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Toledo dates worth going on

P20 The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble celebrates 45 years

Serving Lunch Tue.-Sat. Pies, Cookies, Quiches, Soups

5758 N. Main St. #4 Sylvania, OH 43560


Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm • Saturday 8am-2pm

Locally Grown foods baked for comfort, naturally






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Feb. 14 - Feb. 27, 2018 • Vol. 21 • Issue 3

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Below is a list of our staff, members of “the media,” a group that our President has deemed to be “among the most dishonest people on earth.”


Describe your worst date ever in five words or less.

Publisher/Editor in Chief


Co-publisher/ Chief Financial Officer



Assignment Editor: Athena Cocoves ( SORE LOSERS HATE NATURAL WINNERS. Editorial Assistant: Courtney Probert ( STILL NOT OVER THEIR EX. Sarah Emily ( SUPER DRUNK AND HIS CAR DIED. Digital Media Manager Saul T. Jacobs ( PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3. Web Guru Ashley Boardman ( “I THINK I LOVE YOU.” Intern Morgan Kovacs

Is This Normal?

Two ACT plays present life’s issues By Kelly Thompson

Contributing Writers: Jeff McGinnis, Kelly Thompson, Jon Ruggiero, Megan Yasu Davis, Eric Hehl, A.S. Coomer, Emily Modrowski, Johnny Hildo, Christine Senack and Rob Brezsny.

„„ Harmony In Life massage therapist at Patricia Wahl has opened The Village Candy Shoppe in downtown Sylvania. Located at 5747 Main St., the store shares space with the healing center. 419-246-7838.

„„ The family-owned garden center and produce market Rhodes’ Garden Fresh has announced that it will close by April. The storefront located at 4171 Monroe St. is for sale. 419-472-7341.

„„ The fast-casual, health-conscious restaurant CoreLife Eatery will open its second regional location on Thursday, February 15 with a Donation Day, when guests can pay whatever they would like for their meal, and all funds will be donated to Sunshine Communities. Located in the plaza shared with Tony Packo’s Maumee, in front of Meijer, at 1399 Conant St. 567-302-1100.

„„ Chubby’s American Grill at 535 W. Alexis Rd. has closed. The second location of the locally-owned restaurant, at 7050 W. Central Ave., is still open.

„„ 9Round, a sports club franchise that offers a circuit-style 30-minute, full-body Kickbox workout, has opened in the Promenade Shops at 5577 Monroe St., in the space formerly occupied by Sweet Cheeks Modern Natural Baby. 9Round also has locations in Maumee and Perrysburg. 419-318-0668.

Production Manager: Imani Lateef ( SHOUT OUT TO SCOTT HIGH! Senior Designer: Leah Foley ( AN EAST SIDE NARCISSISTIC PSYCHO.

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Norwin Lopez ( DRUNKEN, DADDY ISSUES, HOT MESS. Design Intern: Sam Tolson


SalesManager: Amy Rough ( NARCISSISTIC, SELFIE-LOVIN’, CHEAP COLOGNE, TOOL. Sales Coordinator Jenny Leach ( NOT THE DATING KIND… Sales Assistant: Eddie Knight ( CRAIGSLIST CASUAL ENCOUNTERS… YIKES! Account Executives: Bonnie Hunter ( I AM STILL RECOVERING.

Brittany Stahl ( TACO BELL ON MY DIME. Katie Emans ( THANK GOD I DROVE MYSELF. Classifieds Coordinator: Catherine Bohr ( NOT APPLICABLE.


Accounting: Robin Armstrong ( IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE. Distribution Ann Harrington ( DRUNK, PUKE, NOSE DIVE, POOL.

Advertising/General Info For advertising and general information, call 419/244-9859 or fax 419/244-9871. E-mail ads to Deadline for advertising copy 2 p.m. Friday before publication. Toledo City Paper subscriptions are available by mail for $28/quarterly or $75 per year at Toledo City Paper, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604. One copy free per person per week; extra copies $1 each. Persons taking copies for any reason other than personal use are subject to prosecution. Letters to the editor must be limited to 300 words, are subject to editing, and should include the writer’s full name and phone number. Any letter submitted to the editor or publisher may be printed at the publisher’s discretion in issues subsequent to its receipt. © 2017 by Adams Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without written permission of the publisher.


Fireside Feasting

Cool and cozy restaurants with warming fireplaces By Jon Ruggiero ary 31 -

FREE • Janu



Honoring creators

Toledo’s 2nd Annual Black Com ix Festiva l, p25

most read online

Kathleen Dewar ( HAVEN’T HAD ONE. Suzanne Bell ( “I FORGOT MY WALLET.”

„„ Bubba’s 33, a Texas Roadhouseaffiliated chain that serves stone baked pizzas, burgers and more will open in March at 3534 Secor Rd., next to the new Texas Roadhouse restaurant near Interstate 475.

„„ Healthy Family Chiropractic, led by Dr. Jessica Lockhart, has opened at 6377 Monroe St., in Sylvania’s Rivers Crossings Plaza. 419 322-0741.



„„ Holy Toledo! Tavern will replace Hensville’s NINE restaurant, which closed for rebranding in January. The new casual dining restaurant aims to celebrate Toledo’s history and will open mid-March. holy-toledo-tavern

Keep your resolv e

Health and welln ess tips from area pros, p8


H ISTORY Celebrating

our local legacy, p5

1. It’s In The Can: Tin Can Toledo

2. “Proof” Of UT Theatre’s New Renaissance

3. Celebrating Black History Month: Impactful Locals Look Back At Influential Toledoans 4. 2nd Glass City Black Comix Fest

All events are free, unless otherwise stated.

Get involved. Democracy is not a spectator sport. For more activist opportunities, see our updated list at

Wednesday, 2.14 Conscious Cocktails for Equality ToledoSupport EqualityToledo during an evening of kombucha cocktails and mocktails (for cash donations), complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a special mix of long songs from DJ Benny Goodtimes. $10. 5-10pm. Boochy Mama’s Probiotic Tonic, 130 10th St., 567-318-2240. Tuesday, 2.20 Senator Sherrod Brown in Toledo - The Ohio Senator and his daughter, Emily Brown, will discuss issues facing Ohio during a lunch reception. Please RSVP by Friday, February 16 to Troy Gawlak at troy@ or 330-806-0449. $75/ Young Dem or young professional. $250/ general supporter. Sponsorships are also available. Noon-1:30pm. The Café at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, 100 Jackson St., Thursday, 2.22 2018 State of the City - Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will deliver the 2018 State of the City Address, which will highlight accomplishments of the past year and his vision and initiatives for 2018 and beyond. 5:30pm, doors. 6pm, speech. Ohio Theatre and Event Center, 3114 Lagrange St.,

I Rise, Toledo: Networking Social - Join the I Rise Regional Coalition for networking. Mix and mingle with representatives from nonprofits across the Toledo region. 6-8pm. Black Kite Coffee, 2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820. Saturday, 2.24 Toledo Activist Training - For Ohio’s Future will host a day of activist training, which will include sessions on deep canvassing, using social media, how to tell your story and more. Lunch is provided. 10am-1pm. Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave., 419-259-5370. Friends of the Garden Party - Join TUC Garden as they thank their volunteers, sponsors, and friends during an evening of live music, snacks, games, a photo booth, and more. 6-8pm. TUC Garden, 4747 Hill Ave., TheUniversityChurchGarden Ongoing: 7th Annual Project PJ - Until Wednesday, February 24, the Seagate FoodBank will collect donations of blankets, pajamas, slippers, toiletries, stuffed animals and books to help underserved children in our community. Seagate FoodBank, 526 High St., 419-244-6996.

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Creating a safe space

Spring fever

The cold weather may be keeping you out of your garden, but it’s a great time to start preparing for the spring. Receive five free seed packets and take a look at garden displays and workshops at Toledo Grows’ annual Seed Swap. Featuring food, music, and children’s activities, this is an event for everyone to enjoy. 12-3pm Saturday, February 24. Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood Blvd. 419-720-8714. Free

In December, Bretz Nightclub— one of Ohio’s oldest gay bars— closed after 30 years. A few weeks later, The Greater Toledo House of Prayer (GTHOP), an organization that states on their website that they view LGBTQ+ people as immoral and against their values, announced that they had purchased the nightclub’s building, located at 2012 Adams Street. As Bretz was a crucial part of our local LGBTQ+ community, many were shocked and disturbed that GTHOP has purchased the space. In response, activists have spoken out about the need for a safe space for the community. If you’re interested in this mission, join Equality Toledo and The Promise House Project for a meeting on Creating an LGBTQ+ Center. Representatives from other centers will speak. 2-4pm. Sunday, February 18. Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits, 1205 Adams S., 419-842-4477. Free —AC

All-inclusive dinner and discussion

In honor of Black History Month, Maumee Valley Country Day School holds an annual Afro-Am Dinner, hosted by the African-American Club. Learn about African-American culture and history with club members and local speakers while enjoying a delicious meal. $5. 6pm Monday, February 26. Maumee Valley Country Day School Dining Room, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd., 419-381-1313. — ­ CP

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse Garbage control in City Politics by Johnny Hildo

This is a pivotal year for the major political parties in Lucas County. In one corner are the Lucas County Republicans. The GOP has been led by Chair Jon Stainbrook for the past decade. Under his leadership, every elected office in the county has been won by a Democrat. Three quarters of Toledo City Council are Democrats, and no Republican has cleared a primary for Toledo Mayor. Heck, declared Independents have fared better than Republicans. Stainbrook has one claim to fame as party chair. The candidates he has recruited to run for office have been deemed by the voters to be wretched refuse. He has littered the ballot with candidates like Alfonso Narvaez, Constantine Stamos, and James Nowak. The heap of failed GOP candidates is piled high with such non-entities, most of whom left little lasting impression on the voting public. We know they had no impact on the collective electoral psyche because Stainbrook tends to recycle and reuse his picks again and again. The three election losers named above have run, and lost, multiple times. Stainbrook apparently doesn’t understand the simple fact that some things just can’t be recycled. They must be tossed in the trash pile. Hence the call for a replacement at the top of the GOP. Former state legislator Mark Wagoner is working mightily to replace Stainbrook, and promises to end the garbage picks and recruit viable candidates for office. Given Stainbrook’s track record, improvement shouldn’t be difficult.

Lonely at the top

Oddly, there has been no similar clarion call for change at the top of the Democratic Party. Chair Joshua Hughes rides the wave of Dem success, dominating county-wide offices and Toledo leadership. There has been no public challenge to his continued leadership. Hughes is no stranger to recycling and reusing. The election of Wade Kapszukiewicz to Toledo Mayor set off a possible scenario, advanced by State Rep Michael Ashford, where a laundry list of current or former Dem elected officials would swap seats. The affected Dems, including Ashford, State Rep Teresa Fedor, former Mayor Paula Hicks-Hud-


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son, and then-member of Council Lindsay Webb, would be tucked into elective slots, with each landing a comfy publiclyfunded position. Unfortunately for Ashford, the Dem leadership intervened. Instead of recycling Ashford, Webb was reused as County Treasurer, leaving Ashford and Fedor to duke it out for State Senate and PHH to run for Ashford’s state rep seat. Recycling it shall be, just not as clean as Ashford proposed. The problem for the Dems under Hughes is that the loser of the FedorAshford melee will be knocked back to private life. An ever bigger problem is the sudden vulnerability of Webb due to the revelation of her financial problems and the attendant budget hit to the County coffers to pay for her to be bonded as the Treasurer. It begs the question. How did Hughes and Dem leadership not know Webb was so insolvent that junk bond traders wouldn’t take a chance on her? And why didn’t Hughes step in to prevent the fivefigure hit to the County budget, caused by Webb’s junk bond status, by reconvening the Dems to reconsider the choice in light of new and damaging information? It certainly looks like an obvious opening for the Rs to break through and win a seat from a damaged D.

