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EXHIBITS: Ghana carvings at Truth Gallery 4 COMICS: Wonder Woman unveiled 6 FOOD: Restaurant Week in full swing 8 GALLERIES: Now Wow at Hudson Gallery 9 COVER STORY: Artomatic 419! 10 THE PULSE: Events calendar 12 WORD I HEARD: lilD says Hize is on the rise 16 POP GOES THE CULTURE: McGinnis and The Beat 18

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By Jason Mack Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

After five years together, Motel Motel stopped by the Ottawa Tavern March 27 for the second-to-last leg of what has become its farewell tour. “We’re not going to play together anymore,” Erik Gundel said. “We’re playing Pittsburgh on [March 29] and that’s it. It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re all going to move on and do different things. It’s kind of that time. It’s been fun. We’re going to do a party show back in Brooklyn with our friends. It’s kind of sad.” Gundel plays several instruments for the Brooklyn-based band, including keyboard and lap steel guitar. He is joined by Mickey Theis, Timothy Sullivan, Jeremy Duvall and lead singer Eric Engel. The band’s struggles stem from a lack of interest in its self-produced album “The Big Island,” which was released in August. “There haven’t been too many crowds,” Gundel said. “It’s been kind of tough. We put it out ourselves, so we didn’t have any kind of machine working for us P.R.-wise or labels giving us money. It was hard. It never worked up any kind of real buzz. We’re just touring behind it and hoping people will listen to it.” One positive of the self-produced album is the creative freedom afforded to the band. “Our first record ‘New Denver’ was more scattershot and each song sounds different than the one before it,” Gundel said. “This record is more cohesive. We recorded most of it live at the studio, so it has a fundamental sound. The first

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MOTEL MOTEL AT THE OT. one was kind of pieced together at a bunch of studios and overdubbed.” The band is best known for the single “Coffee” from its 2007 debut EP “Old York,” which was featured in a Crown Royal commercial. With the band’s alternative country sound combined with its tendency to jam, Motel Motel sounds like a cross between The Avett Brothers and The Allman Brothers Band. “It’s hard to describe your own music,” Gundel said. “I guess it is kind of indie Americana with a country twang vibe. We

try to make it fresh.” The unique sound comes from a diverse blend of musical interests. “Everyone in the band likes different music,” Gundel said. “I like heartier pop music. I listen to a lot of guitar players. James Blackshaw is really good. Everyone likes country. Some people like reggae. We sometimes do a cover of a song by Mastodon. They are one of my favorite bands.” As his band’s run comes to a close, one of Gundel’s fondest memories is a humanitarian tour the band performed in Cairo, Egypt as

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part of the “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program. “The U.S. Embassy had done exchange programs with classical and dance troupes and they wanted to send a rock band,” Gundel said. “We happened to know someone who knows someone in the state department. We stayed there for two weeks and played five different places. They aren’t really used to our kind of music. They seem to like ’80s metal.” For more information on the band, visit O


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Messages from Ghana Truth Gallery features handmade carvings from Africa. By Vincent D. Scebbi Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

A unique market of African art — handmade carvings from Ghana — is showcased at the Truth Gallery, located on Adams Street. The gallery hosts the finds of Odes Roberts, CEO of arts and crafts distributor Orobs. “Anytime you start your own business it’s going to be tough for the first time. After that, once people know of it, they’ve been coming back and buying. So we’ve been doing pretty decent,” Roberts said. Since its opening in October, Roberts said deROBERTS mand for the work has grown through word of mouth and networking with customers. “This is a niche market. Nobody has what we have at this magnitude,” he said. “They [customers] are letting us know that it’s about time we have it here and we can easily get to it instead of waiting for festivals in the summer.” Joseph Harper, head of operations of Orobs, said most buyers for this type of art have to wait for summer festivals or travel to major cities and pay a higher price. “Instead of going to Chicago or New York, people can come here to get it and we have the cheapest price and we have good quality,” Harper said. “All of our carvings are handmade and shipped from Ghana and we get some decent stuff and give the city something new.” Roberts said what is on display in the openspace, naturally lit gallery is only a small portion of the approximate 3,000 pieces of African art he has in stock. A majority of the hundreds of pieces on display reflect major themes of tribal African culture such as family and unity.

“It’s a typical village; people working, going about their daily lives, preparing food. It’s just an everyday life, but it’s more of village life,” Roberts said while pointing out a specific piece depicting the variety of jobs in village life. “It’s always about a celebration with them and in their community and this is what their artwork represents.” Statues of drummers, horn and saxophone players indicate music is another prominent theme. The musical pieces, Roberts said, are similar to the unity and celebration themes. “Music is still a very prevalent part of their country,” he said. “With art and music, it’s all in one to them; that’s why you see so much of it.” Aside from statues, the cream walls are lined with more than 30 different tribal masks, each with its own ritualistic purpose. One example of this is the Dan mask, characterized by a high forehead and pointed chin. Harper said Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel to communicate with ancestors in the spirit world. “When a dancer wears a Dan mask, he becomes the spirit of that mask. A masked dancer will speak in the language of the spirits and his words are interpreted by a wise man,” he said. Birds are omnipresent in the continent and as such, bird masks are common and have an important role in the culture. The Sonu bird mask depicts a bird above the forehead of the mask, which signifies a range of themes from courage to intelligence. Roberts said the showing at the Truth Gallery was launched after a friend living in Ghana pitched the idea of getting back into business and sent the first shipment of art to Toledo. “Once we figured out where it was at, it was then just a matter of paying for the storage fees, getting a broker to bring it down here on the semi and unloading. It’s more of a relationship,” he said. “I hadn’t seen any of this, but when it came, we were literally blown away.” For more information, visit the website O

