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Bogota or Bust

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New Video Games of the Season

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you ready for winter? Every year we ask ourselves this question. The summer months full of great activities are over. Fall is ending and winter is coming. The long months that most dread- but a few cherish- are upon us. The only way to make it through the cold months of winter is to get out and enjoy it. Bundle up and embrace it! Roll around in it! Don’t let it beat you! The winter features lots of upcoming events to entertain you, including the Ice Man bike race, the VASA, as well as many winter festivals throughout northern Michigan. If you’re not a winter sports enthusiast, we’ve got you covered for some cozying up by the fire. This month we have reviewed a few books that you’ll want to check out as well as a breakdown of the most popular eReaders on the market. Of course, the elections are back with their ever growing mud slinging between candidates- now even some supporters. It always amazes me how people get so worked up over rumors and innuendos passed around by the most fervent supporters of the candidates. Most of the time the statements flying around are highly exaggerated or just untrue on both sides. The days of decorum are long gone; the days of skullduggery are just beginning. So, another issue of NM3 has been published and soon enough we will survive the political season as well as the snow. Get out and enjoy all this winter season will bring us. Remember spring is just around the corner. - Brett

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Readers for Readers By Amy Shamroe

Let’s set aside the debate over whether printed books are on a path to extinction or not. The truth is that digital readers are here to stay. They are available in a variety of brands and formats. Each has its advantages and they all have their disadvantages. With the holidays fast approaching, a digital reader is a popular gift. Let us help you navigate through the mire to find the best product for your individual needs.

Amazon Kindle:

$139-$379 ( Kindle is the granddaddy of all digital readers. Amazon released the first Kindle three years ago and the impact is hard to deny. All Kindles offer quick downloads, an online archive, and can support up to 3,500 books. They have become even lighter and sleeker and, importantly, are easy to read even in sunlight. Amazon also has added Whispersync, which allows you to sync your Kindle books to other electronic devices like your PC or phone (except iPhones). This means any book you start on your Kindle, you can start from its bookmarked page on any device linked to it. Kindles remain black and white and only support Kindle editions of books, sold through Amazon. Though improved, the page turning is still not ideal. There are three models available now. The basic, no-frills Kindle Wi-Fi is good for someone who will mostly be reading in their home or wired places domestically. It has a 6-inch screen and is a light 8.5 ounces. The battery lasts three weeks to a month, depending on whether you have the wireless on. Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi also has a 6 inch screen and is only .2 ounces more than the Kindle Wi-Fi. As the name suggests, it is also enabled with 3G offering more utility in more places, including internationally. The battery can go one month with wireless off, about ten days with it on. Kindle DX is a slightly bigger version of the device. It has a 9.7-inch screen and weighs in at 18.9 ounces, but is still pencil thin. The battery lasts up to three weeks with the wireless off, about a week with it on. The DX allows for larger text, which might make it a better option for some readers.

Barnes & Noble Nook:

$149-$199 ( Bookseller Barnes & Noble has its own digital reader, Nook. Like Kindle, the Nook comes in a Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi+3G edition. iPhone and iPad also offer Nook apps. Unlike Kindle, its storage space only has room for about 1,500, but does allow for music and periodical downloads as well as picture display. Nook has a color touch screen. It boasts no glare or backlight for easy reading in most places. Nooks also have adjustable font size to accommodate all manner of readers. As a bonus, Nook users have game options as well. Sudoku and chess are available for individual user play. Barnes & Noble has done three things that really sets Nook apart from other readers. First, their Read in Store allows you to read select eBooks free in store for a preset number or hours per day. Second, they offer “a lend a friend” program that allows you to loan your eBooks to other Nook users free. Third, and most revolutionary, was the introduction of PubIt. PubIt is an ebook self-publishing option that would allow authors, for a fee, to upload their books to the PubIt format and have them available in ePub format for any interested buyers. This feature will offer a wider variety of titles to choose from than any other source because of this easy access for writers. As we go to press, Barnes & Noble has announced a new Nook with full color touchscreen and will allow you to search the web. Check out their website for more details. 8


Apple iPad: $499 and up

( or locally at CityMac) Depending on how you look at it, the iPad is either a multi-tasker’s best friend or a really expensive digital reader. It is like the love child of an iPhone and a Kindle (if Steve Jobs would ever leave them alone together). This article’s focus is primarily on the reader aspect. One major drawback is the iPad’s glare when used outdoors in sunlight- “a very expensive mirror,” as several professional and amateur reviewers have remarked. In many ways it is like a slightly heavier, full color Kindle. It supports Kindle and iBook formats. Between apps and websites, most major publications are readable on the device, putting it on par with the Nook and Sony Reader. Total Internet access gives it gaming capabilities beyond the Nook’s. The reality is this though- for a couple hundred dollars more than a high-end digital reader; you essentially get a nice netbook. Will Apple come out with a newer, more improved model of the iPad- probably just after the holidays? Well, that is always possible... but it is still pretty cool.

