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“I am hungry. Therefore I am.” — Garfield

The Strong Talk to headline free show at Frankie’s Inner City shows on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at the Ottawa Tavern and Headliners, respectively. “A lot of people show up when it’s free cause why not?” Robert said. “And all the proFor Toledo’s own The Strong Talk, it really is moters are real good about it, too, because you do a free show, all these people come out and all about the music. From the band’s willingness to play free shows, everybody’s buying drinks and stuff. So the bar’s to doing two separate, two-week tours that nearly still making money.” With influences ranging from The Beatles, left it broke to putting out new music two months apart, The Strong Talk has done everything within Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel to bands like MGMT and Pond, its collective power to build a name for itself. “Getting a buzz, even locally, is tougher than The Strong Talk has crafted its own brand of you’d think, you know?” The Strong Talk singer/ psychedelic-infused alternative music with a guitarist David Robert said. “I mean, this last throwback sound. The band started to take shape about two years summer we took on every local show we could find. We played every weekend all summer, and ago when Robert met Johnston through Facebook writing our last EP was, like, five months of just after posting a song. Since that time, the guys in sitting in front of a computer trying to get it all The Strong Talk have grown close, living as roommates in addition to being band mates. perfect. It’s been a lot of fun, though.” Their former living quarters — dubbed “The Rounded out by Robert Johnston (guitar/ vocals), Derek Michael Smith (bass) and Adam Rabbithole”— was an old Victorian-style home Kenneth (drums, percussion), The Strong Talk in the Old West End where they often played will headline a free show for a pre-Thanksgiving house shows. “When we first started doing lots of Toledo bash at Frankie’s at 9 p.m. Nov. 21. The Strong 3661 Devers_Collision_TFP95_Layout 1 8/30/12 1:28 PM Page 1 Talk will follow that gig with two more free shows, most of them were in our living room,” By Mike Bauman

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Robert said. “We had a bunch of people come out and a lot of good times were had. It was fun.” It was also at The Rabbithole that The Strong Talk decided to take a stab at recording its own music. Released in April, “Singles” was a collection of songs the band put together over time with the help of outside production. For the group’s official debut EP “Puritan,” however, The Strong Talk took the reins. “That’s pretty much why it took five months because that was a learning experience, as well,” Robert said of recording “Puritan,” which released in June. “Just doing one song and then thinking it sucks, and then doing another song, like, doing it over; just sitting there and just doing it until you think it’s good enough.” Thanks to Kickstarter — an online fundraising tool for creative projects — The Strong Talk surpassed its $800 project goal in April and received $1,500 in donations to help produce physical copies of “Puritan.” The guys also ventured to New York City, where “Puritan” was mastered at Sterling Sound by Jay Franco (Coldplay, Tokyo Police Club, Johnny Cash). With a new EP, the band hit the road in August

and again in October for its first regional tours. “Learning to not kill each other when you’re in the same vehicle for two weeks and you’re driving, like, six hours to the next show, you know what I mean?” Robert said on what touring was like. “Just learning how to do your best and not smell horrible, [and] learning how to freshen up at McDonald’s and eat nothing but McDonald’s for two weeks.” Though touring costs led to The Strong Talk leaving the Old West End behind, the group now has a new, psychedelic studio space in the historic Collingwood Arts Center where it can work on new music. “It’s like a big, old — and from what I’m told — haunted old convent,” Robert said. “I’ve not seen anything totally creepy, but there’s just this eeriness to it, and it’s pretty cool.” On Nov. 21, The Strong Talk will headline a free show which also features Wilson, React and Michael Corwin at Frankie’s Inner City, 308 Main St. Admission is free for those 21 and over and $3 for those younger than 21. Doors are at 9 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more info, visit O



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Retail Sunshine

Comic strip on life in retail to be featured in TFP Star.

By Brigitta Burks

Toledo Free Press Star News Editor

When asked what his pet peeve was in his job dealing with customers at Best Buy, Phil Machi replied, “Customers that ask questions and when I begin to say the answer, they’ll interrupt with another question.” Unlike the average retail employee, Machi turned his frustration into a comic strip in which a customer asks a frazzled employee a series of rapid-fire questions. This comic installment, or episode as Machi calls them, is just one of 83 in a series called “Retail Sunshine.” “Retail Sunshine” is set to be featured in Toledo Free Press Star. The series chronicles Best Buy employees and their misadventures dealing with customers. But Machi, who works at the Best Buy in Holland, said the series is relatable to anyone who has worked in retail. “I really wanted to show what it was like to work in sales, not necessarily Best Buy. So it looks like a Best Buy, but there’s enough of it that’s not Best Buy that it could be anywhere. A lot times people go, ‘Is this Target? Is this Wal-mart?’” Machi said. Even customers can relate to the comic, Machi said. “A lot of people aren’t being insulted by it. They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I do that, too.’ And they’re being, like, humorously embarrassed by it,” he said. Machi grew up in Solon, east of Cleveland and has loved art since childhood. However, he originally wanted to be a paleontologist. He attended Bowling Green State University to major in science and minor in art before having a change of heart and flipping his major and minor. “I never thought I would be doing [art] as a big part of my life. Originally, I thought I would be doing it as something in the background,” he said. The artist started his first major comic series as a sophomore in high school — while in geometry class. “I was doing some doodling in my geometry class because, you know, math,” Machi said with a roll of the eyes. “The drawing I did on the side