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Despite Mother Nature’s refusal to recognize the arrival of spring, the Toledo City Bicycle Cooperative opened for the season March 27. The co-op is a not-for-profit bicycle recycling shop run by volunteers, operating as part of the Old West End Foundation. The volunteers repair donated bikes and sell them to the community. “Our main concern is helping less fortunate people who don’t have cars and keeping them moving as much as we can,” said Paul Vandersteen, education coordinator and mechanic. “We also try to promote bike use.” The co-op offers basic tuneups for $25 and full tuneups for an additional charge. The shop also offers do-it-yourself repair for $5 per hour. In addition to sales and repairs, the co-op offers education on bicycle upkeep through training courses, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Part of the group’s outreach is teaching a class through the Lucas County Juvenile Justice program. One of the co-op’s goals this year is to improve community outreach. “We’re going to try to get with UT for the

Earth Fest this year and possibly Owens as well,” Vandersteen said. “We’re trying to be more available at community functions. Our board was kind of disjointed the last couple of years. Now we have a solid group of people and we’re going to be able to do a lot more.” The co-op operates in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 2272 Collingwood Blvd., between Bancroft Street and Ashland Avenue. The entrance to the shop is on the south side of the building. “We’re basically autonomous from the church, but they donate the space,” Vandersteen said. “Their motto is they welcome everyone. They have AA meetings and LGBT meetings. The pastor does a lot of long-distance rides, so they offered up the shop in the basement. We’re looking into other spaces, but I don’t think we’ll ever give up this space.” The spaces they are looking into are part of a plan to further expand into Downtown Toledo. “We’d like to move it to a storefront operation eventually, since there aren’t any bike shops near Downtown,” Vandersteen said. “We’d like to do an outreach to the East Side. We haven’t gotten that far yet ... but now we have some staff in place.” The co-op aims to be environmentally conscious by limiting the use of natural resources

Ten-year-old Talia works on her bike at the Toledo City Bicycle Co-operative. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JASON MACK

and reducing materials going into landfills. “If we get bikes that are donated that don’t have any usable value, we dismantle them and they get recycled,” Vandersteen said. “We also recycle tires as much as the city will let us. We try to keep as much out of the landfills as possible. We have a guy that takes a lot of our recycling, and he’ll bring in any bikes he finds when he’s out

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“Back to the Future: The Game: Episode 1 — It’s About Time” (Telltale Games) Marty, Doc Brown and the DeLorean time machine/car return for a fun-filled ride through time with strong voice acting and an engaging storyline worthy of the popular film series. Christopher Lloyd does Doc’s voice acting while the remaining voice cast does a great job, so players will not miss the original voices too much. AJ Locascio matches Michael J. Fox’s voice surprisingly closely as Marty. This single-player story starts in 1986 shortly before the “Back to the Future III” film with the timetravel storyline set in 1935. Fans will enjoy new

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The Internet busted a gut recently when the costume for producer David E. Kelley’s upcoming “Wonder Woman” TV pilot — starring Toledo’s Adrianne Palicki — was revealed in an official image. Comic fans began bitching about everything from the lack of the outfit’s traditional red boots to the space between Palicki’s breasts — I don’t make these things up, I just report them. A few things come to mind when viewing this new take on the 1940 character: This TV costume is a combo of Wonder Woman’s classic look and what she currently sports in her comics. From the waist up, she’s rockin’ the red bustier with golden eagle we all expect, but from the waist down the Amazon warrior has squeezed herself into a pair of skintight, well, tights, as opposed to the traditional short-shorts. Perhaps this was the best way to go, avoiding any embarrassing wardrobe

malfunctions or bikini waxing. Also, there’s a definite tang of playing down the patriotic aspects of WW’s classic gear; gone are the white stars that spangled her blue bottoms in the comics and her chest eagle’ has been reduced in prominence. And let’s not dredge up that whole red boots thing again — that bright blue seems to go on forever. At the very least, they’ve retained the traditional tiara and bracelets, which are pluses in this outfit’s favor. Maybe a Facebook poster summed it up best, when he commented that Palicki looked as if she was wearing one of those “sexy Wonder Woman” Halloween costumes as seen in myriad flyers every October. To be fair, a TV budget doesn’t usually resemble that of a film’s, but overall there is a low-rent quality to the image that doesn’t inspire much sense of wonder. Then again, it’s amusing that so many people are working up such a lather over the character when in recent years her comic books haven’t mustered much in the sales or interest departments. So, where’s Lynda Carter when you need her? Stay tuned: she’s reportedly making a cameo in the pilot ... maybe she can still fit in her old costume. O ADRIANNE PALICKI AS WONDER WOMAN.

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Improv group to play April Fools’ Day show The Around the Bend Players, an improvisational comedy troupe that has been making Toledo laugh for 13 years, is coming back from a yearlong hiatus with a show on April 1 in Sylvania. The Around the Bend Players’ shows are “a little bit stand-up comedy and a little bit theater,” said group member Tom Hofbauer. “It’s a lot of double entendre, but it’s nothing worse than ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on Monday nights.” While the show is open to all ages, Hofbauer said kids younger than 14 or 15 might not get it. They use many current events and obscure references — or what Hofbauer calls “intelligent humor.” “There aren’t a lot of bodily function jokes,” he said. Since they are performing in a restaurant rather than a bar, it’s still a family-friendly event. Their shows are set up very similar to the popular improv show hosted by Drew Carey,

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” They take audience suggestions and play about 15 to 18 games that are generally three to five minutes long. If the audience members see something they don’t like, Hofbauer said, they just have to wait four minutes and the comedians are on to something different. “It changes constantly and the energy from the audience and the suggestions from the audience really drive the entire evening,” he said. “We’re the best-kept secret in Toledo for 13 years, but we have a nice loyal following.” The Around the Bend Players are performing at 8 p.m. at the South Briar, 5147 Main St., Sylvania. Dinner is available prior to the show and drinks and appetizers will be available during the show. For more information, visit www.aroundthe O — Emily B. Gibb

‘Spring Rejuvenation’ contest blooms There’s still a chill in the air, but soon flowers will bloom, leaves will emerge and a special Toledo Free Press Star reader will win a “Spring Rejuvenation” package from Salvatore Capelli Salon. The package, valued at more than $250, includes a haircut from specialists Kari or Abby, a one-hour massage from April, a facial from Patty, a pendant glass class by Ann and a pedicure from Tia. No one walks away empty-handed in this

