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“We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.” — Robin Williams


“Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality.” — Hillary Clinton

Let the good times roll By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer vkroll@toledofreepress.com

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” If your French is fuzzy, that’s “Let the good times roll!” Delfeayo Marsalis will bring some N’awlins music and good times when he slides into Toledo on Aug. 28. “It’ll be an all-star lineup of guys, and we’re going to party like it’s Mardi,” the trombonist said and laughed. “When we come to town, we’re going to be playing Mardi Gras, so it’ll be more of a New Orleans celebration, the party music.” The jazzman will hold court with saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, trumpeter Marquis Hill, sax player Lauren Sevian, bassist Eric Wheeler, pianist Richard D. Johnson and drummer Winard Harper. “I love playing the New Orleans music,” Marsalis said during a call from his home in the Crescent City. “We like to change it up, incorporate as many styles as we can.” “Fat Wednesday” will take place at the Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel, 444 N. Summit St. Tickets for the concert and tasting buffet are $55 for Tatum Jazz Heritage Society members and $65 for nonmembers; tickets for an after party that will include champagne are $75 for members and $85. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a tasting buffet of dishes from the Big Easy. On the menu: gumbo, jambalaya and bread pudding with red beans and rice served up using Louis Armstrong’s recipe, according to Kay Elliott, executive director of the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society, who organized the event. Marsalis hails from New Orleans and that storied music family. “When I think of that period of growing up and that early development, it’s less about music and more about education and creativity because my mother [Dolores] is a very creative person,” he said. “She encouraged us to be creative in our own way.” The noted musician will discuss creativity Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery. “I think I will end up talking about working with kids,” Marsalis said of the free event. Ever the improviser, he came up with the name of the talk during the interview: “Oh, I know, the title will be: ‘Be Creative, It’s Cool Like Jazz.’” He’ll also share his latest project when he visits the Glass City: a children’s book titled “No Cell Phone Day.” His 12-year-old daughter, Jazmine, inspired the work.

“We had our no cellphone day when she was probably 7 or 8. And after deciding we’d have a day with no technology, we just went and hung out at the park,” he said. “We came up with a fun day, and she really enjoyed it and told all her friends she was excited we had a no ‘cellophone’ day, as she would say back then.” He’ll read the new book Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Library and at 2 p.m. in the Great Gallery. “I would say [the book is for] probably second grade and up. It can still be enjoyed by kindergarten and first grade for the pictures because the illustrations [by Reginald Butler] are so marvelous,” Marsalis said. “I wanted it to be a family book, something that everyone could enjoy at least one aspect or more of it.” “No Cell Phone Day” is dedicated toMarsalis’ younger brother, Mboya, who has autism. “This was the early days of autism; this was before they knew what it was,” Marsalis recalled of when his brother was growing up. “Knowing early on that [Mboya] would have difficulty with communication and with learning to a certain extent inspired me to really work with kids and to try to help. “I think I have an extraordinary amount of patience having grown up in a household with Mboya, and I’ve dedicated the book to him.” Marsalis has another creative endeavor: “The Last Southern Gentleman,” will be out in October. “[The disc] features myself with my dad [pianist Ellis Marsalis], [bassist] John Clayton and [drummer] Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, and it’s my first quartet. I’m the only horn,” he said. “We pay tribute to the great men of the South. There’s a jazz sound that’s from the South that is unique, and it has to do, in my opinion, with what we consider Southern hospitality and Southern manners and the idea of the actual Southern gentleman. “And many of the early great jazz men, that’s who they were: Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong and “King” Oliver and Johnny Dodds — if you read about these guys and learn about them, they just had that sensibility about them in that Southern gentility, and we’re paying tribute to that.” In 2011, Ellis Marsalis and his sons who pursued music —  trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, drummer Jason and Delfeayo —  received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. “[The honor] was mostly for my dad and the great work that he’s done as an educator, as a performer, and that he would contribute to having four sons who love the music and are doing everything they can to spread the word.” O

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“To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it.” — Harvey Fierstein

All things German By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer mliasse@toledofreepress.com

During the German-American Festival, attendees eat 9,500 various bratwursts, 6,100 ears of sweet corn, 275 gallons of sauerkraut, more than 650 pounds of assorted cheeses, 6,000 pretzels and 4,800 dinner rolls. All the food is made by volunteers. “We don’t have outside vendors,” Festival Chairman Tim Pecsenye said. “They’ll start grilling Friday afternoon before the festival opens. Sauerkraut, that’ll be cooked starting Friday afternoon. They’ll start peeling potatoes and making potato salad Thursday morning.” The German-American Festival, operated by the G.A.F. Society, is the oldest and largest ethnic festival in the Toledo area. It is one of the largest in this part of the United States, according to a news release. “We concentrate on good entertainment and great food and [beverages],” Pecsenye said. The festival is spread over 10 acres. According to the news release, the festival is intended to promote and enhance German and Swiss cultures. It generates revenue for the German-Swiss Cultural Center in Oregon and for a variety of programs and scholarships in the Toledo area. The festival is for everyone, Pecsenye said, because it’s like being at a festival in Germany. General admission is $7 and children younger than 12 are free. Tickets are available in advance for $6 and texting “GAF” to 55678 will grant customers $1 off their ticket price. Two and three-day admission tickets are also available online for $10 and $15. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 23, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 24 and noon to 11 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Activities and contests

Activities are planned for the weekend to entertain all ages. For the fifth year, the festival will sponsor the

German-American Festival returns for 48th year.

German Kuchen Baking Contest. Anyone interested can bring an authentic German kuchen recipe. All entrants must submit a printed copy of their recipe. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Entries must be signed in an hour earlier at the Sidewalk Café. Children ages 2-10 can compete in the Hummel Look-Alike Contest. At 4 p.m. Aug. 25, children who come to the festival dressed like famous Hummel figurines for a prize. There will be a Brezelessen competition, which challenges festival-goers on how fast they can eat pretzels. This competition is in the Hofbräuhalle on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Amusement rides will also be featured, including bumper cars, a super slide, a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and more. Austrian Express, a band from Milwaukee will return to the festival to play at Fest Zelt, one of the three venues for live entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Live entertainment will be featured at the Wein Garten and Hofbräuhalle all weekend as well. Toledo group Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattlergruppe will play at Wein Garten at 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Other acts during the weekend include Sounds of Jay Fox, Martin Bros. Plus, Alpen Echos, Encore, Spass and Euro Express. Other activities include raffles and a Swiss stone-throwing contest while the Sidewalk Café sells kuchen, strudels, cookies, pastries and coffee.

Drinks and designated drivers

More than 40 beers will be available at the festival. According to a news release, it is “one of the largest collections of German beers at any festival.” Some featured beers from Germany include Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest, Spaten Premium Lager, Spaten Dunkel, Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Weissbier, Franziskaner Dunkel, Hofbräu Dunkel, Hofbräu Original, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier and Hofbräu Hefe Weizen. n FESTIVAL CONTINUES ON 5

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n FESTIVAL CONTINUED FROM 4 The festival will also feature cocktails like So schmeckt Deutschland, which looks like a German flag, and the German Chocolate Cake, which tastes like the dessert. An assortment of wines, including Schlink Haus Auslese, Kabinett and Dornfelder will also be available. The Guest Services Booth will have coupons for designated drivers. The coupons cost $3 and will get the designated driver three 20 ounce soft drinks. The designated driver must be 21 or older.

