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In search of Heaven Craig Finn leads The Hold Steady into Headliners. By Sarah Ottney Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
Craig Finn is always in search of heaven. For The Hold Steady frontman that means anytime he can draw a group of people together around music. The Brooklyn-based foursome — Finn on vocals and guitar, Tad Kubler on guitar, Galen Polivka on bass and Bobby Drake on drums — has been touring since April and will play Headliners, 4500 N. Detroit Ave., at 7 p.m. Nov. 22. Finn said this will be the band’s first time playing in Toledo. “It’ll be pretty cool. Since Toledo is right toward the end (of the tour), on the homestretch, we will be in pretty good form by then,” Finn said. “The band is playing really well. I think people will have a good time.” The Hold Steady, whose musical influences range from punk rock to folk to hip hop, released its fifth album in May on Vagrant Records. The title, “Heaven is Whenever,” comes from the song “We Can Get Together”: “Heaven is whenever we can get together / Sit down on your floor and listen to your records.” “That song talks about the communal nature of what we do, playing our shows, and the beau-
tiful thing that happens when we get people together in a room,” Finn told Toledo Free Press Star by phone as he walked along a street in Las Vegas before a show. “When you actually get people together when they could stay home on Facebook and Twitter, something special happens, a feeling of community. That’s what it means to me. And also being rewarded every day and not just in the Christian sense of heaven at the end of life.” Unlike previous albums, Finn said recording was stretched out over six months. “There’s something nice about just making something decisively and getting it done; you don’t hem and haw so much,” Finn said. “But there’s also something that improved it by putting more thought and deliberation into it. So it’s a trade-off either way.” Finn, who turned 39 this summer, said the result is the band’s most mature record to date — both because they are more comfortable in the studio and also because they are getting older themselves. This release is also their first without their keyboardist, who left the band to pursue other interests. “Since we made it as a four-piece not a fivepiece, our songs have a little more room to breathe, have a little more space, and I think that benefits the sound of the record,” Finn said. The theme is struggle and reward, Finn wrote
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“Our shows tend to be pretty spirited affairs,” Finn said. “It’s pretty loud and sweaty — people seem to drink a lot. We try to make it a celebration of what we love about rock ’n’ roll and invite the audience to celebrate with us.” Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door) and are available at Culture Clash, Ramalama Records, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000. O
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Whistle Pigs brings bluegrass to Cavern Club By Joel Sensenig Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
You wouldn’t expect a band that gets its name from a woodchuck to be all that worried about getting the rock-star treatment on the road. In the case of countrymeets-bluegrass-meetsrockabilly band the Whistle Pigs, this assumption would be correct. These southern Illinois boys just hope the price of gasoline stays below the $3 mark. “We’ve got a smaller van, so it’s a little better on gas money,” said Joe McCamish, lead vocalist and banjo man for the Whistle Pigs, which rolls into Ann Arbor’s Cavern Club Nov. 17. Not that anyone’s complaining about the modest road accommodations. “We live better on the road than we do at home,” McCamish said. “We were born to travel. We’ve got the system down — we load in, we charm the bartender and get free drinks. We’ll sleep anywhere, eat whatever. Anything to make this happen, you know?” Since forming in the college town of Car-
bondale, Illinois several years ago, the band featuring banjo, fiddle, upright bass, washboard and accordian has released three albums and toured extensively throughout the Midwest. Their latest offering, “Bless Your Hearts and Livers,” released on the Mudstomp label, added pedal steel and dobro to the band’s sound. It was recorded at the Sound Kitchen in Nashville, Tenn. The Whistle Pigs does not shy away from its rural roots, often using the term “hillbilly” whenever they can. “We just felt the terms ‘country’ and ‘bluegrass’ got too big,” McCamish said. “We feel ‘hillbilly’ is more back to the roots of what we’re trying to do.” When this band of hillbillies invades Ann Arbor, McCamish said fans should expect to get their groove on. “It’s a high-energy show,” he said. “We love to entertain, and do a bit of banter onstage. There’s always a lot of dancing at our shows. It’s a good time, an old-time feel.” Doors open at 8 p.m. for the all-ages show. The Cavern Club is located at 210 S. First St., Ann Arbor. For more information, call (734) 332-9900 or visit www.cavernclubannarbor.com. O
