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CUISINE SCENE

Dablon Winery blending arthouse films with vino

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ARODA, Mich. — Bill Schopf was on a bike ride several years ago when he fell in love with a hilly swath of wine country in Baroda, Michigan. Schopf, who owns Music Box Films and the theatre that shares its name, an internationally recognized cinema in Chicago, initially thought that he would run a small-batch boutique winery for friends and family and to stock the Music Box Theatre, often described as a year-round film festival. Schopf’s new venture grew quickly. In a few years, he acquired more acreage and last year a new production facility, along with an impressive and inviting tasting room. Movie posters and a brightly colored chalk artwork that depict the eclectic architectural mélange of his legendary theatre immediately reveal the owner of Dablon Winery’s passion for film. For the past month, and throughout March, Dablon’s tasting room will screen free films from the Music Box catalog for visitors to enjoy at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. “The community has been very supportive of our wines, tasting room and winery,” Schopf said. “We are excited to bring them fine film, not available in any other local venue, to enjoy with their favorite wines. And we hope to make some new friends.” Brent Caperton has become a regular customer at Dablon and recently attended a movie night. He said the experience was yet another example of a rising standard in Michigan wine. “Dablon has raised the mark for area,” he said. “They’re a lot more successful than they thought they’d be.” Caperton said the evening was relaxing and that the movie surpassed his expectations. Wine and film don’t immediately seem to be relevant partner businesses, but Schopf, who recently returned from a film festival in Berlin, indicated that both are centered on entertainment. “Music Box Films travels the world to find the best foreign and independent films and bring them to North American audiences. Dablon Vineyards seeks out the world’s best grape growing and wine making practices and brings them to Michigan,” he said. “And there is significant overlap in the audiences. Both wine and film are about culture and telling a story.” Laura Gelder, who manages the tasting room, said the response has been overwhelmingly positive, noting that

Submitted Photo Dablon’s open concept tasting room is being used to screen rare foreign and independent films from its sister company, Music Box Films, Wednesday nights through March. a recent attendee used the word “sublime” after the event. “Last time we showed ‘Bride Flight,’ the sun was setting,” she said “We had all the lights down, and it was just the fireplace for lighting and it is a really neat, cozy atmosphere.” Gelder said that as long as she can remember it has been Schopf’s intention to show films at Dablon. “Here, we have the atmosphere to sit, relax and enjoy a glass, which is more something that people think about doing at a bar or restaurant,” Gelder said. “We’ve really made it a point for people to not do the tastings and leave, but to stay for a glass or share a bottle.” A pair of large leather couches, ample seating and a fireplace affords wine lovers a comfortable setting amidst the vaulted open-concept space. On either side of

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Eau Claire native shifts from autos to artistry

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T. JOSEPH, Mich. — Charles Schmidt is busiest at tax time, but he’s not an accountant. An entrepreneur with his own thriving three-employee business, The Parlor in St. Joseph, is a tattoo artist. He has yet to have a customer request Donald Trump’s likeness, though he did ink an entire women’s book club, ages 55-72, with wrist ampersands a year and a half ago. One of his employees marked Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito’s character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). “I have an accountant,” said Schmidt, who earned his Associate of Applied Science degree Dec. 16, 2007, in automotive technology from Southwestern Michigan College while also studying art and graphic design. His wife, Sara (Mills), is a product of SMC’s nursing program. Schmidt, an Eau Claire native who lives in Niles, worked two years for Peterson European in Granger, Ind. “I was blessed, working on Porsches and Ferraris straight out of school,” he said. “I loved it. We worked on a 1968 GTE 2+2. But I also did art and graphic design with David Baker and Bill Rothwell and loved that. Bill helped me so much I don’t have to outsource logos, web design, business cards or T-shirts.” When Schmidt showed his portfolio to a St. Joseph parlor owner “I was hired on the spot as an apprentice. It normally takes two to three years, but I was so adamant about getting it done, I did it in a year. At the end of that year I was running the business, so I started my own” in September 2012. “I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I am extremely happy to own a business. On the other hand, you’re not only working for yourself and your family, you’re working to keep the shop open for your employees and making sure they have food on their tables. We are booked at least two months in advance yeararound. It spikes up at tax time and comes down a little” at the end of the

