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Growing up Jonas Brothers make tour stop at DTE on Sept. 1. By Alan Sculley TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

Nick Jonas has a simple piece of advice to young artists like Justin Bieber who are trying to follow in the footsteps of his group, the Jonas Brothers, and make it big in the music business. “I think the important part of everyone’s journey is finding their own path and doing things in their own time,” Nick said. “We had to take time to learn how to deal with all that we’ve dealt with in our own time and at our own pace. And, I hope that every other artist that has a similar path to ours does the same.” The Jonas Brothers play DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., on Sept. 1. For the Jonas Brothers, they’re entering what could be the most important part of their career journey. They aren’t the cute trio of brothers that first charmed millions of preteen fans with hit songs like “SOS,” “Burnin’ Up,” “Tonight” “A Little Bit Longer,” its four albums, their Disney television show or movie (“Camp Rock”). Heck, Kevin Jonas is even married now (to Danielle Deleasa). And Nick, earlier this year, stepped outside of the group to test the waters as a solo act, releasing the album “Who I Am,” and doing a short U.S. tour to promote the album. Many observers expect the next Jonas Brothers studio album to be a key step in making the transition from teen pop stars into a band that can appeal to an older music audience. So far, brothers Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas seem to be taking their own advice when it comes to mapping out a next studio album and figuring out where to go next with their music. They’re not hurrying the process. “Hopefully, 2011 is the timeline,” Nick said when asked during a recent teleconference about a release date for the Jonas Brothers next studio album. “We’re in no rush. We’re writing a lot of music, but in no rush to release an album in the (near) time period.”

Instead, the group is focused on the here and now. That means a major tour, the recent release of the soundtrack to the movie “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and then the debut in September of the “Camp Rock 2” movie itself, which is the sequel to the 2008 original. The group has also been shooting the next season of its Disney television series, “Jonas L.A.,” and a soundtrack album for that is also in the works. The new tour is being billed as the “Camp Rock 2” tour, and features one of the other main stars of the movie, Demi Lovato, (who had been dating Joe Jonas until the couple broke up in May) as the opening act. Other Disney stars — Toledo native Alyson Stoner, Matthew “Mdot” Finley, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Roshon Fegan and Jordan Francis — are also said to be part of the show, although the three Jonas brothers avoided giving too many details during the teleconference interview. They did say, though, that “Camp Rock 2” performances will be only one facet of the show, and the group will also play songs from its three previous studio albums “I think the thing that really speaks to us about this film and about the music is that there’s something for everyone,” Nick said. “You know, there’s R&B, there’s Hip-Hop, and then there’s kind of our more pop/rock sound, Demi’s sound. So, so many different sounds, I think that’ll really attract people to the film.” As for the visual side of the show, Kevin said the group has stepped up that facet. “Each year when we set up a new tour, we kind of push ourselves to come up with new ideas and new exciting things,” Kevin Jonas said. “The thing we’re trying to do on this tour is we’re really trying to incorporate video. There are so many new ways to use video in a show, if it’s through LED screens or iMac, whatever it may be, and maybe some interactive video.” Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas have been on the big stage and presenting a flashy show for several years now, but it took awhile for the brothers,

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who grew up in Wyckoff, N.J., to get the ball rolling on their career. Originally signed by Columbia Records, the Jonas Brothers’ 2006 debut album, “It’s About Time,” was in the works for nearly thee years before it was released. Then it failed to make much of a dent on the charts. Before making the self-titled second album, the group split with Columbia and signed with Disney’s Hollywood Records. Disney, which had already launched the career of Miley Cyrus, followed suit with the Jonas Brothers. A tour opening for Cyrus helped propel the second album past 1 million copies sold and set the stage for an even more popular third album, 2008’s “A Little Bit Longer.” Another chart-topping album, “Lines, Vines And Trying Times,” followed in 2009, and it found the Jonas Brothers starting to shift toward more of an adult-oriented modern rock/pop sound. Nick then stepped outside of the group early this year with the release of his first solo album “Who I Am,” and a brief tour fronting his band, the Administration. The outside project prompted rumors of a Jonas Brothers breakup, but there was never an issue about the side project within the group, Kevin said.

“Nick went on a musical journey with that album, and me and Joe supported him fully, and are so proud of that project. And, Nick was able to follow his dreams through that. I think those influences on his record and the things he put into that music may very well come out in new Jonas Brothers songs,” he said. Which brings things back to the subject of the next studio album, and how the Jonas Brothers are approaching the project and the prospect of where to take their music next. Joe Jonas said he expects the group to follow the advice he received from one of rock’s most high-profile stars. “The bands that we’ve been able to meet and the artists kind of all have similar encouragement, but I think the one that we look up to the most is probably Bono,” Joe said. “Since he’s pretty much been doing this for a very long time and been very successful at it we listen to what he has to say. He just told me ‘continue to do what we’re doing.’ And you know, you’re seeing that it’s working. And, I think when you are just true to who you are and your music, and you’re honest with your lyrics, your age group will grow up with you, but also a new set of ears will listen also.” ✯

