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Jazz singer Lori Lefevre plays with Ray Parker, left, and Eric Dickey on keyboards. PHOTO COURTESY LORI LEFEVRE

Jazz singer Lori Lefevre celebrates self-produced CD By Brigitta Burks Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Local jazz artist Eric Dickey has long encouraged jazz singer Lori Lefevre to produce fer own CD. In January, she agreed, and will celebrate the release of “The Song is You” on Aug. 29. Lefevre has been performing for 30 years and recorded on several other groups’ CDs, including with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra for the 2011 Toledo Free Press “Holiday Wishes” CD benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lefevre, a Whitmer graduate, discovered jazz courtesy of her mother, also a jazz singer.

“I just kind of grew up with it and always sang it and always enjoyed it,” Lefevre said. The singer attended the University of Toledo and then traveled doing musical theater before returning to the area and to jazz. She recently accompanied famed singer Jon Hendricks to France. Lefevre, also an art teacher at Whitmer, said she loves jazz because of the freedom it allows her. “Not only is the music interesting in terms of the lyrics and the melody, but also the compilation of the chords and the opportunity for improvisation so you can add your own twist and tricks as well as your own emotional perspective to the tune,” she said. Choosing songs for her new CD was difficult

because she enjoys so many, Lefevre said. Tracks include “The Nearness of You,” “All the Way” and “Like a Lover.” In addition to Dickey, Scott Kretzer, Jordan Schug and Gene Parker play on the 11-track CD. “I feel really fortunate to be in Toledo where there is a pretty strong community of jazz musicians and listeners,” Lefevre said. “It’s a good place to be if you’re a jazz lover.” The jazz lover is also a member of local jazz group 6th Edition, which has its own CD, “It’s About Time.” The Aug. 29 celebration is sponsored by the Art Tatum Jazz Society and the Grand Plaza Hotel as part of the Jazz on the Maumee se-

ries. Every Wednesday, local artists play from 5-7 p.m. in the hotel’s Aqua Lounge at 444 N. Summit St. For $15, eventgoers receive free valet parking and can see live jazz. A cash bar is also available. Dickey and John Johnson will accompany Lefevre. Another CD release party is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Bowling Green State University Moore Musical Arts Center. Lefevre will also accompany the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and other vocalists at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 for “Songs for Our Sister” at the Valentine Theatre. Lefevre’s CD is $15 and will eventually be available at CD Baby and iTunes. To purchase now, contact her at O

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In life and in death, Toledoan Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon serves others.

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Between a busy career at Libbey Glass and frequent chemotherapy treatments, Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon made time to love everyone. She made time to grant wishes for sick children enrolled in the Make-A-Wish Foundation program. She made time to counsel women battling breast cancer. She made time to raise her daughter Lily, devote full attention to her friends in need and, of course, dress fashionably. She set aside so much time for these things that she was always late. “My wife was late to everything but I don’t know anybody that really got upset with her for being late. The reason she was late was because she was with another person and was giving them her total attention and when you were with her you were the center of her world,” said her husband, Phil Skeldon. “I think that’s what made her a success in every aspect of her life.” When cancer claimed Gotthart Skeldon in 2010, her friends immediately knew they wanted to carry on her work. They created a fund to support area agencies that aid children with disabilities and illnesses and women who have breast cancer. Within the year, they had planned their biggest fundraiser and, naturally, decided to title the event “Fashionably Late.” “She never wasted a minute,” said longtime friend Gretchen DeBacker. “She found out she was sick back in 1993 and I think that somewhere inside she believed that her time was going to be short, so she used every possible minute that she could and most of it was in the service of helping other people.” And she’d also spend some of those minutes dancing. As a tribute to her fun-loving attitude, Fashionably Late offers a night of music and dancing to raise money for the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund. n GRETCHEN CONTINUES ON 5

Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon and her daughter, Lily, in 2008. PHOTO COURTESY GRETCHEN DeBACKER

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“I’m such a good boy/I just need a new toy” — Mötley Crüe, “Girls, Girls, Girls” n GRETCHEN CONTINUED FROM 4 The Homewreckers and Air Margaritaville will rock Centennial Terrace in Sylvania on Aug. 24 for the fundraiser, marking the third year that Toledoans have come together to remember Gotthart Skeldon and donate to local organizations. The Fashionably Late fundraiser is the biggest moneymaker for the fund, collecting about $30,000 at last year’s event and contributing to the pool of $90,000 given to area agencies within the past three years. Major beneficiaries include Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio, the Toledo Ballet, the MakeA-Wish Foundation and Sunshine, a respite center for children with disabilities. The fund focuses on organizations such as these because of Gotthart Skeldon’s legacy. She grew up in Toledo, attending Central Catholic High School and then University of Toledo. She graduated with a business degree and landed a job working with Libbey Glass. She worked her way into a national sales manager position and was designated the sales leader of the year six times throughout her career, including the year before she died. “Through all of this — through chemo treatment after chemo treatment and hair falling out ... outside of her chemo treatment, I don’t think she ever missed a day of work,” Skeldon said. “And it was never about selling a product. It was about meeting people and having fun with people and if the product sold, so be it.” When she wasn’t on the clock, Gotthart Skeldon was volunteering. She was a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation, meaning she would orchestrate a family’s trip to Disney World, and she also worked with Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio supporting women with breast cancer. She sang in her church choir for 25 years at Blessed Sacrament and was known for throwing fabulous baby and wedding showers, DeBacker said. Gotthart Skeldon battled cancer on and off for years, beating the disease into remission a few times. She died in February of 2010 when the disease metastasized to her liver, DeBacker said. “She always said, ‘I don’t want the disease to define me; I want to be known as Gretchen not a person with cancer,’” Skeldon said. “Even during all this bout with cancer, I could never be down, because she was never down. She even cheered up the doctors.” Skeldon met his wife at a Bible study group at Corpus Christi University Parish in 2000 and

