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businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was … why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what’s wrong with that? Why … here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You … you said … what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they … Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about … they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!” — George Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Band of brothers: Wheelers show holiday spirit By Mike Bauman Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer mbauman@toledofreepress.com

For five-piece indie/folk rock outfit Wheeler Brothers, there’s no place like home. That’s why the Austin, Texas, band will buy one fan a round-trip plane ticket to go home for the holidays. “I don’t know what it is about Austin, but I swear everybody you talk to is from somewhere else,” Nolan Wheeler said. “Even our manager, our fearless leader Pat Cassidy’s family’s in Virginia, and we just thought it’d be kind of nice to give somebody a plane ticket to head home and spend some time with their family. It’s expensive, especially around Christmas.” In conjunction with its winter tour and latest music video for its song “Home for the Holidays,” Wheeler Brothers accepted fan videos via the band’s Facebook page for its “Home for the Holidays Video Contest” from Nov. 4 through Dec. 8. Fans had to submit a video less than five minutes long telling the group why they deserve to get sent home for the holidays by Wheeler Brothers. “I think a [plane] ticket’s probably like, $500 each way,” Nolan said. “So we thought it’d be kind of nice to send somebody home.” Comprised of Danny Matthews (electric guitar, vocals), A.J. Molyneaux (lap steel, electric guitar, harmonica, vocals) and brothers Nolan (acoustic, electric, vocals, piano, glockenspiel, harp), Tyler (bass guitar, bare feet) and Patrick Wheeler (drums), Wheeler Brothers will perform at Omni on Dec. 10 as part of its “Home for the Holidays” winter tour. At the show, the band will announce the winner of its “Home for the Holidays Video Contest” via a live webcast. The band members have a lot of family in the

Toledo area, so announcing the contest winner at the Omni is fitting. “It’s going to be a blast,” Nolan said of the Toledo concert. “I haven’t seen the family since the last time I was up there — four or five months ago — and that was just a crazy show. I think we sold them out of Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller — pretty much everything. The only thing they had left were Bacardi mixers or Zima or something. “It’s going to be a fun crowd. Our family’s a lot of fun to hang out [with]. Even though we’re states away, miles and miles, we all stay pretty close. It’s always a good time.” Playing music together has been a vital part of the Wheeler Brothers’ lives since the trio won a Fender Stratocaster while back-to-school shopping approximately 15 years ago. All three brothers later attended Louisiana State University, where they met Matthews and started playing at parties and bars. The youngest of the three brothers, Nolan moved back to Austin and attended Texas State once his older siblings and Matthews graduated from LSU. It wasn’t long before music became a fulltime pursuit for Wheeler Brothers, which added longtime friend Molyneaux to the mix about two years ago and started making a name for itself in Austin. “It’s been kind of interesting because we’ve had fans from all different types of genres, fans that usually listen to country or they usually listen to alternative rock,” Nolan said. “And everybody has a different song they like, and it’s kind of how we created the album.” The first record from Wheeler Brothers, “Portraits,” came out in June on Bismeaux Records, which was founded by Texas music icon Ray Benson. One of Benson’s sons came to a

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Apocalypse wow Ann Arbor gallery show features Toledo-area artists. By Jason Mack Toledo Free Press Star Web Editor jmack@toledofreepress.com

With televangelists around every corner predicting the end of days, the Gallery Project in Ann Arbor is exploring what the aftermath would look like with the exhibit, “Post Apocalypse” as part of its “Food for Thought” series. “None of these prophecies ever come true,” co-director Rocco DePietro said. “The true believers, somehow it reinforces their faith. Somehow they intervened so the end of the world didn’t occur. We all know the apocalypse is never going to happen. What would happen the day after? It gets the artists thinking about life and alternative futures.” DePietro organized the exhibit along with co-director Gloria Pritschet and curator Brian Spolans. Many pieces in the exhibit depict a hopeful vision of life after the apocalypse. “They seem to be showing some evidence of destruction, but then they show what comes out of the ashes, almost like the phoenix rising,” DePietro said. “It’s kind of like how forest fires bring up seeds that have been dormant for 20 years. There’s a hopeful element to it. The show isn’t going to be full of gas masks. It’s not about the apocalypse. It’s about what would happen after the apocalypse.” The show includes images such as a flooded parking lot, terrorists taking over a suburban neighborhood and the robot Johnny 5 from the 1986 movie “Short Circuit,” looking at its reflection in a bathroom mirror. “It will be fairly dramatic in terms of some of the imagery people are generating,” DePietro said. “Some of them are buildings flying apart, yet they’re going to be reconstructed. There are some utopian-type views of life that go beyond what we’re accustomed to seeing.” The work of Toledoan Dan Hernandez will

