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MUSIC: Toledo’s We Are The Fury 4 THEATER: ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ 6 TV: Jon Benjamin beyond cartoons 7 THE PULSE: Calendar of events 12 COMICS: Superman’s new look 14 FASHION: Local clothing line John Dough 15 EXHIBITS: ACGT Art Walk 16 McGINNIS: E3 gaming event in review 18

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Lily LejEune surviving against the odds • We are the fury at frankie’s inner city • locals co-host ‘The art you missed’ podcast JUNE 15, 2011 • Episode 2 Chapter 24 • Toledo Free Press Star, Toledo, OH: “There’s a dead witch under the house and everything’s in Technicolor!” — Jim Carrey, “In Living Color”

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Arturo Rodriguez uses comedic artwork to convey his message. PHOTO BY DANIEL MILLER

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There’s a cartoon dog sitting on a rock in Arturo Rodriguez’s painting titled “The Lonesome West,” which gives a tip of the hat to Frederic Remington’s “The Cowboy.” Another painting borrows and shares the name of Winslow Homer’s “The Gulf Stream,” with Rodriguez adding a smiling vulture watching the boater who is riding on rough, shark-infested waters. The University of Toledo associate professor of art uses comedic creations to convey his message. “Making art that has humor allows more people to access the work,” Rodriguez said. “A lot of dialogue and thought can be had through introspective humor if it’s layered so people can access the different levels. “If they like it and think about the image enough, they’ll make connections.” Rodriguez’s work will be on display this month in an exhibition titled “Pop-Aganda” in the Madhouse Gallery, 1215 Jackson St., in Toledo. The free, public exhibit can be seen Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 30. Rodriguez connected with cartoons after leaving Cuba with his parents in the Mariel boatlift in 1980. He was 7 years old then and watched Betty Boop and vintage animation from the early 1930s in the family’s new home in Miami. “I don’t refer to myself as a Cuban, and it’s not accurate to say I’m American or Cuban-American either,” he said. His artwork — paintings, prints and mixed media — explore exile.

“The Gulf Stream” by Arturo Rodriguez “I like to take paintings you might see in a typical American home and add some of my earliest memories of U.S. life: cartoons,” Rodriguez said. “I try to integrate imported influences into the culture that is my surrounding reality.” Sometimes inspirations are more literal. During a visit to Cuba in 2004, he was struck by his cousin’s reaction to watching a child play with a remote-control boat at a hotel. “My cousin said, ‘If only I could shrink,’” Rodriguez recalled. Moved by the memory, Rodriguez put together an installation piece, “Sueños” (“Dreams”), which features a video of a boat and a fish tank to create a surreal aura. “I want them to think about the impact of other cultures, take away a sense that we’re all immigrants except for native peoples, and become more aware of the rest of the world,” Rodriguez said. O

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By Mike Bauman

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Four years ago, singer Jeremy Lublin and Toledo’s own We Are The Fury were on the ride of their lives. Rolling Stone magazine named the band an “Artist to Watch” in April 2007, which was followed by We Are The Fury doing an East Coast headlining tour and releasing its first full-length album “Venus” the next month, then playing the Warped Tour that June. A year later, both the band and the record deal it had through PureVolume.com and Warner Bros. had fallen apart. “A lot of, I guess, the reason we were really sold on the label kind of dissipated,” Lublin said. “So we toured, and it was basically like being on a really small Indie label. PureVolume didn’t have a lot of money to put into us, so we were financially responsible for everything, and we got some great tours and stuff out of it. We did a ton of stuff in a few years and got a great response from press. We were signed for about five years, but at the end of it, it was just kind of like, ‘What to do now?’” After the fallout, Lublin and close friend and We Are The Fury band mate Chris Hatfield were living in Los Angeles and started a new project called The New Romans. However, the two stayed in touch with former We Are The Fury members, even doing a show together in December 2009. “I still don’t understand why a lot of bands just break up,” Lublin said. “You don’t have to play shows, but you can when you want. For us, yeah, we had some internal issues and stuff like that, but we still liked playing. It was just [that] we also wanted to do other things.” During the past year and a half, they have tried to figure out a way to play more gigs. When Lublin came back to town two months ago and started working with Verso Group — a company he first started doing work for when he was a member of Hearsay TAO — it opened the door for We Are The Fury to do another concert in Toledo.

