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CAPA And The Impact Of Performing Arts

Jun 6, 2019

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

CAPA was established in the 1960s to save the Ohio Theatre. Since then, then, several leading arts groups in Columbus have been saved from extinction by CAPA. 

Today on All Sides, the impact of CAPA in Central Ohio and how performing arts organizations like it are thriving elsewhere. 

All Sides Weekend Books

Apr 12, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.

All Sides Weekend Arts

Mar 22, 2019

Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Jan 11, 2019
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Join All Sides Weekend guest host Christopher Purdy as we discuss the arts scene in Columbus.

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.


Columbus's Proposed Ticket Tax

Oct 9, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council proposed a 7 percent tax in August on tickets and admission to all events in the city.

While the tax would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, anyone going to practically any event in Columbus will have to pay extra.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the ticket-tax and how other communities fund their arts.


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It's a torrid late-summer day as I type these lines. I equate the cooler weather and the longer evenings with opening nights!

Columbus looks forward to plenty of first nights in the next several weeks, as the new arts season begins.

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.

Everyone's a Critic, or at Least Has an Opinion

Jan 5, 2017

When British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger died Jan. 3 at the age of 90, it was something of the end of an era. Journalist Ian Maleney wrote in The Irish Times of Berger's passing, saying:

All Sides Weekend Arts: Remembering Bill Conner

Nov 18, 2016
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy with a Columbus performing arts panel as they discuss the life and memory of Bill Conner president and CEO of CAPA.

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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.