A couple weeks back we wrote a little about the 30th anniversary of PromoWest Productions, the local booking/management firm that runs Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, the A&R Music Bar, The Basement and, of course, the Newport Music Hall.
The celebration includes a planned art exhibition, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, featuring visual art -- photography, graphic design, pastels even, we suppose -- celebrating PromoWest's history, depicting artists, concerts or the venues themselves. Also note, PromoWest operated the Polaris Amphitheater from 1994-97, so that's also eligible.
Entrants must be residents of Franklin County. Artists/designers and teams of artists designers, are eligible, but only with one submission per entrant. A review committee of community and Arena District business representatives will select up to 20 pieces, then put them up for public voting. Four finalists will be selected for display at the A&R Bar.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. May 15.
In other past coverage updates, playwright Young Jean Lee, whose "musical" work we previewed last fall, will premiere her Straight White Men at the Wexner Center for the Arts April 10-13.
The work was created with support from the Wexner Center Artists Residency program. Following its opening, Straight White Men will tour North America and Europe.
And in other theater news, A Portable Theatre, the touring company founded by former CATCO head man Geoffrey Nelson, will launch its second show this weekend.
Nelson directs Pierce the Soul, the story of legendary Ohio folk artist Elijah Pierce by Chiquita Mullins Lee, which Nelson helped launch at CATCO in 2010 with actor Alan Bomar Jones, who reprises his role.
Area presentations are planned for Dublin, Bexley, Powell, Clintonville and Northland.
On the record (our extremely intermittent heads-up about central Ohio musicians making recorded music):
* Indie pop meets the dark edge of Appalachia courtesy of Columbus quartet Saintseneca, which has a new record out called Dark Arc. A little luck and this is a big-time breakout band for sure. Check out its album release gig at the Wexner Center for the Arts Saturday, April 19.
* Expats W.C. Lindsay, now based in Philadelphia, have a brand-new single, Hum and Roar, from a forthcoming record, Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions, due Tuesday, April 15. The electro-punk rockers still frequent central Ohio, although we just missed them here March 30. (Stupid us.)
* Local singer-songwriter Joey Hendrickson recently released a new song via the new Grow Music Project. The tune Astral Planes was recorded at the studio of GMP founder Christopher Tyng, and is featured in its online series The Session Diaries. Learn more about this new forum for independent artists at christopher tyng.com/gmp-artists-main.