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„„ 2019 will bring new changes to Franklin Park Mall: „„ After 21 years, J. Foster Jewelers will close their Franklin Park location by the end of the year. The Shops at Fallen Timbers location remains open. jfosterjewelers.com „„ Local retailer TOL Clothing Co. has opened in the Macy’s wing after winning the free location during the most recent Battle of the Pop-Up Contest. tolclothingco.com/ShopFranklinParkMall „„ Michigan-based Black Rock Bar & Grill has opened in the former Claddagh space. blackrockrestaurants.com „„ California-based BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has begun construction on a new 20,000-square-foot outlet north of JC Penny, with plans to open in early spring. bjsrestaurants.com „„ Canadian chain Crepe Delicious has signed a lease and plans to open this spring in the previous Teavana location. crepedelicious.com

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Equality Toledo Annual Meeting Equality Toledo will meet to review the year’s accomplishments, discuss upcoming events, examine future goals, and announce scholarship and Equality Awards winners. The meeting will include complimentary refreshments, plus Plate One menu items available for purchase. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Plate One. 420 Madison Ave. Ste. 104. equalitytoledo.org. NWO Stonewall Democrats Meeting Join the group for their December meeting. 7pm. 1817 Madison Ave. Search the event on Facebook for further updates.

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„„ The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar, a neighborhood restaurant and sports bar, will open soon at 3115 W. Bancroft St., in the former Schorling’s 5-Star Market, adjacent to the University of Toledo. The restaurant will be led Mancy’s family ventures, and is looking at a mid-December opening. 419-392-8637. stubbornbrother.com

„„ A cheese lover’s favorite, Macs N’ Melts in the Westgate Village Plaza has closed. The Perrysburg location, at 26520 N. Dixie Hwy., remains open. macsnmelts.com

Holiday Toy Drive Spread some holiday cheer into a child’s life with the Village on Adams and US Together in Toledo by donating a new, unwrapped toy at local businesses on Adams Street. Toys for infants and children up to 17 years old can be dropped off during business hours. For a list of participating venues, visit facebook.com/USTogetherIncToledo

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„„ Open Arms Wellness Center will introduce The Loft, a new yoga studio in the rustic Oregon building at 2300 Navarre Ave., with a soft opening on Friday, January 4, 2019. The Loft will offer over five yoga classes a day. 419-720-8604. Openarmsmassagestudio.com

„„ The Cocina de Carlos restaurant group, which also owns Carlos’ Poco Loco, will soon open a taco-focused Mexican street food restaurant, Carlos Qué Pasa, in Cricket West at 3137 W. Central Ave., in the former Bumble Olive Oil Company storefront. 419-214-9323. cocinadecarlos.com

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„„ In addition to their studio in Cricket West (3145 W. Central Ave.), Yogaja Yoga has opened a second location in downtown Toledo at 701 Madison Ave. in the studio space formerly known as It’s Yoga Toledo. Yogaja Downtown is currently offering weekend workshops and trainings and will offer classes at noon, beginning on January 1. yogajayoga.com

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„„ Element 112 has opened a new casual restaurant, Next Door 112, offering New American-style entrees with a full bar shared by Element 112, featuring signature cocktails, fine wine, and craft beer. Bar specials, and Wine Wednesdays (half off all bottles of wine) and Oyster Thursday ($1 raw $2 baked oysters, will be shared with both restaurants. 5-9pm, Monday-Saturday, 5735 N. Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-1104. Facebook.com/NextDoor112

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LGBTQA+ Brunch Fundraiser - Hosted by the University of Toledo Alumni Association, proceeds support events and activities for the LGBTQA+ Alumni Affiliate. Along with the cost of entry, 20% of Tony Packo’s purchases during the event will also go to the organization. $5.99 for children 10 and under. $15 for 11 and up. 11am-1pm. Packo’s at the Park. 7 S. Superior St. 419-246-1111. toledoalumni.org. Year End Banquet - The United Pastors for Social Empowerment is hosting their annual banquet to present awards and to hear keynote speaker Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Field Director for the Dignity in Schools Campaign and the founder of Racial Justice NOW! in Dayton. She will discuss her work within the public school system and how it led to a law being passed to limit suspensions and expulsions for Preschool through 3rd grade students in Ohio. $40. 5:30pm-7pm. The Toledo Club. 235 14th St. Search event on Facebook for more details. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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The 8th annual Tech Toledo Holiday Mixer celebrates tech-related industries by hosting this holiday gathering. Planning your office holiday party, Tech Toledo invites your group to join them at this event for networking opportunities and fellowship with local techies. Invest as a food sponsor or attend as an exhibitor to promote your organization at the mixer. Bring money for food and drinks. $50 for food sponsors. $300 for exhibitors. 6-8pm, Thursday, December 6. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. company@techtoledo. com. techtoledo.com. Retrieve free individual and community group tickets online to RSVP.

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Visitors will feel like they’ve stepped back in time when they attend the Christmas Tea and Home Tour at The Matthew Brown House. Enjoy tea in the Victorian home’s dining room and parlor, followed by a tour to get a sense of what life might have been like for former residents of the home. This event benefits the Vistula Historic District which supports the preservation of homes like this one. $30. 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm Friday, December 14. 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Saturday, December 15. 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm Sunday, December 16. The Matthew Brown House. 1107 N. Superior St. For reservations, call Richard at 419-266-8039. historicvistula.org.

In an effort to educate and certify early childhood educators about child abuse, YWCA’s Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Ohio is offering two days of training. Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Initial and Refresher course will teach participants how to recognize signs of child abuse and neglect, follow safety procedures, provide documentation, and how to administer first aid and CPR. $40 for initial training. $20 for recertification (Monday only). 6-9pm Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18. YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Ohio, 1018 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-5519. Registry.occrra.org. —EH

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Butt heads The great Lopez v. Gerken battle by Johnny Hildo

What is Anita Lopez up to? Perhaps she is simply a great anticorruption fighter, a champion of fiscal accountability. Her position as Lucas County Auditor certainly demands it. So maybe her recent head-butting with Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken over a fat consultant contract with Chris Redfern, former state chair of the Democratic Party, stems from her high principles. Maybe it is an expression of her desire for fair and open public bidding, her aim to root out back room deals. Nah, that couldn’t be it.

The ol’ stepping stone

Remember, this is A-Lo, who we once nicknamed “Stepping Stone” for her use of one elected office to position herself for another. From Toledo School Board to County Recorder to Auditor, A-Lo went up the political food chain in a matter of a few years. She landed in a soft spot. The Auditor doesn’t really have to do much. The office employees do the real leg work of assessing and re-assessing property values across the county. The chief of staff runs the office. The Auditor just has to stay the heck out of the way and let the employees do their things. A-Lo has never been one to do that, of course. Her office operates on constant pins and needles. She runs through chiefs of staff like a newborn goes through diapers. Employees jump ship regularly. A-Lo has always been popular with county voters, though, often getting the most votes countywide of any candidate. She could comfortably be Auditor for the rest of her natural life, collecting a fat public paycheck and maintaining great benefits. She recently won reelection to another term without opposition.

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But this is Stepping Stone Lopez we’re talking about, always on the lookout for the next move. It’s why she ran for Toledo Mayor in twenty thirteen, in a back room deal to try to unseat thenMayor Mike Bell. Her campaign was a disaster. She famously called a press conference to affirm her independent ability to speak spontaneously without consulting with her campaign team, only to consult with her campaign team when asked the first question. She didn’t clear the primary in twenty thirteen, going down to ignominious defeat. Yet she was still re-elected easily to her Auditor’s seat the very next year. You would think she would have learned her lesson. Stay in the Auditor’s seat, A-Lo, where little is expected of you. You have no problem living up to no expectations.

Primary foe

That’s not ol’ Stepping Stone’s style. We’re certain she’s eyeing some other position. As evidence, she could have kept this current spat behind closed doors with fellow Democrat Gerken. Yet here it is, out in the open for everyone to ogle. She’s angling for something. A judgeship, perhaps? Judges in Ohio are term limited by age, meaning they can’t run for re-election after they turn seventy. This regularly opens up seats for newcomers. Like A-Lo, who is a licensed attorney. Or maybe she’s coming after Gerken’s commissioner seat? That would be more A-Lo’s style, seeking the spotlight, and the power, that comes with a top administrative position. Gerken is up for re-election in twenty twenty. Is this squabble the opening round of a primary fight to come?

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After 77 years, The Nutcracker is New Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony combine and perform By Erin Marsh

Guest appearances as Mother Ginger by: A few months ago, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Toledo Ballet announced plans to merge the area’s oldest performing arts institutions. The resultingToledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) presents this year’s production of The Nutcracker, the 78th annual local performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece, and the first as a newly combined organization.

Working together

Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony, explains, “It was Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker that originally brought together Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony. This year, more than others, there’s something symbolic about joining forces with our new siblings at Toledo Ballet. We all want to present one of the best Nutcrackers in our joined history,” Vassar continues. “There’s just such a sense of excitement in the air!” Lisa Mayer-Lang, Toledo Ballet Artistic Director, adds, “This year’s Nutcracker is more exciting than ever because of the merging of Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony Orchestra. This historic merger has both organizations, as well as the Toledo community, buzzing with excitement!” Mary-Lang adds. “Our dancers are thrilled to be dancing again to the live music performed by the Symphony, now with a heightened sense of unity.”

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Star-studded second act

In Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the well-known appearance of Mother Ginger in Act Two brings a light-hearted distraction. Best recognized by her enormous hoop skirt from which her Gingersnap children spill forth at the beginning of their dance, Mother Ginger’s antics, and the role of Mother Ginger is a long-standing coveted comic role for Toledo leaders. Toledo Ballet is proud to announce that this year, Chris Caputo (Caputo & Associates), Jay Berschback (WTVG13 Weatherman), Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, and Zak Vassar (President & CEO, Toledo Symphony Orchestra) will play Mother Ginger during this season’s Nutcracker performances. “For years my family and I have enjoyed watching my niece and sister-inlaw perform in The Nutcracker,” says Chris Caputo. “I would often joke with them, ‘I could play Mother Ginger,’ which is now a reality after my dad secured the role for me as an auction prize in Toledo Ballet’s Tutu Golf Classic!”

Jay Berschback, who will play the role of Mother Ginger on Saturday, December 8 at 2PM, shared his excitement about filling the role: “I’m very honored... to play Mother Ginger in the Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker this year. I’m looking forward to taking the stage and being a part of this extremely popular Toledo holiday tradition. While I do wear some makeup on television, getting into Mother Ginger makeup will be quite an experience!”

