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As the Season Nine top 10 “American Idol” contestants took the stage at Huntington Center on Aug. 29, there was no question who Toledo’s Idol is — Crystal Bowersox. The Elliston native came on stage wearing a huge smile, a T-shirt that read “Peace” and a sunflower patch pinned to her guitar strap. Bowersox was greeted by a crowd of more than 7,000 fans that gave its first and only standing ovation of the evening during her four-song performance. Bowersox started her set with “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes and played along with the crowd as an oversized beach ball bounced onto stage. Interacting with the audience, Bowersox took a panoramic picture of the arena before playing “Come to my Window,” a song by her “good friend” Melissa Etheridge. Bowersox dedicated “Holy Toledo” to a friend, Mark Brink, who died earlier in the week. Bowersox got into the song and by its end was holding back tears. For her last song, Bowersox kicked up the pace and played Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart.” Throughout the evening, Bowersox gave shout-outs to area venues The Village Idiot and Papa’s Tavern and told her bass guitarist Frankie May “I love you.” During a press conference earlier in the day, Bowersox shared her feelings about the tour coming to an end. “It is bittersweet,” she said. “The whole week has been rough. We have seven shows in a row ... it’s been physically grueling and emotionally grueling. We’ve been together since January. It’s so crazy it’s all a blur. It went by so fast, and here it is wrapping up.” Although she’ll be busy with recording, the

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The Gathering Exhibit to serve as hub for artistic networking.

Visual artist Yusuf Lateef said his latest show, “The Gathering,” is designed to be a hub for artistic networking in Toledo. Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery, 151 S. St. Clair St., will host “The Gathering” from Sept. 3 to 23. “When I was a kid, the thing was to get coloring books,” Lateef said. “Blank paper was our toy; there was nothing there and we had to create it. Painting and music are similar in creation, in that there’s a build and take away process.” Lateef has exhibited work locally at venues such as the Truth Gallery, the Art Tatum African American Resource Center, the Ford Gallery, the Collingwood Arts Center and the 20 North Gallery. He has also shown his work at the 555 Studio Gallery in Detroit and the Chop Chop Gallery in Columbus. A native of Columbus, he received formal arts training at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). “After I dropped out of CCAD in my senior year, I took a hiatus where I didn’t make art for a number of years. It was really my time as a resident artist at the Collingwood Arts Center that got me painting and drawing again,” Lateef said. “The artists I met there were so instrumental in my work as an artist. That’s one of the reasons I’m so happy to open this exhibit at Bozarts, because of the working relationship and the friendship

that I’ve always had with Jerry Gray. I gathered up everything I’ve learned over the years and put it all into this show; that’s how the show got its name. The work is new and universal, it offers a conversation that we haven’t had yet.” Lateef, who expresses artistic vision through visual and audio mediums, said the free show will be a multimedia event featuring a collection of his deep and colorful work, with a performance by a collective of Toledo Hip-Hop artists known as the Great Lakes Crew. Great Lakes Crew has been a local music staple since 2000 and performs regionally 25-30 times per year. According to Great Lakes Crew MC Ron Jero, “Our shows are high energy. If we had it our way, we’d have explosives as part of the show! We know you’re comin’ out to be entertained, not watch a group of boring guys standing around. We don’t have a band so we have to give off all of the energy.” Jero expressed similar views of creating within the artistic realm and said Great Lakes Crew vigorously supports the local art scene. “We want to be the Hip-Hop group for the city,” Jero said. “The important thing for us is being very creative.” Lateef said Hip-Hop was “the first form of music that basically spoke to me. That was it, no

Yusuf Lateef’s work will be featured in “The Gathering” at Bozarts. PHOTO COURTESY YUSUF LATEEF

questions asked. It was inclusive of all other things. It had roots in jazz, blues and it had a consistent vibe that naturally speaks to me and especially to the kids coming out of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Hip-Hop had a definite beat, vibe, rhythm and it said, ‘Hey, do what you do. You are you.’” Lateef said he has been musically inspired by Erykah Badu and “the more conscious MCs,

those who have a lyrical finesse to themselves.” The opening will also feature DJs Sid Delux and Liquid Accent. The show is free and open to the public. For more information about “The Gathering,” e-mail bozartstoledo@gmail.com. O Martini Rox, Mighty Whyte and John Dorsey contributed to this report.

