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CONCERTS: 3 Doors Down at Huntington Center 4 MUSIC: Wanna Bees swarm around families 8 ON THE ROX: Mally Speaks on the East Coast 9 THEATER: Rockwood at the Rep 10 STAGE: UT takes Shakespeare to the Valentine 11 THE PULSE: Events calendar 14 COMICS: ‘Star Trek’ mash-up fails to soar 18 POP GOES THE CULTURE: McGinnis on ‘Anonymous’ 22 NOV. 2, 2011 • Episode 2 Chapter 44 • Toledo Free Press Star, Toledo, OH. Cover illustration by UPSO/Dustin Hostetler
Brian Felster (1963-2011): A friend to the arts By John Dorsey Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
ow will you be remembered? For any artist, for any person really, there is the question of legacy. It is a question that has been on my mind a lot during the past few days with the sudden passing of Collingwood Arts Center Interim Executive Director Brian K. Felster. Brian collapsed Oct. 29 while preparing for a Collingwood Arts Center (CAC) event and was taken to Saint V’s, where he was pronounced dead at around 6 p.m. He was 48 years old. As I sat there in the hospital surrounded by Brian’s friends and family one of my first thoughts was, how would people remember him? Then I answered my own question — they would remember him as a friend to the arts. I knew Brian before he ever worked at the CAC; we first met at a party where he was surrounded by younger artists, offering humor and encouragement to the next generation. A little while later, in the summer of 2005, Brian left the corporate job he had been working for nearly 20 years to work with artists full time as the CAC program director. It was in that position that he helped put together countless concerts, art exhibits and community events. It was a position he kept out of love for all arts — at about one-quarter of his former paycheck and at great cost to his own artistic ambitions. In addition to his life as an arts administrator, Brian was a skilled photographer and graphic designer. He set much of that aside while volunteering the bulk of his free time to the CAC. So great was his love for the arts, that in August 2010, he stepped up to serve as interim executive director. Almost immediately he helped to broaden the scope of what could be accomplished, leading to a number of great events such as the CAC Raceway Park fundraiser, multiple appearances by Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston, a pair of original plays by high school student Opal S.L. Dunlap, the Zygote in My Fez poetry festival, Thosefellas Teen Summit and a recent show by famed comedian Heywood Banks. He also worked tirelessly to get the CAC involved with the larger community, promoting the S.T.A.R. Project, a student outreach program
created by former executive director Audrey Johnson, which brought local artists into classrooms in many underserved communities. The future looked bright. In the weeks before his death, Brian brought the CAC together with The One Story Project, a nonprofit student outreach group focused on education through filmmaking. Less than an hour before his death, we were joking and talking about upcoming events as if it were any other Saturday, and it was — just another day for Brian doing what he loved. Since his death, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing, but what gets me most is the outpouring of love for this man who touched everyone he met with a chuckle, a BRIAN FELSTER smile and a generosity of spirit that won’t soon be forgotten. I will always remember how he encouraged me and Michael Grover to help keep the CAC open mic going, not because it made money, which it certainly didn’t, but because it was something he felt the community couldn’t afford to lose. Most of all I will remember my friend, always up for a late-night conversation, an off-color joke and for finding and nurturing the next generation of artistic talent. Originally from Fair Haven, Mich., Brian was born March 4, 1963. He studied at Macomb Community College and Owens Community College. He is survived by the world, as well as his family and friends. Our hearts are a better place because he was in them. As the arts scene in Toledo mourns his passing, I’ll just say one thing: “Velvet” Felster, you will be missed. O John Dorsey resides in Toledo’s Old West End. His work is widely published and he has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize.
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”We shall never overestimate Shakespeare, because we can not.” — William A. Quayle
Living a dream
3 Doors Down to play Huntington Center Nov. 5. By Mike Bauman Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
What started as a dream among four friends in Escatawpa, Miss., became 3 Doors Down, which has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide and will play in Toledo on Nov. 5. “It’s been a lot of fun,” bassist Todd Harrell told Toledo Free Press Star. “You get to watch everybody succeed in what they love to do. It’s just been cool for us. We all were friends 10 years before we ever were in a band together, so we know what buttons not to push on each other to make each other mad. When somebody needs their space, we give it to ’em. “It was a learning experience. We’ve had a lot of fun and been a lot of miles together,” he said. Comprised of Harrell, Chris Henderson (guitar), Brad Arnold (vocals), Matt Roberts (guitar) and Greg Upchurch (drums), 3 Doors Down will perform at the Huntington Center with Pop Evil in support of its fifth full-length album, “Time of My Life.” Prior to 3 Doors Down’s formation in 1995, high schoolers Harrell and Henderson played in a band while younger friends Arnold and Roberts used to come out to their shows. When that band broke up, all four started jamming together and have shared the same stage ever since. “It seems like just yesterday we were in Escatawpa writing our first record,” Harrell said. “It is a little surreal. We’ve managed to stay in the game awhile. We just give it all up to our fans that keep us out there.” n 3 DOORS DOWN CONTINUES ON 5
3 Doors Down has sold 16 million albums and topped several Billboard charts. PHOTOS BY Frank Ockenfels
“He is the very Janus of poets.” — John Dryden
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After years of building support, 3 Doors Down stormed the mainstream airwaves in 2000 with smash hit and No. 1 single “Kryptonite” off its debut record “The Better Life.” Featuring another No. 1 single in “Loser,” the album has been certified six times platinum. “It was kind of like deer in the headlights for the first year or so,” Harrell said. “We got thrown out to the wolves it seemed like, but it’s all been a learning experience.” 3 Doors Down followed up “The Better Life” with 2002’s “Away From The Sun,” which sold more than 4 million albums and featured two more No. 1 singles in “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” The band’s third record —“Seventeen Days” — was released in 2005 and was the group’s first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The second was 3 Doors Down’s self-titled fulllength album in 2008, which also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Albums, Digital Albums and Alternative Albums charts and was the first record to feature former Puddle of Mudd drummer Upchurch. In July, 3 Doors Down released “Time of My Life,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes chart and is currently No. 17 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. Singles “When You’re Young” and “Every Time You Go” both debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Singles chart. The band has had six No. 1 singles, received three Grammy nominations and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, with Arnold earning BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year award in 2002. “I think it’s just the fact that we still enjoy doing what we do together,” Harrell said of the band’s continued success. “We love doing it and have a lot of fun doing it together. I think that we’ve just been fortunate to have some of the greatest fans out there that keep us going. There’s a lot of elements that have played into us still being out here. Everything just fell into place.”
