Random Notes

Two editions of The Beat's Arts Season Preview and still not enough room to include everything that's getting under way at this time of year.

For example, Six String Concerts is set to begin its 26th season with a Jeff Black/Jessie Terry show Friday night. Read our feature with Mr. Black.


Columbus Children's Theatre marks a big milestone as it celebrates its 50th anniversary season.

"It's an honor to be able to have an impact on children in a positive way," artistic director William Goldsmith told The Beat, explaining that CCT serves kids as both audience members and cast members.

"We use children in youth roles," Goldsmith said. "It's empowering for children to watch other children performing."

Shrek the Musical starts the fun, opening this weekend, and the season includes, according to Goldsmith, a couple nods to the organization's history.

CCT also has a special party planned -- "An Evening of Musical Celebration" will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Lincoln Theatre.

In addition to cast performers from Shrek and this past summer's production of The Little Mermaid, Goldsmith has invited some CCT alumni to join in the fun, including Broadway performers Mike Milligan and Jessica Grove and filmmaker and TV star Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).

Each will perform and share some anecdotes about their time on the CCT stage. Other alumni will share their experiences as well.

Call 614-224-6672 for ticket information.


Community orchestra and theater troupes are setting the stage for their upcoming seasons as well.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its season Sunday, Oct. 13, with a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Visit newalbanysymphony.com.

The Westerville Symphony gets under way Oct. 19 with a concert of the works of Brahms and Chopin. Visit westervillesymphony.org.

Curtain Players Theatre Company's 51st season-opening Scotland Road closes this weekend. Visit curtainplayers.org.

Gallery Players opens its 65th season with Yentl, Oct. 19 through Nov. 3 in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. Visit jccgalleryplayers.org.


The sixth annual Independents' Day, featuring local bands, artists, crafters, filmmakers, comedy acts, fashion designers, food trucks, emerging chefs, brewers and distillers hits Pearl Alley at Gay Street Sept. 20-22.

More than 40 local bands will be featured on four stages throughout the event. Visit thisisindependent.com.


•The Wexner Center for the Arts examines the influence of blues music in contemporary art and culture through the multi-disciplinary exhibition Blues for Smoke, which opens Saturday, Sept. 21.

Blues for Smoke features visual art, film, memorabilia, lectures and, of course, concerts. Details are at wexarts.org.