Articles by David Dupont

Prizes awarded in 65th Undergraduate Art Exhibit at BGSU

The 65th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibit opened Sunday in the galleries at Bowling Green State University. Participating were 89 student artists. Prizes awarded were: FACULTY AWARDS Art Glass Travel Award: Chelsea Tatkowski Candace “Candy” Ducat Book Scholarship: Andriana Nativio Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art Education: Jordan Hector Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art History: Victoria Cope Charles Lafosky Art Award: Emilie Frazier Craig A. Schnuth Memorial Glass Scholarship Award: Emily Cale Doris Marie Herner Award: Jack Rollin Elizabeth S. & Gary L Cole Scholarship Art: Leslie Reichert Eugene Fenn Endowed Scholarship: Victoria Nuss James W. Strong 2D Tuition Scholarship: Cara Taylor James W. Strong 3D Tuition Scholarship: Kai Lee Liu James W. Strong Art Education Tuition scholarship: Andrea Hama James W. Strong Art history Scholarship: Kellie Sheridan James W. Strong Digital Arts Scholarship: Alex Zolciak James W. Strong Gaphic Design Tuition Scholarship: Vanessa Flory James W. Strong Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship: Hailey Ameling James W.Strong SACI Scholarship: Paige Apkarian John and Norma Richards Design Award: Emilie Frazier Silvia Passerini Davenport Award: Victoria Nuss and Kalia Johnson Thomas Hilty Scholarship: Joshua Bellas Tom and Jane Vanden Eyeden Art Education Award: Regina HiltonTom and Jane Vanden Eynden Photography Award: Zachary Tadijanac PURCHASE AWARDS Arts & Sciences Dean’s Awards: Regina Hilton and Jaqueline Polofka Bowen Thompson Student Union Award: Leslie Reichert EXTERNAL JUROR AWARDS Alumni Association Award: Madison Walsh and Mark Cooper Main Street Photo Award: Cara Taylor Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award: Anastasia Baker Medici Circle Best of Show Award: Kai Lee Liu Ringholz Art Supply Award: 2D Madison Walsh Ringholz Art Supply Award: 3D Alexis Hartel Animation, Electronic, & Video 1st Place: Molly Radigan, “Void” 2nd Place: Serena Sadowski, “Washed Away” Ceramics 1st Place: Kai Lee Liu, “Time Is Passing Because Of People” 2nd Place: Laura Jane Dirksen, “Series #2” Honorable Mention: Joshua Naimy, “Shape Vase” Digital Imaging 1st Place: Joshuah Naimy, “The Journey” 2nd Place: Heather Monaghan, “Beakaway” Honorable Mention: Amanda Glass, “Inner Ursa” Drawing 1st Place: Katherine Allen, “Inevitable Fear” 2nd Place: Megan Miazgowicz, “Zodiac” Honorable Mention: Jen Forsythe, “The Drips” Cara Taylor, “The Aftermath” Kelsey Escue, Peanut Butter and Jelly” First Year Program 1st Place: Morgan Gale, “Outside Inside” 2nd Place: Alyssa Pine, “Reaction Piece” Honorable Mention: Jill McClurg, “Walking W/OCD” and Jesamie Houghtby, “Video Montage” Glass 1st Place: Jaqueline Polofka, “Seascape” Honorable Mention: Keegan O’Brien, “The Main Course” and Kai Lee Liu, “A Second Horizon” Graphic Design 1st Place Emily Frazier, “Grillet Family Tree” 2nd Place Vanessa Flory, “Conscious Creations” Metals/Jewelry 1st Place Erica England: “Emergency Wishes” 2nd Place Erica England: “Deer Brooch” Painting 1st Place: Cara Taylor, “Alison” Honorable Mention: Paul Verdell, “Complexion” Photography 1st Place: Cara Taylor, “Canoe” 2nd place: Adriana Nativio, “Spectacle of A Woman” Honorable Mention: Jay Robert Dean, “Portrait of A Watchdog” Printmaking 1st Place: Allison Kuhr, “Holofernes” 2nd Place: Lauren Holcomb, “Phoenix Barn Swallow” Honorable Mention: Anastasia Baker, “Drive Slow/Kanye West” Sculpture 1st Place: Alexis Hartel, “Passage”

