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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Bay City Players is ringing in the new year with a peek inside the theatrical world as presented within the innovative looking glass of Act One – a relatively new production that premiered on Broadway in April, 2014, and is based upon the autobiography of the legendary Moss Hart.

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On his new release Community Aspire, Bay City musician Scott Baker embarks upon an entirely new dimension and musical plateau by crafting together a dynamic & varied selection of ten songs with a sharp focus upon songwriting & vocal harmony that marks a distinct departure for the award-winning founder of such R&B groups as Muddy Gumbo and The Universal Expressions.

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More so than any figure populating the political landscape, Julian Assange was the defining figure in this year’s 2016 Presidential election. An Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist, he is editor-in-chief of the organization WikiLeaks, which he founded in 2006. He has won numerous accolades for journalism, including the Sam Adams Award and Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

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With over 60 arts and cultural organizations varying from galleries, orchestras, dance & art studios, libraries, theatre companies, gardens, zoos, historical societies, nature centers and universities populating the Great Lakes Bay Region, there was no shortage of significant moments and developments happening throughout the region in 2016.

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The great American poet Robert Lowell once wrote about how “the blind swipe of the pruner and his knife is busy about the tree of life”; and as 2016 comes to a close, it is apparent from this disquieting list of significant souls that passed over to the Great Beyond over the past 12-months that a lot of deep cutting occurred, forcing us to face the elements with a much thinner herd.

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Originally released back in 1894, The Jungle Book is a collection of masterfully woven stories by English author Rudyard Kipling that are essentially fables, giving animals human traits and mannerisms in order to convey moral lessons that ring eternal.

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It’s time to ring the holiday bells and roll out the red carpet as one the largest commercial art galleries in the State of Michigan prepares to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, December 13th. Known simply as The Gallery • Art for Saginaw, and with nearly 5,000 square feet of space to showcase a divergent array of original Mixed Media artwork...

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When it comes landmark businesses that have propagated both the growth and sustenance of the musical community in the Great Lakes Bay region, Mid-Michigan Music has withstood the test of time to set both the tone and the timbre for what the blueprint of a full-service musical instrument and professional audio company should looks & sound like that has resonated successfully for 30 years.

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When artist Dennis Adomaitis passed away earlier this year, while he definitely left a void within the fabric of our community for the many people, students, friends and colleagues whose lives he touched with his talented hand and inclusive and gregarious nature...

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Few would argue the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his mystical change of heart upon experiencing the human condition through the spiritual conduit of Tiny Tim as rendered in Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ stands today as one of the most beloved and well-known tales in the lexicon of Christmas lore...

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When artist Dennis Adomaitis passed away earlier this year, while he definitely left a void within the fabric of our community for the many people, students, friends and colleagues whose lives he touched with his talented hand and inclusive and gregarious nature; he also fortunately filled that void with an impressive legacy of original artwork that reflects the multitude of deep texture and boldly brash, richly colored beauty that he captured with his unique and discerning artistic eye.

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One of the great things about watching any ‘grassroots’ endeavor blossom is the impact carried by the knowledge that the seeds which gave root were planted close to home; and as the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival embarks upon celebrating their 10th Anniversary showcase from November 10-13th, it seems fitting to begin Scorsese’s insightful observation regarding the process of selection.

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One of the significantly inspirational films showing at this year’s Riverside Saginaw Film Festival is Phil’s Camino, a remarkable documentary created by director Annie O’Neil that explores the journey of Phil Volker, a man living with Stage 4 Cancer who dreams of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage Camino de Santiago across Spain.

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Legends come in many shapes, varieties, and forms, and the iconic and influential group known as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band certainly has earned their stripes as a truly legendary musical concoction. Often cited as a catalyst and pioneers that shaped the sound of contemporary Country Rock and American Roots Music, the band is currently celebrating their 50th Anniversary Tour and will be landing on the stage of the historic Temple Theatre on Saturday, November 12th.

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For Saginaw born director Sean O’Grady, the process of creating his 76-minute documentary known as Land Grab was a transformative experience, given that as a result of coming to Detroit to make the film, he now owns a production company in Metro Detroit, where he is producing a number of TV projects at the moment, while developing ideas for new films.

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