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Exclusive: By Robert E. Martin
The news hit through a press release sent August 11th by the City of Saginaw announcing that residents would be receiving bills in the mail reflecting a new annual ‘flat fee’ for rubbish removal in the amount of $165.00. The move took both residents & the media by surprise, as the last time talk of this surfaced was back in 2009 when City Council attempted to remove the property tax cap and told citizens that if they voted to remove the fee, a total of 4-mils would come off their property tax bill. Voters declined to lift the property tax freeze, so it appears Council went ahead and approved the new flat fee anyway on May 23rd of this year. According to the city press release, a total of 3-mils for rubbish removal was taken off this year’s property tax rolls, which is why residents saw a decrease in their tax bill. A majority of residents felt the decrease was the result of lowered property values and thus reduced assessment levels, but apparently this is not the case. Previously all property in the city, including residential, commercial, industrial, and personal was assessed for rubbish collection. Additionally, property owners also paid an additional fee of $50.00 for rubbish collection, making the City of Saginaw one of the highest taxed communities for these services in the Great Lakes Bay area. The fee for Rubbish Collection funds the following: curbside trash collection, curbside yard waste & brush pick-up, compost for residents, and the recycling convenience stations located at City Hall and the compost site. The reasons for this move supposedly are to allow for a “fairer distribution of the cost to provide the services by charging those who use the service.” According to Tim Morales, Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer for the City, “We believe this is good public policy and the best way to fund rubbish collection because it distributes the cost fairly and equally to residents who use the services. Under the previous funding method & user fee, many
Getting Rich on Garbage?
Adding Up the Dollars and $ense of Saginaw’s New Rubbish Fee
property owners paid for rubbish services they did not utilize. Additionally, the previous method created different cost levels for residents because what you paid was dependent upon the taxable value of your property.”
behind its establishment was to get better pricing on waste disposal for all involved by spreading the costs across the board and adding bargaining clout when it came time to negotiate residential waste contracts. According to the Mid Michigan Waste Authority, for calendar year 2010 the City of Saginaw was charged only $1,770,412.54 for all solid waste collection & disposal services provided through the services agreements.
What this translates into is that commercial & business enterprises received a big break (purportedly as most of them utilize private rubbish removal & dumpster services) along with anybody whose taxable property value is higher than $38,333.33 (calculated including the 3 mills and $50 fee against the new $165 fee), and likely have larger yards producing more yard waste than the average home. According to the city, the average SEV valuation within the City is $18.392 making these new fees a tax increase for most. In short, businesses & the wealthier got the tax breaks, opening new questions and topics for debate. Moreover, since when did everybody utilize the same levels of rubbish service?
Doing the Math
According to city officials, there exist a total of 20,467 residential & multiple units billed for rubbish service in the City of Saginaw. At $165.00 a pop this results in a total revenue stream to the city of $3,377,055.
The Mid Michigan Waste Authority is the principal rubbish service provider to the City of Saginaw. Formed in 1991, the MMWA began offering residential waste services in 1995, by servicing 12 municipalities. In the 20 years since their inception, they have grown to service 34 member communities. As a public entity, the authority was formed with the goal of providing cost effective, environmentally sound and integrated waste management services to each of its member communities. The theory
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This includes: 1) Standard trash collection of up to 20 qt 33-gallon/50 lbs max. bags/cans, two bulkies per residence per week, one brush bundle per residence per week, proper landfill disposal of all such trash materials. 2) Yard waste collection service April thru November of an unlimited number of 33/ gallon/50lb max. cans or yard waste. 3) Single family through quadplex units are allowed under the MMWA program, at one unit count per individual dwelling, so a 4-unit property and a single family home equals one unit count. At the new fee rate per house-count, it appears that funds raised by this new fee move are approximately $1,606,477.50 more than what the city is being charged by MMWA for the majority of services provided by the fee. The only items not provided by MMWA consist of brush pick-up and waste composting services for residential yard waste provided by the city, plus operation of the once-monthly trash and recycling drop-off convenience station and yard waste composting facility. Leaf pick-up collection is down to once per year. So where is this additional revenue going? Moreover, isn’t this move actually a tax increase, which thereby would have to be presented as a millage to voters for approval? According to City Assessor Lou Brown, “The City has the right to set the fee schedule for rubbish independent of the general operating levy. The rubbish millage was removed and the general operating was levied at an appropriate rate of 6.7290, which is authorized under the City Charter. Neither of these require a ‘millage request’ and were approved appropriately through the budget process. According to Kim Mason from the city’s rubbish division, the total amount of money collected from the new fee is dispersed in this manner: • $1,609,717.00 for rubbish collection & weekly refuse pick-up. (Note: This is $160,695.50 less that the amount reported by MMWA) • $533,770 for City administration, staff, supplies & mailings • $329,172 for the City’s Environmental Improvement program • $510,000 for sanitary landfill disposal • $109.400 for brush collection • $166,375 for recycling • $528.087 for composting • $5,359 for ‘transfers’ “The charges for services include the annual rubbish fee. At the time the budget was prepared and presented to council the estimated household rubbish count was 20,972, thus the estimated revenue was $3,460,380.00,” she explains. “The rest of the revenue is derived from compost site dump fees, trash removal fees, interest and penalties, for a total of $3,791.880. “As you can see, the revenues and expenditures
were balanced as required for council approval. The amount listed in the rubbish collection division includes the MMWA fees for weekly refuse and yard waste collection Disposal costs are included in the Sanitary Landfill division.” This places the total amount of revenue received by the city at two million dollars more than the amount being billed by the MMWA. According to one source at the MMWA, “While I have heard rumblings of this possibility of the city moving to a flat fee over the last several years, we were definitely not on the inside track on the passage of a flat fee to fund the residential curbside services provided by MMWA.”
What About Recycling?
For years residents have asked why the City of Saginaw does not offer curbside recycling. Years ago when the City entered into its contract with MMWA to outsource rubbish services, they were able to reduce a fund deficit of $480,000 and not have to raise fees to residents. But recycling was promised to be part of the package. Moreover, the City sold $460,000 worth of garbage trucks to Waste Management and then added a $50.00 per year solid waste fee on top of it. When I interviewed MMWA Director Monica Duebbert about this back in 2006 she noted that “The decision to not bring back recycling is totally a city decision and has nothing to do with the Waste Authority. Simply put, its up to the City of Saginaw to decide whether they want to offer this service to residents or not” “Our contract says that we will pick up recycled curbside items from residents. They told us they weren’t going ahead with the recycling contract because they didn’t have the funding for it, which was a real frustration to the waste authority.” “They have a millage and are the only community in our service authority that has that extra $50.00 solid waste fee, which allows them to derive $3.5 million in revenue from these sources, but all I can tell you is that we were told they weren’t able to provide curbside recycling. At the point we were told the city would not be able to provide recycling service, they’ve been charged less than $2 million, so obviously they have other programs and services they wish to provide for from the funds saved in the recycling.”
The Review attempted to discover how many people comprise the departments & divisions in the itemization list published above, along with how much revenue is budgeted from these figures for legacy & pension programs, however did not receive a response prior to our deadline.
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Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Season Preview Conductor Brett Mitchell Picks up the Baton for a SeasonShowcasing ‘Purely Michigan’ Music By Robert E. Martin As he enters his second season as conductor for the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, musical director Brett Mitchell is riding a flurry of high notes reinforced from achieving some fairly remarkable goals during his inaugural year at the helm of one of the Great Lakes Bay’s pivotal arts organizations. Apart from mixing crowd-appealing and challenging works from the world’s most famous Classical composers with innovative programming showcasing the fresh face of talent populating the classical world, Mitchell and the orchestra managed to set attendance records at four of the five seasonal concert presentations of the SBSO. And he is obviously jazzed about not only the upward direction that the organization has taken, but also the levels of local support that both framed and inspired his vision for this upcoming 2011-12 concert season. “I have to say that I feel like I knew from the minute that I first arrived in Saginaw that we could do great things,” reflects Mitchell over a cappuccino as he reminisces about highpoints of last season. “But I had no idea that we could achieve so many of our objectives so well. The community response was unbelievable; and for our season finale we were only 80-seats shy from a complete sell-out at the Temple Theatre.” “For an organization that has always been strong artistically, but not always able to draw large audiences, not just the size of our audience but the diversity of it is what excites me,” he continues. “We seem to be drawing from every section of the community, and I have to say, my first season here
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was every bit the artistic success I expected, but definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of actively engaging the community.” “It’s the people here that make the difference,” states Mitchell. “Last night I threw an opening pitch at the Loons game, which was great fun; and while driving home with a friend after the game we were talking about what makes Saginaw so great. What it really comes down to is the people and being able to connect with them. I feel that’s what I’ve been able to do on a personal level and have established some quite good friendships here; and as an orchestra, we’ve been able to connect with the public-at-large and re-establish our presence within the community.” Consequently, in putting together his second season of programming for the SBSO, Mitchell approached the task from both a philosophical and practical perspective. “The title for our 2011-12 season is Pure Music. Pure Michigan, which is a play on the Michigan tourism campaign,” he explains. “But where it really comes from is something that I realized several years ago when thinking about larger orchestras like the Chicago Symphony or the New York Philharmonic. What they all have in common is that the first word in every symphony is the name of the city it represents.” “Most orchestras will perform Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach, and we are no different; but if that’s the extent of what you do, then all you’ve really done is make yourself irrelevant to your community,” he states. “You’re merely a symphony that happens to be located in a particular city, rather than distinguished by what makes you, as an orchestra, unique within your city.” What Mitchell devised to remedy this situation is to design a season programming schedule for the upcoming year as much “of, for and by the people of Michigan as I possibly can.” Believing that the orchestra should aim to be synonymous with Michigan and its artists, every program for the upcoming season will feature a piece of original music created by a living Michigan composer. “So yes, we’ll play Brahms and Beethoven,” he continues, “but we’ll also showcase original Michigan composers and give audiences a taste of what they have to offer. The great classical composers have specific musical messages to deliver and have withstood the test of time because their message is universal. But I know for a fact that each of the Michigan composers we will be featuring also has something to say to us right now. Whether that message will turn out to be universal 200 years from now is for posterity to decide, but the immediacy of their work right now is a gift worth accepting. They’re writing for us.” Was it difficult for Mitchell to find ‘purely Michigan’ composers to showcase within the expanse of the five-performance season? “Not really,” he responds. “Michigan has so many good universities, in particular the University of Michigan and Michigan State, that are known the world over, that many of the composers we will feature come from these schools.” “But the second way we are expanding our collaborations this season is to focus on non-musical entities within the local arts community,” he continues. “Therefore we will also be collaborating with Pit & Balcony and The Saginaw Choral Society, in addition to working with a brilliant local visual artist, Kellie Schneider, who will create original commissioned works to showcase during one of our performances.
