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Video game score earns historic Grammy nomination. recent years. But while he’s written music for a variety of movies and games, it has been his work with Los Angeles-based developer that PopGoesJeff@gmail.com gamecompany (TGC) that has brought WinThe “Grammy-nominated Austin Wintory.” tory the most recognition. “I got started with TGC by chance and For a young composer, it still takes some getting tremendous luck,” Wintory said. “I was at used to. “It’s ... not real,” Wintory said in an interview USC at the same time as [TGC co-founders] with Toledo Free Press Star. “I keep hearing people Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen, and we met through a mutual friend say it and it still has who recommended me this vague sound, to Jenova who was at like we’re talking the time looking for about someone else. a composer for ‘flOw’ It hardly feels like [his master’s thesis, bean affirmation of fore the PS3 version]. years of hard work We connected and off or anything like that. we went. It was pretty Just this dream that I remarkable, especially keep trying to accept in hindsight.” is reality.” Wintory has been a Wintory’s surgamer for as long as he prise is understandcan remember, but the able. When the Natitles produced by TGC tional Academy for are far from typical Recording Arts and gaming fare. From the Sciences announced original “flOw,” where the nominees for its Feb. 10 ceremony, Wintory was among the the player guides a creature through an oceanic honorees for “Best Score Soundtrack for Vi- environment, to pseudo-sequel “Flower,” where sual Media.” The nomination, his first, came a cluster of flower petals glide through an interfor his work on the video game “Journey” active pasture, TGC’s titles aim to evoke emo— the first time a game score was ever nomi- tions not touched by most other games. Many consider “Journey” to be TGC’s masnated for the award. For Wintory, the nomination comes 10 years terpiece, an evocative adventure where the player into his career as a composer, a career path that guides a robed figure through a barren landbegan almost randomly at age 10 when he began scape. Anyone who has played the game would cite Wintory’s evocative score as a major reason taking piano lessons. “I had zero interest in music before that. I was behind its impact. “It was a long and arduous process, three into video games, films, comics, etc. I owned a few soundtracks, but only because I loved those years in the making,” Wintory said. “Maybe arduous isn’t the right word, because it was pure films,” Wintory said. “But that perception instantly changed when, joy from day one. But it was a ton of work, for at 10 quite randomly, I started piano lessons sure. I was very aware of the importance the and my teacher started evangelizing for the film score would have, because I was closely watching scores of Jerry Goldsmith. I instantly became the gameplay develop that entire time. And so I hooked and from that moment forward I wanted was in a constant state of fear and anxiety the whole time, knowing that if the game was awful to be a composer.” Goldsmith’s scores inspired the young Win- it was likely going to be my fault. So much rested tory to compose for his high school orchestra, on the shoulders of the music. “Funny enough though, I don’t consider its then to study at New York University and University of Southern California before making success to be a confirmation that I wrote a bril3661 Devers_Collision_TFP95_Layout 1 8/30/12 1:28 PM Page 1 strides in film and interactive media scoring in liant score. I think it more shows that I somehow By Jeff McGinnis
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Composer Austin Wintory said he was inspired by the work of Jerry Goldsmith. PHOTO AND COVER PHOTO BY LISA MARGOLIS
managed to integrate into the game, and simply not ruin it. The game is so wonderful, that it working and connecting with people merely demonstrates that the music was able to interweave itself into the game overall.” Many would argue that Wintory is being too modest — including, clearly, the Academy members who nominated his work. Wintory said he hoped the recognition for his “Journey” score would inspire more accolades for his fellow gaming composers. “My greatest hope for this is that it would cast a light on all the great work that’s been going on for the last 10-20 years in games by my various
colleagues and friends. So much wonderful and inspiring work has already been happening, so if anything I hope it merely makes people aware. As lucky as I feel to have been the first, I don’t think ‘Journey’ was the first worthy of this (if it even is!). Many have come before so hopefully non-gamers will come to really appreciate it, even if in small increments.” And what will Wintory’s reaction be if he goes home with the statue on Feb. 10? “Silence. Either way, or simply waking up in a hospital bed sometime the next day and discovering that I’d blacked out and caused a big ruckus at the awards show.” O
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Point/Spider-point The pluses and minuses of Marvel’s latest move. By Jim Beard Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Just before the end of 2012, Marvel Comics released Amazing Spider-Man No. 700, the “final issue” of the long-running comic series. The finale turned out to be a surprising one, as Peter Parker died while his mind was trapped in the body of villain Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus), while Doc Ock still lives within Parker’s mind and will now continue on as the new “Superior Spider-Man.” Comic book author and expert Jim Beard and Pop Goes the Culture writer Jeff McGinnis debate the pros and cons of the story. Jim Beard: In comic books, death is not an ending. Death is a story. Peter Parker is not dead; there’s a story, we just don’t know what it is yet. The point is not that he is dead, but how long he’ll be dead. Marvel is banking on the readers needing to know what happens next, and how long they can drag it out for without killing the story. I know writer Dan Slott and he’s a storyteller. He’s also an inveterate humorist, so there’s something here that he sees as very humorous. Jeff McGinnis: The problem I have with that line of thought, though, is that by that standard we can’t critique any storyline except in hindsight. So, Spidey readers will have to wait months to see what happens, paying for each issue the whole time, and then decide if it was worth the journey? They can’t be critical now of a story twist that seems to undercut everything they love about a character? The fact is, as of right now, the plot being told is that Peter Parker was killed and replaced by one of his most persistent villains. What about this story is supposed to keep the interest of audience members who love Parker as a character? Is the idea that “of course he’ll be back eventually” a lure to keep interest, or an excuse? Beard: I accept that point, but the usual response to people flipping out about film trailers is “Go to see the film first!” Granted, you get a whole film in two hours and have to wait up to a year for a comic story ... but, I digress. Readers will look in on this story to see how brutal it will be. Marvel is selling it as a “superior” Spider-Man, i.e., one who shoots first and asks questions later, presumably. We went down this road in the 1990s with the Azrael version of Batman, and I think it was proven that no one really wanted a bonebreaking, murdering Dark Knight. We’ve been told that Doc Ock is having a “change of heart” going forward, but we also have the question of rape that’s already reared its ugly head in comic fandom circles — how far will Marvel take this? How far can they take it?
