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Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly will perform at DubtronicA at the Rocket Bar on April 6 and open for GRiZ at the Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green on April 11. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY MIGHTY WYTE

Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly serving up sticky electronic jams By Mighty Wyte TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

There are few things more exciting than an explosive concert or the introduction of a new genre of music. Thanks to local electronic music producers and performers Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly, Toledo has the chance to experience both on a regular basis. Performing at the monthly DubtronicA shows at the Rocket Bar, the duo shares new music and performs a live electronic show at least once every four weeks. Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly are not just DJs playing electronic dance music and dubstep. According to Williams, “We are musical freedom. We produce and play what’s called purple music.

Purple music is classic jazz, funk, blues and R&B and mixed with very new electronic pieces. It’s a new blend that people haven’t heard before, but it has that classic flavor from back in the day. It’s not regular electro; it’s very funky.” Peanutbutter & Jelly were both members of the live electro/dubstep band The Living Dead for nearly 20 years. “We’re still together but we’re all pursuing new artistic avenues, we’re interested in different art,” Williams said. “We didn’t want to explore these avenues with The Living Dead. It was its own entity and we wanted to spread our wings so to speak, reach a larger audience.” To reach that elusive larger audience, Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly are making infectious music that is upbeat, happy and edgy. While many may ask how an electronic duo can perform live,

Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly are clearly involved in morphing and creating music at their shows. “We’re not just DJing,” Williams said. “We spin our own music and we run our DJ rigs through all kinds of electronic toys and tools. We are literally making new music on the spot at every show. We are resampling, playing keys and using electronic manipulation tools like the Kaoss Pad while spinning four or five other songs to create something fresh. We get very live.” While live shows are an important part of what Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly do musically, they are also working on an EP. “We are past the production stages, now we are mixing and mastering,” Williams said. “Once the EP is complete we will be booking more shows, touring regionally and spreading this new

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sound as far as we can.” The pair isn’t waiting for the completion of the album to book more shows. On April 11, Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly will open for Detroitborn dubstep producer GRiZ. The 22-year-old GRiZ is making a lot of noise nationally, forging a reputation for his muisc. “It’s an honor to open for GRiZ. Anytime a group gets to open for a national act it’s a big deal, a step in the right direction,” Williams said. Peanutbutter Williams & Jelly are performing at Dubtronica on April 6 at the Rocket Bar, 135 S. Byrne Road. Doors open at 9 p.m. General admission is $5. The GRiZ show on April 11 is at the Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green, 127 N. Main St. Doors for the GRiZ show open at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 at the Clazel box office. O

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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” — Pablo Picasso

Mr. Atomic Local twin brothers celebrate a century of art.

By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor

Mark and Michael Kersey are constantly enveloped by their life’s work. To walk into their studio is to be overwhelmed by it. Sitting in an old classroom on the second floor of the former Glann Elementary School, every wall is covered, floor to ceiling, by samples of their paintings. And even that’s not enough room — on the floor, dozens of works that have no space to be hung in sit leaned up against every available area. This is a fever dream version of what an art studio would be like — but it’s real. Mark and Michael, on the other hand, are far from the stereotypical starving artists. Identical twins, the brothers — known collectively under the name “Mr. Atomic” — are warm, welcoming, funny and self-deprecating. They love to talk about their passions — not just their own art, but other artists and pop culture. The Beatles are a favorite subject, if the numerous pieces depicting the group lining the walls weren’t clue enough. Visitors to One Government Center will be

able to sample the brothers’ passions themselves this month, up close and personal. A dozen or so samples of their work will be on display in the lobby of the building throughout April, in an exhibit the Kerseys are calling “Mr. Atomic: 100 Years of Love, Sweat and Paintings.” When Toledo Free Press Star caught up with Mark and Michael for an interview about the exhibit, the paintings in question were still at the studio, among the dozens that lined every wall. “They’re still around us right now. They’re buried in here,” Mark said, gesturing to the cacophony of acrylics and canvas. “We want our very best work out there. And as I’ve mentioned to some people, we’re celebrating a hundred years of painting. Literally. Because we started in 1962, we’re twins, so that’s fifty years for Mike, and fifty for me.” “We were little tykes back then. I mean that,” Mike said with a wry smile. In conversation, talking to the Kerseys is rather like communicating with two distinct halves of the same personality. They consistently add thoughts and complete each other’s stories with additional information. n MR. ATOMIC CONTINUES ON 5

Mark, left, and Michael Kersey, the artists known as Mr. Atomic.


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First steps

Asked about their first steps into artistic expression, Mark said, “Mike, I recall, going down to the end of our street and hauling his little portable miniature easel out there during the winter, to the banks of the — what creek is that?” “Ten Mile Creek,” Mike filled in. “Ten Mile Creek, and getting out there with his paints and actually painting.” “While the popular kids were actually bouncing

the b-ball through the hoop,” Mike added. “And so it really began with that, as far as painting. We drew before that, just like all kids in school, they were told to put the crayons and the paper on the desk,” Mark said. They had differing levels of success at Start High School — Mark was never particularly academic, while Mike was “a bit of a brainiac” — but had the shared passion of their art. “The teachers and fellow classmates would label us as ‘the artists,’ or give us a nickname like ‘Michelangelo’ or something. And we started

feeling that maybe we had something more in the art department than the kids around us,” Mike said. “Right, because I remember getting Aplusses,” Mark added. “And I couldn’t get an A-plus for anything else. So all of a sudden, I’m looking down at my artwork and it has A-plus — that’s as good as it gets! — of course, for art, and only art. And there were times spent crying in front of the nun, when I was told I wasn’t going to pass that grade because of my overall academic averages.

