Traverse City Adult Entertainment w/ DJ Fireball Lounge - Kalkaska Fri. -- DJ Scott Hall Sat. -- Live Music Gio's Trattoria Grill - Kalkaska Mon. -- Musician Open Mic Sat. -- Teen Dance Party, 2-5pm Ground Zero - TC Thurs. -- College Night Sat. -- Z93 Ladies Night Hayloft Inn - TC Band, 7pm Thurs. -- Open Mic Fri. & Sat. -- Live country music Hide Away Bar & Grill Kingsley Fri. -- Music by Hot Traxx HOLIDAY INN WEST BAY - TC Patio: 7/14 -- The Howard Richards Quartet, 4-8pm 7/15 -- Ron Getz & Ron Hernandez, 4-8pm 7/16 -- BlueShadow Band, 48pm 7/17 -- Canary in a Coal Mine, 4-8pm Shimmers: 7/16 & 7/17 -- Orchid Pool Interlochen Eagles 7/17 -- Lonesome Fugitive Band, 6:30pm Kilkenny's - TC 7/16 & 7/17 -- Maybe August Tues. -- Levi Britton, 9:30pm Wed. -- Open Mic w/ Dave Weber, 9pm-12am



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Thurs. -- Johnny P and Pauly, 9pm-1am Last Sun. -- Song of the Lakes & Wild Sullys Lil Bo Pub & Grille - TC 7/12 -- Leo Creek, 7-10pm 7/15 -- Comedy w/ Marti Johnson, 8pm 7/16 -- Willy & the Wanna Be, 8:30-11:30pm 7/17 -- The Corvairs, 8:3011:30pm Mon. -- Free Business Meet & Greet, 4:30-6:30pm Tues. -- TC Celtic, 7-9pm Wed. -- Getz-Tarczon-Wire, 8:30-11:30pm Loading Dock - TC 7/16 -- Delilah Dewylde 7/17 -- Bear Lake Mon. - TC Celtic, 7-9pm Sun. - Open Mic Mission Table - TC Northern Lites - TC 7/16 & 7/17 -- Alter Ego Thurs. -- Open Mic w/ Alter Ego North Peak - TC Patio: 7/14 -- Robert Abate 7/15 -- Andy Spence 7/16 -- Kevin Kelly 7/17 -- Jim Hawley Oryana - TC Lake Street Cafe: Wed. -- Robert Abate, 3-4pm PARK PLACE HOTEL -- TC Beacon Lounge: 7/19 -- Levi Britton Thurs. - Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann ParkShore Resort - TC Fri.-Sat. -- Live DJ, 8pm-12am Peegeo's - TC 7/16 & 7/17 -- Big Rand Phil's on Front - TC Mon. -- Hipps & Ricco, 9-11pm Tues. -- Elizabeth Rivers, 8-10pm Weds. -- Al Jankowski, 8-10pm Thurs. -- Miriam Pico w/ Jankowski, 8-10pm Fri. & Sat. -- Jay Webber Poppycocks - TC 7/16 -- On Quartet 7/17 -- Harvey Wallbangers Roadhouse - Mancelona Tues. -- Open Mic, 8-12 Reign Underground Teen Club - TC (ages 14-19) Fri. & Sat. -- DJ 9pm-2am Sail Inn - Traverse City The Shed - Traverse City 7/17 -- Robert Abate, 5-9pm Sleders - TC Side Traxx - TC Fri.-Sat. -- DJ/VJ Mike King State Street Grill - TC 7/14 -- Big Rand, 6-10pm Steven's Place - TC

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Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, recent winner of the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, is currently working on a DVD documentary that was, surprisingly, fan-generated. As-of-yet untitled, the doc is being put together from over 350 hours of footage that was filmed from 20072009, while Heap was recording her current album, Ellipse. Fans emailed Heap and asked if she could please videotape some of her songwriting process and recording, so they could get a behind-thescenes look at her album progress, and she did exactly that, filming from her first songwriting days through mixing... Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has teamed up with a plethora of fellow indie-rockers to form the supergroup Tired Pony. Tired Pony, which now consists of Lightbody, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and R.E.M. “extra member” Scott McCaughey, Snow Patrol collaborators Iain Archer and Troy Stewart, and Belle and Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn, also snagged Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee to serve as producer on their debut album, The Place We Ran From, which will drop on July 12. The album also features a guest appearance by Editors’ singer Tom Smith; the first single from the album, “Dead American Writers,” will hit radio on the same day as the album... Beastie Boys are still adding the icing - er, spicing? - to their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1, which had its release postponed when Beastie Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. The band, of course, instead made Yauch’s re-