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they married a few years later when Gotthart Skeldon was 39 years old. Although doctors had told her that her years of cancer treatment would preclude her from having children, Gotthart Skeldon and her husband were able to have a baby. Their child, Lily, is now 7 years old. “She was just a very kind person and, you know, some people talk about people who have died in that way and everyone has good qualities and misses people after they die, but Gretchen was special in the way she impacted the lives of the people she interacted with,” DeBacker said. “And when you were in her presence, that was it.” Since Gotthart Skeldon’s death, the fund has supported a number of programs at local agencies. This year, Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio started a program funded by the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund that offers up to $400 to uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients to pay for daily life expenses, such as transportation, food, rent or utilities, said Mary Westphal, executive director of Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio. Starting in 2011, the fund also allowed Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio to provide 13 screening mammograms, 15 diagnostic mammograms, 24 computer-aided detections and five breast ultrasounds to 21 uninsured women between the ages of 18 and 39. Twenty-eight uninsured women between 40 and 44 were also able to obtain mammograms and ultrasounds. “[Gretchen] was a woman full of life and energy,” Westphal said. “She was magical when she walked in the room — you just felt happy.” The Toledo Ballet facilitates an adaptive dance program for children with Down syndrome, also funded in part by the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund. Developed at the Boston Ballet in partnership with the Boston Children’s Hospital, the program teaches balance, flexibility and following directions. The fund awarded scholarships to children interested in enrolling, said Mari Davies, executive director at the Toledo Ballet. Fashionably Late will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and run until midnight. Tickets cost $20 each. For more information, call (419) 537-9956 or visit “Gretchen was a very faith-filled person ... I think people really felt the presence of God in her and spiritually it boosted their lives,” Skeldon said. “People came away feeling much more positive about life after they met Gretchen.” O





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Smith has received positive feedback from the young men involved. “Their continued participation shows us they appreciate the group and they’ve expressed how it gives them an opportunity to stay out of trouble,” he said. While the group does plenty to help local youth, the Smiths decided they wanted to help a more specific subset of kids. About a year ago, they attended a concert put on by singer Kem in Detroit. The Grammy-nominated artist used to be homeless and donated proceeds to charity groups. At KEM’s concert, the Smiths met a 14-yearold who they later learned was homeless. Smith’s oldest son wanted to do something to help and Toledo’s Got Talent was born. “It kind of touched our group. It kind of saddened us because he was such a nice young man,” Smith said. He said youth homelessness is often not addressed because, technically, it’s against the law for children to leave home. The group had a difficult time finding an organization that helped homeless youth to donate proceeds to. However, Smith found Family House, which provides homeless families with housing and services. Seventy percent of clients are younger than 18, according to Family House’s website. Tickets for Toledo’s Got Talent are $10. The event starts at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Ottawa Park Amphitheatre. For more information, call (419) 944-8924 or visit Maturing Young Men on Facebook. O — Brigitta Burks

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‘A whole new show’ KISS to play DTE Energy Music Theatre on Sept. 5.

By Alan Sculley Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

KISS has never worried about being upstaged by an opening act. “We’ve always believed in letting the best bands available go out there and do what they do because it only fires us up that much more,” singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said in a mid-July phone interview. “Our track record is pretty stellar, whether it’s, my gosh, Bob Seger, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, early (Mötley) Crüe, John Cougar Mellencamp, AC/DC. The list just goes on and on.” On one of this summer’s biggest tours, KISS will close out an evening that also includes a 90-minute set from co-headliner Mötley Crüe, a band known for making its own show a visual spectacle and nonstop party. The party rolls into the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., on Sept. 5. Stanley knows his band will deliver as well, if for no other reason than the enthusiasm he sees in the band 40 years into its career. “KISS today is KISS as I’ve always wanted it — four guys who get along great, who play fiercely and are proud of who we are, proud of our fans

and celebrate what we do from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed,” Stanley said. Of course, KISS also knows a thing or two about putting together a spectacular live show. And the band has reloaded for the tour with Mötley Crüe. “It’s a whole new show, a whole new stage,” Stanley said. “We will have a brand-new show and a brand-new stage and just some pretty amazing visuals. This whole summer is giving new meaning to ‘bang for the buck.’ “If anybody’s expecting high-tech subtlety, forget about it,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is build a bigger bomb.” As is evidenced by Stanley’s enthusiasm for this summer’s tour — as well as KISS’ recently completed new CD, “Monster,” which will be released in October — KISS is experiencing a rebirth that few would have predicted when the new century rolled around. At that point, the band seemed to be trying to recapture past glories for one last time. In 1996, Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons had reunited with the two other original members of KISS — guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss — for what became a blockbuster reunion tour. n KISS CONTINUES ON 10

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By Alan Sculley Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