“That was the one area that I could stand out,” Mark said. Whatever schooling they may have gotten in painting, though, the brothers noted that the vast majority of their expertise came from practical experience — not a textbook. “I think initially, we did art that was established — landscapes, or people posing. But somewhere along the line, we started doing what we wanted to draw, which was not your conventional landscape or portrait,” Mark said. n MR. ATOMIC CONTINUES ON 6


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n MR. ATOMIC CONTINUED FROM 5 “It would be like if you wanted to learn how to get involved in music, and you had to go to the music books and you’d find the same boring tunes that they would have you play,” he added. “It was the same with the art books. The art books never showed you how to think outside the box, they always concentrate on doing the traditional landscape, or the traditional still life.” “Some people can learn something in moderation, through a textbook,” Mike said. “I really think it’s like music, too. You either have it — some light switch went on, and you’ve got an internal drive to pursue this direction — or you don’t. And there’s so many people who all draw, and there’s so many people who want to pick up a guitar so they can be a rock star. But really, they don’t go very far unless they were born with that switch on.” The brothers began finding inspiration all around them — but not from traditional sources like the classical artists or museums. We started discovering things like the covers of Reader’s Digest, when they used to have illustrations instead of photography. Or TIME magazine, let alone book illustrations,” Mark said. “Paperback books,” Mike clarified. “Right. Or books on famous painters, a collection of their works. But when we’d sit there together — and I remember a time specifically when we were really involved with Arthur Rackham, who was a magnificent illustrator ...” “Children’s books.” “... from the early part of the last century, who was very sophisticated,” Mark said. “Or Frank Frazetta, who did a lot of sword and sorcery paintings. And if we looked and said, ‘Oh, my God, look at this!’ Well, I never said that walking through the art museum. “And I want you to play that part down, because I don’t want to make any enemies at the art museum!” he added with a smile. After school, both Mark and Mike left Toledo and struck out into the “real world” for a time, plying their trade as commercial artists for various book companies and even the Beatles’ Apple Records. But despite the fact that they found inspiration from such sources when their artistic muse was first emerging, both Kerseys tookthe workaday world to be a chain around that same muse’s neck. “Our career was 100 percent stunted [by our commercial work],” Mark said. “The only reason we chose to do any, have any affiliation with commercial art — as opposed to some work that we did in New York City, which was hiring us for work, per se — was ...” “You gotta put bread on the table,” Mike said. “Right. And that was a dead end. A dead end.” “We were so full of imagination and we were so prolific when we were living at home,” Mike said. “And then we came to the real world, where you had to make a living. And our art suffered so greatly that somewhere in my early 30s, I looked and I thought, ‘My God, this whole talent is going to go to waste. I’m hardly doing anything now. I’m doing signs — and sure, I use paint and a brush, but that’s it. So does a house painter. “I’m going to die, and all this imagination and feelings are going to go down the toilet. And I said, ‘I gotta get back into that, whatever price.’ And so, my early 30s, I started. I painted one painting, once, and I liked it, and I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna do another one.’ Then I do another one. And the gap in between the paintings be-

came shorter all the time. And then, it was like I weaned myself off the commercial end of art or assigned painting or menus for restaurants, and got myself full-time back into my painting. And I couldn’t be happier in that aspect.” Mark soon followed suit. “The same day that Ronald Reagan was shot, they relieved me of my position — because a younger man had come in, and worked a dollar cheaper an hour. And I said, ‘I’m never going back to that.’ If I’m going to be laid off — I have no control over my own life when I’m employed by somebody else. So I’m just going to have control over my own life.” “About 10 years after I got back into the art — I started painting more and more, and my brother was still doing signs and whatever odd jobs,” Mike added. “And I started doing more shows, outdoor art festivals and entering competitions, doing more and more. And then, all of a sudden, he came onboard.” Their collective efforts soon crystalized into the “Mr. Atomic” name. “I’m not exactly sure why, because every artist I know uses their own name,” Mark said when asked about the origins of the title. “I get a little tired of seeing artists all put down their last name,” Mike added. All the Kerseys’ work is signed “Mr. Atomic.” The brothers used to make a bigger deal about separating which of them did which piece, but as the years have gone on that’s become less of a concern, since both are such an integral part of each other’s creative process. “We like to challenge people as to who painted what. But even though we work solely on our own pieces here, we solicit feedback from each other, constantly — whether it’s wanted or not. And so that really shapes the piece,” Mark said. He pointed to a work leaning against a wall — a beautiful canvas depicting a woman’s face bathed in white, surrounded by angelic imagery. “I’m looking at that piece — I could never have come up with that piece. But once Mike did, he gave me a feel for it. So as he went along, I added my contributions to it. ‘Don’t change that face. Don’t change that halo around that face.’” “But change everything else,’” Mike said, wryly. “Change that and your shirt, Michael,” Mark retorted. “No, we go through that process, and we may be stubborn enough to hold onto something that we don’t agree on, on either of our pieces. But it’s pretty minimal.” “As years go by, if someone wants to mistake my painting, thinking that my brother painted it — OK. Just so you understand that it’s a Mr. Atomic painting,” Mike said. “I think I lose less and less of my ego because of that.” As the Kerseys celebrate a century of collective work, they are keeping their eyes trained on where they’ve been and where they’re going. “I’m gonna show what makes me tick,” Mark said. “If it doesn’t sell, then so be it. On my deathbed, I’m going to be able to look back and say ... ” “To thine own self be true,” Mike added. “That’s exactly it. And even though, when you don’t join the mainstream — because I think a lot of artists paint depending upon what sells,” Mark said. “It’s honorable to paint to make a living, to support your children. But I have no children or wife, so I’m able to go out on a limb. And if I don’t sell, I’m able to deal with my own hunger pangs. “I really feel empowered, because I don’t have to answer to anybody. And I’m willing to suffer for love of my own self-expression.” O

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” — Bob Ross

Wear Blue Day Artists, yarnbombers support local fight against child abuse. By Matt Liasse TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

A knitting group from Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn., has contributed to the sea of blue planned for Toledo. In support of Lucas County Children Services’ (LCCS) Wear Blue Day, a day bringing awareness to child abuse, a Toledo “yarnbomber” with a secret identity will decorate the streets with blue. Known by the moniker “Streetspun Yarnbomber,” the local artist enlisted the help of fellow yarnbombers all over the world. At press time, she was expecting yarn bombs from five European countries, including Germany and Sweden, and several other U.S. states.

Yarnbombs are knitted sleeves that can often be found around lampposts, parking meters and bike racks. During the week of Wear Blue Day, which is April 10, Streetspun will install the blue yarnbombs outside the LCCS building on Adams Street. They will remain up at least until the agency’s annual memorial on April 19. The Cosmic Knittas from Sandy Hook in Newtown Conn., site of the December school shooting in which 26 students and adults were killed, was one of the groups to send a yarnbomb. A handwritten card that came with the piece read: “We know all too well that we need to protect our children and applaud your efforts for Wear Blue Day. We are graffiti knitters from Sandy Hook who are working on our own event but want to support yours too.” LCCS Public Information Officer Julie Malkin communicated with Streetspun via email. “It’s a great artistic way to show that people really care about kids,” Malkin said. “It’s particularly touching to have something coming from Sandy Hook where there was so much sadness.” Streetspun said she loved the gesture from the Cosmic Knittas. “For me, it really goes to show that we all can come together, be peaceful and love one another,” Streetspun said via email. “I know that we cannot solve the world’s problems with [yarnbombs] but it is one way to make you smile and give you that warm fuzzy feeling.” This form of graffiti is an act of good intentions, Streetspun said. “They are all made with love and are meant to be a happy gesture to make things brighter and to simply make you smile,” she said. Streetspun picked up the hobby on the first


International Yarnbombing Day, June 11, 2011. Immediately, she knew she was hooked. When she was contacted by LCCS to make yarnbombs, she couldn’t refuse. “When your city asks for [yarnbombs] how can you say no?” Streetspun said. “When you are making a statement like standing up against child abuse and domestic violence, it is without a doubt very near and dear to my heart.” After Wear Blue Day, Streetspun wants to donate the yarnbombs to an organization. “Wherever they end up it will surely be a reminder of hope, that there is so much love out in the world especially when it comes to our children,” she said.

