'Tis the springtime of the puppets in central Ohio.
Starting with the Columbus Museum of Art's exhibition "Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets," which runs through August, this unique art form will be featured in a number of avenues in the coming weeks. The Beat took in the CMA exhibit last week.
"Strings Attached" chronicles the form as employed in Czech theater from the mid-1800s through modern times. As the introduction to the collection says, it misses the animation provided by a puppeteer, but the pieces themselves are brilliant and often grotesque -- there is plenty on which your imagination can work, for sure.
Later this month, Broadway in Columbus brings the Columbus premiere of the tour of War Horse. Based on the beloved book Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, which also inspired Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-nominated film War Horse, this play chronicles the relationship between a young boy and a horse and how they are separated by events in World War I.
The story is told on stage through the spellbinding use of large-scale puppets -- a remarkable depiction and application.
Maintaining the reverence for puppetry but telling a tale most irreverent is CATCO's restaging of Avenue Q.
The R-rated show played to sold-out crowds and had its original late-summer run extended.
"We knew we wanted to bring it back, and the April timeline worked out perfectly," said producing director Steven C. Anderson.
Don't miss the fun. Visit catcoistheatre.org.
The Salvation Army in Greater Columbus presents the 28th annual God and Country Concert Saturday, April 6, at Dublin Jerome High School.
Special guests include the Brass Band of Columbus and the Canadian Staff Band, one of the Salvation Army's foremost ensembles.
Visit salvation armycolumbus.org.
Country legend Charlie Daniels was hospitalized last week, and had a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heartbeat.
This means he's postponed his slate of spring concerts, including an April 6 show at the Midland Theatre. The show has been rescheduled to June 7.
Current ticket holders do not need to exchange tickets. For other questions, check with the Midland box office at 740-345-LIVE.
The Beat's Sweetest 16 One-Hit Wonders Bracket is in the midst of Final Four voting, with the championship round to take place over the weekend and into early next week. Make sure to vote for your favorite at ThisWeekNEWS.com/Sweetest16.