A Season of Innovation, Detail, and Balance
Kicking off the season on October 8th will be A Fantastic Beginning, which will feature Franz
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your own wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” - Charlie Parker Liszt’s Totentanz and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Beginning this performance will be recent Grammy-winner and Michigan resident Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango. “I like to start the season with a big piece and Symphonie Fantastique is a very programmatic work with a story line and is really like an opera without words,” notes Mitchell. “ Essentially, it’s the tale of an artist in love with a woman, only his love is unrequited, so he has all these fantasies about her – one where they are ballroom dancing together, another where they are in the countryside together; but things don’t go well, so he has this terrible dream that he’s killed her and is executed, so this is very dark, weird, and one of the great pieces of music of all time.” “I was looking for something to fit with this and started thinking about Michael Daugherty because he teaches at the U of M and in the 1980s and ‘90s wrote a series of five individual pieces that got put together as five movements of a symphony that he wrote based on the Superman comic book hero. For this performance, we’ll do the last movement which depicts the death of Superman and is known as the Red Cape Tango.” The second performance of the season will be the SBSO’s annual Christmas concert on December 6th and is entitled Christmas Around the World. For this outing, Brett says that he wanted to invite the SVSU Cardinal Singers in for the holidays to partner with the orchestra, and has also invited their own artistic director to assist with conducting duties. “This exposes the orchestra and the audience to another great musical resource within the community, as well
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as a different conductor, and takes a bit of the focus away from me,” reflects Mitchell. “Hey, I’ve gotta go to Macy’s and get things done that time of year!” he laughs. For the February 11th performance of Shakespearean Dreams the SBSO will perform Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture & Incidental Music. With this production, the Saginaw Choral Society and Pit & Balcony Theatre will collaborate in some unusual ways. “Mendelssohn wrote this 19th century underscore that was basically connective music for a Midsummer Night’s Cream,” explains Mitchell. “It’s some of the greatest music he ever wrote, so my idea was to have Pit & Balcony actors on the stage with us, acting out this semi-staged slightly abridged version of this Shakespearean classic while the orchestra plays this score. It’s like a live orchestra set to a movie and with the Choral Society also involved, I couldn’t be more excited.” With the SBSO’s March 31st concert, Past Masters, Present Promise, Saginaw artist Kellie Schneider will create original illustrations depicting each movement of Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose, which will be projected live while the audience performs. “Ravel wrote these five beautiful little movements, based upon the opening of Sleeping Beauty,” explains Mitchell, “with another focusing on Tom Thumb and Beauty & the Beast that musically are incredibly descriptive and evocative. For about 10 years now I’ve wanted to find something that would visually compliment this music and have been searching for an artist to visually represent what Ravel is doing aurally, but I’d never found the right person.” “Then I met Kellie Schneider and instantaneously thought of this project, so
approached her about it. She agreed and I couldn’t be more excited. She will create seven illustrations that will coincide with the various movements, and one of the great things is that we’ll also be doing a concert for area 4th and 5th graders. How cool will it be for these kids to see somebody from right here in this town that is successful and capable of creating this beautiful artwork like Kellie does? This way the kids can listen to the music, Kellie can explain what she visualized when listening to it, and we can show them how composers get inspired by art to write music, just as artists get inspired to create art from listening to music.” Also featured on this bill will be Bright Sheng’s The Black Swan, which is an orchestration of Brahm’s late A-major Intermezzo, originally a piano piece, and was transcribed for full orchestra, rounding out the thematic contours of the evening with a composer who literally ‘re-imagined’ Brahms. Closing out the season on May 12th will be “a monumental finale to a phenomenal season”, according to Mitchell, as two of the greatest third symphonies will be presented in the form of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Napoleon inspired Eroica, along with Michigan composer Kevin Puts’ Verspertine. “Last season one of our biggest hits was the SBSO continued on page 14
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10 Years After: Remember 911 I by Robert E. Martin
t seems difficult to discern and process the devastation wrought by the 9/11 attacks as we approach the 10th anniversary of that fateful sunny morning in September that changed our lives forever, just as it is difficult to assess the full impact of the damage one decade down the road with over 1 million government documents classified as Top Secret in 2001 still inaccessible to the public today.
Economically, spiritually, politically, and psychologically, the aftermath of 9/11 is something that we live with every day, despite whatever attempts we make to move forward and block the horror of those attacks form our memory banks. To both commemorate the events of 9/11 and kickoff their 80th season of community theatre, Pit & Balcony will be presenting a special production of The Guys on Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 PM.
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Sheriff Bill Federspiel & Jessica Asiala Star in The Poignant Pit & Balcony Production of ‘The Guys’
Conceived and authored in only nine days by New Yorker Anne Nelson and born out of the imminent impact of horrors experienced at the Twin Towers in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, The Guys tells the tale of two seemingly disparate individuals dealing with the numbing grief of this monumental, life altering tragedy, who through an exercise of shared confidences begin to rebuild a sense of understanding about the nature of sacrifice, and in the process thaw the numbness of despair with the healing warmth of humanity.
In the Pit & Balcony production, under the direction of Linda Rebney, the two-actor performance is rendered by none other than Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel starring in the role of Nick and Jessica Asiala as Joan, an editor & writer who assists Nick, a NYPD Fire captain, prepare the eulogies for an unprecedented number of firefighters who died under his command that fateful day. The play debuted at The Flea Theatre in New York on December 4, 2001, and starred Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray and has since been presented in 48 US states and countries around the world, in addition to a film version. As Director Rebney sees it, there is a special alchemy at work with The Guys. “Basically the story revolves around an editor who 10 days after the 9/11 attacks gets a phone call from a masseuse who’s been giving free massages to rescue workers. The character of Nick is supposed to give eulogies to his firefighters, only he’s not a writer and has difficulty putting what he wishes to say into words, so he solicits her help.” “He comes over traumatized by all the events that happened and doesn’t think he has anything to offer, but by sitting and talking together, she gets him to start talking about ‘the guy’s, beginning with the basics such as what did they look like, what do you remember when you close your eyes and think of them – and she begins to draw out the story of different firefighters that sacrificed their lives on that fateful day. Through the course of the story, we get a very clear picture of four firefighters that have died, coupled with a person that seems to be outside it all, but is also a citizen of New York City. The story grips you right at the beginning and the play doesn’t seem to need a lot of physical action,” continues Rebney. “It’s amazing how engaging the dialogue is with this production.” Looking back at their own recollections from 10 years ago, are there things about this production that have changed or altered their own understanding about the events of 9/11? “The thing that strikes me personally is not so much the events of 9/11, but the fact my brother is a
firefighter in the Minneapolis area,” explains Rebney. “There are lines in the story that really put you into the driver’s seat in terms of how a fire department operates, especially when Nick starts recollecting about he knows happened to the guys that day. Also, there is a fair amount of irony that comes out through the script in terms of how some of the guys survived and others did not.” For Sheriff William Federspiel, he started acting in community theatre back in 2002 with a show called Broken Legs. He cites this current lead role in The Guys has one of his biggest theatrical challenges to date. “Being a public servant and a first line responder, it was important for me and I felt compelled to come down and audition for this role. I’d never heard of it before and got the book and read it and thought it incredibly powerful. This is a very dramatic role and I’m more accustomed to doing comedies and musicals.” “When Bill auditioned for this role of a fire captain from Brooklyn, I imagined that I was hearing things when he started speaking with this totally believable Brooklyn accent,” interjects Rebney. “But then he explained that his wife’s family is from out east so he’s encountered that type of accent before and is very comfortable with how he talks and delivers the role.” “I love a good challenge,” laughs Federspiel. “This is another reason I went for this role. There’s a lot of dialogue to memorize, no intermission, and the play is 90 minutes long. I’ve been in shows with up to 25 people and now there are only two of us, but this presents an opportunity as an actor that I’ve never had. I love theatre and the arts and am proud to be doing this.” As for Jessica Asiala, some of the pivotal points of this production are derived from the way Nelson writes about the relationship between the Captain and his men. “My father is a retired police officer and the manner in which she writes drove home my appreciation for what first responders to,” she notes. “Anne Nelson brings to life the physicality that everybody went through when these events happened. It’s a body blow and you cant breathe and she makes it so you can physically feel what those insiders were feeling when it happened. It’s a fantastic job bringing these qualities to life.” Ironically, Jessica got her acting start at Pit & Balcony, opening in the production of Grease one week after 9/11 happened 10 years ago. “That’ was the first show I ever did,” she reflects, “and while I’ve done two person shows before, they’ve mostly been comedies. I’ve also worked with Bay City Players and was very involved with the Van Buren Street Theatre for five years with my husband, who passed away last February.” While each of us have distinct memories of 9/11, are there any insights gleaned from their involvement in this production that have informed or changed their sensibilities about it?