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Perhaps more than at any other time in his long music career, bassist Tom Hamilton is appreciating the fact that his band, Aerosmith, is back on tour, and by all reports, playing inspired shows. Just in terms of Hamilton’s recent past, he has gone through two bouts with throat cancer and is stoked to once again have a clean bill of health. “As soon as I got back from Europe [where Aerosmith was touring] last week, I went for one of my checkups,” Hamilton disclosed in a recent phone interview. “[The doctor] said ‘You look great, get out of here and have fun.’ I realize every time I go that those words are probably the most beautiful words in the English language.” Then, of course, there has been the turmoil within Aerosmith during the past year that at some points seemed to have the band on the brink of implosion. Reports indicated Steven Tyler was ready to leave the band for a solo career and the remaining band members were preparing to audition singers to replace him. Hamilton looks back on all that has happened

and is thankful that he and his band mates, Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, had the sense to realize what they were close to losing. “I think because of what we went through last year, it was just one of those moments where you have to go and blow it so you can get it back together and realize how great it is and how staying together is so worth everything,” Hamilton said. “I think everybody was able to put their arguments aside and their feelings about the past aside and go out and play. I really, in my mind, I reduced it down to that. I was willing to put my lingering feelings about things that have gone on to the side just to have a situation where I can completely enjoy being part of this band. I think everybody was feeling that. It just really shows.” Ironically, at the beginning of 2009, things were looking up for Aerosmith and Hamilton. The bassist had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007, but was cancer-free by the start of 2009 when the band did a recording session with producer Brendan O’Brien that was cut short to do a summer tour with ZZ Top. Then things started to go wrong for Aerosmith. First Whitford had to drop outof the first part

of the tour after suffering a head injury. Then about three weeks into the tour, Hamilton had to go to the sidelines as well for renewed treatment of his cancer. Then at an Aug. 5 show in Sturgis, S.D., Tyler fell from a catwalk, and his injuries scuttled the rest of the tour. That was only the prelude to even greater drama by year’s end — not that such episodes were unfamiliar to the Boston-based band. Notably, there was the band’s initial crash after it first gained superstar status. Formed in 1970, the group reeled off consecutive hit albums “Toys in the Attic” (1975), “Rocks” (1976) and “Draw the Line” (1977), only to have drug and alcohol problems and internal tensions lead to the departures of Perry in 1979, followed by Whitford two years later and a precipitous drop in popularity. A revamped version of Aerosmith soldiered on with a couple of lackluster albums until 1985, when the original lineup regrouped, cleaned up and regained its hit-making touch with the 1987 album “Permanent Vacation” and the 1989 release “Pump.” The group has had tensions since then, but the war of words that erupted this fall seemed more serious than usual. First reports surfaced that Tyler intended to leave Aerosmith for a solo career. This prompted the rest of the band to prepare for life without its long-time singer, even saying auditions for a new singer were being planned. Tyler, meanwhile, changed course, issuing a press release saying he wanted to remain in Aerosmith, which eventually led to a resolution. “We were very pleasantly encouraged by that news, and after watching the situation for a couple of months and feeling it was real, we put

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as he does. “The Goon” has been honored multiple times with the industry’s top prize, the coveted Eisner Award. “The Buzzard” is a spin-off from “The Goon,” spotlighting a witchy bounty hunter unsure of his own origins who flits through an often nightmarish world. When this miniseries wraps you can bet on seeing this popular character again. Check out the collected volumes of “The Goon” — a new one is out this October — to meet The Goon himself, a nail-chewing pug-ugly mook who looks like a dock worker from the 1930s. Oh, and he fights, as Powell puts it, “zombies, hobos and pie-crazy skunk apes,” in some of the highest-quality horror-adventure you can find. You’ve been told about “Ex Machina” from Vertigo before, but Shiple also calls attention to the newly minted issue No. 50: “After six years, 50 issues and four specials, Brian Vaughan and Tony Harris’s masterwork comes to  an explosive end.  All threads are connected and all questions are answered in what could be argued is one of the most satisfying conclusions to a series in recent memory. Absolutely outstanding.” O

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Metal monsters Mobile Deathcamp pulls into Frankie’s on Aug. 28. By Mighty Wyte TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

Buried treasure in terms of musical gems are usually as hard to find as the gold and precious stone equivalent, but if you know where to look it’s not nearly as hard to acquire. Mobile Deathcamp, Toledo’s own metal monsters, aren’t as much “buried” as they are overlooked. “We played almost 200 shows last year, and it’s basically the same this year,” said MDC bassist Boe Skadeland in a recent interview. Skadeland, along with guitarist/vocalist Todd Evans (GWAR, Lazy American Workers) and drummer Scott “Cracker” MacEachern (Descendant, Spor) have been a power-trio for the last two years-plus and are signed to Sacrifice Records Inc. “We were signed to a major label but we were having too much trouble with them. They were trying to branch out into metal, but it was though as they forgot about us once they had us signed,” Skadeland said. “We didn’t sign with a label for the money as much as we did for the promotion and support. One of the owners of Sacrifice knew who we were, how hard we tour and how much momentum we had and liked what we had

to offer. We ended up getting a release from our other contract and signed with Sacrifice.” Before signing with Sacrifice Records, MDC had completed a studio album and was pushing it almost exclusively at live shows. “The only way you could get the first album was to come to a MDC show,” Skadeland said. Because of the new contract with Sacrifice Records, “Within the next three weeks or so that album will be available globally at major retailers.” With the support of its new label and in the interest of maintaining its impressive momentum, MDC is working on new material as it tours and plans on releasing yet another studio album after the first of the year. “The writing process varies for us, Todd writes a lot of the material and I contribute, but some of the material is a collaborative effort,” Skadeland said. What can you expect at an MDC show? According to Skadeland, “It’s definitely high-energy. We’re not the type of band that takes themselves too seriously, we’re out to have fun and we do this because we like playing. In between songs, it’s more like a comedy show.” Proud to be Toledo natives, MDC ensures that fans and guests at its shows know who who it and where it comes from.

