In its second year, Wolf Tree Film Festival will showcase films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The festival will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, a networking mixer, and a toast to the filmmakers. All screenings will be open to the public.
Directed by and starring Oliver Robins, who played the son in the classic horror film “Poltergeist”
When the B horror movie CHAIN-FACE CLOWN was released in 1985, no one knew the film would one day become a classic, heralded as a cinematic tour de force… at least by a select group of horror movie fans. The film’s biggest fan EMILY LYNESSA always knew she was going to meet and fall in love with JONATHAN BLAKLEE, the star of CHAIN-FACE CLOWN. Her plan is simple: Meet Jonathan at an up-coming signing for the DVD re-release of CHAIN-FACE CLOWN and then seduce him. She will lure him back to her home where Jonathan will be imprisoned until he realizes Emily is the one for him. After a night of debauchery, Jonathan awakes — imprisoned in Emily’s rural Florida home. Jonathan must find a way to escape or forever be the ultimate addition to Emily’s CHAIN-FACE CLOWN memorabilia collection.
Attendees will view the festival’s selected films, participate in a discussion with select filmmakers led by special guest Sebastian Twardosz. Afterward, the awards presentation will take place. Check back soon for this year’s festival lineup!
Throughout both screenings, beer, wine, soft drinks and popcorn will be available.
Sebastian Twardosz has been very fortunate to work with leading companies in both film and television for the past twenty-five years. He is the founding partner of Savant Artists which advises and represents emerging filmmakers and content creators. Clients have produced films which premiered at all of the major film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Telluride and Toronto and which were released by most of the leading distributors theatrically and in all media. He is also the host of The Insiders which is a web series about the business of Hollywood.
Sebastian was previously the head of development for a Paramount-based production company called Craftsman Films, founded by Kerry McCluggage, which developed numerous studio projects, including the feature film reinvention of the Star Trek franchise.
For three years, he worked in comedy and drama development at Touchstone Television, the tv production division of the Walt Disney Company and ABC, where he staffed on six produced pilots. He also worked on numerous pilots and on-air tv series for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.
Sebastian’s first production job was from 1995-1999 for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company where he started as an assistant and was promoted to executive, actively participating in the making of Mission Impossible 1-2 and Without Limits.
Sebastian started in the business as an agent’s assistant in the motion picture department at ICM. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1993. His short film, Silent Rain, received a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Student Emmy.
Sebastian recently co-produced the independent features Celebrity Crush starring and directed by his longtime friend Oliver Robins, a Mandarin language film called A Different Sun starring Chin Han, as well as Small Town Saturday Night starring John Hawkes, Chris Pine and Octavia Spencer. Since 2006, he has also been an adjunct professor at National University, UCLA and the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching about the art and business of film. He has taught at USC for 10 years. Born in Poland, he grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
The Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest is set to return to downtown Marshall on January 31st and February 1st. The festival is a Marshall favorite featuring specialty wine and beer tastings on Friday night and a blues concert at The Franke Center on Saturday.
The event will again feature spectacular live ice carving by master sculptor John Merucci. The theme for this year’s festival is “Carnival on Ice,” and the sculptures will include a carousel, animals, and other photo-friendly, carnival related designs. Carving will take place downtown from 5-8 pm on Friday and on Saturday from 10 am until completion.
Friday 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Wine and beer tasting will take place at ten downtown business locations: The Mole Hole, The Green Scene, Living MI, Serendipity & The Brew Coffee Cafe, Pure Eden, Quality Engraving, State Street Pawfitters, Handle & Hinge, EastEnd Studio & Gallery, and Hodges Jewelers, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Individuals over 21 will be able to purchase a wristband at any location for $25 and receive 10 wine/beer tastings. At each location, participants will receive a 2oz pour of wine or beer and delicious appetizers from local restaurants. Unique pottery goblets made by East End Gallery artist Romelle Frey will be available for an additional $15 each. Goblets will also be for sale beginning on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29th and 30th at select locations.
We are in need of volunteers for the Friday wine and beer tasting downtown. If you’d be willing to pour beer and wine at one of our locations, please click here to sign up. Don’t worry, shifts are only two hours, so you’ll still have time to do your own tasting!
Stroll the streets of downtown Marshall and admire the carnival-inspired ice sculptures while completing your downtown shopping. Morning-after meatballs will be available at select locations downtown.
Saturday – 6pm – 10:30pm
The festival caps off on Saturday evening when The Franke Center for the Arts will host their annual Winter Blues Festival. Starting at 6 p.m., local musical favorites The Fat Animals will open the night in the Downstage Club. A delicious BBQ dinner from Zarzuela will be available for $12. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. At 8 p.m., headliner Wayne Baker Brooks, a member of the Chicago Blues hall of fame, will take the main stage.
