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Vocal Powerhouse of Soul Morgan James to Perform for One Night Only at the Lincoln Theatre April 14

New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and soulful poise. Touring in support of her most recent release, Hunter, Morgan applies her own soulful style to modern throwbacks, summertime pop, haunting ballads, and empowering farewells.

CAPA presents Morgan James at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

Hunter boasts powerful and personal renditions of Prince’s “Call My Name” (reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most added) along with Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” James assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection’s eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. She is proud to note that no vocal tuning of any kind has been used on any of her albums. From the empowering farewell of “Fed Up On You” to the mournful rumination of “Say The Words” to the soulful duet with Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, “Let Me Keep You,” she continually bares it all both emotionally and musically.

In addition to Hunter, James has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, Morgan James Live, as well as an EP featuring some of her fans’ favorite covers, YouTube Sessions. She can also be heard on countless theatre and concept soundtracks.

Since the release of Hunter, James’ music videos have accumulated more than 45 million views (and climbing). James toured the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with viral sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and is currently touring with her band and in the midst of writing her next album.


Rising Star Released Debut Album WILDHORSE (3/24) Which Catapulted To #1 On iTunes Country Chart And #3 iTunes All Genre Chart

NASHVILLE, TN (March 28, 2017) – Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville artist RaeLynn is inviting fans to RaVe at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH on April 20.

Fresh off the DOING IT TO COUNTRY SONGS Tour with her friend and mentor from The Voice, Blake Shelton, the rising star is excited to combine the fun of a Country concert with a full-on dance party as she headlines clubs for the first time.

The show will begin with a Radio Disney Country-curated playlist, followed by a complete performance from the energetic performer. She will then switch gears, re-joining her fans to DJ a fun-filled dance party like they’ve never experienced before.

RaeLynn “has found her voice” and “is about to take 2017 by storm” – Pandora

“…works the crowd like a seasoned headliner…” – Rolling Stone

“…one unforgettable Voice contestant” – E!

“…one of the most talked-about voices in country today.” – Forbes

“RaeLynn was always destined to be a star.” – CMT

RaeLynn released her highly anticipated debut album, WILDHORSE on March 24, celebrating with a performance of her current chart-rising single, “Love Triangle” on ELLEN the same day.

RaeLynn spent her album release day at Texas Children’s Hospital where she will made the first donation to THE RAELYNN DIABETES FUND and was honored by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who proclaimed March 24, 2017 as “RAELYNN DAY.” Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, the rising star credits Texas Children’s Hospital with saving her life and is now proud to pay her blessings forward.

She recently earned her second Radio Disney Music Awards nod with a nomination for this year’s THE FRESHEST! – RADIO DISNEY COUNTRY BEST NEW ARTIST category, after scoring a FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG nomination for her breakout single “God Made Girls” in 2016.

About RaeLynn:

RaeLynn’s current single “Love Triangle” is the powerful first track from her Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville debut WILDHORSE, produced by Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon. “Love Triangle” tells her personal story in a way that “is a raw and emotional account of what it’s like to be the child of divorced parents” (People Magazine), which media and fans have immediately gravitated to, evidenced by the single hitting Top 11 sales per spin while the music video has racked up 5.6 million views since release. The remainder of the 12-track album, 11 of which were co-written by RaeLynn herself, is a broader look into her life over the past few years since her breakthrough on NBC’s hit show, The Voice. Recently nominated for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards fan-voted THE FRESHEST! – BEST NEW ARTIST COUNTRY and selected as a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora Radio, Napster and Billboard, RaeLynn has tallied 104 million plus cumulative career streams. She is poised to follow in the early success of her Top 10, GOLD-certified song “God Made Girls” that has racked up more than 925,000 track equivalent sales and has been streamed more than 48 million times. The track was nominated in 2016 for Radio Disney’s Favorite Country Song, earned her recognition as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and was the highest charting debut single by a solo female in 2014. The music video has accumulated more than 28 million views and earned her a pair of CMT Music Award nominations for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year in 2015.