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Annual holiday fundraiser to benefit LGBT causes The Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, a transgendered and questioning teenagers in major social event for the area’s gay and les- the Toledo area. “We wanted to especially work with bian community, is gearing up for its 33rd annual Christmas Dinner Dance fundraiser Rainbow Area Youth this year because of all the recent bullying of gay youth — which might be a little and suicides,” Cornett said. “We more rousing than usual. wanted to bring awareness to New this year — and pertheir cause and bring them some haps a Toledo Club first — money.” drag queens will perform. Last year’s event raised around “We’ve never had that — $3,000, Cornett said. especially at Toledo Club,” “It’s important to bring said event committee member awareness to causes within the Rick Cornett. “They are a gay community,” Cornett said. little conservative, but they “So often the mainstream press are letting us do that. We’ve doesn’t want to focus on us. got some classy-looking drag But we have causes and we have queens and they are each needs and, especially at Christgoing to do two numbers.” CORNETT mastime, we want to give back to Another new addition is a other people.” fashion show, which will feaCornett said the event is the premier soture clothing from Cityboyz Fashion Menswear, a men’s clothing company based in cial event for the area’s LGBT community, but anyone is welcome to attend. Toledo. “It’s just a nice evening to dress up and soThe event, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Toledo Club, 235 14th cialize with members of the gay and lesbian St., will also feature photos with Santa Claus, community and friends,” Cornett said. Tickets are $65 and must be reserved by door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and a silent aucNov. 30. For tickets or more information, tion. This year, proceeds will benefit the HIV visit www.holidaywithheart.org or contact treatment center at the University of To- organizers at gayla2010@holidaywithheart. ledo Medical Center, AIDS Resource Center org or (419) 470-3937. Toledo Free Press Star Ohio and Rainbow Area Youth, which offers is a media sponsor for the event. O — Sarah Ottney peer-based support for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
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It has never has been easy being the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The constant pressure to win is immeasurable, with the collective eyes of rabid fans watching and critiquing every move on and off the field. Perhaps no one has had to endure more public scrutiny than Terrelle Pryor has faced during his almost three years at Ohio State. Pryor, from Jeannette, Pa., was a prized recruit who was the target for several major football programs, including Penn State and Michigan. The hype and expectations were already at a high level before Pryor first set foot on campus in the fall of 2008, and by the time he made his first start under center against New Mexico State that season, they had reached a fever pitch. Fair or not, the expectations have been hard at times for the now 20-year-old junior. Pryor has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, like his performance in the 2010 Rose Bowl, and shown moments of ineptitude as well, like his performance against Purdue during the 2009 season. The 2010 season has been different. Pryor is having the best season statistically of
his college career. He has already reached career highs in passing yards (2,136) and passing touchdowns (22), and he is just seven completions shy of his career best total for a season. “I am doing well,” Pryor said during a recent teleconference when asked about his accomplishments. “But there are still some picks I would like to have back.” When asked what he could improve upon, Pryor stressed he was far from a complete package. “I could sit here all night and make a list of stuff I need to get better at,” he said with a chuckle. “I know you [reporters] have other things to do tonight.” Where he might be most improved this season is in the mental aspects of the game. Pryor is now an upperclassman on this Ohio State team, and he has taken on a leadership role. It was Pryor, who, after an Oct. 16 loss at Wisconsin, called for his teammates to get back to doing things right. “I just felt that we needed to start doing things the right way again,” he said. “That has made a big difference for us.” While there are shades of humility present in his leadership on this team, Pryor also has an undeniable swagger that is evident when talking with him.
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“It gets me into trouble sometimes,” he said laughing. “On the field or off the field, I just have a strong mind-set. I am not trying to be cocky, but I carry myself in a way that my teammates know where I am coming from.” Pryor said he feels that his demeanor gives confidence to his teammates, especially on the offensive side of the ball. “I think those guys see me being loose and having fun, and they get that same mind-set. I think that is the way football should be played: loose and having fun.” The gantlet that awaits Ohio State is not all fun and games, and Pryor knows it. When asked about his ideal finish, he was blunt. “I just want to finish the season strong and win,” he said. Finishing the season strong this year means beating Iowa on Nov. 20 and archrival Michigan on Nov. 27.
