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Metal men reunite for cathartic release By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was in the middle of a European tour in 2007 when he was sliced open to take care of ongoing back problems. “I ended up in the emergency room in the hospital in London,” he recalled. “I was thrown straight into surgery and stuck in a bed for several months. “And during that time I was just like, oh man, this is really bad — my legs were paralyzed from the waist down, and I didn’t really know what the future was for me in the band; I didn’t know if I’d be able to be touring anymore. It was just really uncertain. “I started writing some music to try to keep my head in a positive place,” Dutkiewicz said during a call from his Massachusetts home. “I started composing lyrics, composing parts for me to sing, and I came to the conclusion that I’m not really that good as a lyricist or a singer, so I was like, hey, I know who is — I’ll call my buddy, Jesse.” That would be Jesse Leach, the original Killswitch Engage vocalist who left the band in 2002. He sang with Seemless and now is with The Empire Shall Fall. The two took the name Times of

Grace and released “The Hymn of a Broken Man” on Roadrunner Records in January. The militaristic “Strength in Numbers” opens the disc. “That was Jesse’s first song that he wrote to add to the record,” Dutkiewicz said. “It’s kind of about in tough times, you depend on the people that are close to you.” And that’s what the guitarist did. “Jesse’s been one of my best friends for the past 10 years, so it was refreshing to hang out with him again and make music with him,” Dutkiewicz said. The two crafted melodic metal with a positive message. “If you dwell on the doom and gloom of life, you’re kind of destined to be stuck in a rut, not really see the beautiful things, not see the greatness of what life is and all the chances you’re given,” Dutkiewicz said. While both musicians plan to stay in their respective groups, fans of the reunion may hear more from Times of Grace. “Jesse and I really love making music together, so there’s probably a pretty good chance that it’s going to happen,” Dutkiewicz said. Times of Grace will appear with Underoath July 21 at Headliners. Stray From the Path and Letlive will also play. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 the night of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. O

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Egypt in Toledo By Zach Davis Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

The Toledo Museum of Art has published a new book about its Egyptian artifacts collection. “Egypt in Toledo: The Ancient Egyptian Collection at the Toledo Museum of Art” is the museum’s fourth published book since it was founded in 1901. “The idea had been to produce one of our books on our Egypt collection with more of a thematic presentation with just a few highlights,” Curatorial Projects and Publications Manager Paula Reich said. “It sort of morphed into something a little more substantial, a larger book that really highlighted more of the collection.” Ancient Egyptian art has been a fixture at the Toledo Museum of Art since 1903 when a mummified cat, the first item donated that wasn’t a painting, was brought to the museum. In 1906, founders Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey shipped 11 crates of artifacts from Cairo to Toledo to help begin the museum’s collection. During the next two decades, the Libbeys collected more Egyptian artifacts to send back to the museum.

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“Without the art of ancient Egypt the Toledo Museum of Art might not have grown so swiftly in the hearts of its community,” writes Museum Director Brian Kennedy in the book’s forward. The book was originally proposed more than a decade ago by Curator of Ancient Art Kurt T. Luckner before his death in 1995. He suggested William H. Peck as the author. Peck is an archaeologist and former curator for the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sandra. E. Knudsen and Reich also contributed to the book’s construction. “Egypt in Toledo” is a 112-page book which includes an essay by Peck on Egyptian art and culture and examinations of more than 80 objects spanning 5,000 years. The book retails for $24.95 in the Museum Store and is also available online at “It looks beautiful,” Reich said. “We wanted something that wasn’t so academic looking and was a little more dynamic and we used color and I think it turned out great.” The first three books produced by the museum were “Inspired Giving: The Apollo Society’s TwentyFifth Anniversary,” “The Ragmud Collection: Books by Aminah Robinson at the Toledo Museum of Art” and “Adornment in Clay: Ceramic Netsuke” from the Richard R. Silverman Collection. O

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Welcome to the Drollhouse By Stefanie Neuman

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Erin Kanary and her best friend, fellow designer Kate Komuniecki, made a pact to be selfemployed by the time they were 30. After a few ideas such as a quirky greeting card company and a cover band, Komuniecki suggested the two begin a magazine. Kanary quickly agreed. “We just want to put a goddamned smile on people’s faces, you know? Especially in these times, everyone needs to smile,” Kanary said of the creation of the upcoming humor magazine Drollhouse. “Like that bitter lady that you work with — give her this magazine.” The two will include their own work along with the work of others they’ve recruited in the magazine. According to Kanary about 80 percent of contributors to the magazine are from Toledo, though it will include work from artists and writers from around the country in places such as San Francisco, Houston and Brooklyn. “We want it to be a Toledo thing but we also kind of want to spread it out. Toledo rules, you know?” Kanary said. “The arts here are just blowing up. I feel like something is happening. This city is just crazy talented.” Each issue will be themed, Kanary said; the first issue’s theme is “home.” Stories, essays, interviews, cartoons and drawings will be included

in the magazine with anything else Kanary and Komuniecki find humorous and applicable. “The point of it was everyday humor,” Komuniecki said, “like things that you would laugh about or notice with your friends. What I’m realizing once we’re getting all this stuff in is that my inspiration comes from just these awesome people. When people say, ‘yeah we’ll contribute’ ... it’s very touching because it feels so generous.” “One of the guys ... used to write for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and another guy does voices for the Comedy Central cartoon ‘Ugly Americans.’ They’re just so cool about it,” Kanary said. “Either we’re really on to something or people are just really cool — or both.” To offset costs, Kanary and Komuniecki created a Web page on The site allows new entrepreneurs can use to raise money for their project by posting a page explaining their idea and asking viewers of the page for donations. Financial supporters receive rewards for their donation depending on the amount. Rewards range from hand-delivered copies of the first issue to a spot on a supporters’ page on the Drollhouse website, They hope to raise $3,000 to fund their publication. “We’re really just going to take this first issue and see where it goes,” Kanary said. “Eventually I’d like to be a millionaire off of it just so I can get my teeth whitened, because I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee doing this.” O