Sometimes garbage is garbage

Nope. Webb and the Dems are lucky. It seems the Stainbrook Rs have done their usual remarkable job, being unable to find anything resembling a viable candidate to challenge Webb. Whether someone more threatening will materialize to exploit the obvious opportunity Webb’s credit score presents remains to be seen. A bigger problem for the Dems, and Hughes, is their recycling efforts in the race to replace outgoing County Commissioner Carol Contrada. It could easily lead to the first loss of a county-wide seat in over a decade, and could cause a leadership crisis for the Dems akin to the current battle to replace Stainbrook within the GOP. Stay tuned for Part Two of garbage is as garbage does. Next: Byers remorse.


Find your focus, and calm caffeine jitters, with filling food options.

Georgette’s Grounds and Gifts 311 Conant St., Maumee. 419-891-8888. 6:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 8am-4pm, Saturday.

Specialty: Part of Sunshine Communities, supporting people with disabilities, this boutique has coffee with a cause. Great for: Relaxing with friends with a hot cup of coffee, lunch and baked goods.

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Bonus: Browse unique, fair trade items in the gift shop. Named after Georgette Engler, who founded the Sunshine Children’s Home in 1950 to care for children with disabilities, this downtown Maumee shop carries on Engler’s loving legacy. All the coffee is packaged by adults with developmental disabilities, who benefit from the work opportunity.

Black Kite Coffee and Pies

Contributions by Nusaiba Rahman, Emily Modrowski, Sam Koros, Courtney Probert and Athena Cocoves

2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820. 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm, Saturday. 10am-5pm, Sunday.


Open and welcoming atmosphere at this favored Old West End shop.

Great for: Meet up, enjoying live music, poetry readings and unique food options. Bonus: The popular weekend brunches are served 10:30am-2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday. Through decor and simplicity, the light and airy ambiance will keep you feeling content and comfortable among friends. A large coffee selection, plenty of syrups and flavors made in-house, and snack options (like the bagel balls) keep customers satisfied.

A coffee lover’s guide to Toledo

The Glass City has a number of independent coffee shops, each with individual character. To navigate the 419’s world of java, grab a cup of joe and browse our guide to coffee shops in, and around, town. Plate 21 3664 Rugby Dr., 419-385-2121. M-F 6:30am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:30am-3pm

Petit Fours Patisserie & The Cafe 27 Broadway St., 419-243-1302. M-S 8am-3:30pm, Sunday closed

Specialty: Contemporary, minimalist atmosphere in this French boulangerie-esque shop.

Great for:

Casual conversation with friends, a quiet moment alone or a hearty meal.

Bonus: The pastry selection changes daily, with all options made in-house.

Find bistro fare at this hip, urban cafe that offers soups, salads and sandwiches made from scratch every day. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fantastic, delicate pastries in this riverside coffee shop and luncherie.

Specialty: This quirky coffee shop’s playful colors are as bright as the friendly staff. Great for: Noshing on unique bakery items, the menu of healthy, fast-casual dining. Bonus:

Organic loose leaf teas, matcha and 100 percent fruit smoothies give you options. Find a diverse crowd at this cozy, colorful cafe owned by Toledo City Councilwoman Sandy Spang, who just opened a second location— Plate One, in the Ohio Building, downtown. Vanilla and brown sugar syrups made in-house offer something new with a variety of coffees. This South End spot is an ideal location for starting, or ending, a relaxing day.

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Coffee isn’t the only drink you’ll find here— pour up with alcoholic beverages.

The Flying Joe 2130 Preston Pkwy., Perrysburg. 419-931-0273 6:30am- 6pm, Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm, Saturday. 9am-5pm, Sunday.

Specialty: A darker ambience creates a calm vibe at this hangar-inspired shop. Great for: Hanging out alone, getting work done, quietly chatting with a friend or two.

Bonus: To celebrate 11 years in business, the chic coffee shop added craft beer, wine and a vintage cocktail menu. The Flying Joe serves up strong cups of coffee or espresso that you can balance with a breakfast sandwich, baked goods, and fantastic desserts.

Plate One

The Flying Joe

420 Madison Ave., 419-385-2121. 7am-8pm, Monday-Friday.

Specialty: An industrial interior complements the downtown


Great for: Grabbing a breakfast or lunch to go with well-crafted espresso drinks.

Bonus: Enjoy appetizers with cocktails, beer, and wine after 4pm. The newly opened European-style coffee bar is open late and provides an atmosphere that is distinct from its sister shop, Plate 21. Housed in the Ohio Building in the heart of downtown Toledo, it’s a hip spot for soaking up the city. CONTINUED ON P. 6



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Mix, mingle, and chat with friends over signature drinks and satisfying snacks and sweets.

Bleak House Coffee 612 Adams St., 419-740-1125. 7am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday. 9am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Specialty: Aesthetically pleasing with friendly baristas who maintain positive energy. Great for: Chilling out in a quiet, creative atmosphere in the heart of downtown Toledo. Bonus: Signature eclairs, macarons, savory quiches and other goods are made fresh daily by an in-house pastry chef.

Bleak House created a lot of buzz with its weekend brunch and waffles, so much so that the unique waffles are now served daily. Cozy up with eccentric art, delicious coffee, signature drinks and truly incredible pastries.

Dragon’s Roost 6600 W Sylvania Ave STE 3C, 419-517-8454 9am-9pm, Monday-Thursday. 9am-11pm, Friday. 11am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Specialty: Providing a unique blend of tabletop gaming, delicious local coffee, and pastries. Cozy and welcoming environment for trying out a new board game while you sip on a delicious hot drink. Great for: Finding a fun new hobby to share with your friends and family. Browse through and even try out their great variety of board games to decide what appeals to you. Bonus: Fully featured hobby bar when

you can paint your own miniature figures. Fans of tabletop miniatures will enjoy their showcase of exquisitely painted figures.

The perfect setting to meet up and stimulate your imagination with caffeinated drinks and tabletop gaming. 3160 Markway Rd., Dragon’s Roost has 419-407-5038. plenty of comfortable 6:30am-9pm, Monday-Friday. space for hobby8am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday. ists of every kind. From card games Specialty: Modern, edgy, hip and spacious, to board games two-story coffee shop. and everything in between, they’ve Great for: Meeting up with friends for lively got you covered. conversation with “socially infused people.” You can even Bonus: Unique choices, live music and plenty bring in your of quirk maintains an effortlessly exciting environment. own games to enjoy with their Sip offers plenty of snack options, like baked goods from All fine specialty Crumbs Bakery, healthy snacks, and salads from neighbor beverages. Clavino’s, and high-quality cold-brew coffee, espresso drinks and teas with a variety of flavors that offer an endless opportunities for personalization. Find your quiet in the space upstairs, which can also be reserved for groups.

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Great for: Meeting up with friends, staying entertained with available board games.

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Bonus: The Brew Board and world map illustration shows where their coffees originate from. Farmers’ Market: Sat: 8am-2pm

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Specialty: Lively and happening coffee

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Brew Coffee Bar

Across from the University of Toledo’s campus, Brew is a college-friendly shop that boasts 13 flavor options, a large variety of iced drinks, espresso options, and baked goods to nibble on. Stay entertained with daily louder-thanaverage conversation and an open mic every Wednesday from 7-9pm.

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My Daily Grind 120 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, 8am-5pm, 7 days a week.

Specialty: A cozy, down home aesthetic and fabulous seasonal specials. Warm, friendly small town hospitality. Great for: Warming up with a hot drink and delicious pastry while enjoying the quirky and homey decor. Perfect place to stop when visiting Perrysburg. Bonus: Delicious specialty drinks and candy. Nestled in beautiful downtown Perrysburg, this delightful local spot has been serving the area since 1999. This friendly neighborhood coffee shop is the ideal place to get a quick boost when you’re enjoying a nice day of shopping in the quaint downtown area.


Church-affiliated coffee shops are, sometimes, transparent.

Claro Coffee Bar 1801 Adams St. 419-241-4799. 7am-5pm, Monday-Thursday. 7am-8pm, Friday. 8am-8pm, Saturda.

Specialty: Sleek style in a small and cozy place. Great for: Mingling with groups, finding quiet alone

in UpTown.

Bonus: There is always something new and changing


Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters Perrysburg: 117 Louisiana Ave., 419-931-0082. Downtown Toledo: 44 S. St. Clair St., 419-214-0822. 7am-6pm, Monday-Friday. 8am-3pm, Saturday. 9am-1pm, Sunday.

Glass City Roasters Cafe & Neighborhood Collective 1535 Eleanor Ave, 419-787-7764 7am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Specialty: Quieter, perfect for focused study. An ideal, calm stop on a downtown walk.

Specialty: Local coffee hand roasted

in-house. Rustic, inviting cafe with nostalgic vibes.

Great for: Enjoying some of Toledo’s best artisanal coffee and baked goods. Take in the charming aesthetic while enjoying some of the unique local art on display.

Great for: Mixing up your usual order

on the menu of special drinks.

with unique, seasonal drink specials.

Stemming from “claro” meaning “to illuminate,” this UpTown coffee shop was made possible through a partnership with First Alliance Church, which provided start-up funding. Operating independently as a forprofit business, Claro has a stated vision and values and a transparent financial relationship with First Alliance accord to their website.

Bonus: This contemporary shop has two locations, in two downtowns.

Rustbelt Coffee

Buy bags of coffee beans made by these local roasters.

Bonus: Delicious bialys, bagels, croissants, and other handcrafted bakery specialties.

The small-batch, specialty roaster, named after the family’s dogs, began in 2010 and has since grown into a buzzing businesses with shops in Perrysburg and Toledo. Sip the fantastic blends and satisfy hunger with creative, small bites.

West Toledo’s local roasters now have a delightful location where you can satisfy your craving for the highest quality local brews. Glass City Roasters is the spot for exploring the local flavor of Toledo. Discover the area’s premier gourmet cafe.

119 N. Ontario St., 419-819-5988. 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday. 8am-5pm, Saturday.

Flying Rhino Coffee

Specialty: Simple, rustic design with a confusing and deceptive business model.

436 13th St., 419-244-6100. 7:15am-1pm, Monday-Friday

Great for: Being unsure if you are funding anti-abortion organizations when buying a latte. Bonus: Despite describing themselves as a nonprofit

28304 Cedar Park Blvd., Suite A-2, Perrysburg 567-694-5075.

When they opened in August 2016, co-owner Grant Perry said “we are actually a nonprofit endeavoring to create sustainable funds for other nonprofits” in a Facebook Live video. Since then, we have asked the owners about how much they donate, who the funds go to, and what their relationship is with Life Chapel Toledo (a Walbridge-based church owned by Grant’s father). Life Chapel’s website has discussed creating a coffee shop at 119 Ontario Street in downtown Toledo, as part of their 2015 Buy a Brick, Build a Legacy and Impact 419 campaigns. To date, we have received direct refusals to respond to any questions about Rustbelt’s relationship to these campaigns and the coffee shop’s status as a nonprofit.