“Knowing that we can win [the Big Ten championship] is what we love,” he said. “We are going to get the best shot from Michigan, and that is what I love about this game. You have to go out there and prove it every week.” Pryor’s performance the next two weeks will be a main factor in determining whether the Buckeyes prove they deserve another Big Ten title and a likely date in a BCS bowl. “Anytime your back is against the wall like this, you have to be ready to go,” he said. “I am going to do all I can to help this team win.” No matter how this season concludes, Pryor still has a sense of unfinished business. The quarterback said he will be back for a senior season in Columbus. “Right now, I don’t see [going to the NFL] happening. I want to get my degree. I love it here, and I want to gain more knowledge and grow as a human being.” That couldn’t be sweeter to any Buckeye fan’s ears. O
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his week sees the beginning of the end ally gonna be the busiest rounds we’ve had for for Harry Potter. But for local movie a movie ever here at the theater,” Esper said. “We are showing the movie on all five screens, theaters, the battle has only begun. When “Harry Potter and the and all five are sold-out; there’s gonna be about 900 people here for it.” Deathly Hallows, Part 1” opens with Rave Motion Pictures will special midnight screendebut its new large-screen enings on Thursday, Nov. tertainment Rave REVUE at its 18, screens all across the midnight showings of “Harry Northwest Ohio area will Potter and the Deathly Hallowsshow the adventures of Harry Part 1.” The large-screen theand his friends. How many ater will debut at two locations screens exactly is impossible this year, one in Texas and the to know, however. other at Fallen Timbers 14 in “We’re looking for at least Maumee. The screen reaches five, and maybe even to sell out JEFF mCGINNIS from floor to ceiling and will the entire building, but history feature digital projection and here shows three, probably,” 3-D capabilities. said Richard Spriggs, general For those looking to see manager of Levis Commons 12 “Deathly Hallows” on good oldin Perrysburg. GOES THE fashioned 35mm film, the Fox It is a possibility that Levis Theater at Woodville Mall in Commons 12 will end up Northwood will show the movie being “Harry Potter 12” on in that format, and will also offer Thursday night. The recent changeover to digital projection makes it a midnight screening on Nov. 18. “It has its ups and its downs. We don’t possible for the movie to be shown on every screen in the theater simultaneously. Wood- show movies in 3-D, so that’s another thing land Mall Cinema 5 in Perrysburg also up- that’s kind of a downer for us. When people come in, they want to see it in 3-D,” said Sara graded to digital in September. “Before that, when we had 35mm pro- Thomas, manager of the Fox Theater. 3-D will not be a problem for Thomas, jectors, if we wanted to run ‘Harry Potter’ in more than one auditorium, we needed mul- however, as after initially stating it would be tiple prints,” said Dan Esper, senior assistant released in the format, Warner Bros. recently manager for Woodland Mall Cinema 5. “If announced that the first part of “Deathly Halwe wanted to run it in three auditoriums, we lows” would only be available in 2-D. Spriggs would need three 35mm prints to achieve that. of Levis Commons doesn’t see that being an But with the digital projection, we have movies issue for “Potter” in the long run. “I think it’ll be busier, because you don’t on our hard drives, and we can play it on every single one of the projectors off of the one copy have that 3-D price increase,” he said. “With ‘Harry Potter,’ unless there’s gonna that we get in.” It’s a good thing that Woodland Mall up- be all these crazy flying effects — maybe graded, too. “This Thursday, the midnight ‘Harry Potter 1’ coulda been in 3D, because rounds for the ‘Harry Potter’ movie are actu- they had the Quidditch match and all that
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stuff flying around — I’m personally happy that they switched back to 2-D, because ‘Harry Potter’ in the past that I’ve seen hasn’t been too in-your-face stuff, it’s been more storytelling.” Die-hard fans of the series, who have followed the adventures of Harry and company on film for almost a decade, probably won’t care too much what format it’s in. And the true Potter fanatics will be out in droves on Thursday, many in full costume as their favorite characters. “Fanatics are the best — the best — crowd you can ever have,” Spriggs said. “They’re very patient — obviously, if they want to wait in long lines. They don’t mind moving into other theaters if there’s an issue, as long as you keep their groups together. They’re crazy, as far as costumes — it’s very entertaining.” “People are generally very enthusiastic for midnight showings,” said Esper of Woodland Mall Cinema. “They clap as the movie is about to start, are vocal during the movie — in a fun way, not in an interruptive way. “It’s extremely exciting to see a round like that, where we’re gonna be operating at maximum occupancy, which is something I’ve never seen here. I’m very excited to see how it’s all gonna go down.” O Jeff McGinnis works at Levis Commons 12 and will be working at midnight on Nov. 18. E-mail Jeff at PopGoes Je f f @ g mail . com.