digital readers are here to stay Sony Reader:

$179.99-$299.99 ( and electronic retail outlets) Tech giant Sony has also gotten into the digital reader game. Sony Readers run on a Microsoft 7 OS. They offer access to periodicals standard. All Readers feature black and white anti-glare touch screen. With Readers you can bookmark and highlight as well as make notes with a stylus. The Reader Touch and Reader Daily also offer available memory upgrade. It can support certain (Microsoft approved) music files, Word documents and digital files, suggesting an early version of whatever Microsoft’s answer to the iPad will be. There are three versions of the Reader, with the only major differences being screen size and battery life (all assuming low wireless usage). The Reader Pocket Edition features a 5-inch screen and has a battery life of about 14 days. The Reader Touch Edition has a 6-inch screen and also has an estimated battery life of 14 days. With a 7-inch screen and 22 days without wireless (11 days with), the Reader Daily Edition is the high end of Sony’s products.


So, when shopping for readers, always keep yourself or gift recipient in mind. Is it about the digital reader itself or the gift as a whole? Multi-tasker or single-minded reader? Even weight and font options can be important. In the end, only you can decide and, hopefully, this guide will help you on the right path. NM3 MAGAZINE ■ NOVEMBER 2010


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By Amy Shamroe A few months ago some articles I wrote for NM3 lead to a meeting. The meeting became the Creative Class. The Creative Class is thriving. I am still pleased at every Creative Class meeting to see so many regular members return and how many new people come to check it out. Our members come from diverse backgrounds- doctor to cook, unemployed to self-employed. It really does reflect the diversity of Traverse City. What else stands out is how the group is a community, supporting each other. Each month we have someone involved with the group give a presentation about what they do. Graphic designer, rather Graphic Storyteller, Gene Ullery-Smith, shared with us how getting to know his clients has helped him create a new way to approach graphic design. Tod Taylor showed a different, effective, and practical way to save for retirement. Jeff Stratton educated us on green energy and how accessible it can be for everyone. That is just to name a few. Each talk seems to lead to a productive discussion about the topic followed by some networking.

There is a personal touch to the meetings that makes the Creative Class unique and dynamic. We don’t sit around in cliques drinking or force everyone to make referrals to stay in the group. Make no mistake though, this all leads to business results as well. The next Creative Class meeting is November 9th, 6:30pm, at Cuppa Joe Cafe Building 50. Diana Barrie will discuss her role at the City Opera House and what it’s like working in the arts. Check out our Facebook page (even if you don’t have Facebook) for more information on the meeting and upcoming events.



by Paul Auster Reviewed by Amy Shamroe Sometimes all the scrambling at deadlines and creative surges slammed against quick turnaround in the publishing game has its rewards. One of those rewards is getting your hands on the rare and elusive galley copy of a book by an author you really love. Let me tell you, I really love Paul Auster. My love affair with his storytelling and words began with The Brooklyn Follies quickly followed by The New York Trilogy. If you have never read either of these, they should go on your “to read” list. Fortunately, Sunset Park is a bit of change from the themes of his early works, so it is a good place to jump in. Sunset Park begins literally in the middle of the wreckage that is the real estate market in post-financial crisis Florida. Miles is estranged from his family in New York and making money where he can cleaning out abandoned homes. A difficult romantic situation (that I will not ruin, because it unfolds so well) necessitates his hasty retreat from the Sunshine State. In fiction, as in life, no one can escape their past and Miles finds himself back in his old Sunset Park neighborhood where he lived before heading to Florida. Once back in Brooklyn, Miles meets up with Bing Nathan, Alice Bergstrom, Ellen Brice and Jake Baum- all young squatters sharing a condemned building. It’s at this point the full complexity of Auster’s writing shines through. The twisting narratives of these characters are layered with allusions to great American literature, film and culture. In the end, Auster tells a story that rings true for many today making their way through what are supposed to be the best years of their lives during some of the worst times their country has seen. With Sunset Park, Auster presents a work that ranks with the likes of Fitzgerald in depth of characters and an eye for the times he lives in. Sunset Park will be released November 9th. You can contact Brilliant Books today and they will send you a copy (shipping is free) when it is released.

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TORTILLAS Tienda Mexicana Osorio is an unassuming store, shelves lined with colorful product: canned sauces and vegetables, cooking tools, candy, pan dulce...

