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Director Carol Ann Erford said any similarities between the school violence in “From Up Here” and the recent United States shootings are coincidental. The show, written by Liz Flahive, opened offBroadway in 2008, according to www.playbill. com. It follows Kenny, who was suspended after bringing a gun to school. Even though it has dark subject matter, Erford said it is funny, and makes more sense when the audience realizes why Kenny had the weapon. “It’s a drama with a lot of humor,” Erford said. “I don’t think anyone will come out depressed; they will come out hopeful. It’s not a total downer.” The play, running Sept. 7 to 22 at The Village Players Theatre on Upton Avenue, has adult language, but because of its timeliness, Erford said some younger teenagers should see it, just accompanied with an adult. Erford has worked with The Village Players on and off for 20 years, but only started directing five years ago. She will be directing two more plays at The Toledo Repertoire Theatre later this season. Erford liked the way the teenagers and adults react to Kenny in “From Up Here,” which is why she was interested in directing it. Work on the play began in July. The cast is divided between teenagers and adults. Erford has worked with or seen almost the whole cast before and said they are “really on the ball.” The cast includes 14-year-old Hadley Williams playing Kate, Kenny’s sister, and Samantha Rousos as Kenny’s mother, Grace. “I feel like I also teach, especially the teenagers,” Erford said. “They’re learning new sets of rules. It’s interesting to see how they handle it.” One of the youngest cast members, Daniel Hojnacki, is 15 years old and is playing the 17-year-old Kenny. Hojnacki said he was interested in playing the darker role. “It’s topical,” Hojnacki said. “It sort of ties in well with news stories.” The shooting at “The Dark Knight Rises” midnight showing in July happened after Hojnacki had the role, but it made him look into it more. No one really understands the people behind massacres, he said. 3661 Devers_Collision_TFP95_Layout 1 8/30/12 Hojnacki said the part demands more body

The Village Players cast of ‘From Up Here,’ running Sept. 7 to 22. Director Carol Ann Erford is seated, center. PHOTO COURTESY VILLAGE PLAYERS

language than spoken lines. “The challenge is to relate … without saying too much,” Hojnacki said. “You still have to be in your character when you’re not talking.” Hojnacki has been acting with The Children’s Theatre Workshop, a theater group for youth 5 to 18 years old, for two years. He said he liked the idea of playing a more mature character central to the storyline. “This character is not a cartoon, he’s a human being,” Hojnacki said. Hojnacki also said the script doesn’t give much direction, so the actors have to be more 1:28 PM Page 1 involved in their roles. They have to “figure out

the motives behind each line.” “Danny is his own man and has his own ideas,” Erford said in an email. “He surprised me with the professionalism he has brought to the show. He takes suggestions and directions earnestly.” Guests will be treated to new renovations at The Village Players Theatre on opening night, said Vice President of Development Chris Jagodzinski. The theater has new paint and seating and promises a better performance with their new sound and light booths. “Guests can look forward to a whole new look when they walk in our lobby,” Jagodzinski said in an email. The renovations have taken about

two months and will be complete before opening night of “From Up Here.” “The Village is thrilled about the first show,” Jagodzinski said. “The majority of our cast is new to The Village Players Theatre and rehearsals have been going wonderful … the cast has been putting in numerous hours rehearsing and working together.” Opening night of “From Up Here” is Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the website or by calling (419) 4726817. Tickets will also be available at the door. Regular admission is $16 and seniors and students cost $14. O


Toledo ink Ryan Pollauf practices art at Permanently Scarred Tattoo. By Brian Bohnert Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

Never a fan of traditional schooling, Ryan Pollauf always knew he wanted to make a living off from his artistic talents. So when high school graduation forced him to think critically about his future, he sat back, relaxed and let Lady Luck play the cards. And as luck would have it, Pollauf has been making a living with his art, as a full-time tattoo artist since 2001. With a portfolio of work featuring thousands of pieces and 11 years under his belt, Pollauf is one of the seven artists at Permanently Scarred Tattoo on West Sylvania Avenue. Specializing in colorful cartoon images, still lifes and black-andgray portraits, he has become one of the shop’s premier artists since starting there in July 2010. Jeremiah Schoch, owner of Permanently Scarred, said Pollauf is a talented and well-versed artist who can run the gamut from traditional tattoo designs all the way to photorealism, a skill only few in the area can match. “That’s a big thing for a lot of guys in the industry. Not everybody can do that,” Schoch said. “I’m pretty lucky to have the guys that I have. I have three or four guys who are very well-versed in portraits and I know of only a couple other guys in town who are. Ryan is definitely very talented.” Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced is a full-service tattoo and body piercing studio with 13 employees. The shop started in 2001 as Purrfectly Pierced, a local piercing studio owned by Schoch’s mother, Cindy TaylorMiller. Miller owned and operated the shop with an all-female crew until Schoch, her oldest son, took the business over in 2005, adding on the tattoo studio. n TATTOO CONTINUES ON 5


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n TATTOO CONTINUED FROM 4 The laid-back family atmosphere creates an environment that Pollauf said carries throughout the entire staff. “It’s a family affair that spills over to all of us here,” Pollauf said. “There are no egos, there’s no big heads. We all feed off of each other artistically and this place is just a really good environment for that.” Pollauf has nearly 30 tattoos of his own, with everything from a Boston Red Sox logo on his hand to a portrait of his grandmother on his thigh, and even a memorial tattoo of a friend he lost in the late 1990s. And while he said not all tattoos have to have a direct meaning, they all hold a special place in his heart. “Even if a tat I have doesn’t have a specific meaning, it’s kind of like a scrapbook of memories for me,” he said. But perhaps one of his most memorable tattoos came at the hands of his fiancée, Julie Marshall, who gave him ink dedicated to their fiveand-a-half year relationship together. “I let my fiancée put the number 0110 on my leg,” he said. “Her birthday is January 10 and mine is October 1. So, I told her we weren’t going to do each other’s names, so I let her do this.”

