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Loni Love handles comedy at Fat Fish Blue By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer PopGoesJeff@gmail.com
“Because I was raised in Detroit, in the Brewster Projects there, it was a real type of life,” comedian Loni Love said of her childhood in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “I really didn’t know I was poor until I really watched television. But it showed me that, once I watched television, there’s a different type of life out there. And I could have chose a life of, like, crime or teenage pregnancy, but I knew there was something different out there. “So, I really have to say because of my upbringing, and thanks to my mother being a strong woman — she told me I could do whatever I wanted to do to get out of the Projects. Because of that, that led me to know that if I see something I like to do, or think I can do it, I just work towards it. And I don’t let anybody tell me that I can’t do it.” The Motor City native has defied such negativity ever since, leading to a career as one of Hollywood’s hottest comics, with regular hosting gigs, appearances as a regular panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” acting roles and more to her credit. She will appear in the Toledo area for the first time at Fat Fish Blue in Levis Commons starting Aug. 18. Comedy wasn’t Love’s first choice of career, however. Her original plan,
inspired by her time as an employee at an auto factory in Detroit, was to work in engineering. She got her degree from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. While attending school, however, financial necessity led to creative invention. “It never hit me until I was broke in college, and there was a contest, and the contest paid $50 for the best story. And, I thought it was fascinating that they paid me, because I just made up a story, and I won that $50. And that kinda started my comedy career,” Love said. “So, that’s what got me interested. I thought it was fascinating that people pay people to tell stories.” She began performing comedy on the side, earning extra money here and there. It wasn’t until after her graduation, having already gotten a job, that she decided to pursue stand-up as a proper career. “What encouraged me to go into comedy full-time was, I went to The Comedy Store down in Hollywood one day, and I saw that there were a lot of males, and there was only one female performing that night. And I just figured that there had to be more females out there that needed a female voice. And so that’s what got me involved in it,” Love said. Love quickly rose through the ranks as a promising young comic, with a stint on the revival of “Star Search” helping to boost her visibility.
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“It really taught me about how different live comedy is from what you see on television. It’s a whole different type of muscle when you’re doing comedy on TV. Because you may have a joke that you can do live, but you can’t do it on TV. It may not translate — it’s not about the language, it may just be your reference, or the way you look or something like that. Television is very much different, and that’s what ‘Star Search’ taught me,” she said. Nowadays, Love is most visible as a regular panelist on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” Like many of her fellow panelists, Love had met host Chelsea Handler while they both were touring as comics. “The reason why the Chelsea show is a hit show is because of Chelsea. Chelsea allows each person to be whoever they are and she encourages them to be the best that they can be. She doesn’t care — if she does a joke about you, you can do a joke about her. She encourages you to just be yourself,” Love said. Love plans on being herself at Fat Fish Blue. “All the television I do is either in acting, or you see me do one or two-liners. It’s not a full show, and it doesn’t describe me. People may have a certain concept or thought about me because they see me for one or two minutes on TV. When you come and see me live, you get to see a lot more of me, and get to see that I’m not necessarily what you think.” O
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“Love don’t mean what it says at all” — Stevie Nicks, “Destiny”
Dreaming on, rocking on Stevie Nicks to play at Huntington Center on Aug. 19. By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Stevie Nicks has dreams she likes to sell. Her crystal visions of magic, eternal love and enchanting characters beckon. It’s those poetic fairy tales shrouded in mist set to music — and that voice. As the shawl-wearing rock star twirls through the mystical seasons of her life, fans still cry out for “Rhiannon.” And “Edge of Seventeen,” “Dreams,” “Landslide,” “Stand Back,” “Gold Dust Woman.” She’s one of the few artists with a successful solo career while in a band. With Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2003. The group has sold 48.5 million discs, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and Nicks solo has tallied 10.5 million. “In Your Dreams,” her seventh solo record, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in May, and the music is hauntingly familiar. Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics, co-produced the disc and co-wrote seven songs. “When you’ve been part of a duo like Dave and I have, the spirit of Annie Lennox and Lindsey Buckingham float with you,” Nicks said during a teleconference with four newspapers, including Toledo Free Press Star. She talked about what it was like during the nine months when Stewart was at her house working on the record. “The fireplace is on, and all the moons and stars are on the ceiling, and it’s all totally this magic living room that I live in, and he just starts playing his guitar and he’s like, ‘Well, come on, let’s go ahead.’ And I’m like a deer in the headlights: Oh my God! Does he expect me to sit
here and write a song with him? With him in the room? So I did, I just started kind of reciting my words in a sing-songy way, and that song in 15 minutes became the third to the last song on the record, ‘You May Be the One.’ ” Nicks recalled how they talked about poetry — and resurrected a gem. “I said I wrote a song once that was to an Edgar Allan Poe poem named ‘Annabel Lee.’ And he said, ‘Can we hear it?’ And I said, ‘Sure,’ and I went and got the demo out of the vault and played it for he and [co-producer] Glen Ballard and they loved it. They loved the fact that I had written it when I was 17, and they loved the fact that I didn’t even make a demo of it until 1996, so it lived in my head from 1965 until 1996.” The singer said “Secret Love,” another song from the new disc, was written in 1975. “When I first joined Fleetwood Mac in the fifth day of 1975, we — both Lindsey and I — already had a ton of songs that didn’t make it on the ‘Buckingham Nicks’ record that were really good, like, for instance, ‘Rhiannon,’ so we would just put the songs away. “And then you join Fleetwood Mac and you have three writers,” she said. “And you’re writing like crazy because you’re experiencing this new band and this crazy thing … and you only get three or four songs. “So then two years goes by until you do your next record, and you’re writing all through that two years — you’re on the road, I’m writing in my journal,” Nicks said. “By the time we get to ‘Rumours,’ I’ve got all the songs that didn’t go on ‘Fleetwood Mac’ that also aren’t going to fit on ‘Rumours.’ So I call it the song vault, so all those little songs go into the vault. And then every time I do a record, I peruse through all those songs.” The songwriter has a few thoughts about casting musical spells.
