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As deadly and damaging storms rolled through Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan into the morning of June 6, many people kept one eye on their TV, one eye on the skies — and their fingers on their keyboards. In the age of free and easy access to online and mobile broadcasting, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms enable everyday people to broadcast firsthand news just like traditional media have done for decades. As the first severe weather started to hit the region, Traci Curth of Sylvania (@TraciLeigh) tweeted, “There goes the tornado siren. Headed to basement now. Will stay online ...” Around 1:30 a.m. June 6, J.M. Leong of Toledo (@Joys_Desk) tweeted, “Thunder and lightning now here in South Toledo; wind picked up about 20 minutes ago.” At the same time, Maumee resident Becki Thompson (@bek1826) also was up, keeping an eye on the skies with this tweet: “This weather is getting really scary. Hope the tornados don’t hit our neighborhood.” Toledo’s TV stations kept viewers updated throughout the early morning hours on the changing conditions and damage reports, with at least one weatherman, 13abc’s Bill Spencer, citing “social networks” as sources for some of his reports. As the Toledo-area media reported damages,

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‘Extraordinary’ CAC to host Rane Arroyo memorial reading. Rane Arroyo, the renowned local poet and professor who passed away May 7, will be memorialized as part of a tribute reading and remembrance at the Collingwood Arts Center on June 19. Arroyo, who spent a number of years teaching and mentoring students as a member of the UT English department, was the author of several volumes of poetry including “Don Quixote Goes to the Moon” and “The Singing Shark.” He was the recipient of the ARROYO Carl Sandburg Prize for Poetry and a number of other national awards including the Pushcart Prize. The memorial event was conceived and organized by Michael D. Grover. Grover, who is originally from Florida, moved to the Toledo area in 2008. He is the founder of Covert Press, and has published books by highly regarded local authors such as Ray Patrick and Bob Philips. In addition to serving as an artist in residence at the CAC, he is the co-host of its weekly open mic series. “Rane’s work is very imaginative. Through

words he was able to put himself in other places. He was just extraordinary that way,” Grover said. “He was the best writer in the city, but honestly, any poet who works in Toledo and helps contribute to our community, deserves to be remembered for their work, and I would do this for anyone. A large part of Rane’s legacy is the way he touched his students; he really hung in there for them until the very end of his life,” Grover said. In addition to honoring Arroyo, the event is serving as a benefit for the Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter. The event is being hosted by New York poet Luis Chaluisa, the author of “Spic Chic: The Adventures of the Last Nuyorican,” which was published by Fly by Night Press. “We chose to have this event benefit Paws and Whiskers, because they’re a no kill shelter that Rane was really passionate about,” Grover said. The reading is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to read and share their memories of Arroyo. The event will take place in the CAC C-wing basement from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The CAC is located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd. For more information, call (419) 244-ARTS or visit www.collingwoodartscenter.org. ✯ — John Dorsey

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Think of any one-of-a-kind piece of history at an antique shop. Now imagine that same object, forgotten and cobwebbed in some barn or attic. How did it get to the store shelf? Chances are, it was rescued by a picker. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are inarguably the two most famous pickers in America. Their reality show, “American Pickers,” debuted last year on the History cable station, quickly amassing 3-5 million viewers per episode. Wolfe and Fritz travel the back roads in their trusty van, knocking on doors, interacting with real folks far outside the realm of blow-dried TV glitterati, haggling with them over the worth of everything from rusty bicycles to old signs to jukeboxes. It’s addictive and successful — after a ten-show first season, History renewed “American Pickers” for a whopping 26 episodes. Wolfe and Fritz, friends since eighth grade, have been scavenging and dealing since childhood, turning their hobby into a career as adults. “Frank and I would run ads in these small towns, put up flyers, and no one would ever call us,” Wolfe recalled in a recent interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “So we started hitting gravel roads and knocking on doors. ‘Got any old bicycles? Got any old motorcycles?’ It just kinda snowballed from there into a business.” Wolfe continued, “We’d come across these people with incredible stories, and their connection with the piece. And the way we were finding things was different from what anyone else was doing ... I’d come home with all these stories, and my friends would tell me ‘you really need to start documenting some of this stuff.’ I started filming myself, traveling around and digging in barns, and when Frank and I would travel together, we’d film each other. Say I was on a back road, buying something from someone, I’d give them the camera and have them filming me talking about the item. Believe me, I got some really weird reactions!”

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While the show is popular, some take exception to the duo and their tactics, accusing them of preying on elderly victims for their heirlooms. “I think the biggest criticism is that we’re out deliberately searching for old people,” Wolfe said. “We’re not searching for old people, we’re searching for old stuff, and the thing is, we want to discover the back roads of America and these stories. The older people in this country — they’re a wealth of knowledge ... when you can actually talk to somebody like that, and have [their] stories unfold, it makes me wonder sometimes if [the critics are] watching the same show that we are. Another thing people should be aware of is that when we go to someone’s property, a lot of times there are other family members there, there’s nine