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Publisher guided ‘Potter’ author to U.S. success. on freshmen floors, say ‘Do you remember when you read ‘Harry Potter’?’ And I think I was right,” he said. email@example.com When the U.S. rights for the book went on sale, Levine outbid other When Arthur Levine started American publishing imprints and his own imprint at Scholastic Inc., purchased the book for $105,000. his goal was to find and publish a Levine, who still heads Arthur timeless book that individuals Levine Books and is vice would remember fondly for president of Scholastic, said the rest of their lives. With he would have paid even J.K. Rowling’s “Harry more for the rights. Potter” book series, the After publishing U.S. publisher did just that. “Harry Potter and the In 1997, Levine was Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1998, at the Bologna Children’s Levine worked with Rowling Book Fair in Italy when Levine on subsequent U.S. releases. editors from the small U.K. Levine would spend several publisher Bloomsbury told him days with Rowling, going through about a book they had coming out that he might be interested in — “Harry confusing words or phrases that didn’t Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Levine translate and Rowling would come up with was given a set of “Potter” galleys and read some acceptable English word or phrase to replace it with, he said. It was Rowling who the book on his plane ride home. Levine was hooked on the story from came up with the alternate U.S. title for the the first chapter, he told Toledo Free Press in first book, Levine said. As the books grew in popularity, Levine a phone interview. “I was completely confident this was going felt a lot of pressure, but never while working to be one of those books kids are going to read on a manuscript with Rowling, he said. “There was a bubble around that. I and love — bring it to colleges with them and By Kristen Rapin-Criswell
Toledo Free Press Special Sections Editor
From ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ to ‘Half-Blood Prince’ By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press STAR STAFF WRITER PopGoesJeff@gmail.com
By the time “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in 2001, the universe created by J.K. Rowling had already become a phenomenon. The pressure was on for the makers of the “Potter” film series. They weren’t just adapting a popular book for the big screen. They were the custodians of a universe and characters that were beloved by rabid fans of all ages. If they didn’t succeed, they would be the victims of a fury that even Lord Voldemort could not rival. Fortunately, the films have been widely praised by critics and fans alike. Here are moments most will never forget.
1. “Sorcerer’s Stone” — Harry plays his first game of Quidditch. One of Rowling’s most arresting creations is this sport of wizards, played on broomsticks flying high above the ground. In print, the game inspired imaginations with what the sight
might be like. These visions were made magnificent reality by director Chris Columbus in the first film, which brought Quidditch to life in an exciting and visually arresting sequence. 2. “Chamber of Secrets” — Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart. Each Potter film is a first-rate production, and each has cast first-rate actors. Such is the case of egomaniacal braggart Gilderoy Lockhart, a memorably funny character who might have been ludicrous on film — if an actor as good as Branagh had not been playing him. 3. “Prisoner of Azkaban” — A Moonlit Transformation. David Thewlis had made Professor Lupin a memorable character in the minds of “Potter” fans with his performance by the time it was revealed he was a werewolf. T he n
would think about treating her the same way I would treat any other author with care,” Levine said. “I didn’t want her to be slighted because there was time pressure or because she was famous.” Since the first book was published in the U.K. in 2007 by Bloomsbury and in the U.S. in 2008 by Scholastic, the “Harry Potter” series has sold more than 400 million copies and spurred the creation of eight Warner Brothers’ films and a Universal Studios theme park. While for Levine, “Harry Potter” will always be about the books, he is still able to enjoy the theme park and movies as a fan. “I was there for the opening [of the park]. It was tremendous fun,” he said.“I come from a very specific perspective, which is about the books, a lover of the books themselves. Everything else can be fun but is kind of secondary to me.” Levine doesn’t believe the release of the “Harry Potter” films, the newest of which, he stood by the light of the full moon. His morphing from man to beast is a specialeffects creation of the highest order. 4. “Goblet of Fire” — The Return of Voldemort. The fourth film — and the entire series — builds to a head with the resurrection of Harry’s greatest villain. Lord Voldemort had existed as a character mainly by word-of-mouth for three films before he arrived, so when he finally appeared, he had a lot to live up to. But when Harry’s friend Cedric (played by future vampire Robert Pattinson) is killed without thought and the villain is revealed with a terrifying performance by Ralph Fiennes, fans knew Hermione’s closing line was very, very true: “Everything is going to change now, isn’t it?”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” opens Nov. 19, prevents individuals from picking up the books. The movies are “historical archives themselves at this point” and have a different audience than the books, he said. “I think as time goes on and those movies are no longer box office, kids will be on equal ground between the books and films,” he said. Three years have passed since the release of the last “Harry Potter” book, and Levine said it’s still too soon to measure the full extent of the series’ impact of the popularity of “Harry Potter.” Rowling still receives bags of fan mail each month, he said. “I would say ‘Harry Potter’ opened the 5. “Order of the Phoenix” — The Death of Sirius Black. “Phoenix” saw Harry’s beloved godfather — the closest thing to a parent he had ever known — killed by the villainous Bellatrix Lestrange in the film’s shattering finale. As wonderfully played by Gary Oldman, Sirius had been Harry’s most loyal supporter for the previous two films, and his death was a symbol of Harry becoming more alone in a more terrifying world.
