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 www.npacvw.org.
NATIONAL PIE DAY
No matter how you cut it, pies are a great reason to celebrate on Thursday, Jan. 23 “” National Pie Day. Again this year Sauder Village will celebrate the wholesome goodness of pie with special deals and samples at the Doughbox Bakery and discounts on slices of pie at the Barn Restaurant. To encourage even more people to celebrate this special holiday, the Doughbox Bakery is offering a deal of $1 off pies and free samples throughout the day, while supplies last. The Doughbox Bakery will be open on National Pie Day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the drive-thru window opening at 6:30 a.m. The Barn Restaurant will also be involved in the celebration of National Pie Day “” offering $1 off a slice of pie with any meal purchase on Thursday. The Barn Restaurant will be open on from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Each year the employees at the Doughbox Bakery make nearly 19,000 pies. With more than 40 varieties of pies available, peanut butter cream continues to be the most popular choice among local patrons. However, dutch peach and cherry are also popular varieties at this popular, hometown bakery. Time: 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: www.saudervillage.org.
STAR PLAYERS SHOW
Star Players of Upper Sandusky’s Star Theatre invite experienced area directors to submit show proposals for our 2014-15 season. Three shows are available — summer, fall and spring. Proposals should be mailed to: Mark Murphy, Production Chairman, The Star Theatre, 121 W. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky Ohio 43351. All proposals should be received by Jan. 31. Admission: Free. Location: The Star Theatre, 121 W. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky. Information: www.starplayers.net.
BOB EUBANKS HOSTS ‘THE NOT-SO-NEWLYWED SHOW’
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 www.NPACVW.org.
ORION ‘THE BIG O’
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: www.npacvw.org.
THE TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will be in concert at The University of Findlay Friday, Jan. 24. The evening’s concert, performed as part of The University of Findlay’s 2013-2014 Concert and Lecture Series, will be performed in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the UF campus. The concert features Mendelssohn’s most beloved symphony, The Italian Symphony, Symphony No 4 in A Major and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Jeffrey Pollock will conduct the evening’s performance. Pollock has worked with orchestras across North America and is equally at home in the world of opera, where he has worked for the Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Delaware and led productions of “The Barber of Seville,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Admission for UF undergraduate and graduate students is free, but a ticket is required. UF faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $15. Time: 8 p.m. Location: University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St. Information: 419-434-5335 or email email@example.com.
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.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
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: www.npacvw.org.
GARY PUCKETT AND THE UNION GAP
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, www.garypuckettmusic.com or www.ritztheatre.org.
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.
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. As part of the evening’s enjoyment, the American Girl Of The Year Doll, Isabelle, will be given away to a lucky recipient. Entries can be submitted by ticketed guests in the lobby prior to the performance. The winner will be drawn and announced from stage at intermission. Admission: $22-$37. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: www.npacvw.org.
Through Jan. 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: www.bluffton.edu.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: BUCKEYE PRESIDENT
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: www.rbhayes.org.
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: www.toledomuseum.org.
‘LOVE & PLAY: A PAIR OF PAINTINGS BY FRAGONARD’
Jan. 24-May 4
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard, considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. 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: Gallery 28, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Kellie Pickler — Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., The Ritz Theatre, Tiffin. $45-$75; 419.448.8544, www.ritztheatre.org.
Elton John — Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Covelli Centre, Youngstown. $37.05-$152.65; 330-746-5600, www.covellicentre.com.
Amos Lee — March 8, 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood. $33.50-$48.50; 216-529-4081, www.ticketmaster.com.
Demi Lovato — March 27, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$59.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Jim Gaffigan — March 28, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland. $39.75-$49.75; 216-771-4444, www.playhousesquare.org.
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850, www.ticketmaster.com.