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Artomatic 419! also plans to support the day of awareness. LCCS joined forces with Artomatic 419!, which issued an open call for artists to submit art for a “Blue Room” piece. Two local artists, Louis Wilson and Kelly O’Brien, will create blue artwork for the local arts showcase set for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 13, 20 and 27. The pieces will be set up at 911 Summit St., with Wilson’s work on the first floor and O’Brien’s on the second. “We appreciate the value of freedom of expression,” Malkin said. “Child abuse is a very sad and unfortunate thing and for people to express themselves artistically to show their feelings about this very serious subject is terrific.” Wilson wants to help people understand the effects of child abuse with his wall-hanging, mixed media piece. “I’ve seen the adverse effects on families and children from child abuse,” Wilson said. “[My piece

Streetspun Yarnbomber.


is] meant for people to draw their own direction toward child abuse and the anguish that it brings.” O’Brien wanted to portray more with the color blue in her piece. She hopes people get awareness from it. “Blue also represents peaceful, tranquility, calmness,” O’Brien said. “I wanted to somehow portray that.” April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month since 1983. This is the second year Wear Blue Day has been observed in Toledo. O


“If art doesn’t make us better, then what on Earth is it for?” — Alice Walker

Cleveland Film Festival kicks off 37th year By James A. Molnar TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR FILM EDITOR

It’s a long way to Sundance and even farther to Cannes. But film enthusiasts don’t have to travel quite so far for a peek at up-and-coming films and filmmakers. On April 3, the lights will go dark and the projector will illuminate the big screen as the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off. The 12-day festival will showcase 180 feature films and 165 short films from 65 different countries. More than 200 filmmakers are traveling to Cleveland for the festival, according to Patrick Shepherd, associate director of CIFF. “Their countries of origin include Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, United Kingdom and of course the USA,” he said. “We’ll also have a filmmaker from Puerto Rico.” CIFF kicks off its opening night gala April 3 with screenings of “The Kings of Summer,” a coming-of-age film that was shot last summer in Greater Cleveland. The festival begins at full steam April 4. On a typical day there will be more than 30 films screened between 9 a.m. and midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are late-night screenings that start around 11:30 p.m. n CIFF CONTINUES ON 9

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“All art is quite useless.” — Oscar Wilde n CIFF CONTINUED FROM 8 For those traveling from Toledo, Shepherd said they could make a day trip out of it or spend the whole weekend in Cleveland. “The program is spread very evenly throughout the festival so you can get a sampling of the different types of films from around the world and all of the various documentaries that we bring in,” he said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. For those who have never been to a film festival before, most operate out of theaters of varying shape and size. CIFF benefits from having one main location for almost all of its screenings: Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. “We’re lucky to be in the heart of downtown,” Shepherd said. “We’re very fortunate to have a very attentive film-going community in Northern Ohio,” he said, “and we’re most lucky about having everything under one roof.” Organizers spend all year looking for films around the world, he said. There is also a call for entries launched every summer. Shepherd said there were nearly 2,000 films submitted for consideration.

Local connection

Once films are selected, CIFF works closely to connect specific films with nonprofit organizations in Northern Ohio. This was the first year CIFF reached out to Toledo organizations, said Shepherd, a 1993 Bowling Green State University graduate. “I noticed that there was a trend of more people coming to the festival from the [Toledo] area,” he said. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is partnering with CIFF for screenings of “Google and the World Brain” on April 6 and 7. Shepherd said he reached out to the library because of the film’s story about Google’s mission to digitally scan and preserve every book ever written. Tracy Montri, manager of the Main Library’s audiovisual department, said the partnership is a great opportunity to remind the community of the library’s commitment to film. She said individuals who enjoy movies can borrow from the library’s film collection for free. Montri has gone to CIFF several times and recommends attending. “If you’re really into film, it’s a great investment to surround yourself with it. The folks who attend film festivals are like-minded individuals,” she said. “Film festival crowds are just there for the right reasons. It’s a really great community experience.” Montri also organizes the library’s Film Focus series, which is a twice-annual, six-week independent film program at the Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St.

LGBT films

Equality Toledo is also partnering with the festival. The nonprofit organization that works to end discrimination in the region is connected with “God Loves Uganda,” which screens April 11 and 12. “The festival has always made a commitment to LGBT films and the LGBT community, especially with its 10 percent cinema series,” said


David Mann, spokesman for Equality Toledo. “We thought it was a great opportunity to help tell our collective stories.” The film tells the story of LGBT Ugandans, who are risking their lives to fight for basic equality, Mann said. It also features certain forces in America that are exporting antigay hate and fueling violence in Africa. “It’s a story that fits well with what we do here locally,” Mann said. “Whether here in Toledo or in Uganda, all of us are fighting for basic equality for LGBT people.”


What to expect

Audiences can expect to see filmmakers from films screened at CIFF. “What makes a film festival special is the ability to engage filmmakers,” Shepherd said. “Anybody can watch a film on an iPad or even on your smartphone these days.” Audiences at festivals have an opportunity to connect directly with directors, producers, writers or actors of a film, he said. “Last year we had a little over 200 filmmakers come in for the 11 days,” Shepherd said. “I think we have at least 130 feature filmmakers coming in” this year. One program at the festival is Focus on Filmmakers, which is sponsored by a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. CIFF received the three-year $150,000 grant in 2011 — the only festival in the country to receive the grant from the Academy, which is known for its Oscars. “Getting support from the Academy is like getting a Good Housekeeping seal of approval from the industry,” Shepherd said. In 2011, the focus was on African diaspora films and filmmakers. This year, the focus is on the Latino community. Next year, the focus will be on the LGBT community. Another tie-in with the Academy, two of CIFF’s short film award winners — Best Animated and Best Live Action Shorts — are automatically eligible for nomination consideration for the Oscars. Last year’s Live Action Short winner, “Curfew,” went on to win the Oscar in the same category in February. CIFF is the largest film festival between New York and Chicago, according to Shepherd. “There’s no other festival in the region that matches us in attendance,” he said. CIFF has been at Tower City Cinemas since 1991, according to Shepherd. Back then, the attendance for the festival was around 15,000. In 2012, attendance for CIFF was more than 85,000, a record. Shepherd said more are expected to attend this year after organizers added another day to the festival. “There wasn’t any more room to grow, spacewise,” Shepherd said. “This is the first time in over 20 years that we’ve extended the length of the festival.” Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor for the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival. More information and a schedule for the festival can be found online at (For a $2 ticket discount, use code: TOLEDO). For a chance to win tickets, visit ToledoFreePress. O

