Toledoans looking to sample fresh beer have the opportunity to visit two microbreweries in the area. The Maumee Bay Brewing Company, run out of the Oliver House, and Granite City Food & Brewery, located at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, brew on site.
“The main difference is freshness,” said Randal Elletson, brewery manager at Granite City Food & Brewery. “We tap them as soon as they’re ready, so you’re tasting it as soon as it’s been made.”
Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
The Maumee Bay Brewing Co. was established in 1995 and is the only local brewery that produces beers on site from start to finish.
“It’s absolutely from scratch. This is it, produced from grain to the finished product,” said Neal Kovacik, manager of the Oliver House.
The brewery produces its microbrews inside the Oliver House and in a building across the street. The brewery has eight 15-barrel fermenters, two 30-barrel fermenters and three 60-barrel fermenters and is hoping to add 2 more 60-barrel fermenters. Brewing beer takes one 10 hour brew day, followed by 25 days of fermentation, said Jon Koester, brewmaster for Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
The Oliver House offers three microbrews year round while the others are offered on a rotating release. Buckeye Beer, Glass City Pale Ale and India Pale Ale are always on tap.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company’s most popular brews are Buckeye Beer and India Pale Ale, Koester said. Bottles of Buckeye are available throughout the state and the brewery is also working to get label approval from the FDA to bottle its India Pale Ale.
Maumee Bay Brewing Co. offers its product to 66 locations in Northwest Ohio, Kovacik said.
Tours of the brewery can be set up by calling the Oliver House.
Granite City Food & Brewery
Granite City Food & Brewery a restaurant chain with an on-site brewery. The chain is in 11 states with only one location in Ohio opened in 2008. Since the taste of water varies from state to state, the company uses a trademarked process called “Fermentus Interruptus” to brew its beer. To keep the beers’ taste consistent across state lines, the company ships wort — sugar water — from a central facility to its stores, Elletson said.
Once the wort is received by the stores, the fermentation process and further brewing is completed on site.
The restaurant brewery offers six staple beers; Northern Light Lager, Brother Benedict’s Bock, Duke of Wellington India Pale Ale, Broad Axe Stout, Wag’s Wheat and Blueberry Ale.
A sample platter of beers is offered for $3.75.
Additionally, the restaurant offers the “Mug Club” in which customers can take part in special rewards, beer tapping parties and discounts from the chain. The lifetime membership offers discounts on food and beer. For more information, visit www.granitecitymugclub.com.
Buckeye Beer is one of the oldest brands in Toledo. Buckeye Brewing Co. began producing Buckeye Beer in Toledo in 1838. In 1972, Miller Brewing Co. purchased the Buckeye label and based its Miller Light off Buckeye, said Neal Kovacik, manager of the Oliver House. Buckeye was out of production from 1972 until 1994 when the owners of the Maumee Bay Brewing Co. bought the Buckeye label back from Miller. Buckeye Beer is an American Lager. The beer tastes similar to typical macro beers with a slight difference because of a different yeast strain, Koester said.
The beer is brewed, bottled and distributed from a building owned by the Oliver House.
Buckeye Beer is sold in cases of 12 for $10.99. Cases can be purchased at The Andersons or Joseph’s Beverage Center. Buckeye Beer can also be found on tap at the Oliver House. Cavalier Distributing, in Cincinnati, handles distribution of Buckeye Beer outside Northwest Ohio.
Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is looking to expand the Buckeye brand to include summer and holiday beers.
Archive for March, 2010
Toledoans looking to sample fresh beer have the opportunity to visit two microbreweries in the area. The Maumee Bay Brewing Company, run out of the Oliver House, and Granite City Food & Brewery, located at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, brew on site.
It has been has been an unlikely journey to the Glass City for Toledo Walleye center Maxime Tanguay. The 22 year old thought his fall would be spent in the classroom and not on the ice.
“I had played two years of junior hockey, after being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks,” Tanguay said. “They didn’t sign me though, and I was all set to begin school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.”
Tanguay’s agent called him just before school started, and told him an opportunity had presented itself in Rockford, the AHL affiliate of the Blackhawks. Tanguay would be signed to a two way contract, which meant Tanguay would be available to be sent down in the minor leagues without having to clear waivers.
“I thought I would try it for a year, and if it didn’t work out I am a young guy and I can always go back to school,” he said. “I thought I had more to offer, and I went into camp with a positive attitude.”
Tanguay was sent to Toledo at the end of training camp, after Rockford had no available roster spot for him. The 5 foot 11 Tanguay was pleased with his camp and was looking forward to start the season in Toledo.
“There were a few guys from Rockford who came down with me, and I focused on getting off to a good start,” he said.
Tanguay got off to a great start, and he was a big reason the Walleye were sitting atop the American Conference’s North Division at Christmas time.
But several key players were called up to Rockford just as the Walleye began to hit their stride, which meant Tanguay would be relied on more by his teammates.
“It is something that happens on every team,” Tanguay said. “As soon as you are doing well, all of the players start getting called up, and it makes it hard to stay on top.”
The Walleye dropped in the standings, but the team never lost sight of this season’s main goal: a berth in the ECHL playoffs.
“We just focused on the team that you are in that moment,” Tanguay said. “All you can do is go out and do the best you can. Nothing good comes of dwelling on who is no longer on the team.”
After 25 games, Tanguay is the team leader in points, second on the team in goals, and he is first in assists. The Quebec native has been happy with his results this season.
“I am pretty pumped with how I have been playing all year,” Tanguay said. “I really have been working hard, and I got on a roll early on in the season, and I have kind of rode that throughout most of this year.”
Walleye coach Nick Vitucci has taken notice of Tanguay’s play too, and he said it has been crucial to the team’s success this season.
“Maxime brings an enthusiasm every day to the arena, and he is a very creative offensively,” Vitucci said. “He has been a guy we have relied on all season, and we are going to need him to continue to do that down the stretch.”
Tanguay is appreciative of the job Vitucci of the job has done with the Walleye.
“Nick has done a fantastic job with us this season,” Tanguay said. “He has helped me out by putting me in a position to succeed, and he is a guy that has been easy to get behind and believe in the things he teaches us.”
Tanguay said he is grateful to his teammates too, and he said that a lot of his success is due to them as well.
“I have been fortunate to play around some talented players,” he said. “Everybody knows their roles on this team, and that has helped me in my play too, because we all know each other style of play.”
Tanguay also has an ace in his pocket that many other players do not have. His brother Alex is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, and Maxime said his older brother has been a nice resource for him this season.
“My brother has helped me out a lot,” he said. “He is given me some advice after seeing some of my games, and I can ask him questions about what I can do to make it to the NHL. I have a great relationship with him.”
But no matter how great of an individual season he has, Tanguay says that his ultimate goal is still the playoffs. Currently, the Walleye are tied for seventh seed with Reading, and if the team does make the playoffs, Tanguay expects the Walleye to make some noise.
“I think we have a great shot if we get in,” he said. “We have a good team, and we got a great chance to go far and maybe win a Kelly Cup. I think we have a talented group here, and if we step up, we can surprise a lot of people.”
If you think a bank is going to give you a loan for your wedding, then don’t let Uncle Sam’s door hit you on the way out! Planning and celebrating should be within everyone’s means. From little change purses to bulging wallets, there’s an appropriate way to celebrate your union.
For many brides and grooms, a lavish wedding reception is just not in the budget right now. Maybe a down-payment on your first home or paying off student loans is taking financial priority. Well, if you are one of many who are nodding their head – I’ve got the wedding reception for you!
There are five types of wedding receptions: the morning brunch, an afternoon luncheon, a cocktail party, a formal dinner and a champagne and cake soirée. A champagne and cake reception is short and sweet. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a 2:00 o’clock wedding reception – the most common time for a Toledo wedding.
A garden, park or historical venue, preferably at the site of the ceremony or nearby is best for hosting the event. Include “champagne and cake reception to follow” on your invitation.
Pass champagne and ask your bridal party and family members to toast you in good fortune. Afterwards cut cake, a tradition that represents togetherness and a mutual commitment to provide for one another. How appropriate – You’ve already committed to starting your union budget savvy!
Book your ceremony music and photographer a few hours longer to accompany the reception.
Limit your bar to just champagne and non-alcoholic beverages, or add dessert wines as well. If you have a sweet tooth, include other confection favorites. The typical timeframe for this gathering is fairly short. No more than 2 hours. Anything longer and your bar bill will be just as smashed as your sloshed guests!
Afterwards, you can whisk off to your honeymoon, or an intimate dinner with immediately family.
You can read more at Brittany’s Blog: http://www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com/
BGSU’s latest production of “Working” gave its audience a powerful portrait of America’s workforce. “Working” is a collection of actual statements by people who work in and around Chicago, adapted into songs and monologues. The source of these statements is Stud Terkel’s best-selling book, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso adapted it. The responses span 1978 to the present. The actor’s performances made their audience realize that the characters in “Working” are real people.
Kyle Parker brought authenticity to his performance of Mike Dillard, an ironworker. Parker’s nonchalant tone told the audience that Mike knows his job like the back of his hand. Parker’s delighted visage and occasional chuckle made the audience feel like they were listening to a friend. In the song, “Fathers and Sons,” the emotion in Parker’s voice conveyed Mike’s longing to be with his father, as well as hope for his son’s future.
Dawn Schluetz conveyed the helplessness Rose Hoffman feels as a teacher who has taught the “traditional” way for 40 years. In the elegiac, “Nobody Tells Me How,” the mixture of sadness and frustration in Schluetz’s voice made the audience feel empathy for Rose. When Schluetz rested her glasses on her nose and sternly looked at the audience, she conveyed Rose’s love for organization and “the old days.”
