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Stars of the Week
The Sanderlings debut new album ‘Awesome Opossum’ in October. By Matt Liasse by Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards described songwriting in his autobiography, “Life.” Those words serve as inspiration for Toledo band The Sanderlings. In the book, Richards mentions “vowel movements,” the “oohs and the ees and the ahs … without the consonants” in rock songs, saying songs are made catchier by using words that don’t make sense. The Sanderlings’ guitarist and vocalist Josh Evans said the group’s music features many such “vowel movements.” “Those lyrics don’t make a lick of sense,” Evans said. Bassist Jonathan Rodebaugh said some songs on the band’s new tongue-in-cheek album, “Awesome Opossum,” available Oct. 9, are obnoxious on purpose. “It’s weird if we have a song that’s too serious,” Rodebaugh said. “If you take yourself too seriously as a musician, then you’re Bono.” The Sanderlings consists of Evans and Rodebaugh with Jon Kynard on drums and Ben Masters also on guitar and vocals. The silliness of the band makes it appealing to an unexpected demographic. “Kids have always been strangely attracted to our music,” Masters said. The group played a gig once with a group of kids dancing and singing along in front of the stage. “I felt like ‘The Wiggles,”’ Rodebaugh said. The album isn’t all jokes though. The song “Mr. Heart Attack Man” is about a local headliner the group has had to deal with in the past. Because the headliner changed the order of the bands performing one night, The Sanderlings ended up playing for no audience before the bar was open. The band also explores different sounds, as in the acoustic “Smoke” or “Busch Light Night” which includes Auto-Tune. “It’s like a ‘Seinfeld’-type band, no lessons learned,” Kynard said. Masters said The Sanderlings mostly wants
The Sanderlings will reunite in Toledo on Dec. 28 for a show at Mickey Finn’s Pub. PHOTO BY Brian Kaiser
the audience to have a good time. “We just love playing music,” Masters said. “Awesome Opossum” is three years in the making. The album took so long to produce because Evans moved to Bend, Ore. He comes back to town to “keep the band name alive,” Rodebaugh said. Rodebaugh said the members are confident in the album. So much so, they took to the streets of Downtown Toledo with a video camera to film strangers’ reactions to hearing the music. The video is used as a promo video on YouTube.
“This is my favorite album we’ve put out,” Rodebaugh said, who wrote most of the album’s lyrics. The album features one of Rodebaugh’s favorite tracks he’s written, “I Want You,” which his wife, Amy, sings on with Evans. The band members have cited a variety of bands as inspiration, from ABBA to Nirvana to The Beach Boys. “All the greats,” Evans said. The band will reunite for a show at one of their favorite places, Mickey Finn’s Pub, 602
Lagrange St., at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28. It will be the first time since 2010 the band has performed together. The show will be half original material, half covers. “We’re excited to see the fans again,” Masters said. The band will also be featured on “Holiday Wishes II,” the Make-A-Wish holiday album sponsored by Toledo Free Press. The group recorded “We Three Kings” for the compilation. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/thesanderlings. O
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“Everything I’ve done is an old Marvel comic in its own way.”— Rob Walton
Tales from ‘The Beard’ ment to be released around Presidents Day. For future volumes of “Presidential Pulp,” Beard plans to extend his Nixon story into a true pulp trilogy.
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Jim Beard has given voice to some of pop culture’s most heroic creations. He’s put words into the mouth of the Man of Steel. He’s given dialogue to the galaxy’s most skilled Jedi Master. And he’s even given the Ghostbusters the words to stand up for their country in a patriotic battle against the supernatural. But the talented local writer has changed his focus from The Justice League of America to The White House in a new story pitting one of America’s most controversial leaders against a force more evil than any re-election scandal. “The Thing Under the House: A Tale of Dick Nixon and the Swingers of the Unknown” is one of five stories in “Presidential Pulp,” a pulp novel released June 21. The book reinvents the lives of presidents James K. Polk, Ulysses S. Grant, Richard Nixon and Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, thrusting them into various action-adventure tales set in their respective time periods. In Beard’s story, President Nixon teams with a group of four trained operatives to stop what he calls “supernatural menaces.” Taking place at the height of Nixon’s presidency, Beard said it was important to include elements of truth with the fiction and satire of the story. “It was the idea of taking real-life presidents and turning them into action heroes,” Beard said. “Nixon is an iconic figure of the 1970s. My childhood, in one way or another, was dominated by Richard Nixon. I remember watching him on TV and my dad would call him ‘Tricky Dick.’ He was just an iconic figure, so I didn’t have any second thoughts about who I would choose.” All four of the story’s supporting characters are, like President Nixon, iconic pop-culture figures of that time period, each with a code name reflective of their real identity: Lizard, Voodoo, Pearl and King. The 2012 volume of “Presidential Pulp” is the first in what is planned to be a yearly tradition from Pulp Empire, with each subsequent install-
From panels to paperbacks
Before the gritty, fast-paced world of pulp fiction seeped its way into his brain, Beard discovered his love for the colored panels and action bubbles of comic books at a young age, thanks mostly to his father, an avid comic collector. “There were always comic books lying around the house,” he said. “My dad was really into comics and we still had some back from his day lying around. And he would also buy comics for my older siblings, so I always had some lying around that I could pick up and read.” Celebrating his 40th year as a comic book collector, Beard remembers the first comic book he ever called his own, DC’s Super-Spectacular #14, a 100-page Batman reprint his father purchased for him in 1972. This comic would lead to the Dark Knight becoming his favorite fictional character of all time. “It was all reprints. DC used to have these 100page Super Spectaculars and you usually got one new story and the rest of the book was reprints,” he said. “They give you reprints that stretch through the character’s entire history, so you might have gotten something from the late ’30s, early ’40s and the ’50s and the ’60s, and then a brand new story in the ’70s. And, because of that, I got an appreciation for the history of comics.” Beard’s appreciation for comic books eventually led to him pursuing a career in the industry. In 2002, he sold his first story to DC Comics. Since then, he has written for DC, Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing for some of the most iconic heroes in the world,
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including Luke Skywalker and Superman. His projects include: “Ghostbusters: Con-Volution!,” “Star Wars Tales,” “JLA/JSA Secret Files” and “Hawkman Secret Files.”
