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Actors (from left to right) Hudson Mugler, Sydney MacGilvray, Kim Hopcraft, Peter Matthew Smith and Henry Smith perform in CATCO’s 2017-18 season opener, Fun Home, Sept. 13-Oct. 1 at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.


Central Ohio Premiere of Fun Home to Open CATCO’s 2017-18 Season Sept. 13-Oct. 1

Production is first non-touring production of the five-time Tony-winning musical in Ohio

CATCO will open its 2017-18 season with the Broadway smash hit and 2015 five-time Tony Award-winner, Fun Home, Sept. 13-Oct. 1, 2017. The central Ohio premiere, the first non-touring production of the not-to-be-missed musical in Ohio, will be staged at the Studio Two Theatre, Vern Riffe Center.

“CATCO is thrilled to be the first theatre company in Ohio to produce Fun Home. This heartwarming musical and journey of discovery and self-exploration is a guidebook for helping us understand the people in our lives we are closest to – our families and ourselves,” said Steven C. Anderson, CATCO producing director and the director of Fun Home.

Fun Home, which received 12 Tony Award nominations and won five Tony Awards in 2015 including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical, is based on the 2006 graphic novel/memoir written by Alison Bechdel, winner of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Award and author of the comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. In her book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel shares stories of her life of growing up in rural Pennsylvania; her family’s funeral home business; living wither her father, a closeted homosexual, whose death was likely a suicide; and her own coming out when she was in college. The book was named one of Time magazine’s top ten books of the year in 2006.

Bechdel’s journey is revealed through three actors – Alison Bechdel, Small Alison and Medium Alison – who tell Bechdel’s story through different stages of her life. The musical was adapted from Bechdel’s book by Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride and Well), who also wrote the lyrics with composer Jeanine Tesori (Violet, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Shrek The Musical). The two made history when they were the first female team to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Fun Home, which features a cast of nine, three of them children, received rave review from critics when it opened:

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, Fun Home occupies the place where we all grew up.”­­ – The New York Times.

“Fun Home speaks universally about big things that matter: Life, love, family, surviving.” – Daily News

“Fun Home is breaking new ground.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Fun Home is an instant classic of the American musical theatre and a monumental piece of art.” – The Huffington Post

Performing in Fun Home are nine actors, many of them new to the CATCO stage. They include the three actors who play Alison Bechdel – Sydney MacGilvray, who plays Small Alison; Meg Odell, who plays Medium Alison; and Cari Meixner, who plays Alison as an adult.

MacGilvray is an eighth-grader from Worthington, whose acting credits include Annie (July), Seussical (Who), The Lion King Jr. (Timon) and Oliver! (Charlie Bates). Odell is a theatre major at Denison University, whose roles include Philia in A Funny Thing, Belle/ Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Little Sally in Urinetown. Meixner recently graduated from Kent State University with a degree in musical theatre. Acting credits include: The Cradle Will Rock, The Flick, Fiddler on the Roof, Assassins, Kiss Me Kate, The Tell Tale Heart and Side Show.

They are joined by:

· Jenny Case (Joan), who recently appeared as Alice in Alice, Formerly of Wonderland at Wyoming Theatre Festival. Other credits include Billy Witch, Front Page Flo, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

· Kim Garrison Hopcraft (Helen Bechdel), a longtime Columbus actor who has performed multiple roles at Available Light Theatre Company, Red Herring, CATCO, and Gallery Players and Evolution. She last appeared at CATCO in The Rubenstein Kiss portraying Ethel Rubenstein.

· Ricardo Locci (Roy, Mark, Pete), who most recently performed in Short North Stage’s production of Cleopatra (Apollodorus), James and the Giant Peach at Columbus Children’s Theater (Earthworm), and Ragtime with Gallery Players (Harry Houdini).

· Hudson Mugler (John Bechdel), a third-grader from Bexley, is performing in his first theatre production.

· Henry Smith (Christian Bechdel) is a seventh-grader at Dominion Middle School, whose acting credits include Donkey in Shrek, Jr. and Jojo in Seussical, Jr.

· Peter Matthew Smith (Bruce Bechdel) returns to CATCO where he was last seen playing Scott in Evil Dead: The Musical. Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Rent, and original casts of Mamma Mia, Hairspray, and Cry Baby. He also appeared in the national tours of Rent, Hairspray, and Memphis the Musical.