By Brandon Johnson For those of us who managed to find it tucked away in a strip mall on South Airport, Taqueria Margarita was the place for authentic Mexican food in Traverse City. The restaurant’s owner, Miguel Angel Osorio, could usually be found a few doors down in his Mexican grocery store, Tienda Mexicana Osorio. Sadly, Taqueria Margarita has closed, but luckily the grocery store is still open and has moved to a new location in the strip mall at South Airport and La Franier. Tienda Mexicana Osorio is an unassuming store, shelves lined with colorful product: canned sauces and vegetables, cooking tools, candy, pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread), a wide variety of spices and herbs, and dried chilies. Glass-doored refrigerators hold Mexican soft drinks, Mexican-style sour cream and cheese, chorizo and–most important of all–fresh tortillas. In fact, fresh tortillas were the main reason Miguel Osorio opened the store. “The important thing is the tortillas,” he insists, “so that the people who are unable to make tortillas at home have a place to buy tortillas that are fresh and without preservatives.” The fresh tortillas arrive every Friday, from tortillerias in Holland, Grand Rapids and Chicago. While Osorio currently focuses on bringing in the best tortillas in the area, he hopes demand will eventually be high enough to justify having his own tortilleria. Osorio is a warm, friendly man in his mid-forties. After moving to the United States from the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca in the late 1980s, he ran a distribution business supplying Mexican products to grocery stores and restaurants in Northern Michigan. He got to know the area and opened the grocery store in Traverse City when he saw a need in the Latino community for the high-quality products needed to make their traditional dishes. The immigrant community also had the need to know. Osorio sees his store as an information center for Latinos who may be feeling lost in a new culture. “In addition to providing tortillas, my job is to get to know Traverse City better, to get to know the authorities and the laws. My job is to inform.” Osorio is connected with the Mexican Consulate in Detroit and advises people regarding immigration-related paperwork. Over the years he has cultivated relationships 12


with area farmers who may need workers. “There are very few places where you can go in Traverse City, as a recent immigrant, where you feel comfortable asking questions and where they are willing–or able–to provide answers.” Osorio’s advice is not limited to immigrants. He often finds himself sharing with Americans who are curious about Mexico. Many come in wondering where in Mexico it is safe to travel or how to cook with the Mexican ingredients he sells. He’s only too happy to help. “I opened this business thinking more about Latinos and my pleasant surprise was that the non-Latino community has been very interested in my products as well.” Osorio is proud to add diversification to Traverse City. “Diversity makes a city more flavorful. All I want to have is a small space with the flavor of Mexico, not just in the products, but in the service as well. I want to show how we are in Southern Mexico.” A big part of Tienda Mexicana Osorio’s charm is that it doesn’t succumb to the watereddown, stylized version of Mexico many Americans expect. The store is authentically Mexican, just like the Taqueria so many of us enjoyed. Oh, and if you still really miss the Taqueria, Osorio hopes to have it reopened within the next few months next to the grocery. Que bueno!

Bogotá or Bust I decide to go and once I do, I do not read the State Department warnings; it’s like considering the calorie content after you eat the candy bar. If you want it, you want it; the information doesn’t matter at that point. By Christine Krzyszton I had a dilemma. I gave up my seat on an oversold flight for compensation and the voucher was burning a hole in my pocket; it was also expiring. My dilemma was that my search for the cheapest flight to use up the voucher turned up Bogotá, Colombia. I’ve heard it is beautiful there although still somewhat dangerous. I rationalize that is costing me nearly nothing and good value surely outweighs a certain amount of danger, doesn’t it?! I decide to go and once I do, I do not to read the State Department warnings; it’s like considering the calorie content after you eat the candy bar. If you want it, you want it; the information doesn’t matter at that point. Excited, but a little nervous about my decision to go “alone” (no one I knew would even consider going with me), I find myself packing for my weekend trip to Bogotá. As I do, I can’t help thinking, “are these the shoes I could wear for five years in captivity?” I throw in a more comfortable pair. In the not too distant past, kidnapping and drug-related crime were commonplace in Colombia. Now this activity is all but history in most urban areas and visiting can be as safe as any major city. I do select a hotel in the safest area of the city however. Arriving late at night, I rely on friendly locals to assist me in navigating the taxi line process. The flat rate ticket eliminates having to negotiate a fare; I liked that. I may get kidnapped but I won’t get ripped off by the taxi driver. Riding to my hotel late at night, no matter which foreign city I’m in, I usually mumble to myself (as I do once again tonight), “WHY AM I HERE?!” I know however that morning always answers that question. Taxi to the hotel: 20 million pesos ($9), glass of wine in the hotel lobby after getting settled $3, bedtime in Bogotá…..heavenly.

