Weekend: Get Out!

Through Jan. 5
There is real magic in a miniature train wending its way around an equally pint-size track, especially during the holidays. That magic transforms people of any age into smiling wide-eyed children. The Hayes Presidential Center’s Hayes Train Special model train display marks its 20th year of enchantment. Eight model trains, of all styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family, travel throughout a 12-foot by 24-foot course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains’ movements and some of the display’s animated features via a series of buttons. Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibit telling the story of Santa Claus. “Santa through the 19th Century” chronicles how early depictions of Santa evolved into the jolly, ho-ho-ho, elf we all know and love today. A series of exhibit panels also details how Santa’s purpose also has changed. A model train clinic will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Admission to the clinic is $2 per person. In the event of bad weather the clinic will be canceled. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors age 60 and up and $3 children ages 6-12. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information:
Jan. 21
The Cinderella Ballet performed by The State of Russia Theatre Ballet will captivate on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Before the dancers take the stage, we cordially invite guests to the Bippity-Boppity Ball. This light hearted event will begin before the ballet in the Niswonger Upper Lobby. The evening will include a delicious dinner catered by The Gourmet Gals, an opportunity to meet the Russian Ballet performers, capture a keepsake photograph with the dancers and take part in a mother/son and daddy/daughter waltz. All of this before taking a comfortable seat in the performance hall to enjoy the exquisite Cinderella Ballet performance at 7:30 p.m. Attendees to the Bippity-Boppity Ball must also have tickets to the Cinderella Ballet performance. Please share the names of attendees when ordering as name cards will be placed for guests at their respective dinner settings. Admission: $15 adults, $10 children. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Upper Lobby, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or
Feb. 15
Bob Eubanks brings his wildly witty game show, The Not-So-Newlywed Show to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. On-camera he’s the effervescent, quick-witted host of The New Year’s Rose Parade for Tribune TV that entertains 44 million homes annually. Off-camera he’s the entrepreneur that brought the Beatles to the U.S., The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow and Elton John to concert history. His management talent included crafting the careers of Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell. The Not-So-Newlywed Game Show follows the original format of the television show using four local “celebrity” married couples who are either newlyweds or feel like newlyweds. (In other words, it doesn’t matter how long they have been married.) The show consists of Bob narrating hilarious clips from the television show and then playing a half-hour version of the game. The Not So Newlywed Game is always funny and is a great entertainment opportunity. Celebrate Valentines Day weekend with laughter and see why TV Guide voted Bob Eubanks one of the top 5 game show hosts of all time. Admission: $17-$27. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: 419-238-NPAC or
Feb. 23
Long time voice of agriculture, Orion “The Big O” Samuelson, is coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 23. Orion Samuelson is heard on WGN Radio, where he has served as agri-business director since 1960. His life-long commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agri-business. Orion is the most recognized agricultural journalist in the industry, Samuelson has more than 60 years experience in broadcasting, more than 50 of those at Chicago’s WGN. Admission: $20 adults, $10 students. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information:
Jan. 25
As the winter “blahs” set in, a fixture of the summer party scene will be coming to town to share some fun times. Popular Put-In-Bay entertainer, Ray Fogg, will bring his one-man show of island fun to Fremont for a single performance at Strikers (at Plaza Lanes) on Saturday, Jan. 25. Seating will be limited. Ray Fogg has become a favorite of islanders and tourists alike at Put-in-Bay (located on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island). Each year he presides over the official opening and closing of the tourist season at the Round House Bar. During the off-season, his tour will take him to venues like Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West and the Tropical Isle in New Orleans’ French Quarter, as well as to Great Lakes towns throughout Michigan and Ohio. Fogg gets his laughs with clever songs that are not for the kids “” adults only. Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Location: Strikers at Plaza Lanes, 2641 E. State St., Fremont. Information: Strikers at 419-332-1192 or Ray Fogg Productions, Inc. at 216-749-3334.

