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Rapid-fire comedy By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor

A lot of comedians like to take their time setting up bits, telling stories instead of jokes. Not so Dave Landau. The 30-year-old performer is known for his fast-paced delivery — a throwback to the days when comics assumed that their audience could keep up with them. It’s a style, Landau said, that rose out of his hatred of quiet times onstage. “I do not like silence at all,” Landau said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “Even if the audience was supposed to be kinda quiet at this point, I always just wanted the audience to be laughing. I think just at the beginning it was kind of a nerve thing, just to make sure the audience was laughing the whole time. Now, I do it because I think it’s fun. “I’m not the guy who can keep the audience for a long period of time — for, like, four minutes to wait for a punch line. I don’t write that kind of thing. I’d say I’m more like Dangerfield, or more old school, in the sense of rapid-fire.” Landau will bring his fast delivery and big laughs to Toledo from June 28-30, when he appears at Connxtions Comedy Club on Heatherdowns Boulevard. “I’ve done Connxtions many, many times, and every time I go it’s always a good time,” he said. Comedy has always been in Landau’s blood. The Michigan native said he had long established himself as a class clown in high school before going to college to study acting. But his talent for getting laughs — and the intervention of at least one important person — steered him in a new direction. “My wife now is one of the people who helped push me into stand-up at the time. And I just kinda got hooked into the stand-up side more instead of performing in a group or, like, an ensemble,” Landau said. Landau spent time training at The Second City Training Center in Metro Detroit, which he credits with teaching him how to think and write jokes quickly. His comedic persona at the beginning, however, was almost 180 degrees removed from what he portrays on stage today. “When I first started, I was extremely dry, and just extremely low-energy. Like, almost a Steven Wright. And I was, like, squeaky clean when I started. And not that I’m, like, immensely dirty or anything, but I’m not afraid

to steer away from topics [like I was] when I first started. And I think, just now, I’ve lived more life and I’m just more confident as a human being,” he said. “My life has evolved, and my stand-up has evolved, so I have more experiences for people to relate to.” In recent years, Landau has seen his public exposure grow from a wide variety of sources, including appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and NBC’s reality competition “Last Comic Standing.” But recently, Landau said most fans find him through his regular stints on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Bob and Tom Show.” “My kind of humor seems to fit well to the demographic that they play to. And because I’m from the Midwest, I just think I fit the market better, and I tend to get a lot of fans because of that show. And ‘Last Comic’ is kinda dead now. Like, people don’t remember it, even though it was just a couple years ago. But things go so fast, so quickly, that stuff fades away really fast these days.” Though many comedians have noted the difference between performing in a club versus having your act recorded for television, Landau said that, for him, the two experiences are basically identical. “They’re both making an audience laugh. And a lot of the shows that I’ve done, actually — like ‘Live in Gotham’ or ‘Last Comic Standing’ — were shot in comedy clubs,” he noted. “The only difference is, if they heckle you in the comedy club, you go at ’em and you rip ’em apart. If it happens when NBC is putting up millions of dollars, the studio and people in the room are gonna rip you apart for ruining the show. So there’s more of a safety net when you’re on television, without a doubt.” Though the native Midwesterner is currently living in Los Angeles, a place where many comedians have parlayed their experience into work in movies and television, Landau said that standup remains his main passion. “[I] have worked on a few pilots and stuff like that. I’ve taken a different route to kinda break more into the writing side and that sort of a thing,” he said. “And what I’m finding is, I really enjoy being a club comic. And it’s not that it’s not frustrating, and that I don’t enjoy the work out here, because I do enjoy the work out here. But, I really do find just being a standup comic the thing I enjoy the most.” O


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Of the four restaurants in Hollywood Casino Toledo, there is one that is a cut above the rest. There has been much said about Final Cut Steak & Seafood since the casino’s opening and it was the venue I most anticipated reviewing. My dining companion and I arrived on a beautiful Saturday evening, and the casino itself was busy enough that we had to wait in line to catch an elevator to the main floor. Having reservations to keep, we hurried toward the restaurant’s entrance. Tucked away at the top of several steps, we almost got the feeling that we were entering an exclusive, private club. It turned out that calling ahead had been wise, as the two couples ahead of us were ushered into the beautiful bar area to the left of the hostess station, while we were able to be seated without any wait. Final Cut is billed by the casino as “Toledo’s Premier Steakhouse.” Overseen by Executive Chef Brian Hein and helmed by Executive Chef Billy Coyle, the kitchen puts a great deal of care into living up to that claim. Decorated tastefully in polished wood with striking brushed steel and frosted glass light fixtures all around, the restaurant features custom glass displays of movie memorabilia worn by such stars as Gary Oldman, Halle Berry, Elvis Presley and Toledo’s Katie Holmes. However, the décor is less reminiscent of a kitschy museum than of a high-end Hollywood hot spot. Wraparound booths dot the perimeter of the circular restaurant and floor-to-ceiling windows line the North wall, affording a panoramic view of the Maumee River. As we were shown our table, the level of service was immediately apparent when the hostess pulled the chair out for my date and, seeing that I was wearing black pants, asked if I would prefer a black napkin instead of the standard white one already waiting at my seat. Also impressive was the wine and drink list — extensive far beyond

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the scope of this review — which was presented on an iPad left at our table. Final Cut boasts a wide array of sustainable fresh seafood, much of it on the appetizer and chilled seafood sections of the menu. You can choose from seasonal oysters on the halfshell, a cocktail of enormous Texas Gulf brown shrimp, crab cakes with aioli or a scallop BLT with bacon, citrus aioli and tomato jam, among other dishes. Especially enticing was a shellfish platter of Maine lobster, cold-smoked scallops, shrimp, shucked oysters and king crab that serves two. We settled on an appetizer of calamari, as it is a dish I often order at restaurants and I was interested to see Final Cut’s treatment of it. As we were looking over the options for the remainder of our meal, a waiter brought out a bread plate and announced the three items: a raisin walnut roll, a sourdough roll and a crispy, black and white sesame flatbread. Alongside these we were given a softened butter pat, drizzled with truffle oil, which imparts the flavor and aroma of the mushroom delicacy. We shared all three breads, which were warm and bursting with rich flavor. For dinner, I decided to hold the restaurant to its claim and chose the 18-ounce New York bone-in steak, which is charred over live hickory and finished in an 1,800 degree broiler. I was given the option of adding an accompaniment to my steak. Offered were: Hollywood steak sauce, béarnaise (similar to a rich hollandaise sauce), au poivre (a cracked peppercorn topping), blue cheese-peppercorn butter, or chimichurri (an Argentinian topping made from finely chopped parsely, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and white or red vinegar). I rarely order toppings for my steak, though, and opted to go without anything that might mask the flavor of the tender meat. I typically order a vegetable to accompany my entrée, but I decided to stick with the steakhouse theme and sample the roasted garlic mashed potatoes. My companion ordered the bone-in veal chop and selected pan-roasted mushrooms to go with her dish. We also both