Though 3 Doors Down has gone far with its’music, it has also gone great lengths to give back. The band formed The Better Life Foundation in 2003 with the mission of helping children and young adults in need between Mobile, Ala., and Biloxi, Miss. The foundation has raised more than $2 million for charity to date and on Nov. 19, 3 Doors Down will hold its eighth annual
TBLF concert in Tunica, Miss., with Seether. In addition to supporting several charities all over the country, The Better Life Foundation also provided assistance to the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. “It’s just been real, real cool to have actually been a part of,” Harrell said. “We’ve actually watched this thing change lives for the better, and it’s just one of those things that we’re all proud to be a part of. It’s really cool to watch somebody’s life change for something you do. It’s been a blessing to us, and we’re going to continue to do it.” 3 Doors Down has also given back to the troops, having been part of the United Services Organization tour and played overseas. “That was probably one of our better trips we ever made,” Harrell said. “We got to firsthand go see what the soldiers give up to keep us free, and they definitely don’t do it for the money. It’s just really cool to be able to go see those guys and play for them overseas. They’re just so far away from their friends and family. Just seeing what those guys give up changed our lives.”
While 3 Doors Down has racked up many miles and experiences on the road, no trip was quite like the one it took to Bahrain in 2004, when the band thought its journey was going to end on a refueling stop at an Egyptian Air Force base. “We almost had a wreck in Egypt,” Harrell said. “We were coming down and there were a bunch of camels on the runway, man. So we started pulling up real hard and you could just hear the motor grinding. It seemed like we were just going to fall right out of the sky, but yeah. There’s quite a few stories that we could tell like that that’s happened over the years. I thought we were gone [right then].”
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Sixteen years after four friends dreamt of being touring musicians, 3 Doors Down has fulfilled that dream and is continuing to live it. “As long as we can keep doing it out there, we’re going to keep doing it because it’s truly what we love to do,” Harrell said. “We just write songs by where we feel we’re at, and I don’t think we’re going to change much.”
Revisiting cities like Toledo, where 3 Doors Down played at the Toledo Sports Arena as an opening act for Sevendust and Creed in its early days 11 years ago, is a reminder of just how far the band has come. “We’ve played in every hole-in-the-wall you can think of,” Harrell said. “We’ve also played all the bigger places. The crowd keeps it real every night. It really doesn’t matter where you’re playing. If you’ve got people out there in front of you singing the words back to you and having a good time, that’s what it’s about to us.” O 3 Doors Down will headline a concert that also features Grand Rapids, Mich., band Pop Evil on Nov. 5 at the Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. in Downtown Toledo. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets ($37.50 and $47.50) are available through all Ticketmaster locations and can also be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available through the Huntington Center box office, which can be reached by phone at (419) 321-5007.
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FOCUS Fall Event features casino theme By Emily Tucker Toledo Free Press Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A lucky hand at Texas Hold’em could win someone a one-week stay in Belgium or the Florida Keys at the FOCUS Fall Event. Kyle Grefe, executive director of Family Outreach Community United Services, said there are two major fundraisers every year. The FOCUS Fall Event has been casino themed for the past few years. FOCUS is a nonprofit agency that helps those who are homeless overcome obstacles and find safe and affordable housing. FOCUS supports families in the program for one year and sometimes longer. The first couple hours of the event consist of casino games such as blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette and craps. Then attendees can convert the chips they’ve won into raffle tickets. “This event has traditionally netted us over $30,000 through generous support and sponsorship in the community,” Grefe said. Lori Quartermaine, grants administrator at FOCUS, said the raffle baskets are worth several hundred dollars, filled with items donated from supporters and board members. One is a sports-themed basket that may include tickets for a Toledo Walleye game, University of Toledo basketball game or other local sporting events. A quilt sewn by a family member of a FOCUS employee will also be raffled.
