Gifts of Support: Show your love for local art groups and give someone a great present

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 15, 2011 

Are you looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts?

Look no further.

The Columbus Museum’s gift shop is filled with unusual gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. While you’re there, check out the new exhibit, “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock ‘n Roll Photography.” This show is absolutely spectacular. It’s truly a must-see exhibit.

If you have someone in the family who loves to go see plays, buy that person a ticket to see a show at the Springer Opera House, Columbus State University’s Riverfront Theater Complex or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. There’s still half a season left for all three venues, and you can buy pro-rated season tickets. Or buy tickets for a specific show. Call 706-327-3688 for the Springer box office; CSU Theater, 706-507-8444 or 706-256-3612 for RiverCenter’s box office.

If it’s classical music, you can buy tickets for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The first concert of 2012 features Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Alexander Kobrin, who is teaching in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. How many times can you see such a talent, right here in Columbus? Call 706-323-5059.

Fortunately for you, the CSU Schwob School offerings are mostly free. And there’s a concert almost every night in either Legacy Hall or the Studio Theatre. Call 706-649-7225.

If it’s country music, there are three concerts that might interest the country music lover. Merle Haggard performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Columbus Civic Center. $38-$48. 800-745-3000. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and Dia Frampton. perform in the Civic Center. $29.75-$54.75. 800-745-3000. Then Lady Antebellum, one of the hottest country acts around, will perform at 7 p.m. March 3 with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square in the Columbus Civic Center. $41.40-$89. 800-745-3000.

Blues legend BB King performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. $42-$52. 706-256-3612.

The ubiquitous Tyler Perry has written a new show, “The Haves and the Have Nots.” This play is about Grandma Hattie Mae, who is facing foreclosure on her home, but still lets her daughter and her family move in with her. You’ll see what happens next. This play can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Bill Heard Theatre. $37.50. 706-256-3612.

Riverdance is one of the most popular shows ever around the world. This show made Michael Flatley and Irish step dancing part of our vocabulary. Riverdance ends its U.S. tour on June 17, and is making stops at venues all over the place. The Bill Heard Theatre is one of its stops. You can see the show for the last time in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. $35-$55. 706-256-3612.

Love to laugh? Superstar comic Jerry Seinfeld performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Bill Heard Theatre. $35-$72. 706-256-3612. And Ron White brings his “Moral Compass” comedy show to the Bill Heard Theatre at 7 p.m. April 28. $44.75; $54.75 for the first seven rows. 706-256-3612.

I probably missed a couple of venues, but if you know your hard-to-buy-for-person likes shows at a specific venue, call it and find out about tickets.

If no one answers the phone, that venue may be closed for the holidays. If that happens, go to the website to buy tickets online.

In fact, the Springer will be closed Dec. 26-30, which means that there will be no tours on Dec. 26 and Dec. 28. And No Shame Theater will take a break on Dec. 30.

Whatever you buy, those tickets just may be the cherished present of the year.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com, or 706-571-8580.

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