people in our crew there ... it’s not as intimate as it looks on television.” Fritz chimed in: “Nobody sells anything they don’t want to. We don’t strong-arm anybody. A lot of these people have stuff that’s just going to waste. They don’t know where to get rid of it, they don’t have the customer base, don’t know what it’s worth ... a lot of times, we’re recycling things, we’re putting things back into people’s hands — they’re living a new life.” Wolfe’s goal for the show, beyond the day-today search for the next great pick, is the celebration of collecting, of forgotten objects, unsung people and their stories. “Some of the stuff we buy is dirty and rusty, but the people at the swap meets where we grew up,

the people who taught us what we know, that was the kind of stuff they were buying and selling, and making a living at,” he said. “Everything that’s antique doesn’t have to be Victorian. You don’t have to have a blue blazer and ten cats to be an antique dealer. [People] need to know that antiques are fun, and cool and an adventure. I think that’s what young people like about the show, is that these places still exist, and these items still exist. These stories are still there. Get out of your own door sometime and take a look around you, and you’ll be amazed at some of the things you can find.” Season 2 of “American Pickers” began June 7 on History. Want to let the American Pickers know about your barn full of “rusty gold”? Drop their team a line at americanpickers@cineplex.com. ✯

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The Glacity Theatre Collective has audiences in limbo as it performs Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” at the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A. The absurdist classic is set to open June 11. The production features Ben Pryor, Kevin Hayes, Dave DeChristopher, Kevin Barron and Zachary Safadi, with set design by James S. Hill and lighting by Donald Robert Fox. The stage manger is Dan Norton. Cornel Gabara is directing for the company. “I first saw a BBC production of the play on television in Romania, and I just thought the characters were crazy. I didn’t understand what they were really waiting for. I didn’t understand that was the whole point, that they had a reason to be there,” Gabara said. “I think one of the reasons why we keep coming back to this play, is that no matter what nation we are from or what generation we were raised in, people continue to act in an absurd way, to do things that go against logic. The idea of having world wars so close together, that’s absurd, having brilliant minds working on something like the atomic

bomb, that’s absurd. We discover ourselves in these characters.” Gabara is an assistant professor at UT, where he is the head of Acting Theatre. He has directed a number of past Glacity productions including “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Breathing Corpses.” Beckett, who passed away in 1989, completed the play in 1949. It was first produced in France in 1953, under the direction of noted actor Roger Blin. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. “The hardest aspect of directing this piece is that you can’t change a word, you can’t change the stage direction at all, you just have to trust the writing, it was tough, but the actors are really coming along and it’s been a wonderful experience,” Gabara said. “I think you learn lot about acting, theater in general, and the journey of life this way.” Additional show dates are June 12-13, 1820, and 25-26. Tickets are $20. Both Sundays are “Pay What You Can.” The Valentine’s Studio A features a cash bar and is located at the 410 Adams St. entrance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (419) 242-2787 or visit the Valentine box office online at www. valentinetheatre.com/boxoffice. ✯

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Greener pastures Local duo First Kiss Denial drops new CD on June 11. By Chris Schwarzkopf TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

First Kiss Denial recently bought its first tour van, a 15-passenger 2004 Ford Econoline. “I’m a car guy, so I’m very picky about what I want,” drummer Sam Skelding said. The band was hoping to find a suitable conveyance before its second album “So It Gets Through My Head” is released June 11. Skelding said he had been researching various vans and buses for several weeks and made trips to look at vehicles in and around Detroit and Archbold before finding one that he liked. “It’s quite an eye-catching van,” he said. With that concern out of the way, Skelding and bandmate Izzy Ramos could concentrate on getting ready for FKD’s “Taking Over Ohio” tour which will begin with a special CD release party at Hot Topic at Westfield-Franklin Park Mall at 4 p.m. From there, the band will hit venues in Mansfield, Elyria and other cities in the Cleveland area and venues in the Dayton-Cincinnati area. Skelding and Ramos said they want to find out what the music scenes in other cities have to offer.

“Being in a band, there’s a whole other side,” Skelding said. “We really do our research and look into every means of getting exposure.” “We’re at each other’s houses daily playing guitar,” Ramos said. “Everything we do is related to the band in a tiny way.” Friends and classmates at Whitmer High School, Skelding and Ramos formed FKD as a quartet after the break-up of their previous band, Excel 47. Drawing from influences such as Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional and Sublime, the band recorded and released an EP and then its first full-length album “I Made You This Mixtape ... ” after less than three months playing together. Skelding said he was very proactive in arranging shows for the band. “I always look at venues’ websites to see who’s coming and then I call them and try to get in,” he said. This led them to open for Owl City at a venue in North Toledo. “Owl City was a band we’d never heard of and then a couple months later, they’re on the radio,” Ramos said. “We like to brag about that show.” Being in good standing with a local promoter also allowed them to be put on the bill with national recording act Bowling for Soup at Headliners.

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“We met all of them and got autographs and got to hang out with them after the show,” Skelding said. Only a year later, creative differences caused Skelding and Ramos to split with the other two members of FKD. They said the split, though difficult, was amicable.