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Caputo, a Financial Registered Representative at Caputo & Associates, will play the role of Mother Ginger in a school day production of The Nutcracker on Friday, December 7 at 11AM.

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December 8 at 7 PM. “[Kapszukiewicz] has shown himself to be an advocate for classical music, particularly the music of Beethoven, and I appreciate the attention he has given to the arts during his first year in office. I applaud the Mayor’s willingness to have some fun on stage in support of the Toledo Ballet,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of TSO. Vassar himself will play the role of Mother Ginger on Sunday, December 9 at 2PM. Prices vary, starting at $27. 2pm & 7pm, Saturday, December 8. 2pm, Sunday, December 9. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-246-8000. toledosymphony.com

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Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony, will become CEO of the combined organization.

153 Years of performing arts history

Community service

In addition to collaboration on performances, the Symphony and the Ballet share a commitment to community education: Through the Toledo Symphony School of Music and three Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras, The Toledo Symphony works with nearly 350 student performers each year. The Toledo Ballet School, which carries certification from the American Ballet Theatre, educates 300 students annually. Once merged, the Toledo Symphony School of Music, Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Toledo Ballet School will continue in separate instruction spaces, but Vassar suggests future changes: “In time, I expect that

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“We are lucky to live in a community that so encourages collaboration,” remarked Vassar. “The team at the Toledo Community Foundation were supportive through this process. Along the way, they were curious about what we were baking. They really challenged us to dream big and consider something special for our community… For too long, we have heard about arts organizations struggling. And while it’s true that organizations might compete for attendance, we feel that this collaboration sends an important message to our community that these two growing organizations are joining forces to achieve greater heights together.”

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The success of the 2017 Toledo Ballet season inspired the organizations to reconsider their relationship, which led them to apply for funding through the Toledo Community Foundation’s Strategic Alliance Partnership program. Once approved, the funding provided the services of La Piana, a Californiabased consultancy that specializes in non-profit mergers, who worked with the Symphony and the Ballet through a nine-month process to establish T.A.P.A.

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Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director of the Toledo Ballet, agrees, saying, “The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony Orchestra have been collaborating for approximately 78 years. The merging of the two organizations solidifies what has been a wonderful and longrunning relationship between us. We are thrilled to take these two organizations into a new direction of collaboration not only for the arts community, but also the entire Toledo region.”

Proof in the (sugar plum) pudding

“This partnership is a natural one,” said Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony, who will become CEO of the combined organization. “The Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet have worked together for over 70 years, with the Symphony serving as the Ballet’s pit orchestra. Our archives are rich with collaborations, and we have a great history of working together to entertain and inspire this community.”

DAY SPA

On January 1, 2019, two of the area’s oldest performing arts organizations will officially merge as the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, or T.A.P.A. With a long history of collaboration, the merging of The Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet represents 153 years of regional performing arts history.

our education activities will come together under one roof.” The organizations not only look forward to enhanced collaboration, but more effective administration as a nonprofit. Last year, the Symphony and the Ballet experimented with a shared service model for marketing, box office responsibilities, and other administrative tasks for the Ballet’s 2017 presentation of The Nutcracker. Not only did the collaborative smooth communication, but ticket sales increased by 25 percent.

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4211 Talmadge Rd. 419-472-4480. Haroldjaffe.com 10am-7pm Monday and Thursday. 10am-6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. 10am-5pm Saturday. Whether you are giving the ultimate gift to your significant other with a holiday engagement ring, or you simply want to find someone you love a gorgeous, high-quality piece, Harold Jaffe Jewelers offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. A family owned business serving Toledo for 70 years, Harold Jaffe is the kind of place where they serve you coffee and show you around the showroom personally. Find your special someone a ring, necklace, or watch that they will treasure.

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Have a friend who is always looking to try the newest craft beer or fine wine? A gift card to Mancy’s Bottle Shop will check all the boxes. With their events, specials, and excellent selection of artisanal beer and wine, the Bottle Shop is the perfect place to hang out, enjoy tastings, and relax during the holidays. Of course, if you know your friend’s favorite bottle of wine or beer, pop into the shop for a gift selection that is sure to please. Hey, maybe your friend will even share some with you.

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For three generations, Jensen Jewelers has been providing jewelry repair and quality pieces that you can design yourself. Using their CAD/CAM system, sit down with one of their professional jewelry designers to create a unique gift for the special someone in your life. Jensen also carries necklaces, rings, bracelets,earrings, and more by the Allison-Kaufman Company. Your lucky loved one can go on a shopping spree! Through December 20, Jensen will collecting food donations for the Toledo Food bank and anyone who brings a donation can purchase a $50 gift card for $35.

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Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

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3302 Glanzman Rd. 429-380-0411. 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday. 11am-11pm Friday. 12pm-11pm Saturday. 10:30am-9pm Sunday. No one wants to cook after the holidays. Give the gift of a delicious meal to a cook who has been working hard throughout all those family get-togethers. Mi Hacienda has crispy chicken chimichangas and fresh chips and salsa that you can’t stop reaching for. Their customer service and authentic Mexican cuisine is what has kept their regulars coming back for years. Call the restaurant to buy a gift card, or join your friend at the restaurant for a fun meal. Did we mention they have margaritas and sangria?

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144 N. Superior St. 419-725-0444. registrybistro.com 4pm-9:30pm Tuesday-Friday. 4pm-10:30pm Saturday.

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Registry Bistro co-owner and chef Erika Rapp adds international combinations to regional American cuisine with a particular focus on what is seasonal in the Toledo area. Menu items like the bucatini carbonara with applewood smoked pork belly and their cocktail hour Nibbles & Nosh (4pm-6pm TuesdayThursday) are some of our favorite things about this fine dining experience. Call to have a gift card mailed to your foodie friend or family member, or pick it up on location.

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Rosie’s Italian Grille

606 N. McCord Rd., 419-866-5007. Rosiesitaliangrille.com 11:30am-9pm, Monday-Thursday & Sunday. 11:30am-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday.

Nothing says “take a load off, you deserve it” like gifting a loved one a beautiful night out at one of Toledo’s favorite restaurants. Settle into this Tuscan-style restaurant for fine wine and pleasing Italian dishes, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Clue them in to weekly specials— including 10 ounces of perfectly-cooked prime rib with a side for only $17.99 on Thursdays, and $5-$10 off select bottles of wine on Wednesdays— to help the recipient make the most of their gift card.

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3332 W. Laskey Rd. & 5318 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-481-8151. nicecloudvapor.com

Have a friend who might want to puff clouds of Bananas Foster, soak up the cool island vibes of Pina Colada, or experiment with blue raspberry slush-flavored vapor? Find aromatic, flavorful and bold blends of e-juice at this locally owned vaping shop. Since 2013, Nice Cloud has been making “Fresh juice taste better” by providing Toledoans the best of vaping with premium vaping accessories and more than 80 house-made e-juice flavors. Find tobacco tastes, tea-inspired spices, and candy-flavored, fruity blends perfect for the vape-lover in your life at the only e-juice manufacturer in Toledo registered with the FDA.

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Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant

7742 W. Bancroft St., 419-841-7523. toledostripletreat.com/ventura

Toast Feliz Navidad with friends and family while enjoying Toledo’s favorite margaritas at this relaxed, friendly Mexican restaurant. In 1984, Ventura’s established itself as a neighborhood staple and has maintained good cheer and quality family recipes ever since. For the perfect way to enjoy the holidays, treat your loved ones to a hearty meal or offer up a gift card to this favored locale.

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Some people like pizza, some people love pizza, and others are true connoisseurs. Give a slice of authentic, fresh and delightfully-crispy wood-fired pizza by presenting your favorite pizza-lover with a $50 gift card to Zaza’s for only $40. Not only will they get to pick up perfectlyprepped pies— made with premium and unexpected ingredients like grilled eggplant, roasted zucchini, eggs, brie, and more— but they can also sink their teeth into savory, healthy Mediterranean cuisine, like grape leaves, gyros, chicken shawarma, and other favorites.

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Mancy’s Steakhouse: 953 Phillips Ave., 419-476-4154. 11am-2pm & 5-9:30pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-2pm & 5-10pm, Friday. 4:30-10:30pm, Saturday.

7166 Front St., Holland. 419-866-6288. Firenation.com

Looking for that perfect hard-to-buy-for gift? Come on in to Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery for a handmade glass Snowman! Team spirit hats for the sports fan in your family, or a Mohawk for that rockstar friend. Holiday shopping made local!

Mancy’s Italian Grill:

5453 Monroe St., 419-882-9229. 11am-10pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-11pm, Friday. 4-11pm, Saturday. 4-9pm, Sunday.

Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian:

5453 Monroe St., 419-824-2463. 11am-8pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday. Noon-6pm, Sunday.

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse: 5111 Monroe St., 419-841-9505. 11am-9:30pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday. 11am-9pm, Sunday.

Bluewater Grille: 461 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. R2X® Shaw’s Stain & Soil Resistance System, allows you the freedom to live fearlessly on your floor. Spills stay on the surface of the carpet so you have time to clean them up before they soak into the fiber.

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The Ideal: 5333 Monroe St., 419-841-0066. 4-10pm, Monday-Thursday. 4-11pm, Friday. 10am-11pm, Saturday. 10am-9pm, Sunday. This family of restaurateurs know a thing or two when it comes to bringing together good food and great company. Consider picking up a gift card to Mancy’s Restaurants so the foodie in your life can choose their own adventure. Whether they want classic, family favorites from The Steakhouse, Mancy’s Italian Grill or Bluewater Grille, something a little different at the more recently-opened Mancy’s Ideal, slow-smoked BBQ at Shorty’s, or something to wash it all down from the Bottle Shop, this gift card is a fast-pass to a myriad of delicious options.

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Schmucker’s Restaurant

2103 N. Reynolds Rd., 419-535-9116. Schmuckers.com

NEW PATIENT EXPERIENCE “I was very nervous about acupuncture, because I have a huge fear of needles. Tamara and her staff were very informative about the process and made it much less difficult. They answered my thousands of questions and were not just professional, but genuinely pleasant. Tamara was very knowledgeable, skilled, and obviously well educated in her area of expertise. They looked at everything presented holistically and spent a lot of time listening and asking questions. I had a good first experience.”

