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CLUBS: Iranian rockers Hypernova at Mickey Finn’s 4 VIDEO GAMES: Asian culture inspires new games 6 MUSIC: Blind Bobby Smith celebrates new CD 8 IN CONCERT: Herbie Russ plays Maumee River Jazz Series 9 JULY 4: Local fireworks schedule 15 THE PULSE: Events calendar 16 UNI-BROW: Jerry Gray on Bozart’s first anniversary 20 p p Awards w THE WORD I HEARD: Ohio Hip-Hop are coming 22

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The devotion of a rabid fan base is bolstering the [“Twilight”] enterprise right now. But in the long run, the quality of the movies will matter. A hit makes you money now. A classic makes you money for 50 years. The “Twilight” films are, clearly, hits. But classics? McGINNIS on the film versions of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books, page 14


Big bloody deal “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” won’t be overshadowed.

ith more than $1 billion in worldwide box office revenues and more than 100 million books in print, Stephenie

Meyer’s “Twilight” saga has become as potent a franchise as anything that features student wizards, Jedi Knights, Vulcans and grumpy green ogres. As this issue hits stands, hundreds of

Toledoans will line up to see the midnight showings of the latest film and will leave hungry to discuss the film version of their favorite vampire and werewolf saga. Enjoy, Twihards! ✯


Ridiculously dope Iranian quartet Hypernova to bring energy and resonating melodies to Mickey Finn’s. By Mighty Wyte TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

It’s all been done before. We have all either heard or used that phrase at some point and quite often it’s the truth. As far as “rock ‘n’ roll” is concerned, this phrase carries extra weight because there is very little left that hasn’t been done. Enter Hypernova, a ridiculously dope collective of four musicians from Iran that will play Mickey Finn’s on June 30. The show at Finn’s is part of Hypernova’s first headlining tour in support of its new album, “Through The Chaos,” which was released in April. While the backstory of Hypernova is impressive, it would be unjust to omit how damned good its music is ( Granted, indie rock doesn’t hold the lion’s share of the music market; it’s still evolving, growing and becoming less and less of a subgenre. Hypernova may be the band to help push indie music to where it wants to be. Hypernova’s sound isn’t uniquely organic, hypnotic or groundbreaking. However, what

Hypernova offers is something that many people still look for in new rock — energy and melodies that resonate. The Iranian four-piece has a genuine yet modern rock sound and writes songs that command attention. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Raam has an amazing baritone voice. His deep tones and exceptional control are the foundation for the band’s potent lyrical content. Lead guitarist Kodi and bassist Jam embody what rock is. They’ve got the rock look, slick playing style and solid timing. So often, rock bands tend to play the same notes at the same time. While this generates some massively thick sounds, it doesn’t always leave room for counter-melodies or tonal motion. The way the guitars and bass interact keeps each Hypernova joint fluid and engaging. Last, but certainly not least, is Kami, the expressive and nearly inhumanly accurate lefthanded drummer for Hypernova. While the show will be the first time I’ve seen him live, watching him play in the “Fairytales” video and live on other videos it’s clear that what we’re hearing is not a studio derivative; this guy can play. The Hypernova show at Finn’s is the result of

Hypernova is touring in support of its latest CD, “Through The Chaos.” PHOTO COURTESY NARNACK RECORDS/JEFFREY GROSSMAN

ridiculous persistence, years of hard work and some extraordinary luck. “To come to the States we had to apply for visas and that was a difficult task because it’s not easy getting visas when you’re from the Axis of Evil” said frontman Raam in a recent interview. “As artists we’re the good guys, we’re not the bad guys.

When we came here, all we wanted was a shot. “We sent a demo to the South by Southwest festival and a few weeks later we got an e-mail back from them telling us we were selected to showcase. We went to Dubai to visit the American Embassy so we could get visas. ■ HYPERNOVA CONTINUES ON 5

“IF I ASKED YOU TO DO SOMETHING, WOULD YOU TRUST ME?” — Edward • TOLEDOFREEPRESS.COM / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010 ■ 5 ■ HYPERNOVA CONTINUED FROM 4 “After months of waiting for work petitions we had an interview and were denied the visas because we couldn’t prove we were a legitimate band. The problem is, there is no way to prove you’re a legitimate band when you’ve spent your music career trying to hide!” It was shortly after being denied visas that Hypernova received its first bit of good fortune. People handling work visas and immigration in the states learned of the situation and forwarded the issue to New York State Representative Chuck Schumer, who promptly faxed a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Dubai. “We went in for a second interview and they didn’t even interview us, they just gave us the visas and told us we had a very powerful fan in the states,” Raam laughed. “We were just crazy kids with a dream of coming to America to perform in New York. We came here not knowing what to expect. We didn’t even know how to do a proper sound check, we never played on a real stage before.” Hypernova’s lack of “proper” experience wasn’t for a lack of skill or talent, it was because as rock musicians in Iran they had to stay buried in the underground and stay hidden. “We missed the South by Southwest festival because of the delayed visas but we came to New York and played one show. It was a shitty venue on a shitty night and we really didn’t expect all of the attention we got. We were quite overwhelmed by it,” Raam said. “I understand the human interest part of the story as people haven’t heard bands from the underground of Iran. The way the media sometimes depicts our country and our culture, it’s not as accurate as one would believe.”