The Marvel method
A few years ago, Beard took his love of comic book writing to a new level, becoming a writer for the Marvel Comics website, contributing weekly articles focusing on the company’s history, as well as what’s new with the brand. Aside from interviewing Marvel hotshots like creator Stan Lee on a weekly basis, he said he is currently providing regular content on a certain wall-crawler’s anniversary. “I’ve been writing more and more historical articles. This year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, so we’ve been focusing on the character’s history,” he said. “Just next year, Iron Man will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, so I’ll be talking about the character’s history in order, year-by-year for each week, for 50 weeks.” Beard is also a pop culture and comic book writer for Toledo Free Press Star, as well as his own comic-themed blog, “The Beard.” “It’s kind of funny. What was originally a hobby has turned into sort of a career for me,” he said. “I feel like I’ve really kind of found my calling. I’ve really found that writing fulfills something in me. It’s something about taking the words in the English language and using them as building blocks, laying them out in different ways and then stepping back and seeing what you’ve created. There’s just something about the way you can line up words and create something more.” It was through this revelation that Beard discovered his love for pulp fiction, a plotdriven form of fiction that rose to popularity in the early to mid-1900s with American crime
and detective stories like “The Shadow,” “Doc Savage” and “Flash Gordon.” “[Pulp fiction] is a style more than anything. It’s a style of writing that can be adapted to almost any subject matter,” Beard said. “Pulp style is a stripped down, sometimes no-nonsense approach to storytelling that really accentuates the story. It’s like a machine gun burst of storytelling. … Characters don’t generally stop and pause and contemplate the meaning of life. They’re too busy being shot at or shooting at somebody. I think I’ve found some affinity for that and I feel I’ve stumbled into something I can do well.”
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From 1966-68, ABC brought one of DC Comics’ most popular characters to the small screen, creating an instant cult classic out of Gotham City’s sworn protector. With legendary talent like Adam West, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar and Burgess Meredith, the “Batman” television series followed The Caped Crusader and his boy wonder, Robin, on weekly, halfhour-long journeys as they fought against dastardly supervillains like Catwoman, The Penguin and “The Clown Prince of Crime” himself, The Joker. Just shy of three seasons on the air, the show was canceled. Since its departure, the series has often been on the receiving end of poor reviews due to its “campy” representation of The Dark Knight. To Beard, though, the show was a misunderstood gem that represented Batman as the character he was originally intended to be. In an effort to further explore the series and the culture surrounding his favorite comic book character, Beard teamed with various Batman experts around the country to put together a collection of essays dedicated to the classic series. In 2010, Beard released the book “Gotham City 14 Miles” through Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. “To me, it’s a big misconception, My whole inspiration was to get people to start talking about it again and to stop thinking it’s a joke,” he said.
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n BEARD CONTINUED FROM 4 “People can’t say it’s not Batman and Robin because it’s all there. They have the mask, the ears, the cape, the utility belt — everything. Those are the things that make Batman Batman. As long as he’s still the billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne who fights crime, it’s the same thing. That’s kind of what I wanted to show people.” Beard’s wife, Becky, also wrote an essay for the book. Her chapter, titled “Aunt Harriet’s Film Decency League,” discussed the numerous guest cast members who appeared on the show throughout its three-year run. “It was a great deal of fun for me to contribute to ‘Gotham City 14 Miles,’” Becky said. “I wanted to educate readers about the caliber of these old-time performers, early stars from every field of show business. One of the best things about Batman was that it introduced these greats to a whole new generation of fans.” Peter Sanderson, comic book historian and superhero scholar, was another participant in the project. His essay, “The 1960s Batman TV Series from Comics to Screen,” compared the series to the Batman comics that were being produced at that time. “A number of episodes from the show’s first season were adapted from stories in the comics,” Sanderson said. “As a baby boomer, I greatly appreciate Jim’s admiration for and understanding of the great superhero comics of the 1960s, the ‘Silver Age’ of comics. Also, the 1960s Batman show has long been controversial among comic fans since it was, to a large degree, a comedy that made fun of the superhero genre. I applaud Jim for spearheading a critical re-evaluation of the show through his book, his personal appearances discussing his book and his online writing. We now have so many serious treatments of Batman, including the new film ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ that there is room for a lighthearted treatment of Batman as an alternative.”
‘A Little Dream Come True’
Continuing his dominance of all things comic books, Beard joins fellow Toledo Free Press staffers Jeff McGinnis, James A. Molnar and Editor In Chief Michael S. Miller on a weekly arts radio program called “Eye on your Weekend.” The show, which airs every Friday at 6 p.m. on 1370 WSPD, features a pop culture round-table discussing local and national entertainment news, from movies and music to comic books and upcoming concerts. The show premiered Sept. 7 and Beard said the weekly gathering stemmed from a mutual desire to “continue the fun” from their occasional appearances on Miller’s own radio show. “When Michael had us on his show, we had a great time and, at the end, we all said, ‘Man, we wish we could do this regularly,’” Beard said. “Then you could see the wheels start to turn in Michael’s mind and he said, ‘Let me see what I can do.’ Within a couple of weeks, he said, ‘We’re going to do this.’” While the show offers various windows into the pop culture universe, Beard said he gets his own special segment to discuss his first love. “I get to regularly talk about comic books. How great is that? How many radio shows do that?” he said. “We’ve done three so far and I love talking to those guys and I hope it shows. I hope we can do this for a long time.”
“Presidential Pulp” was not Beard’s first brush with the paranormal. Published through Airship 27 Productions on May 16, “Sgt. Janus, Spirit Breaker” is an original pulp novel following Sgt. Roman Janus, a former military veteran-turned ghost hunter who spends his life helping those haunted by unwanted spirits. “It’s like if Sherlock Holmes investigated ghosts,” Beard said. “I wanted to bring a little more modern feel to it. Eight stories, eight people, all clients of Sgt. Janus who are vexed by spirits, and he helps them break their connection to those spirits.” While diving into many different points of view was an interesting experience that made Beard “feel like God,” he found a challenge in providing unique voices and personalities for eight characters. “The points of view are a challenge,” he said. “I’m not a fan of first-person, but, as a writer, I’ve found the value in it. Three of the eight narrators are female and I had to put myself in a different mindset to write for those characters, not just in a different time period, but for a different gender.” Since he is neither female nor an English citizen of the 1920s, dialogue for some of Sgt. Janus’ clients posed quite a challenge. To ensure his writing was as correct as it was entertaining, he turned to his wife, an avid lover of world history. “She’s a history buff, so I can read her dialogue of a female narrator and ask, ‘Would a woman of 1920 say something like that?’ and she’ll know,” he said.