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Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art Announces

Decorators’ Show House events

Columbus – Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art announce events related to Decorators’ Show House (DSH) that celebrate great design. Join us for a Preview Party, Featured Guest Speaker, Ladies Day, and Speaker Series. All DSH-related events include admission to the Columbus Museum of Art. Please visit for details and to purchase tickets. All proceeds support the Museum’s art and education programs.

In a twist on a popular tradition, Decorators’ Show House (DSH) takes up residence at the Columbus Museum of Art April 23 through May 14, 2017. DSH@CMA, a first-of-its-kind event, features local designers transforming CMA galleries into creative living spaces. DSH@CMA will welcome back many favorite designers from past Decorators’ Show Houses and debut several exciting new designers. CMA Women’s Board has presented the Decorators’ Show House biennially since 1975. DSH is open during regular Museum hours. Tickets are $20 through April 23 and $25 after that date.

The first DSH-related event takes place on Saturday, April 22 from 5–9 p.m. Join us and be among the first to people to see DSH at the festive Preview Party and ribbon cutting. Carolyn Englefield, Interiors Editor at acclaimed design magazine VERANDA, will also attend the Preview Party. Tickets are $100 through April 5 and $125 after that date.

On Sunday, April 23, enjoy Featured Guest Speaker Carolyn Englefield. Interiors Editor of the celebrated interior design magazine VERANDA, Englefield spent 13 years in Paris as a European correspondent for American design magazines. Her career spans decades, mastheads, and continents. With her unique access to Europe’s most celebrated designers, architects and antiques dealers, Englefield has had an insider’s view of extraordinary homes. Her presentation, A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration, will explore what makes a home exceptional, inspirational, and unforgettable, and discuss how design choices can be combined to express your own personal style. This event includes a VIP reception at 1:15 pm, the featured guest speaker presentation 2:00 pm, and a book signing following the presentation. VIP tickets are $100 and include a meet & greet reception, a copy of Englefield’s book, her presentation and light refreshments. Presentation-only tickets are $50.

Spend the day at Ladies Day on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Enjoy High Tea; a fashion presentation by Thread, a carefully curated fashion boutique in Grandview; and lifestyle symposiums. Symposiums are presented by Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery (CAPS); A Proper Garden, a year-round garden lovers destination in Powell; and The Seasoned Farmhouse, a recreational cooking school, learning garden, cookbook library, and specialty culinary boutique created by Chef Tricia Wheeler. Tickets are $65 through April 17 and $75 after that date. Tables of 8 are $520 through April 17 and $600 after that date.

Appraise, freshen, imagine, and revise at the DSH Speaker Series. On Thursday, April 27 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., bring in your antique or collectibles for Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers to assess and value. Garth’s, one of American’s most trusted auction houses, was founded in 1954 and specializes in Ohio-based fine art, antiques & collectibles. Then from 7–9 p.m., freshen with furniture re-fashioner and blogger Kate Avery and her presentation “Paint & Color is Where It’s At.” Avery will show you how to revamp those tired, inherited or reclaimed antique furniture pieces. On Sunday, April 30, reimagine your personal decorating style with a panel of DSH designers. On Thursday, May 4, revise your ideas about downsizing during a presentation by Amelia Jeffers of Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers. Tickets for each Speaker Series event are sold separately for $15 for nonmembers and $10 for CMA members and do not include admission to Decorator’s Show House.

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. every Thursday. 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. 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 and visitors to Schokko Art Cafe and the Museum Store will enjoy free parking when they show a Museum ID or receipt to the admissions desk. For additional information, call 614-221-6801 or visit


All-female creative team bring to life a Civil War-era take on the exploits of the fierce and fiery gypsy girl

This reimagined and reduced new production of Bizet’s most famous opera features the spoken dialogue of the original score, but is set during an early 20th century era of civil war and unsettling social atmosphere. An all-female creative team breathes new life into the powerfully beguiling gypsy Carmen who has no rules when it comes to seducing the soldier José, but his growing desire to keep her triggers a web of jealousy and murderous rage. As part of Opera Columbus’ artistic collaboration with The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and its Artist Diploma in Opera Studies (ADOS) program, mezzo-soprano and ADOS artist Avery Amereau will perform the role of Carmen.