Shuttle service

Because the turnout for the German-American Festival grows every year, organizers are providing more shuttle services. Attendees will be able to take shuttles directly to the festival grounds from nine Toledo locations. “With increased crowd size comes increased responsibility,” Pecsenye said in a news release. “We want to make sure the festival-goers have fun, but more importantly we want them to be safe.” Pecsenye calculated how many people the shuttles can hold and what it would mean if those cars were off the road. He said five or six miles of backed-up traffic can be eliminated. “The other thing is pedestrians and cars don’t really mix,” Pecsenye said. “We develop this shuttle service just to help get people off the street.” Pickup locations include Bar 145 on Monroe Street; Berger’s Olde Tyme on West Laskey Road; Mayfly Tavern and Anchor Inn in Point Place; The Attic on Adams Street and Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull in Downtown; Tres Belle in Perrysburg; the Lucas County Recreation

General admission for the festival is $7 and children younger than 12 are free. PHOTO COURTESY COMMUNICA

Center; and Icons Eatery & Entertainment in Oregon. There are also Oregon shuttle locations offering service for festival-goers who park at Starr Elementary School, Fassett

Middle School and Clay High School. Shuttles will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 23 and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 24. On Aug. 25, shuttles will only be transporting from Bar 145 from 2-10

p.m. Shuttle rides are $6 roundtrip. For more information on the festival, visit germanamericanfestival.net or gafsociety.org/ fest.htm. O


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“Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else.” — Chris Rock

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n my experience, people who know what TED is can’t get enough of it. People who don’t wonder how it slipped by them for all this time after their first taste of an 18-minute talk. TED is about ideas worth spreading. The conferences consist of daylong, sometimes weeklong events where any number of speakers present on the Will spectrum of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The larger TED conferences traditionally happen in California (though they’re moving it to Canada for next year), and in Edinburgh, Scotland. TEDx is the more accessible version of these conferences organized under license from TED by a local dweller who wants to share a compelling idea, showcase talent, and change a community. For Toledo, that dogooder is myself. I’m incredibly honored to present TEDxToledo to this community again for the second year. While last year’s theme was based on the his-

toric Toledo adage “You Will Do Better,” this year’s theme is “reIMAGINE.” Last year’s TEDxToledo was a sold-out event presented at Health Care REIT. It gave a much-needed injection of hope about our community to many who attended. Honestly, before the event I was a bit weary of defending Toledo and its promise, but I left refreshed and excited about what we had and continue to have to offer the world. I saw a 10-year-old software application developer by the name of Jonathan Buchanan who’s from here. He is the youngest person in the world to have a smartphone app available in the App Store that he programmed totally on his own. I listened to a talk given by Simon Guo, who is from the other side of the planet but now lives here. He came all the way from China to show us what sometimes even we ourselves struggle to see, our own beauty. He shared what I believe was an old Chinese proverb that I won’t soon forget: “When you’re on the mountain, it’s hard to appreciate its

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beauty. Sometimes it’s only those who aren’t on the mountain that recognize it’s magnificence.” Say that twice please, Simon. I remember Jelani Exum, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and Harvard Law School, and is now is a distinguished law professor at the University of Toledo. She eloquently made the case for us to rethink juvenile justice. I’m still amazed at how the energy of our inaugural event, almost an entire year ago, still reverberates. People still tell me about how it’s helped them see Toledo anew. I was born and raised in Toledo, and you, my neighbors, constantly amaze me. Victoria Kamm, a social media entrepreneur who I’ve yet to meet, sent me a message via Facebook stating that while she couldn’t make this year’s event because of a prior commitment, she wanted someone who couldn’t otherwise go to have the opportunity to experience it. I thanked her for her kindness and suggested that maybe we could do it as a scholarship in her name. She said, “In that case, let’s do it for two people,” on her dime. In conjunction with Toledo Free Press, I’m happy to announce the TEDxToledo: reIMAGINE scholarship presented by Kamm. With this scholarship, you’ll enjoy a day at TEDxToledo, an event where Toledo’s leading thinkers and doers gather — many describe it as the high-

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light of their year. This year’s event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at One SeaGate Auditorium in Downtown. It’s “the ultimate brain spa.” To qualify, send an email with the subject line “TEDx” to Toledo Free Press at letters@ toledofreepress.com telling us how you imagine Toledo “re-imagined.” We’ll select two winners. Deadline to submit your letter is Sept. 6. Can’t wait to meet you at TEDxToledo: reIMAGINE. Tickets are on sale now at TEDx Toledo.com. O Will Lucas is founder and CEO of Creadio, president at AWLCo, a music producer and former radio DJ.


“Some people think I am gay, which I think is awesome.” — Daniel Radcliffe

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Overall, its focus is on The Avengers, “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” Little surprise there, as a certain 2012 blockbuster movie set the team on the top of the Marvel heap and allowed them to bask in a popularity not seen in decades. Infinity No. 1 tells the evergreen story of alien invasion, yet here the Avengers decide to head out into space and cleverly confront said invasion there instead of here. Problem is that Thanos, the big purple bad guy glimpsed at the end of the “Avengers” film, sees nothing but an undefended Earth ... and we have our setup. Is it high art? No, but with its wasteful title pages and its sweeping scene changes that jump across the universe, it pretends to be. That’s modern comics. Even the most well-read Marvel fan may find Infinity No. 1 dense with stuff you once read a year ago or so but probably forgot. And there’ll be plenty of tie-in issues, too, with all the other Avengers books. Some might simply jump in the pool and let themselves drown in it all, happily, while others might be content with finding out how it goes by reading a synopsis on the Internet. O

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Aug. 21, 2013 Hey, Toledo! I’m Lexi Staples, dir behalf of the Toledo Prideector of the Pride of Toledo Foundation. On you to the fourth annual planning committee, I would like to invite Toledo Pride weekend Au g. 23-35. We held our very first attended by about 2,500 Toledo Pride at the Erie Street Market in Toledo and drew rough people. In 2011 we moved to Promenade 2010, and it was Park in Downtown Square and we had nea ly 5,000 people. Last year, Toledo Pride wa working all year to ma rly 10,000 participants! The Toledo Pride com s held in Levis ke sure we host anothe mittee has been r great event. The third annual parade kic ks off at noon Aug. 24 and we bigger and better than expect it will be even Park, where the main it was the past two years. The parade end eve s at Prome nts will begin. There will be traveling musicians and live music featuring loc nade ple nty of aw al and eso me ent We will also have great ertainment that will run until midnight. churches and nonprofit food and drinks, kid-friendly activities and nea groups! rly 100 vendors, The energy and suppor t fro m sponsors from our amazing! You can che area and beyond ck out our sponsors and website, www.toledopri get all the event inform has been de.com. ation at our Don’t forget we also ha ve the sec ond annual Nite Glo 5K run at the University of Tol and Sunday Funday ice creedo on Aug. 23. Registration begins at 7 p.m one-mile walk am . On Aug. soc ial and game day hosted runs from noon to 4 p.m by Owens Community 25, our . College Toledo is already such an acc ept ing city bian, gay, bisexual, tra for nsgender, questioning our LGBTQA (lesnity and we hope this eve and allied) nt is abl e to give back to the citycommuall love. We are honore that we d to bring Pride to Toledo and all come help make thi hope you will s yea r eve n big ger and for the neverending sup better. Thank you all port. Sincerely, Lexi Staples Toledo Pride event directo r|

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Three-day Toledo Pride weekend kicks off Aug. 23 By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR MANAGING EDITOR sottney@toledofreepress.com

The inaugural Toledo Pride event took place at Erie Street Market in 2010 and drew about 2,500 people. The following year, it moved to Promenade Park, added a parade and drew about 5,000 people. Last year’s Pride moved Downtown, expanded to

three days and drew more than 10,000 people. This year, organizers are hoping for at least 12,000. “Everything’s gotten bigger every year,” said Lexi Staples, executive director of the Pride of Toledo Foundation and event director for Toledo Pride. “We’re very excited to be back at Promenade Park.” The three-day weekend will kick off with the Nite Glo 5K and one-mile fun run at the University of Toledo on Aug. 23. Aug. 24 will feature a parade

at noon followed by community vendors, live music and drag performances. On Aug. 25, participants can relax with games and a community ice cream social at Owens Community College. New this year will be Sandpiper Pride Rides on the Maumee River, an inflatable game area and a rainbow tie-dye T-shirt station. Admission is $5 before 7 p.m. and $7 after 7 p.m. After 10 p.m., attendees must be 18 or

older or accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at www. toledopride.com.

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13 n WEEKEND CONTINUED FROM 12 The route will start on Washington Street at the intersection of Ontario Street, cross the Owens Corning bridge to North Summit Street and finish at Promenade Park. Thorne said her favorite part of Pride is the feeling of community. “There’s just a different energy at pride parades,” Thorne said. “You can go there and wear rainbows and people are not going to pick on you. You’re not going to be discriminated against because of who you are. It’s a safe feeling. You’re the majority for the day.” Pride also draws thousands of straight supporters, Staples said. “We have a lot, a lot, a lot of allies who come to everything and support everything,” Staples said. “People who want to be supportive to the community, or have a best friend, or are related to someone — or just want to be a part of the shenanigans we throw down.”

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The Sandpiper will offer four Maumee River boat rides during Pride, leaving from Promenade Park at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Each trip will last about 50 minutes. Tickets are $6 and available at Pride or in advance at toledopride.com. The 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. rides will be free for children 12 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket. “I have a gay daughter and I’ve always been interested in all the activities that go on [at Toledo Pride],” said the boat’s owner/operator Mary Dalby. n WEEKEND CONTINUES ON 14

A scene from the 2012 Toledo Pride Parade.

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14 n WEEKEND CONTINUED FROM 13 “The ride is just a pretty, relaxing ride. It gives people a view of Toledo, which is totally magnificent from the river. I hope they learn something new and I hope they laugh out loud. It’s supposed to be entertaining as well as informative.”

