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    The cast of "Once Upon a Mattress" rehearses a scene during dress rehearsal at the Big Walnut High School auditorium on Monday, March 2.

    Big Walnut to stage 'Once Upon a Mattress' March 5-7

    A classic twist on the story of The Princess and the Pea is on tap at Big Walnut High School this weekend in their production of "Once Upon a Mattress."
  • Ellis Paul, with opener Antje Duvekot, will play a Six String Concerts show Friday, March 6, at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $22/$15/$5. Visit

    Paul's songs bridge wonder, skepticism

    Six String Concerts fan favorite Ellis Paul returns to the series Friday, March 6, with opener Antje Duvekot, performing at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.
  • Opera Columbus back in production business with 'Figaro'

    All the way back. That's where Opera Columbus finds itself entering this weekend, during which it will stage its first locally produced opera, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, in five years.
  • Echosmith will be in concert Sunday, March 8, at the Newport Music Hall.

    Fischer's Fab Five

    Echosmith, Stile Antico, Maroon 5 all part of this week's Fab Five.
  • Joe Cocker

    Shadowbox pays homage to legendary bluesman

    The recent passing of Joe Cocker touched his legion of fans worldwide, including Shadowbox Live founder/CEO/executive producer Stev Guyer, a longtime fan who, rumor has it, has performed the singer's tune in the past with his own special flair.
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Accessible Expressions Ohio presents 'A Day of Arts for All' exhibition

Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This year's Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition features 75 pieces of two- and three-dimensional visual art and will be on display at the Westerville Community Center through March 24.

Message crucial for Living Water

Fresh off the release of their second full-length CD, members of the Christian band Living Water will continue to spread their message during Lent.

Artist finds clarity with restored vision

Adam Kolp has not always had his eyesight, but the New Albany Middle School art teacher always had a vision and a passion for his artwork.
Fine-arts finger-painting

Artist's approach is truly hands-on

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

A-tisket, a-tasket, a novel take on baskets

The upcoming exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum may well alter notions of what constitutes a basket.

'Eye Candy' lets disabled artists shine

Tacocat Cooperative hopes its collaboration with the Open Door Art Studio will be sweet for art lovers and the artists themselves.

The Beat Archive

J. Geils Band revisiting older material on new tour

Peter Wolf and the rest of his J. Geils Band mates still like to get together every so often and blow your face off.

Band turns spotlight on top-selling album for tour

Commit This to Memory remains the highest-selling album from power-pop quintet Motion City Soundtrack, so it makes sense that the band would want to mark its 10-year anniversary with a tour, performing the album in its entirety.

Steamroller's journey testament to Davis' perseverance

Perhaps Chip Davis never set out to invent a genre of music, revolutionize and reinvigorate the idea of modern Christmas music, start the largest independent record label in the business, win a Grammy Award and sell a host of records (19 gold, four platinum and nine multiplatinum records among them).

'Nutcracker' parody is BalletMet's bonus gift

BalletMet Columbus' annual holiday-season production of The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition, and this year the company has a bonus gift to the community at the close of the ballet's run.

'Messiah' crowds raise voices toward heaven

The Beat has just one thing to say regarding ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's annual Messiah Sing-Along: