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Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You 7:00 pm
Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 1 @ 7:00 pm
Tony Award-nominated actor and singer Gavin Creel will be the special guest at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Fundraising Reception at 9 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Dietsch Brothers, 400 W. Main Cross St. The event follows the sold-out 7 p.m. “Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You” performance at the Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St. The Marathon Center said the reception is likely to be a low-key event where attendees have the opportunity to meet Creel, whose stage credits include “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Hello, Dolly!” Posters will also be sold during the performance to benefit the Marathon Center, with some limited-edition posters signed by Creel. It is not a requirement to see the show to purchase reception tickets, but a reception ticket is not a substitute for a performance ticket, which needed to be purchased separately. Reception tickets cost $100 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they will also be sold when the building opens for the show. They are also available by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or ordering online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. If you choose to have a reception ticket emailed to you before the show, have it printed out by 5 p.m. May 1. Will call will not be available. All proceeds benefit the Marathon Center Endowment Fund. For more information, visit the Marathon Center website or www.gavincreel.com.
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Spring ArtWalk 5:00 pm
Spring ArtWalk @ Downtown Findlay
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Findlay will open its doors to showcase the businesses, restaurants, artists, performers, and musicians from throughout the community for the Spring ArtWalk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. The semi-annual event hosted by the Arts Partnership is free to the public. It celebrates commerce and culture, allowing local artists, downtown businesses and restaurants to form a connection that draws spectators downtown to see what Findlay has to offer. Guests may also take advantage of special offers, sales, demonstrations and tastings that many businesses and restaurants offer for this event. Opening for the evening is the Findlay Art League’s May show, a juried showcase of Art League member works that will remain open throughout May. Other area galleries open for the evening include Awakening Minds Art, Jones Building Artist Studios, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and Kan Du Studio. Performers include the Reunion Band at the Marathon Center at various times throughout the day; magicians Excellent Elizabeth and Terrific Tyler at 5:30 p.m. at the Jones Mansion; and “Fermata the Blue,” Liberty-Benton High School’s a cappella group at 7 p.m. at the Jones Mansion. To view or print the official event brochure, including a list of the participating businesses and artists performing or being showcased, visit http://artspartnership.com. Copies of the brochure will be available for pickup at participating event locations. For more information, call 419-422-4624 or visit the Arts Partnership website. Sponsors include First Federal Bank, Taylor Volkswagen, The Courier, WKXA, WFIN, 106.3 The Fox, Eyes on Main, Tall Timbers Industrial Park and Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 will be held in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen, arranged and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and rock music. In addition, FFE will perform its competition show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday, May 1 through May 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. The competition show includes the following selections: “Our Fairytale,” “Me and My Baby/Not Your Little Princess,” “The Dreamer,” “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl,” and “My Reality.” The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. For more information, call the high school choir office, 419-425-8282, or email Manley: kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 will be held in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen, arranged and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and rock music. In addition, FFE will perform its competition show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday, May 1 through May 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. The competition show includes the following selections: “Our Fairytale,” “Me and My Baby/Not Your Little Princess,” “The Dreamer,” “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl,” and “My Reality.” The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. For more information, call the high school choir office, 419-425-8282, or email Manley: kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2017 will be held in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen, arranged and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and rock music. In addition, FFE will perform its competition show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday, May 1 through May 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. The competition show includes the following selections: “Our Fairytale,” “Me and My Baby/Not Your Little Princess,” “The Dreamer,” “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl,” and “My Reality.” The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. For more information, call the high school choir office, 419-425-8282, or email Manley: kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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All-City 6th Grade Orchestra and Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra 7:00 pm
All-City 6th Grade Orchestra and Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay City Schools orchestra program will showcase its students’ string-playing prowess in a series of three shows. The All-City 6th Grade Orchestra will perform with the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium; the FHS Symphony Orchestra will present its Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, also in the auditorium; and the 7th and 8th Grade All-City Orchestra will perform with members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts are free and open to the public. The Findlay City Schools orchestra directors are Ken Pressel, David Brax and Anita Schaible. The May 9 show pairs 56 beginning string students with 21 advanced high school musicians. The high school string players tutored the beginning students in March with after-school lessons. The beginning orchestra will perform two musical selections, followed by four musical selections by the FHS Chamber Orchestra, including “Dust in the Wind” and “Day Tripper.” The two groups will combine for two finale selections, “Tribal Voices” and “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The May 15 concert will include 10 musical selections, including two selections the FHS Symphony Orchestra performed at the State Orchestra Contest when it received a superior rating: “Brother James’ Air” and “Folk Songs of the British Isles.” The concert will also include “Disquietude,” a piece composed and directed by FHS senior Austin Hamilton and a piano solo played by FHS senior Ryan Zheng, “Prelude in G Minor (Op. 23, No. 5)” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The May 18 show, “Spirit of America,” will feature seven pieces with an Americana theme, with a short historical commentary to introduce each one. Mayor Lydia Mihalik will serve as the concert’s commentator. The show came about after the Findlay City Schools orchestra program collaborated with the Toledo Symphony to bring nine professional string musicians to Glenwood and Donnell Middle School to work with the students during their spring orchestra classes. Several donors made the program possible, including key sponsor Marathon Petroleum, and the Mariann Dana Younger Fund at the Community Foundation, and the Findlay Music Boosters. For more information about any of the concerts, contact Pressel at 419-429-2300.