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Hollywood Undead, Hyro Da Hero team for July 18 Headliners gig Supporting its second official studio album, Hollywood Undead will play Headliner’s on July 18. According to band member J-Dog, “You have all the time in the world to write your first album. We were under a lot of pressure to write this second album so it forced us to grow as writers and producers. “When we wrote this album, there were so many people throwing out ideas and contributing. While writing the first album we fought a lot but the second album wasn’t as bad because we voted on the things we liked.” Songwriter and producer J-Dog said his biggest influences are live shows. “We don’t really go too far in the studio. We don’t make things we can’t duplicate live,” he said. One of Hollywood Undead’s advantages is its sheer number of band members. “We have so many people in the band that play that we can each pick up where someone might not be able to play a certain part,” J-Dog said. According to J-Dog, Hollywood Undead enjoys touring because, “We get to drink and eat for free and the fans are amazing. But touring is the classic Catch 22; I love being away from home but I hate being away from home. No one who hasn’t toured would understand that.” J-Dog said those who come to a Hollywood Undead show are guaranteed “Chaos, destruction, nudity and humor. We don’t just walk off

after we play, we get involved with the crowd. It’s an entertaining experience.” Opening for Hollywood Undead is Houstonborn, LA-based artist Hyro Da Hero. Hyro is able to pack a lot of material into a small space and his lyrical content will connect with anyone who is tired of commercially violated music. With what some may falsely call “rap-rock,” Hyro blends amazing live rock instrumentals and hip hop vocals. However, the music HYRO DA HERO Hyro and his band have written is more of a mix of Rage Against The Machine and Deftones than anything classically dubbed rap-rock. “What pushed me toward this sound was just being tired of the same old stuff. I wanted to hear different things,” Hyro said. “The radio stations all play the same corny shit and it just kept making me change the station. I got tired of changing the station.” With his new album produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit), Hyro is garnering national attention and putting his money where his mouth is. “When you see me live, it’s hardcore, raw energy,” Hyro said. O — Mighty Wyte

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I love Netflix. From the moment I first was able to stream movies and shows on my PlayStation 3, I was over the moon. I’ve been able to catch up on countless things that would have been prohibitively expensive otherwise. I’ve saved a ton on buying and renting products. Really, the ability to get DVDs sent to my mailbox is just icing on the cake that is instant streaming. And all that for an incredibly reasonable rate. So, yeah, Netflix is awesome. But all revolutions come with side effects. The old model of home entertainment is quickly going the way of the dodo. Companies like Blockbuster — longtime grand champion of the video market — are reeling as the rug has been pulled out from under their business model. But big corporations like that still haven’t been hit as hard as classic mom-and-pop operations across the country. So it was with sad resignation that I met the news of the impending closure of Video Spectrum in Bowling Green, the greatest video store ever. For a young movie buff, the Spectrum was more than just a store. It offered a world of possibilities not seen anywhere else. In an era where every chain video retailer was operating under a “hits and hits alone” policy, the Spectrum was renowned for its selection of thousands of titles not available elsewhere.


Bowling Green’s Video Spectrum to close.

Every memory of the great establishment on East Washington Street brings a smile to my face. Walls plastered with posters, old and new. Rooms filled to the brim with movies, always adding more, as though the possibilities would never end. A stubborn insistence on never getting rid of its old VHS collection, no matter how much real estate it took up. You never know, someone might need to rent one of them, after all.

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When I was a journalism undergrad in college, I wrote a story on the Spectrum as one of my first pieces for the college paper. Bill and Susan Wilkins, the co-owners, knew me as a longtime customer and it was wonderfully kind of them to welcome me as a writer. We sat for the interview in the store’s back room, discussing its history, expansion into new forms of media (DVDs were brand new), difficulties in the marketplace and so forth. One thing I’ll never forget is when Bill outlined the store’s policy on discarding movies. It’s not that the Spectrum never got rid of older titles, you see. It was that the Spectrum never removed a title from its inventory if it had, even once, been requested by a customer. Yes. This place was so focused on making sure every individual who walked through the door was satisfied, they kept track of every title that people had asked for by name — and then never got rid of it. The dedication to the needs of a widely varied consumer base is one of the things that made the store an institution. For three decades, Video Spectrum stood the test of time through massive changes in entertainment. The VHS era. The rise of

DVD. The beginning of Blu-ray. The dawn of Blockbuster as the industry’s 800-lb. gorilla. The advent of Video on Demand and satellite TV. Through it all, the little store in Bowling Green still stood, a monument to bygone eras of both home video and of commitment to customer satisfaction. For years, even as the end seemed inevitable, my mind refused to accept the possibility. The Spectrum had been there forever, and would be there forever. It had survived so much, surely this too would pass. Even as I became enamored of the world of possibilities Netflix offered, the biggest part of my heart remained for the classic “Movie Buff ’s Paradise.” But now, it will soon be over. The Spectrum stopped renting titles late last month, and is in the process of selling its entire inventory — everything to the bare walls. The store is offering excellent deals on their movies, including vintage (and rare) VHS tapes going for only $2

Remembering the legacy

Yet I can’t bring myself to go there. It’s like the second I step into the store, it would become real. A world without the Spectrum would be a reality. And I still don’t want to believe that. And even when I come to accept it, I’d prefer to remember the classic store on East Washington as it was. Let it stay fixed in time as a monument to a world of entertainment possibilities. And hope that even as it closes, its legacy of trying to do right by its customers inspires others to do the same. Farewell, Video Spectrum. You survived long past your era, yet you leave us far too soon. O

