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Columbus artists, entrepreneurs and residents gathered in a meeting room at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday to hear from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Some clutched paper cups filled with hot coffee, while others pulled out notebooks and pens.

The legacies of a Baldwin Wallace University theater professor and a Northeast Ohio playwright are now in question following accusations of sexual misconduct.  Baldwin Wallace announced Monday that it received what it called "credible information" about sexual misconduct allegations against William Allman and John Patrick, both now deceased.  As such, a statement from the University, said the names of Allman and Patrick will be removed from campus theater buildings.

All Sides Weekend: Political Theatre

Jan 26, 2018
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Much of the subject matter in plays and other art reflects a more liberal point of view. One local theatre company hopes to challenge the status quo and put on productions with a more conservative bent. The Conservative Theatre Festival is hosting its second year at the Shedd Theater in Columbus from January 26th to the 28th.

Join us today with guest host Clare Roth as we discuss conservative theater and how politics is portrayed in performance and art. 

Critics are heaping praise on a new off-Broadway play about life in modern Africa. But if you're assuming the topic must be war or disease or famine, you're in for surprise.

This play is about ... mean girls.

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play — running at New York City's MCC Theater through December 31 — is set in at a boarding school in Ghana in the 1980s, where the ruthless queen bee seems unstoppable until an exotic new girl arrives from Ohio.

It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio from Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer.

Picture a stage full of people – choirs of children and adults, rows of musicians, 4 soloists, and a conductor all performing a piece of music. Here, the real star of Voice of the Lake is Lake Erie.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 20, 2017
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All Sides Weekend celebrates landmark anniversaries for some of Columbus' premiere performing arts groups with guest host Christopher Purdy. The Columbus Dance Theatre company celebrates its 20th season and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra its 30th. Join us for that and more on music and the arts in and around town.

"School of Rock" Comes to Columbus

Oct 12, 2017

Music education has been proven to have tangible benefits in the way that students interact and engage with their classmates, other academic subjects, and budding passions. Today, we discuss modern approaches to arts education in our schools.

Later, we are joined by cast members from the musical “School of Rock”, running this weekend at the Ohio Theater in downtown Columbus.

Cleveland Public Theatre tours a production throughout the city every year. The writing is original, the set is built just for this show, and it’s all done in eight weeks. This would be difficult for a group of professional artists, and this production is actually created entirely by teenagers from the Cleveland area.

CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program, or STEP, is a way to teach mostly low-income middle and high schoolers about theater and also provide job training along the way.

Playwright Greg Vovos knows the title, “How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” leaves some people wondering what kind of play he created.

He is hoping that intrigue brings people to Dobama Theatre for the one-man show, which offers a window into what life is like for a man addicted to heroin.

The main character, Brian, is considering suicide and decides to make a how-to video before taking his own life. The instructional video is intended to show drug users how to improve their behavior as addicts.

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William B. Conner, Jr., the president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts as well as a leading figure in the Columbus arts community, passed away Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 64.

Winter Arts

Jan 22, 2016

There is plenty to enjoy in the arts this season, from BalletMet's Carmen to the latest Broadway in Columbus musical, The Sound of Music. Also, how to enjoy sensory friendly performances. Join All Sides Weekend host, Christopher Purdy, to explore all the different winter arts Columbus has to offer. 

Celebrating the Works of Playwright August Wilson

Jan 15, 2016

Considered one of the greatest playwrights, August Wilson wrote plays that examined what it meant to be African-American in the U.S. A high school dropout and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, Wilson had his own incredible life story. To celebrate Wilson's artistry, a year-long festival will take place in Central Ohio. Join us this hour, to hear more about the performances and events that will accompany the festival.