Ah, Saturday morning and the sky is clear. Bogotá has a year-round average temperature of about sixty degrees. This is their rainy season (thus the cheap ticket) so I am happy to see the sun. I ask at the front desk for input as to what I should see and do in Bogotá and soon I am surrounded by helpful people offering their favorites. It is unanimous that I must go to Zipaquira, the underground salt cathedrals. “Nothing like it in the world”, they say. “You can’t miss Andres (a popular eating venue) when you’re in Bogotá!” Another describes his favorite nearby town I should visit (Cajica) and not to miss Monseratte by cable car (the mountain). I decide to try to see them all. The hotel insists I do not venture out on my own and recommend I secure a driver. While not my transportation mode of choice, I get the message. My driver ($7 an hour) speaks “some” English. I tell him “today I will learn more Spanish and you will learn more English”. We laugh. Bogotá is beautiful, the weather perfect, and the people incredibly kind. I enjoy the trip to the countryside and impromptu Spanish lessons. I explore the magnificent underground cathedrals carved throughout the salt mines; some as big as churches. I have a delicious over-the-top grilled meat lunch experience with my driver turned friend at Andres where everything is crazy-wonderful and too unique to describe. If you can picture the Inside Out Gallery as a restaurant on love steroids, you’re close. I treasure hunt in some antique shops; explore the recommended small town, drink a beer with my driver and some locals and end my day in the mountains. Back in the city, I set out for a night on the town. The streets are alive with vibrant Latin music and crowds of people just enjoying being present. The area is concentrated with salsa bars, restaurants, and cafes. I select one with music I like and relish in people watching and conversation. The ladies are dressed in their sexy best, having flirty fun and letting everyone know the night is a special one for them and for those who join them. It’s a special evening for me as well. Alas my weekend in Bogotá is ending; I couldn’t have been more comfortable yet exhilarated as well. I have a list of activities I want to experience when I return…..and I will return. Next time I’ll pack the fancy shoes!

American Noir of the Century

Leave it to AMC, the network that greenlit Breaking Bad- a show about a high school teacher turned meth producer, to be the first network to produce a show about zombies. With Emmy Award winning programs like Mad Men and the aforementioned Breaking Bad, AMC has become the go-to network for smart, well-crafted TV shows. If adding zombie horror to the list sounds strange, think again. AMC’s new show The Walking Dead, based on the comic series of the same name, is not dumbed down or mainstreamed. The show doesn’t skimp on the gore, but the focus is on strong storytelling and compelling characters. The heart of the show is former police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who leads a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. When Robert Kirkman created the comic series his goal was to produce a more serious piece of social commentary in the vein of zombie classics like George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. The comic series, now on it’s 78th issue, is critically acclaimed and there’s no reason to expect any different from the TV series, for which Kirkman will also be a writer. The small screen version was created by Frank Darabont, who will be writing, directing and producing the show as well. Darabont’s credits include The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Can a show about zombies really be that compelling? AMC seems to think so. The network pre-ordered six episodes based solely on the strength of the scripts, the source material and Darabont’s involvement - without having seen a pilot. The Walking Dead premieres Halloween night. Even if you’ve got plans, set your DVR to record; it will be unlike anything you’ve seen on TV. 14


“...noir is not unlike pornography, in the sense that it is virtually impossible to define, but everyone thinks they know it when they see it.”

By Brandon Johnson

Edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler Reviewed by Amy Shamroe Is there anything cooler than a hard boiled detective? A femme fetale? A tough talkin’ crook? There is a certain je ne sais pas when it comes to noir. It conjures a style and feel that authors and screenwriters still try to capture todaywith mixed success. The term noir originated in a 1946 French film review, but almost immediately was used interchangeably for films and books. In the foreward, Penzler brilliantly observes, “...noir is not unlike pornography, in the sense that it is virtually impossible to define, but everyone thinks they know it when they see it.” It is this mysterious element that caused me to get goosebumps when I was given an advanced copy of The Best American Noir of the Century. When I saw James Ellroy (LA Confidential, The Black Dahlia) was an editor, I cracked it open immediately. From the first story, you are transported into a dark world of criminals, not-so-good, good guys and even some freaks- we’re talking circus freaks. This is the perfect book for avid readers and those with short attention spans. Each short story is rich with characters, detail, and packs such a punch that you will need a stiff drink when you finish them. The Best American Noir of the Century is available now, so be prepared to spend some quality time in your favorite chair during these chilly autumn nights.



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By Grant Stoye With another Christmas looming in Northern Michigan, what could possibly top the average Joe’s wish list? Y’know, aside from a Lions victory over the Dolphins just after Christmas? My best guest would be a brand spanking new video game, fresh from Santa’s velvet bag of goodness. I chose one title from three consoles, and yes, I did in fact leave out the new Call of Duty; everyone and their mom will be purchasing the Madden of War Games at midnight on November 9th. On with the show!