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Toledo Faith & Values (, a website covering religion and spirituality in Northwest Ohio, is set to debut its film series “Faith Under Fire: Documentary Films on Religion’s Hot Topics” on April 6. David Yonke, editor of ToledoFAVS and Toledo Free Press contributor, will moderate a discussion of the films after each screening and has invited community experts to answer questions at each screening. Yonke said he got the idea for a film series after the church he attends, Calvary Church, moved to the former Rave Motion Pictures Maumee 18. He said he decided to have discussions after each film because he “wanted to do more than just show a movie.” The April 6 film “Hitchens v. Blair: Is Religion a Voice for Good?” features a debate between the late Christopher Hitchens, an intellectual and an atheist, and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, a Christian. “It was brilliant because you’ve got two really intelligent people with two contrasting views,” Yonke said. The Rev. Julian Davies, a former atheist and professor and now a pastor of the University Church, and Peg Clancy of the Toledo chapter of Recovering From Religion, will talk after the film. “Father of Lights: Who is God?” will screen April 13. Darren Wilson, a Monroe, Mich., native, directed the documentary, which explores God’s character. “Twist of Faith” will follow April 20. This documentary features Toledo firefighter Tony Comes coming to terms with past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. Comes and Jon Schoonmaker and Claudia Vercellotti of the Toledo chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are expected to attend the discussion after the film. The final film in the series is “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” in which Ben Stein explores freedom of speech in academics in regard to intelligent design, on April 27. Yonke, the former Blade religion editor, said he hopes the film series makes people more aware of ToledoFAVS. “I still run into people who are wondering what I’m doing,” Yonke said with a laugh. He added that he’s enjoying running his own website, which launched last summer. “[ToledoFAVS] really meets a need in the Toledo area. It’s a lot of work but it’s very rewarding,” Yonke said. Each film screens at 6 p.m. at Calvary Church, 1360 Conant St., Maumee. There is a suggested donation of $10 that goes to ToledoFAVs, a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit the web site O

Library offers Film Focus series

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library offers a Film Focus series every spring and fall. The six-week spring series started March 25 and runs through April 29. “We’re really proud to have our own film festival with Film Focus,” said series organizer Tracy Montri, who is also manager of the Main Library’s audiovisual department. “We’re really proud of our programming at the library and of our collection.” Film Focus started as a way for Toledoans to experience great films. “Over the years, the public has taught the library that they’re very much interested in a diverse group of topics and presentations,” she said. “I try to choose very high-quality content and things that I don’t believe people otherwise have had an opportunity to see in the Toledo area.” Now in its ninth year, the series is held in the McMaster Center at the Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St., on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. Each event is free, including underground parking. The schedule: O April 1: “You’ve Been Trumped” documentary, U.K., 95 minutes. A group of Scottish homeowners takes on Donald Trump in a batle over some of Britain’s very last stretches of wilderness. O April 8: “Planet of Snail” documentary, Finland/Japan/South Korea, 88 minutes. At the heart of this film is Young-Chan, a deaf and blind man, who learns how to communicate with the world after meeting Soon-Ho. The two rely on one another completely. The film combines imagery with Young-Chan’s personal writings. O April 15: “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” documentary, U.S., 86 minutes. O April 22: “Found Memories” drama, Brazil/Argentina/France, 98 minutes. Madalena makes bread and lives a routine life. With the arrival of a visiting photographer, the two forge a deep relationship that changes both of their lives, as well as the lives of the villagers. O April 29: “Award-Winning Family Friendly Shorts” (Encore screening May 4, 2 p.m.). An entertaining collection of short films recognized by the American Library Association: O “Big Drive,” 9 min., ages 8 and up. O “Show Way,” 12 min., ages 5 and up. O “55 Socks,” 8 min., ages 8-14. O “Kali the Little Vampire,” 9 min., ages 12 and up. O “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” 20 min., ages 7 and up. O “Bink & Gollie,” 14 min., ages 4-8. O “Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion,” 13 min., ages 4-8. For more information about the series, visit O — James A. Molnar

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Poetry Month Variety of local events offered during celebration.


Individual Artist Grants or many of us, April is in poetry and playwriting more than just anfrom the Ohio Council on other month on the Arts and the Pennsylthe calendar; it is vania Council on Arts. The a much-needed fresh start, featured reading will be folour reward for surviving lowed by an open mic. those winter doldrums. As a The reading will run from bonus for me, it is also Na7-8:30 p.m. at the Way Public tional Poetry Month. Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Maybe it’s just because Perrysburg. For more inI’ve been on the road a formation on the event, inlot lately, but I’m happy cluding open mic sign up, to be home and I want to e-mail leonardkress@ offer readers a sampling of what’s going on around JOHN Other noteworthy Ohio in the field of words local events include the rethis month. turn of the Launch Pad CoThe first event I want to operative’s Featured Lines mention is Patrice Davis’ reading series with Ryan Stand and Deliver open mic Bunch at 8 p.m. April night at Mickey Finn’s Pub. 3. For more information This relatively new showon that reading, visit the case offers a little somewebsite www.launchpad thing for everyone. The April 4 event will feature For those literary adpoetry and electronic venturers willing to travel music from DJ Marty a little further down the Noller. As the event Maybe it’s just that I’ve been road there is Cleveland’s flier says, “All forms of expression are on the road a lot lately, but Broken Pulpit Poetry Extravaganza. This event welcome.” Stand and DeI’m happy to be home and is the brainchild of liver runs from 7-10 p.m. Rust Belt promoter and at Mickey Finn’s Pub, I want to offer readers a publisher Steve Gold602 Lagrange St. sampling of what’s going on berg. For many years Next on my list of Goldberg served as exciting highlights is the around Ohio in the field of organizer and coOwens Poetry Night at words this month. host of the monthly Black Kite Coffee. Literary Café feaBlack Kite regular ly tured reading hosts open mic nights, series and has also been a but this special event that showcases the talents of both students and frequent visitor to Toledo. The two-day event, faculty from Owens Community College was which will feature multiple local authors in put together with National Poetry Month in addition to those from around the country, mind. The reading features Jade Ramsey, Carl will kick off at the Center for Rock Research Dietrich, Kayla Williams, Leonard Kress, Micki at 7 p.m. on April 20 and go until 11 p.m. the Goldberg, and more. The event is free and will following evening. The show will also feature run from 7-9 p.m. April 11. Black Kite Coffee is music by Primal Rhythm and Morticia’s Chair. The Center for Rock Research is located at located at 2499 Collingwood Blvd. This leads nicely into the next event I’d like 1761 East 39 S. in Cleveland. The Broken Pulpit to mention, the Prizm Creative Community’s is a production of Goldberg’s What’s in the reading by Kress on April 18. For years Prizm Bag Press. For more info email steve@whatsin has been putting its best foot forward to pro- mote artistic diversity in all mediums and this If I missed your event drop me a line and latest presentation is no exception. let me know. I hope to see you out there. It’s Kress, a Perrysburg resident, has pub- a party that lasts all month long — literally. lished nine collections of poetry, most reSo during April and every month, let’s celcently “The Orpheus Complex,” “Thirteens” ebrate the written word together! and “Living in the Candy Store.” He has Until next time … keep your pencil sharp. O published poetry and fiction in the Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, American Poetry John Dorsey is a widely published poet and has Review and others. Kress has been awarded been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.




