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 a relative newcomer to the Rockabilly scene The Triple Aces have hit the ground running, gigging up and down Mid-Michigan from Bemo’s to the Machine Shop along with stops @ the Hamilton Street Pub, White’s Bar, Woody O' Brien's and Flanagan's.

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One group that needs little introduction is The Thunder Chickens. Consisting of the inimitable Melissa May on vocals, guitar & violin, Josh Jekel on guitar, Matt NyQuist on bass and Terry Poirer on drums, the group has secured numerous honors the last couple of years at the Review Music Awards, and this year reaffirmed their place in the hearts of tri-city fans by nailing honors for Best Female Rock Vocalist, Best Rock Instrumentalist (Melissa May); Best Bassist (Matt NyQuist) and Best Variety Band.

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When it comes to Jazz, the mid-Michigan area has enjoyed a storied reputation for producing innovative and nationally renowned performers, from the saxophone acumen of Sonny Stitt  to the melodic pop-styings of Stevie Wonder, Felton Sparks, and Jerry Holmes.

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For the second year in a row, The Baytones secured the nod as Best Big Jazz Band among music lovers and fans throughout the region; and got to show off how incredibly wonderful, dynamic and expressive a 16-piece jazz band can be when they performed their spirited set at the 2010 RMA’s The Baytones have been together since 1996 and actually began as two groups – the all-female band known as Opus Ten and the Bob Olsen Orchestra.

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The Producers is arguably one of the most unusual musical comedies ever developed for the American theatrical stage. Adapted by comic genius Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop.

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Editor, The Review; We are having a child soon. Though my parents smoked in front of me when I very young I am not going to smoke around her. I understand that she does not have a choice about being around the second hand smoke, so I will go outside of my own home to smoke.

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For a majority of Americans, contemporary politics is often equated with greed and cynicism. Recent polls show that 47% of Americans classify themselves as Independents rather than Republicans or Democrats; and a huge portion of the health care debate came down to the fact, which stuck out like a sore thumb, that elected legislators would not be partaking within the same coverage plans they were asking the rest of the citizenry to sign up for.

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For 34 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. Founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, Project Censored is a media research program working in cooperation with various independent media groups throughout the U.

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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.

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 For those that are cynical or dubious about President Obama's trillion dollar stimulus package, the guest editorial by Delta College trustee Kim Higgs about the pay increase and compensation package for Delta President Jean Goodnow – whom has served in her Presidential capacity for only a few short years - serves as ample ammunition to reinforce the argument that government & education are a significant source of the problem for our economic woes as opposed to a solution.

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When this publication began 30 years ago, one of my key goals was to write about topics & stories that the mainstream media was afraid to cover, in the hopes of promoting better accountability.

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George Jacob is a tri-city based museum professional known for his museum work spanning 11 countries. Trained at the Smithsonian, educated at University of Toronto and Yale School of Management, he has been the founding Director of two museums and has a track record of over $160 million in completed projects.

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There are several keys to understanding the new Michigan Marijuana Law. Enacted by voters in a landslide election with a 63% margin on November 4th, Michigan now joins twelve other states that have decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes.

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When musician Chris Wiley Smith caught the ever ambitious and prolific band Sprout perform selections from The Band's Last Waltz at this year's Review Music Awards Ceremony, a bolt of inspiration came to him.

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The deed is done. Navigated in the midst of a crisis, Congress managed to pass the $700 billion Wall Street 'Bailout Plan', but only after the Senate added another $100 billion in spending packages, leaving the majority of Americans exiled on Main Street to ask, 'Where's my happy chocolates?' And more importantly, how are we going to pay for all of this? As the Dow continues to decline, even after the so-called 'rescue package', and Americans watch their retirement plans evaporate into thin air, less than one month before the Presidential election, the key questions Americans are asking is how did we get here and what do we do now? Two days after the first failed vote on the bailout package, Saginaw Valley State University hosted a major forum entitled Wall Street to Main Street: What the Bailout Means.

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