Hypernova, a group of native Iranians, has been touring the U.S. for three years. PHOTO COURTESY NARNACK RECORDS/JEFFREY GROSSMAN

The overwhelming attention Hypernova attracted included a New York Times interview that “exploded.” “We were only supposed to stay a few weeks and go back home. We hadn’t even said proper good-byes to our friends and family,” Raam said. “We really didn’t feel like we deserved the attention because our music really sucked when we first came here, it was quite overwhelming.” As Hypernova continued to play shows and

gain fans, they continually extended their visas. Three years later Hypernova is the first band from Iran to get signed and tour across the United States. According to Raam, “It’s been a wild journey.” “When we first came to the States, I would have given us a 1 out of 100, now I’d give us a 10!” Raam laughed. “We worked so hard to get here, we don’t take anything for granted.” Even if our journey ends today, we’d still be the happiest

people on the planet.” When asked about Hypernova’s success, Raam said, “It’s the American Dream, but it’s also the American way. If you want to become successful you have to earn it. That’s what we’ve been doing, we’ve been grinding it out, we’ve had lots of ups and downs, and we’ve had a lot of bad things happen, but it’s all part of the journey.” It is hard work being on the road and constantly touring for three years. “It’s the greatest drug, there’s so much freedom just being on the road,” Raam said. ‘You’re in this complete state of bliss where you’re just waiting for the next show and just taking things as they come and just really enjoying the moments that make up your life.” While touring the United States and playing shows in different cities every night sounds like a dream, Raam said, “I’ve never been poorer, but I’ve also never been happier.” Despite the poor economy and hit-or-miss shows from city to city, Raam said, “Every night we play in front of 10,000 people in our minds!” What’s the best part of realizing your dreams? What is the most amazing thing about making it to the States, touring with your band for years, playing shows for thousands of screaming fans and the freedom that comes with all of that? According to Raam, it’s “the girls!” “The women are the best part of this whole thing. That’s how most of my bandmates have learned how to speak English; it’s all the girlfriend’s they’ve had,” Raam laughed. What’s more rock ‘n’ roll than that? ✯ The doors for the Hypernova show open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Asian culture inspires new games By Michael Siebenaler TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

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Check out these high-quality games for unique challenges and content from Asian cultures. “Fragile Dreams — Farewell Ruins of the Moon” (XSeed Games) Intrigue, mood and a solid d story make this highly in-volving one player Nintendo o Wii exclusive game stand d apart from other role-playingg action games. As a survivorr named Seto, players encounterr a haunted world in some im-mense cinematic-style envi-ronments perfect for explora-tion. Help this 15-year-old linkk memories together to discoverr background subplots. Playerss have plenty of time to enjoyy the amazing graphics, but thee control interface needs somee smoothing. Screen brightness and conntrol options are important as players cycle through a flashh light, weapon or proximity sensor with the remote and move with the nunchuk control stick. The controls can be challenging without referencing the helpful manual or memorizing schemes.

Backtracking missions can also frustrate unless players are prepared to progress to future missions, including a hide-and-go seek game. The beginning dialogue might lead players to believe the game might be “lost in translation,” but it is easily overcome after discovering the context and background. Once players have the layy of the land, this postp y apocalyptic world provide ap a great escape, enhanced by b a strong musical score and a different lighting scenarios where players must n strategize their flashlight s use. English, French and u Japanese language and diJa alogue text speed options a are a available (***, rated T for f animated blood, fantasy violence, suggestive t themes and alcohol and t tobacco reference). t “Sin and Punishment: Star S Successor” (Nintendo) Players can visit another amazing post-apoco alyptic l pti world ld in i this th outstanding Nintendo Wii exclusive third-person shooter. The graphics impress (the game cover art alone is enough) and the two-player cooperative control option is even better. ■ GAMES CONTINUES ON 7


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The two hero characters, a young human soldier named Isa and human-looking recon alien Kachi, each have unique skills to battle endless enemies among the fight between two worlds — inner space and outer space. Choose from four controller options including the Wii Zapperr accessory — perfect forr this non-stop shoot ‘em m up, which has close-rangee and distance attacks with h helpful color schemes so o players can easily identifyy who is shooting who. Concentrate on thee weapons, combination at-tacks and multipliers forr high scores while shootingg everything in sight. The lock on option is handyy while movement and terrrain choices are also imporrtant. Footraces are fine, but ut the jetpack and hoveringg skateboard options add even n more visual enhancement as players take to the sky for better attack angles or strategic evasion moves. The numerous boss levels include bonuses for speed, remaining health and earned medals. This sci-fi action game, the longawaited sequel to the Japanese Nintendo 64 cult classic, also features auto-save checkpoints and an online international leader

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Russ to play Maumee River Jazz Series At the school he studied classical music, blues and jazz. After graduating, he got the attention of a Vegas-style band. They needed a saxophone Millions of people have heard Herbie Russ player to replace their old one, who also sang. sing, they just don’t know it. That’s because Russ Russ looked like their former band member. “You gotta sing at least two songs and we’ll has sung in commercials for a number of comhire ya’,” Russ remembers panies, including AT&T, them saying. Chevrolet and Ford. He So without receiving any also sang the theme for formal training or voice lesthe new Comerica Park sons, he began singing in in Detroit. the band. Russ began playing “I’m not sure if Ray saxophone in grade Charles or Otis Redding school. While playing in did either,” he said. his school band in sixth He got his start grade, his band director singing in commernoticed he had learned cials by another stroke how to improvise — Russ Herbie of luck. He was playing could turn on the radio on playing two horns at once. sax for someone else’s and play along with it. recording and the studio The director put engineer got him to record him in the high school jazz band before Russ had even entered high a car dealership commercial after hearing him school. He was the only performer in the group sing into the microphone to check it. Since then, he has recorded several CDs and who could improvise, so the director started numerous commercials. writing arrangements around his solos. Russ said he looks forward to his performance That was when Russ knew he wanted to be a in Toledo, where he will play saxophone and sing. full-time musician. The band director encouraged Russ’ par- He said he might play two horns at once. “You have a big mouth and a lot of hot air, ents to send him to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, a boarding high school you can do stuff like that,” he said. Russ will perform at the Maumee River Jazz designed for students interested in pursuing Series on June 30. ✯ careers as artists. By Betsy Woodruff