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“You just need to be a good storyteller,” she said. “The truth speaks volumes. So that’s what I always tried to do was be totally truthful, and none of my songs are made-up stories, they’re all real, they all came out of my journals, they all came out of my prose writing, which someday I’ll put into a book you guys all will get to read.” In the meantime, fans can see Nicks’ “In Your Dreams” tour, which will stop at the Huntington Center on Aug. 19. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert
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Tapestry of music Local couple brings harp to mainstream. By Patrick Timmis Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
Michael Grupp-Verbon first saw his wife Denise at a New Year’s Eve arts festival in Downtown Toledo. He was managing sound and lighting for the zone she was playing in and had thought, “Wow, she’s a pretty cool chick.” When he came back at the end of the night to tear down his equipment, he saw a security guard trying to help Denise with her instruments. The guard dropped her harp and it crashed down on the stage. “Denise absolutely came unglued,” Michael said. She began shouting at the mortified guard and Michael was hooked. “I said, ‘I gotta meet this woman. She’s feisty.’” He got home around 4 a.m. and looked up her website. “[I] sent her an email, and so emails turned into coffee turned into lunch turned into dinner turned into her asking me to marry her.” When he and Denise began dating, she
wanted to be able to play music together and bought him a guitar. Michael had been a percussionist since middle school, including a two-year stint as a drummer in the Army band. He had experimented on guitar, but never advanced farther than simple chord accompaniment. She was a classically trained violinist with a master’s degree from Northwestern University in violin performance. At first, he could do little more than complement her music. But he began studying guitar formally with distinguished folk and classical guitarist Al Petteway and learned to play in an alternate tuning. “He has a really good ear,” Denise said. “And somebody can play him a melody and he’ll will a minute and he can figure it out real quick. Whereas I come from what they call paper-trained.” Since their first album “Variations,” the duo’s style has evolved to emphasize Michael’s own growing artistry, local fan Lewis Derr said. Tapestry, the duo’s name, plays primarily Celtic folk music. They also mix in some pop elements. One of Derr’s favorites in their
Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon, the duo known as Tapestry. PHOTO COURTESY TAPESTRY
repertoire is “Stairway to Heaven,” and when the audience is largely children, Tapestry will even break out Disney tunes. “Variations,” released in 2005, was heavy on Michael and Denise’s own arrangements of their favorite tunes — basically a cover album. With the second album “The Journey” in 2007, Tapestry moved toward more original pieces. “The Red Leaf,” released this year, is almost entirely original work. Production techniques and the complexity of the instrumentation have also grown, as “The Red Leaf ” was recorded at The Olive Bar Studio in Nashville.
The couple is laying the groundwork for Tapestry’s next album. Michael said he wants to tap into roots for this album, adding vocals and thickening the sound with bass and a trap set. “I’m a rocker at heart,” Michael said. “I’ve been keeping the leash on up to this point, but I’m feeling the need to throw in a little bit more aggressive style.” Denise and Michael host an annual harp festival, The Harp Gathering, at Sauder Village. Their latest album “The Red Leaf ” is available on iTunes. Follow Tapestry online at its website, www.tapestryduo.com. O
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“Wake up with a stranger, it’s not something you plan” — Stevie Nicks, “Fall from Grace”
Rainin’ in the Croswell
Adrian theater brings ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to the stage.
