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ARTS: Jules Webster offers winter clay classes 4 STAGE: Rep offers Moss Hart play 5 COMICS: Spawn’s 200th issue 6 CONCERT: Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent 10 THE PULSE: Calendar of Events 12 GOLD KNIGHT: Personal picks and Oscar hopes 15 ON THE ROX: Martini on image and approach 16 McGINNIS: Patrick Welch reaches for the stars 18

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Hypnotist offers free show at Owens By Sarah Ottney Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

If you suddenly feel compelled to swing by Owens Community College this month, it may be because a nationally renowned comedy hypnotist will be making an appearance. Actually, Frederick Winters can’t hypnotize just anyone — they have to volunteer — but by all accounts he keeps his audiences laughing. Voted Campus Activities Magazine’s 2010 Best Male Performer and its 2006 College Entertainer of the Year, Winters loves to be onstage. He has performed more than 2,000 shows and hypnotized more than 155,000 people, according to his website. Winters will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre at the Toledo-area campus, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. Admission is free and open to the public. Nicole Lance of Owens’ Student Activities Office said the group heard good things about Winters at a conference and were won over after watching a video of him perform. “I think it’s going to be really hilarious,” Lance said. Winters said it’s impossible for him to pick a favorite or funniest moment from one of his shows. “I think a hypnosis show is so genuinely funny because I put very logical people into very illogical situations. They don’t rationalize the way a fully conscious person does, so it’s very unpredictable, very spontaneous and hugely entertaining. I wouldn’t know where to begin isolating one over the other,” Winters said during a phone interview. “All I can say is every show has one of the funniest moments I’ve seen. I have a good laugh along with the audience sometimes.” Winters might tell his subjects they’re on a roller coaster, causing them to scream while simply sitting in a chair. Or suggest they lost their belly buttons and a person in the front row has it. “When you watch someone get hypnotized, you know something is going on,” Winters said. “You know these people wouldn’t be doing all these crazy, illogical things if they weren’t under

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some kind of hypnotic suggestion.” Winters said a small number of people can be induced simply with a handshake, but he typically takes it slow during shows, gradually deepening the level of hypnosis during 12 minutes. Winters, who became interested in hypnosis while attending Northwestern University and trained under master hypnotherapist George Vaughn Lowther, describes hypnosis as simply an altered state of consciousness. “I’m putting them in this relaxed state of mind, but it’s no different from what watching ‘I Love Lucy’ will do; your brain goes and you lose yourself for awhile,” Winters said. “When you stare at a TV set, time passes quickly, or when in a movie or on the computer or when driving down the highway and you’re not aware you’re driving, but you are. Those are hypnotic states.” Although he now tours full time with his comedy routine, Winters is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist and sells CDs that help people quit smoking, lose weight, improve memory, improve sports performance and more. Along with entertaining audiences, he educates his crowds about the many misconceptions of hypnosis as well as how hypnotherapy can be used to modify perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. But there is a limit on what he can make people do. “If I tell them to jump off a cliff, they wouldn’t do it because they aren’t unconscious. They still have reservations, but it becomes a natural tendency to obey the voice of the hypnotizer,” Winters said. “If forced (on stage) against their will, they wouldn’t respond to hypnosis. If someone can’t be hypnotized, it doesn’t mean they can’t be hypnotized, it just means they don’t want to at that moment.” Winters said people will enjoy his show, whether participating or watching. “I think if nothing else, I hope they forget about life for a while, hopefully laugh their heads off,” Winters said. “I hope they walk away saying ‘That’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen, I didn’t believe in hypnosis when I walked in here, but now I do.’” For information, visit www.frederickwinters.com or contact Owens’ Office of Student Activities at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2569. O