The story will be how much Ock can change and how much of his villainous ways are set far too deeply in his DNA. McGinnis: Therein lies the dilemma. This is not an antihero in the mold of Marvel mainstays The Punisher or Wolverine. This is an honest-to-God supervillain who is suddenly taking on the mantle of Spider-Man — and doing so by killing off Peter Parker, one of the most beloved protagonists in all of comics. How will the mainstream public accept this? Let’s be honest — Doc Ock just isn’t interesting enough as a character in and of himself to carry a series, let alone one where he is wearing Peter Parker’s identity. As you mentioned, the question of what this means for the people in Parker’s life is also a huge question, with the “r-word” getting tossed about for when/if he and Mary Jane get together. It brings up a lot of interesting (and potentially damaging) issues that Marvel will have to deal with. The question is, will the story being told be worth the trouble? Beard: Slott has a pretty good track record and he loves and knows the characters enough to deliver something worthwhile. I give him the benefit of the doubt here and trust that he can ramp up the story and keep the whole thing from devolving into the typical Marvel “event” megillah: big idea, good startup, middling middle and letdown ending. As far as Otto Octavius, it’s obvious that Marvel is at loose ends with what was once one of its biggest supervillains and a mainstay of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. He’s a character you either ditch or go for broke with. Does the public remember him from “SpiderMan 2?” I don’t know, but regular comic readers may think he’s still a joke and for that reason alone they may take a look. That’s what Marvel needs, for people to at least take a look and buy a few issues. McGinnis: But how many will look in? How many mainstream fans will get pulled in by the idea of a supposedly permanent mind-swap, centered around yet another comic death? How many times during the past 20 years have major characters been snuffed as a gimmick to draw fans in, with ever-diminishing results? No one can take death seriously as a storytelling device in comics anymore. It all comes back to the story. If the tale being told really captured people’s imaginations, the backlash wouldn’t be quite so intense. This feels less like a genuinely interesting development in the Spidey saga and more like a gimmick to sell another “event” — one that could seriously undermine the nature of the Spider-Man universe. Beard: Here’s how this will go: Marvel will get a temporary bump in sales, for however long, be able to say that Spider-Man is part of their current NOW! promotion and then bring back the
Spider-Man gets the drop on Doctor Octopus, but Doc Ock gets the last laugh. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY MARVEL COMICS
real Peter Parker in triumph somewhere down the road. Which will give them another bump in sales and another news story that will break through to the general public. That’s not pessimism on my part; that’s a modern comic book truism. And if the story is good, some fans will look back, maybe even several years from now, and say, “But y’know, it was a pretty good story.”