In addition to his more experimental pulp projects, Beard is featured in another anthology released through Airship 27 in August. “Black Bat Mystery Volume 2” follows the adventures of classic pulp hero Black Bat on various new quests to stop the forces of evil. Beard’s tale, which he called the “most traditional pulp story” he’s written, follows the masked protagonist on an adventure in 1930s Upstate New York in a fictional town terrorized by mysterious foreign airplanes. “He’s a classic pulp character,” he said. “He’s a public domain character who was in the magazines in the ’30s and ’40s and Airship 27 had a lot of success publishing new stories on him in Volume 1 (of ‘Black Bat Mystery’). He was so successful people wanted more.” Beard said there was some controversy upon the Black Bat’s arrival into publication because the character made his debut around the same time as another masked mammal of the night who also wore a black mask and cape. “He came out at the exact same time as Batman and, at one point, those two companies had to put their heads together because they didn’t quite like each other,” Beard said. “But they agreed they weren’t infringing on each other and that they could both stay in publication.” Not only did Black Bat come close to colliding with the Dark Knight, but he also served as inspiration for a classic Marvel Comics character. “Black Bat is blind and his alter ego is a blind lawyer,” he said. “So, he served as inspiration for the Daredevil character because he is also a blind lawyer.” n BEARD CONTINUES ON 7
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Beard’s love for the adaptive style of pulp fiction has not stopped at the White House. He recently released his reimagining of another classic pop culture character, Captain Action, a short-lived 1960s toy. In the character’s first full-length novel, “superspy and master of disguise” Miles Drake, aka Captain Action, faces off against evil in the “Riddle of the Glowing Men.” In the story, a group of foreign assassins are sent to murder Captain Action. After they are defeated, their evil lives as a glowing green radiation given off by their lifeless bodies. “It’s a full pulp novel set in 1960s, the same time as the toy,” Beard said. “It won’t just be something within the pulp community; we believe it is actually going to be bigger than that. It will appeal to Captain Action fans, classic toy fans, comic book fans and pulp fans, anybody who loves a really good action-adventure thriller. It’s half Doc Savage, half James Bond thriller. It was really fun to write.” Created by Ideal Toy Company in the 1960s, Captain Action was a direct response to Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figure, but with the unique option to transform him into many different heroes. “Their idea was that you had Captain Action, but you bought costume sets to change him into other comic book characters. It was incredible because [Ideal] got the license from several different entities to use several different characters. Not only did they have Superman, Batman and Aquaman of DC, but also SpiderMan and Captain America of Marvel. They also had popular newspaper comic strip characters
like The Phantom, Steve Canyon, Buck Rogers and Green Hornet. It was a really incredible toy but it only lasted a couple of years.” The complete license for the Captain Action character was purchased a couple of years ago by Joe Ahearn and Ed Catto, the men who approached Beard about the novel. Since the purchase, the two have worked to produce new Captain Action products, including comic books and a reimagining of the classic action figure, complete with a well-timed assembly of other outfits. “Just this year, they finally were able to reissue the actual action figure,” Beard said. “It’s a redesigned character, with the same basic costume. They even went out and got a Marvel license again. So, not only will they have SpiderMan and Captain America, but now they’ll have Thor, Loki, Iron Man and the Red Skull.” The new book, published through Airship 27, made its official debut at Pulpfest 2012 in Columbus in August. Beard signed copies of the book at the event and will also be appearing at the New York City Comic Convention on Oct. 13. As of Sept. 24, the book sits at No. 1 on the New Pulp Best Seller List, the first Airship 27 book to do so. Coming off yet another big project, Beard looks to the future in hopes that Captain Action, Black Bat and his other works may bring the pulp style to a wider audience. “Maybe my Captain Action novel is a way to help pulp grow. It’s an experiment,” he said. “Could it possibly bring in people not already aware of new pulp community? Maybe. I don’t know. Hopefully it’ll expand the readership. I’m very excited to be in the middle of it.” O
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something was wrong, a mere two months ago. “It started maybe [at the] end of July, I felt an unfamiliar lump. It took about a week or week and a half of losing sleep, searching the Internet — after all, not ANY type of cancer runs in my family, let alone breast cancer — until I made an appointment with my OBGYN.” After the initial tests proved inconclusive, Baumann said, “They sent me for an ultrasound and found three lumps in [the] same area, sent me for the biopsy, and two days later, Aug. 10, 2012 (my 6-year-old son’s birthday), they called and said I needed to come in and to bring my family. I knew right away. “It was everything you watch on TV, except it’s you,” she added. Further tests identified it as invasive ductal carcinoma and HER2-positive, an aggressive, fast-moving type of cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes. She began chemotherapy just a few weeks ago, and decided if she was going to lose her hair, it was going to be on her own terms. Baumann didn’t withdraw from the public eye afterward, either. The very next day, she led “Tiffany’s Troops” at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cleveland. “On Friday, after I buzzed my hair, one of my girlfriends gave me a pink wig and I sported it for the race,” Baumann said. n MISS OHIO CONTINUES ON 10
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PechaKucha Night By Brigitta Burks Toledo Free Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The third Toledo PechaKucha Night will feature slide shows galore — at least 10 different presentations, each with 20 slides allotted 20 seconds each. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Glass Pavilion. The free event features a cash bar and light snacks. “[PechaKucha is] used for artists, designers, people that are advocating for anything and everything,” said event organizer Kimberly Adams. PechaKucha began in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young designers to share their ideas. “They started it for architects, because the architects tended to be a little long-winded when they were presenting their designs so they kind of shortened that format for them,” Adams said. Now the nights occur in more than 500 cities all over the world and Tokyo itself has had about 100 PechaKucha Nights. Adams, founder of Tart Projects, an artists’ platform, also organized Toledo’s first PechaKucha Night, which took place March 31 at Manhattan’s, and the second, which was June 12 at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Library. She recently moved back to Ohio after living in
Tampa, Fla., where she first observed PechaKucha. More than 100 people attended the last event. “It was really well-received. A lot of people were like, ‘Let us know when the next one is. We’ll be there,’” Adams said. “This time, we focused on arts and nonprofits, so what’s going on in the area, just to inform the public,” she added. A representative from TMA’s Circle 2445 group, which tries to engage young adults with the museum, reached out to help with the event and offer space, Adams said, adding she is excited about the “really cool venue.” Organizing the event is getting easier, she said. “The more [people] see it, they’re like, ‘I can totally do this. I’ll present at the next one,’” Adams said. “A lot of people have hesitation about public speaking. … You just don’t have time to worry about it. You just get up there and do your thing and before you know it, it’s over.” Rachel Richardson, Art Corner Toledo founder, was one of the hesitant. “I went to the first two and I realized what a positive event it was,” she said. The rapid-fire format excites Richardson. “I personally have a short attention span, so the fact that I know the person is going to touch on the most interesting stuff makes me sit still and listen,” she said.
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Event showcases slide shows with purpose.