Anderson’s directing credits include plays as diverse as the world premiere of Henry Ford’s Model E, I Do! I Do!, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, An Act of God, Mothers and Sons, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Elephant Man, Avenue Q, and the highly acclaimed production of Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife. He has also directed Candide and Hair at The Ohio State University Theatre Department; Love! Velour! Compassion! and The Taste of Sunrise at CATCO; Big River and Pippin at Actors Theatre; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at New Harmony Theatre; and Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, and Assassins at the former Players Theatre Columbus where he served as Associate Producing Director.

Preview (Discounted Tickets)/Opening Night Performances

There are two previews for Fun Home, Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11:00 a.m., and Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 11 a.m. performance, and $35 for the 7:30 p.m. show. The opening performance is Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Wednesday Morning Matinees

For Fun Home, there will be three 11 a.m. matinee performances: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 20 and 27. Tickets are $20.

Ticket/Parking Information

Tickets for all other performances are Thursdays, $35; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays $40.

For Fun Home, student tickets can be purchased for $15 for any performance based on availability and valid I.D. All tickets can be purchased at the box office at 39 E. State St. next to the Ohio theatre, by calling 614.469.0939, visiting ticketmaster.com or calling or visiting any central Ohio Ticketmaster location. Performances are in the Studio Theatres at the

Vern Riffe Center, located at 77 S. High St., in Downtown Columbus at the corner of

State and High streets. Attached parking is available in the Riffe Center garage, which is

entered from Front Street.

CATCO and CATCO is Kids’ 33nd seasons are sponsored by support from The Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans, and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The theatre organizations also appreciates the support of the James W. Overstreet Fund of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all of its citizens, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973. Other supporters include The Shubert Foundation Inc. and Nationwide Insurance Foundation.

CATCO and CATCO is Kids’ season sponsor is L Brands; season partner is the Columbus Metropolitan Library. For more information, visit catcoistheatre.org.

For season subscriptions, please visit www.catcoistheatre.org <http://www.catcoistheatre.org> . CATCO’s remaining shows for the 2017-18 season are:

· American Buffalo

By David Mamet

In Association with CAPA

Deaf West Theatre Production

Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2017

Studio One, Riffe Center

77 S. High St.

· Daddy Long Legs

Book by John Caird

Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon

Based on he novel by Jean Webster

Jan. 31-Feb. 18, 2018

Studio Two, Riffe Center

77 S. High St.

· The Realistic Jones

By Will Eno

March 7-25, 2018

Studio One, Riffe Center

77 S. High St.

· Educating Rita

By Willy Russell

April 11-29, 2018

Studio Two, Riffe Center

77 S. High St.

· Aspects of Love

Book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart

From David Garnett’s novel

May 30-June 17, 2018

Studio One, Riffe Center

77 S. High St.

CATCO is Kids’ remaining shows for the 2017-18 season are:

· Madeline’s Christmas

Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby

Music by Shirley Mier

Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans

Dec. 8-17, 2017

Shedd Theatre, CPAC

549 Franklin Ave.

· Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Books and lyrics by Mo Willems

Music by Michael Silversher

Jan. 12-21, 2018

Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC

549 Franklin Ave.

· Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude

Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis

Music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius II

March 2-11, 2018

Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC

549 Franklin Ave.

· The Throne of Oz

Based on Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz

Adapted by Chris Leyva

May 4-13, 2018

Shedd Theatre, CPAC

549 Franklin Ave.

About CATCO

CATCO is central Ohio’s professional Equity theatre company, providing quality theatre and educational programs for all ages. The theatre organization has adopted an innovative strategy, building creative alliances that can sustain growth and development. For more information, visit catcoistheatre.org. Together, CATCO and CATCO is Kids provide quality theatre and educational programs for all ages. The theatres have adopted an innovative strategy, building creative alliances that can sustain growth and development.

CATCO Mission Statement

Theatre is a shared experience that illuminates the mysteries of our humanity. Its magic has the power to transform us whether on stage, in the classroom or in our diverse communities. CATCO creates theatre that delights, challenges, and transports.

CAPA names Chad Whittington next president and CEO

19-Year CAPA Veteran to Take the Helm

Following an eight-month, national search, the Board of Trustees for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) today announced the appointment of Chad Whittington to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Whittington has been serving as interim president and CEO since the passing of former president William B. Conner, Jr. in October 2016. The search was handled by Connecticut-based AMS Planning and Research, a highly regarded arts consulting firm that has worked with CAPA for several years.