3B staging ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this weekend

Just in time for the beginning of Lent, 3B Productions will stage “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St. Maumee. The musical with score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice started as a rock opera concept album before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It speculates on political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not in the Bible narratives. Tickets are $17 for seating in first five rows, $15 and $13 for students and seniors. Visit

Reflections on time & space win top prize at BGSU undergraduate exhibit

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent Media Kai Lee Liu has time on her side. The Bowling Green State University art major junior already has had her work included in international exhibits. Sunday at the opening of the Undergraduate Art Exhibit on campus she got some hometown love to go with it. Her video installation won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award and her piece “Time Is Passing Because Of People” won first prize in ceramics. Faculty member Leigh-Ann Pahapill, who Liu said was her “inspiration,” said that the young artist had great prospects. That’s evident from pieces being selected for shows in Dubai and China. Standing near her prize-winning ceramic piece, done under the tutelage of John Balistreri, Liu talked about the concept behind it. Time exists, yet it is people who give it meaning. The two towering sections of the piece evoke a canyon. The viewer feels small next to them. The piece opens up on one side, with a narrower opening on the other. Nearby is a small companion piece. This play on scale changes the way the viewer perceives their sense of scale and time, Liu said. The installation has an 18-minute video of nature scenes, including a looming moon and cascading waves, marking the passage of a day that is viewed through a thicket of glass tubes. Liu said the idea was to animate the glass as it catches the reflections of light from the video. University music student Nicholas Taylor provided the ambient score for the piece. He noted that his collaborator had submitted five pieces for inclusion in the show. Four were accepted. Liu also has another ceramic piece and a video also on display. In introducing the awards, faculty member Charles Kanwischer said that for all 89 exhibitors inclusion in the show was a mark of success. “It’s a validation of all that work you’ve produced.” Exhibiting in the show should “fill you with confidence on that journey from student to artist.” Among the dozens of awards announced Sunday were those selected by the external jurors Brian Spolans, of Eastern Michigan, and Sophia Brueckner, of the University of Michigan. In addition to the best of show, the jurors honored: • Madison Walsh and Mark Cooper, Alumni Association Award • Cara Taylor, Main Street Photo Award • Anatasia Baker, Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award. • Madison Walsh, Ringholz Art Supply Award 2D. • Alexis Hartel, Ringholz Art Supply Award 3D. See complete list of winners at:

Globe trotting pianist Spencer Myer visits familiar ground in Bowling Green

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Pianist Spencer Myer is no stranger to Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts. Growing up in North Ridgefield, he traveled to BGSU for a workshop with the Men’s Choir and a couple master classes with Jerome Rose. When he returns next weekend guest artist for the David D. Dubois Piano Competition, he’ll be the one presenting the master class. The master class will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Myer will present a recital in Kobacker Hall Saturday Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. He will then serve on the jury for the finals of the piano competition on Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. Two of the pieces on his recital program may well be played by Dubois competitors. Myer will open his Saturday concert with Mozart’s Sonata in G Major, which he said is common for students to play but often neglected by professionals. He’ll also perform Maurice Ravel’s “Jeux D’Eau.” A technically difficult piece that has been played in past Dubois events. The centerpiece of his concert will be Robert Schumann’s “Fantasie.” It’s been in his concert repertoire for two years. “I’ve just adored the piece for so long and how poignant it is. It’s been hard to let go of it.” The piece “is so deep and so sincere. … It’s clearly a statement of love from Schumann to Clara. It has so many special moments. “It’s a piece I’ve held on a pedestal for so long, and I waited to learn it until I was grown up. … That’s why I’ve held onto it for so long.” Myer also will perform Ravel’s Sonatine and close with four rags by William Bolcom. Myer has recorded 16 of the contemporary composer’s rags – “they’re so inventive and clever.” That recording will be released later this year. Myer said he strives for a balance of styles within a program. He also strives for a balance in his professional life. He performs internationally as a soloist, but also frequently collaborates with other instrumentalists in chamber ensembles and with singers. Myer credits his undergraduate education at Oberlin with his discovery of collaboration especially with vocalists. Oberlin wasn’t his first choice of conservatories. He wanted to go to the Juilliard School in New York City. He auditioned at Oberlin because it was close to home and would be good practice. Despite its proximity, he said, he really didn’t know much about the school. But he didn’t get into Juilliard. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me because Oberlin was an unforgettable place” that gave him a well-rounded education. Undergraduates could blossom there without being overshadowed by graduate students, he said. “Juilliard for me was a much more appropriate place for me as a graduate student.” He’s remained in New York, but his love of collaborative piano fostered at Oberlin has played an important part in his career. “It forces you to listen in a different way,” he said of accompanying. “It allows you to explore different coloristic capabilities because you have to expand the lower end, the softer end, of the color spectrum…

