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Tradition. This is such a powerful word. According to the dictionary, tradition is a ritual, belief or object passed down within a society, still maintained in the present, with origins in the past. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word "tradition" itself derives from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping—and new traditions continue to appear today. The father Tevye says it best in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’... "Because of our traditions, we've kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have traditions for everything... how to eat, how to sleep, even, how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered and always wear a little prayer shawl... This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, how did this tradition start? I'll tell you - I don't know. But it's a tradition... Because of our traditions, everyone knows who he is and what God expects him to do." My favorite song from this musical is “Tradition.” When I was small, our family went to my grandparents every Easter on Saturday to spend the night. My sister and I found eggs the next morning that had mysteriously been hidden through the house. We ate a huge breakfast, dressed for church and then went outside for the prolonged ordeal of taking pictures of our new outfits. Many years my sister and I had matching dresses handmade for us by my grandmother. I never could figure out how she made them perfectly fit when we weren’t around while she made them. She just know our sizes. Today, traditions have changed. The family waits until after church and lunch for an egg hunt outside. Boiled eggs have been replaced by plastic ones full of trinkets, toys and money. Fewer have candy. What are your traditions? We’d love for you to share. If you do, we will enter your name in a drawing for a FREE weekend getaway for the whole family. Details are on Facebook.
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People to See: Rick Springfield
TIFFIN - There's something about Rick Springfield that is and always has been very real. His songs about love and loss, greed and envy, elation and heartbreak spoke to that part of human nature that hasn't changed in 3,000 years. They still do. Rick will perform live at the Ritz Theatre Saturday, April 14 at 7;30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale ranging from $45 to $75, depending on area of the theatre. Rick Springfield lived most of his childhood in various army bases in Australia and Britain. As a teenager, he fronted many music bands-such as the "Jordy Boys", "Wakedy Wak" and "Zoot". While waiting for his musical April, 2012
career to take off, he appeared in various television shows. In 1981 after years of struggle, the stars perfectly aligned and Rick Springfield found himself sitting on top of the world. In the midst of recording what would become the quintessential pop/rock album Working Class Dog, Rick was cast to the play the young, eligible Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. That same year, MTV debuted and changed the dynamic of the music industry forever. Rick skyrocketed to the top of Billboard's charts with "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything For You." The following year, he www.theweekendermagazine.com
won a Grammy for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance." Additional hits include “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody.” Now with a total of 17 top 40 hits and more than 20 million records sold, he will bring those popular tunes back for a memorable evening. For ticket information contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at 419.448.8544 or www.ritztheatre.org The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Page 05
People to See: MARION - Simple Gifts brings to life folk music from across the globe through a multitude of string instruments The Five Nights on Campus cultural and performing arts series presents the ethnic folk stylings of Simple Gifts Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium at The Ohio State University in Marion. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, who make up the talented duet, play a wide variety of music ranging from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performance, Simple Gifts puts their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, creating some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance and spoons show up in an Irish reel. Simple Gifts exudes a love for their music through their enthusiasm, talent, and sense of humor they share with the audience. Simple Gifts founding member Linda Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at age seven. Over the years, she has studied with Joanne Zagst Feldman, Ray Montoni, and Geoffrey Michaels. As a student at Princeton University, Littleton majored in philosophy, with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She has a strong background as a classical violinist, having served as principal second violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony. In addition to violin, she plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5string banjo, and recorders. Karen Hirshon was raised in a family that emphasized church music, and she grew up singing and easily harmonizing hymns. At age 10, she began violin lessons, and three years later, her fascination with Page 6
blues and American folk music led her to study folk guitar. As a student at Grinnell College in Iowa, Hirson designed her own specialty “Traditional Music in American Culture” within the field of American Studies, combining history, anthropology, and music. She studied and was influenced by ragtime, classical, American string band music, African drumming, blues, gospel, and jazz. During the 1970’s, Hirson toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whetstone Run and helped found the American old-time group Rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. Over the years, she has picked up baritone fiddle, mandolin, banjolin, banjo-guitar, and a variety of percussion instruments. Ticket prices for Simple Gifts are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors, and $4 for students. There is no charge for children 5 years of age or younger. Marion campus faculty and staff, which includes all Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College personnel, are eligible for $8 discounted individual performance tickets. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For advance tickets or for more information contact Gary Iams, Ohio State Marion Office of Community Relations at 740-725-6253, or email: email@example.com.