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Documentary highlights NW Ohio arts “Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio,” a 30-minute documentary on the connection between the arts industries and regional economic stability, premieres March 31 on WBGU-TV. The documentary explores results from a 2007 study by the Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development. The study showed that the creative economy — artists, designers, publishers, historical societies and more — produces $2.4 billion in annual impact, said Katerina Ruedi Ray, director of the BGSU School of Art. Individuals and organizations within the arts industries also create and maintain 33,000 jobs and generate $250 million in federal, state and local taxes each year. Ray approached WBGU-TV about making the documentary “to actually breathe life into the data and show how the creative economy attracts other kinds of business, builds community and enhances preparation of young people for the 21st century workforce,” she said. In Northwest Ohio, there are 400 businesses that can be considered arts-related, Tony Howard, director/producer of WBGUTV and the film, said. “If the arts industry wasn’t there, that money might not be around this region,” he said. Representatives from the Toledo Museum

of Art, Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Lima Veterans Memorial Civic Center and Madhouse Creative, LLC are included, as well as Sauder Village in Archbold. “Creative individuals have revived entire neighborhoods through attracting artists and designers,” Ray said. Historical societies are considered part of the creative sector because not only do they teach young people how to communicate with the public, Ray said, but they also usually have arts involved, such as the hot glass studio at Sauder Village. The documentary also features Mike Thaman, CEO of Owens Corning, to discuss the role the arts and cultural community has in attracting new employees and new businesses. Howard produced, directed, wrote and edited “Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio.” It was shot by Matthew Blinn, videographer at WBGU-TV, and narrated by Dr. F. Scott Regan, BGSU professor emeritus of theater and film. “Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio” premieres at 10 p.m. March 31 with additional airings in April and May. For more information and to see a trailer, visit O — Emily B. Gibb

Restaurant Week runs through April 3 By Sarah Ottney Toledo Free Press special sections editor

Leadership Toledo has teamed with Toledo Free Press to organize a Restaurant Week to benefit the local nonprofit and showcase the area’s diverse culinary options. Cory Dippold, director of youth programs for Leadership Toledo, said Restaurant Week is something that is done across the country in most mid-size and larger cities. “The main goal is that it is a fundraiser for Leadership Toledo, but it is also designed to bring awareness to locally owned restaurants and some of the menu items they have to offer,” Dippold said. Restaurant Week Toledo continues through April 3. More than 15 restaurants in Toledo and the surrounding area have created menus especially for Restaurant Week and will offer meals for $10, $20 and $30 or other specials. Diners will have several choices for each course, typically an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Restaurant Week specials are for dine-in only. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in the price. For each purchase, an amount will go to

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After two of his clay sculptures were accepted in the Now Wow Project, Joe Rohrman packed up his car and traveled from Indianapolis to Sylvania to meet Scott Hudson, owner of the Hudson Gallery. At this point, Hudson had only seen photographs of the entries, but noticed immediately Rohrman had driven three-and-a-half hours with the wrong pieces. “I wanted to crawl under whatever rug he had and just disappear,” Rohrman said. Because of the similarities between works, Hudson allowed the pieces to be featured in the Now Wow Project, which is on display at the Hudson Gallery until April 23. The juried exhibition was a nationwide call to artists and received close to 500 entries, Hudson said. The entries were then narrowed down by Thomas Hilty, the former director of the Bowling Green State University School of Art, who chose the 45 works on display by 35 artists. The selection process took about a day and a half, Hudson said. Hilty said he was “excited to judge the art.” The Now Wow Project is the first time an allmedia showcase was welcomed at the Hudson Gallery, owned by Hudson and his wife, Barbara. The contest created an “eclectic collection” and “very solid show,” Hudson said. The display includes sculpted glass, paintings, drawings, photographs and more. The featured art is from all across the United States, but a handful is from local artists from Toledo, Bowling Green and Detroit.

“It’s a feast for the eyes,” Hudson said. “There is a lot of art up.” Hudson said the gallery, which he opened in 2003 on North Main Street in Sylvania, is not usually as full as it is right now. Jan Crooker of Pennsylvania, whose painting “Stacked Up” is featured in the gallery, wanted to enter the contest because of her close ties to the area; she graduated from the University of Toledo in 1971. She said it was nice to be back in a Toledo gallery for the first time since she graduated. She teaches drawing at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa. Rohrman said he was impressed with the Hudson Gallery. “I’ve been to a bunch over the years,” Rohrman said. “This one was superior.” Rohrman owns a ceramics studio, but shuts down when the weather gets too cold. It is during these months that he looks to feature his clay sculptures in galleries. The Hudson Gallery sponsored an open house March 26, where some artists talked about their work. Toledo artist Scott Horn attended the event to talk about his abstract painting “Lawn Mines.” “I paint even when I have no idea what to paint,” Horn said. He said he sometimes just moves paint around on a canvas until he finds a direction to go. He described his art as “experimental.” Awards were given to select artists as well, chosen by Hilty. Rohrman’s sculpture “Voyeur” won a Merit Award. Julia and Robin Rogers of Royal Oak, Mich., won the “Best of Show” award for their glass sculpture “Bird Woman and Salmon.” Local artists Tom Marino of Toledo and Nadine Saylor of Bowling Green were also recognized. O


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Multimedia event transforms vacant spaces into visual delights.