Frankie’s hosts Toledo metal band Mobile Deathcamp on Aug. 28. PHOTO COURTESY MOBILE DEATH CAMP

“There is a section in every show where we say ‘We’re Mobile Deathcamp from Toledo Ohio’, and Todd will say that three times and get the crowd yelling ‘Toledo, Ohio’!” Skadeland said. “We’ll have 1,000 people plus yelling ‘Toledo Ohio,’ every show.” Even with its undying support for Toledo, loads of national and international tour dates and shows with some of the biggest names in metal, MDC finds it hard to garner local support from its own Toledo family. “We’ve found it hard to get attention from local media,” Skadeland said. “And when we ap-

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The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will host an audition extravaganza with open auditions for seven productions Aug. 28. The event will feature auditions for the Rep’s main stage production “Chapter Two,� a coproduction with Owens Community College “A Merry Regiment of Women,� as well as EdgyRep Readings “A Body of Water,� “Three Viewings,� “Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead,� “Marvin’s Room� and “The Mercy Seat.� Auditions are scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Tenth Street Stage, 16 10th St. The auditions are open to the public with many of the roles for individuals age 20 and older, said Kathy McGovern, business manager for the Toledo Rep. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre has 11 productions and three youth productions scheduled for the upcoming season. For more information about the Toledo Rep, visit www.toledorep.org.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) is hosting an Art Walk Series event in Downtown Toledo on Aug. 26. “The Art Walk gives Toledoans the chance to see how much creativity happens in our city,� said Michelle Carlson, program coordinator for the ACGT. “It’s a great opportunity once a month to meet artists and visit galleries and see that there is a lot of culture here in Toledo.� Each Art Walk features different galleries and exhibits so no two Art Walks are the same, Carlson said. More than 20 galleries will participate in the Art Walk including, 20 North Gallery, Sur- Saint Clair, Downtown Latte, Swank Gifts and Bozarts Fine Art & Music Gallery. A full list of galleries is listed at www.acgt.org. Maps for the Art Walk are available online, or during the event at an ACGT hospitality station on Saint Clair Street. Art Walk takes place the fourth Thursday of every month, May through September. The final walk of the season is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Chorale seeks singer

The Perrysburg Symphony Chorale is looking for singers to join the group this season. The Perrysburg Symphony Chorale will perform the music of Vaughn Williams this fall, and portions of Handel’s “Messiah� as the holiday season approaches. The chorale begins practicing Aug. 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Perrysburg, 200 W. Second St., at 7:30 p.m. No auditions are required. For more information, call Wendie or Chuck Kiskaddon at (419) 874-9126.

Suzanne Vega in Tecumseh

The Tecumseh Center for the Arts has announced its 2010-2011 national touring season. “We do three things at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts and one of those is bringing a touring season of artists from around the world,� said Johanna Walker, executive director of the Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA). “We try and make a schedule of what would interests the

community, fits with other events that are going on and has the ability to bring attention to this beautiful town.� The national touring season kicks off with songwriter and musician Suzanne Vega on Oct. 7. The tour will include the big band Glenn Miller Orchestra on Oct. 23, The Highwaymen: A Musical Tribute featuring Waylon, VEGA Willie & Johnny on Nov. 6, the off-Broadway play “The Queen of Bingo� on Jan. 22 and international band The Irish Rovers on March 13. Additional shows include Broadway play “The Water Coolers� on April 1, the familyfriendly Golden Dragon Acrobats on April 29, The Chenille Sisters with The Royal Garden Trio on May 8 and “Rhapsody in Boop,� the music of Betty Boop, on May 22. “The season is a nod to the past and an eye to the future,� Walker said. Tickets for nine shows are $175 and for five shows are $100. Shows are also available individual priced, with discounts for students and seniors. Some shows have family package ticket pricing available. To purchase tickets, call (517) 423-6617. TCA will host more than 140 events this year. The center is located at 400 N. Maumee St. in Tecumseh, Mich. For more information, visit www.thetca.org.

Theater to show boxing fight

Rave Motion Pictures will host a special live boxing match of “Mosley vs. Mora� at its Fallen Timbers Theater. Shane Mosley will face Sergio Mora at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. The pay-per-view fight is scheduled to be streamed live on big screen for $15 a ticket. For more information, visit the website www.ravemotionpictures.com.

Ramona Collins concert

Toledoan Ramona Collins and The Jesse Kramer Trio will appear at the Harbor House Restaurant, 440 Clinton St. in Greektown in Downtown Detroit from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sept. 3, following the first day of the Detroit Jazz Fest. Cover is $5 and reservations are recommended. For more COLLINS information, call (313) 967-9900.