“Not so much in terms of changing my sensibility, but being a first responder myself, we get a little hard around the edges,” reflects Federspiel. “We don’t always open up around our emotions and explore them, largely I think because we’re expected to be constantly out there and you tend to immunize yourself to extreme situations. I’ve been in this business 24 years and I’ve gained a significant amount of insight into Labor of Love: The Guys director Linda Rebney (left) with 10 YEARS continued on page 14 Sheriff Bill Federspiel (center) and Jessica Asiala (right)
By Robert E. Martin Since its inception seven years ago, the annual Parkapalooza Music Festival at Sanford Lake Park has turned into the perfect synthesis of talent, sunshine, and community, bringing together elements of music, natural splendor, and civic-mindedness into one of the finest ‘end-of-summer’ celebrations to be found in Michigan. This year Parkapalooza will be held on Sunday, September 11th and run from high noon to 8:00 PM. A key fundraiser of the Dstreet Entertainment Foundation, eight exceptional bands will be featured along with a divergent array of family activities scheduled throughout the day. With free admission to the Park by foot, bicycle or boat, if you bring a vehicle into the park there is a $5.00 fee. As Parkapalooza has grown throughout the years, bringing thousands of people into play while
A Convergence of Talent, Sunshine, & Civic Mindedness into the Perfect End of Summer Celebration supporting a fitting array of community organizations, we hooked-up with Festival Organizer Ed Kerns to glean his impressions upon the significance of Parkapalooza over the years, while finding out what surprises are in store for 2011. Review: As you enter the 7th year of Parkapalooza, did you ever think it would evolve into such a supported and pivotal event as it has managed to become back when the idea for staging it ﬁrst surfaced? Ed Kerns: I wish I could say Dstreet had a 10-year plan when first we conceived of Parkapalooza, but it just isn’t so. Our intention was no loftier than simply putting great music in a great venue. I do think the event has evolved nicely in the past 7 years. Each year we try to tweak things a bit to make it even better. We’re very proud of what it’s become and very grateful for the support of the community and our sponsors. Review: Please tell me about this year’s lineup, not only in terms of bands & entertainment, but also whatever family activities you have organized. Are there are any new bands or faces in the line-up? Kerns: I can humbly confirm that Parkapalooza will deliver another stellar musical line up this year! I emphasize ‘humbly’ because the quality of the music has little to do with Dstreet and everything to do with the shear depth of musical talent available in the Great Lakes Bay region. Even more remarkably, these bands volunteer their time and considerable talents to give back to their fans and the community. The 2011 line-up will feature a mix of Parkapalooza fan favorites and acts appearing at
the festival for the first time. They are: Honesty & the Liars, Jimmy & the Growlers, The Juice Roosters, Butch Heath, Shoobooty, The Sinclairs, Burnaround and Steel Wheels. It’s sort of ironic that some of our ‘new faces’ are legendary performers in the area. I guarantee that nowhere else will you find diverse acts like country classic Butch Heath, edgy Burnaround and bluesy Jimmy & the Growlers sharing the same stage. Sometimes the great music tends to overshadow the rest of the festival, and one new addition this year is Michael’s Crafts, who will join Home Depot in providing ‘make it and take it’ crafts for kids. Of course, we’ll also have inflatables, a climbing wall, sand-sculpting contest sponsored by Chemical Bank, a spray-ground and much more, and it’s all for free! Another addition this year will be an increase in the number of not for profit groups displaying throughout the park. You’ll be able to do everything from adopt a puppy to learn about elder care. Dstreet is pleased to offer these groups a place in the sun to share their information. Review: Given that the event falls on 9/11 this year, are there plans to acknowledge or commemorate the bravery displayed on that fateful day for its 10-year anniversary? Kerns: Parkapalooza is always held on the second Sunday in September. It was designed to coincide with Founders Days in the village of Sanford (where Sanford Lake Park is located). The Sanford Festival is a wonderful old-timey event, and I like to think of Palooza as the nightcap to Founders Day. That our event falls on the 10th anniversary of September 11th is coincidental, but the significance will not be forgotten. We don’t plan any formal ceremonies to mark the date, although I know the day will be acknowledged in a number of ways. Maybe most important is the festival itself. I can’t think of a more fitting recognition of the enduring American spirit. It is also notable that the Steel Wheels band will be closing for us that night. They do a very moving and incredibly patriotic show. I’m certain that their set on that night in that venue will be memorable. Review: How much money has Dstreet raised for charities over the years and what do you feel is the core purpose for holding Parkapalooza? Kerns: I think it’s important to remember that Dstreet itself is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, and Parkapalooza is our biggest fundraiser. We PARKAPALOOZA continued on page 14 Page 6 • Review Magazine • August 25 - September 14, 2011
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A.J. BAILEY’S SALOON, 304 Salzburg, Bay City. Phone 989-895-9446. DJ/KARAOKE Thurs, Fri., Sat, 9-close with Derek Dixon’s LCA Music Ent. Co. Food served ‘till 9 pm. Take Outs Available. Pitchers $5.25; Theatre Minis $2.75. Happy Hour 11 am - 8 pm Monday Friday. Thursday $1.00 pints. Weekly drink specials! BEMOS, 701 S. Madison Ave., Bay City. Stay for the party! Call 989-893-7071 for more info. Entertainment Line-up: MONDAYS – Electric Open Mic Night with Vinyl Meltdown; TUESDAYS: Aug. Happenings 30, Michelle O’Neal; Sept 6, Amelia Jo; Sept. 13, Kyle Mayer & Kedree Young; WEDNESDAYS: Aug. 31, Divided Highway; Sept. 7, Invisions; Sept. 14, Excalibur; THURSDAYS: Aug. 25, John Krogman & Jim Davenport; Sept. 1, Bob Hausler; Sept. 8, Maybe August; FRIDAYS: Aug 26, Neighborhood Muscle & Sports Cass!; Sept. 2, Day Dead Evolution; Happy Birthday 8; Sept. 9, Cygnus; SATURDAYS: Aug. 27, Slumlord Radio, The Wailers, The Shaydes; Sept. 3, Sprout; Sept. 10 The Blues Creators; SUNDAYS: Aug. 28 & Sept. 11, Grupo Sensible; Sept 4, Mike Mitchell Beneﬁt Concert! Tons of bands, food, and $5.00 Concerts donation. Runs from 1 PM – 10 PM. Daily Happy Hour, No Cover Charge. COTY’S LANDING, 777 Midland Rd. Saginaw, Mi. Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials: Sunday: Bike Day! $8.00 Buckets of Beer and Happy Hour All Day! $2.00 Well Drinks. Monday; Open Pool All Day and $1.00 12 oz. Drafts After 8 PM; Tuesday, $2.00 bottles, well drinks, Captain Morgan & 22.oz drafts; Wednesday, Tim & Jim from 6-9 pm; Karaoke w/Red Dog; $5.00 pitchers & $3.00 Johnny Vegas; `Thursday, Honesty & Dean from 6-9 pm. DJ/Karaoke w/Lynn Q, starts at 9 PM. $3.00 Jager Bombs, Jello Shots, and $5.00
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THE CREEK GRILL, 1259 S. Poseyville, Midland. 2 miles south of Dow Diamond. Live Music Every Weekend: Band Line-up: Weds. Aug. 24, Honesty & Noel; Fri. & Sat., Aug. 26-27, Brett Mitchell; Weds. Sept. 2, Honesty & the Liars; Fri & Sat. Sept. 9-10, Tyler Short. Our prices are the best value in the area for great food & beverages! Happy Hour Every Day from 3-6 PM, Senior Discounts on Monday Nights! We have a giant deck, beach volleyball and 2 professional horseshoe pits. 8 Flat-Screen TV’s for watching the Tigers or your favorite football team. Good Times Flow at the Creek! 486-3717. HOOLIGANS FOOD & SPIRITS, 3022 N. Water St., Bay City. A fun, casual place to meet with friends and family for some of the best food in town. Live entertainment and DJ/Karaoke on weekends. Open Mic Nite with Matt Ryan every Thursday 10 to close. Appearing Friday & Saturday Live Bands! Call for info. Mondays: $1. 75 burgers and $1.75 canned & domestic beers. Wednesday & Friday – Best Fish in Town – Perch $7.95, Cod $7.50, Walleye $5.95. We do catering also. Phone (989) 894-2938. MIXX NIGHTCLUB & METRO GRILL. Located at 115 N. Hamilton St. Saginaw, 989-498-4022 Your Heart Beats... Your Breath Quickens... And You Haven’t hit The Danceﬂoor Yet! Walking into the Mixx, is like walking into a “Big City” Nightclub, but with a small town friendly attitude. The Mixx has a very Mixed Cosmopolitan Straight & Gay Crowd. The Dance Bar is open Fri. and Sat. nights at 10pm, featuring high energy sounds from Chicago and New York spun by local DJs. The Mixx’s VIP ROOM is Very popular for bachelorette,
birthday, & other parties. The “Ball Room” is available Happenings for rentals for luncheons and private parties. The Mixx’s Video Bar “The Metro Grille”, oﬀers Great Burgers served up in a comfortable metropolitan atmosphere, open Weds. Thru Sun., appetizers are served until 1am. Happy Hour till 9pm with $1.00 oﬀ drinks and .50 cents oﬀ drafts. The Metro features Sports Thru Sunday Nights at 10pm, KARAOKE Wednesday with over 20,000 songs to choose from! The Mixx Of The People, The Mixx Of The Drink, The Mixx Of The Music, You Can Find It All At The Mixx Nightclub and Metro Grille. www.TheMixxNightclub.Com MORT’S NORTHERN ConcertsBAR, 353 State Park Drive, Bay City. Phone 989-684-0843. Friendly & Fun Stop on the Rail Trail! New – Pub Food! Every Day Beer Special - $1.00 Cans ‘til 6 PM. Wednesdays: Free Grilled Dogs 7 PM; POOL & DART LEAGUES start in September – PLAY FOR MORT’S! Fridays & Saturdays – Dancing & Karaoke with Baby-D! Ask about our Weekend Drink Specials! Saturdays Live! (no cover) Starting Sept. 24, Six-Pack Crush; Oct. 1, Screaming Casanovas; Oct. 8, Kandy Rox; Oct. 15, KMJ Band; Oct. 22, Phunk Shway. NORTHERN LANES RECREATION. 1129 E. Saginaw Rd. Sanford. 989-687-5562. Appearing Friday & Saturday Aug. 26-27, Cygnus; Sept. 2-3, Northern Drive; Sept. 9, Five From Nowhere; Sept. 10, Stranger Than Fiction. THE OLD TYME ROADHOUSE, 9620 Gratiot, Saginaw, 781-3707. Sundays: 35 Cent Wings, Open Pool, Happy Hour All Day & Night; Tuesdays: Open Horseshow & Volleyball League; Wednesdays Appearing from 7-10 PM, Michelle O’Neal. Plus Outside BBQ Grilled Chicken and homemade potato salad. Thursday: Tim & Jim from 6:30-9:30. Karaoke Art at 9:30 PM with Outside BBQ Grill ribs & homemade potato salad. Shot specials and $5.00 pitchers draft. Fridays: Perch & Pan-fried Walleye. Video DJ and Drink Specials. Saturdays: Video DJ & Drink Specials. Outside Patio Open. Bands starting ﬁrst weekend in September Every Friday & Saturday. New Menu with Chicken Fajitas, Stromboli, Fried Pickles, New Beer Battered Cod & Much more! Auditions ROG’S BAR, 2350 S. Michigan, Saginaw. 989-7914409. New Owner! New Bartenders! New Attitudes! Three New HD Flat Screens with Premier Sports Package. New Security Inside & Out. Beer on Ice 24/7. Mondays: 16 oz. Drafts $1.00; Tuesdays – Bike Night (Owner Rides) $1.75 Domestic Bottle Cinema Beer; Wednesdays: Happy Hour All Day; Thursdays: Domestic Beer $1.75; Fridays – Ladies $2.00 Well Drinks; Sunday – Bloody Mary’s $3.00. NASCAR Specials. Happy Hour 4-8, Seven Days a Week! Check us out on Facebook! Good Times, Good People, Great Service. ROG’S IS BACK!
