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Do you ever wonder what it takes to keep those ever-present orange Coast Guard helicopters in the air?

Art Through a Different Lens A Night at

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Weekend at the Center of the World

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to a weekend in a foreign country if the price is right and the area is reasonably safe.

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Books in Suttons Bay was named by English-born owner Peter Makin as a clever play on the word brilliant, which has two different, dynamic definitions in American and British English. In America, the word usually brings to mind something intelligent and profound. The more common use in England is for something outstanding or exceptional. From the feel of the store to the titles they carry, Brilliant Books encompasses both uses of the word. When you walk into Brilliant Books, one of the first displays you might notice is the staff selections around the desk. Currently, Craig Ferguson (host of the Late Late Show on CBS) wearing a kilt is a cover that is sure to catch your eye. Ferguson’s latest book, American on Purpose, is Peter’s staff pick. He feels a bond with the star as both have emigrated from the UK to America twice and ultimately chose the US as their homes. Peter considers himself “culturally American”. He loves the “cando” spirit and the absence of blatant class distinction in America. His embrace of the American Dream has shaped much of his adult life. In the 1980s, he moved from London to California. He decided to move back to England in the early 1990s after the Berlin Wall fell and Europe seemed alive with change. He built a successful business there but frequently returned to America for conferences and other opportunities. When he met his wife, an American, he again felt the desire to return. “This is an insane thing to do!” Peter said of his own idea to open a book store. Honestly, it was. When Peter moved to Suttons Bay, something struck him immediately. The area needed a bookstore to service the community. This was in 2007. The Kindle had just been introduced among discussions of whether physical books were a dying breed in our digital age. How then, in a time when even the major bookstore chains are struggling, has Brilliant Books become a success? Brilliant Books has made a go of it, in Peter’s opinion, thanks in large part to their customer service. You feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. The employees- from 17 year old Heather to bookstore veteran Emma- love people. They like to share what they know and, if they don’t

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By Brett Gourdie you ever wonder what it takes to keep those ever-present orange Coast Guard helicopters in the air? We have all seen them cruising over the Northern Michigan sky on a regular basis. As you stop and admire them from a distance, have you ever asked yourself what it takes to keep those aircraft at the ready? We met up with Commander Jonathan Spaner of Traverse City’s Coast Guard base to find out what goes on behind the scenes in the hangers. As we talked to Cdr. Spaner, it was obvious the pride he has in what has become one of the most sought after bases in the Coast Guard system. “The Traverse City base is a high point of interest,” boasted Cdr. Spanner regarding the base, which originated in 1941. The base houses five HH65C Dolphins which are used for Homeland Security patrols, cargo and drug interdiction, ice breaking, military readiness, pollution control, and search and rescue missions. A crew with a Dolphin was deployed to work on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on a rotation from May to August. Many longdistance missions have been undertaken over the years from the Traverse City base from drug smuggling to search and rescue after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. “It’s unusual to have all five of our planes at the base at one time,” said Cdr. Spaner. “A few of them are typically on missions elsewhere but return to the base when their assignments are completed.”

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One such aircraft was being prepared for a long-term mission out of the area. As the boating season winds down on the Great Lakes, the crews and their equipment are sometimes pressed into duty elsewhere. The Traverse City base is a highly strategic location to the Coast Guard, so sufficient crews will always be here. In 2003, Coast Guard operations were transferred to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. That move added more crews, aircraft, and missions for the base. The men who

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maintain these magnificent pieces of equipment, now more than ever, have to keep the HH-65C’s ready to go at a moment’s notice. There are 140 to 150 personnel assigned to Traverse City. We met up with the eight men of the night shift. They are the unsung heroes doing the day in and day out work of maintaining the five HH-65C aircraft. To give you some idea of the work it takes to keep the HH-65C’s safe and reliable on a daily basis, imagine spending sixteen man hours of upkeep to every one hour of operation time on your car. That is roughly the time spent for each hour of fly time. As the helicopter known as 6544 finished its day’s mission, the pilot and crew debriefed the ground crew of any issues. The plane backed into its spot in the hanger and the AMTs (Aviation Mechanical Technicians) and AETs (Aviation Electronic Technicians) jumped into action like a the finely tuned machine. It’s obvious they are well trained and highly motivated, every action performed with efficiency and safety in mind. A level of expertise, calmness, and quiet confidence exudes from each of the