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A tattoo created by Ryan Pollauf of Permanently Scarred. PHOTO COURTESY RYAN POLLAUF

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Pollauf began his journey into the edgy world of tattooing at the age of 18. During his first summer after graduation from Central Catholic High School, he made the decision to celebrate his newfound freedom with a stop at Toledo’s Lady Luck Tattooing on Airport Highway. Trading in his cap and gown for his first piece of fresh ink, he walked away with a tribal band on his forearm and a firm grasp on what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, a decision that would set in motion his entire future. “When I got my first tattoo, that’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. “I got the bug for it immediately. I’ve always drawn, ever since I was little. I remember in eighth grade, at recess, I used to sit outside and draw on people’s arms with pens and markers.” Eager to learn from the area’s top artists, Pollauf began spending most of his time at Infinite Art, talking with the artists and gaining as much experience as he could before eventually getting a job working the counter. He often sought the knowledge of popular magazines like Tattoo International, Tattoo Flash and Tattoo Society

Magazine for inspiration. “I saw tattooing as a way of making a living with art,” he said. “I was looking at anything I could find for inspiration. I was looking at magazines and artists, trying to draw and emulate that kind of style.” Pollauf spent five years working at Infinite Art, trying desperately to get both his name and his artwork to someone that could give him the apprenticeship he needed to get his foot in the door. That chance came to him during a chance encounter with a well-known tattoo artist from Indianapolis who would eventually take him under his wing.

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Through a mutual friend, Pollauf came into contact with a tattoo artist named Monte who was working at an Indianapolis-based shop called New Breed. After showing off some of his drawings, Pollauf packed his bags and moved to Indianapolis in February 2001. Working with Monte at New Breed for 11 months, Pollauf learned the differences between traditional drawings and body art, as well as to develop his own unique style. “It was kind of strange to go through that transition of drawing for tattoos,” he said. “You have to kind of rewire your brain to drawing for a tattoo because it is never going to look on skin the way it does on paper. It has to wear well.” Even though Pollauf spent much of his apprenticeship inking nonpaying customers for practice, he said he remembers his first paying customer all too well. “It was a steer head. It was $75 and it was my first paying tattoo,” he said. “I remember the day I did that, I wasn’t there to tattoo, I wasn’t scheduled to work. I was just hanging out. But it was a walk-in and everybody was busy, so Monte just told me to do it.” Having never had an apprentice before, Monte said his experience with Pollauf taught him to look inside himself as an artist. “Ryan helped me uncover personal questions about myself as an artist that would help me with my other apprentices,” Monte said. “As an artist, we usually don’t have to answer to ourselves; but when you have an apprentice, you do. Suddenly, I found myself having to answer questions as simple as why I wipe a certain way or why do I start a drawing in a certain direction.” n TATTOO CONTINUES ON 6


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n TATTOO CONTINUED FROM 5 Monte, who has been a tattoo artist for more than 16 years, recalls asking the same questions of his teachers when he was apprenticing. “I did it to my teachers so I know that each and every one of them is going to ask me,” he said. “He helped me take on other apprentices and feel comfortable doing it. It definitely helped me learn a lot about myself.”

Full Circle

Pollauf returned to Toledo in 2003 and came full circle in his tattooing career, getting a job as an artist at Infinite Art. Working alongside some of his former colleagues, Pollauf was one of the top artists at Infinite Art for seven and a half years. “[Infinite Art] is a great shop. I still talk to everybody over there and we’re all still friends,” he said. “There’s no animosity and there’s no big egos like at a lot of shops. We’re all just artists.”

No matter where he has worked throughout his career, Pollauf said he gets to go to work every day doing what he loves. “I love that I get to do art every day,” he said. “I get to come in and draw on people and talk to them and listen to their problems. It’s almost like being a bartender. It becomes sort of a therapy session for some people and I don’t mind at all. Plus, being able to sleep in and go to work at noon is pretty good for me.”

Screamin’ Demon

For the past eight years, Pollauf has been a member of “The Screamin’ Demons,” a local car club dedicated to pre-1964 “American Customs” cars and pre-1970s trucks. The group of eight guys meets every other Sunday to work on their powerful, prized possessions, with a focus on restoration and the tricks of the trade that make it all possible. n TATTOO CONTINUES ON 7

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“We build what we can afford and we drive the hell out of them,” Pollauf said. “Most people would be afraid to get in these cars but we love it.” The proud owner of a 1951 Chevy Fleetline and a 1928 Ford Model A, he has spent many long nights and weekends working with his fellow Demons to get those vehicles in running order. While the 1928 Model A is his future long-term project, the Fleetline is a constantly evolving project he has taken a lot of pride in.

I couldn’t take the chance. Looking back, I know I made the right decision.” With the promises of musical stardom long since passed, Pollauf said he and his former Blue Skies Burning band mates have attempted to rekindle their metal magic in recent years. However, full-time jobs and adulthood have made a reunion unlikely. “We actually talked about getting back together last year. We got together and had one practice and then it all fizzled,” Pollauf said. “We’re all older and have jobs and it’s tough getting everybody together.”