Litza Lee, an auctioneer for Pamela Rose Auction Company, will be hosting the live auction. She said she has been to some FOCUS committee meetings and wanted to donate more of her time. Some of the packages that will be auctioned are a one-week stay at a condo in Brussels, the Florida Keys area or Myrtle Beach, S.C. Quartermaine said two hand-blown glass pieces donated by local artists Shawn Messenger and Jack Schmidt will also be auctioned. A board member has been chosen the past couple years to be an honoree at the event. This year Joel Hansen is the honoree. Grefe said he has been a board member for five years. “Joel was selected for strong commitment to furthering the mission of FOCUS by serving on the board and by being very generous with his time and gifts,” she said. “We want to thank him for all the wonderful work he has done.” The casino and DJ services are provided by UltraSound Special Events, and Premier Catering will supply the food. Quartermaine said the food mainly consists of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. “It’s just a fun way to raise awareness and funds for the families that we support here,” Grefe said. “It’s been a really fun event.” The Fall Event is from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Gesu Sullivan Center on 2049 Parkside Blvd. in Toledo. Tickets are $55 per person, and attire is business casual. For more information, visit the website focustoledo.org. O
“In Shakespeare the birds sing, the bushes are clothed with green, hearts love, souls suffer.” — Victor Hugo
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For many parents, watching The Wiggles with their children is a chore. For Chuck Riepenhoff, it’s an inspiration. He created The Wanna Bees while watching a Wiggles video.The band’s debut CD, “Work Together,” was released Oct. 25. “The idea of The Wanna Bees goes back to February 2002, when I was sitting around watching The Wiggles with my two boys,” Riepenhoff said. “At that time they were toddlers. Now they are a freshman and a sixth-grader. I had been in some bands where we’d write good catchy pop tunes before. I thought it was something we could do. Shortly thereafter, the concept of The Wanna Bees popped into my head with all the characters. Right along with that came songs; the theme song came pretty quick. The idea was that we’d be introducing careers to kids through catchy songs and dance.” Riepenhoff has been playing in bands since college. He graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 with a degree in pharmacy. “Whether out and about at bars and events or down in the basement writing songs, I’ve always had something musically going on,” he said. “Work Together” introduces kids to careers through the characters Doctor Dan, Mailman Mike, Builder Brad and Officer Ollie, each with his own sidekick. The CD includes a theme song, a title track and a song from each character. The band’s second album will introduce more characters, such as Fireman Freddy and Hydie Hose and Terry Teacher and Charlie Chalkboard. The project has a working title of “Dream Big.” The concept for The Wanna Bees came to Riepenhoff while watching The Wiggles, but the comparisons stop there. He prefers to compare the band to more contemporary groups such as Barenaked Ladies and Weezer, and he describes the genre as “kindie” music. Riepenhoff envisioned The Wanna Bees as a video-based band but decided to record a CD after the songs started coming together. “I had a group of musician friends that whenever I had song ideas, they’d come help me jam them out,” he said. “We worked the songs out in my basement. At first I felt this was more of a visual thing and that the songs couldn’t stand alone. I pictured putting together a DVD with the songs as a backdrop. We were working on a demo DVD. The more songs we wrote and input we got from other people, we realized they were catchy pop tunes and can be on a CD to just
listen to and have fun with.” The project stalled from 2003-07 as Riepenhoff and his friends got busy with other musical projects such as The Wow Factor and The Skoobie Snaks. “We each found ourselves in other party bands doing events,” Riepenhoff said. “The Wanna Bees kind of took a backseat to that and got forgotten for about five or six years. After a while, those bands weren’t going to be playing routinely, so it got back in my head to finish this thing. We started refocusing on The Wanna Bees.” Riepenhoff handled the majority of songwriting duties with Brad Bury contributing two songs. While his friends helped with the writing and recording, they are less inclined to participate in live shows. “The live shows are either myself as Doctor Dan playing an acoustic set, or it will be Doctor Dan and a percussionist as another character,” Riepenhoff said. “It’s one thing to know musicians to write music with or play with, but it’s another to make them dress up in a fireman suit. I have a few people at my disposal for that.” In 2009, The Wanna Bees finished in the top 5 of the Toledo Free Press Song of Toledo contest with its song “You’re in Toledo, Baby!” Last April, the band submitted a song and video to Fox Sports Detroit for the “April in the D” contest. The panel of judges, including Kid Rock, selected their song “Go (April in the D)” for the Top 10. “We went to Detroit in front of Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena,” Riepenhoff said. “We were running around performing in full costume.” Riepenhoff is exploring teaming up with another Toledo project called “Benny’s Kitchen” for a TV show. It would be called “Field Trip with Benny and The Bees.” The Wanna Bees are performing Nov. 6 at the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital “Kids Celebrity Wait Night.” The event starts at 5 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Call (419) 291-2809 or email Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The CD is available locally at Culture Clash Records and RamaLama Records and online at CDBaby.com/CD/TheWannaBees and through music distributors such as iTunes and Amazon. Visit Facebook.com/TheWannaBeesBand for more information. Contact Riepenhoff at email@example.com. O
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University of Toledo theater veteran Jennifer Rockwood’s latest play literally puts her leads under the bewitching spell of love. “Bell, Book and Candle,” written by John van Druten, opens Nov. 4 at The Toledo Repertoire Theatre. “It’s about a woman who bewitches a man into falling in love with her,” Rockwood said. “It’s about the spell one is under when one first falls in love.” The play debuted on Broadway in the 1950s and was made into a movie starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. “It’s very sexy and cute and sweet, but we’ve modernized it and brought it up to date,” said Rockwood, who in addition to directing serves as UT’s assistant dean at the College of Innovative Learning and the director of the First Year Experience program. Every person in her cast attended UT, Rockwood said. Lead Kate Abu-Absi is director of the Arts Living and Learning Community and has performed with several of the actors before in-