James Bond  007:  Blood  Stone

(PS3, November 4th) – Inside everyone who ever enjoyed video games is a smaller person who enjoys video games, and that small person played a tiny N64 loaded with GoldenEye. This new Bond offering features a voice-rich cast featuring Daniel Craig’s Bond in a race around the world to stop a nefarious plot to utitilize a deadly bio-weapon. This game has not only several intense driving stages, but also features a multi-player mode that can use up to 16 participants. Developer Bizarre wanted to put more effort into its espionage online multiplayer because “There's no point doing deathmatch when there's Call of Duty." Word. Also look for the re-release of GoldenEye on the Wii.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Xbox 360, November 16th) – With

a record-breaking amount of pre-sales, Ubisoft’s next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise looks to be quite remarkable. They approach the game with a premise of “What’s better than just one assassin? A BUNCH!” Brotherhood features the antagonist from the second game, Ezio, as he launches an assault on the Templars in Rome and gathers allies from the Brotherhood of Assassins. The free-roaming gameplay is always a favorite, with whole cities to explore (and start trouble in…), and this title will feature an online multiplayer mode that Ubisoft is more than geeked up for. Digging into the past of the franchise, this game offers a never-before-seen multiplayer layer, where players can use the Abstergo animus to train in the art of Assassination. Players can choose from a wide range of Assassin characters, each with their own back-story, unique weapons and assassination techniques. You can choose your assassin character and match your skills against other assassins from around the world. That sounds, quite frankly, buffalo-punching good.

NBA Jam (Wii, October 5th) – It will have been out for a while at this point, but

good grief, I am most excited for this game like I haven’t been since Mass Effect 2 came out. This is the triumphant return of a game that absolutely absconded with most of my spare time during my younger days, and it seems to have improved upon its humble origins. Electronic Arts has updated the game, with superb graphics and, with the Wii remote controls, newer and often more fun ways to control the game itself. It’s the over-the-top pace and play of the game that makes it so much fun, from tomahawk helicopter dunks to being absurdly on fire to my personal favorite of pushing your opponent to the ground repeatedly. Really, the only rules to abide by are the shot clock and goaltending. And that’s it. Seriously. Naturally there are secret characters in the game (No spoilers here, Stinky Pete!), and something called the Remix Mode that gives players three different challenges per team in the NBA league. Each challenge is built off of a specific mode built into the Wii version: Remix, Domination, Backboard Smash, or one of several "boss battles" against an NBA legend. Simply put, if you loved the originals and can’t get excited for this, there may be something hideously wrong with you.

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Elliott Smith – An Introduction to Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars) The world would be a better place if a compilation album like this was not needed. Smith was one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. This compilation features 14 tracks from all 7 of Smith’s releases and therefore just scratches the surface of his musical contributions but all of the songs are among his finest. There is nothing new here for die-hard fans, but the idea of a whole new generation of fans being introduced to Smith’s work is an exciting one. From the simple, lo-fi guy-and-guitar recordings of his early years to the more lush arrangements found on his major label works, Elliott Smith never seemed to hold back on expressing pain, joy, and excitement in equal measures. We may never know if Smit made the decision to take his own life or if someone made that decision for him, but through his songs we can attempt to experience some of the same emotion he felt while living. It’s sad, devastating even, to think of what might have been had he stayed around and continued making music but at least he left us with a rich legacy to come back to again and again. Available on CD and vinyl.

November 9

Maserati – Pyramid of the Sun (Temporary Residence)

While Maserati can simplistically be classified as a post-rock band, their textured arrangements and forays into experimenting with multiple styles make them stand out amongst a genre full of epic, sweeping, meandering compositions. Mixing spacey jazz elements, modern classical arrangements and a talent for restraint and release, Maserati’s music functions just as well as a background chill-out jam or a serious headphone-focused listening experience. Songs build up hypnotically, combining synthesized elements with swirling guitars and spaced-out noise adventures and then kick into energetic, relentless euphoria. Recorded throughout 2009 and 2010, the band sadly lost their drummer, Jerry Fuchs, in a freak accident before the album was completed. The last track on the album, “Bye, M’Friend, Goodbye” was the final track written and recorded with Fuchs. It seems an appropriate goodbye to Jerry, starting out like some sort of funeral dirge and then exploding into melodious celebration. The production is fantastic, clear, crisp, and the mood of the album is enthusiastic, with hooks bound to be stuck in your head for days even after one listen. Available on CD and vinyl.

November 23

Have Heart – 10.17.09 (Bridge 9)

Have Heart only released two full-length albums (along with a demo and an EP) during their existence but those two albums cemented them as one of the most important and passionate modern American hardcore bands in recent memory. They played their final show on October 17, 2009 to a packed hall in Boston, MA and this is the audio and visual document of that day (both the CD and the vinyl version also come with a DVD). Have Heart isn’t a band for everyone, but the impact they had (and continue to have) on the community that they are a part of is difficult to understand to those outside of that community. At the time of their second full-length, 2008’s Songs to Scream at the Sun, Have Heart was redefining what it meant to be a hardcore band and they displayed a passion and level of conviction that is missing from most aggressive music nowadays. Their total recorded output over the course of their career probably barely totals an hour and a half, but it’s brevity at its beautiful best.




our guide to what’s happening in northern MI. The Flatlanders – InsideOut Gallery November 8th – 8pm