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“Singin’ in the Rain” is a huge challenge for any theater. Expectations are sky-high. The classic MGM movie musical is ingrained into the American cultural consciousness: Donald O’Connor crashing through drywall, Debbie Reynolds singing behind the curtain and the iconic image of a dripping, exuberant Gene Kelly splashing through puddles. The Croswell Opera House’s new production gives the audience what it wants — a nostalgic but fresh performance full of crisp tap-dancing, warmhearted songs and a lovable cast of characters led by great performances from Joseph Dennehy as Don Lockwood, Marlena Hilderley as Kathy Selden and K.C. Kenney as Cosmo Brown. From the first notes of the overture played by music director Jonathan Sills’ rock-solid orchestra, this show is a delight. Director and choreographer team Brian and Jodi Hissong initially thought they would have to hire professional Equity actors to pull off the show. But the talent they saw at auditions proved them wrong. Brian is a Croswell veteran who returned from New York City with his wife to spend his summer at the opera house and work on a show they both love. “I grew up watching the movie,” Jodi said. “That’s the reason I dance. It really is; Gene Kelly is the reason I dance.” The cast has mastered her entertaining but difficult choreography. “It’s amazing being part of such a dance-heavy show,” said Toledo native Brittanie Kuhr, the musical’s dance captain. “It makes your adrenaline kick in, blood pumping; but it’s so physical. Our muscles have been toned.” All the old favorites are here: “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Moses” and even a new song for the glamorous Lina Lamont — played by Lucy Garno Hagedorn — a petulant lament for Don’s lack of attention titled “What’s Wrong with Me?” n RAIN CONTINUES ON 7
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n RAIN CONTINUED FROM 6 The show’s highlight comes at the end of Act 1 when actual rain pours down on Dennehy as he sings and dances with his streaming umbrella, the stage lit by an old-fashioned lamppost. This is Toledo-native Dennehy’s third time performing in a production of “Singin’ in the Rain” and his second as Don Lockwood. “It’s a definite favorite of mine,” Dennehy said. “I kind of found out that anytime it’s around I’m going to be trying to do it. At least until they put a walker on me and I can’t.” The Croswell’s own atmosphere heightens the charm of the show. The beautifully restored opera house was opened in 1866 and has been a site for vaudeville, cinema, concerts and theater ever since. The Adrian theater is the oldest continually operating theater in Michigan and one of the oldest in the United States. “The Croswell’s such a great place,” Brian Hissong said. “It’s special to get to direct where you grew up performing in.” “Singin’ in the Rain” performs Aug. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 7 and 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors (age 60 and older) and $15 for children (age 12 and younger). Purchase tickets online at www.croswell.org. O
Toledo Museum of Art to host ‘An Evening with the Jurors’ The Toledo Federation of Art Societies will host “An Evening with the Jurors, Tasteful Temptations and Conversations” on Aug. 19 from 6:30-10 p.m. The event, at the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, is a “festive, strolling dinner” with food and desserts prepared by the museum’s chef. Previously known as the “Jury Dinner,” the event will feature two jurors speaking about the entries into this year’s Toledo Area Artists 93rd Annual Exhibition, which will take place Aug. 26. This year’s jurors are Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy and Associate Curator Amy Gilman. During the dinner, a jazz group made up of students from the Toledo School for the Arts will be performing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees will also be eligible to win prizes, including one of several works donated by artists from Toledo. To reserve your spot, contact Leslie Adams by Aug. 14 at (419) 255-4321. Admission is $35 per person and seating is limited. O — Sarah Ottney
Mud Hens’ ‘Hot August Night’
Northwest Ohio Community Shares is hosting “Hot August Night” on Aug. 28 during a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. “It’s a really good event because everybody can kind of bring something to it,” said Angela Abbatiello, executive director of Northwest Ohio Com-
munity Shares. “It’s great to be able to participate in something that is such a wonderful community resource, the Mud Hens and Fifth Third Field.” Northwest Ohio Community Shares is a federation of 28 Northwest Ohio nonprofit organizations, including Hannah’s Socks, Sylvania Area Family Services and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio. According to Abbatiello, the goals for the event are to raise money, highlight the agencies that are part of Community Shares, kick off the fall campaign and have fun. “I’m looking forward to sitting out and watching the Mud Hens game after all our busyness is done, having an ice cream and watching the fireworks,” Abbatiello said. The event begins at 4 p.m. with tickets available for $35 per person and $20 for those 12 and younger. This includes admission to the Mud Hens game and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner. There will also be a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and live and silent auctions. This is the first year the event will feature a live auction. Bill Roemer is volunteering as the auctioneer for the event. Roemer is affiliated with Rotary Club of Sylvania and Sylvania Area Family Services. Items available in the live auction include two one-week stays at a condo in Florida and a dinner for six at a fire station in Toledo. Visit www.NWOhioShares.org for more information about the event. O — Jason Mack
Green Party Hip-Hop event
Toledo Green Party City Council candidates Anita Rios and Sean Nestor are hosting a Hip-Hop event to benefit their campaigns. The event is Aug. 13 at the Lois M. Nelson Theatre in the Collingwood Arts Center. The headliner is Hip-Hop activist Head-Roc, the frontman of the group GODISHEUS from Washington, D.C. In 2010, HeadRIOS Roc wrote a battle rap for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which helped win a labor dispute. GODISHEUS is working on its debut album. Other acts performing are DJ Benny Keys and The Great Lakes. Spoken-word artist Natural will host the event. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Rios for Toledo and Nestor for Toledo. Tickets are $7 and are available at Culture Clash, RamaLama Records, People Called Women, AA Records, Original Sub Shop, Shakin Street Records, Collingwood Arts Center and Allied Record Exchange. The Collingwood Arts Center is not affiliated with any political party. It is located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd. O — Jason Mack
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“You need someone looking after you” — Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
Music ministry J Anthony shines on ‘Bow Down.’