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Before exhaust smoke and tattoo needles captured his interest, Pollauf was living the life of a rock star, playing drums in multiple rock bands throughout the Toledo area. Throughout his 17-year stint as a drummer, Pollauf toured the United States with the groups Homeward Bound and, most notably, Blue Skies Burning. “It was just always fun. It was a good way of getting aggression out and it was a cool feeling being on tour,” he said. Pollauf was a member of Blue Skies Burning, an “emo metal” band, from 1997 to 2001. The band toured all across the country to places like St. Louis, Austin and Albuquerque. The opportunity with Monte and New Breed ultimately led to Pollauf leaving the group. “With Blue Skies Burning, we actually got signed to a small label outside New York City,” he said. “A lot of people feel that we were really getting ready to take off, but I had to go with the sure thing. Some of these bands go all out and end up fading away, and

Pollauf will wed his fiancée Sept. 14 in Downtown Toledo, complete with a simple ceremony and a family barbecue afterwards. It is the perfect reflection of his laid-back personality, he said. As for business, Pollauf said he looks forward to expanding his clientele and growing in an industry that is constantly evolving. “A lot of the young guys getting into tattooing have that art degree background nowadays so they’re really pushing the envelope with what’s possible with tattoos,” he said. “Which, that’s good, because it keeps you on your toes. You always gotta push yourself. The second you say you know everything there is to know about tattooing, you should quit. There is always more to push yourself toward. You are always your own worst critic.” O

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cookbook contains more than 500 Greek and American recipes and information on why the parishioner chose to contribute that recipe. “[The cookbook has] obviously chocolatechip cookies as well as baklava,” Sarantou said. “It has really been received well,” Damaskos said. “I use it all the time when I cook. My wife does, too.” The Hellenic Dance Company will also perform at the festival. The dancers have been practicing all summer and will wear Greek costumes. “People love to see those very colorful, imported Greek costumes,” Sarantou said. “They just do a fabulous show.” The shows, featuring different age and skill levels, are 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 7, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 9. The Detroit-based band Levendes will perform during the festival as will the Clevelandbased Olympus. When the bands aren’t playing, a CD will keep the music going, Sarantou said. There will also be chances to learn about Greek culture at the festival. At 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in the community center, Dawn Anagnos will present “Greek Language 101” and at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8, she will present “Greek Culture Olympics.” At 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Seminarian David Mynihan will showcase ““My Big Fat Greek Orthodox Baptism.” Damaskos will run tours of Holy Trinity at 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 3 p.m. Sept. 9. Self-guided tours are available from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 and noon-7 p.m. Sept. 9. The cathedral was built in 1919. Sarantou said he expects 20,000-25,000 people to attend the festival. “Everyone really enjoys sharing Greek culture,” Sarantou said. “There’s not a large Greek community in Toledo, but it’s a very strong Greek community.” Adult admission is free 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 and $4 the rest of Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Admission for adults is $1 Sept. 9. Children younger than 12 get in free with a guardian. Funds from the festival help with Holy Trinity’s ministry and outreach. Festival entrances are at Walnut and Superior streets and at Summit and Walnut streets. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 7, noon to midnight Sept. 8 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 9. O You’re only a hops, skip, and jump a whey from Blarney Blueberry Ale and a great time.

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If you send a text message and someone receives it, does that mean you shared something? “People have so many different digital ways of becoming friends and communicating,” said Jimmy Shaw. “I’ve had the experience of being away from home for months and sort of have relationships develop in a certain way because you text someone all the time, but then you see them face to face and nothing’s developed at all. “And that’s sort of like a weird futuristic example to me how it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to tell what’s actually happening, whether things are actually transpiring in front of you or they aren’t.” Metric guitarist was talking about the theme on the Canadian quartet’s new disc, “Synthetica.” “It was sort of this recurring idea that the world is getting increasingly more complicated and things are becoming more and more difficult to discern: What’s real and what’s fake, what’s organic and what’s synthetic, what is the original

and what’s the reproduction? “There’s just so much happening now. There’s so much industrial output; there’s so much technology; there are so many different mediums of all sorts of different things that it becomes very difficult to actually sort of see what the truth is,” he said during a call from his Toronto home. On “Dreams So Real,” Emily Haines sings, “I’ll shut up and carry on/ The scream becomes a yawn.” The title track finds the front woman declaring her individuality: “We’re all the time confined to fit the mold/ But I won’t ever let them make a loser of my soul.” The synth-pop rockers had the chance to work with legend Lou Reed, who lends his voice to “The Wanderlust.” “[Reed’s] one of the reasons I make music in the first place; he’s one of the original voices of rock ’n’ roll,” Shaw said. “When he came into the studio, the first minute he was in the live room and I was in the control room behind the sound desk and he starts singing. I just lit up with this glow of ‘I can’t believe that voice is singing on my song,’ it’s insane. n METRIC CONTINUES ON 10

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“And then I was just beaming the entire time and then I realized, as the producer, I was going to have to say something to him when the song is over. I was going to have to go on talk-back mic and tell Lou Reed what to do, which is a highly daunting experience. So I just went on and said, ‘That was great, do it again.’ ” “Synthetica” looks to repeat the success of the band’s 2009 CD, “Fantasies,” which featured the hits “Help, I’m Alive” and “Gimme Sympathy.” In 2010, Metric won group of the year and alternative album of the year at the Juno Awards. “Metric’s been around for a little while, and we’d never really seen that rapid of growth be-

fore; the growth was really quick that happened in 2010. It had taken us five years to double venue size before that. It kind of happened in six months, which was amazing,” Shaw said. “I think it was time for us to have that happen. We were all grateful and surprised that it did.” Metric — Shaw, Haines, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key — will play the Fillmore Detroit at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Tickets are $32 and $39. Shaw realized it was special when he met Haines at a Toronto bar. “I knew it in like 10 seconds. It was a very powerful moment,” he recalled. “I just knew this was someone who was going to be in my life for a really long time.” O