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Informational WHITES BAR, 2609 State St., Saginaw, Phone 7922631. Happy Hour Mon – Fri 7 – 11 AM & 4-7 PM. Every Sunday, Excalibur at 9 PM. Bloody Mary Mondays from 4-8 pm with Cornpone; Server Appreciation – Show Uniform or ID and Get 50 cents oﬀ your favorite drink! Appearing Thurs. Aug. 25, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. Aug. 26, John Krogman; Sat. Aug. 27, Stamp’D Reunion Show; Mondays, Nightclubs & Dining Kyle Mayer; Tuesdays, Musician’s Night; Weds. Aug. 31, Shaolin Sound System; Thurs. Sept. 1, Brody & the Busch Rd. Trio; Fri. Sept. 2, Scott Baker & the
Universal Expressions; Sat. Sept. 3, Eric Sommer Happenings wsg Tim Avram; Weds. Sept. 7, Severe Dead Drama; Thurs. Sept. 8, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. Sept. 9, The Tosspints; Sat. Sept. 10, Sprout; Weds. Sept. 14, Jim Perkins. For more info go to www.whitesbar. com
Sports Sep 10: MMA Cage Fighting - MMA cage ﬁghting will be held at Meadow Brook Music Festival, located on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Doors at 5:30 pm and ﬁConcerts ght will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 for VIP seating, $25 for Reserved Pavilion and $15 General Admission Pavilion. All Ticketmaster or go to www.palacenet.com Sep 10: Mud Bog - This will be your last chance to see the mud ﬂy at the Bay County Fair & Youth Exposition ‘Mud Bog’! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. There is a $2 parking charge with $1 oﬀ when you bring a non-perishable food donation. Held from 1-6 pm at the Bay County Fairgrounds, 800 Livingston Ave., Bay City. For more information visit www.baycountyfair.com Sep 10: Walk Because You Can! Fundraiser - Walk or wheel through Bay City’s beautiful Veterans Park starting at the Bay County Community Center. The ﬁrst 50 walkers to sign in on the day of the walk will get a free “goodie bag”! Each walker that turns in $50 in donations will get a free Walk Because You Can! tee-shirt! Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun tent with free face painting. The walk is free and donations are greatly appreciated. Call Disability Services Resource Center at (989) 895-5444 to request your pledge form today! Wheelchair or walker loans are availableArt if reserved at least one week prior to the event. Walk Because You Can! is a family fundraising event to beneﬁt the Disability Services Resource Center who provides countless services for the disabled in Bay County including planning and construction of wheelchair ramps, loaning of medical supplies and sponsoring a baseball team for disabled children! For any questions Auditions regarding start time of event and more information you may need, contact Pat Huddy at her Email address: Pgougeon@aol.com or phone (989) 6844727.
Aug 26: Friday Outdoor Movie Night - Watch a great movie on a giant screen with the kids in the setting of beautiful Dow Gardens! Movie starts at dusk so bring your blanket to watch a ﬁlm under the stars! Before Informational the ﬁlm begins you can stroll through the gardens and see ﬂowers, trees, rivers, waterfalls and perhaps a critter or two! You and your children will love it! Admission is $5 for a daily pass, (free for kids 5 and under), or purchase an annual admission pass-good for the 2011 season! Dow Gardens is located at 1809 Eastman Ave.,Nightclubs Midland, next&toDining the Midland Center for the Arts. For more information please call (989) 631-2677 or visit www.dowgardens.org
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Gardens is located at 1809 Eastman Ave., Midland, next to the Midland Center for the Arts. For more information please call (989) 631-2677 or visit www. dowgardens.org.
Aug 15 - Aug 29: Monday Morning Movies - Spend a little relaxing family time during the summer with a “Monday Morning Movie” at the Zauel Library, Art August 29th! Movie every Monday morning through will begin at 11 am! For titles and more information please call the library 792-5359 or (989) 755-9833. You may also contact the Public Libraries of Saginaw at (989) 755-0904. Sep 15: “The Sting” - Made in 1973, “The Sting” is set in Chicago during the 1930’s, where a young con man, Johnny Hooker,Auditions is seeking revenge for his murdered friend, Luther Coleman. Hooker teams up with a master of the big con, Henry Gondorﬀ, to help in avenging Coleman’s murder and win a fortune from a criminal banker. Don’t miss this classic ﬁlm starring the great Paul Newman and Robert Redford! Film starts at 12:45 pm and located at the Temple Cinema Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. There will be an admission charge. For more information on this ﬁlm and others playing at the Temple, visit www. templetheatre.com or phone (989) 754-7469.
Aug 11 - Aug 25: Eco Club-Wild Science Thursdays - Designed for children ages 5 and up! Come out to Dow Gardens of Midland for Wild Science Thursdays and learn aboutNightclubs science with& the kids! A great setting Dining for you and your family! Join the Eco Club from August 11-25, 1-2pm. Drop-ins welcome! Admission is $5 for a daily pass, (children 5 and under are free), or purchase an annual pass at $10 to enjoy the gardens at any time-good for the 2011 season! Dow
Aug 12 - Sep 30: Dow Gardens Children’s Story Time - Come out to beautiful Dow Gardens in Midland and help your children the importance of reading! Set among ﬂowers, trees, rivers and more, your child will love to read! Story time is every Friday from August 12-September 30th at 10 am. You may purchase a day Cinema pass for $5, (children under 5 are free!), or purchase an annual pass for $10-good throughout the 2011 season! For more information regarding story time please contact Dow Gardens at (989) 631-2677. Dow Gardens is located at 1809 Eastman Ave., Midland, next to the Center for the Arts.
Informational Aug 12 - Aug 26: Preschool Story Times - Join in for storytime for children ages 3-5 years of age featuring stories, songs, ﬁngerplays and lots of fun for all! Children must be accompanied by a loving adult. Held on Fridays at 10:30 am at the Zaule Library, 3100 N. Center. For any questions regarding the story times please contact the library at (989) 799-2771. Nightclubs & Dining
Aug 23 - Sep 13: “IT’S A GAS!”-The Bright Side of Science - Explore the vital role gases play in our lives, from ensuring our survival to making our world a little brighter. Over a dozen interactive activities provide visitors of all ages with a better understanding of these important elements from the Periodic Table. “It’s A Gas” can be experienced at the Midland Center Theatre for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews, Midland, from 10 am-4 pm. *Note-Museum hours are extended to 8 pm on Thursdays! Closed Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under. For more information regarding this exhibit please contact Kristen Wuerfel at email@example.com. or visit HappeningsonsABDM.html#neon. You www.mcfta.org/Exhibiti may also phone (989) 631-5930 for any questions. Exhibition runs through September 18th. Aug 17 - Aug 31: Guided Tours of the Children’s Garden - Bring the kids out for an instructional and creative tour of the Children’s Garden at Dow Gardens Sports of Midland. Held every Wednesday in August from 1:30-2:30 pm. Admission is $5 for a daily pass, (kids 5 and under are free), or purchase an annual admission pass which is good for the 2011 season! You’ll want to bring the kids and YOU back to this lovely setting. Dow Gardens is located at 1809 Eastman Ave., Concerts Midland, next to the Midland Center for the Arts. For
any questions please phone (989) 631-2677 or visit www.dowgardens.org. Sep 7: Michigan’s One-Room Schoolhouses - Visit with Kyle Bagnall, the historian at Midland’s Chippewa Auditions Nature Center, as she explores a typical day in the thousands of one-room schoolhouses that once dotted the state’s country landscape and the current fate of many of these historic structures. The program starts at 7 pm at the Green Point Environmental Learning Center, 3010 Maple Street, Saginaw. Cinema Admission is $2 with Friends members free. For more information please call (989) 759-1669 or visit www. fws.gov/midwest/shiawassee. Sep 12: Outdoor Cooking - Cooking without utensils is not only great fun - it also cuts down on the wash up! Join guest presenter Jeanne Armstrong, at Price Nature Center,Informational as she teaches you an easy way to cook with minimal clean-up! Samples will be provided. Class is $5 per person and runs from 6-7 pm. You are asked to PRE-REGISTER by calling (989) 790-5280. Price Nature Center is located at 6685 Sheridan Road, Saginaw. For more information regarding this event please visit www.saginawcounty. com/parks. Nightclubs & Dining Sep 14: Gallery Talk with Charles McGee - The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, will host a gallery talk with artist Charles McGee, whose exhibit “2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works by Charles McGee”, can be seen at the Sculpture Museum Theatre through September 24. You may choose from two lectures-11 am or 1 pm. For any questions please visit www.marshallfredericks.org or phone (989) 964-7125.
