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E a r s Wi d e O p e n :

A Memorial Concert for Al Limberg Scheduled for December 4th At The Prime Event Center

By Robert E. Martin With the recent passing of Al Limberg – truly one of the most accomplished, dedicated, and giving linchpins of the Great Lakes Bay musical community – we have lost not only a first-rate sound technician, but an individual that cared about the artists and the people that supported those artists within the community. As I wrote last issue, the simple truth is that Al had a sense of engagement that felt incumbent to bring power, coloration, and depth to whatever talent or voice took to the stage And he carried those values through with his personal commitment to any artist struggling to make a difference in our world. On Sunday, December 4th, a Special Memorial Concert for Al will be held at The Prime Event Center, 1201 Washington Avenue in Bay City. This will give us all a chance to celebrate the man who did so much for so many. What follows is a schedule of events: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM • Open Mic for Sharing Stories, Memories, and Thoughts about Al 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM • The Shout Aways 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM • To Be Announced 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM • Burnaround 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Open Jam led by Dave Dalton 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM • Scott Baker & The Universal Expressions 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM • Maybe August 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM • Feeding the Machine 10:15 PM – 11:00 PM • TBA 11:15 PM – 12:00 AM • TBA 12:15 PM – 1:00 AM • TBA Those who wish to volunteer to assist with this ambitious celebration are encouraged to contact Robyn Grimsley at facebbok.com/robynbaileygrimsley The Prime Event Center will open at 12:00 PM on December 4th. This Celebration is Free and Open to All Ages.

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The Productivity Myth

VOX POLITIC By Matt deHeus

The term “productivity” is used a lot when discussing business results. It’s an easy concept to understand when you realize it is reported in some form of output divided by an increment of effort, such as sales divided by wages & benefits. “Profits” over “labor,” if you will.

meant continuously increasing profits and constantly improving ratios, all while meeting the increasingly voracious expectations of a speculative investment community. And, more recently, businesses were supposed to perform this statistical balancing act against the backdrop of a global economic lull.

And this is the crux of the productivity problem. When an employee takes a job, they are concerned about how many dollars they can get for their efforts. A business is concerned with how much effort it can get for every dollar. We start the arrangement with diametrically opposing goals.

And therein lies the second problem. As demand flattened or even fell, we didn’t need all that output. But, businesses did feel the pressure to prop up their numbers. To keep the productivity equation in balance; if profits weren’t always going up, we had to get rid of some of the costs on the “effort” line.

America has enjoyed a steady gain in productivity in both the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, nearly doubling in the last 20 years alone.

So middle management and production labor gets let go. And those finding their way back into the business of adding value through honest labor are also faced with fractions – like that their new jobs pay a fraction of their old one, or that their family will have to scale back to a fraction of their dreams. These circumstances conspired against a large segment of our workforce, decreasing their spending power, further suppressing demand. Profits drop again. Someone else gets laid off. It’s a vicious circle.

There are a lot of reasons behind this. Automation, quality improvements and “design for manufacture.” This was a boon as demand grew - not just American demand, but global demand. In fact, demand grew so fast we found that we needed as much help as we could get to keep up. And that came in handy, as it is a lot easier for many people to accept diversity when there is enough work for anybody willing to do it. And, better yet, the earnings of these productive workers further stimulated demand – living up to the Henry Ford maxim that he wanted his workers to be well off enough to afford his products. But then two things happened. First, profits began to take on unprecedented importance as a measurement of business success. The “bottom line”

The Profit Motive Years ago I worked for a company that had its European headquarters in Denmark. They ran a great operation, staffed with really smart, hardworking people. During my visits, I came to the conclusion that it was one of the best atmospheres I have ever PRODUCTIVITY continued on page 4

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Like clockwork, our Danish operation finished every year within a few Kroner of break even. One year up a little up, one a little down. It was a conundrum for the American management, who saw the same positive things I did. The secret was finally cracked when I began to delve a little bit into the Danish culture. It’s not an easy task, because it’s not just words you have to translate – it’s often how the whole concept fit with their psyche and social norms. And that’s where the light bulb went on for me. The Danish concept of “profit” loosely translates to “the money you kept from your business partners over and above what was necessary.” What this meant is that the Danes could express good intentions of a “profit” in budget meetings, but when it came to executing day to day business it became an impossible task in the “win – win” world that is Denmark. They specialize in fair deals. Some might scream that this is “socialist,” but I don’t think the average Dane would agree. They are more “collectivist,” or all in it together. It is a stark comparison to the “every man for himself” environment that has developed within the American economy. It makes me wish we had imported a little more than a breakfast pastry from the Danish.

What Is Value? One of the most read periodicals in the US every year is the annual “How Much Do They Make” issue of Parade magazine. Most of the interest is pure voyeurism. It’s interesting to have an idea of what other people are paid, as it is still a taboo subject in so many social and workplace situations. We are a capitalist society and often measure success in net worth, so it figures that people want to know how various versions of the American Dream are compensated. In a pretty tangible way, the annual Parade survey offers a snapshot of our values. And, at least in casual conversation, I don’t feel alone in the opinion that we have lost balance in how we value people’s efforts, in particular those who impact the quality of life in our local communities. Think for a minute about the many fine musicians that perform in area nightspots, receptions and festivals. They’ll practice during the week, show up early to set up thousand’s of dollars worth of gear, spend the full evening displaying the fruits of hundreds of hours of

And this set of values is played out across our communities. The helpful librarian, the waitress with the consistently bubbly personality and the efficient oil change technician are doing it on paychecks stretched so thin and budgets so flexible, even a Trojan condom would be impressed. We codify these values in other ways, such as our tax laws. For instance, money earned by “working” is taxed at rates ranging from 20%-35% of your gross income. On the other hand, income made from passive investments, like stocks, is taxed at the 15% capital gains rate. This makes little sense to me. The most productive thing a person can do is to get up off their duff and make an effort and reward that behavior with a higher tax rate. It’s like a penalty for trying. And it is not fair that the sweetest tax deal is basically unavailable to the average person working simply to make ends meet. And, please, do not lecture me on the concept of the risks that investors take. The crew of guys that recently spent the better part of two weeks scrambling around repairing my roof – they take a risk. A Wall Street trader with a million dollar bet on next week’s earnings reports – not so much. Nobody has ever broken their neck in a stock market fall.

The Social Contract / Where the Jobs Are The math of productivity is pretty straightforward. The more profit grows and the more the cost of the necessary efforts decrease, the higher resultant productivity. That’s the basic principle of our current system. More profit and less labor equal success. As defined by American capitalism, it is impossible for the profit line to be “too much” and equally unimaginable for the labor line to be “too little.” Inherently, fewer future jobs will be built into the equation. How does that sound to you? Greedy might be the word you are looking for. Many articles have been written of late asking where the jobs needed for an economic recovery are. And I will tell you that they are often the victims of modern business metrics: as clinical as an MBA case study, supported by a spreadsheet and just in time to pay a multi-million dollar bonus to this year’s winner of the CEO lottery. I have been fortunate enough to do business in nearly 50 countries over the last 25 years. The most fascinating places were clearly those with burgeoning economies, experiencing transformative economic growth. Places like Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai were just humming with activity. And that’s part of the plan. You will notice right away that every business you walk into seems to have far more people working in it than a comparable American operation. They may have a much narrower job description than their American counterpart, but you would be hard pressed in most instances to make the statement that they weren’t taking their roles seriously or that they weren’t engaged in productive behavior. In several discussions over the years, I came to

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understand this policy of hiring as many people as possible as part of the “social contract” of these cultures. One of our Indian managers nailed it when he said “If an American businessman can eliminate one position and still make the same amount of money, he will tend to do it for the sake of productivity. If an Indian businessman can hire one more person and still make the same amount of money, he will do it for the sake of society. Success is best when it is shared by all.” And it is really hard to add much to that.

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The Tosspints: An Irish Red Ruckus & The Fear Of An Empty Glass

by Bo White It isn’t everyday that one band emerges out of the pack to lead a cultural change that is as astonishing as it is necessary. The Tosspints have been an integral part of the water clock, bringing ancient sounds and stories back to the future in perfect calibration with our innate need to hear music and feel rhythm. The Tosspints create music of beauty and discord; love and pain. It is real like a punch in the face or a deep shudder in your solar plexus after chugging a pint of Guinness. It hurts but you like it. Their current disc Cenosillicaphobia is being released on CD and vinyl! Retro is now and vinyl LPs are making a comeback. Thank god we came back to our senses and returned to the sound of music – lets face it, analog rules! We found out that CD’s don’t have the rich warm sound of vinyl, nor do they hold up very well. This time around The Tosspints do not hold back anything, The medium is the message and punk has a way of cutting to the chase, whether the topic is love and infidelity or death and despair. The anti-war sentiments fashioned by Don Zuzula are brutally honest. Zuzula served in the military and he knows only too well the costs of conflict. He was stationed in Iraq and he saw it all. War is hell and war is horrifying and it seems that his sense of humor kept him balanced between stillness and action. It was a form of Zuzula’s alternate rebellion when he painted “No Fat Girls” on his truck when the rest of the caravan painted slogans like “Death to Saddam” or “Kill Al Quaeda.” It was genius threefold. It was a way to survive, to find meaning in suffering. The first track Drunken Ramblings of a Jealous Man grabs you right at the start with a galloping beat and a cracked whiskey voice. It’s almost as if Zuzula is talking with you at the kitchen table - only the pain is too big and the words are unspoken. He sings about life on the road - drinking himself to sleep and performing to crowds that don’t always get it. He gets

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by with “bloodstains on my fingers; teardrops from my eyes. This is a song of infidelity and an impulse to murder. The despair is indelibly stamped and there is no satisfying conclusion to the betrayal. Zuzula ends the song with a powerful accapella reading.

dwell on what you could have done differently. If only… Zuzula sings,

Whiskey Be My Savior is outrageous high energy rock that owes as much to the Sex Pistols as it does to the Dropkick Murphys. The influences converge to create a perfect storm of combustible boozefilled Punk. It is a Dionysian dream of excess and consumption. In this bleary vision Zuzula is suckling from a toxic breast. He sings, “the only time I feel death is when my bottle’s empty.” It is sung as a mantra for numbness. It is a dissociative response to a life dissolved by pain and self-destruction. Many of us have been there. Zuzula is standing outside the pain and observing his own mastery over it.

Zuzula almost chokes on the words as he spits them out with a mix of pain and anger;

The third track, Don’t Cry at My Funeral, has an honest unflinching fatalism. It’s an existential horror to discover that your life did not matter. This is a punked up working man’s blues that evokes visions of filthy back breaking and mind numbing work for paltry wages. It can kill your soul. You work for the man and die quietly without fanfare. There is nothing to mourn. The $1 Drafts! speeded up breakneck 35¢ Wings! tempo mirrors the workaday bustle that robs you of all the $2 Bottles! sparkle life can offer. $2 Well Drinks! The insurance man talks $2 Captain Morgans! you into a policy and in the heaviness of an $2 22 oz. Drafts! unrelenting ennui you realize your passion and taste for life are gone. Tim & Jim 6-9 PM Suddenly a thought Karaoke w/ Red Dog intrudes - I’m worth $5 Pitchers! more dead than alive.