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Imagine! MANSFIELD - Sesame Street Live "1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends" is coming to The Renaissance Theatre April 3-4. Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends! It's as easy as counting "1-2-3 Imagine!" This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination. Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live Friends. Sunny Seat orders will include a special admittance ticket for entry into the Meet & Greet. You will receive the special admittance ticket with the rest of your show tickets. All Meet & Greets start one hour prior to the performance. Please meet at the main concession stand in the lobby. Latecomers may miss the opportunity. Bring your own camera. Tickets are now on sale for $25, $20, and $15 or for the ultimate experience: Sunny Seats: $50 - Includes a special Meet & Greet, ONE HOUR before the performance so you must be here early to take part. Bring your own camera for pictures! All children must have a ticket. (The Renaissance $10 ticket program DOES NOT apply to these performances.) April, 2012
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Feed the Animals
Port Clinton - It’s fun time for the whole family. Covering more than 80 acres, African Safari Wildlife Park is home for animals from Asia, Africa, and American in a large roaming preserve. Here guests and their families are able to travel through a preserve of roaming animals in the comfort and privacy of their own vehicle. During the tour, see hundreds of animals all together. Watch Elk, Bison, Giraffe, Zebra, Ostrich, Deer, Alpacas, and Camels. Feed the animals from the cup of food provided by the park. Don't forget to bring a camera to capture memories! We have many “new arrivals” throughout the year. We also offer a walk-thru area, where there are many animals on exhibit. Some of our residents of the walkthru include Monkey, Kangaroo, Macaw, Flamingo, and Warthog. While in the Safari Junction, catch one of our educational animal shows and learn more about some of our animals. Don't miss our daily Pork Chop Downs Pig Races, Memorial Day Weekend (May 26) thru Labor Day Weekend (September 3). Find everything a guest will need at the park to completely enjoy their stay. We have plenty of fun, food, picnic areas, restrooms, and much more. Take a ride on a camel or a pony (some restrictions) anytime from Memorial Day Weekend (May 26) to Labor Day Weekend (September 3). So pack up the family and take a relaxing trip to the African Safari Wildlife Park. Planning on going to the other fast-paced, amusement parks? Stop on the way to or from other destiPage 08
nations and have some fun with the animals! We are located only minutes from Cedar Point. African Safari Wildlife Park is open from March 2 thru December 2, 2012. The Full Park Schedule is from Memorial Day Weekend (May 26) thru Labor Day Weekend (September 3). During this time the hours are 9AM until 7PM, with the last car admitted at 6PM. The rates during the Summer Schedule are Adults $18.95 (7yrs+), Children $15.95 (4-6 yrs) and Children 3 and younger are free. The Spring & Fall Schedule is before Memorial Day Weekend (March 2 to May 26) and after Labor Day Weekend (September 4 to December 2). The hours during the Spring and Fall Schedule are from 10AM until 5PM, with the last car admitted at 4PM. During the Spring and Fall Schedule the rates are Adults $12.95 (7yrs+) and Children $9.95 (4-6 yrs). African Safari Wildlife Park can be easily reached in approximately 2 hours from the Detroit area via 1-75 south to the Ohio turnpike east to exit 91 or Route 2, then east to the Port Clinton exit 124. From Cleveland, the Park can be reached via the Ohio turnpike west to exit 110 and head north. Highway billboards help lead the way to African Safari Wildlife Park. Don't Miss It!