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ACGT hosting public art bus tour; Pemberville Opera House seeks prize The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is teaming with TARTA to present a tour of our city’s vast collection of public art. The tour will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, on one of TARTA’s colorful art wrap buses. Due to seating limitations, the tour is being offered by invitation only to members of City Council, the Mayor’s office, the Lucas County Commissioners, the ACGT Board of Directors, TARTA officials, and members of the media. While it is limited to this small group at present, there is hope that it could be expanded to a larger number of people in the future. “This is something that our committee has done in the past, though not for several years. Since our own organization has a number of new members, we thought it would be a great idea to offer the tour,” said Dan Hernandez, art in public places coordinator for ACGT. “This event came about because I wrote to TARTA and told them why we thought this tour was important. It really is ideal that it take place on one of the art wrap buses. I think that the tour will be a way of opening people’s eyes back up to these pieces of artwork that they drive by every day.” Information on Toledo’s many works of public art is available in Toledo Sculpture Tours. The publication can be found at various places throughout the city. It offers nuggets of information about each sculpture, as well as a map indicating the location of each piece. For more information, call (419) 254-2787 or visit www.acgt.org. — John Dorsey

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The Pemberville Opera House is entered to win $25,000 from the National Trust for Historic Places, but needs the public’s help. Part of the “This Place Matters” Community Challenge, the opera house needs to receive the highest number of votes to receive funding from the National Trust for Historic Places. Individuals may only vote once per e-mail. “This funding would mean everything,” said Carol Bailey of the Pemberville Opera House. “$25,000 is a real shot in the arm for a struggling historical society, it’s hard to raise those kinds of funds in this economy.” The Pemberville Opera House, restored and operated by the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical society, is a second-floor theater. The theater is located above the town hall. The society hopes to use the $25,000 prize money as seed money for the instillation on an elevator. The Pemberville Opera House is the thought to be oldest operating opera house in the state, opened in 1892, and shows 15 to 20 productions per year, Bailey said. The theater is used for a concert series, plays and a children’s theater workshop among other uses, she said. “Entering the theater is like taking a step back in time,” she said. Voting is through September 15. For more information and to vote, visit www. pembervilleoperahouse.org. — Kristen Rapin

Wine tastings

Aficionado Wine & Cigars will host wine tastings every Friday and Saturday in September. “It gives individuals a chance to try a lot of different wines at an inexpensive price,” said Steve Parks, owner of Aficionado Wine & Cigars. “It gives people the chance to try before you buy. It’s also a great atmosphere to be around other wine lovers.” Each wine tasting features 2 oz. samples of each wine as well as cheese and grapes to go along with the tasting. The store provides wine tasting notes for each event. On Sept. 3 and 4 the store will have “Huge Reds” for $15. The wines featured are bolder in flavor and are wines for cooler weather, Parks said. Other events include African wines on Sept. 10 and 11, a five-year anniversary tasting on Sept. 17 and 18 and a Cabernet Sauvignon event Sept. 24 and 25. The last three tastings of the month are $10 each. Wine tastings are from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening. The store will also host Rock & Roll Beer tastings every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $10. Beer tastings feature six different beers each week with beers ranging from domestic, craft and foreign. Aficionado Wine & Cigars is located at 26567 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite 135. For more information, visit www.aficionadowineandcigars.com. — Kristen Rapin