Effective immediately, Whittington will assume full responsibility of CAPA, a $28 million, non-profit, performing arts organization that anchors the Columbus arts community and provides management and administrative services to seven arts and culture organizations—CATCO, Columbus Symphony, Drexel Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory, Lincoln Theatre Association, McCoy Center for the Arts, and Opera Columbus.

“Chad knows CAPA inside and out, and has more than proven his commitment to its mission and success, especially in the past three years when it needed it most,” stated Richard Helmreich, chair of the CAPA Board of Trustees. “Chad has the leadership skills and vision necessary to continue CAPA’s momentum as a cutting-edge, agile performing arts organization with a passion for supporting the arts in our community. We are confident the future of CAPA is safe is in his hands.”

Founded in 1969, CAPA operates in two cities—Columbus and New Haven (CT)—and manages 11 venues that serve more than 700,000 patrons each year through more than 1,000 events. CAPA owns downtown Columbus’ historic Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, and Southern Theatre as well as New Haven’s Shubert Theatre, and manages the four theatres in the Riffe Center Theatre Complex as well as the Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre (Bexley), and McCoy Center for the Arts (New Albany).

Whittington will be charged with advancing CAPA’s mission to develop diverse and engaging programming, to maintain its world-class theatres, and to explore new ventures that will augment CAPA’s leadership in and contribution to central Ohio.

“After nearly 20 years at CAPA under the tutelage of great leaders such as Doug Kridler and Bill Conner, I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead CAPA into the next chapter,” stated Whittington. “Columbus is a dynamic city with an incredible arts community, and I am committed to working with our dedicated donors, board, staff, volunteers, and many community partners to support and expand upon that foundation.”

Whittington is a 19-year veteran of CAPA, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2015, and as chief financial officer for five years prior to that. He played a key role in the development of CAPA’s innovative shared services model, and in the creation of the long-term partnership between CAPA and Broadway Across America. He has also been involved in CAPA’s touring and producing activities.

“As the person under whom Chad was first hired at CAPA 19 years ago, I know there is no one more prepared and dedicated,” stated Doug Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation and past CAPA president. “CAPA’s business model demands fiscal discipline, fertile imagination, and collaborative action, and Chad can deliver on all fronts.”

“Chad is a long-tenured arts leader with deep ties to Columbus and its creative community,” remarked Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “His forward-thinking approach and well-established connection to the national and international arts scene will prove a strong asset to both CAPA and GCAC as we partner together to find new and creative ways to grow the arts offerings in Columbus and increase accessibility for all.”

Whittington has also served CAPA in other roles throughout his career, including financial analyst and controller, and began as part-time cleaning and operations staff in 1998 while enrolled at The Ohio State University. He is an honors graduate of OSU with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Whittington is the treasurer of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium, and an advisory member of the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s finance committee. He received a Business First “Forty Under Forty” Award in 2014.

He lives in Pickerington with his wife Melinda and daughter Violet.

LOOK & SEE: A cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry to screen at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University is hosting a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry — farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers. The film will be screened free of charge on Oct. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium with a brief panel discussion to follow. The screening is sponsored by the MVNU Biology, English and Modern Languages, Christian Education, and Communication departments, and the Honors Program.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, Ky., where he bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt — all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life. “It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where urban consumers remain so completely disconnected from the rural producers whose work sustains their very lives,” said director Laura Dunn. “Wendell shows us with extraordinary sensitivity, just what fidelity to a place and to one’s own community can truly mean.”

Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, LOOK & SEE, was updated and retitled after its award-winning screening at the SXSW Film Festival and re-released at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

For more information and to view the trailer visit http://lookandseefilm.com/.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

MVNU invites community to be involved in Messiah

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Choral Union is beginning preparation for the 50th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 7 p.m. MVNU is pleased to invite community members to sing with the students in this traditional performance.

Unless you are a returning participant, interested singers should provide a reference to Dr. Robert Tocheff by email at Bob.Tocheff@mvnu.edu or by phone at 740-397-9000, ext. 3005, or contact him directly.

Rehearsal times are Wednesdays 4:40-5:40 p.m. in Nease Rehearsal Hall in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Fine Arts Center on the MVNU campus, 800 Martinsburg Road. The first practice will be Wednesday, Sept. 20. Regular rehearsal attendance will be expected to prepare a quality performance.

