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drive in from Nashville. “We all have day jobs,” Danger said. “After the band split, Johnny and Ben went off to form the Soledead Brothers, and Dooley and I went on to form Boogaloosa Prayer. We sort of just split the band in two; we still played the same type of music.” Elemental drums, blues riffs, wailing harmonica and classic vocals aren’t the only things Henry and June are bringing back to Toledo this weekend. The plan is to record the show and eventually release the recordings. Opening for Henry and June will be Danny Kroha (The Gories) and Mark Porkchop Holder (Black Diamond Heavies). “The Gories were a huge influence on us, so it’s really strange that he (Kroha) will open for us,” Danger said. Porkchop, hailing from Tennessee, will also make an in-store appearance at Ramalama Records, 4 p.m. April 10 to play and sign items. Doors at Frankie’s open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance. Tickets are available from Ramalama and Culture Clash records, or any Ticketmaster outlet. O

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Henry and June will headline Frankie’s on April 10, playing together for the first time in 14 years. According to guitar-playing frontman Jimmy Danger, “The reason we’re playing together again is because Broc (Curry) asked us to put on a show again, and we all said yes thinking none of the other guys would say yes.” Formed in 1993, Henry and June played its share of local shows and officially released its song “Goin’ Back to Memphis” with Lowdown Streamline in 1996. After a few years of regional touring, moderate promotion and one 7” vinyl release, Henry and June faded into history. Listening to what Henry and June released in the late ’90s (myspace.com/hankandjune) it’s unclear why their “bit of a following” didn’t grow and propel them further. Its sound is so original and tangible it’s easy to understand why the White Stripes covered one of their songs. “Jack [White] ended up covering one of our songs and I think through that people assumed we were this amazing, gigantic band from Toledo,” Danger said. “No one ever saw us when we played, so this is why it’s weird for me to have all these people interview me about it. It seriously was not a big deal when it was going on.” Originally a three-piece, Henry and June evolved into Danger on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Dooley Wilson on guitar, Ben Swank on drums and Johnny Walker on the bass. “It’s all very non-interesting, probably the most boring ‘behind the music’ ever,” Danger joked. Practicing together for the first time in more than a decade, Walker will travel to The Glass City from Cincinnati and Swank will

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any people have the misconception that creating artwork for the purpose of enjoyment and sale is a costly endeavor. But there are ways to create multiple solid, sleek, enjoyable and purchase-worthy pieces from neighborhood dollar stores and discount retailers for between $5-$10, perhaps even less. I recently went to a local “dollar store” and spent $5.36 on a few supplies that my friends and I have turned into several saleable or at least giftworthy pieces of art (one of which is pictured below). The JERRY supplies consisted of one pack of washable markers, one pack of colored pencils, one pack of six 11x14 poster boards, one pack of ball point pens and a spiral bound book of 3x5 index cards. Some of these supplies are nothing new to parents who have purchased school supplies for their children, but the simplest things often draw the least consideration from artists who are looking to cut the cost of creation and add to potential profit or inexpensive preliminary work. Whether you are creating something loose and airy such as an ambiguous figure sketch or creating textured abstracts, professionally presenting finished pieces is one of the key factors in selling and presenting the work, at least to most aesthetically conscious patrons. With that said, working from standard size substrates is immensely important for turning cost into profit. You can find a wide selection of standard size

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Team Ghost Riders have quite a reputation in the rodeo world. Charger, Laramie, Mega and Dakota wear matching shirts, tiny hats and little scarves that billow as they ride their trusty steeds —  Rock, Ted, Dog and Spot. These cowboys are capuchin monkeys that sit tall in the saddle atop border collies. Make no mistake: They get the job done; they round up bighorn sheep. “People will be shocked, they’ll be mesmerized, seeing these animals work, the camaraderie and the love and relationship that we have for each other,” said trainer Tim Lepard. “The reason we call them Ghost Riders is, as soon as you see them, you imagine that you’re seeing things.” Toledo fans who go to Fifth Third Field to watch the Mud Hens take on the Indianapolis Indians on July 11 will get a glimpse of Team Ghost Riders. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and there’ll be fireworks after the final out. Lepard is a colorful character. “Wild Thang” became a professional rodeo clown and barrel man after several serious injuries while fighting bulls. It was a bullfighting champion, Jimmy Anderson, who suggested the career change in the late 1980s. “Jim Anderson said, ‘Let me tell you something. You can go to a rodeo and you can find 100 macho guys that are bullfighters, but you’re only going to find one funnyman. You need to get you an act that will carry you into the future,’” Lepard said during a phone call from his home in Pontotoc, Miss. “All my life I always wanted a monkey. As a kid, my mom made the sock monkey and I carried it around. Curious George —  I can remember it like it was yesterday, you know, the books,” he said. “So I bought me a monkey not knowing nothing, and I thought I was going to train this monkey to ride a Shetland pony.”

