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C’Mills: Take a picture; it lasts longer By lilD TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

There is always that guy who walks into a room and effortlessly demands attention from everyone of the opposite sex. Without trying, he turns heads and awakens that feeling in the pit of a woman’s stomach that burns with desire — and the depressing feeling of knowing he’s out of her league. C’Mills Williams is guilty of being that guy — and he thinks it’s funny. Models are known as some of the most superficial people on the planet, but one conversation with C’Mills will offer another perspective on the world of looks and fashion. After doing his first photo shoot at the urging of friends and family, he just started taking himself seriously as a model two years ago. And in those two years, he has done photo shoots all over Ohio, in South Florida and has some coming up in Nashville and Los Angeles. C’Mills is also being sought after by Playgirl magazine. But when asked about being viewed as sexy by women, he just laughs it off. “I have self-confidence, but I don’t spend hours in the mirror perfecting my appearance,” he said. “I’m just me.” Getting to know C’Mills is the equivalent of hopping onto a constant ride of humor and intellect, wit and understanding. With a YouTube screen name of “All Models R Not Stuck Up,” it’s obvious he’s been a victim of the stereotype. C’Mills compares the modeling world to Hip-Hop: “If you see a rapper

[at a club], he’s probably there to do a job, and just because he may not have time to shake every hand or take every picture, it doesn’t mean he has no regard for his fans. It means he’s on a schedule.” Models should be treated no differently. Though they may be considered some of the most beautiful people on the planet, perhaps it is mostly people’s insecurities that stop them from investigating any further into the personalities of these professionals. With such limited exposure for male models in Toledo, it becomes difficult to be taken seriously here. C’Mills does most of his photo shoots out of town, and his “look” is highly in demand. He is sought after and shot frequently by fine arts photographers, who focus on the muscular frame of the male body. Also, tattoos are huge on the West Coast, and his ink helped him land his upcoming photo shoot in Los Angeles; his dreadlocks secured him a shoot in Nashville. For any Hip-Hop artist to be successful there must be an unshakable work ethic in place. Whether it’s constant promotion, performances or publicity, he/she must always remain in the spotlight. As a model, it is no different. C’Mills works out extensively, takes care of his hair and skin, and is consistently booking photo shoots and updating his portfolio. His ultimate goal is to become a household name and to show others that “you can come from anywhere and become a successful model.” Have you seen his picture? I’d say he’s well on his way. ✯

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alk into any chain bookstore and you’re sure to find at least a few titles by Charles Bukowski. Since his death in 1994, the famed poet, novelist, screenwriter and self-proclaimed dirty old man has been the recipient of countless tributes and honors. Toledo’s own tribute reading/open mic, now in its fourth year, is set to return to Wesley’s Bar & Grill at 7:30 p.m. on March 9, the anniversary of Bukowski’s death. It is not an overstatement to say the world seems to have Bukowski fever. Everywhere you look you see his face immortalized on T-shirts, fliers and film posters. In 2003, he was the subject of the documentary “Bukowski: Born Into This.” Ask a struggling young writer or aspiring hipster about Bukowski’s days as a barroom brawler and they will probably share a tale or two. They will talk about how he lived on cheap booze and borrowed time, or his exploits bedding less than discriminate women, or his love for betting on long shots at Hollywood Park. All of these have a little truth, but they are really just chapters of a larger story, pieces of a romantic myth that serve as fuel for today’s anti-heroes in training. They are really missing the point. Henry Charles Bukowski was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother.

The family moved to the United States when Bukowski was 3 years old. As a youth, he suffered from painful acne and frequent outbursts of rage from his alcoholic father, whom he would later write about in books such as “Ham on Rye” and “Love is a Dog from Hell.” Bukowski began his career writing short stories in the hope of penning the next great American novel, turning to poetry at the age JOHN of 35 after nearly bleeding to death in a charity ward. From that point on, Bukowski’s story has one very common thread — hard work. By his own account, he not only wrote every day, but he sent his work out to publishers almost as often, so much so that by the 1960s he had become known as “The King of the Little Magazines.” Bukowski wrote the newspaper column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man,” first for John Bryan’s alternative paper Open City and later for the Los Angeles

Annual Charles Bukowski tribute set for March 9 at Wesley’s.