Collins to play Gift of Music Program Jazz singer Ramona Collins will kick off Gesu Church’s annual Gift of Music Program on Sept. 9. “She does a very, very good job. It’s been our tradition the last four or five years,” said Jason Rotar, the program coordinator. The Gift of Music Program began about five years ago. It has featured the Hanover Boys Choir, the Miami Men’s Glee Club and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the past. Rotar said they are still finalizing this year’s schedule, but a Swingmania event is in the works. “We tend to stay on the classical or jazz side of things,” Rotar said. Typically COLLINS about 100-200 people come to the concerts. Collins was born in Toledo and raised in Lansing, Mich. She has performed with many jazz greats and was a principal in the musical “After Hours: Great Legends! Great Music!” Her single “You’ve Been Cheatin” is a collector’s item in the United Kingdom. The free concert is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at 2049 Parkside Blvd. on the front lawn. If the weather is bad, the concert will be moved into the church. Donations are accepted. O — Staff Reports

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To fans who are skeptical about what hard rock mainstay Nonpoint will sound like on its latest album after label and lineup changes, they should check out the track “I Said It.” Vocalist Elias Soriano unapologetically channels his feelings in the song, particularly in the lines “Knock you over with a statement that will shock/Your mother shoulda left you in the balls of your pops.” “Well, I kind of wrote that song so I didn’t have to get into specifics or [go into] detail,” Soriano said of those hard-hitting lines in “I Said It.” “That was something I had to just get off my chest. My close, personal friends and people that know me knows the company that I keep. I’m sure that they can derive their own answers to that, but I’d like to plead the Fifth on that one.” Though not every song is as in-your-face as “I Said It,” getting feelings off his chest is just what Soriano does on Nonpoint’s forthcoming self-titled record. On Sept. 6, Toledo fans will get to see him do it live when Nonpoint performs at Headliners in a show that also features Surrender the Fall and Cold Conspiracy. “This past year and a half of my life has been really stressful,” Soriano said. “There’s been a lot of things going on with the band and with the industry as a whole. I just felt like this time around, I really wanted to just speak about something

that I was really, really dealing with. Due Oct. 9, “Nonpoint” will be the band’s first album with Razor & Tie Entertainment and fits irst to feature new members Dave Lizzio (guitars), Rasheed Thomas (guitars, vocals, percussion) and Adam Woloszyn (bass), all of whom played together in the Chicago-based group Inn Cinema. For Soriano, the lineup changes were not only necessary, but also gave him and fellow original Nonpoint member Robb Rivera an opportunity to get a fresh start after a rough patch for the band. “Robb and I were having issues with our guitar player Zach [Broderick],” Soriano said. “The chemistry wasn’t falling into place where we wanted it to be. Being in a band is a marriage, so when we realized that we weren’t on the same page we decided to move on without him. “In reaction, I guess, [former bassist Ken MacMillan] felt like Robb and I had a purpose and an idea of what we wanted to do with this band from the very beginning, and he bowed out.” Through that struggle, however, Nonpoint headed in a positive new direction with Razor & Tie and the new band members. “It all worked out for the better, so I really can’t complain about it too much,” Soriano said. “I did all my complaining in the writing, and I feel like I did that silently.” For Nonpoint’s new material, Razor & Tie suggested producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Staind). After Soriano met with Johnny K and saw his enthusiasm, Nonpoint entered


Nonpoint returns to Toledo.

NONPOINT Groovemaster Studios in Chicago this past winter to record with him. “He has a great perspective,” Soriano said of Johnny K. “He’s great at what he does. He’s really open-minded, but at the same time, too, he makes sure that everyone’s focus stays on the prize, which is writing a great song.” Also featuring help from Brian Virtue and Rob Graves, “Nonpoint” is heavy but diverse. “My livelihood is something that I literally pull out of the ether,” Soriano said in regard to the theme behind “International Crisis.” The song is about a time in Nonpoint when certain people thought they could press a button and

end the band, he said. “I’m creating something out of nothing, and you can never keep that from anybody.” With a fresh start at a new label, a fresh lineup and fresh material — not to mention being a father to his little girl Marley — Soriano is happy with where Nonpoint is after 15 years and is looking forward to getting the new stuff out to fans, including those in Toledo. “Pretty much for the entire 15 years that we’ve been a band, Toledo has always been a stop for us,” Soriano said. “We’ve played a ton of venues there. It’s always nurtured us, so we’d like to keep coming back to places that nurture us.” O



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Ben Jaffe wasn’t prepared for the effect that assembling a 50th anniversary collection for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band would have on him. Sure, he probably should have suspected the project would have an emotional impact. His father, the great tuba player Allan Jaffe, bought the Preservation Hall in New Orleans in the early 1960s. Under his dad’s guidance, not only had the building’s signature group become one of the most famous names in jazz, but a whole renaissance of New Orleans music had begun. After his father’s passing in 1987, young Ben took up the mantle, becoming the Jazz Band’s new creative director and tuba player. Ben oversaw the group as it continued to tour worldwide and maintain its legacy in musical history, even through the assault of Hurricane Katrina. But as Jaffe began work on a box set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his family’s musical legacy, the emotions that struck still took him by surprise. “It all hit me at once,” Jaffe said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “I was immersed in

all the old archival recordings and I was deep in it, and I’d been in it for a couple days straight. You know, it’s like digging in a cave — you just keep going further and further and further. “I didn’t realize how emotional it was going to be, actually going back and listening to tracks that my father had produced or that my dad played on, or that I knew all the musicians on. It was a very emotional process for me. And it was very cathartic, and it also gave me a lot of hope for the future. For our future. “No one imagined that we were gonna be here for 50 years.” Today, for jazz fans the throughout the world, the name Preservation Hall carries an almost sacred level of significance. Jaffe believes numerous factors have led to its status within the musical community. “Longevity has something to do with it, but I also think there have been a lot of bands that have been around that long that don’t remain relevant. And I think that’s really a testament to one of the beautiful ingredients to New Orleans jazz, and New Orleans music and New Orleans culture is that it is still relevant. And it’s still a living and breathing organism in New Orleans. n PRESERVATION CONTINUES ON 13