cluding male lead Matthew Gretzinger. “It’s a great gang of actors who really get each other,” Rockwood said. Rockwood became interested in theater in high school. “I ran away with the theater when I was like 17 and never looked back,” she said with a laugh. Rockwood went on to teach theater for 29 years at UT before moving into an administrative position. She estimated she has directed about 70 plays. “I live, breathe and eat all sides of the classroom and all sides of the stage,” Rockwood said. Earlier this year, she directed a reading of a play she wrote, “Watershed,” and is currently reworking it. She is planning a new play for the spring, potentially with her own theater company. Part of what Rockwood loves about directing is the ability to interpret plays differently each time. In “Romeo and Juliet,” she said, “some people might put emphasis on the love of Romeo and Juliet, some people might put emphasis on the fact that they’re up against the parents and the history of young love. That’s the cool thing about doing plays over and over and having people do things differently.” n ROCKWOOD CONTINUES ON 11
“If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare.” — WIlliam Hazlitt n ROCKWOOD CONTINUED FROM 10 Directing a love story like “Bell, Book and Candle” has its challenges. “That’s been the part I’ve had to delicately direct and my actors have had to be fearless and not giggling all the time,” Rockwood said. “I like to have fun and not take myself too seriously ... I like it to be a work of joy and not pain,” she said. Theater also gives Rockwood a chance to express herself during time off from her “wacky” schedule. “I have an artistic outlet as well as the stuff I’m doing administratively,” she said. Rockwood encourages community involvement in ROCKWOOD the Toledo art scene, especially theater. “Community theater has a great place in a city to keep theater alive and out front. My goal in life is always to get more people to come to the theater and enjoy it,” she said. Her husband, John Rockwood, a photographer, musician and artist, contributes to that scene and created two paintings shown onstage during the play. “Bell, Book and Candle” is at The Toledo Repertoire Theatre Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Visit toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277 for more information. Adult tickets are $18, senior tickets are $16, students 12 and younger tickets at $5, students 13 and older are $10 and groups of 10 or more guests are $15. O
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UT staging Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Cornel Gabara to direct ‘faithful,’ contemporary production at Valentine Theatre. By John Dorsey Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
The University of Toledo’s theater department will soon make William Shakespeare’s wildest dream come true when they present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Valentine Theatre. The show is set to open Nov. 4. Cornel Gabara is directing the production for the department. “The beauty of directing a piece like this is that Shakespeare is universal, his work belongs to everyone and relates to human nature in general. Because of that, I think I can make my own direction,” Gabara said. “It’s a great opportunity, because even though he is so well-known a large number of people in the audience still may not be very familiar with his work. So for this production we use a lot of contemporary elements like cellphones. “So much time has passed that we can only really speculate how things were done in Shakespeare’s time. I’m very faithful to the play, but I think that its dark characters tend to get overlooked. If there is a dream, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What is the dream’?” Gabara is head of acting in the UT Department of Theatre and Film. He has directed a number of plays for UT, including “The Doctor in Spite of Himself,” “Macbeth” and “Ubu Roi.”
In addition to teaching, he is a founding member of the Glacity Theatre Collective. “I really want to find what’s new in the piece every time, especially since it’s my first time directing it,” Gabara said. “I’ve worked on the play in class and have started to look at it from a different perspective. I spent weeks going over the text to make sure students understood every word. I think this play really forces students and the audience to see the richness of language.” The production features Juan C. Rodriguez as Theseus/Oberon, Aleta Scott as Hippolyta/Titania, Brian Purdue as Lysander, Starr Chellsea Cutino as Hermia, Ahmad Jamal Atallah as Demetrius, Ashley Stephens as Helena, Keely-Rain Battle as Puck/Philostrate, Tyria M. Allen as Peter Quince, Devon Desmond as Nick Bottom, Daniel Helmkamp IV as Flute, Sean Koogan as Starveling, Terri Mims as Snout, Timothy Fox as Snug, William Toth as Egeus, Andrés Medina as Cupid and Michelle Delaine Harris as Fairy. Tickets are $10-$20. Additional show dates are Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. There will also be two weekday matinees — on Nov. 3 and 4 at 9:30 a.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at the University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts box office. For information, call (419) 530-2375 or visit www.utoledo.tix.com. O
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Judy Paschalis uses PolitiQuilts to make political commentary. By Jason Mack Toledo Free Press Star Web Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
