Four local artists are displaying their work at The Parkwood Gallery until Feb. 24.
The exhibition began Jan. 17 but a reception will open it to the public Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Alyssa Brown, a student at University of Toledo, will show photography as a tool to explore how attire and personal space create one’s identity.
Julia LaBay, another student at UT, is displaying casts of her body that chart the emotions that accompany the stages a woman’s body goes through.
Antoinette LaValley is a diagnostic neuroradiologist and doubles as an artist. Her work focuses on bones to reflect on life and death of individuals and families.
Michael Yager’s installation is an interactive one. Approach one of his “space coconuts” — which are literally coconuts dangling in nets — and they emit varying frequencies of sound.
The Parkwood Gallery is located at 1838 Parkwood Ave., Suite 120. The venue is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Archive for January, 2012
Four local artists are displaying their work at The Parkwood Gallery until Feb. 24.
To help celebrate Black History Month, Way Public Library will screen four Sidney Poitier films on successive Sundays beginning Feb. 5. The festival opens with the 1955 film, “Blackboard Jungle.” Glenn Ford is a new teacher at a tough inner-city high school. Racial tension, violence and apathy abound. Poitier, in a key role, plays one of the students in Ford’s class.
The film will be shown at 2 p.m. in the lower-level auditorium of the library. No reservations are required. Admission and refreshments are free. A guest speaker will discuss the film afterwards. The library is located at 101 E. Indiana Ave., in Perrysburg.
For more information, call (419) 874-3135. Other films in the series will be “Edge of the City,” “Lilies of the Field” and “A Patch of Blue.”
The 10th annual Sears BracketBuster matchups were announced Jan. 30, revealing that the UT men’s basketball team will face Sam Houston State.
Toledo (10-11, 2-5 Mid-American Conference) will travel to Texas to take on the Bearkats (8-13, 2-5 Southland Conference) at 4 p.m. Feb. 18.
This will be the ninth year UT has competed in the BracketBuster event. After winning in its first year in 2004, UT has lost its matchups in the last six years.
The BracketBuster games provide programs the opportunity to play other non-conference opponents about three weeks prior to Selection Sunday.
The weather is cold outside, but ice has yet to close over either the Maumee River or Lake Erie. In spite of weather that few would consider suitable for a refreshing dip however, Toledo is already looking ahead to the days of summer and to finding a way to swim in the increasing red ink it sees in its future. In the midst of proposing Capital Improvement Fund restructuring, one which the city has in previous years pilfered to support the day-to-day costs covered by the General Fund, it still finds itself at sea where some of its pet projects are concerned. One cannot help but wonder if it’s not floundering in waters that might be over its head.
While revenues remain stagnant in a tough economy, while the budget remains under pressure from lavish city contracts with its employees that continue garner scrutiny, and while even TPS admits that taxpayers are unlikely to increase taxes on themselves (to the great surprise of many); the city must find a way to rob Peter to pay Paul, having already robbed Paul to supplement Peter’s income.
With necessity being the mother of invention, the city turns to an illegitimate idea that worked once before and might again, red light cameras. Gone now are any of the political prevarications that these intersection guardians are not about revenue though. In fact the primary consideration for the latest round of “Polaroid Picket” installations is all about money. The city is in fact apparently counting on catching enough violators to generate some $320,000 in revenue, we are told by Toledo Finance Director Patrick Mclean.
Oh, passing reference is made by the Administration to a reduction in accidents where the cameras are placed, but across the nation, statistics tell us otherwise. The Washington Post reported going back as far as 2005 that accidents doubled in intersections where the cameras were placed in DC. Also in 2005, KATU-TV in Portland, Ore., reported that while “T-bone” accidents were down, “The city’s traffic numbers obtained by KATU News show a 140 percent increase in rear-end crashes at the intersections where red light cameras were installed.” In 2009, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles reported, “that several ticket camera intersections in LA had as many as three times the number of accidents.”
It seems that the originally intended goal of traffic safety, one that might well have been achieved by re-sequencing the lights at the intersections to allow for a greater period of “red in all four directions,” has been dispensed with in favor what can now be considered a “red light scofflaw” tax. There may be even more to be made however, since many of the city’s original cameras also recorded speed violations. While no confirmation of this capability in the new cameras has yet been made, it seems unlikely that it will not be considered.
Of course all of these red light robo-cops are coming under increasing scrutiny through citizen initiative and the courts. Although a petition drive a couple of years ago didn’t get enough signatures to proceed, one cannot help but believe that Toledo, like many cities across the country, is likely to face further challenge by petition. Challenge is likely to continue in the courts as well, where the presumption of innocence once considered a key part of the rule of law in this country is ignored by a process that holds the owner of the car guilty of the offense whether there is proof that they are behind the wheel or not.
Ostensibly now, these Orwellian traffic sentries are to be placed at in intersections whose determination was made with the help of an Arizona-based in order to fund summer recreation programs whose previous funding has received consistent cuts and whose current funding has become an increasing challenge to meet. Potential violators may apparently sleep well however, knowing that their transgressions will benefit recreational programs like opening the city’s pools, whose very existence is considered dubious at best.
