Arts and Entertainment

Picture book author Lindsay Moore lets young readers travel along with polar bear

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Drawing cadavers might not seem like the way to become a children’s author. For Lindsay Moore, though, medical and scientific illustration helped her hone the drawing skills needed to produce her first children’s book, “Sea Bear.” Lindsay Moore Moore, of Bowling Green, will mark the publication of “Sea Bear” on Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, with an appearance at the Wood County District Public Library, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The book for ages 4-8 follows the journey of polar bear through the Arctic.  Her inspiration came from a visit to the Toledo Zoo with her three children. Moore found herself fascinated by learning how far a polar bear travels along the edge of ice and sea to keep itself alive. “I thought that was very remarkable.” That was in 2014.  While her background was in medical and scientific illustration, writing children’s books seemed a good fit for her life as a stay-at-home mother. Moore, 35, has children 5, 6, and 8 years old. She moved to Bowling Green with her husband, Tim Davis, who teaches in the biology department and is a lead researcher in the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.  “Sea Bear” was not her first foray into writing for children. Her first book about a lobster made the rounds publishers with no success. But she gained experience and insight from the effort. In writing “Sea Bear,” which has the subtitle “A Journey for Survival,” she wanted to present the facts, but keep the story from getting too dark for your readers. So image of the carcass of the seal pup was taken out. Writing about animals, she said, requires care to make it possible for people to relate to them without giving them human traits. “We don’t know why they do certain things,” she said. Moore said she’s been pleased with the early reviews of the book. Moore grew up in northern Michigan. When she was in third grade, a teacher “pulled me aside and told me ‘I think you could be a writer.’” Moore believed her. She loved the work of Madeleine L’Engle. Then as a teenager she learned about how hard it was for even this great author to get her first work published. So Moore redirected her efforts into art and science. She double majored in fine art and marine biology. But she couldn’t see herself creating art for art’s sake, and as much as she loved science, she admits, “I was a disaster in the lab.” Scientific illustration, though, drew on her interests in both, so she headed to Medical College of Georgia, where the art students took the same courses as medical students. In art school, the students were concerned about creating beauty; in medical school, they wanted the drawings to tell a story, a…

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Pictures of the past being preserved for the future in the Wood County courthouse

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Stefan Dedecek is applying a mix of art, science, and craftsmanship to preserve a piece of Wood County history. For the past several weeks, Dedecek, a conservator with McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, has been scaling a jungle gym of scaffolding to reach the mural depicting Fort Meigs that overlooks the third floor of the county courthouse.  As the wheels of justice spin on the floors below, he is painstakingly working to clean the mural’s surface.  In areas where the original painted image is gone, he will fill in the missing patches matching the style of the original artist, I.M. Taylor, a former mayor of Bowling Green. The murals * show the signs of age as well as a previous attempt to preserve them. “Somebody worked on it before me, and that’s the worst thing,” he said during a break from his work. That restorer some 40 or so years ago applied a thick layer of varnish over the painting. There’s dirt underneath that varnish, Dedecek said. Both need to come off. That was one of the surprises that a conservator finds, he said. Until the scaffolding had been erected, he hadn’t been able to get a close look at the mural, which depicts Fort Meigs in 1813. The mural was in worse shape than he anticipated. Still, he’s said he’s about half done removing the varnish. The mural was painted in oil, not a common medium, directly onto the wall. This contrasts with the way many famous murals such as those in the Sistine Chapel were done. Those had the pigment directly applied on wet surfaces so the paint suffuses the surface. Here the paint sits on top. As the building settles, and the temperature and humidity changes, the paint can flake off. Dedecek uses a syringe to inject adhesive directly into the concrete. He’ll use a variety of materials with pigment to fill in patches. Oil field mural He expects to finish the Fort Meigs mural later this month. Then the scaffolding will be moved to the other staircase, and he’ll work on the mural that depicts an oil field in 1904 during the county’s oil boom. He expects to have that completed by the end of February. The county commissioners have appropriated about $70,000 to the project — about $22,000 for the scaffolding and the $47,390 for McKay Lodge. When the funding was approved Wood County Administrator Andrew Kalmar said the murals are an integral part of the courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Dedecek casts an approving eye on the building with its main glass skylight and outside, its stone roof. As the descendant of Czech clockmakers he especially admires the clock tower. He grew up surrounded by art in a historic Czech city. He came to the United States…