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he Mud Hens are getting ready to kick off another season, and while there are several components to success, one of the most important factors is confidence. So listed below is a list of Toledo Hip-Hop artists’ hottest singles to simultaneously boost the male ego and get the blood pumping. Play ball! 1. Chief “Change the Beat” The title describes the everchanging instrumental behind the smooth flows of Chief ’s complicated flow. With production by Midwest Tone, a premier Toledo producer and a cocky set of verses, this song will not only wake up a player, it will get his swagger up to a sufficient level. That is, very high. 2. Dre P. “Rockin’ Off My Rocker” If the strong guitar riffs don’t wake up the Mud Hens, Dre P.’s intensity will. With its catchy lyrics and intense melody, this song is sure to get the blood flowing before a game and have all the players “rockin’.”

3. Big P.I. “Dat Boy” From the moment this song starts, the music catches your attention. But that’s typical of any song produced by Mally Speaks. A perfect complement to Mally’s unique instrumentation is popular Toledo rapper Big P.I., who boasts of his ability to steal the spotlight, leaving everyone asking “What’s that boy’s name?” And what professional athlete doesn’t want everyone to know who he is?

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Mud Hens need good beat to win. Toledo HipHop musicians have more than a few anthems to get their blood — and bats — pumpin’.

4. Spade “I Go Dumb” Arguably the best Hip-Hop artist in the city, Spade dedicated an entire song to informing people of his level of talent. “Going dumb” is a term meant to describe being the best at one’s craft; the Mud Hens will be the best this season, right? Well, here’s its theme music! 5. Johnnie Mae “I’m Paid” One of the few female hip-hop artists in Toledo with a real buzz and high expectations, Johnnie Mae’s anthem for

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getting money and handling business always moves a crowd. And after all those endorsements come rolling in, all the Mud Hens could sing this song, yelling “I’m paid.” 6. Young Chuck “Can’t See Me” This Toledo up-and-comer has a potential hit on his hands, and it kills boredom immediately. All about acknowledging your creative superiority, this song will give every member of the Mud Hens a confidence boost. 7. Ray Stone “I’m So Fly” This song is legendary in Toledo. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re at the top of their game? Ray Stone encompasses every emotion, and accompanying adjective, that describes greatness. This will definitely get the Mud Hens pumped up and ready to do great things on the field. 8. 419ers “Stuntin’ Habit” Stunting is the act of physically displaying achievements, be

it economically, academically or athletically. So being in the habit of stunting is a good thing for a professional baseball team, and being supplied with an auditory reminder is perfect. 9. B Wills “Everybody Wanna Be Me” The first line of this song says, “I’m looking like a million bucks.” Confidence is a great ego booster, and when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you pitch no-hitters and hit homeruns. 10. Cuntry “Look At Me” This song is performed by the most popular Hip-Hop artist in the city, and had everyone looking in the mirror, daring someone to challenge his or her authority. And listening to a song like this before a game will help give the Mud Hens the authority needed to laugh off the competition. O

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Graphic designer T-shirts, brochures and ads among Hens duties. By Colleen Kennedy  Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer news@toledofreepress.com

Dan Royer’s career path has been anything but muddy. He found his niche, pursued the Mud Hens and landed a job. The graphic designer creates advertisements, backgrounds for the video score boards and all printed material, including tickets, brochures and pocket schedules. “That’s what my job is,” Royer, 26, said. “I get paid to keep an eye out for little things that nobody really notices. And I’m a perfectionist. The average fan doesn’t notice half of those things.” Originally from Greenville, Ohio, a rural town of 13,000 outside of Dayton, he was sketching uniforms for the football team as early as grade school. In high school, he played basketball and baseball to feed his love for sports. After graduating high school in 2002, Royer

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Eyes for blobs By Scott Carpenter Special to Toledo Free Press Star

Seeing any one of the big birds would have made the morning memorable. But seeing five different species of raptors is a great day even for an experienced birder. “Where else in Northwest Ohio can you spend this amount of time in such a small area and see nesting bald eagles, kestrels and red-shouldered hawks?” said Karen Menard, stewardship services supervisor for Metroparks. “It’s just amazing.” While the Lake Erie shore is a renowned bird magnet, the Oak Openings region is a more active breeding area for raptors, a category of predatory birds that includes eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. What they all have in common is that they are built for hunting, with sharp, hooked beaks and claws and keen eyesight. Even in the fifth year of the Oak Openings Raptor Research Project, you get the sense that an encounter with one of the large birds of prey is no routine event for program co-leader Menard and 50 volunteer raptor monitors. “What keeps us going is the enthusiasm of the volunteers,” she said. “Every time you find a new nest it’s exciting. It’s another piece of the puzzle.” This trip started on an overcast Sunday in

late March. Driving country roads between Oak Openings Preserve and the Henry County line, not far from the Maumee River, Menard and two volunteers were looking for “blobs in trees.” This time of year a “blob” could be a ball of leaves fashioned into a nest by a squirrel, or a large, stick-built nest belonging to a pair of red-tailed hawks or great-horned owls (which do not build their own nests, but take over “redtail” nests). Prime raptor nesting time begins before the first day of spring and continues into mid-April for most species, when the young hatch and leave the nest, or fledge. Some monitoring continues until the latest breeders, broad-winged hawks, fledge in early July. Last year, the volunteers documented 46 breeding pairs of nine raptor species: 14 red-tailed hawk, 10 red-shouldered hawk, nine Cooper’s hawk, six great-horned owl, two barred owl, two kestrel and single bald eagle, peregrine falcon and Eastern screech owl nests. This year, by St. Patrick’s Day, the group had already counted 30 nests, raising hopes for another record-breaking year. Since the project began, the monitoring territory has expanded to encompass the entire Oak Openings Region – a 100- to 125-square-mile area that includes the Metropark of the same name, two other Metroparks (Wildwood Preserve and Secor), state nature preserves, a state forest, a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and many pri-