young men, typically in their 20s, as they attack the helicopter. Before we knew it the cowl,or “turtle deck” as the men call it, was removed and carefully placed on a rack to protect the carbon fiber pieces that cover the jet engines and transmission areas of the copter. Plane 6544 was due for its seven and fourteen day inspection, a more in depth maintenance than the daily routine. There is a real sense of teamwork among the men as they check and recheck each other’s work. Each seems to learn from the other and they all strive to live up to the Coast Guard’s core values- Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Earlier in the day, Cmdr. Spaner used the term “point of pride” when it comes to the men maintaining these important pieces of equipment. AMT3 David Lheureux explained, “Our typical shift is 4pm to midnight, but we work until the job is done and the aircraft is ready to fly. Sometimes, it’s two or three o’clock in the morning before we are done. Our priority is having the aircraft ready and safe at all times.” The Coast Guard uses a unique program the crew calls “fixers and flyers”. All of the maintenance crew also fly on the aircraft they maintain. A typical crew consists of the Pilot, Co-Pilot, an in-flight mechanic, and a Rescue Swimmer for a search and rescue mission. The other branches of the service either have “flyers” or “fixers”, but both as are assigned to the HH65C here. The “fixers”,

as they call themselves, are not only trained in the upkeep and repair of the aircraft, but are trained for rescue and security missions as well. This adds another level of confidence in the maintenance of the equipment. The next time you see one of the bright orange helicopters hovering in the Northern Michigan sky, just remember all the hard work it takes to keep it up there safely. The USCG motto is Semper Paratus, Latin for “Always Ready” or “Always Prepared”- that rings very true indeed.

A level of expertise, calmness, and quiet confidence exudes from each of the young men, typically in their 20s, as they attack the helicopter. NM3 MAGAZINE ■ OCTOBER 2010

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Weekend at the

Center of the World By Christine Krzyszton

BY NOW

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that I will go anywhere on a weekend if the price is right and the chance of being murdered is low. Not only was the price right but Ecuador was a place I have been yearning to explore and the crime rate in recent years has declined to “acceptable world standards” according to Wikipedia. Considering Quito, Ecuador’s second largest city, has an average year-round temperature of 66 degrees and is only an hour time difference from Michigan, jet lag is nearly non existent; the perfect choice for a weekend jaunt. After securing my cheap flight and a nearly free stay at a centrally located hotel, I’m off to Ecuador. The late arrival leaves time for nothing but sleep then morning brings the opportunity for breakfast in the old city. This is my kind of place; for just over two bucks I was served a full morning meal of a ham and cheese omelet, a large glass of fresh squeezed mango juice, European pressed coffee, and croissant with butter. Even better, the taxi ride was only one US dollar; yes, that’s the currency they use! You could spend endless hours wandering the cobblestone streets of Quito, photographing the amazing ancient churches (nearly three dozen in the old city), gazing at the mountains in the background, and listening to live music in the squares, but let’s step up the action and take the cable car to the top of the mountain to gain a larger perspective of the area. Altitude adjustment can be a challenge on a short stay with symptoms ranging from a queasy stomach, light-headedness, 12

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to shortness of breath from walking up and down the rolling streets. My plan to offset the unstableness is to venture even higher because I know that mountain climbers often ascend to higher altitudes then descend to spend the night; it helps them acclimate. In reality, I learn that this technique has one major flaw: you have to survive feeling like crap at the higher altitude in order to eventually feel better. I stood only minutes on the 12,000-foot peak but the views were spectacular. Additional altitude torture included venturing to the top of a lesser mountain to visit a giant religious virgin statue (as opposed to a non-virgin statue) that overlooked the vast city, which spreads for 50km through the valley. This large city has amenities that rival other major cities in the world with its great outdoor markets, energetic nightlife, and all the upscale amenities you’d expect. What’s different in Quito is the cost to participate; it’s all affordable.

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to a weekend in a foreign country if the price is right and the area is reasonably safe. When you’re only spending a day or two in a city, a tour may be a necessary. That said, I am about to find out what two Japanese, two New Zealanders, a Mexican, and an American have in common; turns out, quite a lot. In this case, a desire to venture out to the equator to try our hand at some center-of-the-world experiments and whatever else can happen in a fourhour tour. We first partake in all of the customary things you do on the equator: balance an egg on the head of a nail, demonstrate how little physical balance you have when trying to walk the equator with your eyes closed, dividing our bodies between two continents by putting one foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern, having our pictures taken at the zero degree longitude sign, and drinking beer. It is the last experiment that leads to diversion and the need to subsequently join in a local celebration of music, dancing and drinking. When hunger sets in, we naturally order an array of foods none of us have eaten before including some local favorites: gazpacho with popcorn, roasted guinea pig, and some kind of wonderful spicy cheese and egg soup. Soon, it is obvious that the tour has been extended well beyond its intended four hours and we are now playing on South American time; an all too common experience I’m just starting to appreciate. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to a weekend in a foreign country if the price is right and the area is reasonably safe. And remember, the best deals are found when you don’t predetermine where you’re going, surprise yourself!