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You tell me I gotta go I got to leave my home Brothers Lament is an incendiary rocker with a million dollar riff. The Tosspints perform it at frantic breakneck speed. This is a “Johnny Piss-off” song about a roller coaster ride that is coming off the tracks – it’s a song about addiction and the despair of the people who love and care about the addict. The Fugs couldn’t do it any better than this. The lyrics are straightforward and righteously angry: TOSSPINTS continued on page 16

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The Avery Set: From A Guest House By Robert E. Martin

Evolving Their Sound & Breaking New Ground in Nashville

The Avery Set was formed back in 2003 in the town of Frankenmuth by long-time high school friends Chris Zehnder and Jake Bartlett. They are now a Nashville-based Folk Rock/Americana band consisting of Chris on vocals & guitar, Jake on drums

& mandolin, and newest member Jacob Johnson on upright bass, electric bass, vocals, piano, and guitar. Throughout the years The Avery Set have released two prior original CDs and toured throughout numerous Midwestern and Southern states. Throughout that span of time they have created a musical alchemy possessing a wisdom and sense of maturity that belies their physical age, which is readily apparent on their newest release of original material, From a Guest House. This past summer they spent writing and recording their newest song cycle within the comforting reinforcement of Chris’ living room. About a mile south of downtown Nashville, somebody built a guesthouse that ended up in the hands of the band. Truly a ‘homemade’ record, even though it was recorded in this small, unassuming, cabin-like bungalow, the dynamic texture and evolutionary flow of their newly minted original material is both personal and pastoral, perhaps one of their most fully realized musical endeavors to date. While the underlying feel to this new release has a decidedly ‘Nashville’ context & flavor to it, the music and direction seems to be more distinct and singular in the sense that the shadings to the songs are all relatively understated, forming a firm yet fluid musical bed that serves to support the lyrical context of each song. “It wasn’t the production value that was so pleasing, but a sound that started coming out that represented the band in its most basic form – a group of friends who enjoy playing music together,” notes Jake. When asked what the band was seeking to achieve with this new release in terms of shaping or evolving their sound, coupled with how being based in Nashville has contributed to the evolution and growth of the band, Jake focuses directly upon how the bonds of friendship opened the door for new experimentation. “This record started off as an experiment. The three of us are best friends, enjoy each others company, and share a

passion for playing music. Our goal was to do just that, and to make something that was purely us.” “Jacob and Chris started writing and bringing things to the table and we soon had this vision of making a new record and recording it ourselves, in our own space, on our own time. It was a very freeing, creative experience. We spent the summer tracking all of the parts, and in August, we took the tracks to Brian Carter here in Nashville and spent 3 very long days in his studio mixing them.” Once the mixing was complete, the group took everything to Andy Reed at Reed Recording Company to master the disc. “Being in Nashville, we’ve been surrounded by great musicians. Without being here, we wouldn’t have met Jacob, who plays a big role in what The Avery Set is today. We also wouldn’t have met Brian, who we feel was the perfect guy to mix this record. He did a really good job of bringing out clarity in each part, and focusing on the purpose and strength of each song.” The crystallization of The Avery Set’s current sound is perhaps best epitomized on the opening track of their new release, Just Another Stone. Opening with Chris whistling a simple melody line, Jacob accents the song with a low weeping classically bowed bass line, while simple yet poignant and lush instrumentation reinforces each syllable of sentiment that Chris vocally deploys. How would Jake describe the song cycle on From a Guest House, especially given the feeling that the musicianship is crafted to reinforce the tonal architecture of each song’s strengths and shape. “Each string part was actually recorded on an upright AVERY SET continued on page 16

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Sir Orchid & the Magni�icent: By Bo White

The Search for Identity And Imperfectimpertinent Connections humor and more than a little acceptance

Anonymity or stardom – Arthur Autumn isn’t sure which road to take. He could be another Vincent Fournier hiding behind the mask of Alice Cooper. He could become a heavy metal overlord…or he could become Brent Nuffer. It might pay less but at least he could just be himself instead of skulking in shadow of his forefathers.

of things you just can’t change. Autumn and producer Andy Reed add-in some Al Kooper organ, complete with Dylan references. Autumn’s mature dialectical lyricism is first-rate. He snatches hope from the grip of despair.

Autumn has learned a vocal subtlety and understated emotional cadence that conveys a growing maturity. He’s a confident singer who s willing to take chances. His voice can smile and grouse. Autumn’s capable of just about anything. When Sylvia Sings is a sultry piano ballad that recalls McCartney in is his Beatles days. Lyrically he holds both love and regret. His lyrics are stark, elusive yet beautiful. Whispering Beach Boys harmonies capture the melancholy in the back of the

Brent spent a good part of his youth fronting the Detroit/Lansing-based band Studiotone. This was some tasty hard driving rock & roll that not only had the beat but also included melody and harmony. Go figure. These cats released two spectacular CDs on Not Lame Records and opened for such notable acts as Sponge, Bowling for Soup, Blessid Union of Souls, and 7 Mary 3. It was a good start. At the end of Studiotone’s seven-year run, Nuffer was shifting gears to a more introspective sound. Nuffer became Arthur Autumn and in 2006 StrofoamPillsHeartbreakShaker was released to rave reviews and several well-attended CD release parties. The game is on and Nuffer has never looked back.

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In a recent interview Nuffer revealed the inside skinny on his new project: “Sir Orchid & The Magnificent is a made up name, or character, fiction. I wanted something like Sgt. Peppers, Mr. Kite, Lovely Rita, and Mean Mr. Mustard...that sort of thing. I wanted to explore creating characters in the songs, create some stories,” he explains. “Yet I am indirectly in each one of those characters and there are indirect messages in each story. .It was an experiment to write in a different way, a way that I had not in the past, in a way that was not so direct & personal, yet still very personal. For instance, Training To Bee A Boxer, may sound like it has nothing to do with me, yet it is probably one of the most personals songs I have ever written. I said a lot in that one, that I always wanted to say, without really saying it. But it’s all in there. It’s a way to get out of the box.” Heartkid is a short little ditty that sounds like Joplinesque ragtime. The old time honky tonk piano gets your feet tappin’ and before you know it you’re smiling and doin’ the two-step. Autumn’s grizzly nuanced vocal is mixed up front and center. He’s a vocal gymnast that can stretch and bend his voice like Mary Lou Retton working the parallel rails. He is a gifted vocalist with a voice that spans several octaves. He’s singing down low and in a father’s crusty voice. Goodbye Miss Audrey Rose is a psychedelicized blues number. It opens with some tasty acoustic slide work. The insistent tempo creates a sonic tension that makes the vocals seem out-of-sync. There is a sense of urgency that washes over Autumn’s understated and quietly nuanced singing. : The minor chords and the E-string riff create a tonal landscape that suggests the something is not quite right. Autumn is a seeker and his inner work reveals both joy and sorrow. It is a resolution of a brief love affair and an acceptance that comes from living life without prescription. He appears more in tune with himself and more confidant to get up Page 8 • Review Magazine • November 17 - December 7, 2011

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close and personal with difficult themes. Autumn’s idiosyncratic vocal is reminiscent of Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels: I met you Baby way down South, the Gulf Mexico We talked about Sylvia Plath; you never want to end up that way But soon you said, you gotta go, you gotta get home to the boys I’d best get on my way Ghost in the Night is incredible exercise in vocal gymnastics. Autumn sings the first verse deep and low like an alpha male – the great protector. His falsetto emerges in the second verse - the ghost. The ancient waltz-time tempo is a perfect backdrop to the ensuing battle between good and evil. All the clichés are included. The Raven signals danger with a tongue planted firmly in its beak. Autumn wears the cloak of the singer/songwriter on Hold onto that Rose. It’s a quiet contemplative ballad with a minimalist arrangement and an economical use of slide guitar. In Andy Reed’s masterful hands the slide sounds more like a pedal steel. It’s a song about a doomed long distance romance with a man who carries a heavy load of regret and longing. It is a compelling image that sticks with you long after the song ends Somedays You Just Don’t Like has a cool pub sing-a-long vibe and a working class hero ethos. The dark images in the lyrics are balanced by an

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Red Hot Jazz & Big Band Sounds Stoke the Yuletide Log at the Michigan Jazz Trail Christmas Show December 4th By Robert E. Martin

The jingle jangle of red hot Jazz will be bountiful as restaurateur and vocalist extraordinaire Molly McFadden fires up the Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band to stoke the yuletide log this holiday season with The Michigan Jazz Trail Christmas Show, happening on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM within the inviting embrace of Saginaw’s historic Temple Theatre. Led by Maestro James Hohmeyer, the MJT Big Band is comprised of a sparkling litany of sixteen of the top jazz artists within the Great Lakes Bay region and beyond, including names such as Jeff Hall, Roland Wallace, Pete Simonson and Vicky Bowden (to name but a few) performing the classics of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Diana Krall, while broadening the spectrum to also feature collaborations between McFadden and vocalists Julie Mulady and Mary Gilbert. And to add additional frosting to the cookie, local luminaries such as Michael Brush will have a rare opportunity to perform new original holiday compositions within a Big Band context, while the soulful Gospel vocalizations of The Bamecians along with The Voices of Jazz are showcased to add depth and dimension to the entire oeuvre. While many shows and musicals are plentiful this holiday season, according to McFadden this particular celebration is distinguishable and unique because “Nobody does a Jazz Christmas Show, quite frankly. My thought was to give people that love the musical arrangements of Nat King Cole and Diana Krall and films like White Christmas and Holiday Inn a context to bring that music and spirit alive. To me this represented a wonderful opportunity to take all these wonderful musicians that we’ve assembled for the Michigan Jazz Trail in the summer months and give then another chance to perform, while keeping the brand of the Michigan Jazz Trail alive in everybody’s mind, so people realize we aren’t just about summer concerts. Besides, the more the Big Band performs the more synergy will develop.”

has unique voices, so I’m incredibly excited about this collaboration. Each of these women has the chops and the resume.”

For McFadden, this Christmas Celebration is also a fulcrum for bringing together all the celebrated and accomplished artists within the region to remind people exactly how embedded and permeated our area is with talented jazz talent, which has been true since the early days of Sonny Stitt up through contemporary performers like Bay City’s Kevin Cole, who have gone on to earn international acclaim. “What we really are doing is taking all these artists and giving them an event to perform at within a spectacular venue and in turn let the region embrace it,” notes McFadden. “Our goal is to expose people to the wonders of Jazz. Some say that ‘hate Jazz’, but if you ask whether they like an artist like Diana Krall; they’ll say ‘Yes, I love her’. Well then, you like jazz! Plus we are starting to fund Jazz Clinics and did one in November, so our goal is to constantly promote the idiom.”

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Michael Brush, who was recently honored for a Lifetime of Achievement back in October, is equally enthused about this upcoming performance and latest evolution of the Michigan Jazz

According to McFadden, production-wise this celebration will be like “one big musical sugar cookie.” “We want people to truly come home for the holidays and enjoy what we have to serve,” she continues. “I will be joining vocalists Mary Gilbert and Julie Mulady for a vocal collaboration to open the show together,” she continues, “and we’ll be performing Santa Baby and close with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Each of us

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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. Theatre Co. Food served ‘till 9 pm. Take Outs Available. Pitchers $5.25; Minis $2.75. Happy Hour 11 am - 8 pm Monday - Friday. Thursday $1.00 pints. Weekly drink specials! BAY LANES BOWLING & BANQUET CENTER, 4243 North Euclid Ave., Bay City. Phone 989Happenings 684-7361. Fall Entertainment Line-up: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18-19, The Rockshow; Weds. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve with The Sinclairs; Friday & Saturday, Nov. 25-26, Bullhonky Deluxe; Dec.

