Arts and Entertainment

Winterfest Chillabration tent puts a song in the heart of downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Winterfest in Downtown Bowling Green will now offer visitors a place to chill out on Saturday. Wendy Chambers, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a people have suggested the annual celebration needed more of a downtown presence. So this year, the Huntington Bank parking lot at the southeast corner of South Main and Clough streets will be turned into an ice garden and tented music venue. Winterfest gets underway tonight (Friday, Feb 10 with events at the Community Center and the Slater Ice Arena on the Bowling Green State University campus. The university is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arena. From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday the Chillabration Tent will offer hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts, and will be the site of ice carving demonstrations. Three ice sculptures, each inspired by Disney animated movies, will be carved. Karaoke will be set up to allow people to sing along to their favorite tunes from the movies “Frozen,” “Aladdin” and “Little Mermaid.” Other ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses and organizations will be on display in the parking lot. Though the temperature is expected to reach to 50 degrees, Chambers said, she’s been assured that the ice sculptures can go on as scheduled. “We kind of go with the flow,” she said. “Mother Nature’s going to do what Mother Nature’s going to do.” Also during the day Saturday there will be carriage rides starting from the courtyard at the Four Corners Center and a high school art show inside the building. Shops, she said, will be offering special “snowtastic” sales as well. From 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday beer and wine will be available for purchase in the Chillabration tent. The beverage tent is modeled after the beer garden at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, Chambers said. The country rock band Corduroy Road, featuring Josh Denning and Niki Carpenter, two veterans of the Bowling Green music scene, will be the headliner. The band will perform at 7:15 p.m. Chambers reached out to Tim Concannon, who runs the Hump Day Revue at Stones Throw, to fill out the stage schedule. Concannon also books the acts for the farmers market, and is in his second year co-chairing with Cole Christensen the Performing Arts Committee for the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Corduroy Road, with the tight vocal harmonies of Denning and Carpenter, is “a really fun band,” he said. “I use them as a cornerstone.” For other acts he drew on his broad knowledge of town’s rock and folk scene. “I wanted to pick some a variety of acts, solo acts and in some cases bands that had an upbeat feel to them,” he said. Another requirement, they had to be “people who were easy to work with.” Playing an outside show in winter will require some flexibility. Concannon feels it will be a fun event that can grow in future years. Scheduled to perform in order starting at 4 p.m. are: The Sunday Twirlers, 4 p.m.. Barry Johnson, 4:30 p.m. Ginger and the Snaps, 5:15 p.m. Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp, 6:15 p.m. Corduroy Road, 7:15 p.m. DJ Nabinger, 8:30 p.m. Tom Gorman, 9:15 p.m. Tim Tegge.and the Black Swamp Boys, 10 p.m. The weekend is packed with activities…


Pianist Chu-Fang Huang has musical stories to tell

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When concert pianist Chu-Fang Huang listens to the finalists in the David Dubois Piano Festival and Competition Sunday morning, she wants the young musicians to tell her a story. “More important than making your fingers move faster or more brilliantly, you need understand what the composer has to say. Otherwise playing the piano would be like being a blacksmith, just hammering.” This epiphany ignited her passion for music. “I realized every piece of music is like a piece of literature. Every piece of music is like something by Shakespeare and Tolstoy. It’s just written in different language.” She arrived at this understanding when she was 17, and a student at the Curtis Institute. She’d been playing for 10 years at that point easily winning many competitions. But her technical mastery driven by a strong competitive streak was not enough. “If you want to crack the code, send the right kind of message, the right kind of emotions to your listener you must understand through the notes, the chords, the melody, what the composer is trying to say.” “I realized what a great world I’d gotten into, the great emotions and how affecting and touching those things can be,” Huang said in a recent telephone interview. All this will come to the fore when she performs in recital Saturday at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Tickets are $7 in advance at: https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BGSU/index.php or by calling 419-372-8171. Her program will conclude with Maurice Ravel’s La Valse, a piece she performed in 2005 as winner of International Piano Competition and finalist in the Cliburn International Piano Competition. In the flamboyant waltz, originally written for orchestra, Ravel depicts the European aristocracy on the brink of World War I who “didn’t want to face the fact that something was coming. They wanted to dwell in their luxurious lives while shooting was already happening outside their window. It’s a huge sarcasm Ravel pulls off.” The Chopin sonata and ballade that she will play both speak to the composer’s love of his native Poland. The ballade is based on a Polish poem and his Second Sonata was written as Warsaw was falling to the Russian czar. The latter piece includes the famous funeral march. Huang will also perform two pieces by Haydn, a composer she feels is underappreciated. “Haydn speaks to me more than Beethoven and Mozart,” she said. His music is “humorous, fast changing, subtle.” The story of Huang’s own career began before she even touched a keyboard. The only child of working parents, she was left to her own devices as a preschooler. So she turned to learning to read and do math. When she entered school at 6 she was ready to help her fellow students learn and willing to correct her teachers. This “goofy” behavior prompted her teachers to tell her parents that young Chu-Fang needed an outlet for all her energy. So they asked her what she wanted to do. She had seen a pianist on TV playing with an orchestra. “I thought it was cool, so I said that’s what I want to do.” At the time, buying a piano, even an upright, was “a huge investment,” she said. “To this day I’m grateful that they took child’s word and committed to it.” And…


