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OCT. 23, 2013

Freaks & Geeks The Squidling Brothers bring new era of sideshow to Ottawa Tavern.


“I’m just too occupied to see” — Hoobastank, “The Mirror”

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Hoobastank goes to Hollywood By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor

Guitarist Dan Estrin is tired of answering the question. He gets asked all the time — it’s one of the first things brought up in every interview. Still, he admits it’s pretty much inevitable. No matter how many albums the group has sold, no matter how long they have been together, the question always comes up. Why is the band named Hoobastank? “You know, I understand a little why that’s usually everyone’s first question,” Estrin said. “I mean seriously — What the f**k is Hoobastank? What does it mean? None of us ever thought or currently think the name is great. It is what it is. “We named the band when we were very young and never thought about the future. We actually signed our record deal under ‘formally known as ‘Hoobastank.’ We were dead set on changing it. We had a bunch of different names written down. After we signed the deal, we played a concert back home at The Roxy and our record company came out to see us. The place was completely packed! People everywhere going f***ing nuts while chanting “Hoo-ba-stank ... Hoo-bastank!” I remember after the show our A&R guy saying ... ‘F**k it! Don’t change your name!’ So really Paul Pontius is to blame!” During the decade-plus that has passed since the band first slammed into the public consciousness — and the years of refining that came prior to that — Hoobastank has brought its unique brand of alternative rock to stages all over the world. Their most recent tour began just days ago with stops in India, leading to its upcoming free concert at the Hollywood Casino Toledo on Oct. 23. “The Midwest is usually really good to us. Lots of energy. The crowds on the coasts — including myself — seem a bit more jaded and used to bands coming through all the time,” Estrin noted. “I grew up and still live in L.A. ... Going to a concert looks like a bunch of really important people standing there checking their tweets, updating their status on [Facebook] and posting pics on Instagram ... while missing the moment they’re in during the concert.” No matter the location or audience, the members of Hoobastank work to put on a consistently great show, drawing on more than a decade and a half of touring experience spent refining and improving their ability as live performers. “I think like anyone, over the time of 15 years you grow, learn and hopefully get better at what

your craft is,” Estrin said. “And also look back at some of the dumb s**t we or I’ve done through the years ... and either cringe or laugh.” Though Hoobastank has seen its fair share of upheaval during its years on the road, with a recent departure from Island Records and the departure of several bass players, the main body of the group has stayed relatively stable through the years. Since the group was first formed in the mid-’90s, the three members at its core — Estrin, singer Doug Robb and drummer Chris Hesse — have remained. How has the trio maintained a healthy working relationship during that time?



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“Well, it’s not always healthy. Especially early on when we were young,” Estrin said. “I just believe people get tired of people. No matter if it’s your longtime best friend who ends up annoying the s**t out of you cause of the way he chews his food, or it’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife ... people need space and breaks. Communication is super important and dudes usually f***ing suck at it ... which ends up getting pushed down inside and ends up coming out way worse later. “At this point in my life, I try to choose my words better than I might have in the early days. We all love what we do and the three of us have been through a lot together. We’ve been all over the world and made a lot of

music together that has done very well for us. We’re like brothers.” The group’s most recent album — the well-received 2012 “Fight or Flight” — not only saw them change labels for the first time in more than a decade, but also from longtime producer Howard Benson to new collaborator Gavin Brown. “We had worked with the same producer for three albums. It was time to try something fresh. That was all we knew. We wanted and needed something different,” Estrin noted. And what can fans expect at Hollywood Casino Toledo on Oct. 23? “Some familiar catchy songs, a fun, energetic performance and we’re finally going to reveal onstage what the name Hoobastank means!” O

Hoobastank formed in the mid-1990s and has retained its three original members. PHOTO COURTESY PAUL PONTIUS


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“It’s too late to try and work it out” — Hoobastank, “The Letter”

Freaks and geeks By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor

“Magic is fake. Sideshow skills are real. When you have a fire-eater or a sword-swallower, what it looks like they’re doing — they’re really doing. When you eat fire, you really do get burned. ... When you swallow a sword, you really do gag, and you really do choke, because you’re sticking metal right down your throat. I tell you this, because when you watch a sideshow performer, you shouldn’t think about how we’re doing this. You should think about why.” — Penn Jillette “Why do we do what we do?” Jelly Boy the Clown said, repeating the question he had just been asked. He was sitting in a diner with his fellow performers during an interview for Toledo Free Press Star. Jelly Boy turned to the other current members of The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow — a group that included a contortionist, a fire dancer and a strongman — and asked all of them. “Hey guys, why do we do what we do?” There was a pause. Jelly Boy — self-described “Living Cartoon and Natural-Born Weirdo” — came back on the line. “Because we can’t not do it. And the audience can’t unsee it. It’s part of the compulsion, it’s a lifestyle choice. We always want to be on the road, freaking new people out every town. And we do it for the kids, you know? We do it for the kids inside of you.” For the past few years, Jelly Boy and his brother Matterz Squidling have toured throughout the United States and Europe with their new vision of the classic traveling sideshow, featuring feats that stretch the limits of human abilities — not to mention turning some stomachs. Blending comedy with the classic squeamish thrills that seeing such old-school acts can bring, this latest Squidling Brothers tour will stop by Toledo at 10 p.m. Oct. 23 for a show at the Ottawa Tavern, 1817 Adams St. “A Squidling Brothers show is a hilarious stunt show with freaks and show people doing amazing feats that boggle the mind,” Matterz said. “We do sword-swallowing, beds of nails, broken glass. This time we’re traveling with an Illustrated Strongman who drives spikes into boards, a natural born freak who stretches his skin and an amazing aerialist/fire artist.”

Hear ye, hear ye

The sideshow — a secondary attraction promoted by a carnival barker who would encourage passersby to pony up a few coins to see extraordinary feats and people born with unusual deformities — has long since disappeared from the “family friendly” circuses and fairs that continue to be organized the world over. Changing societal attitudes and the ad-

Squidling Brothers brings new era of sideshow to Ottawa Tavern.

vent of television made paying cash to see such acts less attractive to the casual audience. In recent years, spurred on by the success of the Jim Rose Circus, which attained fame at 1992’s Lollapalooza, the sideshow has seen a revival in popularity, with numerous outfits ready to scratch the itch of those wanting to witness such remarkable feats. What sets the Squidlings apart, Jelly Boy argued, is the sense of humor which they bring to the enterprise. “A Squidling Brothers show is a surreal collection of characters. And I think it’s our approach to comedy, along with the grotesque and the extreme,” he said. “It’s a bit of a lighthearted approach to some very hardcore acts.” “We like to add this comedy element to the show, and we like to push the limits of the different types of traditional stunts,” Matterz added. “We’re always trying to do new and strange things, taking the old ideas and making them new.”