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Live entertainment starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs until midnight. “The goal of this year’s entertainment is that every fourth song, no matter who you are, if you’re a grandma or a little kid or if you’re someone in between, you will be like, ‘This is my jam!’ and you’ll get down,” Staples said. “That way it feels like it’s exciting for everyone.” This year’s musical headliner is Eric Himan, a Tulsa, Okla.-based singer/songwriter. Toledo Pride volunteer coordinator Brent Rabie saw him in concert earlier this year at Washington, D.C.’s Capital Pride and Columbus Pride. “He looks really good, he sings really good, he basically to me is like a gay Adam Levine and I’m down with that,” Rabie said. “I’m super excited.” Other musicians include Calvin Green, Beach and Ferron, Nine Lives, Johnniemae, Casey “3pm” Clark, Noisy Neighbors, The Rivets, Flabongo Nation and Arctic Clam. This year’s lineup will feature 30 drag performers, the most yet, Staples said. They will be featured between bands, with the main show starting at 9 p.m. “I’m really thrilled by the amount of response we’ve had from the drag community,” Staples said. “They will be sprinkled throughout the day this year, but everything’s going to be clean. We

work really hard to make sure Pride is appropriate for families as well as fun for everybody.” Several area bars will host after-parties, including OUTSKiRTS, Bretz, R House, Blush and Ripcord.

Nite Glo 5K

Despite the pouring rain, last year’s inaugural Nite Glo 5K drew 150 runners. Race coordinator Justin Veigel said he’s hoping for nicer weather this year. “I was very surprised at the amazing turnout [last year],” Veigel said. “It shows what great support we have in Toledo. We are on track this year to have over 200 runners.” This year’s run is set for 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall. There is also a one-mile “fun run, walk or roll.” Registration starts at 7 p.m. Participants will receive colored glow sticks and run through a lighted course on UT’s main campus. Participants also get a T-shirt and a sub from Jimmy John’s. There will be a photo booth before the race and post-race entertainment on-site. Participants can preregister at toledopride. com. Cost is $18 for the 5K, $15 each for a team of five to 10 or $12 for the one-mile event. Proceeds will benefit Spectrum (UT’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied student group), Equality Toledo and other local LGBT youth organizations, Veigel said.

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Child Care Center. The family-friendly, alcohol-free event will feature music, an ice cream social, carnival games and more. Admission is free. “We had a really good response last year — about 150 people and a lot of those people weren’t doubles from Pride,” Staples said. “A lot of people had just come because they weren’t sure if Pride was appropriate for a family. It was really nice to be able to welcome those people into what we’re trying to do and we hope to see everybody at both events this year.”

Culture change

Rabie said Toledo Pride is a special event for many locals. “I’ve had people come up to me literally almost in tears because they can’t believe this is happening in Toledo, because they are just so happy it’s happening in Toledo,” he said. “Toledo Pride has changed the culture in Northwest Ohio.” Toledo Free Press is the media sponsor of Toledo Pride. For more information, visit www.toledo pride.com. O


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2013 Toledo Pride week schedule of activities Aug. 23

8:30 p.m.: Nite Glo 5K and one-mile run/walk/roll at University of Toledo Centennial Mall, registration opens at 7 p.m.

Aug. 24

Noon: Pride Parade Starts on Washington Street at Ontario Street, crosses the Owens Corning bridge to North Summit Street and finishes at Promenade Park. 12:30 p.m. to midnight: Entertainment at Promenade Park O 12:30 p.m.: Calvin Green sings the national anthem O 12:45-1:25 p.m.: Beach and Ferron O 1:35-2:25 p.m.: Nine Lives O 2:30-3 p.m.: Leyomie Lashae Asia, Levi Austin, Chanel Alexander, Brit Jones O 3:05-3:20 p.m.: Johnniemae O 3:25-3:40 p.m.: Eve Madison, Blake Shooter O 3:45-4:10 p.m.: Casey “3pm” Clark O 4:10-5 p.m.: Noisy Neighbors O 5-5:45 p.m.: The Rivets O 5:50-6:05 p.m.: Johnniemae O 6:10-6:25 p.m.: Hershae Chocolate, King Teddy

O 6:30-7:25 p.m.: Flabongo Nation O 7:35-8:25 p.m.: Eric Himan O 8:30-10 p.m.: Deja Dellataro, DeAngela “Show” Shannon, National Holiday, Tequila Mockingbird, Amber Stone, Justyce Sinclaire, Dane Jaboe, Ari Capri, London Asia, MaKayla Sinclair Styles, Bois w/ Outskirts O 10:10-11 p.m.: Arctic Clam O 11:05 p.m. to midnight: Glamora, Feleciana Thunderpussy, Brook Lockhart, Rebecca Richards, Spacee Kadett, Farrah CT, Rya Chiffon Sinclaire, Empress Fontaine, DeAngela “Show” Shannon 1-7 p.m.: Community Connection vendors at Promenade Park 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.: Sandpiper Pride Rides, depart from Promenade Park Midnight: Several area bars will host after parties, including OUTSKiRTS, Bretz Nightclub, R House, Blush and Ripcord.

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Eric Himan to headline Pride with Soultré Singers By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

Eric Himan bought a piano from his friend for $100. That piano helped him write the songs for his most recent release “Gracefully.” “I just sat at it every day and played and played and played,” Himan said. The Tulsa, Okla.-based singer-songwriter will headline Toledo Pride, performing at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 24 at Promenade Park. “I really love what [pride festivals] stand for,” he said. Himan, who is gay, thinks gay artists should headline pride festivals across the country. “The organizers forget that it’s gay pride and then there’s no one representative on the stage of the community,” Himan said. “I was getting really sad about it.” Himan said when he went to pride festivals when he was younger, the performer on stage represented the idea that they can be anything they want to be. “They can be out; you can be vocal and the community puts you on a stage,” Himan said. “You’re like the voice of the community. It’s really important for me that I have that connection.” Himan said he looks forward to using his voice at this year’s Toledo Pride. He started playing guitar at age 8 and writing

songs when he was 13. In college, Himan played music to entertain himself because he didn’t know anyone. After he joined a fraternity, he began to play in public. Touring the campus bars led to touring the country. He released his first album in 2000 and has since released a number of others, including “All For Show,” “Resonate,” “Out With The Old” and “Supposed Unknown.” “Gracefully” is dedicated to the grandmother who raised him, whose name was Grace. She died last August. In the album’s last track, “Gracefully,” Himan says he will see her in heaven. Some lyrics include “I wish I could just tell you all of the things that you’re not here to hear / These 10 months have been the hardest I’ve known / ’Cause you left this world before I was ready to let you go.” “She always instilled in me to speak my emotions and speak my mind,” Himan said. “She was always supportive of my music and she always told me not to take the easy route out.” Himan wrote all the record’s lyrics himself and worked to make this album something he was proud of. He began writing songs last October, but the album wasn’t coming together as he wished. “I’m a very kind of patch-it-up kind of person; just make do [and] get it out there,” Himan said. “But it just wasn’t the quality of what I wanted to put out so I ended up scrapping it.” n HIMAN CONTINUES ON 17

From left, Tylisha Oliver, Eric Himan and Tina Phillips. PHOTO BY JEREMY CHARLES


17 n HIMAN CONTINUED FROM 16 Shortly after, Himan got the chance to work with producers at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, where “We Are the World” was recorded. “It was a very surreal day,” Himan said. The single he recorded at the studio, “Running,” is available on iTunes. Unfortunately, it was still not what he was looking for. “I love it and I love what I was doing with it, but at the time and place it just didn’t feel like I could really finish it in LA and it just be the experience that I wanted out of it. It was a very big production, but it also didn’t feel like me.” Himan said he felt releasing those earlier demos would have been the easy way out his grandmother warned him about before she died. Himan returned to Tulsa to record. Months later, “Gracefully” was finished. Himan’s songwriting on the album touches on current events. The song “Waiting for Thunder” is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the teenaged Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education. “That song is about me being inspired by her without even knowing her, hundreds and thousands of miles away,” Himan said. At Toledo Pride, Himan is looking forward to having a good time, but with a message. He will be joined by backup singers Soultré Singers Tylisha Oliver and Tina Phillips. Himan is working on a cover medley of hits from this summer to perform at the festival. Other performers for Toledo Pride include local bands Nine Lives, Noisy Neighbors, The Rivets, Flabongo Nation, Arctic Clam and more, as well as dozens of drag performers. O