covery their priority; Yauch is still receiving treatment, but his bandmates say he’s been feeling “pretty good,” so they’re letting the album rest for a little, and hope to release it to the masses this upcoming September... Interpol have done some band member shuffling for their live performance lineup, hiring bass player Dave Pajo (Zwan) to replace original member Carlos Dengler, and adding in Secret Machines frontman Brandon Curtis to sing backing vocals and play keyboards. Interpol are also making big plans to tour the UK and Ireland this winter, and have announced that they’ll release their fourth full-length album this upcoming September...

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>>>>> Click on website URLs (www.addresses) in the ads and stories to go directly to the websites of advertisers & organizations. MINI BUZZ: We Were Promised Jetpacks have announced a slate of U.S. and Canadian summer shows, which will include stops in Toronto (7/3), Detroit (7/9), and Chicago (7/12); Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club will serve as opening acts... Comedian-turned-banjo picker Steve Martin and his band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, will kick off the 51st Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 30 in Newport, Rhode Island... Social music service Rdio, developed by the creators of Skype, will be offering unlimited streaming of five million songs from your computer and cell phone; plans run from $4.99-$9.99 per month... The National have added a plethora of tour dates in support of their new album, High Violet; stops will include Philly (6/4 and 6/5), Washington DC (6/6), Toronto (6/8), a skip around Europe, and then a return to the U.S. for shows in Royal Oak MI (8/3), Chicago’s Lollapalooza Fest (8/6), and Atlanta GA (10/5)... Wiley, Sound of Guns, and The Courteeners have been confirmed to perform at the 10th anniversary of the UK’s Big Reunion show, which will take place on November 19-21and 26-28... The flailing Tonight Show with Jay Leno, sinking fast over its poor ratings and backlash from the Conan O’Brien dismissal, is grasping at straws by introducing its fourth Tonight Show theme song in a year...

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Sarah McLachlan - Laws of Illusion - Arista One of Canada’s most popular musical exports, singer-songwriter McLachlan’s voice and piano work are as striking as ever on her latest full-length, which arrives seven years after her last. McLachlan’s gone through a lot of personal turmoil since then, unfortunately; some of which she beautifully channels through her songs, from the bittersweetness of “Loving You Is Easy” to the sadness of “Heartbreak” and the fragile melody of “Forgiveness.” “One Dream,” the pretty inspirational number she crafted for the 2009 Olympics, is also included here.

Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park - Razor and Tie Another Canadian export anchored by siblings Margo, Michael, and Peter Timmins, this band got some of their first early breaks opening for U2 on tour. Far more introspective than the bombastic Irish rockers, the Junkies create far more mellow music, too, although the emotions behind the songs are comparative to U2’s level of intensity. On Renmin Park, a fictional story is told of a doomed romance, enhanced by Michael Timmins’ recent trip to China, which inflects the band’s compositions with Asian field recordings and Eastern complexities.

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Cyrus: (Comedy, R, 91 minutes). Two lonely people (John C. O’Reilly and Marisa Tomei) meet at a party and like each other. She has a 20ish son (Jonah Hill) who welcomes O’Reilly to their home and invites him to stay for dinner. But a comedy of social embarrassment develops when it becomes clear that the son is jealous and possessive of his mother, and perhaps too physically familiar with her. No, it’s not incest; let’s call it inappropriate behavior that his mom doesn’t seem to discourage. Rating: Three and a half stars.

Jonah Hex: (Action thriller, PG-13, 80 minutes). Josh Brolin plays the hero, who vows vengeance against the evil Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), a Confederate who burned his family alive. The film takes place in a dusty western town named Stunk Crick, although its climax involves Hex trying to save the U.S. Capitol building from Turnbull’s terrorist super weapon. Megan Fox plays (are you ready for this?) a hooker who lives up over the saloon and loves Hex, even though his face was branded by Turnbull. Oh, and Hex can speak with the dead. Rating: Two stars.