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Like many 17-year-old girls, Michelle Pan loves the “Twilight” saga. Unlike most of them, however, she has started a successful fan site (, been to the premieres of all three “Twilight” films in Los Angeles, and written a book on the series. Pan started reading the series in 2006 as a school summer reading project. Her teacher gave her a list of books and told her to pick one that sounded interesting. She chose “Twilight.” “I was immediately hooked!” she said. That October, she started the website. It receives 200,000 to 300,000 unique visitors every month — more around the times of the movie releases, Pan said. Because of the site’s popularity, she was invited to interview the films’ cast and crew at the red carpet premiere of the “Twilight” films and to sit on a panel of fan site owners at a “Twilight” convention in Dallas last year. She has a staff to help maintain the site. When “Twilight” news breaks while she is in school, they update it for her. She said she can still spend several hours a day working on the site, especially on weekends. It features a variety of content, including exclusive interviews with cast members, fan art, wallpapers and news updates. Pan said it was one of the first fan sites created. She has also written a book called “Bella Should Have

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PAN Dumped Edward: Controversial Views on the Twilight Series.” Pan compiled fans’ answers to more than 20 controversial questions (Which “Twilight” saga book is the worst? Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? Should Bella have ended up with Edward or Jacob?) She also wrote her own answers to the questions. And for the record, she said she thinks Bella made the right choice by choosing Edward. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders. ✯

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Michelle Pan: We hear you’re being credited as a producer for “Breaking Dawn.” What is your involvement in the movie? Stephenie Meyer: You know, probably very similar to what it was with “Eclipse.” I’ve become more and more involved with each movie, I think just as Summit’s gotten really comfortable with me, because we’re all friends now, we all hang out, we all discuss it together. I think it’s kind of scary, the idea of an author coming in with a movie

studio — think, they’re gonna want to have everything a certain way, they’re gonna be difficult. And I think it means I’m not difficult, that they keep letting me work with them. So this is kind of just an on-paper thing, because I’ve really been sort of producing on the last one. I’m excited to be involved with all the casting on this one; casting is my favorite part. Casting is fun. MP: “Breaking Dawn” will be split into two movies. Where do you think that split might happen? SM: My personal opinion is that it has to be when she opens her eyes and they’re red. Because I feel like that moment is so full, anything you do right after that’s going to be anticlimactic. So you stop there and you save all of what it’s like to be a vampire for the next movie. MP: You just came out with a new book, about Bree. Why did you pick Bree out of all the characters? SM: As it often happens, Bree sort of picked me. When I was working on “Eclipse,” years — this is before Twilight

came out, this is a long time ago — my editor was kind of saying, okay, tell me what happens, what happens in Seattle, why is this happening. She was very confused, because it was confusing; we needed to straighten it out a little bit. So I started thinking about what they were doing, and because I had named Bree, she was the one that sort of started telling the story. MP: So what are you working on currently? SM: You know, the movies actually take up a ton of time, so mostly I’m working on scripts. Like, you know, we do a lot of versions, and so every script that comes out, you go through, you do your notes, we meet, we talk about it. I’m also working on the guide, sometimes, which, it’s slow, you know, writing a dictionary. I don’t recommend that, but I think there’s gonna be a lot of really good back stories, fun things, you know, Alice, everyone wants to know what happens to Alice, right? So I think that’ll be really cool. ✯

1.) What river is visible from Edward’s bedroom? a. Calawah River b. Sol Duc River c. Hoh River d. Bogachiel River

7.) How did Edward’s parents die? a. Spanish influenza b. Cholera c. Murder d. Vampire attack

2.) Who is the first student that talks to Bella at Forks High School? a. Angela Weber b. Mike Newton c. Jessica Stanley d. Eric Yorkie

8.) Whose gift does Bella cut her finger on in “New Moon”? a. Jasper’s b. Alice and Edward’s c. Esme’s d. Rosalie and Emmett’s

3.) According to the Twilight movie, how old was Bella the last time she spent Christmas in Forks? a. Eight b. Five c. Four d. Twelve 4.) Which tribe member imprints on Emily Young’s niece, Claire? a. Embry Call b. Quil Ateara c. Jacob Black d. Seth Clearwater

9.) What is the name of the chapter in “Breaking Dawn” in which Bella gives birth? a. “There are no words for this” b. “Waiting for the damn fight to start already” c. “Tick Tock Tock Tock Tick Tock” d. “Good thing I’ve got a strong stomach” 10.) Why does Carlisle stitch up Bella’s hand in “Eclipse?” a. She fell down the stairs b. She was shoved into a pile of glass c. She punched a werewolf d. She was bitten by a vampire

5.) Who saves Bella from drowning after she dives from a cliff in “New Moon”? a. Edward Cullen b. Victoria c. Alice Cullen d. Jacob Black

11.) Who invades Bella’s bedroom in “Eclipse”? a. Jacob b. Riley c. Aro d. Victoria

6.) Who was turned into a vampire after being burned at the stake? a. Jane b. Aro c. Edward d. Alice

12.) Where did Bella and Edward’s wedding take place? a. The Cullen house b. Isle Esme c. Seattle d. A hotel in Phoenix

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” PHOTO BY KIMBERLEY FRENCH / SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT



Allen, of Bowling Green, saw the first “Twilight” film eight times in theaters. She only saw “New Moon” twice, though, so she would be more excited about the DVD release. “I didn’t want to ruin that feeling!” she said. Some of her friends are also “Twilight” lovers. Once they watched an entire show just to see the “Twilight” previews. They also record anything that comes on TV about the series and watch it over and over again. Allen once spent an entire school vacation reading “New Moon.” “I remember my dad getting so mad because all I would do was read,” she said. Some of her friends tease her for being such a huge fan. “They call me a nerd, but I’m proud of it,” she said. Her mom is also a “Twilight” fan. Both are members of a minority group that believes Bella should have chosen Jacob instead of Edward. “I told her, I was like, ‘Mom, he’s way too young for you!’” she said. She saw “New Moon” in theaters with her mom and best friend. Allen said her mom was glued to the screen through the wholee movie. She added that when en the pack of werewolves came me onscreen with their shirts off, her mom said, “Shush, the wolfpack’s on, don’t talk to me!” e!” Allen said her older sister wants nothing to do with “Twilight” and her father ther does not understand why they like the series. “He just thinks it’s weird,” she said. “He just ust rolls his eyes.” Another fan, Beth th Sander of Sylvania, was as incredulous when her er young daughter told d her she needed to read d “Twilight.” “I thought she wass nuts,” Sander said. “I couldn’t understand why she even enjoyed it.” The premise seemed ridiculous: A clumsy, homely girl and a handsome young vampire named Edward Cullen fall in love. Sander thought vampire books were for horror buffs, not teenage girls.

The Devotees

Three months ago, 21-year-old Brittany Allen bought tickets to the midnight showing of “Eclipse.” She describes herself as a “hardcore twihard” — a diehard fan of the “Twilight” series. She’s not the only one. Fans like her fuel a hugely successful film franchise; according to Box Office Mojo, the first “Twilight” film made more than $190 million in North America and its sequel, “New Moon,” earned nearly $300 million. “It’s kind of like an epidemic,” Allen said.


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Her friend Sally Russ, 61, shared Sander’s skepticism. “It was for teenagers, and I had nothing in common much with teenagers,” she said. “I thought, what could I be interested in with their book?” Despite their initial disdain for its subject matter, Sander read the th first book and Russ saw the firrst film. And just like Jacob fell for An Bella, they fell for the series. Bella Since then, Russ has read Si each of the four books in the series about five times. Each serie reading takes about two days. read ““I become addicted and don’t want to stop,” she said. don Sander has read each book in the series two or three times and spread the word tim about “Twilight” to many of abo her friends. he Her co-worker Julie Beam started reading the Be books because of Sander’s b recommendation. She said re she liked them immediately sh aand liked them even more the second time. She has seen each movie more than 10 times. These fans’ enthusiasm goes beyond reading the books and watching the films, though.


The love story — not the hot young movie stars or the media hype — keeps these fans devoted to the series. “Edward loves Bella so much,” Sander said. “He would do anything for her.” Russ agreed. “I read the book and I was hooked,” she said. “It was the wonderful love story, and it was so innocent, and I think it’s how every woman would like to be treated — and yet it was a story, it was a wonderful story.”

Why ‘Twilight?’

each DVD. She starts planning for the party months in advance. Beam helps her. They said they love finding the perfect decorations for the parties on eBay and the Internet. The parties have featured red Jell-O shots labeled with blood types, twinkling lights (just like at Bella’s birthday party), lots of posters, bowls of apples reminiscent of the first book’s cover, Red Truck wine (because Bella’s dad has one), goody bags for the guests and, of course, a showing of the film. Sander plays the movie on two TVs so all the guests can get a good view. At the first party, Sander wore a black cape, vampirestyle. Her costume was incomplete, though. “We couldn’t find good fangs anywhere,” she said. Between 20 and 30 people have attended each party. Many of the fans buy “Twilight”-themed T-shirts to SANDER wear to parties and the movie theater. Sander’s says “Peace, Love, Twilight.” She also has a sweatshirt that says “Isle Esme,” after one of the vampires in the series. Beam has a T-shirt with the symbol of the pack of werewolves. Russ started getting ready for the midnight showing of “Eclipse” in March when she attended Sander’s party for the “New Moon” release. At the party, she got a temporary tattoo that said “Bite Me” with a heart around it. Russ saved it to wear to the first showing of “Eclipse.”

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She said that the books helped her deepen her appreciation for the romantic aspects of her relationship with her husband. “I think that it’s because I’ve read the books so many times that maybe I’m more aware that I’m holding his hand in a more romantic way than I was,” she said. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. “I don’t know if he would say I’m any different, but I feel like I’m a little different,” she said. Allen said she agreed that the love story was the reason for the series’ popularity. Despite the story’s fantastic elements, like dueling vampires and werewolf packs, she said she thinks readers understand the romantic challenges Bella faces. Michelle Pan, who runs the popular fan site www., said many readers can relate to Bella, an average high schooler who is not particularly popular or pretty. “I think a lot of girls can identify with that and put themselves in Bella’s shoes,” she said. The books’ suspense also keeps readers interested, according to Pan. “You never know what’s going to happen next,” she said. Allen agreed. “You’re always on the edge of your seat,” she said. The books’ intergenerational appeal has also drawn some families closer together. Allen said sharing a passion for the stories with her mom has helped the two grow closer. Beam said she takes her daughters to see the movies, though she will watch the next two movies before them to make sure they are appropriate. ✯