Amy Hunsaker gave a phenomenal performance as Grace Clemens, a millworker. Hunsaker’s accepting tone and robotic gestures in the song, “Millwork,” communicated that, while Grace does not want to work in a factory, she has no other option. As Hunsaker sang the upbeat, “If I Could’ve Been,” her confident tone and undeniable grin made the audience share Grace’s lamenting.
The production was cognizant of today’s uncertain job market. At the beginning of Act Two, a screen showed employment statistics and interviews with people who had lost their job. The fact that ten percent of Americans are unemployed served as a reminder that all occupations are meaningful. Seeing people talk about losing their jobs illustrated the impact that unemployment has on a person’s life.
Talented musicians set the tone and setting of each song. The musicians included a lead guitarist (Doug Neel), a second guitarist (Paul Clohn), a bassist (Adam Meinerding) and a percussionist (Laine Smith). In the song “Lovin Al,” a Temptations-style number, these musicians made music as smooth as Al Calinda’s (Franklin Brewer) dancing. In the song “Un Mejor Dia Vendra,” a guitar gave heart to a Spanish melody.
“Working” applauds people who care about serving others before themselves, regardless of their occupation. In the song, “Something to Point To,” the characters sing about how, when the day is done, they can feel satisfied knowing they helped create something that benefits others. The same is true about the cast and crew of “Working.”
Events are subject to change.
MOSTLY FOR ADULTS
Parents should determine appropriateness for children
Wildwood Manor House tours: Built in the 1930s in the Georgian Colonial style, the Manor House was the estate of the Stranahans, the patriarch of which co-founded the Chhampion Spark Plug Co. Tours at quarter after and quarter till the hour noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Blood drives: The Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross will hold several drives this month. Starred drives indicate appointments are preferred. For more information or opportunities to donate, call (800) 448-3543.
> Noon-6 April 5, Solomon Lutheran Church, 305 W. Main St., Woodville.
> 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7, Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania.
> 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9, Lutheran Village at Wolfcreek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road, Holland.
> 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10, Cass Road Baptist Church, 1400 Cass Road, Maumee.
Toledo Farmers’ Market: Find it fresh and local at this outdoor station, which has been around for 178 years. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 525 Market St. (419) 255-6765 or www.toledofarmersmarket.org.
Andersons wine tastings: In the mood for something a little grape? See what’s new and tasty. 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, 3725 Williston Road, Northwood, (419) 698-8400; 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, 4701 Talmadge Road, (419) 473-3232; 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, 530 Illinois Ave., Maumee, (419) 891-2700. Nominal fees apply.
Eberly Center Brown Bag Seminars: A series of lunchtime conversations and presentations about topics of interest to women and others. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at UT’s Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Tucker Hall Room 180, off Campus Road. (419) 530-8570.
> UT interim dean of students Michele Martinez will discuss “Latinos in Higher Education” April 1.
> “Retention Does Not Equal Satisfaction: An Examination of Involvement Factors Among Students of Color” will be discussed by UT Equity and Diversity Assistant Vice President Shanda L. Gore April 8.
“A Nation of Watchdogs: Citizen Journalists and Traditional Journalists.” The Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael Miller, “Glass City Jungle” blogger Lisa Renee Ward and and blogger and former public official Maggie Thurber will be panelists at UT’s 11th Annual First Amendment Freedom Forum. 7 p.m. April 1, UT Law Center auditorium, West Towerview Boulevard and West Rocket Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Landscape Design for Wildlife: This five-part series will introduce the elements of landscape design and allow participants to plan for their properties, incorporating native plants and wildlife stations. 6:30 p.m. April 1, Metroparks Hall, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. $65. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Toledo Has Talent: Leigh Ashley will host this dance and vocal competition, rife with giveaways and surprise performances. 2-5 p.m. April 3, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. $10. (419) 244-2787, (800) 838-3006 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
Turning Found Wood: An instructor will demonstrate use wood found in the yard, driftwood, etc, for creative projects. 1-2:30 p.m. April 3, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion: Visitors can try four wines and appetizers and check out the TMA hot shop. 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 2445 Monroe St. $20. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> New French Discoveries: April 9.
Glass City Singles dances: Dancers are invited to don their best Easter bonnets for this dance. 8:30 p.m.-midnight April 9, Gladieux Meadows, 4880 Heatherdowns Blvd. $7. (734) 856-8963 or www.toledosingles.com.
“A Call to Arms”: Randy Brown, president of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission, will detail the site’s history and plans for its future. 7 p.m. April 6, Side Cut Metropark, Riverview parking lot, 1025 River Road, Maumee. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
“A Landscape Primer” lecture: Landscape Design & Container Gardens. Gardeners can get the dirt on green topics. 6:30-9 p.m. April 8, Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Dr. $15 per session. Reservations: (419) 578-6783.
Summer bulbs and perennial gardens clinic: Nancy Robinson will give gardeners tips on low-maintenance plantings, old favorites and new hybrids. 6:30 p.m. April 8, the Andersons, 530 Illinois Ave., Maumee. (419) 891-2700.
“Playing Ball with Legends”: James Irwin will discuss the career of Don Lund, from Ebbets Field to the University of Michigan, detailed in his biography. Noon April 10, Barnes & Noble, 4940 Monroe St. (419) 472-6164.
Aromatherapy: Learn how to use essential oils to promote health and wellness. 2-3 p.m. April 10, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. (419) 259-5250 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Vineyard Adventure: Best of the West. Sample a world of fine wines, grab some appetizers and enjoy entertainment. 7-9 p.m. April 10, Toledo Zoo Great Hall, 2700 Broadway. $40. (419) 385-5721, ext. 3092, or toledozoo.org.
Outdoor Projects: Review what needs to be considered for yard or patio projects. 1-2 p.m. April 10, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Using Hand Planes: Learn about how to use these smoothing and shaping tools during demonstrations. 2-3 p.m. April 10, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Cheers for Beers: Lager lovers can try up to eight brews from each weekend’s theme. 1-4 p.m., the Andersons, 4701 Talmadge Road. Sample fees apply. (419) 473-3232.
> Beers of the Far East: April 10-11.
Las Vegas Day: The Polish Community of Toledo brings Sin City east for games, dinner and an auction to benefit the group’s mission of perpetuating Polish culture and traditions. 1 p.m. April 11, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 4227 Bellevue Road. Tickets: Ski’s Restaurant, 5834 Monroe St., Sylvania; Fix-It Shop, 1801 W. Sylvania Ave.; Tim Paluszak Insurance, 701 Conant St., Maumee; or (419) 356-1181. www.polishcommunity.org.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
The Bead Goes On: The TMA hopes to collect 10,000 hand-made beads made by the public in a various media to create a curtain to be displayed at the museum. Entries will be accepted through October. 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org/PDF/BGOProspectus.pdf.
> Whistler Watercolors on Wooden Beads: Using the Whistler exhibition for inspiration, decorate wooden beads with watercolors. 2-4 p.m. April 11, Libbey Court.
Toledo Museum of Art exhibitions: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks.” A pioneer in multiple art forms, Parks’ lens work will be highlighted, offering a “cross section of the human experience.” Through April 25, Canaday Gallery.
> TMA High School Art Council: The work of 30 students from 15 schools will be represented. Through April 25, Community Galleries.
> Quest for Fire Studios: The participating artists “create iconoclastic images of soul and thought while using diverse methods and media.” Through May 2, Community Galleries.
> “Mexico’s Toledo”: The works of Francisco Toledo, a contemporary Latino printmaker, “are records of things and beings in dreamlike scenarios, both menacing and playful, full of pattern and movement.” Through May 9, Gallery 18.
> “Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly.” The work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be exhibited within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends and enemies. Through May 30, Works on Paper galleries.
Detroit Institute of Art exhibitions: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Regular admission: $4-$8; special exhibition prices include general admission. (313) 833-7900.
> “Detroit Experiences”: Dozens of black-and-white photographs taken by Robert Frank for his 1958 book “The Americans” will be on display through July 3.
13th Annual Youth Art Show: Work by area students will be on display in March. Noon-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 31, Toledo Heights Branch Library, 423 Shasta Dr. (419) 259-5220 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Toledo School for the Arts Midyear Art Exhibition: Faculty and students will put their best on display. Through April 1, 333 14th St. (419) 246-8732 or www.ts4arts.org.
“The Power of Women!” Women’s History Month will be celebrated with this exhibition of visual artworks. The opening reception will feature spoken word performances, a cash bar and light fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 2, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 244-2787 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
“with technical assistance”: John Ahearn, Janel Dziesinski and Meghan Walton, teaching assistants at Adrian College, will exhibit their work. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Absolut Europa”: Original prints by some of Europe’s most iconic 20th-century artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through April 3, River House Arts, 115 W. Front St., Perrysburg. (419) 874-8900 or river-house-arts.com.
“Travelogue”: The center’s director of photography, Art Weber, will display some of the best shots from his travels. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“The Wilds”: “One of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world,” the Wilds is located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast and contains rare and endangered species from around the world. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Raptors”: Photographers share their images of birds of prey. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Outdoor Writers of America Association Annual Photography Contest Winners”: This professional group of communicators will display its best landscapes and wildlife shots. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Adorning Glory”: Kimberly Arden’s works will comprise 20 North Gallery’s first all-jewelry exhibition. Noon-4 Wednesdays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays through April 24, 18 N. Clair St. (419) 241-2400.
10th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show: Youth Art Month means displays of work by local teens will be displayed in the Wintergarden and Promenade of the Main Library. Noon-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 24, 325 N. Michigan St. Students can call (419) 418-2252 to participate.