Phil Machi turns his experiences at Best Buy into a comic strip about customer interaction. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR

of my homework was a little cow and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll make her say something,’ and I made her hate on McDonald’s.” The simple sketch ended up sparking Livestock, a series based on farm animals that Machi did for 11 years. “It’s not gone; it’s hibernating,” he said. Machi graduated from BGSU in 2003 and

began working at Best Buy in 2005. He also compiled a “Livestock” book in the meantime and, by 2008, he was ready to try something new. “I thought maybe I’ll do something scribbly and silly that would be reflective of my everyday job,” Machi said. “Retail Sunshine” was the outcome. He said his employers and co-workers

have been supportive of his series. Machi has done murals in the hallway by his Best Buy’s restrooms and is published in The Link, Best Buy’s internal magazine. “Like most jobs involving customer service, retailing can provide its challenges,” said Andy Hokenson, who runs The Link, in an email. n RETAIL CONTINUES ON 5

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TOLEDOFREEPRESS.COM / NOV. 14, 2012 n 5 n RETAIL CONTINUED FROM 4 “But, if we can’t laugh at ourselves and call light to the situations similar to our own — we’d all go a little bonkers. Phil’s comics have helped create that amusement we all need from time to time.” To make an episode, Machi first draws in pencil and then goes over his work in ink. He then adds crayon for color and scans the drawings into Photoshop to add words. Machi also has a graphic novel on the backburner that harkens back to his first love — dinosaurs. “Not Quite Extinct” introduces three dinosaurs: a silent carnivore, a paranoid germaphobe who is convinced the silent carnivore is trying to eat him and the main character who doesn’t believe him. “The whole reason I wanted to write that story was because I felt like I lost that whole part of my life, and I wanted to join art and science together,” said Machi, who has completed 13 pages of the project that is currently on hiatus. Machi also released “Silver Lining,” a compilation book of “Retail Sunshine” episodes on Halloween. In the past, he has put out other books, including “Twas the Day After Turkey,” featuring a poem about Black Friday. Machi strives to keep his work relatable. When he promotes his work at comic book conventions, he finds it’s usually what draws people in. “People will walk by and at first, they’re confused because it’s not a superhero-based thing at a comic book convention. But once they look at it and I find out they’ve been in retail or whatever, they’ll pick up and go, ‘That’s my life,’” he said. To learn more, visit the web site http:// O

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Call her definitely Pop star Jepsen to play in Auburn Hills on Nov. 21. By Alan Sculley Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Carly Rae Jepsen admitted that she felt a little uneasy when she stepped on stage for her first night opening for Justin Bieber on that teen star’s fall arena tour. It was, after all, her first time performing in such a large venue. “It was one song of nerves on the first night, the very first song, where I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, how’s this going to be?’” Jepsen said in an early October phone interview. “Then it went right back to feeling like home again. I don’t know, it’s funny, you can kind of be a bigger and louder and a more excited version of everything in arenas like that. It’s really kind of satisfying and the biggest thrill and the biggest rush that I’ve ever experienced in my life. And it’s a good thing. I want to keep doing it. I can’t wait for the next show and the next one. I just want to keep trying to make it better and better.” If Jepsen’s immediate future is anything like her preceding year, she’ll have plenty of chances to play arenas and improve her live show. Jepsen rocketed into the spotlight earlier this year with the chart-topping single “Call Me Maybe.” Now her first American CD, “Kiss,” is

out and “Good Time,” her collaboration with Owl City, has climbed into the top 10 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart. The singer will appear with Bieber at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 21. It’s quite a whirlwind for the 26-year-old, who at this time last year, was still largely unknown outside of her native Canada. She was not a freshfaced newcomer to music though, even at that point. A native of Mission, British Columbia, Jepsen (who turns 27 on Nov. 21) began pursuing music a year or so after high school, playing pubs around Vancouver, British Columbia playing pubs when she could and working jobs (including being a barista and a bartender) to pay the bills. Jepsen wasn’t on the verge of any real breakthrough when, in 2007, she talked to her high school drama instructor. He suggested that she try out for “Canadian Idol,” the counterpart north of the border to the highly popular U.S. version, “American Idol.” “She was like, ‘Carly, I know you’re trying everything, but try this. Why not? It could be a bit of exposure. Worst case scenario, you go to audition and it doesn’t work and you just keep doing whatever you do,’” Jepsen said. n JEPSEN CONTINUES ON 7

Carly Rae Jepsen was a contestant on “Canadian Idol.” PHOTO COURTESY Simkin Artist Management

