Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Roxanne Tango" by the Toledo School for the Arts

Here is the Toledo School for the Art's unique and creative interpretation of the song, "Roxanne", by the Police....

"Open" Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an "Open" art competition for the month of July 2011. A Group exhibition of the top five finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Art Gallery for the month of August 2011.  The theme is Open, you decide, so send us your best art now!

Awards will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, honorable mention and special recognition . All winners will be selected, announced and featured on the Light Space & Time website on August 1, 2011. Thereafter, the artworks will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives with links to the artist’s websites.  

Deadline to apply is July 29, 2011 - Apply through the website http://www.lightspacetime.com/ 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Toledo Jazz Composers

Some cool local jazz filmed by Tim Ide last year....

Toledo artists will gather for tribute to legendary poet


Local spoken-word artists, actors and community activists will hold a creative memorial to the iconic late musician Gil Scott-Heron at 7 p.m. July 7, 2011 at the Peacock Café, 2007 Monroe St. in Toledo.
The open-mic event will feature performers from the acclaimed New Works Writers Series theatrical troupe and is free to the public. University of Toledo professor Carter Wilson will co-host the special program, “Reflecting & Remembering: A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron,” with Imelda Hunt, founder of New Works.

“As a performer, poet and recording artist, Gil Scott-Heron helped increase community consciousness in ways that very few other creative voices did,” says Hunt. “Our program will give Toledo’s arts community a chance to mourn his death and revisit the powerful messages in his body of work.”

Best-known for his signature 1970s spoken-word song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” Scott-Heron died in New York May 27. His songs and poetry addressed the black experience in America and the challenges of living in urban social settings.

A Grammy Award nominee, Scott-Heron is regarded by many as the “godfather” of hip hop.

Writers, musicians, educators and the general public are encouraged to share their thoughts and work, or simply enjoy the program, Hunt says. For more information about “Reflecting & Remembering: A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron,” please call (419) 343-2935 or e-mail director@newworkswritersseries.org.

Friday, June 17, 2011

40 Roses

My husband gave me 40 roses in celebration of my 40th birthday :-)

road/house – Saint Vitus Press Releases New Book by Todd Moore


road / house – Saint Vitus Press is proud to announce a 6/17/11 release of its first book:
Gangsters, Harlots and Thieves:  Down and out at the Hotel Clifton

Gangsters, Harlots & Thieves… was compiled and edited by Theron Moore featuring the poetry and essays of my father Todd Moore.

This book is a bio / memoir of my father’s experience growing up in post depression America at the down and out Hotel Clifton in Freeport, Illinois and his experiences interacting with the various gangsters, harlots and thieves that were a normal, daily part of his life back then.

His story is told by him to you through his essays and poetry. I also added commentary throughout the book by myself, my brother and my aunt Nancy to offer a little more insight into my father, living at the Hotel Clifton, etc.

We also get a glimpse into what his relationship was like with his father, how the outlaw portion of his personality was developed while living at the Hotel Clifton, and what piqued his interest as a kid to want to become a writer. My father talked about these things sporadically, over the years, in various interviews, etc., but it’s never been compiled and documented in print to the degree as it is here, in this book.

Gangsters, Harlots & Thieves… is also my father’s first publication to be published under the banner of road/house – Saint Vitus Press. More titles will be announced later and will include publishing ALL of my father’s Dillinger poems and essays at a future date.

All future publications will be made available through Amazon.com using their print on demand services. My reason being I want my father’s work to be accessed globally, I want each publication to be professionally manufactured and distributed, and I want every book to have an ISBN number so bookstores and libraries can order copies as well.

With that said, I wish I could hand out free copies of this book to all of you but I just don’t have the money to do that, I hope you understand.

Please go to Amazon.com and order Gangsters, Harlots and Thieves: Down and out at the Hotel Clifton. It’s a good book and I think you’ll all enjoy it quite a bit. Thanks…

– Theron Moore

List Price: $12.996″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)Black & White on White paper134 pagesroad/house-Saint Vitus PressISBN-13: 978-0615492353 (Custom Universal)ISBN-10: 0615492355BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Literary

For more information visit saintvituspress.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Red Fez Publications Releases 35th Issue Online

FEZLANDIA. Monday, June 13, 2011-- Red Fez Publications is proud to annouce the release of its 35th issue online. This issue marks over 600 poems published since the first issue online in 2003. Nearly 450 authors from around the world have had their work published in Red Fez and it is still available to read in the archives.

The current issue includes five articles and reviews, eleven stories, twenty-seven poems, two groups of photography and art and one audio piece. The next issue will be published on July 13, 2011. Submissions are now open.