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ordered a chopped salad, which boasted red onions, chickpeas, provolone cheese, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and roasted corn. The calamari came first, and we were pleased with our selection. Often, restaurants have trouble finding the perfect balance between a crispy breading and leaving the calamari tender and sweet. Final Cut was able to achieve both while lightly coating the dish with a subtly tart lime sauce that perfectly complemented the bits of red pepper in the breading. When the salads arrived, they were tasty in their complexity and presented attractively on the plate. I was happy to see this attention to detail because presenta-

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Epic choices available at buffet By Timothy Fowler Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Of the four very different restaurants inside the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Epic Buffet is easily the most accessible choice. With something to suit everyone’s tastes, the restaurant lives up to its name, rivaling even the “epic” buffets of Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. Located along the north edge of the gaming floor between Final Cut steakhouse and Take 2 Grill, the facade of the restaurant is designed to look like the outside of a grand, old theater. In the center of the main doorway sits the cash station, reminiscent of a ticket booth. However, this is where the Hollywood theme ends; the interior is decorated in a distinctly Asian theme featuring huge golden reliefs of unicorns on the walls along the ceiling, and the buffet itself takes center stage. While the décor is impressive, the food choices are really the star of the show at Epic Buffet. To start off your meal, there are the same salad bar offerings that you might encounter at any other buffet, but as you round the corner you will notice several not-so-ordinary items. In addition to iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with various fruits, nuts and vegetables, you are afforded the choice of several premade salads such as Italian spinach salad, apple blue cheese salad or ambrosia salad. There were also chicken noodle and potato bacon soups available, and I was told that the soups change daily. As you would expect, there are many different Asian offerings, including fried rice, lo mein, sweet and sour pork, sushi and even a “create-your-own” station where you can choose the ingredients and the chefs will make you a custom pho (a Vietnamese/Chinese beef soup with rice noodles and vegetables). I tried a bit of almost every dish offered and nearly forgot that this was food from a buffet; the quality was as good as or better than most of the Asian restaurants I have been to in Northwest Ohio. If this had been where the choices stopped, I would

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have already been impressed, but I still had plenty more to sample. Next down the line were chicken breast, zucchini, squash and — an incredible find on a buffet — tender, delicious frog legs, all cooked on a unique, rotating, open-flame grill. For those who prefer their meat roasted, there were chicken and beef in various gravies, as well as a carving station with juicy broiled chicken and pot roast cut to order. Scattered among the meats were a variety of side dishes, including sautéed mushrooms, steamed broccoli, carrots, asparagus and sweet potato mash. As with the Asian fare, all were seasoned and cooked perfectly and could have stood alone on any restaurant’s menu. Further along, I ran into a European/Mediterranean section featuring stuffed grape leaves, couscous and Greek red potatoes. Also in this area were two of my favorite dishes in the entire restaurant: Kielbasa sausage braised in a delicious, sweet beer sauce, and ratatouille, a simple yet classic French dish consisting of eggplant, zucchini, red bell peppers, onions and tomatoes in a light tomato broth. I have had both of these dishes before, and Epic Buffet did justice to the rich heritage that lies within each recipe. A whole section of the buffet was devoted to Italian foods, with cheese ravioli, spicy Alfredo penne, bacon-stuffed Roma tomatoes, and a variety of different pizzas, made from scratch and baked fresh on a custom rotating oven. I tried the meat lovers’ pizza, and found it comparable to what you might find in your favorite, local momand-pop pizza shop. Despite an amazing variety of dishes that should satisfy even the biggest appetite, you should heed your mother’s advice and “Save room for dessert.” Epic Buffet employs a full-time master baker who creates a virtual wonderland of beautiful pastries, pies, cakes and other sweets. I tried as many as possible, tasting the dense, rich carrot cake, fluffy chocolate éclairs, crunchy, cinnamon crème-filled cannoli, smooth, rich cherry parfait and decadent chocolate mousse. Despite



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my best efforts, I wasn’t able to have it all, as there were also several types of cheesecake, pies and chocolate cake as well as an entire section of nosugar-added desserts available to provide the perfect ending for your meal. I am leaving out many items because there were just so many to choose from. In addition, I was informed that the selection will rotate from day to day, with special items available on Friday and Saturday evenings such as snow crab legs, Oysters Rockefeller and prime rib. So, you may experience an entirely different meal from mine, depending on when you visit Epic Buffet. And visit you should; given the

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Sports take back seat to menu at Scene By Timothy Fowler Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Scene is arguably the centerpiece of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Situated in the heart of the casino and surrounded by action on all sides, it is apparent that special care was put into making Scene stand out from the hustle and bustle. As you make your way across the busy gaming floor and approach the restaurant’s main entrance, you are greeted by a 20-foot-tall doorway framing modern, artistic light fixtures (which evoke the glasswork of Dale Chihuly) hanging from the ceiling. To each side, you can see a variety of sports events playing on the 18 specially made, back-projected, glass television panels that enclose the dining area. Upon entering, the remainder of the décor doesn’t disappoint. Faux alligator-backed chairs sit around polished wood tables, wraparound crushed velvet booths line the wall and an additional 21 high-definition televisions hanging all around ensure that every seat in the house has a clear view of any given game. In other words, this ain’t your average sports bar. My companion and I visited Scene on the casino’s opening night and, although we arrived close to closing time, the restaurant was still nearly full. Nonetheless, we were seated almost immediately and our server was at the table to take our drink order less than a minute later. As far as drinks go, there is an impressive variety to choose from. The restaurant boasts 13 beers on tap, a wide selection of domestic, import and microbrew bottled beers and a small but varied wine list. You can even order a bottle of Moët in case you want to celebrate your team’s victory in style. Once our drinks arrived, we placed our order. While there are some heartier options, the menu is heavy with what you might expect from a typical sports bar: burgers, sandwiches, wings, pizza and so on. Scene, however, offers unique twists on its fare. While my dining partner opted for a standard grilled chicken sandwich, I ordered the Early Bird Burger, a half-pound patty topped with bacon, cheese and a fried