Concert tickets can be purchased here ($28 Advance; $30 Door).
The festival would not be possible without sponsorships from Eaton, Oaklawn Hospital, Grand River Brewery, Kellogg Community Credit Union, FUG, Hemmingsen Drugstore, Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, Highpoint Bank, MAEDA, Marshall Eye Care, Townsquare Media, and FireKeepers Casino Hotel.
One of the Franke’s favorite wintertime events, the annual Winter Blues Fest will feature Chicago’s Wayne Baker Brooks on the Main Stage. Preshow entertainment begins at 6 PM with The Fat Animals Bands in the Downstage Club. During this time, a barbecue dinner will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine, and soft drinks. The Main Stage show starts at 8 PM.
Hailing from Battle Creek, Michigan, the five-piece Fat Animals Band blends the elements of raw soul and blissful improvisation to produce interesting twists on modern and classical music, while remaining true to their Blues roots. Band Members include Don Daniel on Vocals, Phil Wiswell and Alvin Lautzenheiser on guitar, Shawn Kelly on Bass, and Colin McKernan on Drums.
“The Fat Animals are a super cool new band that brings joy to your body, soul, ear, and feet. This Rock/Soul/Blues band is not to be missed.” -Walk the Beat, Albion, MI
Taking to the Main Stage at 8 PM will be the Wayne Baker Brooks Band. Born and raised in Chicago, Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of today’s top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre. Son of Blues legend Lonnie Brooks, he was literally born into the Blues and spent his childhood regularly visiting such historic places as Chess Studios, Checkerboard Lounge, Wisefools, and many other Blues landmarks at which he witnessed many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allison, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father.
He has toured worldwide with his band for over 20 years including performances on national TV programs (including CNN’s “Showbiz”), as well as endless national radio programs, performing at the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Chicago, and even performing for First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton at Chess Studios (Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation) with legends Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, & Lonnie Brooks.
“Down and Dirty, from the-gut-blues” ”
— – Chicago Tribune
“A Must See” ”
— – Chicago SunTimes
Visit Wayne Baker Brooks Website: https://www.waynebakerbrooks.com/home
We are very excited to bring the Wayne Baker Brooks Band’s legendary live show to the intimate Franke Center for an evening of great Blues! Make your plans now to BE THERE on February 1, 2020.
Visit The Fat Animal Band Website: https://thefatanimals.wordpress.comTICKETS
The Franke Center Children’s Theater is pleased to announce tickets are on sale for Disney’s Frozen Jr., directed by Jocelyn France with music direction by Stacy Root. Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
The cast will feature Caetlyn Finegan (Elsa), Elliana Ebner (Anna), Sam Rodgers (Hans), Paul Butterfield (Kristoff), Andrew Root (Olaf), Remee Morse (Oaken), Stephen Klepper (King Agnarr), Violet Holbrook (Queen Iduna), Spencer Oswald (Sven), Carter Damon (Weselton), Whitney Ivey (Young Elsa), Margaret Rodgers (Middle Elsa), Mollie Weaver (Young Anna), Hallie Machalka (Middle Anna), Audrey Amting (Pabbie), Aubrey Tarkiewicz (Bulda), Emily Lemon (Bishop).
Rounding out the ensemble is Audrey Anthony, Morgan Baker, Shannon Barba, Mason Bartlett, Luke Bierbaum, Ella Bladen, Miriam Brownell, Annabelle Davis, Mary Claire Davis, Camille Decola, Gianna DeCola, Adrienne Dysinger, Aubrey Dysinger, Hannah Eggleton, Grace Fouty, Noah French, Ciara Funk, Kate Gensch, Lucy Gensch, Jackson Graeber, Addyson Groeneveld, Chance Hamilton, Jordan Harrell, Landon Holibaugh, Rylee Hulbert, Maeley Hydrick, Eliza Jones, Gabby Jude, Josephine Kidder, Shane Klepper, Elizabeth London, Eliza MacQuaig, Jack Marsh, Kyleigh Marshall, Garrett Mellow, Amelia Monaweck, Ryan Murphy, Kaya Oswald, Trinity Razkowic, Jenna Rissi, Bella Rupp, Ariana Russell, Bella Ryan, Jade Skidmore, Nova Schnitzler, Kayla Smith, Alaina Stafford, Olivia Suhocki, Angel Warner, Anderson Welker, Grace Wilbur, Leia Young, Zadie Zuehkle
Get ready for a fun night of music in the intimate Downstage Club as Ypsilanti, Michigan’s talented band Fangs and Twang take to the stage! Featuring a repertoire that covers anything from Country Rock to Heavy Metal, this creative and talented trio is sure to entertain!
