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Amy Grant’s Christmas Tour

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith co-headline their popular Christmas tour joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Incorporating a full symphony orchestra under the direction of Musical Director and Conductor David Hamilton, this seasonal crowd-pleaser is presented by Balsam Hill.

The 20-city tour stops at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Combining for a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the tour will showcase selections spanning the artists’ expansive Christmas repertoires, including their most recent releases, Grant’s Tennessee Christmas, Michael W. Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas and Jordan Smith’s ’Tis The Season.

“As we started to plan the show, it was our goal to enhance people’s experience of the Christmas season by providing a night of exquisite music and message of hope,” said Grant. “We’re especially thrilled to be partnering with Balsam Hill incorporating some of their beautiful pieces into our production.”

In support of their longstanding relationship with Compassion International, Michael and Amy will meet with as many as 200 people in each city who sponsor a child prior to the concert through www.meetamyandmichael.com. The “Compassion Meet & Greet” is an opportunity to learn more about Compassion International’s child sponsorship and includes a photo with the artists (concert tickets purchased separately). “Amy and I have both sponsored children through Compassion International literally for decades,” “Amy has a song that says, ‘It’s Going to Be a Christmas to remember.’ “I hope we create a memory for everyone and impact the lives of some special children all over the world,” reflects Michael.

Recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in recognition of significant contributions to Nashville and its musical heritage, Grant released Tennessee Christmas last year, marking her first new holiday album in nearly 20 years. With over six million Christmas records sold, her latest holiday offering includes a blend of heartfelt originals and Grant’s own spin on popular Yuletide classics weaving together the joy, love, laughter and even grief the season brings. With critical praise, Michael’s Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas features collaborations with Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Michael McDonald and Grant. Jordan Smith released his first Christmas album, ’Tis the Season, last year. The holiday recording followed debut album Something Beautiful, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, making Smith the best-selling artist in the history of “The Voice.”

Tickets: ON SALE at the Box Office, ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BRING THEIR WORLD TOUR TO COLUMBUS ON DEC. 28 – The worldwide icons synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment – the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their World Tour to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2PM and 7PM.

The Harlem Globetrotters recently wrapped their 2017 season, during which they used their awe-inspiring talents to conquer feats like breaking nine Guinness World Records in a single day and netting the highest basketball shot ever recorded in North American from staggering 583-feet in the air from the Tower of Americas in San Antonio.

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green – the Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their games at the Schottenstein Center will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Tickets GO ON SALE August 9 at 10AM starting at $22 and can be purchased at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or the Schottenstein Center box office.

Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades.

The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Harlem Globetrotters. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter@Globies.

The Marion Palace Theatre Turns Back the Hands of Time on Sunday, August 27

Audiences can experience a film, just as theatre-goers did 89 years ago, at the historic Marion Palace Theatre on Sunday, August 27 at 3 p.m.

Playing on the big screen will be the 1929 Silent Film LIBERTY, starring the comedic duo Laurel and Hardy. Renowned resident organist for Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre, Dave Calendine will accompany the film on the theatre’s prized 1924 Wurlitzer Organ.

After the short film, Dave will play songs from “Music of the Mouse: The Walt Disney Song-Book,” which features famed tunes from cartoons of the 20s through today’s blockbuster hits such as “Frozen.” Patrons will have the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the wonderful and mysterious Mighty Wurlitzer organ and enjoy pizza on the Palace stage.

Patrons are asked to purchase tickets in advance to help the staff plan food and set-up accordingly. Tickets are $16 for admission and pizza. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Marion Palace Theatre Box Office at 740-383-2101 or visit www.marionpalace.org.

If You Go

WHAT: Pedals, Pipes & Pizza

WHEN: 3 p.m. – Sunday, August 27, 2017

WHERE: Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W Center St., Marion OH 43302

RUNNING TIME: approximately 90 minutes

TICKETS: General Admission $16 includes admission and pizza. Charge by phone (740)383-2101 or online www.marionpalace.org

BOX OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The box office is closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Information for all Marion Palace Theatre shows and tickets is also online at www.marionpalace.org.

Ohio Arts Council Board Approves More Than $2.4M in Awards for Arts in Central Ohio

143 Grants Awarded to Recipients in Columbus, Mansfield, Lancaster, Newark, Wooster, and Surrounding Areas

COLUMBUS, Ohio – July 24, 2017


The Ohio Arts Council board has approved $12,067,366 in grants to support Ohio artists, organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming during its initial and major FY 2018 funding round.

Of the grants distributed, a total of $2,409,307 will be awarded through 143 grants to recipients in Central Ohio to help support arts initiatives.