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A free play and trade “Magic the Gathering� event will take place from noon to midnight Aug. 28at Old School Gaming at 5660 Southwyck Blvd. Suite. 250. Receive a “Magic the Gathering� booster pack upon arrival. Draft tournament takes place at 7 p.m. Call (419) 9065268 to reserve a spot. O — Kristen Rapin

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The final Party at the Park event for Raceway Park, features Indiana-based band Hoozier Daddy on Aug. 28. The event coincides with Raceway’s first charity event with Toledo’s Harley Davidson dealership. “It’s an end of the summer blowout,� said John McNamara, director of marketing at Raceway Park. Harley Night starts at 4 p.m. and will last as long as live racing occurs. There will be a raffle for a trip to Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and a separate parking lot for the throngs of Harleys. “Anytime it’s a big collection of motorcycles it turns into an ad hoc bike show,� McNamara said. “We’ll definitely cater to the bikers that night.� Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids and veterans. Proceeds from the event go toward Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. The home serves homeless veterans, something McNamara said was particularly important to Raceway. “We’ve done a lot with other charities, but

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Are you a weekend warrior when it comes to the silver screen? If so, the University of Toledo’s Department of Theatre and Film’s upcoming fall Film Fridays Series is for you. The season gets rolling on Aug. 27, with Mervyn LeRoy’s 1932 classic “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.” All of the selected films examine the theme of imprisonment. “This is the first time that we’re showing films on almost every Friday night, not when we have stage plays running though. We’re calling it Film Fridays, and I really hope that the UT community and the community at large will come as regularly as possible and build a community around these films,” said Holly Hey, assistant professor of theatre and film. “I felt, as corny as it may sound, that all these films had something to teach me, particularly about the triumph of the human spirit, the determination of the characters’ will to better themselves in the most harsh situations.  Also, the prison crisis in this country is one that just doesn’t get talked about.” The series will continue Sept. 3, with John Ford’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” Other films include “The Night of The Hunter” on Sept. 10, “Le Trou,” known by its English language title as “The Night Watch” on Sept. 17, “The Birdman of Alcatraz” on Sept.24, “Scared Straight” on Oct. 1, “First

Blood” on Oct. 29, a special Saturday screening of “Mrs. Soffel” on Oct. 30, and Todd Haynes’ “Poison” on Nov. 5. “I would love for people to use these films as a means for contemplating a part of the human condition,” Hey said. Spring screenings have also been scheduled. All films are shown in the Lab Theater in the Center for Performing Arts building at 7:30 p.m. The screenings are free. There is a suggested minimum donation of $3 to benefit future offerings, as well as student resources. For information, call (419) 530-2202 or visit www.utoledo. edu/as/theatrefilm/. ✯ — John Dorsey

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Three separate events Aug. 28 — an AIDS walk, a rally and a carnival — will celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Toledo. AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC) will sponsor the 2nd annual Northwest Ohio AIDS Walk, beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 28 at International Park. The 5K walk is wheelchair accessible and leashed pets are welcome to attend. “Many people are choosing between their families and their medication because they can’t afford it,” said Laurie Cohen, development officer for ARC Ohio. “Right now it’s really critical that we raise money, especially for people that are HIV positive,” Cohen said. “We have people that still need their medications and they’ve been taken off of the State of Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program.” Cohen said 300 people attended the first AIDS Walk in 2009, which raised $35,000 for the organization. Cohen said the organization is expecting 500 participants this year. “We provide all services for people who are infected, affected and effected,” Cohen said of ARC Ohio. “Case management, financial assistance, core medical services, HIV counseling,

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testing and referral services and advocacy.” Live entertainment will include female impersonator Hershae Chocolatae, DJ Tommy Moran, the Adrian, Mich. band Sound Advice, “World’s Tallest Magician” Patrisio, free massages, face painting and a mixer by Joe Veitch. The Toledo LGBTQ Collective declared Aug. 28 “Toledo Gay Pride Day” and will host a March and Rally for Civil Rights at noon. The march begins at One Government Center on 604 Jackson St. and will journey over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to International Park. Lair Scott, founder of the first Toledo Gay Pride Day and March on June 25,1995, said 75 people attended but it hasn’t occurred since. This year, Scott is expecting 500 to 700 people, many from out of town. Scott said he was inspired to try again after 15 years because of the death of Joe Wicks, former owner of Caesar’s Show Bar and a paternal icon of gay rights in Toledo, in April. The march and rally are dedicated to Wicks. “When we lost Joe Wicks, we lost that arm that reached out to the homeless gay and lesbian community,” Scott said. “The whole idea behind the march is to gain some knowledge behind the community because it’s lacking,” Scott said. “A lot of the things in Toledo that matter to the gay and lesbian com-

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German-American Festival prepares for 45th celebration. By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer PopGoesJeff@gmail.com

