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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When it comes to the Christmas holiday functioning as an inspirational vehicle for the performing arts, few productions can top It's a Wonderful Life  - the classic  Christmas drama produced and directed by the legendary Frank Capra, that was based on the short story The Greatest Gift, written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1939 and privately published in 1945.

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John Burt, founder of Duro-Last and great friend & mentor to Rayleen & Tom Lawler, strongly felt if you believe in something and eel it the right thing to do, then its best to 'do it now' Inspired by these wise words, the Lawlers wanted to give money to the church and thought with some help at the parish level, their donation could multiply five times.

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“In other places bombs were being dropped, targets chosen, hills lost and taken; there were floods and volcanic eruptions, wars and the preparation for wars, governments shaken funerals and marches.

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Saginaw native Jennifer Douglas is a 1982 graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School (now Heritage High) and is the writer, co-producer and cinematographer for an important new documentary entitled Save KLSD, which addresses the increasing lack of local, diverse radio in America due to media consolidation and its impact on democracy.

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When the off-Broadway musical Godspell first burst into national consciousness back in 1971, it was at the height of a period where the Hippie movement, driven by conflicting goals of narcissistic self-awareness and achieving 'higher consciousness' - whether chemically induced or realized through spiritual meditation - splintered off into a sub-culture that came to be known as 'Jesus Freaks'.

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In today's climate of Electronic Dance Music and pre-recorded beats, loops, and digital delirium, the music of Thick as Thieves hits you like a warm breeze of humanity on a hazy summer day; or better yet, the warm sound of a diamond needle touching the grooves on a carefully tended vinyl record.

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With the August primary now behind us and the November elections looming forward, the big upset in Saginaw County centered upon the Saginaw County Prosecutor's race and attorney John McColgan, Jr.

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For Todd Hall the creation of Heavy Metal oriented Rock 'n Roll is his passion.  Along with his brother Jon, Todd co-founded the local metal outfit Harlet that has packed clubs for two decades; and several years ago Todd became the vocalist for Jack Starr's 'Burning Starr', which took his talents to larger levels through international tours of Europe behind Burning Starr's original releases, the most recent of which came out last November.

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It's been a good 3 years since the Grammy Award winning musicianship of Bonnie Raitt graced the performing stage; and her appearance at the Matrix: Midland festival on May 22nd was the stuff that legend and memories are made of.

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It's been a busy year for critically acclaimed jazz singer and culinary dynamo Molly McFadden, whom is busily putting the finishing touches on the 2012 Michigan Jazz Trail Festival - a synthesis of national headliners and world class regional talent that will converge into a yellow-brick musical road, populating venues throughout Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland from June 20 - 24th.

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With a growing number of magazine and broadcast news sources turning into little more than marketing arms for commercial interests, it seems fitting to turn the spotlight upon recent legislation and activity at the state and national level that will decidedly impact all Americans.

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Compiled by Project Censored | Edited by Robert E. Martin For 35 years Project Censored has been committed to bringing the most vital stories to public awareness with the belief that genuine democracy depends upon freedom of the press, which in recent years has fallen under its own particular brand of corporate influence.

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Bay City's historic State Theatre provides the perfect setting for showcasing the talents of keyboardist & songwriter Michael Brush as he takes to the stage on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 PM to perform revamped versions of original songs spanning his 35-year career with his group Brush Street and an expanded String & Brass section.

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Classical Composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture & Incidental Music as an underscore that back in the 19th Century was essentially a 'soundtrack' of that time, serving as connective music for the flourishing fantasy of Shakespeare's legendary play of the same name.

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Executive Producer & Director Dan Tuma shot this short independent film entirely in Midland. The story of a college graduate who moves back to his hometown, once there he experiences internal and external struggles with a new relationship and his aspirations for the career of his dreams.

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