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2-3, 25 Cent Beer Band. Music from 9 PM to 1 AM! World Tavern Trivia Every Wednesday at 6 or 9:30, FREE LOTS OF FUN & PRIZES! Booking Christmas Parties!! Call 989-684-7361, www. baylanesbowling.com OR LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!! 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: Nov. 22, Dos Duo; Nov. 29, Open Mic w/Amelia Jo; Dec. 6, TBA; WEDNESDAYS: Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve with The House Katz; Nov. 30, Carrie Westbay; Dec. 7, TBA; THURSDAYS: Nov. 17, Andy Reed & Joe Sullivan – American Underdog; Nov. 24, Closed – Happy Thanksgiving! Dec. 1, TBA; FRIDAYS: Nov 18, The Banana Convention; Nov. 25, The Thunderchickens; Dec. 2, CD Release Party for ‘American Underdog’ with Andy Reed

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& Joe Sullivan. SATURDAYS: Nov. 19, The Abbey Road Project; Nov. 26, Neighborhood Muscle plus 2 Guest Bands; Dec. 3, Day 8. SUNDAYS: Nov. 20, Grupo Estilo; Nov. 27, The Kowalski Family; Dec. 4, Grupo Estilo. Daily Happy Hour, No Cover Charge. CARROLLTON BAR, 3461 Carrollton Rd., 989-7549821. Wednesday: Open Mic Night with Vinyl Meltdown; Thursday: DJ & Karaoke with Jesse; Friday: DJ & Karaoke with Freaky Frank; Saturday: Live Bands! For info check out our facebook page. We also have Club Keno, pool tables with 50-cent games, Darts & Shuffleboard. Free WiFi. Wednesday & Thursday $4.00 Pitchers & $2.00 Saginaw River Shots! 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: Monday Night Football with $1.00 Drafts & 35 Cent Wings! Also catch all the College Games Every Saturday! 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 pitchers plus Happy Hour All Night! Entertainment Line-up & Special Events: Nov. 18-19, Six Pack Crush. Nov. 23, PreThanksgiving Party with Huge Drink Specials & DJ from 9:30 to close; Nov. 25-26, Burnaround; Dec. 2-3, Vengeance. Call 989-790-9430 for more information. THE CREEK GRILL, 1259 S Poseyville, Midland –2 miles S of Dow Diamond. Great Seafood & Steaks, Specials Every Day & the Lowest Drink Prices in the area! We have the best entertainment for the Thanksgiving Party Weekend! Appearing Friday, Nov. 18, Cabe Couch; Saturday, Nov. 19, Acquiring Satellites ; Weds. Nov. 23, Honesty & Noel; Fri. Nov. 25, Honesty & the Liars; Sat. Nov. 26, Last One Out Fri & Sat. Dec. 2-3, Myk Rise. 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. DJ/ Karaoke on weekends. Appearing Nov. 23 – PreThanksgiving Party with Live DJ. 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.

A new direction. a new season. A new song. Saginaw Choral Society presents

A World of Carols Explore the world’s holiday traditions from many cultural and religious traditions Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa. December 10, 2011 Temple Theatre 3PM For Tickets www.templetheatre.com (989) 754-7469

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Holiday Sock Drop! SCS is collecting warm socks for adults, teens and children in our community.

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Drop off new pairs of socks at the Temple Theatre from November 25 - December 10.


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 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 KARAOKE Wednesday Thru Sunday Nights at 10pm, 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 BAR, 353 State Park Drive, Bay City. Phone 989-684-0843. Friendly & Fun Stop on the Rail Trail! Try Our New Pub Food – We’re Cookin’ till 1 AM! Every Day Beer Special - $1.00 Cans ‘til 6 PM! Mondays: Wii Bowling Contest 7-11 PM. Fridays: DJ – Dancing & Karaoke with Baby D! Saturdays LIVE! Nov. 19, Kandy Rox; Nov. 26, Phunk Shway; Dec. 3, Six-Pack Crush; Dec. 10, The Sinclairs Band; Dec. 17, Speed Limit. Weekend Special: Red Headed Sluts! Yes, we’re partying Wednesday, Nov. 23 with Baby-D on the tunes! GET MORTIFIED!!! NORTHERN LANES RECREATION. 1129 E. Saginaw Rd. Sanford. 989-687-5562. Entertainment Line-up: Deer Widow’s Weekend Nov. 18, The Matt Ryan Band; Nov. 19, DJ; Weds. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve with The Hipakritz; Fri. & Sat. Nov. 25-26, The Hipakritz; Dec. 2-3, The Hipakritz. THE OLD TYME ROADHOUSE, 9620 Gratiot, Saginaw, 781-3707. Sundays: 35 Cent Wings,

Open Pool, Happy Hour All Day & Night; Tuesdays: Open Horseshow Nightclubs & Dining& 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 at 9:30 PM with Outside BBQ Grill ribs & homemade potato salad. Shot specials and $5.00 pitchers draft. Fridays: Perch TheatreVideo DJ and Drink Specials. & Pan-fried Walleye. 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!

Happenings WASHINGTON STREET IRISH PUB & GRILL, 112 Washington Ave., Bay City. 989-895-8221. Monday: Wings & Fries $6.99; Mini Pitchers $3.00; TUESDAY: 3 Tacos, $5.00; Nachos $6.25; Coney’s $1.00. Vodka & Tonic $2.00; WEDNESDAY: Italian Steak Sandwich with Fries & Small Draft $6.99. Sports Perch Walleye, Cod Dinners w/ Soup & Salad Bar; THURSDAY: Burger with Fries & Small Draft $6.99. Jack & Coke $3.00. FRIDAY: Perch Dinner $10.00, Cod Dinner $8.99, Walleye Dinner $7.99, Shrimp Dinner $8.99. All dinners include soup & salad bar. Southern Comfort & Coke $3.00. SATURDAY: Rueben withConcerts Fries, $6.99; New York Strip $8.99; 1 lb Pork Chop Dinner $7.99. All dinners include soup & salad bar Flavored rum & coke $3.00. SUNDAY: During Game wings 35 cents each, mini pitchers $3.00, New York Steak Dinner, $8.99, 1 lb Pork Chop Dinner $7.99. Entertainment Thursdays & Saturdays starting at 9 PM. WORLD CAFE, 200 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI. 989.402.1110. International Favorites. Food, Wine & Friends. Don’t miss our 4 COURSE WINE DINNER, December 1st. An evening of seasonally inspired dishes paired with wines from around the world. Sommelier led discussion. Seats are ONLY $39.00 per person. Experience a great way to kick off the holidays with friends or business associates. Reservation by advance ticket only. Every Saturday is SUSHI SATURDAY from noon to 8 PM. For catering or party info, call Diana at 989.401.1110. Visit us on Facebook or at

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Nightclubs Dining Phone WHITES BAR, 2609 State St.,&Saginaw,

792-2631. Open Monday – Saturday at 7:00 AM! 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! Appearing Thurs. Nov. 17, Rustbucket; Fri & Sat., Nov. 18-19, Special Appearance of Richard Theatre Wagner ‘De-Frosted’ Tickets $20.00. Showtime 7:30-9:00. Mondays, Kyle Mayer; Tuesdays, Musician’s Night; Weds. Nov. 23, Holiday Show; Thurs. Nov. 24, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. Nov. 25, Sizzlechop; Sat. Nov. 26, Brody & the Busch Rd Trio; Weds., Nov. 3 Shaolin Sound System; Thurs.Happenings Dec. 1, Rustbucket; Fri, Dec. 2, TBA; Weds. Dec. 3, The Shout Always, Killer Kong & TBA; Weds. Dec. 7, Severe Head Drama. For more info go to www.whitesbar.com

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Nov 17: Saginaw Spirit vs. Brampton Battalion The Saginaw Spirit will meet up with the Brampton Concerts Battalion at center ice at 7:11pm. It’s $1 Beer Night! Location is the Dow Event Center Arena, 303 Johnson St., Saginaw. Buy tickets online at www.doweventcenter.com, the Box Office or online at SaginawSpirit.com. Nov 19: Saginaw Spirit vs. Sarnia Sting - The Saginaw Spirit and Sarnia Sting will meet up once again at center ice at 7:11pm. This is also a “Pucks for Paws” special event. Held at The Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson St., Saginaw. For more information regarding “Pucks for Paws” please contact 989-497-7747. Nov 26: Saginaw Spirit vs. Peterborough Petes - The Saginaw Spirit will meet up with the Peterborough Petes on Center Ice at 7:11pm, Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw. Admission. For more information please contact

saginawspirit.com or purchase tickets at the Dow Event Center box office. All Ticketmaster locations also. Dec 2: BeatDOWn MMA Fight Night at the Dow A night of full-contact MMA by Michigan’s premier purveyors of pain! “BeatDOWn” will pit Michigan’s best amateur MMA fighters against each other in 15 thrilling cage fight showdowns that are not for sensitive souls. Held at 7pm at the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw. Tickets are $14, $24, $34, and $50; available at the Dow Event Center box office or all Ticketmaster locations. You can also charge by phone or order online at www. doweventcenter.com. Dec 3: Saginaw Spirit vs. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - The Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will face off at center ice at 7:11pm, Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw. Tonight’s game will feature Office Holiday Party with the Saginaw Spirit and Anderson Eye Player Poster Giveaway. For more information contact 989-497-7747. Dec 3: “Santa’s Challenge”-GLCC Cheer & Dance Competitions - Held at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Rd., Birch Run, at 3pm. Santa’s Challenge is the GLCC “Get Loud” Tour Dance & Cheer competition. Tickets are available at the Birch Run Expo box office or by phone at 989-6244665, ext. 232. Dec 4: Great Lakes Cheer Charity Event - Located in the South Hall of the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road, Birch Run. Please visit birchrunexpos.com as details come in. You may also phone 989-624-4665. Dec 4: Saginaw Spirit vs. Guelph Storm - Held at the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw, the Saginaw Spirit take on Guelph Storm at 4pm. Tonight is PNC Family Day/Anderson Eye Player Poster Giveaway and Post-Game Autograph Session. Get your tickets online at the Dow Event Center, all Ticketmaster or the Saginaw Spirit website.

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infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent out the couple’s spare room. Roles Available: 4 adult Art males and 2 adult females, (so far). Audition dates will be Dec. 6 & 7 at 7pm, Pit & Balcony Theatre. Auditions Performance dates are Jan. 27, 28, 29; Feb. 3, 4, 5. For more information please contact the theater at 989-754-6587 or go to their website at pitandbalconytheatre.com.