Free Press. He also fathered a daughter, Marina Louise Bukowski, with former liveiin girlfriend Frances Dean Smith, known around the poetry community simply as FrancEyE. He did this all while sstruggling to get by, before signing with John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press, around the ripe young age of 50. Why do I mention all this? Is it because I’m a cynic who wants to rain on your parade? Maybe, but that’s only a small part of it; really it’s so you know who it is you are celebrating. Bukowski wasn’t the Justin Bieber of his day; he was no overnight celebrity. He didn’t want you to write like him and worship him at some large corporate altar. He probably wouldn’t have even shown up to the tribute at Wesley’s or any other celebration in his honor. But if you value hard work and a sense of brutal honesty in literature as much as I do, you should turn off your

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laptop and come on down to share a favorite stanza or discover a new one. The reading is free and open to the public. This is the part of my column where I would normally suggest a few books by the BUKOWSKI author, but just Google the man’s name; he releases more books dead than I do alive. Better yet, actually just walk into a bookstore. Bukowski is survived by his daughter, grandchildren and his widow Linda Lee Bukowski, as well as one hell of a literary legacy. Wesley’s Bar & Grill is located at 1201 Adams St. For more information, contact Michael Kocinski at (419) 283-0493, or michael. kocinski@gmail.com. Until next time ... keep your pencil sharp. ✯ John Dorsey resides in Toledo’s Old West End. His work is widely published and has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. Cover illustration by Eagle & Wolf: www.eagleandwolf.net.

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Ann Arbor exhibit features Toledo artists Mr. Atomic among 30 artists in ‘Mine Yours’ project. By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

Two Toledo artists will be among those featured at an exhibit at an Ann Arbor gallery. Twin brothers Mark and Michael Kersey, who paint under the moniker Mr. Atomic, will be among the 30 regional, national and international artists featured in a multimedia show called “Mine Yours” at Gallery Project, a nonprofit fine art collaborative. The show, which will feature a variety of mediums, including paintings, photographs and video projections, will run through April 3. “Mine Yours” will explore possession, boundaries, privacy and encroachment at various levels, including interpersonal, group and international, said Rocco DePietro, co-founder and co-director of Gallery Project along with Gloria Pritschet. Human pathologies, such as hoarding, resulting from some of these phenomena as people retreat further into real or imagined safe havens will also be explored, DePietro said. The idea came out of discussions about current events, greed and the changing relationships between governments and citizens, including surveillance in the age of terrorism, globalism and information technology, DePietro said, adding that the Kersey brothers’ work was a welcome addition to the show. “They’re thinking artists,” DePietro said. “They have content in the work. They are very much aware of the social and political milieu and they respond to it in their own creative way. They are very talented painters, both of them.” The Kerseys contributed several acrylic paintings that “fit the theme like a hand in glove,” Mark Kersey said. “One is called ‘Motel Polaris,’ which involves a man in the background ascending up an infinite staircase into the heavens in the presence of a mystic eyeball, so kind of far out,” Kersey

said. “Then we have ‘The Burning Man,’ in which there’s a window through him you can look through into other worlds, so I guess that’s not your common, ordinary, run-of-the-mill painting either.” The brothers, who call their colorful style “pop surrealism,” paint from their imaginations, Kersey said. “We’re really superinventive and we like to show what you couldn’t possibly see on your trip out to the country or your trip to work in the morning. I think that we borrow from all the little things we see and read about and kind of create our own little tapestry,” Kersey said. “We’re extremely versatile. Our paintings are always breaking new ground. No two are ever anything alike. We definitely make bold statements, but pleasingly bold. We don’t do it for shock value.” The brothers, graduates of Start High School, prefer to leave their pieces open to interpretation. “We like to leave a lot of question marks floating so people can have the freedom and enjoyment of interpreting it on their own,” Kersey said. “I think that’s more rewarding than telling them how to see it.” Kersey and DePietro both said they hope visitors come away with fresh ideas about the topics explored in the show. “I hope they go and tell their friends and say ‘I just saw something I’ve never seen before and it’s exciting and I want you to come see it too,’” Kersey said. “We hope it stimulates their imaginations.” Winter hours at Gallery Project, 215 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays. ✯