More than 30 percent of Toledo-area residents are of German heritage, according to census figures. This may go a long way toward explaining why Tim Pecsenye is so busy this time of year. As chairman of the German-American Festival, Pecsenye speaks with a great deal of pride and joy about the event he’s put his heart into — though he admitted in an interview that the stress can take its toll in the weeks leading PECSENYE up to it. When asked what he finds most rewarding about working on the Festival, Pecsenye laughed and simply said, “You should probably ask that question during the off-season.” One of Northwest Ohio’s oldest and most prized cultural traditions, the German-American Festival’s 2010 edition will be held on Aug. 27-29 in Oregon. This year, the event celebrates its 45th anniversary with its eternal blend of tra-

ditional German cuisine, music and atmosphere. “It’s the largest ethnic celebration in the Toledo area,” Pecsenye said. “So this gives an opportunity to sort of relive their ethnic background, and eat some great food and have a good time with their friends and their neighbors.” For Pecsenye, his work on the festival is the culmination of a lifetime of involvement in the German-American community in the Toledo area. After working within the community for more than 35 years, Pecsenye took over as festival chairman in 2007. “My greatest satisfaction is that we raise enough to keep our Swiss-German Cultural Center out in Oregon going, and that we’re able to attract as many people as we are to the festival, and that we are able to make it a great community asset,” he said. He has reason to be proud of the attendance. Modest figures show the German-American Fest attracts more than 25,000 people to Oregon. Pecsenye predicts that the actual number will easily exceed that. The event requires more than 2,000 volunteers just to keep it running each year. The festivities will begin Aug. 27, with the symbolic tapping of the first keg, followed by fireworks, a first for the festival. In celebration of the 45th

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that we are ethnically correct.” The festival’s other activities include Hummel figurine look-alike contests and face-painting for children, a Swiss stone-throwing contest, numerous amusement park rides, dozens of food choices (from pretzels to sauerkraut balls), soccer matches and more. Diversity in planning is key to the event’s goal of providing something for everybody. Scheduling attractions to appeal to a wide range of people, Pecsenye said, is crucial for an event which faces as many challenges as the GermanAmerican Festival. “We’re a rain-or-shine festival, but we are also weather dependent, and I guess we’re economy dependent, to some greater or lesser extent. Our lifeblood is to have plenty of people coming here.” The long hours of preparation come to an end in just a few days. But for now, the chairman works hard to give every person who attends the festival something memorable. “The one thing we insist on is that we provide excellent value for our customers, because everybody has a spot for their dollars. And we work very hard to maintain our position as the best festival in Toledo. O

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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

MUSIC Basin St. Grille: This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. ✯ Jeff Stewart: Aug. 25. ✯ Open jam with the Turners: Aug. 26. ✯ Distant Cousinz, Scott Fish: Aug. 27. ✯ Kari Nichole: Aug. 28.

The Blarney Irish Pub: Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub.com. ✯ Nathan Cogan: Aug. 26. ✯ The Bridges: Aug. 27-28. ✯ Sister Speak: Sept. 2. ✯ Toast & Jam: Sept. 3. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: Sept. 4.

✯ Decent Folk: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 27. ✯ Dan “Mudfoot” Hubbs, Jack Schlib: 6:309:30 p.m. Aug. 30. ✯ Argentinean tango: 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 2.

Here We Go Depths: 9 p.m. Aug. 28.

Caesars Windsor: If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. ✯ Drinkin’ Singin’ Swingin’ Tribute to the Rat Pack: Aug. 26, $15. ✯ Legends in Concert: 9 p.m. Aug. 28, $25. ✯ Joel McHale: 9 p.m. Sept. 4, $45.

✯ Paleface, Adult Books: 9 p.m. Sept. 1. ✯ The Dirty Americans, Sunday Underground: 9 p.m. Sept. 4.

Headliners: All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or www. headlinerstoledo.com. ✯ We Came as Romans, In Fear and Faith, Confide, Upon a Burning Body, Abandon All Ships! 6 p.m. Sept. 2.

Centennial Terrace:

Ice Restaurant & Bar:

This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, www.playsylvania.com or www.ticketmaster.com. ✯ The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11p.m. Aug. 28, $10.

This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 246-3339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Relativity: 7 p.m. Aug. 26. ✯ Postmodern Blues Band: 8 p.m. Aug. 28. ✯ Elixer: 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

The Distillery:

J. Patrick’s Restaurant & Pub:

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ Nathan Cogan: Aug. 25. ✯ Gutterflower: Aug. 26. ✯ Velvet Jones: Aug. 27-28. ✯ Greg Aranda: Aug. 31.

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. ✯ Late Show: Aug. 27-28. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: Sept. 3-4.

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 www.bronzeboar.com. ✯ Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. ✯ Joe Woods Band: Tuesdays. ✯ Brandon Duke: Wednesdays through Sept. 1. ✯ Joe Woods Band: Aug. 26. ✯ See Alice: Aug. 27. ✯ Dave Carpenter & the Jaeglers: Aug. 28. ✯ Rivers Edge: Sept. 2.

Frankie’s: Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www. brooklynscafe.com. ✯ Poetry open mic: 8-10 p.m. Aug. 25.

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 6935300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ The Hard Lessons, Millions of Brazilians, the Sanderlings, the Bleu Ox: 9 p.m. Aug. 27. ✯ Mobile Deathcamp, PB Army, 13, From the

Manhattan’s: This ���slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. ✯ Tom Turner & Slowburn: Aug. 27. ✯ Frostbite: Aug. 28.