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Dec 9 - Dec 11: Junior Holiday Classic Tennis Tournament - This level 6 USTA/Midwest tennis Informational tournament is open to boys and girls in the 18 & Under, 16 & Under, 14 & Under and 12 & Under age divisions. This is a USTA-sanctioned tennis tournament. Please call Wendy Franz, Art Tournament Director, at 989-631-6151, ext. 103 for additional information. ENTRY DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 5TH, 2011. Viewing is free & open to Nightclubs & Dining the public. For more information please visit www. midlandtennis.com.

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Dec 6 - Dec 7: “The Underpants” - Auditions will be held at Pit & Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, Saginaw, for a new play, “The Underpants”. ComedianCinema Steve Martin provides us with a wild satire about Louise and Theo, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Happenings Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Although she corrects the situation quickly, Theo is sure the word of the shocking incident will get out and cost him his Government job! The “faux pas” Informational does not cause a scandal, but it does attract two

Nov 17: “Magnificent Obsession” - Part of The Fall 2011 Fare & Feature Classic Film Series. Held at The Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., Cinema Saginaw. When the rude and spoiled rich man, Informational Bob Merrick, foolishly wrecks his speedboat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that’s therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips. Phillips helped many people in secret, and when Merrick learns that Phillips gave selflInformational essly, he clumsily tries to do the same. Filmed in 1951. Film will be&shown at 12:45pm Nightclubs Dining with tickets at $7. Tickets will be available online at www.templetheatre.com four hours prior to show time, at the Box Office or by calling 877-754-7469. Nov 25 - Nov 27: Classic Film, “White Christmas” at the Temple - Take a break from the holiday Nightclubs & Dining season hustle & bustle and start a family tradition Theatre by enjoying the 1954 holiday classic film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney! “White Christmas” tells the story of two former W.W. II soldiers who team up to become a top song & dance act. The one soldier plays matchmakerTheatre and introduces them to a pair of Happenings beautiful sisters who also have a song & dance act. When the sisters travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show the two soldiers follow, only to find their former commander is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. A classic

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Christmas movie not to be missed! Held on Nov. 25th at 8pm and at 3pm on Nov. 27th. Admission is only $7 at the beautifulArt one-and-only Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Order your tickets online at www.templetheatre.com up to 4 hours before the movie starts. After that you can purchase them at the box office or you can always call 877-754-SHOW. Dec 2 - Dec 3: “Babes in Toyland” at the Temple Come out to the beautiAuditions ful, historic Temple Theatre of Saginaw and catch the classic seasonal film, “Babes in Toyland”. Filmed in 1961 and starring Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello. It’s the story of “Tom”, the Piper’s Son, who is about to marry “Mary” Quite Contrary, and all the Cinema drama that follows! Held on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 3pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Temple Theatre is located at 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Tickets available at the Temple box office.

Informational Nov 17: Heritage Series presents “Ladies of the Lights” - The Heritage Series presents historical,

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musical, educational and participative programs designed to enhance your appreciation of the role Midland County plays in our collective histories. Tonight’s program, “Ladies of the Lights”: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service, is presents Patricia Majher, editor of “Michigan Historical Magazine”, as she discusses the rich history of Michigan women who kept lighthouses running and defied gender expectations. Copies of her book, featuring stories from 50 female lighthouse keepers, will be available for purchase and inscription. Location will be the Midland County Historical Society’s Heritage Park’s Doan Center, 3417 W. Main St., Midland, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5, (free for MCHS members), available by visiting www.mcfta.org or by calling the Midland Center for the Arts Ticket Office at 989-631-8250 or 800523-7649. Nov 19: “Green Gold”: Michigan’s White Pine Lumber Era - Join Historian Rob Burg from the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum for this onehour long informative program about one of Michigan’s greatest industries of the 19th Century. Learn how Michigan’s white pine was used in the development of the United States and how this affected the growth and the development of Northern Michigan. Held from 1-2pm at Chippewa


Nature Center, 400 S. Badour, Midland. This is a FREE drop-in program for ages 12+. Those under 18 years must be accompanied with an adult. For Art this program please more information regarding feel free to contact the Nature Center at 989-6310830. Thru Jan 14: Blue Man Group-”Making Waves” - Let curiosity and comedy be your guide on a playful, interactive journey through the science of sound and light! Children of all ages will have Auditions fun learning to play the unique Blue Man Group instruments, building their very own instruments in the Build-u-lum, and discovering the art of “belly drumming”! The whole experience comes together inside the surround sound theatre where the Blue Men perform a newly created piece demonstrating Cinema the amazing effects of multichannel sound. Held in the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art located within the Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. Saint Andrews, Midland, and will run from October 22-January 15, 2012. Museum hours are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10am-4pm; Thursday from 10am8pm; Sunday fromInformational 1-5pm. CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY. Museum admission is $8 per Adult and $5 per Child, 4-14 years of age. Children 3 years of age and younger do not need a tickets. Admission includes access into the Hall of Ideas. For more information please visit www.mcfta.org or phone 989-631-5930. You can purchase tickets at the Box Nightclubs & at Dining Office at the MCFTA or online www.mcfta.org. Dec 1: Preschool Story Hour - Come and spend an hour learning all about nature when the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, features their story hour, “I Wonder”. Meant for children ages 3-5 with an adult, the hour may include songs, art, rhymes and other ageTheatre appropriate activities. Held from 9:30-10:30am and is FREE! For more information regarding Story Hour please contact 631-0830 or visit www. chippewanaturecenter.org.

Happenings Nov 17: “Art in the Heart of the City”-Live & Silent Art Auctions - The Saginaw Art Museum presents this family-oriented fundraiser where everyone is invited to wear jeans,Sports enjoy pizza and beverages, and watch artists working LIVE in a relaxed environment. At the event adults will participate in live and silent auctions of artwork from artists from the Great Lakes Bay Region while youth create art projects in the creative “fun” area. This FUND- RAISING eventConcerts benefits education and exhibition programs at the Museum. Held at the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, from 5:30pm-9pm. Admission is $20. Please visit www.saginawartmuseum.org for more information. When you look up “Art in the Heart of the City” Live & Silent Art Auction please hit “click here” for information and to register to donate artwork to the event. Nov 17 - Nov 19: Friends of Butman Fish Fall Book Sale - This is a great chance to pick up your choice of more than 10,000 quality used books at a great price and for a worthy cause. There is also a large selection of children’s books on sale as well as videotapes, CDs, DVDs and more. On Saturday you can fill a bag with your choice of items for only 3.00. Nov 18: Bird Hike/Walk Adventure - Winter birding can be challenging if your binoculars fog and your finger freeze, but it is so worth it to get a view of a Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk or other winter visitors! Join us from 8-10am at Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour, Midland, while Senior Naturalist Janea Little takes you on this guided bird walk/hike. If there’s a lot of snow, we’ll use CNC’s snowshoes, (or bring your own); otherwise we’ll stick to boots! Loaner binoculars are available also. This is a FREE walk and meant for ages 9+; if under 18 you must be accompanied by and adult. For more information, please contact www.chippewanaturecenter.org or phone 989631-0830.

Nov 18 “We Give Thanks” Preschool Story Time at Zauel Library - In the spirit of Thanksgiving Day, the Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center, Saginaw, will present a family pre-school story tiArt me for children ages 3-5 featuring stories, songs and finger plays to celebrate the tradition of Thanksgiving. This will be a FREE event with NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED, held from 10:30am-11am. For more information please contact the library at 989799-2771. The Zaul Library wishes all a loving and warm Thanksgiving! Auditions

Nov 18: PRIDE in Saginaw presents “Holidays in the Heart of the City” - Start your holidays off with a bang! The Saginaw Water Treatment Plant, located at 522 Ezra Rust Drive in Saginaw, will host the City Lighting ceremony at 5:45, (Lighting at 6pm!), with Santa Clause. Then, over 1,000 Cinema luminaries lining Old Town Saginaw, Ezra Rust Drive and S. Washington Avenue to Holy Family Church, will guide you to these locations for a fun, family-oriented great time! Visit Ezra Rust Drive for free horse-drawn wagon rides from 5:30-8:15, (board at the Andersen Enrichment Center), Informational plus the trolley will get you from the East side to the West side and back, from 5:30-8:15pm, to enjoy more attractions! Food vendors will line the streets offering soup, hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and more. Saint Mary’s of Michigan Seton Cove, 800 S. Washington, will offer a LIVE Nativity with animals by Bethlehem Lutheran & Dining Church and LeCronier’sNightclubs Baby Acres, and you can create a card for patients hospitalized during the holidays. Go to Old Town Saginaw’s Borchard Park, corner of Michigan & Court Street, were you can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a free pony ride and see the live Reindeer along with visiting the Castle Museum’s “Cookie Hut”. Attend special Theatre events in Old Town Saginaw: Bands, Dancers, Pit & Balcony performers & shop for Business Specials, see the holiday lights and VOTE for your favorite Holiday Window Display. Join the Praise Choir for caroling, (church & porch), at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 Court Street, receive free cookies, Happenings hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Attend a free concert at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 123 N. Michigan, featuring the Saginaw Area Concert Band from 6-7pm. Visit Holy Family Catholic Church, 1525 S. Washington Avenue, and attend free concerts featuring the Saginaw Brass Quintet and Adult Choir with soloist, followed by the Valley Sports Lutheran High School Golden Voice Choir-*Note: Donations of New Hats, Mittens and Scarves accepted at each concert for those in need! Please contact 989-755-8020 for information regarding times of concerts listed. At the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, there will be FREE admission-a Concerts very festive night with twinkling holiday-decked zoo area. You can enter to win a “Zooletide” wreath and in the parking lot, you can send a “Santagram via the Saginaw Amateur Radio. Santa & Mrs. Claus will visit the Gazebo in Old Town, visit the Japanese Cultural Center for a free open house from 5:30-8pm and more! Please phone 989-7591648 for more details. At the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive, there will be a Cookie House competition, story time from the Hoyt Library, Saginaw Art Museum Children’s Activity and the Downtown Farmers Market will set up a “Holiday Market” in front of the Enrichment Center and will be selling Christmas greens! This special holiday event will end with FIREWORKS at 8:30pm from Ojibway Island. For more events not listed please visit www.saginaw-mi.com. You may also phone PRIDE at 989-753-9168. *Please NoteAll activities will run from 5:30-8:30pm unless otherwise noted. Nov 19 - Nov 20: Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Holiday Art Fair - This event will showcase beautiful arts and crafts by juried artists and is held every November - perfect for holiday shopping! Held in the spacious lobby of the Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. Saint Andrews Rd., Midland, it features tasty treats, artist demonstrations and music for the season! Held on November 19th from 10am-5pm and November 20th from Noon-4pm. For more information please visit www.mcfta.org or phone (989) 631-5930 or Email Emmy Mills at mills@