The crowd at the June PechaKucha Night watches a presentation. PHOTO COURTESY Rineil Mandre
Richardson said she plans to present on the birth and evolution of Art Corner Toledo, a group that nurtures artists and activists. Ken Leslie, founder of 1Matters, an advocacy group for the homeless, will also present. The format doesn’t intimidate Leslie. “I’m not afraid at all. I relish the opportunity to share the bigger picture of the work that we’re doing,” he said. Adams will present in addition to Dustin
Hostetler of Circle 2445, Amber LeFever of LeSo Gallery, Bradley Scherzer of Toledo on the Map, Sadi Starmack and Jamie Baird of UGIVE.ORG, Nicole Tarver of The One Story Project, glass artist Brien Strancar and architect Paul Sullivan. After September’s event, the next PechaKucha night is set for January. Another sponsor is needed for September. For more information, visit the website pecha-kucha. org/night/toledo. O
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t was all a dream … I recently ran into or came across artists of the hip-hop generation who dreamed big, but failed to factor in reality while pursuing their dreams. The look of weathered determination and regret fills their eyes and makes me wonder, “Would they do it all again? Would they at least do it differently?” To be hip has always meant being youthful and the fact is that hip-hop is more than 30 years old. Many who have pursued hip-hop are now finding they are older and still have not had the success they dreamed of. I have seen the homeless rapper/singer/musician who gave it all up for his dream, but failed to live in reality. All I could think about were their children and significant others and the impact of the nearly impossible lifestyle he or she chased for years. I can
Artists who dream big but forget their responsibilities may face consequences.
only imagine waking up and realizing the only people who really mattered to you are gone, along with the chance of being a star. A dream does not provide for a family or set up a 401(k). Artists toe the line when it comes to the commitment to the dream and the reality. Everyone tells you how hard you should work, but few talk about the fact that the chances of becoming a star are slim. The chances of making it as a rapper and making it past a hit record are even slimmer. As the genre continues to age, the body count of rap-hopefuls continues to rise. I question how prepared this current hip-hop generation will be in the future. A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the legendary Young MC. It was apparent that there were major contrasts between the mindset of the early generation of hip-
hop artists and the generation today. He said he and his famous peers had no idea the success their music would bring. This outlook is a far cry from the expectant attitude plaguing today’s generation. The lack of humility is still shocking and I wonder what will happen when this generation grows up and stardom doesn’t happen for them. Young MC let me know that until his music could support him, he continued to work a job that provided steady income and benefits. When you chase your dreams while living in reality, you allow yourself to grow and your dreams can change or evolve. I am always proud of the older artists I see who become music engineers or graphic artists and those who learn trades and get degrees. It is not about failing; it’s about successfully living no matter what life gives you or doesn’t give you. You must evolve in order to survive in a world that is about more than your music. Rappers, singers and musicians, I implore you to think about the present while dreaming about your future. Handling your business in the present can change your future for the better. You may discover your own child’s talent or tap deeper into your own. Enrich your life by living the one you have now and not the one you have planned for the future. Should your dream come true,
Young MC think of the blessings you have already set up around you by paying attention to your current reality. It will make your success that much sweeter, knowing you cared enough about yourself and your support system to have a plan B. Life happens and sometimes your plan B can become a better plan A. Don’t wake up in a nightmare — dream responsibly. As we continue on… O
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t’s one of the most coveted seats in the world. And it’s free. It’s a spot along the most famous red carpet of the year: the Academy Awards red carpet. Around 700 lucky fans will be selected in a global online lottery to sit in the bleacher seats flanking the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Those interested can apply online at Oscars.org/Insider. The deadline to enter is Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Entries must be submitted online and no duplicate registrations will be accepted. Of course, “Selection does not include admittance to the 85th Academy Awards presentation,” as the official rules remind.
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Global contest offers bleacher seats at next year’s Oscars.
The lottery is offered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars. Those selected will be notified on or around Nov. 20, according to the Academy. In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have entered the lottery. However, the lottery is for seats ONLY; no airfare or hotel accommodations are provided. A background check is also required if selected. Fans at 2012’s “Oscar Fan Experience” received goodie bags with candy, popcorn, soda, sunscreen and face wipes, along with other gifts. They arrived early for a
full behind-the-scenes day in seats viewable on TVs around the world. Once the red carpet was empty, bleacher fans were invited to an Oscars viewing party at the El Capitan Theatre across the street. In the past, the Academy kept registration for the contest open only for one week. This year, the nonprofit organization is extending that period to almost two months. This columnist was lucky enough to be selected as a bleacher fan in 2008 at the 80th Academy Awards. It is quite the experience, a 12-hour-plus day chock full of the biggest names on the biggest night in Hollywood. The energy is palpable. Fans yell and scream for nominees and movie stars to look their way and wave. Being a fly on the wall there was unforgettable. Toledo Free Press Star has interviewed a few of the lucky fans during the past two years. One of the fans interviewed in February was
Erin Rea, from Daly City, Calif., who brought her daughter’s bear, Emma, to the bleachers with her. Rea said she was looking forward to seeing George Clooney on the red carpet. Later that day, Clooney would meet her and take a picture with the stuffed animal. Fan Robert Mills, of Cardiff, Wales, was one of the lucky fans sitting along the Red Carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011 (pictured above). The studio manager of Bluegg, a British design studio in Wales, said it was a “once-in-alifetime experience.” “I’m a massive film fan and have been watching the Oscars on the TV for years,” Mills said. “I thought I’d try my luck but never for a second thought I’d get seats, especially as it was my first year of trying.” For some lucky fans, the first time entering may be the charm. Good luck. O
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JD Mackinder hasn’t been getting a lot of sleep lately, but for good reason. Serving as bassist and booking agent for Nashville-based Deadstring Brothers, a nearly decade-long musical project spearheaded by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kurtis Marschke, Mackinder hit the road with Marschke for the month of August. They then did an eight-gig run in Europe prior to heading back to the states to record the Deadstring Brothers’ fifth album. “When it comes down to it, part of the reason that me and Kurtis decided to do this together is because we know what we want, and that is to play all the time, constantly,” Mackinder said. “That’s the only way we’re going to make any headway.” After recording this month, the Deadstring Brothers will continue to make headway with another tour running through early November, which includes a stop at The Village Idiot in Maumee on Sept. 27. A Chelsea, Mich., native, Mackinder has been performing in the Toledo area with various musical projects since the
mid-’90s. “It was 45 minutes away from where I grew up, so I was always happy to hop down there if there was a decent show going on,” Mackinder said. “When I was a kid and just starting to play shows and still in school, you felt like you were going on tour because you were leaving the state.” Formerly of the band Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Mackinder has known fellow Michigan native Marschke for many years. The pair worked hard to form a honky-tonk music scene in the Detroit area, where Mackinder has helped bring in more than 90 bands to perform at the Honky Tonk Throwdown music festival over the past three years. Since 2003, the Deadstring Brothers has released four albums, the latest being 2010’s “Sao Paulo.” Marschke, the band’s founding member, relocated to Nashville, Tenn., and has been operating as the solo act “Deadstring Brother” for the past two years. When Mackinder recently became available, the two decided to pair up again. “It’s hard when you’re out there playing a bunch of shows and everybody’s trying to have lives, too,” Mackinder said of the Deadstring Brothers’ different members over the years. “It’s not the easiest thing in the world to keep a group of five or six people on the road together and doing all that stuff.