The last time Mötley Crüe toured with KISS, the situation couldn’t have been much different than it is this summer as these two popular bands hit the road together for one of the year’s biggest tours. It was 1982, and Mötley Crüe was just getting started. The band had just been signed to Elektra, which had released a newly remixed version of the group’s debut album, “Too Fast for Love.” The radio hits didn’t start until the next album, as 1983’s “Shout At The Devil” started a string of four platinum-selling albums that continued for Mötley Crüe through the 1989 CD, “Dr. Feelgood.” KISS, by contrast, had already reached the heights as one of the world’s biggest bands and arguably the most spectacular concert attraction to date in rock history. Although original members Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) were gone by that 1982 tour and the band’s album sales were dropping precipitously, KISS was still a major headlining live band.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx remembers that 1982 tour with KISS as one of the early big moments in his group’s career. “KISS and Ozzy (Osbourne) were the two bands that gave us our first shot,” Sixx said in a mid-July phone interview. “I look back, and it was a short amount of dates (with KISS). It was four or six dates, but they gave us our first taste of playing up and down the West Coast and on big stages. We’ll always remember that. They’re fond memories.” Now, 30 years after the two bands first shared stages, they are back on tour again for the first time since that handful of 1982 shows. KISS will still close out the shows this summer, but Mötley Crüe, obviously, will be in a position to make a much bigger impression on this tour, as both groups will be doing full 90-minute sets. “We really look at it as a double headliner,” Sixx said. Both bands will bring out big stage productions this summer. For Mötley Crüe, that means bringing back the major stunt from last year’s tour, as drummer Tommy Lee will again do a solo as his drum kit does a complete circle on a 360-degree track he has dubbed the rollercoaster. n Mötley Crüe CONTINUES ON 10

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“Girl, I can make you feel OK” — KISS, “Love Gun” n KISS CONTINUED FROM 8 This was followed by the release in 1998 of “Psycho Circus,” a reunion album that was a reunion in name only. Criss and Frehley made only minimal contributions to “Psycho Circus,” although the CD was billed as being made by the original KISS lineup. In reality, guitarists Tommy Thayer and Bruce Kulick and drummer Kevin Valentine played on the vast majority of the material. Stanley is open in admitting the shortcomings of “Psycho Circus” and the tensions that existed with Frehley and Criss during the reunion years. When Criss and Frehley departed the lineup for the final time, the replacements — Thayer and drummer Eric Singer (who had been in the band in the late ’90s, prior to Criss’ return) — injected new life into the band. And in 2008, work began on a new KISS album. The band decided it would either succeed or fail on its own terms. Stanley served as producer and the group kept all key aspects of the project in-house. “To go back into the studio after not having done an album in probably 10 years is a risky move,” Stanley said. “The band was just so strong live, just so potent, that I thought, ‘We n Mötley Crüe CONTINUED FROM 9 And yes, there will be pyro and other special effects when the show hits the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., on Sept. 5. “It’s a very raw, dangerous show,” Sixx said. “There are times in the show where if we’re at the wrong place at the wrong time, things could go horribly wrong. It takes a lot of work … and that’s the only way Mötley thinks, is ‘How do we push it beyond what we’ve done in the past?’” Mötley Crüe will also perform a new song, “Sex,” that is being released to coincide with the tour. It came together this past spring while the band was doing a three-week gig in Las Vegas. Whether “Sex” catches on and becomes another hit for Mötley Crüe remains to be seen, but the tour with KISS is part of what Sixx said he expects could be the biggest four or five years in the career of his band (with other members singer Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars). Exactly what other events will populate these next few years remains to be seen. “It’s nothing I can really unveil,” Sixx said. But the tour with KISS may get extended beyond this fall. BLOODY MARY BeAR

have to make an album.’ “But I didn’t want any of the pitfalls that had happened in the past,” he said. “I needed some ground rules just to make sure that everybody stayed focused and committed. And the key one was all writing had to be within the band. No outside writers, no phoning in your parts, and the band was going to play live and the band was going to record on tape. And whatever songs went on the album would be my choice. That’s a producer’s job,” The 2009 album, “Sonic Boom,” was hailed as the best KISS CD in years and a return to form for the group. Now KISS has “Monster” ready for its October release. Once again, Stanley served as the producer, and it was written and recorded entirely by the current lineup of KISS. Stanley isn’t shy in expressing his excitement about the CD. “‘Monster’ is exactly what the name implies. It’s just a ferociously good album,” Stanley said. “‘Monster’ is far, far, far beyond ‘Sonic Boom.’ It’s a much more focused, a much bigger sounding album. The songs are better. And everybody’s playing more assuredly. We clearly established on ‘Sonic Boom’ who we are now. And ‘Monster’ just reinforces that like a sledgehammer.” O “Globally, the concept of KISS and Mötley Crüe has promoters salivating everywhere from Japan, South America, Europe, the U.K. It’s everywhere,” he said. “We all said, ‘Let’s get on the road. Let’s see how this works.’ I don’t know 100 percent what KISS has planned for next year.” Other activities that are in the wind for Mötley Crüe include a movie based on “The Dirt,” the book about the band’s colorful career, hard partying lifestyle and internal dramas. New music is a possibility as well, although Sixx said nothing is in progress yet. After the flurry of activity ends in several years, Sixx said, it may be time for the band to re-evaluate its future. “We want to go away friends. We want to go out on top,” Sixx said. “When that time is we don’t know, but it’s not a negative. It’s a positive. We started on a positive and we want to end on a positive. The bands that just wear it out and just cripple off into the sunset to milk that last nickel, and it’s like if you haven’t saved your money to take care of yourself and you have to do that, it’s not a good look. And that’s not how we want to be remembered.” O