“I’m not messy, I’m organizationally challenged.” — Garfield n JEPSEN CONTINUED FROM 6 She said she resisted the idea for a time. “It wasn’t until season five that I finally caved in to her suggestion and went and tried it.” Jepsen passed her audition and landed on the “Canadian Idol” television show, eventually finishing third in that season’s competition. That led to a record deal and the release in Canada of her 2008 debut CD, “Tug Of War,” which produced a pair of hit singles, “Tug Of War” and “Bucket.” It would be three more years before Jepsen released more music, but when that next song arrived in September 2011 in Canada, it would be a game changer. It was “Call Me Maybe,” and by Christmastime, the song was getting airplay in Canada. And it was on Canadian radio that another Canadian star, Bieber, heard “Call Me Maybe” and instantly fell for the song. He started tweeting about it and then made a viral video parody of “Call Me Maybe” (with Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale among others) that spread like wildfire across the Internet. Soon, Jepsen had signed on with Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and Bieber’s record label, Schoolboy Records, and radio beyond Canada began jumping on the “Call Me Maybe” bandwagon. The song became more than a hit. It was a phenomenon, going No. 1 in 37 countries, including the United States, where it held the top spot on the Billboard 100 for nine weeks. That success, of course, has been nothing short of mindblowing for Jepsen, but one thing that helped her deal with her sudden

fame was that she was working while “Call Me Maybe” caught on — either on the “Kiss” album or on various promotional activities. “The pace of things has been really fast,” Jepsen said. “So I feel like if anything, that’s been on my side because I’ve always had some kind of work to do or some kind of traveling to get done, and it’s kind of given me something to focus on if it’s been a little overwhelming or if it is a little bit like ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ It’s like, ‘Well, we’re flying to Japan today. We’re going to do some promo,’ and it’s like ‘OK, I’ve got to do that.’” “Call Me Maybe” (which was included on the six-song EP, “Curiosity,” which was released this past February) makes a return appearance on “Kiss.” “Good Time” (which is also on the new Owl City CD, “The Midsummer Station”) is also featured on “Kiss.” And the rest of “Kiss” sticks to the playful dance-pop of those two songs, as Jepsen sings her way through 10 additional tracks that include cheery uptempo tunes like “This Kiss,” “Turn Me Up” and “Hurt So Good” and an occasional ballad, like “Beautiful,” which features guest vocals from Bieber. Jepsen’s opening set on Bieber’s “Believe” tour will feature many of the songs from “Kiss.” While Jepsen said there are a few visual bells and whistles in the show, the focus is on the music Jepsen and her band play during her set. “We’ve definitely been having a lot of fun creating the show,” Jepsen said. “We really focused in on wanting the music to feel great. So we’ve been perfecting the songs as best we can and making a set list that feels like home.” O


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Owens to stage production of Chekhov’s ‘Short Farces’ By John Dorsey Toledo Free Press Staff Writer

Live theater is usually no laughing matter; even comedy can be serious business. Just ask the students and faculty at Owens Community College. Their upcoming production of the short farces of famed Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is sure to have you rolling in the aisles. The curtain is set to rise in the Mainstage Theatre on Nov. 15. “Owens Community College’s Department for Fine and Performing Arts is excited to present such a unique theatrical production, which brings together several short plays filled with very different circumstances,” said Jeremy Meier, Owens assistant professor of fine and performing arts, in a news release. “Attendees of all ages will truly enjoy the characters as performed by the college’s students and community members and the many surprises that take place throughout the production.” The production features Sarah Wurzinger, John Sweney, Silvester Rodriguez IV, Matthew Crawford, Melissa Shaffer, Tim Grindle, Rachel Ramlawi, Esteban Vega, Ashley Myatt, Devon Held and Jon Masters. Meier and Dave Nelms are directing. “Short Farces by Anton Chekhov” details sev-

eral different short comedies that begin with a relatively normal situation and build into a chaotic adventure of unique circumstances. Among the short comedies in the production are “The Bear,” “The Festivities” and “The Proposal.” “I first got into Chekhov in college. His work is a major component of the theater classes that we teach here,” Meier said. “It is an amazing example of realism. There is universality to his work. He was writing in very uncertain times both economically and politically, which I think is what makes him so relatable in our current culture. We also chose to produce these pieces in part because they are shorter. We have to look at the talent that we have and be able to break up some of the larger speeches. His farces are really over the top and we can laugh at the indecision of these characters, their stresses and the hilarity of the situations. We are celebrating one of the true masters of writing.” Show dates and times are Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will also occur on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit or contact the college’s box office. For more information, call the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787. O

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Musician swings with touring Monkees By Jim and Becky Beard Special to Toledo Free Press Star

Audiences will have a chance to see The Monkees perform at Lakewood Civic Auditorium outside Cleveland on Nov. 17. David Alexander, one of several accomplished musicians in the group’s road band, said his Monkees odyssey began with meeting the late Davy Jones in 1993. “Y’know, man, once you’re in, you’re in,” said Alexander in his best Jones voice. “[The Monkees] chose to use Micky’s [Dolenz] band for this tour, and that’s who I’ve been with primarily for the past six years, though I’ve been with all the different inceptions of The Monkees since ’95.” Alexander, who plays keyboard and acoustic guitar on the tour, said there is a surreal feeling to playing iconic songs in front of longtime fans of The Monkees. “Especially on a song like ‘As We Go Along,’ which happens to be my favorite all-time Monkees song,” he said. “It’s so beautiful. Carole King wrote it, and Micky sings so beautifully on it, and it’s such an interesting song. So, yeah, it’s surreal. Because it’s like, wow, I’m part of this now.” This particular Monkees go-round is marked by the inclusion of founding member Michael Nesmith, who hasn’t played with the band since a 1997 British tour that had Alexander working as his guitar tech. This time the reclusive Nesmith’s son Christian is along for the ride, playing beside

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The Black Pearl beers, specialty martinis and an exquisite wine selection. Guests can order bottles not on the regular menu and store them in a rented cabinet for serving to clients or friends. Happy hour is daily 4-7 p.m. Ladies Night is Thursday with wine, martini and food specials from 7 p.m.close. Occasional spirit, wine and beer tastings are offered, as well as local live music. O Hours: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday (kitchen until 11 p.m.), closed Sunday-Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.

4630 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419) 380-1616 Located across from the Stranahan Theater, The Black Pearl offers a casual yet upscale dining experience perfect for catching a meal before a show, said general manager Brad Holler. The menu features a diverse variety of quality, affordable dishes, including fresh seafood, prime rib, poultry and pasta as well as weekly

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Open since January, Barr’s Public House offers two venues in one. The more casual “barrel room” features decor and tabletops made of bourbon barrels while the more upscale back room features a granite bar and tabletops, plus two lounge areas. “It all depends on what you are in the mood for,” said general manager Stephanie Soldner. “It has that underground speak-easy feel to it.” Signature entrees include fresh, wildcaught tuna and salmon from Honolulu and the popular lobster mac and cheese. Also on the menu are specialty burgers, BLTacos and seasonal housemade soups, as well as craft




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Gluten-free and vegetarian options abound at this create-your-own stir-fry eatery featuring fresh, local ingredients, beach décor and a casual atmosphere. The family-owned venue, celebrating its eighth anniversary this month, recently added appetizers and seasonal holiday drinks to its menu, said general manager Jessica Necessary. Kids 8 and younger eat free on Tuesday with the purchase of one adult meal per child. Thursday is a date night special, featuring two dinners, two nonalcoholic drinks and one dessert for $30. Gift cards are available. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419) 724-5844 Taglined “Good flippin’ burgers,” Burger Bar 419 offers comfort food with style, featuring its popular and unique layered burgers. Following a mantra of “simple, fresh and delicious,” co-owners Moussa Salloukh and Tony House strive to keep things local, displaying local artwork and offering homemade, handcrafted and locally grown

menu items, including vegetarian options. “We’re just trying to keep everything here in Toledo,” Salloukh said. “We’re all about the food and the 419.” O Hours: Opens 11 a.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve (until 9 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve.


Chuck’s on Monroe 4477 Monroe St., Toledo (419) 720-3370

Chuck’s offers 16 draft beers, NFL Sunday Ticket and a menu featuring chicken chunks, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and more. Happy hour, featuring $1-off drinks, is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Other specials include: Monday, $2 off Reubens (before 6 p.m.) and half-off appetizers (after 6 p.m.); Tuesday, Pepperoni French bread pizza with a domestic pitcher for $12; Wednesday, $2-off chicken and pulled pork nachos; Thursday, $2-off

burgers and $4 domestic pitchers; Saturday and Sunday (until 6 p.m.), $5 chicken chunks and $5 domestic beer buckets. Chuck’s also offers a heated outdoor patio, live acoustic musicians Tuesdays and Thursdays and DJs Friday through Sunday. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Holiday hours: 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving and Christmas, regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


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Creative Louisiana-Creole dishes as well as traditional American favorites make up the menu at Fat Fish Blue, which offers “American bistro fare with a New Orleans flair,” including kid-friendly dishes. “The Southern fried chicken is probably one of the most popular items on the menu, everybody goes crazy for the cornbread, and the gumbo jambalaya and blackened salmon are also

favorites,” said general manager Nadia Castilleja. With live music on weekends and live entertainment five nights a week, Fat Fish Blue is a place for people to unwind and be themselves. “Fat Fish Blue is about food, fun and friends,” she said. O Hours: Opens 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.

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Reviewed by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in Ohio, Georgio’s Cafe International is best known for its fresh seafood. It also offers French, Greek, Mediterranean and Italian dishes, including steak, chops and pasta. Featuring an extensive wine list and free valet parking in the evening, Georgio’s has offered an elegant Downtown dining experience for lunch or dinner for 26 years, said owner Chris Kamilaris, whose brother, George

Kamilaris, is chef. Catering and private rooms are available. O Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. MondayFriday; Dinner: 5:30-9:30 p.m. MondayThursday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday except for private parties. Bar open 11:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve, featuring a DJ, band and dance floor.