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By Hanna Burdek Being a resident of Traverse City has it perks, but when most of us start to ponder those perks “tourism” is not the first thing that comes to mind. After spending a summer working in the hospitality business, I can honesty say that I am a bit relieved that the trees are changing to their usual vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Although I am used to hearing the out-of-towners gush over how picturesque our landscape is and how delicious some of the local eats are I repeatedly heard a few new things this summer. Comments about the artful culture we have created were common and the growth of our shopping options has pleased many. Hearing these things made me start to see Traverse City in a different light. Traverse City isn’t just a place to eat cherries and go swimming three months out of the year anymore; Traverse City is place with a morphing culture. Our budding culture is the perfect catalyst for our changing style. We are not the average small, American, city anymore. Our dress reflects our passions and many of us have decided that our wardrobe is a form of self-expression. Our style is a unique mix of all the wonderful things Traverse City has become, and a tribute to our diversity. So next summer, when the cherries blossom, and the tourists start pouring in I will still be frustrated that fudgies don’t drive the speed limit, but I will be a lot more open to what they have to say about Traverse City. Sometimes the best view of who we are comes from those on the outside looking in.

GREEN HEROES We’d like to share with you some local unsung heroes who are near and dear to my junk loving heart. Northern Michigan is lucky to have recycling heroes such as Andy Gale from Bay Area Recycling for Charities(baRc), Mike & Eddie Ascione of American Waste and Shawn Kasner of TC eWaste. The hardworking crew at baRc provides unique recycling services, such as dedicated ninety-six gallon recycling totes for residential pick-up and a wide variety of recycling options. They also provide “Zero Waste” event services for area happenings, including food composting. American Waste recycles even if you didn’t take the time to do so. You may be suspicious of seeing your trash and recycling getting loaded into the one truck. Don’t worry. The Asciones set up American Waste with a very well-engineered system that sorts recyclable commodities from the trash that they pick up. It’s an impressive system that saves them money (and the ozone) by not sending out separate trash and recycling trucks. This, in turn, helps them keep your bill low and saves tax dollars because there is less wear and tear on area roads. TC eWaste has created a business by providing electronics waste recycling services. This business has drop-off locations as well as pick-up services for certain quantities. They take everything from remote key-less fobs from autos to televisions to every possible computer component. Most items can be dropped off at no cost, while others, like a TV, will cost you few bucks to keep it out of a landfill. These companies provide our area a range of waste reduction options and should be lauded for all that they do. In addition to these leaders, the guys who work for them in the trenches are truly unsung heroes. Don’t forget to tip them during the holidays right along with your mail carrier! If you can’t recycle it with these guys, check out www.RecycleChicken.com for more area resources.

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By Brandon Johnson

“This

is like, my living room,” Scott Wilson points out, walking through his art gallery. At the back of the gallery, he slides open a heavy wood door to reveal the rest of his living space- small but stylish, with modern furniture and high warehouse ceilings. The whole place has the hip feel of a big-city loft. Scott lives and works in the Tru Fit Trouser building, where he owns and operates Ledbetter Gallery and Vada Color, a studio specializing in high quality reproductions of art and photography. Scott and his business partner, Bob Wild, use a studio system with advanced lighting techniques to capture a high-resolution digital image, producing reproductions for artists and photographers. Through Vada Color, Scott developed relationships with artists and decided to open Ledbetter Gallery. From there, moving into the True Fit Trouser building progressed naturally. “I’d just had a major life change,” he shared, “and it made sense for me to relocate to where I worked instead of renting a house.” Scott mapped out living space inside his studio. Most of his materials came from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, also located at True Fit. Above Scott’s bedroom door is a sign: “Man Cave”. His living space does have a stylish bachelor pad vibe to it. Aside from a kitchen, bathroom and dining area, there’s a second small bedroom for Scott’s son. Currently, the gallery/living room hosts the Art Prize work of Richard Schemm which centers around woolly mammoths. There’s a bar set up along the front window where Scott hangs out with friends. One of these friends is awardwinning artist William Hosner, who