Some may see this as “thinking outside the box” for ways to fund programs allegedly “for the children” that might otherwise be doomed at the budget chopping block; but before the opportunities of private contribution or corporate sponsorship are exhausted (if they have even been attempted), they might rather be seen as simple political expediency. The Glass City may succeed in placing a greater number of intersections in the city under the scrutiny of these electronic sentinels, but there are many who believe that the idea of more red light cameras, for pools or anything else, is all wet.
Compliment the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode I” release in 3-D theaters with the recent, in-depth, DVD-only documentary full of fanatical views, debates, and wry humor that addresses the ultimate Star Wars question — Does ownership go to the people or the producer?
This one hour and 33 minute film, written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, also addresses George Lucas’ involvement in “Indiana Jones,” but mainly concentrates on the “Star Wars” saga. Lucas basically speaks through archive footage, though some closely involved parties, like Francis Ford Coppola, provide some great insight.
This DVD gives viewers a great sense of the initial “Star Wars” craze and why it remains at a high level. Has Lucas been gracious to the fans or did he distort the original experience too much? These questions mix into many other debates that eventually create two extremes where fans have disowned Lucas for “ruining their childhood” or devour everything Lucas contributes to his media creations including the famous merchandise. The best point of the documentary addresses fans disappointed with Lucas’ newer creations, but one fan wisely argues people would have to “have to get the original media, time and setting” to accurately recreate the initial experience.
This documentary also focuses on the intriguing argument of how audience expectations make or break a film franchise (e.g. “The Matrix” film series) or sustain itself as the original producer manages and even alters the experience.
The numerous interviews, vintage footage, edited versions, pop culture homages and various “Star Wars”-related event footage all contribute to the overall dynamic debate. Highlights include the “Han Shot First” (i.e. Greedo), the rare “Star Wars” holiday television special and Darth Vader’s “Nooo!” scene in Episode III.
The documentary presents several fan issues with memorable quotes like, “George Lucas may be the brainchild behind ‘Star Wars’; he may have come up with the story and a lot of the characters, but everyone who participated in making those films had some type of creative input.” This setup creates the implied rivalry in the title where “there is no villain … no suit to blame. George is the suit.”
This entertaining experience is a must for Star Wars fans, but entertains any viewer and easily increases interest for both parties. Extra features include a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, director audio commentary, blurry music video and the 14-minute “The People vs. Star Wars 3D” featurette (***, not rated, but contains some foul language and sexual references).
The Toledo coaching staff will host its signing day at 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Savage Arena.
The team will unveil its 2012 recruiting class while showing video highlights of each player. All fans are welcome to attend free of charge. The event will also be streamed live on www.UTRockets.com.
Toledo has finished with the No. 1 recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference the last two seasons under former head coach Tim Beckman, according to Rivals.com. The Rockets also finished first last season and second in 2010, according to Scout.com. This year’s class will be the first for new head coach Matt Campbell.
UT sophomore guard Rian Pearson was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week on Jan. 30 after the Rockets won one of two games.
Pearson averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds last week, including a win at Miami (OH) and a home loss to Kent State.
Pearson is leading the Rockets in points (16.4) and rebounds (7.9) this season. He has produced seven 20-point performances and five double-doubles on the season. He is the only MAC player to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds and steals.
Pearson leads to Rockets (10-11, 2-5 MAC) against MAC East Division leading Akron (14-7, 6-1) at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The game will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio.
Members of the Toledo Public Schools Board of Education received a formal invitation to the Scott High School Centennial Celebration in 2013 at its monthly meeting Jan. 24.
The Scott High School Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2013, at the Seagate Center in Downtown Toledo. A broad-based group of Scott alumni have worked on plans for the celebration since late 2010.
“We’re here to invite all of you to join alumni and friends of Scott High School to participate. We feel this 100th anniversary event will provide a very positive opportunity to celebrate Toledo Public School successes,” Stan Odesky, general chair of the Scott High School Centennial Celebration, told the school board members.
Odesky and Scott High School Principal Treva Jeffries presented board members with an official Scott 100th T-shirt. Odesky graduated from Scott in 1955. Jeffries graduated in 1992 after serving as a class president, cheerleader and homecoming queen.
The school board members welcomed the news about the school’s centennial celebration, especially Larry Sykes, a current board member who also served on the board during the school’s 75th celebration.
Sykes shared his enthusiasm with Odesky, who chaired the 75th celebration event that was attended by two members of the first complete graduating class in 1917.
Ironically, the newly renovated Scott High School will open for classes on Jan. 30, according to TPS officials. The $42 million renovation project transformed the school into a modern facility while maintaining design elements and history of the building.
The renovation was designed by local architect, Arnold Remer, a 1954 graduate of Scott High School.