For more information or to read Red Fez go to http://redfez.net/

About Red Fez Publications:

Established in 2002 and founded by Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez Publications is an Independent publisher committed to bringing recognition to underground and under-recognized writers and artists. Red Fez publishes an online literary journal featuring literature and art and has published over 400 authors from around the world. Poems and short stories that have first appeared on Red Fez have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, storySouth Million Writers Award, Sundress Publications Best of the Net and Dzanc Books Best of the Web.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces June Art Walk Venues & Features


The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) is pleased to announce that the Art Walk series will continue on Thursday, June 16. Art Walk is held each summer, on the third Thursday of each month, May through September. This is the Art Walk’s fourth season.

Remaining 2011 Art Walk dates are July 21, August 18, and September 15. Hours are 6 – 9 p.m.

The program is presented as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts. Under this umbrella, Art Walk is the sister program of Artomatic 419! and The Gallery Loop.

The Art Walk has grown exponentially in its previous three short years, growing from featuring less than 10 venues in its first year and a slim attendance, to finishing the 2010 season with a peak attendance of more than 700, and featuring an average of 20 venues each month.

The Art Walk offers Toledoans an opportunity to come out and explore their Downtown, visiting great locally-owned galleries, businesses, artist studios and other venues while perusing and purchasing unique, locally-crafted one-of-a-kind art work and gifts – all while enjoying the fresh summer air and getting a little exercise, be it walking, biking, or otherwise.

This year, ACGT will continue the 2010 implementation of sponsoring local performers with “busking” (a.k.a. street performing) licenses from the City of Toledo, allowing them to perform legally on city sidewalks during the event while collecting tips.

June’s sponsored street performers will be musicians Meaghan Roberts and Lucian Townes (both solo acoustic guitar players), musician Ian Welch, performance artist Katie Komuniecki, performance artist Bianca Marcia, and experimental rock/jazz duo What’s Next.  

Also up-coming this season will be the installation of nearly 20 more “Art Benches” installed in the Arts Zone/Warehouse District. Ten of these colorful benches were installed during the 2010 season to help spruce up the streets of the neighborhood and increase its identity and visibility as an arts district. The benches were painted by youth apprentices in the award-winning Young Artists at Work program, which employs diverse and at-risk teens for six weeks in the summer, exposing them to an intensive multi-media arts training and long-lasting job training skills.

Continuing this year will be the use of ACGT’s teal Live Work Create Toledo flags, which Art Walk-goers can use to identify participating venues during the event, and creative-based businesses throughout the season.

New this year is the addition of a local pedicab (bicycle taxis) service offering event goers rides from the St. Clair Village to Uptown, and vice versa.

June Art Walk Venues:
Maps and venue/artist details are available for download from www.acgt.org. Maps will also be available at participating venues the day of the event.


1. Shared Lives Studios Gallery 20 N. St. Clair St. "Artist Review," showcases Linda Richards, Jennifer Schefft, Jeffrey O'neil, Craig Toczynski, Marc Arnett, Beth Robinson, James Dungan, Bianca Roberts.

2. 20 North Gallery 18 N. St. Clair St.  419.241.2400
40 Greatest Hits
, this career retrospective of Toledo native Phil Hazard spans his mid-70s work as a pioneering neon artist in NYC, to his more recent pop art paintings. 

3. Sur Saint Clair 1 S. St. Clair St. 419.241.7100
Kelly Crosser-Alge (glass bowls, collages and jewelry), Dawn Ann Culp-Hailstock (acrylics). Ruth Foote (photography), Tim Hacker (photography), Jennifer Muse (glass), Elyse M. Osborne (paintings).

4. Jack Wilson Gallery 19 S. St. Clair St.
Gallery entrance is up the stairs in the rear of the building.
Features metal-worker Jack Wilson’s sculpture, pottery by Red Stanley, and drawings and paintings of 2011 Toledo School for the Arts graduates, Gabrielle Grumelot and Katherine Davis. 
5. The Office of Paul R. Sullivan 23 S. St. Clair St.
New designs in the popular, functional and decorative pottery of Shine Ceramics, created by Julie Webster, as well as unique steel sculptures by H & H Metalsmiths.

6. Homeslice Pizza 28 S. St. Clair St.  419.724.7437
Paintings by Jerry Gray, Kerry Krow, Jason Vahle, Yusuf Lateef, Nathan Masternak and Helen Grubb.

7. Ahava Spa & Wellness Center 34 S. St. Clair St.  419.241.5877
In the Wellness Center, nature photography by Carol Besticker, glass work by Firenation’s Mathew Paskiet, and painting from KA Von Hasenbalg, plus glass jewelry by Pam & Bob Vollmar.

