Issue 727

09th June, 2011 - 29th June, 2011

A Legacy of Success Serving Culture & Cuisine from the Cradle of Civilization.

In the Great Lakes Bay Area the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival, held on the church grounds at 4970 Mackinaw at McCarty in Saginaw, has become as synonymous with summer as the 4th of July and concerts in the park.

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When the news hit that Maestro Leo Najar had passed away suddenly on May 17th it was as if my face had been slammed into a brick wall. Leo came to Saginaw to begin his career as conductor of The Saginaw Symphony in 1980, right around the same time The Review was born; and over the course of three decades our relationship deepened and flourished in many remarkable ways, largely because our goals for broadening the importance, significance, and potential for the musical arts within the tri-city community mirrored each other in the sense both of us, in our own way, were striving to break down traditional boundaries by making the seemingly stuffy and structured contours of the classical arts relevant, meaningful, and magical within a contemporary context for future generations.

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In mid-May, the Senate considered a proposal to end some of the subsidies for oil and gas companies that cost taxpayers $4 billion a year. Though a majority of the Senate voted to support this idea, it failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster.

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2010 was a productive and positive year for the Great Lakes Bay hip-hop scene. Some positive music and unity movements were key in accelerating the quality of the scene to the forefront. Some very well deserving artists took home awards this year, and I checked in with the winners to see what's going on and their upcoming plans.

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Basketball achievements are front and center among honorees for the 10th annual Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. Three hoops coaches are joining the Hall of Fame. They are Ron Vondette of Carrollton High, Marshall Thomas of Saginaw High and Art Pelzer of Frankenmuth High.

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Organizers for the Benefit for the Children of Susan Baxter Goodman are pleased to announce that a total of $6,700 was raised, with more donations expected. If anyone would like to contribute, they can send donations payable to MESP (Michigan Education Savings Program) to the Big Ugly Fish, 1418 State St.

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The 2011 Michigan Jazz Trail Festival Showcases World Class Talent

The diversity and depth of mid-Michigan's Great Lakes Bay creative musical community is deeply embedded within the roots of our region, yet in many ways is also our 'best kept secret'.

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Going to sing you a song about a friend I know. He has no time for a late TV show. He ain't tall, completely bald, My friend, Zucker. He says his last name's pronounced Zooker.

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Our Saving Grace: Modern Spirituals with One Foot in Hell

Tim Avram is a tattooed and spanked "take me home and make me like it" Punk Rocker disguised as an under-the-radar country roots musician - a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing. For the last nine years, Avram has fronted various incarnations of the last great punk band - The Mongrels.

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