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Sandusky’s family owned and operated Ghostly Manor began as a labor of love for Bill Criscione. Opened in 2000, Ghostly Manor opened as a seasonal haunt and has grown dramatically into a year-round attraction. Ghostly Manor was the first of what turned into five indoor haunted attractions, known collectively as Lake Eerie Fearfest. Listed as one of the 10 best haunts in America by Forbes magazine, Ghostly Manor’s grounds host not only the haunts but also a roller-skating rink, a 4-D theater and other family attractions. According to operations manager Criscione, the Fearfest complex occupies 6 acres of land and boasts 48,000 indoor square feet of scares. All five haunts are built to scare in different ways. Caged uses strobe lighting and heavy fog to disorient visitors. This makes for a tense and confusing open maze-style haunt. It’s nearly impossible to know when an actor will jump out and give you a decent dose of “I just peed a little.” Darkmare will have you trying to feel your way through a gigantic haunt filled with actors who know how to time scares just right. If deathly dark and hauntingly foggy haunts aren’t your style, you may enjoy Quarantine. This modern haunt is dimly lit, but you can see what is around you. Props, animatronics, sound and air combine to create a fantastic misdirection haunt. While you’re looking at a skeleton that has just jumped from a high wall, actors brilliantly use shadows and your lack of peripheral vision to sneak up and get a good scare. Eerie Chateau is another modern haunt that uses its space wisely to create disorienting and confusing moments fit for a jump scare. The walls are covered with holographic art and obstacles to give the sense of being underground and it is nearly impossible to know which wall will open to release a lunging demon or bloody-faced banshee. Ghostly Manor is an incredible amalgamation of everything scary. From dedicated clown rooms and horrifying scenes of butchery to floors that feel as though they will drop from underneath you, the manor seems to morph into a different attraction every two minutes. For those looking for the haunt that has everything, the drive to Sandusky is well worth it. Ghostly Manor in Sandusky is celebrating its 14th anniversary. For hours of operation, pricing and other infor3661 Devers_Collision_TFP95_Layout 1 8/30/12 1:28 PM Page 1 FREE PRESS STAR PHOTOS BY KATIE FEHER TOLEDO mation, visit ghostlymanor.com. O

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Class act After eight years away, Toledo theater legend Jennifer Rockwood returns to teaching. By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor PopGoesJeff@gmail.com

For 29 years, Jennifer Rockwood taught theater at the University of Toledo. That was nearly three decades spent shaping the way young minds first encountered advanced theories of the stage and acting, playwrights and shows they’d never encountered, genres they’d never been exposed to. In addition to her heavy workload as a teacher, adjunct and lecturer, Rockwood found time to direct numerous productions on and off campus. From the 1980s until eight years ago, that was her opus — a theatrical menagerie composed in the classrooms of UT and on stages throughout the area. “Eight years ago, I moved from teaching theater to being an administrator. And that’s when they hired me to run the First Year Experience program, which is a program to help students make the transition from high school to college,” Rockwood said. “I was doing a lot of stuff with young students, and really enjoyed sort of extracurricular activities, hanging out with students and doing plays.”

Back to class

Now, however, Rockwood finds herself once more guiding students through their first steps down a path to a larger artistic understanding. “It’s changing now. The administration is changing a lot of things on this campus. And I also think they like to change up positions. They like to get new people in and try new stuff. And my position, in that regard, was eliminated, and I got to come back to theater,” she said. “So, after not teaching for eight years, I’m back here, teaching a monstrous load of five classes, which I’ve never taught in my life — even when I was a full-time, eight years ago. The demands weren’t that much on lecturers.” Rockwood now teaches more than 200 students across her new classes. Still, her new responsibilities are not that far removed from her most recent work. After years spent guiding freshmen in an administrative role, Rockwood is primarily teaching new arrivals taking their first courses in the theatrical arts. “Because I’m really, I think, good with firstyear students and I have an understanding of the life changes they go through when they either go away to college, or suddenly they’re set up in a world where autonomy is important and they don’t have their moms telling them what to do, or their teachers telling them what to do or reminding them to do their homework,” she said. n ROCKWOOD CONTINUES ON 5

Jennifer Rockwood began teaching at the University of Toledo in the 1980s. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO AND COVER PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR


“The theatre is certainly a place for learning about the brevity of human glory.” — Iris Murdoch

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n ROCKWOOD CONTINUED FROM 4 “It’s a whole new ballgame. And I love my colleagues here in the theatre department. I’m used to directing more,” she said. “But I think that will come in the future.”

Reading ‘Talk Radio’

Not to say that Rockwood has totally given up outside projects now that she’s back in the classroom. Far from it. She still works with the Catalyst Theatre Network she founded with a few other UT mainstays. She has been corresponding with the creators behind an upcoming film about the legendary Toledo Troopers football team. She is also directing the Toledo Rep’s reading of Eric Bogosian’s 1987 play “Talk Radio” as part of its Edgy Rep Reading series. The show will run at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the 10th Street Stage. “We’re going to do our best to make it look like what it would look like if we were actually in the studio. But it’s actually just a reading,” Rockwood said. It’s not surprising that the edgy and bombastic work of the celebrated playwright and author Bogosian — before he was known to modern television audiences for his appearances on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” — fits right in with Rockwood’s modus operandi as a director. “I love Bogosian. I’ve done ‘Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll,’ and I’ve done ‘Drinking in America.’ And I’ve done them, instead of a single person — because Bogosian played the one part in those plays, and they’re great monologues — I cast them out to students. So it was a great experience. Plus, it was really hip stuff for kids to get to do.” She said she’s also hopeful that the reading of “Talk Radio” will appeal to her newest students. “I’m hoping to take some of my freshmen to see ‘Talk Radio,’ because I think that’ll shake them up. I don’t think that they know that there’s that kind of theater out there. They think it’s ‘Lion King’ and ‘Les Mis’ and ‘Book of Mormon.’”