‘America 911’ event

A group of local artists will host an event, “America 911,” at The Ground Level Coffee Shop on Sept. 11. “It’s going to be an eclectic mix of artists — outsider artists,” said Stephen Daniel, owner of Shystie Films and an artist at the event. “We’re going to have some great acts and for $3 it’s the best night you’re going to have.” The event features experimental band Bastard Love Child and The Lesbian Commotion, fASTCLOUDS and Tranquil, plus films from Daniel and a puppet show from Thyme Studios. The majority of the art is more provocative and less mainstream said Terry Burton, promoter of the event and member of Bastard Love Child and The Lesbian Commotion. The show is from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and is $3. For more information, visit www.myspace. com/oursocial. — Kristen Rapin

Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert

According to its website, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is scheduled to play two shows at the Downtown Toledo Huntington Center on Nov. 11. One show is at 4 p.m., with a second show at 8 p.m. According to the website, tickets go on sale Sept. 18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold more than seven million copies of its first four rock operas. It has a $20 million-plus production that by 2008 played to more than 5 million people in 80-plus cities. O

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September arrives and our thoughts are filled with visions of ... war? That’s what DC Comics is hoping, as it unveils an entire month of reactivated war title one-shots. Why, you ask? Who knows for sure; although a good bet might be a bit of DC copyright renewal. This week sees “Our Army at War” No. 1 hit the beach. It is an ode to not only the “combat-happy Joes of Easy Co.” but also to our troops in Afghanistan. The original “Our Army at War” first saluted in 1952, back when World War II was still a recent memory and combat overseas still seemed romantic and full of adventure. DC’s legendary soldier Sgt. Rock premiered in the book and as is proper he holds the lead spot in this new No. 1. Rock’s a soldier’s soldier, the classic non-comm with mud on his boots and a heart of gold. DC couldn’t have picked a better character to kick off this event; Rock typifies war fiction. Those who’re

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is “Community” character, Jeff Winger, bristles when called a “hipster,” but Joel McHale’s biography damn near defines the term. McHale, 39, was born in Rome, Italy, so he has a classic European pedigree. He played football as a walk-on for the University of Washington, so he has athletic cred. His acting roles include “Spider-Man 2,” “The Onion Movie” and “The Informant!” so his choice of material marks him as a savvy collaborator. His TV appearances include “CSI: Miami,” “Will & Grace,” “Pushing Daises” and voicing skits on “Robot Chicken” but are topped by his 7-year stint as pop culture commentator on E!’s “The Soup” and the NBC college-based comedy “Community,” which co-stars such hipster icons as Chevy Chase and “The Hangover” breakout star Ken Jeong. On the show, he gets the girl(s), dominates the paintball showdowns and plays billiards naked, which he can do as he has a physique more like the statues of his native Rome than the majority of stand-up comedians (he was one of People’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2009). Oh, and he lives with a gorgeous wife and two kids in the Hollywood Hills. In short, McHale has parlayed his smirking, pop culture-referencing personality into a Hollywood dream life. During the Aug. 29 opening skit at the Emmys, McHale danced and sang “Born to Run” alongside Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Betty White, Jon Hamm and the “Glee” cast, the latest sign of his rise to the upper tier of Hollywood’s It List. During a recent telephone interview to promote his Sept. 4 appearance at Ceasars Windsor, McHale talked about gearing up for the fall premiere of “Community,” in which he plays a

lawyer sent to a lackluster community college to finish his degree. “We started shooting three weeks ago; we just completed everything for the first episode. Betty White guest stars,” he said. McHale said White was “terrific” to work with and he also shot an episode with an “80 pounds lighter” Drew Carey. He said he remains “blown away” by the level of writing “Community” offers him as an actor. “After reading the pilot, I was so excited to try to get the role,” McHale said. “Creator Dan Harmon is a genius; he wrote the pilot and is highly involved in the process. Episodes like the ‘Modern Warfare,’ with the paintball tournament, or the one where Abed runs the campus