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Nothing beats getting out of the daily humdrum once a week to learn something new in a vibrant, creative space, believes local artist Jules Webster of Shine Ceramics. Webster, Space 237’s resident artist and ceramics instructor, has released her new schedule of winter clay classes at the gallery’s ClaySpace, 237 N. Michigan Ave., in Downtown Toledo. Two new classes are among the offerings, a beginning wheel-throwing class for kids and a handbuilding functional tableware class for adults. “I do a lot of tableware in my own work personally,” Webster said. “A lot of people just think of the wheel when they think of ceramics, and maybe have tried it in the past and weren’t good at it so have given it up, but really there are an unlimited number of ways to make ceramics and pottery.” Webster, who contributes a column to Toledo Free Press Star, said kids like her classes because she gives them instruction but doesn’t force them into specific projects, letting them come up with their own creative solutions, while adults sometimes come in nervous but end up thrilled with their finished products. “Because classes are relatively short, it’s not that hard to integrate it into one’s schedule, but you get a lot out of the time that goes into it,” Webster said. Classes are as follows: O Beginning Throwing for Adults (day class): Four sessions, $95, Tuesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25, and Feb. 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. O Beginning Throwing for Adults (evening class): Four sessions, $95, Thursdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. O Beginning Throwing for Teens (evening class): Four sessions, $90, Thursdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. OBeginning Throwing for Kids, Age 8-13 (Saturday class): Four sessions, $90, Saturdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m n CLAY CONTINUES ON 5

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n CLAY CONTINUED FROM 4 In these sessions, participants will learn wheelthrowing basics through a demonstration by the instructor followed by guided hands-on wheel time. The fee includes 20 pounds of stoneware clay. An optional one-hour glazing workshop will be offered at the end of each four-week session for $15. See www.space237.com for dates and times. O Beginning Sculpture for Kids, Age 5-11 (Saturday class): Three sessions, $75, Saturdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29, 1-2:30 p.m. This class will explore sculpting and building techniques. Class size will be limited to six participants. OHand-building Functional Tableware for Adults (day class): Four sessions, includes glazing, $95, Thursdays, Jan 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. Noon-1:30 p.m. In this class, participants will learn the basics of working with slabs of clay to create beautiful and functional tableware. Pieces will be glazed during the last session using leadfree and food-safe glazes. O Create Your Own Class: If a class is full, doesn’t work in your schedule or you don’t see what you are interested in, Webster also offers the option to create your own class. To register for a class, contact Webster at julieshinewebster@gmail.com or (419) 460-3673. For information about the classes and facilities, visit www.space237.com. For more information on the instructor, visit www.shineceramics.com. O

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Local theater patrons will soon get a taste of Broadway when the Toledo Repertoire Theatre presents Moss Hart’s underrated comedic gem, “Light Up The Sky.” The play begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 14. David DeChristopher is directing. “I had read the play and suggested it to Rep’s selection committee,” DeChristopher said. “One of the reasons I really wanted to direct this piece is that many of Hart’s classics have been done to death, and this has a little more edge to it. To my knowledge, this is the first time it has ever been staged in Toledo. I think that one of the reasons that it doesn’t get done very often is that it is an ensemble piece, it isn’t a star vehicle.”

One of the most celebrated playwrights of the 1930s and ’40s, Hart is perhaps best known as the longtime collaborator of George S. Kaufman, who was a key member of the literary salon known as the Algonquin Round Table. Some of their more noted successes include “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Man Who Came To Dinner” and “George Washington Slept Here.” Hart was also a director and bestselling author. “Light Up The Sky,” a solo effort by Hart, was first produced in 1948. Hart passed away in 1961 at the age of 57. “Having done a lot of recent work with students and young people, one of the most difficult aspects of this production has been remembering the arc of the process for adults and respecting that process,” said DeChristopher, who writes crossword puzzles for Toledo Free Press. “This is worth mentioning because Moss Hart himself is

a few different characters in the piece, both the young and old playwright. You want everyone to have a great experience, while at the same time putting together the highest quality production possible. I think that this play offers something for everyone.” The production features Marissa Rex, Jeffrey Albright, Elizabeth Cottle, Mark McGovern, Barbara Barkan, Brad Riker, John DuVall, Deb J. Brescol, Thea Grabiec, Gerry Royce, Scott Dibling and Fred Robinson. Tickets for “Light Up The Sky” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for children 12 and younger. Additional dates are Jan. 15, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Rep is located Downtown at 16 10th St. For information, call (419) 243-9277 or visit www.toledorep.org. O