Step right up

Matterz and Jelly Boy are, indeed, legitimately brothers — though one is hard-pressed to believe “Jelly Boy the Clown” is his legal name. Though the rest of the cast differs for each tour, the two brothers are constant — no Squidling Brothers tour has ever performed without both brothers onstage. The pair has been training and participating in sideshow stunts together since 2004, though the specific gimmick they now bring to the stage didn’t take shape until a few years later. “The Squidling Brothers name, I think, we came up with in 2008,” Matterz said. “We started touring in 2009, and we’ve been touring in the U.S. and Europe ever since.” “We have a rotating cast of characters,” Jelly Boy said. “Because not everybody can just leave their life all the time and just go on the road. We do a lot of traveling, so we meet a lot of very interesting people all around the country — all around the world. “And we try and bring those people with us whenever we can. So we have a kind of collection of very strange and unique friends that we pull from. “And this particular tour, we have a new cast of characters. We have a strongman, Titano, from Milwaukee. We’ve got the Rubber Man — he’s born with a condition that makes his skin stretch ridiculously, and his bones are also rubber, so he can bend back his hand all the way, and twist his arm more than 360 degrees around. And there’s a lady traveling with us named Madeleine Belle, who’s an aerialist and a great fire dancer.” The ever-shifting makeup of the show is key to its ongoing success, Jelly Boy noted. “We got to really try and change it up, because we hit a lot of the same spots, and we want to keep our show different so people keep coming back.

Madeleine Belle and her fire hoop in The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow.


“We come up with new ideas as we go along, and we try different stunts out to try and fit the character of the group,” he said. “For instance, there’s one act we’re working on right now where the strongman ties a mechanical claw to his testicles. “And I have a remote control, and it’s like one of those machines you see in Walmart where the mechanical claw is trying to pick up the stuffed animals.”

Feast your eyes

Just the description of some of these acts is enough to make a listener slack-jawed with disbelief, maybe a little uneasy — but they can also put a wry smile on their face. There is the sense that they shouldn’t look, but they can’t look away. It’s that basic instinct that both brothers say is key to the appeal of their work — and maybe, in some way, it’s a bit therapeutic, as well. n SIDESHOW CONTINUES ON 5

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n SIDESHOW CONTINUED FROM 4 “There’s a long list of things that make people squirm, and everybody’s different,” Jelly Boy said. “We try to find every angle of every phobia that people might have, and just try to run, like, a psychotherapy session. And by the end of the show, a lot of people who were afraid of clowns, or a lot of people who were afraid of needles, or fire, giant guys with tattoos on their faces — they start to feel a little bit differently about it. And they actually confront their fears and laugh about it.” “I love doing the sideshow and thrilling people every night. It’s definitely about the crowd response,” Matterz said. “I can’t really think of anything else I’d rather do. I just enjoy the thrill of being on the road, going to different places and ... finding places to go to where people may have never seen a sideshow, or heard of a sideshow and had never seen it before.” The act of performance proved healing for Jelly Boy, as well. Two years ago, he was staying at a friend’s place prior to a show in New York City. He awoke to find the apartment in flames. Saved by the FDNY, he was in intensive care for weeks with severe burns all over his body and lungs. But within two months, the Clown was back on the road with his family — his real-life brother, and his brothers and sisters in performance. “It was really therapeutic for me, because I

wasn’t done healing completely when I got back on the road. I ended up healing a lot on the road. Because I’d rather be out there doing something than sitting at home in a hospital bed, feeling sorry for myself. And we condition ourselves to deal with a lot of pain or to look at pain differently, and just to live, function with it. And it definitely helped me to go out and really forget about my troubles.”

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This latest version of the Squidlings’ extravaganza has only been on the road a few weeks. It’s still growing and coming into its own, as all their shows do during the early days. But Matterz noted how this tour is also, in many ways, a return to basics for the brothers. “It’s actually kind of back to one of our original formats that we had, with a strongman and a natural-born and a female performer with Jelly and I. With this particular tour, as I just said, it’s just a really amazing dynamic with the personalities. Everyone is just really, really funny — not just onstage but offstage.” Asked what attendees can expect at the Tavern on Oct. 23, Jelly Boy paused once more. When he spoke, you could hear the grin in his voice. “They can expect to leave with a very strange smile on their face, and have a lot of stories to tell their friends.” Tickets to the performance are $5. O



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“No one else has ever made me open up my eyes” — Hoobastank, “Incomplete”

The dead will walk at UpTown venues during ‘Zombie Crawl’ By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Seven venues will collaborate for the fourth year with the Zombie Crawl, a costumed bar crawl in Toledo’s UpTown neighborhood. The event officially starts at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Wesley’s Bar & Grill, 1201 Adams Street, as a general meet-up. There will be a quick announcement at 9:30 p.m. and at 10 p.m. the official march will begin from Wesley’s to Manhattan’s, 1516 Adams St. The venues involved also include The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St., UpTown Association, 241 16th St., The Truth Art Gallery and Event Center, 1811 Adams St., Ottawa Tavern, 1817 Adams St. and Bretz Nightclub, 2012 Adams St. The UpTown Association will provide an extra outdoor bar space near The Attic on Adams for the Zombie Crawl. Also, the Ottawa Tavern will shut down the street for an outdoor party. Each venue will have different entertainment featured and, according to UpTown Associa-

tion Board Member Ryan Bunch, dressing as a zombie is “near mandatory.” The event started as a “really simple idea” among Bunch and his friends, he said. “There’s other cities that do zombie crawls; it was just one of those things like ‘Why can’t we do one here?’” Bunch said. “The first year, about 700 people showed up and it’s doubled in size each year since. The next year we had about 1,500 and last year we had about 2,500 people.” Bunch is looking to double the number of attendees once again. “I’m not sure what to expect this year but it’s going to be, I would say, pretty big,” he said. Bunch has met people who have come from Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to Toledo specifically for the Zombie Crawl, even though those cities do their own. “I think [that] says that Toledo is just right for having fun,” Bunch said. The event will run until 2:30 a.m. There is structure at the beginning of the event, but as the night goes on attendees are free to do as they please. The event is free of charge. O