AFRICAN SAFARI WILDLIFE PARK 267 S. Lightner Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 Phone (419) 732-3606 l 1-800-521-2660 l www.africansafariwildlifepark.com
Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 19 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country Artist. Gill has accumulated 33 Top 20 hits throughout his career including five that went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Charts. Tickets are now on sale at the box office for the 8 p.m. concert at the State Theatre in Sandusky. Prices will range from $45 - $104, depending on area of seating. Vince Gill’s new CD Guitar Slinger is delivered in true Gill style. Musicianship at its best and no super ego-flash here as the licks are quality, not quantity. The Country Hall of Famer and Bonafide Country Superstar has had a hugely successful career and is respected as a musician and professional. He’s recorded over a dozen studio albums, participated in multiple compilation projects and has sold over 26 million albums. With Guitar Slinger, Gill took matApril, 2012
ters into his own hands and recorded his first release in five years right in his home studio. As a result, the production crackles with live energy and allows the true warmth of Gill’s voice to shine. Heartache, loss, love, and the spiritual journey are just a few bits of the subject matter covered on this album. And that signature high lonesome sound has a lot more to offer here than just pretty vibrato, as age has actually made Gill’s great voice even better. The passions are deeper, the truths are grittier, and the heart is bigger. All of that shines through each interpretation. This time, its personal. Since 1928, The Sandusky State Theatre has been an area landmark and continues to serve as a top entertainment destination for the entire Erie County region. The Sandusky State Theatre has been in operation for 83 years and has served the community in many entertainment capacities functioning as a top Vaudeville theatre, movie palace and as a world-class performing arts center. Happy Hour in the State Room is from 6 ~ 7:30 pm Full Cash Bar Service will be Available. For more information, visit online at www.sanduskystate.com or call 419-626-1950.
Things to Do: Experience the Theatre
The Ashland University Department of Theatre closes its 2011-2012 “Season of Turning Points” with EXPERIENCE/EXPERIMENT: The 2012 One Act Festival, which presents four different one-act plays directed by Ashland University theatre majors studying in their junior year. Featuring two different one-act plays each evening, the performances are staged in Ashland University’s Studio Theatre for 7:30 p.m. curtains Wednesday, April 18, to Saturday, April 21. The Wednesday and Friday one acts are comedic satires including David Ives "Words, Words, Words" directed by Emily Plank (Cinnamon Lake/Black River High School) and Richard Greenberg's "The Author's Voice" directed by Nathaniel Sayatovich (McConnelsville/Morgan High School). The one acts on Thursday and Saturday focus on darker content with Christopher Durang's "Naomi in the Living Room" directed by Michael Cook (Weston/Otsego High School), while Jensen Glick (Hilliard/Hilliard Darby High School) directs Michael Cook's original script "Broken, Unbroken." "Words, Words, Words" directed by Plank and staged managed by Hilary Rheinheimer is a comedic satire which recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce "Hamlet." The three monkeys are played by Jay Kunzi as "Swift," Bekah Frient as "Milton" and Taylor Stepp as "Kafka." Page 10
A funny and suspenseful satire about contemporary book publishing, "The Author's Voice" directed by Sayatovich and stage managed by Rheinheimer, features Austin Arnold as "Todd," a handsome, struggling author; Kelsey Bowens as "Portia," a beautiful and seductive editor; and Nick Seemann as "Gene," a gnome-like genius. "Naomi in the Living Room" is a dark comedy which glimpses into a very dysfunctional family. Directed by Cook and stage managed by Sayatovich, the cast includes Jacob Poiner as "John," a codependent male with a flair for cross-dressing; Kelli Lennox as "Johnna," the wife who wants the acceptance of her mother-in-law; and Kim Lennox as "Naomi," John's moody mother. Directed by Glick with Jacob Poiner as stage manager, Broken/Unbroken is an original script written by theatre major Michael Cook about making life decisions. Characters include Aaron Arnold as "Gabriel," a young writer in search of his muse; Brandon Wurgess as "Stephan," Gabriel's best friend and mentor; and Becca Ribley as "Rozaline" and "Corelle," Gabriel's first love and new love interest, respectively. Tickets for each evening of one acts are $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.For more information, call 419-289-5125 or visit www.ashland.edu/tickets.