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“It’s not to say that you weed people out, but people just kind of find that they don’t want to do that with their whole lives.” Over the years, the Deadstring Brothers has played with the likes of Shooter Jennings, My Morning Jacket and Drive-By Truckers. With a fusion of rock ’n’ roll, country, blues, soul and gospel in its sound, Mackinder said the band’s musical elements are a perfect middleground for him after years of loud rock and honky-tonk country. “Very much brothers with the same attitude,” Mackinder said of the musical chemistry between he and Marschke. “We’re real focused on making the best songs we can, and this is a different-sounding record than previous Deadstring Brothers records. “It’s got a little bit of a [Led] Zeppelin influence. It’s got a little bit of a Pink Floyd influence. And then it’s got Kurt’s songwriting style where automatically people are going to be reminded of the Stones.”
Recorded in Nashville, the forthcoming fifth album from the Deadstring Brothers also features contributions from Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) on drums, Mike Webb (Bobby Keys, Poco) on organ and mandolin, Chark Kinsolving (Bobby Keys, Spoonful) on lead guitar and Pete Finney (Trace Adkins, Vince Gill) on pedal steel and dobro. “We brought out some heavy hitters to join us on the record,” Mackinder said. “It’s been great.” Mackinder said that they hope to have the new record out in early 2013 and plan to do 250 shows with the Deadstring Brothers next year as well. “This is a completely analog recording, which is nice,” Mackinder said of the new material. “I did that the whole early part of my career, and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to do that since 2006. I love the sound.” Visit villageidiotmaumee.com for more. O
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piece, Dodson said. Then came the other two ti- Czechs to rise up against the Hapsburgs. The second piece performed will be Sibelius’ tles, Smetana’s “The Moldau” and Sibelius’ “Sym“Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.” Although some phony No. 1 in E Minor.” firstname.lastname@example.org “An audience member had suggested ‘The may interpret the music as indicative of a period The Adrian Symphony Orchestra (ASO) re- Moldau,’ which is a very popular piece, but of oppression, when Finland was occupied by turns to the stage Sept. 30 for an “Epic Journey” one I hadn’t done here. After that, the Sibelius Russia, Dodson pointed out the work is first and First Symphony made perfect sense in context,” foremost a symphony about musical issues. through Eastern Europe, Finland and Russia. The symphony opens with a timpani roll “topped The concert, featuring piano virtuoso Dodson said. The three works represent three situations by a solitary clarinet, a long, plaintive melody that is Cecile Licad performing selections by Bedrich Smetana, Jean Sibelius and Sergei Rach- around a central theme of nationalism. In these noble and sad and isolated,” Dodson said. As the symphony progresses, “it grows larger works are a country yet unrealized, a country opmaninoff, begins at 3 p.m. Born in the Philippines in 1961, Licad came pressed by another and, finally, an imperialistic with grand climaxes and a remarkable course to the United States at age 3. She is a graduate of nation toward the end of its Czarist Era, teetering of events, unlike anything written before it,” Dodson said. “But it is also a piece filled with the Curtis Institute and she won the prestigious on the verge of revolution, Dodson said. The concert will begin with Smetana’s tone love of country, with nature, birds, sunsets, Leventritt Award, an international award for poem, written in 1874 at a time of great national- the Northern Lights. It absolutely captures the classical pianists and violinists. “After that, her career skyrocketed,” said istic fervor in what was then Bohemia, a part of the Nordic landscape — its isolation, tundra and vast ASO music director and conductor John Hapsburg Empire. At that time, the Czech Republic forests: the texture of the country. The content did not yet exist and there had been a push to change of this symphony is imbued with Finnish naThomas Dodson. “It is a real honor to have a chance to collabo- the national language of the empire from Latin to tionality. It’s an incredible symphony.” The second half of the program will feature rate with an artist of her stature,” Dodson said. German. But adopting the German language had “As an artist, she is an explorer — an adventurer. unforeseen consequences, and soon much of the Licad performing one of her signature pieces, RachShe seeks out an interpretation of the music that Empire was in revolt. Smetana, who supported maninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.” Rachmaninoff, born in 1873, wrote most is truly artistically satisfying even if it demands Czech nationalism, decided to fight his battle on the walking on the edge of a knife blade to pull it off. concert stage, “writing music that utilized the Czech of his music before he immigrated to the U.S. language and music that shared characteristics with He toured extensively throughout the country, She’s always willing to risk a little more.” Licad is well-known for her interpretation Czech folk song and dance rhythms,” Dodson said. sometimes performing in Ann Arbor at the Uniof Rachmaninoff ’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Smetana uses the Moldau River as a metaphor for versity Musical Society series. 2012” so Monster Madness ToledoCP-T 7.5x4.5:7.5 4.5 9/12/12 9:37 “There 1will be people in our audience this culture andx identity, encouraging theAM Page Minor, the program started bySale choosing that the Czech By Renee Lapham Collins
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Cecile Licad weekend who actually heard Rachmaninoff play in person,” Dodson said Dodson will present a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. and a post-concert reception will occur in the lobby of Dawson Auditorium on the campus of Adrian College, 110 S. Madison St. Tickets are available in advance by calling the ASO at (517) 264-3121 or by going online at www.adriansymphony.org. Tickets also are available at the door. O
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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio
Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.
O Concert and University bands: 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Kobacker Hall. O Klezmer Madness, David Krakauer: 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Kobacker Hall, $12-$38. O Hammer/Klavier: 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Bryan Recital Hall. O Soundproof: 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Bryan Recital Hall. O David Gillham: 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts, Willard Drive and Ridge Street.
MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O The Devil Makes Three, John Fullbright: 8 p.m. Sept. 26, $17.50. O Madcat/Manfra Blues Band: 8 p.m. Sept. 27, $15. O The Kin, Find Vienna: 8 p.m. Sept. 28, $15. O Vienna Tang, Theo Katzman: 8 p.m. Sept. 29, $25. O Peter Yarrow: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, $35. O Ben Taylor, Grace Weber: 8 p.m. Oct. 1, $16. O Earth Tones: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, $20. O Bell X1, Duke Special: 8 p.m. Oct. 3, $16. O Nervous But Excited, Andrea Gibson: 8 p.m. Oct. 4, $15. O Chris Smither: 8 p.m. Oct. 5, $25.