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vate residential and commercial properties. “You look around at all this territory and you have to wonder, ‘What were we thinking?’” laughed co-leader Steve Lauer, of Waterville, the eagle-eyed volunteer who first approached Menard about starting the program. Information gathered from the survey is fed to the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas, while GPS data are entered into a database to help determine habitat needs of nesting raptors. Other studies focus on specific species or habitats, or multiple species in a small area for a short period of time, but the Oak Openings project is one of the few in the country to look at all raptors throughout a large area for a sustained period of time. “We may be it,” Menard said. In addition to their research, the raptor volunteers are also educating the community about the natural resources in their backyards and the importance of the Oak Openings region. “Most of the homeowners I’ve talked to were aware the birds were there and took an interest in them. Some have even become volunteers. What’s great is that you don’t have to be an experienced birder,” said Lauer, who wrote a section about raptors in the book “Birds of the Toledo Area,” an update of a reference guide by the late Lou Campbell. Another volunteer, Tim Fletcher, who joined the program last season and has a sharp eye for identifying “blobs in trees,” said he, too, meets people during his hawk-watching excursions.

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Elvis Festival shakes up Civic Center; Hall of Fame drummer D.J. Fontana among scheduled guests. By Chris Schwarzkopf Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

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Robert Rosencrantz started the Toledo Elvis Festival in 2001 after he realized something was amiss with the Elvis Presley tribute artist contests in which he participated. “I used to do contests all over the country at casinos and clubs,” he said. “I don’t want to say that they were exactly rigged, but you could pretty much spot the winner as soon as they came on stage.” Rosencrantz said he became frustrated watching genuinely talented performers lose to contestants placed by unscrupulous promoters. “I decided I wanted to try putting on my own contest,” he said. “I’d promote it and make it fair and square.”

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In 1953, Fontana was a staff drummer for the “Louisiana Hayride” radio/ TV show in Shreveport, La. A year later, he met 19-year-old Elvis Presley and started playing with him regularly along with guitarist Scott Moore and bassist Bill Black. Fontana stayed with the group until 1968. Fontana said he didn’t understand the excitement and controversy surrounding Presley early in his career.

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Michelle said she is thrilled about the lineup for the festival. “I didn’t want just anyone,” she said. “The people doing this are amazing. Their talent is incredible.” Robert said he hopes the festival will help bring Presley’s music to a new audience. “Our goal is to enhance his appeal to a younger crowd,” he said. “We want people to see his contribution to American culture.” For tickets, call (419) 727-LVIS(5847) or (419) 343-5157. O

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Elvis tribute artist Leo Days will also perform. Raised in Michigan, Days recently moved to Las Vegas to work on perfecting his performance. “I didn’t really know this was something people did as a job until literally at the point I was doing it as a job,” Days said. Days said he started out doing karaoke with Elvis Presley songs at clubs. “People went crazy,” he said. “They were asking me, ‘Do you do shows around here?’ I was like, ‘I suppose I could.’ ” Days tours across the U.S. and Europe frequently. After the festival, he will appear on the Legends in Concert cruise from May to September. Johnny Cash tribute artist Phillip Bauer is a newcomer to the festival. Based out of Oklahoma, Bauer spent years playing original music and imitating celebrities like Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and Tom Jones. “It’s a great way to make money off of a multiple personality disorder,” Bauer said. “I stop taking my medication and just go for it.” Bauer has performed full-time as Cash for the past two years. “I did a show in Oklahoma City as Johnny Cash and people were calling and asking, ‘Who is that guy?’” Bauer said. “I realized I was on to something and so I really started pushing it.” Bauer said he is looking forward to playing at the festival. “I haven’t met D.J. Fontana or any of the other performers, but I’m excited,” he said. “It should be fun.”

Among the performers is 16-year-old Nick Gutierrez from Illinois, who saw an Elvis tribute artist at Six Flags when he was five and wanted to become one, too. “I started begging my mom that I wanted a jumpsuit,” he said. “So, we started putting money aside.” Gutierrez said he has met many people his own age who love Presley’s music as much as he does. “One of my best friends is an Elvis tribute artist, too,” he said. “He’s been performing a bit longer than me. We’re like brothers.” Gutierrez and his family moved to Memphis for a few months last year and stayed in the same apartment complex where Presley lived. “We lived right next to the unit he lived in,” he said. “Sometimes I would just sit outside the door and play guitar.” Gutierrez said Presley’s music opened him to other genres. “I’ve branched out into all these other styles,” he said. “I learn new songs all the time on my guitar and I listen to all kinds of music now.” Michelle’s son, Jordan Ter Doest, will perform as Jerry Lee Lewis. “I played Buddy Holly at the festival last year and they mentioned I could probably pull off Jerry Lee Lewis,” Ter Doest said. “So, I learned some more of his songs and learned his vocals.” Ter Doest also performs with two local bands, does DJ work and has a solo, acoustic act. “I’d like to keep doing this for as long as I can,” he said.