be on display with “Colecotari Chapel 4” depicting Jesus fighting in a war against zombies. “I thought that was just a riot,” DePietro said. “Some of this could potentially be offensive to some people, but I think it’s OK. We don’t like everything that we show. If it’s not our aesthetic or are beliefs, that’s OK. We had a show called ‘The God Show’ and we had a Mormon bishop in the show along with extreme secularists. It seemed like the right thing to do. We highly value diversity and individuality in art.” Bowling Green’s Matthew Kruger is featured with his Photoshop piece “Beholden Are We All the Squalor to the Splendor.” “It looks like a bunch of buildings surrounded by tinker toys,” DePietro said. “You don’t know where this place was or what happened to it. It’s getting reconstructed out of the mess. It’s pretty architectural. It’s such an interesting image.” The exhibit features 32 artists from across the country, including three each from Toledo and Bowling Green. “Bowling Green is a very strong arts school, and Toledo has a bunch of really good artists,” DePietro said. “We follow what’s going on down there very closely.” “Post Apocalypse” runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 22 with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 16. The Gallery Project is located at 215 S. Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor. The gallery is open noon-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and is closed on Mondays. “It will be fun and entertaining,” DePietro said. “Maybe people will be moved to think about something they hadn’t thought about before and see something in a different light. It could be illuminating. We don’t have high expectations about what people will experience. We want people to experience it with their own sense and aesthetic and see what happens.” O

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[Ringing the cash register repeatedly] “Get me. I’m givin’ out wings!” — Nick, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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Big pig gig Manor House showcases personal collection. By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press STAR Staff WriteR vkroll@toledofreepress.com

Mary Lou Kroll’s pig collection started as a joke between in-laws. My uncle made a comment about marrying into a family that used to be farmers. Then he took a photo of pigs, turned it into a postcard and sent it to my mom. A year later, he returned from Greece with a small, marble oinker. And it was on. The hogs began showing up for her birthdays and all holidays, including National Pig Day, which is March 1. So when my mom passed in 2008, my dad was left with a lifetime of memories —  and a house full of nearly four decades’ worth of pigs. As a major contributor of swine, I haven’t wanted to disband the herd. Visions of a pig museum wallowed in my mind; that might work if our family was rich and lived in Iowa or Cincinnati, also known as Porkopolis. Still wanting to show off her litter, I thought about how my mom loved to visit the decorated Manor House at Wildwood Preserve Metropark in December. When her health was good, she walked daily in the park, which was just down the street from her house. Last winter, I sent an application to be a decorator; in the spring, I was invited for an interview, where I was asked to explain my concept and show some decorations. I think the Manor House representatives were overwhelmed by the four-minute slideshow that had more than 100 images of porkers celebrating the yuletide. They thanked me and said they’d let me know in a month or two. A letter arrived and said the pigs were in; at first, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. The