Unlike, say, the Clone Saga. Any backlash will be minor in the grand scheme of things. An unknowing person will be able to look in while this is going on and see the Spidey costume they’re familiar with, the powers and the face and name of Peter Parker. Marvel might be considered relatively smart and safe this time around. O
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A new solo exhibit by Toledo artist Tim Gaewsky explores the concept of instant gratification and the frustrations felt during the pursuit of it. “Chasing Rainbows” will be featured at the Launch Pad Cooperative gallery, 911 Jefferson Ave., in Downtown Toledo. The opening ceremony is set for 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11. The exhibit will run through Feb. 8. The gallery is not open for walk-in hours, but will offer free viewings by appointment. The exhibit will include several assemblages, an interactive installation and two wall pieces. A common element among the assemblages is the inclusion of unscratched instant lottery tickets, surrounded by lavish displays of color. The lottery tickets symbolize the inspiration behind Gaewsky’s exhibit. “This is an extension of a body of work that I started last year,” Gaewsky said. “I was exploring the idea of instant gratification. I was questioning one’s desire for instant grati-
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Tecumseh Ice Sculpture Festival set for Jan. 19-20 Attendees at Tecumseh’s fourth annual Ice Sculpture Festival, set for Jan. 19-20, can watch ice sculptors turn more than 25 blocks of ice into shimmering works of art, said Linda Hewlett, City of Tecumseh marketing coordinator. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 and noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in downtown Tecumseh. The weekend will kick off Jan. 19 with carving demonstrations. Later that afternoon, dueling carvers will face off in carving competitions using suggestions from the crowd. “People just like the competition,” Hewlett said. “They’ll all kind of cluster around and it’s just fun. It’s a crowd-pleaser for all ages.” New this year will be horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of Tecumseh from noon to 4 p.m. Jan 19. Cost is $2 per person; children age 4 and younger are free. Other activities set for Jan. 19 include bell choir performances starting at 11 a.m., snowshoe races starting at 2 p.m. and the “Winter Warm-Up Walk,” in which attendees can sample and vote on warm winter beverages
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Green in the new year Start the new year with new, healthier, sustainable habits like including green smoothies in your diet.
ealth goals are likely among the most common New Year’s resolutions, yet not necessarily the easiest to conquer. It can be hard to know where to start and even more challenging to keep the momentum going throughout the year and develop new, healthier, sustainable habits. For those looking for a healthier diet or weight loss through changes in eating habits, I recommend incorporating green smoothies into your daily meal plan. Not only are they extremely healthy and delicious, green smoothies are easy to make STACY and easy to habituate to. Green smoothies are different than your standard fruit smoothie because of the addition of greens, as in spinach, kale, broccoli or even celery. To get started, you will need a blender. A Vitamix is ideal because of its lasting capability to blend your solids into an amazing liquid; however, a less expensive highpowered blender will also do the job. Then, choose a base for the smoothie. I personally use plain kefir, but yogurt is a great option as well. Like many items, there are probably close to a hundred yogurt options at the store, so choose wisely; a lot of yogurts are loaded with an unhealthy amount of sugar and weird extra ingredients. Nondairy options for a base include soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk or fruit juice, although the latter can add unnecessary sugar as well. From there, add one or more cups of water, depending on how many people the smoothie is serving and your desired consistency. Next, add the greens. Spinach is my smoothie green of choice for several reasons. It’s inexpensive (I buy at the Toledo Farmers’ Market in season and Rhodes Garden), it’s super-duper healthy — it contains more nutrients per calorie than any other food on Earth (according to care2.com), and unlike other greens, its flavor is not overpowering and is unnoticeable in the smoothie. Carrots are a no-brainer for my smoothies as they, too, have a nondominant flavor (although my boyfriend disagrees), add extra vitamins and minerals and are inexpensive. (Make sure you blend the drink enough to grind up the carrots!) You will want to add fruit to the mix to add some sweetness to balance out the vegetables. Bananas are an excellent staple. I peel a bunch
or two at the same time, break the bananas in half, store them in the freezer and use one or two halves per smoothie. (Browning bananas are usually marked down and are great for smoothies). Apples are a simple fruit option because they are sweet and cheap, and often local. The other fruit that I add depends on season and price. I buy or harvest what is in season locally, otherwise I buy what is marked down. Rhodes on Monroe Street frequently has excellent sales on berries. I freeze all the berries (and spinach, by the way) for preservation and to ensure a refreshingly cold smoothie. Oranges (vitamin C boost), pears and mangos are all delicious choices. Once all of your whole, raw foods are in the blender, you can get creative with the supplements, herbs and seasoning. My must-have is spirulina, an edible blue-green algae that also qualifies as a “superfood.” It is a dark green powder and can be purchased at the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op (and apparently now at Costco, as well). Spirulina is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential amino acids and the list of benefits is substantial and amazing. This could be a game-changer for many. Find a way to bring it into your body as soon as possible. I also add hemp powder to my smoothies for protein, but many people like to add whole nuts like almonds or walnuts or nut butter like almond or peanut butter. A friend of mine taught me to add cinnamon and nutmisleg to my smoothies every day, not only for flavor but nutritional value, and I also add a small amount of peeled, raw ginger when it’s on hand, which makes for a really exciting taste. Fresh parsley is another herb I recommend for smoothies — it’s extremely nutritional and cheap, and if you add the right amount (a few sprigs), its taste goes unnoticed. Now blend that all up and you have a densely nutritious and delicious drink. Each morning when I have a green smoothie, I feel content and happy knowing that I’ve already ingested so many healthy and nourishing foods. A friend introduced me to green smoothies through the book “Green Smoothie Revolution” by Victoria Boutenko, for which I am eternally grateful. She offers recipes and pointers in the book and online. Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions, whatever they may be, and may 2013 be healthy and wholesome. O