Mickey Finn’s: A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover;

$5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com. ✯ Glass artist showcases, 9 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays: Adam Thomas, Aug. 25. ✯ Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26. ✯ Titus Andronicus, Faux Paus, the Forest: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27, $8. ✯ Thrill of a Gun Fight, Behold Eternity, Surviving Midnight: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, $8.

Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www. pizzapapalis.com. ✯ Chris Shutters: 7 p.m. Aug. 26. ✯ Gene Parker: 7 p.m. Aug. 27-28. ✯ Ron Daniels: 7 p.m. Sept. 2. ✯ Boffo: 8 p.m. Sept. 3-4.

Tequila Sheila’s Downtown: 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. ✯ Devious: 10 p.m. Thursdays. ✯ Johnny Reed & the House Rockers: 10 p.m. Fridays.

Trotters Tavern: 5131 Heatherdowns. (419) 381-2079. ✯ Every Thursday night: acoustic Mike, Jake & Mike. ✯ Tom Turner & Slowburn: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Aug. 28.

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. villageidiotmaumee.com. ✯ 5 Neat Guys, Wilburshaw: Wednesdays. ✯ Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. ✯ The Bob Rex Band: Sunday afternoons.

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Wesley’s Bar & Grill:

A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. Boccie ball is a bonus! 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333. O DJs Folks, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. O Kentucky Chrome: Aug. 28.

Woodchucks:

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

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Life’s Journey

This exhibition of Michael Provenza’s landscape and seascape oil paintings encompass the subject of Earth’s “natural beauty and glory.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. www.perrysburgarts.org.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series:

Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 Thursdays through Aug. 26, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. O Glass City Steel: Aug. 26.

Jazz in the Garden:

among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 9, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $6-$7. (419) 5365566 or toledogarden.org. O 6th Edition: Aug. 26.

Take in some swing and smooth tunes

Club Friday:

Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:309:30 p.m., 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O Polka Floyd: Aug. 27, Peristyle Terrace.

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band Revival Party:

8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265.

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars:

8 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 3812079 or (419) 708-0265.

Noon Tunes:

Bring some greens and grab a patch of green, too, for these lunchtime concerts. Noon Aug. 27, Manor House gazebo, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.

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Rally by the River:

It’s back! A Toledo summer music institution will resume with a variety of acts laying tunes over the Maumee River. Put-In-Bay party featuring Mad Dog Mike Adams and Parrots of the Caribbean: 5 p.m. Aug. 27, Promenade Park, Water Street, downtown, west bank of the river. $20-$25. (419) 283-7299, (419) 824-3999 or rallybytheriver.com.

“American Idol” Live!:

Hometown favorite Crystal Bowersox will take the stage, along with Michael Lynche, Casey James and season champion Lee DeWyze. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. $38.50-$68.50. (419) 321-5007, (800) 745-3000 or www. huntingtoncentertoledo.com.

TMA Faculty Artist Series:

David Bixler. This BGSU jazz saxophonist will perform. 3 p.m. Aug. 29, Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.

The Bead Goes On:

The TMA hopes to collect 10,000 hand-made beads made by the public in various media to create a curtain to be displayed at the museum. Entries will be accepted through October. 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org/events/community.

Toledo Museum of Art exhibitions:

As part of the Blue Star Museums program of the National Endowment for the Arts, TMA will offer free parking to active duty military personnel, with identification, and their families through Labor Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays,

O Psychic Chasms Neon Indian O Moments Scaggs, Boz O Street Dogs Street Dogs O Dream Attic Thompson, Richard

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O “Out of Sight: Backs, Bottoms and Bases.” Visitors can see what’s behind the closed cabinet doors and on the backs of paintings in this exhibition featuring details usually hidden from view or that were designed to be deliberately hard to find. Through Aug. 29, Gallery 18. O “The Psychedelic ’60s: Posters From the Rock Era.” Posters produced San Francisco area concerts are known for their innovative text, vibrant colors and coded messages and left an impression on ensuing graphic design. Through Sept. 12, Canaday Gallery.

Julie Draeger’s “Point of View”:

This art teacher will exhibit her own work, known for the way its “color and shapes bring a fantastic reality to her landscapes and botanicals.” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (until 7 p.m. Wednesdays) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 28, Inside Angles Custom Framing Gallery, 909 S. McCord Road, Holland. (419) 867-3533 or www. insideangles.com.

“Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands”

Works drawn from a National Geographic book of the same name by photographer Annie Griffiths Belt and author Barbara Kingsolver “document and capture the essence of endangered wilderness areas.” Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events through Aug. 29, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9757 or metroparkstoledo.com.

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“All that Glitters: The Fabulous Fakery of Costume Jewelry” Companies such as Park Lane, Bakelite, Avon and Murano will be represented in the form of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins spanning several decades. Noon-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 31, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.

“Life’s Journey”: This exhibition of Michael Provenza’s landscape and seascape oil paintings encompass the subject of Earth’s “natural beauty and glory.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 31, Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-2787 or www.perrysburgarts.org.

“The Original Toy Story: The ‘Live Dolls’ Children’s Book Series.” Written by Josephine Scribner Gates, who was raised in Toledo, the collection is about dolls that come to life. Noon-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 31, Rare Book Room, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.