piggies were assigned the master bathroom. When I called my sister to share the news, there was a long pause, then Marcia said, “I don’t know where the public restrooms are.” I should have been specific and said “master bathroom.” For the record, the public restroom is in the basement. In retrospect, the master bathroom turned out to be perfect: My mom’s collection included toilet paper with pigs on it. Really. If you want to see porcine décor du jour, stop by Holidays at the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve Metropark on Dec. 4-11 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free. Some other themes featured in the 34 decorated areas of the Georgian Colonial mansion include a cabin holiday, old-timey Santa Clauses and an artful Christmas. This is the 36th year for the event, which draws some 15,000 visitors annually and is made possible by more than 500 volunteers, according to Beckie Finch, programs director at Metroparks of the Toledo Area. “I love that [Holidays at the Manor House] really is a tradition,” she said. “We have families and different groups and sometimes businesses that come back year after year; they just love it.” Don’t forget to bring new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to decorate a tree in the basement. Everything on the mitten tree will be donated to Toledo Public Schools and distributed to children in need, Finch said. The holiday café and craft show will also take place in Metroparks Hall during the week. There will be a trolley to carry visitors from the parking lots to the front door of the Manor House. Once inside, be prepared to see a small part of my mom’s piggery. O

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Broadway Boys in Toledo Perrysburg performer presents New York concert. By Brigitta Burks Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

Next Stage Studios is bringing a New York City Christmas to the Toledo area this holiday season with a performance by The Broadway Boys on Dec. 9. Michael Kadin Craig, managing director at Next Stage Studios in Perrysburg, decided he wanted to give his hometown a chance to see “The Broadway Boys: A Holiday Concert.” “You have to spend so much money to fly out to New York, and if you have these connections, why not bring them back to this area?” Craig said. The Broadway Boys is a group of six men who have all played leads on Broadway. Jesse Nager, who has performed in “Mary Poppins” and “Mamma Mia!”, founded the group in June 2005. Although there are six core members, other male leads are often invited to perform with the group. Up to 20 at a time have performed, Craig said. Craig will perform with the group Dec. 9 and has sung with the ensemble about 10 times before. The Perrysburg native attended New York University and went on to perform in several

Broadway musicals. He helped turn “High School Musical” and its sequel into onstage shows and also played the part of Troy. He later played lead Matthew in the award-winning “Altar Boyz” and Link in “Hairspray.” Despite his success, Craig recently decided he was ready for a break. “New York in general for me, you’re always going, you never get to relax,” he said. Craig took a month off of auditioning and found he had a new calling: teaching. “A month went by and I kinda fell in love with the idea of sharing what I’d learned,” he said. “And I thought no better place than where I grew up.” Craig came back to Perrysburg and now teaches at Next Stage Studios, which opened in March and has 130 full-time students. The Broadway Boys came to the area last year and performed in front of about 800 people. This year is the first time the group will sing holiday music though, Craig said. The two-act show consists of about 15 rearrangements of holiday songs, including Craig’s personal favorite “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The show’s variety is sure to please the audience, Craig said. “Some [songs] are rock, some are more theater-sounding songs, some

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We know how it is: You’ve got those Archie aficionados and KISS crazies on your holiday list and just don’t know what to get them this year. We feel your pain, but just in time for the season a single answer appears like a guiding star in the night — a funny book to please them all. Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop calls the groundbreaking comic a “sure sign of the apocalypse.” “Written by Alex Segura and with art by Dan Parent, this wasn’t quite the trainwreck I thought it might have been,” Collins said. “Archie No. 627, ‘Archie Meets KISS,’ is the first of four issues featuring the Creatures of the Night. I would have never thought of KISS and Archie in the same sentence before, but to be fair there was an Archie/Punisher crossover many years back. This also features Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who provides the proverbial glue that brings it all together. She has decided that Riverdale is in need of a protection spell; to cast said