oledo has a vast selection of local music to choose from; often we talk about Hip-Hop and R&B. But what about the inspiration for many genres of music, Gospel? Cleveland-born J Anthony among the middle of six children raised in the church and was often the one put in the spotlight. He claims he doesn’t know why, but I’m guessing his mother knew early on that there was something special about his voice. Around the age of 7, he formed a gospel group he would be a part of until he was a teenager. Struggling in those formative years between the church and secular world, J Anthony made the decision to leave the church. After high school graduation, he received a track scholarship to The University of Toledo, taking him away from his mother, who is
a pastor, his family and church upbringing. But for J Anthony, returning to the church was inevitable. He received his bachelor’s and master’s from The University of Toledo and is currently a vice principal at one of the citiy’s public high schools, E.L. Bowsher. What makes a vice principal with talent and a passion for guiding youth pursue a career in the music industry? I was able to ask about his musical calling and motivation for his debut album titled, “Bow Down,” a collection of soulful gospel praise. Anthony’s voice is smooth enough to grab and keep your attention. His CD shines on tracks like the title track, “Bow Down,” and “Honor You,” which displays his voice control complementing his lyrics with slow, soulful grooves and beautiful melodies. Anthony’s tenor prevails on up tempo tracks like
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“Nations” as well. A mix of soul, jazz and praise, the album is receiving rave reviews and J Anthony is humbly taking the interviews as they come. Martini Rox: After coming back to the church, what led you to the music ministry? J Anthony: It was one summer when I came home [from College] a new pastor had [come] in to assist with my mom; it was like a whole band. It was a guy playing on the keyboard the whole style of music was contemporary and urban. [I] was like “Oh wow, this is cool!” Something just got in me and I was like “I’m about to take piano lessons!” Art Johnson [Toledo gospel artist] took the time and gave me like six months of [music] theory and I pretty much went from there. Rox: What led you to a solo career? Anthony: Anybody in the gospel industry knows who [gospel singer] Israel Houghton is, I had the opportunity to travel with him. This was before he got his Grammy, maybe seven, eight years ago. Before I met him I had been out of the country in Africa twice. Kenya, Nigeria, singing [in] Russia. I sung with a group. It was called 4 Christ. It was mission work, but we were singing. Rox: How do you hope your gospel ministry will help with your youth ministry? Anthony: What I want to do is not just the music. It’s bigger than music. It’s bigger than me! Anyone who invites me to be at their church events mostly it’s around youth. Sing obviously, then speaking, I’m all about encouraging the youth [because] I can relate to them well. I’m around them all the time. Whatever’s going on currently, I’m around it and I know. I think that’s what makes me unique and effective. I would help adults connect with [their] youth.
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Growing up in Philadelphia, Jeff Lorber remembers drifting off to sleep listening to his mother playing Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on the piano. “It was just so nice to go to bed and hear someone playing this beautiful music,” he said. “I had two older sisters who were taking piano lessons; the piano was sort of the center of the house, so as soon as I got big enough I wanted to join in and have some of the fun that everyLORBER body was having.” These days, he’s finding fun reviving the Jeff Lorber Fusion. “Everybody we talked to seemed to think it was a great idea to bring the [band] name back and bring back the style of music that’s a little more jazzy, more up-tempo and exciting and funky,” he said. The keyboardist returned to his roots, releasing “Now Is the Time” in 2010 under the Jeff Lorber Fusion name, which he used with his 1977 debut disc. The group released five albums before he went solo in 1982. “[‘Now Is the Time’] was fairly successful; sales were good, and we were nominated for a Grammy and that was really nice,” Lorber said. He said the fusion project will continue with a new disc, “Galaxy,” to be released, he hopes, this year. The Jeff Lorber Fusion will play the River Raisin Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at St. Mary’s Park in Monroe. The event is free. During a call to Toledo Free Press Star from his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Lorber talked about who will take the stage with
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A sculpture from the exhibit, “Diners.”