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In the past year and a half, Jessica Lea Mayfield has played “Late Show with David Letterman,” performed at the Americana Music Awards and drawn praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and The New York Times for her latest album “Tell Me.” All this happened prior to the Kent, Ohio, native’s celebrating her 23rd birthday, which occurs later this month. While all of the above might be impressive to fans, friends, family and outsiders, to Mayfield they’re just some of the more recent events in a life that’s never been devoid of music and the road. Her parents and older brother David traveled and played together as the family bluegrass band One Way Rider. She first performed with at the age of eight. “For the better part of my childhood, we lived in a tour bus,” Mayfield said. “So I didn’t really have a bedroom; I had a bunk. I lived in a tour bus that was done by Bill Monroe. It was called ‘The Bluegrass Breakdown.’” More than a decade later, Mayfield is a married woman who has released two full-length albums of her own and toured internationally. On Aug. 24, she’ll perform at Mickey Finn’s Pub. “As far as making a name for myself goes, I really just want to be able to pay the bills, you know?” Mayfield said. “All I’ve ever done is play music. I’ve never had a day job or anything. My family has always supported itself that way, and since I’ve been a teenager that’s how I’ve supported myself, is through music. “It seems different to some people, but it’s the norm for me.” By the time she was 15, Mayfield had already made her first EP — “White Lies” — which was recorded David’s bedroom. One of the 100

copies of “White Lies” eventually made it into the hands of Akron-based The Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach. “His dad had gotten a copy of [‘White Lies’] that I recorded with my brother, and I didn’t know who he was at the time or whatever,” Mayfield said of Auerbach with a laugh. “Like, I didn’t really know anything that was going on with him. He sent me a Myspace message and gave me his number and said he liked the music. “He said, ‘My name is Dan. I play in a local band called The Black Keys.’” After meeting Auerbach, Mayfield’s brother David would drop her off at his studio a few times each week to play, setting the foundation for a friendship that continues to this day. Auerbach has since produced both of Mayfield’s full-length records. Released on Feb. 8, 2011, “Tell Me” was recorded at his Easy Eye Sound System studio in Akron where he, Mayfield and David all worked on the album together. Despite the critical acclaim from multiple media outlets, Mayfield insists she tries to stay away from the hoopla. After all these years, she still doesn’t like listening to herself or watching herself performing. Instead, she’s focusing on the music and sharing the sights of touring with her husband, who happens to be the touring bassist in her band. “It’s just everything has been really good this year because I’m more mature,” Mayfield said. “And it’s definitely pretty awesome to be doing all of these things with my husband. It makes it feel less like work.” On Aug. 24, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jack & the Bear, Dios Ama and Possum & the Peach will perform at Mickey Finn’s Pub, 602 Lagrange St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit O

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comes to the realization that he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning, he or she must also be prepared to go out with the old and unsupportive and in with the new and encouraging. Even if that means you loose someone unexpected. To be honest, that was one of the hardest things I had to do, especially when I had such reservations about coming out in the first place. After speaking with many people who support me, I cannot let go and just be happy. Now, I only surround myself with people who lift me higher because I consider them my armor during the difficult times. So, I want to take a moment to thank those who stayed with me after I came out to them. Thank you to those who asked me questions to better understand how I’ve always been a lesbian. Thank you to those who ask about my girlfriend. Being curious and treating me no differently than you did before has healed the broken parts of my heart. To those who are struggling with starting The Conversation, please know you are never alone. If you’re ready, it could be the conversation that allows you to see the other side of the rainbow and that side can be a very happy and prideful place. The Toledo LGBTQA community can be a great extended family. O





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hile I may be a lesbian with a lot of pride, there once was a time where I would fake crushes on boys and avoid everything rainbow because I never wanted to talk about how much I actually liked women. After months, I finally accepted myself but was terrified to talk about it. I confided in only two people and rehearsed the script that I created in order to help me start the converEmily sation of all conversations. I had a list, a mile long, of people that I needed to tell including my parents, the best friend I had a crush on and the new friends I had just met at school. Needless to say, I was panic-stricken until I came out to every single one of them. Some responses were just as I imagined while others broke my heart in half. Just when I gained enough courage to start The Conversation again, someone I cared about told me that this is all just a phase and that I hadn’t found the right man yet. I was overcome with frustration and had no idea how my many months of mental preparedness could withstand such a blow. How could someone that I love so much think that I would just tell them I’m a lesbian for kicks? No people I know want to willingly sign up for entire religions to condemn them or for family members to write them off just because they’ve come out. However, to my surprise, I was immediately rallied by the support I did receive and I began to live the life that was meant for me without the Negative Nancys. It was a difficult choice, but when a person

Emily Hickey is an advocate for the LGBTQA community through Toledo Pride and OUTSKiRTS Toledo. For more information, visit or OUTSKiRTS Toledo on Facebook.