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hen a new sign popped up on the building next to Arnie’s, emblazoned with the words “El Nuevo Vallarta,” I got a hankering for tamales and decided to stop in. The name simply means “the new Vallarta” — which leads me to believe that the owners are either from the popular resort Don city off the Pacific coast of Mexico, or they once stayed there on vacation and had a really, really good time. El Nuevo Vallarta is “Home-style Mexican cuisine” and they serve some downhome-size portions as well. While I am not the foremost authority on traditional Mexican delicacies, I can tell the difference between Taco Bell, chain restaurants and real Mexican food. Nothing against the rest, but give me the grande portions and distinct taste of authentic Mexican food and I’ll forget about making another run for the border. As I scanned the walls, the décor seemed pretty standard for a traditional Mexican place. Brightly

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here are many days each winter when the sun is hiding behind the clouds. Sometimes it happens many days in a row. On those days, my mind starts drifting to memories of Hawaiian beaches, bare feet around the clock and consistent temperatures in the 80s. Maybe ... I could ... nah. I already knew last April that I wanted to immerse myself in snow this winter. I was traveling during the last two Ohio winters and I felt somewhat incomplete without that season. Ask me in two months if I still feel the same way. Anyway, we are all here in Toledo this winter, whether we want to be or not. It’s going to be cold and dark some days, whether we want it to be or not. So let us embrace winter and make the most of it! Winter Solstice marks the return of light; the sun stays with us longer as we continue forward toward spring. It is common for people to interpret this shift personally, experiencing the natural cycle of rebirth and renewal. Winter is a time to consciously put the darkness behind you, to release that which is no longer serving you. With that, bring in

the light. Set intentions to manifest desired changes in your life for the year ahead. Do some inner work this winter. Naturally, we tend to eat a little bit more and move a little bit less in the winter. Good, old-fashioned hibernation. Embrace this and nurture yourself. There’s something very nostalgic and romantic about curling up by the fire with a book and cup of STACY tea, looking outside at the fresh-fallen snow. We work so hard all year at a seemingly rapid pace; we deserve to slow down and take time to renew our energy. At some point this winter, cabin fever may come knocking at your door, begging you to get outside. Embrace this

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How to deal with the long, cold, snowy season in Toledo.

too. Put on your long johns, wool socks, hat, gloves, Carhartt coveralls if needed, the works, and head outside with a thermos of something hot to drink. There is so much to do outside in Northwest Ohio, no matter the season. Ottawa Park is awesome enough to have an outdoor ice rink; admission is $4 and skate rentals are $2. For a less-urban ice skating experience and if you have your own skates, visit Oak Openings Nature Preserve or Mary Jane Thurston State Park. Our Metroparks have beautiful trails for crosscountry skiing, hiking and nature walks. Go sledding. Birding. Ice fishing. Build a snowman. Have a snowball fight. Visit the river and Lake Erie. Feast

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The “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and her band, The Rage, will perform in Perrysburg as part of the 21st annual “Winterfest Bluegrass in Super Class.” This is the first time the life-long bluegrass artist has appeared at the festival. “I’m really excited about the show. At festivals you get to experience the camaraderie with the other bands. Plus being there all day you get a chance to really visit with the fans,” Vincent said during a telephone interview from her tour bus, the Martha White Bluegrass Express. Vincent, who spends 11 months of the year on the road, said it is the people who make the different places she travels special. A fifth-generation musician, Vincent first began performing with her parents’ group, the Sally Mountain Show, at the age of 5. “It’s a way of life that evolved into a career,” Vincent said. “I live and love the music and am lucky that I’ve been able to pursue it all these years.”