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Food, magical food
Cookbook provides tastes of wizard world.
By Kristen Rapin-Criswell Toledo Free Press Special Sections Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wonder what pumpkin pasties or treacle tarts taste like? “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” provides Potter fans with recipes for Harry’s favorite treats and other English cuisine. In addition to treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties, the book provides recipes for Hagrid’s rock cakes and Dumbledore’s favorite muggle treat lemon drops, as well as numerous Honeydukes’ sweets and cauldron cakes. Other recipes include British classics, such as steak and kidney pie, English strawberry trifle and crumpets. “I think it would be fun for “Harry Potter” fans to try out the different recipes,” said Dinah Bucholz, author of the cookbook. “The food would be perfect for any ‘Harry Potter’ themed party.” The mother of four said the cookbook’s target audience is children, but some of the recipes require adult supervision. “Not all the recipes are easy for kids to do,” Bucholz said. “When I was making the cookbook, I was trying to make it as close to authentic as possible. I wanted it to be traditional British cooking … but I see [kids]
having fun in the kitchen with it.” While running errands one day, Bucholz had a flash of inspiration and decided to write a Harry Potter cookbook. “It just kind of happened. I had been a big Harry Potter fan and was always very curious about the food in the books. It all sounded so good,” she said. Bucholz, for whom cooking was a hobby, began rereading the Harry Potter books (one through five) and trying recipes from various cookbooks. “I did a tremendous amount of research,” she said. Bucholz tried a number of recipes from her own cookbooks, as well as from the Internet for each entry, she said. Some recipes Bucholz had to find her favorite for, while others, such as recipes for the different fudge and
toffees, required experimentation because she had no experience cooking them, she said. “[Researching for this book] I learned a tremendous amount about kitchen science and cooking,” Bucholz said. In addition to recipes, the cookbook features a brief history of each dish, as well as locations within the “Harry Potter” series where the food is referenced. “I wanted people to know where they could find the food in the book, that way they could look back,” Bucholz said. “I think it makes it a little more interesting to read.” Amateur chefs and bakers can ask Bucholz for cooking tips at the cookbook’s official website, www.unofficialharrypottercookbook.com. A video of how to make treacle tarts is also available on YouTube. O
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14 n WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010 / “You don’t know what I’m capable of, you don’t know what I’ve done!” — Draco Malfoy TOLEDOFREEPRESS.COM
Games offer magic ‘Harry Potter’ adaptations give players control of Hogwarts. By Michael Siebenaler Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
Harry hits the holidays hard on game consoles as Warner Brothers joins development forces with Electronic Arts for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” The PlayStation 3 version boasts predictably improved control reaction times thanks to the PlayStation Move controller. This new controller, which also includes the PlayStation Move navigation controller, provides a great hands-on sensation as players wave, parry and make special wand maneuvers for attack and protection. Players can also shoot light beams from the wand as game developers capture all the action using a third person, “over-the-shoulder” camera angle. Need a break from all those arm workouts? Hide for a while using the expanded stealth elements include the familiar invisibility cloak, Peruvian instant darkness powders, and polyjuice potion. Players can always find cover among the intense action. Take on Death Eaters and Dementors as the series shifts more toward mature players. Vanquished baddies usually meet their end with a smoke puff and light burst, which reduces some of the fright factor for younger players. The somewhat linear storyline provides great character development as Harry ex-
plores colorful 3-D settings while helping other characters and battling evil. A very creative game ideal for players who crave the film series, problem-solving and challenging levels (***1/2, rated T for themes and fantasy violence, also available on Nintendo Wii, PC and Xbox 360 plus a more puzzlethemed E10+ rated version on the Nintendo DS). On Nov. 23, Warner Brothers conjures up “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Holiday” edition on the Nintendo DS including a mini figure, guide book and a wand stylus. The mini games, character interactions and 3-D interactive environments engage players with an involving world. The immense character cache provide the most appeal while exploration, interactive lessons, and easy to join/leave cooperative play modes galvanize this highly recommended game (****, rated E10+). Players of all ages can pick up “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4”, released this summer on the PlayStation2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and PC with collector’s editions on the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions that include special DVDs and four LEGO magnets. This series features even more characters (approximately 143) and mixes platform play, action, co-op modes and puzzles. The surprisingly sharp graphics appeal, while cute humor and lighter themes enhance this highly replayable game series (****, rated E10+ for cartoon violence and crude humor. O