Splice (Science fiction, R, 107 minutes). Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play partners in research and romance who clone human DNA with genes from other animals and unexpectedly produce a child or a monster, take your pick. This creature, named Dren (nerd spelled backward) is smart, fast-growing and humanoid. Rating: Three stars.

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Who runs this game preserve, and why? If you recall the first “Predator” (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger and other killers found themselves in the Amazon fighting an unseen predatory alien. Has that race of aliens imported humans to its solar system for a rematch? Is it a wise use of resources to transport several mammals untold light-years through space just so you can watch them getting their asses predatored? No time to think about them. Here come some really vicious warthog-looking creatures. They weigh about half a ton apiece, move as fast as lions, and have so many horns and spikes sticking out of them that fornicating must have to be a sometime thing. Look at an illustration of one of these fearsome beasts. Can you spot the design flaw? Its horns

Get Him to the Greek (Comedy, R, 108 minutes). Jonah Hill plays an earnest young record exec assigned to deliver a wasted rock star (Russell Brand) to his comeback concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Rating: Three stars.

The Killer Inside Me: (Crime thriller, R, 109 minutes). Casey Affleck is effective as a mildmannered, well-behaved psychopath, who seems utterly disconnected from the vicious crimes he commits. His female victims also seem oddly detached from their pain and their taste for pain. Adapted from a pulp crime thriller by Jim Thompson, the film is well directed by Michael Winterbottom, but lacks closure because its central character is so completely disconnected from his actions. With Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Bill Pullman. Rating: Two and a half stars.

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The Karate Kid: (Action drama, PG, 131 minutes). Faithfully follows the plot of the 1984 classic, but stands on its own feet and takes advantage of being shot on location in China. Jackie Chan dials down convincingly as the quiet old janitor with hidden talents, and Jaden Smith (son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) holds the screen with glowing charisma. Rating: Three and a half stars.

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or fangs, whatever they are, extend too far in front of its mouth! Yes, after they kill their prey, how do they eat it? It’s as inconvenient as a muzzle on a pit bull. I thought, maybe they lie on their backs and shovel the food in with their feet? But no, how’s that gonna work with all the spikes on their backs? Never mind. The movie is mostly about our nasty heroes being attacked by terrifying antagonists in incomprehensible muddles of lightning-fast special effects. It lacks the quiet suspense of the first “Predator,” and please don’t even mention the “Alien vs. Predator” pictures, which lacked the subtlety of “Mothra vs. Godzilla.” The resident aliens view everything in POV shots through what looks like a video monitor with a haywire color adjustment, and they appear in ways I will not go into. There are always a few characters who get killed in attack movies like this. What confuses me is why they don’t all get killed. Look at the illustration again. If that thing hit you at 20 mph and got you down on the ground and all you could do was stab it with your knife, would you expect to have dialogue later in the movie? There is of course one woman in the film, Isabelle (Alice Braga). She and Royce slowly bond, and eventually at the end... but no, I can’t tell you if they kiss. That would be a spoiler. One thing you know for sure: The alien warthogs don’t spend a lot of time frenching. Rating: Two stars.

The Kids Are All Right (Comedy, R, 104 minutes). A sweet and civilized comedy, quietly satirical, about a lesbian couple, their children, and the father the kids share via sperm donation. When they meet him, they like him, he likes them, and their moms are not so sure. What happens is calmly funny, sometimes fraught and very human. With pitch-perfect performances by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as the moms, Mark Ruffalo as the dad, and Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson as the 20-something children. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Rating: Three and a half stars. Toy Story 3: (Animated, G, 102 minutes). Young Andy has grown to college age, and has to decide what to do with his once-beloved toys when he goes off to school. This leads to threats of abandonment for the toys, and harrowing adventures at a day care center and a garbage dump. Lacking the humanity that infused the earlier “Toy Story” sagas, and happier with action and jokes than with characters and emotions, but I expect its target audience will love it. Rating: Three stars. Winter’s Bone: (Drama, R, 99 minutes). Jennifer Lawrence is brilliant as a 17-year-old girl whose father has skipped bail and left his family threatened with homelessness. In a dirt-poor area of the Ozarks, she goes seeking him among people who are suspicious, dangerous and in despair. Rating: Four stars.