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German-American Festival rolls out the beer and brats Aug. 24-26 By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

A Swiss cheese-eating contest and a new flavor of bratwurst will be among the offerings at this year’s German-American Festival, set for Aug. 24-26 at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon. The 47th annual event will also feature all the popular contests and favorite Swiss-German foods and drinks of past years, said Jack Renz, marketing/public relations committee chairman for the festival. “We’re in our 47th year. That’s quite a statement,” Renz said. “For 47 years we have continually produced a quality product, and I think what we really strive to do is offer something different each time. Even though the public looks for their favorite things and relishes what they like, they also know that each year we try to do some new things. We’re very proud of what people get for the money. They get a heck of a bang for their dollar.” The winner of the new eating contest, set for 7 p.m. Aug. 25, will be the contestant who eats an 8-ounce block of Swiss cheese the fastest, Renz said. The new brat will be a Swiss cheese and mushroom bratwurst handmade by Tank’s Meats in Elmore. “It has an absolutely phenomenal taste,” Renz said. “That’s what’s really fun about being part of the German-American Festival. Each year we try to bring something new to the community to try to keep it cutting-edge.” The festival will be open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug.

24, with a parade and opening ceremonies set for 8 p.m. The event will continue from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 25 and noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 26. Daily admission is $7. Advance tickets, available online at germanamericanfestival. net or at various area restaurants and bars, are $6 for one day, $10 for two days or $15 for three days. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Active military, police, fire and EMS personnel with ID will be admitted free on Aug. 26 and senior citizens with a Golden Buckeye card will be admitted for $1 off admission Aug. 26. Round-trip shuttle tickets are available for $6 and leave from several Toledo area locations. The traditional Swiss Steinstossen, or Swiss stone-throwing contest is set for 3 p.m. on both Aug. 25 and 26. Men will throw 138-pound stones while women will throw 75-pound stones. “That one is the most popular contests, followed by the Masskrugstemmen,” said Festival Chairman Timothy Pecsenye. In the Masskrugstemmen event, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on both Aug. 24 and 25, contestants lift a liter of beer with one arm stretched parallel to the floor and hold it as long as they can. The Hummel Lookalike Contest for children age 2 to 10 will be held 4 p.m. Aug. 26. Prizes are awarded for the most authentic look-a-like with a focus on overall look, costume, props, pose and facial expressions. There’s also the Brezeln Essen, or soft pretzeleating contest, set for 9 a.m. Aug. 25 and the German

dessert baking contest at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Each hour, festival organizers come on stage to perform a rendition of the scenes played out by the wooden characters in Munich’s Glockenspiel, or city clock. “We come out on the hour and do a little performance to salute the hour,” Renz said. “There’s crowd participation. It’s kind of a crowd-pleaser. It’s really becoming something people look forward to watching.” Bands include Austrian Express from Milwaukee and Phenix from Chicago. Children’s activities include rides, face painting, a clown and more. A German language worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26. There will also be soccer matches on Aug. 25 and 26. The festival, a fundraiser for the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, along with a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area, is operated by the nonprofit GAF Society and sponsored by the seven German-American and Swiss-American societies in Toledo. “We’re probably one of the best-known festivals in the area. We’ve been in existence longer than the other ethnic festivals,” Pecsenye said. “People have a fantastic time. They enjoy themselves. You see a lot of happy people, a lot of smiling people with their friends or meeting new friends while exploring German culture, German music, German foods. Just bring a guest and come to the fest!” For more information, visit germanamer O

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AUG. 22-29, 2012

What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

The Blarney Irish Pub

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. O Scott and the Brad Show: Aug. 23. O The Eight-Fifteens: Aug. 24. O Bloody Tinth: Aug. 25.


This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Red Tail Ring: 8 p.m. Aug. 22, $15. O Anders Osborne, Fox N Hounds: 8 p.m. Aug. 23, $20. O Mustard’s Retreat: 8 p.m. Aug. 24, $15. O Mark O’Connor, the Saline Fiddlers: 8 p.m. Aug. 25, $30. O Blue Highway: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, $25. O Goitse: 8 p.m. Aug. 27, $15. O Daniel Champagne: 8 p.m. Aug. 28, free with nonperishable donation. O Studebaker John & the Hawks: 8 p.m. Aug. 29, $15.

Bar 145

This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or O Dan Fester: Aug. 22. O Hey Monea: 10 p.m. Aug. 23. O The Tricky Dicks & the Cover-Ups: Aug. 24-25.

B-Bop Records

Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www. or O Big Fuzzy, Lucian Townes: 8 p.m. Aug. 24, donations.

BGSU concerts

The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or O College of Musical Arts Faculty Brass: 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Bryan Recital Hall. O Machine Gun Kelley, DJ Manny: Aug. 25, Stroh Center. $23.50-$32.50. O Penny Thompson-Kruse: 8 p.m. Aug. 29, Bryan Recital Hall.

Blind Pig

A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or O Hippie Goons, Block Alumni, Wise Public: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. O The Sugar Coats, the Heart, Gardens, All the Wild Children: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23. O The Dirty Guv’nahs, the Floorwalkers: 9 p.m. Aug. 24. O The Bang! 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

Bronze Boar

Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Joe Wood Trio: Aug. 24. O See Alice: Aug. 25.

Caesars Windsor

If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Starting ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or O California Dreamin’: 3 and 8 p.m. Aug. 23, $15.

Cheers Sports Eatery

This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Johnny Rodriguez: Aug. 25.