egg. Likewise, instead of the Hollywood Fries that generally accompany all of the restaurant’s sandwiches (thin-cut, crispy fries made from Idaho potatoes), I gladly accepted the offer to substitute sweet potato fries. Intrigued by the name of the Firecracker Shrimp and all that it implied, we added them to our order as an appetizer, then sat back to enjoy the game while we waited for our food to be prepared. As we sat in anticipation of our meals, it was hard to ignore the upbeat, jazzy hip-hop and R&B being played by a live band on the H Lounge Stage. Visible from the bar and a cozy lounge area adjacent to the restaurant, the stage offers live entertainment seven nights a week. For those not afforded a direct line of sight, several of the restaurant’s hanging televisions feature a live video feed of the performance. Due to the placement of the stage and the special acoustic scoops installed above it, the music was neither annoyingly loud nor hard to hear; the volume was about what you would encounter in most sports bars or trendy restaurants. When our food arrived, we were mildly disappointed to find our appetizer being delivered at the same time as our meals. It is possible that this was due to the late hour of our dining, but it is still disconcerting when this happens because it is hard to fully enjoy the appetizer when you can see your entrée sitting in front of you getting cold. The appetizer itself was also somewhat of a letdown. The jumbo shrimp were smothered in a spicy-sweet, earthy, Louisiana-style barbecue sauce and perched atop a generous portion of perfectly prepared grits. The dish was absolutely delicious; however, there were only three shrimp on the plate. Being one of the the most expensive appetizers on the menu, priced at $12, we felt a bit cheated. In contrast, for the $11 spent on my burger, I felt like I absolutely got my money’s worth. Towering above my plate, my burger looked incredibly enticing and it didn’t disappoint. It was big enough that I felt the need to cut it in half before tackling the monstrosity, but I hesitated due to the fried egg. To my pleasant surprise, the egg was cooked perfectly, so the yolk gently drizzled down through the lettuce and toma-


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toes, but didn’t run off onto my plate or hands. Juicy and tender, the burger was seasoned well and even the bacon was fried just right — not too crispy but not soggy, either. I was excited by the generous portion of sweet potato fries the kitchen provided, and they, too, went beyond my expectations. Often, restaurants overcook sweet potato fries, making them soft and mushy. They still taste good, but the texture can be offputting. Scene got it right, managing to make the fries perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside. I sampled my companion’s chicken sandwich, which turned out to be just slightly overcooked. Not so much as to make it inedible, or to bother with sending it back, but it just didn’t seem as if they had put as much care into making her sandwich as they had mine. The chicken breast was a healthy size, and the bun and condiments were the same quality as what my burger was served on, so it is possible that this was just a simple case of being overly cautious about undercooking chicken. Having worked in restaurants myself, I know that it’s an easy mistake to make, even if it translates to a less-than-favorable dining experience for the customer. Her Hollywood Fries were very tasty, though, and she had to fend me off from eating too many of hers once my plate was

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“Fate protects fools, little children and ships named Enterprise” — Riker, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” n FINAL CUT CONTINUED FROM 4 When our entrées arrived, we were definitely taken aback. I knew that, in ordering an 18-ounce steak, I was in for a large portion. However, my date’s veal chop was nearly the same size and the side dishes we ordered were both very generous. As I cut into my steak, I knew immediately that it was cooked to perfection. The juices had been seared in properly and each bite was full of flavor; it practically melted in my mouth. I tried the veal and it, too, was cooked just as ordered, while the pan gravy that was gently drizzled over top just added to the rich, savory flavor of the meat. Likewise, my mashed potatoes were both creamy and firm, and the nutty flavor of the roasted garlic was present throughout but not overpowering. The pan-roasted mushrooms ordered by my companion were cooked fully, but still firm and seasoned perfectly. With the portions being so large, we were sadly not looking to finish our meal with a dessert. I say “sadly,” because the server offered us a wide variety of decadent endings, including Grand Marnier cheesecake and a Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulée, both of which I will definitely have to try upon future visits to Final Cut. In all, our meal at Final Cut Steak & Seafood was an absolutely amazing experience, and one I look forward to repeating as often as possible. It is likely, though, that my return will be limited to special occasions, as the entire meal with drinks and tip ended up running about $200. While we ordered several of the more expensive items on the menu, even the most frugal diners would be hard-pressed to spend less than $50 per person. However, the food, service and atmosphere are worth every penny. Final Cut is not just “Toledo’s Premier Steakhouse,” but possibly the best in all of Northwest Ohio. Final Cut Steak & Seafood is located at 777 Hollywood Blvd., inside the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Hours are 5 -10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (419) 661-5200 for reservations, and visit www.hollywoodcasino to view the menu and make reservations online. O


Take 2 offers fast stop for quick bites By Timothy Fowler Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Of the four restaurants located inside the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Take 2 Grill is the only one that’s open 24 hours a day. Set up like a basic lunch counter, it is rather unassuming in appearance. Don’t think that small means limited, though — there are plenty of choices no matter what you’re looking for. For a quick, late-night or midday snack, Take 2 offers a number of pastries, doughnuts and muffins, as well as fruit, candy bars, yogurt, soup and fries. There are a wide variety of bottled and canned beverages, a full selection of fountain drinks, two beers on tap, and a coffee bar featuring flavored cappuccinos, lattes and more. If you need something heartier, you can pick up a burger, wings, a dinner salad, a hot sandwich or their signature all-beef, locally sourced “dawg” (with or without chili and

cheese). In addition, they feature two baskets: chicken strips or seafood, served with fries. I ordered the seafood basket for $8.99, and was quickly served up a generous order of tasty, battered cod filets, fried clams and breaded, fried shrimp. While it wasn’t gourmet fare by any means, it was definitely worth the money both in serving size and quality. Unlike the casino’s other restaurants, I wouldn’t make a special stop off the Rossford exit just to pick up a meal at Take 2 Grill. But the food is good, and it definitely hits the spot when you’re taking a break from the slots or stepping away from the poker tables. Although it may be the only option after hours, it’s still a fast, tasty choice at any time of the day. Take 2 Grill is located at 777 Hollywood Blvd., inside the Hollywood Casino Toledo. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (419) 6615200 and visit for more information. O