We Are The Fury will headline a June 18 show at Frankie’s Inner City along with Tropic Bombs, Mind Fish and The Strong Talk. PHOTO COURTESY OF WE ARE THE FURY

On June 18 at Frankie’s Inner City, We Are The Fury will headline a show that features Tropic Bombs, Mind Fish and The Strong Talk. Original members Lublin (vocals), Hatfield (guitar), Stephan Lublin (drums), Alan Hoffar (bass) and Brady Leffler (keys) will all be performing. When We Are The Fury first signed with One Big Spark/East West Records (owned by Warner Bros.), Lublin said it seemed great at the time since PureVolume.com was one of the top music sites, but that all changed by the time the band’s first album came out. After two Warped Tour appearances, being featured at SXSW, CMJ, Bamboozle and playing with the likes of Jack’s Mannequin, Head Automatica,

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Surviving against all odds By Brandi Barhite Toledo Free Press Associate Editor bbarhite@toledofreepress.com

Kristen LeJeune was told her unborn child would die shortly after birth. If she survived as an infant, she might live a year or two. LeJeune couldn’t accept that. She wanted to at least hope her daughter would survive. So, on the advice of a doctor, she found hope in waiting to see how her daughter did after birth. On June 25, Lily’s family will celebrate the 5-year-old’s life and the help and hope they have received through Easter Seals Northern Ohio. The family will participate in the 9th annual Walk With Me event and fundraiser. The two-mile fitness walk will take place at The Toledo Zoo to raise funds for Easter Seals, which helps individuals and families with children like Lily. “I was 20 weeks pregnant when I found out she had hydrocephalus, which is water on the brain. With this condition, it doesn’t properly drain,” LeJeune said. “When she was born, she had encephalocele, a skull deformation, which caused a hole in the back of her skull.” Easter Seals got involved with Lily’s family immediately. It provided Lily with a special needs car

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bed because she could not support her head. As she grew, Easter Seals bought a replacement bed. LeJeune said this is appreciated. The beds are expensive and not something that can be bought at a local store. She estimates one bed as costing more than $500, which is a huge expense for her family, which includes husband, Jeff, and sons, Lucas, 10 and Logan, 7. While Lily has had surgeries on her skull to close the hole, the water on the brain will be a

lifelong problem. She has a shunt to help drain the fluid and it has only malfunctioned once. The biggest struggles these days are visual delays and keeping her epilepsy under control. She can walk on her own, “but you can tell she has a different type of walk,” LeJeune said. “She speaks clearly and makes good sense of things,” she said. “She is 5, but it is like talking to a littler kid. If you ask her to go get something, she will say, ‘Sure,’ but if you ask what is outside, she just looks at you.” Patti Lee, events manager for Easter Seals Northern Ohio, said fundraisers like the zoo walk help fill the gap in the government money that funds most of its programs. Among those programs are services for adults and children with special needs and disabilities and home care for senior citizens. The nonprofit also provides disability awareness workshops for schoolchildren, offers medical equipment loans on a short-term and long-term basis and sends children to special needs camps. Last year’s zoo walk attracted 130 people with the goal for this year at 150 to 200. Lee said the registration cost of $35 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger includes a T-shirt, lunch and ticket

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5-year-old among those to benefit from Easter Seals walk to the zoo after the walk. Lily’s family raised $1,300 for the walk last year. “We feel like it is a great opportunity to have it at the zoo and have a scavenger hunt, eat lunch and then they get a wristband to go back to the zoo. We are usually done by 12:30 p.m., so they can make a day of it,” Lee said. LeJeune said Lily looks forward to the walk every year. Just attending is a miracle because when she was first born, doctors said she could be in a vegetative state. “She is definitely not that. She is pretty happy where she is at. She is a social girl. When there is attention on her, she eats it up. She has fun being around people.” O

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Lately, I have received videos made by local artists. Most want feedback, but I wanted them to have something more to celebrate their hard work so I contacted an old college buddy in Columbus. Gezus Zaire is a Cleveland native, 2001 graduate of the University of Toledo and heavy into independent media in Ohio. A passionate maker of films about Hip-Hop and politics, he is also the founder of Rebel Life Media. A known advocate for great local music, his company is responsible for Rebel Army Radio (www.rebelarmyradio.t83.net), an online radio program dedicated solely to Cleveland artists, and newly launched RTV, an online music video show for all Ohio artists. His background in college and independent radio, professional journalism and film combined with his knowledge of and passion for Hip-Hop helped influence Zaire’s choice to give Ohio music a voice. “It’s a network, sort of like MTV for Ohio,” Zaire said. “It’s for Ohio artists. There are multiple shows and there are multiple programs for people to go and watch.” Located at www.rtvnation.com, RTV is the very outlet Toledo Hip-Hop music videos need to showcase the artists and filmmakers. For rappers trying to find ways to gain exposure for their music, making a video provides another option. The quality of local videos has improved greatly over the last few years with the availability of affordable HD cameras and software. A clean professional look is achievable and quite a few artists are working behind the camera, adding filmmaker to their resume. Currently, RTV is prepping for its awards show, sponsored by the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards, taking place this fall the same