Rainbow flag marks 35 years as gay pride symbol

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hirty-five years have passed since the rainbow flag debuted as the symbol of gay pride. Today, the colorful flag is the international welcome sign for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. In 1978, artist Gilbert Baker was asked to create a flag for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade. He wanted to create a symbol that was easily recognized and could be used year after year without becoming outdated. He borrowed symbolism from the tie-dyed hippie movement and black civil rights groups of the day. The multicultural symbolism of the rainbow was nothing new. Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition also embraced the rainbow as a symbol of its political movement. The rainbow also plays a part in many myths and stories related to gender and sexuality issues in Greek, Native Rick American and other cultures. The original flag was designed, dyed and sewn by Baker and 30 volunteers, in the true spirit of Betsy Ross. The first prototype had eight stripes, with each color representing a component of the gay community: hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit. When Baker sought to mass produce the flag, he approached San Francisco’s Paramount Flag Company and was informed that hot pink was not commercially available and mass production of the eight-striped version was impossible. The flag was thus reduced to seven stripes. In November 1978, San Francisco’s gay community was stunned when the city’s first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, was assassinated. Wishing to demonstrate the gay community’s strength and solidarity in the aftermath of the tragedy, the 1979 pride parade committee decided to use

Baker’s flag. The committee decided to eliminate the indigo stripe so they could divide the colors evenly along the parade route, three colors on one side of the street and three on the other side. Soon those six colors were incorporated into the six-striped version that is still used today. Color has always played an important role in the gay community’s expression of pride. In Victorian England, for example, the color green was associated with homosexuality. The color purple became popular as a symbol for pride in the late 1960s; a frequent post-Stonewall Riots catchword for the gay community was “Purple Power.” And, of course, we can’t forget the pink triangle. Although it was first used in Nazi Germany to identify and humiliate gay males in the concentration camps, the pink triangle only saw widespread use as a gay pop icon when we reclaimed it in the early 1980s. Without question, the most colorful of our symbols is the rainbow flag and its rainbow of colors — red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple representing the diversity of our community internationally. Long before the wave of social acceptance toward LGBT people, the rainbow flag was used as a silent means of communication within the LGBT community to let others know you were family. A rainbow-colored flag in a bar window or door let you know that establishment was a gay or lesbian bar. Thirty-five years later, the rainbow-colored pride flag has been massproduced on everything you can think of, including T-shirts, caps, mugs, pins, calendars, bumper stickers, neck ties, mouse pads and hundreds of other festive merchandise. Thank you, Gilbert Baker, for creating such a beautiful and colorful expression of our pride in being gay. O

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OUTSKiRTS marks fifth anniversary By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR MANAGING EDITOR sottney@toledofreepress.com

Comfortable, safe and welcoming aren’t typical adjectives used to describe a bar, but Johanna and Lexi Staples hear it all the time. “I’ve had customers say, ‘I love the bar, but it doesn’t really seem like a bar. It seems more like a community center,’” said Lexi, laughing. The mother-daughter duo operate OUTSKiRTS, Toledo’s only lesbian bar, which recently marked five years in business. Bar manager Torie Thorne, who worked at former Toledo lesbian bar Gilda’s before it closed, agreed patrons feel safe at OUTSKiRTS. “You don’t feel like you’re at a club. You feel like you’re at somebody’s house or like you’re at home,” Thorne said. “Like — this has happened to me multiple times — people just set their wallet on the bar and say, ‘Can you watch that?’ Nobody would ever do that in a bar. It’s different than any other bar. Even when it was the previous bar, it wasn’t the same feeling.” Offering a welcoming refuge for patrons is important, Johanna said. “I want them to feel like they’ve been valued for whoever they are,” Johanna said. “About six months after we opened there was a girl who came in and said ‘Every single time I come in here I just know I’m going to get a very genuine hug and a very genuine affectionate smile from you. I don’t get that

from my own parents because they disowned me when I came out to them. It’s like I’ve got another mom to replace the one who doesn’t love me anymore.’ “We have a lot of people who are still exploring or questioning. We have a lot of people who are cross-dressers who come in and know they can dress differently than they would for work and nobody is going to look at them and point fingers. “I want them to know that regardless of what drama they may have going on, there will be a place they can be welcomed and valued and accepted for whoever they are and whatever their position in their journey of life is.”

Growing up LGBT

Lexi had former Toledo lesbian bar Blu Jeans in mind when she approached her mom about opening OUTSKiRTS. The venue had been a refuge for Lexi as a teenager. “We got kicked out at 9 p.m. if you were under 18, but I could go there and play darts and no one would call me a boy or question me going to the bathroom and it was just the first real safe space where I felt like I could go and be myself,” Lexi said. “It was a really, really cool bar and honestly the first place I ever felt really accepted in Toledo. That feeling is what we wanted to make sure to keep providing for the community.” Blu Jeans closed in 2002 and Gilda’s opened in 2004, so there was a period when Toledo had no lesbian bar, Thorne said. n OUTSKIRTS CONTINUES ON 19

Johanna Staples, left, and daugher Lexi Staples are co-owners of OUTSKiRTS. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR


19 n OUTSKIRTS CONTINUED FROM 18 “We absolutely felt the void. It was just a place where people went and hung out. It’s like the closing of any bar where you hang out,” she said.

Learning curve

Lexi and Johanna took over the former Gilda’s on West Laskey Road in 2008, not long after Johanna’s husband and Lexi’s father, Dennis Staples, died. “Since we were both his main caregivers, we had a lot of free time and were like, ‘What are we gonna do?’ so we said ‘Let’s buy a bar,’” Lexi said. “That was the next logical step, obviously. Since neither of us are big drinkers and neither of us have ever owned a bar before.” The learning curve was steep, Lexi said. “The thing that has been craziest for me to learn has been that you can’t turn it off. I’m always thinking about it,” Lexi said. “It’s also all us. If painting needs done, or a toilet needs fixed or light bulbs need changed, that’s us.” Two years ago, they moved the business to its current location at 5038 Lewis Ave. “It’s cool to have gotten this far in this economy, that we’ve survived this long. A lot of lesbian bars in the country are closing or having fundraisers to stay open.”

Signature drinks

OUTSKiRTS doesn’t offer food, but its drink menu features signature shots, “rainbow yards” — a three-foot-tall glass of colored, flavored vodka — glow-in-the-dark drinks and spirits served in children’s sand pails. The best-selling drink is the pickle shot (vodka and pickle juice with a pickle slice in it). Regularly giving back to the community is

also important to the Staples women. “We try to do fundraisers and different events that help inside the community,” Lexi said. “We’ve done stuff for Beach House, ARC (AIDS Resource Center) Ohio, Rainbow Area Youth, Equality Toledo, Project iAm.” OUTSKiRTS opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, but plans to add Sunday hours the weekend after Toledo Pride. “Our building is more of a glow bar/show bar,” Lexi said. “It’s very black lighty.” Wednesday is karaoke night. Friday is amateur drag night. Starting in September, the first Friday of every month will be a “boy’s night out,” Lexi said.

Diverse crowd

OUTSKiRTS attracts a diverse crowd — and yes, men, too. “We have a lot of people who ask, ‘Are boys allowed?’” Lexi said. “That’s from straight guys, gay guys. Guys are always asking.” The bar also draws straight patrons, Lexi said. “When we first opened, we were predominantly, I mean really, really heavily predeominantly lesbian,” Lexi said. “Now we have a huge mix. A lot of straight people come and hang out and feel completely comfortable and it’s not a weird thing to do. They love the drag and they love the music and it’s just a safe place for everybody now. I think it’s a really cool thing for the times we’re living in.” Toledo native Bonnie Leavens, who serves as karaoke jockey at OUTSKiRTS on Wednesday nights, has been a KJ at various lesbian bars since the early 1990s. “The acceptance level is much greater than it

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used to be,” she said. “I see a huge difference.” Toledo had at least three lesbian bars in the early 1990s, Leavens said. Some of the bars closed after their owners died. Others had owners who wanted to do other things. “I think they had plenty of business. The bars were doing well, all of them,” Leavens said. “The owners wanted to move on, wanted to get out and move on to something else.” Leavens recalled her first visit to a lesbian bar, shortly after breaking up with a longtime girlfriend in the early 1990s. “I knew I had to get out in the world, but I didn’t know there were gay bars in Toledo to tell the truth,” Leavens said. ���It was shocking to me to know there were so many gay people in Toledo to be honest. I didn’t know anyone else.” She called a gay and lesbian hotline, where the operator told her about the now-closed Seahorse bar. “It was close to where I lived, near the Woodville Mall,” Leavens said. “I went there three times, but couldn’t force myself in because I had so many imaginations about what went on in a gay bar. “I finally worked up the nerve and realized it was just normal people sitting around having a drink. The owner took me under her wing and made me feel comfortable. From then on, I started meeting people.”