Places to Go: New Ground Theatre Festival CLEVELAND – From May 3-13, 2012, Cleveland Play House (CPH) will present a variety of new work from nationally recognized artists in its New Ground Theatre Festival (previously known as FusionFest). The centerpiece of this showcase is Cleveland Play House’s Mainstage production of Sarah Ruhl’s play In the Next Room. Another festival highlight is a CPH collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra on Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, written by Tom Stoppard with a score by André Previn. Newly established for this year’s festival, the Roe Green Award brings a leading American playwright to Cleveland to develop a new project culminating in a public reading and master class. The 2012 winner is Quiara Alegría Hudes, whose book for the musical In the Heights was both a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. This new festival award is made possible by the generous support of New Ground Theatre Festival Honorary Producer, Roe Green. “With a greater focus on new theatre pieces and our move to a new location, it was time to give our festival a new name. New Ground Theatre Festival signifies our commitment to new work and recognizes our fantastic new facilities,” says Michael Bloom, festival creator and CPH Artistic Director. “We want to put the focus on new plays and theatrical performances,” says Laura Kepley, CPH Associate Artistic Director. “It means CPH becomes a part of the development of future works that will impact American theatre.” This season, a festival highlight is a collaboration between Cleveland Play House and The Cleveland Orchestra. Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, a CPH premiere, is a play by Tom Stoppard with music by André Previn, and will be performed in the new Allen Theatre with three performances May 3-5, 2012. With a cast of 6 actors and 38 Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Stoppard’s play is a swift 65April, 2012
minute hilarious and stinging satire on state-sponsored repression. Brilliantly witty and mischievously funny, it centers on two cellmates, both named Alexander Ivanov – one a political protestor and the other a madman who ‘conducts’ an orchestra that only exists in his head.Every Good Boy Deserves Favor is the only play ever written that includes an orchestra as central to the action. Directed by CPH Artistic Director Michael Bloom and conducted by Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra James Feddeck, performances of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor are funded in part by the Keithley Fund for Artistic Collaboration. In addition to In the Next Room and Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, the New Ground Theatre Festival lineup includes a public reading of a new play by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the 2012 winner of the first annual Roe Green Award awarded to a nationally recognized playwright. The award includes a $7,500 cash prize; a week-long residency including rehearsals; a Master Class with CPH Playwrights’ Unit, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University students; and a public reading of a new play.Hudes was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for In the Heights. Hudes was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a drama that has been produced around the country and published in numerous anthologies. Rounding out the line-up are acclaimed performances of new work by renowned solo artists, Lauren Weedman (Bust) and Baba Brinkman (The Rap Guide to Evolution), in addition to readings of new plays including one written by CPH Artistic Director Michael Bloom. Tickets are now on sale. Discounts are available when seeing more than one Festival event. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 216241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
Places Mansfield Symphony to Go: MANSFIELD - The Mansfield Symphony will celebrate all things British at their final performance of the season at the Renaissance Theatre on Saturday, April 14th at 7PM, when they are joined by celebrated pianist Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti for British Invasion: Beatles to Britten. Guest conductor Thomas Hong, a finalist for the Mansfield Symphony Music Director position, will take the podium for an unforgettable evening that features Britten's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Elgar's Enigma Variations, as well as popular favorites by other Brits from The Beatles to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets for the concert are $30, $25 and $20 and are on sale at the Renaissance Box Office, 419522-2726, and online all the time at www.mansfieldtickets.com. All regular ticketing fees apply. The Renaissance is also pleased to continue their $10 ticket offer for this event. These seats, located in the back two rows of the balcony, may be purchased in person only, beginning two hours prior to the performance at the Renaissance Box Office. Concertgoers are also invited to attend a post-concert meet and greet with the conductor and soloist. Mahamuti, a Mansfield resident, enjoys an active career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, piano teacher and lecturer in both China and the United States. As a pianist, she performs extensively in major cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia Minor, and China, including a January solo performance at Carnegie Hall that was hailed as a “cultural phenomenon and a musical feast for the audience that packed the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.” Maestro Thomas Hong, a finalist for the Mansfield Page 12
Symphony conductor position, is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was assistant conductor of Orchestre National de France, where he led the orchestra in various tours across Europe, and also associate conductor of the Fort W o r t h Symphony Orchestra, where he programmed and conducted all educational and outreach concerts, including performances as part of Carnegie Hall's LinkUp! music education program. “We're thrilled to welcome Maestro Hong to our podium as one of our candidates for Music Director,” said Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas. “His experience in all areas of orchestral conducting and programming, from the artistic to the educational, is truly inspiring. We can't wait to see him work with the musicians and the final product that he'll produce.”