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Decked Skateboard Heaven keeps boarders rolling. By Kristen Rapin TOLEDO FREE PRESS SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR krapin@toledofreepress.com

Skateboard Heaven offers skaters a place to purchase gear and also showcases area talent. The store, re-opened in February, has a new location and new ownership. “At the first of the year I was facing a personal deadline with myself—leave town, or do something,” said Roger Stein, the shop’s owner. Stein has skateboarded for more than 22 years, but only skates occasionally now. “It’s more likely I’m going to fall and hurt myself than it is I’m going to land anything cool,” he said. The shop sells decks, trucks, wheels, skateboarding videos and accessories as well as vintage concert t-shirts. Decks range in price from $30 to $60, with the average price of $50. Professional skateboarders Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler and Bam Margera’s boards are available. In March the store hosted auditions for a skate team. Stein is trying to promote new owner, new shop and new scene, he said.

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The team is mainly focused on promoting the shop and boards but hopes to eventually compete, said Jon Fischer the team’s captain. “The boards are nice. You have to have a good shape of the board, nice concave,” he said. Currently, the team skates at local parks and is shooting films. The team is shooting a film with each skater having a two-minute part, Fischer said. The approximately 14-minute film

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not in the OWE, but in the his year’s Old West calm solitude of Bozarts. This End Festival is where I drank and worked was no disapto fund my entire weekend by pointment, from making stenciled T-shirts to King Wamba to the Glass sell on the Uber-Collins lawn Pavilion lawn and art fair to of Robinwood. local love and pride exuding While my roomie loaded from the yards and mouths of up his van full of art supeveryone I saw. plies and substrates to work The festival weekend on throughout the festival, was re-donk-ulous. The Old I worked in the gallery West End is by far my favorite until about 4 a.m. and neighborhood in the entire proceeded to try to catch world. The OWE Festival JERRY GRAY a few winks before the 9 created an incredible tinca.m. Art Car line up of the ture, mixing everyone who is King Wamba Parade (which anyone in a rather poignant I was honored to be a part vessel of art, community and of). Sleeping through my copious amounts of social lu7:30 a.m. alarm, I awoke at bricants. This year’s OWE Fes8:45 a.m. in a flurry, cursing tival went above and beyond and picking aerosol out of my my preconceived optimistic nose, no shower, no debattle plans, took me by odorant and the last the hand, smacked me out squeeze of toothpaste I could of whatever subconscious funk I was wading in, and playfully dunked me in the deep end, all the manage, loaded the car in a furious cylindrical while allowing me all the air and solace I needed. motion of T-shirts, art supplies, booze, backMy festival began on the evening of June 4, seat bedding, odd clothes and Jobo (my dog)

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which foreshadowed the events which gave my life a momentary focus of fun. I scooped up my roomie, McTwan, and made it to line up by 9:30 a.m., with coffee and a fresh pack of smokes in hand. The parade was enjoyably strange, mainly because of the delirium resulting from the lack of sleep and excess of whiskey the previous evening. The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking, creating, selling and enjoying the company of the old and new friends who make Toledo my home. Thank the lords for restraining the wind and rain throughout the afternoon. As the sun set, the ball was fully rolling itself up into a tight knit group of fine folks. As the wind picked up and sprinkles sprank, there was a calm dispersal of comfortable couples and rowdy rawhides all heading on to drier destinations to enjoy a more intimate acquaintance. Many of my friends and fellow bohemians ended up at my friend RAB’s new castle on Glenwood and started getting real with one another. Watching the storm as bone-soaked friends rolled up smiling, greeting the porch with muddy shoes and high fives. I spent the evening sleeping, enjoying the storm sprawled out with a good friend, back hatch up in the war wagon with a full 360 view of what I was sure was a belligerently intoxicated Mother Nature letting loose. Stiff neck, crack, pop awake and help pick up the lawn that I was peddling my wares in. Cruised home for a bit and handled the three S’s and a nap. Then back to the fest where McTwan was slanging his stuff all over the lawn along with Be-Bop Records, Devicious, Svelt and a number of others taking the opportunity to share what they had to offer. The day continued in much the same fashion as the previous; outloud laughing and recapping the night before with pals who acquired new nicknames and cred for their shenanigans, discussing the wonderful evening to come. All the while, waves of food and brew reaccumulated themselves at the front lines of splendor. As Saturday evening approached, mother nature was shaking off her embarrassing hangover and guilt from the night before, the crew dispersed into a staggering caravan of laughter

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and calm understanding smiles to the JB homestead, as the party continued into the wee hours of the morning full of dancing bubble blowers, dog wrastlin’, more food, a lot more drinks and beautiful one-of-a-kind moments. Love was in the air. I know of no other neighborhood that has such an overwhelming draw or magnetic pull as the Old West End. People love it here, and for good reason. The homes, the people, the attitude, the calm, the diversity, the acceptance, the trees, the lawns, the art and the commitment by a whole community to make this place a neighborhood of friends and homes not houses is incredibly inspiring. This place is evidence that it can all work when you love one another. ✯ Jerry Gray is an artist, writer, vocalist, bartender, gallery owner and advocate of the Toledo Potential, which promotes the retaining and featuring of artistic talent and culture in our city.


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odzilla has already invaded Tokyo and New York. Thanks to a creative 13-year-old, Toledo is next on his list. This summer, the Maumee Indoor Theater will have a week-long marathon of Godzilla films. Ty Szumigala, the executive director of the theater, credits the idea of hosting the marathon, dubbed “Godzillathon,” to Connor Krix, a rising eighth grader. Krix pitched the idea to Szumigala a few months ago. The proposal immediately caught his interest. “I had to smile and laugh, and thought, I’m going to call him up and see if we can do something this summer!” said Szumigala. The originality and creativity of the idea intrigued him. “It just felt right, and I don’t know why,” he said. The marathon holds special significance for Krix because a display in front of the theater will give moviegoers information on autism.