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 Kyle White: Sept. 27. O Noisy Neighbors: Sept. 28. O Arctic Clam: Sept. 29. O Rick Whited: Oct. 4. O Stephen Woolley, Suburban Soul: Oct. 5.
Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www. bboprecords.com or www.thirdspacetoledo.com. O Alistair Hennessey: 8-11 p.m. Sept. 28.
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 blindpigmusic.com. O The Hood Internet, Body Language, Kid Static, Oscillator Bug: 9 p.m. Sept. 26. O Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays: 9 p.m. Sept. 27. O 60 Second Crush, F*** Knot, ASS, Mare Chrisium: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. O The Ragbirds, Appleseed Collective, Match by Match: 9 p.m. Sept. 29. O Two Gallants, Papa: 9 p.m. Sept. 30. O Brother Ali, Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, the Reminders: 9 p.m. Oct. 2. O Langhorne Slim & the Law, River City Extension: 9 p.m. Oct. 3. O Dusty McFly: 9 p.m. Oct. 4. O Ann Arbor Soul Club, Brad Hales, Breck T: 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5.
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/arts. O Sean Jones, trumpeter: 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Kobacker Hall.
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: Thursdays and Mondays. O Joe Wood Trio: Sept. 28. O See Alice: Sept. 29.
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 bar145toledo.com. O The Bridges: Sept. 28. O The Bridges, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams: Sept. 29.
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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 Drive, East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. O Engelbert Humperdinck: 9 p.m. Oct. 5, $35.
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This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Skoobie Snaks: Sept. 29.
Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. O DFR: 10 p.m. Sept. 28. O John Barile & Bobby May: 10 p.m. Sept. 29.
Dorr St. Café
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 Sleigh Bells, Araab Muzik: 8 p.m. Nov. 7, $23-$25.
Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or www.dorrstreetcafe.com. O Rance: Sept. 28.
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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.
A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5 martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds Road. (419) 725-6277 or clubevolutiontol.com. O Cont-Nuite Band: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28.
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 www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 2-3. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Sept. 27. O Cynthia Kaay-Bennett: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29.
The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O MAS FiNA: Sept. 28-29.
Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunny bonetoledo.com. O Tantric Soul: 8:45 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
Frankie’s Inner City Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Handguns, Forever Came Calling, State Champs, Allison Weiss, Arrows, Devyn Hightower: 6 p.m. Sept. 26. O Mr. Purps and the Absinthe Minded: 9 p.m. Sept. 28. O Brynn & Emma, Conestoga Trace, Day Trip, Michael Corwin: 9 p.m. Sept. 29. O Kingsfoil, Ryan Stared the Fire, Jeffrey Oliver: 6 p.m. Oct. 1.
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Frankie’s (cont.) O Icon for Hire, Boys of Fall: 6 p.m. Oct. 2. O I Declare War, According to the Surgeon, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, the Cities Beneath Us, Affairs: 6 p.m. Oct. 3.
French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Andrew Ellis Trio: Sept. 28-29.
Greektown Casino-Hotel Three stages — at Shotz Sports Bar, Eclipz Ultra Lounge and Asteria — offer competition for gamblers’ attention. 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. No cover charge, unless noted; guests must be 21 or older. (888) 771-4386 or www.greektowncasino.com. O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Shotz. O Howard Glazer Band, Emannuel Young: 8 p.m. Fridays, Asteria. O DJ Lee J: 9 p.m. Sundays, Shotz. O Misty Love Band: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Shotz. O First Class Band: 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Asteria. O DJ Zig Zag: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Shotz.
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This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Vincent Chandler Septet: 8 p.m. Sept. 28. O Trio X: 8 p.m. Oct. 3.
Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Rachel Richardson: 6 p.m. Sept. 26. O Quick Trio: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27. O Open stage with Jeff Williams: 8:45 p.m. Oct. 2.
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.mgmgranddetroit.com. O Charles & Gwen Scales: 9 p.m. Sept. 28. O Phase 5: 9 p.m. Sept. 29.
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Mutz This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mutz at the Oliver House, 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www.TheOliverHouseToledo.com. O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays.
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Shawn’s Irish Tavern Founded in 1968, this Celtic-style bar and eatery offers entertainment at its three locations. 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., (419) 381-1281; 105 S. Third St., Waterville, (419) 441-1081; and 7436 W. Bancroft St., Sylvania, (419) 724-7981. www.shawnsirishtavern.com. O Johnny Rodriguez: Sept. 27 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Toledo.
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Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 3 p.m., 6339 Edgewater Drive. (734) 723-7411 or www.webbersrestaurant.samsbiz.com. O Junkanoo Brothers: Sept. 30.
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Jazz on the Maumee The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $15. (419) 241-141 or www.arttatumsociety.com. O Hepcat Revival: Sept. 26. O
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and a skirt or dress looks schoolgirl-chic with tights, a great pair of boots and a fun bag. Fall fashion is here and ready to wear. Try some of the trends above and have fun with them, because I have plenty more to tell you about. Never forget that fashion is meant to be fun. Create your own style with these looks because there is definitely a little bit of everything for everyone this season. O Lauren blogs about fashion at www.mypinmoneyfashion.com. Email her at lauren@mypinmoney fashion.com. Tune in at 6:30 a.m. every Monday on Star 105 for weekly fashion advice.
