Ottawa County native wins Sundance Award
Elmore native Zak Mulligan won the 2010 Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival for his work on “Obsolidia.”
Zak served as the director of photography for the film, which was written and directed by Diane Bell.
A graduate of Woodmore High School, Zak earned a BFA from Arizona State University. Since graduating from college, he has shot three feature films, traipsed through the catacombs of Paris with a camera, shot numerous documentaries, commercials and music videos all over the U.S. and the world.
The son of Mark Mulligan, of Elmore, and Kathy Fahle, also of Elmore, he lives in New York City. He is a fixture in the Brooklyn Independent filmmaking scene and is a founding member of the filmmaking collective, Radius 5. He is working to develop the feature film, “I’m Not Me,” in which a man struggles with the death of his wife, only to realize that they may have another chance at life together.
“Obsolidia” can be reserved on Netflix, and much of Zak’s work can be seen at www.zakmulligan.com.
Kerry Clark Live in the House
The Pemberville Opera House will welcome singer Kerry Clark March 6 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the “Live In The House” Concert Series.
Clark is known as a musical “Norman Rockwell.” His palette includes a simple 12-note scale, a six-string guitar and one voice that seeks to sing hope into the human experience. He released his first project, Life And Times, a record! – in 1985. Of the 1,000 copies that were pressed and sold that year, one made its way to the offices of The New Christy Minstrels. Clark toured with the Christy’s in 1985, celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary. He later recorded A Simple Man, 1994; Build A Bridge, 1996; Choose Love, 2000; 911…Songs To Heal A Nation, 2001. “Ground Zero,” a track from the 911 tribute CD, was used by CNN in the six-month anniversary special to honor those who served and those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Amazing Day of Play
The Oregon Community and Family Coalition (OCFC) and the Eastern Community YMCA will present an “Amazing Day of Play” March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the East Y, located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
The event is a free, fun event for children 3-10 p.m. The Y will be transformed into a labyrinth of activities for children, all focused on 40 developmental assets.
Activities will include Animal Time and Crafts by the Toledo Zoo; storytime with the Oregon Branch Library; a jump rope contest; responsible pet ownership and dog safety presentation with the Humane Society; Fossil Fun by Imagination Station; face painting; arts and crafts; games, snacks, an inflatable bounce house and more.
Genoa Civic Theatre will conclude its season with the comedy/mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” by Craig Sodato April 23 through May 2.
Auditions will be held March 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the theatre, located at 509-1/2 Main St. The action takes place in a Chinese diner run by two Irish sisters, along with a German waitress. There is a variety of roles for men and women in the show, which is being directed by Barb Markley.
For more information, call 419-862-3750.
On local stages…
Genoa Civic Theatre will present, “The Altos – Like The Sopranos, Only Lower,” Feb. 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 and March 7 at 2 p.m. at the theatre, located at 509-1/2 Main St., Genoa.
The interactive musical mystery is rated PG-14. It’s Tony’s funeral (or is it?) and those attending the wake should be prepared to dodge bullets, laugh at the songs and see if they can figure out who put a contract out on Tony.
For ticket reservations, call 419-855-3103.
The Lake High School Music Department will present “Oklahoma!” March 4 and 6 at 7 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m.
“Oklahoma!” was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first and most well known musical, and included such songs as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “I Cain’t Say No” and “The Surry With the Fringe on Top.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 419-661-6640, ext. 3821.
The Clay High School Limelighters will perform the Ohio debut of the Jason Robert Brown musical, “13,” March 11, 12 and 13 in the high school auditorium.
“13” is a high-energy, hilarious, grown-up story about growing up, presented through an unforgettable rock/pop score.
Curtain time for all shows is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults and may be purchased in advance at the high school or at the auditorium ticket window before each performance.
Opening night March 11 will be Kyle Cannon benefit night, with 10 percent of the ticket sales and concessions to be donated to the Cannon family. In addition, an iPod Nano and music card, donated by the Clay High Athletic Boosters, will be given away to a lucky student attending the show. The drawing will be held at intermission and requires no additional ticket other than a show ticket for entry.
Eastwood High School thespians will present “Annie Get Your Gun” March 26-28 at the high school, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville.
Curtain time is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 and may be reserved by calling the high school office at 419-833-3611.
Wildlife Park open
The African Safari Wildlife Park, a 100-acre preserve with many different species of wildlife on exhibit, opened its gates for the season at Feb. 26.
Visiting African Safari Wildlife Park is one great way to spend a winter day. Many of the animals are active and playful in the cold weather.
The spring schedule, in effect through May 27, will include the drive-thru featuring the Northern Climate Animals such as Elk, Bison, Deer, Ankole, etc. The tropical animals such as giraffe, zebra, giant eland and other exotics have left for warmer climates but will be back in May.
The African Safari Wildlife Park will be open daily through Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last car admitted at 4 p.m. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $8.95 for ages 4-6; $11.95 for adults (7 years and older); and $8.95 for seniors (55 years and older). Groups of 10 or more are $9.95 per person. Family annual passes are available via www.AfricanSafariWildlifePark.com.
Toledo Sister Cities will present an International Festival, “Bringing the World to Toledo,” March 20 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Promenade at the Erie Street Market in Toledo’s Warehouse District.
Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to enjoy food and entertainment from around the world while learning about other cultures and connecting with “sister cities.” Celebrate the cultures of Spain, China, Hungary, Poland, Japan, Tanzania, Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Egypt and more.
Under the Big Top
The 59th Annual Zenobia Shrine Circus will visit the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo March 25-28, with two performances daily at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
All seating is reserved. Tickets are $10, $15, $20 and $25 (VIP seating) and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-GO-CIRCUS.
Congressional Art Competition
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), has announced the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.
The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the district. Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of exhibition. Congressman Latta’s three district offices will accept artwork from March 29 through April 9. All artwork received will be on display May 8 at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Art Gallery on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers.
• Collage (must be two-dimensional).
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
• Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
• Computer-generated art.
For more information, contact Congressman Latta’s Defiance district office at 419-782-1996 or visit http://latta.house.gov/constituentservices.
Call for artists
The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is seeking artists for the 53rd Arts in the Park, which will be held Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.
Each year, exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 150 artists who come from as far away as Florida. The show is free and open to the public.
All art must be originally designed and created by the artist. No wholesale or retail items are permitted. In addition to Best in Show and People’s Choice, judging will be in multiple categories including ceramics, jewelry, misc. arts/crafts, paintings/drawings/photography, textiles/fiber art and wood. An application and map can be downloaded at www.portclintonartistsclub.com or interested artists can call Barbara Radebaugh at 419-797-3313.
Hometown" video series
Warner Brother's Records’ most recent signing, The Undeserving, are from Fremont, and they are proud of it. On Feb. 26, the band launched a YouTube video series entitled “Our Hometown,” where they plan to showcase the best their small hometown has to offer to a national audience.
The band’s single, “Something to Hope For,” has been featured on American Idol, One Tree Hill and most recently CNN's Haiti Relief PSA. For more information on The Undeserving, visit any one of the following sites www.youtube.com/theundeservingband, www.theundeserving.com or www.facebook.com/theundeserving.