fter a career in television and public relations, Judy Paschalis has turned to the art of quilting to express her political beliefs with what she calls QuiltToons. “People find it interesting that it’s a quilt,” she said. “If I didn’t put the middle and the back on I couldn’t call it a quilt. For some reason, that’s the way I started making them. I was looking for a book on quilts at the library and saw a lady was doing memory quilts for her family.” Paschalis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and attended Bowling Green State University to receive a master’s degree in communications. She retired after working jobs such as television reporter, talk show host and public relations specialist. She began making memory quilts and expanded to what she calls PolitiQuilts. The memory quilts center around family history while the PolitiQuilts express her views on current events. “It’s because I listen to the news all day long,” she said. “I’m a news junkie. Not everything lends itself to a QuiltToon. It’s when I see something and want to make a statement about it.” Paschalis has plenty of material to work with when it comes to memory quilts. She is married to Emmanuel “Manos” Paschalis, owner of Manos Greek Restaurant, and they have four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She has also delved into the past for memory quilts with a series called “Tillie’s Story.” The series tells the stories of her mother, Matilda Heidebrecht Funderburk, who grew up in a Mennonite community in Kansas. It covers topics such as coming to America, the loss of her parents, meeting her husband, teaching, fighting for civil rights and her death in 2004. “My mom had told me stories about her life,” Paschalis said. “I decided I would make them
so the kids could see it. I keep them all in a box for any descendants that want to look at it. My family really seems to like it.” Paschalis has done PolitiQuilts about everything from Stephen Colbert to the BP oil spill. “I found this ugly goldsplattered brown and green material,” she said. “When the oil spill happened, I realized it was perfect for it. The oil spill is ugly, and so is this quilt.” The first political quilt Paschalis ever made was inspired by the actions of Karl PASCHALIS Rove prior to the 2004 election. The piece is called “Karl Rove’s Amazing Evangelical Jack-in-the-Box.” “It made me feel like people in Ohio got used,” she said. “Karl Rove engineered putting on the ballot the gay marriage thing to get people out
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to vote so they would vote for Bush. Then, after Bush was elected, he never mentioned that again. If I were a fundamentalist Christian, I’d feel kind of used and abused.” One piece Paschalis is particularly proud of is a quilt called “The Arab Spring Facebook Revolution” about how social media was involved in uprisings in the Middle East. “I’m proud of the Facebook one because I think it’s accurate,” she said. “I had seen an hour-long special on CNN talking to the young people going through these revolutions. They said they were able to communicate using Facebook and the Internet.” Many of the ideas for Paschalis’ political quilts have come from lively debates with her husband. “Manos and I talk, and he is conservative and I’m liberal,” she said. “We talk about things and argue about things. Some of my ideas come from things he says. We’ll just be talking and I’ll think, ‘That’s a quilt.’”
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Paschalis makes her quilts purely for the sake of expression. Her work has only been publicly displayed once, and she has sold a total of three quilts. “I try not to get caught up in what other people will think of it,” she said. “I’m doing it for myself. Manos and I agree that I shouldn’t try to sell these, because nobody wants to pay what you need to charge. He thinks I should try to display them. A gallery doesn’t want to though because they want to sell them. I’ve only sold three quilts. I don’t want to make anything I don’t want to make, because then it’s not fun.” All of her quilts are displayed on a blog at QuiltToonist.wordpress.com along with a description of the inspiration for each piece. “I make one maybe once a month, so it’s not hard,” Paschalis said. “If I were doing a daily blog that would be difficult. Forget that. That’s just too much and not even interesting. It’s fun to put it out there though.” O
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but you built a trap out of your daughter’s bed, and once your son told me that God lived in the doors and I believed, my religion was the all-seeing eye in the grain of the wood, so I prayed away the long mornings and painted the faces of Raggedy Ann and Andy on the sheets again and again with my finger wet with spit listening for Lucille Ball to make her noontime TV entrance, the signal to move from the bed to the chair to face down another plate of Chef Boyardee. Then I was practiced and silent every night at home behind my pile of coats in the hallway watching the corner of Hill Street Blues I could see reflected in the mirror on the living room wall. Why won’t she sleep? Why won’t she sleep? the constant query, and I could not answer, the bed is a prison, I am a forced convalescent, a daily convict beating twin-bed bars, and I am silent knowing I am lucky, lucky to be seen by God who lives in each closed door, lucky to have a bed to sleep in every night, more so than orphans and the children who inherit my outgrown toys from the Salvation Army wagon. I am lucky enough to lie.
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”Shakespeare — The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.” — Laurence Olivier
O Star Slinger, Shlohmo, Shigeto: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3. O Ann Arbor Soul Club: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4. O Chrome Sparks, Tree City, Kohwi: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5. O Blue Scholars, Bambu, Grynch: 8 p.m. Nov. 6. O Trampled by Turtles, Jonny Corndawg: 8 p.m. Nov. 8. O The Meat Puppets, the Black Box Revelation: 8 p.m. Nov. 9.
This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Tom Chapin: 8 p.m. Nov. 3, $22.50. O The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. Nov. 4, $11. O Theodore Katman, Hotels & Highways: 8 p.m. Nov. 5, $15. O The Devil Makes Three: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, $15. O Howie Day, Nick Zuber: 8 p.m. Nov. 8, $20. O Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys: 8 p.m. Nov. 9, $15.
Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O DJ Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O Beg to Differ: Nov. 4. O Suburban: Nov. 5.
Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. O 88 Keys Dueling Pianos: Nov. 2. O Killer Flamingos: Nov. 3. O Fibbion Handful: Nov. 4. O Tricky Dick and the Cover-Up: Nov. 5. O Dan Fester: Nov. 9.
The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. theblarneyirishpub.com. O Rick Whited: Nov. 3. O Arctic Clam: Nov. 4. O Tru Brew: Nov. 5.
Blind Pig A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Mondays, no cover. O 40 Oz. to Freedom: 9 p.m. Nov. 2.
Caesars Windsor If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. O Battle of the Blues bands: 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 9. O Straight No Chaser: 9 p.m. Nov. 5, $20.
Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Dave Carpenter: Nov. 2. O 56 Daxe: Nov. 3-5. O Nathan Cogan: Nov. 9.