Krix has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-like affliction. His mother suggested placing a display in the theater during the marathon. Szumigala liked the idea — he has had several autistic employees — but had no idea that Krix had Asperger’s syndrome. “She paused for a minute and said, ‘You hadn’t realized’?” he said. The display will have information from the Autism Society on the disorder and a place for people to leave donations. Krix said he hopes that by helping organize the marathon, other kids who have Asperger Syndrome will see that they are capable of great things. Krix described himself as “a huge Godzilla fan.” “Nothing can compare to him,” he said. His dad showed him a Godzilla film for the first time when he was 2 years old. Throughout the years, his love for films featuring the monster has grown. His favorite film featuring Godzilla is “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.” He enjoys films from the ’70s and ’80s. “I think that the classics need to be brought back,” he said. When he heard that a movie theater in Detroit hosted a similar marathon, he decided to suggest that the Maumee

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Rock posters hang out at art museum ’60s and ’70s rock band posters on display all summer

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or anyone who missed Woodstock, ’60s and ’70s rock band posters will be on display at the Toledo Museum of Art all summer. The exhibit is called “Psychedelic 60s: Posters from the Rock Era” and will feature 150 original posters, mostly from the San Francisco area, said Amy Gilman, curator of modern and contemporary art at the museum. “What I’d love for people to do is come expecting to have fun, and come with an open mind,” Gilman said. “[The posters are] more complicated than they originally appear.” “Psychedelic” art, Gilman said,

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If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com. ✯ Scott Williams: 8-11 p.m. June 12. ✯ Tom Harms: 8-11 p.m. June 18.

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If you like your entertainment with a lake view, this may be your spot. 900 Anchor Pointe Road, Curtice. (419) 836-7044 or www.bitterendbar.com. ✯ Haywire: June 11, no cover. ✯ Parrots of the Caribbean: June 12, $5. ✯ Kyle White: June 13, no cover. ✯ Slow Burn: June 18. ✯ Pizza-eating contest, 7 p.m. June 19, $5.

If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. ✯ Playboy Club 50th Anniversary Party: 8 p.m. June 10, $30. ✯ Creedence Clearwater Revisited: 9 p.m. June 11, $29. ✯ New Kids on the Block: 9 p.m. June 12, $60. ✯ Jethro Tull: 9 p.m. June 19, $25.

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. ✯ Jeff Stewart: June 10. ✯ The Cooties: June 11. ✯ Resonant Soul: June 12. ✯ Ronn Daniels: June 17. ✯ Jeff Stewart & the 25s: June 18. ✯ Gutterflower: June 19.

Bronze Boar: Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake (if it has been returned), overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. ✯ Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. ✯ Ben Barefoot and friends: Tuesdays. ✯ Brandon Duke: Wednesdays through Aug. 4. ✯ Rivers Edge: June 10. ✯ Joe Woods Band: June 11 and 17. ✯ Knopp & the Quickness: July 12. ✯ Dave Carpenter & the Jaeglers: June 18. ✯ Crucial 420: June 19.

Degage Jazz Cafe: Signature drinks, such as the Sly Fox, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 794-8205 or www. degagejazzcafe.com. ✯ Tim Whalen: June 11-12. ✯ Steve Richko: June 18-19.

The Distillery: Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ Tony & Lyle: June 9 and 15. ✯ Ginger Love: June 10. ✯ 56 Daze: June 11. ✯ New Tones: June 12. ✯ Nathan Cogan: June 16. ✯ Good Stuff Maynard: June 17-19.

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Here We Go Big Band concerts On Tuesdays at 8 p.m. it’s “Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars” at Trotter’s Tavern, southeast corner of Reynolds and Heatherdowns. (419) 381-2079. On Thursdays at 8 p.m. it’s “Jeff McDonald’s Big Band Revival Party” at South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S Main St, Sylvania, (419)517-1111. ✯ and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. ✯ John & Bobby: 9:30 p.m. June 9 and 16; 10 p.m. June 18. ✯ Name This Tune: 7 p.m. June 10. ✯ Jeff Stewart: 9:30 p.m. June 11. ✯ Greg Aranda: 10 p.m. June 12. ✯ Ginger Love: 10 p.m. June 19.

Fat Fish Blue: Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayou-style grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. ✯ Tom Turner and Slow Burn: 9:30 p.m. June 11, $7.

Frankie’s: Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 6935300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ Broadway, Marilyn is Dead, Trees Above Mandalay, Fight the Tide, the Lost and the Faithful: 6 p.m. June 9. ✯ Smoking Joe Kubek, Bnois King: 8 p.m. June 10. ✯ Ashes of Soma, Sore Eyes, Red Rebellion, Fate

of Orion, Vocal Response Unit: 9 p.m. June 11. ✯ Mind Fish: 9 p.m. June 12. ✯ Kid Gorgeous: 6 p.m. June 13. ✯ Within the Ruins, the World We Knew, Woe of the Tyrants, Structures, Save the Martyr, Death to Its Toll: 6 p.m. June 16. ✯ Set It Off, Danger Is My Middle Name, Barely Blind, Always Falling, Swagger Crew, Tom Brilhart: 5 p.m. June 17. ✯ Spose, the Right Now, Harry & the Hood, Raine Wilder: 9 p.m. June 18. ✯ No Bunny, Joey & the Traitors, Jordan, Yeti Machete: 9 p.m. June 19.

