The Beat casts an eye to upcoming concerts and coverage... and other stuff

How cool would it be to answer "What did you do on your summer vacation?" with "I Shadowboxed."
As in, Shadowbox Live's Boot Camp for ages 15-21.
The three-week program will be held in two sessions: June 12 through July 29 and July 24 through Aug. 10. Auditions will be held for the second session Saturday, June 9, at Shadowbox Live in the Brewery District – although Stacie Boord tells The Beat there are a few slots still open in the first session.
The Boot Camps cover the four main Shadowbox disciplines: rock vocals, contemporary acting and comedy, dance theater and rock instrumentals. Boord said the program not only provides new skills but enhances existing ones.
Additionally, she said the program is not limited to those with singing, dance or theater experience.
"It's more about drive and potential," she said.
The program ends with a performance at a Friday midday Lunchbox program.

Columbus Children's Choir founder and artistic director Sandra Mathias is retiring.
She led the choir's May performance, and has one special performance in June and a trip with the group in July before she's officially done.
She founded the group 25 years ago and recently told The Beat she couldn't have imagined it would grow into what it has.
"It's become far more than I ever could have imagined," she said. "The number of choirs, the collaborations, the alumni.
"The greatest thing is the kids," she said. "I've had 25 great years. It's been an honor."

Columbus rockers Watershed will celebrate the release of its first record in six years with a Friday, June 8, show at The Bluestone.
The record comes on the heels of a book by bassist Joe Oestreich called Hitless Wonder: A Life In Minor League Rock and Roll.

The Wexner Center for the Arts recently announced its 2012-13 Artist Residency Awards, including two in performing arts for the Bebe Miller Dance Company and New York City-based dance theater company Palissimo.
Both residencies will include performances in November.
Meantime, the Wexner Center joins the observance of Columbus' bicentennial with "Cinema 614: A Bicentennial Celebration," a series of films with connections – one way or another – to Columbus.
The series opens this weekend with a screening of selected works of pioneering underground filmmaker Jack Smith, who was born in Columbus in 1932.