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hat do fine art, Starbucks Coffee and a new pair of Nikes have in common? All of these items are purchased with expendable income, the money left after the essential bills are accounted for. These items are all “lifestyle enhancing” luxury items, not exactly necessary, but they make us feel good when we buy them and project a certain level of social status. When artists think about their “competition,” they often think that means other artists and craftspeople. In reality, our competition is any service provider or merchandise retailer that gets the last cut of an individual’s budget after the groceries are bought and the utilities are paid. Although many of us in the “creative class” would argue that having art around the home is essential to living a fulfilled life, there are families struggling to make ends meet who would disagree. Regardless of one’s perception of the value of having art in the home, and no matter how limited resources may be, everyone will splurge once in a while and make purchases outside of their budget. Starbucks and Nike know this, and they use attractive packaging to create demand for consumers to buy goods they want but don’t need. I suggest that we “creatives” rip off some of advertising ideas from large corporations in an effort to take back a part of the expendable in-
come market share. Remember that people often buy art because it makes them feel good; it’s a “little luxury.” Creating hip packaging that will increase the value perception and demand for your work is a snap and will give you a competitive edge on your competition for consumers’ disposable income. The easiest place to start is JULES with bags and boxes for customers to tote your products home after purchase. Good packaging will protect the art within, reflect the aesthetic philosophy of the artist, make it easier for your customer to transport the product and include information on where to find more of your pieces for sale. You can buy new paper bags and boxes from a wholesale retailer in any size that will accommodate anything from small jewelry to large blown-glass vases. Papermart.com has an enormous selection of inexpensive wholesale packaging options that
will accommodate almost anything; the only downside is that it isn’t a local company (if there are any local wholesale package retailers, please contact me, as I’d love to keep my money in the area). If you want to be more environmentally friendly, find used paper bags or boxes that will fit your products and “up-cycle” them by painting over the existing graphics and cover them with a label or graphic of your own. Explain that your choice to employ recycled materials is mindful and intentional, and your customer will have a greater appreciation for your art and your thoughtfulness. Design a package label that includes your contact information using the same color scheme, fonts and logo that appear on your business card and bio (see the previous MYCB column for tips on creating these items). If you have friends who are graphic designers, ask them to assist you
People often buy art because it makes them feel good. with the layout. Microsoft Word has templates for every size label ever made, but I recommend Avery Label # 6464 or 6462 (3 1/3-by-4 inches) for larger bag and package labels. Use the smaller Avery 8160 to make a label with your name and website to affix to the back of the product, if possible. Create your labels using Paint and Word, or insert a jpeg design created in Photoshop or Illustrator into the template. Blank adhesive labels can be purchased in all shapes and sizes from any office supply store. If you’d prefer not to spend money on adhesive labels, print your label design on cardstock and use spray adhesive to affix your logo and info to your packages. Custom packaging enhances the credibility of your product and of yourself as a maker, and creates the image of your work as a luxury good worthy of one’s hard-earned discretionary income. A small investment of time and money will reap large returns in increased customer confidence while ensuring that your customers will be able to find your product when they have more money to spend in the future. O Jules Webster is owner of Shine Ceramics and Shine 419, a division of the business created to promote the Toledo area’s vibrant creative scene. Visit www.shineceramics.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Toledo’s Culture of Today