Singers will need to provide a score — preferably the G. Schirmer edition. Please join the MVNU and Knox County community for this significant event of the Christmas season.

Guest Artist Jerry Wong to Perform Piano Recital at Otterbein University

Guest Artist Jerry Wong to Perform Piano Recital at Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University will present a solo piano recital by guest artist Jerry Wong at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. He will be performing works by J.S. Bach, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, George Rochberg, and Seymour Bernstein. This event is free and open to the public.

Wong has been described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as “eloquent and elegant…(with) passion and introspection…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style” and praised by the Orange County Register for “clean technique, forthright sound and a straight forward approach to classical textures.” He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in such prestigious settings as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, which was personally presented to him by Philippe Entremont, the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy, and the Akron Area Arts Alliance “Outstanding Artist in Music.”

He is a graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed his doctor of musical arts degree. He is an associate professor of piano at Kent State University. During the summers, he is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival faculty, where he frequently performs chamber music with the Miami String Quartet and members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Frequently sought after as adjudicator, clinician and lecturer, his master classes have brought him to such noted institutions as Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Northwestern University, St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Tainan National University of Arts (Taiwan), University of Michigan and Yong Sieh Tow Conservatory (Singapore). He has given lecture recitals, workshops and performances for the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers Association of California and the West Virginia University Piano Festival. His publications frequently appear in Clavier Companion. Wong is a Steinway Artist.

The event is the first in the University’s “Sundays at Otterbein” concert series, to be followed by another solo recital by pianist Emily Chua at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/113829682670191/

Otterbein Combos Kick Off Jazz@OBN Series

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University ensembles One O’Clock Combo and the Berg Combo will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Old Bag of Nails, third floor, 24 N. State St. The two combos will be performing jazz standards to be called from the stage. This is the first installation of the Jazz@OBN series for the 2017-2018 academic year.This event is free and open to the public.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/277108859443103/

Columbus Museum of Art Announces its September Calendar of Events

(Columbus, OH) – Columbus Museum of Art has announced its calendar of events for the month of September 2017. Please see below for event information.

On View

Wonder Room

Closes for Reinstallation September 19

Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960 – 2010

Closes September 24

Laura Park: 2017 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition

Opens September 28

Greater Columbus: The 2017 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Awards Exhibition

Through November 26

Sidney Chafetz: Poets and False Prophets

Through December 3

Three Chagalls

Through March 11, 2018

Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts 1850-1950 From The Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom Collection

Through March 11, 2018

Glass Magic

Through 2018

MOTION

Through April 2018

Events & Programs

Young Child Studios

Tues., Sept. 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tues., Sept. 19, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 30, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

During these hands-on workshops for families with young children (18 months to 5 years) caregivers and children talk, play and think creatively together. CMA’s artist educators design unique environments with opportunities for families to experiment. This program is drop-in; no reservations requested. Cost of the program is $8 per child plus adult admission for nonmembers and $8 per child for members.

Sarah Boor Bennett

Family Adventures Tour

Sun., Sept. 10, 2:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 24, 2:00 pm

Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docent-guided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. No registration requested.

Red Horizon Panel Discussion

Thur., Sept. 14, 6:30- 8:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Red Horizon, a panel of artists, art historians, and curators will discuss the politics of cultural production in the USSR during the 20th century and the continued relevancy of the art of dissent today. Participants include the artists Vitaly Komar and Alexey Titarenko; Natalia Sidlina, curator of Russian art at Tate Modern in London; and Christina Kiaer, Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. This discussion is presented in partnership with the Department of History of Art at The Ohio State University. This program is free and open to all; however, registration is available at columbusmuseum.org by clicking on Events and Programs. For questions, please call 614.629.0359.

Renee Dion Album Release

Thur., Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for a special evening of music and creativity with the soulful sounds of Columbus-based singer Renee Dion, as she unveils her latest project, Haven, with a performance and album release. Dion’s performance is followed by a conversation with the singer discussing her creative process. Cost of the program is $10. To buy tickets, please visit columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs or call 614.629.0359.

Art Book Club

Thur., Sept. 14, 7:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 17, 2:00 pm

Join Nannette Maciejunes for a discussion Lisette’s List: A Novel by Susan Vreeland. Lisette’s List is a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war. Every Art Book Club includes a conversation with Nannette about the book. ABC selections are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Cost of ABC is $5 for nonmembers, FREE for members. To register, please call 614.629.0359 or visit columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs.