Ground Level Coffeehouse: Mix your beans with some music for an eclectic brew. Open mic on Monday nights. 2636 W. Central Ave. (419) 671-6272 or www.groundleveltoledo.com. ✯ Jazz jam session: 7 p.m. first and third Wednesdays of each month. ✯ Independent movie night: second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. ✯ Village Voice Poetry Cafe: June 10. ✯ Relativity: June 11. ✯ June 12: book festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Steven Guerrero, Lobelia, Steve Lawson, 8-10 p.m. ✯ OG Spot: June 19.

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J. Patrick’s Restaurant & Pub: Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 8743111 or www.hifq.com. ✯ Jackpot: June 11-12. ✯ That Allie Girl: June 18-19.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series

Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 Thursdays, June 10-Aug. 26, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494.

Manhattan’s: This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. ✯ Quick Trio: 6 p.m. June 10 and 17. ✯ Sarah Cohen Band with Racheal Richardson, the Ditties, Fairly Handsome Band: 9 p.m. June 11. ✯ It’s Essential: June 12. ✯ Quartet Bernadette: June 18.

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 the website www. mickeyfinnspub.com. ✯ Faux Paus: 9 p.m. June 10. ✯ Death by Rodeo, Suburban Son: 9 p.m. June 11. ✯ Happy Hollows, Grooms, the Bleu Ox: 9 p.m. June 17. ✯ Ben Barefoot: 9 p.m. June 18.

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Jazz — straight, smooth, bebop or traditional — all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www.murphysplacejazz.com. ✯ Clifford Murphy and Claude Black: 8 p.m. June 9, 14-16. ✯ Ellie Martin: 9 p.m. June 11 and 18, $6. ✯ Glenda McFarlin and Toledo Public Schools talent: 9 p.m. June 12 and 19, $8.

New CD releases at Ramalama Records ✯ Renmin Park Cowboy Junkies ✯ Something for Everybody Devo ✯ Total Life Forever Foals ✯ Last Train Home Foghat p.m. June 11, $5.

✯ Parlour Scouts: June 14. ✯ Great Lakes Crew: June 18. ✯ AntiVillains: June 19.

Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. ✯ Nathan Cogan: 7 p.m. June 10. ✯ See Alice: 8 p.m. June 11-12. ✯ Kyle White: 7 p.m. June 17. ✯ Boffo: 8 p.m. June 18-19.

The Village Idiot: Ottawa Tavern: Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. ✯ Raising the Bar fundraiser, to benefit the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, featuring the Hard Lessons, Homeville Circle and JWC: starting at 6

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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. ✯ 5 Neat Guys: Wednesdays. ✯ Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights. ✯ The Bob Rex Band: Sunday afternoons. ✯ Frankie May & Barefoot Ben: Mondays. ✯ Wilburshaw: June 9 and 16. ✯ Silent P: June 10. ✯ Polka Floyd: June 11. ✯ Andrew Ellis and the Setting Sons: June 17 and 19. ✯ The Nutones: June 18.

Wesley’s Bar & Grill: A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. Boccie ball is a bonus! 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333 or wesleysbar.com. ✯ DJs Folks, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. ✯ Reese Dailey Band: June 12. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: June 19.

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Artist from Toledo, Spain, to visit Toledo, Ohio Loli Chiron, a painter from Toledo, Spain, will have original pieces for sale at the Inside Angles Custom Framing Gallery until July 8. Sue Runkle, the owner of Inside Angles, said she hopes Chiron’s display will be followed by many more artistic exchanges between the two cities of Toledo. She has been in contact with the president of the Association of Two Toledos. At 2 p.m. June 16, there will be a meeting at Inside Angles to discuss further possibilities of artistic exchange. Runkle said she was amazed by the variety of materials on which Chiron paints, including canvas, boards, and cardboard. “She paints on anything she can find,” Runkle said. “I’ve never seen an artist like this.” Chiron will display 52 pieces. Her friend, Toledo, Ohio resident Mercedes Vaquero, said Chiron belongs to the Toledoan school of art painting and described her style as in the classical golden age of Spanish tradition. El Greco, who spent most of his mature life in Toledo, influenced her art significantly. She paints in the 17th century style and has made many still life works. She uses water colors and oil paints. ✯ or www.ticketmaster.com.

Woodchucks: The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. ✯ Karaoke with The Georgia Peach: Wednesdays. ✯ Retro Night with DJ Rage: Thursdays. ✯ The Americanos, Minglewood Labor Camp: June 11.

Maumee River jazz series: Live music near the lapping waters of the river. Wednesdays through June 30, Navy Bistro, 30 Main St. (419) 697-6289. ✯ Organissimo: June 9. ✯ Alexander Zonjic: June 16.

