Barbara McQuade •

Mon, Mar 11, 2024 – 7:00 pm est

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Ticket Purchasing Options

Walk-up to the Opera House

You can purchase tickets at the box office of the City Opera House (hours may vary by season; check website for details)

106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Over the Phone

Call the City Opera House to purchase tickets and reserve your seat.


On the Opera House Website

You will be taken to the City Opera House website for in-person tickets ONLY.
If you want to attend virtual events you must purchase here on the NWS website.

Understanding City Opera House Ticketing Fees

City Opera House strives to keep ticketing low and accessible. Their ticketing fees are based on industry standards and the cost to do business in today’s on-demand world. They offer several ways to purchase tickets. Fees are assessed differently for each. Their dynamic purchase platform allows each patron to evaluate what is best for their needs. They are proud to offer a live, in-house Box Office team with deep industry knowledge and a commitment to customer service.

Facility Fee

A $3.00 facility fee is applied to each ticket.

Unlike the face value, revenue generated by the facility fee directly funds building maintenance, general upkeep and improvements. Along with the facility fee, internet, phone, or group sales fees may be assessed.

Box Office Walk-Up Fees

The City Opera House loves to serve our patrons in person. The service fee is waived on tickets purchased in person at the Box Office window. Please note, the facility fee is not waived.

Internet Service Fees

Internet service fees are assigned based on your order total and help offset the cost of offering 24/7 ticketing services to a busy, mobile world. If you prefer to order in person, you are welcome to call or stop by the Box Office.

Ticket Price Internet Service Fee
$00.00-$19.99 $2.50
$20.00-$29.99 $3.50
$30.00-$39.99 $4.50
$40.00-$49.99 $5.50
$50.00-$59.99 $6.50
$60.00+ $7.50

Phone Processing Fee

The City Opera House Box Office is just a phone call away. A $5.00 phone processing fee is assessed on a per-order basis regardless of the number of tickets or number of performances purchased. Some patrons find this preferable to the internet fees assessed.

The $5.00 per order fee helps offset the expense of providing a live service team 5 days a week.

Event and Book


The National Writers Series Presents an Evening with Barbara McQuade

Supported by the Nancy and Bob Giles “Truth Matters” Author Conversations

America is under attack and the weapon is disinformation. So says Barbara McQuaid, a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, a former U.S. District Attorney of Eastern Michigan, and a University of Michigan law professor.

In her new book Attack from Within (publishes Feb. 24, 2024), she breaks down the ways disinformation has become a tool to drive voters to extremes, disempower our legal structures, and consolidate power in the hands of the few. She also shows us how to identify the ways disinformation is seeping into all facets of our society and how we can fight against it. The book includes:

  • The authoritarian playbook: a brief history of disinformation from Mussolini and Hitler to Bolsonaro and Trump, chronicles how authoritarians have used disinformation to seize and retain power.
  • Disinformation tactics—like demonizing the other, seducing with nostalgia, silencing critics, muzzling the media, condemning the courts; stoking violence—and reasons why they work.
  • An explanation of why America is particularly vulnerable to disinformation and how it exploits our First Amendment Freedoms, sparks threats and violence, and destabilizes social structures.
  • Real, accessible solutions for countering disinformation and maintaining the rule of law such as making domestic terrorism a federal crime, increasing media literacy in schools, criminalizing doxxing, and much more.

Disinformation is designed to evoke a strong emotional response to push us toward more extreme views, unable to find common ground with others. The false claims that led to the breathtaking attack on our Capitol in 2020 may have been only a dress rehearsal. Attack from Within shows us how to prevent it from happening again, thus preserving our country’s hard-won democracy.


You’re invited to attend either live stream or in-person at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. Event starts at 7 p.m. Signed books will be available for purchase and discounted 20 percent. Barbara will personalize after the stage conversation.

If you have problems with your ticket purchase, please email Angie at [email protected].


City Opera House In-Person Tickets:
Tier One: $27
Tier Two: $17

Student Tickets: $5

Virtual Tickets: $15

*Fees will be added to the base ticket price.

Barbara McQuade


Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal  law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a  judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband, Dan Hurley, have four children and live in Ann Arbor.

Guest Host | John Bacon


John U. Bacon is a New York Times bestselling author and public speaker. In his nearly three decades as a writer, speaker, and college instructor, he has won awards in all three.

Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Master’s in Education in 1994. In 2005-06, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship named him the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism.

He has authored ten books on sports, business, health, and history, the last six of which are national bestsellers, including Bo’s Lasting LessonsEndzone, and The Great Halifax Explosion.

Bacon has also pursued his passions for radio, television, coaching and teaching.  In 2007 he was invited to give weekly sports commentary on Michigan Radio every Friday morning and appears weekly on Michigan Radio’s Stateside, and occasionally on National Public Radio, which awarded him the PRNDI prize for nation’s best commentary in 2014. He appears often on TV, including HBO, ESPN, Fox Business, MSNBC, and the Big Ten Network, where he is a frequent contributor to both “Icons” series.

Bacon has taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and teaches at the University of Michigan, where the students selected him for the 2009 Golden Apple award, given annually to the University’s top teacher.

Bacon delivers speeches on the themes taken from his books, and coaching and teaching experiences — including leadership, diversity, motivating millennials, and creativity — to corporations, universities, and other groups around the country and the world.

Bacon is an average hockey player, a mediocre Spanish speaker, and a poor piano player – but this has not stopped him from enjoying all three. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

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Bay Books – Suttons Bay

Brilliant Books – Traverse City

Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor

Horizon Books – Traverse City

McLean & Eakin – Petoskey

Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord

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