What’s happening at CAPA this April?

March 31st, 2017 by CAPASMM

1) Post from the Road – Thursday, April 13, 7 pm (FREE) @ Lincoln Theatre
Emmy Award-winning Robert Post has created a delightfully quirky video series that takes you on an endlessly surprising road trip of American culture. With dry humor rooted in compassion, join Post as he shares 60 minutes of his top picks with an ice cream social to follow!

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2) Morgan James: Reckless Abandon Tour – Friday, April 14, 8 pm @ Lincoln Theatre
New York-based soul singer/songwriter Morgan James applies her own soulful style to modern throwbacks, summertime pop, and haunting ballads. With special guest Andy Allo, this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

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3) Welcome to Night Vale – Saturday, April 29, 8 pm @ Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center

“Welcome to Night Vale” is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for a small desert town. The live show features the voice of Night Vale, Cecil Baldwin, along with surprise guests telling a new story never been told on the podcast before.

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What’s Happening at CAPA this March?

March 2nd, 2017 by CAPASMM

1) One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships, and Shoes – Friday, March 3, 8 pm @ Lincoln Theatre
Do you love “Sex and the City?” This loving tribute performed by just a single actress will take you through all six seasons of the show’s banter, brunches, love, and laughter.

2) Elvis Lives – Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 pm @ Palace Theatre
Featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and narration from the King himself through footage direct from the Graceland Archives, this unforgettable, multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life is the perfect show for any Elvis fan!

3) STOMP – March 10-12 @ Palace Theatre
Get ready to STOMP your feet for this international percussion sensation! STOMP has taken percussion to an all new level by taking everyday objects and turning them into instruments. You’ve never heard paint cans sound so good!

4) Odd Squad Live! – Saturday, March 11, 2 pm @ Ohio Theatre
PBS’ “Odd Squad” is bringing their live show to the Ohio Theatre. Team up with the Odd Squad agents in this interactive adventure that will give kids the opportunity to crack codes, decipher clues, laugh, and sing!

5) The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth A Live-Action Graphic Novel – Sunday, March 12, 7 pm @ Southern Theatre
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth combines more than 1,250 full-color, high-resolution comic book panels with three voice actors, a Foley sound effects artist, and a pianist to create a radio-play format that bring this live-action graphic novel to life.

6) Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue – Tuesday, March 14, 8 pm @ Palace Theatre
The sights and sounds of India come alive in Taj Express! This production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

7) Kathy Griffin – Thursday, March 23, 8 pm @ Ohio Theatre
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian, who also holds a Guinness Book of World Records title for writing and starring in 20 televised stand-up specials. Don’t miss her pull-no-punches brand of comedy!

8) Paula Poundstone – Friday, March 24, 8 pm @ Southern Theatre
Emmy Award-winning Paula Poundstone’s quick thinking and unscripted approach to comedy has earned her a regular spot on NPR’s #1 show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Come and laugh with her, March 24 at the Southern Theatre.

9) Harry Potter in Concert featuring the Columbus Symphony – March 25 & 26 @ Ohio Theatre
Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in high definition on a 40-foot screen while the Columbus Symphony performs every note of John Williams’ unforgettable score live on stage!

10) Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend – March 25 & 26 @ Palace Theatre
Join Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Kids will love this singing and dancing celebration of friendship (and cookies)!

11) Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret – March 28-April 2 @ Ohio Theatre
Get your dose of classic, Tony Award-winning Broadway with the raucous adventures of the infamous Kit Kat Klub and some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

12) Anna and the Annadroids: Faux(pas)bia – March 30-April 1 @ Studio One, Riffe Center
Through innovative choreography, aerial performances, original music, and video elements, this show tells a story about unexpected challenges, fears, and opportunity. Don’t miss Anna and the Annadroids’ first performances in Columbus since 2011!

All-Male Ballet Breaking Gender Roles

February 24th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Do you love ballet, but also a good laugh? Then Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the perfect ticket for you! This professional, all-male ballet company travels the world performing their own interpretation of traditional “en pointe” ballet with a playful and comedic approach.

