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Jazz Concert at McConnell Center in Worthington

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Bronwynn Theatre

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Take Five” (and more!) as Tony Hagood performs the music of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond. The Dave Brubeck quartet, featuring Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, appeared on college campuses in the 50’s and early 60’s, introducing jazz to thousands of young people.

The Lincoln Theatre to Host Festival of South African Dance October 25

Direct from Johannesburg, South Africa, two deeply rhythmic ensembles—Real Actions Pantsula and Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical—will perform two distinct South African dance traditions as they uplift, unite, and entertain while following their historical tradition of spreading awareness of socioeconomic and political challenges. These communicative dances have become important parts of restoring, revitalizing, and preserving South African culture.

CAPA presents Festival of South African Dance at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Wednesday, October 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $30 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.

About Real Actions Pantsula

In 1992, Sello Reuben Modiga established Real Actions Pantsula after realizing the talent of young dancers in Orange Farm, a small town in South Africa outside of Johannesburg. As director and choreographer, Modiga strives to give South Africa’s youth the opportunity to live free of the harmful influence of the street through the power of dance.

Real Actions Pantsula has traveled locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally since its inception. They consider themselves “the real thing,” with their unique interpretation of Pantsula and their own aspirations of distinguishing themselves from other Pantsula crews. They believe that a positive impact on their community, through their passion for dance, will revive the spirit of “Ubuntu,” a Zulu word meaning “humanity.”

The group of 30 talented teenagers performs choreography consisting of quick, syncopated stepping usually set to modern pop, electronic, techno, or deep house music. Historically, Pantsula dancing would evoke certain political overtones, speaking out against the Apartheid government, socio-economic injustice in South Africa, and even the AIDS epidemic. That freedom of expression dating back to the early ‘80s has created an art form which is a proud expression of South African culture.

About Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical

Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical is written and directed by critically acclaimed, South African playwright Thapelo Gordon Motluong. It is a vibrant musical piece told through narration, music, and Gumboot dance, and tells a tale of rural African men who come by train from all walks of life in search of greener pastures in the City of Gold, Johannesburg. As time passes, life proves

to be more challenging than they expected, and they endure difficult working conditions in the gold mines simply to make ends meet to send money back home. The journey unfolds through a series of flashbacks as we learn about each man’s story from the eyes of Zakhele Ndlovu, a young Zulu man who leaves behind his mother and the love of his life, Buhle Zwane.

The production explains the history of Gumboot dancing, while also integrating Gumboot

choreography throughout the show. Gumboot dancing, also known as “Isicathulo,” was conceived by South African workers in the 1880s who were transported to Witwatersrand, South Africa, by European settlers to mine for gold. The mines were often flooded, so the miners were provided with gumboots to protect their feet. They were forbidden to speak while they worked, so they would often jangle their ankle chains in order to communicate with one another. As an art form, Gumboot dancing uses the same methods of body articulation in a polyrhythmic

pattern while wearing Wellington gumboots, reminiscent of the way the miners would move their chains to communicate. Today, the dance exists as a strong symbol of South African history and culture, used in routines on the streets and plazas of tourist areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Thapelo Motluong and the company of Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical have toured their production all throughout South Africa, as well as parts of New Zealand, reaching critical acclaim. Motluong’s mission as a playwright is to preserve and restore the South African tradition while sharing South African art forms, like Gumboot dancing, with the world.

About the Lincoln Theatre

First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. After undergoing a $13.5 million renovation funded by a partnership of public and private support, the Lincoln reopened in May 2009 as a multi-use, state-of-the-art performing arts and education center serving the diversity of the Columbus and central Ohio community. The Lincoln is a bustling hub of activity 365 days a year hosting performances, rehearsals, and classes in the performing arts, as well as a wide variety of community events such as film festivals, meetings, and receptions.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2017-18 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre (Bexley, OH), Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment.


When Gordie Howe passed away, the world paused to acknowledge the legacy of the game’s greatest player. For twelve straight hours—9 to 9—thousands of mourners passed through Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to pay their respects. The game’s elder statesmen dropped what they were doing to gather for the funeral. Fans young and old flew in from around the world. Wayne Gretzky argued that Howe’s number 9 should be retired league-wide. Barack Obama issued a statement recognizing what Gordie Howe meant to the game.

