ArtBeat 2013 is a two-week celebration of the arts. Theater, music, art and literature events in Columbus will be highlighted March 14-31. Exhibits, performances, films, workshops and discussions will be featured.
Here are upcoming ArtBeat events:
ARTFilms: Women Art Revolution: March 25 at 6 p.m. The Rankin Art Store, 1004 Broadway. Admission: free. Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage! Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.
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Diary of a Spider, A Worm, and a Fly: March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Broadway Stage -- outdoors. Admission: free. A special ARTBEAT 2013 encore performance of the Department of Theatre's take on the wildly popular book series – Come have a look at the world with a new perspective... through the many eyes of bugs.
Wendy Warner, cello & Yien Wang, piano: 7:30 p.m. March 27 at the Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission: free. Join faculty artists Wendy Warner and Yien Wang for a cello and piano recital featuring works by Martinu, Janácek, and Prokofiev.
Art Films: Art21: Boundaries: March 28 at noon. Corn Center for the Visual Arts. Admission: free. This episode features artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. Featuring artists David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivd astro focus, and Lynda Benglis. This event is part of Art21's Access 100 Artists, a celebration of contemporary art and Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season One through Six, sponsored by Art21. For more information, visit art21.org.
CSU JAZZ ENSEMBLES with Conrad Herwig, trombone. March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Legacy Hall at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission: free. The jazz trombone master of our time, New York's Conrad Herwig, wows the audience in performance with the CSU Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Alex Pershounin, head of jazz studies. Come listen to a rare treat of virtuoso jazz solo trombone and an eclectic blend of the best jazz styles!
Open Mic Poetry Reading: March 28 at 9-11 p.m. at the Uptown Columbus street stage on Broadway. Admission: free. All CSU and Southern Literary Festival participating students welcome.
Preservation for Profit: March 28 at 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Admission: $30 per session; $40 for the plated lunch keynote or $100 for the entire day; Student rate $20 per session. Andres Duany, developer of Seaside, FL –also known for being one of the "fathers" of the New Urbanism movement- will be the keynote lunch speaker . There will be four additional speakers, two in the morning, and two in the afternoon. Continuing education credits will be given for architects and real estate agents. For more information, call 706-322-0756.
Readings by novelist Kevin Wilson & essayist Madge McKeithen: 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Studio Theatre of the Riverside Theatre Complex. Admission: free. Wilson is the author of a story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, and a novel, The Family Fang, which was a New York Times Bestseller and named one of the top ten books of 2011 by Time, People, Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, and Barnes and Noble. Madge McKeithen's first book, Blue Peninsula, tells in fragments of her turn to poetry in the wake of her older son's undiagnosed degenerative neurological disorder. Her work has also appeared in Topograph, Triquarterly, Utne Reader, and Best American Essays, 2011.
Southern Literary Festival: Thursday evening, March 28, to Saturday noon, March 30 at the Smith-McCullers House. Admission: free. Literary artists Tim O'Brien, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Wilson, Dan Albergotti, and Madge McKeithen will host lectures and workshops. All five writers will attend a reception at the Smith-McCullers House on Friday afternoon. All readings will be followed by a brief book-signing. For more information, visit www.southernliteraryfestival.com.
RENT: March 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre Complex. Admission: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+) and active duty military. Description: Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner reinvented musicals when it debuted in 1996. Based loosely on Puccini's opera La Boheme, this rock musical follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. While the group struggles with addiction, AIDS, poverty and uncertainty, they also find inspiration for strength through friendship, humor, and most of all, love. Features musical numbers "La Vie Boheme," "I'll Cover You" and "Seasons of Love." Rent is appropriate for ages 13 and up. For more information, call 706-507-8444 or visit theatre.Columbusstate.edu.
Reading by novelist Tim O'Brien: March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springer Opera House. Admission is free. O'Brien is an American novelist and short story writer of great acclaim. An infantry soldier and Purple Heart recipient in the Viet Nam War, much of his fiction involves the lives of soldiers before, during, and after that period. Tim O'Brien's book The Things They Carried will be the Columbus area's Big Read book for 2013.
Reading by students: 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. March 29 at the Studio Theatre at the Riverside Theatre Complex. Admission: free. These are events specifically tied to the Southern Literary Festival and will feature readings by participating students who have won prizes in the writing competition.
The Women: March 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 & 31 at 3 p.m. Admission: $8 General, $5 Military, students, and seniors (60+) with proper ID. The Liberty Theatre Cultural Center celebrates the many contributions, struggles, and triumphs women have made throughout history with The Women, featuring scenes and songs from Broadway classics such as Sophisticated Ladies, The Color Purple, and Fences, as well as original works. The cast is comprised of a volunteer organization founded by CSU Theatre Students called UP (Understanding Our Purpose). For more information, call 706-653-7566 or visit libertytheatreculturalcenter.com.
Fiddlin' in the Streets: March 30 at 11 a.m. at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission: free. Join The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus after the RiverCenter annual Easter Egg Hunt for "Fiddlin' in the Streets." This event showcases the talents of our local youth as part of the ARTBEAT 2013. For more information, visit wrap-up.www.yogc.com.
Readings by Pulitzer Prize- Winner Natasha Trethewey & poet Dan Albergotti: 10 a.m. March 30 at the Studio Theatre of the Riverside Theatre Complex. Admission: free. United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the author of four volumes of poetry and the nonfiction work Beyond Katrina: a Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At Emory University she is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing. Dan Albergotti is the author of the collection of poems The Boatloads, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared widely, including on Garrison Keilor's "Writer's Almanac" broadcasts on NPR.
This Precious Stone, This England: A Columbus Symphony Orchestra concert: March 30 at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., Concert at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission: $5-$36. Children under 12, $5. Student Rush -One hour prior to concert- $10. Discounts for military, music educators and teachers,and seniors over 60. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. "Know the Score" will give our audience more insight into the works of the evening – Studio Theatre. Then join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the Bill Heard Theatre for the concert featuring two works by English Composers. For more information, visit RiverCenter Box Office or www.csoga.org.
Winslow Homer in America exhibit: through June 9 at the The Columbus Museum, 3rd floor. Admission: free. Winslow Homer is one of the most celebrated American artists of the nineteenth century. All of Homer's most popular illustrations are included in this exhibition of 125 wood engravings produced over a period of nearly three decades. Principal themes relate to family and community life before the American Civil War of 1861-1865 and later, a more somber approach following the War years.