Acceptance growing

Many lesbian bars are folding because of growing societal acceptance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Lexi said. “There is a huge change in the amount of acceptance in the greater community, especially toward females, so woman are often more able to go out and feel comfortable in a setting that’s not predominantly

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gay,” Lexi said. “That makes it so lesbian bars don’t have the niche they used to. You don’t feel like you have to go to only this one place. And it used to feel like that. Fifteen years ago it absolutely felt like that. “I think we’ll see more and more lesbian bars go out as that continues to change. And that’s exactly what should happen. It’s not necessarily a good thing as a business owner, but I think gay bars will always be around, but I think as we see these changes, we see different customers.” The next closest lesbian bar is Stilettos in Inkster, Mich., just outside Detroit, Lexi said. “We really do have a pretty decent history of lesbian bars inside of this community,” Lexi said. “Blu Jeans ran for quite a while, then Gilda’s was a really cool bar. And we’re the next one.”

Five years

Lexi and Johanna celebrated five years in business with a party last month. “Being the only one of something for a marginalized group of people is an honorable thing to do,” Johanna said. “There are people who would otherwise be unserved. That’s a heady responsibility, but I also think it’s an awesome thing to do.” Leavens said she’s proud of the milestone. “I don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a bar [in Toledo] specifically for lesbians,” Leavens said. “I’m very happy [OUTSKiRTS] survived and didn’t have to close down because of the economic situation in Toledo. I’m sure it’s been a struggle for them. I’m very proud of what Lexi and her mother have done, keeping it open, keeping the faith. I think it would be a sad day in Toledo to not have a place for lesbians to call their own.” For more information, visit “OUTSKiRTS Toledo” on Facebook. O

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LGBTQA community resources involved in Toledo Pride AIDS services/ HIV testing Lucas County Job and Family Services

3210 Monroe St. Toledo, OH University of Toledo Medical Center offers free, confidential testing on site 1-3:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday with no appointment necessary

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio — Toledo Health Center

1301 Jefferson Ave. Toledo, OH (419) 255-1115 Testing available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayWednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. (teens only) Thursday, no appointment necessary

Toledo Lucas County Health Department

STD Clinic 635 N. Erie St. Toledo, OH (419) 213-4150 Testing available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., no appointment necessary

University of Toledo Medical Center Ruppert Health Center

3120 Glendale Ave. Toledo, OH (419) 383-3741 Free and confidential testing on the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. with no appointment necessary.

AIDS services & resources AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio)

3450 W. Central Ave., Suite 210 Toledo, OH (419) 241-9444 Ext. 413 www.arcohio.org Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday with resources on living with AIDS, preventing AIDS and testing for AIDS.

Men of Color Project of Toledo Inc.

Toledo, OH Open 12 step on Fridays at 8 p.m.

Bowling Green Lavender Women

Grounds for Thought 174 S. Main St. Bowling Green, OH Meet the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Email bglavendarwomen@gmail. com for more information.

Owens Community College Gay Straight Alliance

Owens Community College Perrysburg Township, OH Meet 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Fireside Grille Conference Room in College Hall. For more information, email owensgaystraightalliance@ gmail.com.

PFLAG Toledo (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Park Church 1456 Harvard Blvd. Toledo, OH, www.pflagtoledo.org Confidential support groups meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information, contact janis_sankowski@yahoo. com.

Rainbow Area Youth (RAY)

(567) 249-7135 www.raytoledo.org Completely confidential social and support group for youth ages 13-19. Call the number listed above and ask for Shannon to find details on meeting times and locations.

Rainbow Families Support Group

(419) 478-7975. Support group for same-sex families with kids. For more information, contact Heather Swineheart at (567) 525-2142.

Spectrum (UT student organization)

University of Toledo Main Campus Student Union Room 3522 2801 W. Bancroft St. Toledo, OH (419) 530-7975 University of Toledo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight alliance student organization that meets every Thursday at 8 p.m.

Transgender Toledo

Minority-focused HIV/AIDS outreach and education. For more information, email marbar644@yahoo.com.

(419) 494-7330 www.groups.yahoo.com/group/tgtoledo Support group for transgendered individuals, their significant others and their families.

Toledo Mpowerment

TransOhio

www.man2mannwo.org (419) 241-9444 Ext. 413 Social group for gay/bisexual/transgender men age 18-29, also a resource for HIV prevention education, HIV testing site locations and various volunteer opportunities.

(614) 441-8167 www.transohio.org Contact TransOhio for more information. This group supports transgender/ally communities with services, education, support and advocacy.

Support Groups

University of Toledo Main Campus UT Counseling Center (419) 530-2426 Group for UT students meets 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Student Union.

AA Acceptance Group

Step One Club (Upstairs) 2434 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, OH Closed discussions on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

AA Brothers & Sisters in Sobriety Unity of Toledo 3535 Executive Parkway

UT Gay/Lesbian support groups

Vision (BGSU student organization)

Bowling Green State University’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight student organization. For meeting dates, times and location, visit “Vision Glbtqaiqa” on Facebook.

Living with HIV/AIDS Support groups with monthly meetings for men and women. For more information, call Sue Carter at (419) 383-3913 (men) or Michelle Coutcher at (419) 383-4368 (women).

Young, Gay & Proud Support group geared to African-American males age 13-24. Open to all. First meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Pride Center 419 in the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. For more information, contact kennyetta. white@utoledo.edu or (419) 383-3683.

Social Groups/Clubs

LGBTQA-friendly religious groups Central United Methodist Church Meets at Collingwood Presbyterian Church 2108 Collingwood Ave., Suite 200 Toledo, OH (419) 241-7729 www.centraltoledo.org Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please contact office@ centraltoledo.org.

Center for Conscious Living

“The premier social event for the LGBT community and friends,” the 36th annual dinner-dance and fundraiser for local LGBT groups is set for Dec. 8 at The Toledo Club. For more information, visit hwhcharitygayla.

7410 Noward Road Waterville, OH (419) 878-3175 www.ccltoledo.org A new thought spiritual center with Sunday discussion groups at 9 a.m. and a service on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Lavender Triangle

Faith in Christ Ministries

Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla

Find Lavender Triangle Toledo on Facebook for more information on their events, meeting times and contact information.

Masquerade Ball Open to all, this evening of entertainment is a celebration of black pride and culture, featuring masks, costumes, dancing and more. The second annual event will take place in October.

Pride Center 419 Collingwood Arts Center 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, OH LBGTQA community resource center, event space, meeting space, hygiene pantry and more. Grand opening open house 6-9 p.m. Sept. 5.

Professional Gay Men’s Group Dinner the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. To join the group list, call Chuck at (419) 841-5550.

Toledo Mpowerment (419) 241-9444 Ext. 413 www.facebook.com/ToledoMPowerment Social group for gay/bisexual/transgender men ages 18-29 that meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at AIDS Resource Center Ohio.

Meets at America’s Best Value Inn Oregon at Wales roads, Northwood, OH (419) 260-9269 www.fcmchurchtoledo.org Services are Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

First Unitarian Church of Toledo 3205 Glendale Ave., Toledo, OH (419) 381-6999 www.uutoledo.org Services are Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Holy Cross Reformed Catholic Church 3167 Doyle St., Toledo, OH (419) 517-6762 www.reformedcatholicchurch.org/holy_cross. htm Masses are Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

St. Lucas Lutheran Church 745 Walbridge Ave., near South Avenue and Broadway Street, Toledo, OH (419) 243-8189 stlucastoledo.org Services are Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (September-May), 9 a.m. (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend) and 10:30 a.m. (year-round).

Trinity Episcopal Church

Political & activist groups

316 Adams St., Toledo, OH (419) 243-1231 trinitytoledo.org Services are Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 12:10 p.m.

Equality Toledo

Unity of Toledo

P.O. Box 2659 Toledo, OH 43606 (419) 407-6225 www.equalitytoledo.org LGBTQA civil rights activist organization. For information, email info@equalitytoledo.org.

Pink Pistols of Toledo Chapter LGBTQA shooting and gun group for armed gays. For more information, visit pinkpistols.org.

Toledo National Organization of Women (NOW) People Called Women Bookstore 6060 Renaissance Place, Suite F Toledo, OH toledonow.org Meets at People Called Women bookstore.

Legal services University of Toledo College of Law Human Right Project

University of Toledo Main Campus 2801 W. Bancroft St. Toledo, OH (419) 530-4236 Legal services and advocacy project serving the Toledo area LGBTQA community.

Toledo Center for Equal Justice 525 Jefferson Ave. Toledo, OH www.building4justice.org.