Artists in Residence-

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specializes in pastel painting en plein air. While William does most of his painting outdoors, he too lives in the Tru Fit Trouser building. Like Scott, William’s living room doubles as an art gallery featuring his own work. For the small amount of painting he does at home, he installed a skylight which allows plenty of natural light. A partition separates the gallery from the rest of the living space but doesn’t reach the ceiling, giving the space an open feel. William enjoys the layout not just for its economic viability, but also for the peace. “Around 5:30 the businesses shut down and it gets real quiet. It’s nice to come home from a day of painting outdoors to the calm.” He also loves the sense of community the building provides. “Often, I’ll pull a little cafe table out onto the sidewalk and invite one of my neighbors over for a drink. We have a community of artists, always coming and going from the building. It’s like our own little New York.”

The live/work community has really come together- William now has all of his work reproduced at Vada Color and Derek Woodruff and Scott are collaborating on an exhibit. Scott says that his living/working arrangement does seem to be good for business. “I bring clients into the gallery for a drink and make them feel at home. It really seems to help close the deal.” While Scott admits that he sometimes feels like he’s always at work, he doesn’t see that as a problem. He was always at work before anyway, but now he doesn’t have to drive half an hour to get home.

For both Scott Wilson and William Hosner, their work and art lives seem to be more integrated with their social and personal lives. The thing is, if you love what you do, maybe it’s better that way.


By Amy Shamroe At the ripe old age of twenty-six, Derek Woodruff has all he ever wanted. When Derek moved to Traverse City, he wanted to make his living as a florist, own a new Jeep and live in a loft. Simple dreams of comfort that have come to fruition. Derek lives and runs his business, Floral Underground, from his loft in the Tru Fit Trouser building in the tower at the end of the complex. The lower level is a workspace with an urban-modern feel, complete with chain link fencing as decor. Upstairs is his open loft, brightly decorated in orange with a small rooftop deck off his bedroom. It is from this cozy, urban perch on Woodmere that he is setting the world on fire. Not only has Derek accomplished his dreams; he has become a celebrity in the world of floral design. “Reality TV blew the lid off it,” Derek laughed, speaking about the new floral design reality show, The Arrangement. The show starts Monday October 4th, 11pm on LOGO Network.

The Underground Star of Tru Fit

GROWING a Business:

His chance to be on a nationally broadcast program actually stemmed from his reputation in the world of florists. A member of the Michigan Floral Association since he was sixteen, Derek made a name for himself everywhere he worked because of his unique style and design. After working in a couple shops in Traverse City, he ventured out on his own and opened Floral Underground. The work has been non-stop since then. He has been featured in Florist Review Magazine (twice) and was one of a select few featured at the American Institute of Floral Designers’ Annual Symposium last spring. You can see his designs around town at Red Ginger, Grand Traverse Resort, and Morsels (to name a few). And when One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer got married at The Homestead, she requested Derek specifically to do the flowers. You can see the photos in the July 19, 2010 issue of OK! Magazine. Even with all this attention, Derek was still surprised when got a call from a casting director asking him to be a contestant on The Arrangement. After going through the long application process, he was selected to be on the show and flew out to LA to film.

“I am happy I did it. Would I do it again? I don’t know...”

It was a challenging experience, long days filled with “lots of surprises”. Still, he feels honored to have been chosen for the first and only floral design show in the world. He was excited to have had the chance to work with celebrity judges like RuPaul, Nick Verreos, and Antonio Sabato, Jr., all the while representing Michigan as one of only two contestants not from LA. When asked how he felt about the whole experience, he smiled. “I am happy I did it. Would I do it again? I don’t know...” So, what’s next for the rising star? Derek is quite content in his home/office at Tru Fit. He would like to be featured in floral design shows, nationally and internationally, to showcase his talents and represent the creativity Northern Michigan has to offer.