Panel to address Islamophobia Tuesday

A panel discussion on Islamophobia will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library Atrium in downtown Bowling Green. This is the second such panel sponsored by the Not In Our Town group. During the discussion, representatives from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition, BGSU and the Bowling Green community will address the term “Islamophobia” and the concerns facing Muslims in northwest Ohio and the United States. (See story on first panel at For more information, visit

Jazz vet featured in downtown BG jam

Veteran jazz guitarist Eric Johnson will join the BGSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble for a show Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Grumpy Dave’s, upstairs at 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Johnson has played with jazz greats including Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine. Over his career he’s been based in New York and Los Angeles and recently released a CD “Supahighway.” Joining Johnson on the bandstand will be Ariel Kasler, guitar, Jeff Halsey, bass, and Olman Piedra, drums. Admission is $3.

Concerto concert puts spotlight on top BGSU musicians

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The annual Concerto Concert at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts puts students in the spotlight. The soloists are students who won their chance in the spotlight in a competition in December. The conductors are students. And the Bowling Green Philharmonia is a student orchestra. Listeners should expect, however, nothing less than a top quality in the performance. Graduate student Zachary Nyce’s performance in the dress rehearsal of Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Piano was proof of that. The notes had hardly stopped reverberating in Kobacker Hall when Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral studies at BGSU, strode onto the stage. “There are very few university situations where this could be done,” she told the assembled musicians including conductor Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia. The concerto composed in 1988 will conclude the concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall on campus. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and free for BGSU music majors (and minors enrolled in MUS 99) with stickers on their IDs. Also on the program will be: • Undergraduate division winner Brianna Buck, saxophone, playing Elergie and Rondo by Karl Husa, conducted by Robert Ragoonanan. • Undergraduate division winner Yuefeng Liu, piano, playing Piano Concerto in G minor by Camille Saint-Saens, conducted by Santiago Piñeros-Serrano. • Graduate division winner, Benjamin Crook, piano, playing Piano Concerto in C minor by Ludwig von Beethoven, conducted by Evan Meccarello. Nyce was well aware of the challenge the Lutoslawski piece posed for his fellow musicians. “It’s a real challenge. I picked a very difficult piece. It’s something that needs to be heard and deserves to be heard.” The pianist said he is dedicated to “enlarging the footprint of new music. … I think largely people have a problem with the dissonance in new music. There’s really no absence of color and intensity and even beauty. You just have to expose yourself to it.” Buck “fell in love with this piece due to the emotion it evokes.” The Elegie was written after the death of the composer’s mother. “In this movement, it is so easy to note the different emotions one goes through when mourning a loss. There are points that reflect sorrow and others that seem to show anger. I enjoy playing this piece because I can give my own interpretation in these moments.” Everyone experiences emotion differently, just as each performer plays this piece slightly different. It has been an insightful experience, playing this piece and experiencing those emotions each time I perform.” The concert gives musicians the rare chance to play in front of an orchestra. “The amount of sound, the amount of color, the amount of timbres, it’s a really a strong presence,” Nyce said. “It has a profound effect.” Crook said the orchestra “really brings the music to life.” “When I hear the orchestra behind me I sometimes get goosebumps,” he said, “It’s really powerful.” Liu said that the experience demands that the soloist work with the conductor. “I cannot play for myself,” she said. As with the other soloists, Liu was drawn to BGSU by a professor. The freshman had heard of Laura Melton before she arrived on campus to audition. “She’s a very nice and patient teacher.” Nyce echoed her assessment of Melton. “I actually enjoy going…