“Light and Landscape”:

TMA tours:

The work of Sage Dawson, Charles Matson Lume and Ivan Fortushniak will be exhibited. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 3, UT’s Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place. (419) 530-8300 or www.utoledo.edu/as/art/. ✯ Sage Dawson guest lecture: Sept. 2.

Get the inside scoop on what’s new, interesting and artful during docent-led tours. Most start from Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 2558000 or toledomuseum.org. ✯ “Out of Sight”: 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. ✯ OurGlass: 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Aug. 28, Glass Pavilion. ✯ Greatest Hits of the Collection: 3 p.m. Aug. 29. ✯ Family Time tour: 2 p.m. Aug. 29; 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5. ✯ Inside Stories: 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3. ✯ “The Psychedelic ’60s: Posters from the Rock Era.” 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 4; 3 p.m. Sept. 5.

“The Elegance of the Edwardian Era”: The period 1890 to 1910 was an unparalleled era of extravagance and opulence in lifestyle and in fashion. Examples of lavish gowns and accessories, including a selection of romantic, gauzy, embroidered white dresses. Guided tours available 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; museum open noon-4:30 p.m. through Dec. 20, Wolcott House Museum, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $2.50-$5. (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.

“Art de Concrete”: Masonry master Kuhlman Corp. will host this creative showcase for the super-strong building material. 5-8 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31, Arrowhead Business Park, 1845 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. (419) 897-6000 or www.kuhlman-corp.com.

“Hidden Treasures of the Hayes Museum”: “Mood and Mode: The Art of Jim Brower” This exhibit features 53 watercolor and pen-andink drawings, along with various commercial art illustrations, of this award-winning artist. Noon8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 31, Toledo Lucas County Main Library gallery, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.

Visitors can take a peek at the museum’s exceptional artifacts and rarities from the vault. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 27 (closed Nov. 25, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $3-$13. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Art Hours: Would-be glass artists now can reserve spots in the TMA’s hour-long studio sessions. Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. $25. Reservations start the Tuesday before the class: (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448. toledomuseum.org. ✯ Flowers: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3; 4 and 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

TMA hands-on activities: These free, drop-in crafts give children and adults a more tangible grasp on elements of the museum’s exhibits and events. Libbey Court (unless noted), 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. ✯ From Op to Pop: 7 p.m. Aug. 27. ✯ Bubble Name Posters: 2 p.m. Aug. 29.

Local glass artists: Lucy Olenchowski. Workers in silicon-based media will be spotlighted. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 27, TMA Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.

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The playful, imaginative works of four couples will not be hung according to marital status, “forcing viewers to compare, contrast and guess which artist and his or her work might belong with another.” Reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27; exhibition, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 27-Oct. 1, Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood Ave., Suite 120. (419) 254-2787 or www.acgt.org.

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Blood drives: The Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross will hold several drives this month. Starred drives indicate appointments are preferred. For more information or opportunities to donate, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www. givebloodtoday.org. ✯ 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Stadium View Apartments, 1700 Juniper Dr., Bowling Green. ✯ 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 29, CrossRoads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Road, Ottawa Lake, Mich. ✯ Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 31, NW Christian Church, 1590 W. Temperance Road, Temperance, Mich. ✯ 1-7 p.m. Sept. 2, Hosanna Lutheran Church, 23019 Kellogg Road, Grand Rapids.

Toledo Farmers’ Market: Find it fresh and local at this outdoor station, which has been around for 178 years. Aug. 28, salsa taste-off and cooking demonstration hosted by Toledo Choose Local; Sept. 4, Apple Fest. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 525 Market St. Satellite location: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Westgate on Secor Road (by Elder-Beerman). (419) 255-6765 or www. toledofarmersmarket.org. Other markets: ✯ The Shops at Fallen Timbers Farmers Market, Noon-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26, Main Street in front of Dillard’s, Maumee. (419) 8786255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com. ✯ Perrysburg Farmers Market: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 14, Louisiana Ave. ✯ Bowling Green: Food, flowers, handicrafts, entertainment and more. 3-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 27, Sam B’s parking lot, Main and Clough streets. (419) 354-4332. ✯ Perennials, flowers, vegetables, jams, jellies and baked goods. 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 26, Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 Sylvania Ave. ✯ Shoppes of Mayberry Square: Perennials, veggies, fruit and more from local growers. 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28, Erie Street and Centennial Road, Sylvania.

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This event’s goal is to remember Tammy BowlinMacrae and bring awareness of domestic violence in our own community. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Victims & Justice Inc. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Walbridge Park gazebo, Broadway Street and University Boulevard. (419) 508-6152.

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Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show:

Get a peek at the Glass City’s past with these mostly free lunchtime rambles. Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 2. (419) 530-3591. ✯ Aug. 26: “What’s New in the Warehouse District?” Washington and St. Clair streets. ✯ Sept. 2: “World of the Feds.” James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. U.S. Courthouse, 1716 Spielbusch Ave.

Land and water displays, vendors, live music, classic cars and much more are on deck. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28-29, Toledo Skyway Marina/Maritime Center, 1701 Front St. $3 (covers shuttle and tour of S.S. Willis B. Boyer). (419) 255-2628, www. ramseybrothers.com or toledoboatshow.com.