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Space … the final frontier. “These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Those were the words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. And for seven years, those were the words that defined “the next generation” of Starfleet explorers. And after an 18-year hiatus, science fiction fans across the country will have the opportunity to see their favorite “Star Trek” characters once again this July. To celebrate the upcoming release of the series’ first season on Blu-ray, NCM Fathom Events, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will present “Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event”: a nationwide theater event bringing the popular sci-fi series to the big screen for one night only July 23. The event will feature two of the most popular episodes from the first season: Episode 106, “Where No One Has Gone Before” and Episode 114, “Datalore.” Fathom Events will stream the showing via satellite to nearly 500 movie theaters around the nation through National CineMedia’s (CNM) Digital Broadcast Network. The showing starts at 7 p.m. with an additional 10:15 p.m. showing in select theaters. Rave Cinemas Fallen Timbers 14 and Rave Cinemas Franklin Park 16 will participate in both available show times. Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom Events, said the first season of “The Next Generation” was “painstakingly retransferred” from the original format to a higher resolution for Blu-ray. For the theater event, the TV format was converted to the high-quality resolution of 2K digital projection, an industry standard for these types of events, he said. “For fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something they will never be able to see again,” Diamond said. “The advancements in technology are really an advantage for fans. Fans will be able to experience 2K digital projection, which has a much greater resolution than film.” Both famed episodes will be introduced by “Star Trek” experts and restoration consultants, Michael and Denise Okuda. Michael worked on “The Next Generation” for many years as the scenic artist, designing many set pieces and displays for the series. Both he and Denise chose the two episodes. In addition to the episodes, there will be never-before-seen footage, including interviews with the cast and crew, as well as a special look at the second season on Blu-ray, set to be released later this year, according to a news release. “You’ll have a lot of never-before-seen interviews with the cast of the Enterprise,” Diamond

The cast of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

said. “But what’s really very interesting is fans will get some really unique insights into the extensive restoration process they went through to put this Blu-ray together.” Steve Petz, general manager for Rave Fallen Timbers, said the Toledo-area theaters often participate in Fathom-produced events. Before the “Star Trek” event, the theater will host the “Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ 60th Anniversary Event” on July 12. “We do all kinds of events for these sorts of things,” Petz said. “They’re a lot of fun and they can usually draw a pretty big crowd.” The process of putting the event together took about four to five months and involved working closely with CBS to create the best event possible for “The Next Generation” fans. Diamond said his company’s main goal was to create an interactive, “social networking” community for “Star Trek” fans to meet outside of the computer world. “As a fan, you will have so many opportunities to explore new content and see fans you may never have known existed in your own community,” Diamond said. “There are places you can still go and be with like-minded fans. That’s the community we want to create, and it’s what I think theaters have done so well over the years. When times were hard, people took their families to the theaters. The reason people want to go to theaters is to get together and share that experience with fellow fans.” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was created by legendary TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, 21 years after the original “Star Trek” debuted. The series, set in the 24th century between 2364 and 2370, produced nearly 180 episodes and multiple feature films. It also spawned a series of follow-up “Star Trek” installments. “I remember watching ‘Star Trek’ 25 years ago and being amazed, thinking how futuristic it was,” Diamond said. “It was something we all looked at and believed we’d see the Enterprise flying around someday. And with all that we’ve done in space and with technology, it was a window into what was coming.” Tickets can be purchased at participating theater box offices and online at www.movietickets. com and O

“Do all humans give up so easily?” — Bochra, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”



“It’s easy. Just change the gravitational constant of the universe.” — Q, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”


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the atmosphere of a French sidewalk café, said operations manager Nick Davis. Located in a building listed on

Open: 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday,

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7723 Airport Hwy.

Jazz Café & Fine Dining Restaurant

patio specials Thursdays starting at 9 p.m., said general manager Brad

Holland, (419) 491-0098

Open: 3:30–9 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sunday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Waterville, (419) 878-9105

casual yet upscale dining experience perfect for catching a meal before a

Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday (Holland); 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday (Waterville)

show, Holler said. Catering and a private room are also available. O

Loma Linda Celebrating 56 years.


Manhattan’s brings the taste of New York to Toledo with menu items like Manhattan

1516 Adams St.

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features a fireplace. Loma Linda serves e, authentic Mexican and American cuisin including lunch specials, margaritas, nachos, appetizers and more. O

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Along with nautical décor and its famous white chicken chili, Chowders ‘N Moor in Holland offers rain or shine patio seating for 135 people

with music Mondays and Fridays starting in June, said owners Tom

312 South St.

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The Black Pearl’s patio overlooks Stranahan Theater and features a

With a name meaning “to feel free, easy and relaxed,” Dégagé’s cozy,

and Tina Kuron. Waterville’s smaller patio seats 40. The menu features

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“Who is to say that this history is any less proper than the other?” — Picard, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

Heart of glass By Caitlin McGlade Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

A slinky glass necklace traveled all the way from Australia to be here. As did a red, beaded necklace from Israel and two purple vases from the Netherlands. But many of the pieces on display in the Toledo Edison Building’s lobby originated right here in Toledo. This is, after all, the Glass City. The Hot Glass exhibit, which runs until June 28, celebrates Toledo’s glass connection while raising money for the Arts Commission. The biennial event typically occurs in autumn, but organizers changed the date this year to coincide with the national Glass Art Society Conference that swept Toledo from June 13-17, said Jennifer Jarrett, deputy director of the Arts Commission. You can check it out at 300 Madison Ave., at the corner of St. Clair Street. The commission is showing about 170 pieces of artwork, up from the typical 90 the organization usually collects. Between each show, a group of volunteers travels the world to find a range of interesting glass artwork to bring back for the next Hot Glass exhibit. The objects are sold during the show and help to fund Art Commis-

Hot Glass to display more work at June 28 exhibit.

sion programs such as Young Artists at Work, Art in TARTA, Artomatic 419!, Art Walks and the Parkwood Gallery. The 2010 event raised more than $100,000 and paid more than $65,000 to participating artists. Up to 50 percent of a sale goes to the artist who created the piece, Jarrett said. The Gala Auction is June 28 from 6:30-10 p.m. and costs $45 per person. The commission will host both live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. Jarrett and participating artist Matthew Paskiet said they were impressed with the diversity of pieces this year. The display floor mixes some representatives of the animal kingdom, jewelry, vases, bowls and intricate abstractions. A nearly neon orange and yellow beach ball will steal your attention as you walk in. It sits near a horse on wheels, a snake and a glass floor fan that appears as though a tiny glass spider wove its shape. “As an artist, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Paskiet said. A case opposite the lobby’s entrance holds Paskiet’s finished product, 15 years in the making. Titled “Conversations,” Paskiet’s piece consists of two glass cubes sitting atop a stack of glass cinder blocks. A chair shape sits inside


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each of the cubes, which droop inward to create a sensation of movement. The Bowling Green State University graduate said he came across tiny cinder blocks some 15 years ago and thought he’d turn their image into glass someday. But it wasn’t until his father passed away that he figured out what he wanted to do with the idea. “I was wrestling with some issues,” he said. The empty chairs symbolize his father’s absence and the blocks are stacked as though they are ready to be used for building, he said. Paskiet started blowing glass at the Toledo Museum of Art shortly after he graduated from college and has since spent thousands of hours working around temperatures that exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Paskiet owns Firenation Ltd,, the glass studio and gallery in Holland, and also teaches high school students how to use ceramic kilns for glass. “What I love about glass is the potential that it could be anything. You pull out something and it’s amazing that 24 hours ago it was just a puddle of nothing,” he said. “I come to an agreement with glass — you don’t tell glass what to do.” Tickets for the June 28 auction can be obtained by calling the Arts Commission at (419)254-2787 or by emailing O