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Dinner Party Village Players offer up a full plate of Neil Simon. By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo area has an open invitation to a dinner party. Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” is the third production of The Village Players Theatre’s season. The play follows six people who have been invited to a dinner party, without knowing how or why. “It’s one of those plays where you laugh one moment, then it’s serious the next moment, then you laugh again,” said director Jeff Albright. On top of his Academy and Tony Award nominations, Simon is the only playwright to have had four Broadway productions running at the same time. “He’s an American institution as far as the theater goes,” Albright said. “I think sometimes he’s dismissed because there are a lot of playwrights that write very serious plays all the time.” Albright described his six-person cast as
“top-notch.” “I got very lucky in the audition process,” Albright said. “It’s important in the casting of this play that particular people have certain chemistry with one another and I had just an incredible group of actors show up at auditions.” Of the six, Albright has already worked with four, Barbara Barkan (who plays Gabrielle) being one of them. “[She’s] somebody I really look up to,” Albright said. “She’s up there with the best I’ve ever seen. She’s like the Maggie Smith of Toledo.” The one cast member Albright’s worked the least with is JD McIntyre, a local disc jockey who plays Claude. This is McIntyre’s first production with The Village Players. McIntyre said he enjoys working with Albright. “He’s very direct,” he said. “He’s not afraid to say what he likes. He’s not afraid to say when you’re doing something he would prefer you didn’t. As an actor, you have to trust the director to make you look good. You don’t feel lost with Jeff.” n PARTY CONTINUES ON 10
The cast of ‘Dinner Party’: Back row: Jake Gordy, John DuVall and JD McIntyre. Front row: Elizabeth Cottle, Barbara Barkan and Marissa Rex. PHOTO BY CHRIS JAGODZINSKI
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Are you ready to rock? Ready or not, Owens Community College is offering an epic photo exhibition that may truly be worth more than a thousand words. From now through March 28, the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery will offer a rare glimpse into the history of American music through the eyes of legendary photographer Baron Wolman. The exhibit, “Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman” will also feature monthly selections of memorabilia from different periods of our shared musical history. “This whole exhibition came about because I became aware of a series created by Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, titled ‘America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,’ which offers grants to libraries and nonprofits with programs related to music history,” said Wynn Perry, Owens’ coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “We have applied for funding and are waiting to hear back. We first tried to get a show by Annie Leibovitz, who was unavailable, but it was her gallery that suggested that we contact Baron Wolman. I was the exhibition curator, with help from [Owens photography instructor] Ruth Foote. Baron has been wonderful to work with; I just let him know the topics that we wanted to highlight and he picked pieces from his portfolio that he
n PARTY CONTINUED FROM 9 McIntyre said the sarcasm from his character is his favorite. The play is a challenge though, he said. “Especially with Neil Simon,” McIntyre said. “There’s layers and layers. You have to know who you are and what you’re doing at every moment.” Albright, who directs a play every couple of years, is not unfamiliar with the playwright’s work. This is the third time he will be involved with a production of Simon’s. “The Dinner Party” is a comedy, but touches on serious matter, Albright said. “It was something that was different from a lot of his writing before. In light of what’s going on in the world, [it’s important] to be able to laugh at the human condition.” Albright said he can relate to the script. “Without giving too much away, the play is about relationships,” he said. “We have to make relationships work when things aren’t perfect. I definitely relate to it. I’m in a very long-term relationship and not every day is sunshine and lollipops.”
WOLMAN thought might fit. The biggest challenge was narrowing the field; we could only afford to print and ship so many and everything he sent was just beautiful.” In 1967, Wolman was appointed the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine and has since worked on a number of different projects, including several well-known album covers. More than 30 photographs will be on display in “Rock On.” Featured musicians will include James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Duke Ellington, Jim Morrison, Neil Young, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, George Harrison and Joan Baez, among others. In addition to the exhibition, Wolman will be giving a lecture at 7 p.m. March 21 in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre. Both are free and open to the public. “Music is such a personal thing, particularly for young people,” Perry said. “I really believe that it helps us create our identity to a certain extent and we are living in a very visual time and Baron’s work creates a marriage between performance and the visual. Having imagery really helps, we need that visual aid now more than ever.” For more information, call (567) 661-7000 or visit www.owens.edu. O Albright became interested in drama in college after he was assigned a general education theater class during his first semester. For a time, he lived in New York and performed in plays off-Broadway. Albright moved back to Toledo in 2003. The Village Players Theatre staff is encouraging the public to give back for this show. They will be sponsoring a food drive for the Feed Your Neighbor Food Bank of Northwest Ohio. Patrons can bring a nonperishable food item or a monetary donation to any of the performances. “Our patrons have been so good to us,” saidChris Jagodzinski, who is vice president of development for The Village Players. “The holidays are a hard time for [the nonprofits.]” Jagodzinski said he wants to give back once a year at least. Any donation from a guest will be entered into a drawing, eligible to win a pair of tickets for all shows in the 2013-14 season. “The Dinner Party” will run Jan. 11-26. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. For more information, visit the website thevillageplayers.org. O
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Rob Louis finds success with soulful Hip-Hop fusion.