The fact that Austin music titans Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock on their first go-round as The Flatlanders in 1972 were completely rejected by the country music establishment is surprising in retrospect but, ultimately, poetic. That each went on to have formidable solo careers is a testament to their talent and determination. Add to that their diverse yet complimentary styles - Joe the street-wise rocker, Jimmie Dale the mystic with the classic country voice and Butch the cerebral folk singer - and you've got a story of one of the most extraordinary kinships in American musical history. This Austin supergroup is making a one night stop in Traverse City. They have appeared on Austin City Limits and David Letterman and you won’t want miss this opportunity to see one of the best touring alternative country/rock bands in the nation.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Know – Dennos Museum November 19th

Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. The Minneapolis Star Tribune put it well when they called the dance troupe “Flat out amazing!” The company’s repute goes well beyond the sum of the dancers’ talents. Their shows feature themed pieces that include costume changes and musical segues highlighting the funky stylings of the seven-piece band. The combined and highly integrated talents of the dancers and musicians alike are known to get the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles. Infusing their unique style of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor, and finger-snapping tunes, Rhythmic Circus satisfies their “rhythmic appetite” on everything from sand to folding chairs, and, in one number, even utilizes the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps! This unforgettable show is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages amazed with its unique “you have to see it to believe it” quality!

Late Nite Catechism – City Opera House November 19 & 20 – 8pm

Late Nite Catechism has brought its nostalgic kick to every state in the U.S. as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia. Now, it’s coming to the City Opera House! Late Nite Catechism is a wildly funny play that takes the audience back to their youth, bringing the Catholic school atmosphere into a setting everyone can enjoy. The New York Times calls it “uproarious interactive theatre.” With Sister’s witty lessons, you can’t help but laugh! Even the most reluctant “students” will be clamoring to get into this class! According to Talking Broadway, “You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy Late Nite Catechism.” So grab your friends and take them for a night out they won’t soon forget.



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Traverse City Children’s Book Festival: Literacy in Action By Amy Shamroe November 13th, 10am-4pm, City Opera House is the place to be if you have kids, grandkids, nieces and/or nephews, or any special kids in your life. Traverse City Children’s Book Festival is fun for everyone. There will be readings, activities, and book signings for the entire family to enjoy. A special sneak preview screening of Carl Sams’ First Snow in the Woods will headline the event. Admission is free and proceeds go to Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council.

Authors from around the state- and the countrywill be sharing their work, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Events like this can be a spark for a kids. Imagine the joy of being a child surrounded by great books and actually meeting authors from all over. Books are still treasures and to see so many published authors in one place opens a world of possibilities. Traverse City Children’s Book Festival will mark a first for Traverse City and Michigan. Never before in the state has there been an entire book festival devoted solely to children’s and young adult books. In a town that likes its festivals, this will be a unique experience for everyone. At the core, it is all local. Authors might be coming from all over, but this event is for the Grand Traverse Area. The proceeds benefit a local, established charity. This is a day for the community- parents, kids, or anyone who just wants to be a kid again. Come by and revel in the magic that creativity, imagination, and a great story can unleash. For more information about Traverse City Children’s Book Festival go to or our Facebook page:



Behind the Scenes at the City Opera House:

Night Kite Revival

By Brandon Johnson For many of us, the backstage holds a mystical allure: we buy backstage passes at a high premium and call in favors from friends of friends to get there. What do we expect to see? Bowls full of nothing but green M&Ms or half empty bottles of Jack Daniels? Lavish spreads? Do we expect the entertainers to give private performances? The truth is, being backstage at live venues more often than not involves either a lot of frenzied preparation or a lot of waiting around. We’ll be checking in occasionally from the backstage at some venues around northern Michigan for a view from the other side of the curtain. Night Kite Revival poetry tour at the Opera House. What would be backstage at a poetry show? A rack full of outfits, including loud red blazers and a hotdog costume. What was a hotdog costume doing at a poetry reading? When the six members of the Night Kite Revival took the stage at the City Opera House in a whirlwind of poetry, comedy and music they were inspirational and sad, hopeful and dark, hilarious and dead serious. Thirty minutes before, backstage, they were mostly… hanging out. They’d been touring the country, all in one van, and they looked tired. Mike McGee and Derrick Brown ate dinner, told jokes, and chatted. Some of the poets were off getting massages provided by the City Opera House. Buddy Wakefield wandered through mumbling something about which props they’d be using. A photographer came through to snap some goofy backstage photos. As the hour approached, the poets began preparing themselves in various ways. Mike McGee’s tried out jokes, getting into the zone. Derrick Brown flipped through one his poetry books and Anis Mojgani paced through the room a few times. In a few moments they would all be different versions of themselves: more intense, stylized, serious and goofy. The tiredness would be gone from their eyes, replaced with zeal for poetry.