“Switch Hitters III”: Was it a challenge? Laziness? Something else? Viewers can decide upon viewing these works designed by one artist then constructed by another. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 25, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller.” This touring exhibition explores the problem-solving process employed at the west Michigan-based furniture company. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 25, Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $11-$14; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
“Leslie Adams: Recent Drawings.” This artist concentrates on portraits and murals, inspired by classical methods and paying tribute to the Old Masters.10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 25, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Design in Progress”: The Henry Ford Museum will “celebrate the world of design, from the magnificent to the mundane, from things that startle us to things we barely notice.” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 25, Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $11-$14; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Bachelor of fine arts exhibition: Art students will display work geared toward receiving their degrees. Reception, 6-9 p.m. April 2; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays through April 25, UT’s Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place. (419) 530-8300 or www.utoledo.edu/as/art.
“University Authors and Artists”: The works of nearly 200 UT faculty will be featured. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through April 30, Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, UT’s Carlson Library, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-2170.
“Barton, Makar & Weiss”: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, through April 30, Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood Ave. Suite 120. (419) 254-2787 or www.acgt.org.
Janelle Lorenzen: This PRIZM Creative Community member will display samples of her high dynamic range and infrared photography. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April 30, Huntington Bank Three Meadows office, 1001 Sandusky St., Perrysburg. (419) 872-8730 or www.myprizm.com.
2010 Spring Art Show: Artwork was submitted in February to be displayed in this show. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays when classes are in session through May 7, UT’s Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Tucker Hall Room 180, off Campus Road. (419) 530-8570 or www.utoledo.edu/centers/eberly.
Year for Priests traveling art show: Artists young and old from across the Diocese of Toledo’s 19 counties submitted work in a range of media pertaining to the “Year for Priests” theme. (419) 244-6711 or www.toledodiocese.org.
> Through April 6 and May 29, Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 244-9575, ext. 149, or www.rosarycathedral.org.
> April 9-11, St. Mary Catholic Community, 715 Jefferson Ave., Defiance. (419) 782-2776 or www.stmarydefiance.org.
> April 16-18, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 331 E. Second St., Delphos. (419) 695-4050 or www.delphosstjohnparish.org.
> April 24-25, St. Wendelin High School, 533 N. Countryline St., Fostoria (419) 435-8144 or www.stwendelin.org.
> April 28-30, Central Catholic High School, 2550 Cherry St. (419) 259-2848 or www.centralcatholic.org.
> May 1-2, Our Lady of Consolation Basilica, 315 Clay St., Carey. (419) 396-1523 or www.olcshrine.com.
> May 7-9, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 750 Bright Road, Findlay. (419) 422-2646 or www.findlaystmichael.org.
> May 14-16, St. Peter Parish, 104 W. First St., Mansfield. (419) 524-2572 or www.mansfieldstpeters.org.
> May 21-23, Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. (419) 625-3698 or www.holyangelssandusky.org.
“Croquet: A Sport Story.” The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center claims to have the most comprehensive collection of hoops-and-mallet materials in the world. Visitors can check out the clubs and pegs during this exhibit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays through Aug. 1, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
TMA tours: Get the inside scoop on what’s new, interesting and artful during docent-led tours. Most start from Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> The Crucifixion: 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 2.
> The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony. 2 and 3 p.m. April 3.
> Storytime tours: 2 p.m. April 4; 1 p.m. April 11.
> A Lasting Impression: 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 9, Glass Pavilion.
> The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed. 2 and 3 p.m. April 10.
> Tour and Tea: 2 p.m. April 11.
Art Hours: Would-be glass artists now can reserve spots in the TMA’s hour-long studio sessions. Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. $25. Reservations start the Tuesday before the class: (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448. toledomuseum.org.
> Flowers: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 2 and 9; 2 and 4 p.m. April 3.
> Pendants: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 9.
Young Artist’s Club: Students in grades one through six can take part in this drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking and computer art group. 2-3 p.m. April 10 and 24, Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. Registration: (419) 259-5310 or www.toledolibrary.org.
“Minimal Editions: Independent Poetry and Artists’ Books.” Items from Lucas County Poet Laureate Joel Lipman’s personal collection, including matchbook-sized works to collectors’ cards by R. Crumb, will be on display. Noon-8:30 Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, April 1-May 29, Toledo Lucas County Main Library humanities department, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.
Glass Olympics: Faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the country come together in a friendly competition and demonstration of glassblowing skills. 7-10 p.m. April 2, TMA’s Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Watercoloring: Beginners can learn how to draw and paint using these ethereal paints. 6-9 p.m. April 6, 13 and 27 and May 4, 11 and 25, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $60. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Early Spring Wildflowers Nature Shoot: Photographers will search out beginning blooms. 6 p.m. April 8, Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, Glendale Avenue parking lot. $15. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Local glass artists: Les Robertson. Workers in silicon-based media will be spotlighted. 7-10 p.m. April 9, TMA Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Photo Arts Club exhibit: The club’s annual photography contest winners and entries will be on display. Opening reception, 5 p.m. April 9; exhibition, Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events through May 2, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Meet Me at TMA: African art. The museum and Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter offer this pilot program, giving gallery peeks to those with mild memory loss and their companions. 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 10, from the museum’s Classic Court, 2445 Monroe St. Registration: (419) 537-1999.
Intergenerational Art Workshop: Beverly Domalski, a retired Toledo Public Schools art teacher, will help participants create holiday ornaments, papier mache, sculptures, multimedia collages and other projects. 10 a.m.-noon April 10, 17 and 24, Room 10, Mother Adelaide Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $47. Registration: (419) 824-3707 or www.lourdes.edu.
Naturalist’s Camera Club of Toledo: “Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.” Speakers, instruction and refreshments are the norm at these programs. 2 p.m. April 11, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Frogtown Froggy Museum: More than 300 amphibians are on display, as well as a “ribbit-ticklin’” activity room. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 136 N. Summit St., Suite 1A. Donations. (419) 944-8806 or www.frogtownfroggymuseum.webs.com.
Imagination Station: This children’s science museum handles some hefty topics in a manner appealing to the entire family. Visitors can take part in the Big Draw, which allows them to contribute to a 4-by-8-foot community artwork by drawing their favorite cartoons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays, Summit and Adams streets. $6.50-$8.50. (419) 244-2674 or imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Upcoming and ongoing programming
> “Animation”: Some of the Cartoon Network’s favorite characters will give visitors a peek inside the world of animation. Through May 2.
> “Wise About Eyes”: This exhibit is designed to educate kids (and adults) about ways to keep their eyes healthy and safe. Through June 27.
> Science Story Times: Trained team members will read an interactive story to children in the Little KIDSPACE Science Studio and help them make a related project to take home. Upcoming topics: Spring showers: “Kevin Discovers Spring” by Liesbet Slegers, through April 4; seed’s needs: “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle, April 6-11.
Saturday Chess Players: Players 12 and younger of any skill level can practice basic moves and learn some advanced strategy. 9-11 a.m. through May 29, children’s library, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 Michigan St. (419) 259-5207.
TMA Family Center programs: Hands-on art activities for children. Story time tours are offered so young visitors and their adult partners can see art related to the week’s theme (2 p.m. Sundays). Noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
> Landscape: April 1.
> Egg Carton Art: April 4, 6 and 8.
> Insect Art: April 11.
Dr. Seuss Day: Stories, movies and surprises will mark the birthday of the father of the Lorax, Horton and the Cat in the Hat. 3:45-4:30 p.m. April 1, Children’s Program Room, Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Road. (419) 259-5270 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Books with Appeal: Teens can get tips for picking perfect books for reading assignments. 4-5 p.m. April 1, Toledo Lucas County Main Library teen department, 325 N. Michigan St. Registration: (419) 259-5207 or www.toledolibrary.org.
It’s Art! Kindergarteners through fourth-graders can discover what they like to draw best. 4-5 p.m. April 1, South Branch Library general space, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Babysitting clinics: Potential au pairs and kiddie watchdogs 11 and older will learn how to handle emergencies, first aid and the unruliest of youngsters in this six-hour American Red Cross course. $30 registration. www.toledolibrary.org.
> 1-4 p.m. April 1-2, Meeting Room A, Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. (419) 878-3055.
> 1-4 p.m. April 6-7, Meeting Room B, Washington Branch Library, 5560 Harvest Lane. (419) 259-5330.
“Journey on the Underground Railroad”: The Way Public Library is an epicenter for a discussion about the early days of abolition and Ohio’s role in transporting slaves to freedom. A series of events are scheduled this month to cover the topic. 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
> “Beyond the River” by Ohio author Ann Hagedorn was chosen for a community read. Discussions about the book will be held at 7 p.m. April 1 and 19; 10 a.m. April 7; and 2 p.m. April 21.
> Hagedorn will speak about the book at 7 p.m. April 15.
> Lourdes College history department chairman Mary Stockwell will speak about the Underground Railroad in Ohio at 2 p.m. April 18.
> Local historian Judy Justus will talk on the evolution of the Underground Railroad as it moved into Ohio. 7 p.m. April 20.
> Patrick Johnson of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area will lead first- through fourth-graders in a hands-on program about the Underground Railroad in northwest Ohio. 4:30 p.m. April 22.
Tea in the Solarium: Welcome spring with tea, sandwiches and desserts with a view of Wildwood’s Shipman garden. Noon-3 April 2, Wildwood Preserve Metropark’s manor house, 5100 W. Central Ave. $7. Prepaid reservations available, but not required: (419) 490-1302. metroparkstoledo.com
Hawaiian luau: Kids 11-14 are invited to do their best hula, make flower leis and grass skirts and try some tropical treats. 2-4 p.m. April 2, Way Public Library Youth Activity Room, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Fun Fridays: Integration Yoga Studio promises a new kind of happy hour with short classes on a variety of topics. 4633 W. Bancroft St. $10 a day. (419) 266-9642 or www.integrationyogastudio.com.
> Adult African Dance with ALMA Dance & Drum: 6-7:15 p.m. April 2.
> Belly Dancing for Every Woman: 6-7:15 p.m. April 9.