Toledo Domestic Partnership Registry

Toledo Clerk of Council’s Office http://toledo.oh.gov/Government/Toledo-CityCouncil/Domestic-Partnerships.

Night life Adamz Lounge

Above Bretz Nightclub 2012 Adams St., Toledo, OH (419)243-1900 Find them on Facebook under Adamz Lounge at Bretz.

Blush

119 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH (419) 255-4010 Find them on Facebook under Blush Toledo.

Bretz Nightclub

2012 Adams St., Toledo, OH (419) 243-1900 Find them on Facebook under Bretz Nightclub.

OUTSKiRTS Pub & Club

5038 Lewis Ave., Toledo, OH (419) 476-1577 Find them on Facebook under Outskirts Toledo.

R House Bar

5534 Secor Road, Toledo, OH (419) 474-2929 Recently named one of Out magazine’s “200 Best Gay Bars in the World.” Find them on Facebook under R House Bar.

Ripcord

115 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH (419) 243-3412 Find them on Facebook under Ripcord Toledo.

Uptown Downtown

162 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH (419) 352-9310 Tuesday nights are gay nights. Find them on Facebook under Uptown Downtown.

3535 Executive Parkway, Toledo, OH (419) 537-1001 unity.org For information on services, please contact unityoftoledo@toast.net.

Toledo LGBTQA news sources

The University Church

www.outlinestoledo.com For more information, contact Kelly@outlines toledo.com.

4747 Hill Ave., Toledo, OH (419) 534-3080 www.theuniversitychurchtoledo.org Services are Sundays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Sherry Tripepi, executive director of Equality Toledo, said preparations for the opening have been in the works for about six months. “We in the community have been talking about it for years, but as far as actually doing something probably the past six months or so,” Tripepi said. “It’s great. We have the space. It’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully we can have some events on a regular basis to get the community connected with it and using it. There’s so much potential.”

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One group that plans to use the space is Young, Gay & Proud, a newly formed peer support group for African-American males ages 1324. The group will hold its first official meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Christopher Coleman, who founded the group with Kennyetta White, started hosting the group informally in his home a few months ago. “We’ve had four or five kids come already,” Coleman said. “I’m looking forward to moving into this facility and having a safe place for them. It’s very unique. There’s nothing like this in Toledo. It’s something totally new and we’re excited about it. “A lot of it really has to do with that key word support,” Coleman said. “They don’t get a lot of that at home. There are economic issues, school issues, employment issues. Basically [they just need] love. Because lots of times if they come out in the African-

American community and family, they are rejected. Some are kicked out of the house and don’t have a place to go. “Hopefully, with this first meeting we can target how to help some of these individuals get the things they need.”

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The idea has been tried at least once before in Toledo. Recollections on dates differ, but in the late 1990s or early 2000s, a group of local activists, including Ed Hoffman and his late partner Dick Flock, launched the Toledo Area Pride (TAP) Community Center, in an Old West End building owned by Hoffman. The organization lasted for about five years, he said. “The idea was to unite the LGBT community and all the various facets of it,” Hoffman said. “It never really got off the ground. It was frustrating and disappointing. There was a need there and a group of people who put a lot of time and effort into it, but it wasn’t enough.” However, Hoffman — one of the founders of the Collingwood Arts Center — said he thinks the current effort has potential. “Organizations seem to be working together more than they were in the past and that’s a very important step in the right direction,” Hoffman said. “The younger community is more apt to work together as one. I see that happening. “It’s a different time we’re in right now. I’m happy with what they are doing. I think we definitely need it.” O


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Toledo App Station features LGBT channel ‘Rainbow’ By Jay Hathaway the shutter monkets photography

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Local radio application Toledo’s App Station will soon feature several new shows geared toward Toledo’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. “Rainbow” is one of the new streaming channels available in the station’s lineup. Launching on the channel will be shows like “Gayline” and “The Phaylen Show.” “Gayline” — subtitled “The News, but with Glitter” — will be promoted during Toledo Pride weekend and will premiere the following week. The show is hosted by Jaime Hesselbart and Preston Stevenson, who will highlight happenings within the LGBT community, news from around the world and general community information. “The overall theme is essentially helping the community,” Hesselbart said. “We want to have shows that can appeal to all of the community, and even those [who] are simply allies. We have a little funny, a little serious, some interesting gossip and a help line, which is just the beginning.” “I originally got involved with the show because I felt the Toledo LGBT community was lacking something, mainly awareness on LGBT issues,” Stevenson wrote in an email to Toledo Free Press Star. “The radio is a great platform to reach an integral culture in today’s society. I feel each of us [brings] a unique quality to the show

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“When I was invited to be a part of such as humor, attentiveness and pasRainbow just a couple of months after sion. These qualities are necessary for returning from New York, I saw an the station to thrive and to bring the amazing opportunity to contribute and LGBT community to the spotlight.” collaborate with some amazing people The schedule for “Gayline” is yet in an equally amazing industry.” to be determined, but should be anThe app station is a free downnounced soon. load for smartphones and can also be “The Phaylen Show” is hosted by streamed online at www.toledosappPhaylen Fairchild, a Northwest Ohio station.com. The app was launched native and internationally known drag FAIRCHILD by local radio personality Andrew queen. Fairchild will discuss her life, exZepeda, who used it to bring back his periences and interests, and will air new “Andrew Z in the Morning” show after it was episodes on Fridays at 7 p.m. “I’m an intensely creative queen,” Fairchild dropped by Cumulus Media last December. wrote in an email to Toledo Free Press Star. The station currently features 12 channels.

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“Andrew has always been a great friend and ally to the gay community,” Hesselbart said. “I think he truly believes in what this channel could do to help the community, and how it could help the App Station, and the flip side as well. Andrew Z’s name and his station could advance our channel to be bigger and better than we ever imagined.” Hesselbart, who also serves as the program director for “Rainbow,” said plans are in the works for additional shows coming soon, such as “The Gays of Our Lives,” which will be modeled after ABC’s “The View,” and will feature discussions about current events and celebrity gossip. “We are also going to be putting out a casting call for more radio personalities to add more shows to the channel, so this is taking off quickly,” Hesselbart said. Hesselbart added that she hopes to make “Rainbow” the “go-to place” for everyone in the Toledo LGBT community. “I wanted to help unite the community, let them have a voice,” she said. “I loved the idea of providing something positive and helpful, as well as entertaining. I believe all of the hosts and the shows will bring something magical to the channel, and to the App Station, and to be a part of something that amazing is an opportunity I could not resist.” Anyone interested in getting involved with “Rainbow” can email the station at HitUsUp@ toledosappstation.com or to Hesselbart at jaimelynn0926@gmail.com. O

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Photos, interviews sought for local LGBTQA project By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR MANAGING EDITOR sottney@toledofreepress.com

Preserving the history of Toledo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community is a passion for Toledo native Rick Cornett. “It is very important for any culture, group or organization to preserve their history for future generations,” Cornett said. “In grade school and high school, students are taught history, but there is never any mention of the achievements gays and lesbians CORNETT have made to society. Most often parents are not gay, so they don’t have the knowledge to teach a gay person of their history. Where does a gay person start when seeking information on their history and culture?” Cornett’s collection includes photos documenting Toledo’s LGBTQA bars, businesses, support groups, organizations, publications, charity events and more. His memorabilia collection includes T-shirts, buttons, ticket stubs, posters and ads, wristbands, business cards and more. He is also interested in collecting oral histories. “It is my hope that someday I can compile enough information and materials to have a Toledo LGBT Historical Society and then work

off that to create a website and Facebook page,” Cornett said. Cornett said the 2010 deaths of local gay icons Joe Wicks, founder of the former Caesar’s Show Bar, and Gregory Knott, founder of Bretz Nightclub, were the impetus behind the project. “I’ve always saved special things that meant something to me, but I started seriously collecting things in 2010,” Cornett said. “It got me thinking the old guard is slowly slipping away and no one is doing anything to preserve their memory or what they did for the gay community. Bretz opened in 1987 and is now Toledo’s oldest gay bar. Greg would be proud that his bar continues on. “So much of our gay history has been thrown away because of fear and shame from society,” Cornett said. “When someone closeted passes away they don’t want their straight family or friends cleaning out their homes and finding pictures, magazines, pamphlets, posters, etc., associated with anything gay. Prior to the 1970s it was taboo to take a camera into a gay bar. No one wanted their pictures taken, so pictures before the early 1970s are few and far between. “It is my hope that when someone passes they will donate their things to my collection. So often family just tosses memorabilia away not knowing who to give it to. I want people to know I’m preserving these things and I’m interested in obtaining them.” Cornett also collects local obituaries and newspaper and magazine clippings on subjects