aying dues on the music scene in Toledo since the age of 17, artist/ musician Rob Louis plays drums, piano and bass guitar as if there weren’t any other options for a church-going kid from a musically gifted family. Louis’ association with professional musicians from Toledo’s music industry has afforded him the opportunity to be a working musician. From his first album, “Love or Lust,” released in 2011 to his current 2012 release, “2nd Thoughts,” Louis has taken his listeners on a roller coaster of soulful HipHop fusion. His music is not the type you can describe based on what is available commercially. Singing and rapping is involved, but he has a sound of his own that could either confuse the musically close-minded or provide a breath
of fresh air to the musically oppressed. A producer and songwriter with skills that make him seem well beyond his 20s, Louis’ sound is an upbeat and positive combination of Hip-Hop, R&B, jazz and soul. His label W.A.L.L. (Where All Listeners Live) Music recently celebrated its two-year anniversary at L’Ambiance Soulhustle Hall. The music label based on passion and commitment consists of many other artists who like Rob Louis, think outside the box and performed along with other major players from Toledo. It was a soulful night with the talent performing or attending included Krystal Monique, Soulhustle Band, Tracy, J. Rashad, Philly P, Sasha Clayborne and EB, among others. It is rare to find a young musician as dedicated to music as Louis; it only
seemed right to let him speak to aspiring artists. Martini Rox: What is your process when making music? Rob Louis: Listen. Listen and then act on what I heard. Study [because] it probably all starts with a thought and then it goes into a concept and then it goes into a melody and then you create the song. Sometimes you may get the melody first, but a lot of times the songwriting aspect is more of a thought process and the producing is more of a melodic what I feel and what I hear in my head or what I just heard what it inspired me to create. Rox: Since your music does not fall into a specific genre, how would you describe it? Louis: I would say more like a lackadaisical jazz feel, urban Hip-Hop and New Age gospel (inspirational) sound all in one. Rox: I hear a lot of talk about music relevance. As a musician, in your opinion what is relevant music? Louis: I feel like relevant music is based on the person and the artist and how you present it to the people. It’s a lot of different music we hear around here today. It’s relevant; it’s just relevant in its own way no matter what the music is. I kind of feel like there’s not too much of a way
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ROB LOUIS that music is irrelevant, more so the person or artist that is presenting the music. Rox: Music has gotten you this far. Where do you see it taking you? Louis: My goal is to put the music out to the world, to people and different listeners and to work with people to establish relationships that will help me learn more as a musician that will benefit me in the future not [just] the present. Forever a student in the game, Louis is learning that there are no limits to what he can accomplish. In January, W.A.L.L. Music Gospel will make its debut as the label continues to expand. Hear Rob Louis and W.A.L.L. Music at: www.reverbnation.com/roblouismusic www.soundcloud.com/roblouismusic As we continue on …O
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Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.
MUSIC The Ark This intimate venue showcases acts from the A-list to the lesser known. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Freakwater: 8 p.m. Jan. 10, $12. O Seth Glier: 8 p.m. Jan. 11, $15. O Jill Jack: 8 p.m. Jan. 12, $20. O Robin & Linda Williams: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, $20. O Marc Cohn: 8 p.m. Jan. 14, $45. O Gemini: 8 p.m. Jan. 16, $12. O Dala: 8 p.m. Jan. 17, $15. O Kelly Joe Phelps: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, $15.
Arnie’s Perrysburg This 30-year Toledo tradition has spread south. Live entertainment is offered Wednesdays-Saturdays without cover charges. 25818 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 931-6590 or www.facebook.com/arnies.perrysburg. O Kyle White: 8-11 p.m. Jan. 10. O Luke James: 8-11 p.m. Jan. 11. O Zak Ward: 8-11 p.m. Jan. 12. O Dave Carpenter: 8-11 p.m. Jan. 17. O Jeff Stewart: 8-11 p.m. Jan. 18.
Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. O The Bridges: Jan. 11. O Estar Cohen Trio: Jan. 15. O Tricky Dicks and the Cover-Ups: Jan. 18.
B-Bop Records/Third Space Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www.bboprecords.com or www.thirdspacetoledo.com.
O Bohemian Spaceship: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 11.
BGSU concerts The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/arts. O Lynne Marie Mangan, oboe: 8 p.m. Jan. 9, Bryan Recital Hall. O Joel Hastings, piano: 8 p.m. Jan. 10, Bryan Recital Hall. O 10th Annual Gospel Fest: 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Bowen-Thompson Student Union ballroom, Ridge Street and North College Drive. $7-$15. O Sarah Frisaf, flute: 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Bryan Recital Hall. O Kevin Bylsma, piano: 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Bryan Recital Hall. O BGSU Wind Symphony: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Kobacker Hall.
Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. O The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards & the Spinners: 9 p.m. Jan. 18, $25.