mcfta.org. Nov 19: Holiday Fun at the Castle Museum of Saginaw - Please bring the whole family out for a day of FREE holiday fun & PARTY!! Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for family photos, there will be games, crafts, face painting, treats and so much more awaits you and your loved ones! Held at the Castle Museum, 500 Federal in Saginaw, from Noon to 4pm. Nov 19: Santa Parade in Downtown Midland Bring the whole family to Downtown Midland for Santa’s big Parade. The annual event begins at 10am with the route beginning at Midland High School, travels down Ashman Street to Main Street, and ends near Cronkright. This is a great kick-off of the Holiday season and fun for all ages! For more information please contact Denise Hufford at her Email: dhufford@midland-mi.org or phone 989-835-5862. You may also visit www. midlandsantaparade.org for more details. Nov 19: Holiday fun at the Hoyt Library of Saginaw - In conjunction with PRIDE’s “Holidays in the Heart of the City” celebration, the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes, Saginaw, will offer a FREE Christmas story time and puppet show for families with children ages 3-6! Let the little ones enjoy this great event designed just for them! Runs from 2-3pm and, of course, FREE!!! Nov 20: Events for “Christmas in the City” Parade - There will be a 5K run starting at 10:55am in Downtown Saginaw; a FREE Christmas Party at the Castle Museum from Noon-4pm; send a “Santagram” via Saginaw Amateur Radio; Saginaw Downtown Lion’s Club FREE children’s vision test; Christmas Stories and Puppet show at the Hoyt Library starting at 2pm; the Cookie Contest will continue at the Andersen Enrichment Center from 12-2pm along with Downtown Saginaw’s Farmers Markets “Holiday Market from 12-3pm and Old Town Saginaw Business Open Houses until 5pm. For more information please visit www.saginawmi.com or phone 989-753-9168. Nov 20: “Christmas Time in the City” Parade - The PRIDE parade, “Christmas Time in the City” - Your holiday season can’t begin without a parade! The parade will begin at 11am at East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Saginaw, over the Genesee Avenue Bridge, to Michigan Avenue south, ending at Adams Street. See holiday floats, marching bands and Santa too, as they all pass by you, celebrating “Christmas in the City! For more information please visit www.saginaw-mi.com or phone 989753-9168. Nov 23 - Nov 27: Fall Exploration Days at Chippewa - This time of year, food is on everybody’s mind! Take a break from planning your next meal and learn how the animals fin food this time of the year. Self-guided activities, crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt will give you the opportunity to learn more about the animals of Michigan. If your own meal is still on your mind, you’ll enjoy activities focused on Wild Turkeys. There will be plenty of things to do during this selfguided, indoor program to keep the whole family busy. Each day will have the same events, but feel free to come back to explore as many times as you want! Held at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour, Midland. Hours are: Wednesday and Friday from 8am-5pm; Saturday from 9am-5pm; Sunday and Thanksgiving Day from 1-5pm. Open to all ages and FREE! For any questions please contact the Nature Center at 989-631-0830. You may also visit chippewanaturecenter.org. Nov 2 : Turkey Break Day Camp - The MidMichigan Children’s Museum, 315 W. Genesee Ave., Saginaw, will hold a day camp for ages 6-10 years. The cost will be $30 per camper or $25 for MMCM members. Registration fee includes all supplies and snacks but please bring your own lunch, beverage and outdoor clothing. PLEASE RSVP ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE! You can design a Fall Art Project, fashion a take-home craft, play Autumn Bingo, create and taste your own snack masterpiece, experience a Gallery Play, practice fun indoor fitness skills, plus there will be other outdoor activities if the weather permits.

Held from 9am-3pm at the museum. For more information and to make your reservation(s), please phone 989-399-6626, visit www.midmicm. org or Email Ashley McKibbin, Play Educator at amckibbin@midmicm.org. Nov 25 - Nov 26: Chesaning Christmas Candlelight Walk - Bring the entire family for this annual holiday celebration featuring the “Light Magic in our Village” entries, free horse-drawn carriage rides, the Festival of Trees, the Nativity Challenge, Gingerbread House Walk, arts & crafts, free s’mores and Santa Claus! The event will be held in downtown Chesaning and along the M-57 Boulevard in Chesaning and will be held on November 25-26. For more information regarding hours of event please contact 989-845-3055. Nov 25: Frankenmuth’s Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk - The perfect way to usher in the holiday season with thousands of twinkling lights, and hot chocolate and cookies at 6pm. The ceremony will start at 6:30pm with carols and a candle walk from the River Place to Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tennenbaum. Santa will be in the pavilion from 7-9pm to visit with the children. The lights will remain lit through early January. Bring the entire family out for a glittering night of beauty all throughout Frankenmuth! Nov 26 - Nov 27: Saginaw Valley Orchid Show & Sale - If you love Orchids please come out to the Midland Resort and Convention Center, 1500 W. Wackerly Road in Midland. The 2011 Saginaw Valley Orchid Society will feature five orchid vendors and many displays from individual growers, regional societies and the vendors themselves on November 26th & 27th from 11am4pm. Cut flowers will be made into arrangements for display. Discussion groups on orchid growing will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras. Members will be available to answer questions about the society and orchid care. The show is free and open to the public! What a lovely and refreshing way to step out of the gloom of these colder days and nights! For more information please visit www. sagvalleyorchids.org or contact Jim Lile at lile@ ufl.edu. You may also phone 989-205-9234. Nov 26 - Nov 27: Frankenmuth Farmers Market “Christkindlmarkt” - Merchandise will include evergreen wreaths, garland, breads & grains, hand-made soaps, baked goods, hand-made gifts & decorations, German clothing, imported lebkuchen, herbs, sauces and much more! Worth the visit to the Fankenmuth Farmers Market, 635 S. Main Street. For more information regarding market hours and more, contact Laurajeanne at 989-295-9766 or Email kehn@ speednetlle.com. For more events visit www. frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org. This event will be held on November 26 & 27. Nov 26 - Nov 28: Thanksgiving Weekend Sharing Please bring a canned food item to be donated to the East Side Soup Kitchen and receive a free gift... drawings for gift certificates, (free), book signings and more. Held at the Antique Warehouse, 1122 Tittabawassee Road, Saginaw, from 10am-6pm. For more information please contact 989-7554343. Nov 29: The Traditional Lighting of the Midland Courthouse - Join the Midland Area Community Foundation for this special evening that celebrates family, the holidays and our community. It’s a

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Dec 1: Seasonal Wine Dinner - An evening of seasonally inspired dishes paired with wines from around the world. Sommelier led discussion. Seats are only $35 per person. This is a great way to kick off the holidays with friends or business associates. Reservation by advance ticket only. Please call 989-402-1110. The World Cafe is located at 201 Center Ave., Bay City.

magical event each year when the lights go on in front of the Midland County Courthouse and, for many children and adults, the holidays begin! The tradition began in the 1930’s when Mrs. Herbert H. Dow made sure that small trees decorated with many tiny lights were placed around the Midland County Courthouse each Christmas season. We’ll enjoy Santa’s arrival, hot chocolate and cookies, the annual lighting of the courthouse, carolers and a special winter treat; FIREWORKS! The glowing begins at 7pm in front of the Midland County Courthouse, located on Main Street in Midland. For any information or questions please contact Laura Dittenber at her Email- ldittenber@midlandfoundation. org. *Note-For a warm little story regarding the tradition of the Courthouse Lighting, please visit midlandfoundation.org and you may also learn more about how YOU can help the Foundation. See you at the Courthouse for this happy and traditional event! Nov 30: Savor, Sip & Save-Dow Gardens - Are you searching for a truly unique gift to give this holiday season? Looking for an enjoyable, soothing, and distinctive shopping experience? Why not shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at the Dow Gardens Gift Shop where ‘Tea Forte’ will be available for tasting, Dove chocolate bars will be given as complimentary gifts and various coupons will be available for up to 30% off an entire purchase! Before or after visiting the Gift Shop, why not take a crisp stroll through Dow Gardens and visit the Conservatory with its many unusual plants and orchids. Dow Gardens is located at 1809 Eastman Avenue in Midland. The “Savor, Sip & Save” will be held from 1-8pm. For more information please contact Michelle Holmes at 800-362-4849 or visit www.dowgardens.org.

Dec02 - Dec 4: Living Nativity: “A Journey to Bethlehem” - Bring your family to the free, outdoor, 30-minute Living Nativity Christmas Walk at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost, and experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem long ago. Hear the shepherds, see the city alive with activity, pay your taxes and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the greatest Christmas Gift of all. The walkway is fully paved and an interpreter for hearing impaired is provided upon request by calling the church office at 989-754-0929. The Living Nativity is located at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost, on M-46, 5 miles east of Saginaw. From I-75, take exit 149A east. Schedule: Friday, Dec. 2nd from 7-9pm; Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 6-8pm; Sunday, Dec. 4th from 6-8pm. Activities take place in the church while you wait, but this is mainly an outdoor event, so dress for the weather! Light refreshments and fellowship follow the walk. For more information, visit our website at www.frankentrost.org, view our video at youtube.com, (Living Nativity Frankentrost), or call 989-754-0929. Dec 2 - Dec 3: Thomas Twp. Roethke Park Christmas Train - Take a beautiful and festive train ride through decorated Roethke Park Woods for the entire family on December 2nd & 3rd from 6-9pm. Santa Claus will be there too! Enjoy a bonfire, hot cocoa, s’mores, music, lots and lots of lights and the always-a-great-time Roethke Express! Cost is $5 per person. Roethke Park is located at 400 Leddy Road in Thomas Township, Saginaw. For more information please contact John Corriveau, Parks and Recreation Director at 989-781-0150. You may also visit www. thommastwp.org for more details.

Dec 3: Bradley Home of Midland: “A Family Holiday” - Do you love to sing Christmas carols? Discover the meaning behind those timeless favorites during a special drop-in event at the Bradley Home, located in Midland County Historical Society’s Heritage Park, 3417 W. Main Street in Midland. Experience authentic Victorian Gothic architecture and built in 1874, THE BRADLEY HOME is a handson historic house museum where you can enjoy a glimpse of the every-day life of an early Midland family and regarded as the 2nd campus of the Midland 2609 State St. • Saginaw • 989-792-2631 Center for the Arts. The Bradley Home’s Family Holiday will be held from 1-4pm with tickets being $8 for adults, $5 for MCHS Members and $5 for children. Thursday Nov. 17 • Rustbucket For more information please Friday & Saturday • Nov. 18-19 contact 989-631-5930.

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Dec 3: Santa Saturday at the Childrens Zoo! - Bring the whole family out for a unique and special celebration with the holidays and the animals to the Childrens Zoo of Saginaw, 1730 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Enjoy FREE admission and delight in Santa driving the train, (weather permitting), or running the carousel! Rides are just $2 per person, per ride. Members of the zoo will ride free. You can warm up with the kids crafts in the Zoo Store and don’t forget to purchase your tickets for a chance to win a “ZOOLETIDE” Wreath! And, PLEASE-DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERA to

capture all of the holiday fun with Santa at the helm of the train and carousel! Zoo hours will be 10am-4pm. For more information please phone the zoo at 989-759-1408 or visit www. saginawzoo.com.

and musical ensembles perform Christmas music. This is a free, familyCinema event! Please call 800362-4874 for more information. A special visit by Santa’s reindeer will occur on Thursday and Friday evenings!

Dec 3 - Dec 4: Zonta Homewalk - Members of the community will have an opportunity to tour homes in the Midland area that have been festively decorated for the holidays! This year’s homewalk includes homes with a wide variety of styles including Contemporary, Colonial and Transitional in addition to a Rustic log home and a 1929 Aladdin Homes Kit house. In addition, Colonial Villa is hosting the rest stop and will have holiday music and hors d’oeuvres for anyone who wants a break between homes. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event and can be purchased from many local businesses or any Zonta member. All proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships and donations to local organizations that enhance the status of women and families in the community. Held on December 3rd and 4th from 1-5pm, the homewalk will cover homes around Midland County. For directions, maps and more information please visit www. zontaclubofmidland.org or contact Cathy Budd at her Email: clbudd@dow.com. You may also phone 989-859-0093 for more information. Please use the website listed above for many details on the Zonta Homewalk!

