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All Sides Weekend Arts: Opera Columbus "The Flood"

Jan 25, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus. 

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Opponents of a recently approved Columbus ticket tax ordinance missed the deadline to challenge the measure through a referendum.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 26, 2018
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Join host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about the Broadway show "Aladdin" opening in Columbus, and the Harlem Renaissance celebration. 

Theatre And Addressing Racism

Oct 15, 2018
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Theatre is a powerful tool for introducing tough and sobering topics into our everyday conversations.

Racism is one of those challenging topics. Through spoken word, acting and visual performances, we can better understand and engage in thinking about the treatment and experiences of black people in modern America.  

Today on All Sides, guest host Gail Hogan joins us as we talk about theatre as a tool for spurring dialogue about racism.

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Stadium lights atop tall poles oversee a pedestrian barrier stretching for miles along a section of the border wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, in the Mexican state of Sonora.
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The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Ticket Tax In Columbus

Sep 4, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council wants a 7 percent tax placed on tickets or admission to all events in the city. The ticket-tax, which would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, includes sports games, concerts, performances, movies and events.

Today on All Sides we discuss the pros and cons of a ticket-tax in Columbus.

Columbus Southern Theatre looking out at the seating area from the stage
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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: Arts and Culture

Jul 27, 2018
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“Urinetown: the Musical” hit the broadway stage in 2011. It’s a satirical comedy that comments on the legal system, capitalism, and more.  Greg Kotis came up with the idea for this musical when he was on a trip through Europe and found a toilet you had to pay to use.  

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Wexner Center for the Arts Director Sherri Geldin announced she will step down at the end of the year.

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Thyra Chaney loves movies. Like, really loves them.

“I love the dialogue. I love the production,” she says. “I love every single thing about it.”

Clevelander Dave Lucas was named the second Ohio Poet Laureate suceeding Dr. Amit Majmudar for a two year term.

Best known for his monthly Brews + Prose series at Market Garden Brewery, Lucas wants folks in the Buckeye state to change their reactions to reading poems.

"I grew up as I think a lot of people did, certainly many of my students feel this way, that poetry was what we encountered in the books that we had to read in school and that made us often feel stupid or inadequate," Lucas said.

How does someone become Ohio’s poet laureate?

“One is anointed by the gods,” quips Ohio’s newest poet laureate, Dave Lucas.

At the beginning of the year, Lucas succeeded fellow Clevelander Amit Majmudar to become the state’s second-ever poet laureate. Gov. John Kasich, who created the position in 2014, chose Lucas from three finalists culled by the Ohio Arts Council.

John Vourlis had no idea what was happening in his own backyard.

The Wickliffe native moved back home in 2010 from California, where he had been working in the film industry. A friend invited Vourlis to come to the Wickliffe Italian-American Club to check out the Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce.  Vourlis was surprised to find that the tournament, now in its 35thyear, featured nearly one 100 men’s teams and about 20 women’s from across North America that came to compete for over $17,000 in cash prizes. 

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