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 was with immense sadness and undeniably shock that I heard the news about the sudden passing on September 10th of Patrick Flynn, Maestro and Conductor for The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and a true patron of the Arts in every sense of the word.

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Christopher Weekes made his engaging new film Bitter & Twisted at the age of 24, with little money and pulling every favor on the planet in order to complete his vision. He premiered it at the Tribeca Film Festival one month ago.

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As the new Vice-President of Communications for the Saginaw Spirit, Terry Ficorelli is a name you will be seeing and hearing a lot about in the Saginaw Valley. Born and raised in Detroit, Ficorelli played in all of the Detroit Jr.

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Michigan voters on November 4th will decide on ballot proposals for Medical Marijuana use and Stem Cell Research, but they will not get a chance to consider a part-time legislature or advisory referendums on state tax increases.

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The first year of its career the Saginaw 'Old Gold's finished second among 16 teams in the 6th Annual World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village.  They beat the 3-time World Champion Clodbusters 17 to 14.

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Back in the late '60s and early 1970s, Philip Kerby was a young FBI agent stationed in Saginaw at a volatile time in history when student riots and Watergate were fueling the headlines more than the dealings of local mobsters.

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As our interview with Jason Jewell demonstrates, illusionists are starting to levitate above the fray of 'traditional' entertainment and starting to stake a claim as the new breed of 'rock stars' for our time.

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Credulity is the man's weakness but the child's strength.'       -Thomas Lamb Magic and illusion are two diametrically opposed forces vying for the same page in our  consciousness - even the most cynical naysayer in the deepest recess of habit & predictability yearns for a healthy dose of magic in his life; while those imbued with the gift of magic know that in reality, it's true art is engendered by creating a 'suspension of disbelief' within the one possessed by it.

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The Saginaw County Road Commission wasn't the only mid-Michigan snow removal agency to pull its plows during the heart of last month's big storm. Citizens who followed The Saginaw News may have perceived that Saginaw was alone, but neighbor communities did pretty much the same thing.

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As anybody with a passion (or even a fondness) for the Blues can attest, it is decidedly one of the more difficult musical genres to conquer, and consequently increasingly rare to find artists coming forth with fresh and original statements.

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"A gourmet can tell from the flavor whether a woodcock's leg is the one on which the bird is accustomed to roost." -  Lucius Beebe When it comes to refining one's taste buds, discipline for detail, and eye for perfection to the exactitude essential for flourishing as a true Gourmet Chef, Scott Grant is a walking recipe filled with all the essential ingredients.

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Any artist capable of moving an audience or listener is usually informed by the past & present musical heritage that surrounds him as equally as he is impassioned about the texture of his vision and desire to render his own singular contributions into the creative lexicon.

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When The Blue Man Group makes their way to Saginaw's Dow Event Center on November 14th, the tri-cities will become witness to an entire new realm of theatricality, music, performance, and cutting edge technology.

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For younger readers born during the Reagan years that regard student activism as a foreign concept, allow me to tell you a little bit about John Sinclair - arguably, one of the pivotal forces, along with Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, and a host of other young American revolutionaries from the 1960s, that forged a fulcrum of opposition to the Vietnam War and helped shaped the reality of a 'counter-culture' as we know it today.

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Given the recent defeat of the newly proposed Saginaw City Charter by a stunning one to five margin, and given that I have dedicated over two years of my time as a member of the Saginaw Charter Commission and a member of the Drafting Committee, I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about 'what went wrong'.

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