Wonder Room Closure

Tues., Sept. 19, 2017

The Wonder Room will be closed from September 19 – October 27 to prepare for a new installation of great art and creative experiences. A dramatic change from the current design, the new installation showcases CMA’s rich collection of textile arts including Turkish prayer rugs, Native American weavings, and contemporary works. The new Wonder Room opens to CMA members on October 27 and to the general public on October 28.

Wednesdays@2

Columbus Moving Company Interprets Red Horizon

Wed., Sept. 20, 2:00 pm

Join us as the Columbus Moving Company (CMCo) interprets works of art from the special exhibition, Red Horizon, through Russian music and contemporary dance. CMCo is the resident modern dance company at the Short North Arts District’s historic Garden Theater. A professional, project-based company, CMCo is a training and performance platform for local dancers committed to the innovation of contemporary modern dance. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members. To buy tickets, please visit columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs or call 614.629.0359. For more information about CMCo, its repertory and master classes, please contact columbusmovingco@gmail.com

Sparking Imaginations Tour

Tues., Sept. 26, 1:00 pm

Imagine and laugh during Sparking Imaginations, a tour designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their caregivers. This hour-long program provides an expressive outlet and a forum for dialogue. This special program is made possible through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio and AWARE, the Alzheimer’s Women’s Association to Reach and Engage. Groups of 6-10 people may book a tour any weekday excluding the last Tuesday of the month. Advance registration is requested. Please call 614.629.0342 at least 2 days ahead.

Wednesdays@2

Sid Chafetz: Poets and False Prophets

Wed., Sept. 27, 2:00 pm

In celebration of what would have been Columbus artist Sid Chafetz’s 95th birthday, a sampling of his etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts are on view. Each reflects the artist’s engaging wit, biting satire, and social commentary on subjects ranging from his favorite poets to the false prophets that enraged him. For four decades, Chafetz taught at OSU where he helped make the printmaking department one of the best in the country. Join Curator-at-Large Carole Genshaft as she explores the life and work of this master printmaker. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members. To buy tickets, please visit columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs or call 614.629.0359.

Facing Emoji at Law

Thur., Sept. 28, 6:00 pm

What is the legal meaning of your smiley-face emoji? In partnership with the Ohio State University Humanities Institute, join Prof. Joan Kee from the Department of History of Art, University of Michigan for a discussion of emojis and the law. Since being introduced in Japan in the late-1990s, emojis have become a ubiquitous form of social communication. But when it comes to defining intent or a state of mind in a legal context, lawmakers, lawyers, and judges have to do some close visual analysis on these familiar little images. This program is free and open to the public. No registration requested.

Think Like an Artist Thursdays

Thur., Sept. 28, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Presented by Art Network, CMA’s NextGen special interest group.

CMA values the role artists play to imagine, question, connect and explore. Now it’s your turn to think like an artist and experience the Museum in a new way. CMA partners with local artists, creative producers, and musicians to generate a mashup of curiosity and entertainment. Be inspired by music from the George Barrie Band and Spoken Word Poetry Workshops with Barbara Fant. Cost of the program for nonmembers is included with pay what you want admission, and free for members. Art Network members enjoy free admission for members + guest, drink tickets, and special perks.

Richard Lopez Presents: Jazz Masters Series

Amor de Cuba: Celebrate the Sounds of Cuba

Sun., Oct. 1, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

This series of jazz performances features the best of traditional and contemporary jazz offerings with area master musicians. This concert features local charanga orchestra, La Charanga Tres with music director & flutist, Kristopher Keith. Performance styles include the danzón (the national music of Cuba); the cha-cha-cha; as well as the bolero and mambo. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for students. CMA members receive $2 off each individual ticket. Tickets available at the admissions desk. Please call 614.629.0312 for more information.

Teen Open Studio: SURGE Columbus

Thurs., 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Fri., 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Columbus teens are welcome to join us for this free, drop-in program in a space designated just for them where they can experiment with technology and art supplies, or just hang out with friends. SURGE is collaboration between CMA, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Wexner Center for the Arts, COSI, TRANSIT ARTS and WOSU Public Media. Teen Open Studio is made possible by a grant from Battelle.

