• No rest for those who want to see Wicked.
Each day for the length of the touring musical's run -- which ends June 23 -- fans can enter a lottery for a limited number of $25 orchestra-level seats (limit two per person).
This lottery is available only in-person. Folks can show up two-and-a-half hours before show time to enter -- the drawing will be held 30 minutes later. You need a photo ID to enter. Oh, and the $25 tix are cash only.
The Beat expects this offer to be ... wait for it ... popular.
Oh, and some full-price tickets are available, too. Visit ticketmaster.com/wicked.
• Week 2 of "former Columbus siren-songwriter returns" (not an official thing):
Grace Adele grew up in Columbus and cut her teeth in local clubs -- after, that is, giving her dream of becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette every chance of coming true.
Eventually, Adele relocated to Nashville, broadening her fanbase and heightening her rep as a first-class entertainer.
The coming days find Adele making a handful of central Ohio appearances, including today, June 6, at the Grandview Heights Public Library; Friday, June 7, at the Columbus Arts Festival and at the Northwest Public Library; and then next month, July 13 at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and July 14 at Granville's Summer Concerts on the Green.
•In case you missed the announcement, the Ohio State Fair has booked the Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle to play the Aug. 2 date left open following the passing of George Jones.
While the Oak Ridge Boys, Gatlins and Gayle are country legends in their own right, it still probably takes all three to equal Jones' legend.
The fair runs July 24 through Aug. 4. Visit ohiostatefair.com.
• The pairing of food and the arts reaches new levels courtesy of a new production by Ohio theater troupe Mad River Theater Works called The Pasture: A Tale of Just Food, which will be presented in a free, public performance Thursday, June 20, at the North Market.
The production features a cast of four actor/musicians and imagines a society in which basic needs are met, including the provision of food by a corporation called The Process, and what happens when the supply is interrupted and the main character meets a wanderer named Johnny who offers her food she's never seen before -- an apple.
The Pasture will be staged on the North Market's second floor.