Public tours of the school will be held on Feb. 4 and 18, and March 3 and 17. RSVPs for the tour must be made by calling the school at (419) 671-400.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at Scott on March 20 with the first graduation scheduled for June 6 on the anniversary of the school’s dedication.
The president of Amherst College, Alexander Meiklejob, spoke to an estimated crowd of 8,000 people at the dedication of Jesup W. Scott High School on June 6, 1913.
The school was named in memory of Jesup Wakeman Scott, one of Toledo’s early promoters and contributors to educational development.
Edward Drummond Libbey served as president of the school board at the time of the dedication. Libbey High School was later named for the Toledo businessman and philanthropist.
More than 30,000 voters cast ballots in 2008 to pass a bond issue with about 70 percent of the vote to raise $500,000 to build two high schools in Toledo. Scott was to be built on Collingwood Avenue on the west side of the Maumee River and Waite High School on the east side.
Based on area population and academic statistics from feeder schools, the location for the first high school was at the Collingwood site on the border of wards four and seven of the TPS school district.
In 1911, construction began on Scott High School when a steam shovel from the H.J. Spieker Company scooped the first load of dirt for the project. The exterior of the school was completed a year later with its estimated cost having grown to $290,000.
“We hope to generate sufficient funds to provide an annual college scholarship to a deserving Scott graduate in perpetuity,” Odesky stated.
No postage required. The motion picture academy is looking to ditch snail-mail voting.
Before next year’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to “undertake a rigorous security and user-acceptance testing process” for an electronic voting system, the organization announced on Jan. 25.The Academy is partnering with Everyone Counts Inc. to “exclusively develop an electronic voting system for the 85th Academy Awards, to be held in 2013,” according to the press release.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the current paper ballot tabulator, will remain as the accounting firm of record.
“This is the first of many steps that we’ll be taking toward developing a secure and convenient electronic voting system, beginning with next year’s ballot,” said Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson. “We’re excited to have found great partners in the people who do this best.”
The selection of Everyone Counts is the result of an 18-month search by the Academy. A global leader in the election industry, Everyone Counts is known around the world for building military-grade security into its technology. The company’s clients include the United States Department of Defense; the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice; the state of New South Wales, Australia; and the states of Oregon, Florida and Washington.
“We are honored to have earned the trust of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in bringing online voting to the Oscars starting next year,” said Lori Steele, chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts Inc., in the press release. “Our company was founded to set a new standard of security, accessibility and transparency in elections.”
The New York Times reported last May that the Academy would begin electronic voting for the Oscars as earlier as 2012.
On May 19, 2011, the non-profit film organization sent a letter to its voting members, about 6,000, informing them that an e-voting system would be implemented “as early as this year, and will certainly be in effect by next year.”
Signed by Kimberly Roush, managing director of membership and awards at the Academy, the letter asked members for a direct, personal email address, according to the Times report. “At some point, once the system is up and running,” wrote Roush, “mailed ballots will be eliminated.”
Last year’s Academy Awards were the most interactive for audiences in Oscar history and it appears the Academy is looking to extend its burgeoning use of technology to its members.
The Gold Knight even complimented the Academy for its use of technology, saying that it “has been showing off its technological prowess.”
Find more information about Everyone Counts here.
This year’s Oscars are Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, on ABC.
UPDATE: The Academy is going ahead with e-voting for the 85th Academy Awards, it confirmed on Sept. 18.
The announcement of Oscars nominations was moved five days earlier — than the date announced in March — to Jan. 10, 2013, “in an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films,” according to the Academy.
In order to help members with voting, the Academy is installing assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, a 24-hour telephone help line during voting periods, and paper ballots.
Electronic voting will be an option for members in specific categories.
“In the pre-Nominations phase, members will continue to vote via paper ballot in eight categories due to specialized screening schedules and processes,” the news release said. “Those categories are Animated Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects.”
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.
Trailing by 17 points half a minute into the second half, the UT women’s basketball team rallied to grab a 77-75 victory in Buffalo on Jan. 28.
The victory gives Toledo a season-high five-game winning streak as the Rockets advance to 13-7 on the season, with a 6-2 record in Mid-American Conference play.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our effort in the second half,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “I told the team at halftime that it wasn’t about X’s and O’s, it was about giving more effort. I wanted to know who wanted it more. This game could have gone either way and we are fortunate it went our way.”
With the win, the Rockets (13-7, 6-2 MAC) kept pace with Eastern Michigan atop the MAC West Division. Buffalo (6-16, 1-7) remains in last place in the MAC East.
Sophomore guard Andola Dortch led the Rockets with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. Junior center Yolanda Richardson scored 17, had a game-high 11 rebounds and recorded four blocks to set Toledo’s all-tie block record at 140.
Bulls guard Brittany Hedderson scored a game-high 23 points. The MAC’s second-leading scorer was corralled in the second half, scoring just seven points.
The Rockets return home to Savage Arena on Feb. 1 when they take on Akron (9-13, 3-5) at 7 p.m.