Check out Derek Woodruff and Floral Underground on Facebook and be sure to tune in Mondays on LOGO beginning October 4th to see how he does on The Arrangement! NM3 MAGAZINE ■ OCTOBER 2010

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Art Through a Different Lens

By Emma Kat Richardson provocative and profound – a living legend whose work and influence have spread far and wide. Mark Mothersbaugh, founder of Devo, spends much of his time peeping through... doorknobs? “My prescription is radical; it’s kind of interesting, because I have 20-20 vision, but the caveat is that my prescription for my astigmatism and myopia is radical enough that it’s like looking into a doorknob 24 hours a day.” Despite being diagnosed with a rare eye disorder that enforced a limited perspective, Mothersbaugh knew that he wanted to create great art- visual impairments be damned! On October 8th, at InsideOut Gallery, fans, curious attendees, and Mothersbaugh greenhorns alike will fall headfirst into a world populated by a blurred and brazen perspective. Come out and see his work and have a chance to ask a few questions of this trail blazer.

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NM3 caught up with the busy Mothersbaugh recently and asked him a few questions: NM3: How has being legally blind factored into the creation of your artwork? Do you feel like it’s influenced your work on an aesthetic level? MM: My peripheral vision is all fish-eye lens. When you’re riding in a car with

me, think about that. But it’s made it so that for a long time, my artwork [was done] on a small scale – postcard sized. I could keep that in the center of my lens without it distorting the perspective. It made it so that I shied away from doing large paintings, because the perspective is always vexing.

NM3: Aside from a love of art in general, was there something that inspired you to pursue this medium? MM: What happened was that I was drawing trees. I had never seen the tops

of trees before, and I remember drawing trees in school, and my second grade teacher, who I had frustrated the crap out of for the whole school year… this was back in the days of corporal punishment, and I’d get in trouble for making smart comments. She’d say to me, “Mark, can you read what’s on the blackboard?” and


I’d go “What’s a blackboard?” Everybody would laugh, and she’d be like, “Alright, get in the corner!” So I was drawing, and she came over – this is the same woman who had been spanking me earlier that week – and goes, “Oh, you draw trees better than me.” Just having a teacher say that to you at the right time in your life… they can have a lot of impact on you. I always remembered that. She made me that night dream that I was going to be an artist. And I’ve wanted to be a visual artist ever since I was a kid.

NM3: Do you think that growing up in Akron in specific played any sort of role in informing your artistic choices? MM: Yeah. It’s a very industrial area,

and I think, um, it made me attuned to alternate sounds. It made me interested in the noise of pneumatic presses and chopping machines and conveyor belts – all the sounds of the industrial age. Akron is interesting, because it was kind of like a cultural wasteland. You know, when I first came out to California, I saw young bands that were just starting out, and they were influenced by punk or by new wave or by whatever. I think it would be a tough place to grow up and be an artist. Growing up in Akron was great, because it allowed us to incubate – it allowed me to incubate, and it allowed Devo to incubate. I think that when we went to New York for the first time, people there knew all the bands. With Devo, when we showed up on the scene, it was kind of startling in a way, because we had a vocabulary. We had an aesthetic that was unlike anything else that was going on.

NM3: I read that your postcards were originally intended to be in more of a “private diary” format, not meant for public viewing. What made you change your mind about showcasing them? MM: A very large part of them were [created] for purely the amusement of Devo while

we were on tour and while we were in the recording studio. I’m calling them postcards, because I literally used to do drawings on the backs of postcards all the time. I just stayed with the format because of my preference for it, but, like I said, it has a lot to do with my limitations in vision. It allowed me to do more outrageous artwork; it allowed me to experiment without thinking about an audience or a critic being involved; it allowed me to do things and not filter them if I didn’t want to. I did a lot of stream-of-consciousness artwork, and I spent a long time afterwards trying to figure out why I drew what I drew. I think part of it also is because it was a reaction to Devo being so public. The Devo experience made us very insular in the early days, which was kind of unfortunate in some ways, because we missed out on a lot of chances to collaborate with some people. At the time, I was suspicious of their motivations, and I felt like I wanted to keep my aesthetic pure. I didn’t want Johnny Rotten to join my band, and I didn’t want David Bowie to sign me to his production company, and I didn’t want Burt Bacharach to co-write songs with me.

NM3: What work are you bringing to the InsideOut Gallery? Is there any particular message or theme you wanna stress for this show? MM: My work is a process of experiencing life, and attempting to make sense of it. The

imagery is reflections of things that astounded me or surprised me or disappointed me or angered me or made me laugh. I try to pick things I think people might be able to connect to – a lot of it’s very personal and esoteric and private in some ways. But there are things where somebody could look at it and it could amuse them or pique their interest.

