The Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Ohio Arts Council and the Friends of the Library are once again partnering to bring arts opportunities to artists and the public by presenting a juried art show at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library. The three organizations have collaborated for more than a decade on the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR), a database that showcases the work of more than 1,200 artists from Ohio and around the world. The Sixth Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show will feature original works of art by Ohio artists. Work will be selected through a blind jury process of distinguished art professionals.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Ohio Arts Council began collaborating on the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry in 1998. Its purpose is to provide artists with an online presence in a searchable database available to anyone with an internet connection. In 2006, we started this annual exhibit of artists in the registry to bring attention to the database and to provide an opportunity for its members to exhibit publicly outside of an art gallery. The exhibit gives library visitors the opportunity to view the best work by artists from all over Ohio together in one place.

When: Through January 8, 2012. Mon-Thu 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Fri-Sat 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Awards Reception: December 3, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, Ohio, 43215

For more information: Please visit the following sites:,,, or call 614-849-1239.

Columbus Dance Theatre Presents Matchgirl

Columbus Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday classic Matchgirl returns for the 12th year to brighten the Columbus holiday season. This timeless tale written by Hans Christian Andersen was created as CDT’s annual family ballet more than a decade ago by CDT artistic director Tim Veach. It continues to move Columbus audiences with its poignant message of forgiveness and hope. “I look forward to it each year,” says Veach. “We bring our wonderful professional training school and the Company together each year for this annual tradition. It is such a joy to see the children dancing along with the Company in a ballet that confronts our human frailties and embraces a message of tolerance.” 

This year’s production is the largest to date with a cast of 75 dancers. “The School has grown and the Company is as strong as ever this year. Additionally, Columbus Dance Theatre will once again partner with Second Harvest Food Banks of Ohio as part of the production. CDT will accept non-perishable food at all performances to be donated to the Food Bank, plus CDT will donate 300 tickets to the performance to Second Harvest to be distributed to their clients and constituents. The ballet is made possible in part through support from: Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation and Grandview Mercantile.

When: December 16 - December 17, 2011. Fri, 8 p.m. and Sat, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Otterbein University’s Fritsche Theatre, 30 S. Grove St. Westerville, Ohio 43081

For more information: Please visit the following sites:, or call 614-849-0227.

CAPA presents Over the Rhine at the Lincoln Theatre

Described as a “sometimes pensive, often poetic, and continually progressive folk-pop ensemble,” the Cincinnati-based, husband-and-wife team of Over the Rhine has been making music for more than 20 years. Fronted by Karin Bergquist’s torchy, devil-may-care voice brimming with Midwestern soul, the band is led by brilliant keyboardist and songwriter Linford Detweiler who can seamlessly move from avant garde jazz to whisper-quiet folk subtleties to flat out rock. Over the Rhine returns to the Lincoln Theatre in support of their 2011 release, The Long Surrender.

Even more than their earlier records, The Long Surrender seamlessly interweaves the disparate idiosyncratic strains that form the many-colored crazy quilt of American music. “We’re really only reflecting what we’ve already heard,” Linford explains, “a mix of all the music we grew up with and were drawn to—old gospel hymns, the country and western music on WWVA, the rock and roll records the kids at school passed around, the symphonic music that my father brought home, the jazz musicians we discovered in college, the Great American Songbook performers that Karin’s mother loved, and of course the various singer-songwriters that eventually knocked the roof off our world. But when this music is reflected back to the listener through the filter of our own particular lives, hopefully it becomes a much different experience (maybe even somewhat unique) for those with ears to hear.”

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Columbus, Ohio, 43203

For ticket and show information: For reception info or tickets to performance—, or call 614-469-0939.

Columbus Commons courtesy of

Off the Wall:  Ohio Art League
Presented by McConnell Arts Center
Through January 8

Holiday Pops
Presented by Columbus Symphony
December 2-4

Old Folks Own, A Play by Is Said
Presented by New Harvest Cafe & Urban Arts Center
December 2-11

Yelp in Toyland (to Benefit CD102.5 for the Kids)
Presented by Camelot Wine Cellars
December 3

Joy!  Home is Where the Hearth Is
Presented by Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
December 9-11

Columbus Commons Holiday Fair
Presented by Columbus Commons
December 16-18

Convergence: Works by Julie Friedman
Presented by Cultural Arts Center
Through December 24

Forties Yuletide Frolics
Presented by Mayhem & Mystery
Through December 29