Siblings wear memorial for their father, Glenn Haught, on their skins

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News As a leathersmith, Glenn Haught knew something about needles. Haught, a longtime fixture in Bowling Green where he repaired shoes and leather items of all sorts, died Jan. 27. On Tuesday his daughter, Melissa Marshall and his son, Gerald Haught, got a taste of a different kind of needle when they visited Broad Wing Tattoo in downtown Bowling Green to get matching tattoos to honor their father’s legacy. Marshall credited her brother with the idea. He’s no stranger to the shop nor tattoo artist Jaime Mullholand. She’s worked her craft numerous times on Haught’s arms. The memorial tattoo is his seventh. He has an autobiography in ink on his arms. He already has a tattoo to honor his father, one depicting his signature hat and boots. There’s an image for each of his family members, including his mother, Linda, who assisted her husband with jobs requiring stitching on bags, purses and other items. Marshall does have one tattoo. It dates back before her marriage. Her husband, Jack, is not fond of tattoos. But, she said, he made an exception for the one that will adorn her right ankle. The image replicates the metal silhouette included on the community mural on the corner of East Poe Road and College Street. It shows Glenn Haught at work at his bench. When asked about their father, both Gerald Haught and his sister recall him as a man who worked hard at a job he loved. While known for shoe repair, his craft wasn’t limited to footwear. He repaired hockey gear, the bellows for an antique furnace in Pemberville and the top for the gear shift on a BMW. Though suffering from the leukemia and lymphoma that would claim his life, Glenn Haught still planned to go back to work after the Christmas holiday. Haught, who was born in West Virginia in 1941, never returned to his bench. The family will close the business and sell the equipment. Some pieces of gear, including a 100-year-old sanding and polishing machine that Marshall referred to as “the monstrosity,” are no longer made. Haught didn’t start his working life in the leather trade. Marshall said he was a repo man with Signal Finance. That’s how he came to Bowling Green. But “he wanted to be his own boss,” she said. First he owned a Western wear shop with boot repair as one of its services. Then the leather work became his focus. Gerald Haught said it’s strange to see old photos of his father – clean shaven and short hair, dressed in a suit and tie. That’s not the way they remember him. His shop had several locations before settling into a space on Clay Street. Barb Rothrock, owner of Calico, Sage and Thyme, said they enjoyed observing the passing scene along Clay Street with its mix of permanent and transient residents. They also watched out for each other. “We old timers had to stick together.” She also benefited from “the bounty of tomatoes” from his garden. “I’ll miss him.” While Glenn Haught’s figure will no longer grace that shop on Clay, it will remain a fixture on the skin of his offspring.

BGSU’s clinical psychology program top ranked

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program is among the best in the nation, according to two recent reports. On the list compiled by, BGSU is ranked second in the nation for its success in preparing students for careers in professional counseling. The website ranks BGSU 22nd on its list of the country’s 50 best Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology for 2016. “The rankings are affirmation that we offer a top-flight program and have developed an excellent reputation,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, chair of the psychology department. “Our program has excelled in providing a balanced experience that focuses on rigorous academic research as well as excellent practical experiences and placement,” he said, adding, “Our doctoral students learn from world-class faculty and then go on to apply those experiences in mental health facilities throughout the region and the nation.” The main metric for both rankings is the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards as part of the process in granting licensure. BG’s passage rate is 100 percent. The exam is “one of the best ways to determine how well students are prepared for a career in professional counseling,” according to’s website.’s rankings also look at the percentage of doctoral students who successfully obtain American Psychological Association-accredited internships. More than 91 percent of BGSU’s doctoral students achieved that marker. The program is one of 300 clinical psychology Ph.D. programs nationwide that is accredited by the American Psychological Association. BGSU’s program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training in which the development of research skills, coursework and clinical practica are integrated into a coherent program of study. Research requirements include completing a master’s-level research project, a post-master’s research project or examination and a doctoral dissertation. Students learn with and from one another as they participate in research teams and clinical skills teams where they will integrate research and practice “Our psychology programs at all levels have a strong reputation of excellence,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. “This recognition affirms that Bowling Green provides a quality education, preparing our students for success in their careers.” Read the full reports at the Counseling Psychology website and the Best Counseling Degrees site or learn more about the program at the Department of Psychology website.