ma ke s the show TOLEDO FREE PRESS so great is STAR PHOTO BY the variety of MELISSA GRADEN art that is featured. “You get all backgrounds and all kinds of artists, young and old,” he said. Artist Richard Reed, who will have a display in the Washington Street building, agreed that the variety and openness of the art makes Artomatic 419! what it is. “Anyone who wants to show can get involved. There are some great things to see,” he said. In an effort to help visitors move through the art in a way that will allow them to see as much as possible, one local artist has developed a creative interactive experience. Ryan Forquer is an illustrator by trade, but this year he decided to add another dimension to his display at Artomatic 419! He created a sort of scavenger hunt through the Washington Street building that will have participants covering the entire building


will receive a card from the information table in the Washington Street building. There is a clue that will lead them to the next piece of the story, which is hidden in an exhibit. This path will continue through five artists’ exhibits, until participants reach Forquer’s table at the end. At that point, Forquer said, participants have a decision to make. “There are two options for how the story will end. People can vote for which one they want, and whichever one gets the most votes will be posted on my website,” he said. Everyone who participates will be entered for drawings, with prizes donated by local artists and restaurants. “I think it will be very fun,” Forquer said. Michelle Carlson, programs director for the arts commission, said Forquer’s idea will help move people through the exhibits in a new way. “It’s a really great way to make the exhibits more meaningful,” she said. While the Washington Street space is the larger of the two, Bunch said the space on St. Clair Street is not to be missed either. Several more artists will show their work there, and there is another performance art space there as well. “That space is more rugged. It lends itself to Toledo’s industrial history,” he said. After Artomatic 419! vacates the space, it will be renovated and reopened as an art supply store — the



from professional art all the way to people who are showing for the first time in an effort to establish themselves. In addition to showing their work, artists also perform at least 10 hours of volunteer work over the course of the show. Bunch said that volunteer time has an inspirational impact on everyone involved. “The amount of volunteer time and passion everyone shows is awesome,” he said. Holly Whitney, an artist showing at Artomatic 419! for the first time this year, agreed. “I’m really looking forward to the volunteering process. I’m excited about everything. I’m really not nervous at all,” she said. Both of the buildings that will play host to hundreds of displays of art are currently vacant. The space on Washington Street will be filled to its threestory brim with visual art and performance spaces. Bunch said seeing the space full of art transforms it. “Watching vacant buildings come alive again is really inspiring,” he said. Art will cover almost every inch, including inside closets, stairwells and bathrooms. In fact, one bathroom was the first space to be claimed by the artists, Bunch said. There will also be a new addition to the Artomatic 419! experience in the Washington Street building: a film-screening room. In this area, local filmmakers’ work will run on a loop throughout the event. Another group whose members will have work on display in the Washington Street building is Prizm, a creative community based out of Perrysburg. Michael Hall, a member of the group who is also a professional artist, said the members


of the group always enjoy participating in Artomatic 419! “It’s quite a show. It’s actually Toledo’s best art show,” he said. “But it’s not just an art show. It’s kind of like a big party.” He also said he enjoys seeing how involved all of the volunteers get, and that part of what as they piece together a story. “It’s a little bit of a puzzle. Basically you’re sent to the building to investigate paranormal activity and you’re looking for pieces of a journal,” he said. “The building is old so I thought a ghost story would be cool.” Patrons who choose to follow Forquer’s story


4:30 p.m.: Meaghan Roberts 5:30 p.m.: Jim Farris 6:30 p.m.: Steve & Angel 7:30 p.m.: Toledo Poetry Museum

2nd Floor Stage, 407 Washington St. building

(blues/folk) (readings) (folk) (poetry/readings)

5 p.m.: North Coast Theatre (theatre) 6 p.m.: Ryan A. Bunch’s Allen Ginsberg Tribute w/ Guests (poetry, performance) 7 p.m.: Lucian Townes (rock/country) 8 p.m.: Baraka (belly dance) 9 p.m.: Fangs Out (rock) Stage, 3rd Floor, 407 Washington St. building 12 p.m.: Toledo School for the Arts Performers (mixed) (1-5 p.m. – Experimental Afternoon) 1 p.m.: Diaphragmatic (experimental) 2 p.m.: White Nougat (experimental) 3 p.m.: Dr. Rhomboid Goatcabin (experimental) 4 p.m.: Bastard Love Child & The Lesbian Commotion (experimental)


10 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Live Music

The Event Center, 23 N. Summit St.

Presented by Ottawa Tavern &

Artomatic 419! After-Party!

Old West End Records Stage, 25 S. St. Clair St. building 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Artomatic 419! Open Mic (open mic) 2:30 p.m.: Sylvester Rodriguez IV, Diane Borsniek & John Burroughs (readings) 3:30 p.m.: Bruce & Amie Brodie (folk) 4:30 p.m.: The Fairly Handsome Band (indie/folk) 5:30 p.m.: DJ G33Kd0uT (DJ) 7:30 p.m.: Tech|Disobey|Lab (experimental) 8:30 p.m.: Clint McGlaughlin (DJ: Drum & Bass) 9:30 p.m.: The Dub Starlings (Electronic/Experimental)

(readings/performance) (readings about art) (readings) (poetry & performance art) (performance art)

The Event Center, 23 N. Summit St.

12:30 p.m.: Ground Level Poetry 2:30 p.m.: Ekpharastic Poetry 3:30 p.m.: Star Bowers, Sharron Barnes 4:30 p.m.: Logic Alley 6:30 p.m.: Julie Powers

2nd Floor Stage, 407 Washington St. building (TBA)

10 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Live Music

(TBA) — Schedule from

The Event Center, 23 N. Summit St.

Presented by Ottawa Tavern &

Artomatic 419! After-Party!

Old West End Records Stage, 25 S. St. Clair St. building 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Artomatic 419! Open Mic (open mic) 2:30 p.m.: Tranquil (rock) 3:30 p.m.: The ‘Leles (folk) 4:30 p.m.: Space Gypsies (rock/experimental) 5:30 p.m.: Diane Borsniek & John Burroughs (poetry) 6:30 p.m.: Steve & Angel (folk) 7:30 p.m.: Toledo School for the Arts Performers (mixed) 8:30 p.m.: Marco Polio & The New Vaccines (rock/performance art) 9:30 p.m.: Took Too Much? (rock)

12:30 p.m.: DJ G33Kd0uT (DJ) 2:30 p.m.: Naomi House (readings) 3:30 p.m.: Rebecca Golden & Rebecca Wood (readings) 5:30 p.m.: Toledo School for the Arts Creative Writing Club (readings) 7:30 p.m.: Alan Hall (singer-songwriter) 8:30 p.m.: Julie Powers (performance art)

