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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It seems impossible to believe that three decades have passed since the very first presentation of this ceremony took place at Saginaw’s legendary historic Fordney Hotel, which was the center-hub venue for a burgeoning regional musical scene that featured dozens of clubs on both Saginaw’s Hamilton Street & Bay City’s Midland Street Entertainment districts that were featuring live music six-nights per week.

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“Illness is the night side of life; a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that that other place. - Susan Sontag, ‘Illness as Metaphor’

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The late great American author John Steinbeck was a founding member of what sadly has become a feeding tradition known as Muckraking journalism – a discipline that sought to expose atrocities involving the exploitation of workers forced to perform arduous and soul crushing labor for minimal wages in abject conditions that was most brilliantly rendered in his groundbreaking work The Grapes of Wrath.

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The Marcus King Band is led by singer, songwriter & guitarist Marcus King, who was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and brought up on the blues, playing shows a pre-teen sideman with his father, the fellow bluesman Marvin King.

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As former front man & guitar player for the legendary rock band BOSTON, musician David Victor absorbed a unique perspective performing nightly in front of 20,000 people upon stadium stages across the country, which two years ago formed the springboard from which he evolved his idea for Rock, Stars & Stripes...

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Within the vast body of work that comprises contemporary theatre, playwright Robert Harling’s intensely and engagingly rendered work Steel Magnolias on many levels stands as one of the finest plays to emerge from the American stage over the past fifty years; and is certainly a fitting choice for Bay City Players to mark their 100th Anniversary with when it opens a two-week run over the weekends of March 17th – 26th.

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When it comes to contemporary music, Detroit-based vocalist Thornetta Davis can easily be viewed as a true torch-bearer, having populated the contemporary Blues scene for many years by expanding upon a style that builds upon the fundamentals laid down by such classy ladies as Koko Taylor and Aretha Franklin.​

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Things continue to evolve and improve as the annual Saginaw On Stage Music Festival prepares to embark upon its 14th year of showcasing top-notch regional musical talent, which will be held again for its fourth year at The Temple Theatre Complex in Downtown Saginaw on Friday, February 24th.​

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Charlotte’s Web is arguably one of the most widely loved children’s books generated over the past 200 years. Written by American author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams...

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It is not new information to the region’s aficionados that interest in locally produced original music has exploded over the last several years. While venues like Bemo’s, White’s Bar and Tri-City Brewing Company’s Tap Room have been featuring many of these artists’ live performances for some time, it can be claimed that 2016 is the year that regionally recorded output took center stage.

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The strength of Michigan’s creative capacity extends well beyond the invention of the automobile or the musical explosion known as Motown and reaches deep into the world of cinema, which will be gloriously showcased at the 8th Annual Made in Michigan Film Festival happening the weekend of February 3-5th at the state-of-the-art Bronner Performing Arts Center in Frankenmuth.

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Kicking off the Made in Michigan Film Festival on Friday, February 3rd are two short films and two feature narratives showcasing work by directors in the genre of Contemporary Horror that are best suited for mature audiences.

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With 40 different short and documentary films being featured at the 8th Annual Made in Michigan Film Festival that will screen over the three-day expanse of the festival from February 3-5th, each of the selected entries possess a high quality of vision & perspective that serve as a testament to the artistry of drawing an audience into the world of a narrative delivered over a short expanse of time.

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One of the crowning freedoms that has always distinguished the United States from other countries surrounding the globe is the freedom of the press and individual expression as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

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One of the most existential and potentially unpredictable musical showcases yet to be staged in the Great Lakes Bay Region will be happening on Sunday, January 29th, when the first ever Band Roulette comes together at Bay City’s State Theatre for a star-studded fundraiser designed to benefit the D Street Music Foundation.​

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