This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. O Rachel Richardson: 7 p.m. Nov. 2. O Dick Lange Trio: 6 p.m. Nov. 3. O Dick Lange Trio, Blue Flamingos: 6 p.m. Nov. 4. O Quartet Bernadette: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. O The Eight Fifteens: 7 p.m. Nov. 9.
Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O DJ Special K: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 p.m. Nov. 5. O Bourbon Street: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Green Eyed Soul: Nov. 4-5.
ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11. O Mike Fisher: 7 p.m. Nov. 5.
A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.
Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or jjsperrysburg.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Nov. 8.
Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www. degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 8. O Dick Lange Trio: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5. O Michael Peslikis: 7 p.m. Nov. 10.
Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes’ freshman starting QB, helped lead Ohio State to a 33-29 last-second victory over Michigan State in front of 105,511 at Buckeye Stadium. Miller was 7-12 through the air and also ran for 99 yards and two TDs. The Buckeyes are now 5-3 overall and host Indiana at home this weekend. We congratulate Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Buckeyes for their outstanding performance.
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. O Steve Rush, Jeremy Edwards, Andrew Bishop, Jef Mallett: 8 p.m. Nov. 4. O A Tribute to Jussi Bjorling: 7 p.m. Nov. 5. O Ellen Rowe Trio: 2 p.m. Nov. 6.
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Mickey Finn’s A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. mickeyfinnspub.com. O Rock the Stage, featuring local bands: 9 p.m. Thursdays, free. O Murdock: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5.
Mutz @ The Oliver House This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 27 Broadway. St. (419) 243-1302 or www.ohmaumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJs Aaron Brown and Nate Mattimoe: Saturdays. O Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Nov. 4.
Omni This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com. O Taking Back Sunday, the Maine: 7 p.m. Nov. 4, $23-$25. O Mike Posner: 7 p.m. Nov. 6, $20-$25. O Framing Hanley: 7 p.m. Nov. 9, $10-$12.
One2 Lounge at Treo Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. O NOPA: Nov. 4. O MightHaveBen: Nov. 5.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, the Wolverines’ starting sophomore tailback, helped lead the Wolverines to a 36-14 win over Purdue in front of 112,115 at the Big House in Ann Arbor. He carried the ball 20 times for 170 yards and two TDs as Michigan improved to 7-1 overall. The team travelsl to Iowa this weekend. We congratulate Fitzgerald Toussaint and the Michigan Wolverines for their outstanding performance.
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Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O The Loom: 10 p.m. Nov. 9.
These Toledo jazz legends perform weekly gigs. 8-10:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079.
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Take in a movie with margaritas on Mondays, or laugh at Thursday comedy nights … but music takes center stage most nights. 233 N. Huron St. www.ourbrothersplace.com. O Wayne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. O DJ: Fridays. O Smooth jazz and R&B: Saturdays and Tuesdays. O Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays.
This band makes the world its cabaret, mixing French, German, Russian, Greek, African and Arabic sounds into fresh dance music. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, Club Soda, 3922 Secor Road. (419) 473-0062 or www.toledoclubsoda.com.
Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. O Chris Knopp: Nov. 4. O Arctic Clam: Nov. 5.
Spicy Tuna This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or spicytunasushi.com. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays.
Swingmania With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or www.swingmania.org. O Swing Revival Party: 8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265. O Big Band All Stars: Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265.
A corner bar-type hangout with DJ-provided tunes on Saturday nights. 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. O DJ Ghost or DJ MZ Ghost: Saturdays. O Eddie Ortega: Nov. 4.
The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452 or www. utoledo.edu/as/music. O Dave Liebman Group: 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3-$5. (419) 530-2452. O Romel and Victoria Joseph concert to benefit the Haitian Performing Arts Center: 8 p.m. Nov. 5, Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $15. (419) 530-2452. O Jazz Night: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Crystal’s Lounge, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 3536 Secor Road. $3-$5. (419) 535-7070.
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A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333 or wesleysbar.com. O DJs Folk, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. O Todd Perrine and guests: Nov. 5.
While the little ones dance, sing and get something special to take home, Mom and Dad can relax. 4-6 p.m. Saturdays, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark. O Gemini: Nov. 5.
Table Forty 4 Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Bands start at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or www.tableforty4.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11.
Zia’s This Italian restaurant hosts magician Andrew Martin on Sunday nights. The Docks, 20 Main St. (419) 697-7138, (888) 456-3463 or www.ziasrestaurant.com.
Night Session Big Band This premier dance band plays bossa novas, tangos, mambos, waltzes, polkas and fox trots. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. $3-$5. (419) 517-1111, (419) 471-1560 or www.southbriar.biz.
this baroque orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$75. (734) 764-2538 or ums.org.
Music From the Fringe The Toledo Symphony’s Rita Lammers will perform violin masterpieces with the assistance of Sergio Ruiz on piano. 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. $7. (419) 244-2787 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
The Nu-Tones This band reinvents the ’60s British Invasion. 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $10-$12. (419) 8243999 or www.franciscancenter.org.
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Audra McDonald A Juilliard-trained, four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress (Broadway’s “Porgy & Bess,” ABC’s “Private Practice) will perform. 8 p.m. Nov. 4, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $10-$50. (734) 764-2538 or ums.org.