BGSU Arts Events through Feb. 21

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Feb. 9—The Elsewhere Season begins with “The Winter Barrel,” written and directed by film faculty member Dr. Eileen Cherry-Chandler. The staged reading will begin at 8 p.m. in the Marjorie Conrad M.D. Choral Room, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Feb. 11—The David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition features guest artist Chu-Fang Huang. Winner of a 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Huang debuted as a finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and as First Prize Winner of the Cleveland Piano Competition that same year. In 2006, she won a place on the Young Concert Artist roster. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets are $7 call 419-372-8171  or online at http://www.bgsu.edu/the-arts.html. Feb. 12—The David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition will start at 9 a.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The annual event supports student pianists by providing scholarships for high school students to attend BGSU, encouraging undergraduate students to develop innovative programming ideas for outreach projects and supporting current piano students to participate in music festivals around the world. Free Feb. 14—Music at the Manor House features BGSU violin students. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Manor House in Wildwood Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., in Toledo. Free Feb. 14—Tuesdays at the Gish continue with the 1968 film “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” directed by William Greaves. This film on the making of a film involves three camera crews capturing the process and personalities (director, actors, crew, bystanders) involved. Led by visionary auteur William Greaves, the collective project also depends on his multi-racial crew, who stage an on-set rebellion that becomes the film’s drama and platform for sociopolitical critique and revolutionary philosophy. Filmed in Central Park, the film is a vivid document of this historical period and moment in American independent cinema. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Feb. 16—The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features graduate students Bridget Adams and Benji Katz. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Feb. 16-25 — “The Penelopiad” will be presented  at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. “The Penelopiad” is a novella by Margaret Atwood published in 2005 as part of the first set of books in the Canongate Myth Series in which contemporary authors rewrite ancient myths. In “The Penelopiad,” Penelope reminisces on the events during “The Odyssey,” life in Hades, Odysseus, Helen, and her relationships with her parents. Performances are at 8 p.m.Feb. 16-18 and 23-25, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 19. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, 419-372-8171 or online at http://www.bgsu.edu/the-arts.html. All seats the day of the performance are $20. Feb. 17—The Brown Bag Music Series will present a musical theatre extravaganza in celebration of Black History Month. Students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts will perform starting at 11:45 a.m. at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. Free Feb. 17—The BGSU Wind Symphony will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center….


Teen pianists selected to compete in Dubois Festival at BGSU (Update)