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“We were never sure exactly of what we were doing,” he said. “We were just glad to be working. We were glad that we sounded good and Elvis could sing and everyone seemed to like it.” Fontana said he sometimes has difficulty answering questions about Presley’s life. “It’s getting to the point where I feel there’s nothing left to say,” he said. “People think I should remember every little detail and I can’t. Not after 50 years.” At 79, Fontana tours and records original music but said he still enjoys playing Presley’s music. “It’s my era,” he said. “It’s what’s familiar to me. I might have to listen to the songs a couple times now to pick them up again, but I always have fun and I always want to put on a good show.”

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Rosencrantz and his wife, Michelle, also a life-long Elvis fan, founded Elvis Presley’s Sweet Sweet Spirit Fan Club and started organizing the first festival. The club’s name is a nod to Presley’s favorite gospel song. Now in its eighth year, the festival brings Presley’s original drummer and friend D.J. Fontana and a host of celebrity tribute artists to the Civic Center Promenade at the Erie Street Market for “Rockin’ With The Sun Legends” on April 10. Officially recognized by Graceland, the club dedicates itself to preserving not only Presley’s musical legacy, but also his generosity. “Elvis donated millions and millions of dollars over the course of his career,” Rosencrantz said. The festival has raised $35,753 for organizations such as the Toledo School for the Arts, Shriners Hospitals for Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s recipient is Honor Flights, which transports World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.

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Toledo Mud Hens home games: Majorleague baseball skills at minor league prices. On Sundays, players sign autographs before the game and kids can run the bases afterward. Tickets from $7. Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. (419) 725-4367 or www.mudhens.com. Special events/promotional games listed below.

O Opening day! April 8. Pregame autographs for opening day and weekend and magnet schedule giveaways. O Canvas Art Giveaway, first 1,000 Fans April 9. O Fireworks: April 10 O Earth Day: April 22. O Deaf awareness night: April 23. O Agriculture night: April 24. O CYO baseball, softball night; Fireworks: May 14. O Boy Scout sleepover; season ticket holder team autograph day; Fireworks: May 15.

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Blarney Irish Pub:

Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub.com. O Mud Hens’ opening day, April 8: MAS FiNA, 2-5 p.m.; Jeff Stewart, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. O MAS FiNA: April 9. O Resonant Soul: April 10. O Chris Shutters: April 15. O Toast & Jam: April 16.

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O Brandon Duke: Wednesdays. O Mud Hens’ opening day: Polka Floyd, April 8. O Chris Shutters: April 9. O Crucial 420: April 10. O River’s Edge: April 15. O Stonehouse: April 16. O Swampkings: April 17.

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Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com. O Troy Moore & Joe Howe: 8-11 p.m. April 10. O Blue Monday featuring Dan “Mudfoot” Hubbs and Jack Schilb: 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 12. O Poetry open mike: 7-9 p.m. April 14.

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O Don Rickles: 9 p.m. April 10, $25. O The Charlie Daniels Band: 9 p.m. April 16, $25.

Degage Jazz Cafe:

Signature drinks, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 794-8205 or visit the Web site www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Joe Sneider: Tuesdays. O Gene Parker & Friends: Wednesdays. O Tim Whalen: Thursdays and April 16-17. O The Skip Turner Band: April 9-10.

The Distillery:

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. thedistilleryonline.com. O Dave Carpenter: April 7. O Nathan Cogan: April 8. O Good Stuff Maynard: April 9-10. O Jason Sherwood: April 14. O 56 Daze: April 15-17.

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Fat Fish Blue:

Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayou-style grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O East River Drive: 9:30 p.m. April 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, $7. Toledo’s venue for rock. Tickets vary between $5 and $14, unless noted. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or www. FrankiesInnerCity.com. O First Kiss Denial, Ocean of Deceit, the Fritz, Pink Toast: 5 p.m. April 9. O Two Cow Garage, Ten Bars North, JWC: 9 p.m. April 9. O Henry & June, Danny Kroha, Mark Porkchop Holder: 9 p.m. April 10. O The Comeback: 9 p.m. April 17.

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Mix your beans with some music for an eclectic brew. Open mic on Monday nights. 2636 W. Central Ave. (419) 671-6272 or www.groundleveltoledo.com. O Jazz jam session: 7 p.m. April 7. O Toledo School for the Arts’ writers will bring their work to life. 7 p.m. April 16.

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Manhattan’s:

This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www. manhattanstoledo.com. O Uptown Vineyard wine tasting: 6:30 p.m. April 7. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. April 8. O Frostbite: April 9. O It’s Essential: April 10. O The Real Magicians: 6 p.m. April 15. O Quartet Bernadette: 7 p.m. April 16.

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Sauce Boss at Cherry Street Mission The Black Swamp Society is presenting Bill Wharton, the “Sauce Boss,” on April 15 and April 16. Wharton performs blues while making gumbo for the audience. Wharton will perform at the Cherry Street Mission Ministries on April 15. Following the show, gumbo will be fed to those in attendance. The homeless receive a lot of focus around Christmas time and the Black Swamp Society wanted to promote homeless awareness around Easter time, said LaVonne Kujawa, president of the Black Swamp Society. On April 16, Wharton will perform a show for the public at the Wild Hog Saloon. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets call (419)866-8977. Tickets are also available at the Wild Hog Saloon, Culture Clash and Amigos. O — Kristen Rapin

O Jeff Stewart: April 17.