Cheers Sports Eatery This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Woods, Kennedy, Knopp Band: Jan. 12.
Clazel Theater This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net. O Nadia Sirota: 8 p.m. Jan. 14.
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A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Rospoem, Dirty Deville, Moon Roots: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 9. O The Main Squeeze, Passalacqua: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10. O Electric Corpse, Night Beast, Michael Mars & the God Particle, Something Cold: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12. O The Vibes, Skyline, Elm St. Riot, Marco Debut: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 15. O Lucy’s Brown Seville, Racecaracecar, Emilio Basa: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16. O Match by Match, Teenage Octopus, the Finer Things, Bochnasty: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical performances. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855. O Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. O Danny Mettler: 7 p.m. Sundays.
Bronze Boar Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Ashley Kohn Band: Jan. 11. O Gin Bunny: Jan. 12. O Stonehouse: Jan. 18.
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Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 9 and 15-16. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Jan. 10. O Lori Lefevre-Johnson: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11-12. O Michael Peslikis: 7 p.m. Jan. 17. O Chris Buzzelli: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19.
The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O MAS FiNA: Jan. 11. O Arctic Clam: Jan. 12. O Velvet Jones: Jan. 18-19.
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Doc Watson’s Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. O Rance Crane: 10 p.m. Jan. 11. O Jeff Tucker: 10 p.m. Jan. 12. O Chris Millimen: 10 p.m. Jan. 18.
Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O 427 Band: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11-12.
Frankie’s Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Jay Awada: 9 p.m. Jan. 10, free. O Marc Rizzo, DemonShifter, Undercut, Siklid: 8 p.m. Jan. 11. O Hize, Triple Threat, Proficey, 4 I’s: 9 p.m. Jan. 12. O B. Wills, #OE, Infamiss: 9 p.m. Jan. 18.
French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Candice Coleman & the Chris Brown Band: Jan. 11-12. O Breaking Ground: Jan. 18-19.
Greektown Casino-Hotel Three stages — at Shotz Sports Bar, Eclipz Ultra Lounge and Asteria — offer competition for gamblers’ attention. 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. No cover charge, unless noted; guests must be 21 or older. (888) 771-4386 or www.greektowncasino.com. O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Shotz.
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“My favorite Grammy moment lately was the Prince and Beyoncé performance.” — Will i Am Greektown Casino-Hotel (cont.) O DJ Nick Nader: 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shotz. O DJ Lee J: 9 p.m. Sundays, Shotz. O Daniel Harrison and the $2 Highway: 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Asteria. O Howard Glazer Band, Emannuel Young: 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Asteria. O Alise: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Shotz. O Athena Johnson: 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Asteria. O Laura Rain: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Asteria. O Motor City Mix: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Shotz.
H Lounge The newly opened Hollywood Casino offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com. O Arctic Clam: 9 p.m. Jan. 11. O Sierra Shame: 9 p.m. Jan. 12. O 56 Daze: 9 p.m. Jan. 18.
Kerrytown Concert House This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Dobbins/Krahnke/Weed, John E. Lawrence: 8 p.m. Jan. 11. O “Where the Music Comes From” Food Gatherers fundraiser: 2 p.m. Jan. 12, free. O “Michigan Women Sing Michigan Men” fundraiser for Safehouse Women’s Shelter: 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 13. O Sharon Sparrow: 8 p.m. Jan. 15. O “Aguanko”: Alberto Nacif’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Project: 8 p.m. Jan. 18.
Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides live entertainment most weekends. 1516 A dams St. (419) 2436675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Mark Hutchins: 7 p.m. Jan. 9. O Quick Trio, Rachel Richardson: 4 p.m.-midnight Jan. 10. O Shawn Sanders: 9 p.m. Jan. 11. O Joe Woods: 9 p.m. Jan. 12. O Captain Sweet Shoes: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. O Zac Kruez Trio: 6 p.m. Jan. 17. O Alan Smith & the Blues All Stars: 9 p.m. Jan. 18.
O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O Transmission (Goth night): 10 p.m. Fridays, $8.
Motor City Casino/Hotel This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or www.motorcitycasino.com. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. O In-A-Fect: 7 p.m. Jan. 9-10, 10 p.m. Jan. 11 and 5:15 p.m. Jan. 12. O Vinyl Underground: 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11. O Serieux: 10 p.m. Jan. 12. O George Brothers: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. O Random Family: 7 p.m. Jan. 14. O Larry Lee & Back in the Day: 7 p.m. Jan. 15. O Dave Hamilton: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. O Phase 5: 7 p.m. Jan. 17. O Cancel Monday: 5:15 p.m. Jan. 18. O Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. Jan. 18.
One2 Lounge at Treo Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. O John Barile & Bobby May: Jan. 9. O Andrew Ellis Duo: Jan. 11. O Stonehouse: Jan. 12. O Skip Turner Band: Jan. 18.