The David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition has selected 28 young pianists as semifinalists to compete Saturday, Feb. 11, with finals Sunday, Feb. 12 at Bowling Green State University’s Moore Musical Arts Center. All events will take place in Bryan Recital Hall. The pianists will compete for a top prize of $3,000, with $2,000 for second and $1,000 for first. The festival’s guest artist will be pianist Chu-Fang Huang. Huang will present a master class Friday from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall and she will perform a solo recital Saturday at 8 p.m.  Contact 419-372-8171,  or online at http://www.bgsu.edu/the-arts.html for tickets. She will also judge the finals on Sunday. The teenage pianists come from 10 states and Ontario. The semifinalists were selected based on a video recording submitted to the festival. The pianists prepare a program of 20 to 30 minutes in length that includes selections from at least three of four style periods – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. One movement from a Classical sonata is required. All works must be memorized with the exception of those written after 1945. The semifinals will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center on campus. Those selected as finalists will perform Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Recipient of a 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Huang burst onto the music scene as a finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and as First Prize Winner of the Cleveland Piano Competition that same year.  In 2006, she won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and made critically acclaimed debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center in the Young Concert Artists Series. Huang has performed in Canada on the Vancouver Recital Society Series, in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, in China with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the China, Shenzhen, and Liaoning Philharmonic Orchestras, at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, the Mustafa Kemal Center in Istanbul, and at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. After early studies at the Shenyang Music Conservatory, Huang continued her studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she studied with Laura Melton, now on the BGSU music faculty.  Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Claude Frank, and her Master’s and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she worked with Robert McDonald. Huang is the Artistic Director of the Ameri-China International Music Association, which she founded to provide opportunities for young Chinese pianists to study in the United States.  She is a Steinway Artist and resides in New York City. Dubois semifinalists selected are: Hanyang Wang, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI Laylo Rikhsieva, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI Sua Lee, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI Aditya Deshpande, Houston, TX Ming Jin, Philadelphia, PA Roger Shen, Northbrook, IL John Cao, Arlington Heights, IL Colin Choi, Northbrook, IL Jarrett Tataki, Wilmette, IL Timur Granovsky, Hudson, OH James Wilson, Hudson, OH Zi Ang Yin, Philadelphia, PA Chi Zhang, Lawrence, KS Jubliee Wang, Farmington Hills, MI Baron Cao, State College, PA Allison Lie, Naperville, IL Isabelle Lian, Novi, MI Emma Fu, Northville, MI Ariana Chiu, Pittsburg, PA Zichen Zhou, Pittsford, NY Changning Xu, Upper Arlington, OH Gabriel Bruner,…


Greek accordion master squeezing his instrument into contemporary music

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Panagiotis Andreoglou is a missionary proselytizing about the virtues of accordion. The Greek musician has traveled to Bowling Green intent on introducing composers and music lovers here to his instrument, and to understanding through experience that it’s more than a vehicle for polka, zydeco or tango. Not, that there’s anything wrong with those venerable styles. They are part of his instrument’s DNA. Still wielding a button accordion, a further development from the more familiar piano accordion, he’s intent on showing that the instrument he begged to play when he was a child has a place in contemporary music. Andreoglou will make his case Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a guest artist recital in Bryan Recital Hall in Bowling Green State University. His program showcases his instrument both as a haunting solo voice and in conjunction with pre-recorded electronics. He will also perform March 2 at 8 p.m. with the New Music Ensemble. Andreoglou is in the early stages of a semester long residency at BGSU made possible by Fulbright Artist Scholarship. He decided to take up residency after meeting BGSU composition professor Elainie Lillios at a music festival in Thessaloniki in his native Greece.  They were intrigued by each other’s music. BGSU’s strong reputation as a center of contemporary music was an attraction. Andreoglou is particularly interested in electro-acoustic music, Lillios’ specialty, where acoustic and electronic sounds merge. The accordionist believes the particular timbre of his instrument lends itself particularly well to the genre, and he wants to encourage composers to explore those possibilities. “Composers are interested generally in new sounds since this is a new instrument with a lot of possibilities they can use.” Andreoglou has been exploring the sound of the accordion since he was 7. His father had a small piano accordion, and could play three songs, Andreoglou remembers.  “I was fascinated,” he said. “I wanted to learn. I insisted.” So his parents sent him to the local music school. A few years later he began piano lessons as well and through his teenage years he played and studied both instruments. When he went to university he focused on piano. He majored in musicology with studies in ethnomusicology and continued his piano at the local music school. It was only after he graduated that the accordion drew him back. By then he had acquired a button accordion. The instrument was developed in the 1950s and allows the player far greater flexibility. The notes are sounded using small buttons. In the right hand each button sounds a single note. The left hand can either be played as a single-note instrument, or as with the piano accordion, play chords. The instrument has almost the full range of a piano, with just a few notes less on the upper register. The sound, he said, is close to that the bandoneon, the accordion-like instrument used in tango. Though he had a button accordion, it sat neglected for several years as he concentrated on piano. Then Andreoglou heard its call and returned. It was like learning almost a new instrument, he said. “You want to play but you can’t play.” The fundamentals from his study of piano and piano accordion helped, but still it was frustrating. Still he was drawn to the accordion. “That first instrument…