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‘Twilight’ takes a stab at comics Though the “Twilight” saga has encompassed just about every aspectt of popular media as its predecessor juguggernaut, the “Harry Potter” franchise, ise, the vampires have now spread their eir spore to one arena the Hogwarts stuudents have not: comic books. Early rly this year, Yen Press released Volume me 1 of a graphic novel adaptation of the he first “Twilight” novel. It is hard to imagine that “Twiilight” diehards wouldn’t want to at least crack the coffin lid on this beau-tiful little hardcover. A few things it has going for it include full approvall by author Stephenie Meyer, who o “supervised each and every ery page” and lush art by Korean n illustrator Young Kim. The style is manga-esquee — for those of you not fa-miliar with manga, it’s thee dominant form of comicss in the Eastern world, most st prominently in Japan. It has a unique style, kind nd of an idealized translaation of American comics ics and “Twilight: The Graphic hic Novel” is, for the most part, art, a manga. Readers can expect ect characters with big eyes and a visual language, including ding lots of symbolism, which h is particular to the style. In this first volume, ume, Young covers about half lf off “Twilight, “T l h ” and d adapts the story fairly faithfully and straightfor-

L ward. ward d. No surprises here; Meyer’s Meye fans will find the story they’re familiar milia with, including dialogue and characters. acte Young’s art will at times make you linger ling on certain pages, especially when she illustrates the forests around the city of Forks. Be warned: there are no actors’ F likenesses and the art is mostly in blacks like and whites and grays — Young’s use of color col is strictly sporadic and used for impact, such as in dream sequences or im when wh Bella enters the forest. This is highly recommended for “Twilight” completists but also for “T manga fans in general and followers m of o media who may be fascinated by the translation of one genre to another — as tra well ll as one culture to another. ✯ — Jim Beard

15-year-old director filming vampire flick Fifteen-year-old Toledo native Albert Bryant recently began rehearsals for his debut film “Vampire Chick.” The horror short will soon begin shooting at the Collingwood Arts Center as well as the property of family and friends. Bryant began his path to success as a client of the Make-A-Wish Foundation with one dream — to meet renowned acting coach and “Scream Queens” judge John Homa. Homa is the exclusive acting coach for the daytime soap opera BRYANT “General Hospital.” Bryant live with a form of Mitochondrial Myopathy, a muscular disorder that can cause muscle weakness, muscle cramping, fatigue, lack of endurance and poor balance. He has appeared in a number of local theater productions, as well as multiple regional commercials for Make-A-Wish. Bryant will next appear with Make-A-Wish at the Lucas County Fairgrounds on July 3. “John Homa told me if you want to make a movie, just make a movie. I first got the idea

Quality eclipsed

for “Vampire Chick” while working on another script last summer. I originally wrote like 86 pages, but cut it down to around 25 due to budget concerns. We’re making this whole project for around $140.” Bryant said. “The hardest aspect of the production has been our casting. We cast our lead because we love her acting abilities. I think chemistry is what makes movies — building character relationships and, as a director, being dedicated and loving what you’re doing,” A number of Bryant’s cast members were taken from the Children’s Theater Workshop at 2417 Collingwood Blvd. The film is being shot by Bryant’s uncle and is set to wrap principal photography before July 1. “One of my greatest influences as a filmmaker is Alfred Hitchcock; there was a man who was just ahead of his time,” Bryant said. “When I finish the film I plan on sending it to John Homa, just to see what he thinks, and maybe make a longer version, maybe do a benefit screening for the Children’s Theater Workshop.” The Toledo Make-A-Wish chapter can be reached at (419) 244-9474. ✯ — John Dorsey

ast fall, I wrote a column for the Free Press in which I asked myy fellow geeks g if we could ease off ff on the hatred expressed toward d ““Twilight” fans. I got a lot of responses tto that column, mainly from admirers m rs of the books, thanking o king me for my support. m I hope those same ame ffans will not begrudge udge me on writing this m ccolumn on the movies vies themselves — why they’re not nearly as good as they could be, and how JEFF they could be better. It cannot be denied nied that the films based d on Stephenie Meyer’s series have been panned d by critics, by and large. The first film garnered a mere 50 percent approval rate on critic consensuss site The sequell “New Moon” could only muster half that. This has nothing to do with the original books, either — even the critics who claimed that they admired the original Meyer work found plenty of reasons to grumble and complain about the film versions. And those who hated the books, well, we can guess their reaction. That lackluster response extends to the general populace, as well. The pop culture landscape is filled with people who either adore the “Twilight” movies or adore tirelessly ripping them to pieces. But, hey, all art has its detractors, right? And despite the critics’ drubbing, both of the first two movies have done amazingly well at the box office, right? So, it’s clear that the fans themselves are loving them, right? So, what’s the problem? “Is it high art? No. But it’s not trying to be.” So said Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter for the “Twilight” films, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Over the course of the article, Rosenberg — a writer whose previous credit was working on the much-celebrated Showtime series “Dexter” — seems almost apologetic about her role in the pop-culture phenomenon. Asked about the critical response to the films, Rosenberg responded, “It sinks in a lot more than the praise. It speaks to the inner demons that say I’m a hack anyway. I have to not listen to it. “You’re not wondering if the fans will show up. They will,” she added. But, see, that might be the problem.