Mickey Finn’s:

O Doctor and the Priest: 9 p.m. April 16. O Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Bleu Ox, 1959 Hat Company: 8:30 p.m. April 17, $8.

A variety of sounds to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights (no cover), 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 602 Lagrange St. $5-$7 cover. (419) 246-3466 or visit the Web site www.mickeyfinnspub.com. O JWC, Minglewood Laborcamp: 9 p.m. April 8. O J.T. and the Clouds: 9 p.m. April 9. O 60 Second Crush: 9 p.m. April 10. O Wild Ones: 9 p.m. April 15.

O Toledo School for the Arts: 4 p.m. April 18, $3.

Omni:

This Toledo club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com. O Stranglehold (Ted Nugent tribute), Puppetshow (Rush tribute): 7:30 p.m. April 9, $7. O Mr. Speed (Kiss tribute): 7:30 p.m. April 16.

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Arena goes Paisley Brad Paisley’s H2O World Tour is coming to the Lucas County Arena on June 4. The H2O World Tour is aimed at promoting awareness of the lack of safe drinking water around the world. Paisley has teamed up with Hope through Healing Hands to promote their clean and safe water campaign. Donations made to the campaign at each tour stop will go to digging wells and purifying water. The tour features special guests Darius Rucker and Justin Moore. Each stop will include a “Water World Plaza,” that turns each stop into a water festival. A music stage will feature upcoming artists Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson and water-themed activities will take place. Tickets for the concert go on sale April 9 at 10 a.m. Prices start at $54.75. For more information on the tour visit, www.bradpaisley.com. O — Kristen Rapin

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Ottawa Tavern:

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Soldierside: 10 p.m. April 9. O Ornery Little Darlings, Fangs Out: 10 p.m. April 10. O Boogaloosa Prayer, Hot Love: 10 p.m. April 15. O Joey & the Traitors: 10 p.m. April 16.

Pizza Papalis:

Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. O Mud Hens’ opening day: Kyle White, 1-5 p.m. April 8; Gin Bunny, 8 p.m. O Gin Bunny: 9 p.m. April 9-10. O Jeff Stewart: 8 p.m. April 15. O Coosters: 9 p.m. April 16-17. O Kyle White: 8 p.m. April 22. O Boffo: 9 p.m. April 23-24.

The Village Idiot:

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O 5 Neat Guys: Wednesdays. O Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. O The Bob Rex Band: Sunday afternoons. O Theo Katzman Band: April 8. O Soundhound: April 9. O Hullaballo: April 10. O Wilburshaw: April 15. O The Nutones: April 16. O 500 Miles to Memphis: April 17.

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UT Festival of New Music:

The latest music for choral and orchestral media will be explored and celebrated in this annual event. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music. O New Music Ensemble: 8 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. O Guest composer Paul Schoenfield: Meet the composer reception, 7 p.m. April 8; concert, 8 p.m., Center for Performing Arts recital hall.

Second City in Tecumseh The Second City, a Chicago-based comedy team, is bringing its 50th anniversary show to the Tecumseh Center for the Arts on April 17. The show features snippets of scenes written by comedians Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, who’ve graced the stage of The Second City during the past 50 years. Tickets for the show are $26 for adults and $23 for seniors and youth. Tickets are available at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts box office or by calling (517) 423-6617. For more information visit, www. thetca.org. O — Kristen Rapin

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O Electronic music performance: 8 p.m. April 9,

Robert Rosencrantz, Leo Days, Phillip Bauer, Jordan Ter Doest, Nick Gutierrez and the Roustabout Show Band will pay tribute to the King. To benefit Honorflight Northwest Ohio. 2 p.m. April 10, Civic Center Promenade, 237 S. Erie St. $20-$50. (419) 727-5847, (419) 343-5157 or www.elvissweetspirit.com.

All Amadeus:

The Tecumseh Piano Trio will perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich and more. 3 p.m. April 11, First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. $1-$15. (419) 246-8000 or www.chambermusictoledo.org.

TMA Faculty Artist Series:

La Belle Musique de France. Instructors, professors and students from UT will perform music from operas. 3 p.m. April 11, Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.

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struments will be led by Dr. Alice Petersen. 8 p.m. April 12, UT’s Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. (419) 530-2452 or visit the Web site www.utoledo.edu/as/music.

Scholars of a Different Note:

Graduate String Quartet. This concert series features BGSU vocal and instrumental music students. 7:30 p.m. April 13, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or visit the Web site www.metroparkstoledo.com.

Music in the Grand Manor:

Start the day with music and a buffet luncheon. 10:30 a.m. April 16, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. $10. Reservations: (419) 407-9790. metroparkstoledo.com.