By Dustin Hostetler Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

I am a huge fan of funky Asian cuisine. I’ve had some of the best meals of my life in Chinatown in New York City. I’ve eaten things that no one should have eaten, and it’s given me a real taste for things way too spicy and way too fishy. One time I ate a pot of clams that were so off, my tongue felt like I had licked a battery for days. Toledo has some terrific Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean restaurants. We now have a contender for best “Asian” food in Toledo. Long story short, they don’t serve just Chinese. Our friend Michelle came over last week and brought some takeout from QQ Kitchen. I tried the sizzling rice soup, which was light and flavorful with a nice shrimpy finish, as well as the black bean noodles and pork bulgogi. Both dishes were very assertive in flavor, and much more deeply seasoned than is typical in Toledo. The next day, I picked up some take-out which is clearly going to be

QQ’s focus and speciality. The dining room is small, and the kitchen way too fast and efficient to be concerned with just the small amount of diners eating in. We ordered several things, all of which were delightful. When I got home, I took note of how well they packaged and bagged up everything. I ordered the spicy seafood noodle soup (minus the noodles) and the plastic container it was in was wrapped in a sealed bag and then placed in another double bag. It was filled with a surprising variety of seafood and veggies, along with equal parts deeply red and spicy broth. Absolutely gorgeous. We had crab rangoon (classic) and an egg roll, which my wife described as “a nice little pocket of satisfying yum.” We tried the Mapo tofu, which I loved. As soon as I got home with the togo, I grabbed a spoon and took a scalding hot bite. I felt it slowly burn the entire way down my esophagus. It burnt not only with the scalding, freshly cooked heat, but also with the delicious twang of Sichwan spices that are mixed in with the silky soft tofu cubes and ground beef. This place is not messing around. The

dish is very spicy, and I yelled in delight as it burnt its way down to my stomach. I did not grab a glass of water. I let it burn all the way down. This is a dish I am going to order again and again. Then ... for me ... the piece de résistance was the salt and black pepper shrimp. The portion was huge, with nine or 10 — head and legs on — giant shrimp. They were very lightly breaded (so light, you could still see the eyeballs) and deep fried. These beautiful bad boys are not for the faint of heart. I suspect many people would be prone to rip the head and tail off and just eat the body. But not me. I ate the whole thing. All nine or 10 of them. Bite off the head and enjoy the flavor. Then I poured a little soy into the body and gobbled that up. Seriously a joyful seafood experience. I stopped by a couple more times during the course of a week, as I could not get enough. The hot and sour soup is complex, with a rich variety of textures and flavors. I also tried the Gan Pan Chicken, which is deep fried with the bone in. It’s stir-fried in a Chinese garlic sauce. It’s an adventurous dish, as the chicken is chopped up in such a way that you aren’t immediately sure

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which part of the bird you’re eating. The flavors and textures in this dish are addictive. During my four visits to QQ during the course of only a week, I bumped into and recognized many familiar faces. The word is out, and Toledo is excited. This two-generation-deep, family-owned restaurant has only been open since July, and it has been



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so busy that it hasn’t had time to throw itself a proper opening celebration. It’s rare for a brand-new restaurant to find its sea legs so quickly, but this place knows what it’s doing. I can’t wait to eat QQ’s food again and again and again. After finding out they deliver to the Old West End, it’s clear I’m eating QQ every week for the rest of my life. Five stars out of five all the way. O w 606 North McCord Rd. Toledo, Ohio 43615

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Holiday DINING GUIDE Registry Bistro opened in June and features a dinner menu of contemporary American bistro cuisine with an emphasis on “shared plates,” said chef Erika Rapp, who co-owns the eatery with her mother Vickie Rapp. The elegant casual eatery also offers full dinners, entree salads and sandwiches. The menu changes seasonally and the bar features American craft cocktails, craft beer and boutique wine. “We

want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and has a great time,” Rapp said. Gift certificates are available. O Hours: Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed SundayMonday. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve, featuring special menu and live jazz (reservations only).

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Le Petit Gourmet

6546 Weatherfield Court, Maumee (419) 866-6343 Le Petit Gourmet is popular for catering holiday parties of all types and sizes, said Jason Dzierwa, who owns the eatery and catering company with his wife, Sarah. The casual deli features fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts and the atmosphere draws in repeat customers. “The atmosphere is very cozy,” Dzierwa said. “We have a little fireplace in the center of the restaurant. It’s a very inviting place. We know 80 percent of the people that walk through our door.” O Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Open hours for catering.



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Rosie’s takes traditional century-old Italian family recipes, gives them a creative modern twist and serves them in a romantically lit, Tuscan-themed atmosphere. “Authentic Italian — that’s what we’re known for, but our fresh seafood creations and Chicago Stock Yards steaks are just incomparable,” said pastry chef Betsy Barone. Rosie’s also features award-winning pizza, live music Wednesday through Saturday and a private, four-season patio. Wine bottles are $5 or $10 off on Wednesdays. O


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Known for its awarding-winning ribs, Sidelines opened a new Toledo location on the corner of Telegraph and Alexis roads in September. Jumbo chicken wings with homemade sauce, boneless Fowl Balls, homemade soups and a signature spicy mojo dip are also popular, said coowner Eric Sitter, who prides himself on offering unique and memorable dishes like the Knock-Out burger and the Porkzilla. “Those are items you just can’t get anywhere else,” Sitter said. “We’re a sports eatery but our food is exceptional.” O Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday (Toledo); 11-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday (Lambertville)

Relax with family and friends in Ventura’s casual atmosphere and enjoy one of Toledo’s best-known secrets for the past 28 years, invites general manager Valerie Mundt-Scott. Serving some of the area’s finest Mexican and American cuisine, Ventura’s offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., cocktail hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and $2.60 margaritas in 10 flavors every Tuesday until 9 p.m. A private dining room for holiday parties of up to 50 people is available. Holiday gift certificates are available beginning Nov. 23, featuring a bonus $5 with every $25 purchase. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday and all major holidays.