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Outside the box Perrysburg shop offers doughnuts, bagels, soups, chili. By Matt Liasse TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

Chris Rumph of Toledo often drives to Perrysburg just to visit The Doughnut Box. The shop, which opened last year, is a quick stop for doughnuts, bagels, soups and chili. Guests can smell the pastries while walking in the door. Behind the counter is a wonderland of treats to choose from, including different sweets coated in chocolate and vanilla frosting, glaze, sprinkles and even Froot Loops. “It’s a fun, good experience,” said owner Ahmed Orra. He said he’s proud of the shop’s “pretty diverse menu,” which also includes coffees and cappuccinos. Orra said he has 20 years of experience — he grew up with a family-owned doughnut shop. He said this gave him the confidence to tackle a shop of his own. His brother, Mohamed, took charge of the family doughnut shop when their father retired. His shop is called Don’s Donut Shoppe and is located on Woodville Road in Northwood. “All of the food is homemade and it’s always consistently tasty,” Rumph said. “The coffee is just as good as Starbucks and it’s not $5 a cup.” The Doughnut Shop is located on 1121 Louisiana Ave.

in Perrysburg. Orra said he opened it because there were no other doughnut shops in Perrysburg. He said he also likes how Perrysburg supports locally owned businesses. The shop has a handwritten specials board decorated with dry-erase markers. It also includes plenty of tables and chairs and artwork on the walls with coffee-related themes. Huge windows at the front of the restaurant allow guests to watch cars drive past on Louisiana Avenue. The shop also has a drive-thru for customers in a hurry. “We make the doughnuts fresh every day,” Orra said, which he thinks sets The Doughnut Box apart. Orra said his favorite part of owning The Doughnut Box is meeting customers. Rumph said he always feels welcome when he visits. “Ahmed makes you feel like you’re in your brother’s living room every time you’re there,” Rumph said. Customer Tima Perrin agreed. “I love The Doughnut Box simply because the doughnuts are delicious … [but] a big part of why the place is so great [is] the people who work there make you feel welcome.” The Doughnut Box featured a 6-pound apple fritter intended for tailgating during football season. The store is also offering paczki in celebration of Fat Tuesday on March 8. The Doughnut Box is open weekdays 5 a.m.4 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. ✯

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“IT’S BEEN A TOUGH FIGHT WORTH FIGHTING AS WE ALL DRIVE ALONG BETTING ON ANOTHER DAY.” — BUKOWSKI

The grand illusionist makes many ‘Believe’ By Vicki L. Kroll TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER vkroll@toledofreepress.com

Nothing is impossible. Just ask Criss Angel. The magician has emerged from being buried alive, levitated crowds, strolled up and down the sides of high-rise buildings, made a 4-ton elephant disappear, and escaped from being handcuffed and nailed in a coffin before it was pulled through a woodchipper. It’s all a walk on water for the 43-year-old artist. “If anyone has a dream and they work for it, they can absolutely achieve their dream if they believe,” Angel said. “Much of what I do is just pure illusion; some of it is completely legitimate, like when I hung by the fish hooks [suspended from a helicopter over the Valley of Fire in Nevada],” he said. “I think, as an entertainer, what’s important for me to do is take the spectators from their reality, their trials and tribulations that they deal with every day in their lives, and kind of put them in a world where anything is possible and allow them to have that escape.” Fans of the “Mindfreak” star have the chance to see “Criss Angel Believe” featuring Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “‘Believe’ is an experience that takes ‘Mind freak,’ takes the illusions of things that people are blown away by and presents them onstage in a 15,034-foot venue,” Angel said during a call from Serenity, his Vegas home. “I have this theatrical format that I can take ‘Mindfreak’ illusions and present them in a way that’s just a whole different level because of the use of video projection, lighting, pyrotechnics, special effects, music in this very interactive experience — things happen over your head, behind you, on the side of you, in front of you. ■ ANGEL CONTINUES ON 11

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Egypt experience at TMA By Kristen Criswell TOLEDO FREE PRESS SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR krapin@toledofreepress.com