weekend as the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards in Cleveland. Fourteen different awards will be given, with several artists from the Glass City garnering multiple nominations. Rapper Johnnie Mae is representing for the ladies in the Best Performance category for her video “Talking to myself,” Best Female Video Artist and Best Female Video for her song “TKO.” P. Sweety is nominated in three categories, including Best Concept for his song, “Why tell a lie,” Best Directing and Best Male Video. Big J is nominated for the Fans Choice Award for his video, “Almost,” featuring Caine and Nico the Beast. Winners are set to be announced in early August. Understanding that all any artist wants is to be validated and authorized by an institution, Zaire wants that institution in Ohio to be RTV. And according to him, “The main point is to just give artists from the state who maybe can’t afford to get on MTV, BET or any other outlet considered mainstream an opportunity or an outlet to have their music heard, to have their music respected [and] have their videos respected.” The show is already in its second season. Therefore, new submissions may have to wait to be played, but Zaire promises the show is dedicated to providing the opportunity to see quality music videos. To submit and gain exposure at the same time, Zaire suggests the music video be uploaded to YouTube for two reasons: RTV’s easy access to the link and so artists can gain a buzz while waiting to be included in the season’s lineup. Artists can email their YouTube music video link to rebellifemedia@yahoo.com As we continue on… O

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Jon Benjamin expands beyond cartoons in new show By Jason Mack Toledo Free Press Star Staff writer jmack@toledofreepress.com

After years of hiding behind cartoon characters, Emmy-nominated voice actor Jon Benjamin is putting his face on display with the debut of Comedy Central’s “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” “It’s humiliating,” Benjamin said. “You’re looking at me now. It’s a mess. I’m unhappy about it, but I’ll do my best to make my face look better.” The show is a fake news magazine built around scripted segments, but it also features real interactions. Benjamin is joined by his news crew featuring Nathan Fielder, Gary Wilmes and co-writer and producer Leo Allen. He has more than just his face to worry about with the show’s revealing logo displayed on the sides of the van. “I don’t know what’s up with that,” he said. “It is a little stupid. I knew I wanted to take my shirt off in a photo shoot. When I saw the photo, I realized I’m really out of shape. I have to work on that.” Benjamin earned an Emmy nomination for his voice work on FX’s “Archer” and also voices the main character on Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers.” “It’s grueling,” he said. “I’m working about two hours a week every other week. It’s pretty bad.” All three of Benjamin’s leading characters are egotistical and take pleasure in the suffering of others. “It is how I am in real life,” he said. “I guess you could say the secret is out. I’m not a good actor.” He was more comfortable exchanging acting for ad-libbing during the real interactions on “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” The premiere episode introduces the game show “Ca$h Stall,” which is “Cash Cab” for the men’s room. When someone occupied the stall next to his, Benjamin knocked and offered them a chance to win $100. Most “contestants” walked away or threatened

violence, but one person earned the cash. “Somebody won, but we didn’t show it,” Benjamin said. “We had ridiculously long trivia questions. They were not easy. But it was stupid because we aren’t shooting a half-hour game show.” He has been surprised at how willing people have been to interact on camera. “People are pretty reasonable,” Benjamin said. “I’m almost shocked I haven’t been punched in the face. I’m always pleasantly surprised. I’ve deserved it millions of times.” Benjamin nearly received what he deserves while walking around New York City in a giant pigeon costume. “I was in it and being mean to people,” Benjamin said. “I was walking around New York and telling people to f--- off. I was being really mean. I was in this sort of pigeon tank, so I felt really powerful. I like being protected and insulting people at the same time. There was this guy where I said ‘Nice hat, a--hole,’ or some lame insult. He came right at me, but he went after the pigeon’s head way above mine.” Each episode features one developing scripted story. Benjamin is confident in his writing, but his resolve was tested early when some balked at his bold ideas. When the sound operator was kidnapped during the main segment in the fourth episode, the show went several minutes without audio. “I don’t think it was bold, I just thought it was funny,” Benjamin said. “I like that people think of it that way. I was just hoping it caught on. If it didn’t, I would have to write something else. It would have been time-consuming. So part of it was laziness. Don’t make me write another bit. Comedy Central was a little wary about it, but they fully supported it.” The two-episode season premiere begins at 10:30 p.m. June 14 on Comedy Central. The 10-episode season begins its regular Wednesday slot June 15 at 10:30 p.m. O