Bruce Moss named OMEA Outstanding Educator

By Marie Dunn-Harris ’95 From BGSU MARKETING &COMMUNICATIONS Ask any BGSU music student, past or present, who Dr. Bruce Moss is and chances are you will hear nothing but praise and admiration. Moss, a professor and the director of band activities for 23 years in Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, was named Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) 2017 Most Outstanding Educator of the Year. The award recognizes and honors an OMEA member each year for his or her outstanding service, dedication and overall contribution to music education. The finalists need at least six nomination letters to be considered for the honor, and Dr. Moss had 65. “I was surprised and humbled beyond words when seeing the long list of names of former students and peers from all over the country who wrote letters on my behalf,” Moss said. The list of people who nominated Moss is impressive. Some are former colleagues, but many are students who have gone on to pursue successful music careers. One of them is U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant director of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Nowlin studied with Moss for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In his letter, Nowlin said, “Dr. Moss’s selfless commitment to students, stalwart advocacy for music education, personal and professional integrity, genuine care and concern for student growth, development and success, and his high level of musicianship make him a role model, mentor and tireless devotee to all fortunate enough to study under his baton.” Another world-class musician and nominator is John Hagstrom, a trumpet student of Moss when he taught public school. He now performs in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “As I look back at the most important influences on my early development it is clear to me that Bruce Moss was crucially important for my tenacity and honest improvement despite many obstacles,” Hagstrom said. “His focus on quality and finding solutions models a strategic mind-set that I have emulated along with many of his other successful students. “That Bruce Moss is an outstanding music educator is well documented by the outstanding results he has achieved with several generations of students, and this is because he himself personifies the courage and commitment of a mature and educated person. I am only one of so many students who have been blessed by his influence.” “That Bruce Moss is an outstanding music educator is well documented by the outstanding results he has achieved with several generations of students, and this is because he himself personifies the courage and commitment of a mature and educated person. I am only one of so many students who have been blessed by his influence.” To Moss, seeing students realize their personal and professional goals has been a rewarding experience unto itself. “To be in the audience when a former student is on stage performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or on the podium conducting the U.S. Marine Band brings remarkable joy,” Moss said. “I wouldn’t trade that joy for any amount of money; you can’t put a price tag on it.” Moss grew up in Tennessee, and music has been a part of his life since elementary school when he learned how to play the trumpet. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and…


BG ready to chill out at Winterfest (updated)

From BG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU The BGSU Ice Arena is celebrating 50 years with Bobcat and Falcon hockey games, pregame party, post reception, skating show and a visit from Scott Hamilton and Alissa Cziny. Ice sculptures will be on display in the Huntington Bank Parking lot downtown along with our new Chillabration Tent serving beer, wine, snacks and entertainment from 4-11 pm on Feb. 11. The 9th Annual Winterfest held in Bowling Green Ohio is on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 which is always the coolest weekend of the year. This Three-day fun-filled community event features Ice Sculpting Demonstrations, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Skating, Chili & Soup Cook-Off, Frostbite Fun Run, Cookie Creations, Youth Dodge Ball, Snow Globe Co-ed Bubble Soccer, Window Youth Art Exhibition, Four Corners Gallery BGHS Art Exhibit and WC Library events to include Home Depot Break It Make It, Hot Chocolate Story time and I Heart Ohio Scavenger Hunt. Schedule of Events (subject to change) Schedule of Events, Feb 10-12, 2017 FRIDAY BGHS Art Show, Four Corners Gallery, 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Youth Dodgeball, BG Community Center, 3:30 p.m. ($8 fee includes pizza) 2 vs 2 Co-ed Snow Globe Soccer Tournament, BG Community Center, 6 p.m. ($15 per team, 3 games guaranteed,  final at 8 p.m.) BGHS Bobcat Hockey vs. Findlay, Slater Family Ice Arena, 7 p.m. (ticket required) Skate with the Bobcats, Slater Family Ice Arena, 8:30-10 p.m. (skate rental available) SATURDAY Ice Carving Demo by Ice Creations, Slater Family Ice Arena, 10 a.m. I Heart Ohio Scavenger Hunt, WC Public Library Second Floor, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. BGHS Art Show, Four Corners Gallery, 10-2 pm 1 mile Frostbite Fun Run presented by BIGGBY, City Park, 11 a.m. (pre-registration w/ fees) Ice Carving Demonstration by  Ice Creations,  Huntington Bank Parking Lot, noon to 4 p.m. Chili & Soup Cook Off, Vet Building at City Park, noon to 2 p.m. ($5 tasting) Cookie Creations for Kids, City Park, 1:30-2:30 p.m. BGHS Art Show, Four Corners Gallery, 2-6 p.m. Break It Make It with Home Depot: Cold Slushy Fun!, WC Public Library,  for all ages from 2-3 p.m. 50th Celebration Pre-Game Party, Slater Family Ice Arena, 3:30-5 p.m. (game ticket holders) Carriage Rides, Four Corners Center, 4-6 p.m. (free) Chillabration Tent offering beer, wine, snacks and entertainment, 4-11 p.m. (tickets at door) BGSU Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, Slater Family Ice Arena, 5:05 p.m. (ticket required) 50th Celebration BGSU Ice Arena Party Slater Family Ice Arena, 7:30-10 p.m. BGHS Art Show, Four Corners Gallery, noon to 4 p.m. (free) Celebration Figure Skating Show, Slater Family Ice Arena, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ticket required) Hot Chocolate Family Storytime, WC Public Library, for all ages, from 2-3 p.m. (free) Public Skate, Slater Family Ice Arena, 3:30-5:20 p.m. (skate rental available) EVENT INFO: 50th Celebration BGSU Ice Arena Events:  http://www.bgsu.edu/events/ice-arena-50th-anniversary.html BG Parks & Recreation Events:  http://www.bgohio.org-parks, http://www.GoBGOhio.com  or download the free app! https://www.gobgohio.com/