Ancient Egyptians’ approach to life and the afterlife is the focus of the Toledo Museum of Art’s (TMA) exhibit, “The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb.” “The reason we’re doing this exhibit is people keep asking ‘Where are the mummies?’” said Sandra Knudsen, the exhibition’s curator. “This is an art museum and for the last generation or more art museums have hesitated putting human remains on view because they are not works of art and they deserve very special care and consideration. KNUDSEN “However, when I was asked this question one more time by Rod Bigelow, then active director, I said we could probably dire put them o out if we very carefully managed to put them into context; so the mummy mumm itself is the kernel where the vast am amount of ancient Egyptian funeral objects, architecture, coffins, rituals, rituals prayers and ancestor practices all a are displayed around it.” Egyptians wanted to live forever Eg and to guarantee eternal life they built themselves graves, tombs bu and a pyramids where their families l could continue to visit and off o er gifts, Knudsen said. As long as their names lived on, l they would live forever, she said. t “Here in Toledo, every time we w repeat [the individuals featured in the exhibit’s] names, tu according to their own beliefs, ac we strengthen their existence,” Knudsen said. “So, they are living Kn forever. They’re just doing it in Tofo ledo, Ohio, not in Egypt.” led The exhibit is designed to showcase how architecture and sho objects inside tombs were inobj tended tend to make the mummy comfortable, Knudsen said. Tombs fort could be laid out like homes with coul storage rooms and some of the stora most elaborate tombs even had bathrooms, she said. bathr Egyptians would also be buried Eg with objects that could be used in the o afterlif erlife, including jewelry, makeup instruments and toys, Knudsen said. instrum ■ MUSEUM CONTINUES ON 11

Ancient Egyptian. Raramu. Limestone with paint, Dynasty 6 PHOTOS COURTESY TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART


“THE DOCTORS HAVE NO ANSWERS AND THE GODS ARE SILENT.” — BUKOWSKI

Win a free trip to see Criss Angel in Las Vegas 1. The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and Toledo Free Press are offering you the chance to win one of 12 prize packages. ■ One Grand Prize Winner: Two round-trip airline tickets from Toledo to Las Vegas; a two-night stay for two people at the Luxor Hotel; two tickets to the CRISS ANGEL “BeLIEve” show at the Luxor Hotel. Prizes courtesy Luxor Hotel, Cirque du Soleil, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, American Airlines. Media partner: 13abc. Winner is responsible for transportation and meals in Las Vegas. Prize packages also will be awarded to entrants randomly selected for second place and others: ■ One First-Place Prize: Family four pack of tickets (two adult/two children) to “The Egypt Experience” and “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” exhibitions plus a $50 Toledo Museum of Art gift card ($106 value).

■ Ten Second-Place Prizes: Two adult combination tickets to “The Egypt Experience” and “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” exhibitions ($40 value). How to enter: Sweepstakes begins at midnight on Monday, Feb. 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Persons are eligible to win one of the above-mentioned prize packages by filling out the entry form at contest.toledomuseum.org or in person at the Museum’s Information Desk. A maximum of one online entry per week and one in-person entry per day will be accepted. The Toledo Museum of Art is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries. Entrants must live within 100 miles of the Toledo Museum of Art and be 18 years of age or older in order to be awarded a prize. Winner of Las Vegas trip must be 21 years of age per hotel/casino policy. Winners will be selected on or about March 17, in a random drawing of all eligible entries received. ✯

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■ ANGEL CONTINUED FROM 10 “A lot of people are skeptical when they watch me on TV. They’re like, ‘Oh it has to be trick photography, it can’t be done live,’” he said. “When they have the opportunity to come see ‘Believe,’ they actually see 40 illusions performed live right in front of their face.” The dazzling visual spectacle includes a Cirque du Soleil troupe that assists Angel. “You’ll see illusions that I performed on television like the cutting in half without any boxes and cloaks and covers of any kind. It’s the most provocative cutting in half of a girl in the history of the art,” he said. “And you also see me do many different forms of levitation.” Angel said he’s been a fan of Cirque du Soleil since the 1980s. “I first saw their television special on HBO, and I was completely enamored by the magic they created without performing any magic tricks or illusions; it was the magic of emotion, and it was about seeing an art form presented in a completely different way with tableaus and theatrics,” he mused. “I try to present my magic as a different type of art form,” he said. “I have a music background; I try to combine both and try to present something more provocative, something that isn’t typical.” Millions are watching the “Believe” co-writer and star, who was recently named magician of the decade by the International Magicians Society. ■ MUSEUM CONTINUED FROM 10