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This bluegrass artist will perform a show for the Glass City Opry, with Deepwater Bluegrass opening. 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. $15. (419) 250-1096 or www.glasscityopry.com.
Mozart & More The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform two works by Haydn and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $30-$35. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www. toledosymphony.com.
The Who Show This band pays tribute to the creators of such iconic songs as “My Generation,” “Who Are You” and “Pinball Wizard.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $5-$25. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Diego El Cigala With the idea that “flamenco must be suffered,” El Cigala is noted for fusing that genre with other Latin American music forms (bolero, Afro-Caribbean jazz and tango). 8 p.m. Nov. 5, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $18-$44. (734) 764-2538 or ums.org.
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Classic film showings in Maumee, Perrysburg The Maumee Indoor Theatre is hosting screenings of a pair of films from director Frank Capra. The 1934 romantic comedy “It Happened One Night” will be screened Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The movie stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The film cleaned up at the Academy Awards as Gable won best actor, Colbert won best actress, Capra won for best director and the movie won for best picture. The 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be screened Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The film stars James Stewart and Donna Reed. The screenings will include shorts, old previews and a live introduction. Maumee Indoor Theatre is located at 601 Conant St. Call (419) 897-8901 for more information. O
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“Golden Girls of the Silver Screen” film series will begin at at Way Library on Nov. 6. Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in November will feature a four-part film series starring the most beautiful women of the Hollywood screen. The series debuts with “Poor Little Rich Girl,” a 1936 musical starring Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart (James Cameron’s “Titanic”) and a very young Shirley Temple. Alice Faye and Jack Haley are downon-their-luck performers until “orphan” Shirley Temple joins the act. The blond and beautiful Stuart plays a radio advertiser’s secretary who helps the trio to success as well as reuniting Shirley with her wealthy businessman father. The film will be shown Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in
the lower-level auditorium of the library. No reservations are required. Admission and refreshments are free. A special guest speaker will discuss the film and answer questions. For more information call (419) 874-3135. Other classic films in this Way Library series are: “The Strawberry Blonde” (1941) with Rita Hayworth and Olivia de Havilland on Nov. 13, “Mother Wore STUART Tights” (1947) with Betty Grable on Nov. 20 and “Mogambo” (1953) with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly on Nov. 27. All begin at 2 p.m. Way Library continues its classic movie series, Reel Talk with the 1944 comedy, “The Canterville Ghost.” Based on an Oscar Wilde tale, the film stars Charles Laughton as a castle ghost who cannot find peace until a kinsman can perform an act of courage to break the 300-year-old curse. World War II GIs are billeted at the castle and among them is a Canterville descendant. The comedy-drama also stars Robert Young and Margaret O’Brien. Phyllis Gallo, area film buff, will be the special guest speaker. The film will be shown on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. No reservations are required. Admission and refreshments are free. The library is located at 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg. For more information call (419) 874-3135. O — Staff Reports
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Everyone loves a good mashup. YouTube would be a very boring place without the bastard offspring of The Beatles and The Monkees, or even Lady GaGa vs. the Ghostbusters. In comics, mash-ups aren’t exactly new, but a book like “Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes” can still raise a few Vulcan eyebrows. Unfortunately, the first issue of the new miniseries, a joint venture between DC Comics and IDW Publishing, beams in as a lopsided two-headed whatzit. The uneven nature of the series begins with the multimedia “Trek” being paired with the lesser-known comic book super-team, which claims a fervent fanbase but just doesn’t have the worldwide clout of Kirk, Spock and co. The comic tries to present both equally, but it’s soon apparent that this is intended to be a “Trek”-heavy project. The Legion is actually an older property, begun in 1958, but DC’s super-heroic teenagers of the far future have never really taken off outside of the comics industry. And this book tends to reflect that situation. “Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes” begins with a glimpse at a dystopian future not dis-
similar to that in the famous “Mirror, Mirror” episode of the original “Star Trek” show. But, since this is just the beginning of the tale, no explanations are forthcoming as to that dark scene’s existence. Then we’re shown the real Enterprise and the real Legion, each in their own respective future universes, falling into the aforementioned troubled times. The two casts do not meet, but one assumes they eventually will; why else would we be here? Overall, there’s not much that transpires in the 22 pages, nothing that you haven’t already seen in countless comics and “Trek” episodes. The art is nice and the writing competent, but for $3.99 you yearn for a bit more meat on the bone. First issues are generally just introductions to the situations, but there’s little here to urge you to buy No. 2. In all, the book stands as a kind of gateway drug, a bit too obviously trying to hook you on either of the properties therein. Whether you fall for it depends on how desperate you are for mash-ups. O
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‘Rise of Nightmares’ offers intense shocks Halloween might have passed, but the thrills continue with the Xbox 360/Kinect exclusive “Rise of Nightmares” (SEGA), which plays like an interactive horror film. Players begin on a train trip through Romania with a wife character then go through the lengthy tutorial section learning how to move and control your character (a pretty intuitive interface) as the storyline advances with basic missions and fantastical antagonists. The Kinect interface works well, primarily using hand gestures to grab objects, climb ladders, open doors and, of course, kill zombies with a fair number of weapons including vases, scalpels, hatchets, machetes, explosive test tubes, recovered limbs and a chainsaw. Of course, these weapons lead to some very intensely gory zombie-killing. Designed as a one-player game, “Rise” moves a bit slowly with a lot of door opening in the initial rounds of the game. Players can maneuver by turning their shoulders with a right foot forward or backward in the play space. Automatic mo-
tion is accomplished with a bicyclist’s right-turn signal — a right arm angled up at 90 degrees. Players should swap places with other players in midstream as the same character to keep the story going and prevent fatigue. This technique expands the game into multiplayer play while enhancing the game experience, which, like a good horror movie, shocks and surprises at the right moments. The intensity of some scenes led to a few screams of shock and surprise. It is a bit boring playing just as a single player, but playing with a group transforms the experience into an actual horror movie and, as we all know, a lot of the fun of a horror movie is other people screaming (***, rated M for some sequences of extreme blood and gore, strong profanity, partial nudity, and intense violence). O — Tim Mackley
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The Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has awarded Toledo Free Press Star second place in the Best Arts Reporting category, for Ohio publications under 100,000 circulation. The award recognized the work of writer Kristen Criswell. “For Star to make an impact at the state level during its first year is exciting and provides a challenge to improve that impact in the coming years,” said Star Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller. “This is an exciting and creative city, and we are striving to reflect that, from the smallest gallery to the halls of the Toledo Museum of Art.” Toledo Free Press won the title of Best Weekly Newspaper in Ohio for the third straight year. Toledo Free Press competes in the circulation of 100,000 or above category. “We are grateful to SPJ for the recognition and we are pleased to keep this title in Toledo,” Miller said. “There is a small group of people here who work very hard, and as we enter our seventh year, we feel like we are just hitting our stride in serving the local community.”