Metal bands sing about Viking lore while goth bands dabble in witchcraft… why can’t you get a country band singing about vampires? Horror hoedowns, if you will? The Fangs and Twang trio includes Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass), who together whip up a stripped down roots-rock blend of indie-kicks and swinging bluegrass with theatrical, croony lyrics that are half Monster-Mash and half B-movie horror tropes. As fun as that formula is, it should be underlined that these three, who cut their teeth in the formidable (and comparably genre-mutating) Black Jake & The Carnies, take their musicality seriously. Fangs and Twang celebrated the release of their fourth album, “Spirits and Chasers”, in April 2019.
For more information visit: fangsandtwang.com
V 10/15/19 – JGTICKETS
Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. Within the Blues world, he is described as a “living legend” and has performed at many of the world’s most renowned music festivals.
“A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues” (NPR Music)
A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. Walker’s 1986 debut album Cold Is the Night on HighTone announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading bluesmen on the scene.
Born on December 25, 1949, in San Francisco, at age 14, he took up the guitar. Just two years later, he was a known quantity on the Bay Area music scene, playing blues with an occasional foray into psychedelic rock. For a while, he roomed with Mike Bloomfield, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. Walker even made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago to check out the blues scene there. In 1975, burned out on blues, Walker turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, the Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled the Boss Talkers, and throughout the 1990s merged many of his gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences with his trademark blues. Through the years Walker has collaborated with a diverse group of first-rate artists including Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. He has released twenty-five albums since 1986, including his most recent effort “Journeys to the Heart of the Blues” in 2018.
Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my success. But that’s made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style. I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’”
Make your plans now to be at The Franke for an evening of great Blues with this legendary performer!
visit Joe Lousi Walker’s website: https://www.joelouiswalker.comTICKETS
Enjoy an evening of world-class Jazz as this acclaimed Septet, joined by vocalist Rockelle Fortin, celebrates the release of their latest CD, “All Too Soon – The Music of Duke Ellington”.
Led by Acclaimed MSU Professor and Bassist Rodney Whitaker, this seven-piece orchestra will be joined by vocalist Rockelle Fortin for what promises to be an evening of great music including leading-edge Jazz and traditional Jazz standards.
Enjoy an evening of music and singing celebrating the life and work of folk icon Pete Seeger, one of America’s most beloved Singer/Songwriters. He was an important figure in the revival of American Folk Music, and a strong champion for civil rights, peace, and equality. In addition, he was also known a songwriter of classic songs such as “If I Had A Hammer”, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and “Turn, Turn, Turn”.
The show will feature Marshall’s own band “3LB Cut”, which includes Kjell Croce, Adrian Bagale, Derek Smith, and Alvin Lautzenheiser. Joining them through the evening will be several guest artists to perform the music of Seeger, from his early days with Woody Guthrie, The Almanac Singers, and The Weavers on through his solo career.
Join us in the Downstage Club at The Franke Center for what promises to be a special night to sing along, remember and honor Pete Seeger!
Marshall, Michigan native Katie Gray returns from the West Coast with her beau and bandmate Kurt Baumann. Fresh from an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show, this duo blends intricate vocal harmonies, haunting guitar riffs, and inspired lyrics to weave a musical spell unlike any other. The Sea Stars’ music has been described as mysterious, uplifting, haunting, and unique. Their songs have been featured on 8 major television shows, as well as radio stations around the country. When asked about the nature of their music, they share that their goal is: “to create an experience that is moving, honest, authentic and real. Through music and sound, we hope to welcome the listener to a place of relaxation and healing”.
Katie (www.katiegray.com) writes and records her own music and has collaborated and/or performed with groups such as Band of Horses (live on Jimmy Kimmel), Nightmares on Wax, Trevor Hall, Ani Difranco, and Random Rab. When not focusing on music, she is an event producer and has also created her own practice which she terms “intuitive counsel”, helping countless people access freedom through letting go of shame and fear. Katie is currently writing her first book and is also a caregiver (with help from Kurt and family) for her mother Annette, who has dementia.
Kurt performs and records with his band ‘The Burned’ (www.theburnedmusic.com), was the founder of the band ‘Kan’Nal’ and has recorded and toured with electronic superhero, Adam Freeland. When he is not recording or songwriting, he can be found in his pottery studio, where he is consistently creating work for his brand ‘Kopal’, a line of boutique ceramics. Kurt is also a certified astrologer and passionate beekeeper.