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Jughead, we hardly knew ye The weird hat. The gluttonous appetite. The misogyny. Ah, Jughead, we hardly knew ye. You’ve been there on the comic racks for more than 60 years and it’s like we never really connected at all — and now you’re leaving us. Archie Comics, your infernal taskmasters, are putting you into cold storage, leaving us with only a few core Archie titles and an empty, hollow feeling that something special has been lost. Will you come back? Will you have changed? Does anybody, for the love of God, really care anymore? “I think that Archie comics are as relevant as they’ve ever been to comic book fans,” said Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics. “Obviously the core concept, the adventures of a group of teenagers in small-town America, is a timeless subject and Archie should be applauded for continuing its line in such a small marketplace. Jughead’s imminent cancelation means little in the big picture, as I am sure Archie will find some other character to spotlight in their own series. Archie books have been around for quite some time and I can’t imagine that the demand, however small, will ever completely go away. The kids at Riverdale High have quite a few miles left in them.” Some pundits might say those miles are being fed by gimmicks and “events” other com-
panies rely on heavily for sales, and that Archie had never really needed in the past. Perhaps the company’s changed in a more intrinsic manner, and not for the better. “While I am sure that Archie’s recent penchant for controversial storylines, such as introducing gay character Kevin Keller or showing us a future with Archie married alternately to Betty or Veronica, has been well-publicized for the purposes of bumping up monthly sales, I don’t think that it is necessarily something that has been done by the company for shock value,” Katschke insisted. “Any title, be it Archie or Batman, that has existed for 60-plus years is bound to be the recipient of a certain amount of revamping. A comic like Archie in particular is going to have to constantly reinvent itself in order to reach its target audience of pre-teen/ tweeners. Considering the amount of diversity that is currently present in our society, it only stands to reason that introducing a more racially and socially diverse cast of characters would be necessary in order to cater to a new generation of comic book fans. The fact that such introductions have the effect of being controversial says more about our society than it does about Archie Publications.” O — Jim Beard
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tell Toledo’s story as well.” For example, Sowden said, an exhibit at the museum might be accompanied by a “Toledo symbol,” so “you can go through the museum and get the Toledo story but see how it fits in” with the greater story of the Great Lakes. From the early explorers to the part the lakes played in the birth and growth of the United States and Canada — including the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 — to the natural resources and natural “highway” of the lakes, much of history would have been different without them, Sowden said. “The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century doesn’t happen” without the iron ore of the lakes region or the ships to carry it to the foundries, Sowden said. Telling that story means combining artifacts with other informational material to put the artifacts in the context of their times, to show how they fit into the story. “I find that to be very powerful,” said Sowden, who has made dives on wrecks in Lake Erie. “Here’s the story of a shipwreck. Here’s the story of the guy who stepped up to ring the ship’s bell before the wreck and here’s the bell he rang.” All that’s part of the story of the Great Lakes — how people like that watchman and places like Toledo fit into it and how then lakes fit into American and world history. Gillcrist and Sowden want the museum to be the place to go to learn that story. “I want somebody in Chicago, looking out at Lake Michigan, to say, ‘What’s the story of these lakes?’” Gillcrist said. “And I want the guy standing next to him to say, ‘You really need to go to that museum in Toledo.'"O
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The Lourdes University Drama Society has something to prove and its numbers are starting to add up. The group is set to open David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof ” in the Franciscan Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. The production features Tim Robinson, Kelly Fandrey, Megan Mockensturm and Nate Kuehnl. Keith Ramsdell will direct. Ramsdell, who is the university’s director of graduate admissions, also serves as the group’s adviser. “We chose to do this play for a number of reasons, the first being that the piece is just so compelling and well-written. Secondly, it’s not overwhelming to produce and cast, and, most important of all, it really allows us to highlight the talents of some of our best actors,” Ramsdell said. “Directing this play really stretched my abilities. You can’t do this piece justice by merely looking at what lives on the surface, you have to be willing to go much deeper; you have to look at what makes these characters great. It’s about trust.” “Proof ” was originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club on May 23, 2000. It transferred to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on Oct. 24, 2000. The first Broadway production
starred Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony Award for her performance. In 2005, there was a film adaptation by Rebecca Miller featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. “This humorous and compassionate story is the perfect kickoff for what promises to be an amazing season of theater on our campus,” Ramsdell said. “There are a lot of plays that are done in the Toledo area, but it’s not every day that audiences get to experience Pulitzer Prizeworthy material. I think people will connect with this play in a very unique way.” “Proof ” marks the drama society’s first full production in the Franciscan Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. There will be additional performances at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Advanced purchase is suggested as seating for all of the performances is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Franciscan Center box office at (419) 8243999. There will be a reception following the opening performance to introduce the donor of Lourdes’ newly endowed $10,000 theater scholarship. Lourdes is located at 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. For more information, call (419) 885-3211 or visit www.lourdes.edu. O
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River Festival set for Sept. 30 The Maumee Bay River Festival on Sept. 30 will celebrate water, one of Toledo’s best yet leastappreciated assets, said the festival coordinator. “[The river’s] kind of been an interest of mine for the past few years,” said Stacy Jurich, a Toledo Free Press Star contributor. “I want to bring light to this great resource that we have.” The Maumee River is the largest tributary going into Lake Erie, which has more edible fish than all of the other Great Lakes combined, she said. Jurich said she was inspired by the success of Burning River Fest in Cleveland. The Maumee Bay River Festival aims to raise awareness about litter and water waste. Jurich also hopes to promote the use and appreciation of water for recreation. Festival proceeds will benefit the Lake Erie Waterkeeper program, which is trying to re-establish sturgeon in the Maumee River. Information on drinking water and the cycle of river water and where it ends up will be available at the festival. The Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is hosting and sponsoring the event — and releasing a special festival brew. “It’s going to be a coffee, chocolate and bourbon-flavored porter and we think it’ll be a really unique beer for a unique cause,” said Neal Kovacik, general manager of the Oliver House and the brewery. Kovacik said he was happy to support the festival when approached by Jurich and the Lake Erie Waterkeeper program. “I thought it was a very worthy cause. The river’s a very important part of Toledo,” he said. “I hope it’s the first of many we do every year.” There will be a food tent with a full menu inside the brewery. In addition, several musicians will perform. Russ Franzen goes on at 1 p.m., followed by Rachel Richardson at 2:15 p.m., Pat Lewandowski at 3:30 p.m., the Estar Cohen Project at 4:45 p.m., The Antivillains at 6:30 p.m. and jazz singer Ramona Collins at 8:30 p.m. Metroparks of Toledo Area, also a sponsor, will offer tours of Middlegrounds, a park that has yet to officially open, from 1-6 p.m. The park is located along the river between Owens Corning and the Amtrak station. The Sandpiper will offer rides at a discounted rate of $2. Rides leave at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. A U.S. Coast Guard boat will also be open to the public. The family-friendly festival is 1-10 p.m., rain or shine, in the side yard of the Maumee Bay Brewing Co., 27 Broadway St., in Downtown Toledo. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit maumeebayriverfestival.org. O —Brigitta Burks