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Enrichment for poets By Patrick Timmis Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

Upstate New York poet Robert Milby will perform at 8:30 p.m. July 19 at The Collingwood Arts Center. When he was young, Milby wanted to be an English teacher. He grew up reading Victorian writers like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold and Alfred Lord Tennyson. He began writing his own poetry in the summer of 1987, when he was a junior in high school. He has been writing constantly on diverse subjects ever since. “I’m known in the Hudson Valley as principally a political and social writer of social conciousness,” Milby said. “But I’m not an agitator.” He is also a fan of ghost stories. The Hudson Valley, where he lives, has many purportedly haunted sites and the concept fascinates him, he said, “I’m interested in Gothic literature in the true sense of it, not modern Goth clubs where there are young people with makeup dancing,” Milby said. Milby is an instructor for the Northeast Po-

etry Center’s College of Poetry workshop series. The nonprofit organization holds the classes at Utopian Direction bookstore and gallery in Warwick, N.Y. Milby said the series is intended for enrichment of poets at any skill level. The group tries to regularly have a well-known poet as a guest. Anne Waldman, who Milby called one of the younger Beat poets, will be visiting the group in March. Milby criticizes the politically correct minimalism and deconstructionism that he said pervades university literature studies. “A lot of modern poetry is experiential, it’s coming from the concept of journaling and people exploring their emotions through, in some cases, counseling and so on,” he said. “Now, I have no problem with that, but I have a problem with anything written on the page — if it expresses your emotions — passing as poetry.” This experiential poetry is acceptable and mainstream because it is safe, he said. “We would not have an Edgar Allen Poe or a Beethoven or a Murrow if there were no risks,” he said. “I see a decided lack of originality in a lot of modern poetry.” Milby will read a sampling of political, social, ghost and gothic poems at the performance. He


New York poet Robert Milby to read at Collingwood Arts Center July 19.

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began reading publicly when he was about 24, and many of his listeners were young people, he said. That has changed as he has grown older. “The audiences are graying,” he said. Milby’s published works include a chapbook titled “Crow Weather,” a book of poetry titled “Ophelia’s Offspring” and “Ghost Prints: Tales of Terror and Poetry” in collaboration with Jason and Tammy Gehlert. “Victorian House: Ghosts and Gothic Poems” is set for publication for this year. O


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Everyone has their own opinions, and as the old saying goes, everyone’s a critic — or are they? More often than not, people seem to give no opinions at all about their surroundings, seemingly happy enough to be out of the house, drink in hand, listening to a selection of all-too-familiar cover songs. I hate to break it to you but that’s far from culture and far from raising the bar in a town where so many original artists play second fiddle. Everyone can take some of the blame, including the bands still covering “Brown Eyed Girl,” the manager who pays them to play it and the standins for an audience who expect to hear it, just like last night. I apologize for those whom enjoyed this and other songs before they had been covered to death. If anything can and must change, it is the dynamic of the working man’s gig. Because the majority of Toledo’s venues only work with cover bands, there is never going to be a shortage of these zombie tunes being played. Here’s the good part; instead of accepting the role of the nonchalant onlooker and socializing consumer, pay some attention to the musicians. A lot more. Realize that it isn’t just a live re-enactment of what you just heard on the radio (a true, overpowering evil t o music). These are real people. Encourage them to play some of their own music or maybe even a better, lesser-known Van Morrison song — even for the next time. Try letting the manager or bartenders know that you’d appreciate more original music and that you’re not alone. Music is not just an art but a commodity and it is bought and sold following the trends of supply and demand. While the de-

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mand for live music is up, the cry for quality has been grossly underestimated. Musicians! It isn’t the bands you’re covering, it’s the songs. In a way, you are the teachers of song, so please, do your research in the vast American songbook. Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints,” Bob Dylan’s “Time Outta Mind,” Gillian Welch’s “Revolator” and Jimi Hendrix’s “First Rays of the New Rising Sun” are albums full of lesser-known songs that could easily replace other tired selections. If an audience’s attention starts to float away, talk to them. Tell them, yes, this next tune is indeed by the Boss. Then play them a killer version of “Johnny 99” from Bruce’s “Nebraska” album. I feel like I am requesting the equivalent of the smoking ban. There are plenty of folks reading this to whom “Play ‘Freebird’!” is not a joke — indeed, they take some weird comfort in never hearing anything new. That’s fine; it really is — for some places, sometimes. But not all the places all the time, and please, please, not for the majority. I truly believe that if everyone stopped playing and listening to “Freebird” for say, 10 years, it would be awesome again ... really. Original artists, we’re not close to perfect, either. More specific reviews to follow in this Toledo Free Press Star column, “Sound Judgment.” O Sarah Cohen is a Toledo native and an original musician of The Antivillains who manages Happy Badger Cafe in Bowling Green. Email her at