After 10 years with Rounder Records, Vincent left to establish her own label, Upper Management Music. In September ,Vincent released the album “Taken” on the new imprint. “For the most part, recording is done in the same place, in the same way. I had already been producing the albums with my band. The biggest difference is when it came time to write the check,” Vincent said. “A record label really works as a bank — paying for an album upfront. There is a bit of a risk involved investing in an artist without making any money at first. It was the biggest surprise for me.” Vincent said her many sleepless nights about whether she made the right decision paid off when the record was No. 2 on the Billboard bluegrass charts its second week. A number of songs on “Taken” feature guest appearances. Vincent sings with her daughters, Richard Marx and Dolly Parton on the album. Vincent said the collaborations aren’t just guest appearances for the sake of guest appearances, but make the most sense musically. “It’s not like I say I’m going to have Keith Urban on the album just to have him. I have someone who I hear singing harmony, people in my band or whoever can interpret the song

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MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts, as well as folk, bluegrass and acoustic acts. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www. theark.org. O David Francey, Craig Werth, Amelia Curran: 8 p.m. Jan. 12, $15. O The Red Sea Pedestrians: 8 p.m. Jan. 13, $15. O The Yellow Room Gang: 8 p.m. Jan. 14, $15. O The RFD Band: 8 p.m. Jan. 15, $11. O BeauSoleil, Michael Doucet: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, $25. O Clay Cook, Levi Lowrey: 8 p.m. Jan. 17, $10. O Bitch, Ferron: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, $17.50. O Jake Armerding, Rachael Davis: 8 p.m. Jan. 20, $20. O The Ragbirds: 8 p.m. Jan. 21, $15.

Basin St. Grille This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Jeff Stewart: Jan. 12. O Open jam with Jason Hudson Project: Jan. 13. O Distant Cousinz: Jan. 14. O Andrew Ellis, Lucky Lemont: Jan. 15. O Scott Fish, Bob Stevens: Jan. 19. O Open jam with Mike Whitty and Friends: Jan. 20. O Tom Turner & Slowburn: Jan. 21.

The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. theblarneyirishpub.com. O The Lebowskis: Jan. 13. O Toast & Jam: Jan. 14. O Nu-Tones: Jan. 15. O MAS FiNA: Jan. 21.

Blind Pig 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 Alotta Nakedness, Domanation: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12. O SkeltonLuns, English: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13. O The Juliets, Ornery Little Darlings, Silverghost, Hallway: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 14. O The Hood Internet: 9 p.m. Jan. 15. O La Trinity, Katie and Me: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18. O Dryvel, Hero Jr., Konniption Fit: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19. O Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program, Pink Lightning, Pewter Club, Jesse Shepherd Bates: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

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 Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Karaoke: Tuesdays. O Crucial 420: Jan. 14. O Mojo Pin: Jan. 15. O Swamp Kings: Jan. 21.

Brooklyn’s Daily Grind Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com. O Poetry and jazz open mic: Jan. 19.

Caesars Windsor If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in 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 B.B. King: 9 p.m. Jan. 14, $30.

Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903.

O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.

O Levi Lowrey, Clay Cook, Brett Juhasz: 9 p.m. Jan. 20. O Words After, the Miracle Vitamins, Beach Parade, Longitude, Johnny Lucas: 9 p.m. Jan. 21.

Club Soda This university hot spot from back in the day hosts entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. 3922 Secor Road. (419) 4730062 or www.toledoclubsoda.com. O Rodney Parker: Jan. 14-15. O Bush League: Jan. 21-22.

The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Kyle White: Jan. 12 and 19. O The Bridges: Jan. 13-15. O Ben Barefoot and Company: Jan. 20. O Swagg: Jan. 21-22.

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 Andrew Ellis: 10 p.m. Jan. 14. O Kelsey and the Turners: 10 p.m. Jan. 15. O Name this tune: 7 p.m. Jan. 20 O The Berlin Brothers: 10 p.m. Jan. 21.