Tim Effler at last year’s Zombie Crawl. PHOTO COURTESY RYAN BUNCH

Sylvania Southview to perform challenging ‘Crucible’ for Halloween By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Sylvania Southview High School will take audiences back to the Salem witch trials in time for Halloween. The school will perform Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a play inspired by the McCarthy hearings on Communist activities of the 1950s. The play “focuses on the inconsistencies of the trials and the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas,” according to a news release. More than 50 students are involved in the production, including the cast, crew and orchestra. Director Brandi Shepard chase the play for two reasons: It’s a classic that adds variety and it’s one of her favorites. It is a show she has wanted to do since she started teaching seven years ago. “Even though it is set in the 1600s, we still see this type of behavior today. I call it ‘the oldschool ‘Mean Girls’ … You spread a rumor and just a couple of girls can set off such a situation,” Shepard said. Shepard also said the production is fitting for the Halloween season. She originally wanted to do a murder mystery or vampire tale. “Nothing caught my eye as much as this one,” she said. Staging “The Crucible” comes with challenges. “It requires 12 strong male actors and I often don’t have [that],” Shepard said. “This year I do. I said, ‘all right, I have to do it while I can.’” Another challenge is the language used in the play — it’s not in a modern dialect. At press time,

the cast was still struggling with only a week before opening night. “I’ve gotten angry, I’ve tried to be supportive … I tried to be playful and I’ve tried to turn it on them and ask what I can do to help. What do we need to do?” Shepard said. “This has actually been my hardest of all plays.” Shepard said she likes to pick more challenging shows. “I can only do so much fluff,” she said. The actors cast for bigger roles in “The Crucible” range in ages, which was not intentional. “It always goes where talent falls,” Shepard said. “I love when it falls like that but it completely goes with who has the best audition.” Some lead roles include Christie Handwork (senior) playing Abigail Williams, Alex Ulrey (senior) playing John Proctor, Jessica L’Heureux (junior) playing Elizabeth Proctor, Max Ruff (sophomore) playing the Rev. Parris and Sara Young (sophomore) playing Mary Warren. Shepard said the show is the least technical one they have done, which leaves more room for the storyline and character development. The show will be at at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 26 at Sylvania Southview High School, 7225 Sylvania Ave. For the fourth year, the school’s production has combined efforts with the International Thespian Society for a food drive in support of the “Trick-or-Treat so Kids Can Eat” campaign. Bringing two canned goods or nonperishable food items takes $1 off of the ticket price. Tickets for the show are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, both for general admission. To reserve a specific seat, tickets cost $20. Tickets will be sold at the door. O

The cast during rehearsals of Sylvania Southview’s production of ‘The Crucible.’ PHOTO COURTESY BRANDI SHEPARD

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“I wanna open up and breathe” — Hoobastank, “Just One”

Science-fiction double feature Ohio Theatre pairs ‘Repo!’ with ‘Rocky Horror.’ By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

The cast of ‘Rocky Horror’ at the Ohio Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY CRYSTAL COON

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On April 25, 2009, Director Crystal Coon brought “Repo! The Genetic Opera” to the Ohio Theatre. A few months later, that year’s Halloween show was one of the last before the theater closed for nearly four years. The show, paired with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as a double feature, will return for the first time since the theater reopened as a multipurpose space under new management and with a new name, the Ohio Theatre and Events Center (OTEC). Coon said returning to OTEC, at 3114 Lagrange St., is a “historical” process. “That’s where we started. It’s a place we’re familiar with,” Coon said. “The atmosphere at the Ohio has always been wonderful.” Coon was introduced to “Repo!” in November 2008 when she went to a showing with friends in Jackson, Mich. Coon said she instantly wanted to be part of a theatrical version. They later had a meeting at IHOP and discussed the likelihood of pulling off the show. “I’m sure we entertained our wait staff,” Coon said. Five months later, the first show was performed at the Ohio Theatre. “From the moment we started watching the movie, we were very much involved with it already,” Coon said. The cast has been performing the two shows at the Collingwood Arts Center while the Lagrange Street theater was closed. “We really did enjoy being on that stage too, but Ohio Theatre has always been our home and we’ve been looking forward to coming back,” Coon said. “When we left the Ohio … we were under the understanding that it was going to open up again. So, we knew Collingwood was going to be a temporary home.” “Repo!” which Coon said is the “new ‘Rocky Horror’,” is a 2008 film starring Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino and Paris Hilton. The rock opera musical film is from the producers of “Saw” and takes place in the year 2056, when an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet and causes organ transplants to be become regular occurances. The film follows Repo Men, skilled assassins who repossess organs from clients who have missed payments. “Repo!” is performed by stage actors as the film is screened behind them. Audience participation is vital, as it is during performances of the 1975 movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “Without the audience participation, these shows don’t work,” Coon said. The audience is encouraged to use props, if they wish to bring them, like playing cards to be thrown at the end of “Rocky Horror” when Dr. Frank-N-Furter sings the line “… cards