When you act like you know that a specifi c ggroup p p of fans will support you no matter w what you do, it really doesn’t inspire you to doe work harder and try to wo make something great. ma The impression Rosenberg’s remarks give is, be “Hey, “H no matter what, the th gullibles will show up, so what do we care up if it’s it any good?” It doesn’t have to be like that. A movie doesn’t have to be do “high art” to be great. “ I firmly believe that with w a little more care and a effort, it is fully possible for any kind p of movie to satisfy its core fan base, and also co aappeal to a much llarger audience. For an example of that, you only have to look yo to the series that “Twilight” is constantly comligh pared to: “Harry Potter.” J.K. Rowling’s books may have been written with a young adult audience in mind, but the richness of their narrative and characters, and her endlessly entertaining writing style, made them beloved to individuals of all ages. The movie versions of Rowling’s work have been well-received by critics certainly been better than “Twilight,” and the general populace has embraced them to an amazing degree. There are plenty of prime examples from pop culture of works that held remarkable appeal for their so-called “intended audience,” and yet reached far beyond that audience. These are the works that endure over time. “Lord of the Rings.” “Star Wars.” “Star Trek.” Pixar’s movies. The best Disney animated films. “The Wizard of Oz.” All classics. All will be watched for generations to come. “Twilight” clearly doesn’t belong in that category. The devotion of a rabid fan base is bolstering the enterprise right now. But in the long run, the quality of the movies will matter. A hit makes you money now. A classic makes you money for 50 years. The “Twilight” films are, clearly, hits. But classics? Certainly not. And if Rosenberg’s attitude is shared by others working on the series, that may be an indication of why. You’re certainly not a hack, Melissa. But maybe you would be well served to listen to criticism every now and again. ✯




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JUNE 30 – JULY 7, 2010

What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

FOURTH OF JULY 18th Annual Salute to America: Fireworks, both in the sky and from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will celebrate independence. 6-10 p.m. July 1-4, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $14-$27; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or

Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks: A “venetian” boat parade, battle of the bands contest, Taste Toledo culinary festival and entertainment by Hotel California, Draw the Line, the Toledo Symphony and 338th Army Band are planned. July 2-4, Promenade Park, Water Street, Downtown, west bank of the Maumee River. $3.

Turn for Troops: Wine, Wickets & Wheels: Professionals, families and the community are invited to take up mallets to raise funds for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Collectible cars will shine noon-6p.m. July 3. Corks will pop 3-10 p.m. July 3 when adults are invited to try different varieties and bid on their favorites ($10 for three glasses; $100 for auction, 5-10 p.m.). And the Toledo Symphony’s concert band will wrap up the weekend with a patriotic show, 2-3:30 p.m. July 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1-4, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $3-$7.50. (419) 3322081, (800) 998-7737 or

July 4 camp-out: An ice cream social will be held to celebrate the country’s independence and a live eagle will be a guest of honor. Also, a moonlight movie will be shown. July 2-3, Mary Jane Thurston State Park, 1466 Route 65, McClure. $19-$21 to stay overnight. (419) 348-7679, (419) 832-7662 or

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Erie treasure hunt (5 p.m. July 3; $3). July 2-4, 1400 State Park Road, Oregon. (419) 8361466, (419) 836-7758 or (419) 836-9117.

The proprietors of this woodworking shop hope to send 500 hand-turned pens to servicemen and women stationed overseas in November. Beginners to experts can contribute, use the store’s lathes to participate and sign cards to accompany the gifts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or

Maumee Community Picnic & Fireworks Show: Brats, hot dogs and ice cream; live music from Johnny Rodriguez; kids’ games; and an explosive ending. 5 p.m. July 3, 100 block of East Wayne Street, Maumee.

Sylvania Star Spangled Celebration: The patriotic blast will highlight music, dancing and kids’ activities. 7 p.m.-midnight July 3, Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. $3-$5; $5 parking. (419) 882-1500 or

July 4 at Maumee Bay State Park:

1813 Independence Celebration:

Movies, a bike parade and ice cream social are planned, and kids 4-10 can take part in a Lake

Get a taste of freedom, 1813-style, with cannon firings, music, demonstrations, hands-on activities

for children and an 18-gun national salute. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 3 and noon-5 July 4, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. $4-$8. (419) 874-4121, (800) 283-8916 or

Bronze Boar: Old-Fashioned 4th of July: History will come to life, complete with Independence Day celebrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 3 and 5; noon-4p.m. July 4, Sauder Village, 22611 Route 2, Archbold. $7.50-$14.50. (800) 590-9755 or



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 ✯ John Barile & the High Country Ramblers: July 2, no cover ✯ Midnight Special: 7 p.m. July 3, $5. ✯ Video DJ Trip: After the July 4 fireworks. ✯ Doug Allen & the Chicago Mob: July 9, no cover ✯ Second annual RibRage: 4 p.m. July 10; $15$20, includes cover for “Johnny Cash Forever,” 7 p.m. ($5 show only).

The Blarney Irish Pub: Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or ✯ Rick Whited: July 1. ✯ Pilot Radio: July 2. ✯ Hey Monea! July 3. ✯ Ronn Daniels: 9 p.m.-midnight July 4.

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Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www. ✯ Dan “Mudfoot” Hubbs, Jack Schlib: 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 12.

Caesars Windsor: If you have your passport, 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 ✯ Russell Peters: 9 p.m. July 3, $49. ✯ Counting Crows: 8 p.m. July 8, $30.

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“DO YOU REALLY HAVE ANY IDEA HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE TO ME?” — Edward • TOLEDOFREEPRESS.COM / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010 ■ 17 Centennial Terrace: This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, or ✯ The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7-10:30 p.m. June 30, $8. ✯ Moe, Umphrey’s McGee: 7 p.m. July 7, $23. ✯ Ekoostik Hookah: July 9, $15-$20. ✯ 1964, the Tribute: 8 p.m. July 10, $29.50.

The Distillery: Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or ✯ Greg Aranda: June 30. ✯ DJ Brandon: July 1. ✯ Nine Lives: July 2. ✯ Earregulars: July 3. ✯ Ben Barefoot, Frankie May: July 6. ✯ Tony & Lyle: July 7. ✯ 56 Daze: July 9. ✯ Swagg: July 10.