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gotta admit, I didn’t know what the hell it came time to order, Memphis, with its pulled “charcuterie” was before I went to Swig. So pork, pickled peppers and barbecue sauce, just I went to the local library, dug through the slightly beat out a Cleveland bacon-wrapped stacks and found a book on French cooking dog covered in Coney sauce, cheddar cheese and stadium mustard. Sorry, terminology. Well, seriously, I Cleveland, I know it’s been just went online and looked a rough year with the whole it up. While there are “Lebron thing” and all, but several slightly different Memphis’ style was just too interpretations, they all intriguing. The intermingenerally have to do with gling of the barbecue sauce, the preparation and curing of the tender pork and the meat, especially pork. Charpickled peppers was sweet, a cuterie can also simply mean little spicy and insanely dethe place where the meats licious. It was gone before are prepared and sold. Swig the three women I was with stays true to the definition as Don were even halfway through all of its sausages, franks, ham their entrées. and bacon are “handcrafted” Before I bit into the in-house. All grinding, seamain body of my Memsoning, stuffing, cooking and phis dog, I made sure to smoking is done on site daily. have a couple of bites of Swig is not a big place; the frank sans toppings to there are about12 tables inside, get the full, unvarnished maybe 10 on the small patio. flavor of it. I was surprised Parking is scarce, its sign is by how vibrant the taste kind of easy to miss and it is was. It made me feel guilty, usually pretty packed. Now like I’ve been cheating my that I have all of its negastomach by eating standard tives out of the way, let me ballpark and grocery store hot tell you the good things about dogs all these years. Swig: pretty much everyThere were so thing else. many fun things Nothing is typon the menu that ical or “old hat” 219 Louisiana Ave. I ordered several about Swig’s Perrysburg, OH items and also menu. From the talked my wife backward nature (419) 873-6223 and friends into of the “reversed letting me sample hot wings,” which Open seven days their orders — “It’s are covered in ranch 11 a.m to 2 a.m. for the good of the and served with a side column,” I told them. of hot sauce, to the craziAll of the sausages were top ness of the Scotch egg or the odd coupling of bacon and ice cream, Swig has many notch. The Polish, gyro, kielbasa and Andouille were all very tender and packed with flavor. flavor adventures for your taste buds to enjoy. The Scotch egg came highly recommended Swig delivers seven different authentic regional takes on the classic frankfurter. When and sounded so peculiar, I had to give it a go.





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It’s a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, then breaded and deep fried. It comes garnished with red onions, pickles, peppers and a tomato. I must admit, during my initial bite, I thought to myself, “What’s all the hype about? This is kind of dry and crunchy.” My second bite made me forget about the first as I dunked it in the homemade (mildly) spicy ground mustard dipping sauce. It was a whole new ball game as the tasty mustard softened the crunchy shell and knocked out the dryness from the deep frying, letting me really enjoy the flavor of the sausage and the egg. They only serve one kind of soup and it is aptly named Swig Soup. It has a cheddar cheese and beer base, and contains crumbled bratwurst pieces. To add to the flavor, they top it off with swirls of sour cream. The taste is so rich that you’ll feel like Donald Trump when you’re eating it. I was a little reluctant at first to try the ChocolateCovered Bacon Sundae, primarily because it just seemed like a motley mix of different tastes. However, to my surprise, chocolate-covered bacon, bourbon-soaked pineapple, Guiness-infused chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream do go together. The taste confused and delighted my palate, creating a memorable end to my meal. The variety doesn’t end with the food choices. Swig goes lightyears beyond the standard selection of libations you will find at many eateries or bars. You won’t find any alcohol listed on the menu — the beers of the day are all written in col-

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ored chalk on a giant board on the wall. This is due to the constant rotation of the myriad specialty brews they offer, referred to as “musical taps.” Rogue’s Dad’s Little Helper, Black IPA, Great Divide’s Samurai Ale and Stone’s Arrogant Bastard are just a few of the uncommon microbrews you might find on tap on any given day. The featured beer on our visit was the “Southern Tier Mokah” which is brewed with an infusion of coffee and chocolate and packs a punch at 11 percent alcohol by volume. The price range is pretty diverse as well and isn’t posted, so be careful. The Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga was quite tasty, but one of the ladies at my table about hit the floor when the bill came and they were $8 each for what looked like about a 10-ounce glass. Overall, however, Swig was pretty affordable. The daily special was two Coney dogs with fries for $6, and many of the specialty beers are in the $4 to $6 range. If nearly 20 unique beers on tap and a plethora of adventurous eats aren’t enough for you, Swig has live bands on the weekends. They are generally small, often acoustic acts due to the tight quarters, but they do add a little ambiance without the dreaded cover charge. Swig champions itself as “a  laidback  place devoted to the different.” I’ll buy that. I also won’t be shy about buying another chocolate-covered bacon sundae on my next visit. O

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O The Cult Heroes, 60 Second Crush, Ola Ray: 9:30 p.m. July 15. O Frontier Ruckus, Appleseed Collective, Robert Ellis: 9:30 p.m. July 16. O The Anatomy of Frank, Syropoulous Rex: 9:30 p.m. July 20.


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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 Tartan Terrors: 8 p.m. July 14, $15. O Chris Bathgate, Abigail Stauffer: 8 p.m. July 15, $15. O Steve Forbert: 8 p.m. July 16, $22.50. O Sierra Maestra: 7:30 p.m. July 17, $20.

Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. bar145toledo. com. O DJ J Wayne: Sundays. O The Brave Youngsters: July 14. O Rockestra: July 15. O Jeff Stewart: July 19.

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 Hot Rod Parker, Liberty Beach: 9 p.m. July 16.

The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. O Jeff Stewart: July 14. O Suburban Soul: July 15. O Dave Carpenter & the Jaeglers: July 16.

Blind Pig A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or O God Against God, Superlast: 9:30 p.m. July 13. O The Square Boys, Gnome Village, Waynesboro: 9:30 p.m. July 14.

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

Bronze Boar Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O Al Smith & the All Stars: July 15. O See Alice: July 16.

Caesars Windsor Consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or O Patti Labelle: 9 p.m. July 15, $25.

Centennial Terrace This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 8821500, or O Night Session Big Band: 7:30-10:30 p.m. July 13, $8. O The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11 p.m. July 16, $10.

Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.

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 O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. July 13 and 20. O Jason Quick: July 14. O Gay Galvin Trio: 7:30-11:30 p.m. July 15-16. O Leo Darrington: July 19.