Cock n’ Bull Tavern

Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical performances. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855. O Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. O Danny Mettler: 7 p.m. Sundays. O Steve Mullen Band: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Dégagé Jazz Café

Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 22 and 28-29. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Aug. 23. O Dick Lang Trio: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-25.

The Distillery

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Chris Knopp: Aug. 22. O Better Off Fred: Aug. 24. O The Hangovers: Aug. 25. O Nathan Cogan: Aug. 29.

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 O Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: 10 p.m. Aug. 24.

Dorr St. Café

Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or O Don Coats: Aug. 31.


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 O Tentative Motown Citywide: 8 p.m. Aug. 26.

The Flying Joe

A coffee house with wings? Maybe you’ll feel like soaring after a signature mocha. And sometimes … they add a shot of music. 2130 Preston Parkway, Perrysburg. (419) 9310273 or O Bob Theroux: Aug. 24. O Ben Miller: Aug. 25.

Frankie’s Inner City

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or

O ’80s Night: 9 p.m. Aug. 23, free-$3. O Fit for an Autopsy, Goltzius, Shores of Elysium, Trust Me

I’m a Doctor: 8 p.m. Aug. 24. O Mere Morsels, Cosmic Throne, Daniel Boone: 9 p.m. Aug. 25. O Undesirable People, Live It Out, Ryan Started the Fire, Jeffrey Oliver: 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O The Late Show: Aug. 24-25.

Greektown Casino-Hotel

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

Greektown Casino-Hotel (cont.)

O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Shotz. O Howard Glazer Band, Emannuel Young: 8 p.m. Fridays,Asteria. O DJ Lee J: 9 p.m. Sundays, Shotz. O Christina Criss: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Shotz. O The Hips: 8 p.m. Aug. 25, Asteria. O DJ Zig Zag: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Shotz.

Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club

What started as house parties in a farmhouse basement evolved into Northwest Ohio’s legendary blues mecca. Billy Branch, Buddy Boy Slim & the Blues Rockers and Frank Williams. 7 p.m. Aug. 25, 3750 S. Berkey Southern Road, Swanton. $15.

H Lounge

The newly opened Hollywood Casino offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or O Spazmatics, DJ One Tyme: 8 p.m. Aug. 23. O Hoozier Daddy: 9 p.m. Aug. 24.

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STAR @ the movies ‘Sparkle’

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

”With music supervision and help by R. Kelly, ‘Sparkle’ is a solid musical movie, even if it doesn’t quite reach the high bar set by ‘Dreamgirls.’ Jordin Sparks gives a good debut performance and Whitney Houston’s final performance is tragically good.”

‘Hope Springs’

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

”What could have been an unexciting movie is transformed into something else thanks to the chemistry between Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones gives audiences a performance they haven’t seen before: he’s vulnerable and great at it.” Read the full review and watch the trailer: STAR is looking for movie reviews, 50 words or less. Send them via Twitter @toledofreepress. Watch James discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. For more:

H Lounge (cont.)

O Persuasion, DJ One Tyme: 9 p.m. Aug. 25. O Randy Brock Group: 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

ICE Restaurant & Bar

This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or O Mike Fisher: 7 p.m. Aug. 24. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. Aug. 25 and 31.

JJ’s Pub

Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Aug. 28.

Kerrytown Concert House

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Live music rings out over the slots and croupiers on the weekends in the INT ICE lounge. 1777 Third St., Detroit. (877) 888-2121 or O Charles and Gwen Scales: 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 31. O Robert Penn: 9 p.m. Aug. 25.

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A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O Transmission (Goth night): 10 p.m. Fridays, $8. O Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dios Ama, Jack & the Bear, Possum & the Peach: 9 p.m. Aug. 24, $10-$12. O Golden Bloom, the Grownup Noise, Timmy Williams: 9 p.m. Aug. 25. O Built to Spill, Helvetia, Revolt Revolt: 7 p.m. Aug. 28, $20-$25.

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

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop

What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.


Robinwood Concert House

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. O Kevin Greenspon: Aug. 28.

Shawn’s Irish Tavern

Founded in 1968, this Celtic-style bar and eatery offers entertainment at its three locations. 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., (419) 381-1281; 105 S. Third St., Waterville, (419) 441-1081; and 7436 W. Bancroft St., Sylvania, (419) 7247981.


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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O Microphonics: Aug. 24. O Quick Trio: Aug. 25.

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O Howth: 10 p.m. Aug. 23. O Blithe Field, goLab, Draft Dodger: 10 p.m. Aug. 24. O The Black Swans, Frank & Jesse: 10 p.m. Aug. 25. O Shovels & Rope: 10 p.m. Aug. 31.


7742 W. Bancroft (1 Mi. West of McCord) Mon. - Sat. from 11 a.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays

13625 Airport Hwy., Swanton (across from Valleywood Country Club) Mon. - Thurs. 11-11 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11-12 a.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays


Ottawa Tavern



10400 Airport Hwy.(1.2 Mi. East of the Aiport) Lunch & Dinner, 11 a.m. to Midnight Closed Sundays & Holidays

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. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. O Broken Nails: 7 p.m. Aug. 22-23, 10 p.m. Aug. 24 and 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25. O Lil Stubby & the Disappointments: 5:15 p.m. Aug. 24 and 7 p.m. Aug. 29. O Kimmie Horne: 10 p.m. Aug. 25. O Simone Vitale: 3:30 p.m. Aug. 26. O Parallel Fifth: 7 p.m. Aug. 27. O Intrigue: 7 p.m. Aug. 28.