Aug 25: End-Of-Summer Teen Fest - It’s a party in the street from 4-6:30 pm at Hoyt Library of Saginaw! Teens in grades 6th-12th can join in some endof-summer fun as they trySports their skills at diﬀerent activities such as water balloon toss, gaming, relay races, or try some new dance moves while listening to music brought to you by Rusch Entertainment! This event is “just for teens” and will feature booths, plenty of prizes, food and entertainment. It’s sure to be an end-of-summer blast! *Note-Teens wearing Concerts their 2011 Summer Reading Program T-shirt will receive a special prize! This event will be held in the parking lot between the Library & Museum. Hoyt Library is located at 505 Janes Steet, Saginaw. For any questions please call Hoyt Library at (989) 7550904.
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Aug 26: Chili & Salsa Chefs Wanted! - We are looking for chili and salsa chefs to prepare 5 gallons of chili and/or salsa for the 13th Annual Midland Chili & Salsa Taste-Oﬀ which will be held on September 24th in downtown Midland. All entries are due by August 31st so dust oﬀ your chili apron to compete! For more information or to obtain an entry form please phone 837-3330 or you may email to dhuﬀord@midland-mi. org. Watch for more details in the upcoming Review calendar or The Review website.
Kanye West & Jay-Z - at The Palace of Auburn Hills on September 24th 713 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth. Cost is $50 per person. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact 800-228-2742. Aug 26: “Poetry & Prose” Submissions for Roethke House - In support of the Friends of Theodore Roethke, “Temenos”, a literary journal run by the graduate students at CMU, will publish a special print edition celebrating the work of the poet Theodore Roethke. The Friends of Theodore Roethke is an organization currently working on capital funding to renovate the Roethke Home Museum in Saginaw, restore the adjacent Carl Roethke House into a cultural/educational center with classrooms, and add a greenhouse pavilion for arts events. “Temenos” is holding a contest for the best poetry and prose mirroring the form, content, or language of Roethke’s writing. There will be a $4 fee per submission with all proceeds going to the Friends of Theodore Roethke. To submit or for information on submissions, please visit www.temenosjournal.com. Hurry!! Deadline for submissions will be September 7th!! Selections for the special edition will be made in October and winners will be invited to read at a Roethke event on the CMU campus in November. You can also obtain information by visiting www.roethkehouse.org. Aug 27 - Aug 28: Wine & Food Festival - Held at Meadow Brook Music Festival, Oakland University campus, Rochester Hills, at 1 pm. Includes eight free wine samples and wine glass, wine & food seminars and non-stop live entertainment. Designator Driver tickets may be purchased for $10 which includes two free soft drinks. Tickets $18 in advance and $20 dayof-show. Those 21 and under are free! Go to www. palacenet.com to purchase advance tickets. Aug 27 - Aug 28: Railroad Days at JVRR - See how railroads operate with four trains that will operating both days, August 27-28. Ride the tour train to the roundhouse and shop where the train and equipment are built. Tickets are only $10 per person for all ages and your ticket includes unlimited riding on all four trains. Also, the playground and picnic area is available for plenty of fun for all! Junction Valley Railroad is located at 7065 Dixie Hwy., Bridgeport. For more information please call (989) 777-3480 or visit their website at www.jvrailroad.com. Aug 27: Super Mom 2 Mom Sale - Shop gently used baby/children’s clothing, toys, baby gear, baby furniture, maternity clothing...all at garage sale prices! 9 am-1 pm. Cost is $3 and for children under 12 are free! Held at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Rd., Birch Run. Aug 27: “Thunderstock” - This event features two stages of live music including national acts “American Dog” and “Rhino Bucket” and local bands, prowrestling sideshows and much more! This event will take place at The Roadside located in Pinconning. This is a fund-raiser for Camp Fish Tales-a camp where children can go and relax. Tickets for this event can be purchased at Midland’s Mid-Michigan Music.
Aug 27: Back to School at the Zoo - Get ready for school with activities and prizes! Kids can win school supplies! Event runs from 10 am-2 pm with regular admission. Zoo members are free. Located at Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, 1730 S. Aug 26: Purely Michigan Washington Ave., Saginaw. For more info., call (989) Dinner - Enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring four courses 759-1408. and four accompanying Aug 27: Community Canvas - The Community wines or beers. The special Canvas is a multi-faceted celebration of Midland’s menu will feature locally artistic, musical, theatrical and scientiﬁc diversity. sourced produce and meats The event is aimed to bring the community together and will begin at 6:30 pm at by transforming downtown Midland into a canvas the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, where talented individuals can share their skills with
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dinners and much more! Come join us at the Bay City Moose Lodge, 2573 N. Euclid Ave., Bay City.
Sep 4: “Low 4 Life” CC 15th Anniversary Car Show - Bring the family out for the 15th annual car show hosted by The Saginaw “Low 4 Life” Car Club! There will be vendors and entertainment for all to enjoy! Featured will be prizes for the top 50 vehicles and top 10 bikes, specialty awards- mural, paint, interior, hydrod’s, undercarriage, car club-and more! Held at the Knights of Columbus, 2280 Williamson Road, Saginaw. For details regarding event times and more, call (989) 529-3998 or (989) 737-2807.
Sep 11: Grandparent’s Day at JVRR - Kids! Bring your grandparents out to Junction Valley Railroad for a very special day where grandparents are given a train ride at a reduced rate of $4, (per grandparent), when accompanied by a paying grandchild! It’s a great way to enjoy the family and have them feel like a kid again! Junction Valley Railroad is located at 7065 Dixie Hwy., Bridgeport, with admission being %5.50 for children 18 months to 12 years of age, $6.50 for adults ages 13-64, and $6.25 for seniors 65+. For more information please visit www.jvrailroad.com or phone (989) 777-3480.
Sep 5: “Cars & Critters” Classic Car Show - Scope out the classic cars displayed at the Children’s Zoo parking lot, at Celebration Square in Saginaw! The car show is presented in partnership with the Salvation Army and held from 8 am-Noon. The car show will be FREE and the zoo will be open from 10 am-5 pm with regular admission and located at 1730 S. Washington, Saginaw. For more information please contact www. saginawzoo.com or call (989) 7591408.