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Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus Guest Night 7:15 pm
Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus Guest Night @ Wesley United Methodist Church
May 15 @ 7:15 pm
The Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus, a barbershop chorus with members from towns throughout northwest Ohio, will hold a guest night at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren St., Fostoria. Anyone interested in learning to sing barbershop harmony or wishing to listen to learn more about it is welcome to attend and participate in some vocal warm-ups. There is no age limit — just a desire to sing.
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Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Extravabandza @ Allen P. Dudley Memorial Bandshell
May 16 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City School Band department will present its spring “Extravabandza” concert on Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Bandshell at Riverside Park, weather permitting. The show is free and open to the public, featuring a variety of music and styles tailored to audiences of all ages. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium. Location updates will be made on the Findlay City Schools’ website and through local media outlets. The Findlay High School Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band will perform at the show. Combined bands will play for the concert’s conclusion. The FHS Jazz Band opens the concert with selections including “Autumn Leaves” and the 1950s hit “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The percussion ensemble will follow with two pieces, including “Mosaics” by Jared Spears. Next, the Concert Band will perform three selections, including “March for Freedom” by Steve Hodges and “Wind River Overture” by Bruce Pearson. The Symphonic Band will perform “Eire” by Melanie Donahue, “Lanterns in the Sky” by Rob Romeyn, and selections from “Hamilton,” the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Symphonic Band received straight Superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District Large Group and an Excellent rating at State. At these adjudicated events, each participating band also must sight-read a piece for an adjudicator. “Lanterns in the Sky” was the sight-reading selection the Symphonic Band performed at the OMEA State Contest. The final portion of the concert will feature the combined members of the Findlay High School Concert and Symphonic Bands. This portion will open with “Shore to Shore,” a march incorporating two well-known sailing songs, “Blow, Ye Winds, Blow” and “Leave Her No More.” Next, the band will perform “Yesterday,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles. The concert will conclude with “A Disneyland Celebration,” including Disney songs like “Fantasmic,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “It’s a Small World,” “Be Our Guest,” and the “Mickey Mouse March.” This will be presented in anticipation of the Findlay Trojan Marching Band’s upcoming performance at Disney World. At the concert, the band will also publicly recognize senior band members and band department award recipients. The Findlay High School band directors are Dan Wilson, Michael Springer, and Brian Sheehe. For additional information, contact Wilson, director of bands, at dwilson@fcs.org
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Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons 10:00 pm
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons @ Yucatan Findlay
May 19 @ 10:00 pm
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons will bring their brand of Americana rock ‘n’ roll to the Yucatan Findlay, 1851 Tiffin Ave., at 10 p.m. Friday, May 19. Admission is $5. The Columbus-based band was recently voted the No. 1 local band in Columbus Alive’s 2017 Readers’ Poll. Its sound combines electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock ‘n’ roll and dreamy psychedelia. The band is touring in support of its second album, “Homemade Vision,” released in 2016. Like the band’s debut, “Hey Kid” — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — “Homemade Vision” was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, brought to life by a group of roots-rock musicians who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, “Homemade Vision” builds a sound where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula intersect. Chris Connor’s guitar playing — a flurry of fuzz, crunch, twang and bang — occupies just as large a role as Perley’s voice, while Billy Zehnal’s bass — coupled with cymbal crashes and snare hits from an arsenal of heavy-hitting drummers — glues the mix together. For more information, call the Yucatan Findlay at 419-425-1965 or visit www.angelaperley.com.
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Gospel Singing at the Gazebo 12:00 pm
Gospel Singing at the Gazebo
May 20 @ 12:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present Gospel Singing at the Gazebo at noon May 20 in downtown Carey, 141 E. Findlay St. Performers include Chuck Kennedy, Jimmy Potridge and Heartsong. Those attending should bring their own lawn chair. Call Mark Glick at for more information.
Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series: Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series: Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet
May 20 @ 6:00 pm
The Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series will present the ministries of Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet on May 20, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and music starting at 6. A freewill offering will be taken to support the ministries. Food is available by donation. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to support local charities. Call 419-423-1725 for more information.
Movie Magic 7:00 pm
Movie Magic @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Old Millstream Ringers will perform the music of pirates, princesses and Mary Poppins when they present “Movie Magic” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St. Admission to the concert is free, and a freewill offering will be taken. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators and, collectively, the members have been ringing handbells for more than 300 years. The ensemble performs a variety of music from sacred to secular and Broadway to Disney. In addition to public concerts, the group also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
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