Brave new world

That’s what Rockwood really sees as her job, in the long run: to expand her newest students’ understanding of the artistic world beyond what they think they know, into an appreciation for things grander than what they’ve seen. “I’m trying to turn them on, I’m trying to baptize them,” she said. “And even the first day of class, they’ll tell me, ‘I don’t like theater,’ or ‘I hate theater,’ or ‘I don’t want to go to theater.’ And then, the only theater they’ve been to is they probably saw ‘Seussical’ at the high school or grade school. So it’s a whole big world that they don’t really know anything about. And it’s my job, I hope, to kind of change their minds and teach them the finer points, and get them, hopefully, to become theatergoers.” Local actor and director Matthew Gretzinger was one of Rockwood’s theater students at UT and is a member of the “Talk Radio” cast. “Excitement, passion … I think that’s common to the plays that [Rockwood] likes and to Shakespeare and to other plays that we might do,” Gretzinger said. “Theater can be exciting. It can give you something that movies, Internet, [and] television can’t.” As she is opening her students’ minds to new possibilities Rockwood herself has experienced some radical alterations to her approach

Jennifer Rockwood is directing the Oct. 12 Toledo Repertoire reading of “Talk Radio.” TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR

to teaching. A lot has changed in the past eight years. We now carry computers in our pockets and have access to a world of information — a broader range of knowledge to draw from than most old-school researchers could ever have dreamed of. Some teachers have responded to this revolution by rejecting such devices in the classroom. Rockwood, however, embraces them. “In class, I ask my students to look things up on their phones when we’re talking about something and they don’t know what it is. Or instead of my trying to explain to them, we have some kind of race in the classroom to see who can look it up the quickest. Or I’ll have them play a symphony with their cellphone ringers,” she said. “You can’t turn that stuff away; it’s such a big part of their lives. There are people who say, ‘No phones in the classroom!’ Or ‘No this, no that!’ You have to welcome it.”

The human condition

Rockwood said the introduction of such devices into her students’ lives has had an effect on the knowledge she’s tries to impart. “So you’re really not teaching them names and dates and memorization and things like that. I mean, the biggest thing we’re trying to teach

them is to become critical thinkers. And I’m not so sure they do a lot of that in high school. I’m not so sure they ask students to think about something, and give their own opinion,” she said. “And that’s something — I can tell them all about the Elizabethan theater, or the Globe Theatre or Shakespeare. But you want to get them to sort of critically think about their own world, and what the purpose of studying or thinking about the human condition is.” For many, taking those tentative first steps toward such examination — artistically and on a personal level — can be intimidating, she said. “They’re almost afraid to. They think the way their parents told them to think, or they can repeat facts that their teachers taught them,” she said. “But to actually say, ‘Well, how do you feel about this?’ is a big step in a student’s growth. And that’s the task of all of us here in college.”

First year once more

In a way, Rockwood’s years working with bright-eyed young students arriving fresh to the school has prepared her perfectly for her new responsibilities. “From everything that I learned from first

-year students — all of the conferences, all of the talks I gave about millennials, and the kind of people they are, the kind of upbringings they had — I think I’m a lot more ... I don’t know if ‘compassionate’ is the word, but I think I’m a lot more understanding of where they’re coming from.” And one thing Rockwood understands about her students’ experience with the material she covers is simple — everything they think they know about theater is pretty much all wrong. “One of the things we’ve been talking a lot about in class that I keep trying to express to my students is that I think that their high school teachers kind of ruined it for them by making them read all these plays, and making them go over ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Macbeth’ with a fine-tooth comb,” Rockwood said. “Plays were not written to be read. They were written to be performed. They were written to be spoken out loud. It’s the inflection in the voice, it’s the body. It’s not reading just the words on the paper. You know, in high school, more often than not, you have to sit in the classroom and talk about what Shakespeare was saying in this sentence. Instead of listening to an actor perform it, and showing you what it really is.” O


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Skot Horn and Karen Roderick-Lingeman were familiar with each other’s work before they met. The two will soon combine efforts for the “Undefined” exhibition. The exhibition will include paintings and drawings by Horn and ceramics by Roderick-Lingeman. Their work will be on display from Oct. 12 to Nov. 9 at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. A reception will take place from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 12. The two debated what to call the show and decided on “Undefined” during a conversation in which Horn was describing his work. “We both looked at each other and said, ‘We sort of like that,’” Roderick-Lingeman said. “I do vessel pieces with real organic edges.” Horn agreed: “Nobody likes to be put in a category,” he said. The artists work in similar ways, often starting a piece over if they dislike how it turned out. Sometimes the finished product takes four tries. Roderick-Lingeman is a senior lecturer at the University of Toledo and an instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art. She received her bachelor’s in art education from the University of Toledo and her master’s in fine art from the University of North Dakota. Roderick-Lingeman has had her work exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally. Horn received his bachelor’s in fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is in many

private and public collections. He said his earliest memories include playing with wooden building blocks and watching his mother make quilts. Both artists said they moved to Toledo with the intent on it being temporary. “I didn’t mean to stay here,” Horn said. Roderick-Lingeman, who was born in Toledo, came back after graduate school to visit family and friends. She started teaching at the Toledo Museum of Art. “I lived in North Dakota, for gosh sakes; I can live anywhere,” Roderick-Lingeman said. “I was only going to stay here until the end of the academic year. If I didn’t have a position, I was just going to move someplace I’d like to live.” As a child, Roderick-Lingeman traveled with her family across the United States and Canada. “Memories of those experiences and my continued national and international travels have greatly influence[d] my work,” she said in an artist statement. “Recollections of a specific location or moment in time are not only recollections of the environment or atmospheric condition but are also related to the reason for being at that specific location at that specific time with that specific person.” The impressions and stories in such recollections are part of her artwork, she said. Horn said spontaneity inspires his artwork. “Spontaneity is an important quality in my work,” he said. “A sense of urgency pervades the marks I make on canvas and paper. Allowing intuition to guide my hand has led to many personal insights and unexpected discoveries in search of my own personal truth.” O


“I long for the simplicity of theatre.” — John M. Ford

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“All theatre, by virtue of its being a cultural construct and ideologically inscribed, is political.” — Mark Weinberg

Eric Andre charges forward with his band’s keyboard on ‘The Eric Andre Show.’ PHOTO COURTESY CARTOON NETWORK