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looked the show. “I did get to announce the Emmy nominations and I will be a presenter, so the Academy has been very good to us,� McHale said. “If you get recognized, it’s great, but if you don’t, you still go to work and thank God you have such an incredible job. Plus, the shows they nominated are terrific, so I don’t think they got anything wrong.� McHale said unlike his “Community� character, his persona on “The Soup,� on which he summarizes and comments on the more bizarre and foolish television moments of the week, is closer to his real personality. “It’s definitely a heightened version of myself,� he said. “If I was as casual and smart as Charlie Rose, I don’t think it would be as interesting. It’s performance-mode Joel. It’s me, but once again I owe it to the writers of the show.� Have there been any awkward moments as McHale has run into his targets while promoting “Community� on other shows? “No one has come up to me on the streets and punched me yet; we only make fun of people who are asking for it,� he said. “If you are doing something that calls attention to yourself to get more press than the average din of Hollywood, we’re going to make fun of you. A couple of reality TV people have come up to me and said, ‘Hey, you made fun of me,’ and I can usually say, ‘Yeah, you were drunk and topless in the pool, and then you vomited on your friend, so what do you want us to do? “I made fun of Martha Stewart and Regis [Philbin] and then gone on those shows, but Regis says some pretty awesome, crazy stuff.�

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MUSIC Bitter End Restaurant & Bar:

the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com. O Sept. 2: Argentinean tango, 6:30-9 p.m.; acoustic jam, 8-10.

Caesars Windsor:

If you like your entertainment with a lake view, this may be your spot. 900 Anchor Pointe Road, Curtice. (419) 836-7044 or www.bitterendbar.com. O Razz: Sept. 3. O Razz & Sonzz: Sept. 4. O Haywire: Sept. 5. O BitterHallo Halloween party: Sept. 11.

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. O Joel McHale: 9 p.m. Sept. 4, $45. O Billy Idol, Slash: 8 p.m. Sept. 9, $45.

The Blarney Irish Pub: Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. theblarneyirishpub.com. O Sister Speak: Sept. 2. O Toast & Jam: Sept. 3. O Kentucky Chrome: Sept. 4. O Jeff Stewart: Sept. 9. O Freak Ender: Sept. 10. O Nu Tones: Sept. 11.

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. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Joe Woods Band: Tuesdays. O Brandon Duke: Sept. 1. O Danny & Dave: Sept. 2. O Ravens: Sept. 3. O Crucial 420: Sept. 4. O Jerod: Sept. 8. O Danny & Dave, Joe Woods Band: Sept 9. O Bush League: Sept. 10. O Chris Knopp Band: Sept. 11.

Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is

O Premonitions of War, Heavy Lies the Crown, Kansas City Shuffle, Arson Our Savior: 9 p.m. Sept. 10. O TV Buddhas, the High Gears: 9 p.m. Sept. 11.

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub:

O Mo Joe Boes: Sept. 10. O Noteworthy: Sept. 11.

Mickey Finn’s:

Live entertainment at 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Noisy Neighbors: Sept. 3-4. O Billy Dean and Dawn: Sept. 10-11.

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. O Asobi Seksu: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6. O Black Tusk: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

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Murphy’s Place:

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. O Tejano Festival: Sept. 5; (419) 283-1495.

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. O We Came as Romans, In Fear and Faith, Confide, Upon a Burning Body, Abandon All Ships! 6 p.m. Sept. 2. O Jonny Craig, Fight Fair, Breathe Electric, the Divine, Modsun: 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

Jazz — straight, smooth, bebop or traditional — all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www.murphysplacejazz.com. O Clifford Murphy and Claude Black: 8 p.m. Sept. 1-2. O Ellie Martin: 9 p.m. Sept. 3. O Murphy’s Trio: 9 p.m. Sept. 4.

Ice Restaurant & Bar:

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Wilbur Shaw: Sept. 2. O Joey & the Traitors, Gold, 33 1/3: Sept. 3. O Child Bite, Mindfish: Sept. 10. O The Forest, Analog Graveyard: Sept. 11. O Elliot Street Lunatic, Audrey: Sept. 12.