Specialty: Roaster and supplier of cof-

when they opened in 2016, their website makes no mention of this.

fee to a number of local favorites, like The Flying Joe and DaCapo.

Great for: Buying bags of specialty brews and equipment, like high-end coffee grinders. Bonus: An emphasis on taste and


While not an actual coffee shop to sit and hang out with friends, this Toledo-based roaster uses beans from Actual Coffee to roast their specialty, high-quality blends that are rich in flavor.

Specialty: Owner Gini Behrendt will greet you with her warm, welcoming smile. Great for: Finding alone time, or chatting with the team of roasters. Bonus: While primarily a roaster, you can certainly hang out and enjoy a cup of hot coffee. While Flying Rhino isn’t an “actual coffee shop” where you can hang out and order mochas or lattes, it’s still filled with the delicious coffee, roasted in-house, that’s found at Toledo favorites, like Black Kite (and the City Paper offices). Pick up Flying Rhino roasted coffee at this tucked-away shop.

311 Conant St. in Uptown Maumee



Want something new? Get outta town.

Flatlands Coffee

Grounds For Thought

138 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-482-0849. 8am-4pm, Monday. 8am-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Noon-6pm, Sunday.

174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-354-3266. 6am-11pm, daily.

Specialty: Sleek, modern, clean, and contemporary environment for the minimalist-minded.

Specialty: Friendly meeting place with a homey, community-oriented atmosphere.

Great for: Quick, efficient service in a hip environment owned by husband and wife, Ben and Cassy Vollmar.

in-house roasted coffee, eating pastries and ice cream, making new friends.

Bonus: The knowledgeable and passion-

ate Ben has earned high honors nationally as a barista.

Opened in 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Flatlands is focused on one thing— the perfect cup of coffee. Precise and high-quality, this craft-focused Bowling Green shop is a favorite for coffee enthusiasts.

Great for: Enjoying a book, sipping on Bonus: This cozy, neighborhood coffee shop boasts a large used book store.

Browse aisles of books, thumb through a rotating collection of used records and comics, and enjoy signature drinks at this Bowling Green staple. Pick up coffee roasted in-house, and the variety of teas, syrups, and food options.

Coffee. On a mission.

Georgette’s is more than a great cup of coffee. Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts is part of Sunshine Communities which supports people with developmental disabilities. That means that steaming hot mug of beans, fresh-baked muffin, or crispy salad help employ a hard working, dedicated crew behind the counter, in the kitchen, and at our nearby packaging facility. Plus Georgette’s is fair trade, so each cup is part of a more sustainable global coffee supply.

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G l a s s C i t y D at e N i g h t Creative activities to check off your bucket list By Courtney Probert With this issue of City Paper hitting the streets on Valentine’s Day, here are some ways to celebrate with these date night ideas:

Have a scavenger hunt

Attend a Walleye game Who said sports can’t be romantic? It’s cold inside the arena— an acceptable reason to cuddle. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up on the kiss cam! Hockey fan or not, cheering on our home team is a good time regardless.

It’s always fun to go on adventures with your partner, even if you don’t leave your hometown. Personalize the clues to your scavenger hunt with spots around town that are most meaningful to the two of you (where you had your first kiss, first date, or favorite hangout spot).

Go to the comedy club There’s nothing else in the world like hearing your honey laugh. Find a comedy show that matches your sense of humor and fill the night with laughter. The Toledo Funny Bone has shows almost every night of the week. Check out their calendar at

Get a massage together Head to the spa for an ahhh–mazing date. Relax it up with your boo in a serene, amorous setting at a couple’s massage. Open Arms Wellness Center in Oregon and Massage Bliss downtown offer couples massages. Another option for an intimate, relaxed atmosphere is Massage Green Spa with their luxurious couple’s suite.


Recreate your first date You’ll never forget the time where it all started— relive that special moment and those butterflies will surely stir.

Take a class together Whether it’s crocheting, cooking or studying a foreign language, find something you both enjoy (or think you’ll enjoy) taking a class in. Learning something new with your sweetie is a wonderful bonding experience. The 577 Foundation, Foodology, Toledo Botanical Gardens, and the Museum’s Glass Pavilion are just some of the many places that offer classes. Cont’d on p10

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Go to the arcade Relive a memorable pastime by playing old school games at the arcade. It’s okay to bring out the kid in you, especially on a date with your partner.

Go to the library and read love poems Even if you’re not a bookworm, romantic literature is a lovely way to celebrate the holiday. There’s just something extra romantic about cracking open a book and reciting the lines of Shakespeare.

Write each other love letters Handwritten love letters are the perfect way to tell your special someone how they make you feel, while creating something meaningful and from the heart that they will appreciate.

Go to the TMA and find your favorite pink or red things Turn a trip to the museum into a fun Valentine-themed game. Admire the artworks while searching for the holiday’s colors and see who can find the most. You may discover a new favorite piece along the way. From February 15-17, take a flashlight tour of their Glorious Splendor exhibit, uncovering “glorious looks of love.” ($23-$30)

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Delightful duo

Mix and mingle as you try decadent chocolates and wines at Sylvania Area Family Services’ event, The Chocolate and Wine Affair. This sweet occasion will offer a silent auction, mystery bags and fun prizes. Ages 13+. Age appropriate drinks available for anyone under 21. $25. 6-9pm Saturday February 24. Sylvania Area Family Services, 5440 Marshall Rd., Sylvania. —CP

Fish fry-days

Winter got you down? “Perch” up every Friday until the end of March with fried fish from Rusty’s Road Trip during a series of Hook, Wine & Dinner fish fries at Majestic Oak Winery. Enjoy the favored food truck’s full menu, plus handcrafted wine from the vineyard, craft beer from its Neon Groundhog Brewery and live music. Reservations are recommended for larger groups. 5-8pm. Every Friday from February 16 to March 30. Majestic Oak Winery, 13554 Mohler Rd., Grand Rapids, OH. 419-875-6474. —AC

Change Never Tasted So Good Restaurant Week Toledo By Eric Hehl

Want to make a difference? A deep, community-enriching difference? Visit area eateries during Restaurant Week Toledo, starting Monday, February 26. It’s an opportunity to take part in a celebration that bolsters the local economy, trains young leaders and gives you a chance to experience Toledo’s cuisine.

Benchmark will offer a pris-fix, threecourse meal for $40, with dishes like whipped feta cheese, grilled flank steak and ricotta dumplings on the menu. Black Kite will serve up hand pies in flavors like honey garlic chicken with broccoli and carrots. Cocina de Carlos will feature dishes like cactus picante, grilled pineapple Don Carly, stuffed with steak, chicken, chorizo and veggies, as well as a delicious, creamy Mexican horchata. The Flying Joe will celebrate their new liquor license with Irish Coffees, wine blends, boozy lattes, and handcrafted cocktails. Mancy’s Ideal will focus on roasted brussel sprouts and carrots, served alongside steak, striped bass, cheeseburgers and dessert for a fixed price.


Restaurant Week Toledo, a week-long event, lets participating businesses offer up new, unique, discounted, or special menu options, with part of the proceeds going to Leadership Toledo— an organization whose mission is to equip Northwest Ohio’s youth with the skills and knowledge to be servant leaders. As Anne Toney, executive director of Leadership Toledo puts it, “It’s a winwin-win. It’s a win for the community, a win for the restaurants, and a win for Leadership Toledo.” “We wanted to create a signature event that could benefit our youth programs and give back to the community. Toledo has a great food scene, and this gives us a chance to celebrate and highlight that,” Toney says. Participation began with around a dozen businesses and it’s grown exponentially. “The event is in its eighth year. We now have 40 restaurants participating, [and] they’re all locally owned. I think the Toledo community really prides itself on that.”

First we eat...

With 40 locations to choose from, there are plenty of options for those wanting to participate. Here are a few things we are excited to try: Doc Watson’s will offer $5 breakfast and $10 lunch specials, as well as a $30 dinner for two.

Balance Pan-Asian Grille, with its shifting seasonal menu, will feature a variety of dishes including its renowned pork egg rolls, pâté tacos and signature vegan dish “Walk in the Park,” containing 13 different vegetables.

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Ventura’s will offer $5 lunch and $10 dinner specials featuring menu favorites, like chorizo or BBQ pork enchiladas.

Eat, drink, and be merry

“Our students are leaders of today,” Toney stresses. “They don’t have to wait until they go to college or graduate; they can make a difference now. You always hear the phrase ‘leaders of tomorrow,’ but we always say you can be the leaders of today and tomorrow.” Eat at one of the participating restaurants during Restaurant Week and create change in the lives of young leaders in your community.

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Restaurant Week Toledo Kickoff Party: $40, with limited seating. 5-7pm. Thursday, February 22. Secor Building, 144 N. Superior St. Restaurant Week: Monday, February 26 - Sunday, March 4.

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Wine Tastings

TUESDAY Taco Tuesday $1 Tacos

Wednesday 2.14

Sip While you Shop Sofo’s Italian Market

Have a splendor every Wednesday with all-day wine sampling. A wine tasting event will follow from 5-7pm. (price) 5400 Monroe St. 419-882-8555.

WEDNESDAY Trivia Night $18 Pitchers

Thursday 2.15

50 Shades of Grape: Hear no, See no, Pinot Evil The Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

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Getting Ready for our favorite holiday Walt Churchill’s Market

Don’t go thirsty at this all-about-Pinot wine tasting. Pours start at $2. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463.

An Evening of Beer Sampling Market on the Green

Wine by the Glass Pavilion Toledo Museum of Art

Warm yourself up with beer tastings from Maumee Bay Brewing Company and food samples from local vendors. $5. 6-8:30pm. 1806 Madison Ave. 567-585-0055.

Friday 2.16

A perfect mix of bitter and sweet–Get a taste of Gourmet Chocolates and wine pairings to go with them. Prices vary. 5-8pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-794-4000.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Start off the weekend on the right note–Try craft beers hand-picked by DJ Rob while he takes over the evening with his tunes. Pours start at $1. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St., 419-824-2463.

Prepare yourself for National Drink Wine Day (February 18) with affordable quality domestic wines. Try them before you buy them! Prices vary. 4-7pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

Inaugural WCM Valentine’s Tasting with Larry Loutezenhiser Walt Churchill’s Market

Fish Tacos • Mahi Mahi • Tilapia

DJ Rob Sample’s Beer Tasting The Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

Try four different Pinot wines paired with hors d’ouvres. Also on Friday, February 23, but with Valipolicella, Verdicchio, Viognier: Vin & Vino. 6:30-8:30pm. $25/members, $35/non-members. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Friday, 2.23

International Wines Walt Churchill’s Market

Do you seek travel but just don’t have the funds or time for it? Get a taste of excursion with samples of wines from across the globe. Prices vary. 4-7pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

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Satisfy your hunger with a fried fish dinner starting at $8.99, and fish tacos for $4.99. 5% of all sales will be donated to the SeaGate Food Bank. Every Friday through March 30. 4-7pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-794-4000. 26625 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

Saturday 2.17

Hops and Poses Earnest Brew Works

Get your relaxation flowing by combining beer and yoga together. Sign-up in person at Earnest Brew Works. Bring your own mat. $10 mat fee if you don’t have your own. 11am-12pm. 4342 S. Detroit Ave. 419-340-2589.