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Think Sawmill when booking your Special Event! We host and/or cater, CHRISTMAS PARTIES, baby & bridal showers, retirement, birthday, rehearsal dinners, FAMILY REUNIONS and special luncheons. many diﬀerent demographics over the course of a day. Artists will line the Farmer’s Market displaying their talents. Musicians and street performers will be entertaining all day long from 2-11 pm. The Midland Farmer’s Market is located by the Tridge in downtown Midland. For any questions regarding this event please call (517) 392-3571. Aug 28: “Circus Extravaganza” - In conjunction with the art exhibit, “Under the Big Top”, the Castle Museum is holding a “Circus Extravaganza” from 1-3pm! Free with museum admission, this event will oﬀer activities for the entire family, including games, entertainment and treats! For more information please visit www.castlemuseum.org or phone (989) 752-2861. The Castle Museum is located at 500 Federal, Saginaw. Also, be sure to see the exhibit, “Under the Big Top”, held at the Castle Museum until October 30th. *Note-for description of exhibit look under the listing of “Art” in this issue of the Review Magazine! Aug 30: Men of Music Picnic - The Music Society’s Men of Music will hold their annual picnic at 6 pm which will be held at Emerson Park pavilion in Midland. Hot dogs, brats and refreshments will be provided. Current members should bring a dish to pass. Males of ANY AGE from the area who like to sing and can carry a tune are invited to come and talk to members about joining the group! For more information contact Lew Willertz at (989) 687-6533. Sep 1: Dow Gardens Admission Card Contest - Its time for the Dow Gardens annual Admission Card contest! The winning artwork will be featured on the 2012 Dow Gardens admission card with the winner’s name and rendering to be seen by all who purchase an annual pass to the gardens. Participants may enter up to three entries BY SEPT. 21st at 6 pm. There will be no entry fee and the contest will accept photos, watercolors, oil, pen and ink, etc. There will be a reception on September 24th from 6-7 pm for the entrants and the winner will then be announced. *Note-the KEY DATES to remember are; Sept. 21-all entries IN by 6 pm. Sept. 24th-Reception for entrants and winner announced. For more information on rules and details of contest, please visit Dow Gardens’
Sep 7 : “Soggy Doggy” - The William H. Haithco Recreation Area is open for you and your pup to have a splishsplashing good time! Usually, the lake is oﬀ limits to pets but for this one evening you can bring them out and let them swim to hearts’ content from 5:30-7 pm! *Note-be a nice human and be sure to clean up after your pet! Haithco Rec. Area is located at 2121 Schust Road in Saginaw. For more information regarding
this event please call (989) 790-5280 or visit www. saginawcounty.com/parks. Sep 9 - Sep 11: Annual Frankenmuth Auto Fest Make a short trip to Frankenmuth for their annual Auto Fest that will feature a FREE Big Block Party on Main Street on Friday night from 5-10 pm with hundreds of classic & muscle cars. You can also enjoy shopping, open houses and great entertainment! The car show continues Saturday morning beginning at 7 am and will feature an Oldies Tent from 6 pmMidnight. Sunday, the Auto Fest will carry on starting at 7 am! Held at Heritage Park, 601 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth. For more information please contact (989) 652-6964 or visit www.frankenmuthautofest. com. Sep 10: Formal Japanese Tea Ceremony - Experience an authentic formal Japanese tea ceremony amid the peaceful setting of the Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden, located at the Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, 527 Ezra Rust Drive in Saginaw. The ceremony begins at 2 pm with admission of $8. Call (989) 7591648 for more information. Sep 11: Salute to the Red, White and Blue - Bay City Women of the Moose #367 proudly present ‘Salute to the Red, White & Blue’. This event goes from 1 pm - 9 pm and is open to the public, starting oﬀ with a 21gun salute, followed by 7 live bands, grilled chicken
Sep 11: Parkapalooza - A great family festival featuring live music on the beach, kids activities & crafts, a climbing wall, spray park and sand sculpting contest. Held from Noon-9 pm at Sanford Lake Park, Sanford. Sep 11: Zehnder’s Oldies Lunch/Dinner Show - Enjoy Zehnder’s famous chicken lunch or dinner which will include a performance by the Teen Angels. Choose from a lunch that will start at Noon at the cost of $40, or a dinner held at 6 pm and costs $45. Zehnder’s is located at 730 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth. For more information please visit www.zehnders.com or phone (989) 652-0450. Sep 15: Main Street Glow - Join in the fun as the RE/ MAX Balloon Festival kicks oﬀ with a night “GLOW” on Main Street in Downtown Midland from 6-9 pm! Hot air balloons will launch from Chippewassee Park, (across the Tridge), starting around 6 pm. Then stroll among tethered hot air balloons on Main Street, (between Gordon Street & McDonald Street), and watch them GLOW at dusk-approximately 8:30 pm. Event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. *Note-Be sure to enjoy MORE fun at the RE/MAX Balloon Festival all weekend long, (Sept. 16-18), at the Midland County Fairgrounds with morning launches on Friday, Saturday & Sunday mornings at 7:30 am plus evening activities Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6 pm. Be sure to check out the Review Magazine calendar for all of the balloon activities!! For more information on this event please visit www. downtownmidland.com or phone Denise Huﬀord at (989) 837-3330. Sep 15 - Sep 18: Annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Enjoy the annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, running from September 15th-18th with AUTHENTIC German food, dancing on the large wooden dance ﬂoor, entertainment brought directly from Germany, Oktoberfest souvenirs, rides for the kids and authentic Oktoberfest German-brewed beer direct from the Hofbrauhaus brewery in Munich! There will be an admission charge to the festival. For more information regarding festival times and entertainment line-ups please contact www. frankenmuth.org or phone 1-800-FUN-FEST. Sep 16: Apple Mt. Summer Dance - Enjoy music and dancing under the Pavilion at Apple Mountain with live entertainment provided by CEYX. While there, have dinner at Putter’s Point Cafe or Kathleen’s and see a classic car show! The fun runs from 7-11 pm and is held at Apple Mountain Resort Pavilion, 4519 River Road, Freeland. For more information please visit www.applemountain.com or phone (989) 781-6789. Sep 16: Fall Harvest Wine Dinner - Enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring ﬁve courses and ﬁve accompanying wines. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm with the cost of $55 per person. Held at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, 713 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth. For information please visit www.bavarianinn.com or phone (800) 228-2742. Sep 16 - Sep 18: RE/MAX of Midland Balloon Fest. - Enjoy the Balloon Festival, sponsored by RE/ MAX of Midland, all weekend long at the Midland County Fairgrounds. There will be morning balloon launches on Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 7:30 am plus evening activities Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6 pm. *Note-All scheduled events are weather permitting. For more information please visit www.downtownmidland.com or phone (989) 837-3330.
Katy Perry at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids on September 11th
Sep 16 - Sep 17: Cruise ‘n Car Show - Hot Rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, trucks and more will be on the streets of downtown Midland on September 16th and 17th! The fun begins with a cruise parade,
starting at 7 pm on Friday night, and will run from the Tridge area to Rodd Street to Main Street and M-20. Following the parade is the Cruisers Ball featuring Diversity Entertainment for dancing in the street until 10 pm. The Car Show starts Saturday morning at 9 am with Top 60 Awards being presented at 3 pm. The entertainment location to be at is downtown Midland, so come out and a great time on Main Street! For more information please visit www. cruisencarshow.net or www.downtownmidland.com. You may also contact Denise Huﬀord at her Email: dhuﬀord@midland-mi.org or call (989) 837-3330. Sep 16 - Sep 18: Zehnder Park Arts & Craft Show Over 125 Michigan Crafters will be selling seasonal folk art, pottery, jewelry, painted clothing, pet accessories, metal garden art, soy candles & lotions, purses, bird houses, wildlife photography and much more at Zehnder Park, 730 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth. Schedule: Friday from Noon-6 pm, Saturday from 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. A free event! For more info. visit www. keepsakecollectionshows.com or phone (989) 7819165. Sep 17: Hemlock Sawdust Day - Enjoy a parade, car show, cooking contest, vendors, horse shoe tournament, tractor pull, decorating contest and more, located in Richland Township Park, 340 Parkside Lane, Hemlock. Start the morning with a delicious Farmer’s breakfast from 7-10 am at the Hemlock United Methodist Church, located at the corner of M-46 and Maple Street. This is a familyfriendly festival and a tribute to the early years of Hemlock when sawmills were a key industry. Be sure to stop by the Hemlock Historical Museum during the festival to learn more about Hemlock’s community roots! For more information please visit www. hemlocksawdustday.com. Sep 17 - Sep 18: Gun & Knife Show - Buy, sell or trade shotguns, riﬂes, handguns, scopes, knives and much more! Held at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Rd., Birch Run. Cost is $7 adults, free for those 12 and under. For more information visit www. migunshows.com or phone (517) 676-4160. Sep 17 - Sep 18: Fall Harvest Festival - Join us for Chippewa Nature Center’s largest festival of the season! During this two-day event, the Nature Center comes alive with demonstrations and programs that focus on the autumn traditions of people in the 19th century. Programs at the Homestead area will include “Rambling Naturalists” Wil and Sarah Reding, portraying early Michigan settlers during several shows each day. Also join Michigan food historian Susan Odom, as she demonstrates traditional apple butter making in a giant copper kettle! Other demonstrations include blacksmithing, threshing grain, cider making, woodworking, beekeeping, traditional music and much more. There will be children’s games and crafts, such as rope making and candle dipping throughout the festival. The Wigwam area will also be alive with traditional skills demonstrations showing ways Woodland Indians used Autumn’s bounty. Watch woodcarvers, wool spinners and quilters at work and visit a CNC store in the wagon barn. Food concessions will also be available. The festival runs from Noon to 4 pm each day and will be held at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 Badour Road in Midland. This is an all ages festival with admission of $5 for adults and free for CNC members. Go to www.chippewanaturecenter.org for details as they become available or phone the front desk at (989) 631-0830. Sep 18: Mustang and All Ford Car Show - Join us for a day of fun for the whole family presented by the
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Theatre, Clarkston. For tickets visit www.palacenet. com. Sep 7: The Script - Appearing at The Fillmore, Detroit.
Mustang Club of Mid-Michigan. To enter in the show, all Ford Motor cars are welcome and vehicle MUST be Ford powered. Lots of classes, lots of trophies and lots of fun! There will be awards, raﬄes and gifts to be given away during the show! Event will start at 8 am and runs to approximately 4 pm. If you would like your Ford car to be entered, please register from 8 am until Noon. Pre-registration will be $17 BEFORE September 9th and $22 for show-day registration. The presentation of trophies is estimated to be from 2-4 pm. $2 admission for spectators or $4 per carload. ALL FEES WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITY!! Held at Dixie Motor Speedway, 10945 Dixie Hwy., Birch Run. For more information please contact www. mustangclubmidmichigan.com or phone (989) 4821648.
Theatre Aug 12 - Sep 15: Lorenzetti Photography - The photography of Marco Lorenzetti will be on display in the galleries of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, located in the Midland Center for the Arts. Exhibition dates are now through September 18th. His photographs have been characterized as “forceful and compelling” by the late Robert Sobieszek, curator of photography at George Eastman House in New York and later, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While living in Chicago his work was shown at the Chicago Historical Society, the Field Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Terra Museum of American Art and Edwynn Houk Gallery. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Admission is $8 adults and $5 children 4-14. For current museum hours please visit www.mcfta.org or phone (989) 631-8250. Aug 26: Laugh-A-Palooza featuring Ted Alexandro - Held at Meadow Brook Music Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 8 pm. Tickets $19.50 Reserved Pavilion and $10 General Admission Pavilion. Go to www.palacenet.com to purchase tickets and for more information. Sep 18: Kathleen Madigan: “Gone Madigan” - Enjoy comedian Kathleen Madigan as she put on a laugh riot show at the Temple Theatre of Saginaw. Show time is 7 pm and tickets are $29 for reserved seating. The Temple Theatre is located at 201 N. Washington Avenue in Saginaw. For tickets and more information about the show please visit www.templetheatre.com or phone (989) 754-7469. Also check out Kathleen’s website at www.kathleenmadigan.com for more information about her and her show!