Kerrytown Concert House

The Distillery

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

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O Gregg Aranda: Tuesdays. O Dave Carpenter: July 13. O Mark Mikel, Brian Albright: July 14. O Moving to Boise: July 15. O Bush League: July 16. O Ryan Dunlap: July 20.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O Noisy Neighbors: July 15-16.

ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or O Sound Proof: 6 p.m. July 14. O Berlin Brothers: 7 p.m. July 15. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. July 16 and 22.

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. July 19.


This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or O Manner Effect: 8 p.m. July 15.

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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 Vytas and Steve: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Open mic with Bread and Butter: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays. O Babylon Saints: July 15. O Alan Smith & the Blues All Stars: July 16. O Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 6 p.m. July 18.

Mickey Finn’s A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. O Front Porch Revival, Desperation String Band: 8:30 p.m. July 15. O The Grubs, Lance Murdock: 8:30 p.m. July 16.

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

Omni This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or O Settle for Less: 6 p.m. July 15.


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Live music starts at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O Ben Cohen: 6-9 p.m. July 14. O American Ben Stand: 9 p.m.-midnight July 14. O Skip Turner Band: July 15. O Slow Burn: July 16.

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281, (419) 740-2395 or O Old West End Productions: Wednesdays. O Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons. O The Eight Fifteens: Sunday evenings. O Mark Mikel Band: Tuesdays. O Matt Jerovac and the Babylon Saints: July 14. O The Nu-Tones: July 15. O The Star*Devils: July 16. O Saint Bernadette: July 18.

Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Commodore Park, Louisiana and Indiana. (419) 8732787 or O Suburban Legend: July 14.

Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant

Club Friday

This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 6339 Edgewater Dr. (734) 723-7411 or O Junkanoo Brothers: July 17.

Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museumgoers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or O Grape Smugglers: July 15.

Wesley’s Bar & Grill

Courtyard Concerts

Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or O Chris Shutters: July 15-16.

A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333 or O DJs Folk, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. O Russel Martin: July 16.

Rock while you eat rolls at this series of lunchtime concerts. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Latham Courtyard, downtown Findlay. (419) 422-4624 or O Johnathan Peeler: July 19.

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A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. www.toledobellows. O Morgan Evans-Weiler, BoxDeserter Trio: July 20.

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

Performers take the stage near Cheetah Valley. 2700 Broadway. (419) 474-1333 or O Steely Dan: 7:30 p.m. July 20, $59.50-$79.50.



Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or O Moores Law: July 15.

With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or

Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O Mira Loma & the Bad Vibes, She Bears: 10 p.m. July 15. O The Powder Kegs: 10 p.m. July 17.

Party at the Park The track hosts concerts before the evening’s harness races. 5 p.m. Saturdays, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd. $2. (419) 476-7751 or O The Chris Brown Band: July 16.

Pizza Papalis

Spicy Tuna This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or O DJ Jimmy James: 10 p.m. Fridays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O Ronn Daniels: 7-11 p.m. July 13. O Jeff Stewart: 7-11 p.m. July 20.


Zia’s This Italian restaurant hosts magician Andrew Martin on Sunday nights. The restaurant is open 4-9 p.m. Sundays, The Docks, 20 Main St. (419) 697-7138, (888) 456-3463 or

Brown Bag Summer Concert Series

Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or O C.J. Manning, Karen Harris: July 14. O Eddie Molina, Marcia Jones: July 15. O C.J. Manning, Leslie Lane: July 16.

Grab your ham (or veggie) sammiches and listen to some tunes while you digest. 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 Jason Quick Trio: July 13. O Tom Turner & Slow Burn: July 20.

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Lunch at Levis Square concert series

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

Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 Thursdays through Aug. 25, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. O Dezire: July 14.

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Jazz in the Garden Take in some swing and smooth tunes among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 7-Sept. 8, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $6-$8; $48-$64 for season pass. (419) 536-5566 or O Kelly Broadway: July 14.

O Swing Revival Party: 8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar 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, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. O River Raisin Jazz Series: 6-10 p.m. July 14, downtown Monroe, Mich. (734) 457-1030.

Wilson Lake and the Rock Bass This group sets the scene: Fish and turtles splash and groove in the water as squirrels, raccoons and toads begin to boogie to the band’s tunes. 1:30 p.m. July 13, McMaster Center, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or

Homemade Jamz Blues Band This family friendly show features a young crew of brothers and a sister. 8 p.m. July 15, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. $10-$15. (419) 897-8902 or www.

Concerts on the Lawn: Kentucky Chrome

This home for ecological awareness and nature exploration hosts monthly summer concerts. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. 7 p.m. July 17, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. Bring a chair and enjoy music, art and childrens crafts.

Soul Venture This Christian group blends contemporary Christian, modern country and progressive southern gospel music; the performance is part of the Morenci Bible Fellowship Community Festival. 2-7 p.m. July 17, 244 W. Main St., Morenci, Mich. (517) 458-6220 or

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Huntington show was first step to proving fan base.