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Owens gallery season opens with ‘Diners’ Patrons of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery will soon be able to order a heaping plate of creativity with a side of inspiration when Owens Community College opens its season with the “Diners” exhibition Aug. 16. “Owens Community College is proud to open the current exhibition season with such a unique exhibit that brings to life the diners of America through photographs, paintings, sculptures and poetry,” said Wynn Perry, part-time coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “Diners are an essential part of our culture and certainly hold a special place in the hearts of many individuals. Attendees will truly enjoy the masterful work of such talented artists.” Approximately 50 featured pieces will be on display in “Diners,” highlighted by photographs of historic U.S. Route 66 diners, paintings and sculptures of diner-specific food and restaurant menus comprised of poetry. In addition to the exhibit, Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts will serve as host to a free lecture and artistic ceramics demonstration by guest artist Jerry Berta on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Ceramics Laboratory, room 214. A free exhibit reception will take place immediately following Berta’s lecture and artistic ceramics demonstra-
tion in the Terhune Gallery. There will also be a free poetry reading by Marianna Hofer as part of a Brown Bag Luncheon event Sept. 8. The reading will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the gallery. “I really have to credit our gallery director in Findlay who saw a similar show at a café and brought it to our attention. I think people shouldn’t miss this exhibit because you rarely see poetry and visual art put together and the whole show is just fun,” Perry said. The exhibit runs through Sept. 16. Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Artists will include University of Findlay assistant professor of art Valerie Escobedo of Findlay, University of Findlay associate professor of English Marianna Hofer of Findlay, photographer and author Jim Ross of Arcadia, Okla., photographer and author Shellee Graham of Chandler, Okla., ceramist Jerry Berta of Grand Rapids, Mich. painter Vic Vicini of Livonia, Mich. and glass artist John Miller of Normal, Ill. For more information, visit www.owens.edu or call 1-800-GO-OWENS. O — Staff Reports
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“Well I’ve been afraid of changing, ‘cause I’ve built my life around you” — Stevie Nicks, “Landslide”
Selena Gomez is feeling the pressure. Just as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and other teen-based female singers had to make the jump from Disney Channel cool to mainstream acceptance, the “Wizards of Waverly Place” actress Gomez, 19, realizes her teen years are almost finished. While she’s ventured into feature films — most notably 2010’s “Ramona and Beezus” and the recent “Monte Carlo,” as well as “The Muppets” later this year — the pop singer just released her third studio effort “When the Sun Goes Down” as Selena Gomez and the Scene. Also, as if she needed any more exposure, Gomez is famously dating the teen idol de jour, Justin Bieber. Even though she was in the spotlight before, her new beau has decidedly upped the ante with the paparazzi. “It’s annoying, it really is,” said Gomez, calling Toledo Free Press Star from outside of Atlanta. “It’s frustrating but I can’t be the person who sits here and complains. I don’t respect what they do. I always dreamed about being able to tour the world. I’ve always dreamed to do what I love. So unfortunately, it does come with it. Whether it’s my music,
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my acting, my TV show, I just want it to be about my work. Unfortunately, it’s just kind of been scrutinized about my private life at the moment, which is very frustrating. But if I just continue to work hard, which I’ve been doing for the past 11 years, I just want to be recognized for that.” Among all the endeavors in Gomez’s life, she’s taking the temperature of her music career. Her new CD, “When the Sun Goes Down,” boasts a predictable array of sounds and styles within the electro-pop genre. Now for the first time Gomez is actually giving one of her releases the proper support. Her “We Own the Night Tour” rolls through Michigan on Aug. 10 at DTE Energy Music Theatre and Cleveland on Aug. 14 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. She’s viewing the concert as a unique party with friends, albeit tweeners praying Bieber makes an appearance (as he did earlier on the tour), with sections of the show finding Gomez playing different roles: from a soft-sided beginning to a hip-hop vibe and finally a party girl. There’s also a Spears tribute, which for Gomez is extremely personal. Not only was the “Oops! ... I Did It Again” singer the first she saw in concert she ever attended as a little girl in the late ’90s — Gomez said she’s also the first concert for many of her young fans — but Spears’ continued relevance a decade later is appealing.
Just like Spears in her late teens, Gomez now finds herself on the oftentimes treacherous and decidedly unpredictable path of not only growing up in front of her fans but attempting to bring them along. “When the Sun Goes Down” positions Gomez more front and center than her earlier efforts, but unlike her idol she’s not using overt sexuality to equate maturity. Still, Gomez admits the leap from teen star to legitimate pop artist is an uncertain expanse. “It’s so awkward, it really is, and I don’t know if I’ll make the transition well,” Gomez said. “I just know that I have the most devoted fans and most of them are younger, and I would never want to upset them. I really do appreciate everything they’ve done for me. I guess it’s about choosing the right kind of music and roles I want to perform in. So it’s just all about being careful.” Basically, Gomez finds herself in the universal teen star Catch-22: Does she continue making pop music for tweeners or attempt to make the leap into credible pop artist? “I’m going to have to grow up,” Gomez said. “It’s inevitable and it has to happen.” That said, she’s not denying that “When the Sun Goes Down,” and specifically the “We Own the Night Tour,” is a make-it-or-break-it affair that
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“Thunder only happens when it’s raining” — Stevie Nicks, “Dreams”
O A-Bomb, Pancho Villa’s Skull, Detroit Underdogs, Ironclad, Constituents, Alpha + Omega Soundsystem: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 12. O The Bang! 9:30 p.m. Aug. 13. O MC Frontalot, Brandon Patton, Baron Knoxburry: 8 p.m. Aug. 17.
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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.
Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Billy Dean and Dawn: Aug. 12-13.
Glass City Café
This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Taj Mahal Trio, the Luke Winslow-King Trio: 8 p.m. Aug. 10, $49.50. O Tommy Malone: 8 p.m. Aug. 11, $20. O The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. Aug. 12, $11. O Cris Williamson: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, $17.50. O John Lee Hooker Jr.: 8 p.m. Aug. 15, $15. O Katie Geddes: 8 p.m. Aug. 16, $13.50.
2012 Adams St. (419) 243-1900. O Deja Dellataro and Felaciana Thunderpussy: ThursdaysSaturdays.
This university hot spot from back in the day hosts entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. 3922 Secor Road. (419) 473-0062 or www.toledoclubsoda.com. O Noisy Neighbors: Aug. 19-20.
This small venue offers musical accompaniment for its Saturday brunches. 10:30 a.m., 1107 Jackson St. (419) 2414519 or www.glasscitycafe.com. O OWE’ver Easy with Jason Quick & Ben Langlois: Aug. 13.
Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O Bush League: Aug. 12. O Suburban Soul: Aug. 13.
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Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17. O Leo Darrington: Aug. 11. O Clifford Murphy & Claude Black Trio: Aug. 12-13. O Jason Quick: Aug. 16.
This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Alexander Zonjic: 6 and 9 p.m. Aug. 11, $20. O Last Born Son: 7 p.m. Aug. 12. O CJ & Company: 7 p.m. Aug. 13. O Deon Yates: 6 p.m. Aug. 18. O Berlin Brothers: 7 p.m. Aug. 19.
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 Drive East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. O The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute. 3 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, $15. O Rodney Carrington: 9 p.m. Aug. 13, $25.
Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Gregg Aranda: Tuesdays. O Dave Carpenter: Aug. 10. O Calen Savidge: Aug. 11. O Arctic Clam: Aug. 12-13. O Kyle White: Aug. 17.
This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, www.centennialterrace.org or www. ticketmaster.com. O The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11 p.m. Aug. 13, $10. O ’80s Explosion Dance Party: Aug. 19, $25.
Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. O Jeff Stewart: 10 p.m. Aug. 12. O DFR: 10 p.m. Aug. 13.
This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerry townconcerthouse.com. O New West Guitar Group: 8 p.m. Aug. 12. O Ken Kozora’s Energetic Sphere Skebo/Michalowski Duo: 8 p.m. Aug. 16.
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Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O Acoustic Chutney: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13.
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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 Jeff Stewart: Tuesdays. O Rocket Men: Aug. 10. O The Brave Youngsters: Aug. 11. O The Breakfast Club: Aug. 12-13.
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. theblarneyirishpub.com. O Jeff Stewart: Aug. 11. O The Bridges: Aug. 12-13. O Kyle White: Aug. 18.
Blind Pig A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Matt G., 5 Ela, 87, Magnum Opus, A.P., Donnie Destro, M Select: 8 p.m. Aug. 10. O Company of Thieves, the Hounds Below, Gold Motel: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 11.
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“No man called my name ... no man came” — Stevie Nicks, “Stand Back” Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open mic hosted by Meaghan Roberts and Jason Quick: Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn:Tuesday nights. O Meaghan Roberts: Aug. 10. O Esther Cohen: 6 p.m. Aug. 11. O Mo Joe Boes: Aug. 12. O It’s Essential: Aug. 13. O Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
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.mickeyfinnspub.com. O Rock the Stage, featuring local bands: 9 p.m. Thursdays, free. O S*** Dang Monstertrucks: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12. O Violent Stars, Manifest Station, the Leles: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13.
Mutz @ The Oliver House This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www. oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJs Omar Garcia and Todd Perrine: Saturdays. O Gene Parker Trio: 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays. O Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Aug. 12.
Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Kellen & Me: 10 p.m. Aug. 11. O Monogold and Bethesda: 10 p.m. Aug. 12.
O Jack & the Bear, Timothy Monger: 10 p.m. Aug. 13. O Fingers of the Sun: 10 p.m. Aug. 15. The track hosts concerts before the evening’s harness races. 5 p.m. Saturdays, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd. $2. (419) 476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com. O MAS FiNA: Aug. 13.
Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. O Area 51: Aug. 12. O Rantz: Aug. 13.
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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.wordpress.com. O Kristin Miltner, Matt Davignon, Brad Henkel, Dustin Carlson: Aug. 13.
Rocky’s Bar Celebrate with live music, entertainment, amazing food and drink specials. Raffles every night, 4020 Secor Rd., (Behind Culture Clash Records). First Anniversary Blow Out! O Kari Nichole Aug. 10 O DJ Nathan Mattimoe Aug. 11 O Zeddie Aug. 12 O Ben Barefoot Aug, 13
Spicy Tuna This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 7209333 or spicytunasushi.com.
County Fair. Listen for your chance to win tickets to the show and possibly a meet and greet! O O The Eight-Fifteens: Sunday evenings. O Mark Mikel Band: Tuesdays. O Ric Caswell, Mark Mikel: Aug. 12. O Steven Mullan Band, Angula Puzzuoli: Aug. 13.
Stella’s Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com. O C.J. Manning, Karen Harris: Aug. 11 and 18. O Shaun Turner, Leslie Lane: Aug. 13.
Wesley’s Bar & Grill A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333 or wesleysbar.com. O DJs Folk, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. O Jeff Stewart: Aug. 13.
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.
The Village Idiot
Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281, (419) 740-2395 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Old West End Productions: Wednesdays. O Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons.
Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www.yeehas.com. O Moores Law: Aug. 12. O DJ Heat: Aug. 13. O Nine Lives: Aug. 19.
The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. O Karaoke: Wednesdays.
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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 www.ziasrestaurant.com.
Lunch at Levis Square concert series Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. O Urban Jazz Collective: Aug. 11.
Music at the Market Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Commodore Park, Louisiana and E. Indiana avenues. (419) 873-2787 or www.perrysburgarts.org. O Quartet Bernadette: Aug. 11.
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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 toledogarden.org. O Cake Walkin’ Jass Band: Aug. 11.