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“I don’t think that my parents or myself could have written a screenplay that predicted any of this. It’s really beyond anyone’s imagination that Preservation Hall is still here. That Preservation Hall opened its doors in the first place is really a miracle. Considering the time — 1961, New Orleans — in the middle of the civil rights movement. It’s a big statement; nothing was like it at the time, nothing existed like it. To this day, nothing is like it.” Jaffe clearly bears the responsibility of maintaining that legacy proudly, and in compiling the 50th Anniversary Collection — which will be released Sept. 25 — he took special care to represent as many eras of the group as he could. “A lot of people are going to be surprised by some of the choices that we made, or that I made,” Jaffe said. “A lot of criteria went into it. Everybody’s got their favorite Preservation Hall setlist, or playlist, as they say. But for me, it was important to represent everything from the earliest recordings at Preservation Hall, so that people really got a good understanding of the evolution of the band. Not just the musical evolution, but the personal evolution of the band. “So, I wanted there to be recordings from 1961, the very first year that we were open. I mean, they’re pretty obscure recordings and bands that people have to be real, real serious New Orleans jazz-heads to be familiar with those recordings. So they’re not the most popular songs that the Preservation Hall Band ever recorded, but there is a certain historical significance. And when they’re juxtaposed with songs recorded in 2011, there’s a beauty to that. To be able to hear the band 50 years apart, and if it wasn’t for the

recording techniques used, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish what decade it is.” The collection is also a tale of a phoenix rising from the ashes. The hall and its recording studio were among the landmarks devastated by Katrina in 2005. As the hall was being prepared for its reopening, some of the classic master tapes were salvaged from the studio. After being restored, they will be released in the anniversary collection for the first time. “I think that something that’s very difficult to grasp is the destruction — not only of a city physically, but the destruction of a community, neighborhood and tradition,” Jaffe said. “And essentially, when our city flooded, that’s what it did. It literally dispersed our neighborhoods all over the country. And none of our traditions could exist anywhere else but New Orleans. “There was a community realization in New Orleans, about how much certain things meant to us. And to me, that meant our musical community and our cultural community. I always knew that it was fragile. I knew that our cultural community is something that requires a lot of encouragement and a lot of nourishing. But I had no idea, I could not imagine that in one fell swoop it could all disappear right before our eyes.” But as long as the soul of New Orleans lives, its music — and the world-famous Jazz Band which celebrates it — will remain part of its lifeblood. “It’s my belief that New Orleans wouldn’t be New Orleans without music or without great food. That is what we are. That we’re a city that embraces those things and that holds them in very high esteem. To us, music is air. It’s nourishment. It’s not just something that we get at school or after school, it’s part of who we are.” O

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This small venue offers a showcase for lesserknown acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Chuck Mead: 8 p.m. Sept. 6, $15. O Frontier Ruckus: 8 p.m. Sept. 7, $10. O The RFD Boys & Friends: 8 p.m. Sept. 8, $11. O Billy Joe Shaver: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, $25. O Stacey Earle, Mark Stuart: 8 p.m. Sept. 11, $15. O The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show, Tif Ginn: 8 p.m. Sept. 12, $20. O The Nuala Kennedy Band: 8 p.m. Sept. 13, $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: Sept. 5 and 12. O Arctic Clam: Sept. 6. O A Thousand Julys: Sept. 7. O The Junk: Sept. 8. O The Personnel: Sept. 13-14.

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 Conor Nelson, flute: 8 p.m. Sept. 5, Bryan Recital Hall. O Christopher Buzzelli, guitar: 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Bryan Recital Hall.

Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or O Tru Brew: Sept. 8.

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 Trevor Hall, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers: 9 p.m. Sept. 5. O Ann Arbor Soul Club, Brad Hales, Breck T: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 7. O Fareed Haque’s Math Games: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8. O ZZ Ward, Zach Heckendorf, Maria Rose & the Swiss Kicks: 9 p.m. Sept. 9. O Saul Williams, Dessa: 9 p.m. Sept. 11, $15$25. O Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Dirty Deville: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12. O Teenage Octopus, Nigel & the Dropout: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13. O Prophet Massive: 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

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. O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Mojopin: Sept. 7. O Crucial 420: Sept. 8. O Swampkings: Sept. 14.

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 Randy Travis: 9 p.m. Sept. 7, $30.

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 Chris Knopp: Sept. 11.

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. Sept. 5 and 11-12. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Sept. 6. O Eric Dickey: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8. O Michael Peslikis: 7 p.m. Sept. 13. O Skip Turner Band: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-15.

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Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. O Daytrader, Arrows, Devyn Hightower: 6 p.m. Sept. 5. O ’80s Night: 9 p.m. Sept. 6, free-$3. O Citizen, React, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Vice, Ages, Pity Sex: 7 p.m. Sept. 7. O Restriktid, B-Skrubz, Sadistic Clique, J. Davies, Shotty, Zero37: 9 p.m. Sept. 8. O Adema, Undercut, Pieces of a Blackout, Concrete Angels: 8 p.m. Sept. 9. O Casino Madrid, Northern Shores, the Farther I Fall: 6 p.m. Sept. 10. O With Life in Mind, the Golden Dawn, the Cities Beneath Us: 6 p.m. Sept. 13. O In Theory, Fail & Deliver, Halero: 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O DJ Nick Nader: Sept. 7. O My Sister Sarah: Sept. 8. O Bush League: Sept. 14-15.