Dec 10: Santa Saturday at the Childrens Zoo! Enjoy FREE admission and celebrate the holidays with the animals and Santa at the Children’s Zoo Informational at Celebration Square, Saginaw. Don’t rub your eyes because that really IS Santa driving the train and running the carousel, (if weather permits). Rides are $2 per person, per ride and members can ride free. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture this wonderful day you’ll never forget! You can also Nightclubs warm up with&kids crafts in the Zoo Dining Store and don’t forget to purchase your tickets for a chance to win a Zooltide Wreath! Held from 10am-4pm. Any questions? Contact 759-1408 or visit saginawzoo.com for all the answers!

Dec 3 - Dec 11: Holly Jolly Days in Downtown Midland - Enjoy a festive atmosphere in Downtown Midland while doing your holiday shopping or enjoying a bite to eat with your family. Held on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3rd & 4th, and 10th & 11th, from Noon-4pm. You can enjoy FREE horse-drawn carriage rides; listen to strolling carolers serenade area businesses with festive songs; buy a cup of .25 cent hot cocoa; receive $5 off of a $25 purchase at participating stores and then visit Santa in his magical Santa House on Main Street featuring a slanted roof for reindeer take-offs, a clock & Glockenspiel, (added in 1997 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dow Chemical Company), and see Santa’s elves busy at work, visit the authentic train, Christmas tree plus listen to seasonal music adding to the experience of the holiday season. Please notethe Santa House Hours will be posted at www. midlandfoundation.org. Happy Holidays from Downtown Midland! Dec 6 - Dec 8: Scholastic Book Fair - Held from Dec. 6-8th at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road, Birch Run. Held in the Parlberg Room. For more information please visit www. birchrunexpos.com or phone 989-624-4665. Dec 7: Annual “Hollyday” Art Fair - Held at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Dr., Saginaw, from 10am-4pm. A lunch will be served in the Garden Room from 11am-1:30pm. The fair is FREE and will also feature a fresh holly sale as well as distinctive gifts in the gift gallery. Michigan artists at booths will offer pottery, jewelry, folk art, paintings, fibers, baskets, clothing, woodworking, and a variety of holiday crafts. Superb sweets for holiday entertaining will also be available. A silent auction will run from 10am-3pm offering gift certificates, concert tickets and merchandise donated by local businesses. Dec 7: A Pioneer Christmas - Craft tables, hot chocolate, popcorn, and cookies all will play a role in this hands-on evening celebrating Christmas customs of the past and present! $2 admission fee and free to Friends members. Held at the Green Point Environmental Learning Center, 3010 Maple, Saginaw, 7pm. For more information please contact 759-1669. Dec 8 - 10: Dow Gardens Christmas Walk Experience Dow Gardens of Midland, 1809 Eastman Road, on Thursday, Dec. 8th, Friday, Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th at night from 5-7:30pm. Stroll through the Gardens on pathways lined with luminaries. See trees and bridges beautifully illuminated. Listen to choirs

Theatre Nov 11 - Nov 20: “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone” - Presented by the Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave., Bay City. “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone”, is a murder/mystery Happenings theatrical producti on written by Ron Bernas and directed by Tina Sills. The plot: Matthew vows to kill off Julia before the end of the year. But Julia will have none of that nonsense and remains alive at all costs. However, their friends start dropping like flies. A dim-witted detective Sports suspects it is Julia who wants to knock off Matthew while the audience suspects they’re in for an evening of screwball murder-mystery comedy. A brand new play from a Michigan playwright, “A Little Murder” is a lot of fun for everyone! Performance times: 8pm for ThursdayConcerts Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Admission is $15 for seniors/students, $17 for adults. *NoteStudents may purchase tickets for the Nov. 17th performance for $5 with student I.D. that must be presented to the Box Office at the time of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased online starting Nov. 1st at noon and also members at www.baycityplayers.com by clicking on Tickets. The play will run November 11-13 and 17-20. Nov 16 - Nov 20: “Incorruptible” - The performance of “Incorruptible” will be held at Saginaw Valley State University, (SVSU), Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, Saginaw, from November 1620. The plot: Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D.- The river flooded again last week and the chandler’s shop just burned to the ground. Nobody’s heard of the wheelbarrow, yet. And Saint Foy, the patron saint of the local monastery, hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to have the relics of Saint Foy-and his bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts. This play is a dark comedy about miracles, meant for audiences 16+. Performance dates are: Wednesday, Nov. 16th through Saturday, Nov. 19th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, Nov. 20th at 3pm. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens, 60+. For more information and to order tickets, please visit www.svsu.edu/theatre or phone 989-964-4261. Nov 30 - Dec 1: “It’s a Wonderful Life!”-A 1940’s Radio Show Performance - Saginaw Valley State University will bring back LIVE Radio! Back before television, a holiday season tradition in America was listening to “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Now, this heart-warming, historic broadcast will be remounted LIVE on the SVSU Stage in the Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Relive the memories of the radio program if you have heard it as a child. If you want to recapture those magical days of your childhood Christmas, or have never heard


it before and want to experience the magic of live radio theater and create new memories for you and your family, attend this production! All of your favorite characters are here live on stage recreating an entire 1940’s radio production. Performance dates are Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 7:30pm; Thursday, Dec. 1st at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $7 for Students and Senior Citizens, 60+. For information on how to purchase tickets please phone 989-964-4261 or visit www.svsu.edu/theatre. Dec 2 - Dec 11: “The Christmas Express” - Hilda dreams of faraway places as she lives out her days running the old Holly Railway Station. Then, one Christmas eve, a stranger drops in out of thin air and small miracles begin to happen. An old radio creaks to life, an otherwise caterwauling choir can suddenly sing beautifully and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit! Like an old-fashioned Christmas card, this heart-warming holiday treat makes us wish we could all take a ride on the “Christmas Express”. Held at Pit & Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, Saginaw, with show times and dates of: Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm with Sunday shows at 3pm. Admission is $18 adults and $14 for children 12 and under. You may purchase tickets at the box office, MondayFriday from 8am-5pm. Closed from Noon-1pm. The box office will be open 1 hour prior to show or you may charge by phone at 989-754-6587. Dec 4: Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” - It’s a battle of the sexes as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan’s only year round, touring professional Shakespeare Company, brings “The Taming of the Shrew” to Creative 360, located at 1517 Bayliss St., Midland. Katherina, the “shrew” of the plays title, has a reputation for being quite a handful as she scares away suitors by the dozen. Her younger sister, Bianca, is everyone’s sweetheart and their father decrees that Bianca cannot get married until her older sister does. The several men vying for Bianca’s hand recruit Petruchio to woo Katherina. That’s when the fireworks ensue as Petruchio attempts to “tame” his new wife. The PCS Company offers this popular comedy in accessible, engaging, original performance conditions. Bring your holiday guests to this special end-of-the-year treat. Please call for reservations at 989-837-1885. Tickets are $18 adult general public and $15 for members. Admission price includes a special afterglow and wassail bowl with the actors. Performance time is from 2-4pm. For any questions or information please contact 837-1885.

Art Thru Jan 04: Harry Bertoia: Abstract Drawings The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, located on the Saginaw Valley State University campus, 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw, will hold and exhibit of Abstract Drawings by Harry Bertoia. Auditions This exhibit will run from October 1st, 2011 through January 5th, 2012. Exhibit is FREE and open to walk-in visitors. Museum is open Monday-Saturday from Noon-5pm. For more information please visit www.marshallfredericks. org or contact Marilyn L. Wheaton at her Email, Cinema mfsm@svsu.edu or call the Information Desk at 989.964.7125. Thru Dec 22: People, Parts & Prosperity: The History of Automotive Manufacturing in Saginaw County-PERMANENT EXHIBIT - As the automotive industry evolved in Michigan, communiti es like Saginaw became Informational 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 Nightclubs of the Museum, will encompass & Dining 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. Thru Dec 22: Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb - Majesty and mystery unfold in this dazzling collection of reproductions of legendary treasures recreating the richest archaeological find of all time. From Tutankhamun’s magnificent state chariot, to golden shrines and his royal mummy, these replicas reconstruct the life and times of Egypt’s celebrated “Boy King”. *Note-There will be an Opening Reception on October 8th from 7-9pm which is free and open to the public. Held at the Midland Center for the Arts - Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, 1801 W. Saint Andrews, Midland. Museum Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 10am-4pm; Thursday from 10am-8pm; Sunday from 1-5pm. CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY. Museum Admission: (Includes access into the Hall of Ideas), $8 per adult, $5 per child (ages 4-14), and children 3 years of age and younger do not need a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office inside the MCFTA or the Information Desk when the Ticket Office is closed. You may also purchase tickets by phone at (989) 631-8250 or (800) 5237649 with Visa, MasterCard & Discover. Tickets purchased by phone 7 days prior to event will be mailed. For more information please visit www. mcfta.org or contact Katie Merkle at her Email at Merkle@mcfta.org or call her at (989) 631-5930. There will be Special Events to coincide with the Tutankhamun exhibit - please look for them in this issue of The Review! This exhibit will run from 9/29 through 12/23. Thru Dec 29: Saginaw’s Backyard Oil Boom Presented Through Dec. 31st - While many people know that Michigan has highly productive oil fields, few realize that Saginaw was the site of

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Saturday, December 3 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon HoytAuditions Library - 505 Janes The Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy Orchestra will perform under Cinemathe direction of Lois Wilkins. Student musicians of all ages will offer an educational and entertaining strings performance. Informational

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the state’s first commercial oil boom. This story is told in an exhibit developed by Saginaw Valley State University history student, Ashley Johnson. The exhibit is built around a unique 1920’s sample board collected by a young man from the oil well being drilled in his backyard. Newspaper articles and photographs round out the exhibit. Held at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal, Saginaw. The Castle Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1-4pm. This exhibit will be held through December 31st, 2011. Admission is $1 Adults and .50 for Children. To find out more about this exhibit and others please visit www.castlemuseum.org or phone 989-752-2861. Dec 2 - 4: Nature Art Show & Sale - Come out to Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road in Midland, for their Nature Art Show & Sale. Whether you are filling Christmas wishes or shopping for yourself, the art show will have something for everyone! Artists will feature their works, such as paintings, woodcarvings, photography, sculpture, baskets, pottery and more. Featured artist James Ardis will have a plethora of copper and clay garden art and, if you have room for it, think about having a giant fish on your wall-inside or out! There will be a silent auction of donated items throughout the weekend, closing on Sunday at 3pm. You do not need to be present to win. The Show and sale will run from December 2-4, (the December 2nd date is MEMBERS ONLY PREVIEW). The schedule is: Dec. 2nd-Members only from 6-9pm; Public Welcome: Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9am-5pm; Sunday, Dec. 4th from 9am-4pm. Free admission and all ages welcome! For more information please contact 989-631-0830. Dec 9: After Hours @ The Museum - This month’s event will feature the “Unbroken Thread”-Nature Painting and the American Imagination-The Art of Philip Koch and the regional artists participating in the Art in the Heart of the City’s ART 4 ALL exhibitions. Visitors are invited to mingle, meet the artists, listen to live music and savor hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. This event is offered free through MACY’S FREE FRIDAYS. Held at the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, from 5:30-8:30pm. For more information please contact Ryan Kaltenbach at 754-2491.

