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Betsy Coffia for State Representative

Democrat Betsy Coffia is again rejecting fundraising contributions from political action committees and the Democratic Party during her campaign to become Grand Traverse County’s next state representative. Coffia is an outspoken advocate for campaign finance reform.

“This is an easy talking point,” Coffia told IPR News Radio in an interview earlier this month, “ … but it’s a very different thing to walk the walk.”

An extended interview with Coffia is available at the bottom of the story.

Coffia, who won 47 percent of the district’s vote in 2014, is only accepting fundraising dollars from individual donors. She says Michigan is in a state of severe political crisis because of the influence of large political spenders.

“What it really comes down to is a state government where we have elected officials who are more accountable to their special interest donors and their party bosses … than they are to the voters,” Coffia says.

Christopher Rountree conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Kresge Auditorium.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

On Saturday, Interlochen Center for the Arts launched a $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign called “Create Amazing.”  

Donations will fund scholarships, programs and new facilities, including a music building.  

Tim Dougherty, vice president of advancement, says the campaign is now open to the public.

“This campaign will give everyone a place to unite through the power of the arts,” says Dougherty. “We’re very excited about opening this up to the public and inviting even more support for this wonderful place.”   

Getting what we wish for: this week on The Dark Sky

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The moon is waning slowly through the morning sky this week, stopping to meet the star Aldebaran, the fiery bull's eye in the constellation Taurus on Friday, an hour before sunrise. This will be a beautiful sight, visible in the East at about 5:19 AM.

The technical term for this meeting of the moon with a star is "occultation" and it happens when the moon passes directly between us and a star.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

 In the third of our 2016 episodes, Maestro Christopher Rountree conducts the musicians in Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Nico Muhly's So Far, So Good and Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite

Community members gather to hear free music from the new street piano in Traverse City.
Cheyenne Herron

A brightly colored piano was unveiled in Traverse City on Thursday evening. 

It sits in the middle of a new gathering space near the intersection of Front and Park Streets downtown. About 50 people of all ages stopped by to enjoy the warm evening and some free music.  

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