For the person on your list who never turns down dessert, a pie (or three) from Schmucker’s is the perfect way to tell them that you think they’re as sweet as, well, pie. With more than 20 varieties of homemade pies— ranging from traditional fruit pies to decadent options, like Chocolate Peanut Butter— this family-owned and operated diner has proved themselves as a Toledo tradition since first opening in 1948. If you want to bring a Schmucker’s pie to a holiday gathering, make sure to order now.

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With the cold weather and the busy holiday season, take a break from entertaining and warm up with homestyle cooking at La Scola Italian Grill. With more than seven decades of combined food service experience in Toledo, owners Gus Nicolaidis and Moussa Salloukh bring traditional meals, first made in their family homes, to your table. Offer your loved ones the legacy of care and food with a gift card to this elegant, cozy and upscale Italian restaurant.

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Unsure what the hottest toy of the season is? Don’t worry about it. The professionals at Learning Express have done the research. Here’s a few of their favorite toys under $50:

Dimpl - Little hands will enjoy popping the colorful silicone bubbles back and forth with this satisfying sensory toy. With safe, durable construction, this toy is great for keeping baby entertained in the car, in the highchair or anytime. 6 months +, $12.99 Square Panda - Feel less guilty about screen time by turning it into reading time using your tablet (connect via Bluetooth) to play 10 interactive word games using 45 tactile Smart Letters. Children pick up and put letters in a tray to practice spelling, phonics, rhyming and more. Square Panda adapts to your child’s level. 2+years, $49.99 Auto Moto Transforming Robot Car

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With yoga, life coaching, sound therapy, eyelash and eyebrow services, body scrubs and wraps, waxing services, retreats, infrared sauna treatments, counseling, and more, offered at Serenity, there are plenty of options available for the person in your life who needs to destress. Consider picking up a Holiday Gift Basket, which includes a salt lamp, a Serenity mug, a vanilla bath soak, a scent sachet, Pirouline wafers, peppermint aromatherapy oil, assorted farmhouse fresh samples, and a collagen eye or lip mask, for $49. See more packages online for additional deals.

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Dinner of the Senses

Chef Aaron Lawson serves up an unforgettable eight-course dinner By Erin Holden Chef Aaron Lawson, a Toledo native, has deep roots in the South, with family connections in Kentucky and southern Tennessee. The eight-course meal he offers up on the second Thursday of every month at Brim House is a testament to those influences. Lawson’s style takes the cuisine that was so foundational to his youth – a jar of bacon grease always on hand on the kitchen counter kind of upbringing – and fuses it with culinary techniques he has learned over the years.

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Mushrooms and marrow

Each course was incredible, but there were two that I still can’t stop thinking about one was the wild mushroom bisque. Just before the bisque arrived in its mini cast iron pot, we were served Templeton Rye, infused with coffee, juniper, and grains of paradise. The coffee taste really shines, but the grains of paradise add some pep that paired perfectly with the wild mushroom bisque, a full reduction of morels packed with flavor. It is thick, creamy and, if it were socially acceptable to lick the inside of the dish at a fancy dinner, I would have. My favorite part? The crunchy marrow toast, which provided the ideal texture contrast. The toast, part of the Brim House regular fare, is charred to order, adorned with butter made from marrow bones.

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Another item that lingers in my thoughts, that is on the Brim House menu, is the American wagyu ribeye cap, dry aged for a few days before the dinner. Crispy on the outside and like butter on the inside, this is not a cut you will find at a traditional steakhouse, Lawson pointed out. It was served with farro porridge, soy nage, shishito peppers, and a Masterson’s rye cocktail with star anise and allspice. With only 26 seats available for the dinner, the Brim House Chef’s Table at the Renaissance Hotel is a fairly intimate experience. You’ll likely be seated with people you don’t know but, by the end of the night, you will be chatting and laughing like you’ve known each other for years. Sure, that’s partly due to the eight cocktails, but it is also a testament to how food brings us together, especially when it’s food this good. Breakfast: 6:30-11am, daily. Lunch: 11am-2pm, daily. Dinner: 5-10pm, Sunday-Thursday. 5-11pm, Friday-Saturday. Bar opens at 11am daily. 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7664. brimhousetoledo.com

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POPPERS Spirited and rosie

Tucked away off McCord Road in Holland, Rosie’s Italian Grille has some of Toledo’s favorite happy hour specials, offering discounts from 3-6pm daily in their swanky bar and high top area. During Wednesdays in December, happy hour will get even more spirited with the Toledo Spirits Company Happy Hour Invasion. Enjoy a special Toledo Spirits cocktails menu, plus free samples and merchandise, every Wednesday in December from 3-6pm. End the happy hour with an added bonus— Rosie’s weekly Wino Wednesday special, featuring $5 off any bottle under $28 and $10 off any bottle over $29, will be available throughout the restaurant from 3pm to close. Rosie’s Italian Grille, 606 N. McCord Rd., 419-866-5007. Rosiesitaliangrille.com

Hot diggity dog

For some, a hot dog isn’t worth eating if it’s not a Chicago dog. If your dog of choice hails from the Windy City, try the newest offering at Ozzie’s General Market. Their Chicago dog is a Vienna Beef Co. hotdog with perfectly proportioned tomatoes, diced onions, neon relish, sport peppers, yellow mustard, celery salt, and a kosher pickle spear all nestled enticingly within a steamed poppy seed bun. At only $3.50, Ozzie’s Chicago dog won’t disappoint. Ozzie’s General Market, 9980 Central Ave., Sylvania. 419-829-1046. ozziesgeneralmarket.com.

The Ideal Date Night

Mancy’s Ideal offers the perfect date night deal for those who enjoy fine dining without breaking the bank. Choose an appetizer to share with your dining companion, either roasted brussel sprouts and carrots or the phyllo-baked brie, a sweet starter with Macintosh apples, honey, and raisins. Each diner orders an entrée, selecting from beef tenderloin brochette served on almond orzo, grilled salmon, or lemon-oregano grilled chicken breast. Then top it all off by sharing rocky road bread pudding. Two for $44. 4-10pm every Wednesday. You might also enjoy a $4 glass of wine before dinner during happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Mancy’s Ideal Original Kitchen and Bar, 5333 Monroe St. 419-841-0066. mancys.com.

Masters of mixology

Have dreams of becoming a mixologist? Registry Bistro wants to help you fulfill the dream, just in time to wow your family and friends during the holidays. This Craft Cocktail Workshop includes light refreshments and a hands-on tutorial on how to make the perfect cocktail. They’ll also throw in a little history lesson about the origins of these drinks— providing you with even more knowledge to espouse at the office holiday party. $25 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. 6-8pm Wednesday, December 19. Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St. 419-725-0444. registrybistro.com. Space is limited. Call to make reservations.

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Culinary Events

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Tuesday, 12.11

Annual Parade of Trees Toledo Club

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Friday, 12.7

Happy Hour Invasion Rosie’s Italian Grille

Cabernet Cavalcade Walt Churchill’s Market

Make drinks for winter time like hot cider, hot cocoa, eggnog and more. Sample while you craft. $25. 6-7:30pm. 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

The Club will be open to the public for a prime rib buffet dinner on various nights throughout the month. Enjoy the tasty meal as you admire the beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the space. Reservations required. $39/adults, $16/kids 5-11 years old. Offered December 11-13, 16, and 18-20 at 5:30-8:30pm. The Sunday buffet on 12.16 is $29/adults, $13/kids at 12:30-2:30pm. 235 14th St. 419-254-2961. toledoclub.org

Every Wednesday this month, Toledo Spirits will create whiskey, gin, and vodka drinks using regional ingredients during Rosie’s happy hour. Toledo Spirits representatives will join the evenings sharing free samples and merchandise. Cocktail prices vary. 3-6pm. 606 N. McCord Rd. 419-866-5007. toledospirits.com

Stop by to try the Market’s most recommended classic cabernets, and their not talking about the popular Cabernet Sauvignon! Expand your palate with these rich cabernets. Prices vary. 4:30-7:30pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900. waltchurchillsmarket.com

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Create a beautiful and delicious appetizer to share with friends at the dinner table or at a party. Eat what you make. $20. 6-8pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

One of the most popular wines will be sampled for you to try. Whether you like sweet or more bitter tastes, you’ll enjoy the choices. Prices vary. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463. mancys.com

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Chef Jennifer Schuerman will lead a cooking demonstration and interactive class that will be paired with beer and wine. Learn to make the perfect holiday spread. $31. 6:30-8pm. 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182. schedel-gardens.org

Fun with Phyllo Dough Foodology

Christmas Tea Party The Culinary Vegetable Institute

Celebrate a holiday tradition by sampling tea sandwiches, petite vegetables, smoked salmon scones and other treats. $45. 2pm. 12304 Mudbrook Rd., Milan. 419-499-7500. culinaryvegetableinstitute.com

Learn more about Greek phyllo dough while making spinach pie, baklava, mini gyro bowls, Fattoush salad, Greek dressing and fresh hummus in this adult-only class. Space is limited, so register in advance. $45. 2059 W. Laskey Rd. 567-970-7100. foodologytoledo.com

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Weekly Wine Tasting Joseph’s Beverage Center

Joseph’s samples the best of various wine selections every Thursday. Each week is different, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Prices vary. 6-8pm. 4129 Talmadge Rd. 419-472-1421. josephswinestoretoledooh.com

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Carols and Ales Earnest Brew Works

To celebrate their years of business and being the second largest brewery in Northwest Ohio, Earnest will be giving out $5 tokens for pizza at Pepperoni Tony to the first 50 customers of the day, and will release two new bottles and specially-tapped firkins. Come get your drink on! Drink prices vary. 5pm. Additional date, Saturday, December 8. 4342 S. Detroit Ave. 419-340-2589. earnestbrewworks.com

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Hosted by the Seattle choral project whateverandeveramen, pair Christmas caroling with two firkins from the brewery. Rumor has it that there will be a peppermint brew and a surprise offering from Pizza Cat. Stay tuned. $15. 6-9pm 4342 S. Detroit Ave. 419-340-2589. Search Carols and Ales on Facebook.