THE BOUNTY HUNTER (Comedy, PG-13,). An inconsequential formula comedy and a waste of the talents of Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. He’s a bounty hunter, she’s skipped bail on a traffic charge, they were once married, and that’s the end of the movie’s original ideas. We’ve seen earlier versions of every single scene to the point of catatonia. One and a half stars. GREENBERG (Drama, R, 107 m., 2010). Ben Stiller in one of his best performances as a chronic malcontent who returns to L.A. to house-sit, nurture his misery, and reconnect with people who quite rightly resent him. With Greta Gerwig as an aimless but pleasant young college graduate who feels sorry for him, and Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh as survivors of his troublesome past. Directed by Noah Baumbach of “The Squid and the Whale.” Rating: Three and a half stars. CHLOE (Drama, R, 96 m., 2010). A woman doctor (Julianne Moore) suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of cheating, and hires a young call girl (Amanda Seyfried) to test how he might respond. She is fascinated by the girl’s reports. Her jealousy shifts into curiosity. And the call girl? What’s in this for her? Director Atom Egoyan weaves a deceptive erotic web. Rating: Three and a half stars. SINGLE MAN (Drama, R, 101 m., 2009). Colin Firth as a homosexual Brit teaching college in Los Angeles in 1962 and privately mourning his lover, who has been dead for eight months. He maintains an impeccable facade as he goes through what we have reason to suspect may be the last day of his life. Julianne Moore is the wealthy woman with whom he maintains a sad friendship. . Rating: Three stars. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Thriller, not rated, 148 m., 2010). Compelling thriller with a heroine more fascinating than the story. She’s Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace), a 24-year-old Goth girl with body piercings and tattoos: thin, small, fierce, damaged, a genius computer hacker. She teams up with a taciturn Swedish investigator to end a serial killer’s 40 years of evil. Based on the international best seller. Intense and involving. The planned Hollywood remake will probably have to be toned down. Rating: Four stars. BROOKLYN’S FINEST (Crime drama, R, 140 m., 2010). Three cops, three journeys to what looks like doom. They aren’t bad guys, precisely, but they occupy a world of such unremitting violence that they’re willing to do what it takes to survive. Well-crafted, good performances, but a screenplay that pulls strings a little too obviously. Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes. Rating: Three stars. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Fantasy adventure, PG, 119 m., 2010). A teenage New Yorker (Logan Lerman) discovers he is a demigod. Rating: Three stars. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (Comedy, R, 100 m., 2010). A raunchy guy comedy where three buddies and a nephew fall into a magical hot tub and are transported in time to the scene of their legendary bacchanal at a 1980s ski lodge. Rob Corddry, from “The Daily Show,” steals the movie as a tireless party animal; John Cusack and Craig Robinson are his buddies, Clark Duke is Cusack’s nephew, Crispin Glover is a surly one-armed bellboy, and Chevy Chase, with a twinkle in his eye, is the hot tub repairman. Not quite the equal of “The Hangover,” but with a lot of the same appeal. Better than the title might suggest. Rating: Three stars.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Thou shalt not kill” is a crucial rule for you to follow, and not just in the literal sense. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should also be extra vigilant as you avoid more metaphorical kinds of destruction. Please be careful not to unleash ill-chosen words that would crush someone’s spirit (including your own). Don’t douse newly kindled fires, don’t burn recently built bridges, and don’t deprive fresh sprouts of the light they need to keep growing. To put this all in a more positive frame: It’s time for you to engage in a reverent and boisterous celebration of life, nurturing and fostering and stimulating everywhere you go.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The baseball game was over. TV announcer Mike Krukow was describing the “ugly victory” that the San Francisco Giants had just achieved. The team’s efforts were sloppy and chaotic, he said, and yet the win counted just as much as a more elegant triumph. He ended with a flourish: “No one wants to hear about the labor pains; they just want to see the baby.” That’s my message to you this week, Taurus. All that matters is that you get the job done. It doesn’t matter whether you look good doing it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s the really good news: CIA director Leon Panetta says there are fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda combatants in Afghanistan. Here’s the utterly confusing news: The U.S has over 94,000 highly trained human beings in Afghanistan whose express purpose is to destroy Al-Qaeda. I bring this up as a prod to get you to question your own allotment of martial force, Gemini. You definitely need to make sure you have a lavish reserve of fighting spirit primed to serve your highest goals. Just make sure, please, that it’s pointed in the right direction.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Give us this day our daily hunger,” prayed French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. It was his personal variation on the “Give us this day our daily bread” line from the Lord’s Prayer. I suggest you use his formulation as your own in the coming week, Cancerian. It’s the high season for your holy desires: a time when your mental and physical health will thrive as you tune in to and express your strongest, most righteous longings.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In a recent horoscope, I wrote about Christopher Owens, lead singer of the band Girls, and how he wore pajama bottoms during a show he did in San Francisco. A reader named Eric was disgusted by this, seeing it as evidence that Owens is a self-indulgent hipster. “Just another spoiled trust-fund kid,” he said in his email, “whose excessively privileged life has given him the delusion that he’s uninhibited.” With a little research, Eric would have found the truth: Owens was raised in an abusive religious cult by a single mother who worked as a prostitute to earn a meager living. I bring this to your attention in hopes it will inspire you to avoid making any assumptions about anyone. More than ever before, it’s crucial that you bring a beginner’s mind to your evaluations of other human beings.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I want to see your willpower surge and throb and carry you to a ringing triumph in the next two weeks, Virgo. I hope to be cheering you on as you complete a plucky effort to overcome some long-standing obstacle . . . as you put the finishing touches on an epic struggle to defeat a seemingly intractable foe . . . as you rise up with a herculean flourish and put the stamp of your uniqueness on a success that will last a long time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Italian word *terribilita* was originally used by art critics to describe the sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo. According to various dictionaries, it refers to “a sense of awe-inspiring grandeur,” “the sublime mixed with amazement,” or “an astonishing