BGSU Arts events through Feb. 7

Feb. 1—The Faculty Artist Series continues with percussionist Daniel Piccolo. Piccolo has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, and as a guest artist at colleges and universities around the world. He is also an active composer, writing and arranging music for and featuring percussion instruments. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 2—The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features visiting poet Becca Klaver. Author of chapbooks and poetry collections, Klaver has had poems appear in APR, Fence and jubilat. The craft talk and reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Feb. 3—The Brown Bag Music Series will present a musical theatre extravaganza by pianists from the College of Musical Arts. The program will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. Free Feb. 5—The annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition opening reception will be held at 2 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries located in the Fine Arts Center. Free Feb. 5—Bowling Green Philharmonia will perform the music of Richard Wagner at 3 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. Featured soloists are tenor Christopher Scholl and Andrew Pelletier, horn. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit www.bgsu.edu. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Through Feb. 20—The annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m.­-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Feb. 7—The Guest Artist Series continues with accordionist Panagiotis Andreoglou. The program will feature his playing of solo works for accordion and electronics. Andreoglou came to BGSU from Greece as a Fulbright scholar. His performances have been broadcast live by the National Dutch Radio and the Greek National Radio and Television. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 7—Tuesdays at the Gish continue with the 2011 film “Pariah,” directed by Dee Rees. The film followsa bashful, aspiring high-school poet in Brooklyn as she tentatively explores her identity, sexuality and shifting relationships with family and friends. Her journey, which leads to coming out and moving toward life as an artist, is conveyed through performance, costuming, sound design and award-winning cinematography. The film garnered substantial recognition at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, and director Dee Rees is seen as one of America’s black LGBT pioneers. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Feb. 8—The Faculty Artist Series features pianist Thomas Rosenkranz. His most recent solo release, “Toward the Curve,” on Oberlin Records features works for piano and electronics together with his solo improvisations. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music, often including improvisation in his performances. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 9—The Elsewhere season begins with “The Winter Barrel,” written and directed by film faculty member Dr. Eileen Cherry-Chandler. The staged reading…


Website Hometown Reads promotes locally sourced books

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Becky Robinson was young, she read voraciously and dreamed of being a writer. Now an adult with three daughters of her own, she cultivates their love of reading and works to help writers connect with an audience. Robinson recently launched a Bowling Green page in her Hometown Reads project. It’s the 43rd page devoted to locally sourced literature. “The vision of Hometown Reads is for local people to discover authors in their hometowns,” she said. The concept is simple.  First go to the home page (http://hometownreads.com/) and find and see a photographic listing of cities from Ann Arbor to Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Places as small as Grants Pass, Oregon to places as large as Los Angeles. Then click on the photo of the county courthouse and that brings you to: http://hometownreads.com/city/bowling-green. (Or of course you can go directly there.) On the page currently are links to half dozen books by local authors. Click on the link and that connects to more information about the book and author. Like what you see?  For most books there’s “Learn More” button takes you to the author’s home page and another button links to Amazon where you can buy the book. (Many of the books are also available locally.) Robinson said usually she wants more books to populate a page before launching it, but she felt there was enough market in Bowling Green to take a chance. She like to see more writers affiliated with Bowling Green State University avail themselves of the service. The service for writers is free. Robinson said at first it was free for the writer’ first book, with a charge for any subsequent volumes, but she is switching to make all listings free. At this point Hometown Reads is a passion project that’s funded by her core business Weaving Influence. That company provides marketing assistance, both online and traditional, for the authors of business books. The Lambertville, Michigan-based entrepreneur founded Weaving Influence in 2012, and she now employs about 30 associates. She launched the business after earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University and a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. No formal tutelage in business or marketing, she notes. Robinson spent nine years at home raising her daughters. She transitioned back into the workforce doing freelance marketing consultant work for business book authors and working as a social marketing director for a management consulting firm. Other authors approached her, but she was reluctant at first to take the offers because she was working full-time. Then having a vision of an enterprise larger than herself, she started Weaving Influence. Early on she had the idea for Hometown Reads as a division of the core company. She even bought the domain names. “I realized there were a lot of authors who cared a lot about their content and their books but didn’t know how to market.” But she also realized “I didn’t have time, staff energy to make a startup go.” By late 2015 she was ready to revisit the idea, and in early 2016 she started Hometown Reads. Toledo was the first city. “I know how much heart and soul people pour into their books, and I think they deserve to be recognized,” she said. And…