In ancient Greece up through Renaissance court ballet, men would perform every role, whether the character was male or female. But around the 19th century, the spotlight turned from male dancers to female dancers. Ballerinas were able to dance on pointe, which many thought men were unable to do. So, in modern ballet, men became more of a “prop,” performing mostly lifts, and rarely being featured through the entire ballet.

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By performing classic and traditional ballet pieces on pointe, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks for short) have amazed audiences everywhere by breaking gender roles, while radiating elegance, beauty, and comedy. Much like ancient Greece theatre, they perform in traditional female costuming, makeup, and overall presentation. They get into character with blocked out eyebrows, heavy contour, dramatic false eyelashes, and ALL the lip liner. Admittedly, it’s a little more drag-queen, and a little less ballerina. But don’t be fooled, the Trocks are all professional dancers that perform the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire to comedic perfection.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performs at the Ohio Theatre for one night only at 7:30pm on February 28. You can buy your tickets here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

This Holiday Season at CAPA!

December 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

1) Dave Koz – December 9 @ Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre is decked with boughs of holly, and Dave Koz’ spin on holiday classics will put you in the holiday spirit. Nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and a trio of special guests put a fresh spin on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy the smooth sax of Dave Koz – December 9 at the Palace Theatre!

2) Jim Brickman – December 21 @ Southern Theatre
If you’re searching for the magic of Christmas, look no further! Audiences have described Jim Brickman’s “Magic of Christmas” tour as intimate, nostalgic, and entrancing. Jim Brickman will be serenading us into the holidays, December 21 at the Southern Theatre.

Also happening at our theatres!

3) Columbus Symphony – Holiday Pops – December 2-4 @ Ohio Theatre
A Columbus tradition continues as the Columbus Symphony and Chorus perform some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will also stop by to help spread holiday cheer! Don’t miss this Holiday special at the Ohio Theatre, December 2-4.

4) CATCO is Kids – A Seussified Christmas Carol – December 2-11 @ Columbus Performing Arts Center

Don’t miss this whimsical reinvention of a Dickens’ classic! A familiar story with a Seussified twist. Tiny Tim who? Timmy Loo Hoo! CATCO is Kids presents A Seussified Christmas Carol, December 2-11 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC).
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Columbus Open Studio & Stage: Details!

October 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love taking you behind the scenes, and so does Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS)! On October 8 and 9, we are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever COSS tour, a citywide event offering you backstage tours of some of your favorite venues.

The idea stems from four women—Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, and Amy Leibrand—who dreamed up the idea of giving the public the opportunity to go behind the scenes and connect with artists and venues in a way that’s never been done before. Together, they approached the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign, and the match seemed natural. “This event fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art marketing campaign,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications, and events at GCAC. “[It] highlights the incredibly talented artists of our city and introduces new audiences to Columbus’s unique arts scene.”

Here’s how it works: for $10, you can buy a map that grants you behind-the-scenes access to participating performance venues and visual artist studios. After purchasing your map, you will be invited to register for guided backstage tours at the performance venues or self-guided tours of the artist studios.

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Participating performance venues include the Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live, CD102.5 Big Room, Shadowbox Live, and the Short North Stage’s Garden Theater.

Participating visual artist studios Brooke Albrecht, Laura Alexander, John Bolzenius, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown, Katherine Crowley, Anita Dawson, Katerina Harris, Maira Hashmi, Lisa Horkin, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Linda Langhorst, G.W. Leach, Julie Macala, Michael McEwan, Kristin Morris, Elena Osterwalder, Jeff Regensburger, Nikos Rutkowski, Carol Stewart, Joshua Stewart, April Sunami, Stephen Takacs, Brian Williams, Roger Williams, and Matt Wolcott.

Coming up this October at CAPA!

September 30th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Fall is finally here! The leaves are changing colors, everything is pumpkin flavored, and we’re pulling our sweaters out from storage. While putting together your list of things to do this autumn, be sure to take a look at what’s happening at CAPA this October:

1) John Hiatt
Do you have the end-of-summer blues? No one will get you through them like the soulful John Hiatt, who perfectly combines songwriting with storytelling. He’ll be taking the stage at the Southern Theatre on October 11.

