2 dino shows roar into Columbus

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From Dinosaur Zoo Live

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Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED

Exhibit Roars into Columbus

Explore the mystery of prehistoric life at the Ohio Expo Center on April 29 and 30

Learn, discover and have fun in this unique hands-on exhibit when Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED roars into the Ohio Expo Center on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.

Tickets are on sale now.

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby Apatosaurus, take an exciting spin in the Jurassic Jeeps at the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more.

Parents and kids can test their skills playing an all-new Mesozoic Mini Golf course, become junior paleontologists while completing the scavenger hunt as they explore the exhibit and dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones.

It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions!

What: Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED in Columbus!

When: Saturday April 29 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday April 30 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Where: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Tickets: $15 adults, $15 children, $12 seniors. Children under two are free with a paid adult. T-Rex Ticket (available for ages 2-12) available for $48.

Child general admission tickets include the Dinosaur Exhibit and access to attractions (Valley of the Bones, Ride the Dinosaurs, Cretaceous Crafts, Dino Raceway, Mesozoic Mini Golf, Kids Adventure Zone and Scavenger Hunt).

T-Rex Tickets (available for ages 2-12) include one child general admission ticket, one face paint, one Fossil Find bag, one green screen photo print, a make-and-take T-shirt, one drawstring backpack and one pair of socks for the inflatables.

* For general admission tickets, additional fees apply for face painting, Green Screen Photo Print, make-and-take T-shirt, socks for inflatables, drawstring backpack and Fossil Find bag. These can be purchased at the Souvenir Shop inside the exhibit.

Other restrictions and additional fees may apply.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live Brings Life-Like Recreations of 19 Dinosaurs to the Palace Stage May 21

Created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia, Dinosaur Zoo Live is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals, and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design, theatrical presentation, and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This new production will feature 19 dinosaurs on stage, including the awesome Triceratops which Erth created uniquely for the North American tour. Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational, and unique presentation.

CAPA presents Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.) on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $23-$50 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.

Dinosaur Zoo Live is both entertaining and educational. The Chicago Tribune said, “A delightful and educational date with the dinos that provides visual oomph to rival The Lion King.” The New York Times said, “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo delivers solid science as well as an extraordinary spectacle.”

Dinosaur Zoo Live is the creation of one of Australia’s most innovative and creative companies, Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., who bring the impossible to life. For more than 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, which now serve as the foundations of its unique visual and physical theatre work. Their work ranges from large-scale interactive environments such as “The Garden,” a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, to more intimate in-theatre work and roving spectaculars. The company regularly tours internationally and more than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in museums and in performance works such as Radio Lab’s Apocalyptical, Dinosaur Petting Zoo, and Dinosaur Zoo Live. Writing about Erth, The Sydney Morning Herald said, “It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight, and enchantment all in one go.”

Dinosaur Zoo Live is directed by Scott Wright, co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and its artistic director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria, Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts, and pyrotechnics. During this period, Wright steered the company through many twists and turns, creating a successful national and international touring profile. He has directed most of Erth’s successful touring shows, and worked with a large variety of national and international companies and institutions, individual artists, and community groups. Wright is currently focusing on the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences. This exploration takes him to remote communities throughout Australia to meet with elders, learning and developing methods in which puppetry can tell stories of ancient creatures and landscapes.

The dinosaurs and other creature puppets, as well as the flora and fauna that make up the set, are designed by Steve Howarth, a founding and full-time member of Erth. From the Erth studio workshop, he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes, and associated elements that constantly tour the nation and the globe. In this principle role, he has worked with a wide variety of people and organizations across numerous media over the past 20 years. The first 15 years were spent performing in, on, and dangling from, many of the creations that he now builds. Now off stage, he oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that live alongside traditional fine arts and textiles work, and increasingly, he is incorporating new disciplines such as digital animation. Howarth recently directed his first work, “Taniwha!” for Auckland Museum in New Zealand, where he worked closely with indigenous storytellers weaving together threads of Maori folklore which was then presented by live actors, puppets, and projection. He also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.