Centennial Terrace: This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, www.playsylvania.com

✯ The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11 p.m. June 12, $10.

✯ Kenny Loggins: 7:30 p.m. June 15, $20.50$47.50.

✯ Blues & Jazz Festival (Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank fundraiser): Bernard Allison, Tinsley Ellis, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, Josh Boyd & the VIP Band. 3-11:30 p.m. June 19, $25-$30. (419) 242-5000, ext. 216, or www. toledofoodbank.org.

Stranahan Theater: Summer may be a slower season for indoor venues, but this Toledo mainstay will offer a number of shows. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-8851, (866) 381-7469 or www.stranahantheater.com. ✯ Celebrate Dance: 7 p.m. June 11, $15. ✯ Silk, H-Town & Shy: 7:30 p.m. June 12, $24.50$75.


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Gospel concert: Words of faith and devotion will ring out from Hearts in Praise and Unity. 1 p.m. June 12, Sauder Village Founder’s Hall, 22611 Route 2, Archbold. $7.50-$14.50. (800) 590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.

Bowling Green Area Community Band: This group of local musicians will play standards and patriotic songs. 7 p.m. June 13, Bowling Green City Park, Conneaut and Fairview avenues, Bowling Green. (419) 352-1968 or www. bgacb.org.

‘Splice’ breaks with horror traditions In “Splice, “Sp Spli lice ce,,” two two scientists sci c en e ti t st stss splice spli sp lice ce human hum hu an a and animal DNA to create a new being, which they name Dren (Delphine Chaneac). As the DNA mix, Dren’s development spirals out of control. Adrien Brody is believable as Clive, a scientist who is skeptical about the experiment. Brody’s visage and demeanor convey emotions of doubt and curiosity about Dren. Sarah Polley’s performance of Elsa is convincing, but goes astray in the second half of the film. Polley’s hopeful tone makes us share Elsa’s excitement about the experiment.

Verandah concerts: Fremont Community Theatre. The porch of the Hayes home becomes a stage for this free series of seasonal performances, preceded by ice cream socials. Bring your own seats! 6:45-8 p.m. June 9, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.

Sunset Serenades: Extra Stout. Music will waft over the lake as the sun sets. 7 p.m.-dusk June 9, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. $3 parking for nondistrict residents. (419) 882-8313 or www. olanderpark.com.

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When Elsa begins Whe E Els lsaa be ls begi g nss to gi to care caree for for Dren, Dreen, Polley’s P Pol olle ol ley’ le ys y’ tone and visage communicate compassion. In the second half of the film, Polley has a confident demeanor that seems out of place. Chaneac’s facial expressions and animal noises make Dren seem real. The sound effects and background music are unnerving. As we see what Dren endures, we sympathize with her, and view the scientists with uncertainty. While not a traditional horror film, “Splice” stays with you long after you see it. ✯ — Chad Meredith on hand for those who forget to pack! 12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, north lawn of Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org. ✯ Jason Quick Trio: June 9. ✯ John Cleveland: June 16.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series: Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 10-Aug. 26, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Ave. (419) 249-5494.

Rally in the Alley: Adults can celebrate the end of the work week with live music, food and drinks. 5-8 p.m., Latham Courtyard, Findlay. www.findlayhancockchamber.com. ✯ On the Beach: June 11.

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Concert on the Lawn: Music lovers are invited to bring a seat for this annual al fresco experience. 7-8:30 p.m. June 15, outside Point Place Branch Library, 2727 117th St. (419) 259-5390 or www.toledolibrary.org.

Death by Chocolate: Live music and decadent desserts are the stars of this Toledo School for the Arts fundraiser. 7-9 p.m. June 15, TSA Garden, 333 14th St. $30. (419) 246-8732, ext. 217, or www.valentinetheatre.com.

Courtyard Concerts: Rock while you eat rolls at this series of lunchtime concerts. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Latham Courtyard, downtown Findlay. (419) 422-4624 or www.artspartnership.com. ✯ J.D. Owen: June 15.

Make a Splash with Broadway Entertainment: A group of teen vocalists will perform Broadway hits. 3 p.m. June 17, Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave. (419) 259-5370 or www.toledolibrary.org.

Music at the Market: Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Commodore Park, Louisiana and Indiana. (419) 873-2787 or www.perrysburgarts.org. ✯ Cake Walkin’ Jass Band: June 17.

UT Summer Jazz Institute concert: Vic Juris, Stephanie Nakasian, Gunnar Mossblad and more than 50 other musicians will jam. 7:30-11 p.m. June 18, Ramada Hotel, 3536 Secor Road. $5. (419) 535-7070, (419) 530-2448 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music.

Rally by the River: It’s back! A Toledo summer music institution will resume with a variety of acts laying tunes over the Maumee River. 5 p.m., Promenade Park, Water Street, downtown, west bank of the river. $20-$25. (419) 283-7299, (419) 824-3999 or rallybytheriver.com. ✯ War, East River Drive, Funk Nation, the Cheeks: June 18.

The Happy Badger: The AntiVillains will perform with guest Estar Cohen. 5 p.m. June 19, 331 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-0706 or www. happybadger.com.