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In “The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb,” patrons wind their way through the exhibit, encountering 12 individuals, different nt architecture and various objects along ng the way. Elsewhere in the he exhibit is a hole in the wall that at peers into a mural of the tomb chapel of Akethotep. Two reliefs, pieces of the wall from the chapel, el, will also be on display. Toward the end of the exhibit is an interactivee display of the Hall of Judgment. nt. Individuals will hear the 422 questions of the gods for which ich Egyptians would have to offer negative confessionss before entering the afterlife.. These include: de: “I have not stolen”; “I have not killed”; “I have ave not blocked a running unning stream”; and “I have ve not eaten the cakes of the dead,” Knudsen said. d. “The Egypt Experience: Secrets off the Tomb” is a ticketed exhibition. The The

“I’ve been very blessed to do six seasons of “Mindfreak.” That’s over 100 episodes. It’s the longest-running magic program in television history on primetime in the U.S., so I’m pretty proud of that,” Angel said. Season seven remains in limbo. “If I do ‘Mindfreak,’ it’s going to be raw, it’s definitely going to be back to the roots, and it’s going to be very provocative and it’s going to be scary and it’s going to be probably a lot darker,” he said. “But I haven’t solidified a deal yet.” Known for harrowing, dangerous stunts, Angel said the ideas come from dreams and nightmares. “I’m very much inspired by those things that I have the desire to see. And I usually dream these things up when I’m in bed, in the shower or driving in the car,” he said. And how does the man prepare for being run over by a steamroller while lying on broken glass? Angel credited his crew, which plans for things that could go wrong, and added, “It’s all about physical preparation, mental preparation and even being at peace spiritually with yourself. Because when situations arise, I can never react in a way where I lose control or my cool because that could cost my life.” He believes the risks are worth it. “Magic for me is just a vehicle to connect to people. When you connect to people, when you have a true emotional connection to them, that’s the truest form of magic; that trumps any trick that you can possibly do.” ✯ exhibit is free for museum members and children younger than 6. Prices for nonmembers are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. The museum encourages indimembers and viduals to become b see the exhibit as many times as they’d like. Membership to TMA is Mem $75 a ffamily, $60 for senior couples, $35 for indico vvidual seniors and $55 ffor individuals. For more information on m memberships, visit the m TMA website at www. TM toledomuseum.org. TMA is open Tuesdays TM to Thursdays from 10 aa.m. to 4 p.m., Friday ffrom 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from p 110 a.m. to 6 p.m. and SSunday from noon to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Christmas. cl General admission to G TMA is free. ✯ TM

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THE PULSE

MARCH 2-9, 2011

What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesserknown acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. ✯ The Band of Heathens: 8 p.m. March 3, $17.50. ✯ Ari Hest: 8 p.m. March 4, $15. ✯ The Doyle & Debbie Show: 8 p.m. March 5, $20. ✯ Billy Jonas: 1 p.m. March 6, $10. ✯ Munnelly: 7:30 p.m. March 6, $15. ✯ Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: 8 p.m. March 7, $35. ✯ Dan Bern: 8 p.m. March 8, $15. ✯ Marcy Playground: 8 p.m. March 9, $17.50. ✯ Corey Harris & the Rasta Blues Experience: 8 p.m. March 10, $20. ✯ Theo Katzman: 8 p.m. March 11, $15.

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. ✯ Rick Whited: March 3. ✯ Pilot Radio: March 4. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: March 5. ✯ Jeff Stewart: March 10. ✯ Grain of Salt: March 11.