Lil Timbers Kids Klub: Youngsters can get spring into the season with a bounce house, obstacle course, balloon animal artist and face-painter 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3, grass pad opposite Red Robin, Shops at Fallen Timbers (vacant space next to PF Chang’s if raining), 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
“Our Planet”: A look at how Earth interacts with the sun and moon. 1 p.m. April 3, 10, 17 and 24, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”: Kids can play the “Cheese Touch” game or win “Mom Bucks” at this party. 2-2:45 p.m. April 5, Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St. (419) 259-5303 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Toledo Area Humane Society spring camp: Kids 7-10 who like animals can tour the TAHS facility, participate in scavenger hunts and crafts, make dog treats and cat toys and play games. For ages. 10 a.m.-noon April 5-7, Toledo Area Humane Society, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. $50. Registration: (419) 482-7106 or www.toledoareahumanesociety.org.
Start! Walking Day: The American Heart Association is urging people to make walking a habit, starting with events on April 7. (419) 740-6172 or www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3073449.
> 9 a.m., Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St.
> Noon, Maritz Research, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee; Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg; Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee.
> 5:30 p.m., Fallen Timbers trail, Side Cut Metropark, 1025 River Road, Maumee.
Advanced Bird Study: Visitors will hone their visual and auditory identification skills. 7 p.m. April 8, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
“Dance, Dance Revolution”: Kids can get into the groove for this event. 4-5 p.m. April 8, South Branch Library, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Market Bag: Participants will make their own reusable fabric bags to shop with. 6-8 p.m. April 8, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $15. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Unveiling Africa: Food, dance, fashion and drama will spotlight the culture and heritage of Africa. Sponsored by UT’s African People’s Association. 6-9 p.m. April 9, Student Union Ingman Room, West Centennial Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $7-$10. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaming tournament: Kids 11-14 can test their “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Guitar Hero” and “MarioKart” skills against their peers. 2-4 p.m. April 9, Way Public Library Youth Activity Room, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Registration: (419) 874-3135 or wayteens.blogspot.com.
So You Want to Be a Rock Star: Teen “Rock Band” virtuosos can compete in an elimination tournament. 1-4 p.m. April 9-10, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. Registration: (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.
Radio Control Model Show: Weak Signals hobby group is sponsoring this expo, dedicate to aircraft, boats and cars of a smaller, but proportional, size. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9-10 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. $8. (419) 826-0444 or www.toledoshow.com.
Handmade Wool Felt Quilt Block: Beginning felt makers and quilters will learn how to make soft squares. 9 a.m.-noon April 10, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $50. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Summer Camp Fair 2010: Help kids ditch daytime TV for enriching experiences. Local organizations will offer peeks at their camp Toledo Area Parent Summer Camp Fair will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 244-9859.
Hearthside cooking class: If you thought working with an oven was hard, try cooking over open flames using 1812-era tools. You won’t take those microwave dinners for granted any more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. $30. Reservations: (800) 283-8916.
Bird Hike: “Bird lovers will enjoy these monthly outings to explore” the winged world. Binoculars and bird guides welcome. 8:30 a.m. April 10, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Trail Detectives: Kids 9-12 can help solve mysteries, following the trail of clues to the answers. 2 p.m. April 10, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Buehner Center porch, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $3. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Sunday Sampler: Visitors can try a different experience each week. 2 p.m. (unless noted), Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
> Trailblazers: North American Naturalists. 2 p.m. April 11.
Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Series: UT’s Asian Studies Institute is starting the API heritage party a little early; the official celebration starts in May. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-4677 or utoledo.edu.
> “The Joy Luck Club”: 4:30 p.m. March 31, Room 1040, Field House, West Centennial Drive.
> “Gran Torino” or “Whale Rider”: Noon April 14, Student Union television lounge, West Centennial Drive.
> “Chinese Places and Their Legends”: Noon April 20, Student Union television lounge, West Centennial Drive.
> “The Debut”: 7 p.m. April 27, Ground Level Coffeehouse, 2636 W. Central Ave.
Film FOCUS independent film festival: The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been spotlighting smaller films for 10 years now with this series. The films are unrated; organizers suggest them for adults only. 6:15 p.m. Mondays through April 12, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library’s McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. (419) 259-5285 or toledolibrary.org.
> “The Window”: Awaiting a visit from his estranged son, a man recalls his life; April 5.
“Freaks”: A trapeze artist plans to marry the side-show leader, but his friends discover she’s gold-digging in this cult classic, sponsored by UT’s Disability Studies Program. 6:30 p.m. April 6, Field House lecture hall (Room 2100), West Centennial Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-7245.
“Sitting Pretty”: Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara star with Clifton Webb who plays the fussy, sharp-tongued Mr. Belvedere, a babysitter in a gossip-laden town. 10 a.m. April 8, Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Bob Fosse Retrospective: UT will present five films by the noted choreographer. 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Lab Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3 donation. (419) 530-2375.
> “Star 80”: This movie centers on murdered Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten and the men who wanted to make her a star. April 9.
“Half Past Autumn”: This Gordon Parks retrospective also serves as a brief social history of America. 7:30 p.m. April 9, TMA’s Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”: This film features some of the greatest comedians of all time. 2 p.m. April 11, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $3. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
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.
> Rick Whited: April 1.
> Jeff Stewart & the 25s: April 2.
> Kentucky Chrome: April 3.
> Mud Hens’ opening day, featuring Jeff Stewart, Mas Fina: April 8.
> Mas Fina: April 9.
> Resonant Soul: April 10.
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.
> Brandon Duke: Wednesdays.
> River’s Edge: April 1.
> Coosters: April 2.
> Bush League: April 3.
> Polka Floyd: April 8.
> Chris Shutters: April 9.
> Crucial 420: April 10.
Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com.
> Acoustic Jam: 8-11 p.m. April 1.
> Josh Whitney: 8-11 p.m. April 2.
> Jamie Combs: 8-11 p.m. April 3.
> Troy Moore & Joe Howe: 8-11 p.m. April 10.
Caesars Windsor: 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.
> “Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding”: 7 p.m. April 2, $75.
> The Sounds of Motown: 2 and 8 p.m. April 8, $15.
> Don Rickles: 9 p.m. April 10, $25.
Degage Jazz Cafe: Signature drinks, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com.
> Brian Lang: Tuesdays.
> Gene Parker: Wednesdays.
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: March 31.
> The Bridges: April 1-3.
> Dave Carpenter: April 7.
> Nathan Cogan: April 8.
> Good Stuff Maynard: April 9-10.
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.
> Kristine Jackson: 9:30 p.m. April 2, $7.
> Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9:30 p.m. April 3, $7.
> East River Drive: April 9-10, $7.
Frankie’s: Toledo’s venue for rock. Tickets vary between $5 and $14, unless noted. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com.
> Kelly & Picciuto, WEe, the Matt Truman Ego Trip, the Infernal Names, Criss: 9 p.m. April 1, free.
> Killola, Sick of Sarah: 9 p.m. April 3.
> Holiday Parade, Goot, Backseat Goodbye, a Letter to You, the Icarus Account, Miles Before Sleep: 5 p.m. April 5.
> First Kiss Denial, Ocean of Deceit, the Fritz, Pink Toast: 5 p.m. April 9.
> Henry & June, Danny Kroha, Mark Porkchop Holder: 9 p.m. April 10.
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. April 7.
J. Patrick’s Restaurant & 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.
> Jackpot Band: April 2-3, 9-10.
> That Allie Girl: April 16-17.
> Logan Wells and Tim Tucker: April 23-24.
> Jackpot Band: April 30-May 1, May 7-8.
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.
> John Connally: 7 p.m. March 31.
> Tom & Kyle Turner: 6 p.m. April 1.
> Vytas & His Electric Outfit: April 2.
> Jeff Williams Group: April 3.
> Easter brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4.
> Quick Trio: 6 p.m. April 8.
> Frostbite: April 9.
> It’s Essential: April 10.
Mickey Finn’s: A variety of sounds to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights (no cover), 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 602 Lagrange St. $5-$7 cover. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com.
> John Savage: 9 p.m. April 1.
> Bike Tuff, Tons of Fun, City Yards: 9 p.m. April 2.
> JWC, Minglewood Laborcamp: 9 p.m. April 8.
> J.T. and the Clouds: 9 p.m. April 9.
> 60 Second Crush: 9 p.m. April 10.
Murphy’s Place: Jazz @@ straight, smooth, bebop or traditional @@ all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www.murphysplacejazz.com.
> Vocalists’ show: 9 p.m. April 2, $6.
> Glenda McFarlin: 9 p.m. April 3, $8.
Omni: This Toledo club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com.
> Stranglehold (Ted Nugent tribute), Puppetshow (Rush tribute): 7:30 p.m. April 9, $7.
Ottawa Tavern: Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com.
> HotChaCha, Fangs Out: 10 p.m. April 2.
> Monolithic Cloud Parade, Carradine: 10 p.m. April 3.
> Soldierside: 10 p.m. April 9.
> Ornery Little Darlings, Fangs Out: 10 p.m. April 10.
Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-8165 or www.pizzapapalis.com.
> Jason Hudson: 7 p.m. April 1.
> Jeremy Wheeler: April 2.
> Jeff Stewart: April 3.
> Mud Hens opening day: Kyle White, 1-5 p.m. April 8; Gin Bunny, 5-midnight.
> Gin Bunny: April 9-10.
> Jeff Stewart: April 3, 15.
> Brynn & Emma: April 16-17.
> Kyle White: April 22.
> Boffo: April 23-24.
The Village Idiot: 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.
> The MacPodz: April 1.
> Mojo Flow, Stretch Lefty: April 2.
> One Under: April 3.
> Theo Katzman Band: April 8.
> Soundhound: April 9.
> Hullaballo: April 10.