2nd Floor Stage, 407 Washington St. building Stage, 3rd Floor, 407 Washington St. building 1-3 p.m.: Toledo School for the Arts Performers (mixed) 3 p.m.: Jason Quick (jazz/blues) 4 p.m.: Lynn Walker & Andrew Field (readings) 5 p.m.: Northcoast Theatre (theatre) 6 p.m.: DFR (funk) 7 p.m.: Broadway Bards (poetry) 8 p.m.: Kay Louise & Mesmeric (belly dance) 9 p.m.: Great Lakes Crew (hip-hop)


Blarney Bullpen, 601 Monroe St. 5 p.m.: Derek Westerman “Bad Dads” film premiere


10 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Live Music

Artomatic 419! After-Party! Presented by Ottawa Tavern &

Old West End Records Stage, 25 S. St. Clair St. building 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Artomatic 419! Open Mic (open mic) 2:30 p.m.: Hemline Theory (rock) 3:30 p.m.: Angry Yellows (rock) 4:30 p.m.: Jason Quick (jazz/blues) 5:30 p.m.: The Glitch (hip-hop w/ live band) 6:30-9 p.m.: Village Voice Poetry Café (readings/performance) 9:30 p.m.: A-Laz (hip-hop) Stage, 3rd Floor, 407 Washington St. building 12-2 p.m.: Toledo School for the Arts Performers (mixed) 3 p.m.: Alan Hall (singer-songwriter) 4 p.m.: Cottonwood Jam String Band (bluegrass) 5 p.m.: Old State Line (Americana) 6 p.m.: Leyla & Raq the Casbah (belly dance w/ live band) 7 p.m.: Sangsara (ambient/experimental rock) 8 p.m.: Tracy (R&B) 9 p.m.: Found Magazine w/ Davy Rothbart (readings of found material)


*Schedule subject to change

Artomatic 419! 2011 Performance Schedule:

Bunch said there will be every imaginable type of art on display for Artomatic 419!’s visitors. Visual media from oil paintings to photography and performing art from belly dancing to poetry readings will be featured. “It’s just a really cool mix,” said Bunch, adding that the range of art being shown runs the gamut


only one of its kind in Downtown Toledo, Bunch said. An after-party will take place every night after the show at the Event Center in Downtown Toledo. These parties are open to the public and will celebrate, along with Artomatic 419!, all the art and creativity Toledo has to offer, Bunch said. For more information: ✯


Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Dala: 8 p.m. March 30, $15. O Matt Wertz, Ben Rector: 8 p.m. March 31, $17.50. O The Julian Lage Group: 8 p.m. April 1, $20. O The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. April 2, $11. O Gemini: 1 p.m. April 3, $10. O The Civil Wars, Arum Rae: 7:30 p.m. April 3, $15. O Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher: 8 p.m April 4, $17.50. O Over the Rhine, Lucy Wainwright Roche: 8 p.m. April 5, $25.

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. O Kyle White: March 31. O The Earregulars: April 1. O Pilot Radio: April 2. O Luke James: April 5. O Rick Whited: April 7.

“Art hath an enemy called ignorance.” — BEN JOHNSON

Bretz Bar

Win with The Wolf!

2012 Adams St. (419) 243-1900. O Deja Dellataro and Felaciana Thunderpussy: ThursdaysSaturdays.

Listen this week to the Wolf for your chance to win front row tickets to Loretta Lynn!

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 O Jerod: Wednesdays and April 7. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O See Alice: April 1. O Beg to Differ: April 2.

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 O Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 8 p.m. April 3, $40.

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.

Blind Pig

Dégagé Jazz Café

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 O Invincible, Nickie P., David Blair: 9:30 p.m. March 30. O J Mascis, Kurt Vile & the Violators: 9 p.m. March 31. O Ann Arbor Soul Club, Robert Wells, Brad Hales: 9:30 p.m. April 1. O The Macpodz, DJ Logic, John Sinclair, Chris Bathgate, Chris Good, Me3Mind: 8 p.m. April 2. O Kina Grannis, Imaginary Friend: 8 p.m. April 5. O Fowl, Tru Klassick, Versatai, Eideal, JLR, J Classic, Eye-V, Beanzarelly: 9:30 p.m. April 6. O Movits, October Babies: 9 p.m. April 7.

Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. March 30 and April 6. O Mike Whitty: 7-10 p.m. March 31 and 7:30-11:30 p.m. April 1-2. O Eric Dickey: 6-9 p.m. April 5.

The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O Nathan Cogan: March 30.

The Wolf Welcomes Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn with special guest Joey + Rory April 14th 2011 7:30 p.m. at The Stranahan Theater. Tickets now on sale at, All Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone 1-800-745-3000, or The Stranahan Theater Box office (419) 381-8851. A Lone Wolf Production. Win a pair of tickets to Loretta Lynn with special guest Joey + Rory by emailing:! guns, Self Centered, Red Lights @ Dawn, For What It’s Worth: 5 p.m. April 3. O World Inferno Friendship Society, 7Deadly5: 9 p.m. April 8. O Antiseen, the Infernal Names, Sworn Secrecy: April 9.

O Velvet Jones: April 1-2. O Gregg Aranda: April 5.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or O Johnny Reed & the House Rockers: 9:30 p.m. April 1 and 9 p.m. April 2.

Frankie’s Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. O Auto Tune karaoke hosted by Ian Thomas: 9 p.m. Mondays, free. O Champagne Champagne, Know One, Raine Wilder: 9 p.m. March 30. O The Air I Breathe, Floral Terrace, This Is Everything, a Violent Perfection: 5 p.m. March 31. O Ian Divine, Mad Dog Johnson, DJ Billyclub, Uglyfatwoman: 9 p.m. March 31. O Hound, the Hulk Hogan Band, the Dead Sun, John Hubbel, 33 1/3: 9 p.m. April 1, $3 for those younger than 21, free for all others. O The Infernal Names, Wee, Kitty Glitter, Highbinder: 9 p.m. April 2. O Hawthorne Heights, Veara, After Midnight Project, Hand-

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 O Green Eyed Soul: April 1-2. O Lazy River Band: April 8-9.

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 O Framing Hanley, Me Talk Pretty, Against the Wall: 7 p.m. April 1. O Honky, Karma to Burn, High Gears, Secret Stones, PB Army: 8 p.m. April 3.