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to join Toledo Symphony for Jan. 26 show

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes center stage with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for a night of jazz, swing, and more. Since its formation in the early 1990s, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. This eight-piece ensemble features Scotty Morris on vocals and guitar, Joshua Levy on piano, Kurt Sodergren on drums and percussion, Dirk Shumaker on bass and vocals, Glen “The Kid” Marhevka on trumpet, Karl Hunter on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones and clarinet, Alex Henderson on trombone, Andy Rowley on baritone saxophone and vocals, and Mitchel Cooper on lead trumpet. “We are so excited to present Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as part of our 75th Anniversary season,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “They were responsible for the 1990s swing revival and have continued to make amazing music for the past several years. I can’t wait to see the energy they bring to the TSO. They’ll certainly have us singing and dancing along!” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.

Family Reunion nearing end of run at Toledo Museum

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART There is less than a week left to see the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, which closes Sunday, Jan. 6.  Following its time at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), the exhibition will travel to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and then to the Foundation Custodia Frits Lugt in Paris, France. Admission to Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is for $10 for adults, $7 for senior/military/students, and $5 for youth ages 5-17. Children under 4 are free. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members. Admission to the exhibition is free this Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Frans Hals Portraits exhibition, which reunited three known sections of Hals Van Campen family portrait for the first time since the painting was separated over 200 years ago, also explores how the definition of family has changed over time and includes the photo contributions of hundreds of area families. “The reunion of these 17th-century masterworks served as the perfect platform to explore more broadly and deeply how family is defined and what the concept of family means to us in the 21st–century,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “As part of the exploration, more than 500 families submitted photographs depicting their view of family. Some of those were included in the exhibition and others were used in a digital display in Libbey Court.” One of the greatest portraitists in the history of Western European painting, Frans Hals (1582/83-1666) is renowned for his revolutionary candid style of capturing sitters in seemingly

Arts beat: The year ends with a welcome & farewell

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The year ended on the arts beat Saturday evening with a hello and a goodbye. On one end of Main Street in downtown Bowling Green, friends and family gathered at Grounds for Thought to bid farewell to Tom McLaughlin Sr. who died Dec. 11. McLaughlin, a Bowling Green native who returned to his hometown to retire, then lived most of his last year in Ireland, soaking in the music and dance, and memorizing the poetry of William Butler Yeats.  In Bowing Green, he was an energetic promoter of the arts, and an artist himself. At the first Black Swamp Arts Festival he won second prize for one of his dollhouses. But as he explained in an interview before the 25th festival , he knew he couldn’t produce enough work to sell at an affordable price, so instead he demonstrated his craft launching the Artist at Work feature at the festival.  Then he worked with Kay Baglione and Jacquie Nathan to chair the visual arts committee. Together they made the decisions that established the festival as a premier show on the art fair circuit. They ended the non-juried show, but also created the Wood County Invitational to insure that local artists had a place at the event. He was a multidimensional character as explained by those who spoke at the memorial. He was presence around town. He walked everywhere, a habit he continued in Ireland. Down the street at Howard’s Club H, local music fans welcomed back Joe Baker to the scene.  He wryly noted he’d been on “vacation,” or as he told BG Independent on a tour of Northwest Ohio hospitals. He’s bounded back from his serious heart issues.  He and the band first played last summer in City Park, but there was something particularly poignant about being back in Howard’s where he’s played for so many years with so many different bands. On Saturday he had his electric guitar in hand. And the crowd was there to support him. Several couples split their attentions with one spouse attending the memorial while another came to cheer on Baker. That included the Bakers. Peg Baker came into her husband’s show late having been at Grounds. Baker’s long-time bandmate Bob Manley, who plays saxophones, flute, and keyboards, offered up a toast to Peg Baker who was there by her husband side throughout his illness and recovery.  Manley has been there for Baker as well. Manley has played with Baker dating back to the late 1970s with Hardy’s Live Band. The same could be said for a number of listeners in the crowd. Bob Manley The band that also included veterans Tim Stubbs, drums, Tim Berry, bass, and Denny Gwynne, lead guitar, delivered a solid set of rock, folk rock and country covers. Those included favorites including Lyle Lovett’s “She’s No Lady…