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like gay marriage, drag queens, sports, religion, transgender issues, leather groups and gay bars as well as controversial national subjects like the Chick-fil-A boycotts and the Boy Scouts of America ban on gay scouts and leaders. “Almost every day I add something to my files from the local, regional, national and international press,” Cornett said. “I’m also trying to collect every issue from our local gay publications, including TAGALA, Pride’s Eye, Toledo Pride Pages and Outlines. The first gay magazine we had in Toledo was Rapping Paper and it lasted from 1975 to 1978. Someone recently gave me the first 16 issues and I was so excited. I’ve learned so much about what was going on back then. R House bar started their own magazine this year to promote events within their bar and the community so I’m happy about that.” Cornett said he started taking photos of the scene in the mid-1980s, shortly after coming out. He has thousands, but is looking for more. “I have an outstanding photo collection in my archives from the past 27 years,” Cornett said. “Most have been taken in the bars of all the colorful people the LGBT community offers here in Toledo. I also worked as the photographer for our local LGBT publications Pride’s Eye and the Toledo Pride Pages so people are used to me approaching them for photo ops. I always have my camera with me.” One of Cornett’s current focuses is finding photos of the exteriors of Toledo’s former gay bars. “I still need Hooterville, Rustler, Open Closet, Scenic, Seahorse, Twilight Zone, Silver Slipper,

Ivanhoe Gay Pussy Cat, Swing City, Joshua’s, Pendulum, Philcoff ’s, Peppermint Club, Adventure Lounge, Bourbon Street, Celebrity Lounge, Casa Mia, Swing City USA, among others,” Cornett said. “How many people really think to take pictures of the outside of a bar?” Sherry Tripepi, executive director of Equality Toledo, said some local groups, including Equality Toledo, have archived their own histories to an extent, but there hasn’t been a collaborative, community-wide effort to organize a history. “For groups who experience oppression and silencing, as does the LGBT community, archiving our history is even more important so the community and others can know and learn about the depth of their experiences throughout time,” Tripepi said. Cornett said he welcomes anyone who is interested in preserving Toledo’s LGBTQA history to join him. “People are slowly learning about my history project and my desire to preserve our community’s presence here in Toledo,” Cornett said. “You have to have a passion for history and know it is a labor of love. I enjoy striking up conversations in the bars with people and learning new things from strangers and longtime friends. Everyone is willing to talk with me and share stories from the past if they are 50 years old or older. I think you have to be of a certain age before you really appreciate the people, places and things that paved the way for you.” To donate to Cornett’s collection or to learn more, contact him at (419) 470-3937 or lynn fan1@aol.com. O

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7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI. ✯ Depeche Mode: Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. ✯ Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival: Aug. 24, 2:15 p.m. ✯ Sammy Hagar: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. ✯ Shinedown: Aug. 27, 5 p.m.

Doc Watson’s

Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. ✯ BLU acoustic trio: Aug. 23, 10 p.m. ✯ The Microphonics: Aug. 24, 10 p.m.

Dorr St. Café

Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or www.dorrstreetcafe.com. ✯ Scott Ballard: Aug. 23.

Evolution

A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5 martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds Road. (419) 725-6277 or clubevolutiontol.com. ✯ Feel Good Fridays: Fridays. ✯ Sensational Saturdays: Saturdays.

Frankie’s Inner-City

Toledo’s venue for rock. Tickets vary between $5 and $14, unless otherwise noted. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ Crash Kings: Aug. 21. ✯ Ben Stalets, JW Carlson, Throw It To Erie: Aug. 22. ✯ Undesirable People, The Joy of Painting, Rigoletto: Aug. 23. ✯ The Hookers, Against the Grain, S****y On Blatz: Aug. 25.

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26 Main St. (419) 691-2626 or forrestersontheriver.com. ✯ The Bricks: Aug. 22, 5-9 p.m.

French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. FridaysSaturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. ✯ The Late Show: Aug. 23-24.

H Lounge

Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com. ✯ Arctic Clam: Aug. 23, 9 p.m. ✯ Redneck Incorporated: Aug. 24, 10 p.m.

Kerrytown Concert House

This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. ✯ Los Gatos Latin Jazz Qunitet: Aug. 23. ✯ Manner Effect: Aug. 25.

Mainstreet Bar and Grill

Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or www.toledomainstreet.com. ✯ My Ticket Home, Boys of Fall, The Brooklyn Enigma, The Martyr Design, Goodbye Blue Skies: Aug. 23, 8 p.m.

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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 www.manhattanstoledo.com. ✯ Open mic: 9 p.m. Mondays. ✯Mike Corwin: Aug. 21, 7 p.m. ✯ Quick Trio: Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. ✯ Alan Smith and the Blues All Stars: Aug. 23, 9 p.m. ✯ Mo Joe Boes and His Noble Jones: Aug. 24, 9 p.m.

MGM Grand Detroit

Every Tuesday-Saturday TUESDAY: $1.00 off all Beer $1.00 off all Burgers and Half off Baskets WEDNESDAY: “Customer Appreciation Night” $10.00 off the Kitchen. THURSDAY: This week featuring Acoustic Soul at 8 p.m.

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Motor City Casino/Hotel

This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or www.motorcitycasino.com. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. Chromatics ✯ Sheri Gold: Aug. 21, 7 p.m. ✯ Sheri Gold: Aug. 22, 7 p.m. ✯ Sheri Gold: Aug. 23, 5:15 p.m. ✯ Ani: Aug. 23, 10 p.m. ✯ Sheri Gold: Aug. 24, 5:15 p.m. ✯ Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. ✯ Dave Hamilton: Aug. 25, 3:30 p.m. ✯ Bomb Squad: Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ✯ Blood Sweat & Brass: Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Radio Bar ✯ Paul Martindale: Aug. 21, 4 p.m. ✯ Surab Deb: Aug. 21, 8 p.m. ✯ Paul Martindale: Aug. 22, 4 p.m. ✯ Jim James: Aug. 22, 8 p.m. ✯ Paul Martindale: Aug. 23, 2 p.m. ✯ Linda Lexy: Aug. 23, 6 p.m. ✯ Kim James: Aug. 23, 10 p.m. ✯ Earl: Aug. 23, 2 p.m. ✯ Linda Lexy: Aug. 24, 6 p.m. ✯ DJ Short Stop: Aug. 24, 10 p.m. ✯ Lutalo: Aug. 25, 8 p.m. ✯ DJ Short Stop: Aug. 26, 4 p.m. ✯ Lutalo: Aug. 26, 4 p.m. ✯ Earl: Aug. 27, 4 p.m.

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Oarhouse Bar & Grill

If one gets tired of spiking the volleyball, throwing some ringers or tossing the cornbags, perhaps some entertainment will fit the bill? Plenty of dock space for boaters, too. 5044 Suder Ave. (419) 671-6256 or oarhousepointplace.com. ✯ Grungebob: Aug. 23, 9 p.m. ✯ Broham: Aug. 24, 9 p.m.

One2 Lounge at Treo

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com.

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✯ Stonehouse: Aug. 23. ✯ Pete’s Jazz Ensemble: Aug. 24.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. ✯ Smartypants Trivia: Toledo’s Favorite Pub Quiz: 9 p.m., Wednesdays. ✯ The Fever Tongues: Aug. 23, 10 p.m. ✯ Nick Tolford & Company: Aug. 24, 10 p.m.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or www.potbelly.com. ✯ Jaime Mills: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays.

Stella’s

Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Meaghan Roberts: Aug. 23. ✯ Kelly Broadway: Aug. 24.

Trotters Tavern

5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. ✯ Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars: 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Craig Myers & Friends: Aug. 23, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ✯ Human Juice Box, Free Range: Aug. 24, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Village Idiot

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.village idiotmaumee.com.


“I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one.” — James Carville ✯ Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Bobby May and the Dry Bones Revival: Aug. 23. ✯ The Bricks: Aug. 24.

Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant

This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 3 p.m. Sundays, 6339 Edgewater Dr. (734) 723-7411 or www.webbersrestaurant.samsbiz.com. ✯ Jeff Stewart: Aug. 25.

Ye Olde Durty Bird

A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair St. (419) 243-2473 or www.yeoldedurtybird.com. ✯ Open mic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Steve Kennedy: Aug. 21, 7 p.m. ✯ Chris Knopp: Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m. ✯ The Eight Fifteens: Aug. 23, 9 p.m. ✯ John Grafing & Co: Aug. 24, 9 p.m. ✯ John Barile: Aug. 25, 12 p.m.

Elixer

ater. 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: Aug. 24.