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SPOTLIGHT

Sights and sounds ArtsBridge presents collage concert, exhibit

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ENTON HARBOR, Mich. — ArtsBridge will present a Collage Concert and Exhibit at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave. on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor. The program will feature I’m Saving Myself Academy Choir directed by Bonita Mitchell and music students from the Citadel Dance & Music Center directed by Susan Dietrich-

Reed. Photographs by Mark Kelly of the shoreline lifestyle will also be on exhibit and for sale. “ArtsBridge is a vehicle of reconciliation and joy in a region that is often known for its divisions and brokenness. When people come together from various walks of life to celebrate and enjoy each other’s artistic talents and gifts, hope is born again,” said Rev. Laurie Hartzell.

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Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. A reception will follow the program. For more information, call (269) 9257075 visit the website FirstPresBH.org or find it on Facebook at First Presbyterian of Benton Harbor. I’m Saving Myself Music & Entertainment Industry Academy became a non-profit 15 years ago under the direction of Bonita Mitchell. The mission is to give the youth in our community a platform through music and performing arts to express themselves in a positive way. The I’m Saving Myself Academy Choir has existed for about 11 years and is led by Mitchell and now two assistants, Jimmyella Toney and Iris Bowman. This choir performs regularly in the community and at special events in Michigan and Minnesota. One notable event was singing for Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Inaugural Celebration in 2007. Other recent local performances include the Martin Luther King Day program at Lake Michigan College, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dwight Mitchell Park, and the 9/11 Resiliency Plaza dedication. Choir members range from 4 years of age to adults. Family members are encouraged to be a part of the program if they are interested. Visit imsavingmyself.org for more information. The Citadel Music Program originally started in 1998 as part of the Arts & Education Program at

the Salvation Army Corp Community Center in Benton Harbor. In 2008, the music program affiliated with The Citadel became The Citadel Dance & Music Center. The Citadel’s mission is to develop the skills and character of individuals of every age and ethnicity through dance and music education, and performance. Susan Dietrich-Reed, director of music, facilitates 30 professional instructors, who provide comprehensive instrumental and vocal private lesson instruction year round for 250 students ages 5 through adult. Kindermusik, Music Therapy, Ensemble Coaching and

Summer Strings are also offered. The Citadel offers scholarships for those otherwise not able to study. In addition, comprehensive dance instruction and community outreach programs including an Instrument Petting Zoo are available. Visit citadeldmc.org for more information. Mark Kelly has been a commercial and advertising photographer since graduating in 1979 from the University of Notre Dame with an MFA in photography. Mark has managed to keep one foot in the commercial world and the other in photographic education at the community college

level. He has worked as a staff photographer in a commercial studio, a corporate photographer for a large manufacturer of RVs, boats, truck fleets and custom kitchens and as a freelance photographer running his own business. He has worked three years as a full-time instructor in a commercial photo program at the associate degree level led to six years as a division chair at Ivy Tech, overseeing a visual communications program that included photography, graphic design, video production and multimedia design. When photography went digital, Mark went with it, leading to a second career in academic technology. Currently, Mark is the director of the teaching and Learning Center at Lake Michigan College, where he helps faculty use technology in the classroom and manage Canvas, the learning management system used by the college. Mark Kelly’s photographs are said to “evoke a sense of place and celebrate the coastal lifestyle.” “Through the use of digital manipulation, I hope to convey my personal visual interpretation of a subject rather than to simply create a photojournalistic record of it,” Kelly said. “I also enjoy subverting the edges of a photographic image by using effects, which blur the line between the paper and the image and by employing panoramic formats. They are essentially decorative and that’s okay with me.”