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. O Kathy Kosins: 8 p.m. Aug. 24. This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Steven Woolley: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. O Quick Trio: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. O Jeff Williams Group: 9 p.m. Aug. 24. O The B-Charmers: 9 p.m. Aug. 25. O Open mic with Jason Quick and Rachel Richardson: 9 p.m. Aug. 27. O Open stage blues jam: 9 p.m. Aug. 28. O Steve Kennedy: 7 p.m. Aug. 29. O Dick Lange Trio: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30.



Mickey Finn’s Pub

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 O Karaoke: 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. O John Laprarie: 9 p.m. Aug. 24.


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Shawn’s Irish Tavern (cont.)

O Johnny Rodriguez: Aug. 22, 24, 29, Heatherdowns; Aug. 23, Waterville.

O Chris Knopp: Aug. 24, Waterville.


Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of classic rock, R&B and jazz Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellas O Eddie Molina: Aug. 23. O CJ & Company: Aug. 24. O Gregg Arranda: Aug. 25. O Jason LaPorte: Aug. 30. O CJ & Company: Aug. 31.


s some of you may have heard, one of the closeout rack because while Katie may have been married to one of the most famous men Toledo’s most famous alumna just on the planet, there she was, went through a holding Suri’s stuffed animals divorce. Not in her arms, while shuffling only is she going through the various clearthrough one of the ance items. Katie looked like more public breakups a woman who’d recently been in recent memory, she is through a divorce.   She looked going through it with her skinnier than the last time I saw 6-year-old little girl. Katie her, and it almost appeared she Holmes and her daughter, had forgotten how to smile. Suri, have been spending The gawkers started almost some time in Toledo, away instantly, trying to sneak their from the paparazzi, trying phones out to snap a picture. to catch a breath.   I saw one woman hide in a I am writing this to ask rack of clothes trying to capmy fellow residents to allow ture a digital image. I really Katie and Suri some nor- Jeremy BAUMHOWER felt bad for Katie.      malcy while back in Toledo Anybody who has been ­— meaning please, just let through a divorce knows them be. you need your support Katie, Suri and their system; you need comfort family tried to enjoy some and usually you need your shopping at Westfield family. Katie Holmes is no Franklin Park on Aug. different from any of us in 12. How do I know this gossipy tidbit of information? Because I wit- that aspect. Any Christ the King parishnessed Katie and her sister flipping through ioner knows how strong, close and genuine the closeout rack at a clothing store while Suri the Holmes family is. Although very prihung out with her cousins, playing. I mention vate, especially since Katie’s success, their

Navy Day

Highlighted with a Navy band concert, this celebration of our country’s sailors will include drill formations and other activities by those in uniform. Concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 23, activities 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $8$11. (419) 385-4040 or O

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warmth and compassion has never changed, showing why Katie is still so grounded. Her family and this town are the perfect ingredients to soothe a broken heart. Katie and her daughter can live a laid-back life here, if we would simply allow them to.   Some radio stations sent out Facebook updates asking for Katie “sightings,” encouraging listeners to snap pictures, almost giving it the feel of a manhunt. I am going to ask you to do the opposite. Please, if you see Katie Holmes in public, with or without her daughter Suri, leave her be. She has put the city of Toledo back on the map and did so in a positive way. She has earned her privacy, especially shopping at the mall on a Sunday.  If she chose to move back home or at least spend more time here, it could mean good things for our city. Katie Holmes is, now more than ever, closer to you or me.  She’s a recently divorced single mom, with a bright-eyed 6-year-old girl at her side, trying to figure out what’s next. She shops with her sisters at Westfield Franklin Park while carrying her daughter’s stuffed animals. If you see Katie Holmes out and about, instead of asking her for a picture, or an autograph, how about you wish her a simple “Welcome home.” Let’s treat her as a sister and mom and let’s remind her why her family still chooses to call Toledo home. O




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Black Pearl

Bronze Boar 20 S. Huron St.

The venue features a casual atmosphere and an affordable

selection of more than 100 domestic and imported beers.

(419) 244-BOAR (2627)

Bar grub is available including chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, hot pockets and other snacks. O

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(419) 380-1616

9 p.m., said general manager Brad Holler. Known for its prime rib and

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

7723 Airport Hwy. Holland, (419) 491-0098

312 South St.

Waterville, (419) 878-9105

fresh seafood, the venue offers a casual yet upscale dining experience

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

The Bronze Boar

th End Grille u o S 5105 Glendale Ave. Toledo

(419) 385-3080 Open: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday-Monday

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(419) 866-5007 Open: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 4–9 p.m. Sunday

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

perfect for catching a meal before a

half-enclosed 50-seat room available for

private parties and an outside seating

wings on Tuesdays and weekend food specials star

at $9.99, said general man

Chris Felix. A DJ plays on Fridays and Saturdays. O

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

homemade soups, grilled sandwiches, salads and seafood. Specials include Margarita Mondays with $2 margaritas and 99-cent tacos. O