Jazz on the Maumee

The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $5-$15. (419) 241141 or www.arttatumsociety.com. ✯The Murphy Band: Aug. 21.

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Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29. Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. ✯ Arctic Clam: Aug. 22.

Music at the Market

Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, Commodore Square Park, 140 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg; Judy Beck Auditorium (same address), if raining. (419) 324-4758 or mainart-ery.com. ✯ Suburban Legend: Aug. 22.

This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. www.beatlesebooks.com/elixir. ✯ Quimby’s Food & Spirits, 3536 Sterns Road, Lambertville, Michigan. Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. ✯ Toledo Museum of Art, “It’s Friday!” Program, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Aug. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Fallen Timbers Summer Concert Series

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Take in some swing and smooth tunes among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 11-Sept. 12, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. $6-$8; $48-$64 season pass. (419) 536-5566 or toledogarden.org. ✯ Hepcat Revival: Aug. 22. ✯

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Still ‘hot blooded’ By Jeff McGinnis

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Lou Gramm has been touring extensively this month — but don’t mistake this for a comeback. The former Foreigner frontman has been on the road with his own group, The Lou Gramm Band, for years now. “I haven’t been off the road, really — the band usually plays from around March or April through the end of the year, so if we’re off it’s only January and February,” Gramm said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “But it is a particularly busy year, compared to the last few.” Small wonder. The induction of Gramm and his former songwriting partner Mick Jones into the Songwriters Hall of Fame has brought renewed attention to the work of Foreigner, that staple of ’70s and ’80s rock that sold nearly 80 million albums worldwide. With songs like “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and more, the group provided one of the most recognizable sounds of its era. Now, nearly a quarter-century after Gramm’s first turbulent departure from the group, he still tours with his own band, giving audiences around the country a taste of those famous vocals that helped define Foreigner. The latest stop coming up is Aug. 24 at the Monroe County Jam.

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Lou Gramm brings his band to Monroe County Jam.

“I have a really good band. And while we play the songs true to the original version, we kind of gently inflict our personalities into the songs. And it’s exciting to me to hear the ensemble playing,” Gramm said. “It can get quite raucous, and it turns out to be a lot of fun.” It hasn’t been all about the music this year, though. Much of the focus has been on Gramm’s own story, published in book form as “Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ’n’ Roll.” The autobiography not only delves into his history with Foreigner and his solo career, but also his life as a born again Christian and his recovery from a brain tumor in 1997. “I had been doing a lot of thinking about it, but was not quite sure that it was a strong enough story to begin writing,” Gramm said. “The cowriter, Scott Pitoniak, is basically a sports writer. He’s done books with Jim Boeheim and Johnny Antonelli, pitcher for the Giants back in the ’60s. He’s had some really wonderful books out. And I met with him, and he told me I had enough for two books. So we agreed to start working on it.” Then in June there was the Hall of Fame, three words that certainly deserved to be said in connection with Foreigner a long time before now. Gramm, who along with Jones was inducted into the Songwriters Hall by none other than Billy Joel, said the honor was still humbling, even two months later.

“It’s fantastic, because that’s all about the impetus for quality music, possibly big hits, the music that stands the test of time. And obviously without that, there’s no performing. So it was a wonderful night, and the award means an incredible amount to me. It kind of quantifies and lends credence to a whole career.” So much of Gramm’s music has clearly stood the test of time, though, that it’s clear the Hall of Fame isn’t the only thing considering him. “It’s indescribable. Because obviously our job, and our desire, is to craft good songs, not flavor-ofthe-month songs, but songs that sound just as good 10 years later as when they were released. And to a large degree, I think we accomplished that in many of our albums.” In addition, Gramm said the induction into the Songwriters Hall may have softened the disappointment he has felt about Foreigner’s omission from another famous Hall — the big one. “It used to bother me a lot more than it does now, because honestly, I’ve come to feel quite satisfied with the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. And I can see that there’s been a lot of artists that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that have been omitted. So we’re not the only ones, and it’s just one of those things, you know?” But the biggest thing that may have been accomplished by the induction was a mending of the fences. Gramm and Jones — long at odds after

GRAMM Gramm’s departure from Foreigner —performed together for the first time in years that night. “It was very sharp, and hard-edged, and attitude-heavy. We both had a ball,” Gramm said. And he added that, at some level, he thinks the two of them — who crafted some of rock’s most enduring sounds together — may have buried a hatchet or two as a result. “I do, because I’ve spoken to him at least three or four times since then. I’ve called him and he’s called me, and it’s just been cordial and warm,” Gramm said. “Even if we do nothing together —and there’s a good chance we won’t do anything together — but just to be on better terms with the guy that you’ve done so much with, and worked so much of my professional life with, it’s a good thing.” O


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Upon meeting Corey Pappas, Deetra Mitchell became inspired. “What can I say? He’s a gift and a joy to be around,” said Mitchell, who is the community inclusion trainer for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “He’s always bubbly and excited. He’s passionate about music . After watching him, I was so motivated.” Pappas, 23, is legally blind and has cerebral palsy, but Mitchell said he is not PAPPAS limited by his disabilities. He will perform piano at the upcoming Rec Jam, an event sponsored by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “He has an amazing musical gift that he loves to share with others,” his mother Barbara Pappas said in an email. Pappas is only able to play with one hand. His mother said he can listen to a song and then play it in any key using a variety of chords. Rec Jam will combine recreation and leisure, Mitchell said. The dance will be Aug. 22 at Centennial Terrace on Centennial Road in Sylvania. The event is free and open to anyone 18 and older.

Board Community Inclusion Specialist George Leist stressed the event is not only for the disabled community, but for everyone. Mitchell said the event can promote awareness. “There are people that exist in our community with disabilities, but they are no different than you and I,” Mitchell said. “They enjoy the same things you and I would. People are people. We have more similarities than we do differences.” Mitchell said Pappas can motivate others with disabilities to become involved in the community they live in. “[The event] brings positive light into our community,” Mitchell said. “This is what’s available; this is what’s going on.” The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ main goal is to make sure those with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities allotted to them as anyone else, according to its mission statement. Pappas was helped by the board before this event. Leist said he helps plug his clients into the community. “We’re just trying to bring people together with a common interest,” Mitchell said. “That’s usually how people start friendships and relationships.” The board also sponsors other events to get the community involved, including some for teenagers. On Aug. 15, they had a Back to School Bash. The Rec Jams are usually planned annually. O


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Local blogger competing in HGTV HOME contest By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer mliasse@toledofreepress.com

On Aug. 22, a Toledo-area blogger could win an HGTV challenge. For the Magic with Fabric & Trim Challenge, a contest sponsored by HGTV HOME and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Jamielyn Nye had 30 days to redesign her living room. From July 19 to Aug. 17, Nye updated her space using fabric from the new fall HGTV HOME collection, which is only available at Jo-Ann stores. The people behind the contest found and recruited Nye through her blog, IHeartNaptime. net. Nye said she was interested right away. Coincidently, Nye knew the three bloggers she was competing against. “I thought it was fun because it was three of my friends that I met at blogging conferences,” Nye said. “It’s been fun to rival each other even though we’re friends.” Nye recently moved and saw the contest as a way to spruce up her new home. She started by adding a new couch, pillows and blankets, which was cozy around the fireplace. “I started with the center of the room and worked my way around,” Nye said. “And then I took it to the walls and added pieces of art and curtains.” Nye said she tried to stick with a turquoise

and yellow color scheme. “I love all things bright,” Nye said. “I think walking into a room with bright colors can change your mood.” Nye said her favorite pieces in the room are her curtains. “They’re just completely custom,” she said. At press time, Nye was still putting finishing touches on her room. She felt a little rushed with the 30-day deadline. “It’s a big room because there was lots of walls to cover,” Nye said. “It’s been a little rushed but it’s been fun.” IHeartNaptime.net offers do-it-yourself projects, crafts and recipes. She started the blog after having her son. “It’s a lot of different things for young moms to do,” Nye said. “Naptime was my only free time [after having my son]. I worked on projects during that time.” The winner of the Magic with Fabric & Trim Challenge will be announced during an online Pinterest party Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. An HGTV celebrity will judge the rooms live. Anyone can tune in by going to Nye’s account, pinterest. com/IHeartNaptime and following “#HGT VHOMEMagic.” Nye said she is excited to represent the Toledo area with this project. “There’s a lot of bloggers in this area that I know of,” Nye said. “I think it’s cool to represent the crafting/DIY niche.” O

Jamielyn Nye’s room cannot be displayed fully until the Aug. 22 Pinterest party, but she offers a sneak peek of some features of her room in this photo. PHOTO COURTESY EMILY HETZEL

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