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creation that provokes reverent humility.” In my astrological opinion, terribilita is a prerequisite for the next chapter of your life story. You need be flabbergasted by stunning beauty. Where can you go to get it? A natural wonder might do the trick, or some exalted architecture, or the biography of a superb human being, or works of art or music that make you sob with cathartic joy. For extra credit, put yourself in the path of all the above.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In a favorable review of Badger Mountain Riesling wine, said, “The sweet succulent aromas of bosc pears are woven with lilacs and just a hint of petrol.” Meanwhile, Allure magazine named Secretions Magnifique as one of the top five sexiest perfumes in the world, even though its fragrance is like “floral bilge.” Petrol? Bilge? Both commentaries seem to suggest that greatness may contain a taint -- or even that the very nature of greatness may require it to have a trace of something offensive. I’m guessing that’ll be a theme for you in the coming week.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): During the grace period you’re currently enjoying, you have a talent for tuning in to the raw potential of whatever situation is right in front of you; you just naturally know how to establish rapport with circumstances you’ve never seen before. That’s why your spontaneous urges are likely to generate fun learning experiences, not awkward messes. You’ll thrive as you improvise adeptly with volatile forces. It may therefore seem like your progress will be easy, even a bit magical. Some people may regard your breakthroughs as unearned. But you and I will know that you’re merely harvesting the benefits that come from a long period of honing your powers.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A few single friends of mine use the dating site OkCupid to meet potential lovers. One woman got the following notice: “We are pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid’s most attractive users. How can we say this with confidence? Because we’ve tracked click-thrus on your photo and analyzed other people’s reactions to you . . . Your new elite status comes with one important privilege: You will now see more attractive people in your match results. Also! You’ll be shown to more attractive people in their match results. And, no, we didn’t send this email to everyone on OkCupid. Go ask an ugly friend.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you will soon receive a metaphorically comparable message, not from OkCupid, but from the universe itself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The liberation movement kindled in the 1960s wasn’t all fun and games. It ushered in expansive new ways of thinking about gender, race, sexuality, spirituality, music, and consciousness itself, but it was fueled by anger as well as by the longing for pleasure and meaning and transcendence. A key focus of the rage was opposition to the Vietnam War. The adrenaline stirred by anti-war protests was an instrumental part of the mix that propelled the entire era’s push for freedom. I’m hoping that the oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico will become a similar beacon in the next ten years. Can you think of a comparable prod in your personal life, Aquarius? A gnawing injustice that will help awaken and feed your irresistible drive to emancipate yourself?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Here’s a thought from Piscean poet W.H. Auden: “The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.” If what Auden describes is true for you, I suggest you try this experiment: Merge the two images; see if you can make them the same. You’re entering a phase in your cycle when you will have a tremendous opportunity to unify the inner and outer parts of your life. (And if Auden’s description is not true for you, congratulations: You are either an enlightened saint or well on your way to becoming one.)