Cooking with Young Jewish Toledo Foodology

Participate in this hands-on cooking and learning experience in fresh pasta making. Limited space, purchase your ticket ahead. $20-$25. 6:30-9:30pm. 2059 W. Laskey Rd. 567-970-7100.

Schnitzel Dinner Bavarian Sport’s Club

If Schnitzel sounds appetizing to you, enjoy this traditional german dish with your choice of chicken or veal. Sign up at the club. 6-8pm. 2102 Lagrange St. 419-255-6040.

Sunday 2.18

Easy Listening Sunday Brunch featuring DJ Benny Goodtimes Rasa

End the weekend smoothly–Enjoy brunch plates and drinks while listening to soul, jazz, and pop arrangements by DJ Benny Goodtimes. Also on Sunday, February 25. 11am. 2633 W. Bancroft St. 419-725-0525.

Thursday 2.22

Restaurant Week kickoff The Secor Building

Celebrate the start of restaurant week with this eventful preview party. Sample dishes from 15 different area restaurants along with beer and wine tastings. There will be live music and raffles, too. $40. 5-7pm. 425 Jefferson Ave., 419-514-7496.

Friday 2.23

Prohibition Party The Pub at Paula Brown Shop

Take a trip back to the roaring ‘20s. Liquor up with Jazz Age Speakeasy Cocktails and swing to music by Minor Frett. Passed appetizers and readings from astrologer Janet Amid add to this “covert” event. Be sure to enter through the back door with the password: Paula sent me. Shh–we didn’t tell you that! $10-$15. 6-10pm. 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100.



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Light the flame

Greg Kissner, Kate Abu-Absi and Drew Wobser (from L-R) star in The Realistic Joneses.

Love The Skin You’re In


A gay Jewish man, a drag queen and a sentimental singer walk onto a stage— this isn’t the beginning of a joke, it’s Torch Song Trilogy, a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein, the 2007 inductee to the American Theater Hall of Fame and writer of the book for Cyndi Lauper’s musical, Kinky Boots. See Stone Productions’ take on this award-winning play about overcoming disillusionment with love. $12. February 23-25. 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday. 2:30pm, Sunday. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., 419-450-1183.

Private made public

The Actors Collaborative of Toledo will present readings of two contemporary American plays about the differences between our private and public lives during two Fridays and Saturdays this month, February 16-17 and 23-24. See Will Eno’s story of two nearly identical suburban couples during The Realistic Joneses, February 16 and 23. Then, catch Jennifer Haley’s crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller, The Nether, February 17 and 23. All shows are $10 and begin at 8pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., 419-205-0409. —AC

Body positivity glitters on stage By Emily Modrowski

From a young age society teaches us to identify and remedy the imperfections in our bodies. But, fitting in can mean conforming to something you are not. Jerri Measley, creator of Glass City Glitterbomb Burlesque, wants to change how we see ourselves. Measley is producing her second annual performance of Love the Skin You’re In, a show to benefit the LGBTQ+ community about body positivity. Measley provided us with insight on the show. What can we expect at the show? The performance is actually a variety show, with girls and gentlemen from the burlesque troupe, drag performers, spoken word presentations and, as well, vocal and acoustic performances. Everything is aimed toward body positivity and loving yourself for who you are and where you are right now. How will this performance help benefit our LGBTQ+ community? We started talking about what meant a lot to us and where issues about your body start and I feel like we don’t give enough voice and enough credit to our young people for what they’re going through. Being in 7th grade 20 years ago for me was hard, and that was before social media or cell phones. You’re enough and you need to love yourself. And if you compound that with the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community, it’s kind of a double whammy. If we don’t have people telling our young people that it’s okay to be who you are— as long as you’re a good person you’re good enough right now— then they’re going to grow up to be some cynical, awfully hurt people. How is Harvey House involved? Harvey House is run by two wonderful women and they just opened a drop in center for LGBTQ+ and allied youth. They have all kinds of resources for young people in a safe space. Some performances in the show are actually

going to be done by some of the kids from the Harvey House. These kids are creative beyond imagination so I’m really excited to see what they come up with. All of the proceeds from the tickets and the show are going directly to the Harvey House. Why is this important for our community? The political climate today is one that demonstrates exclusivity. If you have to grow up in a society where people exclude you because you’re heavy, or you’re too skinny, or you’re transgender, you need to have a space with like-minded people who are all at the same time raising their voices to drown out those other messages. It’s important to gather in a space where everyone thinks every single body is beautiful, has something to offer and has a creative soul inside of it. The more spaces we create like that, and the more noise we make about that, the more that pushes the ball forward. If, in my little corner of the world, I can make someone feel comfortable, thinking, ‘You know, I’m pretty damn awesome,’ then I’ve done enough. What should people learn from this? One of the things that happened when I started burlesque was I would get up there and do my thing and people would come up to me after the show and go, “My body looks like yours, and I think that you’re absolutely beautiful. So that must make me pretty beautiful, too.” That’s really all I want, I just want people to understand that if you’re heavy, you’re beautiful. If you’re thin, you’re beautiful; whatever you are there is value in that.” $12 online. $15 at the door. 7:30pm. Saturday, February 24. ICE Restaurant and Bar, 405 Madison Ave. 419-246-3339.

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Inspiration nearby

Your ZIP Code isn’t just part of your address, it’s part of your identity. Show why your ZIP Code matters during the 3rd annual Ode to the Zip Code Poetry Contest, presented by The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and Toledo City Paper. Submit a short poem inspired by your ZIP Code, where the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. Top entries in both youth (age 15 and younger) and adult (ages 16 and older) will be featured in TCP and authors will be invited to perform their poem live on 419 Day. Entries will be accepted online through March 7 at online/ottzc-2018-submit. Free —AC

Portrait of a (first) lady

Photographer Amanda Lucidon was the only female photographer in the White House during Obama’s administration. Her new book, Chasing Light, gives us rare photos of the former first family. Meet the author and hear about her time during a special Open Book session, Chasing Light with Amanda Lucidon. Space is limited, register in advance. 7-9pm. Wednesday, February 28. Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan., 419-259-5200. Free

Pest-controller-by-day, poet-by-night, Anthony Frame’s Glass City Poetry Press has a crystal clear vision: inclusivity.

Raising the Glass to Shatter the Ceiling Glass City Poetry Press by A.S. Coomer

Spit some rhymes Find a muse

Attention writers: is writer’s block keeping you down? Let artwork be your muse during an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop, which focuses on a style of poetry written about a specific artwork. Led by Matt Russell, a local writer and filmmaker. Register in advance. 1pm-3pm. Saturday, February 24. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

Poets, brush off your journals and bring your A-game during the Youth and Adult Spoken Word Poetry Slam at the Toledo Main Library, where each poet will have 3-5 minutes to make an impression. In honor of Black History Month, the library will display works from AfricanAmerican writers during the event. 5:30pm-8pm. Wednesday, February 21. Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 Michigan Ave., 419-259-5200. Free —MK

Anthony Frame is in the pest control business: he’s an exterminator. He’s also in the poetry business: he’s the editor and publisher of Glass Poetry Press, which publishes five chapbooks a year and hosts Glass: A Journal of Poetry. We asked him a few questions to gauge the tint of the glass. Why Glass? When my wife, Holly Burnside, and I first started the journal back in 2008, we kicked around a lot of different names. We settled on Glass because we’re both born and raised, proud Toledoans and wanted a name that referenced Toledo. And Glass really was perfect— I knew it immediately when Holly suggested it. It’s clean; it’s malleable; it is both functional and beautiful. The header on your website reads: “Precision Vision Inclusion.” Literature doesn’t have the most inclusive of histories. How is it sought/achieved at Glass? Part of this goes back to what I love about glass as the metaphor for my work as an editor— glass can be very inclusive. It is essentially melted sand but it can incorporate so many other things into it. I think (my interest as an editor) has a lot to do with how I was taught as a writer. I studied primarily under Rane Arroyo at UT and I got to talk with him about his experiences in the literary community. As a gay Latino, he had a lot of examples of how the literary world treated underrepresented writers. Whether outright ignoring them or tokenizing them. Similarly, I studied with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, who, when she first started submitting, sent her work out under the name A.A. Hedge Coke, so editors wouldn’t know she was a woman.


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It’s difficult to say how inclusiveness is sought and achieved, especially for me because I am a white, cis-male editor, but it ultimately comes down to what you as an editor put in the pages. If you say you believe in equity in publishing, but all of your authors are white men, then it’s going to be hard to get underrepresented writers to trust you with their work. What made you want to involve Glass in the political discussion? After the 2016 election, I saw a lot of people in the poetry community looking for a way to feel less powerless. I remember Kaveh Akbar, a poet I greatly admire, offering to send a handwritten poem to anyone who donated a certain amount to the ACLU. And then my friends at Sundress Publications offered to donate a portion of their sales. I looked at how Glass was doing financially and saw that I could afford to do the same. And now it’s so established in how the press runs that I can’t imagine not doing it. So far, we’ve donated to the ACLU, The National Immigrant Justice Center and SPLC. The initial plan was to do this through the 2018 midterm elections (after which, hopefully, the country will be a little less scary). At some point, I plan to divert those donations into the literary community, sending the money to VIDA or the Asian American Writers Workshop or other literary activism groups. But right now, it feels important to be a part of the fight against the administration in the White House. Follow Glass Poetry Press on Facebook (@GlassPoetryPress) and Twitter (@glass_poetry). Purchase chapbooks and read the current and back issues of Glass at

FILM NOTES Thursday, 2.15

Conveniently located across from the Valentine Theater!

Black Panther (2018) Viewing Party— Join Peep Game Comix for a party before the 7pm showing of the new Marvel movie. Enjoy trivia, games, prizes, costumes, and more. 5pm. Rave Levis Commons, 2005 Hollenbeck Dr., Perrysburg. 419-874-2154. Free with movie ticket

Friday, 2.16

Gone with the Wind (1939)— See the 1939 American epic historical romance film as part of the Silver Screen Classics series. $5. 7:30pm. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., 419-242-2787.

Saturday, 2.17

The Mummy (1932)— The Toledo Museum of Art’s Saturday matinee film series kicks off with the early silent film that started a wave of inspired Hollywood movies. Free for TMA members. $5/non-members. 2pm. The Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000.

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Friday, 2.23

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie (2004)— This documentary reveals how the deaf Scottish percussionist uses vibrations and other tactile sensations to make music. 7pm. The Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. xd

Saturday, 2.24

The Mummy’s Hand (1940) and The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)— The TMA series continues with the Universal Studio follow-ups from the 1932 feature, The Mummy. Free for TMA members. $5/non-members. 2-4pm. The Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000.

