Random Notes

• A few weeks ago, The Beat gave you a heads-up that there would be a big announcement forthcoming from the Wexner Center for the Arts, associated with the center’s 25th anniversary celebration. More recently you may have heard the announcement that the center will host an “unprecedented exhibition of the personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner” this fall.

That was it.

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection is a perfect partnership among the center’s namesake, the university that hosts it and the work that is done there – a sentiment summed up nicely by Leslie H. Wexner himself.

“Abigail and I are happy to share the collection that we have the privilege and pleasure to live with every day. We are so grateful to the Columbus community for its generous support of the center over 25 years. At the same time, the exhibition creates an opportunity for Ohio State to be an incubator for new scholarship and critical dialogue surrounding these remarkable artists, their work and their influence.”

Visit wexarts.org/transfigurations.


Columbus Children’s Theatre will mark Autism Awareness Month with a “Sensory Friendly Performance” of its current production of Hansel and Gretel April 27, at its Park Street theater. This is the second time CCT has offered such a production, and plans another during its run of The Frog Prince in June.

The concept begins with the proper environment, one in which no one will be judged for their comportment during the show. This performance features reduced sound levels and increased lighting, limited seat sales to accommodate guests with spatial issues, a quiet lobby area, Communication Cards for nonverbal audience members and a Sensory Friendly Re-source package for families, teachers and caregivers.

Families can download a picture book that walks children through every aspect of the theater-going experience.

Tickets are $13-$16. Call 614-224-6672.

The special performance is sponsored by Puffin West Foundation, and with support from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Autism Speaks/Autism Treatment Network, Autism Society of Central Ohio, COSI, Living Beyond Autism, VSA, KidsLinked.com and NBC4.


• Because cross-promotion is awesome ...

In case you hadn’t already noticed, The Beat is now partnering with Columbus Parent magazine to provide a monthly “Fam Five” of family-friendly shows. Look for us in the April edition of CP, and online at ColumbusParent.com.

Also, The Beat is prominently featured in the promotional video for the new ThisWeek Community NEWS mobile app. While we opted not to go with the slogan “Tap along if you feel like appiness is the truth,” we still had a little fun with it. Check it out – and for pete’s sake, download the app to your phone and/or tablet.


• Years ago, The Beat worked at a local record store. And by local record store, we mean a local branch of a regional corporate music retail outlet.

But we feel like we share enough High Fidelity-style history with independent record stores to have a good feeling about another National Record Store Day, coming up Saturday, April 19.

Visit recordstoreday.com and search Columbus for local stores planning some kind of observance.