The 15-member board approved 635 grants when it met publicly on July 19 for its summer board meeting.

This year, the OAC awarded 114 new applicants with funding.

Grant recipients in the central region of Ohio include artists and arts organizations in the following counties: Ashland, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Union, and Wayne.


“Thanks to the Ohio governor and legislature’s prioritization of arts funding in the state budget, the Ohio Arts Council continues to invest in Ohio’s creative economy. With these awards, Ohio’s arts sector will engage our citizens, undertake innovative projects, and lead our state to a bright, shared future.” – Donna S. Collins, OAC executive director

Grant funding was awarded in the following areas:

Operating Support

Sustainability supports ongoing arts and cultural activities in all genres. Awards support the largest and most administratively sophisticated organizations in the state’s arts and culture ecosystem. This four-year funding supports a wide range of the state’s arts providers that are positioning Ohio as a national leader in creativity, artistry, and cultural wealth.

Large Organizations: 35 grants totaling $6,365,375

Mid-Sized Organizations: 247 grants totaling $3,755,752

Arts Access supports ongoing arts and cultural activities in all genres that broaden opportunities for the general public to participate in the arts. This flexible two-year funding provides general operating support for small organizations.

33 grants totaling $93,055

Project Support

ArtSTART provides accessible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects. Most awards support the programming of new or emerging organizations, first-time OAC applicants, and organizations in areas not served by other arts providers.

145 grants totaling $390,687

ArtsNEXT provides competitive funding for innovative and experimental projects. These forward-looking projects help define Ohio as an exciting, cutting-edge place to make, consume, and experience the arts.

38 grants totaling $439,592

Arts Learning

Arts Partnership supports arts education projects that address the needs of individual learners and their communities. By supporting these projects and programs, the OAC aims to strengthen arts education locally, regionally, and statewide.

64 grants totaling $735,001

Artist in Residence brings schools and community organizations together with artists to share in-depth, engaging, personal, and sustained arts learning experiences.

18 grants totaling $65,200

Individual Artists

Traditional Arts Apprenticeships provide support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms. These awards support the teaching and sharing of important cultural traditions and enrich the lives of Ohioans.

11 grants totaling $39,866

The Creative Aging Ohio program helps create and expand programs that engage older adults in the visual arts, dance, music, writing, and theatre. The initiative’s goal is to help older adults—many of whom may live with degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, or suffer from isolation and loneliness—age more healthfully and renew their purpose and talents through the arts.

20 grants totaling $113,703

The Ohio Artists on Tour program enables Ohio organizations to tap into the creative potential of performing artists and ensembles to enrich their programming and the vitality of their communities.

24 grants totaling $69,135


The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov.

Ohio Artists on Tour Central Ohio Symphony Inc Delaware; Delaware $500

Sustainability Asian Festival Corp Delaware; Delaware $17,014

Sustainability Central Ohio Symphony Inc Delaware; Delaware $11,797

Sustainability The Arts Castle Delaware; Delaware $12,314

ArtSTART Spotlight Columbus Inc Delaware; Lewis Center $2,946 The applicant is seeking funds to present the annual South Asian Theater Festival.

Columbus, OH Author Publishes Romance Novel

This Novel Combines Many Different Factors into A Story of Romance

It’s Just My Nature, a new book by George Zoebl, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

It’s Just My Nature tells the romantic story of Martha, a sixty-six-year-old retired professor who is dying of cancer in Hospice care, and Joel, a jaded, questioning clergyman who is unceremoniously ushered in to provide pastoral care. Martha, he finds, possesses some unique knowledge in communicative diseases that the government desperately wants to get before she dies.

Interspersed with the first person accounts by both Joel and Martha is the narrative of a certain village in South Sudan that has been brutalized by an ALFA raid. One of the young women, Farris, designs an unconventional plan to escape from her captives and save two younger children in a life-or-death race across the desert with her tormenters in close pursuit.

It’s Just My Nature is an intriguing web of connected stories that blends romance, adventure, theology, and geo-politics within an engaging and thought-provoking novel.

About the Author:

George Zoebl is a pastor who worked in El Salvador and knows firsthand the cruelty that needlessly vindictive, masochistic people impose on others for merely having a different point of view or different ideas about religion. He has also spent time in the Middle East, and he hopes that this novel will give readers a new understanding of what it means to “just leave people the hell alone” and let them live their lives if they are not hurting anyone. Secondarily, he wants the reader to know that senior citizens can and do have romantic lives. And it can sneak up on you, at any age, in any and all circumstances.

