Upcoming shows: Fahrenheit 451, Alton Brown, Jeff Dunham

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Dunham’s 60-city 2017-2018 North American tour begins in El Paso on November 1st and includes stops in Las Vegas, Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles and Ontario with a stop on Sunday, January 28 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus

Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road this fall through spring 2018 as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour.

Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, September 18 on JeffDunham.com.

Dunham just released his latest standup special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix this month. The special features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster.

Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation.

With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC.

His 2015 standup special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime in the fall and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.

After taping Relative Disaster in Dublin, Ireland, Dunham returned to the U.S. and has continued selling out arenas across the country on his Perfectly Unbalanced Tour.

And finally, adding to an amazing list of recent accomplishments, Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy will be recognized on Thursday, September 21 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom.

Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame. It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store. Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

2017-2018’s Passively Aggressive tour stops include:

November 1 – Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso, Texas

January 14 – Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio

January 25 – Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio

January 27 – BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois

January 28 – Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio

February 7 – Times Union Center in Albany, New York

February 14 – PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 4 – 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado

ALTON BROWN Crowdsources Recommendations for Top Columbus Eateries to Experience During Palace Theatre Stop October 20

Alton Brown’s #ABRoadEats Crowdsources Recommendations for Top Spots to Visit During His Fall Tour

“Eat Your Science” Visits the Palace Theatre October 20

Fans in Each City Nominate Local Coffee Houses, Breakfast Joints, Lunch and Late-Night Eats

Television personality, author, and Food Network star Alton Brown launched his #ABRoadEats initiative to discover culinary treasures and connect with his millions of followers while “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” tours the country. Brown is calling on his followers for gustatory guidance in each of the 28 cities he will visit this fall (www.altonbrownlive.com). Columbus fans can submit recommendations for coffee and breakfast to late-night munchies and everything in between on his web site, Facebook, and Twitter using #ABRoadEatsColumbus.

CAPA presents Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.) on Friday, October 20, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30-$128 (VIP) 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.

“Everyone loves telling out-of-towners where to eat. Typically, we choose one coffee joint, one breakfast (or doughnut) stop, and a lunch stop,” says Brown. “Then after the show, we’ll hit a late-night place.” Dinners are usually reserved for cities where the tour has a day off.

Brown tabulates the votes each day and makes his picks from the submissions. “I do not eat a single bite of food that doesn’t come from the hashtag.” After his visit, Brown posts photos or videos and write-ups on his social media platforms.

Brown created a new form of entertainment—the live culinary variety show—with his Edible Inevitable Tour that played in more than 100 cities to more than 150,000 fans. The Eat Your Science tour has sold more than 200,000 tickets in more than 80 cities.

Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments.” “I don’t want to give too much away,” stated Brown, “but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”

Brown, author of the James Beard award-winning I’m Just Here for the Food and the New York Times bestselling sequence Good Eats, released a collection of more than 100 personal recipes peppered with a pinch of science and history in Alton Brown: EveryDayCook (2016). He has hosted numerous series including, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat,” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced, and hosted the Peabody Award-winning series, “Good Eats,” for 13 years on the Food Network. “Good Eats” can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.

Information about Alton Brown or the Eat Your Science tour can be found on Facebook: /altonbrown; Twitter: @altonbrown, and Instagram: @altonbrown.


Dystopian Play Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s Award-Winning Novel

DELAWARE, Ohio – In fireman Guy Montag’s world, books – and the ideas they contain – are banned. Montag’s job is not to save the provocative print materials but to burn them. And he is happy to do so, until new ways of thinking spark his imagination and fuel an intellectual fire that threatens to consume him.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present four performances of Ray Bradbury’s classic “Fahrenheit 451” in October. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 8.

“The title refers to the burning temperature of paper,” said theatre professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., who is directing and designing the upcoming production. “After spending 10 years burning books, Montag begins to question his actions and his life. Will he risk everything for the right to think and communicate ideas?

“It is a thought-provoking and timely play,” said Vanderbilt, a member of OWU’s theatre faculty since 1983. “The play is suitable for middle school students and up.”

The cast of “Fahrenheit 451” is comprised of 14 Ohio Wesleyan students and features Joshua Martin as Montag; Kacie Iuvara as Mildred, his wife; Ares Harper as Captain Beatty, his chief; and Ruby Scheckelhoff as Clarisse, a young neighbor whose observations challenge Montag’s conformist thinking.

Other on-stage roles are performed by OWU students Rose Jonesco, Doris Ottman, Nash Bonnema, Beverly King, Miko Harper, Michael Sutton, Logan Kovach, Catherine Giacalone, Jack Riter, and Margaret Welsh. And voice actors Daniel Haygood, Somerset Simpson, Jeff Horst, Makaila Weir, and TaTyana Payne also contribute to the production.

The play features costume designs by Jacqueline Shelly and lighting design by senior Alanna Easley, and it makes extensive use of the projection, lighting, and sound capabilities of Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center.

“Fahrenheit 451” will be performed on the Main Stage inside the drama center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students; $3 for children under school-age; and free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. Group discounts are available. To reserve tickets for the general-seating event, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.


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