Things to Do: Hit us with your best shot! Lake Erie Shores & Islands® Launches a Photo Contest LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS - Great photos showcase great memories. Do you have photos from your Shores & Islands experience? Share them with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and you could win! The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center recently launched an online photo contest, designed to showcase the best area photographs and also add to the destination marketing organization’s image library. The contest will run quarterly, with different themes each time, based on the season and on the welcome center’s current needs. Visitors to SHORESandISLANDS.com will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite submission. A winner will be chosen by Lake Erie Shores & Islands from the top five photos whose submission has received the majority of votes at the end of the voting period. Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be the final judge of all entries and all contest decisions are final. The contest is open to those 18 years and older. Upload your photos for a chance to win great prizes which could include overnight getaways, ferry tickets, gas cards, and more. Your photo could appear in future travel planners and other publications. The Welcome Center is currently looking for photos with the themes "Winter Wonderland" April 2012
and "Spring Awakening." This contest runs through June 1, 2012 and the current prize for the winning photograph includes two Cedar Point tickets, two Jet Express tickets, and a $20 gas card. While scenic landscape photos are welcomed, photos with people experiencing attractions and locations in the Shores & Islands region are preferred. Photos have to be taken within the last 12 months. Official contest rules are available at SHORESandISLANDS.com. Enter your best shots today!
Things to Do: Program a Robot MARION - Robotic teams of young people - aspiring engineers representing elementary, middle school, high and post-secondary schools will converge with 350 robots to compete in 12 categories at the N a t i o n a l R o b o t i c s Challenge (NRC) on April 12-14 at the Marion County Fairgrounds Veteran Memorial Coliseum. Efforts are based on increasing awareness among young people beginning in elementary school through middle and high school and then as they pursue collegelevel and/or technical training. Special emphasis is placed on women and minorities, two groups the manufacturing industry has recognized as largely untapped pools of talent. “We are taking a communitybased approach to transforming manufacturing education,” says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. “Increased student achievement at events such as the NRC incentivizes the creation of strong partnerships between organizations, businesses, and exemplary schools at the local level.” The National Robotics Challenge is open to students in 3rd grade through graduate school, and is designed to provide students of all ages and levels of study with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Page 16
manufacturing processes, controls, robotics and other technologies through competitive engineering contests.
Students are judged on their application of technology principles, engineering concepts and their ability to solve real-world problems through a team-based approach. The event is unique to other robotics competitions. As schools continue to be financially challenged, educators and students are enthused about participating in this event because the cost to participate is low and requires no specific kit to buy. Schools have more dollars to spend on materials and equipment to build their robots. This year, students needing help on how to program their robots were directed to the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy website - the Computer Science Student Network where they found lots of free resources to teach them. The vision of the NRC is to become the premier robotics comwww.TheWeekendermagazine.com
petition for elementary, middle, high and post-secondary school students in the United States. Tad Douce, NRC Director of Events, says, “We know that students have better understanding when they express themselves through invention and creation; and we cannot say enough about how much this competition lends to students learning from their peers and broadening their perspective for pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing.” This year, the NRC partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a new contest called Rescue Robot. One team from the Rescue Robot event will be selected to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency response team to further develop their design into an autonomous/semi-autonomous rescue robot prototype. The selected team will receive additional funding to purchase the materials needed to develop the prototype. These events are offered to students attending public or private schools offering instruction as less than the baccalaureate level or a public or private school offering instruction at or beyond the baccalaureate level . Today, the NRC attracts more than 1,000 students from over 70 schools who compete in twelve exciting contest categories. Visit www.roboticschallenge.org April, 2012