am continually impressed with how many diverse events, programs and activities are offered in the Toledo area. When something new crosses my radar, I get excited. I have been excited a lot lately. Slightly overwhelmed, too, but in a good way. We Toledoans are very fortunate; we do not have to go very far at all to have a beautiful cultural, intellectual or spiritual experience. It wasn’t too long ago that I met Rev. Jay Weik, Zen priest and senior Dharma teacher at the Toledo Zen Center. I met him at Shobu Aikido of Ohio, a martial arts training center he founded in 2001. Weik is also a lecturer at the UT College of Music, and his perspective on the culture in Toledo is right on. “The University of Toledo recognizes that the hoped-for economic recovery of the area has to do with not only renewable and green sources for business, but also in helping to create a culturally creative city — one where young, educated people will want to live,” Weik said. UT offers a thriving jazz studies major, so, naturally, there are many young, enthusiastic and fresh jazz musicians playing in the area. Weik believes, “it’s kinda like the canaries in the cage down in the mines — if the canaries are OK, the air is good to breathe and if there is a young jazz
scene in the town, it’s a good place to live.” We know jazz has a long fabulous history in Toledo, and we can find legends Clifford & Claude playing at Murphy’s Place almost any night of the week. Don’t take this for granted. The tradition continues, as young jazz all-stars from the University perform at Crystal’s Lounge at the Ramada on Secor Road on Mondays. Their next performance is Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. STACY On the zen note, Toledo is home to many spiritual centers and places of worship. After all, Toledo is Holy. These places offer classes, family days, workshops, concerts and other community events to soothe your soul. For example, the Toledo Zen Center offers family-friendly services every Sunday. The Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, one of the strongest of its kind in the country, offers events that “draw together diverse
faiths, in mutual respect, friendship, cooperation and service.” Its most recent event was “Islamophobia, Ground Zero, Burning Books, and America’s Future” and the next event is a New Year’s Eve Dance for Universal Peace. If you’d like to take up yoga, meditation, dance, or hear a kirtan concert, check out one of Toledo’s amazing yoga (and more) centers, including Integration Yoga Studio, SunMoon Healing Arts Center or Zen in the District. One calendar I check regularly is that of Suite Vibrations and the Suite Lightworkers Co-Op. Suite Vibrations is located Downtown in the Davis Building and offers Sound Wave Healing, in addition to drums, spiritual home décor, CDs and DVDs, clothing, gift items and much more. If you’re ever looking for enlightenment and inspiration on a Monday eve-
The Toledo scene offers an amazing — almost overwhelming — amount of things to do. ning (who isn’t?), check to see if Suite Vibrations has a “Sacred Cinema Monday” film showing. There’s also a Women’s Drumming Circle each month; the next one is this week on November 18. For more inspiration through film, check out Media Decompression Collective of Toledo. MDC provokes Toledo minds with socially conscious films from independent filmmakers around the world. Get a taste of MDC on its website or check it out on Facebook, where upcoming provocative screenings are posted. Jay Weik of Toledo Zen Center said, “Without these kinds of cultural markers around, the Toledo area will lose prospective scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and other more obviously economically important young people to towns that have them and the University of Toledo knows this and is doing something great about it.” Each unique event and organization throughout the city does make Toledo a more attractive place to live. However, it is the people within the organizations, the people at the events, and the collectiveness of the events that create a dynamic culture. The Latin origin of culture means “to cultivate”; I believe that culture cultivates a strong and rich community. I encourage everybody to flow into new waters, and experience a new wave of Toledo. O
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ast week, I attended a fundraising workshop at the Downtown Library presented by the Center for Nonprofit Resources. The training was very worthwhile and I learned some really valuable things about philanthropic giving. However, the thing that has stuck with me most vividly from that morning is solid evidence of my inability to focus on anything nonmusical when something musical is nearby. On my way into the training, I passed by an art piano. I’m sorry, what? Did you say “art piano”? And to say that I passed by it is not entirely true. What I actually did was to circle around it and grin at it. I may have even talked to it and made little happy noises at it, thus making passersby uncomfortable, I’m sure. I even took pictures of it with my new fancy-schmancy phone. Are you ready for this? I even snuck back out of the training 20 minutes in because I needed close-up pictures and could not concentrate until I had them. This might be an illness. Ask my colleague Rebecca Facey if I can listen to a word she says when we’re having lunch at Michael’s Bakery on the East Side while that wonderful man is playing jazz standards on the piano by the door. Her answer would probably be, “Only after she names that tune.”