Join the garden’s personal chef, Jennifer Schuerman for beer and wine tastings paired with comfort foods. The menu will include casseroles, soups and desserts. Arrive a little early to enjoy a walk through the gardens before the event. $30. 6:30-8pm. 19255 W. Portage River Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182. schedel-gardens.org

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Wine 7 Cheese with Mimi Bonderer Walt Churchill’s Market Ms. Bonderer will host this tasting that pairs European wines and artisanal cheese for you to taste and enjoy. Prices vary. 4:30-7:30pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900. waltchurchillsmarket.com

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Check out what wines Santa has picked out for you to sample. This tasting features selections that any novice or aficionado will appreciate. Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-794-4000. waltchurchillsmarket.com

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CURTAIN CALL Clowning around with the Kinsey Sicks

Politically and socially conscious drag show to play at the Ohio Theatre by Jason Webber Things You Shouldn’t Say!, the irreverent new show from San Francisco-based drag queen troupe The Kinsey Sicks, is as bawdy and shocking as the name implies. This show, which premiered Off Broadway to rave reviews, is a drag-sational trip through modern America by the self proclaimed “Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet.” Behind the sequins and makeup, however, is a serious group of performers, who all met at a Bette Midler concert in the ‘90s during the AIDS epidemic. The quartet— Tram Po Lina, Winnie, Rachel, and Trixie— were inspired to put together a show to spread joy and awareness as a way to combat the oppression and pain of the times. Now, armed with a brand new show, the girls are spreading joy, knowledge, and fierceness. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Through the miracle of email, here is an interview with input from the entire group.

Bette Midler featured prominently in the formation of the Kinsey Sicks. Have you ever met the Divine Miss M herself? If not what would you say to her if you DID meet her? Tram Po Lina: I haven’t, but my sister Miss Daisy Buckët has! When I finally do get to meet her, I’d like to thank her for decades of continuous inspiration, and let her know that we’re proud to follow in her footsteps. Rachel: After getting up from fainting on the floor, I would say, “Why yes, you CAN perform with us. How much do you pay?”

Where exactly does the name Kinsey Sicks come from? Winnie: The famous Kinsey Scale was created by Dr. Alfred Kinsey back in the 1940s, and it described a continuum of human sexual orientation ranging from exclusively opposite-sex (a zero on the scale) to exclusively same-sex (six on the scale). The group’s name uses one extreme end of that scale, but with a playful twist, hence “Kinsey 6” becomes “Kinsey Sicks!”

(L-R) Tram Po Lina, Trixie, Rachel, and Winnie, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Rachel: There was a time in the mid’90s when it seemed like drag could save the world with movies like The Adventures of Priscilla and Too Wong Foo... and, of course, RuPaul in the mainstream. Do you think drag STILL has the power to change the world? Trixie: Absolutely! Just this past week, amidst my conservative traditional Filipino family Thanksgiving dinner, my second cousin and I were discussing makeup and various drag personalities (she was even using such oftused drag-related language as “What’s the tea” and “yaas”). At another party, a friend’s younger cousin learned how to put on exquisite makeup, she said she learned by watching drag queens on YouTube. These would have been unthinkable conversations when I was either of their age and here they were, totally unconscious of the fact that just last century, such figures of inspiration would have been considered pariahs! Thankfully drag, in all its myriad expressions, continues to make queerness more visible and more acceptable around the world. What’s your favorite song to lip-sync to when performing? Winnie: Lip-sync? You have the wrong queens in mind, young

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THEATER NOTES Sing it, Buddy

If you love the film Elf, enjoy two opportunities to see the story performed on stage. „„ The Toledo School for the Arts will perform Elf Jr. The Musical, which tells the story of Buddy, a boy raised at the North Pole, as an elf who finds his way to New York City. The comedy has original songs by Matthew Skylar and Chad Beguelin, tunes that will bring the story to life in a way that the movie could never do. $10-$16. 7pm Thursday, December 6-Saturday, December 8. 2:30pm Sunday, December 9. Toledo Repertoire Theatre. 16 10th St. 419-246-8732. Search event on Facebook. „„ Next, see professional Broadway performers bring Elf The Broadway Musical to the Stranahan Theater during a six-day run. Enjoy Buddy’s journey as an adult, tracking down his father in New York City, finding himself in a world where nothing makes sense in a way that is both touching and hilarious. $34-$89. 7:30pm Tuesday, December 11-Thursday, December 13. 8pm Friday, December 14. 10am, 3pm, and 8pm Saturday, December 15. 1pm Sunday, December 16. Stranahan Theater. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8831. Americantheatreguild.com.

A Wonderful Live Radio Play

Tree City Playhouse and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. In a 1940s broadcast-style live performance, the show promises to bring the time period to life in its depiction of the main character’s existential crisis. For those who are not familiar with the classic film, George Bailey is considering suicide when an angel named Clarence intervenes to show George what the lives of others would be like without him. Classic Christmas songs will also be included in this uniquely presented version of the traditional holiday story. $8-$12. 7:30pm Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8. 7:30pm Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15. Church 3TwentyOne. 5845 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. 419-517-0118. sylvaniaarts.org. Buy tickets online or at door. —EH

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University of Toledo’s Friday’s on Film Series presents a tale of redemption starring Humphrey Bogart—We’re No Angels —the story of three escaped cons on the run who find refuge in a store owned by a family they plan to rob. The trio has doubts, however, when they share Christmas dinner with the couple and their daughter. The film is a tale about the power of the Christmas spirit to melt the hearts of even the roughest scoundrels. $8-$12. 7:30pm Friday, December 7. UT Center for Performing Arts Film Video Lab Theatre, 1910 W. Rocket Dr. 419-530-2787. Search Fridays on Film at utoledo.edu.

A never-ending story

The release of Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki is almost here, and fans of Miyazaki’s anime classics, like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, are likely to find this documentary account of his return to film very insightful. The film follows the director as he returns to Studio Ghibli to create a short entitled Boro the Caterpillar and the frustration he finds with the increasing reliance on CGI. Never-Ending Man explores the challenges and, ultimately, the value of collaboration across generations. $9.50-$11.50. 7:30pm Thursday, December 13. Cinemark Fallen Timbers 14 and XD. 2300 Village Dr. West, Ste. 1700. 419-878-3898. cinemark.com.

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In Pursuit of Low-Budget Thrills

Groundbreaking Gullah story

The first wide scale release from a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust (1991) is a turn-of-the-century period piece set in a Gullah community off the coast of South Carolina. It follows a family who considers leaving the island for the mainland, but they fear losing the cultural heritage they’ve maintained from their African ancestors for many generations. Filmmaker and University of Toledo professor Charlene Gilbert will introduce this groundbreaking film. $5-$7. 2pm Saturday, December 8. The Toledo Museum of Art Little Theatre, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. tickets.toledomuseum.org. —EH

Filmmaker James Aponte’s futuristic world By Jeff McGinnis A woman hides from a bounty hunter. Ruthless and aided by three threatening drones, the hunter methodically chases her through a futuristic, industrial building where danger seems to lurk around every corner. This is the premise of James Aponte’s thrilling short film Pursuit, but the story goes deeper than that. “‘Pursuit is a sci-fi action/thriller short film,” Aponte said. “It’s set in a dystopian world where the population is overcrowded in the cities, there’s rampant crime, and to deal with the problem we have bounty hunters called Collectors. The focus is on one Collector, named Briggs, hunting his bounty, Valorie.” The film, shot in the summer of 2015, is a visceral and exciting ride with a surprisingly emotional conclusion, an impressive achievement for a young, low-budget filmmaker. For Aponte, the core idea of the short came from a common influence— a talk with his mom. “She came in from work, she was in the warehouse, and a co-worker was playing around with a tiny little drone, and was kind of buzzing people with it,” Aponte said. “And I was like, hey, a drone as a prop, a drone as a character, that could be really interesting.”

As creative as I wanted

Aponte fell in love with movies as a kid. He’d always dreamed of being a writer, but after seeing James Cameron’s Aliens and learning that Cameron had written and directed the movie himself, Aponte realized he too could bring his stories to life on the screen. While attending Sylvania Northview High School, Aponte took a course on Interactive Media. “That’s where

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I made my first films, in high school,” he said. “I was very much encouraged to be as creative as I wanted. I made a 20-minute long thesis movie.” After high school, Aponte attended the University of Toledo, where he poured his heart into his senior thesis film— Pursuit. In creating the film, Aponte said that he took a page from the book of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who famously made his debut feature El Mariachi with a budget of roughly $7,000. He did things “Mariachi-style,” taking advantage of what he had access to. “There’s an engineering building on the University of Toledo’s campus, where I was a student at the time. And I really liked the look and the aesthetic of that building, and we had shot (film) in there before. And I really wanted to go back and do it all over the place.”

Technology and society

Filmed over the course of two weeks, the final product is so impressive that Debra Davis, the director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, asked if UT could use Pursuit as an example of the kind of work that students can produce. The short has played at festivals ever since, including a screening at the Maumee Film Festival in October. Aponte believes that his short film speaks to basic worries about modern life. “I think there are definitely anxieties about technology interacting with society and how that also affects our interactions with each other. ” “Pursuit” is available on demand, for rent or purchase, with behind-the-scenes extras and commentary, at: vimeo.com/ondemand/pursuit

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BOOK NOTES

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With books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other media for sale for as low as 25 cents, the Friends of the Library Book Sale is an event you don’t want to miss. With amazing deals, the proceeds go to Friends of the Library to benefit library programs. Everything at the sale is $2 or lower! Get a box of books for the bibliophile in your life, an affordable and thoughtful Christmas gift that supports a good cause. 4pm-7pm Thursday, December 6 (Members can begin shopping at noon). 9am4pm Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8. Friends of the Library Book Center. 1301 N. Reynolds Rd. 419-259-5455. toledolibrary.org Free —EH

Finding fellow lit lovers in Toledo and beyond By Jason Webber For bookworms— and you know who you are— there are few greater pleasures than meeting with like-minded literature enthusiasts and discussing the book that's keeping you up past your bedtime. Toledo has much to offer local lit lovers. In addition to boasting one of the best library systems in the country, active book clubs around town welcome new members. The Toledo Book Club Meetup Group When: First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Where: Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Avenue Recent Reads: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones; Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Website: www.meetup.com/bookclub-641/ Probably the area's biggest organized book club that's not directly affiliated with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, this is a great place to start if you're looking for fellow readers. This group is always reading something interesting and with almost 750 members on the Meetup site, you can always count on a good turnout at their monthly events. Visit their website and you can vote on what book to read the following month. Pretty cool. Glass City Readers When: Last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. (no meeting is scheduled for December) Where: Varies but has been meeting recently at SIP Coffee (3160 Markway Road). Check the website before showing up. Recent Reads: A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Website: www.meetup.com/Glass-City-Readers Count on the Glass City Readers to recommend a book you'll be happy to have on your nightstand. Besides the excellent aforementioned reads, they also recently discussed the Evicted: Poverty and Profit In the American City by Matthew Desmond. Perrysburg Mystery Book Club When: Third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Where: Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg Recent Reads: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Cline, Murder In the Lincoln White House by C.M. Gleason. Website: www.meetup.com/ Perrysburg-Mystery-Book-Club/ The literary sleuths at Perrysburg Mystery Book Club certainly will be the first to figure out “whodunit?”. One of several cool book clubs centered at the Gathering Volumes bookstore, this is the place to go if you like your literature with a lot of intrigue. Agatha Christie would be proud.