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Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

The Ark


This intimate venue showcases acts from the A-list to the lesser known. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or ✯ The Tartan Terrors: 8 p.m. April 3, $15. ✯ The April Verch Band: 8 p.m. April 4, $15. ✯ Frontier Ruckus: 8 p.m. April 5, $16. ✯ Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful: 8 p.m. April 6, $15. ✯ Ellis Paul & Beth Wood: 7:30 p.m. April 7, $15. ✯ The Flatlanders Acoustic, Joe Pug: 8 p.m. April 8, $35. ✯ Joshua James, Isaac Russell: 8 p.m. April 9, $15. ✯ Stolen Silver, Brighton MA: 8 p.m. April 11, $15. ✯ Brown Bird, Last Good Tooth: 8 p.m. April 12, $15.

Bar 145°

This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or ✯ The Bridges: April 5-7. ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: April 10. ✯ A Thousand Julys: April 12.

BGSU concerts

The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green, unless noted otherwise. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 3728888 or ✯ Hugh Masekela: 8 p.m. April 3, Kobacker Hall, $24-$38; preceded by a preconcert forum at 7:15, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Jazz faculty: 8 p.m. April 4, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Jazz Lab Band 1: 8 p.m. April 5, Kobacker Hall. ✯ Western Brass Quintet: 8 p.m. April 6, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles: 8 p.m. April 8, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Jazz Lab Band II: 8 p.m. April 9, Kobacker Hall. ✯ Sang Woo Kang, piano: 8 p.m. April 10, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Graduate String Quartet: 8 p.m. April 11, Bryan Recital Hall. ✯ Jason Depue: 8 p.m. April 12, Bryan Recital Hall.

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.

✯ Noise Pollution: 9:30 p.m. April 5. ✯ Arctic Clam: 9:30 p.m. April 12-13.

✯ Cynthia Kaay-Bennett: 7:30 p.m. April 5-6. ✯ Michael Peslikis: April 11.

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The Distillery

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 ✯ The Protomen, Burning Ponies, Snesei: 9 p.m. April 3. ✯ That 1 Guy, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club: 9 p.m. April 4. ✯ Ann Arbor Soul Club: 9:30 p.m. April 5. ✯ The Macpodz, Ray White, John Sinclair, Luke Winslow King, Crane Wives: 8:30 p.m. April 6. ✯ Matt Costa, the Blank Tapes: 9 p.m. April 7. ✯ Watsky: 8 p.m. April 8. ✯ Family of the Year, the Mowglis: 9 p.m. April 10. ✯ This Must Be the Band: 9 p.m. April 11. ✯ The Slackers, the Pinstripes: 9 p.m. April 12.

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 ✯ Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. ✯ Crucial 420: April 5. ✯ Joe Woods Trio: April 6. ✯ Bush League: April 11. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: April 12.

Clazel Theatre

This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or ✯ GRiZ: April 11.

Cock n’ Bull Tavern

Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical performances. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855. ✯ Open mic with Breaking Ground: 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. ✯ Danny Mettler: 8:30 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Steven Mullan Band: 9:30 p.m. April 5. ✯ Luke James & the Thieves: 9 p.m. April 6. ✯ Jason Hudson: 9 p.m. April 9. ✯ The Bridges: 9:30 p.m. April 12.

Dégagé Jazz Café

Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or ✯ Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. April 3 and 9-10. ✯ Mike Whitty, Clifford Murphy: April 4.

The mic is open on Sundays, but paid entertainers rock out Fridays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 3821444 or ✯ Arctic Clam: April 5-6. ✯ Last Call Heroes: April 12-13.


A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5 martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds Road. (419) 725-6277 or ✯ The Jamm Band: 7 p.m. April 4. ✯ Cont-Nuite Band: 7 p.m. April 11.

Fat Fish Blue

Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or ✯ 427 Band: 9:30 p.m. April 12 and 9 p.m. April 13.

Frankie’s Inner City

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or ✯ Pac Div, Johnny Polygon, Gabriel Royal, Demonte, GSE RECK, Naz-t, J.D. Rahman, Brick Da Foundation: 8 p.m. April 3. ✯ Flaming Hot Marbles, Black Swamp Rats: 9 p.m. April 4. ✯ Shai Hulud; Thy Will Be Done; Alters; Beyond the Shore; Beast and His Image; Out of Sight, Out of Mind: 7 p.m. April 5. ✯ Fireworks, React, Louder Than Bombs, Build & Destroy: 7 p.m. April 12.

French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or ✯ The Bradberries: April 5-6. ✯ Quixotic: April 12-13.

Grounds for Thought

This BG coffeehouse serves a mean brew of blues, jazz, rock and more by the world famous and locally renowned in an intimate setting. 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 3543266 or ✯ MAD 45: 7 p.m. April 5, free.

H Lounge

The newly opened Hollywood Casino offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or ✯ Moon Dogs: 9 p.m. April 5. ✯ Jedi Mind Trip: 9 p.m. April 6.