It’s Just My Nature is a 374-page paperback with a retail price of $23.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-3315-6. 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.

Casablanca play and movie

McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH 43085

Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 3:00 pm

Main Gallery


$12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 student

Casablanca the backstory is an original reader’s theatre production of the Gallery Theatre at the MAC. Performed with script in-hand surrounded by art in the MAC gallery, the production offers a glimpse into the writing of the original script, Everybody Comes to Ricks which was transformed into the block buster film Casablanca. The film will be shown at 6:30 pm in the Bronwynn Theater, the same evening (tickets sold separately). Directed by: Ellen Stukenberg Cast: Jon Cook, John Cramton, Jeff Elliott, Bronwynn Hopton, Adam Latek, Alan Sippel, Jennifer Thorward, Dan Thorward.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 6:30 pm

Bronwynn Theatre


$4 in advance, $5 at the door

The showing of the film Casablanca will follow the Gallery Theatre at the MAC, Casablanca the back story (tickets sold separately). Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

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Coming off the heels of headlining New York, Denver and Houston Pride events, two-time Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes has garnered her 3rd #1 dance single “LovE is LovE is LovE”, which topped the Billboard Dance Chart. This is the follow up single to her previous #1 dance hit “Long Live Love”, both from her critically acclaimed album Remnants. ( Sony Music / Thirty Tigers/ RED)

“LovE is LovE is LovE” is an anthem for equality that has been sweeping the USA and U.K. and is also featured in the up-and-coming new Steven Soderbergh feature film, “Logan Lucky” starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig. The comedy/drama motion picture opens in theaters nationwide on August 18. Soderbergh also asked Rimes to play a cameo in the film as well.

Rimes will be performing the #1 hit on her “LovE is LovE Acoustic Tour” this fall.

The multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter has sold more than 44 million units, released over 40 charted sings, won two Grammy® Awards; 12 Billboard Music Awards; two World Music Awards; three Academy of Country Music Awards; one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. Most recently the powerhouse vocalist was honored with the Ally of Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign for her 20 years of support of equal rights. This follows her 2009 honor when she was the recipient of the ACM Humanitarian Award. At 14, Rimes won “Best New Artist” making her the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award. Out of the 42 singles she has released throughout her expansive career, LeAnn’s song “How Do I Live,” continues to rank #4 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Songs,” and it holds the record for being the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 15 of her multi-genre singles are top-10 hits, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” which went #1 in 11 countries.

Remixes of “LovE is LovE is LovE”, created by Dave Aude, Mauro Mozart, DrewG and Dj Donvt are available on all digital platforms.

For more information on LeAnn Rimes, go to www.leannrimesworld.com and follow her @LeannRimes on twitter/instagram and @leannrimesmusic on facebook.

Author/OWU alum embraces and reclaims Ohioan roots

Fred Carlisle, a native of Delaware, Ohio, meant to leave his hometown far behind. Instead, his desire to understand the powerful connections between places and people led him straight back.

Carlisle’s book “Hollow and Home: A History of Self and Place,” set to be released August 1, 2017, explores the ways the primary places in our lives shape the individuals we become — and how a person can form vibrant, supportive communities in unexpected places. As a young academic, Carlisle’s life took on an itinerant quality. He lived in 10 different locations in five different states, but carried Delaware with him everywhere he went.

“That town remains my center and point of reference—my primary, even my primal place,” Carlisle writes. “I see—I now understand—with the eyes and imagination of a person largely made by Delaware.” It wasn’t until he moved to Southwest Virginia in 1991 that he began to question his lifestyle. Living among fifth and sixth-generation residents in a rural community, Carlisle was inspired to return to Ohio and uncover his father’s past. “My search led me back not only to him but to my hometown,” writes Carlisle. “Searching for Ervin was my first turn toward the place and heritage I thought I did not have.”

Poignant and powerful with a light touch of theory, Carlisle concentrates on the two places he couldn’t leave behind. Joseph A. Amato, author of “Everyday Life: How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary” calls the book “open, direct, economical, and vividly honest.” Carlisle says he hopes that themes of “Hollow and Home” transcend specific localities and speak to the relationship of self and place everywhere. As part of the book launch, he will be speaking at various events throughout areas surrounding Clover Hollow and Delaware, Ohio.

About the author

E. Fred Carlisle has been writing about identity and place for years. He is the author of four previous books—two memoirs and studies of Walt Whitman and of Loren Eiseley. A former provost at Virginia Tech, he grew up in Ohio, enjoyed a long academic career, lived for a decade in the rural Virginia mountains, and now divides his time between Virginia and South Florida.

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