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Owens Community College presents the student production of “And the Winner Is” from April 8 through April 11. Written by Mitch Albom, “And the Winner Is” is about a narcissistic movie star who dies the night before the Oscars. Outraged about his bad luck he bargains to return to earth for the big evening. Students from Owens Center for Fine and Per-

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The Toledo Symphony’s Mozart & More series concludes with the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 39. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $29-$33. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.

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Flutist Joel Tse will join the Toledo Symphony for performances of Rossini, Ibert and Brahms. 8 p.m. April 16-17, TMA’s Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. $20-$50. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.

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Dorothy Mackenzie Price Piano Series:

Guest pianist Irina Yurkovskaya will conduct a master class; the public is welcome to attend and ask questions. Master class, 10 a.m.-noon April 17; performance, 3 p.m. April 17, UT’s Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music.

Lottery for ‘Wicked’ seats A lottery for “Wicked” tickets is available before each performance at the Stranahan Theater between March 31 and April 18. Each day two-and-a-half hours before a performance individuals who come to the Stranahan Theater box office will have their names placed in a drum to be drawn 30 minutes later. Names drawn will receive orchestra seats for $25, cash only. A limit of two tickets per person. Additional tickets are still available at the Stranahan Theater box office. For more information visit www. theaterleague.com. O — Kristen Rapin

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Oscar Wilde play in Monroe A musical version of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale “The Happy Prince” is appearing at the LaZ-Boy Center’s Meyer Theater from April 16 to April 18. The musical was written by Monroe native Douglas Stewart and will feature a cast and orchestra from Toledo and Monroe. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. April 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. April 18.

The Guess Who:

Classic rock for fans of “American Woman,” “These Eyes” and more. Tongue ’N’ Groove to open. 7:30 p.m. April 17, the CUBE, 3430 N. Main St., Findlay. $25. (419) 422-4624 or www.artspartnership.com

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Directly Across From The Stranahan on Heatherdowns Blvd.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks.” A pioneer in multiple art forms, Parks’ lens work will be highlighted, offering a “cross section of the human experience.” Through

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.monroeccc.edu/theater or by calling (734) 384-4272. Senior citizens, groups of 15 or more and Monroe County Community College (MCCC) students and staff can receive a $2 discount when tickets are purchased at the MCCC cashier’s office prior to the event. O — Kristen Rapin

April 25, Canaday Gallery.

O TMA High School Art Council: The work of 30 students from 15 schools will be represented. Through April 25, Community Galleries. O Quest for Fire Studios: The participating artists “create iconoclastic images of soul and thought while using diverse methods and media.” Through May 2, Community Galleries. O “Mexico’s Toledo”: The works of Francisco Toledo, a contemporary Latino printmaker, “are records of things and beings in dreamlike scenarios, both menacing and playful, full of pattern and movement.” Through May 9, Gallery 18. O “Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly.” The work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be exhibited within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends and enemies. Through May 30, Works on Paper galleries.


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“America’s Next Top Model” casting call: Wanna be on top? Supermodel wannabes can see if they have what it takes to face Tyra Banks and become the next Agyness Deyn, Laetitia Casta or Gisele Bundchen. Noon-8 p.m. April 8, New York Collection, 4861 Dorr St. (419) 7249885 or www.wt05toledo.com.

Arabesque:

Entrepreneurs from Arab nations in Northwest Ohio for a fellowship program will be greeted with a fashion show, silent auction and lunch with Consul General Bachir Tawk of Lebanon, Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Sen. Teresa Fedor. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10, Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St. $35 (lunch). $50 (lunch and reception). (419) 530-8572 or www.gl-consortium.org.

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help those who know the basics of camera operation and want to improve the quality of their photos. 7 p.m. April 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26, Secor Metropark’s Secor Room, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. $90. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.

“Beauty and the Beast”:

Celebrate National Library Week with a puppet show by Stevens Puppets’ wooden marionettes. 7-8 p.m. April 13, Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road, Maumee. (419) 259-5360 or www.toledolibrary.org.

“Nobody’s Perfect”:

Hops-heads can try up to eight brews from each weekend’s theme. 1-4 p.m., the Andersons, 4701 Talmadge Road. Sample fees apply. (419) 473-3232. O Beers of the Far East: April 10-11. O Belgian Ales: April 17-18.

A deaf fourth-grader longs to be friends with a classmate, who seems to rebuff all advances. Performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language. 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. April 13, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $7 (419) 824-3999 or www.lourdes.edu/Community Outreach/TheaterVision.aspx.

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Get out your sneakers and support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It could improve your health and that of those with the neuromuscular disease. 8 a.m. April 11, UT Health Education Building, on Stadium Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 897-9533 or www. nationalmssociety.org/oho.

Becoming a Better Photographer:

The Creative Process. A five-session workshop with classroom and field sessions designed to

“Buffalo Woman” will talk about this North American species and how it was saved from extinction. 2 p.m. April 14, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or visit the Web site reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.

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D1Sports Heard @LanceMoore16 and @YoungBabyHawk were wearing matching Toledo warm-ups to work out. Did you plan that?

Mar 31st via web D1 Sports, mentioning former Rocket football receiver Lance Moore, now with NFL’s Saints working out wearing Toledo gear and Andrew Hawkins, who also played for UT.