Yoga@CMA

Thurs., 6:00 pm

Join CMA and Replenish: the Spa Co-Op for Thursday night yoga & meditation in the galleries. From 6:00 – 7:00 pm, enjoy yoga for everyday life followed by with meditation from 7:00 – 7:30 pm. Gallery location rotates weekly. Cost of yoga is donation based and supports efforts by Replenish to ensure that all people have a space to do yoga. All are welcome, no registration requested.

Walk-in Tours

Thurs., 6:30 pm

Fri. and Sat., 12:00 pm

Sun., 1:00 pm

Stroll through the galleries accompanied by a CMA docent and learn more about our collection and special exhibitions.

Roaming Docents

Tue. – Fri.., 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Thur., 5:30-7:30 pm

Sat., 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Initiate a conversation with one of CMA’s trained Roaming Docent guides and get your questions answered, chat about art, or become privy to an inside story.

OPEN STUDIO

Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 pm

New time – extended by one hour so visitors have more time to play and connect with each other. Visitors of all ages are welcome to drop into CMA’s Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends or family. This program is free with admission, no registration requested. This September, get creative with cardboard.

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the William C. and Naoma W. Denison, Frederic W. and Elizabeth E. Heimberger, Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Art, and Bette Wallach funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays; PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Fairborn, OH Author Publishes Children’s Book

This Kids Book is about a Crab that Must Find His Way Home

The Homeless Crab, a new book by Bobbi M. Thiessen, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

After a storm hits his home in the harbor, Chip the hermit crab is washed away to the sea and separated from his family. Once the storm passes, he begins his journey home and meets lots of interesting friends along the way.

Fun, adventurous, and educational, The Homeless Crab features great characters that find they all have something in common: pollution in the ocean is affecting their lives. With her story, author Bobbi M. Thiessen hopes to raise awareness to the problem of pollution and how it negatively affects ocean life.

About the Author:

Bobbi M. Thiessen is an advocate for the environment and supports going green to make our planet a better place for future generations. She was born to a military family in New Jersey, the youngest of four siblings, and grew up in a small town in Ohio. She received an associate degree in Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts from Sinclair College.

The Homeless Crab is a 30-page hardcover with a retail price of $23.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-4247-9. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at www.dorrancebookstore.com.

Southeastern Ohio Author Publishes Novel

In This Novel a Fire Marshall Must Solve a Murder in a Small Town

Murder in the Redbrush, a new book by D. E. Eifler, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

In Jackson County Ohio, the heart of rural Appalachia, is the area of The Redbrush.

Its 1981, and Jon Hamer, the State Fire Marshal, is called to a death resulting from a suspicious fire.

If there is one thing even less likely in this small county than a murder, it is the county coroner Doc Carters granddaughter, Liz, walking up on the crime scene the county’s new coroner investigator.

Murder in the Redbrush follows Jon, Liz, and the county’s other law enforcement personnel as they work to solve the areas sudden, unexplained murders while also being responsible for responding to everyday crimes.

Building a case while building a romance is only the beginning of what Jon Hamer will face in Murder in the Redbrush.

About the Author:

D. E. Eifler resides near Marietta, Ohio, with his wife. He spent thirty-seven years working as a law enforcement officer in Southeastern Ohio. He served as a police officer, deputy sheriff, and arson investigator throughout his career.

Murder in the Redbrush is his first novel.

Murder in the Redbrush is a 286-page paperback with a retail price of $19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-4638-5. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at www.dorrancebookstore.com.

NewsUSA – “It was 20 years ago, today…” 50 years ago actually. June 2, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of, what many describe as “the greatest rock album of all-time” — “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The eighth studio album by The Beatles spent 27 weeks at the top of the U.K. charts and 15 weeks at no.1 in the U.S.

This summer, Billy Shears and the gang were back on top, hitting no. 1 once again, as one of this year’s highest-selling albums. Many people remember exactly where they were the first time they heard one of the iconic songs included on the album during the Summer of Love.

Considering that David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and many more have also been listed at the top of the charts this year, one might be inclined to dust off an old turntable or 8-track tape player.

But unlike the other classic music talent mentioned, The Beatles have inspired a new revolution these days, this time for kids even younger.

Meet Buzz, Walter, Jay, Crick, and Kumi: the Beat Bugs.

Josh Wakely’s Beat Bugs is an Emmy Award-winning animated kids series featuring songs made famous by The Beatles.