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The Ark


This intimate venue showcases acts from the A-list to the lesser known. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Katie Herzig: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, $15. O Willy Porter, Dave McGraw, Mandy Fer: 8 p.m. Nov. 16, $17.50. O Iris DeMent: 8 p.m. Nov. 17, $30. O The Crane Wives: 8 p.m. Nov. 20, free.

Bar 145

This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or O Demetrius Nicodemus: Nov. 15. O Tricky Dicks and the Cover-Ups: Nov. 16. O Hello My Name Is: Nov. 17. O Flabongo Nation: Nov. 21.

Basin St. Grille

This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: Nov. 17.

B-Bop Records/Third Space

Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www. or O Underscore Adia, Parker Thomas, Ryan Started the Fire: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 23.

BGSU concerts

The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or O University and Concert bands: 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Kobacker Hall. O Vocal Jazz Ensemble: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Bryan Recital Hall. O University Men’s Chorus and A Cappella Choir: 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Kobacker Hall, $10. O University Women’s Chorus and Collegiate Chorale: 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Kobacker Hall, $10. O Sounds of the Stadium: 3 p.m. Nov. 18, Kobacker Hall, $10. O Graduate String Quartet: 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Bryan Recital Hall.


B.Gump’s 101 Restaurant and Lounge

Steak and seafood, chops and chicken are on the menu, along with tons of entertainment. 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-2199. O Scott Ballard: Nov. 14. O The Dan & Don Show: Nov. 15. O New Orleans Party Asylum: Nov. 16. O Slowburn with Tom Turner: Nov. 17.

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. O Acoustic Magic: Nov. 15. O Arctic Clam: Nov. 16. O The Eight-Fifteens: Nov. 17. O Nine Lives: Nov. 21.

Blind Pig

A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or O Roster McCabe: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 14. O Pentatonix, SJ: 8 p.m. Nov. 15. O Deals Gone Bad, Hullabaloo, Superdot: 9 p.m. Nov. 16. O The Bang! 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. O Pinback, Solos: 9 p.m. Nov. 20. O Shigeto: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

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 O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Stonehouse: Nov. 16. O Crucial 420: Nov. 17.

Caesars Windsor

If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Starting ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or O Roger Hodgson: 8 p.m. Nov. 18, $25.

Cheers Sports Eatery

This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Johnny Rodriguez: Nov. 17. O Skoobie Snaks: Nov. 21.

Cock n’ Bull Tavern

Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical perfor-

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Dégagé Jazz Café

Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 14 and 20-21. O Michael Peslikis: Nov. 15. O Lori LeFevre-Johnson: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17.

The Distillery

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Nine Lives: Nov. 16-17. O Arctic Clam: Nov. 21, 23-24.

Doc Watson’s

Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or O Organized: 10 p.m. Nov. 16. O John Barile & Bobby May: 10 p.m. Nov. 17.


938 W. Laskey Rd. (419) 720-4320. O DJ: Wednesdays. O Scotty Rock: Sundays. O Mark Mikel Band, Chris Shutters: Nov. 16. O MAS FiNA: Nov. 17.

Fat Fish Blue

Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or O Andrew Ellis & the Setting Sons: 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 24 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 23. O 427 Band: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

The Flying Joe

A coffee house with wings? Maybe you’ll feel like soaring after a signature mocha. And sometimes … they add a shot of music. 2130 Preston Parkway, Perrysburg. (419) 9310273 or O Tom Evearitt: 8-10 p.m. Nov. 17.


Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or O Sound of the Stereo, DJ Bubgotti, DSJ, Chaos Rules: 5 p.m. Nov. 17. O Real Friends, Professor, Arrows: 6 p.m. Nov. 18. O We Are the Union, El Blanco Diablo: 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

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O Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. O Danny Mettler: 7 p.m. Sundays.


O The Strong Talk, Wilson, React, Michael Corwin: 9 p.m. Nov. 21, free-$3.

French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub

Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O Dal Bouey: Nov. 16-17.


All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or O Fail and Deliver: Nov. 16. O Uncle Knucklefunk: Nov. 17.

H Lounge

The newly opened Hollywood Casino offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or O Skoobie Snaks, DJ Rob Sample: 9 p.m. Nov. 16. O 56 Daze, DJ A Dubb: 9 p.m. Nov. 17. O Jedi Mind Trip, DJ Rob Sample: 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

Kerrytown Concert House

This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or O The Broad’s Way: Belters From Babs to Burnett. 8 p.m. Nov. 14. O Pressenda Trio: 8 p.m. Nov. 16. O Wild Geese Are Flying South: 2 p.m. Nov. 17. O All About the Trio: Tribute to Wynton Kelly with guest guitarist Frank Portolese: 2 p.m. Nov. 18. O Oluyemi and Kenn Thomas Duo: 8 p.m. Nov. 19.


This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 A dams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Open stage with Jeff Williams: 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. O Mike Corwin: 7 p.m. Nov. 14. O Dick Lange Trio: 6 p.m. Nov. 15. O Stephen Woolley & Suburban Soul: 8:45 p.m. Nov. 16. O Frostbite: 8:45 p.m. Nov. 17. O Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19.


