There are few things that journalists like more than other journalists.

There are few things that journalists like more than other journalists.

Thus, The Beat leads this edition of Random Notes with a heads-up regarding four upcoming programs with Scott Alarik, author, speaker and songwriter who covered folk music for 25 years for the Boston Globe.

As a guest of the Columbus Folk Music Society, Alarik will present four different programs: "Woody Guthrie and Robert Burns: A Surprising Comparison," May 1 at the Upper Arlington Public Library; "Politics and Folk Music," May 2 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus; "Discovering Folk Music," May 3 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park as part of the annual Central Ohio Folk Festival; "The Roots of Songwriting," May 4, also at the festival.

The first two programs are free; there is a fee for the sessions at the folk festival.

Alarik also will perform during the festival, which includes a number of workshops (for a fee), jam sessions, a drum circle and children's activities.

A Saturday-night headline concert with Joe Crookston (who The Beat has twice interviewed in the past and who is sensational) requires tickets.

Check out for details.

We love anniversaries, so although The Beat primarily is concerned with the performing arts, we make mention here that the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 1 that also marks the opening of a new exhibition, Impressive Impressions: Selections from Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art Print Collection.


And while we're discussing the visual arts ...

Shadowbox Live and the Columbus Museum of Art are collaborating on a new program, Gallery of Echoes, which opens May 1 at Shadowbox Live.

The show features live, original music, composed as inspired by 21 different pieces of art. The performance of these 21 songs will be accompanied by a video piece that represents both the artwork and the music written for it.

Gallery of Echoes runs May 1-4. Tickets for opening night are $50; all other performances are $25-$40. Visit

And while we're discussing Shadowbox Live collaborations ...

Last November, Shadowbox went to Cleveland for a world-premiere program called The Masque , a rock ballet created by Verb Ballets and Shadowbox.

Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque features seven dance-music pieces, with Shadowbox's Tom Cardinal as Poe leading the audience from scene to scene.

CAPA brings the production to the Palace Theatre stage May 15. Tickets are $15-$28. Visit