of sorrow …” A list of props can be found at Coon asks that there be no tomatoes, prunes or hot dogs used during the production. A cast of 25 will perform “Repo!” and 20 for “Rocky Horror” on Oct. 26 with doors opening at 8 p.m. Because of suggestive content, the show is for ages 16 and older unless accompanied by an adult. “Repo!” will begin at 9 p.m. and “Rocky Horror” at midnight. Each show costs $10 and attendees can purchase tickets for both shows for $20. Tickets are available at the door. Coon directs both shows and plays Blind Mag in “Repo.” She said she likes the sophistication of the character. She also said the smaller role is a perfect fit considering her directorial duties. “She was a very, very well-developed character,” she said. Coon said the show will include a surprise guest who will take on the role of Eddie in “Rocky Horror.” Even the cast members will not know who the mystery guest is until the day of the production. “It will work out for the cast, it will work out for the audience, it will be absolutely beautiful,” Coon said. There is also be an optional costume contest, which will award prizes to the best and worst costume. It will take place between the two productions so both audiences can participate, Coon said. Costumes do not have to be in theme with the show; any costume will do. V.I.P. seating is available on a first come, first serve basis for $25. This seating puts the audience on the stage, giving actors immediate access to them during scenes. VIP seats are limited to 30 and only are for those who are staying for both shows. “For us, the really great thing is, we’re bringing this group back, which started here,” said OTEC Theatre Manager Jamie Leigh Sampson. “We’re reconnecting with the community that already loves the theater.” OTEC was purchased in 2009 by the community development corporation United North to prevent it from being torn down or turned into an X-rated theater, Sampson said. “They had to close it for a few years to figure out how to do fundraising and how to open it in the best possible way,” Sampson said. A projector was recently installed in the theater, which will be used for “Repo!” and “Rocky Horror.” The theater underwent other renovations such as painting and lighting installations on the front of the building and construction on the roof. The theater’s marquee was struck by lightning and destroyed in 2004. Coon is impressed with the renovations. “I am loving what I’m seeing,” she said. “[With] the things that have been done so far, I am looking forward to what else is going to be happening.” O

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Halloween 2013

What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Matt Liasse Events are subject to change. Parents should determine if events are too scary for their children.

Toledo 2nd Annual Halloween & Handbags Event

This event is sponsored by Purse Love, which specializes in purses, scarves, belts and jewelry. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. 4935 Keener Road. (419) 283-4935 or

Bretz Nightclub

Bretz Nightclub will sponsor Bretz Halloween Party, a costume contest with a $500 grand prize. Prizes will also go to the runner-ups and will be judged by the crowd. Oct. 26. On Halloween, Bretz will sponsor Bretz Dolla Hollaween, Toledo’s original dollar night, with a $250 grand prize costume contest. Again, prizes will go to the runner-ups and winners will be determined by the crowd. 2012 Adams St. (419) 243-1900.

For The Devil Tells Me So

The Glacity Theatre Collective will premiere this tour, which chronicles the final moments of a family’s struggle with a daughter who is possessed by the devil. A limited audience will be guided through the family’s home by the butler. 9 p.m. Oct. 24 – Nov. 1.

Halloween Boo Cruises

The whole family can enjoy 30-minute boat rides, fun and treats in the spirit of Halloween. Costumes are welcome. It costs $5 for all ages. Departure times are 5, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. on weekdays and noon, 12:45, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. on Saturdays. Oct. 25, 26, 28, 29, 30. Jefferson Avenue Docks, Jefferson Ave. & Summit St. (419) 537-1212.

Halloween Spooktacular

Westfield Franklin Park will sponsor a trick or treat at participating retailers. The food court will feature craft stations as well. 10 a.m. to noon., Oct. 31. Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St., (419) 473-3317.

Little Wak’s Halloween Funny Fest

This event will feature Magician Extraordinaire Eli Portala, who will portray Little Wak, a teenage vampire of magical mystification. This is an act intended for the whole family. 3-4 p.m. Oct. 26.

Monster Bash

Members of Imagination Station are invited to a haunting evening with demonstrations that will “trick your eyes and treat your mind.” Fill out the form on the website to RSVP. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24.

‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

For the first time since Halloween 2009, Director Crystal Coon is bringing the double feature back to the newly-reopened Ohio Theatre and Events Center. Coon said it’s a “historical” process bringing the production back to the theatre they began at in 2009. A cast of 25 will perform “Repo!” and 20 for “Rocky” on Oct. 26. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Because of suggestive content, the show is for ages 16 and older unless accompanied by an adult. “Repo!” will begin at 9 p.m. and “Rocky” at midnight. Each show costs $10 and attendees can purchase tickets for both shows for $20. Tickets are available at the door. V.I.P. seating is available on a first come, first serve basis for $25. This seating puts the audience on the stage giving actors immediate access to them during scenes. Seats are limited to 30 and are for those who are staying for both shows. The audi-

ence is encouraged to use props, if they so wish to bring them, like playing cards thrown at the end of “Rocky” when Frank sings the line “… cards of sorrow …” A list of can be found at Coon asks that there be no tomatoes, prunes or hot dogs used during the production. “Without the audience participation, these shows don’t work,” Coon said. 3114 Lagrange St.

Toledo Club Halloween Party

This costumed party is for members and their guests. It will include specialty drinks, munchies and prizes. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. 235 14th Street.

Toledo Museum of Art

Perhaps museum of arts would be a better name: This cultural institution offers talks, movies, performances and more in addition to the visual pieces expected – and unexpected. Members receive discounts for most admission-charged events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or ✯ After-Hours Flashlight Tours: 9-11 p.m. Oct. 24-25. ✯ Hallo-wine: This event is intended for the older. Attendees will be able to try four wines and light snacks. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Glass Pavilion. ✯ Art Hours: Create a Mini Pumpkin: These classes are provided and teach in a one-hour session how to make glass pumpkins. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Adults and children over the age of 14 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., 25 at 6 and 8 p.m., 26 and 27 at 12, 2 and 4 p.m., 31 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., 2 and 3 at 12, 3 and 4 p.m. Glass Pavilion.

event go to Sylvania Area Family Services. Admission is $1 for ages 3 to 12 while all other ages are free. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Crucible

Sylvania Southview Theatre will premiere their fall production of “The Crucible.” The production includes 50 students among the cast and crew and $1 will be taken off the admission with the donatin of two canned goods or non-perishable food items. It is in support of the International Thesbian Society’s food drive “Trick-or-Treat so Kids Can Eat” campaign. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Brandi Shepard at bshepard@ and cost $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens for General Admission. To reserve a specific seat, tickets are $20. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 26. Sylvania Southview High School, 7225 Sylvania Ave.



Paranormal Tour

The Wolcott House Museum Complex & Maumee Valley Historical Society will sponsor an event for anyone over the age of 12. Paranormal groups have been documented at the Wolcott House and this event provides a chance to encounter the. Tours run every half an hour until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Oct. 31. 1035 River Road.

Terror Town Haunted Attraction

Toledo Symphony Halloween Spooktacular

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.