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Shortly after “It’s a Wonderful Life” debuted on the big screen in 1946, it began to be adapted into other media, the first being a radio production. It was a practice that is unheard of today — many of the same actors who appeared in the film would gather in a studio and perform, live, a version of the whole movie released in theaters. “Wonderful Life’s” first production on the airwaves would be far from its last. Nostalgia for radio days gone by and the film’s growing reputation as a holiday classic have led to many more versions of the story being performed in audio form. “The very first time anybody did it was, of course, shortly after the movie came out in the ’40s,” said writer/actor/director Willie Repoley in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “The Lux Radio Theater did a radio broadcast with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. And there have been a number of different radio adaptations ever since. Especially in the ’80s and ’90s, there seems to have been a sort of renaissance of radio versions.” Repoley is a producing director at the Immediate Theatre Project (ITP), a young drama company out of Asheville, N.C. A few years back, an idea arose to stage a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” performing one of the radio adaptations live onstage — giving the audience the feeling of watching a classic audio drama being performed. But Repoley was somewhat nonplussed by the results. “I always was left with the question, well, why is this being done as a radio play, other than the fact that it’s kinda cool, and it’s fun for the audience and fun for the actors — which are great reasons. But I kinda felt like something was missing,” he said.

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He began writing a new version, tinkering with the concept and building on the idea of the show’s limited cast (the production featured only four actors, as it does to this day). “That’s why I started thinking of the idea of, let’s make this a story about a radio station. And then, the radio station is performing ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ So, the audience gets sort of a double insight into the story. You get the story of Bedford Falls and everything you know from the movie, but through the little bit of a filter of the struggling radio station that’s trying to stay on the air,” Repoley said. The resulting show — the full title is “Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life” — has been a remarkable success for Repoley and ITP. In addition to performances at their home stage in Asheville, several touring productions of the show have been met with tremendous response. The latest version will arrive at Owens Community College for a one-night-only performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Drawn into two stories

In this new version, Repoley’s script tells the tale of a skeleton crew of actors, forced to perform a version of the classic tale without most of their regular cast, who are unable to reach the station because of a snowstorm. “So, the audience gets kinda drawn into two stories at the same time,” Repoley said. “And so that excited me, as a new take on an old story that still honored everything everybody remembered about the old story, but did it in an exciting and new way that I think this radio adaptation allows for.” Of course, there are certain difficulties to face when a production recreates a story as beloved as “Wonderful Life.” “It’s sort of a real challenge not to go back and look at the movie every five seconds. I

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uction of classic holiday film. really tried not to look at the movie at all, because in a way we can never recreate the movie. That is its own special thing that I don’t wanna mess with,” Repoley said. This will be the first year in the history of the production that Repoley will not be portraying George Bailey — now that he’s taken the director’s mantle, actor Catori Swann stepped into the role. Of course, both men now know what a task it is filling some of the biggest shoes possible: Those of the late, great Jimmy Stewart. “It’s always a challenge — you cannot outJimmy-Stewart Jimmy Stewart,” Repoley said. “He is the icon of that role, you cannot take that away from him. So you have to find a way in that figures, well, what worked about him in that role — some sort of generosity, some sort of earnestness — and how do we make our own take on that?” “One of the nicest things people would say to me after the show was, ‘Oh, that sounded just like Jimmy Stewart’ — which I know it didn’t. I mean, I’m absolutely positive it didn’t,” he said with a laugh. “But what they meant was, you found something that reminded me of that same spirit of generosity.”

Learning from challenges

Not being a part of this year’s touring company means Repoley will get to spend the holidays with his family for the first time in three years, but his ties to the show — professionally and emotionally — remain as strong as ever now that he’s changed roles. “It’s definitely been a little bit of a challenge. What I’ve been surprised by, actually, is how much I’ve learned about the show directing it — I mean, things I didn’t know about it even as a writer or an actor,” he said. “Sort of getting that director’s perspective of everything from the outside, seeing how these four actors work. “Every year the cast is a little bit different,

and they each bring something of their own to the material. So, there’s always something new for those of us working on it ... I have to make sure that I find what these actors are doing, and build on what they’re doing — not try and make it into something that it was in the past. That’s never interesting to an audience.”

Reflections of the economy

Repoley noted how the more years the production tours, and the more people see it, the more relevant it feels, especially given the current state of the economy. “What’s really gratifying to me is people coming and watching the play, and feeling like it still matters. Not because it’s a piece of holiday nostalgia, although it is that, but that it really matters on a personal level right now. And not just economically — ultimately, I think it’s a story about what happens when our safety net is taken away from us. What happens when everything that we’ve been building toward our entire lives is suddenly gone?” He paused in thought. “I think the answer George has to come to, and what we come to together as an audience, is what’s left behind is each other. It’s our relationships, it’s our friends, our family. And maybe we’ve been a little too much like Mr. Potter, and we don’t have any close relationships. Maybe we’ve been a little more like George Bailey and we discover that our lives really do have meaning, because of the way we’ve lived them. “And to see an audience responding to that, to me, is the most rewarding thing.” “Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life” will be performed on Owens Community College’s Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $20. For ticket information, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787. O

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MUSIC 151 on the Water The former home of Murphy’s has reinvented itself as “Toledo’s only Chicago-style restaurant and music cafe.” 151 Water St. (419) 725-2151 or www.151onthewater.com. O Jam night/open mic with Tom Turner: Wednesdays. O The Smazz Katz: Fridays and Saturdays. O CJ & Company: Tuesdays. O Drew Z Band: Thursdays.

The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Melissa Ferrick: 8 p.m. Dec. 8, $20. O Commander Cody Band: 8 p.m. Dec. 9, free. O Erin Zindle and Friends holiday show: 8 p.m. Dec. 10, $15. O The Wheeler Brothers: 8 p.m. Dec. 11, $15. O Raul Malo Christmas show: 8 p.m. Dec. 12, $40. O Decembersongs: An Acoustic Holiday Celebration. 8 p.m. Dec. 13, $20.

Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. O Dan Fester: Dec. 7. O Moving to Boise: Dec. 8. O The Websters: Dec. 9. O The Bridges: Dec. 10. O Jeff Stewart: Dec. 13. O 88 Keys Dueling Pianos: Dec. 14.

The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. theblarneyirishpub.com. O Jeff Stewart: Dec. 8.

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Blind Pig A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Mondays, no cover. O Donna the Buffalo: 9 p.m. Dec. 8. O Mux Mool, Charles Trees, K@dog, Ill.So.Naj, Mogi Grumbles: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. O Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Champagne Champagne, Xperience: 8 p.m. Dec. 11.

Bronze Boar Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O DJ Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O See Alice: Dec. 9. O Swamp Kings: Dec. 10.

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Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Nicole & Mic: Dec. 7. O The Eight-Fifteens: Dec. 8. O Arctic Clam: Dec. 9. O Moving to Boise: Dec. 10. O Kyle White: Dec. 14.

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 www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Paul Vornhagen Trio: 8 p.m. Dec. 9. O William Bolcom & Joan Morris: 8 p.m. Dec. 10. O Ellen Rowe Trio, Ingrid Jensen: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. O Mad About Chamber Music: 8 p.m. Dec. 14, free.

Duncan’s

This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. O Rachel Richardson Duo: 7 p.m. Dec. 7. O Estar Cohen Band: 6 p.m. Dec. 8. O Stonehouse: 9 p.m. Dec. 9. O The Eight-Fifteens: 7 p.m. Dec. 14. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. Dec. 15. O The Good, the Bad & the Blues: 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

938 W. Laskey Road. (419) 720-4320. O Open mic with Buzz: Dec. 7. O Last Born Sons: Dec. 9. O Crossover: Dec. 10. O Scotty Rock: Dec. 11.

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Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O Bourbon Street: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. O Cont-Nuite Band: 9 p.m. Dec. 10.

Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.

Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Colin Dussault’s Blues Project: Dec. 9-10.

ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Berlin Brothers: 8 p.m. Dec. 9. O Dan & Don: 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 16.

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Mutz @ The Oliver House Fifty-inch flat screens compete with live entertainment for your attention. 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www. oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O The Eight Fifteens: Dec. 9.

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This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or spicytunasushi.com. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O Kyle White: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8.

Table Forty 4 Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Bands start at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or www.tableforty4.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16.

Tequila Sheila’s A corner bar-type hangout with DJ-provided tunes on Saturday nights. 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. O DJ Ghost or DJ MZ Ghost: Saturdays.