‘The Eric Andre Show’ By Jeff McGinnis

Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor PopGoesJeff@gmail.com

“It’s the Eric Andre Show!” the cheerful announcer proclaims. The introduction comes at the start of each episode of the live-action comedy talk show, which began its second season Oct. 3 as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. Superficially, it looks like many other low-budget shows of the genre. Tacky set, live band, cheesy feel. Then the title host bounds onto the screen and proceeds to destroy everything. He runs through walls, he smashes his desk, he wrecks his band’s instruments. It’s a demolition derby with Andre — a comedian and actor known for his work on the late ABC sitcom “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” — acting as a human wrecking ball. “I was just a big fan of ‘Jackass’ and ‘Tom Green,’” Andre said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “Tom Green did a set destruction one time, just randomly, spur-of-the-moment when he was on Canadian television. And he was just interviewing some guy that worked in a butcher shop or something, and then for no reason he took a skateboard and he started skate-

boarding off the walls. And the set came crashing down. Just totally impromptu, silly nonsense. And he never did it again. “And I remember watching that when I was 17 years old, and I was like, ‘Oh, man, Tom Green should do that, like, every episode! He should do that all the time!’” Green is but one in a long line of influences Andre cites as inspiration. There are hundreds, if not thousands of creators whose work shaped “The Eric Andre Show” — the brave souls who, with a few bucks and a lot of time, took to public access airwaves in the ’70s and ’80s, determined to make their own television programs. “It’s a combination of watching shows back in the day and also finding gems on YouTube, forgotten gems,” Andre said of those classic lowbudget creators. His work was also shaped by one of the pioneers of Cartoon Network’s adultskewing programming — “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.” Andre cites the classic cartoon talk show as the biggest influence on the development of ... well, whatever “The Eric Andre Show” has become now. “I don’t know. I just was always toying with that idea. I don’t remember, like, the very first time I had the idea. But I just always was a

huge fan of mock talk shows. And I just always watched, like, ‘Jiminy Glick,’ ‘The Tom Green Show,’ ‘Space Ghost.’ I was obsessed with those shows growing up.” The ideas all crystallized into the avant garde, surrealistic production that is the show, with celebrity guest impersonators, a deadpan and deliberately offensive host and a low-budget veneer underscored by being the only show on the Adult Swim lineup not shot in high definition — at least in the first season. “You know, it’s funny, this season we’re in HD, so we don’t have that lo-fi look anymore. So that look’s dead to me,” Andre said. “No longer part of it. We realized that 18-year-old kids that were born in the ’90s don’t really get the reference to late ’70s public access, and it was turning a lot of people off. But, I liked it. And that stuff was always a big influence — kind of like seeing the best of the worst of television.” Like the show, many of the production’s most off-the-wall ideas come from Andre himself. “I kind of write year-round. And what I do, I kind of try to write 10 bad ideas a day. And then, once the writers’ room begins ... I’ll take those, like, hundred pages of random ideas I had, email them to my director and they’ll kind of like take

Comedian sends up talk shows on Cartoon Network series. away their favorites. And then we have a writers’ room for a few weeks, where we get a bunch of writers and comedians in there.” Much of the over-the-top surrealism of the production might be overbearing if it weren’t for Andre’s right-hand man, comedian Hannibal Buress. While superficially it may seem that Buress is playing the Ed McMahon to Andre’s Johnny Carson, his role is far more critical than it seems at first glance, Andre argued. “If it was just me, and I was being offensive and inappropriate, the show might come off mean-spirited, or like that’s my real point of view. Hannibal is like the liaison between my point of view and the viewer.” In addition to the new season’s visual upgrade, the show’s established reputation has meant an upgrade in potential guest stars, as well. Real, nonimpersonator celebs like Dominic Monaghan from “Lord of the Rings,” Mel B. of the Spice Girls, Lou Ferrigno, Richard Hatch of “Survivor,” SteveO and even Green himself will be among those sitting across from Andre this season. Given the show’s bizarre treatment of its guests, were all the celebs who appear this year ready to play along? Andre paused. “Not really,” he said. O


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TFP Star wins four SPJ awards; McGinnis wins top prizes for arts reporting, column writing From Staff Reports Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star took home eight 2013 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards during an Oct. 5 ceremony in Columbus, including “Best Weekly Newspaper” for the fifth year in a row. Toledo Free Press Managing Editor Sarah Ottney was awarded first place for “Best Arts Profile” in the MOLNAR newspapers greater than 75,000 circulation category for her profile of Toledo resident Barbara “Bobbie” John, who worked with the late Dick Clark on three television shows. Former Staff Writer Caitlin McGlade won first place for “Best Newsmaker Profile” in the newspapers greater than 75,000 circulation category for her story “HipHop4Peace to benefit young victims’ family,” about shooting victims Ke’Ondra and Le’Ondra Hooks and local rappers who produced a benefit CD to help cover the family’s expenses. Both women competed against Ohio’s daily newspapers in their categories. The annual Toledo Free Press Mud Hens Opening Day special section earned second

place for “Best Special Publication,” competing against the state’s daily newspapers. Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis won two major awards for his Toledo Free Press Star work in the category for newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation. McGinnis won first place in the “Best Columnist” category for his body of work and first place in “Best Arts Reporting” for his body of work. Design Editor James A. Molnar won first place in the “Best Page One Design” category for his Toledo Free Press Star covers. Molnar was also named second-best graphic designer in the state. “We aim to compete on a level with daily newspaper journalists, so to have Sarah, Jeff, James and Caitlin win these awards means a great deal to us,” said Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller. “I am particularly pleased that James’ design work was recognized and that Jeff won what may be unprecedented simultaneous victories in two major writing categories. These are hardworking journalists and I hope these statewide awards remind people of the caliber of work Toledo Free Press strives for.” The Blade’s Jeffrey Basting was named “Best Graphic Designer in Ohio” for newspapers with a circulation of 75,000 or more. The Blade’s Thomas Fisher took second place in the same category. For more information, visit www.spjawards.org. O

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“Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theater will make you good.” — Terrence Mann

Oct. 10 Banned Books Vigil celebrates right to read By Brigitta Burks

Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

The University of Toledo is honoring the right to read freely with its 16th annual Banned Books Week Vigil event, complete with snacks, prizes and even cartoons, on Oct. 10. “We are going to have lots of good stuff. And one new thing we’re doing is a tribute to animation, the cartoons,” said Paulette Kilmer, a UT journalism professor and the event’s coordinator. She said she is grateful for the continued support from sponsors KILMER and the community. As part of the cartoon tribute, “The Simpsons” episode “500 Keys,” in which Lisa discovers a room full of banned books at her school, will air at 10:30 a.m. The “South Park” episode “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” which features a unique spin on “The Catcher in the Rye,” will air at 3 p.m. Although the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week took place Sept. 22-