The Toledo Zoo

Perrysburg Garrison Ghostwalk

Pre-concert activities begin at 2 p.m. Valentine Theater. Oct. 27. Attendees will be able to watch as zoo animals are given pumpkins as treats. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 – 27. 2 Hippo Way. (419) 385-4040 or

Valentine Theatre

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. ✯ 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. 25-27. ✯ Silver Screen Classics: Young Frankenstein: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

Zombie Bar Crawl

Seven bars will participate in this costumed bar crawl, which meets up at Wesley’s Bar & Grill and involves The Attic on Adams, UpTown Association, the Truth Art Gallery and Event Center, The Ottawa Tavern and Bretz Nightclub.This event is free of charge. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 1201 Adams Street.

Sylvania 16th Annual Halloween Hike

This event is for all ages (not intended to scare children) and allows children to collect treats at 20 stations. They will also be able to hear storytellers. All donations for this

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Fort Meigs will sponsor a “spirited” stroll at the Garrison Ghost Walk. Attendees will also be able to tour the fort to see the spookier side of the historic place. 7-9 p.m., Oct. 25-26. Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Road. (419) 874-4121.

Ghoulwill Ball 2013

The Ghoulwill Ball invites everyone, ages 21 and older, to come and resurrect Old Hollywood during a night of costumes, live music and tasty treats. 7-11 p.m. Nov. 2. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike. (419) 874-3111 or


This event will host pumpkin carcing and other activities perfect for children. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Lousiana Avenue & Front St. or (419) 872-6246.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green

Pumpkin Peddler

This pumpkin patch includes kid activities and hayrides. It is open Monday to Friday from noon under dark, Saturdays 10 a.m. until dark and Sundays 11 a.m. until dark. 20354 North Dixie Highway. (419) 409-0252 or

The Maize

This maze brings attendees through the ‘wardrobe’ and into the land of Narnia. It is open every weekend through Oct. 28. 1165 Haskins Road. (419) 353-1808 or

Wood County Historical Center & Museum

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum has gather folklore tales for Friday Night Folklore Tours on Oct. 18 and 25. Tours begin at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. and last 90 minutes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 419352-0967. Admission is $10 per person and $8 for students and Historical Society members. 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.



The Butterfly House

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 to 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 to 13. 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse. (419) 877-2733.



Stevens Gardens

These gardens include pumpkins for sale in many fashions, in the shop or picked from the field. It also includes a child hay maze, tractor-pulled hay rides and a petting zoo. It is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4550 Weckerly Road. (419) 867-7229.



The Great Pumpkin Patch At Country Lane Tree Farm

This farm includes hayrides, mazes, feed farm animals and refreshments. It is open to families every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3525 N. Bolander Road. (419) 461-1298 or

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor

Jason’s Pumpkin Patch

This patch includes pumpkins already gathered from the field and a corn maze. It also includes Indian Corn, gourds, corn stalks, straw, squash and mums. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween. 12629 West SalemCarroll Road. (419) 898-3215 or



Fleitz Orchard

Families are invited to pick from the largest selection of pumpkins and squash in this part of Ohio. There will be mini corn and straw bale mazes, a craft barn and a feeding zoo intended for children. There are corn mazes for adults and the snack shack is open for homemade donuts, apple cider and hot dogs. Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October 31. 7133 Seaman Road. or (419) 836-7613.

“One day I closed my eyes and here I am” — Hoobastank, “Up And Gone”



2013 Toledo-area Trick-or-Treat times Toledo:



Liberty Center:

1-3 p.m. Oct. 26 (Downtown businesses), 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Parade at 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Port Clinton:

5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31.



3-5 p.m. Oct. 28 (UpTown businesses), 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Springfield Township:

Bedford Township:

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, children’s party 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the fire station.

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Halloween Hoopla, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26.

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31

Allen Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


Bowling Green:

4-6 p.m. Oct. 24 (Downtown businesses), 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

6-7 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Parade 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29.

Oak Harbor:

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 27.

Ottawa Hills:

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.



6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Grand Rapids, Ohio:

5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, parade at 7 p.m.

Oregon (cont.) Nelson’s Pumpkins

This attraction features pumpkins already picked for conveniance, gourds, corn stalks, straw bales and apples. It is open daily for October. 6760 Brown Road. (419) 836-2108.



Hoens Greenhouse

This field is open for choosing the perfect pumpkin plus cornstalks, straw and gourds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 1710 Perrysburg-Holland Road. (419) 865-6566 and

Hoen’s Greenhouse & Garden Center

This center includes pumpkins, a straw or haw bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, honey from hives on the farm and a gift shop. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 1710 Perrysburg-Holland Road, Holland. (419) 865-9276 or

MacQueen Orchard

This orchard includes apple picking, a cider mill, pony rides, wagon rides, craft shows barbeques and a local store selling edible goodies. 7605 Garden Road. (419) 865-2916 or

Port Clinton

Port Clinton

Bergman Orchards

Attendees can pick through all the pumpkins and apples available. Squirrel and goose corn, firewood and peach tours are available all year. 4562 East Bayshore Road. (419) 7344272 or

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


Sylvania/Sylvania Township: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Washington Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Whitehouse: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.


6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. O All times subject to change.



Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.

This steam engine takes a journey through a pumpkin patch. Admission costs $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 years old and younger. Trains depart every 15 minutes and hours include 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. 11600 County Rd. 99. (419) 423-2995 or

Fear Factory

This haunted attraction adds new frights every weekend and proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio. Admission is $10 and hours include 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and admission is $8 and hours are 7-10 p.m. on Sundays. The attraction is open Oct. 25-27.



Riehm Farm Market

This market includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, a tractorpulled hay ride, a bounce house, farm market and more. 7244 North State Route 53. (419) 992-4292 or



— Staff Reports






Buddie Boy & Fries!

Available all-day & everyday thru NOVEMBER 30th! Dine-In • Drive-Thru • Carry-Out Northwest Ohio locations only.

Johnston Fruit Farms

These farms include apples, pumpkins, squash and gourds. 2790 Airport Highway, Swanton. This attraction is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (419) 826-1453 or



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. ✯




“Who’s to say what’s coming or going?” — Hoobastank, “Karma Partol”

((((((((((((( THE PULSE

OCT. 23-29, 2013

What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Matt Liasse Events are subject to change.