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Perrysburg Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Club When: Third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Where: Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg Recent Reads: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. Website: www.meetup.com/PerrysburgFantasy-Sci-Fi-Meetup/ If you love letting your geek pride run rampant, this is the book club for you. This fun-loving group of sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts always has something interesting on the bookshelf. The group is currently reading The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. Books On Tap When: Second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Where: Earnest Brew Works, 4342 S. Detroit Ave. Recent Reads: The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Website: http://www.toledolibrary.org/ librarygroups

Poetry off the page

Two poets perform

The Arts and Performance Center presents readings by two accomplished poets – Sandra Feen and Anthony Frame – on December 7. Feen, a teacher for 32 years, often writes about her experiences with the insular school world, gathered in her book Fragile Capacity with poems like “Before the Tardy Bell.” A Toledo exterminator, Frame’s most recent book of poetry, Where Wind Meets Wing, explores the frequent incompatibility of man and nature, a subject he undoubtedly encounters in his line of work. Wine and snacks provided. $5 suggested donation. 6pm-9pm Friday, December 7. Arts and Performance Center of West Toledo. 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-913-9010. Search Arts and Performance Poetry on Facebook. —EH

Hear from some of Toledo’s best poets during the December installment of the Uncloistered Poetry series. Led by local literary figure Jonie McIntire, this monthly series begins with readings from featured poets, followed by an open mic. This month, hear from Adrian Lime, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Lucas Hargis, Jason Kaufman, Nick Gardner and Sandra Gill. Free coffee from Glass City Roasters. Donations gratefully accepted for Naomi Transitional Housing which provides shelter, supportive and beneficial services for women overcoming alcohol and substance abuse. 6-9pm. Sunday, December 9. Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3143 W. Central Ave., 419-531-5100. For more information, see the event “Uncloistered Poetry” on Facebook. Free

Sorry, kiddies— you gotta be 21 or above to join this intoxicating evening of prose. Books On Tap is a group for those who enjoy a good read while sipping on a cold one. The fun takes place once a month at the ever-so-awesome craft beer hotspot Earnest Brew Works. Come by for pages and pints. Under 200 Club When: Third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Where: Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave. Recent Reads: The Spy by Paulo Coelho, Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka. Website: http://www.toledolibrary.org/ librarygroups You must love a lit group that bills itself as "A book club for those who fear commitment." No, they're not referring to your ex; they mean those who find it hard to set aside time to read long books. All books of the Under 200 Club are under a couple hundred pages, meaning you can likely start and finish that month’s selection over a weekend. Convenient, yes? For more area book clubs, visit the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Book Clubs sit at http://www.toledolibrary.org/librarygroups

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ART TO HEART More with Less

Jordan Buschur’s solo show explores sentimental value By Kelly Thompson We all have that one “junk drawer” dedicated those objects that we don’t use, but can’t seem to throw away. The sentimental value of personal objects is the theme for Jordan Buschur’s upcoming solo exhibition, More With More Less. The show opens with a reception from 6-8pm on Thursday, December 13 at River House Arts, 425 Jefferson St. (in the Secor Building).

Object permanence

More With More Less explores the intersection of biography and anonymity in a contemplative examination of personal belongings. The paintings are anonymous and familiar, calling to mind the importance of memories we retain through objects. The 15 works complement each other to tell a broader story. Paintings of stacked books in bright colors, some with poetic, carefully chosen titles, invite a viewer to “read” the painting. Drawers full of inanimate, seemingly forgotten objects demonstrate the intimacy of personal belongings while images of empty stacked boxes address the passing-on of people, and their objects, and the memories the accompany them. More With More Less discusses the things we retain that don’t necessarily mean anything to other people but

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that, due to a childhood memory or other sentimental associations, hold meaning for us.

Our things, ourselves

Paula Baldoni, director and owner of River House Arts, a standout downtown gallery which consistently exhibits contemporary artists like Buschur, pointed out that Buschur’s exhibition, and the nature of the work, is well-timed. “I think that this is a perfect exhibition for the holiday season, when we all tend to become a little too preoccupied with the actual objects we give and receive, the stuff that fills and clutters our lives,” Baldoni added. “What meaning will these objects hold when the moment of exchange or transaction passes? What happens months or years from now?” “I love books and I’m intrigued with ideas around book collections and what they may reveal about us and to us,” Baldoni continued, “Not only the specific titles but how we feel about them and how treat or display them.” After teaching and showing work throughout the country, Buschur moved to Toledo in 2016 to work with The Arts Commission and Findlay’s The Neon Heater Art Gallery, Along with her move, Buschur brought an diverse and impressive resume. The established artist

has shown her work all over the world, and recently, one of her paintings was chosen for the cover of novelist Ian McEwan’s My Purple Scented Novel. The works in the exhibit are meant to be shown together, combining fullness and emptiness, of having and not having, whether people or things. “They are paintings about death,” Buschur said. “When people pass on, and their collections of objects pass on, the next person doesn’t appreciate the value; it no longer has that importance.” “More With More Less” will run from December 13, 2018 to January 26, 2019. River House Arts, 425 Jefferson St., Toledo. 419-441-4025, riverhousearts.com.

Solution Search, a painting to be featured in Buschur’s exhibit.

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ART EVENTS

ART NOTES

Wednesday, 12.5

Monday, 12.10

EVAC Project Art Exhibition Experiencing

Artisan Paper - This 90 minute class

Veterans and Artists Collaboration showcases interpretations of veterans’ stories after being interviewed by the artists. On display through January 11. 9am-3pm on weekdays. Maumee Valley Country Day School Wolfe Gallery, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd. 419-381-1313. mvcds.org Free

Thursday, 12.6 Portraits of Larry Golba - The artist’s work

will be on display at the Sanger Library through Sunday, December 9 during library hours. Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave. 419-2595370. toledolibrary.org Free

Scented Candles Workshop - The class

will create candles in mason jars using natural, essential oils. $35. 6-8pm. Additional date, 2-4pm Sunday, 12.9. Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St., Sylvania. fullerarthouse.com

Saturday, 12.8 Preserving Family Treasures - Learn

how to care and preserve old photos, papers and memorabilia from your family’s past. $20-$25. 11am-1pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org

Holiday Ornaments - Decorate handmade ornaments using alcohol inks, glass and ribbons. $35. 2:30-4:30pm. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

Sunday, 12.9 Pet Portraits - Learn to paint or draw your pet using soft pastels. Bring a photo of your pet to class. $40. 1-4pm. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

Ancient art

The Archaeological Institute of America has partnered with the Toledo Museum of Art for a monthly lecture series linking historical art with the modern day. Dr. Alysia Fischer will provide a visual presentation and discussion about her most recent work “Hot Pursuit: Integrating Anthropology in Search of Ancient Glassblowers”, an insightful look at early art from the Middle East. Looking at the city of Sepphoris in modern day Israel, glassblowers from ancient times created countless works of art using methods that bare resemblance to today’s refined techniques. 7-9pm Friday, December 7. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free —SE

instructs students on how to make artisan paper out of recycled scraps. $15. 6-7:30pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

Wednesday, 12.12 Carve an Elf - Use wood and tools to carve your very own creation, perfect for hanging around the house or on your tree. $35. 6-9pm. 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

Thursday, 12.13 Localeyes with Kathy Seibel - Take a

personalized tour with Toledoan Kathy Seibel and see what pieces of art have inspired her. 6-7pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

Winter Wonderland Canvas - Paint a winter scene on a pallet board canvas with instructor Donna. $50. 6-8pm. Schedel Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182. schedel-gardens.org Holiday Snack Set - Decorate a cup and plate for your home. Ages 10+. $20. 11am-12:30pm. Sunshine Studios, 305 Conant St., Maumee. 419-891-8877. sunshinestudio.org Fringe Flowers - Use colorful paper to

craft paper flowers with a group. Take home your creations. $20. 6-8:30pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

Watercolor workshop

You need not be an experienced painter to join this floral watercolor workshop hosted by Handmade Toledo, as all skill levels are welcome. Learn basic techniques through hands-on instruction to create leaves and flowers using watercolors. Take home your creation to frame and hang on the wall or give it to a friend as a thoughtful holiday gift. Learning how to make these basic but striking paintings is a skill you can retain and use after the workshop. $30. 7:30pm Sunday, December 9. Handmade Toledo. 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717. handmadetoledo.com. —EH

Get cool

Shopping for gifts can be a challenge, but anyone on your list will appreciate an original work of art. The Hudson Gallery’s Cool Yule exhibition features original artwork from over 24 local artists. The exhibit includes high-end work from glass artists, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors and affordable prints, and all of the artwork is available for purchase. Take home a glass ornament for your tree or a necklace for someone special. The Gallery also offers custom framing for any print, drawing or painting. Cool Yule runs through Saturday, January 5. Gallery hours are Tuesdays Fridays, 10am-6pm. Saturdays, 10am-3pm. Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania. 419-885-8381. hudsongallery.net Free

Paint a Grinch - Learn acrylic

techniques while painting a colorful Grinch on canvas. $40. 11am-2pm. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

Sunday, 12.16

Craftsman’s Guild Winter Festival Visit

Intro to Crochet - This beginner’s crochet class will focus on basic technique, while providing materials for students to take home. $30. 1-3:30pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717. handmadetoledo.com

this holiday craft market for handmade gifts and decor for the home. 10am-4pm. Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Unit 1. Sylvania. 419-842-1925. toledocraftsmanguild.org Free

Needle Felted Snowmen - Sculpt with

colored wool roving using a special barbed felting needle to make a snowman felt creation. Register in advance. $30. 1-4pm. Hands-On Studio at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-902-6800. artvillage419.org

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LISTEN HEAR

Band members, (L-R), Devonte Stovall, Dustin Galish, Billy Gruber, Calvin Cordy, JP Stebal IV, and Garrett Tanner