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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 O Gerald Foster, Rell Young: 9 p.m. Nov. 16. O Phase 5: 9 p.m. Nov. 17.

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 O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O Transmission (Goth night): 10 p.m. Fridays, $8. O M-Eighty, Nino Graye, Raine Wilder, Proficey, Philipe, CRoze, Josh Davies: 9 p.m. Nov. 17, $7-$10. O Toledo School for the Arts ensemble: 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

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 The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. O Peabo Bryson: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, $38-$40. O Dal Bouey: 7 p.m. Nov. 14. O Dan Rafferty: 7 p.m. Nov. 15. O L’USA: 5:15 p.m. Nov. 16. O Diversity: 10 p.m. Nov. 16. O Mainstream Dr.: 5:15 p.m. Nov. 17. O Vinyl Underground: 10 p.m. Nov. 17. O Nightline: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. O British Beat 66: 7 p.m. Nov. 19. O Randy Brock: 7 p.m. Nov. 20. O Bomb Squad: 7 p.m. Nov. 21.


This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mutz at the Oliver House, 27 Broadway. (419) 243-1302 or O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays.

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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O Wilbur: 6 p.m. Thursdays.

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O Rachel Richardson Ensemble: Nov. 16. O Straight Up Trio! Nov. 17.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O Paucity, Son Drop: 10 p.m. Nov. 17. O Boogaloosa Prayer, the Dumb Easies, DJ Tina G: 10 p.m. Nov. 21.

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 O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Rocket Bar

This new bar is making a lot of promises for entertainment, vintage video games and just plain fun. Check it out and see if its holding up its part of the bargain. 135 S. Byrne Road. (419) 536-2582 or O DJ Manny: Thursdays. O Extinction Level Event: Nov. 16. O Angola Road, Sugarbox: Nov. 21.


Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or O Acoustic Soul: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 9 and 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 15. O Meaghan Roberts: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 16. O Brian Bocian: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 17. O Acoustic Soul: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 23.


Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or O Dan Stewart: Nov. 15. O Radical Groove: Nov. 16. O Jason LaPorte: Nov. 17. O Gene Zenz: Nov. 23.



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This corner bar-type hangout offers the occasional bit of entertainment. 702 Monroe St. $3. (419) 241-1118. O Broken Curse Band: 9 p.m. Nov. 16. O Frankie Corleone Show: 9 p.m. Nov. 17.

Trotter’s Tavern

Named for the owners’ horsey pasttime, this restaurant serves up barbecue and big band. 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. O Jamie Mills: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Nov. 16. O Aaron Stark: 9 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Rewired presents Goth Night at 9 p.m. Wednesdays and ’80s/’90s dance music on Mondays. 160 N. Main St., Bowling Green. No cover. (419) 352-9310 or

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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or O Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. O Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. O The Zimmerman Twins: 9 p.m. Nov. 15, $5. O The Nu-Tones: 10 p.m. Nov. 16, $5. O S***DangMonsterTrucks: 10 p.m. Nov. 17, $5; 9 p.m. Nov. 22, $4.


Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or O DJ Smitty: 9 p.m. Nov. 17.

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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. (419) 243-2473 or O Dan Stewart: 8 p.m. Nov. 14. O Kyle White: 8 p.m. Nov. 15. O Ronn Daniels: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16. O Dave Carpenter: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. O The Eight Fifteens: 8 p.m. Nov. 21.


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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 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.

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The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452 or www. O Robert Ballinger, piano: 4 p.m. Nov. 18, Center for Performing

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This annual faculty recital will feature Denise Grupp-Verbon and Judy Riley. 6 p.m. Nov. 14, Owens Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Studio Theatre (Room 111), 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (567) 661-2787 or (800) 466-9367, ext. 2787, or


Known for its outstanding horn section, as well as its longevity, this band will bring hits such as “Saturday in the Park” and “If You Leave Me Now” to Tiffin. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $51-$101. (419) 448-8544 or

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Comic and films, films and comics — the line between them grows ever thinner. Companies on both end of the equation have found in recent years that a symbiotic relationship between the two media seems to be the path to a brighter financial future. Take DC Comics’ brand-new adaptation of author Stieg Larsson’s acclaimed novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which boasts two film versions. Monarch Cards & Comics’ Ed Katschke thinks the graphic novel is a “perfect translation” of the original work. “Writer Denise Mina and artists Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti have done a wonderful job at taking Larsson’s book and transforming it into comic gold,” he said. “Crusading reporter Mikael Blomkvist looks into the cold case of a missing teenage girl from the 1960s alongside punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, an intriguing character who has secrets of her own. The original novel is filled with twists and turns as Blomkvist gets closer and closer to the end of his investigation and Mina has managed to compress a good deal of information into a very readable and entertaining form. This 144-page ‘Volume 1’ hardback covers roughly the first third of the novel and ends up matching or even


