Arts & Entertainment
  • Dublin Youth Strings Orchestra

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    Dublin Youth Strings Orchestra members Adam Illcin (left) and Jason Guo practice prior to a performance at last week's Ohio Music Education Association conference in Cincinnati. Only four orchestras from throughout the state were selected to play.

    State performance earns musicians rave reviews

    The Dublin Youth Strings Orchestra played a tough crowd last week.
  • Drexel Theatre

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    The Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., will undergo renovation thanks to grant funding and federal rehabilitation tax credits.

    Bexley's 'sentimental symbol' to be restored

    A $250,000 grant from the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program will enable the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., to proceed with a $2.6 million renovation scheduled to begin in the spring, said Bill Conner, president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, which manages the theater.
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    Sheaman Schofield, a seventh-grader at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School, discusses one of his short stories with Marc Alter, the district's director of 21st-century learning. Schofield paid an author's visit Dec. 8 to second- and third-grade students at Wickliffe Progressive School in Upper Arlington.

    Wildest dreams plot fodder for young writer

    Many writers of fiction struggle with plot and character, the proverbial blank page a daunting challenge.
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Arts archive

Friends finally sit down, make duet recording

Songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell met about 25 years ago, forming a fast friendship and deciding they should do a duet record.
Keyboardist returns home

Swift tour brings Cook back to his roots

It's been 16 years since Worthington native David Cook moved to New York City for what he expected would be a two-year stint.

Artistic director moves to center stage in 'Armide'

Opera Columbus has rarely performed repertoire from the French Baroque school of opera.
THE BEAT

We Banjo 3 links Irish folk music, bluegrass

Galway, Ireland, quartet We Banjo 3 offers a blend of traditional Irish music with bluegrass/Americana that has been described as Celt-grass. The virtuoso performers are an act on the rise, putting on a show full of high-caliber musicianship that's loads of fun to boot. The Dublin Irish Festival is just one of a host of festival gigs the band is playing in the U.S. this summer.

Years of shows with the Commodores form a satisfying career

William King and his classmates at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, formed a band for that noblest of causes.

Hometown vibes inspire rootsy record

It started with a song Amy Black wrote for her father and led to what the singer-songwriter called "an awakening."

Tour finds blues guitarist in happy place

For someone who is a modern blues master, Jonny Lang is pretty darn happy.

No matter the venue, music is big

The weather is heating up and so is the outdoor summer concert season. This coming weekend is a big one, with the options including Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, the opening weekend of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Picnic with the Pops and the Buckeye Country Superfest at Ohio Stadium.

Hay still working, taking solo act on the road

Just because Colin Hay does "what I like" and has "no boss" doesn't mean he's not a man at work.

Underdog role suits Mains just fine

If Mike Mains keeps it up, he won't get to keep doing one of his favorite things.

Soprano Zamora finds calling with Opera Columbus

Soprano Camille Zamora will phone in half of her performances with Opera Columbus next week.
Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

Ibarra's risky work with wheel makes the show

When Cirque du Soleil performer Jimmy Ibarra was asked by The Beat how he came to be an acrobat on the apparatus called the Wheel of Death, his first answer was, "it was crazy."
Art Access

Radio's 'Mr. Bill' finds new outlet in art, exhibit opens May 2

When a new exhibit opens at Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave., next month, visitors will encounter a distinctive voice.
Fine-arts finger-painting

Artist's approach is truly hands-on

Forget the brushes: Dennis Velco doesn't use them.