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Raceway Park named Toledo Free Press its Corporate Sponsor of the Year for its sponsorship of the Party at the Park concert series. “We wouldn’t be able to have the level of success we had this year if it wasn’t for the relationship with the Toledo Free Press,” said
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as Shakespeare a fraud? The question is asked by posters, banners, commercials and other advertising for the new film “Anonymous,” which saw limited release Oct. 28. As the movie opens wider, its tantalizing plot filled with conspiracy, secrets and claims about the truth JEFF behind theater’s most famous playwright will continue to draw a curious audience. But the scholarship behind its premise — that Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, was the true author of Shakespeare’s works — is widely considered shaky at best and an offensive example of classism at worst. Stephannie Gearhart, assistant professor in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University, had more than her fair share of experience dealing with the Bard’s work. She has presented essays at the Shakespeare Association of America, written numerous articles related to his plays and is currently writing a book manuscript, “Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England.” “With apologies to Ben Jonson, then, I’d say that Shakespeare was both ‘of an age’ and ‘for all time,’ though readers tend to ignore the former point in favor of the latter point,” Gearhart wrote in an email interview with Toledo Free Press Star. Gearhart is intimately familiar with the Earl of Oxford theory, from its origins in the 1920 work of an author named (no jokes, please) J. Thomas Looney. It was Looney who posited that someone like de Vere would have a greater working knowledge of the royal court than an “outsider” like Shakespeare. “Further, a man like de Vere, who because of his class position attended university, is assumed to have been capable of writing such sophisticated plays,” Gearhart said. “Shakespeare, on the other hand, had a more limited education because of his class position and thus is assumed by Oxfordians to have been unable to compose the plays; some critics even go so far as to suggest that Shakespeare was illiterate.” These arguments are intriguing but they have no basis in reality. “This theory is not based in fact but in a desire to find someone of a higher class to have been responsible for the plays,” Gearhart said. “There are many reasonable objections to this theory, including 1. the education Shakespeare received would have been quite rigorous, and so to suggest he was illiterate or incapable of working so successfully with language is foolish; 2. the assumptions made about class in this theory are untenable; 3. de Vere’s extant poetry is not of the same quality as the poetry in the plays; 4. de Vere died in 1604, but several of the plays,
including ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest,’ were written after this date.” The theory also carries an unsettling streak of condescension, sneering at the idea that someone of “lower birth” could ever have accomplished something as grand as the Bard’s work. “The objection that someone in Shakespeare’s social position could not have written the plays is founded upon a very ugly assumption about the intellectual abilities of those not belonging to the upper class,” Gearhart said. Gearhart is concerned that audience members may end up swallowing the film’s version of history. “Moviegoers tend to like conspiracy theory films, and I fear that if ‘Anonymous’ presents a compelling enough narrative, viewers will be convinced by it regardless of the facts. Most viewers, I suspect, are unaware of how and why a theory like this one came to be and all of the very reasonable evidence against it,” she said.
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BGSU professor Stephannie Gearhart on the truth behind a new Shakespeare film. To that end, she said maybe those in the film’s audience will be inspired to do their own research, and learn for themselves what the facts (or lack thereof) behind the Oxford theory really are. Or maybe asking a larger question: More than 400 years GEARHART after they first appeared, why do we even care about the question of who “really” wrote the plays? “What I mean by this is, if we have all of these wonderful plays, why, we should ask ourselves, are we so concerned with identifying a single individual responsible for producing them? Why is authorship so important to us, and why does it bother us when we are uncertain about it?” Gearhart has no answer for the most pivotal question of all — whether she’ll be seeing the film herself when it arrives in the area. “I know that the film will not change my mind about the authorship question. At the same time, I’ve heard that it’s wise to know your enemy, so perhaps I will venture out to see ‘Anonymous,’ even if I end up watching it, as will most other Shakespeare scholars, gritting my teeth and shaking my head,” she said. O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.
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