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OUTH HAVEN, Mich. — The Michigan Maritime Museum will host Chris Winters and Bruce Lynn, authors of “The Legend Lives On: SS Edmund Fitzgerald” for a lecture and book signing on their new book. The lecture will be held on the Museum campus starting at 6:30 p.m. March 10. Chris Winters, official photographer for Milwaukee’s Discovery World and owner of Running Light Press, and Bruce Lynn, executive director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (Whitefish Point, Michigan), just completed a book that presents a unique look at the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald. The 729 foot Fitzgerald, once the largest ship on the Great Lakes, disappeared in a devastating storm on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. The stalwart vessel sank so quickly that the crew had no time to send a distress signal, nor did any of the crew survive the wreck. A year later, Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot wrote “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which brought international attention to the lost ship and crew. Work on this new publication progressed throughout 2015, the 40th anniversary of the Fitzgerald’s loss, and the official book release took place at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in midDecember 2015. The new book reflects a unique visual history of the ship and her crew and brings to light many of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum’s rare Fitzgerald photographic collection. “ “In many cases, the images in this book were donated to the museum throughout the years and really have not been seen by the general public,” Lynn said. The book, a 272 page full-color publication, illustrates everything from the ship’s launch at River Rouge in 1958, to underwater imagery from the various expeditions that sought to better understand the massive vessel’s sinking. Interviews with individuals connected with the ship provide a unique insight to the vessel and events surrounding her loss. A strong emphasis of the book is the Fitzgerald during her working, and record setting years as the flagship of the Columbia Transportation Division of the Olglebay Norton Company. In addition, particular attention is respectfully paid to the ship’s crew through the years and those that perished with the ship. All proceeds from the book’s sales benefit ongoing operations at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and historic preservation of the Whitefish Point Light-station. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Michiana youth to perform ‘Aladdin Jr.’ S OUTH BEND, Ind. — The South Bend Civic invites everyone on a magic carpet ride next month as more than 45 actors in two casts present Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” During the weekends of March 11-13 and March 18-20, audiences can join young actors on the streets of Agrabah while being treated to familiar favorite songs like, “A Whole New World,” “Friends Like Me” and “Arabian Nights.” All shows will be performed in the Wilson Theatre. Characters from the popular 1990s movie — Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more — will be brought to life by Michiana Youth who have been preparing for the musical adventure of magic and mayhem for several weeks under the direction of Josh Napierkowski. The Kids4Kids productions engage casts comprised only of

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Singing the blues In honor of a musician who shaped my life

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he night was New Years Eve. Every COLUMNIST patron at the Woodfire Trattoria was dressed in their finest clothing, gathered together with friends, and celebrating the festive nature of the evening. Dinner was long finished and forgotten and, as was the habit in those days, the tables closest to the stage were pushed aside to create an improvised dance floor. Joyce Walker and the Justin Flagel Outcast Blues Band had been warming up the house with their solid blues performance, easing the crowd in by starting with slower songs and progressively increasing the tempo with each new one. Eventually, the energy built and spilled across the entire room and the evening became a blur of dancing, singing and clapping along to the band. Riding the raucous wave, guitarist Killer Ray Allison stepped into the crowd from the stage, playing his wireless guitar on a journey that stretched across the restaurant. We had seen this particular move before, but this was the first time one of the dancers took it upon themselves to follow him in a conga line. Soon, the entire dance floor was winding toward the front of the Woodfire, picking up patrons from their tables as they passed. The restaurant full of party goers streamed in a dancing line, following their guitar-playing leader through the front door into the streets of Dowagiac and its freshly