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We have all met people in our lives that should be comedians. Whether it’s your co-worker or a cousin, we have all undoubtedly run into a natural jokester. Detroit’s Glenn Kynard Jr. is certainly one of the funniest “regular guys” you’ll meet. “Believe it or not, I started doing stand-up in July of 2010,” Kynard said in a recent interview. “People were always telling me I should do standup, and I finally did it.” For many, the road to stardom in comedy is paved with years of open mic events and scavenging for time in front of an audience. However, Kynard’s style and material were well-received from the beginning. “I’ve always had the gift, but I needed an outlet,” Kynard said. “Stand-up is fun, but it’s also an outlet for my frustrations. As a comedian, I see what I do as an art. I’m able to relate to people in the most elemental way. I take experiences we all share and twist them so we can see the humor.” As a result of his early success, Kynard was able to connect with other local and regional talent to develop something of a comedic bomb squad. “In December of 2010, I came to a couple of comics with the idea that if we pool our resources

we could set up our own shows,” Kynard said. “This idea spawned the L.O.L. Comedy Group.” The L.O.L. Comedy Group holds a 12-comedian roster with talent from Detroit, Columbus and, of course, Toledo. “We’ll have five or six comedians at every show, depending on who is available for each event, so you’ll always get a good mix of comedic styles from show to show,” Kynard said. The group’s first show was at the Hill Street Blues Café and was sold out with standing-room only, Kynard said. “Since then, we’ve continued to expand and have done shows in Michigan, here in Toledo and most recently at the Collingwood Arts Center,” Kynard said. “Our goal is to put on a show every month here in Toledo.” Kynard said performing stand-up is the best feeling in the world. “You have the power to affect what people think,” Kynard said. “People may have certain expectations when they first see you, but the words you leave them with can change their thought process on things. That’s very powerful.” L.O.L.’s next scheduled show is June 18 at the Collingwood Arts Center at 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Seating for the show begins at 7:30 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 online from CACToledo.org or $15 at the door. O

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“The Art You Missed” is the focus of a new locally produced weekly podcast. Co-hosts Fritz Byers and Sam Melden aim to draw attention to music, poetry, film and other art in danger of being overlooked due to the sheer volume available in the Internet age, Byers said. “Because of this proliferation and the excitement of the new, there’s a danger that meritorious works of art will be forgotten or even current works of art will be missed just because there’s so much art to consume,” Byers said. “There’s at the same time a sense that what is current is unique and untethered from history and uninfluenced by art that has come before and our show is an effort to correct that misperception.” A better understanding of art from the past can increase the enjoyment of present-day art, Byers said. “We might like a great current English alt-folk group, but we believe that knowing about earlier iterations of English folk music — whether it’s the English folk revival of the '70s or the post-World War I boom of folk music in Great Britain — it just provides more context and more understanding,” Byers said. “You might encounter art you really love that you’ve never seen before. That’s true for visual art and music and fiction and so forth.” The pair started posting episodes online at artyoumissed.com in early May and are up to about 600 downloads per episode, including some overseas listeners, Melden said. The episodes, posted each Tuesday, are also available on iTunes. “Here’s the beautiful thing about the Internet: It makes the international local and it makes the local international,” Melden said. “It’s really, really exciting in that regard. It’s coming out of Toledo but talking about the world.” Byers and Melden are co-workers at Sylvania-based company Vintage Aerial, where Byers is president and CEO. Byers is also the

longtime host and producer of Jazz Spectrum 91, WGTE’s weekly radio jazz anthology. However, “The Art You Missed” is a personal side project the pair pursues on their own time. “We get togethe–r when we can find time, turn on the tape recorder and have a conversation,” Byers said. “It is intended as a live, spontaneous, unscripted conversation.” The pair has organized a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that runs through June 30. So far, $2,705 has been pledged toward their $3,500 goal. If the goal is reached, the money would be used for better recording equipment and editing software with the goal of being able to record shows in coffee shops, schools or other community locations. Melden, who is 27, said he hopes the show introduces younger listeners to art from before their time. “I feel like my generation feels like we really know all there is to know about art, but the truth is we only know what we’ve been exposed to and there’s so much that comes before us that we might have missed,” Melden said. “Not even just our parents’ art, but our grandparents’ and our greatgrandparents’, because that’s the foundation of the art that we enjoy and it’s naïve for us to ignore it.” He also hopes older generations will learn something about present-day art as well as renew an interest in the art from their formative years. “So a discovery and a rediscovery,” Melden said. “If that happens, then that’s fantastic.” Byers said he hopes “The Art You Missed” helps listeners engage in art they love or are curious about. “We hope our shows convey the vast diversity of art, the inexhaustible supply of intriguing art,” Byers said. “We hope people engage with us in an ongoing, free-form exploration of art and its meaning for us individually and its meaning for the culture.” To listen to the podcast, donate to the Kickstarter campaign or learn more, visit artyoumissed.com. O