The Village Idiot Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Rick Caswell’s House Band: Friday afternoons. O The Bob Rex Band: Sunday afternoons. O The Eight-Fifteens: Sunday evenings. O Frank May & Ben Barefoot: Mondays. O Mark Mikel: Tuesdays. O Old West End Productions: Dec. 7 and 14-15. O Kentucky Chrome: Dec. 9. O Back Forty: Dec. 10.

Yeeha’s Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www.yeehas.com. O The Bridges: Dec. 9. O My Sister Sarah: Dec. 10.

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A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. www.toledobellows.wordpress.com. O Nakatani Gong Orchestra: Dec. 14.

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The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. O White Shag: Dec. 17. O Choking Susan, the Dougouts, the Shame Game: Dec. 31. O Smoke Theory, Black Cat Bandits, Ruin Your Life: Jan. 14.

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Take in a movie with margaritas on Mondays, or laugh at Thursday comedy nights … but music takes center stage most nights. 233 N. Huron St. www.ourbrothersplace.com. O Wayne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. O DJ: Fridays. O Smooth jazz and R&B: Saturdays and Tuesdays. O Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays.

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Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland These Toledo jazz legends perform weekly gigs. 8-10:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079.

Raq the Casbah This band makes the world its cabaret, mixing French, German, Russian, Greek, African and Arabic sounds into fresh dance music. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, Club Soda, 3922 Secor Road. (419) 473-0062 or www. toledoclubsoda.com.

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Stile Antico This British choral ensemble will perform Tudor music for Christmas and Advent based on Thomas Tallis’ seven-part Christmas Mass. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor. $25-$35. (734) 7642538 or ums.org.

Toledo Symphony neighborhood concerts The Glass City’s big band will take their pipes, horns, harps and jingle bells on the road to perform holiday shows at venues throughout Northwest Ohio. www.toledosymphony.com.

O 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9, YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, 2110 Tremainsville Road. $5-$15. (419) 475-3496 or www.ymcatoledo.org. O 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Westgate Chapel, 2500 Wilford Drive. $6. (419) 841-8077 or www.westgatechapel.org.

Sounds of the Season series Area high school choirs and instrumental ensembles will perform holiday classics. Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark. O Toledo School for the Performing Arts: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 8. O Sylvania Northview High School: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 15. O Perrysburg High School: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 15.

TMA concerts Visual and audible arts combine for a new experience. Great Gallery (unless noted), 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O Olivet Lutheran Church’s Rejoice Handbell Choir: 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

Holiday concert The Perrysburg Symphony, Lourdes University Chorus and Good Company Ensemble will perform seasonal music and lead a sing-along. 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Grace United Methodist Church, 601 E. Boundary St., Perrysburg. $5-$10. (419) 931-4100 or www.perrysburgsymphony.org

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The Kings of Christmas Tour Former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra teamed up to comprise this group, which focuses on musicianship; combining holiday, blues, R&B, funk and rock ’n’ roll, and, of course, a light show. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $25-$60. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.

TMA concerts Visual and audible arts combine for a new experience. Great Gallery (unless noted), 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. O Irina Arbatskaya: 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Gala New Year’s Eve Benefit Party A dinner/dance featuring music by the Duane Malinowski Orchestra will benefit the Toledo Police Museum in Ottawa Park. Appetizers, chicken and steak buffet, countdown couture, champagne and send-off snacks are included. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 3587, 2020 W. Alexis Road. $60. (419) 450-5060, (419) 866-0665 or (419) 536-7606.