As one after another dignitary spoke, it became clear that as staggering as Howe’s achievements were on the ice, he was even greater as a person. In story after story, friends and rivals alike painted a portrait of a man the likes of which we may never see again. The man named Gordie Howe—not the hockey player, not the legend, but the living, breathing man—came into focus when his son, Murray, approached the podium to deliver the eulogy. The mourners in the packed cathedral, and those watching on television, got a glimpse of what a man who was a hero to generations looked like to his own children, and what his life looked like to those whose lives he shaped.

The Gordie Howe his son introduced to the world was in many ways a teacher. Through his words and, more importantly, through his actions, he showed those around him what it means to live a life you can be proud of. Those lessons formed the backbone of the eulogy his son delivered, as it does the book that grew out of it.

Unlike his two brothers, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet, his failure brought him to the realization that in truth, his dream wasn’t to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father, Gordie Howe. To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don’t need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it is a waste of time wishing you were like someone else. We need to identify and embrace our gifts.

Dr. Murray Howe is Gordie Howe’s youngest son. He is head of Sports Medicine Imaging for Toledo Radiological Associates and Promedica Health System’s Sports Care program.

Just in time for Halloween “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” comes to 700-plus U.S. cinemas on Oct. 25

Just in time for Halloween, RiffTrax and Fathom Events, are set to resurrect the zombie film that started it all as “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” comes to more than 700 select cinemas nationwide. For one night only, join the RiffTrax crew – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (of Mystery Science Theater 3000® fame) — for a hilarious take on the classic horror film on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Watch the event trailer here – https://youtu.be/W5HbaJ-RSfI

“Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” can be purchased online by visiting www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.

“Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” will be presented at the following cinemas in your area:

AMC Lennox Town Center 24 777 Kinnear Road Columbus OH 43212-1441

AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX 275 Easton Town Center Columbus OH 43219

Marcus Crosswoods Cinema 17 200 Hutchinson Ave Columbus OH 43235

Regal Georgesville Square 16 1800 Georgesville Square Drive Columbus OH 43228

Cinemark Movies 16 Gahanna 323 Stoneridge Lane Gahanna OH 43230

Cinemark RVM Cinemark River Valley Mall 10 1611 River Valley Circle S Lancaster OH 43130

Marcus Pickerington Cinemas 16 1776 Hill Rd N Pickerington OH 43147

For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

For artwork/photos related to “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” visit www.rifftrax.com/epk or the Fathom Events press site.

Contact us at pr@solters.com for review tickets or more information on this or any of Fathom’s upcoming events.

RiffTrax to Bring a Comedic Take on Romero’s Classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Back to Cinemas Nationwide October 25 Only

Sidesplitting and Brain-Eating Mayhem Comes to

U.S. Movie Theaters for One Spooky Night This Fall

DENVER – September 20, 2017 – Just in time for Halloween, movie theater audiences can enjoy a scarily hilarious riff of the movie that kicked off the zombie craze as RiffTrax’s laughter-craftsmen, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (of Mystery Science Theater 3000® fame), take on Night of the Living Dead. Originally broadcast in October 2013, Fathom Events and RiffTrax will bring this frighteningly funny one-night event, “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead,” back to movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

In addition to the feature content, audiences will get to experience an acknowledgement to the late George Romero through a special introduction from RiffTrax.

Tickets for “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Event’s website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“I think people will enjoy our loving take on George Romero’s classic,” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said. “It’s a rare privilege – and a heck of a lot of fun – to take on a movie that literally invented a genre.”

This classic 1968 horror film, by the legendary late director George Romero, is where the omnipresent zombie craze all began. When a young woman named Barbara is attacked in a cemetery by zombies, she flees to an abandoned farm house. There she’s joined by a ragtag group of survivors who band together to wait out the apocalypse, with the occasional light descent into madness. The rest of the plotline plays out like The Big Chill, but instead of Glenn Close sobbing naked in the shower, they board up windows and occasionally get devoured alive. Shotguns! Molotov cocktails! Exploding cars! Headshots galore! “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” is guaranteed to be scarier than Brad Pitt’s beard in World War Z and funnier than the acting on The Walking Dead!

“Night of the Living Dead” is one of our most popular RiffTrax titles to date, and we’re excited to be able to bring it back to theaters for Halloween.” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “Mike, Kevin and Bill always put on a hysterical night of entertainment, and this zombie cult classic doesn’t disappoint.”

“Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” was the 11th title event broadcast to movie theaters since Fathom Events and RiffTrax began their partnership in 2009.

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

About RiffTrax

RiffTrax is an entertainment company featuring the stars of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), bring their funny running MST3K-type commentary to movies of all kind. From riffs on the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to the worst B-movies, RiffTrax has a library of over 500 titles available at RiffTrax.com and on digital platforms everywhere. RiffTrax has also produced five prime time television specials for the National Geographic Channel. RiffTrax releases a newly riffed movie, short film or TV program each week, and performs the RiffTrax Live comedy series four times a year where a movie is riffed live and simulcast into over 700 theaters across North America. Our brand-new RiffTrax app on iOS and Android magically syncs our Riffs to the biggest blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Twilight and Harry Potter. RiffTrax was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. To find out more about RiffTrax, visit www.rifftrax.com/aboutus.


NASHVILLE, TENN. — Grammy® Award Winner and Gospel music’s “IT” Girl, Tamela Mann and husband, comedian David Mann, joined by the rest of the talented Mann family, bring the Mann’s World Family Tour to the Columbus Christian Center in Columbus, OH on Friday, October 13th.

You may have seen Tamela’s show-stopping performance on the Grammy® stage, or watched her receive her first Grammy® Award for Best Gospel Performance Song for “God Provides” from her Billboard No. 1 album One Way and nab her second NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album for One Way.

Fans can now join Tamela along with her husband David and the Mann Family for the year’s best concert and comedy show ALL IN ONE NIGHT!

“We’re excited to get back on the road this fall and go on tour with our kids. It’s not just a concert, or a comedy show, it’s a family experience,” says David Mann, executive producer of the tour.

Featured each night are Tia Mann performing new music, DJ David Mann, Jr., a comedy set by David Mann, a full concert by Gospel’s leading lady, Tamela Mann, along with a few surprise guests.

One Way marks Tamela’s fourth solo studio album and is executively produced by Tamela, her husband and business partner, actor David Mann and son David Mann Jr. The album’s all-star guest producer credits include: Eric Dawkins, King Logan, Shaun Martin and Timbaland.

Tamela and David have been an acting duo in film, on tv and on stage for years. From starring in the No. 1 TV and film franchise, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns together, to their current television hits, the couple continues to make audiences laugh with their wholesome brand of comedy. They currently star in The Manns (TV One) and Mann & Wife (Bounce TV).

Who: Tamela and David Mann and Family

What: Mann’s World Family Tour

Where: Columbus Christian Center, 2300 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

When: Friday, October 13, 2017


TICKET LINK: https://www.kingdomtickets.com/mannsworld-columbusoh

For more info on Tamela, check out:

WEBSITE: www.tillymannmusic.com/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann

TWITTER: @DavidandTamela

INSTAGRAM: @DavidandTamela


Tamela Mann is a Grammy® Award Winner, NAACP Image Award winner, BET Award winner, 7-time Stellar Gospel Music Award and two-time GMA Dove Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Tamela’s seven-time Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning, two-time GMA Dove Award-winning album Best Days debuted at No. 1 on multiple music sales charts and includes the No. 1 RIAA-gold certified single “Take Me To The King,” which earned Tamela her first Grammy® Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Tamela set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. The string of hits includes “Take Me To The King,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and “This Place.” Tamela and husband and business partner, actor David Mann, star in The Manns (TV One) and Mann & Wife (Bounce TV). Tamela’s fourth solo studio album One Way is available online and in stores.


Ingeniously funny and extraordinarily talented are understatements when it comes to David Mann, the multi-faceted actor and 2011 NAACP Award winner for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series” for “Meet the Browns.” A native of Texas, David masterfully showcases his God-given talents in a most dynamic and distinguished way. David’s musical and theatrical talents brilliantly epitomize ingenuity at its best. Along with his wife and Gospel singing sensation, Tamela Mann, David is the co-star of the exciting new Bounce TV comedy, Mann & Wife, and their family reality show on TV One, The Manns. When David is not on set shooting, he brings his live comedy show to venues around the country playing to sold-out crowds. David is also the head of the independent music and entertainment label, Tillymann Music Group, with his wife Tamela. When David is not on tour, he enjoys the company of his wife and their fun-loving children and grandchildren.

For more information about David and Tamela Mann, visit http://www.tillymannmusic.com.

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