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For Tommy Davidson, stand-up comes first

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Tommy Davidson may have crashed into the public spotlight on the classic sketch comedy show “In Living Color” in 1990, but like all overnight sensations, he had worked for years to get there. Davidson first began in comedy in the mid’80s, working clubs as a stand-up comic. He’s getting perilously close to 30 years in show business. And as he reflected upon all that time onstage and touring the world, he said he’s grown as a person — which, in turn, has helped him grow as a comic. “Individually, I can do more,” Davidson said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “I have more skills, you know. And my mind — I guess my material base is broadening with me. Whereas I was traveling around the country, now I’m traveling around the world. So, anything that I experience, my stand-up experiences, you know? Where that way, I’ve just grown, as a human.” Davidson will be bringing all such experiences to his upcoming shows at Fat Fish Blue Home of the Funny Bone, in Perrysburg, on June 24 and 25. Beyond how he’s evolved, however, the veteran comic also has some pointed thoughts about how his business has changed in the past few decades. “Stand-up is dumbing down. It takes less. People can have less and do more. In other words, you can do a little, and it can be seen by more people, because of the Internet and things like that. And the comedy specials are far between, whereas before — 10 years ago, maybe 15 years ago — the comedy business was driven on specials.” Davidson, one of the most insightful and intelligent conversationalists one could hope for on the subject of comedy, said the rise of the Web hasn’t changed the way he does stand-up, but it has changed the way audiences experience it. “I approach it the same, it’s just that I get seen more. I can show up, just randomly at some small club, and the next thing you know, it’s on the Internet. So, you know, there’s no comedy secrets. I’ll be seen, no matter what,” he said. “People will say, ‘Man, I saw you last night at the Improv in Oxnard.’

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I’m like, How did you see that?” Davidson added that another challenge lies in developing new material. “It’s harder, because I’m an actual working comedian, so time to work on new stuff is hard, because I work on my new stuff from the stage. If I just wrote everything, there’d be no problem — I’d just write everything and go and do it. But you know, you have to work at it, you know? Work, perfect the bits. That takes work onstage. How you perfect a bit, and work it onstage, while you’re entertaining at the same time.” Most of Davidson’s fame has come from his television and film appearances, which can’t really showcase his remarkable versatility. He stated that, for him, it’s all about being onstage. “That is the thrill. That’s the thrill over everything else. Because it’s the ultimate freedom. No one tells you what to do; it all comes from you. You’re the originator, the generator. So that’s cool.” That’s not to say Davidson has completely forsaken other media, of course. He garnered many positive notices for his work on the satire “Black

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Vascular surgeon Ralph Whalen of Toledo recently spent two weeks treating wounded American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Whalen, who volunteered last year as well, was in Germany from April 16 to May 1. He is scheduled to return for a two-week rotation in May 2012. “I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the care of our soldiers,” Whalen said. “My first experience at LRMC last year was very humbling. The injuries sustained were severe. LRMC has some of the finest trauma physicians I have ever worked with.” Since 2004, 66,000 military personnel have been treated at LRMC, the largest American hospital outside the United States. Whalen, a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS), is one of 72 members to volunteer at LRMC since September 2007, after SVS member and retired U.S. Army Col. David Gillespie of the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Office asked members to volunteer at LRMC. There is now a waiting list for SVS surgeons willing to volunteer this year. “Speaking on behalf of SVS leadership and all of its members, we are extremely proud of the vascular surgeons who donate their time to help treat war injuries,” SVS President Dr. Robert Zwolak said. O — Zach Davis


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Those believing the only thing that could make a wine taste better is by pairing it with a buffet full of food may want to be at Stella’s Restaurant in Perrysburg the first Monday of each month. For $20, attendees get to sample five “themed” wines along with a buffet of food offerings that complement the beverages. Because next month’s first Monday is July 4, the July tasting will be July 11. The theme will be “Wines of Summer,” featuring a variety of unusual wines that people “probably haven’t heard of before, which are especially suited for drinking outside on a hot day,” said Eli Ewing, manager at Stella’s. The tasting begins at 6 p.m. The monthly effort by Stella’s is an attempt to introduce people to wine they may not be

