Random Notes

* If what you're doing on your summer vacation is visiting the Columbus Museum of Art, you've noticed there's quite a bit of construction going on. And if you knew there was construction, but thought it would make it difficult to visit the museum, feel free to reconsider.

The $37.6 million project includes major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area as well as the construction of a new wing.

Despite the extent of the work being done, the museum not only remains open but characteristically vibrant. The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted CMA's current Midwest Dialect exhibition -- not that you need to be told by some East Coast snob when you can take The Beat's word for it ...

For information on the construction project and visiting the museum during construction, check out columbusmuseum.org/art-matters/.


* Wayne Kramer, founder and guitarist for legendary Detroit punk outfit MC5, will be at Shadowbox Live Sunday, July 20.

If that's not enough in and of itself, you should know he'll be sitting in with the Shadowbox house band BillWho? for some live rock 'n' roll to supplement a screening of the documentary Louder Than Love -- The Grande Ballroom Story. MC5 was the house band at the Detroit rock club in the late '60s, a club whose story chronicles a period and movement in the history of rock 'n' roll.

Producer/director Tony D'Annunzio will introduce the film.

Tickets are $32.50. Visit shadowboxlive.org.


* The Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame will add the names of two visual-arts giants to its roll as Aminah Robinson and Kojo Kamau will be honored at a 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, ceremony.

Robinson, a legendary figure in the visual arts both locally and nationally, has had her works, created in myriad media, exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. -- including an extensive collection at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Kamau has exhibited his photography throughout the Midwest. He is retired chief medical photographer at Ohio State University and is a photography instructor at Columbus State Community College.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit lincolntheatrecolumbus.com.


* The Next@Wex Fest, a collaboration of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Promowest Productions and CD102.5FM, returns for 2014 as Neutral Milk Hotel plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, July 20. Circulatory System and local band Connections open.

This is the third installment of the event, which partners Promowest in the benefit effort for the Wexner Center and CD102.5FM for the Kids.

Tickets are $30.50/$33. Price includes $1 per ticket to benefit Children of the Blue Sky. Visit wexarts.org.