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 ✯ An Evening with Pikelny, Sutton, Bulla, Bales & Cobb: 8 p.m. Oct. 23. ✯ Mason Jennings: 8 p.m., Oct. 24. ✯ Hurray for the Riff Raff & Spirit Family Reunion & The Deslondes: 8 p.m., Oct. 25. ✯ Uncle Bonsai: 8 p.m., Oct. 26. ✯ Blackthorn: ACS CAN Fundraiser: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27. ✯ Lucuis & Alpenglow: 8 p.m., Oct. 29.

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 ✯ Nine Lives: Oct. 25. ✯ 4th Day Echo: Oct. 26.

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. ✯ Billy P. & Karaoke Night: Oct. 23. ✯ Steve Kennedy: Oct. 24. ✯ Joe Woods Trio: Oct. 25. ✯ Last Born Sons: Oct. 26. ✯ Steve Finelli: Oct. 28.

Caesars Windsor

If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Starting ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or ✯ The Wanted: Oct. 24.

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 ✯ Jeff Stewart: Oct. 24. ✯ Toast & Jam: Oct. 25.

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 ✯ Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays.

Clazel Theatre

This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or ✯ 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 ✯ Live Trivia with DJ Brandon: Tuesdays. ✯ Nathan Cogan: Wednesdays. ✯ DJ Rob Sample: Thursdays. ✯ Open Mic with Zack Ward: Sundays.

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 ✯ Don Coats: Oct. 25.


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 ✯ Feel Good Fridays: Fridays. ✯ Sensational Saturdays: Saturdays.

Frankie’s Inner-City

Toledo’s venue for rock. Tickets vary between $5 and $14, unless otherwise noted. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or ✯ Vanna, Alpha and Omega, Betrayal, The Greenery: Oct. 23. ✯ Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers: Oct. 24.

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 ✯ Quixotic: Oct. 25-26.

H Lounge

The Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or ✯ Hoobastank: 8 p.m., Oct. 23. ✯ The Rock Show: 9 p.m., Oct. 25. ✯ The Bradberries: 9 p.m., Oct. 26.

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 ✯ 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. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. Chromatics ✯ Dueling Pianos: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. ✯ Killer Flamingo’s: 9 p.m. Oct. 23. ✯ 80’s Inc.: 7 p.m. Oct. 24. ✯ Simone Vitale: 5:15 p.m. Oct. 25. ✯ Fusion: 10 p.m. Oct. 25. ✯ Rhythm Kings: 5:15 p.m. Oct 26. ✯ Serieus: 10 p.m. Oct. 26. ✯ George Brothers: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. ✯ Hidden Agenda: 7 p.m. Oct. 28. ✯ Taxi: 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Radio Bar ✯ Paul Martindale: 8 p.m. Oct. 23. ✯ Surab Deb: 8 p.m. Oct. 23. ✯ Paul Martindale: 4 p.m. Oct. 24. ✯ Kim James: 8 p.m. Oct. 24. ✯ Paul Martindale: 2 p.m. Oct. 25. ✯ Linda Lexy: 6 p.m. Oct. 25. ✯ Kim James: 10 p.m. Oct. 25. ✯ Earl: 2 p.m. Oct. 26. ✯ Linda Lexy: 6 p.m. Oct. 26. ✯ Surab Deb: 10 p.m. Oct. 26. ✯ Lutalo: 8 p.m. Oct. 27. ✯ DJ Short Stop: 4 p.m. Oct. 28. ✯ Earl: 8 p.m. Oct. 29.


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✯ Surab Deb: 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Sound Board ✯ Gregg Allman: 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

One2 Lounge at Treo

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or ✯ Microphonics: Oct. 25. ✯ Post Modern Blues Band: Oct. 26.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www. ✯ Smartypants Trivia: Toledo’s Favorite Pub Quiz: 9 p.m., Wednesdays.

The Palace of Auburn Hills

When the Detroit Pistons take a break from the court, the biggest names in music rock the arena. 6 Champion Drive, Auburn Hills, MI. (248) 377-0100 or ✯ Josh Groban: Oct. 23. ✯ Sheryl Crow and Gary Allan: Oct. 25. ✯ Rod Stewart: Oct. 26.

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 ✯ Jaime Mills: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays.


Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or ✯ Eddie Molina: Oct. 24. ✯ Elixer: Oct. 25. ✯ Kelly Broadway and Mike Lorenz: Oct. 26.


“I wonder how it all became like this” —Hoobastank, “Our Song” Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull

STAR @ the movies ‘Carrie’

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

”This update to Stephen King’s horror novel does nothing to improve upon the 1976 Brian De Palma classic. Watching this YouTube-era modern iteration of an antiquated story gives audiences more reasons to love the 1976 version starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Both received Oscar nominations for their performances and this update gives even more credibility to those nominations. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore give decent performances, but cannot compare. Rent the original.”

Ye Olde Durty Bird


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 Oct. 1-31 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 story times 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. ✯ Kick Off Event: 2-5 p.m. Oct. 5. ✯ Kelly Broadway: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 5.

”This space odyssey by Alfonso Cuarón is 90 minutes of perfection, set 600 kilometers above the Earth, with an almost documentary-like realism. What Sandra Bullock does with her character is nothing short of phenomenal and Oscar-worthy. ” 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:

The Village Idiot Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or ✯ Andrew Ellis Music: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: Oct. 26. ✯ Ban – Maneri Duo & Weed – Filiano Duo, Edgepass, William Parker’s “Raining on the Moon” Quintet: Oct. 23. ✯ Thursday Edgepass, Mike Malis with Piotr Michalowski and Ken Filiano, Lerner-Filiano-Grassi Trio, Lark: Oct. 24. ✯ Friday Edgepass, Ursel Schlicht and Robert Dick, Gary Versace Trio, Connie Crothers with Northwoods Improvisors: Oct. 25. ✯ Saturday Edgepass: Edgefest Parade, Thollem McDonas with Box Deserter Ensemble and Soar Trio, Myra Melford, The Michael Fomanek Quartet, Steve Rush Piano Concerto, James Ilgenfritz’ Mind Games: Oct. 26.

Big Bug Invasion

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

The Village Idiot (cont.)