Aug 25 - Sep 7: Saginaw Illustrated - Elegant images capture 19th Century Saginaw in a new museum exhibit, running through September 8th at the Castle Museum of Saginaw. The 12 images in this exhibition are from Saginaw Illustrated, which was published in 1888 by the International Publishing Company. The publication contained 94 views of the cities of East Saginaw and Saginaw City. It was issued in nine separate paper-bound folios and included a text by the assistant editor of “The Saginaw Evening News”, William F. Goldie. The photographs, about a quarter of which were taken by the Goodridge Brothers, capture the two Saginaws still reveling in their power and glory as the lumber capital of the world. While the peak years have passed, the wealth gleaned from the forest is evidenced in every view. In addition, the exhibit will include artifacts from the buildings featured in the photographs, including a rare stained glass window from the Potter Street Depot. The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History is located at 500 Federal, Saginaw. For exhibit & museum hours or for any questions please phone (989) 752-2861 or visit www.castlemuseum.org. Aug 18 - Oct 27: “VOICES”-Extraordinary Women of Midland County-Runs Thru Oct. 29 - Two galleries of powerful stories, engaging photographs and videotapes, and interesting personal artifacts of hundreds of Midland women, past and present. Held at the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, 3417 W. Main Street, Heritage Park, Midland. Exhibit hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11 am-4 pm. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. Admission is $5 adults and $3 for children ages 14 and under. For more information regarding this important exhibit please phone (989) 631-5930 ext. 1310 or visit www.mcfta. org/exhibitionsMCHS.html#women. Aug 25 - Dec 22: People, Parts & Prosperity: The History of Automotive Manufacturing in Saginaw County-PERMANENT EXHIBIT - As the automotive industry evolved in Michigan, communities like Saginaw became an integral part of the process. Learn the story of how Saginaw County became a leader in manufacturing automotive parts. Find out how much this industry impacted our communities, our people and our local economy. This PERMANENT EXHIBIT which will be located on the lower level of the Museum, will encompass nearly 3,000 square feet and will capture the history of more than just the factories and products, but the people who made it all possible. This is a PERMANENT COLLECTION and can be seen at the Castle Museum, 500 Federal Avenue, in Saginaw. Please call for museum hours, dates of operation and more information at (989) 752-2861 or visit www.castlemuseum.org. Aug 18 - Sep 11: Saginaw Art Museum Regional Artists - View the artwork of Patrick Humphreys, Linda Kreager, Pat Merewether, and Julie Rhode. Held at the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, through September 11th. For more information please contact www. saginawartmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday hours are 10 am-7 pm; Closed Sundays & Tuesdays.
Sep 20 - Sep 21: Suzanne LaRusch as “Lucy” Dinner Aug 26 - Sep 23: “2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works Show - Enjoy a Family-style luncheon or a Kasseler by Charles McGee” Runs to Sept. 24 - In 2008, Rippchen dinner and watch Suzanne LaRusch Charles McGee received the Kresge Foundation’s perform many of her original and magical “Lucyﬁrst “Eminent Artist” award with a cash prize of esque” routines at the Bavarian Inn. Ms. LaRusch is $50,000.00! His work is in major museums and the oﬃcial “Lucy” performer for CBS Television and collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts. His The Estate of Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz, seen on works can be seen through September 24th at the “The Next Best Thing” TV show. Tuesday shows are Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, located scheduled for 11 am & 6:30 pm. Wednesday shows on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. are 11 am & 2:30 pm. Matinees include a hearty Admission is free! Viewing hours is from Noon chicken plate luncheon, dessert, coﬀee, tea, milk & to 5 pm. For more information please visit www. fountain soft drinks with tip and cover charge for marshallfredericks.org or phone (989) 964-7154. $40. Evening show includes a Family-style chicken Thru Sep 8 : A Catalogue of Lesser Saints - View, and Kasseler Rippchen dinner for $45. Advance “A Catalogue of Lesser Saints” by Steven Magstadt, reservations and payment are required with seats which will run through September 9th, at the assigned based on the date payment is received. The Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive, Bavarian Inn Restaurant is located at 713 S. Main Saginaw. For more information on this exhibit please Street, Frankenmuth. For reservations and more call (989) 759-1363. information please contact www.bavarianinn.com or phone (800) 228-2742. Page 12 • Review Magazine • August 25 - September 14, 2011
Sep 8 : Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Performing at St. Andrews Hall-Detroit. Sep 8: Alison Krauss and Union Station - Performing at the Fox Theatre, Detroit. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50 & $49.50. Show time is 7:30 pm.
Spectrum Brass Quintet at the State Theatre on September 10th Concerts
Aug 26: Bay City Friday at the Falls - Join your friends and neighbors at the Third Street Waterfall Park in Bay City for a FREE concert featuring The World Famous Josh Ramses Band. Be at the park at 6 pm to enjoy some of the “Best of the Bay” entertainment! *Note-Event will cancel in case of rain. For more information please visit www.downtownbaycity.com. Aug 26: Ke$ha Presents The “Get $leazy” Tour wsg LMFAO & Spank Rock - Appearing at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. For tickets visit www. palacenet.com. Aug 27: Whitesnake, Tesla & Lita Ford - Appearing at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant. For tickets visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com/ entertainers.htm. Aug 27: Get Back! Cast of Beatlemania - Held at Meadow Brook Music Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Doors at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets $19.50 Reserved Pavilion and $10 General Admission Pavilion. Go to www. palacenet.com for tickets and more info. Aug 27: Alice Cooper - Appearing at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. For tickets visit www. palacenet.com. Aug 28: Barrage - Meadow Brook Music Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Doors at 4:30 pm and show at 6 pm. Tickets $20 Reserved Pavilion and $15 General Admission Pavilion. Go to www.palacenet.com for to buy tickets. Aug 28: Whitesnake wsg Tesla - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. Doors @ 6 pm; Show @ 7:30 pm. Tickets $45 & $25 Pavilion; $15 Lawn. To to www. palacenet.com to buy. Aug 29: Frankentrost Band - Concert presented by the Historical Society of Bridgeport and held at the Gazebo, located in Bridgeport, at 7 pm. For more info., call (989) 777-5230. Aug 30: Guster & Jack’s Mannequin - Appearing at The Fillmore, Detroit. Aug 30: Tuesday Morning Bunch - Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy a FREE concert presented by the Historical Society of Bridgeport. Featured band will be Tuesday Morning Bunch. Concert begins at 7 pm and held in the Gazebo of the Bridgeport Historical Village Park, 6190 Dixie Hwy, (next to the Fire Station). In case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the Old Town Hall in the Historical Village. For more information please visit www. bridgeporthistorical.org. Aug 31: Haithco Music in the Park presenting Jammin’ Dulcimers - Join us at Haithco Recreation Area, 2121 Schust Rd., Saginaw, from 7-9 pm. Tonight’s featured performers will be the Jammin’ Dulcimers. Concert is FREE but there may be an admission charge to enter the park. For questions please phone 989-790-5280. Sep 1: Vince Neil wsg’s Great White and Slaughter DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. Doors at 5:30 pm and show at 7 pm. Tickets $35, $25, $20, $15, $10 Pavilion; $10 Lawn. Go to www.palacenet.com to purchase tickets and more info. Sep 1: “Rock the Bells”-Detroit feat. Raekwon, Ghostface & Mobb Deep - Appearing at Saint Andrews Hall. Buy tickets at www.livenation.com Sep 03: Ted Nugent - Appearing at DTE Energy Music
Sep 9: Big Sean wsg’s Wale, Curren$y, G-Easy Meadow Brook Music Festival, Oakland University campus, Rochester Hills. Doors @ 5:50 pm, Show @ 7 pm. All tickets $15. Sep 10: Spectrum Brass Quintet - Founded in the fall of 2008 and dedicated to using great music as a foundation for unique collaborations, this current concoction of the Spectrum Brass Quintet combines the power and grace of an elite brass quintet with the commanding presence of a concert pianist and the allure and sophistication of a soprano soloist. By adding the element of percussion to the mix, the Quintet creates a tremendous amount of color and emotional variety that promises to push the meaning of the ‘chamber music’ experience to its limits! Show time is set for 7:30 pm and will be held at the State Theatre, 913 Washington Ave., Bay City. For tickets and more information please contact (989) 892-2660 or visit www.statetheatrebaycity.com. Sep 11: Katy Perry - Performing at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids. Show time is 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information on this concert go to www. vanandel.arenagrandrapids.com Sep 11: Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Performing at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. Main Stage Line-Up: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Miss Uproar Contest, Bullet for my Valentine, Escape the Fate. Performing on the Ernie Ball Stage: Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying, Black Cloud Collective, and the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands contest winner. Show time & doors at 2 pm. Advance tickets are $49.50 & $29.50 Pavilion, and $19 lawn. Go to www.palacenet.com for more information and to purchase tickets. *Note-All performances are subject to change. Sep 11: Blink-182 wsg My Chemical Romance , Matt & Kim - Performing at DTE Energy Music Festival, Clarkston. Show at 7 pm with tickets $75, $55, $31 for Pavilion, and $23 Lawn. For tickets and more information, visit www.palacenet.com Sep 19: The Foo Fighters, along with Rise Against & Mariachi El Bronx, will appear on September 19 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets are now on sale available at www.palacenet.com. Sep 21: Guerilla Union & House of Blues Present Black Star - Performing at St. Andrews Hall, Detroit. Show at 7 pm. All Ticketmaster or Livenation. Sep 22: Kanye West & Jay-Z - Appearing at The Palace of Auburn Hills. For tickets visit www.palacenet.com.
The Midwestern Logic & Spirited Sarcasm of
KATHLEEN MADIGAN by Robert E. Martin
In terms of contemporary female comedians, Kathleen Madigan is hotter than Lindsay Lohan trying to upstage Paris Hilton at a local jewelry store. The Detroit Free Press just listed Kathleen as one of the ‘9 Funniest Women on the Planet’ alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and such luminaries as Lewis Black and Jay Leno both cite her at the top of their own lists of top comedic talents. In December Kathleen premiered an hour-long Showtime special entitled Gone Madigan, which was released on DVD in January and last December she performed on her second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s USO Holiday Tour of |rag and Afghanistan, where she shared the stage with the likes of Robin Williams and Lance Armstrong. In her 22-year career, Kathleen has appeared numerous times on the late night talk show circuit with Leno, Letterman, and Conan, and in addition to her stand-up appearances, she’s served as a correspondent on ESPN 2 and provided commentary on VH1, CNN, CMT and The Dr. Phil Show, in addition to winning the American Comedy Award and Phyllis Diller Award for ‘Best Female Comedian.