BGSU rugby finishes third BGSU’s rugby team finished third in the National Collegiate Sevens Rugby Tournament. After a weekend of play, narrowly losing to the eventual tournament champion Utah by 12-10 and to Ohio State 12-0, the Falcons had to win out the consolation round. BGSU defeated Army 15-12, Indiana University 27-0 and finally the Falcons defeated Arizona State 32-12 in the consolation final. Falcon Rocco Mauer, with 11 tries, was voted the tournament’s leading scorer and most valuable player. ✯ — Kristen Rapin

Blues and Jazz Festival to benefit area food bank Four blues and jazz groups will perform at the first-ever Blues and Jazz Festival, a benefit concert for Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. Josh Boyd and the VIP Band will kick off the June 19 festival at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. Performances by Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, Tinsley Ellis, and Bernard Allison will follow. “It’s a great way for us to continue to subsidize new programs that we’re doing in the community as well as provide some entertainment that the average citizen would like to participate in,” said James Caldwell, president and CEO of the local food bank, said. “Toledo does not have a blues and jazz venue.” Doors open at 3 p.m. and music begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Money will go toward the food bank’s mobile food pantry program, and the food bank plans to make this an annual event, Caldwell said. “We’re hopeful to get as many people as we can to participate,” he said. ✯ — Mary Petrides


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Condoms became wind socks, flower gardens and more at Planned Parenthood’s Art of Prevention benefit last year. Artists who sign up for this year’s event by July 1 will receive 300 condoms to design and create their own sculpture. Judging will take place at the benefit event, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Blarney Bullpen. “The primary thing we’re trying to do is start conversation about making healthy choices,” said Melissa Mills-Dick, development coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio. “Rates of sexually transmitted disease are rising, especially among young people, and we think it’s important to get our message out there as much as possible.” For more information about the event, visit www.ppnwo.org or call Mills-Dick at (419) 255-1115 x303. ✯ — Mary Petrides

This children’s science museum will let Dads in free when their kids accompany them. Kids, in turn, can make Pops gifts in the Science Studio. Noon-5 p.m. June 20, Summit and Adams streets. $6.50-$8.50. (419) 244-2674.

Dads Run the Bases at Fifth Third Field: After the Toledo Mud Hens turn back the Norfolk Tides, fathers will take the field for their chance to trot home. Fireworks will be held afterward, and SpongeBob SquarePants will be in the house, too. 6:30 p.m. June 20, 406 Washington St. Tickets from $7. (419) 725-4367 or www.mudhens.com.

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Hepcat Revival. Bands will perform as listeners take in the tunes … and the beauty of the grounds during this summer music series. 7-8:30 p.m. June 20, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. (419) 873-2787, www.577foundation. org or www.perrysburgarts.org.

Bowling Green comes alive at this venue for rock and more. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-3195 or www.howardsclubh.com. ✯ Ben Graham: 9 p.m. June 9. ✯ New Orleans, Party Asylum: 9 p.m. June 10. ✯ Trucido, Wretches, Catastrophic Manifestations, Our Brother the Butcher, Deflagration: June 11. ✯ Sim ple 7 Speed, Vocal Response Unit, Saturnine Hello, Smoke Theory: June 12. ✯ The AntiVillains, the Dashburns, Dumb Easies, Joey and the Traitors: June 18.

Father’s Day Pig Roast: This event includes a variety of manly vittles, such as gourmet beef, bison and turkey burgers, bratwurst, sausages and hot dogs, as well as the meal’s guest of honor. Desserts and cigars are included. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Oliver House courtyard between Mutz and The Cafe, 27 Broadway St. $23, not including alcohol. Reservations: (419) 243-1302 or theoliverhousetoledo.com.

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gram which includes insults, stories that may or may not be true and embarrassing memories shared by the roasters. The line up of those chosen by the person of honor will provide comedic commentary (roast) about each other briefly before focusing on the honoree. I knew what I was getting into when Charlie asked me to be part of the event, but after much-needed convincing I decided to give him exactly what he wanted. The “invitation only” free event took place May 24 at Fat Fish Blue’s Home of The Funny Bone in Perrysburg. Originally, Andrew Z of 92.5 Kiss FM’s morning show was to be the host, but upon learning the news of Crystal Bowersox making the final two on “American Idol,” he had an obligation to be there to support Toledo’s talent. No worries — his morning show resident comedians Hurricane Catrina and Owen were ready to take over as roastmaster/hostess and roaster.

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Less than perfect Joyce’s mistake raises many issues in baseball.

