* This is the final weekend of the extended run of CATCO's production of Always... Patsy Cline. The Beat humbly accepts much of the credit for the show's popularity that necessitated the extension, what with our feature story and "how to sing like Patsy" instructional video featuring Always... star Katie Deal (all of which can still be read/seen at ThisWeekNEWS. com/thebeat).
Not just a revue of Cline songs (although there are 27 tunes and a live band), the show is also funny and heartwarming.
Tickets are $45. Visit catco.org.
* An entertainer after our own heart, Circleville native Ted Lewis was among the most popular musicians of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. He started on vaudeville and eventually formed the Ted Lewis Orchestra, recording hundreds of albums, with hits including When My Baby Smiles at Me, The Sunny Side of the Street and Me and My Shadow.
His catchline -- "Is everybody happy?" -- and his corny comedy and schmaltzy sentimentality won over audiences around the country.
The Ted Lewis Museum, with bandleader Joseph Rubin, brings the new Ted lewis Orchestra to Columbus for two shows Saturday, June 21, at the Lincoln Theatre. The show is a tribute to his '40s-era show, and features a 13-piece orchestra, dancers and singers.
Tickets are $30. Visit tedlewismuseum.org.
* The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Picnic With the Pops season opened last weekend, and this weekend marks the first of the summer's Popcorn Pops concerts for families.
And sure, the program includes some popular classics that make for a good introduction to the repertoire for youngsters, and there's always plenty of extra fun planned for children.
But the real treat is maestro Albert-George Schram, who leads the audience in singing, dancing and, yes, rapping.
Tickets for the Friday, June 20, show are $8. Visit picnicwiththepops.com.
* PromoWest Productions and the Greater Columbus Arts Council have announced the finalists for the Anniversary Exhibition, marking PromoWest's 30th anniversary.
The 10 finalists are: Lexie Alley, Richard Duarte Brown, Don DonCee Coulter, Robert Falcone, Mike Fields, James Fuller, John Grosvenor, David McGee, Omar Shaheed and Soutchay Soungpradith.
Public voting is open through July 7 at promowestartexhibit.com/vote.php.