Club Friday Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:309:30 p.m., Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O It’s Essential: Aug. 12. O Venyx: Aug. 19.
Swingmania With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or www.swingmania.org. 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.
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Nature and the Toledo Metroparks’ stately manor house provide the backdrops for this series of outdoor concerts. Picnickers are welcome. Noon Aug. 12, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, gazebo on the manor house lawn, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
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”This terribly unscientific looking dude (James Franco) is, of course, a brilliant scientist who cures Alzheimers by creating a ‘brain-smartener’ serum but he must test it on monkeys before he can use it on his dad … I must say this movie was remarkable … Go see it!”
James A. Molnar, TFP Movie critic:
”Will this movie stand the test of time and be relevant in years to come — like the creatures have themselves since the 1950s? Probably not. But overall, the film is a nice break from the current box office fare.‘The Smurfs’ is sweet, not saccharine. La-la-la-la-la-la…”
James A. Molnar, TFP Movie critic:
”Summer blockbusters can be a bust. Audiences can regret their $10 (or $13 with 3-D). Or blockbusters can be great. In the case of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ it is money well spent. The story is perfect. The action and special effects are spot on.”
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As Aug. 31 approaches, DC Comics has destruction on its collective mind. On that day, the venerable company will cease publication of its entire line of titles and start a new roster of comics that’s already proven to be controversial among its readers. They’ve also caught a whiff of mutiny in the ranks of fans, but claims that not only are they aware of it, they’re actively doing something about it. In all DC comics dated Aug. 3, an editorial by DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio attempts to answer a question that might be on a few fans’ minds: Why buy DC titles at all in August when by the end of the month they’ll all be canceled? DiDio claims the company has “prepared for this situation” and stacked its decks accordingly. Most likely, it’s a real concern for DC; sales are down, which precipitated the big changeover, and they could get a lot worse before they have a
chance to impress with a “new” DC. DiDio gives readers an almost nuts-andbolts idea of how the company allegedly planned large, splashy story arcs for the conclusions of all its major titles and is “on point” for the bottom-barrel books that will not be reincarnated come September. It’s a series of gutsy moves for DC, sure, but despite the blithe air that drives the editorial, one senses a bit of “wedding day jitters” on this eve of destruction. DC is already running late with several titles — as usual — but continues to swear that only two books will be published Aug. 31: “Flashpoint” No. 5, the wrap-up of its big summer saga, and “Justice League” No. 1, the kickoff of the new DC Universe. The co-publisher ends by saying, “I have a personal thought on why you should buy DC in August. It’s because you love comics, and we makes some of the best ones out there. No better reason in the world.” An optimistic — almost egotistical — stance to be sure, but DC has a lot on the line here. Everything in the universe, in fact, as all eyes will be upon the company in September. O
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he first time I attended the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration at the Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) in Milan, Ohio, I had won the tickets in a contest. I put “pick me!” in the subject line of my entry e-mail, and couldn’t believe it when they actually did. Because those tickets were bestowed upon me seemingly by magic, the whole event took on a shimmering aura for me from that day on, which is why I was a little giddy as I joined the long line for the shuttle from the parking area to this year’s event a couple of weeks ago — that and the fact that Aarón Sanchez and Amanda Frietag, two of my favorite judges on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” were among the celebrity chefs appearing at the event.
The CVI is the research and development arm of The Chef’s Garden in nearby Huron, Ohio, a.k.a. the Jones Farm, which provides naturally grown vegetables, herbs and microgreens to chefs all over the world. The Veggie U program is an elementary school science curriculum developed and distributed by The Chef’s Garden to teach healthy food choices. The annual Food and Wine Celebration is Veggie U’s only fundraiser, so the organizers do it up right. Attending the event alone and too excited to keep quiet, I started chatting with the people ahead of me in the shuttle line, Dave and Andrea Lenyo. Residents of Huron, they were attending the Food and Wine Celebration for the first time. n GOURMET CONTINUES ON 19
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SANCHEZ dishes stood out. Chef Cesare Avallone of Zinc Brasserie in Sandusky was offering “Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Ceviche Snow Cones with Wahoo and Shrimp” that were so refreshing I eventually went back for seconds. Right down the row, Chef Demetrios Atheneos of Deagan’s Kitchen in Lakewood proffered “Lobster Nachos with Avocado, Corn, Sweet Soy and Coriander Blooms” that were a real treat. But classic comfort food all dressed up in its Sunday best may have been my favorite: “Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup, Caramelized Vegetable and White Cheddar Grilled Cheese” from Anna Kim of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. If it’s not on her menu, it should be. The longest food line, all night long, was for Jeni’s Ice Cream. The founder of the Columbus-based “scoop shops,” Jeni Britton Bauer, was appearing at the event for a book signing and cooking demo. Her booth in the Grand Tasting Tent was offering four of her unique flavors, and despite the heat, the line snaked through the crowd and often included staff from some of the other booths. Meanwhile, Britton Bauer herself was participating in a side-by-side cooking demo with Chef Govind Armstrong, creator of the 8 oz. Burger Bar restaurants in LA and South Beach, Fla. The chefs used volunteer assistants from the crowd to make backyard mint ice cream and sliders, respectively. Best of all, a Jeni’s Ice Cream employee plied the crowd with samples throughout the presentation. After her demo, Chef Amanda Freitag told the crowd she was grateful to have been invited, and asked for a round of thank-you applause for Farmer Jones. “This is my first time in Ohio, and I’m coming back,” Freitag said enthusiastically. “I love it!” Near the end of the evening, Andrea Lenyo reappeared and I asked her how she liked the event. Her eyes widened a little. “When we first got here we didn’t know what to expect,” she said, “but this is amazing.” All I could do was agree. O Amy Campbell is Toledo Free Press Star Food Editor. Email her at email@example.com.