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The Woman Who Mistook Her Sinkhole For A Boyfriend I’m thinking of postponing my wedding. My fiance seems incapable of being apart from me. We dated long distance, so I didn’t realize the extent of his clinginess until we moved in together. If I want some “me time,” he gets offended. If I don’t stand or sit next to him or cuddle with him, he claims I don’t like him. If I eat lunch with a friend instead of him (as I do daily), he’s upset. Even when we spend time with my family, there are repercussions (moping and drama when we get home). I do try to take his upbringing into consideration. His parents divorced when he was 9, and neither wants much to do with him or his brother. Initially, I found his behavior sweet…as in, “How cute that my fiance wants to come with me to the grocery store or to buy shoes,” but now I’m thinking, “Hey, Crazy, calm down, I’ll see you tonight, and I can go to the store without you.” --Smothered Even an emotionally together person can feel a little pang when their partner’s going away for a time -- like, to Europe for a week, not to Rite-Aid for a box of tampons. Other women betray their partners by having illicit sex. You only have to have illicit lunch (eat a burger with somebody who isn’t him). Grab a little alone time, and it’s like you’re slutting around on him -with yourself. For him and his unresolved issues, every day is the first day of nursery school: “Mommeeee, don’t leave meee!” On the plus side, he’s probably pottytrained to the point where he wears boxers instead of Huggies Pull-Ups. You might end up giving birth to a clingy child, but you sure shouldn’t marry one. In a healthy relationship, two fully functioning adults come together; they aren’t bolted together. They stay together because they love each other -- meaning they respect and admire each other, have more fun together, and are better together than alone. What you have isn’t love, but a guy dressing up pathological need in a love suit and manipulating you with cuddly-wuddly coerciveness: “Just stay and snuggle -- or I’ll pout till the end of time.” You’ve got a choice: live with constant conflict or avoid seeing your


family and friends -- or doing anything that’ll trigger his abandonment issues, like going to the mailbox or the ladies’ room. Hang with crazy long enough, and it can start to seem normal -- to the point where you’re only thinking of postponing your wedding instead of mapping out routes to flee. Even if your fiance wanted to change (and it seems he hasn’t yet been motivated), he isn’t going to become a full, independent person in six months or a year. It’s probably tempting to try to make it work and make allowances for his past, but just picture yourself once his neediness has not only the force of habit from your putting up with it, but a state license behind it. Sure, you can always get divorced -- that is, if you can figure out the combination to get out the front door.

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RENTALS LAKEFRONT COTTAGE TC QUIET LAKE, CUTE RELOVED VINTAGE QUIRKY COTTAGE FP. READY TO ENJOY. 39 HOBBS HWY. $145K 231-631-0319. k30 PORTAGE LAKE, ONEKAMA. Lakefront home. $1700/wk. Private beach, boat mooring, much more. 269-377-8761, 231-723-6599 (ask for Mary Lynn) or visit #190041. k34

RETAIL/OFFICE Space for lease. 528 sq. ft. $450/mo. 1132 E. 8th Street. Traverse City, MI. 231-947-4652. k34 660 SQ. FOOT RETAIL/OFFICE - tile floors, 10-foot ceilings. Us-31 benzonia. Located on top of the hill. Should be seen to be appreciated. $495. Heat included. 231-624-2108. v27 IN HONOR, completely equipped cottages on Platte River with free kayaks. Day or week. Reasonable. Riverside Acres Resort. Information, 231-325-7982. v29 SHARE LUXURY CONDO near Central High. Private 4-room apt, garage; share kitchen, washer/dryer. $450/ mo + 1/2 gas & elec. 935-1798. k28 DOWNTOWN TC monthly rooms for rent in the heart of the City. Furnished with full Kitchen & laundry. Single occupancy, no pets. or call 231-947-6360. v33 BEAUTIFUL BAY HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2, & 3 Bedroom Apts, Town Homes. No Application Fee. $99 Sec. Dep. Spectacular Specials. 231-933-9600. 600 Bay Hill Dr. Traverse City, MI 49684


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