Expanding Talent

BG band has extensive repertoire. By Courtney Probert Bowling Green-based rock band Tree No Leaves delivers a unique and groovy sound that band members, describe as “heavy psychedelic soul.” If you listened to them when they began ten years ago, you may not even recognize their current sound. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Galish explains, “The band has changed so much… It started with an ambient, minimalist kind of approach that was all improvised.” When the group added drummers to the mix, the music wore more of a rock sensibility. Sound and sight Galish explains that three or four years ago the band took on a more ‘serious’ approach and has since maintained a consistent aesthetic. “Visual arts is a huge part of our aesthetic,” says Galish. “Even in the digital world, I always needed a visual element to go with [our music].” To marry the sonic and visual aesthetic, Tree No Leaves illuminates their live shows with a projected light show and has created numerous music videos to illustrate their concept. “Toledo is such a visual arts city, and music goes along with that,” Galish continues, “[Visual art] is one of the reasons I started a band, so I could make music that, hopefully, inspires people to paint a mental picture of what they hear.” Team work The evolving group focuses on collaboration, working with local artists and others in surrounding areas. “Everyone’s supportive of each other [in the arts scene] and it’s not very competitive,” says Stebal. Producing

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music, playing concerts, or developing album covers, the group works with others enthusiastically. Their latest album, Prophet Holographic, was recorded and produced by Shawn Daley, bassist of Toledo’s Amelia Airharts. They’ve also worked musically with local duo Heavy Color on various projects. Other collaborations include BG artists Mary Dunkin and Will Santino. At live shows, they reach out to other musicians that share the stage, building connections to Toledo’s scene while keeping their hometown, BG, close to their hearts. Forward thinking They take pride in the fact that no two performances are the same, and their lengthy catalog, compiled over the band’s 10 year career, gives them plenty of material to work with. The band's performance style changes depending on the show and setlist. “We curate the way we play our sets with the bands that we play with,” Gruber relates. Their sound accommodates other genres, playing to the strengths of collaborating musicians. Expanding their music has led to career successes. Recently the band was featured in Relix, a live music magazine, and won 88.1 WBGU-FM's Battle of the Bands competition. They will also be featured in the live music documentary Live at Howards airing on PBS in 2019. Tree No Leaves, a musical progression, won't be stopping anytime soon. Catch their show 8pm Saturday, December 14. $5 cover. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. treenoleaves.com

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Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

WED, DEC 5 Durty Bird: Jon Roth (acoustic, covers) Village Idiot: Bobby May (acoustic rock)

THURS, DEC 6 The Ark, Ann Arbor: 11th Holiday Show(s) This family-friendly concert takes a creative twist on holiday tunes and features performers Erin Zindle, Joshua Davis, Joe Hertler , Luke Winslow-King, Madelyn Grant, and members of the Ragbirds. Additional shows 8pm Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, and also 3pm show Saturday. 8pm. $25-$50. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. theark.org Barr’s Public House: Acoustic Clam (acoustic rock, covers) Durty Bird: Hector Mendoza (acoustic, covers) Huntington Center: Old Dominion (country/rock, songwriter)

FRI, DEC 7 Barr’s Public House: Abbigale Rose (acoustic, covers) Blarney: Joe Woods Band (rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, The Bridges (acoustic rock) (rock, covers) Distillery: Distant Cousinz (pop/blues, covers) Durty Bird: Max Boyle (acoustic, covers) Frankie’s: Trash Cat, Splitt Second, Winter Ground, Eric Kinney (rock, songwriter) Holland Haus: Rare Candy, Corbin Giroux Music, Ben Stalets & His Boy Band, Alex Lepiarz, Brett Kaminski. (alternative/rock, songwriter) (alternative/country, songwriter) (acoustic, songwriter) Majestic Oak: Gypsy Luvin (acoustic, covers) Ottawa Tavern: 2nd Annual Snowfox’s Winter Ball with the Ice Cream Militia & The Push Pops, The Flats, Whisper Disco, Shitty Neighbors, Emma Lee (various, songwriter) Papa’s Tavern: Tina Lee’s Blues Jam (open mic) The Pub: Johnny Rocker and the Hitmen (rock, covers) Rocky’s Bar: Dave Carpenter Trio (rock/blues) Table 44: Stonehouse (rock/jam, covers) Toledo Museum of Art: Larry Fuller Trio See our Music Note. (jazz, pianist) UT, Doermann Theatre: Glee Club, Rocket Choristers, Children’s Choir of NWO (choral) Village Idiot: House Band (rock, blues)

SAT, DEC 8 Barr’s Public House: Asa Danekind (acoustic, covers) Cock n Bull: The Bridges (rock, covers) Distillery: Herbie Ashcraft Band (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Buzz Anderson Project (jazz/rock, covers) Frankie’s: The Faceless, Rings of Saturn, The Last Ten Seconds of LIfe, Vale of Pnath, Interloper, Volacious (hard/rock, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: Old Skool (pop, covers) Majestic Oak: Johnny Rod (guitarist, covers) Michigan Theater: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Jazz icon and saxophonist Charles Lloyd newly formed ensemble The Marvels brings together alt. folk’s Lucinda Williams, and heavy hitters Bill Frisell (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Reuben Rodgers (bass) and Eric Harland (percussion). The Marvels will be playing new selections off their Blue Note release, “Vanished Gardens”. $40-$64. 8pm. michtheater.org

The Pub: Old State Line (country, rock) Table 44: Organized KOS (pop/rock, covers)

SUN, DEC 9 Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch with Straight Up (jazz, covers) TMA: Merry Tuba Christmas (orchestra/tuba), Messiaen: The Complete Vingt regards sur l’e l’enfant-Jésus with Pianist Isabelle O’Connell (classical, pianist)

MON, DEC 10 Club Evolution: Old School Holiday Jam with DjTmixx and Old School Jams (DJs) Village Idiot: Bob Rex (jazz/rock)

TUES, DEC 11 Durty Bird: Quick Trio (blues/jazz, songwriter) Rocky’s Bar: Songwriter’s Night with Host Kyle Smithers (open mic) Village Idiot: Frankie May (rock/blues, covers)

WED, DEC 12 201 Morris: Live from 201 Morris with Jake Pilewski, Amelia Airharts, Joe Vasquez, the Bourbon Gentlemen, Nikki D. & the Browns. The concert will be recorded live by local station BCAN. Admission goes to the Toledo Children’s Hospital. From blues to pop, the night will be full of original music and popular favorites. Bring a toy or cash donation. 7-8:30pm. 201 Morris St. 419-724-2276. facebook.com/bcanarts Free Durty Bird: Tim Oehlers (acoustic) Longhorn Saloon: Brad Tober & the Outsiders (rock) Village Idiot: Bobby May (acoustic rock)

THURS, DEC 13 Barr’s Public House: Kyle White (acoustic, covers) Durty Bird: Gray & Cleveland (jazz/pop, covers) Longhorn Saloon: Dead Eyes Always Dreaming, The Legend Agency, No Band Left Behind, Dethrone the Deceiver, North to Nowhere, My Own Will. (hard/rock) Original Tony Packo’s: Cake Walkin’ Jass Band (swing, brass)

FRI, DEC 14 Barr’s Public House: Elixir (acoustic, covers) Blarney: Scott Fish (acoustic rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, Screamin Heathens (acoustic rock) (rock, covers) Distillery: Not Fast Enuff (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Box of Sol (jazz/rock, covers) Fleetwood’s Tap Room: Shane Piasecki (acoustic rock, songwriter) Frankie’s: Kid Grizzly, Colour Rise, Team Two, Pawn Pawn, Grubby Paws (alternative/rock, songwriter) Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor: Ursula Walker & the Buddy Budson Quintet (jazz, pianist) Majestic Oak: Eric Edwards (acoustic, covers) Marathon Center, Findlay: Live at Armes: Doe Paoro Singer, songwriter Doe Paoro will perform with her band at the Marathon Center. Her musical influences range from Carol King and Aretha Franklin to Bon Iver. Aspiring musicians and songwriters in your house will enjoy this concert. $15. Armes Hall, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. mcpa.org

The Owl, Morning ‘til Night, Milan: Kameryn Ogden Vocalist Kameryn Ogden will be accompanied by jazz pianist Galen Bundy for a laidback duo set at the Owl. Their dark ambient sound could have been featured on Twin Peaks. 7-9pm. 9 W. Main St., Milan. 734-508-6340. theowlmilan.com (alternative/jazz, songwriter) Free Ottawa Tavern: Joe Woods Band, Jake Pilewski, Matt Truman Ego Trip, The Bowling League (rock, songwriter) The Pub: Locoweed (rock, covers) Rocky’s Bar: Dan & Don (acoustic rock) Table 44: Beg to Differ (pop/rock, covers) TMA Peristyle: Rejoice Handbell Choir of Sylvania (choral, Christmas) Village Idiot: House Band (rock, blues)

LEGAL JAM

FRIDAY, 12.14 / THE DISTILLERY Getting caught up in a jam with members of the legal community sounds more like a nightmare before Christmas than a reason to celebrate, but the 11th annual Jamming for Justice event proves those fears wrong. Featuring The Kirbys and two “Jingle Balls Bands,” all comprised of members of the local legal and music community, this seasonal fundraiser benefits the Justice for All Campaign and the Neil Light Scholarship Fund. Ages 21+. $7. 7pm-midnight. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-382-1444. Justiceforallcampaign.org

SAT, DEC 15 Barr’s Public House: Picking Kelly (acoustic rock, covers) Brighton Center, Brighton: Holiday POPS with the Philharmonic What better way to celebrate the spirit of the season than with holiday music? Join the Michigan Philharmonic as they perform a special program fit for this special time of year. Enjoy music from the movies, Broadway, and from all around the world. $17-$22.7:30pm. 7878 Brighton Rd, Brighton. 810-299-4130. brightonperformingarts.com Civic Music Hall: DubtronicA with DMVU, Of the Trees, Peanutbutter Williams, Sharkbait, Flora, Trippa, Alorym, Try and Imagine and more. See our Music Note. (electronic, dance) Blarney: Chris Shutters (acoustic rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Zodiak Click (rock, covers) Distillery: Sugar Pax (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Twenty Twenty Four (jazz/pop, covers) Fleetwood’s Tap Room: Shane Piasecki (acoustic rock, songwriter) Frankie’s: Rockin’ Rick Saves Christmas with Reject The Silence, Bathhousebetty, Dream.Repair, Lakepoint - Band, Secondhand Love Cuffs, Teach Them To Crawl, In Rhythm, Broodmonger, Wizard Vision (various) Glass City Cafe: Acoustic Brunch with Tim Oehlers (acoustic, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: Ryan Pelton (Elvis tribute) Majestic Oak: Engine 19 (acoustic, covers) The Pub: Frank Sinatra Night with Joel Hazard (Sinatra tribute) Table 44: Mas Fina (pop/rock, covers) Toledo Museum of Art: Sounds of the Holidays with UT Voice Faculty (pop, classical)