surpassing the movie versions in terms of excellence in adaptation. Perfect for fans of the original book or new readers looking to see what all the fuss is about.” And then there’s that little sequel film called “Iron Man 3” due in May; Marvel Comics is no slouch in the promotional department as it reboots the titular hero’s comic and infuses it with themes found in the coming movie. “Iron Man No. 1 by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Greg Land is a fresh start for everyone’s favorite armored Avenger,” Katschke said. “Picking up roughly where the Avengers vs. X-Men miniseries left off, the new title starts its exploration into the discovery of faith that Stark was forced to accept during that story. Gillen also picks up the old plot threads left over from Warren Ellis’ groundbreaking Extremis storyline — also the source material for next summer’s ‘Iron Man 3’ — and uses them to good effect. Land has often been accused for a style a little too dependent on his light box, but this first issue captures Iron Man’s glamorous, high-tech world of sleek machines and beautiful women quite effectively, although there are pages that do seem a bit rushed and less polished than what we are used to from him. All in all, it’s a good start in the next chapter of Stark’s life.” O



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n the world of professional wrestling, few figures have the reputation for doing crazy things like Mick Foley. From his hardhitting performances in Japanese “hardcore” wrestling to some of the most dangerous stunts in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, Foley was known for putting his JEFF body through enormous amounts of punishment in an effort to give fans the best show imaginable. Nowadays, though, Foley has a new industry he’s jumping into (or off of) with both feet — the world of standup comedy. For the past few years, Foley — who is also a New York Times bestselling author — has been taking the stage at comedy clubs around the country. His next stop will be at the Funny Bone at Fat Fish Blue in Perrysburg, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. “It actually started during my wrestling years, when I realized it was just as rewarding

to make people laugh as it was to make them cringe or cheer,” Foley said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “A lot of wrestlers use comedy to enhance their characters. After I wrote my book, I realized that if I could make people laugh out loud with the written word, that I could probably do the same with the spoken word. And fastforward a few years, and that’s where I am.” Foley’s glib sense of humor and ability on the microphone were two of his biggest assets in wrestling, and he noted that both have been helpful in his new career. “They definitely are valuable tools to have, although you find there’s a big difference between getting people to chuckle ... as opposed to really laughing out loud,” Foley said. “I’ve been at it a while, so when I get to the Funny Bone in Toledo, people are likely to really enjoy themselves.” n FOLEY CONTINUES ON 23






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shows, I get the same rush that I get when I’m part of the WWE TV show. The crowd is a much smaller scale, but the feeling I get of fulfillment is almost exactly the same.” Foley also immerses himself in charity work, in particular his advocacy on behalf of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). “I was a huge fan of the singer Tori Amos. And the very first night I got on the Internet by myself, I went over to her website and I saw she had a link to RAINN. I was familiar with the work they did, but I didn’t think it was something that I could go help out with. But the more I read about it, the more I thought that, you know, this is exactly the type of thing that I should be helping out with, since so few men were a part of it. “WWE does fundraising with Make-A-Wish, they just raised a million dollars for Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, so it’s not as big a stretch, working with what are typically thought to be women’s issues. It’s not as big a stretch as people may have thought a few years earlier.” And for the fans who see him at Fat Fish Blue, Foley has high hopes that everyone will have a great evening of laughs. “Just speaking from experience, people, they really enjoy themselves,” he said. “For regular comedy-goers, I’m probably not gonna beat their favorites as far as laugh-aminute comedy goes, but I think that people leave my shows genuinely happy, and feeling like the time and money they invested was time and money well spent.” O


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A free fall musical showcase, hosted by the Greater Toledo Music Guild, is set for 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Historic Third Baptist Church, 402 Pinewood Ave. Among the performers will be award-winning soprano Rebecca Eaddy, soloist Gregory Ashe, violinist Alan Penamon, The Clarence Smith Community Chorus and special guests The United Voices of Detroit Youth Chorale. A free-will offering will be collected. The Greater Toledo Music Guild is the local branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, which promotes African-American involvement in music, hosts clinics and awards scholarships. “It’s going to be an evening of music featuring gospel music as well as other styles,” said Barbara Mattox, secretary of the Greater Toledo Music Guild. “ It will also give them a chance to see some up-and-coming musicians. Rebecca Eaddy and Gregory Ashe are two very, very fine singers who are on the rise. We just hope people will have a very enjoyable evening listening to music they like and music that crosses a number of genres. We also hope to help them understand what we are about and be aware of our presence here in the city and hope they will continue to come and support our events.” O — Sarah Ottney

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A group of Bowling Green State University graduate students will give a free fall recital at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 N. Summit St., in Bowling Green. The piano and voice recital will feature a diverse group of classical musicians hailing from China, Japan, the Caribbean and the United States, said Maegan Pollonais, a vocal performance major from Trinidad and Tobago. “A lot of us are members of the church and sing at the church,” Pollonais said. “We thought it would be a good idea to thank them for what they’ve done as well as get some more performance opportunities.” Donations for the church will be accepted. Fall refreshments, such as pumpkin pie and apple cider, will be on sale at a reception following the concert. “I hope people have a lovely evening with an appreciation for classical music and just enjoy the talents we have,” Pollonais said. “It’s a feel-good concert celebrating the warm and cozy fall season that will set the tone for the Christmas season, hoping it goes just as well.” O — Sarah Ottney

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