NM3: You’ve had a pretty long and distinguished career. Are there any goals that you set out for yourself you feel like you haven’t accomplished yet? MM: You know, um… I’m okay with things. I imagine Devo could’ve been bigger than we

were. I imagine we could’ve been more influential than we were, but we influenced other artists. That’s pretty great. For a long time, I didn’t even really realize that, until people like Nirvana started covering Devo songs. It made me think about that, when I’d read their interviews and they’d cite us as somebody who turned them on when they were younger. I feel like we had a pretty lucky career. I came in as an artist, and I look at something I did and I go, “Poseur!” But most of the time, there’s a reason why I did [it], and I’m comfortable with that. When I get to do a show like the one coming up [in Traverse City], I feel like I’m connected to these people. They’re genuine about it and feel like what they have to say is important; it’s still possible to get high off the idea of art.

NM3: Does the theory of “devolution” appear in your paintings at all? MM: It appears in everything I do, I’m

sure. [Laughs]. To me – not just myself, but also the other guys in Devo – one of the things we have in common is that our work all seems to be permeated by a theme, and our theme that we’ve worked with since we were very young men is the devolution on planet Earth. The state of affairs as they are, and our reaction to it. We see ourselves as artistic reporters, in a way. NM3 MAGAZINE ■ OCTOBER 2010

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Take the Strange Journey By Amy Shamroe

ROCKY

Horror Picture Show. It is a cultural phenomena. In the thirty-five years since it was released, generations of fans have discovered and passed on a love for this cult classic. A showing or production of it entrances and entices people. Even the most straight edged men can be seen wearing garter belts, fishnets, and platform knee high boots when the show comes to town. And Traverse City just can’t get enough. By popular demand, City Opera House will again host the Old Town Playhouse troupe’s production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Saturday October 30th, there will again be two shows: 8pm and Midnight. If you have been before, you know that the script is the same, but every show is different. Be sure to get your tickets early! If you have never been to Rocky Horror, remedy that this year. It can seem crazy and almost like an exclusive club - a club of people with squirt guns talking about “frankfurter” (for the record, it is actually Dr. Frank-N-Furter). It is all part of the magic of your first time showing up, maybe with a bit of trepidation, not really sure what to do. It might seem like everyone else knows what they are doing, but there will be others experiencing it for the first time too and there are always people who have done it many times before and are happy to guide you.

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Really, all you need to do to be in the club is purchase a ticket and a prop bag. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of it. Another famous part of the experience is doing “The Time Warp” dance with the cast and your fellow audience members. No problem if you don’t know it. The helpful (and fully costumed) City Opera House staff leads the audience through the steps before the performance begins. You will be a natural in no time! The really unique experience of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the City Opera House is that it is a live production. The movie - featuring very young Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick - is wonderful and a must see... but it is a movie - the cast does not react to the crowd. Rocky Horror Picture Show is theater at its finest because there is so much interaction between the audience and the actors, all without disrupting the performance. Lastly, of course, there is dressing for the show. Any showing of Rocky Horror will be filled with fishnets, wigs, dyed hair, corsets, mini skirts and mile high heels- on the cast and the spectators, male and female. Giving in a little to the dark side in all of us can be fun and this is one of the few times you can get away with it in downtown Traverse City. It is certainly not required to be included and have fun though. No matter what your experience or how you choose to dress, you really should be at the City Opera House Saturday October 30th: 8pm or Midnight show!

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In your prop bag (buy early to ensure you get a bag), you will find a variety of items. 1. Rice (or confetti) - There is a wedding to celebrate and the entire crowd is a part of it. 2. Squirt Gun - An early scene is on a rainy nightand the audience tends to experience occasional drizzle as well. 3. Newspaper - When the rain starts you will want to cover your head like the characters in the production who are caught in the storm. 4. Glow Sticks - You will need a light for “there is a light” during the song, “Over at the Frankenstein Place.” 5. Rubber Gloves - These are for... well, can’t go giving away the entire plot. No worries, you’ll know when the time is right.


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Jane Austen once wrote, "I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!" This tale of poetry woe came up in a discussion with a friend a few years ago. She immediately said, “Born In The Year Of The Butterfly Knife. Derrick Brown. Read it.” A simple command backed up by digging out her copy. I read it. Then I reread it. I was in love. It was like two of our favorite things - punk rock and literature - fused together to make a work of art. It was all over when I saw him perform here in Traverse City. When Derrick Brown was asked to describe his poetry, he said it best, “I’ll try and make it serious but it could seem a little douchey to write about yourself. People will love my poetry if they love hard to find music, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Sexton, bottle rockets in the face and the word "nugget." I write poetry and I am one of those rare writers who empathizes with those who hate poetry with all their guts. My goal is to bring poetry into rock and roll status through the use of page craft and sincere engagement. It is gonna get saucy.”