LIVE MUSIC FOR MIKE PETERS SUNDAY, 12.9 / THE VILLAGE IDIOT

Mike Peters, a member of local bands, pedal steel player for Minglewood Labor Camp and dobro player for Old State Line, recently suffered a stroke. Mike’s bandmates and other members of the music community are coming together to help him out with a fundraiser, Shelter from the Storm. There will be a raffle, plus a silent auction with items from Dani Herrera, Phil Hazard, Culture Clash Records, and more along with performances by Old State Line, Minglewood Labor Camp, Locoweed, and Feeding Leroy. $5 suggested donation. 2pm-6pm. 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-410-1117. thevillageidiotmaumee.com. —EH

SWING TO THE BLUES

FRIDAY, 12.7 / TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, band leader, and clinician Larry Fuller brings his trio to his hometown, Toledo. Now based in New York City, the Larry Fuller Trio incorporates bop, stride, swing and blues in an emotive style with their live performances. Since 2013, the trio have delivered versatile programs that audiences praise as enchanting. 6:30pm. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free –CP

SUN, DEC 16 Art & Performance Center: Up Close Concerts: Aaron Krott (acoustic, songwriter) Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch with Dueling Pianos (pop, keyboard) Frankie’s: Eve to Adam, Super bob, Infiniti Process, Redfan (hard/rock, songwriter) Village Idiot: Bob Rex (jazz/rock)

TUES, DEC 18 Durty Bird:Jake Pilewski (acoustic, covers) Rocky’s Bar: Blues & Rock Jam with Hosts Joel Hazard and Mark Sentle (open mic) Village Idiot: Frankie May (rock/blues, covers)

DUBSTEPPIN’

SATURDAY, 12.15 / CIVIC MUSIC HALL Are you ready to rave? Be prepared for a night of bumpin’ tunes and a crazy light show with DubtranicA’s Tour De Excellence. Headlining is DMVU and Of The Trees, with local support from Peanutbutter Williams, SHARKBAIT, FLORA, Day Trippa, Alorym, Try and Imagine, TuTu, Day N Knight, Blistaz and Evikted. Accompanying the sounds will be live painters and other vendors. Check out electronic music while browsing local artist’s booths. $15-$20. 7pm-2am. 135 S. Byrne Rd. 419-724-8000. “DubtronicA” on Facebook. –CP

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HOLIDAY CHEER

FRIDAY, 12.7 & SATURDAY, 12.8 / DOWNTOWN SYLVANIA

SPEAK EASILY, DRINK OPENLY

SATURDAY, 12.8 / GEORGJZ419 & WESLEY’S Party like it’s 1933 and celebrate legal booze during the End of Prohibition Party, co-hosted by neighboring UpTown bars, Georgjz419 and Wesley’s. Past will be made perfect with themed cocktails, era attire, a 9pm dance party, a 10pm Champagne toast, and more speakeasy-styled fun to celebrate 85 years since the end of prohibition. 1201-1205 Adams St., wesleysbar.com, facebook.com/GeorgjzToledo Free

For a weekend packed with activities visit Sylvania’s Miracle on Main Street. Friday night the Historical Village will host a tree lighting ceremony during the First Friday Artwalk, which brings visitors to local shops and eateries. The Elfin’ Brew Hop will make its rounds to craft breweries on both Friday and Saturday afternoons til close, and Saturday evening the colorful Sylvania Holiday Parade will step off around 5:30pm. Don’t miss the Mistletoe Market, featuring over 30 artisan and food vendors. Friday, 5-8pm. Saturday, 11am-6pm. Maple & Main Streets, Sylvania. Redbird Arts, 419-885-8381. downtownsylvania.org Free

SUNDAY, 12.16 / CIVIC MUSIC HALL It’s time for holiday shopping, and there’s no better way to do that than by buying local. Whether you’re finding a gift for a close friend, family member, or that hard-tobuy-for person, you’ll find the perfect gift at The Toledo Holiday Bazaar. Browse art, crafts, collectibles, oddities and much more by local vendors and craftspeople. $1 cover at the door. 11am-6pm. 135 S. Byrne Rd. 419-724-8000. facebook.com/civicmusichall –CP

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Thursday, 12.6

[nightlife]

[misc.]

YPAC Holiday Howler - Spend the evening with the Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation at the Zoo for an evening exploring the Lights Before Christmas. Chuck Cerbini, curator of birds at the Zoo, will be introducing the penguins to guests and refreshments will be available in the Malawi Center. $10. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org

Portraits of Toledo - This event is styled after an open mic, welcoming families and their stories to the stage. Sign up to share. 6-7:30pm. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

[outdoors]

Samuel Adler Holiday Concert - The Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra honors renowned composer, arranger and conductor, Samuel Adler with a performance of his arrangements and other holiday favorites. $10-$15. 7:30pm. Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. perrysburgsymphony.org

Friday, 12.7 [music]

[fundraiser] Deck the Halls For History - The Museum will be filled with decorations and various gifts to win in the raffle to benefit programming and events at the Sylvania Historical Village. 5-6pm. Additional date, noon-6pm Saturday, 12.8. Sylvania Historical Village, 5717 Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-5533. sylaniahistoricalvillage.org Free

Saturday, 12.8 [nightlife] End of Prohibition Party - Wesley’s on Adams teams up with Georgjz for a night of champagne toasts and Depression Era cocktails. Dress in your best vintage to celebrate 85 years of legalizing booze. 9pm-2am. Wesley’s 1201 Adams St. 419-255-3333. Georgjz, 1205 Adams St. 419-842-4477. “End of Prohibition Party!” on Facebook.

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Sunday, 12.9 [outdoors] Winter Nights, Holiday Lights - Visit Olander now through Sunday, December 16 for a decorated walk through the park. Take a stroll around the lake and check out the holiday displays. 5-7pm. Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-882-8313. olanderpark.com Free

[comedy] Mediums Cindy Kaza & Lisa Williams Be amazed when the psychic comedy team hits the stage! You won’t believe your ears. $35. 2pm. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474. toledo.funnybone.com

Thursday, 12.13

SHOP BAZAR

Holiday Hike - Dress for the weather for a fun evening outdoors. Wildwood will be decorated with holiday lights, perfect for a night hike along the boardwalk. Finish around the campfire with s’mores and family. 7-8pm. Wildwood Preserve, 5100 Central Ave. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com Free

A Heritage Holiday - The Historic Carter Farm will be hosting a winter celebration complete with caroling, winter refreshments, cookie decorating, and crafting. The home will be ablaze with life and song. 1-4pm. Carter Farm, 18331 Carter Rd., Bowling Green. 419-353-1897. wcparks.org Free

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 toledocitypaper.com, or check out our sister publication, Current Magazine (covering Ann Arbor), at ecurrent.com, to explore film, art, music and more. Here is a list of our top December must-attend, out-of-town events:

DIYPSILANTI DAY TRIP

Support Ypsilanti’s thriving local arts scene at DIYpsi (dipsee) Holiday Market 2018. This indie art fair will have 90 vendors with goodies as varied as stuffed animal likenesses of Gritty the mascot to forest-inspired jewelry by Tree Trunk Arts. Watercolor paintings, floral arrangements, stationary, vintage clothing, and other examples of repurposing and craftsmanship make this fair worth the drive. Come out to DIYpsi, grab some coffee or ice cream from local vendors, and do your holiday gifting with regional hand-crafted gifts this season. 11am-7pm Sunday, December 9. Riverside Arts Center. 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI. diypsifair@gmail.com. diypsi.com. Free.

[misc.] Family Fashion Show - In conjunction with the current exhibition, Hals Family Portaits, the Museum will host a community fashion show. Show the crowd what you’ve got! 7-9pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

Friday, 12.14 [film] “It’s a Wonderful Life” - Watch the classic holiday film on the big screen at the Valentine. $5. Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St. 419-242-2787. valentinetheatre.com

[outdoors] Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing - Travel out to Waterville for a spectacular meteor viewing party with the Metroparks. The Bend View lot offers a perfect view of the night sky. Reservations required. $3. 8-9pm. Bend View Metropark, 10040 S. River Rd., Waterville. 419-419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com

[comedy] Comedian Earthquake - Popular stand-up and actor Earthquake (Nathaniel Stroman) will shake things up with his hilarious routine. $25. 7:30pm. Additional performances, 10pm, and 7pm & 10pm on Saturday, 12.15. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474. toledo.funnybone.com

Saturday, 12.15 [music] The Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Ellington’s “The Nutcracker Suite” - TJO presents the beautiful and tumultuous world of Ellington at their upcoming concert. The 1960 composition artfully reimagined Tchaikovsky’s classical piece through Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement and Ellington’s swinging Orchestra. $28-$38. 8pm. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787. toledojazz.org

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LOVE’S LABOR LOST

Coming to the Detroit Institute of Art, the Labor of Love exhibition showcases new work by visual artists Ruben and Isabel Toledo. The exhibition will include fantastic sculptures, paintings, drawings and interactive installations, all inspired by individual works of art from DIA’s collection. The Toledo pieces will be displayed throughout the Museum next to the work that provided the inspiration. Labor of Love will be on display Sunday, December 16 through Sunday, July 7. Admission varies. Museum hours are Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9am-4pm. Fridays 9am-10pm. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm. Detroit Institute of Art, 5200 Woodward Ave. 313-833-7900. dia.org —SE

Sunday, 12.16 [misc.] Vintage Market Monroe - The Fairgrounds will be packed with visitors and vendors alike for this flea market-style holiday market. Browse the aisles of 100+ antique and handmade artist booths, enjoy live music and more. $5. 10am-5pm. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 37775 S. Custer Rd., Monroe. 734-344-1079. thevintagemarketmi.com

[music] Heavenly Light Concert - The Toledo Choral Society will perform a Christmas concert celebrating traditional Christmas hymns and holiday favorites. Bring a food item for donation in exchange for a free ticket. 3-4:30pm. Gesu Parish, 2049 Parkside Blvd. facebook.com/toledochoralsociety Free

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TOLEDO ACCORDING TO...