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it now. It’s so easy to relate to the characters as they go through the awkwardness of growing up and meeting all the crazy individuals you’ll encounter along the way.” Kate Lankey, publicity and marketing trustee for SRP, said the play was picked because it is an excellent show with a small cast, perfect for the small company. “We’re still new; we’re still building and getting information out there,” she said. “When you have a very small budget, it limits you quite a bit, so we wanted to do a family show and get the word out.” SRP was started in 2009 to avoid the drama and politics of community theater, Lankey said. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be the fourth show the group has put on. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Call (419) 270-1204 or visit www. StagedRightProductionsInc.Mfbiz.com. O

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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 www.theark.org. O The Boxcars: 8 p.m. June 15, $17.50. O Ivan & Alyosha: 8 p.m. June 16, $13.50. O Paul Thorn: 8 p.m. June 17, $22.50. O Christine Lavin, Don White: 8 p.m. June 18, $25. O The Deanna Bogart Band: 7:30 p.m. June 19, $15. O Guitar Shorty: 8 p.m. June 20, $15. O Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers: 8 p.m. June 22, $20.

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Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O Sean Mullady: June 15. O Jerod: June 16 and 22-23. O Al Smith & the All Stars: June 17.

Caesars Windsor Consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. O The Sounds of Motown 2.0: 3 and 9 p.m. June 17, $15.

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This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500 or www.ticketmaster.com. O Eric Church, Jon Pardi: 8 p.m. June 17, $27. O The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11 p.m. June 18, $10. O Hiroshima: June 20, $30.

Blind Pig A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program, Ashleys, Mister, Woodman: 9:30 p.m. June 16. O Secret Twins, Prussia, Long Whisker, Bad Indians: 9 p.m. June 17. O The Appleseed Collective, Small Houses, Petal Shop: 9:30 p.m. June 18. O Waynesboro, Slayton, Seth Patrick, Obscure History: 9:30 p.m. June 21.

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Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www. degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. June 15 and 22. O David Lux: June 16 and 21. O BGSU Jazz Faculty Band: 7:30-11:30 p.m. June 17-18.

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Doc Watson’s Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. O John Barile, Bobby May: 10 p.m. June 17. O Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 10 p.m. June 18.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O Andrew Ellis & the Setting Sons: 9:30 p.m. June 17. O Johnny Reed & the House Rockers: 8:30 p.m. June 18.

Frankie’s Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Auto Tune karaoke: 9 p.m. Mondays, free. O Empires, Say This Once: 7 p.m. June 15. O Dragon Wagon, Severe Weather: 9 p.m. June 16. O The Grubs, I of Radio, First Degree Arson, Violent Stars, the Shame Game: 9 p.m. June 17.

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French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Double Dare: June 17-18.

ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Brent Stanley: 6 p.m. June 16. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. June 17 and 24. O Calen Savidge: 8 p.m. June 18.

Kerrytown Concert House This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Patrick Donley’s Full Moon Series: 8 p.m. June 15. O Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 8 p.m. June 17 and 24; 2 p.m. June 26. O Watts-Weston Duo: 8 p.m. June 20.

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Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Sleeping in the Aviary: 10 p.m. June 16. O Hound, the Boss Mustangs: 10 p.m. June 17. O 33 1/3, the Forest: 10 p.m. June 18. O Brontosaurus: 10 p.m. June 20.

Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Vytas and Steve: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Open mic with Bread and Butter: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays. O Frostbite: June 18. O Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 6 p.m. June 20.

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Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. O Arctic Clam: June 17. O Kyle White: June 18.

A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. mickeyfinnspub.com. O Justajunkie Films: 8 p.m. Thursdays. O As Good as Dead, Disconnected, Wind of Death, Break, Cloudrat: 8:30 p.m. June 17. O Stonehouse: 8:30 p.m. June 18.

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This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www. oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJs Dirty Baby, APB, Russell Jones: Saturdays. O Breaking Ground: June 17.

One2 Lounge at Treo Live music starts at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. O Scott Potter Trio: June 17. O Hero String Quartet: June 18.

This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or spicytunasushi.com. O DJ Jimmy James: 10 p.m. Fridays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O Kyle White: 7-11 p.m. June 16.

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Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www.yeehas.com. O 9 Lives: June 17. O Texaco Country Music Showdown battle of the bands. Eight will perform, only three go on to finals. June 18, $5.

