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2017 Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

Stumped for gift-giving this year? Let the entertainment world (and Review) be your guide! Here are our top picks from this year of things to listen to, read, and watch, all just perfect for wrapping up in a big, festive red bow.

16th November, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Before I excavate all the lies, half-truths, and braggadocio that color this overly ambitious tome to extended adolescence, I must admit I hero-worshiped The Who like I hero worshipped the Beatles or the Stones and countless other great bands from the golden age of R-O-C-K.

18th April, 2013 | 0 Comments

Greg Allman is a tried and true southern-bred hell-raising redneck hippie who scaled the heights of stardom only to fall precipitously from his ill-fitting pedestal. Allman is a throwback to the old rhythm and blues masters he emulated, from Patti Labelle and Jackie Wilson to Otis Redding as well as blues legend Muddy Waters.

16th August, 2012 | 0 Comments

As a prolific novelist and essayist with his origins deeply seated in radio broadcasting, Garrison Keillor is also an enigmatic road warrior distinguished by a rigorous touring schedule. Indeed, the writer & host of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, which is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations,will bring his homespun with & humor to Saginaw’s historic Temple Theatre on Monday, January 30 at 7:30 PM.

12th January, 2012 | 0 Comments

When the news hit that Maestro Leo Najar had passed away suddenly on May 17th it was as if my face had been slammed into a brick wall. Leo came to Saginaw to begin his career as conductor of The Saginaw Symphony in 1980, right around the same time The Review was born; and over the course of three decades our relationship deepened and flourished in many remarkable ways, largely because our goals for broadening the importance, significance, and potential for the musical arts within the tri-city community mirrored each other in the sense both of us, in our own way, were striving to break down traditional boundaries by making the seemingly stuffy and structured contours of the classical arts relevant, meaningful, and magical within a contemporary context for future generations.

09th June, 2011 | 0 Comments

Going to sing you a song about a friend I know. He has no time for a late TV show. He ain't tall, completely bald, My friend, Zucker. He says his last name's pronounced Zooker.

09th June, 2011 | 0 Comments

Heart of Activism, Beacon of Conscience

Henry Marsh's recent passing at age 89 caused recollections of my conversations through the years with the former Saginaw mayor and civil rights leader.  It always struck me, through Mr.

19th May, 2011 | 0 Comments

Interview with a Comedic Legend on his Love of the Banjo and Upcoming Midland Appearance with The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve Martin may have cut his teeth and made his mark as the ‘Wild & Crazy Guy’ of standup comedy in the mid to late 1970s; but today he is certainly one of the most diversified performers and arguably one of our most gifted creative talents, achieving success as an actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician, while forging pivotal roles in some of the most popular movies of recent history.

28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells

Tommy James has always been an enigma to me, a second tier sixties artist with a trunk full of hits and a boatload of critical condemnation. Although he achieved astounding success he never quite hit the big leagues with acts like The Who, The Doors, Moody Blues, Kinks, and The Beach Boys; and though he flirted with big-time success (George Harrison even wrote a few songs specifically for James) he never achieved the stratospheric rock god status of The Beatles, Stones and Dylan.

28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Only Writer More Reclusive than J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon

In the world of Starbucks, and public libraries and coffee houses crammed with kids with nose piercings and ear studs writing screenplays, there is a noticeable lack in the art of the storyteller.

14th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

Irony abounds.  A week before preparing this first of several anniversary editions that you presently hold in your hand, the buzz was out – Mid-Michigan’s three largest daily publications were cutting their frequency down to three times per week.

09th November, 2009 | 0 Comments

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