28, UT’s event is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Carl Joseph Reading Commons on the fifth floor of the Carlson Library. In addition to the cartoon airings, several speakers, including students, teachers and activists, will talk about a topic of their choosing. Cindy Ramirez, an English teacher at Bedford Senior High School, is one of the speakers. Her presentation “You Can’t Teach That!” is set for 4 p.m. Ramirez said she assigns a banned book project to her students and gives them extra credit for attending the vigil. “I don’t even have to push them to work. They are interested in it,” she said. Ramirez said she has come across issues with teaching controversial books. “Sometimes I’ve had parents say, ‘I don’t want my kids reading that book,’ and I have to honor that,” she said. “Especially in the school system, parents want to shelter their kids and they think that if they don’t read about [controversial topics], they won’t be exposed to that and will have better lives.” Kilmer stressed that banned books aren’t just an issue in elementary and high schools, but also at the collegiate level and at public libraries. “We have been told by people in the area that,

‘Oh, it’s just grade school and maybe a few high schools’ and no, the problem is much, much more than that,” she said. From 2000-09, there were 1,217 challenges to books in public libraries, 114 in college classrooms and 30 in academic libraries, according to the ALA.

Freedom to Read

Arjun Sabharwal, one of the event’s committee members and a UT assistant professor and digital initiatives librarian, said, “This is our 16th anniversary here so from time to time, it’s necessary to remind the public that it is important to maintain their freedom to read. That is an ongoing discussion on a public level. There are governments who are pulling books; there are community organizations that are doing that on the smaller level and affecting libraries.” The archivist has his own personal experiences with reading controversial books. Sabharwal and his family left former Soviet-controlled Hungary about 30 years ago. He recalled the impact “1984” and other such books had on him at the time. “I had a copy of [‘1984’] because someone had given me a copy in Austria so I read it real quick because I had to give the book back,” he said of George Orwell’s tale of a society tightly controlled by “Big Brother.”

“When I read that book, I was really horrified about what the government could do to turn even lovers against each other.” Sabharwal said that in Hungary, “A lot of the books weren’t really banned [as much as] they were prevented from being published because that was the system. The institution of printing/publishing was under state control.” Ultimately, many of the people who want to ban books haven’t actually read the material, Kilmer said. She added, “What books we read, if they’re not good, they won’t withstand the test of time. And if they are good, they’ll be recognized as literature.” “If they really and truly have no redeeming quality, they’ll disappear on their own. They don’t need anybody else to say we can’t have them.” Those who attend the free event will have the chance to win several door prizes and banned books. Anyone who wishes to donate a book to the giveaway can select a title from the ALA list at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics or donate cash. Those wishing to donate should inquire at the UT Bookstore, 1430 Secor Road, Toledo, or contact Colleen Strayer at toledo@bkstore.com. Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of this event. For a schedule, visit http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ utbannedbooksvigil2013. O

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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Matt Liasse Events are subject to change.

MUSIC The Ark

This intimate venue showcases acts from the A-list to the lesser known. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. ✯ Imagine – A John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert: 8 p.m. Oct. 9. ✯ Sarah Jarosz: 8 p.m. Oct. 10. ✯ Over the Rhine at Power Center & Tift Merritt: 8 p.m. Oct. 11. ✯ Shape Note Singing: 2 p.m. Oct. 12. ✯ Lou & Peter Berryman: 8 p.m. Oct. 12. ✯ Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. ✯ Bell X1 & Tristen: 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

Bar 145º

This venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. ✯ The Virtually Odd: Oct. 10. ✯ Neon Black: Oct. 11. ✯ The Hot Sauce Committee: Oct. 12.

Barr’s Public House

“Our House, Your Pub” focuses on craft beer, hand-crafted specialty drinks and martinis, a well-rounded wine selection and an eclectic food menu. 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. (419) 866-8466. ✯ Jake Pilewski: 8 p.m. Oct. 10. ✯ Nate Roberts: 9 p.m. Oct. 11. ✯ Audiophiles: 9 p.m. Oct. 12.

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. ✯ Steve Kennedy: Oct. 10. ✯ Nine Lives: Oct. 11. ✯ Nine Lives: Oct. 12.

Bronze Boar

Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com.

✯ Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. ✯ Billy P. and Karaoke Night: Oct. 9. ✯ Steve Kennedy: Oct. 10. ✯ Stonehouse: Oct. 11. ✯ Bush League: Oct. 12. ✯ Steve Finelli: Oct. 14.

martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds Road. (419) 725-6277 or clubevolutiontol.com. ✯ Feel Good Fridays: Fridays. ✯ Sensational Saturdays: Saturdays.

Caesars Windsor

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ The Comeback: Oct. 11. ✯ Bigger Than Jesus (More than 15 local bands): Oct. 12.

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. ✯ Vince Gill: 9 p.m. Oct. 11.

Cheers Sports Eatery

This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. ✯ Boffo: Oct. 12.

Clazel Theatre

This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net. ✯ Club Kiss: Fridays and Saturdays. ✯ 365: Saturdays

The Distillery

The mic is open on Sundays, but paid entertainers rock out Fridays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 3821444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ Live Trivia with DJ Brandon: Tuesdays. ✯ Nathan Cogan: Wednesdays. ✯ DJ Rob Sample: Thursdays. ✯ Open Mic with Zack Ward: Sundays.

Doc Watson’s

Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com.

Dorr St. Café

Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or www.dorrstreetcafe.com. ✯ Bob Stevens and Melissa Joseph: Oct. 11.

Evolution

A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5

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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. ✯ The Late Show: Oct. 11-12.

H Lounge

Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com. ✯ Dave Carpenter: 9 p.m. Oct. 11. ✯ Remedy: 9 p.m. Oct. 12.

Kerrytown Concert House

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. ✯ Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann: Oct. 9. ✯ Elizabeth Lesesne Dixon: Oct. 10. ✯ Matthew Ardizzone: Oct. 11. ✯ Ursula Walker: Oct. 12.

Mainstreet Bar and Grill

Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or www.toledomainstreet.com.

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. ✯ Double Vision Fridays: Fridays. ✯ Volume Saturdays: Saturdays.