Kesha and The Creepies electrify crowd in Bowling Green

By  ANNIE GALLO Special to BG Independent News Kesha is back at it again with her band “The Creepies” as she kicked off her first concert of 2017 Friday night at Bowling Green University’s Stroh Center. Kesha and the Creepies took the stage as a part of the Bands4Change charity concert. By choice of the artist, all proceeds went to the National Eating Disorder Association, Humane Society International and RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).   Though she has been struggling with a legal battle for the past two years, that did not stop her from performing a kickass show and providing support to those struggling with accepting the new president.  In between performing rock renditions of older songs, Kesha talked about how she will fight for human rights even if our new president doesn’t. “I’m with you, I’m standing beside you, I’m standing behind you, and we will not ever give up,” Kesha said.   After speaking those words her band started to play “Your Love Is My Drug.” She belted out all the lyrics enthusiastically as her boyfriend Brad Ashenfelter danced around her with a gay pride flag. From singing old songs like “Tik Tok” to newer songs like “Timber” Kesha gave it her all on stage and showed fans a different side of her. The most heartbreaking, but captivating moment of the concert was when Kesha sang a cover of the song “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore. With every word that came out of her mouth you could feel her vulnerability and the pain she has been going through. She told the crowd Friday she has 72 newly recorded songs she cannot wait to release and she said she is fighting every day to give her fans new music. “I know I was put on Earth to do this with you guys and I will not let that get f*****g taken away from me,” she said. After attending a Kesha and The Creepies concert it is clear to see that Kesha has not only the talent, but the attitude and positivity to inspire many people. Whether music fans like pop or rock, Kesha’s talent is undeniable after witnessing her sing these songs in such a bold new way. Kesha and The Creepies’ renditions have enough of everything to ensure everyone has a rock and roll, glitter-filled, and empowering experience.  


Greek accordion virtuoso Panagiotis Andreoglou in residence at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Early in her 2014 stay in Thessaloniki, Greece, as a Fulbright Scholar at the Municipal Conservatory at Thermi, Dr. Elainie Lillios, a music composition faculty member specializing in electroacoustic music, attended a concert featuring accordion music. One Greek performer was playing Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza XIII” for accordion, and Lillios found herself “transfixed by the young accordion player. He was amazing.” That was the start of her acquaintance with Panagiotis Andreoglou. Not only is he an accomplished and riveting musician who has given the world premieres of many solo and chamber music works in concerts throughout Europe, but he also shares Lillios’s interest in contemporary and electroacoustic music. The friendship begun in Greece has now resulted in Andreoglou coming to Bowling Green State University as a Fulbright Scholar for the spring semester. “The goal of the Fulbright Program is to meet people and exchange ideas,” he said. “I think with this we are achieving that.” He is working with faculty and students in the College of Musical Arts’ highly regarded program in contemporary music. It is turning out to be a comfortable and productive fit, both personally and professionally. “I feel this is the proper place for my interest,” he said. In addition to the interaction with faculty and students, he finds that the facilities are excellent. “The electroacoustic studios are very fine. I’m very happy to be here,” he said. Area audiences will get to experience his exciting performance on Feb. 7, when he gives a free Guest Artist Series concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. The program will feature his playing of solo works for accordion and electronics. That will be the first of three presentations planned during his stay. His second public appearance will be a talk on Feb. 10 at a seminar for composition students, where he will share information about the accordion and present its possibilities. Andreoglou plays the classical, or concert, accordion, a larger version than the style used to play folk music. With buttons on each side and the ability to produce polyphonic textures, it is well-suited for contemporary music. He is eager to share knowledge about his instrument and encourage composers to write for it. Historically speaking, “it’s a new instrument,” he said, “and collaborations with composers toward the expansion of its repertoire is a vital activity for us accordionists.” On March 2, in a further cultural exchange, he will premiere a piece for accordion and ensemble by a composer friend from Thessaloniki, Dimitris Maronidis, who is composing it especially for the BGSU performance. Dr. Christopher Dietz, a musical composition faculty member, will conduct the New Music Ensemble performance. In the meantime, Andreoglou is attending Lillios’s Music Technology class. Following the round of performances and his talk, he will pursue research on works composed for instruments in combination with electronics. In May, he will participate in the New Music Gathering at BGSU, a smaller version of the annual New Music Festival, which will bring musicians and composers to campus from around the country. He is not fazed by the intense work schedule. “I came to be busy,” he said good-naturedly. Although this is his first time in the United States, he has lived and studied abroad before, in Denmark…