fallen snow. In the near-decade that has passed, I have never found a witness to who threw the first snowball. The culprit was unimportant, however, as the members of the disintegrating conga line quickly attacked whomever was nearest. Imagine most of the patrons of the fine-dining restaurant, dressed in their best clothing, having an epic snowball fight in the street. Of course, those were the kind of parties that happened in the blues days of the Woodfire and, most especially, on the nights when the Outcast Blues Band took the stage. I have been reminiscing about those evenings in light of the news of the recent passing of Frank Walker. His Outcast Blues Band and the Woodfire are an important part of my personal growth. It was on the first evening I watched them play at the restaurant in Dowagiac that I found the courage to dance and carouse in front of other people without concern for their opinions of me. It was on the nights they played that I, along with my companions, would learn to lead the crowd, pulling other patrons from their comfortable seats to join us on the dance floor. The habit of pushing the tables aside to create that space soon became a duty, with the owner of the establishment at the time nodding to us when the moment was right to compel the crowd to end their meals and start the fun. Frank Walker played music for more than 40 years, spending the last part of his career sharing fronting duties of the band with his wife, Joyce. I remember sitting with them around their kitchen table in South Haven, hearing of Frank’s realization that his wife could sing the blues after decades of her acting as a quiet companion of the band. Frank was born in Mississippi and spent much of his life in Chicago. He would start playing music casually, but

found his way into professional gigs in 1968, going on to play with the likes of Jody Williams, JoJo Murray, and “just about anyone and everyone” in the Chicago blues scene. He would meet Joyce while she was visiting her aunt in Chicago. Joyce once told me the tale of how she first saw him taking care of his car at his mother’s house across the street. “Woohoo, I had to meet him,” she said. The couple dated for four years, marrying in 1977. The difficulties of raising their daughter in the city would lead them to Michigan, an area Frank was familiar with thanks to hunting trips with friends. According to Joyce, they were seeking a life that was “quiet and peaceful” and found it in Michigan. “We were kinda messing around with music,” Joyce said. They would create their first album playing in the garage of their first home in Covert. With both Frank and Joyce having family and professional ties to major names in the blues world, they would become something of a legend themselves, playing in venues around the region. The Woodfire, according to what Frank once told me, was his favorite venue. I owe much to Frank Walker and the performances of his band at the Woodfire. He gave me my first taste of the blues and performed the soundtrack to some of the most important moments of my life. Cheers to him and his memory. Justin Flagel is the founder of the web magazine and podcast Anywhere the Needle Drops, where he and others showcase their interest in music, pop culture, creativity and life. Follow their work at anywheretheneedledrops.com. Feedback can be directed to contact@anywheretheneedledrops.com.

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Celebrate the sea Musician, photographer featured at South Bend Symphony Orchestra event

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T. JOSEPH, Mich. — Michiana residents will soon have an opportunity to be swept away on a musical journey guided by renowned multiinstrumentalist and composer John Mock. This unique event will feature original music inspired by the coasts of the Atlantic, from his native New England to Ireland and Scotland. His casual storytelling will invite the audience on a coastal journey, weaving tales of lighthouses, castles and a seafaring heritage. Mock will perform his instrumental compositions on solo guitar, concertina, mandolin and tin whistle. This multi-media concert will be specially enhanced for the occasion with new music and photographs by Laura Kraklau honoring the restoration efforts for the St. Joseph Lighthouse. From Sea to Shore will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at St. Joseph High School Performing Arts Center in St. Joseph. “Multi-instrumentalist, composer, photographer and all-around “Renaissance Man,” John Mock never fails to beguile,” said Music Director, Robin Fountain. “Especially when immersed in his favorite tales of sea and shore.” The concert will feature traditional and original instrumental compositions performed by Mock on guitar, concertina, mandolin and tin whistle. About the musician John Mock is an artist and the ocean and its coasts are his muse. From his native New England to the shores of Ireland and Scotland, John captures in music and story the heritage of the sea. Whether appearing solo or with a symphony orchestra, John shares this heritage through his captivating concert presentations which include both traditional and original instrumental compositions performed on guitar, concertina, mandolin and tin whistle. Audiences are charmed not only by John’s music, but also by his narration and storytelling, which bring to life the characters and places upon which the music is based.

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Feb. 26 Get The Led Out, the “American Led Zeppelin”, will be performing at the Lerner Theatre (410 S. Main St.) in Elkhart, Ind., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 as part of its nationwide tour. Tickets are available at the Lerner Theatre Box Office, online at thelerner. com, or by phone at 574-293-4469 / 800294-8223.