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By Nels Veliquette Relativity and comparison are powerful tools. So you don’t have big mountains with mile long runs around here. Do you feel the need to travel all the way to the Keewenaw to get “900 feet of vertical drop” eh? And you’re more likely to hear “That’s it?” rather than “Oh yeah! That’s it!” after a short and uninspired ride on your snowboard? Maybe you need to shorten things up and use the power of relativity to your advantage. If you’ve got an abundance of balance and an extreme streak in this land of undersized slopes then Snowskating might be for you. The Snurfer of the late ‘60s is often cited as the “first” snowboard. Visualize an old wooden water ski with a rope tied to the nose. As is often the case when everyone wants their share of a famous relative most snowskating devotees also consider the Snurfer as the “first” Snowskate due to the obvious absence of bindings. Over the years there have been many iterations of the snowskate, including some featuring skis strapped directly to a skateboard’s wheels and what seems like the rather dangerous idea of attaching metal runners for use on ice courses. Talk about cutting edge. At this evolutionary stage, snowskates are essentially skateboards that have been designed to ride on snow and measure up at half the size of a standard snowboard. Snowskates have a flat skate deck without bindings and they come in two types: Single and Bidecks. The Single is a laminate or plastic skateboard deck with groves on the bottom that can track on snow for easier movement. One of the most popular Singles was the Snowdeck, manufactured for a time by snowboard titan Burton to capitalize on the sport’s popularity during the early 2000s. Bidecks have a small ski attached to the underside of the deck and come in single and multi-blade varieties. Both versions came into commercial existence in the late ‘90s and enjoyed enough success at resorts across North America that parks were built specifically to mainstream this cool “urban underground” winter sport. Sadly, most resorts have removed their snowskate parks and many are openly hostile to the sport’s enthusiasts, returning snowskating to its subterranean ancestry. That has not stopped companies like Ralston Snowskate of Lake Tahoe and Circuit Snow & Powderskate of British Columbia from delivering innovative designs to a new generation of skaters while keeping the sport alive by sponsoring local contests and producing snowskating videos. Like skateboarding, different snowskates are tailored for alternative environments and riding conditions. Smooth-bottomed boards are designed for speed, while rough-textured boards are used for control. Longer decks, made for stability, are favored for mountain snowskating whereas shorter decks are employed for stunts and tricks. Snowskating can also be a good low cost alternative to snowboarding because runs are generally short and use a series of rails and ramps so that any good sledding hill can be transformed into a snowskate course. Because of its compact size and the fact that the rider is not connected directly to the board, Snowskating is difficult to master and normal precautions like helmets and safety gear are mandatory. The reward to becoming a proficient snowskater in Northern Michigan is that you gain the ability to transform our local diorama into a truly extreme winter sports environment. You can increase the relative vertical drop, height of your jumps, depth of snow and length of runs by an order of magnitude when you learn to downsize. As Aesop said,”Little by little does the trick.”




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Magazine readership has grown over the past five years. (Source: MRI) Average paid subscriptions reached nearly 300 million in 2009.

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Magazines and magazine ads garner the most attention: BIGresearch studies show that when consumers read magazines they are much less likely to engage with other media or to take part in non-media activities compared to the users of TV, radio or the Internet. (Source: BIGresearch Simultaneous Media Usage Study)

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By Brett Gourdie you’re as big a football fan as I am, unless you’ve been locked in a basement, you must have noticed what a great football season this has been. With so many local high school teams heading into the playoff, does it get any better? I attended the epic Traverse City West vs. Traverse City Central crosstown rivalry a few days ago. The atmosphere was more like a college campus during rivalry week than a high school game in Michigan. These two teams were playing for everything, both were 5–3, and the winner would be crowned at least a share of the Big North Conference championship. The victor would move on to the playoffs and the loser would hang up their cleats for the year. If you were one of the 11,000 or so fans at Thirlby field that night, you witnessed one of the most entertaining football games in the history of Traverse City. Rumors were spreading around town that Thirlby Field was sold out. Lines stretched for a block down 13th Street with faithful fans hoping to get in hours before the game. The air was electric. Cars and motor homes started filling the parking lots at 4pm – a full three hours ahead of game time. The smell burgers and brats drifting in the wind from the multiple tailgate parties. By kickoff the crowd was seated - as well as standing five rows deep around both end zones. They were ready for action! What they witnessed was a knock down, drag out fight to the last possession football game. Each team took turns scoring. TC Central was tough with their spread attack, air it out, trick play style. TC West forced their will on the Trojans using their old school power running attack. We have yet to see a better high school, and possibly college football game between two highly competitive teams in recent memory. It ultimately came down to the fact TC West scored twice before Central could score again. Scoring on two consecutive drives, a 26


defensive stop, and two gutsy 2-point conversion calls by Coach Wooer sealed the deal as West in the end defeated Central 51-42. When the dust settled, nearly 950 yards of total offense had been recorded and TC West was crowned co-champions of the Big North Conference with Petoskey. All the excitement for one team continued throughout the night, as the other was dashed at end of game. The build up all week, the smack talk between the students, players, parents, and fans is over until next season. The schools have decided to move the annual rivalry game to earlier in the season next year to help both teams concentrate on the rest of their schedule. Somehow, I don’t think that will matter. It’s a huge game – always has been, always will be. TC West now moves on to play perennial powerhouse Rockford in the playoffs. The road always goes through Rockford and this might just be the year for West to run beat Rockford and reach the next level.