As FCC auction nears end, future of WBGU-TV hangs in balance

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The fate of WBGU-TV may be known by early spring. After more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction of spectrum is drawing to a close. The auction, which began last March, is nearing the end of its four-stage of bidding. This is expected to be the final stage. After that in about a month there will be another auction to determine what stations land where. Only after that is completed will we know where stations, including WBGU-TV, will land. In summer, 2015, officials at Bowling Green State University, which holds the WBGU’s license, announced they were considering participating in the process that is designed to reallocate broadcast spectrum for use by wireless companies. After a couple months of public forums, where the comments were overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining the station, the administration said it favored participating in the auction while still keeping the station on the air. That commitment to maintain WBGU was backed by the university’s trustees. That could mean the public TV station moving to the less desirable VHF part of the spectrum, or partnering with another station to share its spectrum. Charles Meisch, Jr., a senior advisor to the Incentive Auction Task Force, said doing that has required the FCC to come up with a unique auction format. The process started with each station being given an initial bid price. That was $188.4 million for WBGU. That would be a price if the station gave up its license, which the university has said it would not do. The price would be lower depending on where in the VHF spectrum the station ended up. And those are opening bids go down as the auction progresses. Industry media have reported that there was less demand for the broadcast spectrum than anticipated. Once the auction was underway, station representatives were not allowed to comment at all on the procedure, a stance recently reaffirmed by Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer, who as part of his position oversees WBGU. Meisch said he could not comment activity for a specific station, but could talk about the process in general. Each stage of the auction has involved two rounds. In one, the reverse auction, the FCC tried to find the lowest price at which stations would relinquish spectrum. In the forward auction it determines what carriers are interested in buying the spectrum acquired in the reverse auction. Once the FCC determines that there is no more spectrum to be had in the top 40 markets, it moves onto the next stage. In the final stage the forward auction will continue until there is no spectrum demand in every single market, no matter how small. It’s matter of finding balance between what broadcasters are willing to sell and what wireless carriers are willing to buy. “It’s working exactly the way we expected,” Meisch said.  “It’s doing what it’s supposed to do, whittling down the cost until we have equilibrium.” The system was designed to go through multiple stages. In the end, he said, the auction process needs to raise enough money to pay for itself. That includes any cost incurred by broadcast stations related to moving to a new channel. Any money raised beyond that, he said, will go toward federal deficit reduction….


BGSU Dance Program showcases local choreography in concert, Jan. 27 & 28

From COLLEEN MURPHY Staff and students of the BGSU Dance Program proudly present the Winter Dance Concert this Friday, Jan. 27,  and Saturday, Jan. 28, . The concert features choreography by Dance Program faculty Kristi Faulkner, Colleen Murphy, Tammy Starr, and Tracy Wilson, as well as undergraduate Dance major Courtney Alston. Dance majors and minors have been rehearsing for the performance since the fall semester. The concert highlights versatility in the BGSU Dance Program, with ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap dances on display. In addition, a special work features Dance Program faculty Tammy Starr and Tracy Wilson, and BGSU Dance Program alumnae Samantha Stearns and Alexa Rittichier. The Winter Dance Concert is produced with generous support from the BGSU Department of Theatre & Film.  The concert will be held at 8pm in the Wolfe Center for The Arts Donnell Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact Colleen Murphy cmurphy@bgsu.edu for additional information.    