Opera Columbus presents Carmen at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.). There will be a preview performance on Wednesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. with additional performances on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. Performed in French with English surtitles with the Columbus Symphony and BalletMet 2.

Tickets are $25-$88 (preview tickets are $10-30) at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000. Young people aged 13-25 may purchase $5 All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit

About Opera Columbus’ Artistic Collaboration with The Juilliard School

In 2015, Opera Columbus’ entered into an artistic collaboration with The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and its Artist Diploma in Opera Studies (ADOS) program. The ADOS program is an intensive, two-year curriculum of advanced opera studies for highly gifted and experienced singers at the post-master’s level, selected through a comprehensive audition process. As part of the new collaboration, Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye, herself a graduate of Juilliard, observes the artists’ development as they work through the ADOS program. Dye and Juilliard’s Director of Opera Studies Stephen Wadsworth collaborate to determine what roles best suit each artist and what operas best suit upcoming Opera Columbus seasons. Selected ADOS artists are then contracted by Opera Columbus to perform in an upcoming, main stage production beginning with the 2016-17 season.

About ADOS Artist Avery Amereau (Carmen)

Mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau has garnered much attention for the unique quality of her voice and sensitivity to interpretation. She has been praised by The New York Times as “sensual and achingly perfect” as well as “particularly excellent,” and by Opera Today as possessing “an effortlessly rich mezzo-soprano voice worthy of any professional stage in the industry with charisma to match.” A native of Jupiter, Florida, Amereau received her Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College, and her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying under Edith Wiens. During the summers of 2011-14, she studied at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie under the tutelage of Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray, and John Fisher, among others. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at Juilliard, where she is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

About director Crystal Manich

Director Crystal Manich creates her fourth production for Opera Columbus after the success of Madama Butterfly (2013), La voix humaine/Pagliacci (2015), and Lully’s Armide (2015). She has been hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major publications for “lively” and “imaginative staging.” She directed productions of the 17th century works The Coronation of Poppea, Giasone, and The Return of Ulysses with Opera Omnia, a company based in New York City of which she is co-founder. Her work spans across international borders including Pinchgut Opera in Australia, and Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina where she is a regular. US credits include more than 30 productions at Pittsburgh Opera, The Kennedy Center, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Santa Barbara, American Opera Projects, Utah Opera, North Carolina Opera, New England Conservatory, Simpson College, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera Baltimore.

About conductor Kathleen Kelly

Pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher Kathleen Kelly is the first woman and first American named as director of musical studies at the Vienna State Opera, and she recently joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as its first coach/conductor of opera. Productions there under her leadership have included Giulio Cesare in Egitto, L’heure espagnole, Gianni Schicchi, and Cosi fan tutte. Summer 2015 found her at the helm of Wolf Trap Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro. In 2015, Kelly conducted the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, for which she also created the English adaptation of the libretto.

Additional roles will be performed by Norman Garrett (Escamillo), Jon Jurgens (Don José), and Antonina Chehovska (Micaela).

#IMomSoHard Brings Their “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour” to the Southern Theatre July 11

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31

Jumping off the pages of Facebook and onto stages across the country, there’s no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMomSoHard. With more than 675,000 Facebook fans and 55 million views of their web series, Jen and Kristen’s blend of honesty and humor resonates with moms and dads alike, proving why these two have become the hottest ticket in town. This summer, Jen and Kristin are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road, but this time, they’re bringing the kids and a tour bus (you didn’t think they’d leave the kids with their husbands, did you?).

CAPA and Mills Entertainment present “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour” at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday, March 31, and are $48.50 and $58.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

About #IMomSoHard

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are the comedy duo #IMomSoHard. With a hugely popular web series on Facebook, these two best friends – and moms – talk the good, the bad, and the funny about motherhood. Both have two small children and two regular-sized husbands, so logically, their web series could only take place in a playroom with red wine. Or mimosas. Or chardonnay. A lifetime of teaching, performing, and writing comedy, mashed up with holidays, birthdays, and football Saturdays can only culminate in hilarious, and sometimes too true, stories that have struck a nerve with so many parents. Now these two are taking to the road for live performances across the country on their “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour,” promising the same casual conversations about motherhood that have made their series so popular.



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