Lots of news and notes as a busy summer starts to wind down. Read more about many of these stories in the BeatBlog at ThisWeekNEWS.com.

Lots of news and notes as a busy summer starts to wind down.

The Dublin Irish Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Not much we can tell you that ThisWeek staffer Jennifer Noblit hasn't already (we joked she had one story for each year of the festival) -- check out her stuff on the Dublin community page.

The entertainment includes Beat faves The Prodigals and Young Dubliners, plus a host of other acts, including the host of fine Celtic acts from right here in central Ohio.

Visit dublinirishfestival.org.

You want a two-year degree that will prepare you for a career in the music industry? Then prepare to get your Groove U on.

Yes, that is horrible, but Dwight Heckelman's concept is not. The nearly-20-year music industry vet is opening the college this fall in the Short North.

Based on his experience in a variety of positions within the industry -- record labels, journalism, teaching -- and adapted from a curriculum he developed, the final pieces for Groove U came together following a series of roundtables with other industry vets at which Heckelman sought out shortcomings folks were seeing in the way people were being trained to work in the music industry.

He said his "lightning-bolt moment" came in 2009 at a conference at Berklee College of Music, where he worked for a year.

"All these presentations talked about how the industry in changing. I had heard the same thing 10 years before when I was a student at Belmont (University in Nashville)."

Find out more at grooveu.net.

Columbus jazz legends Hank Marr (piano/Hammond organ) and Gene Walker (saxophone) recently were inducted into the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame.

These men have defined jazz in Columbus not only by their contributions as respected members of the broader jazz world but also their tireless work playing and teaching right here at home.

A well-deserved honor.

The Columbus Symphony Chorus will join the CSO for several performances throughout the 2012-13 season, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in October.

We tell you this because, if you've ever wanted to sing this masterwork on stage while wearing a tux or dress, and you're an experienced singer who can audition on either Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 20-21, well, we think you get the point.

Chorus auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, visit columbussymphony.com and click the "Auditions" link.

A group of employees at Nationwide Children's Hospital formed a theater performing group called Concerts 4 Charity.

The group plans its sixth annual concert, "City Night Broadway Lights," Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, at the BalletMet Performing Arts Center.

The cast of employees is augmented by veterans of Vaud-Villities and college and community theater.

All proceeds benefit the hospital. The group has raised more than $12,000 to date.

Tony Ingham started the group "to raise funds for the hospital and provide an outlet through which everyone with a passion for performing live can have the opportunity to do so."

For ticket information, visit tikitz.com.


BalletMet Columbus has named innovative choreographer James Kudelka as artistic consultant for the 2012-13 season. He will assist with artistic operations as current artistic director leaves July 14 for a new position with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet.

Kudelka enjoys not only a tremendous reputation as a choreographer, but also served for nine years as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada.

Additionally, he has a relationship with BalletMet that goes back 25 years to the first time BalletMet performed one of his pieces. The company has world-premiered a number of his original works as well.

He is an ideal candidate to handle artistic matters as the board continues its search for a full-time replacement.

Audiences will get the direct benefit of his expertise throughout the season and, in particular, as he choreographs The Rite of Spring, a piece to be performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's masterwork.