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In his short time with the Hens, I only ike many of you, I am addicted to Facebook. I spend countless hours pouring spoke with Galarraga once, but from the way he handled the situation, it reaffirmed my first over the daily minutiae off my friends and impression of what a great guy family’s lives, and June he seemed to be during our 2 was no exception. quick chat. I feel bad for him, As I logged onto the but I can’t help but think that site, many of my friends overturning Joyce’s call would (mainly guys) were talking violate a key part of the game about some guy named Jim and set a bad precedent. Joyce, and several friends had I have heard arguments helpful suggestions and tips, esfrom friends who are Tigers pecially reminding him about fans about the injustice, that dislodging his head from ... a one-hitter isn’t fair to Galarwell, you get the picture. raga and that baseball’s inIt’s amazing that a week tegrity is tarnished by the later, Joyce’s infamous call, CHRIS SCHMIDBAUER league’s refusal to right a which cost Tiger Armando clear wrong. Galarraga a perfect game, is While I agree the first still a hot topic. Despite the two parts are true, the third is fact that nearly every person false. Baseball has always been directly involved in the inthe one game that has based its cident has moved on, I still decisions on a fallible being hear rumblings from Tigers tasked with calling outs, fans who can’t seem to let go balls and strikes. It has been of this incident. that way since the first pitch There’s no doubt was thrown and it will be until Joyce missed the call baseball ceases to exist. at first base, and GalarIt’s an unwritten code that baseball umpires raga clearly should have have pitched a perfect game. All anyone has to do is look at the video have the final say on all calls on the field, and clip to see that Cleveland Indian shortstop Jason regardless if they are wrong or right, it is final. I heard a radio talk host rant and rave about the Donald was out at first base. Fan reaction went from bad to worse the fol- call, and he questioned the integrity of the ruling lowing day, when Major League Baseball Com- interest of MLB. He wanted justice for Galarraga missioner Bud Selig announced he would not and he claimed this was Galarraga’s one chance to overturn Joyce’s call at first base, thus stamping leave his mark on the game forever. That argument out hope that Galarraga would be awarded a per- takes out of consideration the other side, and the precedent that Selig and company would set by fect game on appeal. overturning Joyce’s call at first base. I agree with Selig. Overturning the call would cross a line that I know a perfect game is rare, and it would have been special if a guy who was just pitching the MLB did not want to cross. It crosses into a for the Mud Hens a few weeks ago was one of the territory that puts the league and the commissioner in the position of making calls on the field select few to throw a perfect game.

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How did UFC come about? According to Diamond, purely through fan response, which indicated that the events were highly sought-after among audiences. audience “The fans who can’t get out to the live event locations can have the same sort of a feel, if you will, in a very affordable and convenient manner.” The first show Fathom carried was “UFC 111” on March 27, airing on more than 370 screens nationwide. Now, for “115,” the number of screens is slightly smaller — 343. Diamond insisted the discrepancy has nothing to do with a lack of interest. “The thing to keep in mind is, these are coming on weekend nights, and we’re in the heat of the summer movie season. The objective is to give the fans the opportunity to see this, and not to take away their chance to see great movies.”

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There are other obstacles for the show’s popularity. The scheduled main event for “115” was originally UFC legend Chuck Liddell coming out of retirement to face old rival Tito Ortiz, but an injury to Ortiz has changed the main event to Liddell vs. Ohio native Rich Franklin. And UFC had another big event just two weeks ago. Diamond said he doesn’t think these factors will hurt attendance. “The UFC fans that we’ve come to know, they love UFC. And I think one of the great things about UFC is, the fan base can’t get enough of it. And so, from my perspective, UFC fans get as charged up about ‘114’ as they do about ‘115,’ as they will about ‘116’ ... “I think UFC fans are as excited about this as anything.” Diamond said NCM Fathom is very excited about its continuing relationship with the company, but as for how often they will carry UFC shows, that’s still somewhat up in the air — these early events are still a form of testing the water. “One of the things with UFC is that there are a number of events and the cards can change,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is to give UFC fans plenty of opportunities to see these big fights in movie theaters.” ✯ E-mail Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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he Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will host its first card in Vancouver, British Colombia ia on June 12, with “UFC 115.” Fans hoping oping to see the show live in the arena were quickly disappointed, as tickets sold out within 30 minutes. National CineMedia (NCM) is hoping the lure of seeing the event with a large crowd will draw fans to movie theaters. NCM, under its Fathom banner, will broadcast “UFC 115” on movie screens across the country, including the Maumee 18. Dan Diamond, vice presiJEFF dent of NCM Fathom, told me in a recent interview that the experience of seeing the event on the big screen draws incredible excitement from audiences. “I’ve had so many people come up to me after an event and go, ‘Wow, I was excited for this, but I had no idea how cool it was going to be until I went’,” he said. NCM began in a handful of movie theaters in 2002, with a goal of creating programming for theaters to show before the film on digital projectors. They call it “info-tainment” — those commercials, short subjects and whatnot that play before the trailers roll. NCM’s program, “First Look,” now plays before movies on more than 16,000 screens across the country, in a wide variety of theater chains. “It has turned into the largest digitally interconnected network of movie theaters in North America. It’s really the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind,” Diamond said. Establishing such a network made it possible for NCM to look into other forms of programming. Like the company that spawned it, the Fathom brand began small. “We began with a handful of concerts back in 2002 and the business has grown,” Diamond said. Now the company broadcasts dozens of events every year, catering to a wide variety of tastes. NCM is in its fifth season of broadcasting live shows from the Metropolitan Opera. It hosts the showing of new films such as the documentary “I.O.U.S.A.” and anniversary screenings of films like “The Wizard of Oz.” It shows live productions from individuals as varied as Glenn Beck and Ira Glass of “This American Life.” “There’s really something for everyone at their local movie theater, and the approach that Fathom has really taken is to really listen to communities across the country, knowing there are fans of all interests in each community, and trying to provide programming in movie theaters that allow them to gather as communities of like-minded fans,” Diamond said.

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