She also remains the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian – meaning no other comic would say they were funnier than her. As a finalist in season two of the series, she appeared as a judge on season 5, but says she will refrain from such exercises in the future. “It was fun to judge it once, but never again. I can’t think of 2000 ways to tell someone they’re not funny without turning into a full blown alcoholic.”
Kathleen Madigan will be performing at The Temple Theatre on September 18th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $29.00 reserved seating and $50.00 for premier seating, which includes light hors d’ouerves and a reception prior to the show, meet & greet, private bar & premier seating. For tickets call 877-754-SHOW or go to www.templetheatre.com
Born in St. Louis she now lives in Los Angeles, but spends, as she puts it, “an inordinate amount of time with six siblings and my parents who live in the Midwest”, where she hangs out on her farm and on a raft in a lake. After 300 nights on the road her goal remains to “move to Ireland and drink Guinness while feeding my sheep herding dogs.” In advance of her September 18th appearance at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre, I had the good-fortune
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to engage in a spirited exchange with America’s premier funny-girl, beginning with how she first become interested in comedy and at what point did she decide to pursue standup comedy professionally? “I still haven’t decided I want to do this professionally,” she smiles. “I’m constantly looking for easier work. So far, I think Jack Cafferty on CNN has the only job easier than mine – read emails out loud and then grumble. OK. I could totally do that.” Obviously, there are different styles of comedy, ranging from The Three Stooges variety of slapstick to gutter philosophers like Andrew Dice Clay and comics like George Carlin, who employ circular logic where laws of physics bend to create a new reality, not unlike dropping acid on a roller coaster ride. How does Kathleen define her type or style of comedy? “I’d say it’s Midwest logic with sarcasm mixed with resignation that it’s all out of our control at the end of the day, so just have a drink.” Fair enough, but what about significant comedic skills such as timing? They say timing is everything in comedy, as well as life, so does Kathleen feel her talent is natural and intuitive, or did it take practice & experimentation in front of live audiences to hone her abilities? “I think timing comes easy for me, but repetition makes everyone better,” she reflects. “My delivery and timing is very close to the same as when I started. No drastic changes, just more confidence.” What about the ultimate comedic nightmare of ‘bombing’ before a live audience? Has that ever happened to her before and does Kathleen feel audiences and material work
differently depending upon what part of the country one is working? “Yeah, I bombed in front of some drunk fishing guys on some island one time,” she laughs, “but they were fist fighting each other during my act, so I just did my act and watched the fights. My material is basically the same wherever I go, but I have local stuff that I usually will work into the act.” A few years ago this publication had the privilege of interviewing Steven Wright and asked if he ever experienced stage fright. Typically, he answered with an even tougher question that I’ve been pondering since: What happens if you get scared half to death twice? “See, this is why I can only listen to one Steven Wright joke at a time,” asserts Kathleen. “I’m totally confused. Listening to his act – and I think he’s very talented – is like sitting in math class for me. Much too hard and my mind doesn’t work like that.” As for controversy, does Kathleen feel there is any topical material that is ‘off-limits’ when it comes to comedy, or is it all linked to the manner the material is handled? For example, having completed some USO shows recently, is it possible to make jokes about the wars we are involved in – or the people that got us there – when the repercussions of that involvement are so serious? “I think if it’s a major tragedy, I probably won’t joke about it, just out of respect for people who knew people who died or were injured,” she reflects. “If the circumstances around it are ridiculous, I might make fun of that part, but not the actual tragedy. At the USO shows I pointed out a lot of the ridiculous parts of the war, like we have 150 Hummers MADIGAN continued on page 14
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on base but not one port-a-pottie? How did that happen? Call the Missouri State Fair because they know where you rent them. And the soldiers laugh. They know parts of the war are crazy.” As one who believes a huge component of successful comedy centers upon how well it helps us understand the insanity around us, what are three things about contemporary culture that drive Kathleen most insane? “First, the outsourcing of all customer service. We don’t make any products anymore and now we can’t even answer our own phones. It’s extra annoying if you’re half deaf, as I am. I can’t understand anyone answering a phone at any U.S. airline.” “Second, kids wanting to be ‘celebrities’. Just ‘celebrities’. That is now an actual occupation. At least pick what kind of a ‘celebrity’ so there’s an effort involved, you know? Dancer – singer – actor – even a mime – anything, something!” “The third thing that bothers me about contemporary culture is the endless election cycles we have. Who in their right mind would want to participate? No one. In other countries their presidential races are six weeks. That’s it. Ready, set, go. You have six weeks to state your case. That’s plenty of time.” In terms of the biggest challenge a comic faces professionally, Kathleen sites the notion of anyone taking them seriously. “We don’t take ourselves seriously, so maybe we’re the problem,” she opines. “I know it’s a crappy economy and I appreciate people who spend money to come and see me. I want people to know that as a performer, I’m aware of the ticket prices and what a night out with babysitters, drinks, and parking can cost, so I’m thankful to all the fans that come out to support me.” Finally, I just have to ask, what is her favorite joke of all time? “Ron White’s line after being arrested: “I had the right to remain silent, but as it turns out, I did not have the ability.”
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firefighters that I never knew that much about before. This was an event that changed our history and the world and to see our brothers and sisters on the fire field and what they experienced that day gave me a greater appreciation for fire personnel, especially.” What do the actors hope audiences carry away from this performance? “You see the human side of first responders,” responds Federspiel. “The play doesn’t deal with what happened that day so much as the lives of the guys that died, so I hope audiences come away with an appreciation for what they do. Some of them were bicycle enthusiasts, others were family men, and you don’t always think of that side when you see them out on a call. You don’t always get to see the personal side of things.” “My hope is for people to go back and remember what these individuals gave for us,” states Jessica, “but also the civilians that were just there at the World Trade Center doing their job and the next thing you know, they’re not coming home to their families. I hope people take a moment to remember that. It’s easy to try and block it out, but important for us to remember.” “I honestly believe the toughest of the toughest firemen out there will appreciate this production,” concludes Federspiel. “I encourage first responders and their families to come out and catch this performance, as they will definitely take something memorable away from it.” Tickets for The Guys are $20.00 and the production is being done in collaboration with the 100 Club of Saginaw County, which was created to acknowledge and repay the people who have risked their lives to protect our own, raising money each year for the benefit of families of fallen police officers & firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty in Saginaw County. While only one production is scheduled, if the performance is a sell-out, an additional performance will likely be added. For more information or to purchase tickets, you can phone 989-754-6587 or visit Pit & Balcony Community Theatre at 805 N. Hamilton Street in Saginaw.
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use the proceeds to fund our mission programs like scholarships for music minded individuals and BandWagon, where we collect used instruments, refurbish them, and put them in the hands of deserving kids. We welcome people to check us out at www.Dstreet.org to learn more. In fact, we currently offer a scholarship online that as yet, goes unclaimed. That said Dstreet has given over $10,000 over the years to groups as diverse as the Michigan Musicians Relief Fund, Disability Network and Adopt-a-Child’s Smile, among others. I don’t know if there is a single core purpose for holding Parkapalooza. Certainly we raise funds, but it has always been Dstreet’s mindset that first we do a quality event and then, hopefully, we make money. One of our essential doctrines is to bring music to the people. With Parkapalooza we accomplish this for everyone from toddlers to grandmas. Review: What do you feel is the most challenging component involved with staging this event annually? Kerns: At the risk of sounding cynical, the most challenging aspect is raising money. Even though virtually all our help is volunteer, it’s still quite expensive to produce the event, with costs like insurance, the sound provider, etc. Fortunately, we’re blessed with a number of generous sponsors. Unfortunately, these are tough economic times, and even the most civic-minded sponsors have understandably experienced some serious belttightening. Review: Are there any highlights or standout moments for you that seem to epitomize what the significance of this event represents within the Great Lakes Bay community? Kerns: There have been a few things over the years that stand out. At last year’s festival I was approached by the father of a young mentally challenged boy. The dad thanked us for doing an event where his son can run around unrestrained, have fun, and listen to the music. He says they come every year. Similarly, one of the band members this year was excited to be included because Parkapalooza is a place he can play where his kids can watch him perform. I think it’s so cool that it is truly a family event. It seems like there is a moment at each Palooza when I get to step back and reflect. A great band is working on stage in the middle of the beach, thousands of people are in front of them, a beautiful lake and an armada of boats is behind them – and the energy is incredible. That’s what makes Parkapalooza special. Editor’s Note: For a detailed listing of performance times and more information, please check out the display ad on the back of this edition of ‘The Review’. SBSO continued from page 5
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first piece we played in the season, featuring a composition by Michigan composer Kevin Puts,” relates Mitchell. “Kevin is in his 30s and composed a 3rd Symphony of his own based on the Bjork album Verspertine, which he became entirely enchanted by. I’m thrilled to be presenting this and Kevin intends to return to Saginaw for this performance.” Undeniably, the 2011-12 Pure Music. Pure Michigan series presented by the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra carries the potential to set new records, not the least is the careful detail rendered in assembling such a divergent caliber of mixture between the classical and the contemporary.
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THE JUICE ROOSTERS JIMMY & THE GROWLERS STEEL WHEELS SHOOBOOTY HONESTY & THE LIARS
THE SINCLAIRS BUTCH HEATH
SEE, HEAR AND ENJOY THEM ALL!
Hear your favorite bands at these times...
12:00 pm • Honesty and the Liars 1:00 pm • Jimmy and the Growlers 2:00 pm • ShooBooty 3:00 pm • Butch Heath
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The Juice Roosters The Sinclairs Burnaround Steel Wheels
Sanford Lake Park
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