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ART TO HEART The Autumn Gineen Trunk Show

Turning up the heat on local fashion By Megan Yasu Davis

With fabric that is the perfect weight and texture to snuggle into, a favorite blanket can keep you warm in the winter; that comforting embrace, like a mother’s hug, makes you feel confident and safe. A woman feels that way when she puts on her favorite dress— the one that hugs her curves and falls just right on her frame. The notions of comfort, class and confidence are used to craft couture fashions— the kind of fashion that would make your mother proud.

Detroit flair to Toledo

Autumn Gineen learned how to sew at a young age and, 30 years later, she has brought her Detroit flair to Toledo. Establishing herself as a custom clothier, with creations inspired by life experiences and the women around her, Gineen relates that fashion is an outward expression of oneself. Her original designs create confidence, with every piece tailored for body shape and personality. Gineen gets to know her clients during a consultation, to discuss design ideas/concepts, fabric choices and special embellishments and to

set a completion date. In her UpTown atelier, she takes measurements and sketches ideas. She draws inspiration from her clients and other influences, like Pinterest. The supplies and materials she uses are sourced from fabric stores as well as thrift shops that offer vintage and unique findings.

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Autumn Gineen’s Trunk Show, Saturday, February 24 at Sojourner’s Truth Art Gallery, takee on the cause of empowering young women who struggle with their body image, fulfilling her dream to mentor and invest in the lives of youth. She provides an answer to the question asked by many girls, “Why do all the prettiest dresses come in the smallest sizes?” She features clothing for all occasions, from school days to prom, in sizes 14 and up, to encourage girls to develop a self-love to carry with them no matter where they go. The event will feature local models in a fashion show and, in addition to Gineen’s creations, clothing from other local designers and boutiques. By net-



working with like-minded individuals, building partnerships and engaging with other local businesses that wish to grow, Gineen extends an open invitation to the show to those who wish to participate, partner or become a sponsor. Attendees will explore the world of custom-tailored special occasion dresses along with other handmade goods and accessories.

Autumn Gineen (pictured above) believes that fashion is an outward expression of oneself. See what the designer expresses during her upcoming fashion shopw. $8. Sponsorships, donations, and more are available. 6-8:30pm. Saturday, February 24. Sojourner’s Truth Art Gallery, 1811 Adams St. 567-318-2248.


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ART NOTES Korean design from Detroit

Ongoing Wild About Art: Call for Artists

The Toledo Zoo is seeking local creative minds and skilled craftsmen to participate in their Wild About Art fair in August. Interested artists should sign up and apply by Saturday, March 31. 419-385-5721.

Thursday, 2.15 Coffee & Canvas at the Kite - Paint jewel-

stoned sky cityscapes with Uncork the Artist as they take over the space. $10 of your ticket cost will be donated to Equality Toledo. $38. 7-10pm. Black Kite Coffee, 2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820.

Cocktails & Canvas “Cardinals”-

Bring your own favorite bottle of wine or beverage and snacks at this evening class painting cardinals. Reserve in advance. $35. $25/kids 14 and under. 6:30-9pm. Art Matters ltd, 2215 Laurel Valley Dr. 419-410-3216.

Saturday, 2.17 Build Toledo - Use LEGO® bricks, K’Nex, Big Blue Blocks, and other common, everyday objects to re-imagine the Glass City as an architect, engineer, or bridge designer. $10-$12. 10am-5pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674.

Sunday, 2.18 Pop Art Florals & Negative Painting -

Whether a beginner or advanced painter, anyone is welcome to this decorative painting class. Donna Ebert will teach multiple techniques in floral painting. $42. 12-3pm. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462.

Tuesday, 2.19 Photography & Glass Exhibition - See

Born in the United States, raised in Korea, and now living in Detroit, designer and artist Nina Cho creates functional, minimal and breathtaking work that has earned her huge honors and a busy international exhibition schedule. Get inspired by the artist who made it onto Sight Unseen’s 2015 American Design Hot List during Nina Cho’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency, from Monday, February 19 through Wednesday, February 28, and hear from her during an artist lecture at 7pm Tuesday, February 23 in the GlasSalon. The Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

unique works by artists William Horvath and Gail Mirrow. On view through Wednesday, March 21. 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Dr., Sylvania. 419-824-3685. Free

Wearable collaborations

Known for his murals around town— such as the large Queen Nefertiti piece painted at Madison Ave. on the side of Uptown Green, Martin Luther King at the corner of Collingwood and Delaware, and others— Yusuf Lateef is an integral part of Toledo’s arts community. See his newest work, including paintings and wearable art created in a collaboration with Chris and Elliott Rogers, during his solo show, currently on view at the American Frame Showroom. Meet the artist and hear more about his work during a reception 6-7:30pm Thursday, February 22. Through Wednesday, February 28. American Frame Showroom, 400 Tomahawk Dr., Maumee. 419-887-8030. Free

Wednesday, 2.21 A Wilde Canvas - Watch dancers from the studio of Kerri Wilde in this collaborative performance of exploration. It will delve into elements and principles of visual art with artwork by Lucas Frost. Order tickets over the phone or by visiting the Toledo School for the Arts box office. $10-$22. 7-9pm. The Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St. 419-246-8732 ext. 226.

Friday, 2.23 Flow Painting and Fluid Acrylic Workshop - Create a couple one-of-a-kind

pieces learning mesmerizing fluid acrylic and flow painting techniques with Tiffany Garno as your teacher. All supplies included. $45. 6-8pm. Create: Art Studio + Workshop, 422 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-873-6240.

Species specific

What lies in the space between species? Why are humans and animals different? How can we understand animals? Navigate these questions and some answers during Thinking with Animals, a group exhibition featuring Michigan-based artists Morgan Barrie and Jessica Tenbusch, New York-based sculptor Julie Bahn, Oregon-based mixed media artist Breanne Sherwood and Perrysburg-painter Emily White. On view through March 10, the exhibit opens with a public reception 6-8pm Friday, February 16. River House Arts (inside the Secor Building), 425 Jefferson Ave., 419-441-4025. Free

Shaking Winter: Local Artist Showcase - Take a look at Toledo based

artsis’ work featuring Dustin Nichols, Tenayah Bowmor, Carmen Smith, Isaac Klunk, Björn and others. $5 suggested donation. 3-7pm. Beads & Books, 2491 Collingwood Blvd. 419-350-1087.

Saturday, 2.24

Workshop: Alcohol Inks Mugs - Learn

new painting techniques with alcohol ink and hand paint a coffee mug to take home. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 13+. $30. 3-5pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717.

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Kokedama Pop Up Class - Learn a bit about Japanese art and create your own Kokedama while enjoying a glass of wine. $25. 4-5pm. Art and Performance Center of West Toledo, 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-913-9010. Cabin Fever - Get your hands on shabby chic, new, and vintage items from over 100 vendors. $5. Free/Children 12 and under. 10am-5pm Saturday, February 24 and 11am-4pm Sunday, February 25. Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. 419-794-7150. “Lucas County Rec Center” on Facebook.

Sunday, 2.25 Workshop: Intro to WatercolorsLearn methods and brush techniques to ceate a piece to take home with you. Register online. $30. 3-5pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717.

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Music History at the Ohio Theatre

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble celebrates 45 years By Jeff McGinnis A true jazz legend, Kahil El’Zabar has been making music for a half century. For most of that time he has been the leader and percussionist of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, which he co-founded in 1973. This year, the group— now with members who were born after El’Zabar began his music career— is touring the country with a 45th anniversary celebration. “I didn’t realize it until someone told me last year, ‘You started the band in 1973,’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said, ‘Well, won’t it be 45 years next year?’” El’Zabar said, laughing. “I feel very thankful for the experiences that I’ve had and the musicians that I’ve had the good fortune to work with. If your work has value to others, then you feel that you’ve served. That’s been the main thing for me as an artist.”

Living history

El’Zabar and the Ensemble will stop at the Ohio Theatre on Sunday, February 18 for a History in the Making tribute concert. Organized by Liz Harris of the Glass City Goat Gals, the event, will honor local legends as well as pay tribute to El’Zabar and his group. “It evolves with the voices of the individuals that come into the band,” El’Zabar said of the group. “What I learned from Miles Davis was to never be intimidated by other people’s talent, and to allow that talent to translate into creative opportunities for yourself. Miles always had really, really great players, and he allowed Coltrane to be himself.” Speaking with El’Zabar is a conversation with music history. The man has known and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the history of the art. Nina Simone. Dizzy Gillespie. Stevie Wonder. Paul Simon. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has seen luminary mem-

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VIP reception: 5pm, $30. Concert: 8-11pm, $20. Sunday, February 18. The Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St., 419-255-8406 ext. 305.




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“I’ve worked with a lot of great musicians over the years with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and now, with Cory Wilkes and Alex Harding, I’m with musicians that are young enough to be my kids. Cory’s 38, and I think Alan’s 45, and I have a daughter, 46. “I try very hard not to dwell on the accolades of what has happened— I’m more excited about what can happen in the moment,” El’Zabar said. When the ensemble was first formed, it functioned as a largely traditional jazz ensemble, with a wide variety of instruments. During a tour of Europe, the group’s lineup dwindled to only three members, with El’Zabar on percussion and two horn players. That arrangement began out of necessity but soon it became the ensemble’s signature sound. “We were very afraid, having such unique instrumentation. But we were away from home, we were in our early 20s, and we had to survive. And we developed a language and a formula that allowed us to play in a very non-traditional instrumentation all these years,” El’Zabar said.

Open Daily 9am-9pm Saturdays 10am-6pm Sundays by Appt. Only

March 9th - 10th

March 15th - 18th

In the moment


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bers like co-founder Edward Wilkerson, Jr., Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Ernest Dawkins and more, before establishing its current lineup of El’Zabar, Cory Wilkes and Alex Harding.


February 14 • February 27

THURS, FEB 15 Bar 145: Dj ADubb (dance) BGSU: Mark Fewer (masterclass violin) Cock ‘n Bull: Capt. Sweet Shoes (rock, covers) Durty Bird: Straight Up (jazz) Howard’s Club H: Open Mic Toledo Museum of Art: Lift Ev’ry VoiceThe Musical Legacy of the Underground Railroad During the North Star Festival Performnaces,the Toledo Symphony Orchestra explores the history of Toledo’s Underground Railroad through music.