Ice Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or O Mark Harris: 7 p.m. April 2. O Gerald Gibbs: 5 p.m. April 7. O Ronn Daniels: 7 p.m. April 8.





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“All great art comes from a sense of outrage.” — GLENN CLOSE 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 O Dave Sharp and the Secret Seven: 8 p.m. April 1. O William Bolcom, Joan Morris: 8 p.m. April 2, $15$35. O Ellen Rowe Trio: 2 p.m. April 3. O Mad About Chamber Music: 8 p.m. April 5, free.

This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or O Thunderstruck: 8 p.m. April 8.


Mainstreet Bar and Grill

March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Author talks

Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or

Writers will discuss their work, lives and experience. Prout Chapel, off Thurston Avenue, BGSU, Bowling Green. Josh Weil, visiting writer and author of “The New Valley.” will lecture. 7:30 p.m. March 31.


This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www. O Vytas and Steve: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Open mic with Bread and Butter: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. March 31. O Post Modern Blues Bad: April 1. O Swamp King: April 2. O Daniel Burris Trio: 6 p.m. April 7.

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. O The Funeral Pyre, the Secret, Buried but Breathing: 8:30 p.m. March 31. O Peregrine: 8:30 p.m. April 1. O April Fools: 8:30 p.m. April 2.

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

Murphy’s Place Jazz — straight, smooth, bebop or traditional — all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www. O March 30: Jean Holden and the Jean Holden Singers, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Anna Givens, Clifford Murphy and Claude Black, 8:30 p.m.

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Sunday, April 3: Tribute to Baseball’s Opening Week Double Feature “Rookie of the Year” (1993) at 4:30 p.m. Rated PG. When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. “League of Their Own” (1992) at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for all 18 and younger. Kids 5 and younger are free. Sponsored by the Adrian Kiwanis Club and Toledo Free Press Star. ( O

Spicy Tuna This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or O DJ Jimmy James: 10 p.m. Fridays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays.

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

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars

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

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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281, (419) 740-2395 or O Old West End Records: Wednesdays. O Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. O Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons. O Frankie May, Ben Barefoot: Mondays. O Whitey Morgan and the 78s: April 2. O Wilbur Shaw: April 7. O Bobby May & Dry Bones Revival: April 8.

This rocker has penned everything from easy listening (“Hello It’s Me”) to rock anthems (“Bang the Drum All Day”). 7:30 p.m. March 30, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $35-$95. (419) 381-8851 or www.

Wesley’s Bar & Grill A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333 or O DJs Folk, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. O Todd Perrine and guests: April 2.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Rock ’n’ roll is so much a part of this blue collar champion’s life, it’s also seemingly part of every song title (see “Like a Rock,” “Roll Me Away” and “Old-Time Rock and Roll,” etc.). Additional tickets have been released since earlier reports of sold-out shows. 7:30 p.m. March 31, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. (419) 321-5007, (800) 745-3000 or

Jeff Beck

The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. O Karaoke with Georgia Peach: Wednesdays.

The Yardbirds guitarist and multiple Grammy winner has a penchant for breaking ground and collaboration. He will be backed by the Imelda May Band. 8 p.m. March 31, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $35-$85. (734) 7688397, (734) 668-8463 or

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band Revival Party

Keir Neuringer

8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265.

This saxophonist writes music in an attempt to engage the audience’s curiosity. With Joe Panzner. 9 p.m. March 31, Robinwood Concert House, 2564 Robinwood


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Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O The Devil Whale: 10 p.m. April 7.

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Mozart IV The Toledo Symphony, led by Steven Byess, will perform the maestro’s Symphony No. 40, plus works by Gluck and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. April 2, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $30-$35. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Nikolai Lugansky, who won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, will join the orchestra in its performance of a Rachmaninoff concerto; the group also will take on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” 8 p.m. April 2, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$85. (734) 764-2538 or

Artomatic 419! Two vacant buildings will become home to more than 400 area artists and their work in visual and performing arts. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16, 407 Washington and 25 S. St. Clair; after party, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, the Event Center, 23 N. Summit St. (419) 254-2787, or



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The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452, (419) 5302448 or O Pianist Jane Solose: master class, 10 a.m.-noon April 2; concert, 3 p.m. April 3, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. O Spring Festival of New Music: Student Contemporary Chamber concert. 8 p.m. April 5, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. O Spring Festival of New Music: UT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Concert Chorale. 8 p.m. April 6, Doermann Theatre, University Hall, 2801 W. Bancroft St. O Spring Festival of New Music: composer Mark O’Connor. 1 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. O Spring Festival of New Music: electronic and mixed media. 8 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive.

This concert series features BGSU vocal and instrumental music students. 7:30 p.m. April 5, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or

Composer, turntablist, multimedia artist and writer Paul D. Miller will “explore the theme of sound in contemporary art, digital media and composition.” 5:10 p.m. April 7, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463 or

Rush The acclaimed band will bring its Time Machine tour, including classic songs and its “Moving Pictures” album live, to town. 7:30 p.m. April 13, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. $40.50-$86. (419) 321-5007, (800) 745-3000 or

Folksongs Around the World

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This ensemble was inspired by Ignacio Pineiro Martinez, a seminal composer of the island’s sound, which combines African rhythms and percussion with Spanish song and guitar styles. 8 p.m. April 7, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$42. (734) 764-2538 or

Violinist Mark O’Connor will join the Toledo Symphony in the performance of one of his own compositions, “Old Brass,” plus pieces by Gould and Copland. 8 p.m. April 8-9, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. $20-$25. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or


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The Perrysburg Symphony Chorale will survey folk melodies in a look at how cultures celebrate life through song. 7 p.m. April 8, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza. $8-$10. (419) 861-0895, (419) 243-1231 or



BGSU performances The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the work they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 5892224, (419) 372-8888 or O Faculty Jazz Group: 8 p.m. March 30, Bryan Recital Hall. O Vocal Jazz Ensemble: 8 p.m. March 31, Bryan Recital Hall. O Jazz week guest Jay Ashby: April 1. 12:30 p.m., Brazilian master class; trombone master class, 2:30 p.m.; improvisation clinic, 4:30 p.m.; Kobacker Hall. O Jazz Lab Band I: 8 p.m. April 1, Kobacker Hall. O Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition: 1 and 8 p.m. April 2, Kobacker Hall.