Nordic Air concert reunites Toledo Symphony’s Alain Trudel with violinist Augustin Hadelich

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA On Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater, Grammy award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to Toledo and reunites with Music Director Alain Trudel to perform Sibelius’ breathtaking Violin Concerto on a program inspired by the icy landscape of Northern Europe. Known for his phenomenal technique and beautiful tone, Augustin Hadelich takes center stage for one of the most captivating openings in violin repertoire. Alain Trudel will also lead an exciting performance of Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suites No. 1 and 2, and conclude with Nielsen’s “Aladdin March.” “This concert gives cause to celebrate,” says Toledo Symphony President & CEO, Zak Vassar. “When Augustin Hadelich was last here in April 2017, he wowed us with Dvořák’s rarely performed Violin Concerto. His tone and warmth were very special, and we all knew that we were working with greatness. Of course, that was also the concert that convinced us to engage Alain Trudel as our Music Director, so it was a special week in many ways. I can’t wait for Augustin and Alain to reunite and make more musical magic in this community.” At the age of 34, Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the great violinists of today. Named “2018 Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, he has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., as well as an ever-growing number of orchestras in the UK, Europe, and Asia. “I am so excited to share the stage with Augustin Hadelich again,” says Alain Trudel, Toledo Symphony Music Director. “This concert features great music that I think the audience is going to love. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is incredibly challenging and takes full advantage of the violin’s colorful range. Augustin has a remarkable tone, and he will be able to showcase his expressiveness through this magnificent work.” Two performances of Nordic Air will take place on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.

For 20+ years, Red Wanting Blue has embraced its bar band status with live shows & new songs

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Scott Terry of the rock band Red Wanting Blue  imagines  the audience he’s writing sings for, he sees them in venues from coast to coast. It may be the Bowery Ballroom in New York City or the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. It may also any of a dozen venues in the American Heartland including Northwest Ohio. Red Wanting Blue was a regular for years on the local music scene playing Howard’s Club H and Cla-Zel in Bowling Green and more recently the Civic Music Hall in Toledo. That’s where the veteran rockers will perform Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show at the club at 135 S. Byrne Road, Toledo are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Every band has a different trajectory, Terry said during a recent telephone interview. For Red Wanting Blue that started more than 20 years ago in Oxford, Ohio. The band — Terry on lead vocal, ukulele, tenor guitar; Mark McCullough, bass and vocals, Greg Rahm, guitar, keyboard, vocals; Eric Hall, guitar, lap steel. vocals; and Dean Anshutz, drums and percussion — cut their teeth in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, as well as their home state of Ohio. “These places are very middle American,” Terry said. “We’re playing for people who work in middle America, and when they go out to cut loose on a Friday night they want to drink and have a good time. They want to listen to music they can relate to and appreciate. We very much wanted to be that band.” That’s the audience they cater to. Red Wanting Blue isn’t a household name, Terry admits. Some people call them a bar band, a term not usually meant as a compliment, Terry said. “But there is something to be said about singing songs that are aimed at people in a bar. Songs that people will be captivated by. It better be melodic. It better be engaging right there in the moment. … That’s the stream we’ve been on. That’s where the river took us.” Over the more than two decades the band has been touring, they have fans who’ve stuck with them. That despite the “oceans of music” that has been produced over that time. No flash in the pan, the band’s audiences have been slowly growing. That fan base has been receptive as the band has continued writing new material, enough to fill 11 studio albums. The most recent is “The Wanting” released earlier this year. “I work really hard to try to do better than last  record,” Terry said. It’s always a gamble whether their fans will like the new songs. “I would say our fans have been pretty supportive. I think we do a good job of meeting them half way.” Sometimes what new song catches on is a surprise, Terry…