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Beach getaway wedding: a long flowy dress with flats is understated, and gorgeous

Dressing for weddings on a dime.


t is the beginning of summer — with temperatures in the mid-80s on up, sunny skies, crisp air and flowers blooming, it only seems natural for couples to celebrate their wedding day during this beautiful time of year. Most of us have been invited to at least one wedding this summer and if not, we know at least one person who is attending a wedding this summer. Dressing for a wedding can LaUREN be fun — especially during the summer months. Unlike those during the winter months, summer weddings allow women to show some skin and experiment with the season’s hottest colors like bright blue, tangerine or magenta. Summer also allows women to play with different styles of dresses, whether it is strapless, short, long, or flowy. The different looks that we can create by adding a belt, fun jewelry or shoes can also make dressing for a summer wedding fun.

On the flip side of being able to experiment with this season’s different styles of dresses and looks is not only the cost of the dress, shoes and accessories, but also deciding what style of dress is appropriate for different types of weddings. For women like me, who seem to have a summer full of all different types of weddings, and like to wear something new but don’t want to spend a fortune, here are guest wedding looks that are appropriate for a beach getaway wedding, a country club wedding, an outside country wedding and a chic city wedding. All of these looks and dresses can be reworn and incorporated into your everyday life. Best of all, they are affordable so you can justify buying a new dress for each wedding! The beach getaway wedding: Weddings like this are more intimate because it involves guests trav-




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eling, and taking time off of work. Guests of a beach wedding usually make a vacation out of it since they are traveling anyways. The downside of this type of wedding can be the cost for guests, so purchasing a dress that is affordable and cute is a must. For a beach wedding, a long flowy dress with flats is understated, and gorgeous in one. This season, H&M has a beautiful long and flowy dress with the most amazing colors like bright orange, blue, and pink. This dress is only $19.95 and looks amazing paired with flat gladiator sandals like the gladiator sandals at Target for $19.95. Because this dress has so much

color, incorporate a few of the colors in your accessories. Try a hot pink clutch from DSW for $29.95, emerald green earrings from Forever 21 for $3.80, and a simple gold bracelet from Forever 21 for $8.80 to tie the look all together. The country club wedding: typically traditional is a wedding that most of us have experienced one time or other. The misconception of a country club wedding is that it can be snooty or stuck up feeling when in fact most of them are quite beautiful and well put together. The downside of a country club wedding is trying to find a dress that you feel not only appropriate in, but feel pretty as well. n FASHION CONTINUES ON 13

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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

The Blarney Irish Pub

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O The Fauxgrass Quartet: 8 p.m. June 26, free. O The BoDeans, Michael McDermott: 8 p.m. 8 p.m. June 28, $25. O The Pines: 8 p.m. June 29, $15. O The RFD Boys & Friends: 8 p.m. June 30, $15-$25. O Becca Stevens: 7:30 p.m. July 1, $15. O Victor Wooten: 8 p.m. July 2, $45. O Bill Frisell, Tony Scherr, Greg Leisz, Kenny Wollesen: 8 p.m. July 3, $30. O Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams: 8 p.m. July 5, $20. O Detour: 8 p.m. July 6, $15.

Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. O Chris Knopp: June 28. O The Eight-Fifteens: June 29. O Stephen Woolley & Suburban Soul: June 30. O Arctic Clam: July 4. O Rick Whited: July 5.

Blind Pig

tendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or O The Tragically Hip: 8 p.m. July 5, $55.

Sponsored by:

Cheers Sports Eatery This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Mark Mikel Band, Chris Shutters: June 29. O Chris Shutters: July 7.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or O Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9:30 p.m. June 29 and 8:30 p.m. June 30.

This venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or O The Junk: June 29. O Longreef: July 5-6.

A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or O The Heritage Days; My Killer, My Master; Matt Krause Band: 9:30 p.m. June 26. O AK, Demented, Haze & J-Dub, Love Rhodes: 9:30 p.m. June 27. O Wise Public, Block Alumni, Hippie Goons: 9:30 p.m. June 28. O Sycamour, Conscripts, Theia, the Dissension, Invader: 9:30 p.m. June 29. O Nickie P., Duke Newcomb, Dick Jones, Night Walker, DJ Ambideckstricks: 9:30 p.m. June 30. O White Oranges, Lighthenight, In Color, Bazuuka: 9:30 p.m. July 3. O Ishka, Is He Real? Professor Megablown, 947 Crew, Crack City: 9:30 p.m. July 5. O Ann Arbor Soul Club, Brad Hales, Breck T: 9:30 p.m. July 6.

Basin St. Grille

Bronze Boar

This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Jeff Stewart: June 27.

Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Beg to Differ: June 29. O Dave Carpenter & the Jaeglers: June 30. O Stonehouse: July 6.

Doc Watson’s

French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub

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 O Rick Caswell: 10 p.m. June 30.

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O Noisy Neighbors: June 29-30.

Caesars Windsor

Dorr St. Café Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or O Greg Aranda: June 29.

Three stages — at Shotz Sports Bar, Eclipz Ultra Lounge and Asteria — offer competition for gamblers’ attention. 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. No cover charge, unless noted; guests must be 21 or older. (888) 771-4386 or

Bar 145°

Bitter End Restaurant & Bar If you like your entertainment with a lake view, this may be your spot. 900 Anchor Pointe Road, Curtice. (419) 836-7044 or O Slow Burn: June 29. O Moving to Boise: June 30.



If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Starting ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; at-

Thursday, June 28:

Hey Monea! Hey Monea! has been routing out of Canton, Ohio and touring every part of the east coast for the past 7 years.

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. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. June 26-27 and July 3-4. O Leo Darrington: June 28 and July 5. O Skip Turner Band: 7:30 p.m. June 29-30. O Straight Up: 7:30 p.m. July 6-7.

The Flying Joe A coffee house with wings? Maybe you’ll feel like soaring after a signature mocha. And sometimes … they add a shot of music. 2130 Preston Parkway, Perrysburg. (419) 9310273 or O Taylor & Ashleigh: 8-10 p.m. June 29.

The Distillery


Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays through Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Chris Knopp: June 27. O Arctic Clam: June 29. O Hangovers: June 30.

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or O Wilson, With Knives: 7 p.m. June 28. O Watershed: 9 p.m. June 29. O Sparks the Rescue, Rocky Loves Emily, Aristo, Singularity: 6 p.m. July 2. O Kingsfoil, Ducky & the Vintage, I of Radio: 6 p.m. July 3.