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 cocknbulltoledo. ✯ Open Mic with Danny Mettler: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 23. ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 24. ✯ Bobby May and John Barile: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 25. ✯ Arctic Clam: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 25. ✯Flabongo Nation: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 26. A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair St. (419) 243-2473 or ✯ Open mic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Kyle White: 7 p.m., Oct. 23. ✯ Chris Knopp: 7 p.m., Oct. 24. ✯ John Barile: 9 p.m., Oct. 25. ✯ Jeff Stewart & the 25’s: 9 p.m., Oct. 26.


Bonnie Jo Campbell

One of America’s great authors will pay a visit to Owens Community College to discuss her book “American Salvage,” which is the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction finalist. This is a free event,. 11 a.m. Oct. 24. Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (567) 661-7000 or www.owens. edu/arts/index.html.

Collingwood Creates — Soup 101

Kristen Kiser of Black Kite Coffee & Pies for her Soup Making 101 class. She will show attendees how to make homemade noodles and soups. Finished soups will be donated to Collingwood ‘s Community Dinner on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. Soup 101 will take place at 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd. 419-243-3275 or


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This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. www. ✯ 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, Michigan. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3. ✯ Mancy’s Italian Grill, 5453 Monroe St., 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Fish Fry

This event will be Oct. 4 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adults are $9, children 10 years old and younger are $4. New Hope Christian Church, 2457 Hollowly Road, Holland. 419-867-1535.

Jazz on the Maumee

The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth, cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $5-$15. (419) 241141 or

Hello Dolly

The Stranahan will play host to a romantic comedy in which Dolly Levin, a matchmaker, searches for her own perfect match. 8 p.m. Oct. 24 – 27. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851 or

Senior Discovery Days

For the month of October, Health Care REIT presents Senior Discovery Days at the Toledo Zoo, with Tuesday providing a day of free admission and special events for visitors age 60 and older at the Toledo Zoo. This event includes free guided tours of buildings and grounds. Seniors are also offered free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin in the zoo’s North Star TradingPost from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, 419-385-4040 or


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 ✯ Trotters Tavern: Tuesdays.

Two Buck Yuks

Keith Bergman has brought 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. ✯ Yusuf Ali, Jen Dama, Andrew Van Houten, Sonny Pandit, Bob Fredericks, Jason Keacher, Brandon Doriot, Maggie Ednie, Rich Hineline, Steve Wherry: Oct. 23.

Woodcarvers Show & Sale

Skilled carvers will showcase handcrafted wildlife, fish, caracatures, pins and pens. Rick Jensen from Minnesota will teach at the workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. $15 for adults, $8 for students and children 5 years and younger are free. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755 ot If you would like your event in The Pulse, contact Matt at

TWO BUCK YUKS: If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut, a man who knew a thing or two about life being hard, advised focusing on specific moments of happiness and joy in an otherwise Keith BERGMAN tragic existence. He recommended pointing out these beautiful bubbles in time by saying something aloud, like, “If this isn’t nice, what is?” These don’t have to be epic moments. Sometimes it’s just a mood that strikes you on a long drive home after a good gig, when the coffee’s hot, the moon is full and bright, just the right song comes on, and you know you get to sleep in tomorrow. Sometimes it’s even getting up early for work the day after a show — that afterglow can carry you through a lot of drudgery, like you’ve got a secret your fellow wage slaves will just never get. It can be that feeling of triumph when your material lands, and lands well, in a room that worried you. Last weekend I performed in an American Legion hall in rural Indiana, and I had no idea what to expect. When that first joke hit, the relief was an almost physical sensation. The rest of the show was fantastic, and we had a good old drunken time afterwards. The camaraderie I’ve had with my fellow comics on the road has been a highlight. It loses a lot in translation if you aren’t there, but the antics of four punch-drunk comedians at a diner in the middle of nowhere can make a terrible show seem like the least important part of the trip. Many times, you see fellow comics a few times a year, if that. Catching up in the green room or having a quick post-show drink before heading off in opposite directions, to the next adventure, is something you can’t fully duplicate with social media and texting. It’s the road work, the shared experiences, the common madness that make such meetings special. The day after that American Legion gig, I was blasting home on the Indiana Toll Road. That’s not a stretch of road that inspires rhapsodic thought, but the leaves were just changing color, I’d gotten good sleep at the hotel after a taxing week, I had the new Bad Religion album cranked and I couldn’t have asked for more contentment at that exact point in time. I had a little money in my pocket, a full tank of gas, I’d just done a good show and I was on my way home to my family. I even remembered to say it out loud, and mean it: “If this isn’t nice, what is?” ✯ Keith Bergman hosts the Two Buck Yuks Comedy Night at the Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St, downtown Toledo, every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tonight, Oct.23, Yusuf Ali headlines the room, while Mark Sweetman tops the bill Oct. 30.


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The window for taking summer road trips may be closed, but our vehicles are still in for a long cold season of work commutes, family gatherings and traffic jams while holiday shopping. Therefore, drivers should make preparations to ensure they are not left out in the cold (pun intended). One of the first things to examine are a vehicle’s tires, said Bob Kazmierczak, enterprise development manager at AAA Northwest Ohio. “You not only want to look and make sure they have proper tread, but you also want to make sure they’re not dry-rotted, slowly losing air over time,” he said. An easy way to check tire tread depth is to take a penny and place it upside-down within one of the grooves on the tire, Kazmierczak said. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered, the tire has at least 2/32-inch of tread depth, which is the legal minimum. However, if all of the former president’s head is exposed, it’s time for a change. Bo Schimmel, manager of Firestone Complete Auto Care in Holland, also recommended checking tire pressure on a monthly basis. “For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tires can lose about one pound per square inch of pressure,” Schimmel said. “Monitor tire pressure more closely in cold weather.” Next, take a walk around the car, checking to make sure all lights are functional, especially headlights and brake lights, Kazmierczak said. “It’s surprising how many people don’t know that there’s a light out,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to see two [lights] coming at you in a snowstorm than one.” Few things are more frustrating — or dangerous — than struggling to see through a snowy windshield due to bad windshield wipers, so it is recommended they be checked before storms hit. Warning signs include streaking or skipping while the wipers are running on a wet windshield. “Definitely do not use them as a snow scraper,” Kazmierczak said. “That shortens their life.” Under the hood, drivers should check belts and hoses for dryness or cracking.