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Concerts Nov 18: Paul Simon: So Beautiful , So What 2011 Tour - Fox Theatre, Detroit. All Ticketmaster. Nov 19: Jamey Johnson - Appearing at The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, (across from The Fox Theatre), Detroit. Jamey Johnson is a Country/ Folk artist who is currently on-tour in the U.S. Doors at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster or ticketmaster.com, online at livenation.com, The Fillmore Box Office or at www.fillmoreboxofficecenter.com. Nov 25: Hank 3 wsg Hank Williams III Appearing at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit, at 8pm. Tickets are $18 available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or online at saintandrewsdetroit.com. Nov 25: Halestorm wsg Adelita’s Way & Black Tide - Hitting the concert stage at the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson St., Saginaw. Doors at 6:30pm. Halestorm will perform with special guests Adelita’s Way & Black Tide with local favorites TENSION HEAD from Saginaw to open the show! Tickets are $27 & $22, available at the Dow Event Center Box Office, online at www. doweventcenter.com, and all Ticketmaster locations. Nov 26: Saginaw Eddy Band 17th Annual Christmas Concert - As a prelude to the holiday season, The Saginaw Eddy Band, conducted by Jim Hargett & Paul Lichau will lead the band in music of the season. This will be a FREE concert with donations of non-perishable food items being collected for the Salvation Army. Held at the Dow Event Center, Heritage Theater, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw, at 7:30pm. The Eddy Band will be accompanied by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Musicians. Nov 26: “Watch the Throne” Tour w/Jay-Z and Kanye West - The Palace of Auburn Hills. All Ticketmaster. Nov 27: Social Distortion - Orbit Room, Grand Rapids. All Ticketmaster. Nov 30 - Dec 14: Advent Concert Series-Bay City - The First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, 805 Center Ave., are proud to present their Advent Concert Series. All concerts will be held from 12:15-12:45pm. The schedule is: November 30th, Mollie Newton-Pianist and Lee NewtonSaxophone; December 7th, Jan SutherlandOrganist, Brian Sutherland-Trumpet; December 14th, Saginaw Gamba Consort with James Hill-Bass Gamba, Sherrill Smith-Bass Gamba, Tom Buttts & Eric Nisula-Tenor Gamba, Wayne O’Brian-Treble Gamba. For more information please contact 989-894-1089. Dec 1: Guns & Roses - Held at The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, December 1st, at 8pm. This is Guns & Roses first U.S. tour in five years and will perform an intimate small theater configuration show. Guns & Roses consists of members Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards), and Frank Ferrer (drums). The 2 1/2 hour show played to rave reviews everywhere including South America, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia, playing close to 1 million fans worldwide. Tickets are $75 general admission floor, $75, $59.50 and $49.50 reserved and can be purchased at Palacenet.com, Livenation.com, The Palace Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or ticketmaster. com. You can also charge by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and Mastercard by calling 800-745-3000. Dec 2: Sevendust - Appearing at Harpos, 14238 Harper Road, Detroit, with doors open at 5pm. Sevendust became one of the rising acts in the late-’90’s heavy metal era with an aggressive

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I don’t know what I’m doing here You look me in the eyesConcerts And mine deflect and look right into the floor I can’t take it no more Save Us is classic punk – speeded up, loud and straight to the point. The lyrics are filled up with tales of drunkenness and despair but the underlying message is all about feisty resilience and a big FU to anyone who can’t see that the ship is sinking. The singer sings about an empty life and an empty bottle of gin but he’s just being actively passive and more than a little rhetorical. When he sings, “Who the fuck is gonna save us from our goddam self, he already knows the answer. He must save himself. Johnny Johnson opens One Last Shot with a dynamic syncopated drum pattern. Johnson is one of the most solid powerhouse drummers on the scene today and he snaps off a beat like he’s part of the drum kit. He is the beat. Zuzula adds in a few minimalist melodic guitar tones that speak volumes. The song shifts from quiet to loud and it takes off like a rocket. Prime Cobain. This is a song about war in a foreign land. It evokes an existential dilemma about right and wrong and explores our worst fears about our soldier boy – a fear that he will never go back home. It is what we might imagine to be a Soldier’s song – cacophonous and quiet; brave and afraid. Johnson is once again front and center on You Shouldn’t Do This Alone. He changes up the rhythm with a variation of the Bo Diddley beat with an oddly compelling Dick Dale surf guitar. This is solemn goodbye with a hint of longing and regret. It contains the ancient wisdom of our forefathers that acknowledges melancholia as the natural state for a thoughtful person. The lyrics speak of unconscionable loss and forgiveness. It is the voice of a spirit. It is another master stroke creation from the heart and minds of Don, Zak and Johnny. A perfect closer. Epilogue: In the past few months, The Tosspints have participated in George Killian’s Irish Red Ruckus Sweepstakes, a promotional contest created by the company to highlight its support of cutting edge music. Killian’s has been scouring clubs and concert halls around the country to invite bands for a chance to perform at the Irish Red Ruckus. Bands have been enlisting their fans, friends and family to vote for them to get to the Ruckus. Four finalists were determined by getting the most votes received in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The winner will open for the Dropkick Murpheys on November 17th, 2011 – the day this issue hits the stands. And the winner is…The Tosspints! Congratulations Guys!!!

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bass,” Jake relates. “Jacob is a classically trained musician and has a good ear for arranging those parts. It was fun to dig into that skill set of his and use his strengths. I played mandolin on a couple songs, which is not my strength, but seemed to work out alright where it was used.” “One of my favorite songs on the record is one that is only Chris performing solo - Slow Dance. The vocals and guitar were actually recorded at the same time, and he did this cool slide thing with a whistle layered in the background. I think that is a really strong, authentic song.” Indeed, the very breath that each lyric is sung with and musical tone and care that each note is shaped upon leads to a fundamental musical core tracked upon an intensely personal journey that becomes a universal odyssey to the listener. Songs such as Consolation and Welcome Signs speak of the powerful salvation music harbors to heal all wounds; while Big Great Lakes harbor a longing that lifts one’s spirits through the comfort of permanence. Jackson Browne achieved a similar feat on his first debut solo album, only it lacked that broken bedrock of heartache that both lingers in the air that is breathed and permeates the legacy of Nashville that in turn feeds into the national arteries. Indeed, I venture to wage that this album could not have been recorded anywhere else and sounded the same. But beautiful music aside, has the growth and acceptance of the band evolved? Does Jake feel the band is building a stronger reputation and fan base each year? “We played out a lot in 2010/2011 in support of our last record, which brought our music and live show to a lot of new people in a lot of different places. It was a great experience and we learned a lot from traveling the Midwest and Southeast. But it was also hard to do financially, and rough on our bodies. We aren’t playing out as much now, but honestly, that wasn’t the goal. We wanted to make a record that was our own, and share it with others.” “In making this record, we learned a lot about each other and how to record, plus we had a lot of fun along the way. We’re thankful for our fans, friends, family and industry folks who have supported us.” The Avery Set will be performing at The State Theatre in Bay City on Saturday, November 26th with a set including songs from all three of their original releases. Also featured will be Brent James & the ContraBand. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets are only $10.00. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Amazon, and BandCamp and physical copies of their CD’s can be purchased from their website: theaveryset.com/music

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musical canvas. Autumn sits back and watches the drama unfold in Where the Canyons They Hug You. It’s a type of rock & roll celebrity expose’ with a rollicking 2/4 beat that snaps off an irresistible rhythm. California sunshine, the luscious Pacific Ocean, migrating whales and Sana Ana winds are the soundtrack to the lives of the beautiful people that inhabit luxury mansions. No one is immune in the golden state. The nouveau rich and the old moneyed mafia embrace the god of excess in equal measures of narcissism and ennui. It’s a rollicking Dionysian stew. There are hints of The Band and Badfinger in this incredible opus. This is Autumn at his best. It has an autobiographical feel and seems to capture the tension between light and darkness in the mythical California culture. He reveals the truth about west coast cool. It’s not that bad. Autumn sings… You take your fancy cars up the Hollywood Hills; I take my cup of coffee in the Canyons where I can breathe. You take your designer pills, ain’t nobody can afford, I take my sleepy town where nobody knows my name.’ The Company You Keep is another musical travelogue of the Golden State where “everyone hear wants your drugs and your money.” The cool fuzz tone guitar and 4/4 beat of the tom/toms give the song a psychedelic vibe that evokes the ghosts of Big Brother & the Holding Company and recalls a brief time in our history when the counter culture had a voice in our national consciousness. I can see Janis Joplin standing on the corner of Haight & Ashbury. But it was only a dream and the nightmare soon followed. Autumn is singing about the downside of California Dreaming. This is a totally realized piece of music. Autumn’s gritty vocal is a highlight. Despite the obscure title, Training to Bee a Boxer shares several wellknown 50’s references such as Peggy Sue, knickers, and boarding school, and the Blue Canary (Dinah Shore). It’s a majestic anthem of love and forgiveness layered by heavenly Beach Boys harmonies. Autumn sings of passion, never getting used to those damn knickers and losing your way. The coda contains a seething organ trill and a major chord statement on the piano. The outro is almost another song. It’s a perfect ending: All you ever wanted was to feel Love around you But no one saw the message that you scrawled No, No, No In the auditorium you lost your way Your scars will guide you through In your tin cup bedroom, Well you dreamed all alone All those feelings made you feel so blue In this Universe there is a place for all to Bee Let Love in & you will see


Pit & Balcony’s 80th Anniversary Holiday Production Invites Patrons to Embark Upon