People to See ... Saturday, April 21 7:30 p.m. The Ritz Theatre Tickets: $30-60 TIFFIN - When I was 18, I was on the road with my dad. One day, we were sitting in the tour bus, talking about songs, and he mentioned a song, and I said, “I don’t know that one.” He mentioned another one, and I said, “I don’t know that one, either.” Then he started to get alarmed, so he spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put “100 Essential Country Songs.” And he handed it to me and he said, “This is your education.” The genesis of Rosanne Cash's remarkable new album, The List, dates back to that day in 1973—to a time before her eleven previous albums, her 1985 Grammy and numerous additional nominations, her 21 Top 40 country singles. She had just graduated high school and was starting to write songs of her own when her father, the incomparable Johnny Cash, discovered some gaps in her knowledge of American roots music. "I think he was alarmed that I might miss something essential about who he was and who I was," says Cash. "He had a deeply intuitive understanding and overview of every critical juncture in Southern music—Appalachian songs, early folk songs, Delta blues, Southern gospel, right up to modern country music." Three dozen years later, Cash has Page 18
selected 12 songs from the syllabus presented to her by her father and recorded her first album of covers. The result is a glorious range of sounds and moods, as rich and complex as such Cash masterworks as Seven Year Ache, Interiors, and Rules of Travel. A handful of truly special guests join her for some of the recordings: Bruce Springsteen ("Sea of Heartbreak"), Elvis Costello ("Heartaches by the Number"), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy ("Long Black Veil"), and Rufus Wainwright (Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings"). The idea for The List came about while Cash was on tour promoting her 2006 studio album, the widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Black Cadillac—a reflective song cycle about the loss of her father; her mother, Vivian Liberto; and her stepmother, June Carter Cash. She had held on to the original copy of the List for all those years, but had never thought to do anything with it. 'It just didn’t interest me," she says. "I learned all the songs, but then I set on my own course as a songwriter, and set about separating myself from my parents, as www.theweekendermagazine.com
you do when you’re young. When I was writing the narratives for the Black Cadillac show, I had recently found the List again, so I wrote about it. And virtually every show, people started asking me. ‘Where’s the List? What about that List?’” Eventually, Cash decided that she needed a change after Black Cadillac, a break from that project's emotional intensity. On tour in Europe, she tentatively added a few songs from the List into her set. The response was immediate. "People were eating it up, like they were hungry for these songs," she says. All of the thought, research, and experimentation that went into each performance is immediately evident on The List. The revelation of this album is hearing Rosanne Cash, for the first time, purely as an interpreter. "I’ve never done a record just as a singer before, so that was a bit jarring to me," she says. "But John kept pounding home that that’s what this record is really about. So then I kind of got into it. For ticket information call The Box Office at 419.448.8544 or www.ritztheatre.org April, 2012
Things to Do: (Feature Section) Spring Home and Garden GreenCleanPRO is a granular product that attacks planktonic and filamentous algae on contact. Through the power of oxidation, the treated algae die within hours, beginning as soon as GreenCleanPRO is applied to the algae. GreenCleanPRO is an alternative to algaecides that utilize either copper or formaldehyde products. Use GreenClean Pro to treat water to prevent and control algae that can cause increases in BOD, COD that can cause odors. It is great for structural mold treatment. Use GreenClean Pro to treat a wide variety of hard surfaces such as roofs, walls, walkways, and basements. GreenCleanPRO can be used anywhere algae is evident, such as bodies of water, greenhouses and nurseries, and dairy farms. Some application areas include: • Commercial Waterways, Ponds, Lakes, Reservoirs, Lagoons • Water and Waste Water Applications to Reduce BOD, COD, and Odors • Stocktanks, Animal Bedding & Litter, Watering Troughs • Horticulture, Agricultural, and Farm Irrigation Systems • Floors, Walls, Walkways, Ramps, Concrete Structures, Rooftops
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Things to Do: (Feature Section) Spring Lawn and Garden (ARA) - Gardeners who like things easy, have mobility issues or get muscle fatigue are always on the lookout for smart gardening gadgets designed to keep them playing in the dirt. This season some of the best gardening gadgets are often low-tech, doing the job they're designed to do. • Make heavy lifting easier Why risk back strain lifting garden pots, rocks and bales that are too heavy for one person working alone? With a Pot Lifter, two people working together can move big bulky items with ease. Just slip the sling around the object and lift. The product can handle objects up to 200 lbs.
• Stop weeds before they start growing - Preen garden weed preventers cut down significantly on the onerous task of weeding by stopping new weed seeds from rooting and growing for 3-4 months per application. Now Preen offers a smart battery-powered spreader-applicator cap making it easier to apply Preen preemergent granules atop garden soil or mulch. Gardeners who have tried the new applicator found it comfortable to use, providing a steady, even application rate. Quickly cover large areas and easily direct the granule flow into hard to reach places such as under shrubs and between plants. Weeds
that don't root, don't grow. • Spare knees while kneeling Jolly Kneeler is a molded polyurethane knee-rest that is orthopedically designed to support gardeners comfortably while they're on their knees planting, plucking or playing in the dirt. The simple one-piece kneeler has a handle for carrying ease. Its bright red color makes it hard to lose in green garden beds or grass. • Water plants from the porch Repurpose a soda or water bottle into a low-tech garden container watering device. AquaCones from Achla Designs are super easy watering spikes that attach to plastic bottles.
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