Robert E Martin


Robert E. Martin is co-founder, Editor, & Publisher of Review Magazine, an independent publication of news, the arts, and culture, which was established in 1979. He graduated from Albion College & the University of Sussex, in Brighton England, and has also contributed to many statewide and national publications.
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As the longest days approach each year with the Summer Solstice, hundreds of volunteers throughout the community gather together with the singular purpose of tending to the numerous details, tasks, and nuances that collectively pull together all the elements that make the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival one of the most pivotal celebrations to resonate throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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There is little argument than within the lexicon of American theatre the musical stage play known as My Fair Lady occupies a special register for audiences of all ages. With the classic metamorphosis that transpires between its central character Eliza Doolittle and the skeptical professor Henry Higgins (memorably performed on film by the late Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison) coupled with the memorable musical score by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe, the magical chemistry woven into the carefully crafted script of this production makes the colorful nuances and rich complexities of this classic tale an ideal musical to present for the Spring Season.

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The film Heathers is hands-down one of the true contemporary cinematic cult classics that the stuff of legend is made of. When originally released in 1988 this dark comedy about high school cliques, popularity, and teenage angst first introduced the world to the actor Christian Slater and also featured breakout performances from Winona Ryder in the lead role of Veronica Sawyer and Shannen Doherty as one of the infamous ‘Heathers’ that propagate much of the action and focus throughout its dark terrain.

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2017 marked the second year in a row that the D-Street Music Foundation walked away with the honor of being named Best Music Festival in the region for their annual Parkapalooza event at the 31st Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony, and according to D-Street’s Ed Kerns, “Winning this award back-to-back in an amazing honor and I think all of were surprised!”

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One of the exciting components involved with the annual Review Music Awards celebration is when a new artist or group surfaces and manages to grab enough attention of both their fan base and voting public to seemingly surface out of the blue and sweep numerous honors.

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REVIEW Magazine presented their 31st Annual Music Awards Celebration on April 23rd at Lumber Baron's Genevieve Ballroom in Bay City the evening of April 23rd and honored 61 different artists that have enriched the cultural climate throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. With a total of 4,288 votescast by the general public between January & March of this year and a total of 546 artists nominated from the region, the top five nominees in each division moved to a final round of voting and the winners were honored at this special annual celebration.

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The state’s leading marijuana legalization organization MILegalize2018 announces official unity support of updated petition language drafted in support of placing the adult use of cannabis on the November 2018 general election ballot.

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REVIEW Magazine presented their 31st Annual Music Awards Celebration on April 23rd at Lumber Baron's Genevieve Ballroom in Bay City and honored 61 different artists that have enriched the cultural climate throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. A total of 4,288 votes were cast by the general public between January & March of this year, with a total of 546 nominated musicians. The top five nominees in each division moved to a final round of voting and the winners were honored at this special annal celebration. Here is a breakdown of the winners in all categories ranging from Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock, and numerous Miscellaneous categories. Watch for complete coverage and interviews with the top winners in various divisions in our Special Print & Online Music Awards Edition of the REVIEW that will hit newsstands on May 11th.

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As one who recently experienced a five-day stay in the hospital and also received a $42,000 bill for the services rendered there, I have some acute observations about the health care debacle in the United States that is both bankrupting our nation and tearing the very fabric of our society apart at the seams.

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One of the new features at this year’s PATCHWORK Festival is the world-wide debut of a new film by Alex Mixter that is titled ‘Saginaw’ and will be showing on May 7th at Pit & Balcony Theatre at 5 PM.

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Frontier Ruckus is a Michigan based band busy making serious inroads on the national performing circuit. The group's catalog can be most consistently classified as folk rock with a strong verbal emphasis woven around a sound that is augured around the lyrically intensive songs of Matthew Milia, who formed the group along with banjo player David Winston Jones while growing up in Metro Detroit.

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For the second year in a row the Great Lakes Bay region is poised to explode with a brilliant flourish of artistic & musical activity as the PATCHWORK Art & Music Festival prepares to showcase 15 major events spread throughout venues in each of the Tri-Cities from May 4-13th, including seven concerts, multiple gallery receptions, film premiers, poetry slams, literary speakers, educational seminars and panels, comedy, wellness activities, and much more.

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Mid Michigan Waste Authority will host its annual Earth Day Celebration on Sat., April 22, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw. This annual environmentally-themed event promises a fun-filled day for children of all ages and their families. To make the festivities even more appealing, MMWA is offering free admission to the first 400 people who bring a recyclable beverage container.

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Monique Ella Rose is one of those rare performers that realize the importance of forging a connection with her audience; and how regardless of one’s tonal range or technical ability, it is the human bond between artists and the people they perform in front of that more often than not make the difference in one’s musical career.

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There is an intoxicating energy emanating from the historic Bancroft Project standing proudly in the core of the Downtown Saginaw business district on the corner of Genesee & Washington as the newly renovated, refurbished, and re-invented Bourbon & Co. prepares to open its doors, the latest step in a journey that over the last few years has witnessed a luxury apartment complex, a Coffee & Tea Café, an increasingly popular Wine & Martini Bar, and an expansive regional art gallery infusing fresh life and affirmative possibilities for excitement into the Downtown corridor.

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