8. Downtown Latte 44 S. St. Clair St.  419.243.6032
Danielle Herrera’s innovative art works uses recycled materials as their main medium.

9. Swank Gifts 48 S. St. Clair St.  419.241.9340
Swank Gifts boutique shop specializes in unique, affordable gifts. View a large selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and an array of products from talented local artists.

10. T-Shirts by Max Reddish Corner of St. Clair & Lafayette Streets
An array of unique, Toledo pride-themed t-shirts are for sale.

11. Bozarts 151 S. St. Clair St.  419.464.5785
Note Books & Sketches Exhibition. ALL ARTISTS ARE WELCOME TO BRING WORK for "pin up" display or passing around. The evening will also feature live painting, live music & performances, & a film showing at 9pm following the Art Walk.

12. Olive Street Studios 252 Ottawa St.
Enjoy open studio tours, featuring:  Brad Bechtel, Brian Juchartz, Carl Porreca, Crisstoffer Muntz, Dan Wallace, Doug Kampfer, Jessica Besterman, Jodie S. Peace, Mike Cerveny, Renee Spillis, Richard Reed, and Scott Ziegler.


13. Toledo Free Press Warehouse Huron at Washington Street www.toledofreepress.com
The evening will include readings by featured poet Michael Grover, along with local art works.

14. Secor Studios 425 Jefferson Ave.  419.514.7496
(Take elevators to floors 5, 6 & 7) In the historic, former Secor Hotel, The Secor Artists host Open Studio Night. Visitors are encouraged to roam the studios of more than 15 artists located on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors, as well as the 1st Floor Gallery.

15. Space 237 237 Michigan 419.255.5117 space237.com
Flamingos, Dust Bunnies & Decay, features 14 national & regional artists exploring contemporary social problems & ominous natural disasters. Work ranges fro humorous to dark. Art is in the 1st & 4th floor galleries. Thru June 24.

16. Zyndorf Glass & Arts
320 N. Michigan St., 2nd Floor (across from library)
Presents unique and creative expressions in glass, chic and unique women's clothing as well as many other art forms from an array of talented artists. Wearable, functional and decorative art at affordable prices.

17. Studio M Printmakers
320 N. Michigan St., 3nd Floor (across from library)
Image and Text - Dajnak and Kress: An exhibit of artwork and poetry that coexist in print. Including published books with illustrations, original artwork, and collaborative prints by Mania Dajnak and Leonard Kress. Poetry Reading by Kress at 8 p.m.

18. Toledo City Paper Offices 1120 Adams St. 419.244.9859  www.toledocitypaper.com
Judy Paschalis, an edgy quilt artist whose sociopolitical commentary and satirical touch blows the doors off a normally tame art form. Also displaying, Marcie Sigrist, a mixed-media artist with light-hearted, relaxing pieces.

19. Glass City Cafe 1107 Jackson St. 419.241.4519 www.glasscitycafe.com
The Café stays open late with live music, great, homemade food and its amazing collection of historic Toledo memorabilia on display, along with the best collection of locally-based merchandise, including Toledo-themed T-shirts and hoodies.

20. Madhouse Gallery 1215 Jackson St. 419.873.0538 www.madmadmad.com
Arturo Rodriguez brings his unique perspective on his blended Cuban and American cultures to Madhouse Gallery. Pop-aganda is a mixture of cultures and pop culture in what Rodriguez says is "a reminder of what a wonderfully absurd place the world can be." Show runs through June 30.

21. Manos Garden Mural w/ Toledo Grows/ACT Corner of Jackson & 14th Streets www.artcornertoledo.com
The mural at Manos Garden was designed and painted by Har Simrit-Singh as an Art Corner Toledo Project.  This is a partnership between the artist and local urban agriculture agency, Toledo GROWS.  Enjoy live music and see the seedling of a new community garden, just beginning to bloom.

22. Gallerie 333 at TSA 333 14th Street www.ts4a.org
Gallerie 333 will be featuring student works from Kaleidoscope 2011 for the month of June, with the exhibit opening June 7 during our annual fundraiser, "Death by Chocolate". The students featured are from grades 6 - 12 and pieces were selected for the end of the year showcase.

23. Lifetime Building 1505 Adams St. 419-509-3338
Enjoy the Toledo premiere of visiting artist Amelia Schroeder; she will present new, vibrant, eco-abstract paintings. The show will also include watercolors by Collingwood Arts Center resident, Mary Dunkin.

24. Truth Art Gallery 1811 Adams St. www.thetruthtoledo.com
The Truth Gallery features a fine collection of African art works in its latest exhibition, “Art of Ghana.”  The exhibit features striking wood carvings, traditional masks, wall profiles, shadow statues, and more. This evening also features a live jazz band.