Stations of the Cross: The community is invited to take a symbolic walk with Christ on the Via Dolorosa, with accompaniment by the Canterbury Choir, for Good Friday. 7 p.m. April 2, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza. (419) 246-8732 or www.trinitytoledo.org.
Club Friday: Quartet Bernadette. Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 2, Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Mas Fina: April 2-3, Michigan Tavern, 1680 Smith Road, Temperance, Mich. (734) 847-6105.
Ralph Stanley II: You could call him a bluegrass legacy, with his inheritance an education learned at his father’s side; with Marion Blue. 7 p.m. April 3, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. $15. (419) 897-8902 or www.glasscityopry.com.
UT Latin Jazz & Vocalstra Concert: Rhythmic beats meet vocalese. 8 p.m. April 5, UT’s Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3-$5. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music
Scholars of a Different Note: DMA Trio. This concert series features BGSU vocal and instrumental music students. 7:30 p.m. April 6, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
UT Festival of New Music: The latest music for choral and orchestral media will be explored and celebrated in this annual event. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music.
> Chorale, Wind, Orchestra: 8 p.m. April 6, Doermann Theatre, University Hall.
> New Music Ensemble: 8 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive.
> Guest composer Paul Schoenfield: Meet the composer reception, 7 p.m. April 8; concert, 8, Center for Performing Arts recital hall.
> Electronic music performance: 8 p.m. April 9, Center for Performing Arts recital hall.
Toledo Elvis Festival: Robert Rosencrantz, Leo Days, Phillip Bauer, Jordan Ter Doest, Nick Gutierrez and the Roustabout Show Band will pay tribute to the King. To benefit Honorflight Northwest Ohio. 2 p.m. April 10, Civic Centre Promenade, 237 S. Erie St. $20-$50. (419) 727-5847, (419) 343-5157 or www.elvissweetspirit.com.
All Amadeus: The Toledo Symphony’s Mozart & More series concludes with the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 39. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $29-$33. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Chamber Music Toledo: The Tecumseh Piano Trio will perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich and more. 3 p.m. April 11, First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. $1-$15. (419) 246-8000 or www.chambermusictoledo.org.
TMA Faculty Artist Series: La Belle Musique de France. Instructors, professors and students from UT will perform music from operas. 3 p.m. April 11, Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Glass City Rollers: Toledo’s flat-track roller derby team will take on the Steel City Derby Demons B-Unit from Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. April 3, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. $11. (419) 255-3300 or www.glasscityrollers.com.
Walk MS: Get out your sneakers and support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It could improve your health and that of those with the neuromuscular disease. 8 a.m. April 11, UT Health Education Building, on Stadium Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 897-9533 or www.nationalmssociety.org/oho.
Hop to It: Kids can get in a word with the Big Bunny at this photo opportunity. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. $20-$49. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark.
Bunny Storytime: Kids 4-12 can hop in for bunny stories and crafts to take home. 4-5 p.m. March 31, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283 or www.toledolibrary.org.
“Come, Touch the Robe”: This Easter musical details the meaning Christ had for those who were with him during his last days on Earth. 7 p.m. April 2, Garden Park Christian Church, 8605 Salisbury Road, Monclova. (419) 868-7700 or www.gardenpark.org.
Animal Egg Hunt: The Easter Bunny will stop at the zoo on Good Friday, leaving special treats for the zoo animals to find. 10:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. April 2, Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org.
“The Spring Skies Over Toledo”: Amateur star-gazers can learn what they’re looking at in this program about constellations, planets and associated mythologies. 7:30 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
Springtime Geocache Egg Hunt: The traditional springtime search goes high-tech. Finishers will be rewarded. 1-3 p.m. April 3, Buehner Center porch, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $3. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Easter Egg Roll: Kids 3-10 who bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs can participate in this White House holiday tradition started by President Rutherford B. Hayes. An egg-decorating contest, balloons and visits with the Easter bunny are planned, too. 2-3:30 p.m. April 3, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Breakfast with the Bunny: Live music and giveaways, plus pancakes with Peter Cottontail. 8:30 and 10 a.m. April 3, Granite City, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. $7. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Springtacular kids’ event: Stories, music and crafts and a spring parade. 11 a.m. April 3, Borders, 5001 Monroe St. (Sylvania Avenue side of Westfield Franklin Park). (419) 474-3704.
Easter egg hunt: 2 p.m. April 3, The Andersons, 3725 Williston Road, Northwood, (419) 698-8400.
Easter Bunny Breakfast/Lunch & Hayride: Kids can dine with King Coney, then take a hayride with him to his egg patch, where finds will be rewarded. Farm animals will be available for petting, too. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Road, Genoa. $7-$8. (419) 461-1298 or countrylanetreefarm.com.
Library Egg Hunt: Children can share stories and songs and do the traditional seasonal search. 10-10:30 a.m. (ages 2-3) and 10:45-11:15 a.m. (ages 4-5) April 3, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. Tickets, available March 27, are required. (419) 259-5250.
Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m.-noon April 4, Armory Church, 3319 Nebraska Ave. (419) 537-9736 or www.thearmorychurch.org.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train: The Cheatum brothers must deal with their haunted inheritance in “Ded & Breakfast.” 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Blissfield Old Road Dinner Train’s depot, 301 E. Adrian St., Blissfield, Mich. $70. (888) 467-2451 or www.murdermysterytrain.com.
Connxtions Comedy Club: Comedians bring their best yuks for your amusement. 5319 Heatherdowns Blvd. $10-$15 (unless noted otherwise). (419) 867-9041 or www.connxtionscomedyclub.com.
> The Stagebenders: 8 p.m. March 31-April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2-3; 7 p.m. April 4.
> Mike Lukas: 8 p.m. April 7-8; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9-10; 7 p.m. April 11.
Funny Bone: Some of the nation’s best comics offer their best schtick on this local stage. 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or www.funnybonefatfishtoledo.com.
> Alex Ortiz: 7 p.m. March 31; 7 p.m. April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2; 7 and 10 p.m. April 3, $14-$16.
> Chili’s Comedy Dojo graduation show: 7:30 p.m. April 7. $5.
> Larry Reeb: 7 p.m. April 8 and 11; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9; 7 and 10 p.m. April 10, $12-$14.
“Wicked”: This alternate tale of what happened in Oz details the lives of two witches (and friends) with different agendas. 8 p.m. March 31, April 6-10 and 13-17; 2 p.m. April 1, 10-11, 17-18; and 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 18, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $40-$125. (419) 381-8851, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dance-O-Rama: Toledo School for the Arts students will dance for dough (and fun) during this fifth annual fundraiser. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. (419) 246-8732, ext. 217, or www.ts4arts.org.
“And the Winner Is …”: Mitch Albom wrote this play about a narcissistic movie star who dies the night before the Oscar ceremony. Determined to know if he wins, he bargains to return to Earth for the big night. 7:30 p.m. April 8-10 and 3 p.m. April 11, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. $10-$12. (567) 661-2787, (800) 466-9367, ext. 2787, or www.owens.edu/arts/.
“Creation/Doomsday”: UT’s theater department will present an excerpt from a collection of biblical stories written in rhyming verse and performed in the town of Chester, England, between the 14th and 16th centuries. 7-7:30 p.m. April 9, TMA Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Festival of One Acts: The Lourdes College Drama Society will produce a handful of short plays, including “1-900-Desperate,” “The Tooth Hurts” and “Name That Neurotoxin.” 7 p.m. April 9-10 and 2 p.m. April 11, Ebeid Student Center, Delp Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $5. (419) 517-8881 or www.lourdes.edu/dramasociety.
Liza and Judy, Together Again: Suzanne Goulet and Denise Rose bring as Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland, respectively, back to life in this two-woman cabaret. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $10-$40. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
BOWLING GREEN and surrounding area
Cla-Zel Theater: This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net.
> Stacy Mitchhart: 7 p.m. April 9, $8-$10.
> Werkadosio: Papadosio and The Werks: 11 p.m. April 9, $10-$12.
Faculty Artist Series: BGSU’s instructors, professors and musicians perform. Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
> Faculty Scholar Series. 8 p.m. March 31.
Gish Film Theater: Named in memory of Dorothy and Lillian Gish, this theater hosts screenings of international and arthouse movies and matinees of popular films of the past. BGSU’s Hanna Hall, East Wooster Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-4474 or www.bgsu.edu/gish.
> “After the End of the World”: The world of an ethnic melting pot is disrupted by political changes. 7:30 p.m. April 1.
> “The Outlaw”: This Western, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jane Russell, takes on the legend of Billy the Kid. 3 p.m. April 4.
> “Sita Sings the Blues”: Animation, film genres, eras, jazz music and more are combined in this revision of the Eastern story of Prince Rama and his faithful wife Sita as their love is tested. 7:30 p.m. April 6.
Howard’s Club H: Bowling Green comes alive at this venue for rock and more. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-3195 or www.howardsclubh.com.
> G.C.C., Vocal Response Unit, Years of Resistance, Wretches, Catatrophic Manifestation: March 31.
> April Fool’s Show, featuring Straight to the Withdrawal, Divine Lemons, Killbot Zero, Resonant Soul: April 1.
> Straight to the Withdrawal, Resonant Soul, Downtown Brown, Extra! Extra!, Crotchet Catpause: April 2.
> Limelightz: April 3.
> Dog Lords, Black Mac, the Wobblies: April 7.
> Simple 7 Speed, the Moment, Every You, the Summer Highlight, Kids in the Making, Vocal Response Unit: April 8.
> Lightweight Slams, Drenalin, I Phonic: April 9.
> Rod’s Collision: April 10.
> She Dances benefit: 4-8 p.m. April 11.
BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition: Art students’ culminating work will be displayed. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, BGSU School of Art, between Ridge and Wooster streets, and Bowen-Thompson Student Union Gallery, Ridge Street and North College Drive, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525 or art.bgsu.edu/galleries.
