Random Notes

* From the Brass Band of Columbus' 30th anniversary to the 40th anniversary of performing for funnyman Robert Post, The Beat has been all about the anniversary of late.

We continue the celebratory trend courtesy of the Wexner Center for the Arts, which is marking Sherri Geldin's 20th anniversary as director with the creation of the Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund. This is an endowed fund intended to provide financial resources to pursue special research projects and unique initiatives above and beyond the center's annual budget and its varied and dynamic programming.

"On the occasion of Sherri's 20th year at the center and of the center's upcoming 25th anniversary, this fund amplifies and reaffirms Sherri's exemplary work at the Wexner Center and ensures the center's vision and mission will not only be strengthened, but fulfilled for years to come," Wexner Center Foundation Chair Leslie H. Wexner said in a statement.

Additionally, Geldin will be recognized for Excellence in Arts Administration through the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The award will be given May 21.


*And yet again, with the anniversaries.

Admittedly, this one's a little out of The Beat's standard performing arts MO, but we didn't want to get caught daydreaming when it came to a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -- which is exactly what the Thurber House will host at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Thurber's Bar at the Westin Columbus.

Don't stay home and wish you'd have come out for the fun -- or the hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets are $10 and must be reserved no later than Monday, March 17. Call 614-464-1032.


*The Lincoln Theatre Association will host the first in a new series titled Conversations on Wednesday, March 26. The free series is designed to generate community discussion on a variety of topics relating to the arts.

The first event will be Every Generation Has Its Music: From Jazz to Hip Hop, a 90-minute multimedia program that will delve into generational rebellion and cross-generational tastes.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Visit lincolntheatrecolumbus for details.


* Also this month at the Lincoln, CAPA will host another installment of its Artist Production Development Clinic Saturday, March 22.

The free, one-day program is aimed at local artists and arts organizations, and covers topics such as production planning and staging, marketing and advertising, and legal issues.

Space is limited. Email Suzan Bradford at sbradford@capa.com.