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May 10, 2012

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ABOUT FILMS, TV, ARTS AND EVENTS IN THE VALLEY

The Avengers Take Saving the World to New Level By Art Byrd

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If you’ve seen a superhero movie in the past few years, you’ve paid a single ticket price for one superhero. Now comes The Avengers, and we get six superheroes for the price of one ticket. Trust me, it’s a bargain. The Avengers is such a fun movie because it combines all the elements that make a great superhero movie work: a seemingly impossible situation, a nasty villain, and the saving of the world, or at least a city. This is the kind of film that had to be directed and written by an actual comic geek. Joss Whedon was perfect for the task. He is the creator of the movie and television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Avengers are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Rounding out The Avengers are two equally great heroes, one familiar and the other not so, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), seen in Iron Man 2, and we’re introduced to Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner. We find out in The Avengers that a superhero has both an ego and his or her own way of “saving the day.” The Avengers don't come together as a team as their egos bump against each other from the start. This is what makes the movie work. The question is -- will they come together or not? The movie doesn't bring in a new villain but employs Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from the Thor movie. In Thor, I didn't trust or like Loki. So I liked the possibility of him getting his butt kicked by The Avengers.

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“The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn't look like there's a light at the end of the tunnel, he's going to keep digging, he's going to keep trying to do right and make up for what's gone before, just because that's who he is.” Director, Joss Whedon, (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) of The Avengers, currently in theaters.


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The story centers around Loki coming to Earth with plans to take it over by opening a portal that would unleash bad creatures. The way he can do that is getting the Tesseract, a cosmic cube, that is an unlimited energy source. Loki steals the Tesseract from a government facility and tangles with Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by “cool as ice” Samuel L Jackson. Loki wins that round, but Fury now knows something bad is going to happen. He starts to assemble The Avengers. There are cool toys in this movie, like S.H.I.E.L.D.’s huge aircraft carrier that turns into an invisible flying headquarters. At first, The Avengers don't get along. They forget about saving the world because they are fighting amongst themselves. The Avengers has some humor that lightens the seriousness of the situation. Once they understand what they are up against, they put their differences aside and the butt-kicking starts. The special effects are amazing -- not just for the superheroes, but the destruction of buildings and property, and the aliens. Some of the destruction scenes were filmed in Cleveland. Marvel movies interweave characters from its other movies, which include cameos. I really like the Pepper Potts (Iron Man) cameo with Gwyneth Paltrow. We get a chance to see where her and Tony's relationship is without waiting for Iron Man 3. Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, has been in most of the Marvel movies. There is a storyline involving him that has an interesting twist. A nice surprise was Agent Maria Hill, played by Colbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother). She looks great and was smart and tough as Fury’s right-hand person. All in all, The Avengers has set the bar high for superhero movies to come. I didn't see the film in 3-D, but I am going back to see it again and I am wearing the extra glasses. I saw people leaving as the credits were rolling, but make sure you stay to the very end. You'll find out what superheroes do after saving the world. The Avengers was awesome.

2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival Spotlights Ohio Independent Films The 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival (OIFF) returns with amazing independent films on May 17-20, with screenings at Arts Collinwood, 15605 Waterloo Rd., and Beachland Ballroom,15711 Waterloo Rd., in Cleveland's historic Waterloo Arts District. Since the first films were shown in a storefront in Tremont in 1993, the Ohio Independent Film Festival has always recognized the hard work and talent of Ohio filmmakers, and the 2012 festival has not changed from that commitment. The OIFF opens May 17 with a program of short films directed entirely by Ohio filmmakers. The closing night will feature Shaker Heights resident Todd Kwait's third film, For the Love of the Music. Tickets for all OIFF screenings will be $10, purchased in advance at www.ticketweb.com or at the door. Readers are encouraged to find the entire OIFF schedule on Facebook by searching Ohio Independent Film Festival, or by visiting Independent Pictures' website at www.ohiofilms.com. J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


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Taste History at Firehouse Grille in Zoar Village By Monnie Ryan To read the full version of this review, visit http://mahoningvalleyeats.blogspot.com).