FRI, FEB 16 Angelo’s Villa: Sy Winnie (piano) Bar 145: Anyway You Want It (Journey Tribute Band) Bier Stube: The Good the Bad and the Blues (blues) Black Cloister: Box of Sol (pop/rock, covers) Cock ‘n Bull: Barile & May, Fu5ion (The night starts out right with music by Toledo favorites, John Barile and Frank May and keeps going with high-energy group Fu5ion) Distillery: Distant Cousins (variety, jazz fusion) Doc Watson’s: Zac Ward (blues, rock) Durty Bird: Sushi Roll (pop/rock, covers) Fleetwoods: Andrew Ellis (songwriter) Frankie’s: Full Borer, Bone Folder (heavy metal) Howard’s Club H: Casket Company, Inducing Panic, The Voice of God, Just Shy Of (heavy rock) Frog Leg Inn: Norts and Manning (acoustic, covers) Oarhouse: Eerie Point (indie rock) Ottawa Tavern: Valentine’s Dance with Black Market Rx, Ice Cream Militia, Whisper Disco, Bad Veins, Lip. (variety, rock, disco) Papa’s Tavern: 5th Ace (rock) Rocky’s Bar: Kyle White (acoustic, songwriter) Table 44: The Bridges (rock) Toledo Museum of Art: Ear/Eye (classical) Village Idiot: The House Band (rock, folk)

SAT, FEB 17 Angelo’s Villa: Sy Winnie (piano) Bar 145: Tricky Dick Black Kite: Black Swamp Opera Ensemble (opera) BGSU: Phillip Moll & Ursula Oppens at BGSU Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center Guest artists Phillip Moll and Ursula Oppens will give a duo piano performance in conjunction with the BG Philharmonia. (piano, classical) Civic Music Hall: The Four Horsemen (Metallica tribute) Cock ‘n Bull: Screaming Heathens (bluegrass) Distillery: Overton Project, Carmen Miller Doc Watson’s: Josh Whitney (blues, rock, covers) Durty Bird: Athens Wheeler (rock/pop) Frog Leg Inn: DUSK (variety, covers) Fleetwood’s Tap Room: Rick Caswell (rock, covers) Frankie’s: Crazy Town, Davey Suicide, Loaded Guns, Stretch, American Spirits, Life Within (hard rock)

Howard’s Club H: Luther Allison CD Release Party (blues) Red Eye to Vegas (rock) Huntington Center: Little Big Town, Muskgraves, Midland After launching a historic sold-out yearlong residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Award-winning vocal group Little Big Town brings their critically-acclaimed harmonies with The Breakers Tour (country, folk) Oarhouse: Under the Covers (rock) Ottawa Tavern: Today is the Day, Blind Haven, Mutilatred, Sog City (hard rock, heavy metal) Stranahan Theater: Storm Large & the Crazy Arc of Love with the Toledo Symphony (romantic love songs with the Toledo Symphony) Triple Crown: Johnny Rod (classic rock, pop, folk, covers) Table 44: The Bridges (rock)

SUN, FEB 18 Art and Performance Center of West Toledo: J.P. McFarland Up Close Concerts presents: J.P. McFarland, songwriter and guitarist, playing original tunes. (songwriter, acoustic) Durty Bird: Creole Jazz (jazz) Ottawa Tavern: Vester Frey, Ben Stalets, Boo Lee Crosser, A.S. Coomer Showcasing the music video, ‘Travelin’ Thru’, Vester Frey will perform Olde Tyme Folk. A.S. Coomer to play an original set. (americana) Rasa: Sunday Brunch with DJ Benny Goodtimes. (soul) Village Idiot: Bob Rex and Friends. (jazz)

MON, FEB 19 BGSU: Music at the Forefront: Mantra Percussion Committed to honoring the past and expanding the future of percussion music. Durty Bird: New Mondays (covers, pop) Greenleaf Cafe: SOUL Food Open Mic. Every Monday from 6-9pm join poets and musicians for this laid back and creative open mic at Toledo’s vegan cafe. Village Idiot: Frankie May (acoustic, alternative)

TUES, FEB 20 Durty Bird: Tim Oehlers Jazz Trio (jazz) Rocky’s Bar: Open Jam with Joel Hazard (acoustic) Village Idiot: Bobby May & John Barile (blues)

WED, FEB 21 Bar 145: Last Born Sons (pop/rock) Cock ‘n Bull: Danny Mettler (acoustic) Durty Bird: John Cleveland (songwriter) Georgjz419: Open mic night Music Go Round: Jordan Wiewandt (acoustic) UT: Billy Childs Childs performs at the 2018 Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert. (jazz piano) Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis (songwriter)

THURS, FEB 22 Bar145: Dj ADubb (dance) Brew Coffee Bar: Tim Oehlers (acoustic)

BGSU: Little Axe, Jerome Library (blues) Cock ‘n Bull: Capt. Sweet Shoes (rock, covers) Durty Bird: Box of Sol (pop/rock, covers) Gerogjz419: Open Mic Toledo Museum of Art: Hilary Gardner & Ehud Asherie Vocalist Hilary Gardner and pianist Ehud Asherie perform works from their new collaborative album THE LATE SET, hearkening back to iconic records from the 1950s.

FRI, FEB 23 Angelo’s Villa: Sy Winnie (piano) Bar 145: Cheers! (party, covers) CC’s Lyricist Lounge: Apollo Style Fridays (songwriter) Cock ‘n Bull: Not Fast Enuff (party, covers) Distillery: Beg to Differ (rock) Doc Watson’s: Shawn Sanders (acoustic) Durty Bird: Twisting Tarantula (rockabilly) Ottawa Tavern: Desmond Jones, Coup de Grace, The Funk Factory Desmond Jones is a five-piece funk/ rock/jazz fusion band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, with original music centered around melodic guitar riffs, smooth bass lines, funky drum beats, and tasteful saxophone. Plate 1: The Fritz Byers Band (blues/rock) The Pinnacle: Piano Wars (variety, piano) River Raisin Center for the Arts: Motortown All Stars This dynamic vocal group is assembled from members of The Capitols, The Miracles and The Temptations for that unmistakable Motown sound. Rocky’s Bar: Michelle Shelton (songwriter) Table 44: Last Born Sons (pop/rock) Village Idiot: The House Band (jblues/rock)

SAT, FEB 24 Bar 145: Distant Cousinz (variety, jazz fusion) Distillery: Old Skool (party, dance) Durty Bird: New Fashioned (jazz/pop) Doc Watson’s: Dragonfly (rock/pop) Local Thyme: Duet To-it with Dusty Lane and Jessica Kuohn. Whitehouse. (acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: Noise Night Get experimental with Being, Skinforest, Rosebud, Dreambeings, and P. Peltier. Oak Shade Grove: Swiss Singers (choral) Fleetwood’s: Steve Kennedy Duo (blues) Frankie’s: Broken Glass, DJ Havok (hard rock) Papa Joe’s: Black Swamp Rebels (rock, covers) Table Forty4: Fusion (jazz/pop, covers)

SUN, FEB 25 Art and Performance Center of West Toledo: Up Close Concerts, Ben DeLong (songwriter) BGSU: 51st Annual Philharmonia Concerto (classical) Durty Bird: Ramona Collins Jazz Brunch (jazz) Ottawa Tavern: Planned Parenthood Benefit Show Outside (Toledo/MI alt-punk), honeymoon (Norwalk heavy alternative), Dark Fantasy (Toledo rock), and Demonized (new Toledo hardcore) will raise funds for Planned Parenthood.


Friday, 2.16 / Stranahan Theater Lyfe Jennings is what The New York Times calls a “socially minded R&B singer,” writing songs about his personal experiences in the streets, betrayal and relationships. The Toledo native will headline the Valentine’s Day Lovers Extravaganza at the Stranahan Theater, with support from other R&B artists Surface, Jon B. and KeKe Wyatt. $40-$70. 8pm. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-381-8851.


Sunday, 2.18 / TMA From slavery to freedom and the struggles that continue, the history of AfricanAmericans during wartime tells an important story about the foundation of our country. Take a look at this crucial history as soprano, educator and community organizer Margaret Barron brings together performers for a Black History Month Celebration, held in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. 3pm. 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free


Sunday, 2.18 / The Ottawa Tavern With his unique blend of roots rock, Americana, folk and blues, Toledoan Vester Frey has earned a reputation as a charismatic, lively musician. Hear Frey perform originals backed by Larry Meyer and Rick Caswell during a special birthday show and video premier of the song “Travelin’ Thru,” from his new EP, The Devil’s Boogie. Sets by Boo Lee Crosser and A.S. Coomer will round out the evening. $5/general. $8/under 21 at the door. 7pm. 1815 Adams St., 419-725-5483.

Rasa: Sunday Brunch with DJ Benny Goodtimes. (soul) Village Idiot: Bob Rex and Friends (jazz, blues, jams) Wall Music: Love & Laughter 7. Live music, vendors, food, comedy

MON FEB 26 Durty Bird: New Mondays (pop covers) Greenleaf Cafe: SOUL Food Open Mic Village Idiot: Frankie May (acoustic, alternative)

TUES, FEB 27 Durty Bird: Eric Braizer’s Trio (jazz) Frankie’s: Whitney Peyton, Bolic, MADhouse, Shotty, SLIT, Glaslungs, Proda G, Knightheart, Alex Zayne, Stryxx (hip hop, alternative)


Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

Manor House: Robert Satterlee (piano) Rocky’s Bar: Open Mic Night with Kyle Smithers Village Idiot: Bobby May, John Barile (acoustic)

WED, FEB 28 Bar 145: Scott & Melissa (acoustic) BGSU: Brian Snow After pursuing a varied performing and teaching career in New York City, Snow has joined BGSU as assistant professor of cello. Cock ‘n Bull: Danny Mettler (blues) Durty Bird: Amelia Airharts (pop/rock) Frankie’s: Kublai Khan, Varials, I Am, Northern Shores, Ghost Native (hard rock) Georgjz419: Open Mic Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis (songwriter)

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February 14 • February 27


ROAD TRIP [misc.]

Toledo Yacht Club Ghost Hunts - Try not to get spooked while you track down ghosts. Begin with a guided investigation before roaming around until morning. Snacks and breakfast provided. Purchase tickets ahead of time online. $60. 8pm. TYC Ghost Hunts, 3900 N. Summit St., #2. 419-726-3485.




Before you attend the 56th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (March 20-25), rewind to 2017 with the 55th AAFF Digital Tour. See six new films–experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative–from the 55th AAFF in Toledo, hosted by the Toledo City Paper adn The Toledo Lucas County Public Library. 7pm. Downtown Library McMaster Center, 325 N. Michigan St., 419-259-5200. Free


[causes] [culinary]

HBA House and Home Show - Thinking of sprucing up your home with improvements or new construction? Talk directly to experts about your ideas and get inspired to make some changes. 3-8pm. 10am-8pm Saturday, February 17 and 10am-5pm Sunday, February 18. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. Free

11th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show: Elegant in Emerald - Help support The Victory Center, which provides free services for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers, during this gourmet lunch and fashion show. $60. 10:30am2pm. Hilton Garden Inn Toledo/Perrysburg, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-873-0700.



Saturday, 2.17 [fundraiser]

Picture yourself in Paris in the 1920s, surrounded by artists like Henri Matisse and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, sipping on the drink they made famous, absinthe. With a reputation for enhancing creativity, absinthe was a common elixir for turn-of-the-century creatives. Catch the Green Fairy during Art and Absinthe: An Evening in Gertrude Stein’s Paris. Enjoy an absinthe tasting, learn about the drink’s unique history and hear Michigan Opera Theatre performers present music from their upcoming March performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27, an opera based on the love affair between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. One event has already sold out, so buy your tickets now. Must be age 21 or older. $50. 6-10pm. Thursday, February 22. The Ghostbar at the Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-961-3500.



Friday, 2.16



3rd annual Hot Cocoa 5k Run/1 Mile Walk - Run or walk around Olander Park in support of preventive substance abuse youth programs provided by the Sylvania Community Action Team. $35. Registration begins at 7:30am. Run/walk at 9am. Olander Park Nederhouser Building, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-882-8313.