The Art of DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh Friday October 8th – 6pm InsideOut Gallery

As founder and lead singer for the iconic DEVO, Mark was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a larger scale, and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture. During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; A very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows including the October 8th show at the InsideOut Gallery. Mark will be available via Skype for a live question and answer session. Don’t miss this free show and discussion with Mothersbaugh.

PROJECT Trio Thursday, October 21st - 7:30pm Interlochen’s Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall

PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuoso composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY: flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson (an Interlochen alum) and bass player Peter Seymour. Blurring the lines of classical music, the group burst onto the scene with groundbreaking YouTube videos featuring Pattillo’s “beatbox flute.” This is not your mothers classical music, while they may look like a three piece chamber music group, their music crosses the genre’s of classical, hip hop, and jazz in a way you’ve never seen. Wait until you here their high-energy version of the Nutcracker it will not put you to sleep like those Christmas music shows your mother drug you out to, rather you’ll want to dance in the aisles.

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of us have had that feeling, you know you are alone but you don’t feel like it. Maybe a shadow that, for a brief moment, might have seemed like something else. Perhaps even thinking you saw someone only to blink and whatever it was is gone. When it happens occasionally, we can all write it off as our mind playing tricks on us. Well, that kind of thing has been happening a lot more than occasionally at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. Night maintenance has seen and heard strange things and most of the staff has had an encounter- or several.

So, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters. No, really.

To investigate further, City Opera House called in MAPIT (Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team) last October. MAPIT is located in Traverse City and is run by four men (Daniel, Dave, Roger, and Justin) who perform their services on a volunteer basis. They are armed with ghost hunting equipment and treat every investigation as a scientific endeavor. 22

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“It was so interesting to see them in action,” said Diana Barrie, City Opera House manager of watching the team at work. “It was like Ghostbusters happening for real.” On October 29, 2009, the team set up with several City Opera House staffer from 8PM to 4AM. It did not take long for something unusual to happen. An EVP (Electronic voice phenomena) was captured in the basement, the distinct sound of a woman saying, “I love you.” The team had no way of knowing several staff members have reported seeing a woman or feeling something in the basement over the years. No one is sure who the woman might be, but she seemed to have taken kindly to the attention. That same night the team set forth to investigate claims that there is the spirit of a man who has been seen by quite a few people over the years. It is popularly believed he is a former caretaker who spent many years at the City Opera House. With this knowledge, they asked if the ghost was there to take care of the place. The response- a door that was propped open slammed shut. Even with results like these, there is still more-like the ghost of a little girl who did not make an appearance last year, but has been spotted. A second night of research is being planned for the end of October. So, with all these other worldly coworkers, is the living staff ever scared to go to the office? “We never feel unsafe. We feel like they are here to protect us,” Diana Barrie explained. It should be known that Diana herself, a true skeptic before her work at City Opera House, has has experienced the unexplained herself. One night while working late at the ticket office, the lights slowly began to dim. Diana looked to the light switch just outside the window to see if anyone was there. She did not see anyone, but the lights, just as slowly, came up again. The City Opera House publicised the MAPIT findings last year. To their surprise, the public interest was overwhelming. A very limited number of tickets will be sold for those who want to be a part of the next investigation. Keep an eye out at the City Opera House website or become a fan on Facebook to find out how you too can be a ghost hunter.

To check out more notes from the investigation and listen to the audio, check out the MAPIT’s website: www.michigan-area-paranormal-investigative-team.com.