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Hamway’s on the Main

Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights gets a side order of steak, seafood and prime rib at this 30-year area institution. 5577 Monroe St., Sylvania. (419) 885-0290 or ✯ Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty: Saturdays. ✯ J-Bone & Friends: April 5. ✯ Candice Coleman & Chris Brown: April 12.


All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or ✯ Holy Toledo Fest: April 6.

Kerrytown Concert House

This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or ✯ R.J. Spangler’s Planet D Nonet: 8 p.m. April 5. ✯ Ellen Rowe Trio: 2 p.m. April 7. ✯ University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance students: 8 p.m. April 8 and 16, free (donations). ✯ Shuann Chai, Shunske Sato: 8 p.m. April 11. ✯ Susan Chastain, Phil Degreg, Paul Keller, Pete Siers: 8 and 9:30 p.m. April 12.


This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or ✯ Buddy Boy Slim & the Blues Rockers: April 12.

Mickey Finn’s

A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$8 cover other nights (unless noted). 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or ✯ David Mayfield Parade: 8 p.m. April 3. ✯ Desert Noises, the Miracle Vitamins, Nathan Roberts: 9 p.m. April 5. ✯ SAADI: 9 p.m. April 6.



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James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

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✯ Tempest: 7 p.m. April 7. ✯ Shane Sweeney, Todd May, J.W. Carlson: 9 p.m. April 10. ✯ Buffalo Killers: 9 p.m. April 11. ✯ Marky Strange, the Doorstops: 9 p.m. April 12.

Motor City Casino/Hotel

This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or ✯ Rachelle Ferrell: 8 p.m. April 4, $36-$38. ✯ Keyshia Cole, Chrisette Michele: 8 p.m. April 11, $45-$50. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. ✯ Simone Vitale: 7 p.m. April 3. ✯ Nightline: 7 p.m. April 4. ✯ Dal Bouey: 5:15 p.m. April 5. ✯ Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. April 5. ✯ Rhythm Kings: 5:15 p.m. April 6. ✯ Serieux: 10 p.m. April 6. ✯ Cancel Mondays: 3:30 p.m. April 7. ✯ British Beat 66: 7 p.m. April 8. ✯ Kaledio: 7 p.m. April 9. ✯ Killer Flamingos: 7 p.m. April 10. ✯ Hidden Agenda: 7 p.m. April 11. ✯ 80’s Inc.: 5:15 p.m. April 12. ✯ Ani: 10 p.m. April 12.

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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or ✯ Barile & May: April 3. ✯ Charles Cooper Quartet: April 5. ✯ What’s Next, Raq the Casbah: April 6. ✯ Andrew Ellis Duo: April 12.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www. ✯ Shivering Timbers: 10 p.m. April 4. ✯ Jackie Stabb: 10 p.m. April 5. ✯ Hospital Garden: 10 p.m. April 6. ✯ Height With Friends, the Electric Grandmother: April 11. ✯ Dada Trash Collage, Lark’s Tongue: 10 p.m. April 12.

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What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or ✯ Jamie Mills: Noon-2 Fridays.

✯ The Polka Floyd Show: 10 p.m. April 5, $5. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. April 6. ✯ Stereofidelics: 8 p.m. April 6, $5. ✯ Luke Winslow King: 10 p.m. April 9. ✯ Mike Merrit Band: 8 p.m. April 11, $4. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: 8 p.m. April 12, $5.

Robinwood Concert House

Ye Olde Durty Bird

A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. ✯ Sult: April 5.


Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or ✯ Eddie Molina: April 4 and 11. ✯ Meaghan Roberts: April 5. ✯ Don Coats: April 6. ✯ Pete “Big Dog” Fetters: April 12.


Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or ✯ Jeff Stewart: April 4. ✯ Kyle White: April 5. ✯ Ryan Dunlap: April 6. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: April 11. ✯ Shane Piasecki: April 12.

A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or ✯ Jeff Stewart: 7 p.m. April 3. ✯ Rance Crane: 7 p.m. April 4. ✯ Steve Jabwisiak: 8:30 p.m. April 5. ✯ Hippie Chick Band: 8:30 p.m. April 6. ✯ Jamie Mills: 7 p.m. April 10. ✯ April 11: Ronn Daniels, noon; Kyle White, 2; Barile & May, 3:30; Arctic Clam, 7:30 p.m. ✯ Kyle White: 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 12.


This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. www. ✯ 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 5, Mancy’s Italian Grill, 5453 Monroe St. (419) 882-9229‎ or


5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. ✯ Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars: 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or ✯ 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotters 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 or ✯ Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ Sarah and the Tall Boys: 8 p.m. April 4, $5.

The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $5-$15. (419) 241-141 or ✯ Josh Silver, Steven Knurek, Damen Cook: April 3. ✯ BGSU Jazz Voices: April 10.

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UT concerts

The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452 or www. ✯ Spring Festival of New Music: 7 p.m. April 3-5, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3-$5. ✯ Frances Renzi: 3 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. ✯ Jazz Night: 7:30 p.m. April 8, Crystal’s Lounge, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 3536 Secor Road. $3-$5. (419) 535-7070. ✯ Latin jazz ensemble: 8 p.m. April 9, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3-$5.

Darius Milhaud’s “Oresteia of Aeschylus”

This massive work, based Aeschylus’ trilogy about a bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos, is a set piece for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra and percussion. 7:30 p.m. April 4, University of Michigan,

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All Bach

Esperanza Spalding

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform a Bach-analia, including PDQ’s Canine Cantata “Wachet Arf” and the original master’s Orchestral Suite No. 1. 7:30 p.m. April 6, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $30-$35. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or

Erskine Returns for Kenton

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will highlight the music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and feature “the band’s most legendary drummer Peter Erskine.” 8 p.m. April 6, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. $22-$32. (419) 242-2787, www.thetoledo or


Satisfaction is an international touring tribute show dedicated to the Rolling Stones and prides itself on spot-on portrayals of Mick and Keith. 7:30 p.m. April 6, Ritz Theatre, 20



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The Best New Artist Grammy-winner of 2011 will demonstrate her innovative approach to jazz. 8 p.m. April 6, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $20-$56. (734) 764-2538 or

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This concert series features BGSU vocal and instrumental music students. 7:30 p.m. April 9, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or

TSA Choral Concert

Toledo School for the Arts singers will perform a concert of music for mixed voices under the direction of TSA instructor Jamie Dauel. 7 p.m. April 11, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza. $4-$6. (419) 243-1231, (419) 246-8732, or

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This “world cabaret” will feature belly dancing and Elixer, an acoustic tribute to the Beatles, as an opening act. 8 p.m.
April 12, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $10-$12. (419) 824-3999 or

The Toledo Symphony is pairing with the Toledo Botanical Garden to present this nature-themed concert, which features a preshow meet-and-greet with the garden’s mascot, Tulip the turtle, and demonstrations of how musical instruments can sound like animals. 2-4 p.m. April 7, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. $20-$25. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or

Takacs Quartet

B.B. King

Toledo Museum of Art

Blues royalty will grace the Glass City with his presence; the royal consort, Lucille, will most likely make an appearance as well. 7:30 p.m. April 7, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $39.50-$78. (419) 381-8851 or www.