Olympic Learn-to Curl Clinics - Try out curling and learn how to play at any of the clinics provided up through March. All equipment is provided. Register in advance. $25. Times vary. Black Swamp Curling Center and BGCC, 19901 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. 419-751-2875.

Alfredo’s Red Hot Dance Party - Strut your stuff, wear your favorite red attire and spend the night ballroom dancing at this glamorous event. For an additional $5, come early at 8pm and take a Rumba dance lesson. $5. 8:30-10:30pm. Alfredo’s Studio of Dance, 5224 Renwyck Dr. 419-536-3243.

Join the Detroit Experience Factory and tour some of Detroit’s best Black-owned bars for a special Black History Month edition of Drink Detroit. Learn facts about The Motor City, enjoy drink specials and follow tour guides to Flood’s Bar & Grille, MIX Bricktown and Queens Bar Detroit during this exciting night out. Must be age 21 or older. $18. 6-9pm. Thursday, February 15. Detroit Experience Factory, 123 Monroe St., Detroit. 313-962-4590.


CoreLife Fundraiser for Sunshine Communities - Before they open on Friday, February 16, stop in to support Sunshine Communities, serving people with developmental disabilities. Pay what you can for your meal, all funds will be donated. Noon-7pm. CoreLife Eatery Maumee, 1399 Conant St. 567-302-1100.


Temperance Animal Hospital 40th Anniversary Party - Join the crew and community for food, drinks, and activities in the celebration of 40 years in business. 4-7pm. Temperance Animal Hospital, 7375 Lewis Ave., Temperance. 734-847-6751. Free Coffee & Cadenzas: Black Swamp Opera Ensemble - Grab brunch (served 10am-2pm) and then enjoy this ensemble of BGSU alumni who all received master’s degrees in music. 2-5pm. Black Kite Coffee, 2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820. Free

How would you re-imagine Toledo? Use Lego bricks, K’Nex, Big Blue Blocks and other common objects, to Build Toledo during Imagination Station’s next exhibition. Channel your inner city planner, architect, engineer or community artist to plan a better Toledo. Saturday, February 17 through Monday, April 16. $12/ages 13-64. $11/seniors age 65+. $10/kids ages 3-12. Free/2 or younger. Discounts available. 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Noon-5pm, Sunday. Imagination Station Toledo, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674.





Thursday, 2.15

Spring Fever Garden Symposium - Get your garden ready for spring by creating decorative wreaths, learning about tree care and pruning guidelines, and listening to local speakers discuss 2018 trends and popular pollinators. Register online in advance. $25, plus tax. 8:30-11:30am. Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182.

Looking for a quick change of scenery and a taste of something different? Curious about our favorite events going on just a short drive from Toledo? Visit, or check out our sister publication, Current Magazine (covering Ann Arbor), at, to explore film, art, music and more. Here are some of our favorite must-attend, out-of-town events in February:

Cabin Fever Charity Ball - Join the Axemen Professional Firefighters MC Ohio Chapter 1 during this fundraiser for needy children, which includes a Bicycle Build-Off, a BBQ dinner, silent auctions, raffles and music provided by Ryan Roth and the Sideshow. $20/person, $30/couple. 6-10pm. Toledo Harley-Davidson, 7960 W. Central Ave. 419-843-7892.

Intuitive Readings & Insights - One of three evenings feature Oracle card readings, hot teas, and light refreshments. Each event is limited to six people and all will receive a 20 minute reading. $25. 5-7pm (February 17 and March 17). 11am1pm (April 1). The Space. 425 Jefferson Ave., 419-601-9163.

Sunday, 2.18


We all share stories, but some people make telling tales into an art. Hear funny, wild, scary and sentimental stories about some of The Mitten’s most lively and entertaining performers during the 31st annual Michigan Storytelling Festival. $20/general admission. $27/reserved seating. 7:30-10:30pm. Saturday, February 24. The Art, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. —AC


A Chorus Line - When there’s a casting call for a Broadway musical, they put their dream on the line for an opportunity of a lifetime. Consider following up the show with the Valentine’s Day Afterglow Candlelight Dinner and Wine Reception, which will feature a meet and greet with the cast ($20 per person). $49-$79. 7pm. The Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787.

Monday, 2.19 [networking]

Monday Seminar Series: Using Social Media - Learn how to develop strategies and campaigns for business and networking using social media with Sam Melden, an experienced campaigner in Lucas County. 5:30-7pm. Lucas County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1817 Madison Ave. 419-246-9301. Free

February 14 • February 27

[art] [education] University of Toledo Arts Symposium - This free, full-day event will focus on how to heighten sensory awareness, improve sensory literacy and enhance learning through dialogues, lectures and workshops, ending with featured speaker, Dr. Sara Diamond, president of Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, Canada’s, “University of the Imagination.” 8am-5:30pm, with a reception from 5:30-7pm. Registration required. The University of Toledo Main Campus, 2801 W. Bancroft, 419-530-8300. Free

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Tuesday, 2.20 [sports]

Northwest Ohio River Runners Meeting: A Kayak Group - Pat Groves and Robin Rex of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will discuss basic terminology and safety equipment during a Paddle Sport Safety Class. No in-water training. 6:30pm. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 Central Ave. 419-407-9700. Free


National Engineering Week - Imagination Station will host the Paper Tower Challenge, so let your architectural creativity run wild. Learn building techniques using only newspaper and tape during this multi-day event. $10-$12. 10am-5pm, Tuesday, February 20 - Saturday, February 24. 12-5pm Sunday, February 25. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674.

Wednesday, 2.21 [outdoors]

Short Hort - Learn about some horticulture and then test your new knowledge by working in the park. Register online. 4pm. Toledo Botanical Gardens, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-270-7500. Free


Harvey House of Northwest Ohio Open House - See what the drop-in community center for LGBTQ+ and allied teens is all about during their February open house. 5-8pm. Harvey House, 2039 Laskey Rd., 419-356-1256. Free


Compost Workshop - Jump start your spring garden by learning how to compost during a workshop led by Arden Pontasch of Sage Horticulture Solutions LLC. Space is limited, register in advance. $20. 6-7:30pm. Boochy Mama’s Probiotic Tonic, 130 10th St., 567-318-2240.

Thursday, 2. 22 [education]

Rx for Laughter - The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program will offer a lecture instructed by Barbara Mauter talking about the positive impacts laughter has on your life and health. $17/ members, $29/non-members. 10-11:30am. Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3707.


2018 State of the City - Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will deliver the 2018 State of the City Address, highlighting accomplishments of the past year and his vision and initiatives for 2018 and beyond. 6pm. Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St. 419-720-8952. Free


Peanut Butter Week - Earnest Brew Works will offer special firkins of peanut butter beers, through Saturday, February 24. Sip PB strawberry jam, Elvis-PB and banana, PB coconut, chocolate, PB Carmel and a few more. Prices vary. Earnest Brew Works, 4342 S. Detroit Ave., 419-340-2589.


ADDY Awards - Every year, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosts local competitions across the country to recognize the best in the art of advertising. Local advertisers will be judged and scored based on numerous creative dimensions during this year’s American Advertising Awards (ADDYs). $50, $30/ students. Doors open at 5:30pm for a buffetstyle dinner. Show starts at 7pm. The Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St. 419-242-2787.

Friday, 2.23 [outdoors]

Nature at Night Hike - Discover nature and seasonal wildlife after dark in the park. Dress for the weather. Register online. 7:30pm. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Rd. 419-360-9179. Free



“Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan”- Watch the training of thousands of navy pilots on Great Lakes aircraft carriers, USS Wolverine and the USS Sable, during this documentary screening Register in advance. $5/members, $7/non-members, separate fee from admission. 2-3:30pm. National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St. 419-214-5000.


Workshop Weekend #4: Wheels - Learn wheel essentials, hub inspection and adjustment, spoke tension, and cassette inspection and replacement during this social workshop. $10 suggested donation for non-members. 2-4pm. Toledo Bikes, 1114 Washington St., 419-386-6090.

Sunday, 2.25 [film]

The Monthly Improv Show - The improv comedy show is back in Studio A at The Valentine Theatre, featuring veteran improvisors and event hosts Erin Kanary, Nick Morgan and Diana De Pasquale. $10. 8:30pm. Valentine Theatre Studio A, 410 Adams St., 419-242-2787.

The Dark Crystal (1982) - Jim Henson’s iconic and epic fantasy-adventure returns to theaters. Also on Wednesday, February 28. $10.50/children. $11.50/seniors and students. $12.50/adults. 2pm & 7pm. Franklin Park 16 (5001 Monroe St., 419472-2324) and Fallen Timbers 14 + Xtreme (2300 Village Drive W., Maumee. 419-878-3898).

Saturday, 2.24

Monday, 2.26


Burning Snowman Festival 2018 - Port Clinton’s annual festival includes live music, tap takeovers, plenty of parties and, of course, a burning snowman. Ages 21+. $5. All day. Put In Bay Island, OH. 216-676-1903.

February 14 • February 27


Fleet Walker and Negro Leagues Baseball The Toledo History Museum hosts an evening lecture about this important part of local baseball history. 6-8pm. Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St., 419-259-5200. Free


SOCIAL STUDIES Photos by Christine Senack

Greater Toledo Auto Show Charity Preview Gala

Guests revved their engines during the Toledo Area Auto Dealers / Auto Dealers United for Kids annual gala, which has raised over $1.85 millions for local children’s charities.

Herbal remedies

Lindsay Johannsen and Stephanie Shultz.

From tablets, to capsules, to powders, teas, extracts, and fresh or dried plants, herbal medicine provides a laundry list of benefits to the people who practice it. Not sure where to start? Learn All About Herbs during an informative workshop at Health Foods by Claudia. $10/at the door. $5/ with registration. 7-8:30pm. Wednesday, February 21. Health Foods by Claudia, 3904 Secor Rd., 419-474-2400.

Hanging out

Learn how to swing like an acrobat, hang upside down, and more during Straps and Acro Workshops featuring Aaron Koz at the Bird’s Eye View Circus Space. The traveling movement and circus coach from the San Francisco Bay Area will offer two workshops— Introduction to Dynamic Trio Acro and Aerial Straps Level 1. For more information, look online. Registration required. $60 for one workshop. $100 for both workshops. Intro workshop: 10:30am-12:30pm. Aerial Straps workshop: 1-3pm. Sunday, February 18. The Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., 567-298-6841. —AC

Andrea and Tim Robinson with Justin Jacobs and Megan Balduf. Melissa Cody and Kay Bolles.

health and wellness events Thursday, 2.22 Herbal Medicine Making - Learn how to choose the right herb for your needs and prepare teas, syrups, salves, and more. Space is limited, register in advance. $35. 6-8pm. The 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.

Saturday, 2.24 Intro to Cold Process Soapmaking - Learn about soapmaking and how to make your own soap during this introductory workshop led by the Motor City Soap Company. Register in advance. $45. 1-4pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., 419-214-1717.


Casey and Taylor Putsch.

