Ballet, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Poe

May 5th, 2014 by admin

CAPA and Shadowbox Live will present The Masque with Cleveland’s Verb Ballets at the Palace Theatre, on Thursday, May 15, at 8 pm. This original rock ballet weaves together various works by Edgar Allan Poe including “The Masque of the Red Death,” “Annabell Lee,” “The Raven,” “Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.”

Critics call the show “dazzling,” and “fantastic.”

With choreography by Cleveland’s Verb Ballets and a score by the musicians of Shadowbox Live’s band Light, the music boasts classical elements, including pieces by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ives, and Ruggles, but still remains very much a rock performance, a la Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The production takes place during a party in Prince Prospero’s castle (from “The Masque of the Red Death”). As the party guests move from room to room, a different Poe tale is told. Each scene begins with the narrator (Poe) setting the scene, but the choreography is what really tells the story.

by Anna Schaeffer

The Masque will be performed at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, May 15, at 8 pm. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Milk Carton Kids Release Live DVD “Live from the Lincoln”

April 29th, 2014 by admin

In the last year, indie-folk duo the Milk Carton Kids have released an album, toured nationally, performed on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and been nominated for a Grammy. Now, the duo has released a live DVD, Live from the Lincoln, filmed this past October at the historic Lincoln Theatre. On sale today, the new DVD will let you enjoy the Milk Carton Kids anytime you like in the exceptional beauty and acoustics of Columbus’ own Lincoln Theatre! Buy it here!

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The duo has been compared to classic folk artists such as The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel, adding witty banter and jokes between songs. Members Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale both had successful solo careers before joining forces in 2011 and forming the Milk Carton Kids. They have been praised by artists such as Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, and Sara Bareilles, and have also been featured by “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” NPR, The New York Times, and The LA Times.

The pair will be returning to the Lincoln Theatre July 22 at 8 pm. Tickets start at just $20, and can be purchased by clicking here or calling the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

By Anna Schaeffer

Lights! Camera! CAPA Summer Movie Series!

April 22nd, 2014 by admin

Did you know that the Ohio Theatre was built to be a movie palace? Decades later, you can still experience the theatre as it was when it first opened in 1928 with the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 44th year, the Series is the longest-running classic film series in America. The 2014 lineup includes 28 films, running from June 6 to August 10.

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Whether a date night or night on the town with friends, there’s something for everyone at the CAPA Summer Movie Series—Hitchcock, romantic comedies, cartoons, a silent film, and much more. Roman Holiday, The Little Princess, and An Affair to Remember are just a few of the classics you can see on the big screen at the Ohio Theatre this summer.

Friday, July 25, is “Fright Nite Friday,” a double feature screening of The Return of the Vampire (1944) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) hosted by local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl. The 2014 silent film feature will be Girl Shy, on July 17 and 18, featuring live music by organist Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre’s famous “Mighty Morton” theatre organ. Saturday morning cartoons will be presented on June 21 and July 19. See the full movie line-up here!

Strips of 10 tickets are $25 and are on sale now through July 27. Day-of-show tickets are $4, and are cash only at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Students ages 13-18 can purchase an All Access pass for $5 at, providing unlimited access to all screenings all summer.

By Anna Schaeffer

The Summer Movie Series will be at the Ohio Theatre June 6 through August 10. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.


Thank you, Mrs. LeVeque

April 11th, 2014 by admin

CAPA mourns the passing of arts patron and devotee Katharine LeVeque who saved downtown’s beloved Palace Theatre from demolition in 1977 and then placed the venue into CAPA’s care in 1989. Her boundless love of Columbus and this historic theatre is the sole reason the Palace stands today as the workhorse of the CAPA stable, having hosted more than 4,000 performances and 10 million people since her tenure began. Nothing warmed her heart more than to see the Palace buzzing with life, and nothing warms our heart more than to know that because of her selflessness and guardianship, the Palace lives on today as her legacy. So much can be said about such a grand lady who saved another grand lady, but most importantly, we would like to say a simple, profound, and heartfelt, “Thank you, Mrs. LeVeque.”