Frankie’s Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Auto Tune karaoke: 9 p.m. Mondays. O Open mic nights, hosted by Larry Love: 9 p.m. Tuesdays in January. O The Grubs, I of Radio: 9 p.m. Jan. 13. O I See Stars; Abandon All Ships; Close Your Eyes; Us, From Outside; Let’s Get It; Kid Icarus: 5 p.m. Jan. 14. O Grindline: 10 p.m. Jan. 14. O Mystik, America’s Delusional Dream, C-Fifth, Raine Wilder, Great Lakes Crew: 9 p.m. Jan. 15, $3-$5. O In This Moment, Like Moths to Flames: 5 p.m. Jan. 17. O M-Eighty, Philippe: 9 p.m. Jan. 19.

French Quarter J. Pat’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 Green Eyed Soul: Jan. 14-15. O Colin Dussault Acoustic Side Project: Jan. 21-22.

Headliners All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or www.headlinerstoledo.com. O Suicide Machines, Sick of It All, Outbreak, Mother of Mercy, the Unsinkable Molly Brown: 6 p.m. Jan. 15, $15-$18.

Ice Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Jeff McDonald Quartet: 5 p.m. Jan. 13. O Dan and Don: 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. O Calen Savidge: 8 p.m. Jan. 15. O Shella Landis: 5 p.m. Jan. 20.

Kerrytown Concert House This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytown concerthouse.com. O Pete Siers Quartet: 8 p.m. Jan. 13. O Schumann Festival concert: 8 p.m. Jan. 18, free. O The Fortytwo, Sarana VerLin: 8 p.m. Jan. 20, $10. O Ellen Rowe Quartet: 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Vytas and Steve: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Open mic with Bread and Butter: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays.

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Mickey Finn’s A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. mickeyfinnspub.com. O Local music and film nights: 8 p.m. Thursdays in January, no cover. O El Blanco Diablo, Infernal Names: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. O Minus Elliott, 7 Shot Screamers: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. O Stonehouse: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

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Burris Trio: 4 p.m. Jan. 13. O Skip Turner: Jan. 14. O Post Modern Blues Band: Jan. 15. O Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 6 p.m. Jan. 17. O Tom Turner: 8 p.m. Jan. 18. O The Quick Trio: 6 p.m. Jan. 20. O Blue Flamingos: Jan. 21.

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The Toledo School for the Arts’ chorus, orchestra, winds and percussion from junior high performances to more advanced groups, will present a seasonal selection of music. Owens, Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (419) 246-8732, ext. 2, or www.ts4arts.org.

M.T. Loonies Last Born Sons Band performs at 9 p.m. Thursdays; DJs take over on Fridays and Saturdays. 6648 Lewis Ave., Temperance. (734) 847-7222 or mtloonies.net.

Murphy’s Place Jazz — straight, smooth, bebop or traditional — all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www. murphysplacejazz.com. O Joan Russell memorial/celebration: Jan. 16.

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Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Pomegranates, the Faux Paus: 10 p.m. Jan. 14. O Bethesda: 10 p.m. Jan. 15. O The Red River, MightHaveBeen: 10 p.m. Jan. 16. O The Ruggs: 10 p.m. Jan. 21.

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Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizza papalis.com. O Chris Knopp: 7 p.m. Jan. 14-15. O Kyle White: 7 p.m. Jan. 21-22.

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Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or www.toledomainstreet.com. O East River Drive: Jan. 15.

The Village Idiot Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281, (419) 740-2395 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Old West End Records: Wednesdays.

O Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. O Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons. O Frankie May, BenBarefoot: Mondays. O Bobby May Drybone Revival: Jan. 14. O Whitey Morgan and the 78s: Jan. 15. O The Nu-Tones: Jan. 21.

Yeeha’s Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www. yeehas.com. O DJ Heat: Jan. 14. O Big Ticket: Jan. 15-16. O DJ Matt Lewis: Jan. 21.

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band Revival Party 8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265.

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265.