The North American tour of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is produced by Red Tail Entertainment, ArKtype, and East Bank Entertainment. The production team is rounded out by Sharon Kerr, executive director at Erth Visual & Physical, and Anna Young, general manager at Erth Visual & Physical. Erth’s technical manager is Phil Downing, and Deanna Fitzgerald designed the lighting.

The company of Dinosaur Zoo Live will be lead on stage by host Aimee Louisanne. Kelley Selznick serves as a dinosaur wrangler/puppeteer. Hallie Goodman, Anthony Orefice, and Miron Gusso serve as dinosaur wranglers/puppeteers who also operate the large “hero” puppets. Jackson Eather is the show’s swing performer.

Columbus Museum of Art presents Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960-2010

Coinciding with the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Columbus Museum of Art presents Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960-2010. This timely exhibition is drawn from two facets of Neil K. Rector’s world-class art collection: Soviet and Russian photography from the 1970s to the early 1990s, and the work of Moscow-based unofficial artists who came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. Combining more than 300 works from these two aspects of the collection, Red Horizon offers fresh perspective on the art and life of this period, and suggests how creativity and critical thinking manifest themselves under the most difficult social and ideological circumstances.

“The Museum is honored to have organized the first-ever presentation of this renowned collection of postwar Soviet and Russian art,” said Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “Neil Rector epitomizes the important role that Columbus-based art collectors and patrons are playing both in the international and local arts landscape.”

Red Horizon looks at the period shortly after Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953 until the late 1980s and beyond, when artists attempted to represent the everyday realities of the USSR and Russia. The exhibition is organized around four thematic sections, each of which mixes a variety of styles and media, including Pop and Conceptual art, documentary photography, Surrealism and abstraction. All of them explore the gap between government-sanctioned orthodoxies and life as it was.

The works in the first section, Folk and Mass, address the complex notion of “the people,” represented alternatively as a collection of individuals and as an ideological abstraction. Return of the Repressed looks at how artists adopted, often at great personal risk, the styles of the early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde and other modernist styles in defiance of Soviet aesthetics. This section also demonstrates that some turned an equally critical eye on the visual language of American consumerism. The section Heroes, Leaders, Gods adapts the title of a painting by Alexander Kosolapov, and includes work that manipulates symbols of the state, often with a mix of satire and nostalgia. Finally, as its title would suggest, the section Landscape and Memory shows the emotional power invested in the landscape despite, or because of, the artists’ displacement.

Among the artists included are Erik Bulatov, Andrey Chezhin, Francisco Infante, Ilya Kabakov, Komar & Melamid, Alexander Kosolapov, Alexander Lapin, Vladimir Nemukhin, Igor Moukhin, Yuri Rybchinski, Leonid Sokov, Oleg Vassiliev, Vladimir Yakovlev, Vladimir Yankilevsky, and many more.

Many of the artists included in the exhibition created work in an environment of political and cultural oppression. Columbus Museum of Art stands committed to the power of art and artists to bridge perspectives, to fuel our imagination, and to create opportunities to explore the complexities of the human experience. We believe it is our responsibility as a museum to champion art and creativity as well as to create a space for community dialogue and understanding. Now, more than ever, we need spaces where communities can gather, face to face, to listen and learn.

Red Horizon will be accompanied by a 173-page illustrated catalogue by the Columbus Museum of Art and distributed by RAM. The publication is edited by the exhibition curators, Tyler Cann, Curator of Contemporary Art, and Drew Sawyer, William J. and Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Phorography, Columbus Museum of Art. The catalogue inclues texts by the curators, as well as Matthew Jesse Jackson, Myroslava Murdrak, Ksenia Nouril, and Gleb Tsipursky.

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 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays, thanks to PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive, 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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