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The newly opened Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or

A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5 martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. FridaysSaturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O Bush League: Sept. 7-8. O Lazy River Band: Sept. 14-15.

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O Risque, DJ One Tyme: 8 p.m. Sept. 6. O Moon Dogs, DJ Rob Sample: 9 p.m. Sept. 7. O The Homewreckers, DJ A Dubb: 9 p.m. Sept. 8. O Skoobie Snaks, DJ Rob Sample: 8 p.m. Sept. 13. O 56 Daze, DJ Rob Sample: 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

The Happy Badger

This shop features fair trade foods and natural products, including talent, which will be featured in a series of musical brunches and dinnertime entertainment. 331 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-0706 or www. O Lucy Long & Friends: 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9.


All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500, www. or O Nonpoint: 8 p.m. Sept. 6. O Uncle Kracker: 8 p.m. Sept. 14, $20.

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. Sept. 11.

Kerrytown Concert House

This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera

artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 7692999 or O Alex Levine Quartet: 8 p.m. Sept. 7. O Quartet San Francisco: 8 p.m. Sept. 13.


This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Cliff Millimen: 7 p.m. Sept. 5. O Estar Cohen Quartet: 7 p.m. Sept. 6. O Steven Woolley & Suburban Soul: 9 p.m. Sept. 7. O Joe Baker Band: 9 p.m. Sept. 8. O Post Modern Blues Band: 9 p.m. Sept. 12. O The Good, the Bad & the Blues: 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

MGM Grand Detroit

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 www. O Charles & Gwen Scales: 9 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14. O Dal Bouey: 9 p.m. Sept. 8.

Mickey Finn’s Pub

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 Chavar Donte, Bassel: 9 p.m. Sept. 6. O Ryan Waldie, Human Juicebox, Young Prof, Joe Dicesare, Timothy David: 9 p.m. Sept. 7, $7-$10. O U.S. Royalty, Miracle Vitamins, Sarah Donnelly: 9 p.m. Sept. 8, free. O Reverend Deadeye: 9 p.m. Sept. 9, free. O The Treatment, 52 Pickup: 8 p.m. Sept. 10, free. O Kenny Tudrick: 9 p.m. Sept. 13, free. O Fishbone, Downtown Brown, Gold, the Grubs: 9 p.m. Sept. 14, $12-$15.

Motor City Casino/Hotel

This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or O Marsha Ambrosius: 8 p.m. Sept. 13, $33-$45. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. O Sheri Gold: 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6, 5:15 p.m. Sept. 7-8. O Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. Sept. 7. O Larry Lee & Back in the Day: 10 p.m. Sept. 8. O 80’s Inc.: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9. O British Beat 66: 7 p.m. Sept. 10. O Fabulous Soul Shakers: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. O Killer Flamingos: 7 p.m. Sept. 12. O Hidden Agenda: 7 p.m. Sept. 13. O 2XL: 5:15 p.m. Sept. 14. O Serieux: 10 p.m. Sept. 14.


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. O Andrew Ellis & the Setting Sons: Sept. 7.

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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O Lisa Lynn Trio: Sept. 7. O Straight Up Trio: Sept. 8. O Lateef Ensemble: Sept. 14.

Oarhouse Bar & Grill

If one gets tired of spiking the volleyball, throwing some ringers or tossing the cornbags, perhaps some entertainment will fit the bill? Plenty of dock space for boaters, too. 5044 Suder Ave. (419) 671-6256 or O Karaoke: 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www. O Matt Woods: 10 p.m. Sept. 6.

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A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. www.toledobellows. O Jack Wright Trio: Sept. 13.


Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or O Old State Line: Sept. 6.

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The bands Took Too Much, Bastard Love Child, Antique Scream and the Space Gypsies will perform at this corner bar-type hangout. 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 702 Monroe St. $3. (419) 241-1118.

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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. O Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. O Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. O Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. O S*** Dang Monster Trucks, Dooley Wilson: 10 p.m. Sept. 7, $5. O Luke Winslow-King, Esther Rose: 9 p.m. Sept. 11, $5. O S*** Dang Monster Trucks, Peter the Russian: 9 p.m. Sept. 13, $4.

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This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 3 p.m., 6339 Edgewater Dr. (734) 723-7411 or O Johnny Rodriguez: Sept. 9.


With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 708-0265, (419) 874-0290 or

O Big Band All Stars: Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. O Fall Fiesta, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 14, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 3818851 or

Jazz in the Garden

Take in some swing and smooth tunes among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 6, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $6-$8; $48-$64 for season pass. (419) 536-5566 or O Lisa Lynn, Jason Quick: Sept. 6.

Club Friday

Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Peristyle Terrace, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or O Kentucky Chrome: Sept. 7.

WPOS anniversary celebration concert

Due to health issues, the Guy Penrod show that was to be part of the 102.3 WPOS 46th anniversary celebration was rescheduled. Tickets to the Aug. 24th show will be honored at the new date. 7 p.m. Sept. 7, WPOS Christian Center, 7112 Angola Road, Holland. $18-$25. (419) 865-9767 or www.

Party at the Park

The track hosts concerts before the evening’s harness races. 5 p.m. Saturdays, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd. (419) 476-7751 or O On the Beach: Sept. 8.