Ottawa Tavern Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O J.W. Carlson, Miracle Vitamins, Throw It to Erie: 10 p.m. Jan. 11.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or www.potbelly.com. O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Jaime Mills: Noon-2 Fridays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Live music rings out over the slots and croupiers on the weekends in the Int Ice lounge. 1777 Third St., Detroit. (877) 888-2121 or www.mgmgranddetroit.com. O Gwen & Charles Scales: 9 p.m. Fridays. O Hidden Agenda: 9 p.m. Jan. 12.
Founded in 1968, this Celtic-style bar and eatery offers entertainment at its three locations. 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., (419) 381-1281; 105 S. Third St., Waterville, (419) 441-1081; and 7436 W. Bancroft St., Sylvania, (419) 7247981. www.shawnsirishtavern.com. O Johnny Rodriguez: Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, Toledo; Jan. 12, Sylvania; Jan. 17, Waterville.
A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com.
Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com.
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O Brian Bocian: Jan. 11. O Meaghan Roberts: Jan. 12. O Eddie Molina: Jan. 17. O Kyle White: Jan. 18.
O John Barile and Bobby May: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. O Dave Carpenter: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. O Jaime Mills: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. O Barile Jazz Trio: 7 p.m. Jan. 17. O Ronn Daniels: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
Swig Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or www.swigrestaurantandbar.com. O Jason Slone: Jan. 10. O Dan Stewart: Jan. 11. O Ryan Dunlap: Jan. 12. O Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: Jan. 15. O Kristin Gramza: Jan. 17. O Meaghan Roberts: Jan. 18.
Table Forty 4 Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. and concludes at 1:30 a.m. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or www.tableforty4.com. O Mike Fisher: Jan. 10. O Kyle White: Jan. 11. O Brad Berries: Jan. 12. O John Barile: Jan. 17. O Nine Lives: Jan. 18-19.
Trotters Tavern 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. O Jeff McDonald Big Band: Jan. 15. O Ragtime Rick: Jan. 16. O Madison Binkley: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 18. O Andrew Ellis: 9:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
The Village Idiot Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. O Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. O Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. O S***DangMonsterTrucks: 8 p.m. Jan. 10, $5. O Crane Wives: 10 p.m. Jan. 11, $5. O Bobby May & the Dry Bones Revival: 8 p.m. Jan. 12, $5. O The Zimmerman Twins: 9 p.m. Jan. 17, $5. O The Nu-Tones: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, $5.
Ye Olde Durty Bird A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or www.yeoldedurtybird.com. O Jeff Stewart: 7 p.m. Jan. 9. O The Eight-Fifteens: 7 p.m. Jan. 10.
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Jazz on the Maumee The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $15. (419) 241-141 or www.arttatumsociety.com. O Josh Silver & Co.: Jan. 9. O Chris Buzzelli & Co.: Jan. 16.
Indoor Bluegrass Festival The “Queen of Bluegrass Music” Rhonda Vincent will be among the musicians present to perform and jam, sign autographs, offer workshops and sell CDs. 12:30-11:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and noon11:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. $25 a day. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Jan. 11: Jr. Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Deepwater Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Larry Gillis & Swamp grass, Idletymes. O Jan. 12: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Matheson Family Pride, Remington Ryde, Bo Isaac & The Rounders.
An Evening With Duke Ellington The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will present a tribute to this jazz icon, performing works from the entire spectrum of his compositions, featuring Nate Gurley on vocals. 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. $22-$32. (419) 242-2787, thetoledojazzorchestra.org or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Ragtime Extravaganza The River Raisin Ragtime Revue will present vaudeville, burlesque and music hall sounds. 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $30-$50. (734) 7688397, (734) 668-8463 or www.michtheater.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin will conduct the musicians in a program featuring organ and pieces by Bach, Barber and more. 4 p.m. Jan. 13, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$75. (734) 764-2538 or ums.org. O
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he past year has been a whirlwind for Kendrick does some fine acting as well. It’s a great time at the movies. movies. Strengths in 2012 at the box office included some very well 9. “Skyfall” made superhero movies and book adaptations. The With Sam Mendes dimajor complaint I still have, recting and Roger Deakins however, is getting access to the behind the camera, “Skyfall” “cool” movies. Screenings stopped is a great action film with in Toledo over the summer and hints of 007. The villain, now one must head to Detroit played by Javier Bardem, or Cleveland for movie preis thrilling and delightful. screenings, or see them at their Bond himself, played again midnight premiere. Two movies by Daniel Craig, is great and I was not able to see before putcomes with a backstory, less ting my list together are “Amour” polished and more enjoyand “Zero Dark Thirty,” two films James A. able than previous Bonds being lauded by critics groups audiences have seen. around the country. 8. “The Amazing With that, here are my top Spider-Man” 10 movies of 2012, all of which I gave five out of five stars, and The formula is the same: my Worst 3 movies of 2012: Teenage boy gets bitten by a radioactive spider and his 10. “Pitch Perfect” already complicated life gets even more complex. Yet the The story follows an all-girls a cappella group and it is fun to watch way in which the writers and director go about on screen. The editing is well done, the music “The Amazing Spider-Man” is remarkable. It’s and songs mixed together are fantastic and the as if they lived in a world where a Spider-Man comedy is spot on. Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids”) movie didn’t already exist, a world where Tobey gives a great performance as Fat Amy and Anna Maguire was just a racehorse jockey. Comparing
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Movies within movies can be very fun to watch. Ben Affleck’s latest film is based on a declassified true story that used the cover of a movie to help extract six Americans stuck in Iran. Affleck makes sure to set up the conflict in this film very carefully. This is not an action movie. It’s a slow-building thriller that works to explain the story carefully and precisely. Alexandre Desplat provides a perfect background motif with his score in one of the year’s best movies. n TOP 10 CONTINUES ON 15
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5. “Moonrise Kingdom”
This movie is inventive in so many ways, thanks to director Wes Anderson. From the unique, meticulous cinematography and editing to the fanciful script, “Moonrise Kingdom” is one of the best films of the year. When two young lovers run away from home to meet up, audiences are treated to a fun adventure.
4. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
There is something magical about going to the movie theater. And when movies capture that on the screen, it’s something to behold. Magic and fantasy rule and drive this movie. Timothy (CJ Adams) is wonderful, innocent and great to watch on screen. Jennifer Garner and Shohreh Aghdashloo make this movie a favorite of 2012.
3. “Silver Linings Playbook”
This offering from David O. Russell is a picture of real life and how the hardest thing can sometimes be living with others and communicating. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence provide some spot-on acting. Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver are also wonderful.
A master class all the way around: excellent acting by Daniel Day-Lewis (an Oscar-worthy performance), Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; impeccable screenplay by Tony Kushner (“Munich”); beautiful cinematography by Janusz Kaminski (“War Horse” and “Saving Private Ryan”); a quiet and perfect score by John Williams; and Steven Spielberg’s direction is icing on the cake. The release of this movie about the last few months of the 16th president’s life was perfectly timed and it could just win the Best Picture Oscar — if it can hold off “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo.”
1. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
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shines is in the screenplay, which author Stephen Chbosky adapted himself. He also directed the movie. It’s his story and vision executed very well for the big screen. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are perfect as the leading characters. “We are infinite.” Honorable Mentions: “Looper,” “Django Unchained,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Artist,” “Big Miracle” and “Cloud Atlas.”
Worst: 3. “The Watch”
At times, “The Watch” struggles to figure out if it wants to be a comedy, drama, thriller or actionadventure movie. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was better able to traverse these genres seamlessly. The 98-minute film’s R rating also seems wasted.
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Where this detective thriller fails is in basic filmmaking. It’s hard to get past the horrible editing and screenplay. It would be a stretch to air this movie on The Lifetime Movie Network. Tyler Perry, playing the title character here, should stick to directing himself in comedies, where he is successful. Matthew Fox (“Lost”) is one of few bright spots in the film as the serial killer.
Worst: 1. “Playing for Keeps”
Where this movie finds its groove is with Jessica Biel — the best part and character of the movie. Where this movie doesn’t work: everything else. We’ve seen this all before. There is the standard romantic comedy formula and toward the end, there’s the misunderstanding that could derail everything. Eventually, they live happily ever after — together. Could the filmmakers have tried any less? Dishonorable Mentions: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Chronicle” and “Total Recall.” O Toledo Free Press Star Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.
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y the time the clock strikes midnight, and we have given our smooches as the ball drops, we are on to planning what we want to accomplish or change in the new year. Even if some of us don’t always exactly stick to our resolutions, it still can be fun to make a clean slate for ourselves. From a fashion standpoint, there is nothing better than a wardrobe clean slate — especially during the months of January and February. Our typical black pants, jeans or sweater dresses can just feel so boring and so LaUREN typical. But if you are like most women, purchasing a new wardrobe is completely out of the question, especially after just being hit from the holidays. Instead of stressing over wearing the same old same old, change it up! Try mixing and matching unexpected colors and patterns for a new, fresh look — with items you already have. The look and feel of the outfit will be new without having to spend a dime. Try some of these unexpected, fashionable color combos to get you through these winter months. Orange and plum. Whether you are pairing an orange sweater with plum jeans, a plum sweater with an orange belt, or accessorizing with scarves or jewelry, this color combo is warm, rich, and bright enough to help break out of your winter blues. This color combo can seem scary, but the overall look is definitely worth it. Emerald Green pair thiswith anything in your closet. Prepare for many more columns to come talking about emerald green. This color is going to be super-hot, and will be seen everywhere, especially 00 into the spring $ months. What is perfect about emerald green is that most of us own something in this color from the holiday season. During the winter, pair emerald green with all winter white, like an emerald blazer with winter white jeans and a white T. Or to change up your typical all-black look with emerald green accessories. For a fun night out, pair an emerald green top with a pair of leopard or snakeskin print pumps. The looks
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