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 www.motorcitycasino.com. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances.

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One2 Lounge at Treo

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. ✯ Straight Up! Trio: Oct. 11. ✯ Clarence Clamwater and Friends: Oct. 12.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www. otavern.com. ✯ Smartypants Trivia: Toledo’s Favorite Pub Quiz: 9 p.m., Wednesdays. ✯ Little Elephant Takeover: The Fight Within, Throw It To Erie, Shitty Neighbors, The Miracle Vitamins, Justin WW & Even Tiles, This Severe Lifestyle: 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or www.potbelly.com. ✯ Jaime Mills: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays.

Stella’s

Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Eddie Molina: Oct. 10. ✯ Elixer: Oct. 11. ✯ Brian Bocian: Oct. 12.

The Village Idiot

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. ✯ Andrew Ellis Music: 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

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“We’re actors — we’re the opposite of people!” — Tom Stoppard ✯ Steve Kennedy: 7 p.m. Oct. 9. ✯ Ross Thompson & The Urban Jazz: 7 p.m. Oct. 10. ✯ Jeff Stewart: 9 p.m. Oct. 11. ✯ Ben Barefoot: 9 p.m. Oct. 12.

STAR @ the movies

EVENTS Big Bug Invasion

‘Rush’

Giant bug sculptures can be found in six displays in Perrysburg’s Levis Commons as part of the David Rogers’ Big Bugs Exhibit, a traveling exhibit of “larger-than-life bug sculptures.” The sculptures will be on display through Oct. 31 in an event sponsored by ProMedica. ✯ Kids Eat Free at Blue Pacific Grill: Tuesdays in October. ✯ Kids decorate their yogurt cups at Yogurt Vi: Fridays in October. ✯ Bug-themed storytimes at Books-A-Million: 11 a.m., Saturdays in October. ✯ Scavenger Hunt Saturdays from ProMedica: 12-5 p.m. Saturdays in October. ✯ Horse-drawn hayrides: 5-8 p.m., Saturdays in October.

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

”Chris Hemsworth plays a smooth Formula One driver from the ’70s in this high-octane drama from Ron Howard. Hans Zimmer’s score and Anthony Dod Mantle’s cinematography are fantastic contributions to the movie. But ultimately, the racing movie seems rushed and doesn’t move beyond its sport, which great movies like ‘Moneyball’ transcend.”

Custer Week

Watch James discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m. For more: toledofreepress.com/movies

✯ Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Polka Floyd: Oct. 11. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: Oct. 12.

Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull

At one of Toledo’s newest gathering places, customers can find 30 draught beer selections and daily drink specials. They promise live entertainment seven days of the week. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855 or facebook.com/ cocknbulltoledo. ✯ Open Mic with Danny Mettler: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 9. ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 10. ✯ Bobby May and John Barile: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 11. ✯ Distant Cousins: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 11. ✯ Jeff Stewart and the 25’s. 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 12.

Ye Olde Durty Bird

A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7 p.m.) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair St. (419) 243-2473 or www.yeoldedurtybird.com. ✯ Open mic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

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 group provides music for all occasions. (419) 708-0265, (419) 874-0290 or www.swingmania.org. ✯ Trotters Tavern: Tuesdays. ✯ Big Band Swing Concert and Dance: Community of Christ Lutheran Church, 6517 Finzel Road, Whitehouse, 4-5:30 p.m. ✯ Toledo Zoo Nairobi Pavillion, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Undefined” Exhibit

Skot Horn and Karen Roderick-Lingeman’s duo show combines paintings and drawings with sculptures. The show is labeled as such because Horn said, “nobody likes to be put in a category.” The show will be on display from Oct. 12 to Nov. 9 at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. A reception will take place on Oct. 12 from 6 to 11 p.m.

HALLOWEEN The Butterfly House

Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet

This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. www. beatlesebooks.com/elixir. ✯ Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull, 9 N. Huron St., 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Oct. 1. ✯ Quimby’s Food & Spirits, 3536 Sterns Road, Lambertville. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3. ✯ Mancy’s Italian Grill, 5453 Monroe St., 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Zombies have taken over Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. Like every year, October is the month Cedar Point turns up the screams when the sun goes down. This year, the new Zombie High School will join the other attractions aiming to scare you: the mazes like Eden Musee, Eternity Infirmary, G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate and Zombie High School; the scare zones like Blood on the Bayou, Carnevil, Cornstalkers, Cut Throat Cove, Fear Faire and Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks and the shows like Gypsy Fortune Tellers, Halloween Hullabaloo, Sideshow … A Carnival of Magic, Skeleton Crew and the Edge of Madness: Infernal Nightmare. Tickets for Friday and Sunday night admission are $38.99 and valid through Oct. 27; Saturday and Sunday admission tickets admission tickets are $58.99 and valid through Oct. 27. There are also family-friendly attractions available, which include the new attractions Trick Or Treat with the Dinosaurs! And Howl-a-Palooza kids area, featuring a costume contest. There will also be Planet Spooky and Monster Midway Invasion Celebration. 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky. 419-627-2350. www.cedarpoint.com.

Jazz on the Maumee

Family Haunted Bike Ride

Guests are invited to travel through space and time in a geographical journey witnessing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the break up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. This event is open Fridays (Oct. 4-25) from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Ritter Planetarium. 419-530-4037. University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St. www.utoledo.edu/nsm.rpbo/ programs/public.html.

Elixer

The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5:307:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $5-$15. (419) 241-141 or www.arttatumsociety.com. ✯ Clifford Murphy, Josh Silver, Josh Ross: Oct. 9.

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The Monroe County Historical Museum will sponsor events for the weekend. Tickets cost $5, reservations and further information is available through Chris Kull by calling 734240-7787. 126 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan. ✯ Civil War Tour of Woodland Cemetary: 10 a.m. Oct. 12. ✯”Brother to Brother: A Conversation Between General George A. Custer and Captain Thomas Ward Custer”: 2 p.m. Oct. 12.

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There will be a 7.4-mile corn maze to challenge your wits at The Butterfly House in Whitehouse. It is open for all ages. Hours include 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Oct. 10-13. 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse. 419-877-2733. www.whitehousecornmaze.com.

Cedar Point

Designed for families with children 12 years old and younger. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Oak Openings Preserve, Whitehouse. Register: mvadventurers.org/civivrm/ event/info?reset=1&id=4.