Laurie Anderson This performance and visual artist, musician, poet and writer will discuss her theatrical work, “Delusion,” which debuted at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, at this lecture, part of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design Penny W. Stamps series. 5:10 p.m. Jan. 13, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463 or www. michtheater.org. O Anderson’s show, highlighting technology, violin, visuals and voice, will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 14-15, University of Michigan’s Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. $18-$52. (734) 764-2538 or www.ums.org.

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form piano trios of Shostakovich and Ravel: 3 p.m. Jan. 16.

Cecilia Johnson, Priscilla Johnson, Susan Schreiber and Jim Anderson, conducted by Wayne Anthony, will pair works by Dvorak and Brahms for this romantic program for piano and strings. 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Trinity Episcopal, 1 Trinity Plaza. $12$15. (419) 243-1231 or www.trinitytoledo.org.

Bluegrass Winterfest No. 21 This celebration of America’s rural tunes will feature performances by the Lewis Tradition, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Wildwood Valley Boys with Aubrey Holt, Summertown Road, the Larkins, Remington Ryde, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Idletymes, Deepwater, the Prater Brothers, Whittaker Brothers and Vertical Limit Bluegrass. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and noon Jan. 15, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. $25-$55. (330) 645-1542, (419) 874-3111, www.bluegrassmountaineers.net or www.hifq.com.

Musical Seas The Toledo Symphony, led by Mei Ann Chen, will perform Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” overture, Debussy’s “La Mer” and two pieces by Ravel. 8 p.m. Jan. 14-15, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. $20-$50. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.

Ramona Collins This Toledo native is known through the region for both her devotion to jazz and her chops. 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $10-$12. (419) 824-3999 or www. franciscancenter.org.

An Evening of Sinatra and Friends The 16-piece Monroe Big Band will be joined by vocalists Kevin Sands, Joel Zmuda and Lisa Young will perform tunes by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Meyer Theater, La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich. $12. (734) 384-4274, www. monroeccc.edu/theater or monroebigband.com.

Music Antigua de Toledo “Story and Song: Entertainment for a Midwinter’s Afternoon” is a performance of ancient music that, combined with meaning, created stories for the ancient Greeks to those in the Baroque era and beyond. 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16, UT’s Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $8-$10. (419) 530-2375.

TMA concert Visual and audible arts combine for a new experience. Great Gallery (unless noted), 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O Merwin Siu, Damon Coleman and Michael Boyd will per-

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This group will present a concert titled “A New Beginning.” 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $5-$10. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463, www.michtheater.org or www.aaband.org.

Jan. 16, 7 p.m.: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” a 1961 film with Audrey Hepburn (www.croswell.org)

Starring Hepburn in one of her most memorable roles, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is based on Truman Capote’s novella. Hepburn is Holly Golightly, the iconic neighbor of struggling writer Paul. She lives a lavish lifestyle full of intriguing and dangerous men. Her background, it turns out, is less than glamorous, and her career less than admirable, yet her friendship with Paul endures. Directed by Blake Edwards, with the memorable Henri Mancini song, “Moon River.” Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for all 18 and under. Kids 5 and younger are free. Sponsored by the Adrian Kiwanis Club and Toledo Free Press Star. O

Renee Fleming This soprano rules the opera world. She will perform with the assistance of Hartmut Holl on the piano and receive the University Musical Society’s Distinguished Artist Award. 4 p.m. Jan. 16, University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$75. (734) 764-2538 or www.ums.org.

Rain The Beatles live on … in this tribute that’s been a touring and Broadway favorite for decades. 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $20-$44. (419) 381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.com. www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.

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The Toledo School for the Arts’ chorus, orchestra, winds and percussion from junior high performances to more advanced groups, will present a seasonal selection of music. 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Owens Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (419) 246-8732, ext. 2, or www.ts4arts.org.

American Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to the Eagles, ZZ Top and CCR

This show will feature two hours of Top 10 by these legendary bands. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Meyer Theater, La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe. $25-$35. (734) 384-4274 or www. monroeccc.edu/theater.