Twylite Thursdays: Music and dancing, mini meals (6-8 p.m.) and a cash bar will benefit a variety of rotating charities. 5 p.m., Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. $10. (419) 891-7325 or www. pinnaclecpwevents.com. ✯ Rotaract, Aug. 26. ✯ Epilepsy Center, Sept. 2.

Outdoor yoga: Integration Yoga Studio instructor Jenn McCullough will lead yogis through their sun salutations and namastes in natural settings. (419) 2669642 or www.integrationyogastudio.com. ✯ Overlooking the Maumee River, on the deck where Harvard, Broadway and River Rd. meet. 6-7:15 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 30, during good weather. $15 a day. ✯ 10:45-11:45 a.m. Aug. 28, Greater Close Park, Bellevue Road. $10.

Grand Rapids Lunch Ride: Bicyclists will ride 30 miles via Tontogany for a restaurant stop in Grand Rapids. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26, from the old Waterville School (River Road, west of Route 64). (419) 243-7680, (419) 3246364 or www.hitoledo.org.

Wedding Dreams bridal show: The engaged and the hopeful are invited to check out what the area has to offer in terms of services, locations and goodies. Noon-4 Aug. 29, Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. $7. (419) 346-9885 or www.w-dreams.net.

Kayak and canoe practice: Members of the Toledo River Gang will help paddlers with skills, kayak rolling, safety and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Three Meadows Pond, 700 Three Meadows Dr., Perrysburg. toledorivergang.homestead.com.

Ice Cream Ride: Cyclists will pedal 15 miles, explore Downtown and Old West End by bike, and finish with scoops on this final ride of the season. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31, from St. Mark’s Church, 2272 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 243-7680, (419) 324-6364 or www.hitoledo.org.

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ToledoFreePress.com: Larry Crouch, in response to Michael S. Miller’s Aug. 22 column, “Brian Wilson’s War” While I have virtually no use for anything Brian Wilson does or says, I also can’t understand the relevance to news that the recent articles in The Blade ( formerly know as “One of America’s Great Newspapers”) have to do with life in Toledo.

The 2445: The Art of Seduction. The TMA will “set the mood with sumptuous foods, delicious potions, lushlyscented flower arrangements and music,” then “peek at roving models painted by local artists.” 7-10 p.m. Sept. 2, Glass Pavilion’s GlasSalon, 2445 Monroe St. $35. (419) 254-5771, ext. 7432.

Fall Friday Fit: Internet Genealogy II: This class offers instruction in making the most of paid subscriptions to genealogical research websites. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center library, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $5-$10. Registration: (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Naturalist-led, moderately paced weekly walks will be held to boost participants’ health. 7-8 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 3-Oct. 22, Metz Visitor Center courtyard, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. $35. Reservations: (419) 4079700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.

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he late, great George Carlin once said, “There’s a different group to get pissed off at you in this country for everything you’re not supposed to say.” To illustrate, he unleashed a torrent of racial slurs that would make the most staunch Klansman blush. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those words in and of themJEFF selves. They are only words,” he said. Up to this point, Carlin’s argument would seem to stand in support of the muchmaligned Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who has come under fire for using racial epithets on her program. But then Carlin continued, adding a section she really should have listened to. “It’s the context that counts. It’s the user. It’s the intention behind the words that makes words good or bad. The words are completely neutral. The words are innocent. I get tired of people talking about ‘bad words’ and ‘bad language.’ It’s the context that makes words good or bad.” It is not the words she said that put Schlessinger in the situation she’s in. It is a genuine lack of understanding and of comprehension. And so it continues, in the days since. On Aug. 10, Schlessinger took a call from a woman going by the name of “Jade.” The caller, who is African-American, was asking about a situation that had arisen with her white husband’s friends and family. They would often say uncomfortable things about race in her presence, including racial slurs. Schlessinger did not let the listener complete her story before cutting her off and stating that she didn’t find the actions of her husband’s friends racist. “ ... listen, without giving much thought, a lot of blacks voted for Obama simply ’cause he was half-black,” Schlessinger said, in a statement that had no relevance to the conversation. “How about the n-word?” Jade said. “So, the n-word’s been thrown around, and ... ” Once more, Schlessinger cut her off. “Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n*****, n*****, n*****.” The call continued and Jade, who was becoming increasingly uncomfortable, said she couldn’t believe Schlessinger would use that word on the air. Schlessinger then continued to use it in response, blaming Jade for focusing on the use of it, and, hilariously, chastising Jade for not letting her finish a sentence. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with the word n***** in and of itself,” Carlin continued in his monologue. “It’s the racist using it you oughta be concerned about. We don’t mind the word when Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor uses it. Why? Because we know they’re not racist.”

Schlessinger gave her audience no such context before spewing her ill-conceived diatribe. Her use of “the n-word” was the least troubling part of it. She had already contributed a questionable remark even before the “n-word” was used, with her sudden pronouncement that all African-Americans voted for Obama without thinking, that it was “a black thing.” And her lack of comprehension about how wounding Jade’s situation was — proclaiming “I don’t think that’s racist” before she was even finished — didn’t help matters. She then blamed her caller — indeed, all African American people — for being oversensitive to racism, calling it “black-think,” which is what made her diatribe more offensive than anything. This included her advice to Jade: “If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.” Schlessinger’s conduct in previous years does not do wonders to the context she brought

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