Fall Color Cruises

Jefferson Avenue Docks will set boats to sail for two-hour cruises on the river. Hot cider and donut holes will also be available when gazing at the autumn colors. Cruises take place the next weekends (Oct 12-13 and 19-20) with departures at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations cost $19 for adults and $9 for children younger than 12. Departures are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jefferson Ave. & Summit St. 419-5371212. www.sandpiperboat.com.

Fall on the Farm & Scout Day

This activity will be filled with activities such as shelling corn, apple packing and cider pressing. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will get in free. Adults are $15, students are $8 and children aged 5 and younger are free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 12. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, SR 2 and SR 66, Archbold. 800-590-9755. www.saudervillage.org.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in this turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en.This event is intended for the whole family and is open every weekend in October. Members of The Henry Ford receive discount

Two Buck Yuks Keith Bergman brings his comedy showcase “Two Bucks Yuks” to The Blarney Event Center every Wednesday night. There will be a $2-cover for the shows and open to anyone ages 21 and older. The shows will be 90 minutes. . 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub. com.

✯ Zach Martina, Darnell Anderson, Jeremy Rowland, Jeff Horste, Kent Tucker, Robert Kemeny, Cody Cooper, LJ White, Keith Spurlock, Carl Johnson. admission and an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in advance. Hours are 6:30- 9 p.m. on Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. 313981-6001.

Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park

The Hydro has undergone a 100 percent rebuild for this season. It includes a Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes gone bad theme. The scares happen every Friday (Oct. 4 to Nov. 1) from 7 to 11:30 p.m. 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont. 419-3327380. www.thehauntedhydro.com.

Ghost Hunt & Movie Premier

The Collingwood Arts Center is opening its doors for the first time for a ghost hunt. Chris Bores will premiere the documentary “Pursuit of the Paranormal.” Oct. 12. 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-ARTS. www.collingwoodartscenter.org.

Lake Eerie Fearfest

The Lake Eerie Fearfest is four haunts united with the newly-renovated Ghostly Manor, which has been featured on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Seen.” It bands the mysterious legends of Lake Erie together in five haunted houses on six acres of nonstop fright. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone. 3319 Milan Road, Sandusky. 419-502-4288. http://www.lakeeeriefearfest. com. Hours are 7:30-11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Special Halloween hours are 7:309:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

ScreamAcres Haunted Attractions, Corn Maze and Barnyard

The corn maze and barn open at 7 p.m., but when the sun goes down, terror begins to lurk. It is open to the public every Friday through Nov. 1. and food is available at the Cornfield Café and Cindy’s Concessions. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Leaders Farms, County Road 16, Napoleon. 419-5991570. www.screamacres.com.

Terror Town Haunted Attraction

Terror Town was voted the No. 1 haunt of 2008 by cityblood haunt reviews and remains one of the largest in Northwest Ohio. This attraction takes place every Friday (Sept. 27 to Nov. 1) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. www.terrortown.net.

Valentine Theater

The Toledo Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization that produces and provides cultural and performing arts expericences for diverse audiences. It is a 116-year-old theater that seats 901. It recived a $28 million renovation in 1999. 410 Adams St. 419-255-7464. toledoopera.org. ✯ The Mousetrap: Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery will come to life. Tickets are $20. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 11-13. If you would like your event in The Pulse, contact Matt at mattliasse@gmail.com. ✯


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“Theater demands different muscles and different aspects of one’s personality.” — Victor Garber

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UT staging pair of plays about political unrest. By John Dorsey Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer news@toledofreepress.com

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While political unrest may not seem like a laughing matter, the University of Toledo’s latest offering proves that laughter may still be the best medicine, even in times of uncertainty. A production of late Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek’s rarely seen one-acts “Strip-Tease” and “Fox Hunt” is set to bring on the absurdity starting Oct. 11. Both plays are being directed by Cornel Gabara, who starred in “Strip-Tease” at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City in 2004. Gabara is Head of Acting and an associate professor of theater at UT. “I chose to work with this material precisely because of the current political situation in the United States. We are living in very absurd times, and I think these plays fit perfectly given that. I also wanted to offer my students a complex experience with a stylized form of performance,” Gabara said. “While I did previously appear as an actor in ‘Strip-Tease,’ this experience has been very different. For one thing, I’m working with student actors as opposed to professionals. Also the space is very different, which offered its own set of challenges. But mostly every director has

their own take on things, and while I had a wonderful experience in New York, I just had a more creative freedom this time around, in terms of being able to get a certain message out.” According to The New York Times, Mrozek, who died Aug. 15, was best known as a dissident playwright who “lampooned the political and social climate of the postwar Eastern bloc nations.” His other plays included “Alfa,” “The Police” and “Tango.” “I would love it if people came away more aware of themselves and their political environment, but I’m not sure if a play can accomplish that right now. Though in the end, if even one person gets it and is impacted by what they see, then I’m happy. I think that both of these plays do raise questions while still being entertaining. It all happens very gradually,” Gabara said. The production runs Oct. 11-13, and Oct. 17-20. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday performances which are at 2 p.m. Following the opening night performance there will be a free reception and “talkback” discussion, in which the audience can meet the director, designers and cast and ask questions about the show. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff, alumni and seniors, and $5 for students. For more information, call (419) 5302375 or visit utoledo.edu/BoxOffice. O

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A documentary about the International Gay Games will be screened Oct. 13 by the Toledo Area Rainbow Alliance, a group of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations. The film, “Take the Flame! Gay Games: Grace, Grit and Glory,” will be shown at 4 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St. Admission is free. Free refreshments will be served. According to a news release, the documentary traces the history of the Gay Games since it started in San Francisco in 1982. The Gay Games, held every four years in a different city, is the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by and focusing on LGBT athletes, artists and musicians. Anyone 18 and older can participate in the more than 40 events regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion, nationality, athletic ability or physical condition.