25. Collingwood Arts Center2413 Collingwood Blvd.  419.244.ARTS www.cactoledo.org
Resident artists show work in this 100+ year-old architectural treasure, be sure to see all three galleries.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

We Are The Fury at Frankies!

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, We Are The Fury will be performing at Frankies Inner-City.

Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Culture Clash Records, Rama Lama Records and all Ticketmaster locations.

Frankies Inner-City is located at 308 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fred Astaire and Michael Jackson perform "Puttin' on the Ritz"

After watching these two videos, I feel an urgent need for a walking cane and a top hat....

Frankie Metro joins Red Fez Publications as New Editor

The evolution of Red Fez Publications continues with the addition of Frankie Metro to the editorial staff.


FEZZERY. Thursday, June 2, 2011–Red Fez Publications has appointed Frankie Metro as associate fiction/non-fiction editor. Frankie joins the staff of Head Fiction Editor Patrick Simonelli, and will begin with the 35th issue of Red Fez, due out on June 13, 2011.

Frankie Metro is 28 years old and currently resides somewhere in Arizona. He is an Arthur Rimbaud and Henry Miller fanatic and enjoys the finer things in life such as surrealistic prose and graffiti art. He has been writing prose/fiction/non-fiction/poetry/screenplays/graphic novels for 15 years now. He attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in English Pre-Teaching with a minor in Sociology. You can find his work in such publications as:  Modus Operandi, Epic Rites Press (Tree Killer Ink Magazine), Unlikely Stories, Kerouac’s Dog Magazine, Shoots and Vines, Calliope Nerve, The Meth Lab, Horror Sleaze & Trash, Guerrilla Pamphlets, Pigeonbike Poetry, Curbside Splendor, Paraphernalia Quarterly.

When asked about his new position at Red Fez Frankie responded, “Red Fez promised me a lucrative contract when signing on with their editing staff. I was to be paid 6.5 million comic books a year for being their starting forward. Or the 2 guard spot if I wasn’t tall enough. I have yet to see a single issue of the new Hulk series (he’s fucking red now!), but company morale is still high. On a side note, I have been witness to strange occurrences around the office…such as Michael Grover making sweet love to the copy machine next to the break room and Tim Murray “boosting” Root Beer in the men’s bathroom.”

Red Fez Publication’s Editor in Chief Michele McDannold had this to say, “I’ll be pretending that Frankie is a gurl. We need some chic power around here. Claudia and I agree, we’ll share the women’s restroom with anyone but Timmy– he’s constantly stopping up the toilet with dirty diapers.”

Frankie begins his editing duties at Red Fez effective immediately.

For more information visit http://redfez.net/.

About Red Fez Publications

Established in 2002 and founded by Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez Publications is an Independent publisher committed to bringing recognition to underground and under-recognized writers and artists. Red Fez publishes an online literary journal featuring literature and art and has published over 400 authors from around the world. Poems and short stories that have first appeared on Red Fez have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, storySouth Million Writers Award, Sundress Publications Best of the Net and Dzanc Books Best of the Web.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gene Kelly


Ok- since we have been having a lot of rain in Toledo I just thought I would share a timeless dance routine...aahhhh Gene Kelly....he was an awesome tap dancer! It is amazing that he could tap dance on roller skates-LOL!

24th annual Interfaith Blood Drive

The 24th annual Interfaith Blood Drive is going to be held at:

         Grace Lutheran Church 4441 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio
         Saturday/Sunday June 25/26 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
         *Free child care provided*

Please come and represent your house of worship. If you are unable to donate at the blood drive, you can donate either two weeks before the event or two weeks after the event at the American Red Cross Blood Services Donor Center. The American Red Cross Services Donor Center is located at 3510 Executive Pkwy, Toledo, Ohio. You must ask for the Interfaith Blood Drive sign in book.

This blood drive will cover the July 4th holiday in Northwest Ohio. They are in need of 300 pints each day.

If you do not want to give blood, you can still help by volunteering to set up the blood drive on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. Volunteers are also needed for both days of the blood drive. Please contact Devorah at 419-841-4652 to volunteer and for a donation time.

They are also in need of home made baked goodies, fresh fruit, nuts, cheeses, and items to make a salad. Or if you prefer to make a monetary donation, they are a 501 (c)(3) organization, so any money donated is tax deductible.

The event will conclude with a Celebration of Life service, June 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm, at the Hindu Temple. The Hindu Temple is located at 4336 King Rd in Sylvania, Ohio. This will be a service where diversity is celebrated. This is not a religious service. There will be a lovely reception immediately following it.

Remember, if you do give blood, that it is important to make sure you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating!