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The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

The Ohio House and Ohio Senate wrapped up long voting sessions with the House even going into the early morning hours on Friday. Although lawmakers passed dozens of bills in the process, there are several issues still on the table.

The Ballet Met's "Nutcracker" will go virtual for the 2020 holiday season.
Sarah Irvin / Ballet Met

This holiday season, the unrelenting pandemic will strike an economic blow to Columbus’ downtown entertainment sector. The ever-popular “Nutcracker” ballet and other seasonal performances will not be live on stage.

GCAC and CAPA paid local artists to paint murals over boarded-up windows at the Ohio Theatre.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Bold block letters are painted on plywood boards covering the front doors of the Ohio Theatre: "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

Chad Goodwin at the door to his restaurant 4th & State on May 29, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

At 4th & State downtown, a team of workers are punching broken panes of glass out of their window frames. 

UPDATE: Gov. Mike DeWine will hold a press conference to speak about "the events yesterday and this morning at the Ohio Statehouse and downtown Columbus" at 2pm Friday. It'll air live on the Ohio Channel.

A protest that started at an intersection near the Ohio Statehouse spilled over onto the grounds last night, resulting in damage to the 159-year old building - which has been the site of many demonstrations and public events over the years.

color photo of Ohio Theatre interior with Morton organ console
D.R. Goff / Columbus Association for the Performing Arts

Fifty years ago, Columbus came this close to losing its beloved Ohio Theatre to the wrecking ball and rendering the theater’s Mighty Morton organ homeless.

This Sunday you can raise your voice along with the organ called “the voice of the Ohio Theatre” in a sing-along marking the 50th anniversary of what, in February 1969, was billed as the final performance in the Ohio Theatre and the subsequent founding of the theater’s owner, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, CAPA.

Columbus Symphony

The Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus present Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the Ohio Theatre, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Rossen Milanov conducts.

I'm delighted that two fine local artists are playing featured roles: Brian Banion (Ramfis) and Robert Kerr (Pharaoh) — not to mention the superb all-volunteer Columbus Symphony Chorus, conducted by Ronald Jenkins.

This production of Aida will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29 on Classical 101.

"School of Rock" Comes to Columbus

Oct 12, 2017
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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.

black-and-white photo of Isaac Stern playing a violin
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Mary Rousculp Hoffman became program director of WOSU-FM in 1966.

By the time she retired over 20 years later, Mary had interviewed many of the 20th century's finest musicians. Elsewhere on this blog you'll find Mary's interviews with Vladimir Horowitz, Maria Callas and Thomas Schippers.

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Here in Central Ohio, we are fortunate to hear the Mighty Morton theater organ on a regular basis. Clark Wilson is the current resident organist at the Ohio Theatre, where the organ has lived since the theater opened in 1928.