Dooley Wilson: 9 p.m. July 1. ✯ It Prevails, Close Your Eyes, Heart of Gold, Seasons, the Farther I Fall: 5 p.m. July 2. ✯ CL1, First Offensive: 9 p.m. July 2. ✯ The Nailheads, Larry Love, Yeti Machete, Tres Negros: 9 p.m. July 8. ✯ Extra Extra, the Dead Records, Matt Truman Ego Trip, Lucian Townes, After the Fact: 9 p.m. July 9, $3-$5.


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Mix your beans with some music for an eclectic brew. Open mic on Monday nights. 2636 W. Central Ave. (419) 671-6272 or www. ✯ Toledo Flows, Vocal Ink: 8-10 p.m. July 1. Weekly concerts will pierce the summer ✯ Stately Mane: 8-9 p.m. July heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Commodore 2. Park, Louisiana and Indiana.(419) 873✯ New Works Writers Series: 2787 or 10-11 a.m. July 3 and 11 a.m. ✯ The Roman Griswold Blues Band: July 4. ✯ Risa, Story time drama July 1. class: 2-3 p.m. July 7. ✯ Village Voice Poetry Cafe: Thosefellas. 7-11 p.m. July 8. ✯ Michael Adams: 7-9 p.m. July 9. ✯ Steven Guerrero, Doug Johns: 8-9 p.m. July 10.

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Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or ✯ Black Diamond Heavies, the Falling Spikes,

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

Maumee calls artists and crafters to summer fair There’s still room for artists and crafters who want to display and sell art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at Maumee Summer Fair. Vendors will pay $65 for the space and should bring their own tables, said Brenda Clixby, fair director. Clixby said about 18,000 people and about 100 artists and crafters usually come to the fair. Artists and crafters sell paintings, jewelry, wood

crafts, yard art, doll clothes and metal art — “it’s across the board,” she said. The fair will also include live bands, a kid’s fun zone, a classic car show, a parade and Taste of Maumee, where local restaurants will serve food. Interested artists and crafters should call (419) 893-5805 or visit www. ✯ — Mary Petrides

✯ Lost Angels, Saturnine Hello: 8 p.m. July 1. ✯ DGAF, Mars, the DRP: 9 p.m. July 3. ✯ August Burns Red, MyChildren MyBride: 6

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p.m. July 6, $15-$17.

J. Patrick’s Restaurant & Pub: Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. FridaysSaturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or ✯ Jackpot: July 2-3. ✯ BrookeLynn: July 9-10.

Manhattan’s: This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or ✯ Noah Leibel Trio: 6 p.m. July 1. ✯ Noteworthy: July 2. ✯ Toledo School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble: 6 p.m. July 6. ✯ Quick Trio: 6 p.m. July 8. ✯ Vytas & His Electric Outfit: July 9. ✯ Buddy Boy Slim: July 10.

Mickey Finn’s: 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. ✯ Hypernova: 9 p.m. June 30. ✯ Lyle Exile: 9 p.m. July 1. ✯ Pappa’s Six Strings: 9 p.m. July 2. ✯ Rook and Little Villain: 9 p.m. July 3. ✯ Pepper Rabbit, Candy Claws, Great Uncle: 9 p.m. July 5. ✯ America’s Delusional Dream, Great Lakes Crew: 9 p.m. July 9. ✯ Mike Scott + More: 9 p.m. July 10.

No woodworking experience is necessary to make pens at Woodcraft’s Turn for Troops Jumpstart event during July 4th weekend. In the past two years, the Toledo store — one of about 80 Woodcraft stores in the country — sent more than 400 handmade pens to soldiers overseas. This year, the goal is to send more than 500. The store will host another pen-making event near Veterans Day in November, then send all the pens to Woodcraft headquarters in West Virginia. Soldiers will receive them in time for Christmas. Store owners John and Carroll Nystrom will have the pen blanks prepared for the weekend. Customers can stop by during the weekend and turn the blanks on a lathe, carving them to the right shape, then assemble the rest of the pen. It should take about 20 minutes per pen, John Nystrom said. Pen makers are asked to write a brief note to the soldiers who will be receiving the pens. Pens are made from any type of wood, usually pieces left over from other woodworking projects, but John Nystrom said he tries to include some pens made from a particular kind of wood — a South American variety called purple heart. Nystrom said the military recipients try to give purple heart pens to soldiers who have earned Purple Hearts. The event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4. Woodcraft is located at 5311 Airport Hwy. ✯ — Mary Petrides



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✯ Karaoke with The Georgia Peach: Wednesdays. ✯ Retro Night with DJ Rage: Thursdays.

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Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or ✯ Blind Bobby Smith & Princess Tiona: July 2, Peristyle Terrace.

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emanated Pozzo’s air of wealth and superiority. As Pozzo barked orders at Lucky, DeChristopher’s yelling and unflinching expression made the audience despise him. DeChristopher impressively switched between happiness, anger, frustration and tears. In “Waiting for Godot,” many questions are unanswered. Who is Godot? Why do Vladimir, Estragon and Lucky not have any free will? Some scholars argue that Pozzo and Lucky represent the Devil and Christ, while others view them as an extreme version of Estragon and Vladimir’s relationship. The cast made their audience ponder these characters and the absurdity of life. Glacity Theatre Collective stages edgy and thought provoking plays. Its 2010/2011 season begins on September 24, with “fig. 1,” a new play by Mark Evans Bryan. ✯ — Chad Meredith Hayes home becomes a stage for this free series of seasonal performances, preceded by ice cream socials. Bring your own seats! 6:45-8 p.m. July 7, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or

Sunset Serenades: Bob Wurst. Music will waft over the lake as the sun sets. 7 p.m.-dusk July 7, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. $3 parking for nondistrict residents. (419) 8828313 or


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Rally in the Alley: Adults can celebrate the end of the workweek with live music, food and drinks. 5-8 p.m., Latham Courtyard, Findlay. www. ✯ Crowd of Beggars: July 9.