Celtic Crossroads

“This show abounds with fusions of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz.” 7 p.m. April 7, Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, Mich. $28-$30. (517) 423-6617 or

NOTICE TO BIDDERS SEALED PROPOSALS for bidding on Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Land Management Building Re-roof, Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse, Ohio will be received; opened; and read aloud at the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area, Fallen Timbers Field Office, 6101 Fallen Timbers Lane, Maumee, Ohio 43537 Friday, April 12, at 3:00 p.m. local time. THE SCOPE OF WORK consists of re-roofing a 16,000 sq. ft. building with a fully-adhered EPDM roof system. General construction includes roofing, rigid insulation, sheet metal trims, roof hatch, gutter & downspouts. An optional pre-bid walk through is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at 10:00 am. At this time the owners will have a lift platform available. Bidders may obtain copies of plans, specifications, contract documents and plan-holder’s list through Newfax Corporation, 333 West Woodruff, Toledo, Ohio 43604 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (check made payable to Newfax Corporation) or via the Newfax Digital Plan Room at Newfax can be contacted at 419-241-5157 or 800-877-5157. A non-refundable fee of $10 is required for each set of documents obtained. For additional information, please contact Martin Overholt @ 419-4678414, EACH BIDDER MUST FURNISH either (1) a bond for the full amount of the bid or (2) a certified check, cashier’s check or irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the bid with its bid. The successful bidder must furnish a 100 percent (100%) Performance Bond and a 100 percent (100%) Labor and Materials Bond. No bidder may withdraw its bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informality in bidding. By order of the Board of Park Commissioners METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA Stephen W. Madewell, Director

This ensemble plays with “a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.” 8 p.m. April 12, University of Michigan, Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. $24-$50. (734) 764-2538 or Perhaps museum of arts would be a better name: This cultural institution offers talks, movies, performances and more in addition to the visual pieces expected — and unexpected. Members receive discounts for most admission-charged events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdaysThursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or Exhibitions ✯ “94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition,” through April 14, Works on Paper Gallery. ✯ “George Bellows and New York, 1900-1930,” through April 21, Gallery 18. ✯ “The Haggadah,” through April 7, Gallery 8. ✯ “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art,” April 12-July 14, Canaday Gallery. Events/presentations ✯ Visiting artist Cappy Thompson: 6 p.m. April 5, GlasSalon. ✯ Meet Me at TMA (Creatures in the Collection, 1:30 p.m. April 6) and A Brush With Art (Art and Poetry: 1-2:30 p.m. April 12), for visitors with early stage memory loss. Register with the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, at (419) 537-1999 or (800) 272-3900. ✯ Haggadah with Ira Steingroot: 2 p.m. April 7, Little Theater. ✯ Panel discussion: “Aboriginal Art and Western Aesthetics,” 3-5 p.m. April 11, Little Theater. ✯ “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art from the Hood Museum of Art” opening party: 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 11, Main Museum, $20. Performances ✯ Kelly Broadway: 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 5, Cloister. ✯ BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners: 3 p.m. April 7, Great Gallery. Glassblowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion ✯ 2 p.m. April 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30. ✯ 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. April 5, 12, 19, 26. ✯ 1, 2 and 3 p.m. April 6-7 and 13-14. Wine tastings: 7-9:30 p.m. April 12, 19 and 26, Glass Pavilion, $25. Art Hours Participants 14 and older can create glass objects at the Glass Pavilion. Tickets ($30) can be purchased in person or by phone ((419) 254-5771, ext. 7448) the Tuesday before each session. ✯ Egg: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 5; 4 and 5 p.m. April 6-7. ✯ Raindrop: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 12, 19 and 26; 4 and 5 p.m. April 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. Tours ✯ “Lines of the World”: 7 and 8 p.m. April 5, 12 and 19; 2 p.m. April 6, 14, 20 and 28; 8 p.m. April 26, meet in Libbey Court. ✯ Family Time tour: 1 p.m. April 7, from Libbey Court or the Family Center. Family Center activities: For children 10 and younger accompanied by an adult. ✯ Beads, Beads, Beads: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4 and 3:30-8 p.m. April 5. ✯ Rhythm in Art: Noon-5:30 p.m. April 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9 and 11, and 3:30-8 p.m. April 12. ✯

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” — Pablo Picasso

Toledo Jazz Orchestra closes season with Kenton concert. One of the most celebrated, influential and controversial figures in the history of big-band jazz will be celebrated once more as the Toledo Jazz Orchestra (TJO) closes its 2012-13 season with “Erskine Returns for Kenton” on Saturday, April 6. “The Jazz Orchestra through the years has had such a history and success of doing the music of Stan Kenton that it has essentially become an annual event to do his music,” said Ron Kischuk, artistic director of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “It has the greatest following of any of the recurring themes that the Toledo Jazz Orchestra does in concert.” The music of Kenton and his namesake band has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years, with a band made up of Kenton alumni and other groups introducing his signature “wall of sound” to a whole new generation of fans. “I think the personality of the [Toledo Jazz] Orchestra really suits the personality of the music that was written, and I think that they have a real understanding of what the Stan Kenton Orchestra music meant, in terms of its progressive nature, as far as big bands go and big band concepts,” Kischuk said. “The Stan Kenton Orchestra — many great historians believe that orchestra was several decades ahead of their time, and the progressive jazz they put together really inspired the development of concert jazz and big-band jazz the world over.” TJO’s performance will have an additional connection to Kenton’s legacy, as legendary drummer Peter Erskine returns to Toledo to perform on April 6. With a career that has spanned nearly four decades as one of the most celebrated percussionists in the world, Erskine’s roots stretch back to his days studying under Kenton, beginning in 1972. “He started with the Stan Kenton Band when he was very young — he was 17 when he started with the band,” Kischuk said. “And his musical

