Arts & Culture


Join us today as we broadcast live from the 2018 Columbus Arts Festival downtown. We'll discuss the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and how the 1920s cultural revolution affected Columbus. We'll be joined by leaders of local arts organizations, as well as by one of the performers taking part in both the festival and Columbus's Harlem Rennaisance anniversary project.

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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. 

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.

Columbus Symphony Receives $8 Million Donation

Dec 8, 2017

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio has received an $8 million donation, the largest in the group's history.

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.

It's not often you'll find these 24 names in the same place. They are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers and architects. But whatever it may read on their business cards (if they've even got business cards), they now all have a single title in common: 2017 MacArthur Fellow.

Hugh Hefner created Playboy at his kitchen table in Chicago. The magazine was blamed for (or credited with) setting off a cultural revolution in America, but within a few years Hefner was branded a male chauvinist. He was a proponent of free speech and a champion of civil rights who was decried as a merchant of smut.

Hefner died Wednesday at the age of 91, the magazine announced in a statement, writing that he "peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones."

President Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year to allow the "artists to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said Saturday.

Three of the five artists set to be honored had either expressed a specific intent to boycott the traditional White House reception before the event or were said to be considering it.

The History, Culture and Identity of the Midwest

Aug 18, 2017
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The Midwest used to be considered the moral heartland of the United States. Over the years it lost this title and became known as "flyover country." The coastal denizens came to denigrate the values and steadiness of the region and that has influenced the work of historians since the 1920.

We hear from Jon Lauck, author of From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism, 1920-1965.

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.