Robert Plant & Band of Joy Robert Plant continues to folk it up after having got the Led out. He’ll be joined by Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller among the band; the North Mississippi Allstars will open. 8 p.m. Jan. 21, University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $39.50-$75. (734) 764-2538, (734) 763-8587 or www.mutotix.com.

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O Voice faculty: 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Kobacker Hall. O Wind Symphony: 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Kobacker Hall; $7-$13.

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 Machine Gun Kelly, OLU, Fetti Boi, Mr. Defoe, Cameron Grey: 7 p.m. Jan. 15, $12-$15.

Grumpy Dave’s Comedy Nights This venue offers weekly humor-fests (maybe to make up for the crankiness). Above the Easy Street Cafe, 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. $3-$5. www.grumpydavespub.com. O Kevin Zeoli, Andy Beningo: 9 p.m. Jan. 18. O Bruce Lillie: 9 p.m. Jan. 21.

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perfect in one of the year’s most sincere stories. (Possibility: Picture, Bening for Actress, Mark Ruffalo for Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay and Film Editing) 6. “Inception” Christopher Nolan has earned the Oscar for Original Screenplay. He spent 10 years perfecting this ultimate heist movie. Breathtaking visuals. Mind-bending story. Superb acting. Haunting soundtrack. (Possibility: Nolan for Director and Original Screenplay, Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound categories and Visual Effects) 5. “127 Hours” This is an extraordinary story of a man put in extraordinary circumstances. Director Danny Boyle perfectly captures the raw energy and emotion of desperation onscreen. (Possibility: Picture, James Franco for Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song and Sound categories)

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4. “The King’s Speech” This is a sophisticated story of a man who needs

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Patrick Welch took the long road to doing what he loved.

“I got on AOL and they had a contest in a writer’s club. I submitted something. And I won. That convinced me that maybe I oughta try this again,” he said. He started writing short stories again, submitting them to e-zines. “A couple of them paid some money, but the big thing was, I was getting published fairly consistently. And that led to building up a little bit of recognition so that a couple of the books that came out later, my name was already known,” he said. Welch has been writing novels almost exclusively for the past few years, with most of his work available for purchase at Fictionwise.com. His writings are imbued with witty prose and richly imagined characters, no matter how fantastic the world he is creating. He said the thrill of that creative process is what drives him. “I get a little bit of a rush out of looking at a blank computer screen — of course, it used to be a blank piece of paper — and creating a world, and creating characters and a situation, and hopefully entertaining the reader. And then, anything beyond that depends on what the story was trying to do.” Of course, for readers to be entertained, he must first reach them. You would think that a former writer of ad copy would be more than capable of

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getting the word out, but Welch readily admitted his deficiencies in speaking out on his own behalf. “I’m not the best marketer of my own stuff. I would probably be better marketing for other people — I get lazy or whatever. For a while, I tried to get my e-books reviewed, then I got to the point where it seemed like it didn’t matter whether the e-books were reviewed or not. Really, the best way for me to get my name out there would be to again start writing short fiction and get it in some of the e-zines.” It’s looking to be a busy 2011 for the “reluctantly retired” Welch, who finds freedom in publishing stories in e-book form. “Actually, e-books give you more opportunity to be creative, because the e-book publisher doesn’t have expense involved in setting up and printing out hard copies,” Welch said. “As far as going to a Random House or anybody like that, their expense in setting up a book and getting it printed is hard. That makes it necessary that the books they publish, even if they’re by an unknown, they better be kinda similar to something that is a best-seller, or just mind-blowingly different. “The one nice thing about e-books is, they’re available for a long period of time. It’s like, you go to Fictionwise, and there are books that have been up there since 2001. It doesn’t cost them any money, and it doesn’t cost the publisher any money, so it’s not like your book is gonna be remaindered anytime soon. You don’t make as much money, of course, but who does this sort of stuff for money?” He paused and added, joking, “Yeah, right. Well, I sure would want to.” O E-mail Jeff at PopGoesjeff@gmail.com.


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