LIVE DJ Friday and Saturday

7742 W. Bancroft St. Toledo

(419) 841-7523

area, featuring a waterfall. Wine bottles are $5 or $10 off on Wednesdays. “It

feels like an Italian villa,” said owner Phil

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One may feel one’s own mortality when a relative or friend passes away, or dwell upon the mortality of others in the same situation. Then there are the giants among us whom we’ve never met, yet when they pass, so weighty is their footprint upon your psyche that they too make you sit up and realize how fleeting life can be. One such giant was the late Joe Kubert, one of the last of the comic book artists who made their mark in the Golden Age of comics and a legend through and through. Kubert, born in Poland in 1926, entered the nascent comics industry at the tender age of 13. Within a few years, he was drawing the characters who would form the foundation of the superhero firmament, most notably the Hawkman. In fact, when the hero was revived years later in the Silver Age, Kubert was there to pick up where he had left off with the Winged Wonder and make him his own. Today, a comic fan cannot look at Hawkman without seeing Ku-

bert’s distinctive take on the character in his or her mind’s eye. His art was of a type that stood out from the rest, impossible to confuse with anyone else’s. A true original. His recent death sent ripples through the thoughts of both professionals and fans, prompting many to reflect upon stories of their “first Kubert comic” or a treasured Kubert sketch or even just a simple handshake with the man at a convention. He touched even more lives through his famous art school and by rearing a new generation of comic pros in his two sons, Andy and Adam, both of whom have garnered their own fans and fame in recent years. And as for that mortality … Kubert’s death hopefully leads us to remember those favorite comic pros who are still with us, still working and providing us with the thrills and chills we love. Too often have writers and artists, especially those from the Golden Age, passed on without receiving their due, such as in the sad case of Batman’s co-creator, Bill Finger. We have the examples before us; we should never allow it to happen again. Joe Kubert heard the words of appreciation from his fans — now we must say those same words to those who followed in his footsteps. O


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wo weeks ago on 92.5’s top-rated “The Morning Rush,” the world was made privy to two important facts. Fact No. 1: Having never heard her music in my life, I referred to Joss Stone as “he.” (Modern music ain’t my bag, dudes.) Fact No. 2: I had no desire in any way, shape or form to watch the new TLC reality series titled “Here JEFF Comes Honey Boo Boo.” But then, Sara Hegarty — my friend and fellow radio personality, as kind and bright a person you would ever meet, a woman who I would do anything for — challenged me. She said that she would watch any show I named if I would watch one — just one — episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Put on the spot, I agreed. I have now fulfilled my obligation by watching the very first episode of the show, which premiered two weeks ago. It has become a runaway hit for TLC in its brief run, drawing ratings of .9 in the key demos and more than 2 million viewers overall. What does its success mean? If my brief, brief time with Honey Boo Boo is any indication, it means that we are even more starved for entertainment as a nation than I thought. This is a thoroughly offensive production. It’s not just that the subjects of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” are presented as Southern stereotypes with accents so thick that the series sets a record for English subtitles in a show where everyone is speaking English. The real problem is that the enterprise is so ridiculously mean-spirited toward the people involved. The editing and construction of the show make it plain that the “entertainment value” of the project is supposed to be in laughing at the Thompson family, not with them. How else to explain touches like a title sequence which ends with Mama Thompson loudly passing gas? The show is a spinoff of another TLC trainwreck, “Toddlers and Tiaras,” which I have had the misfortune of seeing a few times. Focusing on kiddie pageants and the parents who support the kiddies in them, the series takes every negative connotation about children’s beauty contests and puts them on display for the world to see, like “Little Miss Sunshine” without the self-awareness. One of the runaway stars of the show is a curious little 6-year-old named Alana, who insists on referring to herself as “Honey Boo Boo” and exposing her belly to use as a bizarre puppet. She became a YouTube sensation as well, leading to this spin-off focusing on her home life. All well and good as a concept for a show, I guess. The family lives in Georgia. Alana has three sisters, all with nicknames like “Chickadee”

and “Chubbette.” Everyone goes by a nickname in this family, whether via family tradition or for television marketing purposes. The show’s real lead character is Alana’s mother June, or “Mama.” She’s the one who basically narrates as the series follows her family to events like the various pageants Honey Boo Boo competes in or the “Redneck Olympics.” (“It’s similar to the Olympics, but with a lot of missing teeth and a lot of butt cracks showing.” Mama’s words.) I get that Alana and her wildly confident stage demeanor have a curiosity all their own, hence her YouTube success. But Honey Boo Boo is such a minor presence in the series that bears her name that the show needs to have a reason for existing outside of her. Its makers seem to have decided that reason lies in viewers looking down on and




TLC’s ‘Honey Boo Boo’ sneers at sterotypes.

chuckling at Honey Boo Boo’s curious family. It’s all about playing up — or down — stereotypes here. Whether or not the series is actually scripted, the producers love to focus on little touches like armadillo roadkill — while coming back from commercial break, no less — and showing one daughter talking about losing weight while having a mouthful of pork rinds. There’s an inexplicable moment where Mama, talking to the camera, stops to sneeze twice, and the producers leave it in. Why would they, if they were at all sympathetic to their subjects? If the series would sympathize with the Thompsons, take them seriously or give them a little dignity, I might be able to give “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” the benefit of the doubt. But as it exists now, watching the show made me feel like I was being encouraged to sneer at real people for the sake of entertainment. The experience made me feel bad about myself and pop culture in general. So, Sara, I have fulfilled my obligation. While I love you deeply, I warn that you should prepare yourself, my friend. The eventual payback will be hell. O Email Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis at



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