The threat of a late spring snow is hovering as I write this, but it's spring nonetheless. Now's the time my husband Jack and I start looking for interesting daytrips to carry us through till the snow starts to fall again -daytrips that always include a few good places to eat. Once again this season, we're looking forward to soaking up some history at Zoar Village. Located between Canton and New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, the village was founded in 1817 by the Society of Separatists of Zoar, a group of German religious dissenters. Eleven buildings have been restored, such as a tinshop, wagon shop, blacksmith and the Zoar Store. Other structures are private residences, shops and restaurants. It is the latter, of course, that is sure to get our attention whenever we visit: The Firehouse Grille & Pub, which reminds me of a German pub (not that I've ever been in a real one, mind you). The decor is mostly weathered wood, from the floor to the walls to the tables and chairs. Actually, on our most recent visit I did pick a burger, but with fresh cut fries my "Firestarter" burger cost $7.99. It was topped with mozzarella, crushed red peppers, jalapenos, Tabasco sauce shredded lettuce and tomato. I'm never a big fan of fries, but these are especially tasty; once I added some vinegar, I could have sworn they came from the old Idora Park in Youngstown. The burger was great too - with all those peppers, it definitely had a kick. Truth is I've never met a jalapeno that I considered to be remotely hot, but these bit back a little, and the crushed reds and Tabasco jazzed it up even more. It wasn't so hot that Jack wouldn't have enjoyed a taste, but I guarantee he wouldn't have taken more than one. Meanwhile, he ordered the Philly cheesesteak sandwich with homemade potato chips, also $7.99. Diners can choose chicken or beef (he picked the latter), chopped and blended with onions and mushrooms and topped with mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese sauce on a fresh hoagie bun. For the record, he said the sandwich is one of the best he's had anywhere - and he orders Philly steak a lot. In a rare move with such a large sandwich, he ate the whole thing - usually, he takes half of it home, further proof of how delicious this one was. The fresh chips were excellent, too - much like packaged kettle chips. As for beer, which is mandatory at a pub, it's quite inexpensive here and notably cold. Since both Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Labbatt's were on tap at the time of our visit, we were especially happy campers.

J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE VALLEY: MAY 11TH – MAY 22ND Friday, May 11th 6th Annual School Art Exhibition Presented by The Art Outreach Gallery at the Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles, through Sunday, May 20. This Exhibition will feature local Kindergarten through 12th Grade students' artwork and projects. For gallery hours and more information about the exhibit, call 330-219-7833. 

Saturday, May 12th Lemon Grove Garage Sale of the Arts Garage Sale of the Arts will feature ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photography and prints. The event will support local artists. The sale happens from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Cafe which is located at 122 West Federal Plaza, Downtown Youngstown. Mill Creek Park Kite Festival Lift your spirits and your kites on warm breezes at the MetroParks Farm from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Members of the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites and Fly Pittsburgh will provide a sensational day of expert flying, ingenious designs, and outrageous color! Bring kites of your own creation to share the skies, the fun, and enter a contest or game.

Monday, May 14th Lincoln and McClellan: A Troubled Relationship The Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table will present Edwin Cole Bearss in the lecture at 6:30 P.M. at Antone's Banquet Centre, 8166 Market St., Boardman. Edwin Cole Bearss is Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Parks Service, a battlefield historian and was featured in the Ken Burns Documentary, The Civil War. For reservations and more information, call 330-726-7603.

Friday, May 18th- Sunday, May 20th Mill Creek MetroParks Rib Burn-Off Featuring National award-winning barbecue teams at the Wick Recreation Area. It will feature ribs, chicken, live music and family fun. Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m-10 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m-8 p.m. $5 admission after 3 p.m and kids under 12 free.

Sunday, May 20th Many Voices, One World The Stambaugh Chorus, under the direction of Hae-Jong Lee, will present the spring concert at 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Many Voices, One World will feature an international theme with songs from many countries, representing the journey to America. For tickets or more information, call 330-509-9775. 