BGSU guest artists: Violinist Spyros Gikontis and pianist Vasile Beluska, guest artists from Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, will present free recitals featuring works by Dinos Konstandinides, Alkis Baltsa and more. 8 p.m. April 3, Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
Melissa Fraterrigo: This BGSU creative writing graduate and winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award and Sam Adams/Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest will read from her fiction. 7:30 p.m. April 1, Prout Chapel, off Thurston Avenue, BGSU, Bowling Green. (419) 372-7543 or www.bgsu.edu/departments/english.
“The Wright Way to Fly”: A multimedia show about how Ohio’s native brothers invented the airplane. 8 p.m. April 2, BGSU Planetarium, Room 112, Physical Sciences Lab Building, near North College Drive and East Merry Avenue, Bowling Green. $1. (419) 372-8666 or physics.bgsu.edu/planetarium.
John Barnes: This artist will display his watercolors. Reception: 5-7 p.m. April 2; exhibition: 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, April 2-30, Arts in Common Gallery, South Main School, 437 S. Main St., Bowling Green. www.artsincommon.org.
Wood County Historical Center & Museum spring opening: Check out this rural jewel’s new exhibits, including the local version of the Smithsonian’s “Between Fences” show about community boundaries, and tour the museum and buildings to see blacksmith forge demonstrations and historic equipment. Open at 1 p.m. April 3; regular hours, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. weekends (closed holidays), Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $1-$4. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Ning Yu: This BGSU guest artist will perform works by Debussy and more on the piano. 2 p.m. April 3, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
Early Music Ensemble: This group will be directed by Dr. Mary Natvig. 8 p.m. April 6, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
New Music Ensemble: Kenneth Thompson will direct this group, which focuses on current works. 8 p.m. April 7, Kobacker Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
A Day with Morton Feldman: This tribute will feature concerts and presentations about the music of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. 2:30 p.m. April 10, Bryan Recital Hall; 8 p.m. April 10, Kobacker Hall, both in BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/music/MACCM.
“Between Fences”: A program about fences and boundaries within communities will be followed by peek at the Smithsonian traveling exhibit of the same name and tea. 2 p.m. April 8, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $3-$12. Reservations: (419) 352-0967. www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Brown Bag Music Series: Digest with the aid of musical accompaniment, provided by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department and the BGSU College of Musical Arts. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9, Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. www.bgohio.org.
“Between Fences” Smithsonian exhibit: The exhibit looks at fences, both physical and figurative, and its representation as a division of race, culture or class. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. weekends (closed holidays), April 9-May 7, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $4 donation. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Elixir: This band “re-invents music of 1800s America into unique arrangements.” 7:30 p.m. April 10, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $10. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
“The Coronation of Poppea”: The Bowling Green Opera Theater will present Monteverdi’s work about an ambitious courtesan. 3 p.m. April 11, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. $9-$12. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
ANN ARBOR and surrounding area
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase: Humor, wit and the funny arts are practiced here. 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $8-$14. (734) 996-9080 or www.aacomedy.com.
> Chili Challis: 8 p.m. April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2-3.
> Moshe Kasher: 8 p.m. April 8; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9-10.
The Ark: This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts, as well as folk, bluegrass and acoustic acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org.
> Bitch: 8 p.m. March 31, $15.
> California Guitar Trio: 8 p.m. April 1, $25.
> Steppin’ in It, Rachael Davis: 8 p.m. April 2, $15.
> The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. April 3, $ 11.
> Steve Poltz: 8 p.m. April 5, $12.50.
> Leon Redbone: 8 p.m. April 6, $25.
> The Low Anthem: 8 p.m. April 7, $13.50.
> Patty Larkin: 8 p.m. April 8, $20.
> Mason Jennings: 8 p.m. April 9, $25.
> Mr. B’s Piano Celebration with Bob Seeley: 7:30 p.m. April 10-11, $25.
Blind Pig: A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $3-$20. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com.
> Jedi Mind Tricks, MC Kadence, Chill Will: 9:30 p.m. March 31.
> One.Be.Lo: 9:30 p.m. April 1.
> Ann Arbor Soul Club, Robert Wells, Brad Hales: 9:30 p.m. April 2.
> The Macpodz, Laith al-Saadi, John Sinclair, Papadosio, Tree City, Abigail Stauffer and Wolfie Geske: 8 p.m. April 3.
> Japandroids, Bear in Heaven: 9 p.m. April 5.
> The Bivbergs, Amateur Anthropologists, Heartbreak Dallas & the Unfaithfuls: 9:30 p.m. April 7.
> Mission of Burma, Chapstik: 9:30 p.m. April 8.
> Groove Spoon, Bodytalk: 9 p.m. April 9.
> Boombox, Jeremiah the Bullfrog: 9 p.m. April 10.
Elbow Room: This college-town hot spot features garage rockers, indie bands and musicians of all kinds. 6 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. (734) 483-6374 or www.ypsielbow.com.
> Nathan K, Morseville Bridge, Chris Bathgate: 10 p.m. April 2, $5.
> The Apex Predator, Idol and the Whip, Hellen Keller: 10 p.m. April 3, $5.
> Todd Osborn: 10 p.m. April 4 and 11, free.
> Laith al-Saadi: 10:30 p.m. April 5, free.
> The Juliets, Ornery Little Darlings, Gun Lake: 10 p.m. April 9, $5.
> Drunken Barn Dance, Greg McIntosh: 10 p.m. April 10, $5.
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library exhibitions and events: The University of Michigan’s primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences hosts a variety of artwork, speeches and displays. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays, 913 S. University St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 615-5783 or www.lib.umich.edu.
> “A History of the Bible From Ancient Papyri to King James”: This exhibit follows the word of God from its written start to the 1611 version. Through March 31, Audubon Room.
> “The Ghost Army”: Learn about this Army unit, consisting many of inflatable tanks and sound effects completed its June 1944 mission in Normandy without firing a shot. Through May 4, Room 100/Gallery.
> Sukhee Ryu reading: This Korea Foundation Creative Arts fellow will read from her short story collection. 4-5 p.m. March 31, Gallery/Room 100.
> “A World Without Ice”: Authors Henry Pollack and Richard Rood will discuss their book about the why ice matters. 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 14, Gallery/Room 100.
Hollander’s cooking classes: Traditionally thought of as a paper source, the owners have recently started making culinary offerings as well. Kerrytown Shops, 410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $15, unless otherwise noted. (734) 741-7531 or www.hollanders.com.
> Asparagus with proscuitto and spinach pie: 1 p.m. March 31.
> Brussels bistro cooking: Noon April 7.
> Wine-poached pears: 1 p.m. April 11.
Kerrytown Concert House: This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com.
> Adam Unsworth: 8 p.m. April 2, $5-$25.
> Susan Chastain: 7 and 9 p.m. April 3, $10-$30.
> Ryan Fogg: 8 p.m. April 5, $5-$25.
> Mad About Chamber Music: 8 p.m. April 6, free.
> Loop 2.4.3: 8 p.m. April 10, $5-$25.
> Gebhard Ullmann Clarinet Trio: 7:30 p.m. April 11, $5-$25.
Michigan Theater: This Ann Arbor cinematic epicenter shows arthouse fare, mainstream movies and special attractions, as well as hosts concerts and other performances. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mich. $7-$12.50, unless noted otherwise. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463 or www.michtheater.org.
> “Concrete, Steel & Paint”: A prison art class collaborates with crime victims of crime to design a mural, and their views on punishment and forgiveness collide. 7 p.m. March 31.
> “Killing Me Loudly: On the Abdication of the ‘King’ of Instruments.” Grammy-nominated virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter: 5 p.m. April 1, free.
> Cheech & Chong @@ Get It Legal: 8 p.m. April 3, $39.50-$49.50.
> “Avenue Q”: 7:30 p.m. April 5, $25-$65. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
> “Kind of a Big Deal”: 7 p.m. April 6, free. www.umuac.org/m-aginationfilms/
> Broken Social Scene: 7:30 p.m. April 7, $24-$27. (734) 763-8587 or www.ticketmaster.com.
> “From Design to Design Thinking” by Tim Brown: 5 p.m. April 8, free.
> Bust a Groove: 7:30 p.m. April 9, $5-$8. (734) 763-1107 or www.umuac.org.
> “New Muslim Cool”: 2 p.m. April 10, free. (734) 764-0350 or www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/.
> Baaba Maal, NOMO: 8 p.m. April 10, $18-$42. (734) 764-2538 or www.ums.org.
> Banff Mountain Film Festival: 7 p.m. April 11, $10-$15 adults. (734) 763-8587, www.ticketmaster.com or www.recsports.umich.edu/outdooradv/.
University of Michigan Museum of Art: This museum has the largest collection of Asian art in Michigan. 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 763-8662 or www.umma.umich.edu.
> “UMMA Projects: Cory Arcangel.” This artist gained acclaim for reworking obsolete video game systems, and his techniques have grown to encompass imagery and sound from popular culture. Through April 11.
> “Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century.” This artist was a practitioner of the ancient style of Chinese painting. Through April 18.
> “An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.” This exhibit showcases one ordinary couple’s devotion to the aesthetic. The reference library and postal service employee devoted half of their income to their collection, which includes conceptual and minimal art. Through May 2.
Zingerman’s Creamery: Tours are offered regularly and classes cover a variety of dairy topics. 3723 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 929-0500 or www.zingermanscreamery.com.
> Mozzarella class: Learn how to make fresh pizza cheese from milk or curd. Noon-2 Saturdays through May, $45.
> Tours: Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis explains how the creamery makes artisan cheeses and old-fashioned Italian ice cream. 2 p.m. Sundays, $5 (attendees will receive $5 coupons to spend in the Cheese Shop).
“WSG Invites Family and Friends”: This exhibition focused on 16 artists, who then each asked a creative friend to also display their works. Noon-10 April 1-3, WSG Gallery, 306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 761-2287 or www.wsg-art.com.
The Healing Garden: Spring pops out at this interactive display that features the scents, colors, textures and forms of the world’s seasonal rebirth. Visitors can learn about the benefits of exercise, meditation and close contact with nature. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays through April 4, UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. $2-$5. (734) 647-7600 or www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/.
“About Face”: A baker’s dozen of artists present an exhibition of portraits of friends, family and community members who posed in street clothes or period costumes, with a variety of interpretations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through April 10, Side Door Gallery, inside the Dexter Picture Frame Co., 8063 Main St., Dexter, Mich. (734) 426-1581 or www.thesidedoorgallery.com.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: A floral shop assistant discovers an unusual (and carnivorous) plant in this musical. 8 p.m. April 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and April 29-May 1; 2 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2 and 9; 3 p.m. April 17 and May 1, Performance Network, 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, Mich. $10-$44. (734) 663-0681 or www.performancenetwork.org.
“Jesus Christ Superstar”: A new prophet, with his rapid rise to acclaim, has his haters in this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. 7 p.m. April 1, 8; 8 p.m. April 2, 9, 16; 3 and 8 p.m. April 3, 10, 17; 3 and 7 p.m. April 15; 3 p.m. April 11 and 18, Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter, Mich. $32-$38. (734) 268-6200 or www.theencoretheatre.org.
I had the honor of witnessing a “thank you” party held outside Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s offices to show appreciation for her vote in favor of the President’s health care reform legislation. Several things struck me about the event.
One was the attendance. With the qualifier that I’m a horrible estimator of crowds, there were perhaps one hundred to two hundred people present, gathered around a podium from which various speakers lavished their praise on Ms. Kaptur. If this had such massive popular support as some have alleged, where were the cheering masses?
Many participants held identical signs that had obviously been mass-produced somewhere. The signs at protests prior to the reform’s passage were all unique. A minor point, to be sure, until we remember the absurd allegations that anti-reform protests are bankrolled by the insurance industry. I’m still waiting for my insurer to get that message, but there was a much more evidence that this event was bankrolled by some corporation.
Then there was the police presence. Bicycle cops were on hand, and several squad cars and a paddy wagon were parked down Water Street. While I was appreciative as always for their presence, why were they on hand? Did the organizers really think protestors would be disruptive and violent? Evidently no one expected just one man standing silently on the sidewalk outside the rally and holding a simple, non-inflammatory sign and an American flag.
But the most thought-provoking aspect came at the end. As the rally wound down, one of the participants came and stood next to me, holding one of their mass-produced, corporately-paid-for thank-you signs. As others exited, he called to them, without a lot of enthusiasm, “We won!”
Yes, they won a horribly divisive legislative and ideological battle. But I’ll ask here what, for the sake of avoiding confrontation, I didn’t ask then: Won what, at what price?
Massive increases in government power. It’s as simple as this: The legislation significantly expands government control over the economy and the people. Otherwise, it is meaningless, because it cannot be enforced without such expansion. Reform supporters consider greater government power at the expense of the people a victory.
Higher taxes. Along with Medicare cuts, the reforms are paid for by taxes on everything from medical devices to suntans. While the purported benefits are years away, the taxes are being implemented now, during an ongoing recession, in defiance of all economic common sense. Yet reform supporters think these higher taxes, and the damage they will do to the economy, a victory.
And what was, or will be, lost?
Constitutional restraint on the government. Congress and the President do not care that the reforms are beyond the limits the Constitution places on the federal government. In the words of Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Florida), they simply make it up as they go, and never mind the law of the land. Fine with reform supporters.
Jobs. Already, major corporations are predicting tremendous financial losses thanks to the reforms. When businesses lose money, be it to taxes or foolish economic policy, employees lose jobs – regardless of the President’s promise that unemployment would not exceed eight percent if the Porkulus were passed. Now, we’re told to expect perpetual double-digit unemployment, thanks likely to health care demolition.
Trust. From false data given to the Congressional Budget Office to the absurdity of benefits not being available for four years even though supporters were hyped to expect great things now, the legislation was and is being promoted on a web of deceit. As morbid as it may be: How many reform supporters will die of ill health before the purported benefits they so avidly demanded finally kick in?
And what was the price of victory? Liberty. As government power increases, liberty decreases. Here is the ultimate betrayal of trust between the people and their government: The government so dazzles the people with promises of glory and good that the people are blind to the shackles being slowly and subtly slipped around them.
At the end, a young boy was romping about and waving an American flag, perhaps mimicking me. As I watched him, I remembered the story of Pyrrhus. A great strategist, he led the Greeks into battle with Rome at Heraclea and Asculum. He won the battles, but at such dreadful price that he said, “One more such victory, and I am lost.”
One more such victory as this by Pyrrhus Obama and his army, and our Republic is lost. Not just to me, but to this young man and those who follow him. How horribly ironic, since this reform was purportedly for the sake of children – who, in a fell omen of what has been done to our country, were excluded from the reforms as passed.
Thomas Berry, for the Children of Liberty.
COLUMBUS — Top-ranked Newark Catholic rolled past Ottawa Hills 48-36 in today’s OHSAA Division IV boys basketball state semifinal at Value City Arena before 11, 236.
“They did a nice job setting screens, they had a great defensive effort, good hustling. They hit their shots and outplayed us in every aspect,” said Green Bears coach John Lindsay.
The Green Bears ended their deepest tourney run since 1942 with a 24-2 mark.
Nate Adams scored nine points, grabbed a game high 11 rebounds and swatted back six shots, Matt Dawson led the Green Wave (25-1) with 11 points and James Moerman added 10 while doing a fantastic job covering Green Bears All-Ohio second team point guard Eliot Browarsky.
Browarsky managed just eight points, six of them coming in the final quarter after Newark already controlled the outcome. He dished out six assists.
“Getting after Dawson in practice all week helped me get after (Browarsky) today,” said Moerman.
Freshman Lucas Janowicz paced OH with nine points as the Green Bears shot poorly from the floor at 34.1 percent (14-41) . From three point land they were 1 for 12 for 8.3 percent. JJ Buckey canned the lone trey with 3:21 to go in the third to snap the team’s 0 for 9 start.
“For us to get this game we would have had to shoot better than we shot [today],” said Lindsay.
“They did a nice job of taking care of the ball and not letting us make a run.”
The 6-4 Adams frustrated OH on the offensive glass in the first half and the Green Wave overall drilled five treys as four different players scored at least nine points for NC.
Dawson, an first team All-Ohio selection, scored all 11 of his in Newark’s impressive second half which allowed the Green Wave to pull away after leading just 18-15 at halftime.
“When our shots aren’t falling we rely on our defense,” said Dawson.
“Two things that helped us win was our defense and our unselfishness with the ball.”
By the end of the third quarter Newark Catholic owned a 34-24 tilt and an 11-2 run initiated late in the third had the Green Wave cruising 42-26 with less than six minutes to play.
NC also owned a decided advantage at the charity stripe, getting 24 opportunities and sinking 15 while OH nailed seven of 10 FT.
Buckey finished the day with six points and junior 6-2 post Andrew Jamieson felt the presence of Newark’s height and strength inside as he struggled to collect five points.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries has served the needy since 1947 and Easter will be no different.
“Anyone can come to us for a meal, anytime,” said Dan Rogers, president and CEO of the mission.
The Mission serves an average of 722 meals a day, and is expecting more than 1,000 people on Easter Sunday according to Rogers. This number is based on the number of meals served in January and February. In two months, the average has increased 6 percent from 2009.
Given the state of the economy, the increase is no surprise. 2008 brought a 51 percent increase from 2006.
“We’re now in our sixth quarter of a downturned economy… and food service has grown exponentially,” Rogers said. “Forty percent of our meals are going to families that we’re not serving in any other way. We literally have men and women and families in their own apartments and in their own homes, coming to Cherry Street for meals.”
Because the mission does not receive government funding, the organization relies on community support.
“I honestly have not seen a decline in volunteer participation however we have seen somewhat of a decline in monetary donations, which has put us in a really tough spot because we’re serving more people,” said Roz Goodwin, director of community service.
The mission is still in need of volunteers as well as donations of cheddar cheese, carrots, desserts, dinner rolls, ham, macaroni shells and milk for Easter. The shelter is also in need of beef or pork roasts, hot dogs, hot dog buns and turkey. Gift cards to area grocery stores are appreciated.
On Easter, the Good Samaritan Outreach Center located at 1108 Broadway St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Madison Food Service & Community Center located at 1919 Madison Ave., will be open from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., serving three meals. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m., a large traditional Easter lunch will be served from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a light dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pastor Chris Rowell will host an Easter service at 2:30 p.m.
Three meals will also be served at the Sparrow’s Nest and The Oaks, but the meals served at the women’s shelters are only for the guests and their loved ones. For information on volunteering, contact Roz Goodwin at (419) 242-5141, ext. 241.
The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) recommended $103.2 million in new state funding to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for highway improvements in 2010, including four major projects in Northwest Ohio.
TRAC recommended a total of $12.6 million for four major highway projects that could begin in this region in 2010, according to list released by ODOT on March 19.
“It’s great news for Northwest Ohio to get funding for these projects,” said David Dysard, deputy director of ODOT District 2, at the Transportation Summit hosted by Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) March 19 in Toledo.
All four proposed projects are in the preliminary engineering and design stages at this time, according to Theresa Pollick, spokeswoman for ODOT District 2. Final approval of the recommendations by ODOT is expected in May.
Pollick said it’s important to get approval of state funds to begin work on the initial stages of these major highway projects in Lucas and Wood counties.