The Distillery: Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Eddie & Zach: Sept. 1. O Nine Lives: Sept. 2-4. O Kyle White: Sept. 7. O Tony & Lyle: Sept. 8. O The Bridges: Sept. 9-11.

Frankie’s: Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Paleface, Adult Books: 9 p.m. Sept. 1. O The Taken, Exit Reality: 9 p.m. Sept. 2. O The Dirty Americans, Sunday Underground: 9 p.m. Sept. 4. O Texas in July, This or the Apocalypse, With Life in Mind, Burn the Ships!, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, the Unwritten: 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 246-3339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Dan and Don: Sept. 3 O Elixer: 8 p.m. Sept. 4. O Flyte 66: 8 p.m. Sept. 10. O Kentucky Chrome: 8 p.m. Sept. 11.

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. O Vytas & Steve: Sept. 1. O John Jelinger Trio: 6 p.m. Sept. 2. O Skip Turner: Sept. 3. O Lisa Lynn Trio: Sept. 4. O Tommy Gearhart: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8, $10. O Noah Leibel Trio: 6 p.m. Sept. 9.

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

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O Jason Quick Trio with Lisa Lynn: Sept. 2. O John Hendricks birthday celebration: Sept. 9.

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Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O The Coosters: Sept. 3, Peristyle Terrace.

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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. O No, the Handshakes: Sept. 3. O Back Cop, the Faux Paus, Lucian Townes: Sept. 4. O Funkin’ Wagnalls, CEO Band, Glass Bead Game, Blue Hook: Sept. 5.

Jazz in the Garden: Take in some swing and smooth tunes among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 9, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $6-$7.

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Ball in the House: This a capella singing group will perform. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Ebeid Student Center, Delp Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $10. (419) 5178870 or lourdes.edu.

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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 www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music. O Andrew Pelletier, horn: 8 p.m. Sept. 1, Bryan Recital Hall. O Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano, and Kevin Bylsma, pianist: 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Bryan Recital Hall.

Cla-Zel Theater: This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net. O Nick Moss & the Flip Tops, Chris Duarte: 8 p.m. Sept. 2, $12-$15. O Luke James: 9 p.m. Sept. 4, $5.

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Wood County Historical Center & Museum:

Check out this rural jewel’s new exhibits and tour the museum and buildings to see blacksmith forge demonstrations and historic equipment. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. weekends (closed holidays), Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $1-$4. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org. O “Between Fences” Smithsonian exhibit: The exhibit looks at fences, both physical and figurative, and its representation as a division of race, culture or class.

Infirmary Inmates Vintage Baseball: Based at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, this team calls Bowling Green’s Wintergarden Park, South Wintergarden Road, its home field. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org. O Vs. Early Risers: Sept. 12, Detroit.

“The Aaron Macy Legacy Exhibition: Scholarship Recipients 2002-2010.”

Recipients of this annual ceramics scholarship will be featured. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 17, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Fine Arts Center, between Ridge and Wooster streets, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525 or art.bgsu.edu/galleries.

Gish Film Theater:

“Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit”:

Named in memory of Dorothy and Lillian Gish, this theater hosts screenings of international and arthouse movies and matinees of popular films of the past. BGSU’s Hanna Hall, East Wooster Street, Bowling Green. Free. (419) 372-4474 or www.bgsu.edu/gish. O Sunday matinees: “Alibi Ike” and “Under Western

Artists transform tools that were important for women’s domestic labor into contemporary works of art. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26, Willard Wankleman Gallery, Fine Arts Center, between Ridge and Wooster streets, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525 or art.bgsu.edu/galleries.

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Stroll the streets of this small town while taking in the whitewalls and chrome, music and food. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 2. (419) 287-3274 or beekersgeneralstore.com.

Craftspeople and games will be on hand, mules will pull a canal boat of visitors ($4-$6), and the mill will grind grain and saw logs using waterpower. Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 11-12, Providence Metropark, 13827 Route 24 West (at Route 578), Grand Rapids. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.