Read the Columbus Dispatch’s feature story about Mrs. LeVeque here.

They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky

April 7th, 2014 by admin

If you loved the 1960’s TV series “The Addams Family,” you will love The Addams Family Broadway musical now playing the Palace Theatre April 8-13. Filled with the same ghoulish quips that made you love the show, it will have you snapping along.

In this romantic comedy of a musical, kids and adults alike will be laughing at the hilariously morbid songs of the grim family we know and love. “Crazier Than You” features Wednesday Addams and her love interest arguing about who is crazier. See it here.

The show is currently touring nationally, after debuting in 2010. It depicts a new era for the family as Wednesday Addams is now 18 and Pugsley is a pre-teen. But not to worry, Gomez and Morticia are still doing the tango!

Audiences have raved about the cast, the songs, and the jokes that keep them on the edge of their seats. John Simon of Bloomberg News calls it, “A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.” And Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune describes the production as a “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!”

By Anna Schaeffer

The Addams Family is at the Palace Theatre April 8-13. To purchase tickets, click here
or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Girls Rock! Patty Larkin with Special Guest Angela Perley to Play Lincoln Stage

April 1st, 2014 by admin

Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Patty Larkin will be playing the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, April 25, at 8 pm. Larkin has been praised in the industry for her mesmerizing guitar skills as well as her stunning and unique voice. Vanity Fair calls her music simply, “Beautiful.”

Larkin is a melting pot of musical genres. She began as an acoustic songwriter as a young teenager, but another musical element was added when studying jazz at Berklee College of Music. Larkin has released 12 albums since the start of her musical career nearly 30 years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says, “Patty Larkin is, quite simply, one of the best musicians on the planet… [combining] great singing with excellent songwriting and skilled guitar playing to create a haunting sound of her own.” Larkin has been awarded 11 Boston Music Awards, and there is even an annual “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day” in Boston.

Local artist Angela Perley will be opening for Larkin in a rare, stripped-down duo with guitarist Chris Connor. Perley has recently received recognition from radio and magazines around the world, including features on BBC. A mix of Americana and folk with strong hints of rock, Perley has been compared to greats such as Joan Jet and Patsy Cline. She recently released her newest album, Hey Kid, with band Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons. Learn more at

By Anna Schaeffer

Patty Larkin performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, April 25. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Jazz Legend Pat Metheny to Take Stage at Capitol Theatre

March 10th, 2014 by admin

For more than 40 years, Pat Metheny has been changing the face of jazz music, winning 20 Grammys along the way. The Pat Metheny Unity Group has broken down barriers, creating a true union of jazz, fusion, blues, Latin, and many more wildly diverse genres. On Thursday, March 13, the Pat Metheny Unity Group will take the stage at the Capitol Theatre.

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Who is the Unity Group? The Pat Metheny Unity Group is a super-group of legendary jazz musicians. Members include Pat Metheny (guitar), Ben Williams (bass), Giulio Carmassi (multi-instrument), and Chris Potter (saxophone).

What makes them unique? Lots! Pat Metheny started incorporating synthesizer into his music in the ’70s, before people considered it a serious instrument. This innovative and revolutionary orchestration has also become his trademark. Metheny enjoys setting himself apart from the rest of the jazz community, saying, “I’m sort of on to the next thing, all the time.”

What do people think? The Santa Barbara Independent said “truly one of the most impressive displays of sustained musicianship that I have witnessed.” The Vancouver Sun calls their performance “shimmering and atmospheric.” And The Oregonian said the group “play[s] with the fearlessness that all jazz groups should possess.”

By Anna Schaeffer

The Pat Metheny Unity Group performs at the Capitol Theatre on March 13. To purchase tickets, please visit CAPA’s website or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Hometown Humor: Robert Post

February 13th, 2014 by admin

Many titles describe Robert Post—comedian, ventriloquist, juggler, plate spinner, puppeteer, dancer, improviser. His inspirations are as diverse as Gene Kelly, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, and Robin Williams.