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. ✯ The 42, the Amy Timbers Band, the Opera House: 8 p.m. March 2. ✯ The Deep End, Bloomill, Indigo Sun, DJ Lovecraft: 9:30 p.m. March 3. ✯ Ann Arbor Soul Club, Robert Wells, Brad Hales: 9:30 p.m. March 4. ✯ Electric Six, Johnny Headband: 9 p.m. March 5. ✯ The Elmira Branch, Duct Tape from the ’70s, Youth on Fire, Curtis Don’t Live Here: 9:30 p.m. March 8.

✯ Twista, Probcause: 9 p.m. March 9. ✯ Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band: 9 p.m. March 10. ✯ March 11: John Lefler, 7 p.m.; BMM, Living Dead: 10 p.m.

Bretz Bar 2012 Adams St. (419) 243-1900. ✯ Deja D’Delatarro and Felaciana Thunderpussy: Thursdays-Saturdays.

Bronze Boar Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. HuronSt.(419)244-2627orwww.bronzeboar.com. ✯ Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. ✯ Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. ✯ Karaoke: Tuesdays. ✯ Mojo Pin: March 4. ✯ 427 Band: March 5. ✯ Kingston Dread: March 11.

Caesars Windsor 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. ✯ Gretchen Wilson: 9 p.m. March 5, $25.

Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. ✯ DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. ✯ Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)Saturdays.

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. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: March 4. ✯ The Bridges: March 11-12.

Degage Jazz Cafe Signature drinks, such as pumpkin mar-

tinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. ✯ Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. March 2 and 9. ✯ Mike Whitty: 7-10 p.m. March 3. ✯ Mara Rosenbloom Quartet: 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 4-5. ✯ Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland: 8:3011:30 p.m. March 8. ✯ Michael Peslikis: 7-10 p.m. March 10. ✯ The Quick Trio: 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 11-12.

The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ Nathan Cogan: March 2. ✯ Bush League: March 4. ✯ Johnny Rocker & the Hitmen: March 5. ✯ Kyle White: March 9. ✯ Ben Barefoot & the Hand Shakes: March 10. ✯ Swagg: March 11.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayou-style grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. ✯ Tantric Soul: 9:30 p.m. March 11 and 9 p.m. March 12.

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. ✯ Auto Tune karaoke hosted by Ian Thomas: 9 p.m. Mondays, free. ✯ Street Dogs, Have Nots, Lenny Lashley, Homeward Bound: 7 p.m. March 2. ✯ Innerpartysystem, Ian Divine, TeamNate, Mad Dog Jackson: 9 p.m. March 5. ✯ Upside Down Cross, Full Blown AIDS: 9 p.m. March 7. ✯ I Am Alaska, the Fragile Season, Action Madison, Hearts Above Phase: 6 p.m. March 9. ✯ I Call Fives, Kid Liberty, Rust Belt Lights, Kid Icarus, This Is a Lifetime, Summerfield: 6 p.m. March 10.

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French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike,Perrysburg.(419)874-3111orwww.hifq.com. ✯ Green Eyed Soul: March 4-5. ✯ Soul Fissh: March 11-12.

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. ✯ Zach Myers, Fate of Orion, Fierce on Friday, Jeff Bugert: 7 p.m. March 3. ✯ Measure the Redshift, Vivian Banks, NRR, Wilson, the Golden Dawn: 8 p.m. March 5.

Ice Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 246-3339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Lin Roundtree: 5 p.m. March 3. ✯ Dan and Don: 8 p.m. March 4. ✯ Relativity: 7 p.m. March 5. ✯ Herbie Russ: 5 p.m. March 10. ✯ Dan and Don: 8 p.m. March 11.

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) 7692999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. ✯ Peter Soave and Friends: 8 p.m. March 5. ✯ Chakra Tuning, Perry Robinson: 8 p.m. March 7. ✯ Ellen Rowe Trio: 8 p.m. March 9. ✯ Ibrahim Aminou: 8 p.m. March 11.

Mainstreet Bar and Grill Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or www.toledomainstreet.com. ✯ Eddie Ortega, Lil Wyte: 8 p.m. March 4; tickets, (567) 868-1974.

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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. ✯ Local music and film nights: 8 p.m. Thursdays in March, no cover. ✯ Black Tie Operation, El Blanco Diablo: 8:30 p.m. March 4. ✯ Minus Elliot, Second Nature, Mojo Boes and His Noble Jones: 8:30 p.m. March 5. ✯ Toledo School for the Arts student bands: 4 p.m. March 6. ✯ Violent Star, Phantom Lib: 8:30 p.m. March 11.