Grassroots poetry event Sept. 29
Poets and other performers, both experienced and inexperienced, are invited to show their talents and bring about action at “100 Thousand Poets for Change” on Sept. 29. This is the second annual “100 Thousand Poets for Change” in Toledo. The original event was in Sonoma County, Calif., and spread to cities all over. “100 Thousand Poets for Change” is a grassroots organization that brings poets, artists and musicians
together to promote peace and sustainability. “Peace and sustainability are major concerns worldwide, and the guiding principles for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” in a news release. “We are in a world where it isn’t just one issue that needs to be addressed. A common ground is built through this global compilation of local stories, which is how we create a true narrative for discourse to inform the future.” After the events, occurring in about 700 cities worldwide, city coordinators will document their experiences at 100TPC.org. The open-mic poetry and music event starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Collingwood Arts Center’s Lois M. Nelson Theatre, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo. For more information, contact Jonie McIntire at email@example.com. O — Staff Reports
‘True Delta’ screening Sept. 28
A free showing of the Blues-inspired short film “True Delta” will kick off Maumee Valley Country Day School’s (MVCDS) Blues Fest on Sept. 28. The Blues Fest, set for 6-9 p.m. at the MVCDS campus, 1715 S. Reynolds Road, is open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the school’s homecoming festivities. The film “takes the audience into the colorful, soulful and wonderful world of Mississippi Delta blues,” featuring interviews with Delta natives and blues musicians and highlighting “the impact the blues has made on the religious, economic and cultural life of the region,” according to a news release. A question-and-answer session with filmmaker and MVCDS alumnus Erickson Blakney, along with film writer Lee Quinby and blues musician Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, who appears in the film, will follow the showing. A free party, starting around 7 p.m., is open to those 21 and older and will feature live entertainment from Perry, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information, visit mvcds.org. O — Sarah Ottney
Fitness app wins competition
The winning team at the inaugural Startup Weekend Toledo developed a personal fitness app called Fueled during the 54-hour event. The event, held Sept. 14-16 at the University of Toledo, brought entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, software and Web developers and marketing gurus together to share ideas, form teams and launch a startup. Seven projects were presented. The Fueled team consisted of Steven Plummer, Steven Chaney, Scott Jones, James Lu and Kyle Pollock. The iPhone application targets workers who sit for long periods on the job. The app offers easy workouts each lasting 30 seconds to a minute. The basic app is being offered free at this time. For more information, visit toledo. startupweekend.org.O —Duane Ramsey
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think I’m part of the last generation that really remembers the glory days of the arcade. Except for under the tree on Christmas morning, no destination was quite as magical for kids of my age. Every mall had to have one — it was, like, written in the Constitution. No matter what the atmosphere was like outside, whenever you walked JEFF in the door you were enveloped in a world of pure electronic wonder. The sounds of laser fire and digitized explosions came at you from all sides. The cool, dark lighting, occasionally accompanied by twinkling starlight on the ceiling, directed all attention to the games. Each title was emblazoned across its individual machine, with names designed to elicit instant identification and maximum excitement: “Asteroids.” “Pole Position.” “After Burner.” “Mortal Kombat.” But as much as I love and remain nostalgic for the old days, I’m not about to say that video games were better back then. In fact, the arcade games of my youth were inhuman monstrosities compared to today’s titles. The economics of gaming demanded it. If a title was going to earn its spot on the floor of the average arcade, it had to earn its quarters. And a game didn’t get replayed simply by being fun. Oh no. It also had to be virtually unbeatable. I’m not talking the old-school, “Pac-Man”style, the-game-never-ends-so-it-can’t-actuallybe-won kind of thing. I’m talking the much more infuriating no-one’s-ever-seen-level-three format, where level two is so impossible that to beat it, you either had to be a gaming god or you had to have an actual, honest-to-God Brink’s truck full of quarters next to you to buy all the extra lives you needed to survive. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in classic arcade experiences ported for the home gamer. And I admit to feeling a surge of glee every time another title from the good old days makes its debut in digital download form. Classic arcade games based on “X-Men,” “The Simpsons” and more finally made their way to consoles. On Sept. 11, a retooled version of the classic beat-’em-up “Double Dragon” came to Xbox 360 and PS3. But in each case, I got one, maybe two plays out of the game before the glorious nostalgia I held in my heart was overwhelmed by the crashing pain of reality. Taken out of their native habitat — the sounds, the lighting, the laughter and joy of other players — the games themselves are horrifically mediocre. With heavy emphasis on button mashing, nothing resembling cohesive strategy and the aforementioned steep difficulty curve, these relics of yesteryear can’t hold a candle to the games of today.
Modern developers supporting classic tables for a new generation.
But there is a format that holds up wonderfully well in the new era. One which remains as fun and addictive as ever. One of the oldest of oldschool arcade thrills: pinball. I admit to having a bias in this arena. The classic standup pinball games were always my favorites as a kid. And since I just criticized standard arcade titles as unbeatable, I admit it seems odd to praise a game which, by its nature, cannot be beaten. But far more than their digital counterparts, the unpredictable, exciting gameplay of good, oldfashioned pinball machines hold up as fun, exciting and repeatedly engaging plays. And now, the feel of those classic tables is starting to be captured for the home, as well, thanks to the efforts of several software developers who are making a name among gamers for their excellent emulation of grand pinball experiences. Zen Studios out of Hungary, for example,
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has made a big splash with its “Zen Pinball” application on several consoles. While not emulating any specific old-school games, the new tables the designers create all have the feel and excitement of classic titles down cold, while adding a few new effects that would have been impossible in the arcade. Meanwhile, Farsight Studios is working to bring specific tables to a whole new generation with their title “The Pinball Arcade.” Every game available through their software is a spot-on emulation of a classic pinball experience. And unlike previous attempts at similar collections, Farsight is committed to porting titles tied to specific licenses, as well, a virtually unprecedented move thanks to the costs involved. Farsight has backup in that regard, thanks to a brilliant strategy. Recently, the studio began holding fundraisers on Kickstarter for classic licensed tables, essentially letting fans buy the titles in advance in exchange for helping to purchase the rights. Funding has already been secured for versions of the classic “Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” tables in this manner, and Farsight has promised more to come. Memo to Farsight: If you somehow make it possible for me to have and play my own copy of “The Addams Family” pinball game, you guys will be my favorite people ever. O
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Clean WaTer, GreaT Beer & GOOd TiMeS Music by: russ Franzen | estar Cohen Quintet rachel richardson | The antivillains Patrick lewandowski and more
A day of activities, music and beer to raise awareness about the Maumee River, Lake Erie and our watershed. New Brew! Be the first to taste Maumee Sturgeon Ale, by Maumee Bay Brewing. Other locally brewed beers plus a full menu also available.
See the Middlegrounds Tour the future site of Middlegrounds Metropark, just across the street. Open 1 to 6 p.m. Free.
Tickets $5 (To benefit the Lake Erie Waterkeeper) Activities: • River Cruises aboard The Sandpiper just $2. • Explore a Coast Guard Vessel. • Walk the native prairie trail on the campus of Owens Corning • Booths from a variety of local conservation organizations More information: www.maumeebayriverfestival.org
Additional sponsors: Toledo Lucas County Port Authority Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District Lake Erie Western Alliance for Sustainability (LEWAS)
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The cover for this edition features an illustration of author/illustrator Jim Beard, who scares up national attention (see page 4). Our Star...