Tuesday, May 22nd & Wednesday, May 23rd Girl's Night Out at the Gardens Presented by the Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens each day in the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown. Girl's Night Out at the Gardens will feature boutique vendors, dinner and a fashion show. To register or for more information, call 330-740-7116. J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


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ON STAGE The Oakland Center for the Arts: Evil Dead: The Musical Dark comedy musical finishes its run this weekend Friday, May 11 through Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. each night. Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, Evil Dead 1,  Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, combines them and places them with off-the-wall songs to tell the story of five college students at an abandoned cabin in the woods who accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them into demons. The Oakland is located at 220 West Boardman St., downtown Youngstown. For tickets or more information, call 330-746-0404. New Castle Playhouse: Grease The classic musical ends this weekend at Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 at the Augustine Auditorium, 202 East Long Ave. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 724-654-3437. The Youngstown Playhouse: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Musical Performance dates: May 11-12 at 7:30 p.m.; May 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. A hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe puts on it flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Charles Dickens mystery. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience to one of Drood's most talked-about features - the audiences gets to pick the ending of the play. For tickets, call 330-788-8739. The Youngstown Playhouse is located at 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown. The Victorian Players: An Evening of One-Acts An enjoyable evening of One-Acts presented May 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; matinee May 6, 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players theater is located at 702 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown. Salem Community Youth Theatre-Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Directed by Sarah Durham, musical direction by Neil Meloro and Natalie Modarelli. The performances are on May 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 8 p.m. and May 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 330-332-9688 for reservations. Salem Community Theatre located at 490 E. State Street, Salem. Crown Theater Productions: Man in the Iron Mask Directed by Dan Haueter and Jim Couchenour at 5 North Main Street, Columbiana. Performances areMay 11,12, 13, 18, 19, 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults $13, Children 10 and under $10.

J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


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The Lemon Grove Is Making a Move The Lemon Grove, the well-known downtown Youngstown bar and restaurant, is moving to two doors away to 110 W. Federal St (the former Rosetta Stone). The move is being called “Lemon Grove-ization” as there are improvements needed. The Lemon Grove has started a Kickstarter online campaign to pay for the Lemon Grove-ization. If you would like to donate, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lemongrove/project-110 online. As of late Friday afternoon, the project had raised $2,555 from 26 donors. The campaign ends May 14. The target date for the new restaurant opening is June 21.

Can You Make a Movie in 48 Hours? There will be a networking party to find out how. The Cleveland kickoff of the 48 Hour Film Project – a networking party to help you find out how to make that movie in 48 hours -- will happen Friday, May 2 at the Anatomy Night Club in Cleveland from 7-10 p.m. Filmmakers from all over the Cleveland area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world for the title "Best 48Hour Film of 2012". Registration opens Monday, May 21. Early-bird registration is $140. Teams must register on or before Monday, June 25 to get this special rate. Regular registration is $160. If teams register after Monday, July 23 they must pay a rate of $175. The 48 Hour Film Project will return to Cleveland the weekend of July 27-29. For more information go to http://www.48hourfilm.com/cleveland. The Anatomy Nightclub is located at 1299 W. 9th, Cleveland.

J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


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Excerpts from A Byrd’s Eye View can be read in The Review, Newspaper, available throughout the Valley and online at http://www.thereviewnewspapers.com/ Also in The Buckeye Review Newspaper available at area newsstands.

Art Byrd Jr. has won awards as a filmmaker and journalist. After working many years as a videographer and director for WFMJ TV News, he retired from broadcasting to share his experience and insight with students as an instructor at Youngstown State University. Art has written and produced numerous Indie films, which have been shown at prestigious film festivals. In addition to teaching and writing/ producing A Byrd’s Eye View newsletter, Art also does freelance media work. He is based in Youngstown, Ohio. Michele Ristich Gatts began her full-time career in journalism with WKBN TV News, where she worked closely with radio news as well. After a decade in broadcasting, she branched into print, working five years for The Business Journal in various reporting and editorial capacities. Michele was fortunate to be recognized with a few prestigious journalism awards along the way, and has done a little teaching for YSU. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor and media consultant, and is based in Youngstown, Ohio. Contact her at michelegatts@yahoo.com. Monnie Ryan retired in 2003 after 14 years as managing editor of The Business Journal in Youngstown, where she continues to contribute to the print and online editions. Articles she has written have appeared in more than 20 national publications and at several travelrelated Web sites, and she has won numerous awards for photography. Contact her at mryan62692@aol.com.

J o i n A r t o n T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w


A Byrd's Eye View-May 10. 2012