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in the same field as you is better. That accounts for a great deal of the hatred spewed from the artists in the city. Putting together an environment of artists who simply want to make good music is quite the accomplishment. DJ Avalanche is a native Sandusky producer who moved to Toledo to expand upon the music scene here. After seeing a video similar to the documentary he’s putting together, he wanted the people to really see behind the scenes of the musicmaking process. “The DJs are the backbone of everything. People hear a song and don’t realize what the producer was thinking when he put it together, or how the DJ would mix it with,” DJ Ava- lanche said. Instead of only focusing on the artist in the booth bringing his or her lyrics to life, this documentary will shine a light on the perfectionists who spend countless hours mixing sound levels, adding sound effects and presenting a product that is worthy of millions of listeners. A follow-up to this documentary will depend on the success of the sales upon its release. For the sake of Hip-Hop, and its reputation in Toledo, do yourself a favor and do something out of the ordinary: support musicians before you see them on television. O
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f you asked the average person on the street to name three superheroes, what would they say? Superman? Batman? SpiderMan? Wolverine? Wonder Woman? Iron Man? Green Lantern? Captain America? Hell, go far enough down the depth chart and they might reach second-tier heroes like The Flash or Thor and their JEFF ilk. But one thing can almost be guaranteed: They probably won’t name any minorities, will they? Let’s face it — comic books are hardly the most diverse segment of the pop culture landscape. If you look at the most popular superheroes, the ones who are expected to sell comics, get adapted into other media, carry a franchise and so forth, you find the disquieting trend that they’re almost all square-jawed white people. The first African-American superhero most can name would probably be Storm of the X-Men, and she is clearly portrayed as a member of an ensemble rather than as a breakout hero in her own right (unlike, say, Wolverine). For the first minority Marvel hero who was given the chance to be a starring character, you have to look to Luke Cage, who debuted in 1972. Even then, the early years of the Cage character were clearly sired by the blaxploitation era and were pretty astoundingly insensitive in their own right. My point is simply to point out what a racially lopsided world the upper-tier of superheroics is. At least, until Aug. 1, when Marvel announced that the recently deceased Peter Parker of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” series would be replaced by Miles Morales, a half-African, half-Hispanic teenager who would carry on the Spider-Man mantle. The announcement was made on a Monday, well before any issue featuring the character would be released to newsstands. No one had read anything featuring Morales. No judgments based upon the quality of the writing or the portrayal of the individual could have been reached. Any responses would be kneejerk reactions based upon one factor: The character’s race. Here is a sample of the vitriol that followed in the hours after the announcement, culled from only one article on the subject on IGN.com (all presented with original formatting and misspellings intact). “Say hello to the death of the Ultimate spiderman comics.” “Thats like replacing superman with an asian guy and calling it a good idea. They even made him black and hispanic to knock out 2 birds with 1 stone. Even made sure his name reflected both
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cultures. Its almost so perfect its insulting lol” “I’d go for a cloned version of Peter where he didn’t know he was a clone and would prefer it over this turd.” “haha, when issue 1 comes out he probably will be gay too. they’ll shove every single minority down our throat because if we complain, then we are racist. the same thing the president did.” “Also he should probably have Autism, but I guess sickle cell will do just fine. Hooray for ‘diversity’ i.e. relegating white people.” Again, keep in mind: None of these comments had anything to do with the portrayal of the character. Readers hadn’t even met him yet. They all were reactions to one fact: The new “Ultimate Spider-Man” wasn’t white. Oh, boo-hoo. First off, I don’t know if there’s ever been a superhero whose race is less of a factor than Spidey. He doesn’t have an inch of exposed skin when he’s in costume, anyway. They
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even did a story where Spidey stood up to a racist by noting the guy didn’t know what color he was under his garb. More importantly, what does it say about comic fans when they are ready to make such sweeping judgments about the character’s value, and Marvel’s motivations in creating him, sight unseen? I have to say, reading the Internet venom (no pun intended) during the past few days has been supremely MORALES disquieting. Seeing such widespread anger over this move, done to what is an alternate reality version of a character anyway, reaffirms that we still have a lot of growing up to do as a society. If Miles Morales sucks as a character, fine. But let him suck on his own merits. Read his stories and see what you think of his actions. Don’t prejudge him, and his creators, based solely on the color of his skin. In real life, there’s a word for that. And I don’t think it’s out of line to apply that word to those who leap to such anger, simply because the upper echelon of superheroes isn’t exclusively Caucasian. O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.
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