By Robert E. Martin As Pit & Balcony Theatre continues its landmark 80th Anniversary season, patrons and theatre-lovers can look forward to embark upon a decidedly different excursion this holiday season with the upcoming production of The Christmas Express. With performances slated to run from December 2-11th, this nostalgic theatrical greeting card written by Pat Cook is set in a small town railway station the day before Christmas Eve. According to Director Jessica Asiala, what distinguishes this production from the abundant crop of Christmas films & productions that have lit up stages & screens with seasonal ‘messages’ over the years, is the way the play takes what can be a difficult season for many people and lightens the drab weight of sullen spirits with comedic relief. “To me this is not your purebred song & dance Christmas production,” reflects Jessica. “For those that have lost loved ones, or those just struggling to get by in tough economic times, Christmas can be a difficult season. This is actually more akin to It’s A Wonderful Life in the sense that the setting and costuming is rather drab, with spirits muted until the character of Leo Tannenbaum arrives, bringing the gift of that feel good spirit of Christmas to town with him.” Although Jessica is staging the production in the 1950s, she is treating it as a modernistic production, translatable to any generation. “It has a nostalgic feel to it that lends itself effectively to contrasting emotions,” she continues. “Even now, railway stations are pretty much non-existent, but they used to have a hustle and bustle surrounding them, with people coming and going. But today, no one has much of a use for them anymore.” Indeed, back in 1946, as many World War II GI’s were returning home and there were a pair of popular songs, Sentimental Journey and Waiting for the Train to Come In, which suggested a return to a pre-war normalcy and a return to the ‘happy’ life we knew before wartime. Unfortunately, the pre-war ‘normal’ life never returned; but the yearning and sentimentality for it decidedly endured. Within this context of a dreary town, devoid of holiday cheer, the stage is set for Tannenbaum’s

arrival out of nowhere, which suddenly unlocks the Christmas spirit, which starts to permeate the entire town. Replete with a cast of 10 eccentric small town characters, each tends to wise crack their way to finding out the true wonder of Christmas. “One of the interesting components is that our production is somewhat of a family affair, with two married couples and a brother & sister featured in the cast,” continues Jessica. “It has a cool family affair kind of air to it and one of the married couples – Pam & Tim Barnes - actually play a married couple in our production.” With a focus on the character of Hilda Trowbridge, performed by Jeanne Harper of Bay City and her sidekick Satch Brunswick, played by Kevin Profitt, other colorful characters in the menagerie of town folk include Mary Margaret Fletcher as Penelope, a reporter for a local newspaper; Amanda Houthoofd as Maggie the mail carrier; Michael Olk in the pivotal role of Leo Tannenbaum; rounded out by characters performed by Howard Deal, Linda Rebney and Susan Profitt. According to Jessica, a pair of challenges exist with this production. “One big hurdle is that many people in the general public confuse this play with The Polar Express, which it decidedly is not. Tom Hanks is not going to be here!” she laughs. “The other challenge is making sure that we’re focusing on the whole message behind the play, as well as keeping a tight lock on the comedic timing. Tempo and timing are the hardest elements to master; and with a show like this, you have to your timing down tight, which is what I am stressing to the cast.” “It can also be challenging figuring out to do when 10 people are on the stage at one time,” smiles Jessica. “But the cash has been really great offering up suggestions. With everybody collaborating on ideas it makes my job easier.” One thing I am curious about is whether understudies are employed should a cast member fall ill or be unable to attend. “Unfortunately, there are no understudies in community theatre,” explains Jessica. “If somebody gets sick either myself or my stage manager will jump into the role. One of the things about working in community theatre is that you put

forth that commitment not to back out. Once you’re in there, you’re in there. I have been in productions where people backed out due to health issues here and there, but am hoping we don’t have that problem. The cast is really excited about it, which always helps.” In keeping with the seasonal spirit, Pit & Balcony Theatre is also now lit with colorful lights adorning the lobby poinsettias flanking the main entrance, and gifted with the loving attention to detail of Suzie Reid of Saginaw, who is volunteering all of her free time to make this 80th anniversary Holiday Production an event not to be missed. “My husband, Gary, and I have been volunteering at Pit and Balcony for the past twenty years and we both truly believe that support of the arts is a fundamental part of a vibrant community,” says Suzie. “What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to warm up with a cup of cocoa and watch a fabulous production?” Along with its usual concessions, Pit and Balcony will host a cocoa bar each night of performance and is selling tickets for a drawing for a dollar each. Drawing prizes include train excursions, a spa package, restaurant gift certificates, a train set donated by Brasseur Electric Trains Inc. and much more. Drawing tickets are on sale now and there is no limit to the number of tickets per patron. The drawing will take place on Sunday, December 11 immediately following the performance. Patrons need not be present to win. Pit and Balcony is also proud to be a Toys for Tots drop-off location this year as well. Please bring your new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to the theatre drop box. The theatre lobby is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm and is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch. Performances for The Christmas Express run December 2-11, 2011. Friday and Saturday nights start at 8pm and Sunday matinees begin at 3pm. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at www.pitandbalconytheatre.com or by calling the box office at (989)754-6587. Student rush tickets are available for $9 fifteen minutes prior to curtain on a first come, first served basis. Student ID is required. November 17 - December 7, 2011 • Review Magazine • Page 17


EVENTS continued from page 16 blend of bottom-heavy riffs and soulful, accessible melodies. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations and at ticketmaster.com. Dec 3 : Holiday Concert at Hoyt Library - Come celebrate the season with a Holiday Concert at Hoyt Library, 505 Janes, on Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. The Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy Orchestra will perform under the direction of Lois Wilkins. Student musicians of all ages will offer an educational and entertaining strings performance. Dec 4: Chris Cornell - Held on December 4th at the Michigan Theatre, 603 E. Liberty Street, (just west of State St., across form Borders Books), Ann Arbor. This will be the 2nd run of his acoustic Songbook tour. These intimate shows highlight the songs Cornell has written throughout his illustrious career and are made up entirely of acoustic, solo performances. Show time is 8pm with tickets at $29.50 & $39.50, available at all Ticketmaster locations or at www.ticketmaster. com. *Note- All fans who purchase their Songbook Tour tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album with each transaction! For more information please call the theater at 734668-8463. Dec 4 - Dec 11: Men of Music Christmas Concert - “Christmas Time is Here!” First United Methodist Church, Midland Sun., Dec. 4, 2011 - 2:00 pm and 7:00 PM, Freewill offering for local charity Concert presented also at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, MI Sun., Dec 11, 2011 at 3:00PM, Freewill offering for local charity. Dec 6: Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra presents “Christmas Around the World” - The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra will present their second Bravo Series Classic Concert, “Christmas Around the World”-Part of the 20112012 “Pure Music-Pure Michigan” schedule of concerts. What we think of as the ‘Pure Michigan Christmas’ is the blending of many cultural traditions. Take a brief holiday tour of them: PROKOFIV’S Russian winter; RESPIGHI’S musical interpretation of Botticelli’s painting of the Three Kings; and familiar carols from America, England and the Ukraine. Program: “Troika” from “Lieutenant Kije”, Sergei Prokofiev | “Adoration of the Magi” from “Trittico Botticelliano”, Ottorino Respighi | “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Sleigh Ride”, music from John Williams, and many more. Conducted under Brett Mitchell, Musical Director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. The program will start at 7:30 pm at the beautiful, historical Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Please visit the SBO website at www. saginawbayorchestra.com for a detailed seating chart, ticket prices, directions to the Temple Theatre, how to order tickets and much more great information regarding the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and their other programs. Dec 10: Oak Ridge Boys - The legendary Oak Ridge Boys will take the stage for 1 show only at the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson, Saginaw, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30, $40, & 46. It’s really two shows in one as they kick off their big Christmas show with 4-part harmonies and string of hits that span 3 decades. Then, after a short intermission, the stage will be transformed to Christmas! Trees will be decorated, and snow will fall as the treat you to Christmas favorites. Located in Heritage Theater at “The Dow”. Purchase tickets online at www.doweventcenter. com, at the box office or at all Ticketmaster locations.

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Bay Region. While bringing in “headliners”, the concertgoer also has the opportunity to see and hear more localized musicians in a new way. The MJT Big Band is loaded with fine players and this will be the first Saginaw appearance of it, which is very impressive.” “In last summer’s Midland MJT concert, I had the pleasure of having my big band arrangement of This Is Even Better performed by the big band and sung, of course, by Julie Mulady,” continues Brush. “On December 4th we will do two more of my songs, Decembering and Christmas Eve For Two arranged for big band. Christmas Eve For Two is a new song that we are in the process of recording, with plans to have it available at the show probably re-packaged together with the songs from our CD, Decembering. “It is quite a challenge to create big band arrangements and something I had not previously done. I have a new appreciation for those who excel at it. Jeff Hall plays a major role in the MJT process organizationally, in performance, and is also a great arranger. Jim Hohmeyer has also done some amazing composition and arranging.” “I am also arranging more of the songs I have written for a concert to be held at the State Theatre on February 25th. It’ll be Brush Street with Brass and Strings. These arrangements will be for four brass and three strings, in addition to the rhythm section. We plan to record many of these as well. I’ve got a lot of work to do so it’s a good thing I’m retired,” laughs Brush. “The Michigan Jazz Trail has already established a high standard of professionalism with Molly McFadden and crew keeping a constant eye on

the goal to bring awareness of the wealth of high quality talent we have right here. It is a noble mission and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.” The cultural richness of area talent will be given pivotal focus with the performance of The Bamecians at this December 4th Christmas performance. Consisting of a collective of phenomenal women led by Damona Reed, Molly says that she attended one of the church services they performed at in Saginaw and met one of their directors and asked if they could come to her Midland restaurant, Molly’s Bistro, for a ‘Gospel Night’. “We put together a Soul Food dinner to accompany their performance and it was a huge smash,” notes McFadden. “Being from the South originally, I know how to cook Fried Chicken and Grits, and this one of the most popular evenings we’ve ever experienced, so I definitely wanted to feature them within the body of this holiday performance. They are an absolutely delightful group.”

Equally notable is the relatively new Voices of Jazz, which contains some of the most talented ‘future stars’ of young artists of the next decade. With young Bountiful Gift from ToDineFor this Holiday Season: vocalists hailing from each of the tri-cities, McFadden states how this collective is “The future of jazz. We need to bow to the youthful talent of this acapella With over 500 people on group, because they are our site every day, there the ones that will carry has never been a more on the torch into the valuable time to reward future decades.” your restaurant with new Insofar as a central customers than right now! component of the Christmas season is centered upon giving, The Michigan Jazz Trail Christmas Show will also help to benefit A domain name promoting your profile and 1,000 and increase awareness designed full color high gloss cards promoting your online menu. for Emmaus House, with an informational your restaurant table and complimentary If you subscribe to our premium services promoting your tickets for the children will receive: menu online for an entire year for only $350, then you can housed there, along with pick up the Appetizer package for only $150! food donations to benefit The Salvation Army and unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program accepted.

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music have the power to give back, so these gestures are also an important component to this entire event.” Given the ambitious nature and vision of such an eclectic and focused program, how long does Molly anticipate the show running? “At the rate I’m going it will be five hours long,” she laughs. “Jim Hohmeyer is getting a little nervous because I have a tendency to want everybody to come and perform, but I’m sure we’ll have an intermission and will get everything down to a tight and well rehearsed time span. But I do feel it important that people experience holiday music as performed in all the different genres, from Jazz to Swing to Gospel to Acapella. Dave Smith did a wonderful Bossa Nova arrangement for one of the Christmas carols and really, this is a tapestry of music under the aroma of Jazz.” “It’s been a challenge rehearsing this performance and everybody is responsible for bringing what they do to the table so we can keep it tight and flawless,” concludes Molly. “One of the best compliments that I’ve received all year was from one John Nichol, one of the musician’s in the Big Band. He looked at me and said, ‘Molly, you’ve changed the Jazz Scene in this area and I want to thank you so much.’ I was both touched and humbled, because all I’ve really done is pull all the talent that was already here together. Honestly, I’m in awe of what these artists do.” “To my mind, we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg.”

Tickets for The Michigan Jazz Trail Christmas Show are $45.00 for a Family of 4; $35.00 for Couples; $20.00 for single tickets; and $12.00 for students with I.D. The show is Free for children ages 6 and under. Tickets are available at The Temple Theatre by calling 1-877-754 SHOW. The performance will take place on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM. November 17 - December 7, 2011 • Review Magazine • Page 19


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