February 14 • February 27




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Dove’s Manor 1040 Brookview

A Housing Community for the Elderly Accepting Applications for 1 Bedroom Apts. Appliances Furnished Utilities included in rent. Rent based on income. Accepting Applications on Mon, Wed, & Fri afternoons during hours of operation Please Call 419-389-9999

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A Housing Community for the Families and Disabled Accepting Applications for 2, 3 & 4 BD Apts. Appliances Furnished Utilities included in rent. Rent based on income. Accepting Applications Feb. 15 & 16 From 9a-11a & 1p-3p Please Call 419-246-4740


Guitarists/Drummer/Keyboard/ Singer for 70s, 80s on up Rock Band!! Journey, KISS, Scorpions, AC/DC, etc. Call Joe 419-260-0084 OLD SCHOOL DRUMMER

Looking to join working 50s & 60s or country band. Call Sam 419-345-8295

50’S PLUS ACOUSTIC/Electric Guitarist looking to Jam for love of music. Call Jeff (419) 262-2184 LEAD GUITARIST SEEKS

BASS PLAYER AVAILABLE 50s & 60s Rock n Roll. Call Ralph @ 567-277-1140

Now auditioning rhythm 2nd lead guitar, vocals, possible keyboard talents. We do original rock, and have new booking agent. Call us ASAP! 419-297-2928. Find us on Facebook & videos on YouTube! Skeletoncrue Now Auditioning Drummers. Original music. No big hot shot egos. Call ASAP 419-297-2928 or 419-2839235 find us on Skeletoncrue, Facebook or Youtube!

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TOLEDO ACCORDING TO... Andrew Trumbull Years lived in Toledo: 25 Occupation: Operator of Claro Coffee Bar

One song lyric to describe my ideal self: Every single lyric from Carly Rae Jepsen’s album Emotion.


Most people know me for: Always being behind the bar at Claro. The street I drive on/walk on most often is: Adams Street. The best time I ever had in Toledo: Maker’s Mart at Handmade Toledo. I’ve been to a lot of similar events in other cities, but Handmade Toledo puts on the best one. Hundreds of people show up (last year I swear I saw Tom Cruise in the crowd) and it’s awesome to see so many great makers and artists in one place. If you’ve never been, you seriously need to check it out.


The reason I am most proud of myself right now: I’ve been taking pottery classes at the Toledo Botanical Gardens and finally made a mug that actually looks like a mug. If I knew I could get away with it, I would: Break in and spend a night in the Imagination Station with friends (I’m talking about a Night at the Museum-style adventure here). What makes me truly feel alive: 14 shots of espresso.


The artists and musicians I love: Dan 2 Hernandez from The University of Toledo and Bliss Nova (a local sibling duo of synth-pop dream devils). My ideal day looks like, from morning to night: espresso from every local coffee shop in the morning and a flight of beer from every local brewery in the afternoon. The best thing I’ve ever eaten in Toledo was: It’s impossible to pick just one. My top three are: the “Don Charly” from Carlos’ Poco Loco, anything from Kengo Sushi & Yakitori, and shawarma from Middle Eastern Market.


If I could change one thing about Toledo: I wish people would be more aware of all the awesome events happening in Toledo. Too many people complain about having nothing to do, but if you just pay a little attention there’s always really exciting things going on. (Editor’s note: Read the City Paper!)



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Š Copyright 2018 Rob Brezsny

FREEWILL ASTROLOGY Week of February 8 





PUT IT ON THE LINE Across 1. Othello pieces 6. Barrier that should you cross boiling oil will likely be poured on you 10. Actor Sebastian of “I, Tonya� 14. Loosen, as laces 15. Doing nothing 16. “Kickstart My Heart� metal band, for short 17. Boiling ___ 19. Fair thing 20. Point in the dining room 21. Family vehicles that move tons of shit 22. Like weak tea 23. Philadelphia Soul league 25. Small sheepdog, familiarly 26. Talking ___ 32. Leaves off 33. Some city bonds, for short 34. Scarborough of MSNBC 37. Contributed (to) 38. Home to Spaceship Earth 39. “Hamilton� narrator 40. It follows twelve 41. With a bad outlook 42. “Guardians of the Galaxy� director Gunn 43. Pressure ___ 46. He succeeded and preceded Churchill 48. Breaks in the program 49. Head kerchief 50. Hits the slopes 53. Award given out by Prometheus Global Media 57. Actor Wilson 58. At close range, and a hint to this puzzle’s theme 60. Pick up a Kindle 61. “Incoming!� 62. Muhammad’s birthplace 63. Stately trees 64. Old flat-bottom boats 65. “Hypothetically...�

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Down 1. HVAC tube 2. Cross initialism 3. Blow away 4. One who’s likely seen all the Academy Award nominees 5. Brief moment 6. Catching aid 7. “Garfield� bowser 8. They’re given to the poor 9. Gym top 10. Interview before the interview 11. Track and field event 12. Tax cheat’s nightmare 13. In dire straits 18. Netflix rival 22. The thing I’m doing 24. Some scores in the 23-Across 25. Minor incision 26. Bouncing stick 27. Rial estate? 28. Set up a Periscope, say 29. Louvre Pyramid architect 30. Bit of old gold 31. Fancy mushroom 35. Android build that came after Nougat 36. Prefix with while 38. Alternately 39. Staff marking for what’s played with the left hand 41. Blood type: Abbr. 42. 49ers CEO York 44. African antelopes 45. Extremely big 46. Love to bits 47. Sweat lodge freebie 50. Like kimchi and kefir 51. Pistol’s recoil 52. Comic book artist’s supplies 54. Resinlike substances 55. Cuzco founder 56. “Go ahead� 58. Kissing on the street, briefly 59. Obesity-measuring metric: Abbr.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to ancient Greek writer Herodotus, Persians didn’t hesitate to deliberate about important matters while drunk. However, they wouldn’t finalize any intoxicated decision until they had a chance to re-evaluate it while sober. The reverse was also true. Choices they made while sober had to be reassessed while they were under the influence of alcohol. I bring this to your attention not because I think you should adhere to similar guidelines in the coming weeks. I would never give you an oracle that required you to be buzzed. But I do think you’ll be wise to consider key decisions from not just a coolly rational mindset, but also from a frisky intuitive perspective. To arrive at a wise verdict, you need both. ARIES (March 21-April 19):

British athlete Liam Collins is an accomplished hurdler. In 2017, he won two medals at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in South Korea. Collins is also a stuntman and street performer who does shows in which he hurtles over barriers made of chainsaws and leaps blindfolded through flaming hoops. For the foreseeable future, you may have a dual capacity with some resemblances to his. You could reach a high point in expressing your skills in your chosen field, and also branch out into extraordinary or flamboyant variations on your specialty.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When

he was 32, the man who would later be known as Dr. Seuss wrote his first kid’s book, *And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.* His efforts to find a readership went badly at first. Twenty-seven publishers rejected his manuscript. On the verge of abandoning his quest, he ran into an old college classmate on the street. The friend, who had recently begun working at Vanguard Press, expressed interest in the book. Voila! *Mulberry Street* got published. Dr. Seuss later said that if, on that lucky day, he had been strolling on the other side of the street, his career as an author of children’s books might never have happened. I’m telling you this tale, Taurus, because I suspect your chances at experiencing a comparable stroke of luck in the coming weeks will be extra high. Be alert!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): IA survey of British Christians found that most are loyal to just six of the Ten Commandments. While they still think it’s bad to, say, steal and kill and lie, they don’t regard it as a sin to revere idols, work on the Sabbath, worship other gods, or use the Lord’s name in a curse. In accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to be inspired by their rebellion. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to re-evaluate your old traditions and belief systems, and then discard anything that no longer suits the new person you’ve become. CANCER (June 21-July 22): While

serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Don Karkos lost the sight in his right eye after being hit by shrapnel. Sixty-four years later, he regained his vision when he got butted in the head by a horse he was grooming. Based on the upcoming astrological omens, I’m wondering if you’ll soon experience a metaphorically comparable restoration. My analysis suggests that you’ll undergo a healing in which something you lost will return or be returned.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The candy cap mushroom, whose scientific name is *Lactarius rubidus,* is a burnt orange color. It’s small to mediumsized and has a convex cap. But there its resemblance to other mushrooms ends. When dried out, it tastes and smells like maple syrup. You can grind it into a powder and use it to sweeten cakes and cookies and custards. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this unusual member of the fungus family can serve as an apt metaphor for you right now. You, too, have access to a resource or influence that is deceptive, but in a good way: offering a charm and good flavor different from what its outer appearance might indicate. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

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A grandfather from New Jersey decided to check the pockets of an old shirt he didn’t wear very often. There Jimmie Smith found a lottery ticket he had stashed away months previously. When he realized it had a winning number, he cashed

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it in for $24.1 million -- just two days before it was set to expire. I suspect there may be a comparable development in your near future, although the reward would be more modest. Is there any potential valuable that you have forgotten about or neglected? It’s not too late to claim it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The U.S.

Geological Survey recently announced that it had come up with improved maps of the planet’s agricultural regions. Better satellite imagery helped, as did more thorough analysis of the imagery. The new data show that the Earth is covered with 618 million more acres of croplands than had previously been thought. That’s 15 percent higher than earlier assessments! In the coming months, Libra, I’m predicting a comparable expansion in your awareness of how many resources you have available. I bet you will also discover that you’re more fertile than you have imagined.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

In 1939, Scorpio comic book writer Bob Kane co-created the fictional sciencefiction superhero Batman. The “Caped Crusader� eventually went on to become an icon, appearing in blockbuster movies as well as TV shows and comic books. Kane said one of his inspirations for Batman was a flying machine envisioned by Leonard da Vinci in the early 16th century. The Italian artist and inventor drew an image of a winged glider that he proposed to build for a human being to wear. I bring this up, Scorpio, because I think you’re in a phase when you, like Kane, can draw inspiration from the past. Go scavenging through history for good ideas!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

I was watching a four-player poker game on TV. The folksy commentator said that the assortment of cards belonging to the player named Mike was “like Anna Kournikova,� because “it looks great but it never wins.� He was referring to the fact that during her career as a professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova was feted for her physical beauty but never actually won a singles title. This remark happens to be a useful admonishment for you Sagittarians in the coming weeks. You should avoid relying on anything that looks good but never wins. Put your trust in influences that are a bit homely or unassuming but far more apt to contribute to your success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

A Chinese man named Wang Kaiyu bought two black-furred puppies from a stranger and took them home to his farm. As the months passed by, Wang noticed that his pets seemed unusually hungry and aggressive. They would sometimes eat his chickens. When they were two years old, he finally figured out that they weren’t dogs, but rather Asian black bears. He turned them over to a local animal rescue center. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because I suspect it may have a resemblance to your experience. A case of mistaken identity? A surprise revealed in the course of a ripening process? A misunderstanding about what you’re taking care of? Now is a good time to make adjustments and corrections.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Charles Nelson Reilly was a famous American actor, director, and drama teacher. But in the 1970s, when he was in his forties, he also spent quality time impersonating a banana in a series of commercials for Bic Banana Ink Crayons. So apparently he wasn’t overly attached to his dignity. Pride didn’t interfere with his ability to experiment. In his pursuit of creative expression, he valued the arts of playing and having fun. I encourage you to be inspired by his example during the coming weeks, Aquarius.


2/14/18 - Toledo City Paper  

Counter Culture, Date Night Bucket List, Living History

2/14/18 - Toledo City Paper  

Counter Culture, Date Night Bucket List, Living History