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.

Omni This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com. ✯ Battery, Fire: 8 p.m. March 11.

Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. ✯ Soldier Side: 10 p.m. March 4.

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✯ Hot Damn, Fangs Out, Joey & the Traitors: 10 p.m. March 5.

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Tequila Sheila’s A corner bar hangout with DJ-provided tunes on Saturday nights. 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. ✯ Open mic with Jason Kelley: 9 p.m. Thursdays. ✯ Hip-hop night: 9 p.m. Fridays.

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. ✯ Old West End Records: Wednesdays. ✯ Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. ✯ Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons. ✯ Frankie May, Ben Barefoot: Mondays.

Woodchucks The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. ✯ Karaoke with Georgia Peach: Wednesdays. ✯ FTD, Static Rituals, Bo Bo’s Booboo, Shame Game, Explicit Bombers: March 4. ✯ 3rd Class, the Faux Paus, Hemline Theory: March 5. ✯ Flamtronic, Lorax Tree, Peregrine, Prayers for Rain: March 11.

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.

Jason Aldean concert pre-party at Sidelines Downtown Ja 5 30 p.m. Jason Aldean with Eric Church and the JaneDear Girls 5:30 Concert at the Huntington Center, then party with us after the show at the Wild Hog Saloon with Bandera. Win Wolf Stash! Keep it locked on 107.7 The Wolf for more concert announcements and your chance to win tickets! Loretta Lynn April 14th concert tickets on sale now! UT concerts

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The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452, (419) 530-2448 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music. ✯ Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. March 3, Doermann Theater, University Hall, 2801 W. Bancroft St. ✯ Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble performance: 8 p.m. March 4, Doermann Theater, University Hall, 2801 W. Bancroft St.

Regional entertainers will perform in an intimate setting. 7:30 p.m. March 4, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $10. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.

Tom Todd Beach Party Tired of winter? Hit this show for warm and sandy sounds. 8 p.m. March 4, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $10-$12. (419) 824-3999 or www.franciscancenter.org.

Club Friday: Extra Stout Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during the TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 4, Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.

Satisfaction An international touring tribute show mimics the costumes and attitudes of Mick, Keith and the rest of the Stones in a performance of more than four decades of hits. 8 p.m. March 5, Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, Mich. $28. (517) 264-7469 or www.croswell.org.

Bruckner in Rosary Cathedral Stefan Sanderling will conduct the Toledo Symphony in the composer’s Fourth Symphony. 4 p.m. March 6, Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. $35. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.

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as SpiderMan’s new suit inspired by a fan’s suggestion? Did a famous comic book artist really curse his former boss subliminally in a story? Did Superman always stand for “truth, justice and the American way?” Yes, yes and no. (The “American way” part was JEFF added when the ’50’s TV series debuted.) These questions and many, many others have been addressed on a weekly basis by writer Brian Cronin since 2005. In the world of comic fans, Cronin stands as the ultimate mythbuster. For more than five years, he has written the wildly popular column “Comic Book Legends Revealed” for the website Comics Should Be Good. He recently passed installment No. 300. Multiply that by his average of three legends a week, and the sheer number of urban legends and myths he has confirmed or debunked for comic fans is staggering. “It is a great feeling,” Cronin said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “An interesting aspect of it all is the way that round numbers like this really serve as sort of ‘signposts’ in your life. It’s been almost six years of doing this column, and it is sometimes interesting to look back and think about all the things in my life that have changed since I began writing the column in June of 2005.” Though he’d been a comic fan almost his whole life, the “Legends” column began almost by accident. He had been writing for the “Good” website and had composed a piece on comic creators and their fondness for certain characters. “I repeated a ‘fact’ I had seen many times about the great Walter Simonson. As it turned out, the ‘fact’ I repeated was baloney,” Cronin said. “Simonson wrote me, very nicely, to tell me it was, in fact, bogus. It occurred to me that there were lots of those stories out there and it would make for a fun column to explore the truth behind the stories.” He has been on that beat ever since, covering questions on characters ranging from the iconic (Batman, Hulk) to the obscure (Blok, Funnyman). Nothing is too little-known or too big to have not attracted a story of some sort. Cronin estimates he gets 10 or so suggestions for his column a week, and once fans send them his way, he has numerous ways to determine the validity of each. “The easiest ones are the ones where I can just contact the comic book creator involved in the legend and get an answer. The harder ones I’ll file away until I come across a good enough