The Happy Badger: This store/cabaret will be raising funds for the Hunt family, who lost their home in the June 6 storms and had no insurance. The proceeds from a series of concerts will assist them. 331 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-0706 or www. ✯ Katie Sardasky, Ben Barefoot: 6-8 p.m. July 9. ✯ Anthony Two Feather: 1-3 p.m. July 10.

Howard’s Club H: Summer Concert Series: Open air shows on Saturday nights. Sounds like summer to me. 6 p.m. Saturdays, Glyn Smith Amphitheater, Ottawa Park. ✯ Groovemaster: July 10.

Fallen Timbers car shows and concerts: Fins and Fenders (the musical kind) will be on display, with classic chrome dominating shopping center’s Main Street until 6 p.m., when performers take the amphitheater stage. 3-8 p.m. July 10 (Johnny Rocker and the Hitmen), The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or

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Bowling Green comes alive at this venue for rock and more. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-3195 or ✯ Fishing Ice, Josh Denning, Brian Adoline, James Legg: 9 p.m. June 30. ✯ Josh Denning: 9 p.m. July 2. ✯ The Royaltons: 9 p.m. July 3. ✯ Hubcap: 9 p.m. July 7. ✯ Analog Revolution, Wards of the Mayor: July 8, $3.

Bowling Green Area Community Band: This group of local musicians will play standards and patriotic songs. (419) 352-1968 or ✯ 8 p.m. July 4, before fireworks at BGSU stadium, Bowling Green.

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o far I’ve managed to not mention Bozarts very much and I have been able to portray ideas, concerns and desires from and for the creative community. However, this week I’m feeling a bit proud and very excited about July 3 and the festivities and celebrations to occur. The gist ... This Saturday July 3, Bozarts will turn JERRY 1-year-old with all kinds of friends, food, music, art and contests for the young and old to come down and enjoy. Along with the anniversary celebration there will be three birthdays being celebrated, a bicycle wedding ride, an artist moving sale, a potluck dinner and six CD releases and performances from Old West End Records (OWE). Not to mention July 3 is also the coloring contest submission day as well as the petition kick-off for a public art wall for Downtown Toledo. The overwhelming, open-armed and warm reception Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery has received has been unbelievable. Toledo has shown me there are a lot of people who want to support a place that believes in them as a community of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals rather than a customer base. I also believe there has been an incredible amount of extreme and thoughtful talent showcased at Bozarts during the past year which has led to legitimizing our place and stance in our community. In many ways, this anniversary party is for those of you who understand my sincerity and have been out to enjoy these evenings as well as for those of you who have wanted to but haven’t been able to make it down yet. Scoffers, please continue ... maybe we’ll see you next year. My friend Heather Helwig, my pooch (Jobo) and I are celebrating our birthdays on July 3. Plus, my friends Toby Fey and Anneliese Gryta are getting married and having a bicycle crawl which will swing through with the wedding party as they venture over to the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center for their reception. What would Bozarts be without the arts? This Saturday will be sure to satisfy your aesthetic palette. UT professor Dustin Bork and Carly Dahl will display a moving sale of sorts. Their works will be featured at the one-night event in an effort to lighten the proverbial load and sell some works to

help finance their transplant to Arkansas where Dustin will be professing the good word (of art) at Lyon College. Along with Dustin and Carly’s work we will also offer a preview of one of Toledo’s artistic gems, Yusuf Lateef. Yusuf has been utilizing the gallery as a studio over the last month and will continue to through out the GRAY summer until his solo exhibition in September. Oooh ... Yeah ... and the music, can’t forget about the music. All the music on Saturday will be performed by OWE Records musicians and DJs who you have probably relaxed or danced to whether at Wesley’s on a Friday night or at the Glass City Cafe’s Bluegrass Breakfasts which are two of Downtown Toledo’s staples. A great circle of friends has been brought together through their love for music by Ben Langlios. You may want to take a breath before reading this list ... ready? The Fairly Handsome Band, Blowing Grains, Alana Pop, Quick & Sneider, The Dub Starlings along with DJs N Mattimoe, Alan Leizerman, Ortho and Damon Sturdivant. All of them will perform between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. thoughout the evening. Along with performing, OWE Records will release six different CDs for purchase or to win by raffle on Saturday night. Did I mention the coloring contest? Saturday is the submission day for the coloring contest, available at the Ottawa Tavern, Home Slice Pizza or Downtown Latte (three of my favs). There are no rules regarding the contest; all ages are welcome as well as any form of manipulation. The entries will be put on display as they are received and the winner will earn an evening at Bozarts to do with what they will on a Friday in November or December. An exhibition, performance, dance party, poetry reading, movie showcase ... whatever they like. OK. That is about all the room I have, but by no means is the complete list of fun things going on Saturday. You can see more under my events on Facebook (under Jerry Gray). Bozarts is located at 151 S St Clair St. ✯



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*36 month 10,000 miles per year. Payments, tax, title, plates, $190 doc fee. Tier 1+credit. Sec deposit waived. Sale ends 5/31/10.

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• Automatic • Trac control • AM/FM/CD • Full Power • ABS • Well-Equipped



***36 months, 10k miles per year, 1st payment, title, plates, state tax, $190 doc fee. Tier 1 + credit approval. Sale ends 5/31/10. Lifetime warranty is a non-factory warranty and is exclusive to Elite Motors.



14975 S. Dixie Hwy. Monroe, MI 48161



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