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A room with a piano in it is an extra-special place. Particularly art pianos, which have been brought to us through a program by the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society. Thanks to this program these special places are all over Toledo. And thanks to this magical town that has peopled itself with talentoozing citizens, there is usually someone around who knows how to play. My campaign to tell the world about Rachel the immeasurable creative force that is Toledo extends far beyond visual art. There are musicians everywhere! And they are each contributing to the atmosphere of uniqueness and free expression that makes Toledo such a wonderful place to live. A lucky patron is one who happens to be at the Glass City Café when Ben Langlois gets the itch to play a couple
of tunes on the Mardi Gras piano. Even One Government Center, a place that tends to make me a little nervous, is softened by the beautiful art piano in the corner of the main lobby. A little bird even told me that there is a man who works in Government Center who routinely comes to the piano on afternoons when he takes a break from his position in the city taxation department and plays softly and soothingly. My guess is that he feels very fortunate to have that creative outlet right there in his workplace, but imagine how pleasant that must be to encounter as just a person walking through. During the summer, I fantasized about installing speakers in all of the trees in Downtown so people walking around during the day would have a soundtrack to travel by. A lofty goal, I realize. It
would have taken a lot of work to convince the city to help me out with this particular plan and I’m already bugging them enough with that whole domestic violence thing. Besides, we’ve got all of these pianos! The same County Administrator Bird who told me about the pianist who enriches the space in Government Center for himself and so many other Toledoans, mentioned that the building managers are considering removing that particular piano. My heart cracked at the very notion. Why on earth would anyone remove music from a place? My dad got me a tchotchke a few years ago that is a small, framed stitching in fabric that says, “Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” It’s on the windowsill in my kitchen and I look at it when I do the dishes. It never occurred to me that this wasn’t common knowledge. It is moments like this when I swell with gratitude that I have this platform to say openly and to whomever is making this decision, please don’t take the art piano out of One Government Center. That would be a very un-Toledo thing to do. O Rachel Richardson is an activist, musician, cofounder and co-director of Independent Advocates, and a product of Toledo, Ohio. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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It may seem unusual to produce a scripted storyline based on a game that champions the act of randomness, but the dungeon masters at IDW are rolling the dice on a brand new “Dungeons & Dragons” comic book. Dust off your old spell books and get out your graph paper; Ed Katschke of Monarch’s Cards & Comics has made the first foray into this latest adventure. “Many companies have tried — and failed — to make a go out of adapting the most popular roleplaying game of all time to a comic book format,” he said. “But IDW might have finally clinched it. ‘Dungeons & Dragons No. 1,’ written by John Rogers and drawn by Andrea Di Vito, is a lively and entertaining take on the often moribund ‘swords and sorcery’ genre. “One of the biggest problems I have always had with previous comic adaptations of ‘D&D’ has been the creators’ habit of stressing the mechanics of the game over the creation of compelling characters. Rogers and Di Vito do a fine job here of introducing the players by dropping us right in the middle of an exciting narrative with a minimum of tedious expo-
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e at, d r i n k a n d b e m er ry t h is h o li day. From sushi to Santa. Fine brews to designer shoes. Carriage rides to benefit drives. It’s all part of the holiday experience at The Town Center at Levis Commons. The area’s premiere, open air shopping, dining and entertainment destination – combining small town charm with big-city elegance. Make us a part of your holiday memories. For more information on events, visit www.ShopLevisCommons.com.
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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, November 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides November 26 to December 18 Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $5 per person or $10 per family
Visit With Santa November 26 to December 19 Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 20 to 23, Daily from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring your own camera.
Letters to Santa Drop in Santa's mailbox outside of his house on Levis Commons Blvd.
Hannah’s Socks Holiday Drive Drop off donations Saturday, November 20 to Friday, December 31 at Second Sole, Shoe Dept. and Stride Rite.
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