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The Brown Ales Are Coming! By Joe Black Now that the leaves are falling off the trees and the inevitability of winter is on the horizon it’s time to welcome in another time of year… dark beer season! And we will start with a style of brew that will aide in your transition out of summer, Brown Ale. Known for its approachability and its smooth malty style, check out these three selections and use them to toast the fall.

New Holland Cabin Fever, Holland MI

Here we have the winter installment of New Holland’s seasonal series. A popular brew here in Northern Michigan, Cabin Fever is released the second week of October just in time to fill the void from the Oktoberfest season. A russet brown and an almost opaque center with a cakey tan head, it looks like a beverage indicative of the season for which it’s made. Scents of molasses and brown sugar with roasted coffee notes leaps from the pint glass teasing at an intense brew. However the sweetness is subtle and robust earthy character dominates with notes of raisin and a hint of smoke. The finish is soft and simply teases and some spice are herbal hop characteristics. This beer I recommend on a cold day in fall, which can be enjoyable with dinner or just as reward at the end of the day.

Big Sky Moose Drool, Missoula Montana

We heard of this one from fellow beer enthusiasts as a must try, but much like Yuengling from Pennsylvania or Fat Tire from Colorado, it wasn’t available in Michigan. Now the wait is over and Moose Drool is here! Big Sky Brewing was founded by Michigan natives Brad Robinson and Neal Leathers along with Bjorn Nabozney. Brad and Neal moved out to Montana in 1990 and brewed their first beer for distribution in 1995. Shortly after Moose Drool Brown was created and has become the brewery’s number one selling beer. In the glass it exhibits a maroon core with dark brown edges and a fluffy eggshell white collar of foam. The aromas are sweet like toffee and candied walnuts with slight cinnamon notes. Those sweet notes are balanced by earthy and spicy hops on the palate, with vautumnal tones of roasted pumpkin seeds and a campfire-like smokiness. For as flavorful as Moose Drool is its remarkably smooth and refreshing. Pair it with some hearty stew or pot roast and toast the season.

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, England

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale is brewed at The Old Brewery at Tadcaster , founded in 1758. Many artisan brewing practices are still used in the giving Samuel Smith beers true old world feel. These brews were introduced stateside in 1978 and are credited with being a significant part of the craft beer movement. There is a copper hue with an amber shine to the luminous liquid. The nose jumps out with hazelnuts and crème brulee followed by herbal hop notes. The brilliance in this beer is once you start drinking it. Mouth filling chocolate and roasted malts coats your mouth while the hop bill creates slightly bitter structure to keep the sweetness in line. Fruity characteristics of cranberries and apple cider help freshen up the intensity of the initial attack of malt. The finish leaves lingering dryness and minerality that reminds me more of wine than a beer. Overall this is a top 10 beer for me. The complexities can only come from centuries and meticulous brewing practice that are a treat for anyone looking for a truly spectacular beer. 28


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Station Wagons, they conjure up memories of piling in the family and heading off on vacation for many of us. For many years vintage car collectors shunned the family cruisers, but not anymore. Wagons are now a fast growing segment of the collector car market, and this 1964 Olds is no exception. The former grocery getter is powered by the original 394ci Olds Rocket V8 engine producing 280hp and 430lb/ ft of torque with a Roto-Hydromatic 3 speed automatic transmission. More than Mom ever needed to run the kids around. The car has power steering, power brakes, power rear window, power front seat, and factory cruise control (mounted in the dash), all the luxury items offered in 1964. Other than the paint, with was resprayed with ‘98 GM Quasar Blue and a GM Bright Silver Metallic roof, the wheels, and the dual exhaust the car is all original including the upholstery. Not many of these wagons were built, as Oldsmobile contracted the Mitchell/Bentley Corporation to build all of the bodies from 1957 through 1964. They built bodies and parts for many manufacturers, including all of the Corvette bodies from 1959 through 1964, in their Owosso and Ionia Michigan facilities. This particular wagon was built in Ionia, and is even more rare because when Calvin P. Bentley died in 1964 the Ionia facility was sold to the A.O. Smith Corp., who quit making the wagon bodies shortly there after. So, it is one of the few ‘64 Olds Dynamic 88 wagons built by A.O. Smith corp.







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