NathanSmith13 75 and sunny in Toledo today...this had better not be an April Fools joke. Apr 1st via txt Nathan Smith

Stony419 Watching pantera live videos. I remember passing out at a pantera concert in Toledo at the sports arena Apr 1st via Tweetie

Apr 3rd via API Joaquim Martins, a fan of Crystal Bowersox in Portugal.

johnpham Early 6 am Easter mass, then some shopping, eating, and flying out at 5:40 pm from Saigon to Taipei to LA to DTW Monday 6 am. Then to Toledo

Apr 3rd via web A UT med student talking about flying back from Saigon

RocketsGirlAmy I saw the Easter Bunny twice yesterday..Once on Toledo’s Campus making some deliveries :) and then 4 hours later when I almost ran him over!

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The body tries again Toledo native publishes poetry book. By Mary Petrides Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

Brawny men, baby Darwin and a beloved hometown sit between the covers of “The Body Tries Again,” a book of poems written by Toledo native Melanie Dusseau. The book hit shelves in December. Dusseau, 37, a former Toledo Free Press contributor, said the city’s “hidden gems,” including little-known restaurants and the Downtown area, provided some of her inspiration. “Sometimes you have to look for these things, because it’s a little too easy to be pessimistic about where you’re from,” she said. “Toledo…has a lot of things to be proud DUSSEAU of,” she said. Dusseau is an academic adviser at UT, where she earned her Master of Arts in English. While studying there, she took a three-credit poetry workshop with Rane Arroyo, professor of English at the university. “I kind of got hooked after that,” Dusseau said. Arroyo said students who take his workshop often work toward a Master of Fine Arts degree or a Ph.D. — or they publish

books, “which,” he said, “is what happened to Melanie.” Dusseau said she prefers poetry to other art forms because she can pack so much into a small space. “The language is condensed and intense,” she said. Jennifer Rockwood, director of first year experience at UT and friend of Dusseau, mentioned the robins’ eggs and pink flamingos in Dusseau’s poetry. “It’s such a rich soup of images,” Rockwood said. “I’m kind of an imagery person,” Dusseau said. Dusseau’s poem “Rustbelt Grammar” reveals the “workingclass Toledo” to which Dusseau said she is particularly drawn. In the poem, she describes having grown up saying “johnnycakes” for cornbread and “meat’n-a-bag” for cold cuts. “If you really look around, these things can have their own kind of beauty,” she said. “If you want to see them in a different way, you can be inspired by your hometown,” she said. In 2003, Dusseau completed her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Southern Illinois University, and she’s been sending the manuscript to publishers since then. Seventeen of her poems have appeared in periodicals such as the Alaska Quarterly Review and Forklift Ohio Magazine, but this is her first book. Rockwood said Dusseau’s word choice and imagery are particularly beautiful. “She is able to put it in the right words,” Rockwood said. “The

words she uses and the imagery she uses describe things in a unique way.” While earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Ohio University, Dusseau read a biography of Charles Darwin, an English scientist known for his theory of evolution. She said she loved his theory, and she wrote four poems framing four stages of his life. A Darwin poem closes each section of her book. Dusseau said her favorite poem in the book, “Why I Like Brawny Men,” is a true story, but “filtered through the lens of nostalgia.” The prose poem, told in two paragraphs instead of short lines, recounts a time when she cut her foot while playing with her friends at Roger’s house. Roger was a “bachelor guy who lived at the end of the block,” Dusseau said, and the girls, about 8-years-old at the time, flirted with him, she said. “Some of the poems are sort of mock guides for the romantically challenged,” Dusseau said. “I’m not the person to be giving the advice. I’m among the romantically challenged.” Dusseau said she admires Toledo for its resilience. “This part of the world can have its ups and downs, as far as the economy goes,” she said. “The people that live here are very willing to look at the bright side and be resilient.” “There’s sort of a renewal that goes on,” she said. O

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on helping Toledo. They have used Toledo-area lawyers, CPAs and facilities for those events taking place in Northwest Ohio. JustPlay has also launched leagues in Columbus, Phoenix, and Orlando, yet they continue to focus on supporting Toledo. After all, it was Toledo that gave these young professionals the background they needed to leagues are not overly competitive, but they do succeed in business; they have a sentimental attachment to this area, and provide a chance for young local want to see it turn around professionals to meet in a less (and hopefully play a part formal setting. in the improvement). Modeled after a Both Netter and Axonosimilar firm established vitz credit their upbringing by a childhood friend of coin Ottawa Hills, with both founder Jessica Jung, which is family and friends who immensely popular in Europe owned their own businesses, and sponsored by Guinness, with helping to mold their JustPlay set up shop in Toledo, entrepreneurial minds, not necessarily because it is a and instilling them with favorable market (which it isn’t), the skills that have gotten but because the area holds a them this far. special place in the hearts of its Speaking with me management, and they want to in my office, Axonovitz help the local economy in any DOCK DAVID clearly recalled a concept way possible. that was taught to him from Not to be outdone from a a very early age by his father: sponsorship standpoint, Just“You can either be the one Play enlisted the support of Treu who’s told the rules and House of Munch, a distributor gets paid by people, or you for Anheuser-Busch (now can be the one who makes Inbev), which helps secure the rules and pays people.” drink specials for members Neither, even in their of the group, among other m i d - 20s, is any stranger to risk-taking. Netter, benefits. From the start, JustPlay has been focused whose father has been involved in his fair share