Friday, June 29:

The Junk

A five-piece party band from Port Clinton/Bowling Green Ohio featuring three guitars, bass, drums and vocalists.


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Saturday, June 30:

Andrew Varner Project

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“We have engaged ... the Borg.” — Picard, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

STAR @ the movies ‘Brave’

James A. Molnar, TFP Film Editor:

”This is the first Pixar film with a leading lady and the animation studio does well to take advantage of it. Little girls can look up to her. The story is ripe with mythology and purpose. The movie is fun to watch. The animation, as is the Pixar tradition, is breathtaking at times. Princess Merida’s curly hair is perfectly and precisely animated, the orange-red tufts glowing off the big screen.” Read the full review and watch the trailer: STAR is looking for movie reviews, 50 words or less. Send them via Twitter @ toledofreepress. Watch James’ reviews on Friday mornings on “WNWO Today.” For more:

O Aaron Stark Band, DJ Rob Sample: July 5. O The Homewreckers, DJ Rob Sample, DJ Kay Jay:

Headliners All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or O Bobaflex: June 29. O Toledo Music Festival: June 30. O Pop Evil: July 6.

ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. $5 cover, unless noted otherwise. (419) 246-3339 or O Mike Fisher: 7 p.m. June 29. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. June 30.

JJ’s Pub Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. June 26 and July 3.

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Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. O Andrew & Mark: 6:30 p.m. June 27. O Quick Trio: 6:30 p.m. June 28. O Post Modern Blues Band: 9 p.m. June 29. O Frostbite: 9 p.m. June 30.

Mickey Finn’s Pub A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O Lucero, Robert Ellis: 9 p.m. June 27, $20-$22. O The Composure: 9 p.m. June 28. O Bad Veins, Kansas Bible: 9 p.m. July 6.

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Mutz This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mutz at the Oliver House, 27 Broadway. (419) 243-1302 or O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O Breaking Ground: June 29. O Jeff Stewart: July 6.

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Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O Pocket Vinyl: 10 p.m. June 28. O The F****** Hotlights, Bikini Babes, Chit Chat: 10 p.m. June 29. O Makin’ With the Freak Freak: 10 p.m. June 30. O The Lighthouse & the Whaler, JWC: 10 p.m. July 1. O Mira Loma and the Bad Vibes: 10 p.m. July 4. O F*** Knights, Muddy Udders, the Dead Sun: 10 p.m. July 5. O Little Elephant 1 Year Anniversary: 10 p.m. July 6.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop 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 O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Rocky’s The “hippest little lounge in Toledo” features monthly beer tastings, “Professor Whiteman’s Trivia Challenge” and open mic nights. Live music (Wednesdays and/or Fridays) is typically a mix of southern rock, pop, blues and jazz. 4020 Secor Road. (419) 472-1996. O Shawn Sanders: June 27.


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Woodchucks The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. $3. (419) 241-3045. O My Special Agent, The Strong Talk: June 30. Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or O Rachel Timberlake: June 30.

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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or O Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. O Bob Rex Trio; the Eight-Fifteens: 6 and 10 p.m. Sundays. O Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. O Kentucky Chrome: June 29.

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O Scott Potter Trio: June 29. O MightHaveBen: June 30. O Organized, Tim Tiderman: July 6.

Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of classic rock, R&B and jazz Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellas O CJ and Company: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. O Eddie Molina: 8:30 p.m. Fridays.

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Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Bands start at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or O John Barile and Bobby May: 6 p.m. June 29 and July 6.

Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull Tavern 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855 O June 28: Breaking Ground, 9 p.m. O June 29: Barile & May, 6 p.m.; Steve Mullen Band, 9:30 p.m. O June 30: Pilot Radio, 9:30 p.m. O July 1: Danny Mettler, 7 p.m.

Ye Olde Durty Bird It’s back! And more entertaining than ever, with musicians most Wednesdays through Saturdays. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or O Michael Whitty & Cliff Murphy: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

Zodiac “The Glass City Shakedown” Part 1 Featuring: Monstermane D.T.S. (Dan Tha Saltine), All Day, Karizma, Trouble + other local performances. 8 p.m. June 29. 135 S. Byrne. (419) 705-1122.

Swingmania 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) 708-0265, (419) 8740290 or O Swing Revival Party: 8 p.m. Thursdays, SouthBriar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265. O Big Band All Stars: Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotters Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. O June 22, Maumee Elks Lodge, 139 W. Wayne St., Maumee.

Top of the Park Part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival, these events feature lots of music and the occasional movie. Additional activities for kids (and their adults) are held at nearby locations. 5 p.m. (unless noted), University of Michigan’s Ingalls Mall, East Washington Street near Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor. $3-$5 donation. (734) 994-5999 or

“Your head is not an artifact!” — Riker, to Data, “Star Trek, The Next Generation” Top of the Park (cont.) O The Flutter & Wow, Bearfoot, “Ghostbusters”: June 26. O Sumkali, Noori, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: June 27. O Bill Bynum & Co., the Infamous Stringdusters, “The Big Lebowski”: June 28. O Gwenyth Hayes, Alejandra O’Leary, Tree City & the ContraBand, the Macpodz & Friends, DJ Maxx Makau: June 29. O Roland Remington, Hoodang, Rampage Swing, Orquesta Sensacional, DJ Brian Tomsic: June 30. O Supersonic Music Makers & the Fortytwo, Anna Banana Band, Madcat & Kane, Big Dave Steele & Mike Shimmin, “Jurassic Park”: July 1. O The Ben Daniels Band, Dick Siegel & the Brandos, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: July 3. O Tumbao Bravo, Los Gatos, “Forrest Gump”: July 4. O Lightning Love, Charlie Slick, “Answer This!” July 5. O Taylor Fernandez, Khalid Hanifi, the Saints of Soul, Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, DJ Joey D: July 6.

The Wanna Bees This band is dedicated to career development for the elementary school set, singing songs about days in the life of various professionals. O 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 27, McMaster Center, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or O 4-5 p.m. June 27, Point Place Branch Library, 2727 117th St. Registration: (419) 259-5390 or

Toledo Zoo Amphitheater concerts Performers take the stage near Cheetah Valley. 2700 Broadway. (419) 474-1333 or O Sarah McLachlan: 7:30 p.m. June 27, $36-$70.50. O Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Cracker: 6:30 p.m. July 6, $35-$58.50.