The next Gay Games will be hosted Aug. 9-16 in Cleveland. The event is expected to draw more than 30,000 people, including 11,000 participants, to northeast Ohio from all 50 states and 65 countries, according to the release. Local LGBT nonprofit Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be donating a registration package to the Gay Games (a $165 value), which includes marching in the opening ceremony and participation in the closing ceremony. A drawing will be held Oct. 13 following the showing of the documentary to award the prize. For more information on the film, contact Cheri Holdridge at (419) 297-8031. For more information on Gay Games 9 visit the website www.GG9CLE.com. O — Staff Reports


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The shutdown won’t shut us down

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s an activist for almost a decade, I have gone through ups and downs emotionally, energetically and spiritually specific to this calling. There are countless and ever-unfolding efforts that need change, help and awareness and so many wrongs to make right. Even the short list of social justice, environmental justice, animal and human rights, economic justice and equality comprises STACY thousands of specific cases and types of calls to action, all around the world. Conscientious people deal with the moral questions of “How can we make good around us? What is my role in a just and peaceful world? How can I better my community?” It has been a challenge to maintain a balance between the quest for righteousness and a stressfree existence amid my feeling of responsibility to participate in revolutionizing every aspect of our zeitgeist. I have seen activists burn out and have felt it myself. I have been seeking a sustainable

path to personal happiness and a clear conscience with a healthy body and living environment (a blessing to be able to pursue). At the same time, I aim to release the mindset of struggle, fear and distrust of the natural order and entropy. In the midst of this process, I have pulled away from various forms of activism such as protesting, petitioning, attempting to influence a stale political culture and walking into Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates’ office asking for exoneration for Danny Brown (whose DNA has proven him innocent of a crime for which he was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for almost 20 years). I also choose not to spend my time rev- eling in popular culture (f**k Miley Cyrus) or reading most news sources. The coverage of selected and filtered world and national affairs is depressing and uninspiring at best. I do not want my daily breaths to be polluted with news about car crashes, home fires,

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gunshots, rapes and consumer alerts. Similarly, the government and wars and our nation’s actions in international affairs are so unbelievably ignorant and corrupt that I no longer see the point in tallying up their every move; my reactions to them are the same. While before I might have wavered between laughing or crying, I have become somewhat numb to these customs. When I heard of the government shutdown through Facebook posts, I did not even bat an eye. I had no interest in reading more about whatever story they want us to believe; it’s a game and it will change again soon. Next month it will be something else; all the while the government is funding wars and continuing unthinkable human and civil rights violations. I was, however, prompted to pay attention to the shutdown when a friend called and updated me on some of the local effects of the shutdown. Kristin Kiser, owner of Black Kite Coffee in the Old West End, is personally distraught over the shutdown’s inclusion of the funding for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. WIC, run locally through Lucas County, is a “special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental foods.” Kiser is appalled that the shutdown could

Community mobilization efforts continue. ultimately leave babies without formula, their only source of nutrition if the mother is unable to breast-feed. When she heard the news, she immediately started collecting donations of money and infant formula. She designated her coffee shop as a drop-off location for formula and made arrangements for distribution. I spoke with Clark Allen, Lucas County WIC program director. He explained that WIC’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1; when the shutdown occurred the 2014 budget that included funding for WIC had not yet been approved. Ohio is able to “spend forward” leftover money from 2013 through the end of October with the hope that a budget will be approved before the reserve is gone. There are food dollars to last well into November, but staff funding for Lucas County WIC will only last until the end of the month, according to Allen. “We’re operating as normal; the schedule is the same and we’re open for business. The WIC vouchers are issued three months at a time. If someone came in today they’d get vouchers to last October, November and December. If we got to November and the WIC office wasn’t open, there’d be no new vouchers issued.” Allen said he’s cautiously optimistic that this will come to an end very soon. “We’re not eliminated. Once they approve the budget, the funding will come through. n JURICH CONTINUES ON 16


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”When you’re directing something, you have to be involved in all layers of the process.” — Cate Blanchett

Accepting the rejection “Can’t use you bro, but keep doing what you do!”

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hat was the email that ended a six-month game of on-again, offagain Internet tag between a comedy booker and me. It involved technical critiques of my videos, long silences, unsolicited advice about my act and more long silences. It finally culminated in that dismissive sentence, leaving me in the position of either writing this guy and his Keith shows off forever, or continuing to pester him and coming off like an increasingly desperate jilted paramour. Rationally, this makes perfect sense. Comedy is not universal. No art form is. Even the most successful comedians of all time have their detractors. It just stands to reason that you won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. And who really cares anyway? This guy isn’t a gatekeeper to my whole career — he books a few pissant rooms in the middle of nowhere. I’d barely make gas money working for him anyway. Who needs it? I do, obviously, or I wouldn’t be ranting about it now. Rejection is a staple of any artist’s diet, and

the inability to deal with it keeps otherwise funny people from pursuing their dreams. I take it personally, even as I know I shouldn’t, and even as I get exasperated with myself for caring that much about it. It’s a huge character flaw on my part and it’s my Achilles’ heel as I attempt to expose myself to more audiences, more bookers and — inevitably — more rejection. Contests are another fact of life in entry-level comedy, and they’re huge ego bruisers. You can have the set of your life, go up against a guy so new that all his co-workers still come see his gigs, and watch him win the “audience participation” vote and take home a check you really could have used. You can drive for hours, only to be told upon arrival that you’re going up first out of a three-hour roster, so no one will remember your set by the time the proceedings lurch to a halt. You tell yourself not to think of it as a contest, it’s just stage time and practice, but some yutz is going home with what could have been your next car insurance payment, and it stings a little. Even seeing your friends get opportunities you

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didn’t get feels like rejection. No one wants to be that petty, but when you’re playing Angry Birds at home on a Friday and you know your buddy is gigging with a big national act, it takes a much more heroic pal than me to feel happiness for them undiluted by just a little jealousy. That booker can’t use me. And I am gonna keep doing what I do. Nothing is wrong or weird about either of those facts. I just wish there wasn’t a small, ugly voice in my head yelling “YOUR LOSS, JAGOFF!” and punching the wall repeatedly. Keith Bergman hosts the ‘Two Buck Yuks’ comedy show at The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St., every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Zach Martina headlines Oct. 9, while Stu McCallister tops the bill Oct. 16.