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“There’s nothing worse than a belt breaking or a hose bursting in the middle of a winter storm, and having to get out and figure out what might be going on,” Kazmierczak said. The serpentine belt is especially important, as several of a vehicle’s subsystems will not function without it. Check the underside of the belt; if cracks are numerous and running deep, it should be replaced, he said. To check hoses, give them a squeeze. They should be somewhat pliable, but firm. “Hoses wear from the inside out, so when you give it a good squeeze, it will feel like you’re crushing something if the hose is bad,” Kazmierczak said. Even if belts and hoses are in good shape, vehicle owners should not ignore one absolute essential — the battery. Vehicle batteries can lose half of their cranking power during extremely cold weather, so checking power with a battery tester can ensure the battery has enough juice to survive a nasty freeze. Drivers should also regularly check fluids to make sure they are not running out and that they are clean. For example, transmission fluid may appear burnt, Kazmierczak said, which means it should be drained and replaced. “In the wintertime, when you’re slipping on the ice and snow, people tend to get a little excited when they get stuck and start shifting from reverse to drive, and then they start burning the fluid.” Other fluids, such as oil, go through changes during cold weather, which may affect how vehicles run, Schimmel said. “Fluids get thicker in cold weather and take longer to properly lubricate engine components. This causes more metal particles to be present, which results in additional wear and damage,” he said. Schimmel added that cold weather can take its toll on the exterior of vehicles as well — bad news for those who appreciate a fine-looking ride. “Keep your vehicle washed,” he said. “A washed and waxed exterior better protects a vehicle from the elements as the seasons change.” In addition to preventative maintenance and inspection, drivers should stock their vehicles with several items that can provide safety and comfort during a breakdown.


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A small utility shovel should be kept in the trunk. Also keep a flashlight within reach for breakdowns after dark. In case of a breakdown that leaves you with no heater, keep a blanket or two in the car — as well as one object many may not think of. “Believe it or not, a candle should be kept in the car, along with matches,” Kazmierczak said. “A lot of people forget the matches. A candle, in cold weather, will heat your car, so it’s a good thing to have.” A stockpile of food like granola bars can come in handy during long waits for towing service. Though water can freeze, Kazmierczak said special “nonfreezing” water packages are available. “If you’re stuck on a roadside for a couple of hours, you could become dehydrated, so it’s im-

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ichael Fisher loves this time of year. “Halloween is my favorite season, actually — all of October is my favorite month,” he said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “I collect old B-movies and monster movies and stuff, so I wait the whole year for October to hit.” The local singer/songJEFF writer, known for his acoustic performances of classic rock and folk covers, loves the season enough that it inspired a fury of musical creativity that resulted in an almostaccidental concept album for him — or rather, for his harddriving, heavy metal alter ego, known as Society’s Ugly Son. “What happened was, we didn’t really know we were making an album at first,” Fisher said. “We wrote ‘Tail of a Dragon,’ as the first song — me and [guitar player and co-writer] Jason Jared actually recorded it in his home studio. And it sounded so good, and I just like the concept of just riding on a dragon. I think we were joking, and I said ‘I really should write a song with a dragon, and just have some heavy metal guitar solos. Someday.’” It turned out that monster-themed heavy metal was the musical equivalent of potato chips for Fisher and Jared — one was never enough. Soon, another song was created — “Werewolves on Wheels.” Then another. And another. “And then from there, it was like, ‘Man, we just got to go full bore. Let’s make an album that’s all about heavy guitar riffs and songs about monsters,’” Fisher said. “I have a tendency in all my other projects to write rather deep, and to go down long roads to say short things and so forth. So it was kind of fun to swim in the shallow end.” The end result — “Mountains, Motorcycles, Monsters and Mayhem” — is a delightfully heavy-yet-lighthearted throwback to the days when metal could be both bombastic and fun. And though Fisher is one of the area’s most prolific artists, releasing seven albums in the past seven years, this romp through fantastic subjects is, in its own way, a labor of love. “It was two years, almost exactly, from the time we started it,” Fisher said. “Because we’re in a couple other bands together and stuff, you know. And we just kind of kept plugging away and going, you know, ‘Well, I got one more thing in mind,’ and he’d pull out another guitar riff, and we’d just kind of merge them together. “We were kind of finishing up by the summertime this year, and that’s when I told him, ‘Man, I got to release this on Halloween.’ Just because it was perfect for it. So from there, it was like playing the waiting game — waiting on the right month to do it.” “Mountains” is just the latest statement

from Fisher’s metal alter ego, though the album took shape in a different way than most every other S.U.S. work. “People have been seeing Society’s Ugly Son shows in Toledo since 2007, on and off. But usually, the concept was different. I’d start with forming a band and record with the full band. This time, it was real lean and mean. It was just me and Jason Jared for, like, 90 percent of it. We’d have a few guest guitar players sit in and stuff, but it was really about keeping it simple and straightforward.” Having an alter ego like Society’s Ugly Son helps Fisher scratch musical itches he just doesn’t have the opportunity to explore through his usual work, he said. “I totally love and enjoy playing acoustic,” Fisher said. “And you’re agile — I can tour, I can drive down south and I don’t have to coordinate a schedule with anybody. I can just pull out this guitar and play. I kind of overthink things, I study songwriting a lot. You get into this realm where you’re looking for the deepest water you can.




New album brings ‘Mountains, Motorcycles, Monsters and Mayhem.’

MICHAEL FISHER “Society’s Ugly Son just lets me kind of go, ‘You know, sometimes you just wake up and you want to hear big, loud drums, ridiculous guitars and you want to just feel bigger than life for a short amount of time.’ And as soon as I get that — you know, it’s funny, I realize that it’s like a fix. And I go, ‘You know, I’m not really bigger than life.’ And I’m happy to go back to a small stage.” Given his love for the night of ghouls and goblins, it comes as little surprise that Fisher hopes that listeners of “Mountains” will revisit its take on classic monsters frequently in the years to come. “It’s like you can spot-check it and attack that album every October. And then just bring it back to life — kind of like a zombie, I suppose.” “Mountains, Motorcycles, Mountains and Mayhem” is available on Fisher’s website — ugly — and will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon beginning Nov. 15. O

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Toledo Free Press STAR - October 23, 2013  

The cover for this edition features Freaks & Geeks: The Squidling Brothers bring new era of sideshow to Ottawa Tavern (see page 4). Hoobasta...