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A summer series that capitalizes on Olander Park’s lake views and natural accompaniment (geese and ducks are known to sing backup). 7 p.m.-dusk June 27, Nederhouser Community Hall, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. $3 parking for non-Sylvania School District residents (or park at nearby Tam-oShanter and walk in). (419) 882-8313 or

Brown Bag Summer Concert Series Grab your ham (or veggie) sammies and listen to some tunes while you nosh. Vendors will be on hand for those who forget to pack. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, north lawn of Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or O Just Kiddin’ Around: June 27.

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lunch to music. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30. Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. O Extra Stout: June 28. O Grapesmugglers: July 5.

Walbridge Park Summer Concert Series Music will ring out across the river. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through July 26, park bandstand, 2761 Broadway St. O Glass City Steel: June 28. O Night Sessions: July 5.

bands, country singers and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, (419) 381-8851, or O Josh Turner: 8 p.m. June 29, $27.50-$41.50. O Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 30, $10. O Bret Michaels: 8 p.m. July 5, $27.50-$67. O Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin. 8 p.m. July 6, $16.50-$25.

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Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-Aug. 23, Commodore Park, Louisiana and Indiana, Perrysburg. (419) 873-2787 or O Gene Parker: June 28.

A local restaurant will be on-site offering nibbles while performers do their thing. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Martin and Kiwanis shelters, Bowling Green City Park, 417 City Park Dr., Bowling Green. (419) 354-6223 or www. O The Connor Rose Show: June 29. O Tapestry: July 6.

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Where other events at this seasonal soiree are free or donation-based, these shows require ducats. University of Michigan, Power Center for the Performing Arts (unless noted otherwise), 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538, (734) 994-5999 or O Nellie McKay, Sneakin’ Out: 8 p.m. June 27, $25. O Rufus Wainwright: 8 p.m. June 30, $30-$50.

This concert series offers tunes at a low price (free, that is, but donations are welcomed) on the bank of the River Raisin. 111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, Mich. (734) 384-9156 or O Wildfire: 7-8:30 p.m. June 28. O Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes: 7-8:30 p.m. July 6.

The track hosts concerts before the evening’s harness races. 5 p.m. Saturdays, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd. (419) 476-7751 or O Mark Mikel Band, Chris Shutters: June 30.

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Musicians play at downtown restaurants as a psych up for August’s River Raisin Jazz Festival. 6-10 p.m. June 28, Monroe Street Grill, 2 W. Front St., Monroe, Mich.; McGeady’s Town Pub, 39 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich.; and 129 Lounge, 129 E. Front St., Monroe, Mich. (734) 457-1030 or

Nature and the Metroparks of Toledo Area’s stately manor house provide the backdrops for this series of outdoor concerts. Picnickers are welcome. Noon-1 p.m. June 29, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, gazebo on the manor house lawn, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 4079700 or

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Star Spangled Banner concert The Academy Brass Quintet will perform patriotic tunes on the lawn of Fort Meigs before the Perrysburg/Maumee fireworks. 8 p.m. July 3, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. (419) 874-4121, (800) 283-8916 (419) 873-2787, or

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Punching bag By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

It was one of those days when Josh Turner was taking life on the chin. “Everything was blowing up in my face, and I just felt like it was me against the world. And I came home that evening and just started venting to my wife about the day that I had,” he recalled. “I told her I felt like a punching bag; I felt like life was beating me up. “And when I said it, it just struck me as a song title, and I felt there would be a lot to write about with that title and that concept.” “Punching Bag,” the country superstar’s fifth studio disc, was released June 12. The first voice heard on the CD belongs to boxing announcer Michael Buffer, who introduces the six-foot-one-inch 175-pounder as “the tornado of testosterone, the boneshaking baritone.” While Turner has never laced up the gloves, he’s a fan of the sport. “I’ve always admired [boxing] from a distance and been a fan of it, but it’s not something that I ever really wanted to do,” he said from Nashville during a phone interview. Since stepping into the country music ring


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with “Long Black Train” in 2003, the knockout has landed a flurry of hits — “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Firecracker,” “All Over Me,” “Me and God” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” The singer-songwriter scores with big hooks and is known for his one-two combination — love songs and inspirational numbers. “Punching Bag” follows that same successful strategy. Turner serves up sweet sentiments with “Left Hand Man,” “Whatcha Reckon,” “Find Me a Baby” and “Good Problem.” “My granddaddy was definitely very romantic at heart, and he kind of bestowed a lot of that upon me,” Turner said. “Every Valentine’s Day, he would be bringing all the women in the family carnations and just always do stuff like that, and it just really made an impression on me on how to treat the women in your life. “I guess you could say I am [a romantic], and I think that shows in a lot of my songs.” His faith also naturally flows into his music. “People think that I’m always trying to make sure that I have the gospel song on my records, and I’ve been trying to explain where I’m coming from on that because it’s not something that I really set out to do,” Turner said. “I’m a Christian; I’m the opposite of being religious. So for me, my faith is a huge part

of who I am, and anybody who knows me knows that. So I think that part of me comes out in my songs, and I feel like if I don’t put those kinds of songs on my records, then I’m doing my fans a disservice and I’m doing myself a disservice because they’re not getting all of me, and I want my fans to get all of me as an artist. “And this particular record, there’s not a gospel slot on this record. We have ‘For the Love of God,’ we have ‘I Was There’ and even with a different kind of slant we have ‘Pallbearer,’ so there’s three different kinds of songs on there that are very spiritual in nature.” Turner will bring that booming voice to Centennial Terrace in Sylvania for an 8 p.m. show June 29. Tickets are $27.50 and $41.50. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Katie Armiger will open. In his corner will be his wife, Jennifer, who plays keyboards in his band, and their sons: Hampton, Colby and Crawford. “There’s definitely musical tendencies with all three of them,” Turner said. “They love to dance when the songs come on; the two oldest ones try to sing along. It’s precious to see children that young get into music like that. “Who knows what they’re going to end up doing one day, but ‘Find Me a Baby’ on this new record features them kind of singing along.” O

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Toledo Music Fest returns to Headliners June 30 By Mike Bauman Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

On June 30, more than 75 artists from across the musical spectrum will perform at Headliners as part of the 2012 Toledo Music Fest. “The cool thing about this event is we try to keep it as local as possible,” said Broc Curry, president and founder of Innovation Concerts, which is putting on the event. “We want bands from basically like a 40-to 50-mile radius. We get hit up from bands all over that are like, ‘Hey, we want to jump on this. Can we come play?’ “We tried to stay away from bringing bands from Cincinnati and Cleveland because we want it to be more of a networking situation for bands.” Among the area artists performing at this year’s Toledo Music Fest are Raine Wilder, Great Lakes Crew, OnceOver, Tropic Bombs, GOLD and The Strong Talk. After a seven-year hiatus, Toledo Music Fest made a successful return in 2011 with more than 70 area artists performing on four different stages at Headliners. “Last year was actually overwhelming,” Curry said. “We actually ended up having too many bands. I had to cut it off at 71 just because there would’ve been no way for us to have enough time for all the acts if we had any more. We had another, like, 20 acts that really wanted on it.” Curry helped put together the first Toledo Music Fest in the late ’90s at Main Event after the idea was brought to him by a member of the band Jank.