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The Corin Tucker Band – 1000 Years (Kill Rock Stars) Corin Tucker was one-third of the lady-punk powerhouse known as Sleater-Kinney. S-K went on indefinite hiatus in 2006 but its members haven’t stopped making music. Corin Tucker debuted a solo set at a Portland benefit show last year and those songs are now being formally released by the three-piece Corin Tucker Band. 1000 Years is a mixture of autobiographical songs about Tucker’s life as a wife and mother living in the Pacific Northwest and, oddly enough, a few songs that were written as potential contributions to the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack but ultimately weren’t included. 1000 Miles is more than Sleater-Kinney 2.0, although Tucker’s signature wail is certainly present. This album also exposes a quieter, more textural side of Tucker’s songwriting and the production is excellent. Twenty years after riot grrrl’s heyday it’s unfortunately still necessary for musical women to assert themselves as being just as capable as their male counterparts, but Corin Tucker continues to do it well. (Side note for S-K fans, it was recently announced that Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, Sleater-Kinney’s other members, have begun touring and recording as Wild Flag) Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars) Speaking of ladies who wail on their guitar, Marnie Stern’s follow-up to 2008’s piercing, careening, sprawling This Is It… features some of the fiercest guitar noodling of the decade, along with the rhythmic relentlessness of Zach Hill, one of indie music’s busiest drummers. Some listeners may have been turned off by the sometimes shrillness of Stern’s voice on previous albums, but that edge seems to have been dulled a bit on this effort. While there is still plenty of experimental meandering there is also an appropriate level of focus that helps the album feel a little more direct and concise. The finger-tapping chaos and layered vocals make for a raucous listening experience. This is definitely an album well-enjoyed on a nice pair of headphones. lso out on October 5: Clinic- Bubblegum, Tim Kasher- The Game of Monogamy, Guster- Easy Wonderful

For more upcoming releases, check www.sounditoutrecords.com Sound it Out Records is located on Union Street between 7th and 8th Street.

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October 12

Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian Write About Love (Matador) Scottish indie-rockers Belle & Sebastian need no introduction. After a five year hiatus the definitive chamber pop band is releasing one of their most intimate albums yet. I’ve always felt that Belle & Sebastian’s music is best suited for bike rides on sunny summer days, but this album also lends itself to introspective walks on chilly fall afternoons. These wistful melodies have a timeless quality while also feeling exceedingly modern. Incredibly pleasant to listen to and easy to enjoy, these tunes are like audio ice cream. Also out on October 12: Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz, Antony & the Johnsons- Swanlights, Die Antwoord- $0$


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The second annual NM3 Auto Jumble is in the books and what a day it was. The variety of vehicles was nothing short of amazing. Everything from a historic 1946 BSA dirt track motorcycle, to a rare 1970 Mustang Boss 302 showed up in the Warehouse District for our annual car show. If you were there you know this is no ordinary car show. The entertainment started out with Those Wild Bohemians, then Birches put on a great set, with the high energy sounds of the Twistin’ Tarantula’s finishing up. All brought to you free of charge by NM3 Magazine. The roller derby exhibition was a hoot to watch between band sets, these girls are going to be fun to watch this winter. We wish to thank the Toxic Cherries and Derby Dahlia’s Roller Derby teams, the City of Traverse City, 5/3rd Bank, and all the volunteers who helped put on the show. We couldn’t do it without you. We work hard to entertain the car owners and spectators during the show including our now famous one of a kind trophies made from vintage car parts. We’ll be back again next year in mid September, so watch NM3 Magazine for details.

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The entertainment started out with Those Wild Bohemians, then Birches put on a great set, with the high energy sounds of the Twistin’ Tarantula’s finishing up.

The roller derby exhibition was a hoot to watch between band sets, these girls are going to be fun to watch this winter. NM3 MAGAZINE ■ OCTOBER 2010

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2010 NM3 Auto Jumble Show Stopper 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Owner: Rob Wilhelm Traverse City

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SCCA Trans-Am series was hugely popular in the late 1960s. A version of “stock-car” road racing, the five-liter class saw Detroit build some impressive vehicles to compete. The Boss 302 Mustang program was part of an effort by Ford to win the coveted SCCA Trans-Am Championship in 1969 and 1970. The Penske Camaro’s had triumphed in 1968 and 1969, and Ford needed an answer. Along came Fords entry for 1969 and 1970, the Boss 302 Mustang. As the cars had to be homologated, or offered to the public to compete, Ford built 7,013 Boss 302’s in 1970, and won the SCCA championship that year. Designed by Larry Shinoda, a former GM stylist, the cars were a complete package aimed at enthusiast who wanted a high horsepower car with excellent handling and braking. The Boss is what could be considered the quintessential version of the Mustang. The hi-revving 4-barrel V8 produced 290 horsepower at 5800 RPM, and was equipped with a close-ratio 4-speed transmission which was ready to go racing right off the show room floor. This Grabber Green beauty has been in the loving hands of Rob Wilhelm for the past ten years. Made in Dearborn, and sold new in Hunting Beach California, she’s back home in Michigan where she belongs. A truly rare car worthy of the “Show Stopper” award as best in show at the 2010 NM3 Auto Jumble.

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