If it’s approved, ODOT would allocate $5 million toward the planning and design of modifications to the interchange at I-475, US-23 and Central Avenue. The total project could cost an estimated $61 million to complete, according to ODOT.
Another $3.5 million would fund the engineering and design work for the widening of I-75 from Lagrange Street to the I-280 interchange in North Toledo. That project could cost an estimated $44.6 million.
Two other major projects in Wood County were included in the recommendations to ODOT.
TRAC recommended $2 million to fund the planning to add a third lane in each direction of I-75 from Perrysburg to Findlay to accommodate increased traffic on that interstate. The total cost of that project is estimated at $363 million upon completion.
Another $2 million would fund the planning to create a new connection of state Route 18 with I-75 to accommodate CSX Railroad’s national gateway project in North Baltimore. The highway project is expected to cost $18 million.
The CSX National Gateway Intermodal Terminal is a $175 million project designed to create an intermodal facility that will be one of three national freight hubs for rail and trucks, according to TMACOG.
“Intermodal freight needs improvements to the transportation infrastructure to make sure we’re able to take advantage of opportunities in the future,” said Richard Martinko, director of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the UT.
TRAC, an independent committee, assists ODOT in selecting its largest investments in highway construction projects. TRAC recommended more than $2.5 billion of ODOT funding for its Major New Construction Program from 2010 to 2014.
“We are building our state for the future,” ODOT Director Jolene Molitoris, who also chairs the nine-member TRAC, stated in a press release. “These recommendations reflect Gov. Strickland’s focus on creating jobs and positioning Ohio to compete in the global economy.”
ODOT District 2 is scheduled to receive $170 million in transportation investments in 2010 as part of the state’s “Fix It First” program, Dysard said. ODOT receives most of the funding for its operations and highway construction from the state gasoline tax.
“We’re operating more efficiently by tightening our belts to put more money into projects.” said Dysard.
ODOT District 2 has 48 highway construction projects scheduled for work in 2010 which will be a “record year for us,” Pollick said. The highway projects will be outlined early next month.
One of the district’s largest highway projects is the $168 million realignment and reconstruction of 21.46 miles of state Route 24 between Maumee and Napoleon.
The project is part of the conversion of the two-lane road into a four-lane highway from Toledo to the Indiana line.
Work began on Route 24 in May 2008 and the road is scheduled to open in July 2012, said Pollick. The remainder of that project from Napoleon to the Indiana line is being handled by ODOT District 1.
“It’s not just highways. It’s about the overall transportation system to move goods and people by multiple modes across the state and country,” Dysard said at the local summit.
“We need to invest in rail, passenger rail and alternative energy projects for Ohio to be competitive.”
Dysard said DOT District 2 will complete its first solar installation on I-280 and its first wind turbine on state Route 2 in Ottawa County this year.
I have an affinity for men and women who are unafraid to stand up, point to a wrong, and say, “This is wrong.”
Think about Frank Serpico, who battled police corruption, and Jeffrey Wigand, who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry. It is a line of American bravery that extends back to Thomas Paine and runs through Upton Sinclair, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and beyond. Such people, who risk careers, reputations and lives, who surmount peer pressure and self-preservation instincts to protect others, are heroes.
Fred Kutz does not stand among these people, and he is no hero.
Kutz’s March 22 last-hour, grandstanding appeal has delayed a private business’s plans to demolish a building on its property. Kutz will cost taxpayers and the community’s most vulnerable citizens an inestimable amount of money at a time when every dollar is a crucial thread in the rope of solvency.
It is every person’s right — duty — to stand up and question government, challenge authority and protect the greater good. But when that gambit is played without education, without information, without knowledge, the results will miserably affect lives well beyond the intentions of the wannabe activist.
In other words, there is a universe of difference between Karen Silkwood and Opal Covey, and the intellect incapable of immediately intuiting that contrast is the fabled bull in the China shop of society.
On March 22, Kutz filed the only appeal to the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commission that challenged the commission’s March 11 vote (3-2) to allow United Way of Greater Toledo to demolish the abandoned building that sits on its Downtown campus.
Kutz said he has not toured the dilapidated building to learn of its condition. Kutz has not met with United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson to learn about the organization’s needs and plans. Nor has Kutz, according to United Way officials, ever met with any United Way representative at any time to learn about the agency’s goals and the consequences of maintaining its former headquarters. Kutz did not, in the nearly two dozen letters to the editor published in The Blade, ever once reference United Way in any context or offer any solution or ideas.
Yet on March 22, Kutz took it upon himself to throw a lone monkey wrench in United Way’s plans to free itself from the costly burden of the damaged building. Why?
Kutz told Toledo Free Press he “read about the 4:45 p.m. deadline in The Blade,” and he “saw no one else stepping-up.”
Well, sir, maybe that’s because unlike you, all of the principals involved have been educated and made intelligent decisions. This particular metaphorical seesaw has, on one side, the United Way Board of Trustees (some of the greatest philanthropic minds in the city), the United Way president and CEO, the Stranahan family (which funded the building), Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, the majority of Toledo City Council, the Plan Commission, the majority of the Lucas County commissioners, the Historic Commission, and, less importantly but notably, media pundits from WTOL-TV, WSPD and Toledo Free Press. On the other side of the seesaw, their feet dangling way up in the air, are the anonymous editorial writers at The Blade and Kutz.
It is frightening that Kutz, who has unsuccessfully sought several public offices, apparently did no more research on this topic than it took to parrot a March 22 Blade editorial, “No rush for the wrecking ball.”
In his interview with Toledo Free Press, Kutz regurgitated several Blade talking points, including comparing United Way’s quest to the recent troubles faced by the YMCA/JCC, worrying the property will be sold to a developer for “big bucks,” contesting the Plan Commission vote because it was “close” and questioning the “sensitivity” of the charity. He also made the statement that “public funding is involved,” when that is absolutely untrue.
Sing to the choir
And what about the March 22 editorial that Kutz hitched his wagon to?
In the first sentence, The Blade reminds its droogies that the Plan Commission vote was “close.” So what? Whether you lose a vote by one or 100, a vote is a vote, right?
The next Blade strategy is to tar Kitson and Co. with the YMCA/JCC brush. That is bizarrely inappropriate, as (aside from the fact that it assumes the Y is an unpopular institution, when its latest fundraising campaign success indicates the opposite) not one of the issues that characterized that controversy — supposed lack of community dialogue, nepotism and perceived high salaries — applies to United Way. But like The Blade invokes “Noe” when it wishes to impugn a politician, it will apparently use the Y to question nonprofits that don’t behave, even when those nonprofits have a history of taking anxious, timorous steps to appease the daily.
The Blade then offers some numbers that, according to United Way officials, simply do not add up: “The United Way’s projected savings of more than $200,000 a year in maintenance costs from demolishing its architecturally unique former headquarters has to be balanced against the approximately $250,000 in income lost per year (based on a modest 5 percent return) when the more than
$5 million in principle and interest borrowed to build the bland new headquarters is repaid out of the nonprofit organization’s board-discretionary fund.”
I love that The Blade describes the new building as “bland” and without charm. Functional, yes. Modest, yes. But did The Blade expect United Way to construct a private IMAX screen, a helicopter pad and maybe a moat and some fancy turrets? Can you imagine how screechingly The Blade would have cried foul if the new building sheltered a single perceived luxury? Actually, an IMAX screen could have replaced the historic Downtown Paramount Theater that was destroyed to make room for what The Blade described as “a modern and attractive parking lot.”
Back to the numbers. First, according to United Way officials, the $200,000 savings is on what it would cost to keep an empty building. The cost to stay in the old building, with its cracked foundation, leaky, moldy top floor, antiquated roof and heating/cooling system and ADA noncompliant restrooms, is described as “astronomical”: a $400,000 annual loss without renovations. The Blade claimed the United Way borrowed $5 million on its new building, but officials say that number is
$3.5 million. Clearly, the new building was the correct financial move, especially if those old-building numbers are run out 20 years.
But The Blade and Kutz, Toledo’s own Errin’ Block-ovich, are more concerned with an antibusiness, anti-private property agenda than in listening to reason.
Both Kutz and the anonymous Blade writer (anonymous, but we can make an educated guess on the identity, can’t we?) fret about the United Way’s future plans for the property, beyond building a green space.
Again, so what? First, it’s United Way’s property, so they have a right to do with it as they want. Does The Blade think the United Way could make any move on the property that its board and 3,598 government bodies wouldn’t check and balance?
The Blade and Kutz claim Councilman Joe McNamara has a developer all lined up, just waitin’ to plunk money down on the building, but that is surprising news to United Way, which has been publicly trying to get out from under this burden for many years.
McNamara has yet to realize how much political capital and goodwill he has burned away while wasting time on this topic. If you have a buyer, Joe, produce him. United Way officials say no one who has asked for a showing or meeting has asked for a second meeting or showing, probably because they are still trying to get the stench of mold and crumbling brick out of their hair.
It is also telling that The Blade, McNamara and Kutz are more preoccupied with such navel-gazing concerns as skylines and sentiment for bricks when there is real community money at stake.
Kids vs. bricks
Kutz’s ill-conceived, uneducated action will cost taxpayer money as city council again, again, again has to sift through this. United Way funds will continue to drain away in the shadow of its closed building. Kutz will never know which family seeking food, shelter or clothing will have to make do with a little less. Kutz will never know what consequences that family will pay, with its peace of mind, physical health and ability to build for the future. Kutz will never hear a single stomach rumble or dry a single tear or pay for a single missed opportunity.
There are heroes, armed with conviction and knowledge, who dare to stand in front of the oncoming tanks to protest abuse. Then there are the children of Canute, who stand in front of the ocean, trying to order back the waves.
In the matter of United Way’s private property rights, Kutz and The Blade are all wet.
Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. E-mail him at email@example.com.