“It was a lot of fun,” Curry said. “And then ever since then, it hasn’t been an every year thing, but I’ve probably done it myself six or seven years. And when I wasn’t around, Verso [Group] did it about a couple times also on their own.” Jeremy Lublin, a local veteran of bands Hearsay TAO and We Are The Fury who works with Curry at Innovation Concerts, played Toledo Music Fest in the early days and remembered the sense of community and excitement it brought to the scene. “It was really cool because I think the first show I went to at the Main Event I saw Deftones, and I was like 15- or 16 years old,” Lublin said. “And then, you know, to a year, two years after that be able to play that same stage and have 2,000 people be in Main Event — you know, the patio, and the main bar and the concert room — it was kind of like a dream come true at that point.” Tropic Bombs vocalist Ryan Wayton had a similar experience when his former band Promise of Tomorrow first played Toledo Music Fest in the early 2000s to a crowd of about 2,500 people. “It was awesome to get to play for that many people because we were on the big stage — they call it ‘Main Stage’ — and it was just nice because all these people that never would have seen us before got to see us and we got to get our music out to them,” Wayton said. “What Music Fest is, it’s a really great tool for promotion and also for the fans to find new artists they like because it’s pretty hard to just find local music, unless you feel like going to different bars every night

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seeking it out.” By booking a variety of artists from different genres, Curry wants Toledo Music Fest to provide a platform for local musicians to connect. “It’s really cool just to have everybody come together, and it’s also really cool to see the aftereffects because you kind of see the relationships that are built after the show,” Curry said. With a turnout of approximately 2,000 people at last year’s Toledo Music Fest and an active local music scene, Wayton and Lublin expressed their desire for Toledo Music Fest to be an annual event each summer. “I want people — when they have to work — I want them to take off work every year,” said Wayton, whose band will perform at 11:30 p.m. June 30 on the Main Stage this year.

“I want this to be the thing where they say, ‘There’s no way I’m working because Toledo Music Fest is going on.’ And I think it can get there if enough people promote it, support it [and] enough artists play it.” “I would love to do it every year, and I hope that we can keep doing it every year,” Lublin said. “It’s a shame that it took such a long hiatus.” The 2012 Toledo Music Fest will take place June 30 at Headliners, 4500 N. Detroit Ave. The event will feature a three-stage setup for an all-ages show that starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available through Ticketmaster, Culture Clash Records, RamaLama Records, Shakin’ Street Records, the Headliners box office and all bands performing. For more information, visit innovationconcerts. com or O


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Everything about Mark and Michael Kersey, the twin artists behind Mr. Atomic Studio, is a little bit surrealist. Their colorful artwork, the fact that they’re white-haired twins and even their jokes are both fun and bizarre. “I had a dream and in it, God spoke to me and said, ‘I don’t want it to go to your head, but I’ve decided to make you two the greatest artists in the history of the world,’” said Michael, the older twin. “Did he also say which one of us was gonna be above the other one?” Mark replied. “Yeah, he said me. He was very clear,” Michael said. This kind of banter is commonplace between the twins, whose studio sits atop of several primary-colored stairs in Common Space, an artists’ venue that used to be an elementary school. For 20 years, the twins have operated under the moniker Mr. Atomic, although each does his own painting. Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell the difference between their works, they said. “Nobody’s gonna know unless you tell them,” Michael said. “Sometimes I will lapse into a fine art mode whereas [Mark] does not, meaning [he] keeps almost like a commercial sense to it.” “I like to tell people the great pieces of art are mine and the more average although ambitious pieces are Michael’s,” Mark joked. Jokes aside, Mark said each brother reviews most of the pieces coming out of the studio. “When you see a piece, he or I exclusively worked on it, but we have a shared quality control,” he said. Their work is on display in the lobby of the Hylant Group, 811 Madison Ave. in Downtown Toledo through June 30. Ten percent of sales from that exhibit benefit the Arts Commission. In July, the Kerseys have an exhibit at the ToledoLucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. They will also attend the University of Toledo’s Art on the Mall event on July 29. As children, the Kersey brothers were inspired by pop culture and their art classes. Even the name Mr. Atomic is a throwback. “We’re a product of the ’50s, and in the ’50s that word (atomic) was very prevalent. It crept up in the comic books we read and the science fiction we watched,” Michael said. The pair graduated from Start High School (although they plan on saying they graduated from Harvard or Hollywood High School on their revamped website). After high school, Michael attended the University of Toledo and Mark went to work for Marvel Comics. “It wasn’t really a happy association. I didn’t like being stuck in a room with three other artists where you have personality conflicts. I mean we have them in this room (with his brother). I’d be more peaceful by myself,” Mark said. “You hurt my feelings,” Michael said with a faux pout. Being twins also affected their artwork growing up. “If Mike had been a [non-twin]

‘open window’ by Mr. Atomic brother, he’d be two years older or two years younger and he’d have probably taken a different course and I wouldn’t think necessarily that he’d be working alongside me,” Mark said. “If he went to see a movie, I was there to see that movie, too.” The twins moved to New York City in 1974 and tried to make it big. Although they worked for the Beatles’ Apple Records (and saw George Harrison in the lobby once), they returned to Toledo a year later. “The city can drive you nuts when you’re at the bottom,” Michael said. “We were like a breeze that blew through the downtown corridor and we were gone,” Mark added. Upon returning to Toledo, the pair designed brochures, menus and other materials for advertising agencies and other businesses. However, many advertisers didn’t have much use for illustrators and computers cut into their work, the Kerseys said. “Eventually, the computer and its applica-

tions entered that field and we didn’t want to adapt to that so we came full throttle back into the arts,” Mark said. In 1992, their studio was born and the artists are now celebrating their 20th anniversary with a summer full of art shows and exhibits. The two also recently started selling $35 prints of their paintings, which will be available at art shows this summer. Right now, Michael and Mark are producing a lot of celebrity portraits, including of Bob Dylan and a green-haired Elvis. They are both excited about their current and future exhibits. “Hylant is actually an ideal place to exhibit … It’s airy; there’s a lot of light, the large windows and of course, I think the cobalt blue wall is an excellent backdrop,” Michael said. Mark said the public can expect great things from Mr. Atomic Studio in the near future. “We’re like explorers. We’re always trying to find new expressions to excite ourselves,” he said. For information, visit O

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