Black Swamp Arts Festival

This festival combines the visual and the aural for a boggy good time. The event will feature four stages, including a family-friendly venue and an acoustic-focused platform. Sept. 7-9, downtown Bowling Green. (419) 354-2723 or Main stage, between East Wooster and South Prospect streets. O 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 7: Joshua Panda, Mississippi Heat, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, the Bright Light Social Hour. O 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 8: The Casey Driessen Singularity, Doko Benjo, Eilen Jewell, Akina Adderly & the Vintage Playboys, Booker T. Jones, the Dynamites with Charles Walker, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. O 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9: Cameron Bedell & the Skunks, Wheels, Sanctified Grumblers, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans. Acoustic Stage, Huntington Bank courtyard, Main Street O 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 8: Tim Tegge, Dick Hermes, the Root Cellar String Band, Doko Benjo, the Acoustic Penguin, Bob Manley and Friends, Joshua Panda, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Eilen Jewell. O 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9: Tim Concannon, Tom Gorman and Tom DelGreco, the Casey Driessen Singularity, Cameron Bedell & the Skunks, Wheels, Sanctified Grumblers.

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Family Stage, North Main Street by the Wood County Public Library. O 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8: The Bob Rex Group, Joshua Panda, Mississippi Heat, the Casey Driessen Singularity, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. O Noon-3:30 p.m. Sept. 9: The Dynamites with Charles Walker, Doko Benjo, Akina Adderly & the Vintage Playboys.

UT prepares for its home football season in a melodic way, hosting musical acts of many varieties. 3 p.m.-midnight Sept. 14, Centennial Mall, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-5874 or O The Dumb Easies, 3 p.m.; Hot Sauce, 4:15; KJON, 5:45; Alexander Zonjic and Jeff Lorber, 7:15; Tyler Hilton, 8:30; Gloriana, 9:15; Bowling for Soup, 10:45.

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The Ralph Grugel Memorial Jazz Festival will feature performances by the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band, Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band, the Sunset Stomp Jazz Band, the Easy Street Jazz Band, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band and Bob Milne. Sept. 14-16, Park Inn Hotel, 101 N. Summit St. (419) 321-5007 or O

Known as the baby daddy of “heavy easy listening,” this pianist will perform. O 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $10. (419) 2873274, (877) 287-4848 or O 2 p.m. Sept. 9, Grand Rapids Opera House, Grand Rapids. $10. (419) 832-5326, (419) 2874848 or



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By Brigitta Burks

Toledo Free Press Star News Editor

Pauline Lenz has earned herself the nickname “Ninja Nana” for her untiring support of Cure JM, a nonprofit supporting research of juvenile myositis. Juvenile myositis is an autoimmune disease with the primary symptoms being weak muscles and what appear to be skin rashes. Instead of protecting the body by attacking infections and other agents, the immune system begins attacking the body. JM encompasses different subcategories, the most common being juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). Lenz, a Toledo-area resident, is a frequent poster on Cure JM’s Facebook page, supporting other families. She has also helped organize a fundraiser for Cure JM, taking place at about 20 Chuck E. Cheese’s locations across the state Sept. 7. Her grandson Kinser has JM. “One of the little boys (from Facebook) mentioned I should be Ninja Nana because ninjas never give up,” Lenz said.

Educating, funding research

Kinser, a first-grader, was diagnosed in August 2010. Lenz became involved in Cure JM a few months later. “They taught me how to understand this dis-

ease, and there is no better place than this foundation because it’s made up of world-known specialists,” she said. Cure JM was co-founded in October 2003 by three women whose children or grandchildren have JM. Shari Hume, one of the cofounders, has a son who was diagnosed at 4. It took six months to diagnose her son, now 14 and in remission. “We felt completely powerless,” Hume said, remembering watching her son go through IV and chemotherapy treatments and take 20 pills per day. However, she said she found inspiration in her son’s resilience. “We realized, in the face of adversity, he had all this strength,” Hume said. “We thought we could be catalysts for the cure.” Nine years later, the nonprofit puts on conferences, has raised $4 million, helped fund research centers in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and has published a book, “Myositis and You.” The group also provides emotional support for families. “People come to us and say, ‘Gosh, I felt so alone and then I realized I had this community I can talk to,’ ” Hume said. Cure JM has a medical advisory council as well. “We can email these world-known specialists and they email us back. I mean, we’re talking to doctors,” Lenz said. n JM CONTINUES ON 19

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effective treatments,” Rider said.

Identifying JM

Finding a cure

One of those doctors is Lisa Rider, the deputy chief of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Rider said JM is believed to be the result of multiple genes and environmental factors. The disease can go into remission only to be brought back by triggers like sunburn, colds/viruses and vaccines. “Remission is kind of a classic word I think because you always have the disease. It’s finding out what the trigger is of the disease,” Lenz said. There is no standard way to treat JM, Rider said. Prednisone, which can have side effects like weight gain and mood swings, is the mainstay. Since JM is a rare disease, affecting about 17,000 across the country, drug companies don’t heavily research it. “It’s not going to be a blockbuster for them,” Rider said. However, he added, “I’m having more contact with drug companies over the past two years than in my whole career.” Most pediatricians won’t see a case of JM in their lives, Hume noted. Some patients have printed off pictures from Cure JM’s website and brought them to their doctors. Many doctors aren’t trained to spot JM, leading to an average diagnosis delay of four months. “Everybody needs to spot it earlier,” Rider said. “The more quickly people can get on to effective treatment, the better.” With treatment, patients can expect a relatively normal life expectancy, Rider said. “Research is making a big difference with patients for their outcomes and