Graduate brass quintet to perform Feb. 11

The Bowling Green State University Graduate Brass Quintet will perform Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center on campus. The quintet is made up of five graduate assistants at BGSU chosen by audition. Members are: Jon Britt and Christina Komosinski, trumpets, Luke Dickow, horn, Drew Wolgemuth, trombone, and Diego Flores, tuba. The five are all working towards master’s degrees in performance. On the program will be: “Scherzo” by John Cheetham; “Rounds and Dances” by Jan Bach; Brass Quintet No. 3 by Victor Ewald; and Brass Quintet No. 1 by Arthur Frackenpohl.

Corner Grill plans to reopen

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The owner of the Corner Grill hopes to be back serving burgers within three months. Larry Cain said Wednesday that because of water and smoke damage caused by a fire Monday morning the interior of the eatery will pretty much have to be gutted. He will try to save some signature elements such as the countertops. Still the nostalgic will be the same. Firefighters were called to the grill shortly before 8 a.m. Monday as the crew was preparing to open. Flames shot up from behind a grill as it was heating, and that fire extended into the hood, and from there into an abandoned stairwell next to the building through which the grills ventilated. That structure is owned by Jim Gavarone who operates Mr. Spots next door. The fire also temporarily closed Mr. Spots, but that restaurant is back operating. Cain said because of the damage from the fire that stairwell will now have to be removed. That’s one of the factors that will play into when the Corner Grill is back in operation. The grill itself will get a facelift, and all that work will have to be inspected and approved by the county. “That’s always the biggest thing, making sure things get codified,” Cain said. Much of the work, including getting new equipment, was already planned, but had been put off because of the vagaries of financing and operating a small business. Now that work will be done, and the new Corner Grill will be even better, he said. The owner said he was touched by the support he’s received. Howard Club H, just a couple doors down on North Main Street, will hold a benefit for the Corner Grill Saturday from 2 p.m. until Sunday at 2 a.m. But afterward the club’s patrons will not be able to make their usual stop at the Corner Grill for after-hours sustenance. And the Cookie Jar, around the corner on East Court Street, is also donating a portion of its receipts to help get the eatery back open. Cain appreciates the way “the community rallied around us … The customers are great. Suppliers have been positive.” “This is our home,” he said. “People are so wonderful.”

Chris Buzzelli still in tune with jazz

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Chris Buzzelli didn’t change his tune when he retired. A guitar professor and director of the Bowling Green State University Jazz Vocal Group, Buzzelli retired from the university last May after teaching there since 1984. While he keeps active as a guitarist, he’s also wanted to maintain a hand in vocal music. So this summer he got together a few former students for a concert at the Hayes Home in Fremont. This Saturday, the group billed as Chris Buzzelli and Friends will perform at the Pemberville Opera House at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Live in the House series. Tickets are $12 at the door or at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville or by calling Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848. Joining Buzzelli, who sings and plays guitar, for the show will be vocalists Samantha Ulrich, Emily Holsoe and David Breen with instrumental support from Ariel Kasler, piano, and Kevin Eikum, bass. “This is kind of my ideal group,” Buzzelli said. “I get to play, to sing, to write. It contains all my interests.” Buzzelli didn’t seek out the job of directing the jazz vocal group. Paul Hunt had done it for a number of years and when he left there were a couple short-term directors. When one of them stepped aside on short notice, Dean Richard Kennell asked Buzzelli to take over. “I said I would until he found someone else.” It became a long-term commitment. “I loved doing the group at the school and I’ve gotten into a lot of arranging and getting my arrangements published. It became an unexpected part of my career.” He’s also started singing as well. For a while he had a Nat King Cole tribute group with Eikum on lead vocals and bass, and Buzzelli joining the vocal choruses. When he retired Buzzelli decided he’d like to have a group to express that side of his musical personality. To get started he is relying on charts the singers knew from their time with the university’s ensemble, though “everyone had to learn a couple new things.” The program will be a mix of his own arrangements as well as charts from the books of Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. During his tenure as director, he helped bring the New York Voices to campus for a summer jazz vocal camp that continued 2009 through 2015. He said he may also mix in a tune or two from Nat King Cole. Among the selections will be “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” “Corner Pocket,” “A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square,” “No More Blues” and Buzzelli’s medley of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Lean on Me.” Jazz vocal groups differ from pop a cappella ensembles and show choirs in their more complex harmonies and a focus on the music without choreography and costumes. “If we do a pop tune, it’s a very jazz influenced arrangement,” he said. Right now the group, which has not settled on a name, has one voice on a part. That’s, he said, “a little unnerving … no one else knows the music.” Buzzelli envisions expanding the ensemble and bringing in more voices from the community.

BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Feb. 4-17

Thursday —The Creative Writing Program’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) readings will be presented by graduate students Eric Komosa and Tom Markham at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Thursday —BGSU Student Composers recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Thursday —The season opener for The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Film Theater and Gallery’s International Film Series features “English/Vinglish,” a 2012 feature from India, directed by Guare Shinde. A quiet housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter because of her English skills. During a visit to New York, she enrolls in an English course and meets new people who teach her to value herself. Free Saturday —The four student winners of the annual Competitions in Music will perform with the BG Philharmonia during the 49th annual Concerto Concert. Under the direction of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, the concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets, available at or by calling the ticket office at 419-372-8171, are $7 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets on the day of the performance are $10. Sunday —The BGSU School of Art presents the Annual Undergraduate Art & Design Exhibition in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries of the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition opens with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, and continues through Feb. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Sunday —The Bent Note Duo are guest artists for the College of Musical Arts series. The duo is comprised of saxophonist Allison Balcetis and pianist Sandra Joy Friesen, who began performing together in 2009 during their doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 9—BGSU student brass ensembles will perform at the Wildwood Metropark’s Manor House. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Free. Feb. 10—The Faculty Artist Series features bassoonist Susan Nelson, an assistant professor of bassoon at BGSU. Her performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 11 – BGSU’s Graduate Brass Quintet recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 11 – The Visiting Writers Series features award-winning novelist Karen Osborn, author of “The River Road,” “Between Earth and Sky,” “Patchwork” and “Centerville.” Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Feb. 13 – The College of Musical Arts hosts guest artist Spencer Myer as a part of the Dubois Piano Festival. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. Feb. 15—Guest artist James Giles will perform on piano in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. Free Feb. 16 – Tuesdays at the Gish begins with “Do the Right Thing” (1989), directed by Spike Lee. This was a landmark film when it premiered more than 25 years ago; it still warrants viewing today. Spend one day on one…

Otsego graduate to receive Medal of Honor

Edward Byers, a Navy Seal who graduated from Otsego High School, will receive the nation’s highest honor later this month. The White House has announced that Byers, a senior chief special warfare operator, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Feb. 29. According to the White House press release: “Senior Chief Byers will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. “Senior Chief Byers will be the eleventh living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.” Byers, 36, graduated from Otsego High in 1997. He enlisted in 1998 and trained as a corpsman. He has served in seven combat deployments earning numerous awards and decorations including five Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He is continuing his education at Norwich University in Vermont where he will receive Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis later this year.

Pemberville elevator looking for $100 donors

The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society is looking for a final boost to get the money it needs to finish the elevator at the Pemberville Opera House. The project started in fall has a price tag of $372,000, with about $100,000 coming from local funds. Fundraising has lagged as of early this year, and Carol Bailey, program director for the opera house, has issued a plea. The elevator effort is looking for 100 people to donate $100 each to get the project down the home stretch. In her email she states, acknowledges many people have already donated, “and I am so appreciative.” Still the need remains to come up with funds to finish the project. “Your help is truly needed in this final stretch,” she wrote. Beyond donating she’s also asking folks to help spread the word through email and social media.