pon entering the Huntington Center at around 7:30 p.m. July 8, I noticed that the show started on time and the turnout was unfortunate. I checked for radio station presences while looking for my own station The Juice FM 107.3. DJ OneTyme and Swole MC were set up onstage while Tisha Lee helped host and run backstage. Once I received my pink wristband, I set off concerned about how everyone involved felt about the low attendance. The artists had been more than willing to promote, having recorded radio and YouTube spots directed toward Toledo so the fans knew they were coming. None of this proved sufficient for fans who needed more than three weeks to prepare for a high-priced ticket. Travis Porter had been here recently as had a few of the other artists performing and this was considered to be a factor in low ticket sales. The urban community is known to wait until the last minute to purchase tickets as a way to guard itself against show scams. This can be a problem for promoters using the number of tickets sold in the first few weeks of announcing a show to gauge whether they need to buy more advertisements and/or if they need to cancel the show because they may not be able to pay the artists. Shows get canceled because of the hesitation and procrastination of ticket buyers. Promoters Global Event Marketing and Yung Fly Entertainment are the exception. They came to put on a show for Toledo and that’s what they meant to do, win or lose. Even though it was obvious money was lost, the promoters were adamant about the show starting on time. Local acts were begrudgingly forced to perform in front of a few hundred people sprinkled about the entire Huntington Center. Even though they may have performed too early for the fans who arrived late, these artists were not charged a fee to perform and still shared the stage with heavy hitters like, Young Jeezy, Plies, Lloyd, Gorilla Zoe and Porter. I was impressed with the professionalism of all the artists deciding to give an audi-

ence of 1,000 of the luckiest fans in the city a great show. Gorilla Zoe performed his hits “Hood Figga,” “Twisted” and “Losing it” and after Zoe’s performance, he walked around freely amongst the fans talking and taking pictures. Lloyd lived up to his reputation of being a complete gentleman backstage despite the fact that he ordered his DJ and drummer to leave in the middle of his intro waiting until his payment was confirmed. I was pleasantly surprised by his flawless vocal performance and his connection with the audience that sung every word to a medley of his hits. Plies had been to the city several times to do radio promotion, but never to perform. His fans were a major part of the audience and when he pulled female fans on the stage to dance, he promptly asked his security detail to check their IDs to see that the ladies were of age. Tisha Lee called for fans in seats further back to come forward. I heard a rumor backstage that headliner Young Jeezy has been known not to perform for small crowds and I hoped that wasn’t true. After his DJ cautioned against DJ One Tyme playing Young Jeezy’s rival, Gucci Mane, during the warmup before Jeezy came out, the crowd roared as he hit the stage ready to go. I saw no signs of disappointment as he talked to the audience throughout his set of hits, which included “And Then What,” “Go Crazy,” “Trap Star,” “Put On” and “Lose My Mind.” Most of the city missed a great show. The promoter was surprisingly as cool as a cucumber and his response to the poor turnout was, “Next time they will know I’m for real.” Those key words, “next time,” were all I needed and wanted to hear, because that means most parties involved will receive a second chance. Most importantly, we will have another chance at proving we have an urban music fan base large enough to represent a major market for Hip-Hop and R&B tours. As we continue on ... O




“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” — Potters’ tombstone, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”


Plays well with others ‘Potter’ class graduates with no child-actor woes. By David Germain AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the young cast of the “Harry Potter’’ films received report cards for their school days at Hogwarts, they’d all probably earn the notation, “plays well with others.’’ Cast as impressionable children in Hollywood’s biggest fantasy franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and their many young co-stars have maneuvered through 11 years of fame — and the temptations it brings — without any whispers of Lindsay Lohan-style meltdowns that can derail child actors. They’ve grown up smart, humble, polite and professional, eager to balance modest private lives with productive acting careers rather than leap into the party-till-dawn celebrity lifestyle. The actors and the headmasters of the Warner Bros. franchise say it wasn’t magic that kept the kids on their RADCLIFFE, 11 best behavior. It was the luck of the draw when the youngsters were first cast, good parenting, mindful shepherding that resembled the rigors and care of the finest boarding schools, and a sheltered workplace outside of London, far from Hollywood’s madding crowds. “It’s very different doing it in England,’’ said Radcliffe, who was 11 when cast in the title role as the boy wizard for 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’’ and turns 22 the week after the July 15 debut of the final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.’’ “In America, you’re treated as an actor first and a kid second. Here, you’re very much treated as a kid first and an actor second. In fact, you’re not really treated as an actor. You’re treated as a kid on a film set, which is how it should be, because that’s all you are at that point. No one’s an actor at 12.’’ And with the performers so young, their parents were instrumental in steering the children through busy working lives and the madness of instant celebrity. “We couldn’t have done it without the family support that’s kept all three of them and the supporting cast all lovely, lovely people,’’ said David Barron, a producer on most of the “Harry Potter’’ films. “They’ve got very strong families who kept them really strongly grounded.’’ With tens of millions of “Harry Potter’’ fans to please and billions of dollars at stake, Warner Bros. went to great lengths to protect and nurture the stars through eight films and a decade of hard work. Sets to create author J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and other Potter locations were built at Leavesden Studios northwest of London, giving the filmmakers a controlled environment where they could work and essentially help raise their young charges. “It’s been a bit of a bubble, and it’s been very

self-contained, and I think we just have good people around us,’’ said Watson, who was 10 when cast as Hermione Granger and now is 21. “We’ve just been lucky that we haven’t been exploited in any way.’’ Radcliffe, Watson, Grint and such co-stars as Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis had tutors on set, along with armies of studio publicists to help coach them through the media circus of almost-annual premieres and press junkets to promote each film. The filmmakers say Leavesden became a kind of Hogwarts boarding school for the cast. “It was a place that was just us, nobody else,’’ said David Heyman, a producer on all of the “Harry Potter’’ films. “That has enabled us to sort of cocoon ourselves in an environment, in a way, that I think is a supportive and a safe one.’’ “To have children grow up in that kind of maelstrom of affection and genRADCLIFFE, 21 eral applause for everything they do, it’s not normal, and you can imagine it very easily could have ended in somebody going off the rails somewhere,’’ producer Barron said. The actors developed strong work ethics, and the filmmakers saw traits in their stars that mirrored those of the characters. Like Harry, Radcliffe assumed a solicitous leadership role, sort of a goodwill ambassador on set. Like Hermione, Watson was studious, hurling herself into her education. Like Ron Weasley, Grint had a playful humor and the support of a large family. “You felt people are just kind of waiting for us to fall into that stereotype of, I suppose, child actors,’’ said Grint, who started on “Potter’’ at age 11 and turns 23 a month after the final film opens. “But I’ve always been quite busy. Never really had much time to go too crazy. I come from a big family, as well, and that always helps you to know who you are.’’ Director David Yates, who made the final four “Harry Potter’’ films, said he wondered a few years back whether some of his stars might turn into a handful as they reached the rebellious late-teen years. “Because, they have every right to kind of get angry or frustrated,’’ Yates said. “They carry a lot of responsibility. They’re under tremendous pressure. They have enormous temptations. The world is at their feet. They get paid enormous amounts of money. But they haven’t gone over the edge, and I think it’s the people around them. I think there’s something ingrained with them. It’s their family.’’ Many child actors have trouble landing more adult roles once they outgrow their cute and cuddly phase and can get sidetracked into drugs or alcohol, such as Lohan and others before her, including Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman and Macauley Culkin. O

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Toledo Pride to host second annual festival Toledo Pride will host its second annual festival on Aug. 27 at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo in support of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The event will start at 2 p.m. with the inaugural Toledo Pride Parade through Downtown Toledo. It will move to the park at 3 p.m. for family-friendly activities, networking opportunities, vendors and entertainment, according to a release written by Kelly Heuss, the organization’s marketing and communications coordinator. “We’re just hoping to have a great event where people can come out and have a great time. It’s to raise awareness within the community,” Heuss said. The festival will be open to all ages until 10 p.m., when it will be limited to guests ages 18

and older. Entertainment from musicians and performers will continue until midnight. The event drew 2,000 people last year, promoted primarily on Facebook and through word of mouth. This year, Toledo Pride hopes to more than double that number. Admission to the festival is $5 before 7 p.m. and $7 afterward for guests 18 and older, with free admission for minors. Wristbands will be available at the Promenade Park entrance. Toledo Free Press Star will be a media sponsor for the event and will publish a guide to the festival in its Aug. 24 issue. O — Patrick Timmis

Gay Rodeo rides Into Belleville

The Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association will present MIGRA Rodeo Fest 2011. This charity event in Belleville, Mich., is helping The Ruth Ellis House of Detroit for at-risk gay/bi/transgender homeless youth. The rodeo is also collecting nonperishable food donations for Southeast Michigan Gleaners to help restock local food pantries during this critical slow time. With a donation of five items you will receive a $5 discount on admission. Contestants from the United States and Canada will attend the two-day rodeo to compete in horse speed events such as barrel and flag

racing, pole bending and team roping, rough stock events such as chute dogging, bull and steer riding, and calf roping on foot. The event will feature steer decorating, where rodeo performers tie a red ribbon on a moving steer, and the Wild Drag Race, in which one woman, one man and someone in a dress and wig ride a steer across the finish line. Rodeo Fest also includes country music and line dancing Friday and Saturday nights and during the day Saturday. There will also be fair food, a beer tent and a craft show. The MIGRA Rodeo Fest will take place at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 22, 23 and 24, rain or shine. On July 22, there will be a dance from 6 to 11 p.m., $5 admission with a cash bar. The rodeo competition will be Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. Daily passes are $15 each. Following competition on Sunday an awards ceremony will close the rodeo at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website O — Rick Cornett

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The youngest blues band in America is coming to Maumee. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, nominee for “Best Contemporary Blues Song” and last year’s “Best New Artist” at the JUS Music

Awards, will perform at the Maumee Theatre on July 15 at 8 p.m. All profits from the event will be donated to the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio. Making up the band are three siblings from Tupelo, Miss.: Ryan Perry, a 19-year-old lead guitarist, is the eldest, followed by bass guitarist Kyle Perry (16) and drummer Taya Perry (12). In 2007, the band finished in second place out of 157 acts from around the world at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They have been featured on the “CBS Sunday Morning News,” “The Today Show,” “Travis Smiley,” “CNN iReport” and “The Mo’Nique Show.” Buzz Anderson & Friends will be the opening band. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. A limited number of VIP seats are also available including special seating and a pre-concert reception including food. Tickets can be purchased at Culture Clash, the Autism Society of NW Ohio and the Maumee Theatre or online at and O — Zach Davis

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Adrian exhibit takes place Sept. 16 and17. Art-A-Licious is accepting applications through July 16 from artists who wish to participate in the 2011 festival. The annual festival hosted in Adrian, Mich., includes art, music and local food. Art-ALicious will take place on Sept. 16-17 along Maumee and Main streets. Single and two-person tents are available or artists can reserve spaces for their own tents. Applications can be downloaded on the website All applicants will have to be accepted by a jury process. For more information, contact Darlene Southward at or visit the website O — Zach Davis

Rhythm on the River Arts Series

The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host The Rhythm on the River Arts Series on July 17 at 4 p.m. with Cottonwood Jam String Band performing. The free concert will take place at the Wright Pavilion in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Cottonwood Jam String Band includes members Renata Burgett (violin, vocals), Spencer Cunningham (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Marti Clayton (guitar, vocals) and Cole Christensen (mandolin, banjo, vocals), all of whom are from the greater Toledo area. The band plays traditional old time, folk and bluegrass music. O — Zach Davis