Nick Elkenchen Years in Toledo: 31 years now, after living my first 19 years in Lebanon Occupation: Chef/Owner of Sam's Diner in Maumee. My Story in one sentence: Never trust a skinny chef. The Best Meal I had in Toledo: Chicken shawarma from Sidon Lebanese Grille & Bakery Favorite Annual Festival: Greek-American Festival. The Best time I ever had in Toledo: was in my 20's.

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If I could change one thing about Toledo: I would close down the Casino because it takes money from small business owners.

The reason I am proud of myself: I traveled to the United States from Lebanon not knowing the language or the culture but I have learned it. I worked my way up from a dishwasher, to a chef to a business owner. Thank you Charlie for helping me along the way! What makes me feel truly alive: My family, especially my 5 year old little girl.

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When I was in high school, I probably would have been described as a fast runner, nobody could catch me.

Something that always makes me smile: To wake up and see how beautiful God’s nature is. The best thing about owning my own business is: being free with nobody to boss me around. One of my bucket list items is to visit the Great Wall of China. Advice for new business owners: Do not open a diner or a restaurant, it is too much work. My best quality is honesty. Most people know me for being a helper. The best thing about Toledo is you can get everywhere in 20 minutes.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Photos by Christine Senack

Style for a Cure

Soto Signature Salon & Spa raised funds for those in the area undergoing treatment for breast cancer during their annual event, held this year at the Rialto Jean Project.

Erin Whitton, Sydni Whitton and Gretchen Awad.

Kelsey Fankhauser and Brianna DeVaul. Kelly Zyndorf and Adrienne Garner.

Yappy Hour at the Renaissance Toledo The Lucas County Canine Care & Control hosted a punch bowl happy hour to raise awareness and collect donations for the dog shelter.

Andy Dybala and Dan DeAngelo. Laura Simmons-Wark and Colleen Kowalski with dog Snookie.

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Sally Feniger and Erin Feniger Maggio.

Linda Williams and Raven Oehlers with dog Tristan.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Robert Louis Stevenson published his gothic novel *Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde* in 1886. It was a bestseller, and quickly got turned into a theatrical production. In the ensuing 132 years, there have been well over a hundred further adaptations of the story into film and stage productions. Here’s the funny thing about this influential work: Stevenson wrote it fast. It took him three feverish days to get the gist of it, and just another six weeks to revise. Some biographers say he was high on drugs during the initial burst, perhaps cocaine. I suspect you could also produce some robust and interesting creation in the coming weeks, Sagittarius—and you won’t even need cocaine to fuel you. ARIES (March 21-April 19): ARIES (March 21-April 19): When I write a horoscope for you, I focus on one or two questions because I don’t have room to cover every single aspect of your life. The theme I’ve chosen this time may seem a bit impractical, but if you take it to heart, I guarantee you it will have practical benefits. It comes from Italian author Umberto Eco. He wrote, “Perhaps the mission of those who love humanity is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.� I swear to you, Aries, that if you laugh at the truth and make the truth laugh in the coming days, you will be guided to do all the right and necessary things. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have a cosmic mandate and a poetic license to stir up far more erotic fantasies than usual. It’ll be healthy for you to unleash many new thoughts about sexual experiments that would be fun to try and novel feelings you’d like to explore and people whose naked flesh you’d be interested to experience sliding and gliding against yours. But please note that the cosmic mandate and poetic license do not necessarily extend to you acting out your fantasies. The important thing is to let your imagination run wild. That will catalyze a psychic healing you didn’t even realize you needed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In my continuing efforts to help you want what you need and need what you want, I’ve collected four wise quotes that address your looming opportunities. 1. “What are you willing to give up, in order to become who you really need to be?� —author Elizabeth Gilbert 2. “Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from.� —Rebecca Solnit 3. “You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary.� ―Frederick Buechner 4. “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.� ―Nathaniel Hawthorne CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’ve called on author Robert Heinlein to provide your horoscope. According to my astrological analysis, his insights are exactly what you need to focus on right now. “Do not confuse ‘duty’ with what other people expect of you,� he wrote. “They are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible.� LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What does “beauty� mean to you? What sights, sounds, images, qualities, thoughts, and behavior do you regard as beautiful? Whatever your answers might be to those questions right now, I suggest you expand and deepen your definitions in the coming weeks. You’re at a perfect pivot point to invite more gorgeous, lyrical grace into your life; to seek out more elegance and charm and artistry; to cultivate more alluring, delightful magic. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know the expiration dates that appear on the labels of the prescription drugs you buy? They don’t mean that the drugs lose their potency after that date. In fact, most drugs are still quite effective for at least another ten years. Let’s use this fact as a metaphor for a certain resource or influence in your life that you fear is used up or defunct. I’m guessing it still has a lot to offer you, although you will

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have to shift your thinking in order to make its reserves fully available.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran rapper Eminem is renowned for his verbal skill. It may be best exemplified in his song “Rap God,� in which he delivers 1,560 words in six minutes and four seconds, or 4.28 words per second. In one stretch, he crams in 97 words in 15 seconds, achieving a pace of 6.5 words per second. I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will also be unusually adept at using words, although your forte will be potent profundity rather than sheer speed. I encourage you to prepare by making a list of the situations where your enhanced powers of persuasion will be most useful. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In May of 1883, the newly built Brooklyn Bridge opened for traffic. Spanning the East River to link Manhattan and Brooklyn, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. But almost immediately people spread rumors that it was unstable. There was a growing fear that it might even crumble and fall. That’s when charismatic showman P. T. Barnum stepped in. He arranged to march 21 elephants across the bridge. There was no collapse, and so the rumors quickly died. I regard the coming weeks as a time when you should take inspiration from Barnum. Provide proof that will dispel gossipy doubt. Drive away superstitious fear with dramatic gestures. Demonstrate how strong and viable your improvements really are. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A blogger on Tumblr named Ffsshh composed a set of guidelines that I think will be apt and useful for you to draw on in the coming weeks. Please study these suggestions and adapt them for your healing process. “Draw stick figures. Sing off-key. Write bad poems. Sew ugly clothes. Run slowly. Flirt clumsily. Play video games on ‘easy.’ OK? You do not need to be good at something to enjoy it. Sometimes talent is overrated. Do things you like doing just because you like doing them. It’s OK to suck.� AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian athlete Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He was also the first to become a billionaire. But when he was growing up, he didn’t foresee the glory that awaited him. For example, in high school he took a home economics class so as to acquire cooking abilities. Why? He imagined that as an adult he might have to prepare all of his own meals. His ears were so huge and ungainly, he reasoned, that no woman would want to be his wife. So the bad news was that he suffered from a delusion. The good news was that because of his delusion, he learned a useful skill. I foresee a similar progression for you, Aquarius. Something you did that was motivated by misguided or irrelevant ideas may yield positive results. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Bible does not say that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or even a “sinner.� There’s no mention of her sexual proclivities at all. Delusional ideas about her arose in the Middle Ages, instigated by priests who confused her with other women in the Bible. The truth is that the Bible names her as a key ally to Christ, and the crucial witness to his resurrection. Fortunately, a number of scholars and church leaders have in recent years been working to correct her reputation. I invite you to be motivated and inspired by this transformation as you take steps to adjust and polish your own image during the coming weeks. It’s time to get your public and private selves into closer alignment.

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Dancin’ and prancin’

Participate in this year’s holiday-themed 5K race at the Jingle Bell Run. Racers and their teams can enter the 5K run or one-mile walk to show off their holiday spirit. Runners are encouraged to deck out in holidaythemed costumes and apparel. Spread the cheer and awareness, as this race benefits The Arthritis Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people across the U.S. Donation based registration. 8-11am Saturday, December 8. The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St. 614-503-5591. events.arthritis.org

Up in the air

If you’re experienced in the world of aerial arts and looking to enhance your skills, Bird’s Eye View Circus is offering a hammock workshop called Sling: Twist and Twirls with instructor Emily Lemieux. Required prerequisites are unassisted pullover, and inverts in the air. Students will delve into fluid movements, creative pathways and shapes while twisting and turning in suspended hammocks. $40. 7:45-9:15pm Tuesday, December 11. Bird’s Eye View Circus Space, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Room C116. 567-298-6841. birdseyeviewcircus.com

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168k, 4x4; Runs and drives. Can be seen at 1136 Shernan St, Toledo. Call 606-215-4755

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health and wellness events

Pine & Rose Hips Medicine Class - Willow Moon Botanicals will host a workshop using healthy and natural ingredients from NWO. Make the cough syrup and take some home to help keep you feeling your best. $20-$30. 6-7:30pm. Boochy Mama’s, 130 10th St. 567-318-2240. boochymama.com

Saturday, 12.15 3rd Run Santa, Run! 5k - Hundreds of runners will dress up like their own versions of Santa, racing towards the finish line. Participants get a free event tee along with celebratory hot chocolate and cookies. $25-$35. 8am. Second Sole, 4190 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-8484. facebook.com/leviscommons

Sunday, 12.16 Balance & Release Into the New Year - Learn various techniques of Reiki and Chakras to release all of your negative energy and start the new year fresh and healthy. $20. 1-3pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org

SEEKING MUSICIANS OF TYPES FOR LIVE SHOWS. Jazz, R&B, Blues & Rock influences! Please contact for more info 419.810.8848

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LOCAL ESTABLISHED COVER BAND is looking for a lead singer.

Please only serious inquiries. Call for an audition at 419-344-6929 FREE GUITAR LESSONS! In your home, experienced teacher. 567.377.9664 DRUMMER LOOKING to turn my experiences into a plus for your band! Preferred Classic, Country, 50’s & 60’s, Blues & Disco. 419.345.8295. Auditions at my home in Maumee.

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 Ads For Local Artists are Free! Ads run for 2 issues and must Facebook & videos on YouTube! be renewed after the two issues. You must be: advertising myspace.com/Skeletoncrue for band members or selling instruments under $200 or just looking to jam. Business related ads run for $20. Limit 20 words per ad; 40 cents per additional word.

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STORMS, Toledo’s longest Active 50’s & 60’s R&B Band is for a Keyboard player to join in working with experienced musicians. Call Sam 419.345.8295

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Wednesday, 12.12

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