“I feel the secret to good performing is to have a style that is unique only to you. When I was a young artist, many teachers and other performers would complain about my wide range of performance styles. They told me this was a weakness, but I knew it was my strength.”

Here are just a few reasons you should check him out:

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Robert Post has been making people laugh for 40 years. NPR calls his performance “uproariously funny,” and he has been applauded by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Edmonton Journal. He was also featured on the “Today Show.”

Support local!
Robert Post has traveled the world, including Russia, Mexico, and Japan, but his home will always be Ohio!

See 10 shows in one! Post is a one-man show, performing multiple skits as multiple characters. The Tampa Tribune says, “[A] man of a thousand disguises. . . uses body language, masks, music, and genius to create a body of work and a host of unforgettable, totally radical characters.” The Los Angeles Times also praises his “remarkable ability to create characters.”

By Anna Schaeffer

Robert Post will be at the Lincoln Theatre March 7 and 8. To buy tickets, visit CAPA’s web site, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Mali’s Hendrix – Habib Koite

February 6th, 2014 by admin

With more than a quarter million albums sold and comparisons to greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, devoted fans have long awaited Habib Koité’s American tour. Well, the wait is over! Koité will be performing at the Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday, February 12.

His Sound:
A self-taught guitarist and singer, Koité is actually known to many as a composer rather than a songwriter. The Mali native takes the many different sounds of his country and combines Western structure to create a unique union of sounds.

In my country, we have so many beautiful rhythms and melodies . . . My job is to take all these traditions and to make something with them,” said Koité. This, combined with his unique tuning techniques, makes his music truly one of a kind.

His Fans:
Koité has collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. Raitt famously stated, “First there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray Vaughan, and now Habib. With his combination of chops and soul, he’s the most amazing guitarist I’ve heard in years.” Koité has been featured on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The House of Blues Radio Hour,” and “NPR: All Things Considered.”

His Reviews:
Earning raves from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, and the LA Times, Koité was also featured in a two-page spread of Vanity Fair.

His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or ngoni.“-New York Times

by Anna Schaeffer

Habib Koité will be at the Lincoln Theatre, Wednesday, February 12, at 8pm. To purchase tickets, visit CAPA’s web site or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614)469-0939.

From South Africa to Columbus!

January 30th, 2014 by admin

On February 4th, Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will make the journey to the Southern Theatre. And quite a journey it has been! Winner of numerous awards—including the 2013 Grammy for Best World Music CD—Ladysmith has been making friends such as Nelson Mandela, Dolly Parton, and Paul Simon during their 50-year long career.

Who are they? Formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1964, Ladysmith is an all-male choral group from South Africa that performs traditional Zulu music. Once reserved for only South African celebrations, such as weddings or holidays, Zulu music is now shared with the world through Ladysmith performances.

What are they about? The group is made up of family—brothers, cousins, fathers, sons, uncles—that range in age from 25 to 70. “Ladysmith” is the name of the small farming village in South Africa where Shabalala and his family are from. “Black” is representative of the black oxen, the strongest creature on the farm. And “mambazo” is the Zulu word for “axe,” representing their strength to cut through barriers.

Who are their fans? Ladysmith has dedicated and adoring fans around the world, winning them multiple gold and platinum honors. Singer/songwriter Paul Simon used the group on his Grammy Award-winning album, Graceland. Dolly Parton also used the group on her album Treasures (1996).

The great Nelson Mandela, who said that their music was an inspiration for him while he was imprisoned for 27 years, called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.” Ladysmith considered Mandela a dear friend, and even accompanied him to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. They also sang at his Presidential inauguration in 1993, and again for his birthday in 1994.

by Anna Schaeffer

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be at the Southern Theatre for one night only on February 4, 2014.

To purchase tickets, visit CAPA’s website, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614)469-0939.