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Underground Magic won the second annual Groove U Instaband Battle of the Bands for area high school artists.

* This year (later this year, technically, but 2014 nonetheless) marks the 25th anniversary of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.

There will be a big announcement for programming that involves many facets of the center's multidisciplinary approach to the creation and presentation of the arts.

No, The Beat doesn't know what it is and just can't -- or won't -- tell you. We're waiting just like everyone else.

Meanwhile, enjoy the last couple of weeks of Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, an exhibition that spans all of the center's gallery spaces and is among the final remaining pieces of the Via Brasil initiative, presented along with a number of films to be screened in April. Find out more at wexarts.org.


* Speaking of announcements, 'tis the season for 2014-15 season announcements from performing arts organizations. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Broadway in Columbus and CATCO are among those who have let us know what's on tap starting this fall.

A highlight in September will be Twisted, an unprecedented collaboration among the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, BalletMet Columbus and the CSO Chorus. Twisted is a world premiere, written and directed by Crystal Manich, that chronicles the twists and turns of one man's life journey set to classical music by composers including Wagner, Mozart, Rossini and Bizet, with new choreography from five hot young choreographers.

For sure you'll be reading, seeing and hearing more about this.

CATCO and CATCO is Kids go heavy on collaborations in the upcoming season as well. Continuing a recent trend of summer musicals, CATCO presents the musical adaptation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starting in July.

The Broadway series opens in October with the return of Disney's The Lion King.


* For the second year in a row, the winner of Groove U's Instaband Battle of the Bands emerged from the semifinal judged by The Beat. Just sayin'.

Underground Magic, a female alt-pop duo from Columbus' Arts & College Preparatory Academy, took top honors this year in the contest for artists from area high schools.

Echolocation placed second, and Christopher Robin came in third. Just an outstanding display of young talent, both as performers and writers.


* In other contest news, the Columbus Children's Choir 2014 Voice of the City finals will be held April 5 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. The finals will feature 23 singers ages 8-18 vying for top honors. Visit columbuschildrenschoir.org for details.