Evolution Theatre Company presents RAPPture: A Festival of Plays by Adam Rapp

Evolution Theatre Company will present the first U.S. RAPPture:  A Festival of Plays dedicated to the works of novelist, filmmaker and OBIE Award-winning playwright and director Adam Rapp. The list of festival plays includes: Red Light Winter  described as “spellbinding and haunting…” ; Nocturne “…intensely lyrical…” and  Kindness, a “compelling…well-crafted mini thriller."

According the Evolution Theatre Company, it is important that the Columbus area is exposed to these works.

"They are true, depicting everyday life with all of its joys, sorrows, heartbreak and laughter," said Mark Phillips Schwamberger, managing director. "These three particular works were chosen because they showcase the many sides of Mr. Rapp’s writing; his playful side, his unflinching poetic beauty and sensuous, bold use of the language."

“Mr. Rapp writes with a fierce poetic power, like nobody else. You know almost immediately he is a writer the world is going to listen to for as long as he feels like writing," added Schwamberger.

When: Play run from June 2 – 18, 2011. Red Light Winter on June 2, 11 and 17 at  8 p.m. and  June 5 at 2 p.m.  Nocturne on June 3, 10 and 16 at 8 p.m.  Kindness on June 4, 9 and 18 at 8 p.m. and June 12 at 2 p.m.

Where: Columbus Performing Arts Center, Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus, OH, 43215

For ticket and show information:  For information, e-mail or call 614-233-1124.  To purchase tickets and Festival of Plays packages, go to or call 800-838-3006.

Image: Jon Osbeck as The Son in Nocturne. Courtesy of Evolution Theatre Company.

Ohio Art League Presents 100th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition

The Ohio Art League’s 100th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition features a variety of original works by some of Ohio’s leading artists as selected by Todd Slaughter.

Hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Library at their Main Branch, the library-wide exhibition includes 78 works by 56 Ohio artists and celebrates the institutions’ long exhibition history together. One of the League’s first member displays took place at the Library in 1911 and over the years, many Ohio artists have exhibited work at the library through participation in OAL shows. A variety of work is represented in the 100th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition including photography, oil painting, acrylic painting, video, ceramic, drawing and mixed media.

“Partnering with the Main Library allows OAL to bring the past and present together, commemorating the very first member exhibitions that the league held in the early 1900s and were housed in the library’s exhibition hall,” said Eliza Jones, gallery director and organization administrator. “By revisiting these roots, OAL continues to enrich the greater community through art and introduce our members to a broader audience.”

When: Through June 24, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Where:  Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Branch), 96 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

For information: E-mail:, Phone: 614-299-8225, Web site:

Image:  Fish on Friday by Malcolm Baroway. Oil on canvas, 18" x 24", 2011. Courtesy of Ohio Art League.

Opera Columbus and CAPA presents The Pirates of Penzance

Co-presented by Opera Columbus and CAPA, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform The Pirates of Penzance at the Southern Theatre June 10-12. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. This exuberant musical theatre masterpiece is directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris. It will be performed in its original format with full orchestral accompaniment provided by the Columbus Symphony, a chorus and vocal soloists.

The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, was first performed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on December 31, 1879. It was the only Gilbert & Sullivan operetta to have its world premiere in the U.S. and it has remained popular both here and throughout the English-speaking world ever since.

When: June 10-12. Show times are Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m.

Where: 21 E. Main St. Columbus, Ohio, 43215

For ticket and show information:  Visit or  Tickets are $10-$102.50 at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets and To purchase tickets by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

Image:  Courtesy of CAPA.

Image:  The Wizard of Oz, courtesy of CAPA.

Upper Arlington Music in the Parks
Presented by Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division
June 2, 2011 — August 4, 2011

Family Fun Day: Butterfly Festival
Presented by Franklin Park Conservatory
June 4, 2011

The World In Our Hands
Presented by Magpie Consort/First Congregational Church
June 4, 2011

Columbus Landmarks Foundation's City Hop Party
Presented by Columbus Landmarks Foundation
June 11, 2011

4th Annual Bexley House & Garden Tour
Presented by Bexley Women's Club
June 11 & 12, 2011

Walking Tour of Downtown Columbus
Presented by Capital City Tours
June 11, 2011 — August 20, 2011

DAC Sundays at Scioto summer concert series
Presented by Dublin Arts Council
June 12, 2011 — July 31, 2011

The Wizard of Oz
Presented by CAPA Summer Movie Series
June 17-June 19