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“He’s the hero that all others aspire to be,” says JC’s Comic Stop’s Jim Collins of the most famous of them all, Superman. “He’s the measuring stick. A noble, selfless, positive ray of hope and light. When all seems lost, he enables the ‘Never Say Die’ U.S. attitude and finds a solution.” So why is DC Comics — the Man of Steel’s owners — changing him this September? It’s all part of the oldest comic company’s relaunching of its entire line of titles and characters — and Superman appears to be on the receiving end of one of its more radical revisions. Advance word from DC seems to indicate that starting the Man of Steel over from the beginning — in a new “Action Comics” No. 1 — includes an attitude adjustment for the citizens of Earth concerning their hero. “This Superman seems not to be welcomed with open arms from the public,” Collins notes. “Their distrust, I would imagine, comes from their not understanding why he does what he does. What’s his motive? [Superman’s] surrounded by college sports stars, politicians, reality ‘stars’ who do things only if it benefits their interests — the “What Do I Get Out of It?” society — [but] his only motive is to protect

the planet and the people of the world he loves and calls his own.” Two pieces of art have been released by DC showing covers for “Action Comics” No. 1 and “Superman” No. 1; interestingly, they illustrate what appears to be two different versions of the hero, both departures from the look we’ve known for more than 70 years. “The new costume changes I’m most certain are a result of the ongoing lawsuit from the heirs of [Superman’s co-creator] Jerry Siegel,” speculates Collins. “It appears that some sort of ownership will revert to them. DC had to have a contingency plan ready to roll — what better time than now? The costume seems to ‘modernize’ him by getting rid of the silly shorts. It’ll seem more cool to kids these days, because they represent such a large portion of the comics-reading audience. I also question if this has anything to do with the new Superman film.” Though his words are laced with wry commentary, Collins manages to find a point of interest in what could be a make-or-break moment in comic book history. “All this being said, I will look forward to the new relaunches,” he explains. “Not so much because I’m excited about the changes, but more to see if the comics field I’ve been a part of for over 25 years now survives this risky experiment.” O

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Toledo-born and Toledo-raised Donney McMullin is building his empire right here at home. “I grew up here, went to school here,” McMullin said. “So it only made sense for me to stay rooted here and build McMullin something at home.” McMullin, who graduated from Bowsher High School and attended the University of Toledo for entrepreneurial studies and small business management, is the driving force and creative mind behind the John Dough brand of “premium street wear apparel and accessories.” McMullin refers to John Dough as a brand because “my business focus isn’t on one market or service. We’re introducing the brand with a clothing line. T-shirts are available already and soon we will be selling denim and a ladies line of clothing called Jane Dough.” McMullin, like any other entrepreneur, faces hurdles but is charging through with his vision. “Our biggest challenge is manufacturing,” he said. “Most manufacturers think 10,000 units is a small order, where we think 1,000 units of any one product is still large.”

Financing a start-up company is the other obvious challenge McMullin faces. “The average start-up cost for a small clothing company is 1 to 1.7 million dollars,” McMullin said. “If you don’t have ready access to those resources, you have to be very creative in the execution and delivery of your brand.” For John Dough, delivery of the new line of Toledo-grown fashion involves a simple-to-use website (DoughDynasty.com), plenty of festival appearances and a brick and mortar purchase point. Hot Kikx at 4550 Monroe St. sells John Dough and offers potential buyers a chance to feel and see the kind of shirts John Dough delivers. “We are going to be all over the city this summer,” McMullin said. “We had booths at the Old West End Festival on June 4 and 5. We have a booth at the African American Festival on July 9 and 10. John Dough will also have a booth at the Bash at The Bay from July 27 through the 31st.” While it will take some time for John Dough to be recognized as a fashionable name, the brand is being built. According to McMullin, goals are being reached and new goals set. “One of the things we would like to do this season is grow hometown recognition,” he said. “After that we’ll worry about getting the clothes onto entertainment figures like artists and musicians.” O

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David Eichenberg is the very portrait of the successful working artist. The past year in particular has been a whirlwind of exhibitions and awards and his résumé just keeps getting bigger. Eichenberg was recently Eichenberg asked to display his work at the Mansfield Art Center as part of the highly anticipated group exhibition “As They See Us: 8 Ohio Artists.” The exhibit is set to kick off June 19 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. “I’m really not sure where they had seen my work, but they just called and asked me to be in the show,” Eichenberg said. “I selected a group of pieces that are good examples of what I do, including a few brand-new ones like ‘Patrick,’ who is an artist that I met in England; he created 100 portraits of people who inspire him. I plan to send him the piece after the exhibition is over.” Other artists featured in “As They See Us” include Larry Hamill, Kristine Schramer, Ed Valentine, Chun Arthur Wang, Roger J. Williams, John