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Former Toledo City Paper editor Jason Webber is breaking into the national publication scene while balancing a government job. Webber, who served as public information officer for former Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, works as the legislative aide to the mayor in Dayton. He has a review of an album by Grace Jones in the latest edition of bitch magazine and also freelances for the Dayton City Paper. “I’m just trying to keep the creative well flowing,” Webber said. In 2008, Webber sent a query letter to the publisher of bitch and submitted his first article. It was a small piece on Wendy O. Williams, the lead singer of the Plasmatics. “I’ve been an avid reader of bitch for a few years,” Webber said. “There aren’t too many magazines that do what they do. They write about pop culture from an academic standpoint, but it’s always through a very feminist lens. You don’t see that much with pop culture lenses.” Later that year, Webber wrote a 3,000-word feature on Prince and the feminism of his lyrics. “That was pretty cool because that was the first time I had a big feature published in a national magazine,” he said. Based out of Portland, Ore., bitch magazine was first published in 1996 and is distributed

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et me leave you with this. I believe these words came from the ‘Pokemon’ movie … ‘Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line, but you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me. Just look inside and you will find just what you can do’.” — Herman Cain, suspending his presidential campaign, Dec. 3, 2011.

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ased, nasty lamestream media, am I right? And yeah, I do come across as a little bit ... wacky ... in interviews. And public appearances. And in speeches. And in written statements. But come on, we all love being a little loony, don’t we? Like the great philosopher once said, ‘We’re zany to the max, there’s baloney in our slacks. We’re Animaniacs! Those are the facts!’ Thank you. ZORT!” “Thank you, Mrs. Bachmann. Wait ... Reverend Robertson? What are you doing here? You’re not even running this year, are you?” “Nope, bless you, but I have something to say! To each of these candidates, I must ask a simple question. I was watching some television last night — in between moments of genuflection, of course — and I heard a song that asked a simple question, one that is so clearly the key to America’s problems. And I quote: ‘It seems today that

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“Welcome to the 42nd in a series of 1,357 debates featuring the Republican candidates for president. I am your moderator, Donald Trump. First, as is customary, each candidate will now make a brief introductory statement. We will begin with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.” “Thank you, Mr. Trump, and thank you, members of the audience. As everyone is well aware, my campaign has been somewhat rocky in recent days. It seems that my status as the obvious front-runner has not yet gotten through to the voting public, whose attention span continues to hop from candidate to candidate with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. I clearly need to do something to capture the attention and imagination of the populace. But I am still certain my time will come. I just need to ask myself, in the words of the great poets: ‘What would Brian Boitano do, if he was here right now? I’m sure he’d kick an ass or two, that’s what Brian Boitano would do.’ Thank you.” “Thank you, Mr. Romney. And now, a statement from former senator Rick Santorum.” “Thanks, Don. These are trying times for America, without question. We face more than a struggle, my friends — we are preparing for an all-out battle! A battle for our future, our values, our rights, our very way of life! It’s all dribbling away, people! We must have the Courage to Fight for America (TM ricksantorum.com, all rights reserved)! And I know I am ready to take up that battle. As the great anthem states, ‘Fighting to save the day. They never give up, they’re always there. Fighting for freedom over land and sea and air.’ Yes, G.I. Joe ... is there. And so are we! Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.” “We will now hear from Rep. Michele Bachmann. Representative?” “Thank you, Mr. Trump. Hey, remember me? I was front-runner for a couple of days there back in the summer! Yeah, those were good days. Good, good days. What happened? I mean, sure, there was that Newsweek cover where I looked like a crazed deer caught in headlights, but that was the doing of that bi-

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all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV. But where are those good, old-fashioned values on which we used to rely?’ Yes, indeed! Where are they? Where? Where?!?” “Would someone escort the Reverend Robertson back to the ABC Family studio?” “I’ll answer the question!” (silence) “I’ll answer the question!” “(sigh) Very well, Mr. Gingrich.” “I believe I have the integrity and moral compass to guide our country back to the right track. I mean, sure, I faced 84 different ethics charges while I served in the House, and sure, I blamed my numerous infidelities on working so hard on behalf of the American people. But clearly I am the most upstanding and classy ... ” “You’re a foul one, Mr. ’Grich. You’re a nasty, wasty skunk. Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk. Mr. ’Grich ... ” “Remove Mr. Olbermann from the room, please. Thank you. And finally, a statement from Rep. Ron Paul.” “... I woulda gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for these meddling kids!” O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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”Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around [the moon] and pull it down.” — George Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”


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