BGSU arts events through Feb. 8

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jan. 25 – The Faculty Artist Series presents pianist Robert Satterlee. He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn., among others. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 26 – The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features graduate students Sam Adams and Dan Gualtieri. They will present their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 26 – BGSU’s Jazz Lab Band I will perform with guest artist and saxophonist, Loren Stillman. Stillman has received praise in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and on National Public Radio,marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. His original recordings have received critical acclaim from The New York Times and four star recognition in BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man magazine and Downbeat. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit www.bgsu.edu/arts. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Jan. 27 – Students in the BGSU dance program will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door. Jan. 27 – The College of Musical Arts Guest Artist Series features “Schubert, Songfulness and the Body,” a lecture/recital by pianist Arved Ashby, a professor of music at Ohio State University. Ashby focuses on 20th- and 21st-century art music within broader contexts of cultural history, critical theory, post-Marxist aesthetics, and media and communications. He is the editor of “Listening to Modernism: Intention, Meaning, and the Compositional Avant-garde” (Rochester, 2004) and author of “Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction.” In 1996, Ashby received the prestigious Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society. The lecture recital will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 27 – The Toledo Museum of Art and BGSU’s College of Musical Arts presents EAR | EYE Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art. The performance and discussion series explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. The event will feature BGSU doctoral candidates and begin at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Free Jan. 28 – Students in the BGSU dance program will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door. Jan. 30 – Students from the BGSU piano studio will present a recital at 7 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free Jan. 31 – Tuesdays at the Gish begins with the 2010 film “Night Catches Us,” directed by Tanya Hamilton. Set in 1976, this award-winning film developed at Sundance centers on Marcus (Anthony Mackie), a Black Panther member who returns to the neighborhood he left after tumultuous events a decade before. His father has died and the family home has…


BG high students get in the act as directors in this weekend’s showcase

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Claire Wells-Jensen is trying to block a quartet of actors on the stage of the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center. The arrangement of actors just doesn’t seem to be coming together quite like she and co-director Lily Krueger envisioned. “This is the most stressful thing I’ve ever done,” she says. Maybe as frustrating as a mom trying to hustle a teenage daughter off to school. Maybe as frustrating as herding cats… on the internet. Wells-Jensen and Krueger are directing “The Internet is Distract – Oh Look A Kitten!” That’s one of four one-act plays on the bill Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center. The school’s Improv Troupe will also perform. Tickets are $8 and $6 for students and senior citizens. Seniors with a Bobcat Pass get in free. Jo Beth Gonzalez, the advisor for the Drama Club, said the program of one-act plays gives students a chance assume the director’s role. “Kids think directing is easy until they do it. They learn so much,” she said. Certainly that was the case for Krueger and Wells-Jensen. “It was not what I expected,” Krueger said.  “We’ve been in one acts directed by students, and you think you know what they’re going through, but it completely different.” The responsibility for the play from selection to staging falls on their shoulders. Wells-Jensen and Krueger realized their young cast needed a little more help concentrating so they did four focus exercises before each rehearsal. The other plays on the bill are: “Windmills and Millstones” by Louise Wade, directed by Meagan Worthy, a thought-provoking play about characters whose playwright has abandoned them. “Action News: Now With 10% More Action” by Jonathan Rand, directed by Rachel Amburgey, a comedy that spoofs local TV news. “Life as a Techie or Something Like It” by Christopher Fleitas, directed by Natalie Avery and Jessica Wilson, a comedy in which a student must decide which faction to belong to – the theatre techies or the actors – of a hilariously bad high school musical. Gonzalez said students must make a proposal explaining why they want to direct and what script they’ve chosen. She said she can give them some guidance as far as scripts, and they see some at the annual state thespian conference. But they often go online to find plays. “They’re sleuths,” the drama teacher said. “This is just a play that really spoke to us,” Wells-Jensen said. “It’s very relatable.” In Ian McWethy’s comedy, a teenager is trying to complete her paper on “The Great Gatsby” while wrestling with all the distractions of the internet. “We have definitely done papers in the last minutes before school,” Krueger said. Gonzalez then reviews the plays for appropriateness. Sometimes students select material that they best wait until college to deal with. Other than that, she said, takes a supporting role. She’s around for consultation, but she does watch the plays until a week before production. “I’m going to be your third eye,” she tells them, because when she directs “I need a third eye.” With four different casts and crews, the one-acts draw in a large number of students, some of whom are new to the Drama Club, Gonzalez said. Some have experience with the Horizon Youth…