O Guitar ensembles: 8 p.m. April 5, Bryan Recital Hall. O Trumpet Ensemble: 8 p.m. April 6, Bryan Recital Hall. O River North Chicago Dance Company: preconcert lecture, 7:15 p.m.; performance, 8 p.m. April 7, Bryan Recital Hall; $20-$40.

BGSU Planetarium shows This semester, the star gazers are focusing on shows that “connect astronomy and everyday life” that were created at the university. 8 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Room 112, Physical Sciences Lab Building, near North College Drive and East Merry Avenue, Bowling Green. $1. (419) 372-8666 or O “Star-Spangled Banners”: Constellations and more from flags. Through April 1. O “Worlds in Your Wallet”: Universal links to currency. April 3-22.

Clazel Theater This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or O Feminist Burlesque & Drag Kings: 8 p.m. March 31, free. Roundtable discussion, “Burlesque and Gendered Performance: A Critical Inquiry,” will take place at 3 p.m. at BGSU’s Women’s Center, Hanna Hall Room 108, East Wooster Street, Bowling Green, (419) 372-7227

Gish Film Theater Named in memory of Dorothy and Lillian Gish, this theater hosts screenings of international and arthouse movies and matinees of popular films of the past. BGSU’s Hanna Hall, East Wooster Street, Bowling Green. Free. (419) 372-4474 or O International Film Series: “La Isla: Archives of a Tragedy,” 7:30 p.m. April 7. O Tuesdays at the Gish: “Street Fight,” 7:30 p.m. April 5. O Sunday matinees: “Our Town,” 3 p.m. April 3.


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BGSU Jazz Week Jazz Week at Bowling Green State University kicked off March 28 and upcoming events will feature performances, clinics and appearances by BGSU jazz students and faculty along with special guest Jay Ashby. The event, which runs through April 1, opened with a performance by pianist and former BGSU Director of Jazz Activities Russell Schmidt. BGSU students in ASHBY chamber jazz ensembles will take the stage at the Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. March 29. Trombonist and four-time Grammy Awardwinning producer Jay Ashby will perform March 30 with members of the BGSU jazz faculty as part of the Faculty Artist Series. Ashby has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Paul Simon, performing on more than 100 recordings ranging in style and genre from jazz and pop to world music. At 8 p.m. March 31, BGSU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will take the stage at the hall. At 8 p.m. April 1 in Kobacker Hall, Ashby

will join the Jazz Lab Band I in a program that will include some of Ashby’s own material and arrangements including “The BGSU Blues,” according to a news release. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit colleges/music. O —Sarah Ottney

Magician at Adrian College Celebrity magician Stuart MacDonald is set to perform at Adrian College, with all proceeds going to the HOPE Community Center, a local nonprofit whose mission is to empower adults with disabilities. The show will be 7 p.m. April 7 at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center and is a philanthropy project put on by the college’s Theta Chi fraternity. MacDonald’s goal is to raise $5,000. “People will be contributing directly to a community effort to help those with disabilities become productive citizens and that’s a good thing,” MacDonald said. Audience members should expect lots of surprises, said the Adrian native, who has opened for David Copperfield and competed in the World Championships with Criss Angel. “We’re going to do some very fun illusions,” he said. “It’s a grand illusion show.” MacDonald, who is currently a theater major at Adrian Col-


lege, where he is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, is internationally known in magic circles for his illusion and sleight of hand. Tickets are $5 for Adrian College students with ID; other students, Adrian College alumni and seniors are $8; adults are $10; and a family of up to five people is $20. For more information, visit O — Sarah Ottney

Local man to help finance Hayek film ‘The Prophet’

Local business owner Steve Hanson is helping to bring “The Prophet,” starring Salma Hayek, to the big screen. Hanson, president and CEO of Hanson Inc., a digital media solutions company based in Maumee, is helping Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions finance the planned animated film based on the best-selling book by Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. The book, written in verse form, has sold more than 100 million copies since its original Hanson publication in 1923. Gibran is the third-most-read poet in history after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the book, a prophet shares his thoughts on subjects such as birth, love, joy and sorrow, religion, death and more. The passages are commonly read at weddings, funerals, graduations — Sarah Ottney and other events. O

Way Library films Way Public Library concludes the 2010-11 Reel Talk classic film series April 14 with the 1942 comedy, “George Washington Slept Here.” The film stars Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan. It is based on the popular play by George Kaufman and Moss Hart concerning an antique-crazed wife who buys a home in the country and a husband who tries to keep from going broke trying to fix it up. Evan Chase, area film buff, will be the special guest speaker. The film will be shown on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. No reservations are required. Admission and refreshments are free. Way Library concludes the 2010-11 Art & Foreign film series with the Serbo-Croatian-made “Grbavica: The Land of my Dreams.” A mother and 12-year-old daughter in contemporary Sarajevo struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war. Grbavica refers to the district in Sarajevo where the mother and daughter live. The film, released in 2005, was nominated as one of the top five films in Europe for 2006 and won numerous other festival awards. This Serbian-language film with English subtitles will be shown Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the upper level auditorium of the library. No reservations required. Admission and refreshments are free. The Way Library is located at 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg. Call (419) 874-3135 for further information. O — Staff Reports