“WIC has been around for almost 40 years. If it were to end, it would catch us all really off-guard. I surely hope that we���re around for another 40 years,” he said. Kiser’s collection of money and formula may not be needed immediately, but unless the funding for WIC is approved sometime this month, it will be crucial to the survival of babies in Lucas County. As a community, we need to be able to support those most in need, as well as each other. The initial support generated by Kiser’s outreach is a strong indication that there is an element to America that can’t be shut down. There will always be instability and uncertainty, so it is crucial to create systems and support networks that can mobilize when needs arise. For more information about Lucas County WIC, visit www. co.lucas.oh.us and type “WIC” into the search box. Black Kite Coffee, located on the corner of Collingwood Boulevard and Delaware Avenue in the Old West End, is an independent drop-off location for donations of infant formula. O Email columnist Stacy Jurich at letters@toledofreepress.com.

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“The theatre is an attack on mankind carried on by magic.” — Iris Murdoch

Number of culturemakers in Toledo is growing “Life in the circus ain’t easy. But, the folks on the outside don’t know. When the tent goes up and the tent comes down, and all that they see is the show.” — Ani DiFranco

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iving in the Old West End and being involved with the art and culture that often bring people from outside the Downtown area into the parts of town where I (and a large number of artists and activists) Rachel live and work, I very often find these lyrics from Ani DiFranco’s song “Freakshow” comforting. For me, it’s completely common to be scampering around the Warehouse District or UpTown during one of the Arts Commission’s Art Walks, setting up a table, playing music or riding in a Glass City Pedicab. I’m thrilled but not at all surprised to see stilt walkers or breakdancers in the middle of an intersection stopping traffic. I’m conscious that this isn’t normal activity for the occasional patron and that they aren’t accustomed to this spectacle. The visitor’s only job here is to enjoy what is being shown to them, but those of us behind the scenes have a larger role to play. Event planners from every industry understand what I mean when I say that the week leading up to a fundraiser or performance has the coordinators running in several directions at once, seeking

a stressful balance between what is important at the last hour and what may just need to work itself out, so that the “show” comes off looking effortless and solid. We have a stellar group of people in the UpTown/Downtown/Warehouse District area who are making the entertainment for an evergrowing number of participants from all over the city. The number of culture makers is ever growing. And even better, some of them are recent Toledo transplants! My favorite — a literal group of circus performers has come to town within the past two years and is even giving some of us who thought we’d seen it all a fresh dose of culture. Bird’s Eye View Circus Space has found its home in the Collingwood Arts Center and is brought to us by partners in life as well as art, Erin GarberPearson and Erik Bang. Garber-Pearson, a visual artist whose installations open viewers’ eyes to local and global issues simultaneously, can demonstrate aerial silk with such grace that your mouth hangs open and your body makes chills. And Bang, a bicycle aficionado/repairman with Toledo Bikes!, eats fire, walks on stilts and contorts his body in ways I had only seen on television before their 3 Penny Circus performance in May. The talent is immense and is matched only

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by their enthusiasm and willingness to try something new in a city that is defined by pure culture. Not to mention the acts that came in from out of town for the 3 Penny Circus and had a sold-out theater full of people chanting their names in show of love and appreciation. I’m still thinking about the performance and it happened months ago. And now, Bird’s Eye View Circus Space is offering classes in fitness and unique circus skills to amateur Toledoans. I recently participated in a class teaching skills in aerial silk routines. It was not only extremely fun but very difficult and my body feels stronger for experiencing that hour and a half of exercise. Classes in acro-yoga, aerial hoops and an open gym are also offered. I encourage everyone to look into this opportunity as I promise you that you have never seen or done anything like it. The location is half the experience. To be surrounded by the history of the Collingwood Arts Center while contemporary and off-thebeaten-path art is shared by wonderfully patient and competent instructors creates a sense of cultural evolution. I’m looking forward to the next 3 Penny Circus and know to look for GarberPearson and Bang and their local cast at most art events. They are the ones on stilts, bringing smiles to the faces in their wake. What about you? Have you ever thought that one of your talents was just a little too weird and that you might never find a venue to express it? As progress and art have looked more and more alike in Toledo during the first half of the 2010s, I’m willing to bet that whatever you are good at is getting less and less weird. An audience awaits. O Email Toledo Free Press Star columnist Rachel Richardson at letters@toledofreepress.com.

Mally The Martian speaks — and we’re happy to listen

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oledo’s native son Mally The Martian returned to host his first soiree/listening party the end of this summer. He meant to make the invitation-only, intimate affair impressive and his mission was accomplished. He debuted songs like his radio-ready release “Saddam Hussein” and street banger “The Core” carefully, dissecting those songs and their meanings along with the rest of the album’s tracks for his closest friends, family and a few members of the media. Each song was a Mally masterpiece, expressing his love and passion for music as he painted a vivid picture of the life he comes from and the finer side of life he desires to live. Since his soiree, he has been working steadily toward completing and releasing his new album “Mall Street.” Mally has been training for this moment since his days producing and rapping with his fellow Swagga Boyz. The last time I spoke with Mally, he had recently relocated to the East Coast to gain better opportunities in the music industry. This leap of faith landed him a coveted position producing in-house for Fabolous, one of hip-hop’s greatest artists. He quickly started producing for other hip–hop artists, which led to his work being praised and recognized by the likes of Timbaland and Diddy. Confidently releasing his album independently through his c o m p a n y Never Stop Dreaming Music, Mally will soon return to Toledo for his album release party, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 18 at Infinity Lounge, 5050 Jackman Road. The event will be hosted by his mentor and friend, Fabolous. Martini Rox: After your successful soiree/listening party this past summer,

why did you feel the need to have your first album release parties in Toledo and Columbus instead of New York? Mally: I wanted to do it at home first. I wanted to pay homage to my state and let them know what I’m doing first and then [I’ll] do a release party in Jersey and New York. I want to get my Day One people. I wanted to do something big at home. I wanted them to be able to celebrate with me as this marks the chapter [as] the beginning of phase two of my journey. Rox: Having released previous albums, what is the significance of “Mall Street”? Mally: This is my biggest project thus far, as far as a release nationally with the momentum and people actually knowing who I am and having some anticipation behind it. It has an industry undertone to it because a lot of the people are waiting on a project to be done and [it will] go into the meetings that I am taking first quarter. Rox: What are your major goals business-wise and what do you want to achieve with the release of “Mall Street”? Mally: I want to build up momentum. Everything is momentum to me. You have to be seen, you have to have people engage you and get what you’re presenting. [They have to] understand what my music is about and what I’m about and what my movement is about. Listen to Mally’s music at www.soundcloud.com/mallythemartian As we continue on … O

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