Jan. 31
Charles Addams’ weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in a new musical comedy coming to the Niswonger on Friday, Jan. 31. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Ticketed patrons are welcome to a Prime Rib buffet for $20 at the Willow-Bend Country Club before the show. Reservations are recommended: 419-238-0111. Admission: $22-$47. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information:
Feb. 1
In 1968 Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive gold albums and sold more records than any other recording act including the Beatles. They played a command performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess Anne by special invitation of the President. They were one of a very select group of touring acts to achieve prominence worldwide. In 1971, Gary disbanded The Union Gap. In 1974 “Young Girl” was reissued by popular request in England where it reached number five and achieved a Silver Record Award for the second time, a full six years after the song was initially released. Gary will be performing at the Ritz Theatre Feb. 1. Admission: $10-$30. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544, or
Jan. 11
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre Rep Ed winter classes begin on Jan. 11 and run through March 1, with the theme “Space Oddities.” There is still room for more students. Children ages 7 to 16 are invited to participate, receiving instruction in singing, dancing, acting, design and technical arts along with other theater basics. At the end of the session, the children perform in a showcase to demonstrate to family and friends what they have learned. Students will receive a free t-shirt on show day. Participants should bring a snack, drink, folder, blank CD and pencil to each class. Flip-flops, clogs or hard shoes are not permitted. For more information or to register, call Kathy McGovern, Rep Business Manager, at 419-243-9277, ext. 4. Registrations also will be taken on the day of classes, if openings are available. Admission: $100 per student. Time: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: Kathy McGovern at 419-243-9277, ext. 4.

Jan. 17-19 and 23-26
“Noises Off,” a comedy written by Michael Frayn and co-directed by Carol Ann Erford and Wes Skinner, will open at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre on Friday, Jan. 17. Second only to “Arsenic and Old Lace” in the Toledo Rep’s audience survey of requested shows, “Noises Off” is a play-within-a play. It begins with the final dress rehearsal of the dreadful sex comedy, “Nothing On.” Botched entrances, forgotten lines, missed cues and uncooperative props are all the sure-fire makings of an opening night flop. The second act offers a glimpse of the same show from back stage–complete with all the behind-the-scenes antics patrons never get to enjoy — while the final act is the show nearing the end of its 10-week run, long after someone should have put a fork in it. Admission: $20. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St,. Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277.

Jan. 21
The beauty, splendor, elegance and grace of the Russian Ballet is coming to the Niswonger in Van Wert on Tuesday, Jan. 21. This timeless ballet is based on the world famous fairy tale by Charles Perrault and performed by the refined and revered State Ballet Theatre of Russia. The fine art of the dance and the beauty of the score have made this performance a time honored treasure. The characters are captivating. Beginning with the beautiful daydreamer Cinderella, her ruthless step-mother, the arrogant half-sisters and of course, the dashing young prince, Cinderella is one of the most-loved ballets of our times. Admission: $22-$37. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information:
Jan. 6-26
“Ghostlands” is a multimedia exploration of landscape art by Ian Breidenbach and Landon Crowell. The exhibit will be on display in the Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center. A reception is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. Admission: Free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Location: Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton. Information:

Through May 25
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and representative of the artist’s studio in New England. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Location: Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Information:
Through Jan. 5
When Elizabeth Keith arrived in Japan in 1915, the Scotswoman intended the trip to be a short visit to her sister, who had married a publisher working in Tokyo. Instead, the 28-year-old remained in the country for nine years. Enamored with Japan’s culture, she was inspired to turn her budding artistic endeavors into a full-fledged career. Her portraits of Asian life earned her a following; one was even exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. She began a fruitful collaboration with prominent printmaker Watanabe Shozaburo, creating traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Though she eventually returned to London, the East left an indelible impact on the artist. Today, a Keith print is one of more than 100 works on paper on view in Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints, a new Toledo Museum of Art exhibition that explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking since 1900. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Information: or 419-255-8000.
Through April 13
Rutherford B. Hayes is the only one of Ohio’s eight presidents who was born and died in the state. Hayes was proud of his Ohio roots and often referred to himself as a “Buckeye.” That term took on added significance when as governor of Ohio, Hayes played a lead role in creation of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College “” today known as The Ohio State University. The Hayes Presidential Center highlights Rutherford B. Hayes’ intense pride in being an Ohioan and his strong links to OSU with its newest exhibit Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President, which opened Oct. 17 and will continue through April 13, 2014. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors ages 60 and up, $3 children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information:
Ticket Watch
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Lady Antebellum — Jan 11, 7 p.m., Huntington Center, Toledo. $49.85-$81.70; 800-745-3000,
Kellie Pickler — Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., The Ritz Theatre, Tiffin. $45-$75; 419.448.8544,
Elton John — Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Covelli Centre, Youngstown. $37.05-$152.65; 330-746-5600,
Amos Lee — March 8, 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood. $33.50-$48.50; 216-529-4081,
Demi Lovato — March 27, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$59.50; 216-241-2121,
Jim Gaffigan — March 28, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland. $39.75-$49.75; 216-771-4444,
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850,


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