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Short North company creates original adaptation of ‘Jungle Book’

March 4, 2015
“The Jungle Book” is probably best known to contemporary audiences for the musical Disney version, but Short North theater company CATCO is presenting its own adaptation of “The Jungle Book” beginning this weekend. The play, based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 book, features a cast of children and adults alike. Audiences can expect an immersive experience, said director Joe Bishara. “The audience is on three sides of the actors. It’s really up close and personal,” Bishara said. “It’s trying to bring a great piece of literature to life on the stage.” CATCO focuses most of its productions toward literature, and aims to spark imagination and creativity with its performances, Bishara said.… Read more

Ensembles of hundreds to perform Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ at OSU

March 4, 2015
Verdi’s famous funeral mass will come to life when five Ohio State music ensembles come together to perform “Requiem” this Sunday at Mershon Auditorium. “‘Requiem’ is full of fire and beauty,” said Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, conductor of Women’s Glee Club and the Symphonic Choir. Those groups will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, and Men’s Glee Club. “One moment, we’re experiencing tour de force dramatic presentation, and then in the next movement, it might be much more introspective and much more pious as this composer weds music and text to help us understand what happens at death’s doorstep,” said Robert Ward, director of chorale activities at Ohio State who conducts… Read more

Student organization plugs into sustainability with Buckeye Blackout concert

March 3, 2015
While concerts at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and Nationwide Arena are powered by spotlights and floor to ceiling speakers, Buckeye Blackout aims to focus energy elsewhere. Started last year, Buckeye Blackout is a student organization that puts on a concert to raise awareness for energy conservation and sustainability. Concert-goers are asked to turn off their lights and unplug appliances before attending. “We hope to one day, when the event gets bigger, to have all of campus blacked out,” founder Rachel Skwerer said. “It’s a statement event.” Skwerer and Clay Perry, the other founder, met when they were sustainability chairs in their hall councils last year: Skwerer, a second-year in exploration,… Read more

Mind reader adds to the mystery, celebration of Purim

March 2, 2015
The Jewish holiday Purim traditionally includes charity, dressing up, gift-giving and readings of the Megillah. At Ohio State, the festivities this year also include a celebrity mind reader. Eric Dittelman, a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent,” has performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and is bringing his act to Mershon Auditorium Wednesday for the Purim celebration by the Schottenstein Chabad House. Purim is a festival that celebrates the salvation of the Jews in Persia through a miracle from God. In the story, recorded in the Book of Esther, God does not appear overtly. Celebrations of this holiday tend to revolve around this theme of hidden identities. Rabbi Zalman Deitsch, of… Read more

Gallery: the Wex hosts craft day for kids, parents

March 2, 2015
On the occasional Sunday, the Wexner Center for the Arts will open up their doors to the Columbus community, offering activities and special events for all ages. March 1’s festivities coincided with the winter exhibitions, ‘Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present’ and ‘Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1.’ Kids came in from the cold with their parents and traversed a variation of material-art mediums including felting, weaving, knitting activities, spinning yarn and more.… Read more

Concert review: MisterWives gives enthusiastic performance, but lacks in fine details

March 1, 2015
It was hard not to feel happy after MisterWives played in Columbus. The band’s songs inherently make you feel good, and it’s easy to jump around to the pop beats. It’s just happy music. When the six members came out to “Our Own House,” the song their tour was named after, it seemed like every head was nodding at the Saturday night show. The group put on a good performance, but it was MisterWives’ first headlining tour and in some ways, it showed. There were benefits of it being the band’s first top-tier tour. It seemed that the band members were genuinely grateful to be performing, and between songs they… Read more

Concert review: Hozier brings the power and the glory to the LC

February 28, 2015
It’s incredible how much things can change in six months. Back at the end of August, there’s a good chance you had never heard of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known by his stage name of Hozier. Back then he was simply an Irish artist about to release his first LP — just another drop in the bucket that is the global music scene in the internet age. Friday night, however, was much different. The golden-voiced yet soft-spoken 24-year-old came to Columbus for the first time to sing to all those fans he’s gained in the past months — and the results were extraordinary. Backed by the success of one of the biggest… Read more

Writers’ Block open mic keeps the poems flowing at Kafe Kerouac

February 26, 2015
At the front of the line of people waiting to pay $5 to get into Kafe Kerouac’s intimate and book-filled performance space, a man asked, “Will I be able to get back in if I leave to smoke a cigarette?” The woman collecting people’s money while taking the names of the night’s poets responded quickly: “Nope. Because once I take your five dollars, I’m going to take you to the back and chain you up.” There was a pause, then the man responded with, “Does that cost extra?” That woman is Vernell Bristow, who graduated in 1995 from Ohio State with master’s degrees in African-American studies and English literature, and… Read more

Photographer and cellist explore aesthetic of industry within nature

February 25, 2015
Nestled a mile and a half upstream from the Ohio River in Cheshire, Ohio, lies the Gavin Power Plant. The plant consumes over 25 thousand tons of coal a day, making it the largest coal fired power facility in Ohio. But to photographer Mitch Epstein, it’s also art. Epstein and cellist and composer Erik Friedlander are set to collaborate in the Wexner Center for the Arts’ upcoming show, “American Power,” an audiovisual act centered on Epstein’s photo series that surveys how the American landscape is affected by various power sources. During 2003-08, Epstein traveled to 25 states across the U.S. taking pictures of power sources such as dams and nuclear,… Read more

Ohio State alumnus gives ‘Claudel’ new life

February 25, 2015
It all began about 25 years ago in Paris when Tim Veach visited the museum of August Rodin, and saw a sculpture of two lovers embracing called “Sakountala” by Rodin’s lover, Camille Claudel. Veach immediately bought a print of it, rolled it up, and brought it back to the U.S. Inspired by Claudel’s ability to infuse the illusion of motion into a static sculpture, Veach, an Ohio State alumnus and founder and artistic director of Columbus Dance Theatre, choreographed a ballet in honor of Claudel in 2014. “Claudel” is one of many things Veach has done because of the university fellowship he received from OSU. “It’s a testament to Ohio… Read more