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“Parental advisory” messages seem permanently affixed to Nashville Pussy, like cat hair on clothes. “It’s on everything we’ve ever done, you know, seriously, we just get censored like that because of the name,” said singer and guitarist Blaine Cartwright. “It’s only in America though; I don’t run into that anywhere else. It’s way better in Europe and even Australia because the word ‘pussy’ doesn’t really limit us; they take it for what it is. “At the very worst case, it’s just juvenile. And people take it — one side takes it for being dirty, and the other side says it’s sexist. Because of that, we always get the parental advisory slapped on there somewhere.” The latest disc to carry that warning is “From Hell to Texas,” which was released last year. The band, which

is named after a line from Ted Nugent’s “Double Live Gonzo,” recorded the CD in Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio near Austin, Texas. “I wrote most of the lyrics while I was there. I set up an office in one of the rooms. The room I went into had Willie’s bong and some Boone’s Farm, and I listened to some of the tracks and wrote lyrics and had a nice time,” Cartwright said during a phone call from his Atlanta home. Two tracks he didn’t pen there are “Late Great USA” and “Lazy Jesus.” “I wrote ‘Late Great USA’ like four years ago, and three years ago I could have sold it to the Democrats, and now I could sell it the Republicans,” Cartwright said and laughed. “America is great, but you have to deal with a lot of costs and backwards law stuff sometimes, so I was just reminding everybody — everybody seemed to be down on Europe for a while, and I was like, we do get away with more over

there. You call yourself the land of the free, and here’s the stuff you can’t do. For one thing, you can’t buy marijuana. Prostitution is legal in Holland, too, just little stuff like that. You always call yourself the land of the free, but I’ve seen people be a little freer other places.” He said he wrote “Lazy Jesus” on acoustic guitar while on tour in Brazil. “It’s one of those dumb ditties that I write all the time and play for friends,” Cartwright said. “People were telling me he used to be a carpenter, and I was like, he probably wasn’t a very good one or he never would have quit. Basically, it’s my way of being a smartass.” Nashville Pussy —  Cartwright, his wife, guitarist Ruyter Suys, Jeremy Thompson, drums, and Karen Cuda, bass — will bring the Parental Advisory Tour to Headliners on April 16. Also appearing will be Green Jelly, Psychostick, Homeward Bound and The Grubs. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. O

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Ernst Jorgensen works in the studio — and in the field— to preserve Elvis’ music.

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o one in the 32 years since the King’s death has done more to continually breathe interest into Elvis Presley’s body of work than Ernst Jorgensen. Have you bought an Elvis CD in the past decade and a half? Most likely, Jorgensen’s name is on it as co-producer. Have you read a book about Presley? There’s a good chance JEFF Jorgensen wrote or co-wrote it. Perhaps no producer has so closely associated his work with one artist since George Martin and the Beatles. And Jorgensen has done it all well after Presley’s death in 1977. It rose from a childhood interest that blossomed into an adult investigation, Jorgensen said in a phone interview. “When I was a kid, we all want heroes. Whoever it is, somebody, at the time, could be your favorite, and mine was Elvis,” he said. “And we’re talking about the mid-60s. And there was obviously this wealth of wonderful recordings from the 50s and early 60s, anything from ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ to ‘Hound Dog’ to ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’” Then came Presley’s film career, Jorgensen said, and the King seemed to be usurped from his throne. “The soundtracks weren’t quite as hip as the Rolling Stones and Beatles records my classmates bought,” he said with a chuckle. “I was having to wonder, how could a man who created all these wonderful recordings in the 50s and the early 60s suddenly come out with an album that had ‘There’s No Room to Rumba in a Sports Car’ on it? ... That got me interested in analyzing it all, finding out the story behind it.” That analysis has led to a career as almost an Elvis detective, tracking down countless pieces of heretofore unknown information and restoring older recordings to their former glory for the digital age. Jorgenson’s latest work is “On Stage: Legacy Edition,” a two-disc set compiling two live albums (“In Person” and “On Stage”) from 1969 and 1970. It was released March 23. Jorgensen said these albums not only work as remarkable companions to each other, but demonstrate that, contrary to belief, the King still had his finger on the pulse of popular music. “The ‘69 album was basically Elvis taking the very successful TV special he had done at the end of ‘68 and put it on a big stage. It was Elvis doing Elvis. It was rock ‘n roll, R&B and just a few new songs,” he said. “But in ‘On Stage,’ he does something which is still very energetic, but he goes out there and shows the world that he is totally aware

of what’s going on, who the good songwriters are, where music has moved to.” “On Stage” features Presley performing tracks from then-contemporary and contrasting artists like Neil Diamond and John Fogerty, and his performance of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” is a highlight. Jorgensen noted the range demonstrated by these two albums, released so close to one another. “Where one is almost going back to his youth — the ‘In Person’ album — ‘On Stage’ is the opposite. It shows that Elvis is totally contemporary. Not only by his own hits, ‘In the Ghetto’ and ‘Suspicious Minds,’ but also by acknowledging whose the hit writers of the day.” For Jorgensen, working on all of these albums

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