NOWOH returns to BGSU

Bowling Green State University has announced the return of the Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition. The event will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries, located at the BGSU Fine Arts Center. Now in its fourth year, the annual arts extravaganza is set to open on July 15. “One of the things that makes this show so different is that all entries that follow the rules

are accepted,” said Gallery Director, Jacqueline S. Nathan. “We do this to encourage artists of all skill levels to participate. It’s a show that highlights the diversity of the arts scene in our region. You have excellent professionals juxtaposed with younger up-and-coming artists and everyone in between. It’s just a fun show that offers something for everyone.” Artists 16 years of age and older from the following counties were eligible to enter their work: Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood. All pieces sold during the show are subject to a 30 percent commission. This year, NOWOH is presenting its first Ethnic Cultural Arts Program (ECAP) Award. In addition, professional arts jurors will award more than $1,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates in several categories. This includes a Young Artist Award (16-18 years of age) of $100. “I want to see this show continue to grow. It’s still a very young endeavor. Feedback has been very positive,” Nathan said. “Every year we do an audience survey. This year we worked hard to increase our advertising budget in all 12 counties where we were open to entries, because that was something that the community really wanted to see happen.” On July 23, during the show, Toledo artist Larry Golba will offer a demonstration and workshop on landscape painting. The demonstration begins at 10 a.m. and the Plein Air Landscape workshop begins at 1 p.m.; both events are free but registration is required. Those interested in attending should email for registration information Opening reception hours are 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through July 24. The BGSU Fine Arts Center is located at 1001 E. Wooster St. For more information, visit the website www. O — John Dorsey

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Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” novels, the PlayStation 3 thirdperson fighter/platform game “Alice Madness Returns” (Electronic Arts) is a highly artistic interactive adventure. Released 10 years after the previous game, “American McGee’s Alice,” the story events in “Madness Returns” take place immediately after the end of “American McGee’s Alice.” So players get a treat with a free download code for “Alice,” originally released on PC in 2000. Players can also purchase the game for $9.99 on PlayStation Network or 800 Xbox Live Points. The rich environments and amazing level designs, especially the Mad Hatter’s, create an incredible escapist experience. The March Hare, Dormouse, Hatter, Dodos, Mock Turtle, Caterpillar, Walrus, Red Queen, Executioner and the Carpenter all factor into the Wonderland world as Alice switches between this fantastic world and the real world while trying to remember an unfortunate family tragedy. The combat is graphic at times, but the psychological elements and thrills from the plot help define this memorable game. This more mature Alice yields blades, bombs,

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ept. 14, 1980. Drummer Jon Schwartz — now known to fans worldwide by his nickname “Bermuda” — was appearing on the Dr. Demento Show out of LA to discuss his band, Nipper. Also around the studio that day was a young man who was making a name for himself with his parody songwriting. His name was Al Yankovic. “He was there that night JEFF answering phones, and just being Al,” Schwartz said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “I’d heard of him, I even had a copy of ‘My Bologna,’ and he seemed like a nice kid who I learned later wasn’t quite 21. He was going to sing a song he’d just written that weekend, a parody of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ called ‘Another One Rides The Bus.’ He asked if I’d beat on his accordion case, and as the fates would have it, I agreed.” What followed was a magical moment. Their impromptu duet would become one of the most popular moments in Demento’s history. The recording would end up as part of Yankovic’s first album in 1983. And Schwartz made an offer that would have long-lasting implications. “When we were done, I said, ‘You should have a band, I’ll be your drummer.’ It was really just one of those chance meetings, nothing too memorable about it at the time, but of course things began moving forward a few months later.” Schwartz had been in music long before that show, working as a drummer for years with a variety of bands. But his association with Yankovic has proven his most enduring and prolific. For more than three decades, Schwartz has been Yankovic’s most consistent collaborator. He’s appeared on every album. Whenever Al’s performed in concert, Bermuda has been there — though an illness in 2003 meant he wasn’t actually onstage for three shows. “Instead I was right behind my sub, Pete Gallagher, changing programs, hitting cues and guiding him through the show. He was pretty nervous, but did a great job and saved those shows,” Schwartz said. Schwartz’s passion for his work with Yankovic extends beyond performance. He has also been the official “Al historian” since they first began to work together. “I’ve always been a bit of a packrat with things I’m involved with, especially bands,” Schwartz said. “So when I began working with Al, I just wrote down pertinent facts, and kept anything related to what the band or I did. I still have the KMET guest access card from the night I met Al, so I started archiving on Day One with him.” His large collection of material was featured in the “Authorized Al,” a book released in 1985,

as well as numerous other documentaries and DVDs. It has continued to grow in the years since, and now will be chronicled in a coffeetable book on the history of Yankovic being compiled for release next year. Schwartz also is the primary force behind Yankovic’s official website, — he’s updated and maintained the site himself for more than a decade. “When Web browsers were fairly new, some of Al’s fans had created sites dedicated to him. I had been into computers for years, and figured that with the info and photos I had been collecting, I could do an interesting site” Schwartz said. Things are heating up for Schwartz and his band mates, as Yankovic is back at the forefront of pop culture with the success of the new album “Alpocalypse,” which just debuted in the Billboard Top 10. “We always hope for a hit album and single, but we’ve also learned not to expect it. We knew this was a particularly good album, but didn’t




An interview with drummer Jon ‘Bermuda’ Schwartz. dare dream that we’d chart in the top ten ... again! This is our second album in a row to debut in Billboard’s Top 10, and it’s very satisfying, and a real treat, especially after 28 years of releasing albums,” Schwartz said. For an artist with history and influence as impressive as Yankovic’s, few mountains seem left to climb. Well, maybe one: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Could music’s most hallowed halls ever find room for the world’s most celebrated satirist? Schwartz is SCHWARTZ realistic and optimistic. “Part of the reason is that there are a limited number of inductees every year, and there are a few decades of artists ahead of Al,” he said. “Another part is that Al has always been considered a comedy or novelty artist, and his musical/cultural contributions are viewed as less significant than Jeff Beck, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elvis, etc. None of whom had a good sense of humor, I might add! But with the last two albums being in the Top 10 of all music, not just comedy, maybe the board who nominates the inductees will give Al a look.” O Email Jeff at


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