career went on — he went on to play with Maynard Ferguson, he was the drummer with the famous group Weather Report, and he still tours — in fact, the last couple of weeks he’s been touring with Tim Hagans over in Sweden and Finland.” It was Kischuk himself who got the ball rolling on the collaboration between TJO and Erskine. “It was actually through a friend of mine, who had known him since he had first joined the Stan Kenton Band,” Kischuk said. “I asked them if they would be able to put me in contact with him, and they made the connection and asked him, and he came and played last year. And it was such an overwhelming success that we asked him if he would like to come back this year. And he didn’t bat an eye — he said, ‘Let’s do it.’ “Peter Erskine is one of the greatest guys you could ever meet. He’s just a really nice human being. But he’s also one of the greatest drummers who’s ever lived. As far as big-band drummers, he’s one of the top handful of players.” Looking back at a season of performances which have celebrated everything from Duke Ellington to the Academy Awards, Kischuk is exceedingly proud of the path TJO has taken in recent years — not just as performers, but as local ambassadors of a uniquely American art form. “One thing that the Jazz Orchestra has done is that, in terms of a local organization, the group has definitely revitalized the jazz scene. The Jazz Orchestra is being contacted on an ongoing basis to perform at other events and outdoor concerts now — some of them as much as two-and-a-half or three hours away. The legacy of the band continues to expand.” One of the band’s upcoming bookings has another connection to the music of Stan Kenton — for the first time, TJO will perform at the Detroit International Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend, accompanying iconic vocal band The Four Freshmen. O — Jeff McGinnis

Zoo concert series features Rucker, Guy The Toledo Zoo announced its four-part summer concert series lineup April 1. Darius Rucker, a country singer and frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish, will kick off the series at 7 p.m. June 27, according to a news release. Buddy Guy, famed blues singer and guitarist, and special guest Quinn Sullivan will follow at 7:30 p.m. July 26. Big Time Rush, a pop band that also has a show on Nickelodeon, will perform at 7 p.m. July 30. Chicago, the rock band with 21 Top 10 singles, will conclude the series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

Zoo members can purchase tickets starting April 3 and tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. April 5. Tickets are available at the zoo’s box office, Ticketmaster and Live Nation locations and at (800) 745-3000. The Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 4. The zoo is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail, four miles south of Downtown. For ticket pricing and more information, visit O — Staff Reports

Discount Bob Dylan tickets available for students

Bob Dylan is touring colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and will perform with special guest Dawes at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center on April 21. Special pricing is available allowing any and all students,

regardless of school, to see this legendary artist for just $25. These tickets are available with a student ID at the Stroh Center box office only. Visit for more information. O — Staff Reports

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“Art is the proper task of life.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

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ans of Avatar Comics’ Crossed think of “The Walking Dead” as a comedy. Since 2008, the infamous comic book horror series has offered an even bleaker, grimmer and more violent alternative to the usual zombie fare, and returns with its creator once again at the helm in a new installment. One Toledo comic retailer explained that with no new episodes of “The Walking Dead” in your immediate future, Crossed may fill that same hole — and you may Jim never go back. “The world of Crossed is by all means worse than that of a zombie apocalypse,” said Jim Collins, owner of JC’s Comic Stop. “With zombies, they are, for the most part, unthinking forces of nature. The Crossed are forces of nature, too, yet anything but unthinking. A plague has brought this horror, and causes a person to become the very worst thing you can imagine. They are bloodthirsty, cannibalistic, sadistic and murderous. Among other things, there’s bestiality … whatever the most evil, vile thoughts a

person can have, the Crossed virus brings it out a thousand-fold. The name ‘Crossed’ comes from the rash/wound that forms like a cross on their faces. “This comic is not for the weak or easily offended. It will offend you. The newest issue, Crossed: Badlands No. 25, takes place in England and is as good a jumping on point as any. If you like seeing humanity at its absolute worst, Crossed is for you.” Creator Garth Ennis has said that he never intended to roam past the initial 10-issue story from 2008, but that other writers saw new possibilities and continued with his blessing. Crossed now claims five volumes plus a webcomic and a 3-D special. As one might imagine, there’s even been talk of a movie. Avatar has made a name for itself as a publisher of cutting-edge, mature readers material, such as Ferals, Stitched and works by comics legend Alan Moore. Crossed has climbed to a top spot on its roster, most likely fueled by the zombiemania of the past few years as well as the phenomenon that it may now be surpassing in terms of sheer horror,“The Walking Dead.” O


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here are parts of our landscape in Toledo that are not accentuated by beautiful flowers, inspiring architecture, public art or community parks, but by litter. Next time you are out walking, biking or driving, start to take notice of the garbage, particularly near highway entrances and exits and near stoplights. Consider the implications when STACY you see a smoker toss a cigarette butt onto the ground or out the window. Unfortunately, the litter will not be hard to notice. Fortunately, the Great Glass City CleanUp will address the litter plague. This citywide cleaning event will make history by removing litter from the City of Toledo and the surrounding cities from 2-5 p.m. April 6. The cleanup is hosted by The LitterBugz, an organization started in the business school at the University of Toledo. The LitterBugz work to help keep Toledo clean and help small, locally owned businesses. According to the group’s website, the  two most common reasons people litter are inadequate disposal containers or trashcans and being careless of their surrounding environment: “These two reasons describe the most important factors that lead to littering. The purpose of The LitterBugz is to increase recycle awareness, which would urge citizens to care about the surrounding environment.” The LitterBugz hope is to provide receptacles trash and cigarette butt disposal, while educating the youth and  eliminating the act of littering entirely. The LitterBugz sectioned the Glass City (including Holland, Maumee, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania and Toledo) into 10 districts and surveyed the territory to make a litter grid. During Saturday’s CleanUp, volunteers will begin in areas with the most litter, before spreading into cleaner and cleaner areas. “A clean community… can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life,” according to The LitterBugz website. To tackle the trash in the Glass City, volunteers are needed for the Great Glass City CleanUp on April 6. Volunteers on the day of the event will receive a T-shirt that says ‘iHATE TRASH’ and ‘iDON’T LITTER’ wristbands as well as free food and drinks. Volunteers can receive discounts by wearing their T-shirt into

certain businesses (details on LitterBugz website). There are 13 volunteer meet-up locations (listed on the website) where volunteers will meet at 1:45 p.m. for the Great Glass City CleanUp on April 6. Maps and safety instructions will be given to volunteer groups of five. If your business, church, organization, workplace or family wants a cleaner community, The LitterBugz welcome volunteer support and donations of money or supplies (gloves, rakes, brooms, bags) to help accomplish the goal of not only cleaning up trash but diminishing the amount of litter on the ground in the future. For more information and to volunteer at the Great Glass City CleanUp on Saturday April 6 from 2-5 p.m., visit O




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