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ou can not call yourself a rapper if you don’t recognize the lyrics from Eminem’s Oscar-award winning song “Lose Yourself.” Every artist has had that gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of his/her stomach; that feeling that urges them to just walk the LIL opposite direction of the stage, that feeling telling them that tomorrow night would be better, that feeling pressuring them to give up. That feeling must be drastically multiplied when the audience is comprised of people from a town of 3,000 whose knowledge of HipHop stopped at N.W.A. and Gangsta Rap’s other elite. Imagine how they feel about a white guy spitting heartfelt lyrics on top of a bass-pounding

instrumental. Morenci, Mich., native Cody Hize isn’t your typical rapper. In an industry where “keeping it real” is a way of life, Hize’s reality is so undeniably true that one has no choice but to respect it. He’s the first to tell anyone, “I never sold drugs. I don’t gangbang. I just make music that is real to me, and people can relate to it.” Priding himself on “bringing Hip-Hop to Morenci,” Hize had his work cut out for him. DJ Phenomenon told Hize he would have to work three times as hard as other rappers because the odds were stacked heavily against him: he lived in a small town where rap was nonexistent, meaning he would have to do a lot of traveling to network with other artists and promoters. Hize supported many gas stations and made



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enormous financial sacrifices in support of his dream. He remembers every negative slur (some too vulgar to repeat), every misguided stereotype and every rejection. He embraced it. After all, Hize is the underdog; he’s rapping for the kids whose teachers told them that rap was stupid, for the kids who were made fun of in the hallways, for the aspiring rapper who needs a little push. Today, attend an event in Morenci and mention Hize’s name and everyone has a positive response. They love him! His biggest marketing tool, coincidentally, is word of mouth. Hize has learned what a lot of artists are still trying to grasp: simply talking to people will get you a long way. He wasn’t afraid to approach anyone, chat them up and hand them his CD. On March 26, Hize played a show in Detroit. The crowd was thrown off by the difference in the amount of melanin in his skin. Instead of letting it discourage him, he rocked the show. By the time he was done, the crowd was on his side. And he wasn’t even surprised, because he knows, “you don’t know my name

now, but you will after you hear me.” Hize’s name is definitely becoming known. Other than conquering Morenci, he is a constant in the Toledo Hip-Hop scene, and is expanding his brand all over Ohio. On March 31, he’ll be at Club Liberty in Toledo, and April is filling up quickly with shows as far as Columbus and ending at the Maumee Indoor Theatre for a dance competition, “Who Told You You Could Dance?” which I am hosting. You can follow him on Twitter @Hize for the rest of the dates. Hize describes his music as “versatile and unique.” But after checking his background (enrolled in college; plans for a promotional firm or entertainment marketing business; savvy business mind), you begin to realize that everything about Hize is unique. He stands out because he knows what he wants, and has a plan to get there. That’s why I certainly believe him when he says “you can’t stop at the ceiling; you can’t stop at the sky.” The last line of Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself ” describes Hize best: “Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.” O



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he first time Dave Wakeling heard ska, the music with which he was to forge an indelible legacy, he was at a soccer match in his native Birmingham. “They used to play ’em to keep the skinheads quiet,” Wakeling said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “So they could dance instead of kick each other. Or kick each JEFF other in time, I suppose.” Wakeling described the first songs he gravitated to as “dirty reggae” — “sexy, rocksteady, blues beat” numbers. But then his mind started to open up to songs with more social conscience. “You never noticed at the start — just sounded like a pretty song. Say Max Romeo’s ‘Uptown Babies,’ that’s probably the best example. What a pretty song. And then you dig into the lyrics, and you think, ‘Oh my God, he’s singing about starving kids!’ And I thought that was a very effective way of talking about some of the things that might be difficult in society, but to be able to do it so that you remain optimistic and noble,” Wakeling said. “I realized then that reggae wasn’t just a happy music. It was a music of survival. And that sometimes, there was a good chance, it seemed to me, that somebody would have to play a song instead of having dinner — instead of listening to the song after dinner, it was instead of dinner. And so, there was a joy in it, but it was mixed with a nobility and a sense of survival.” Wakeling’s passion for ska would manifest itself fully when he became one of the founding members of The Beat in 1978. The band’s music, largely classified as 2-tone ska, would fuse elements from across the musical spectrum. “When we started up, we wanted to make the living embodiment of the punky/reggae party. We wanted the adrenaline of punk, and we wanted the sway and the backbeat of reggae, and we wanted the protest and social conscience of both. And add two tablespoons of Motown.” For The Beat, success would come quickly, as would demise. Within two years of their formation, the group would release its first album, “I Just Can’t Stop It,” which quickly rose on the charts in their native England. Two more albums followed in rapid succession, as well as extensive touring all across the world — including North America, where to avoid confusion with the Paul Collins group, the band became known as The English Beat. “It was very odd, because it happened so quickly and so big that we really didn’t have time to adjust to it. We just had to pretend that it was normal, and that this was what we’d expected.

We had kinda dreamt that it would happen, but I don’t know to what extent we expected it,” Wakeling said. “[We] thought, really, that the trappings of fame were stupid in areas, and that we could use it, we could use it subversively — instead of stuck over onto kids’ magazines, talking about breakfast, we could get into the kids’ magazines and start talking about politics. And we did, and we got away with it! It was bonkers!” The Beat’s ride came to a sudden stop in 1983, when the group broke up. Wakeling ascribed the ending to its members simply working themselves too hard in the last days. “We probably really only needed three months off, and a nice big glass of milk and some cookies. But it all seemed — it all had become too much. And some of the band didn’t like touring, some of the band liked touring a lot. That was one difference that did




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come up. So people just weren’t happy. “Whereas it used to be magical, we just couldn’t seem to stop ourselves from having good things start up and going off for us — a couple, three years later, it was almost impossible to get a rehearsal WAKELING together.” Wakeling, who has lived in the U.S. for years, still tours extensively as The English Beat with a new band (which also plays songs from his General Public days), and will perform March 31 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Mich. He also said that he’s been recording extensively in recent days. “We’ve been very busy in the studio, and we’ve been touring a lot, and that’s kinda made it sometimes a bit slower than we’d like. We wait until we can get back, and get our breath back, too. So, I think the next chance we’ll have to do any recording is in May.” “I’m hoping I can have a top quality EP of some sort to come out in August, that would be my dream plan.” O Email Jeff at


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Toledo Free Press STAR – March 30, 2011  

The cover for this edition features an illustration for Artomatic 419!, a biennial art show presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Tole...

Toledo Free Press STAR – March 30, 2011  

The cover for this edition features an illustration for Artomatic 419!, a biennial art show presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Tole...