This Netflix hit revolves around the lives and adventures of these five best friends, charming and funny childlike bugs who explore and learn life lessons in their suburban backyard home.

Each episode ties in a song made famous by The Beatles, reimagined in an innocent and child-friendly fashion, sung by one of the characters or guest stars that include mega-musicians Pink (“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”), Sia (“Blackbird”), Aloe Blacc (“Rain”), The Shins (“The Word”), Jennifer Hudson (“I’ll Follow the Sun”), and more.

Beat Bugs introduces a new generation to the music of the most influential band in rock history.

Groovy.

In support of the Netflix success, Target has curated a line ofBeat Bugs interactive merchandise, including toys and games, DVDs and books, apparel and accessories and more.

Many products available come complete with the musicality of the show.

From the Beat Bugs Hijinx Alive that magically sing along on cue to the show playing on Netflix or the app, to the Musical Submarine that plays excerpts from, (you guessed it) “Yellow Submarine” to the Sing Along Microphone and more.

Even Beat Bugs books and the backpack play music!

Shop for Beat Bugs at http://beatbugs.toys/NewsUSA.

Fans “Across the Universe” have had a similar reaction to the show and the products, stating that it is such a thrill to be able to introduce The Beatles to a new generation in a refreshingly fun and innovative way.

Actor, comedian, television host (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), and singer James Corden lends his voice to “I’m a Loser” for Beat Bugs. During his recording session, he stated, “My son is four years old and I can’t wait for him to watch this.”

“I would be amazed if he didn’t just start to fall in love with these songs.”

So kick back, relax, and cast some special time with the kids or grandkids, who no doubt will be impressed that you already know all of the words to the songs.

Fifty years from now, they’ll remember being by your side the first time they heard “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” or any other Beatles song.

Star Wars in Concert Makes Its Columbus Symphony Debut October 6

Star Wars: A New Hope will be screened in its entirety with the film score being performed live by the Columbus Symphony

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture. Star Wars in Concert offers audiences an unparalleled Star Wars experience with the iconic film that started it all, A New Hope (1977), projected on a 40-foot screen suspended above the Columbus Symphony as they perform every note of John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live on stage.

The Columbus Symphony presents Star Wars Live in Concert at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday, October 6, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

The 2017-18 Pops Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor American Electric Power.

About composer John Williams

Legendary composer John Williams is well known for scoring all seven of the Star Wars films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens each earned Oscar® nominations for Best Original Score.

Williams has won five Academy Awards®, four Golden Globe® Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy® Awards. With 50 Academy Award® nominations, he is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. He has composed scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the US box office (adjusted for inflation).

The Star Wars Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

“BACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN” CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCES REMAINING PERFORMANCES FOR 2017

Backstage at the Lincoln, the Lincoln Theatre’s intimate concert series featuring local artists, has announced the remaining performances for 2017. This series offers concertgoers the extraordinary opportunity to be seated on stage for the performance, providing an up-close-and-personal experience with the featured artist set against the hand-painted grandeur of the Lincoln’s rare Egyptian Revival-style motif.

The schedule is as follows:

September 20 – Tia Harris with NexLevel

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Tia Harris and the dynamic group NexLevel will perform original music from their respective CDs as well as covers of popular jazz and R&B songs. www.JustTia.com; www.NexLevelJazz.com

October 19 – Camille Betton

Backed by a live band and background vocalists, Camille Betton showcases her smooth, rich tones in traditional R&B, feel-good music that speaks of love, life, and happiness.

November 16 – Scott Woods

Nationally renowned poet and essayist Scott Woods will perform original poetry in his inimitable and humorous style in a show that includes new and published work. www.ScottWoodsWrites.net

Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. All concerts begin at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.). Tickets can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show if still available.

The Backstage at the Lincoln series is made possible through the generous support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council.

Actors (from left to right) Hudson Mugler, Sydney MacGilvray, Kim Hopcraft, Peter Matthew Smith and Henry Smith perform in CATCO’s 2017-18 season opener, Fun Home, Sept. 13-Oct. 1 at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/09/web1_catco.jpgActors (from left to right) Hudson Mugler, Sydney MacGilvray, Kim Hopcraft, Peter Matthew Smith and Henry Smith perform in CATCO’s 2017-18 season opener, Fun Home, Sept. 13-Oct. 1 at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.

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