source to give me a reasonable answer. I have compiled a fairly sizable collection of comic book history books that aid in this endeavor, but I’ll also go to the library if I don’t have the resources to get an answer. Often, a legend I deemed ‘too hard to answer’ in, say, 2007, will have a readily available answer in 2011.” One of the side benefits of working on such a column is the ability to make connections in the art form — as Cronin has done with those in the industry while he’s tracked down stories during the past half-decade. “One thing that I’ve really tried to do with the column is only to tell interesting stories about comic history that don’t involve giving creators a hard time over past incidents. And I’d like to think that creators understand that, so they have been quite receptive over the years. I mean, sure, occasionally creators won’t respond

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at all, but that’s to be expected. No one has ever responded negatively, though.” The work on “Comic Book Legends” has proven to be just a starting point for Cronin — the series has expanded to include Sports Legends (currently running in The Los Angeles Times), and he has also dabbled in Entertainment Legends. He also expanded the Comic Book column into the book “Was Superman a Spy?” released in 2009. “The book was interesting because it was definitely written with a broader audience in mind, which worked sort of perfectly because of the new legends featured in the book. A few of them were stories that were perhaps too wellknown for me to use on the website, but would work perfectly for a more mainstream audience.” So does Cronin ever worry he’ll run out of myths to discuss? “I was worried that I was going to run out of legends after the fourth column, almost six years ago! I thought I maybe had 12 legends to tell, period! I’ve since discovered that in any sort of creative industry that has lasted over seven decades, there will always be interesting stories to tell — and figure out if they’re actually true!” ✯ E-mail Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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• Key less entry • Automatic • ABS • Pwr • Side ai rbags • Cruise • AM/FM/CD/Radio

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N DON &W DRIVE SIG

• Auto • 1 7” Wheels • Touch Screen Radio • Over 30 MPG • Leather

3Y YEAR EAR

*36mo/10k a year sign and drive plus $190 doc fee, title and plate fee. Must qualify for owner loyalty see dealer for details. Tier 1 credit through Chase Mazda. In stock vehicles only. Sale ends 3/9/2011.

*24mo/10k a year sign and drive plus $190 doc fee title plate. Must qualify for owner loyalty see dealer for details. Tier 1 credit through Chase Mazda. In stock vehicles only. Sale ends 3/9/2011.

2003 HONDA ODYSSEY Loaded, Leather ..................................... $8,499 2007 CHEVROLET HHR Great MPG,Extra Clean, Auto .................. $9,980 2006 FORD FUSION SE 65K Miles,Full Maintenance, Must See ... $9,850 2006 CHEVY IMPALA 75K, Well Equipped, Like New ................ $9,999

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*3 years or 36,000 miles of No-Charge Scheduled maintenance, whichever occurs first, some Restrictions, see dealer or program for details.

** 36mo/10k a year 0 down sign first pymtt plus l tax, t title, titl plate l t andd $190 ddoc ffee. Tier 1+ credit through VCI, all rebates to dealer. In stock vehicles only sale ends 3/9/2011.

2006 PONTIAC G6 Great MPG, V6, Hurry ...........................$10,350 2008 CHRYSLER SEBRING 46K Miles, Loaded, Extra clean ............$10,550 2008 MAZDA 6i Extra Clean, Reduced Price ..................$10,980 2008 VW PASSAT Loaded, Nice!.......................................$11,599

2004 ACURA RL Nav,Loaded,Roof,Rare Find ..................$12,850 2006 TOYOTA RAV4 SPORT 4X4 Loaded and Ready to Go! .....................$15,995 2008 TOYOTA PRIUS 50 MPG, Certified, Loaded....................$15,995 2008 TOYOTA RAV4 4X4, Only 36K Miles, Certified ..............$17,995

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