Ninety-five percent of Cure JM’s finances go toward research grants and programs. The foundation, which was the top-rated nonprofit in 2011 and 2012 by Great Nonprofits, relies strictly on volunteers. “We rely on volunteers like Pauline because we don’t have government grants or big corporate sponsorships,” Hume said. Lenz is also working to get Oct. 13 declared “Cure JM Day.” Toledo City Councilwoman Lindsay Webb is sponsoring a resolution and is encouraging state legislators to do the same. Council is set to vote on the “Cure JM Day” resolution on Sept. 25. “Sept. 7, I encourage everyone with kids or without kids or with grandkids to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s,” Webb said at the Aug. 28 meeting. “My kids are super-excited.” Even with her tireless work for Cure JM, Lenz stays passionate about keeping her grandson’s life as normal as possible. “Kinser loves to play Mario games. He loves to go out and play soccer … kickball with us. He has uncles that he loves to play with and wrestle with,” Lenz said. “He is a strong person. He is a caring person. He is a loving little man.” The Chuck E. Cheese’s locations will donate 15 percent of their sales from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 7 to Cure JM. For a full list of locations and more information, visit The foundation will also participate in the Chase Community Giving Contest on Sept. 6 to win $250,000. Visit for more information. O


The Superman-Wonder Woman lip-lock By Jim Beard Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Maybe you’ve already seen the image: legendary crime fighters Superman and Wonder Woman in a super-wondrous liplock on the cover of the current Justice League No. 12. Seems that DC Comics’ new versions of the famous heroes have thrown caution to the wind and decided that they were made to be together, a situation the company describes as the “status quo” for the characters for the foreseeable future. Longtime comic fans know better, though, casting a jaundiced eye on such obvious marketing ploys — but, admittedly, it makes for good press. “I don’t really understand all of the fuss,” notes Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics, putting it all in perspective. “Superman has been kissing Wonder Woman since the 1960s ... maybe even further back, for all I know. Of course, it was usually part of a plot to make Lois Lane look like a fool or it was some other ruse designed to put the kibosh on one diabolical villain or another. Back in 1987, during the last major reboot of Wonder Woman, only a short time after Superman’s big 1980s reboot, writers George Perez and John Byrne concocted a story in Action Comics No. 600 where Wonder

Woman and Superman engaged in a little bit of steamy make-out fun. As I recall, by the end of the issue they had decided that they came from two separate worlds and that any relationship between the two should probably remain strictly platonic. Superman headed back to mooning over Lois and Wonder Woman returned to her somewhat sexless existence. Poor Diana ...” Katschke’s favorite Superman-Wonder Woman fling appeared in 1985’s Superman Annual No. 11, written by comics’ own Rasputin, Alan Moore. In the story, super-friends Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman head to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to spring a supersurprise birthday party on the Man of Steel. “A battle ensues and after Superman wipes the floor of the Fortress with Mongul, the bad guy, Wonder Woman gives Superman his gift, a jeweled replica of the Bottle City of Kandor. Superman then leans over and gives her a relatively chaste kiss. She looks at him and asks, ‘Why don’t we do that more often?’ to which Superman replies, ‘I don’t know. Too predictable?’ And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I believe to be the best last word on any prospective Superman-Wonder Woman hook-up.” O



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nyone who has hung out with me during the past several years knows that I’ve toured the country in pursuit of small press literary celebrity and just enough cash to buy my next hamburger at Rally’s. I’ve always done it with a sense of humor and had a really great time, until recently. The point of this column isn’t so much whether you should promote your work, but whether you should turn it into a business. Several months ago, I was contacted by a business associate about doing a corporate-sponsored poetry tour. Not knowing what I was getting into, I said yes without JOHN hesitation. During that time I watched him change the tour dates — which I booked — a bunch of times, hire an underage filmmaker to document the process, screw up the reprinting of one of my books and bring in his on-again, off-again girlfriend to serve as the tour photographer/merchandise person. That was before we ever left Toledo. Flash forward to a few weeks ago. I’m sitting in our Amtrak station, still hoping that it will all go well. My producer friend is telling me how he doesn’t always understand my poetry, but that he wants to help promote it. Something is telling me to run. After a few days, we arrive in Sacramento, my first tour stop. I give a reading to a packed house as part of a doubleheader with one of my boyhood heroes. It’s after this show that my producer asks me why I read so loudly and how can I defend my style? I tell him I don’t have to, that it’s served me well for years, and then hold my tongue. The car is silent. As we head to San Francisco, with my producer and his girlfriend bickering endlessly back and forth — stopping at every tourist trap along the way — I start to see what this trip was really all about: I am on the family vacation to Hell that Chevy Chase never got to take. It’s after one such

tourist stop to Fisherman’s Wharf that my producer pulls out when I am only halfway in the rental car, nearly killing me before this thing really gets going. Maybe he was trying to put me out of my misery. We make it to the reading, which again is rather pleasant, and then head to LA, which goes rather smoothly, mostly because my best friend is there and says, “Didn’t you say your leg hurt? You should just relax and crash here with me.” So I tell them to go on their next tourist outing without me. This sets the tone for the rest of the trip, as I start crashing with various friends to stay away from my crew. Next we arrive in Kansas City, where an old friend of mine has graciously agreed to meet us at 7 a.m. There’s one problem — my producer’s girlfriend/ photographer/merchandise person has not only brought her emotional baggage, but every piece of clothing she owns as well, so their luggage won’t fit in the car and somehow it is my very helpful friend’s fault. Flash-forward to the tour close in Cleveland. My producer is telling me he thought he got to keep all of my merchandise after the tour to recoup expenses, even books he didn’t pay to print. I walk out after the show drunk and angry. I guess the moral of my story is that sometimes things really are too good to be true, and while having your own sleeper car and eating steak every night may sound nice, there is indeed no such thing as a free ride. I hope all of you get the same opportunities I’ve had, because I have been very lucky, but I hope they go better for you. As for me, I’m going back to Greyhound and that Rally’s hamburger. It’s just easier that way. Until next time … keep your pencil sharp. O


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