Anything that makes The Beat closer to young is a good thing.

Anything that makes The Beat closer to young is a good thing.

Anything that offers big-time discounts on tickets to a host of arts events in central Ohio to people who are still young is an even better thing.

So it's way cool that PNC Arts Alive has expanded is discount ticket program to include ages 13-25. Tickets for a variety of programs are available for $5.
Initially, the discount was available to ages 13-18.

Participating arts organizations include: CAPA, BalletMet, CATCO, Jazz Arts Group, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, King Arts Complex, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Wexner Center for the Arts.


2012 Wexner Prize recipient Annie Leibovitz will discuss her work in a special public program Friday, Nov. 9, at Mershon Auditorium.

Jann Wenner, founder, publisher and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and longtime friend and patron of Leibovitz, will share the stage and conversation.

Tickets are $20. More information can be found at

The Jazz Arts Group, the umbrella organization for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra as well as a bevy of other performance and community education programs, has named Press Southworth as its new executive director.

Southworth served in the same post with Opera Columbus from 2006-11, during which time he also served as president of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium for two years. He has served on the boards of the Columbus Symphony and BalletMet Columbus.

Southworth was selected as JAG's fourth executive director following a national search, proving that sometimes the best options are close to home.

CATCO also recently announced a change in its leadership structure, creating the role of production manager for Steven C. Anderson, whose title was previously artistic director. Joe Bishara, formerly associate artistic director, is now associate producing director.

The moves were part of a realignment following the departure of production manager T.J. Gerkens, who resigned to teach lighting design at the University of Toledo.

Worthington native Mark Swartzentruber, an internationally acclaimed classical pianist, returns home this week for a couple of performances, including a Saturday, Nov. 3, show at the McConnell Arts Center.

You may know the MAC is a former Worthington school, and just so happens to be where Swartzentruber himself attended sixth grade.

The program includes pieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart. Check out for ticket information.

Proving once again the power of The Beat, jam-packed performances of La Boheme at Shadowbox Live (which is co-producing the abbreviated and modernized production of the Puccini classic with Opera Columbus) have necessitated an advanced reservations policy.

We featured this show a couple of weeks back, just prior to its opening. Obviously, many folks took our word for it.

La Boheme will be presented Sunday afternoons through Nov. 18. Call 614-416-7625 for reservations.