“Prairie Margins” reading: Bachelor of Fine Arts students and others will be greeted for the new year with a reading from this work. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Prout Chapel, off Thurston Avenue, BGSU, Bowling Green. www.bgsu.edu/departments/creative-writing/home.html.

“We Love a Piano — From Mozart to Oz”: Ann Pope and Valrie Kantorski will provide an evening of four-handed piano, with a program including Brahms, Gershwin and Berlin. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $12. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.

Sundae Sunday: School Days. Ice-cream sundaes will precede a lesson circa 1890. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 12, Zimmerman School, 17901 Carter Road, Bowling Green. Register: (419) 661-1697 or reservations. woodcountyparkdistrict.org. ETC.

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Film Fridays: “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Chocolates, traditions and high tea. 2 p.m. Sept. 9, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $3-$12. Reservations: (419) 352-0967. www.woodcountyhistory.org.

A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land and travels to California during the Great Depression in this adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, UT’s Center for Performing Arts Lab Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3 donation. (419) 530-2375 or www.utoledo.edu/as/theatrefilm/.

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Fulton County Fair:

Hands-on activities for families aimed at encouraging kids to take a greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Lunch will be provided. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 11, outside BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Ridge Street and North College Drive, Bowling Green. (419) 3722745 or cosmos.bgsu.edu/STEMinPark/index.htm

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The sign out front reads “Seann’s Anime and Comics.” In more ways than one, the store’s name is the absolute truth. Seann Eschrich is the owner, operator and, as of right now, lone employee of his new business, which opened Aug. 22. His sister lends a hand on occasion, giving her brother a lunch break during the day, but for right now, if you go the store, Seann will almost certainly be the man you’ll be talking to and buying from. And the store’s inventory really is Seann’s. A few items here and there were bought specifically for retail, but the lion’s share of what is available at Seann’s Anime and Comics comes from the owner’s own personal collection, gathered before he ever considered starting the store. “A lot of the comics are personal items, a lot of the figures I have, a lot of them were purchased in Japan,” Eschrich said. “Most of the movies are movies that I had. I purchased in the last month and a half a lot of the plushies back there, the little scrolls and key chains, things like that.” For Eschrich, who has lived in Toledo most of his life, the opening was a culmination of two

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longstanding passions — a love of comic books and Japanese animation, and a dream of owning his own business. “I just picked up my first comic book in a grocery store when I was younger, Batman or something like that, just read it and enjoyed it,” Eschrich said. “I started watching anime on TV and friends had DVDs.” Eschrich’s personal collection grew, but he had never really thought of opening a store of his own, even as he went to the University of Toledo majoring in business administration. The store stands at 5442 Monroe St. Eschrich said he hopes to offer unique services for his customers, like his extensive personal anime collection, which is largely available for rental. “I got the idea from Wizzywig Collectibles in Ann Arbor. Anime rentals really worked for them. I know a lot of kids don’t have $30 to buy a DVD, watch it once and throw it away, and you really can’t go to Family Video and find those.” Eschrich is frank about the small number of customers his store has seen in its first week — something to be expected when you’re starting with a somewhat niche product. “A lot of customers [who come in] just see the outside sign. I also have a Facebook page. I don’t have a high marketing budget right now to place

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ads or commercials. Basically, I’m just hoping things will spread by word of mouth.” The store has a website, seannsanimeand comics.com, and Eschrich has also made efforts to connect with local anime and comic fans. “I’ve talked to a couple of kids at high schools that have anime clubs. Right now, I’m setting something up with the University of Toledo anime club, and I’ve been trying to talk to somebody with the BGSU anime club. So I’m trying to establish myself with kids at

the universities, the high schools, becoming a vendor for them, and hopefully word spreads that way.” And if Seann’s can gain a foothold in the community as a popular retailer among fans, the man behind it all could see both his professional and private passions satisfied at the same time. “Realistically, I’d like the store to be doing well, and I’d like to be attending almost every anime convention or comic convention in the U.S. That would be my ultimate goal.” O

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o many observers, the current 3-D crazee began with the release ase of James Cameron’s “Avatar” tar” this past December. The scifi epic grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide, more ore than 70 percent of that take ake from its 3-D showings. A new, “special” version rsion of the film was released d on JEFF Aug. 27, to many of the same ame 3-D houses that showed the original, as well as many more that were updated with 3-D capabilities in the interim. erim. But as theaters embracee the world of Pandora once more, the long-term success of 3-D cinema remains unclear. The year has seen an explosion in the numberr of films that feature the highly touted (and higher priced) process. More than 20 movies have been or will be released in 3-D in 2010, almost double the number available in 2009. The last few months of the year will see an average of three movies in 3-D each month, an unheard of number. More than 30 new 3-D films will be released in 2011. On the surface, box office numbers seem to support the craze. The highest-grossing movie of the year, “Toy Story 3,” was widely available in 3-D. Six of the top 10 movies of the year were shown in the format. Clearly, the audience is crazy for 3-D, so the more movies shown with the process, the more money there is to be made, right? Not exactly. In fact, several rather telling statistics have come out in the past few weeks, which can lead one to the conclusion that the 3-D craze is already dying — or maybe it was finished before we even knew it had begun. First, there’s the matter of percentages. Many websites have reported on a decline in how much of each film’s gross is from 3-D houses, as opposed to standard 2-D showings. As noted, “Avatar” made more than 70 percent of its box office take from 3-D theaters, whereas the last major 3-D hit, “Despicable Me,” has made only about 45 percent of its money from 3-D houses. A steady decline between the two points is easily seen on a widely distributed graph. Defenders of the format point out that films like “Despicable” came out in a much more crowded marketplace than “Avatar” did — many other 3-D films competed for box office space, so there were actually fewer 3-D theaters showing each movie. As more theaters convert to the process, these issues will evaporate, they say. Recently, however, a fascinating article on Slate.com, “Is 3-D Dead in the Water?” by Daniel Engber, was published. In it, Engber argues that a much more telling statistic comes from how much 3-D films are making on a per-screen basis, compared to 2-D films, leading him to the

surprising conclusion that su the format’s glory days have th already long passed. al Engber points out that back in 2004, when “The ba Polar Express” was released, Po a mere 59 houses showed the film in 3-D in the whole th country. But those houses co could expect much more co business than average — bu per screen, the 3-D shows p made nearly six times what m tthe 2-D shows did, an inccrease of 575 percent. Five years later, when “Avatar” was released, there “A were far more theaters prew pared for 3-D — nearly p 22,000 of the 3,400 were showing the film in the sh format. And yet, the 3-D fo houses were only making ho 70 percent more than the traditional 2-D ones. “Toy Story 3” came out in June, and this time the numbers showed that the 2-D houses actually made more per screen than the 3-D ones — a net loss of 5 percent for the premium showings.

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So what does it mean? I think that as time passes, moviegoers are growing wise. Hollywood, in a desperate attempt to draw back viewers, saw something that was a success and jumped on it with both feet. They made hasty conversions of 2-D films in an effort to squeeze more money out of consumers. They assumed the cash would just come rolling in on anything they shipped out with “in 3-D” attached to it. But the public is growing weary of shelling out an extra four dollars every few weeks, especially when so many of the last-second conversions turn out bad-looking effects, and even the best ones result in a much darker picture. The question from movie customers used to be, “This is in 3-D, right?” Now it’s, “that’s not in 3-D, is it?” Everyone in Tinseltown crowded onto a life raft that wasn’t ready for so many passengers, and now it’s quickly taking on water. If they hadn’t been so greedy, and used it sparingly — say once a year or so — the process might have boosted profits on big-name pictures for a long time to come. But right now, the future of 3-D looks exceedingly dim. The original Slate article is available at www. slate/com/id/2264927/. ✯ E-mail Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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