The Twin City Players (TCP) will host auditions for its next mainstage production of the 2015-2016 season next month. Auditions for the May production of Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and directed by Paul Mow, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

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The South Bend Symphony will close its 2015-16 June H. Edwards Chamber Series with “20th Century Masters,” featuring works of Hindemith, Copland, and other impactful composers on Sunday, Mar. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. March 12 The legacy of the beloved Mister Rogers lives on with the hit television series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! coming to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College for two big performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Tickets for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! at The Mendel Center Mainstage start at $20 and are available at www. T h e M e n d e l C e n t e r. com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 9271221, weekdays 2 to 6 p.m. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For information about group rates, pre-show party options, and other special arrangements contact the Box Office.

A South Bend Parents without Partners dance will be offered from 7 to 11 p.m. March 12 at ZB Falcon’s Hall, at 323 S. Sheridan (at the corner of Western and Sheridan) in South Bend. Admission is $9. A DJ will play music. For more information, call (574) 259-6381. March 16

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One of the best loved and most recognized operas is coming to The Mendel Center Mainstage when the Comic Opera Guild presents Rosinni’s Barber of Seville in a new English performing version with live orchestra Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. Tickets for The Comic Opera Guild’s presentation of The Barber of Seville at The Mendel Center Mainstage start at $30 and are available at.TheMendelCenter. com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 9271221, weekdays 2 to 6 p.m. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For information about group rates, pre-show party options, and other special arrangements contact the Box Office.

March 22 A Drum Festival will be offered Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. A collaboration of students, instructors, and community artists will present a lively performance. Guest percussionists include Eric Oliphant and Randy Ripley, among others. Music department instructors include Marc Churchill, Jim Cooper, and John Owens. Student performers will be announced at a later date. March 26 A concert by rock icons ZZ Top will be offered Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 9 p.m. Hotel and dinner packages will also be available on the night of the concert. Tickets can be purchased beginning on Friday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site, w w w. t i c k e t m a s t e r. com, or by calling (800)745-3000. Ticket prices for the concert start at $55 plus applicable fees. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor and will be open to the public. April 9 A South Bend Parents without Partners dance will be offered from 7 to 11 p.m. April 9 at ZB Falcon’s Hall, at 323 S. Sheridan (at the corner of Western and Sheridan) in South Bend. Admission is $9. A DJ will play music. For more information, call (574) 259-6381. April 28 New Covenant Productions will present chart-topping contemporary Christian rock band Mercy Me live in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana (410 South Main Street) along with special guests Citizen Way

and Zealand Worship. Tickets are on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Lerner Theatre box office, online at thelerner.com, or by phone at 574-2934469 / 800-294-8223. May 21 The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos will host a concert by BOSTON at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Saturday, May 21, at 9 p.m. Hotel and dinner packages are available for the night of the concert. Tickets can be purchased beginning on Friday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster website, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)7453000. Ticket prices for the concert start at $95 plus applicable fees. May 24-29 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, The O’Jays, are coming to Benton Harbor, Michigan, for a free concert presented by Whirlpool Corporation during the week of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 24-29 at Harbor Shores. May 27 The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos will host a concert by The Jacksons at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, May 27, at 9 p.m. The concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5 and include original members Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson. Hotel and dinner packages are available for the night of the concert. Tickets can be purchased beginning on Friday, February 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster website, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)7453000. Ticket prices for the concert start at $45 plus applicable fees.

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Southwest Michigan’s premier Lakeside Garden Walk is back! The walk will again feature eight unique gardens that represent Harbor Country. Within short driving distances of each other (1 to 6 miles), participants will experience a range of delightful settings: lake views, cozy cottages, strolling meadows, working vegetable gardens, inviting patios, water features, and more just waiting for you to discover. For tickets and additional information visit www. thelakesideassociation.com or call 773343-1680. Sponsored by The Lakeside Association of Harbor Country’s Lakeside, Michigan. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund benefiting high school seniors in the River Valley School District.