Yan Sun and Barbara Zimmerman. Eichenberg, who received an undergraduate degree in sculpture from the University of Toledo in 1998, only began painting professionally a few years ago. While at UT, he studied under Professor Thomas Lingeman, while also minoring in painting under Linda Ames-Bell. He was a finalist for the 2010 BP Artist Award and was also a finalist for the 2009 Boochever Portrait Competition, exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery, located in the Smithsonian Institution. “The Mansfield Art Center is such a beautiful space; there’s really nothing like it here,” Eichenberg said. “As far as I know, I’m the only Toledo artist included in the exhibit. It was really hard to figure out what to show. It really came down to what was available at the time, as I was planning for two shows, and you’re always looking to display your best work.” Eichenberg has a number of shows coming up. “I’m exhibiting as part of the BP again this year, and I have a solo show in London in two months,” Eichenberg said. “My work is also being exhibited at the British Embassy in Paris, but it’s good to be busy.” “As They See Us” will be on display through July 24. Mansfield Art Center is located at 700 Marion Ave. in Mansfield. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. O

Art Walk on June 16 to feature poets This month’s Art Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 16 in the Uptown and Warehouse districts. The 25 participating venues make this the largest Art Walk in the four years the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) has sponsored the event. Ryan Bunch, ACGT’s performing and literary arts coordinator, said attendance peaked last year at about 750, and this year is already off to a better start. Venues will feature an eclectic display of local artwork and live music. The Art Walk will also showcase street performers, including Katie Komuniecki, Meaghan Roberts, Lucian Townes, Ian Welch and local band What’s Next. Michael Grover, who is helping coordinate the event, said local poets will perform at the Toledo Free Press warehouse, including Jonie McIntire, Bob Phillips, Gregory Peters, Craig Firston and himself. All participating venues will display a teal Live Work Create Toledo banner. Upcoming Art Walks, which are held on the third Thursdays of each month May through October, are July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.

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or video game fans, E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the quintessential event of the year. Every June, game developers and console-makers come together to announce their latest wares. The main events are the press conferences from hardware giants Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Each company puts on a grandiose show, trying to convince the press and consumers that what they are presenting is the most important and significant. So, what do gamers have to look forward to? And who came out on top?

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The Biggest Deal: Other than a public apology for the PlayStation Network debacle, Sony’s main focus was the reveal of the longdiscussed next-generation portable, officially named the “PlayStation Vita.” Yeah, the name is silly, but the device has some amazing potential. Onstage demos for games like “Uncharted” and “ModNation Racers” showed both graphical and gameplay sophistication, and demonstrated that touch screens could be more than just a gimmick. And then there was the price: $249 for a Wi-Fi Vita, $299 for a 3G compatible one, which makes it more than competitive with Nintendo’s hand-held console, the 3DS. It’ll be available this holiday season. Other Stuff: Plenty of trailers and demos for

Which of the ‘big three’ won the big gaming event?

much-anticipated games, including the eagerly awaited “Uncharted 3,” “Resistance 3” and more. Also announced was an official PlayStationbranded 3-D television. Bottom Line: Sony needed to deliver to wash the bad taste out of its customers’ mouths, and mostly, it did. Between some incredibly intriguing technical announcements, games that are highly anticipated and a new portable at a very competitive price, the company rebounded from a disastrous two months.

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controversial) aspect of the new console is its controller — a large, flat beast with a 6-inch touch screen in the middle. Imagine a small iPad with buttons on the side, and you have the Wii U controller. No price details were available yet, as the console won’t release until sometime in 2012. Other Stuff: Nintendo showed off a new “Legend of Zelda” game to be released in time for the series’ 25th anniversary, which will double as the first Wii’s swan song, as it’s the last major title hardcore fans have to look forward to on the system. Also, a lot of games for the 3DS, as they’re really expecting that console to hold folks over until the new year. Bottom Line: What happened? Nintendo is currently ruling the roost, as far as hardware is concerned, and yet it offered virtually nothing that will make fans happy until after next year’s E3. Lots of games for the 3DS, a system that has been disappointing, to say the least. And almost no support for the Wii, underlining how that system is being left for dead. And a few technical demos for the new system, which may very well be a huge success, but is still a long way away. All in all, this is very much a transitional year for Nintendo, and the conference proved it. O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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