2) Red Wanting Blue
Columbus natives Red Wanting Blue will be rocking the Lincoln Theatre on October 14. Their loyal fans rave about their energetic stage presence and interaction with the crowd. Audience’s biggest complaint? That they couldn’t play LONGER! Get your tickets now, this concert is almost sold out!

3) Colbie Caillat
The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will be serenading us on October 22 at the Davidson Theatre (formerly the Capitol Theatre). We’ve all belted out “Brighter Than the Sun” in our cars with the windows down. Now see this songstress live!

4) The Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars
CAPA and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences are thrilled to be presenting the Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars. When the Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, first performed the play in 1926, the audience rioted. Enticing enough? Come see why, October 26-30 at the Southern Theatre.
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5) Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger Tour
Anthony Bourdain is taking a break from his non-stop, round-the-world travels to talk to YOU! He will be speaking on his culinary experiences and his favorite travel stories, before opening it up to the audience for Q&A. One night only! Don’t miss Anthony Bourdain at the Palace Theatre October 29.
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by Anna Schaeffer

Shaping Sound’s Travis Wall: Top 5 SYTYCD Moments

February 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

You might know him from “So You Think You Can Dance” or maybe his choreography for “The Wedding Ringer,” “Step Up Revolution,” or “Dancing with the Stars.” Now you can see him LIVE at the Palace Theatre! Emmy Award winning choreographer and dancer Travis Wall introduces Shaping Sound, a dance experience brought to life with a dynamic company of dancers, blending a number of styles and genres. Before you go see the show this Saturday, let’s take a look back at how he got his start on “So You Think You Can Dance!”

1) Let’s start at the beginning. A young Travis Wall auditions for season two of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

2) Later in season two, here’s his legendary duet with dancer Heidi Groskreutz to Celine Dion’s “Calling You.”

3) At the end of season two, Wall was promoted to choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Here’s his first choreographed piece, “If It Kills Me,” from season five.

4) Wall choreographed a number of memorable routines for the show, often pulling inspiration from his personal life. Here is “Fix You,” a beautiful and heartfelt number expressing his mother’s emotional journey when facing major surgery.

5) In 2015, Travis Wall won an Emmy for three routines choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Here is one of the award-winning works, “Wave.”

Fans of Travis Wall and “So You Think You Can Dance” will watch in awe and wonderment as his incredible talents give shape and form to sound.

Shaping Sound will be at the Palace Theatre, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

A Holiday Season for All, and for All a Good Night!

November 6th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Snow is impending, the hot weather has ceased,

Families are planning their holiday feast.

As we all prepare to gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table

Holiday commercials are already on cable!

Everyone is preparing for the season’s inception,

And we here at CAPA are no exception!

Our holiday show list is ready and roaring,

To help you find the spirit to get the eggnog pouring.

So get the chestnuts roasting, ‘cause we’ve got some great reasons,

To get you excited about this holiday season!


Dr.Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone’s favorite green meanie is set to steal Christmas, November 24-29 at the Ohio Theatre. With 10 opportunities to see this classic, there is more than enough holiday cheer to go around. So come to the show, and we know what you’ll say—your heart will grow 3 sizes that day!

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

This iconic Christmas tale is sure to warm hearts all over Columbus. Bring family, friends, and even your favorite Scrooge to the Palace Theatre November 27-29, and experience the timeless tale of Tiny Tim, the Christmas spirits, and the meaning of the season. It’s been a Columbus tradition for more than 30 years, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2015

Nothing quite encompasses the sounds of the season quite like a smooth saxophone. On December 9, multi-Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz brings Johnathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, and the legendary Bill Medley with him to dazzle audiences at the Palace Theatre with a celebration to get you in the spirit. Don’t miss this special spin on your favorite holiday classics!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Give the gift of outstanding theatre this holiday season with CATCO’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Bring the whole family to experience the prequel to the iconic story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Discover how Peter got his name, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and why the crocodile stalks them both! Showing in Studio One at the Riffe Center December 2-20.

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So, come celebrate the season with those that matter most,

In some of the most gorgeous theatres Columbus has to boast.

Let the joy of theatre help you spread some holiday cheer,

As you ring in the season and a happy new year!

By Alli Sweeney


5 Ways to Expand Your Musical Palette

September 28th, 2015 by CAPASMM

1) Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Looking for a new band to sit back and chill to? You may recognize Nashville-based folk-rock group Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors from various TV shows and commercials (does anyone watch The Middle?!). Their poppy interpretation of folk music appeals to all generations. If you like acts such as Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, or The Milk Carton Kids, then Drew Holcomb is right up your alley. See him Wednesday, October 14, at the Lincoln Theatre. Click here for more details!

2) Carmina Burana
If you’ve never seen Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana performed live, YOU NEED TO! I’m positive you would recognize more from this cantata than you realize, trust me. But seeing it performed live is intense, joyous, and almost overwhelming. Conducted by the Columbus Symphony’s new Music Director, Rossen Milanov, Carmina Burana will be performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra October 2 & 3 at the Ohio Theatre. Click here for more details!

3) Kinky Boots
Looking for some sparkle in your life (or your playlist)? The music of Kinky Boots will surely make you want to get up and dance, maybe even throw on some red platform boots first. Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who meets Lola, a fabulous drag queen in need of some sturdy stilettos, at just the right time.  If you love Cyndi Lauper, you will absolutely love Kinky Boots, well, because she wrote it! Kinky Boots will be at the Ohio Theatre October 6-11. Click here for more details!

4) Boney James
Anyone who’s ever told you that jazz is boring is so wrong! Boney James brings a new meaning to jazz, with his high energy sax lines and unique style, combining jazz with funk, soul, and pop elements. Plus, how classy would you feel going to a jazz concert with your friends. No one needs to know that you were dancing in your seat the whole time. Boney James will be at New Albany’s McCoy Center for the Arts October 18. Click here for more details!

5) Opera on the Edge

I have spoken to many people in my life who have never seen an opera, ever. What’s up with that? If you want to dip your toe in the opera pond, Opera on the Edge is the perfect start. Featured at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro, this innovative and non-traditional program is designed for those who have no experience with opera performances. It’s abridged (about an hour), sung in English, and only $10! Opera on the Edge will be performing Verdi’s La Traviata October 25 through November 15 at Shadowbox Live. Click here for more details!

by Anna Schaeffer

Festival Latino – August 9 and 10 in Bicentennial Park downtown

August 5th, 2014 by admin

The spirit of Latin culture will once again heat up Columbus with vibrant rhythms, spicy cuisine, and fun for all ages as Festival Latino presented by Honda returns Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, to Bicentennial Park downtown.
Festival Latino 2014 will include music provided by DJ Cale, Festival host B. A-Star, Latin visual artists, children’s activities, fantastic food, and world-class Latin musical artists including bachata master Joe Veras on Saturday, and the 14-piece merengue orchestra Los Hermanos Rosario on Sunday.
Saturday’s headliner, Joe Veras, is a deeply emotional and inspiring bachata singer. Born in the Dominican Republic, Joe adopted the nation’s romantic musical style and has seen great success. In 1993, he received his second Casandra award for Bachatero of the Year. Joe also received the Tropical Airplay Track of the Year at the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards for his single “Intentalo Tu.” His embrace of the traditional bachata style has made his album Carta de Verano one of the highest selling bachata albums in Latin America. Joe Veras performs Saturday, August 9, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.

Sunday’s headliner, Los Hermanos Rosario, is a wildly successful 14-piece merengue orchestra founded by the Rosario brothers in 1978. The brothers’ interpretation of the Dominican merengue first caught the attention of the public in 1980 with the release of their single, “Maria Guayando.” In 1993, the brothers struck gold with the release of the album Los Mundialmente Sabrosos. The single “Amor, Amor” hit #1 on the tropical music charts in the US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Columbia. Over the course of their 35-year career, Los Hermanos Rosario has received a number of Platinum, Double Platinum, and Gold album awards and has toured the US and Europe extensively. Los Hermanos Rosario performs Sunday, August 10, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.

With a wide variety of food, art, shopping, and children’s activities, Festival Latino has something for everyone. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of many Latin cultures as they come together to celebrate at Festival Latino 2014!

Festival Latino is Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10 from 11am-8pm. Festival Latino is a FREE event.

by Michael Keating