SAUDER VILLAGE CRAFT PROGRAMS
Feb. 1 – April 12
A new craft program will allow guests to “Discover Handmade” this winter at Sauder Village. From February through mid-April craftsmen will present free demonstrations on Saturdays in the Sauder Village Welcome Center. Craft demonstrations will vary each week. The demonstrations planned in February include broom making on Feb. 1 and basket making and spinning on Feb. 8. Later in the month guests can watch rug hooking demonstrations on Feb. 15 and weaving on Feb. 22. The “Discover Handmade” demonstrations are scheduled through Saturday, April 12. A complete schedule of programs is posted online at www.saudervillage.org. Free “Craft Saturdays” are also planned this winter at Sauder Village. Throughout February and March there will be special “How To” projects demonstrated at the Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store. The demonstrations will be held by request between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Demonstrations on the schedule include crayon rubbing on Feb. 1, green cleaning on Feb. 8, floral arranging on Feb. 15 and meal placemats on Feb. 22. A schedule of all “Craft Saturday” programs is available online as well. Admission: Free. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.
ONU 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DANCE
Feb. 1 and 2
The Ohio Northern University Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents the 20th anniversary Celebration Dance Concert, featuring the ONU Dance Company and alumni. The ONU Dance Company alumni, along with current members of the ONU Dance Company, have been invited to perform, teach master classes, design costumes, design lights and choreograph. Choreographers for this concert include guest choreographer Janet Schroeder, a 2000 ONU graduate; and faculty members Jeremy Czarniak, visiting professor of theatre; Elizabeth Cozad, lecturer; Brenda Hoyt-Brackman, lecturer; and Laurie Bell, resident artist and professor of dance. The guest lighting designer is Christopher Sprague, a 1998 ONU graduate, and the guest costume designer is Lauren Walker, a 2012 ONU graduate. In addition, more than 15 alumni will return to ONU to perform with faculty and current ONU students. Admission: $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, $5 for children, and $5 for ONU faculty, staff and students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: Ohio Northern University, 525 S Main St, Ada. Information: www.freedcenter.com or 419-772-1900.
The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will begin engaging their smallest patrons in a new way when a sensory literacy program for toddlers debuts in February. ToddlerTime Tours, a two-part, multi-sensory experience that brings books as well as art to life for children ages 18 to 36 months, will serve as a sequel to the museum’s nationally recognized Baby Tours. The program aims to engage toddlers through visual and textual literacy, dual skills that will be important for these digital natives, many of whom are as proficient with tablet computers as they are with wooden blocks. The new program aims to build upon an already-present connection between visuals and storytelling in children’s literature. Toddlers and their parents will get the chance to experience these librarian- and docent-led tours starting in February, when they can attend one or both portions of the two-stage program. The first week, a story hour is held at the library’s main and Maumee branches, themed to connect to a work of art in the museum’s collection. The second week, the museum welcomes toddlers to experience a fun, hands-on tour centered around the work, using elements like feathers, bells, blocks and lace to bring it to life. A children’s librarian will also be present to complete the tour with a story. The first ToddlerTime Tour will feature paintings and stories with a pet theme. The library portion will be held Feb. 3 at the Maumee branch and Feb. 6 at the main library. The museum portion will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13. Pre-registration is required and parents can choose to attend one or both programs. Though space is limited, efforts will be made to accommodate all families who wish to participate. Admission: Free. Time: 10:30 a.m. Information: Toledo Museum of Art 419-255-8000, Toledo-Lucas County Library 419-259-5200, toledomuseum.org/learn/toddler-time-tours
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present a special event performance of “Love Letters,” a comic-drama recollection, directed by Barbara Barkan. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by A.R. Gurney follows Melissa and Andrew, who are seated at separate tables, reading letters exchanged over a lifetime between the two. Their hopes and dreams, successes and failures are shared over the course of a 50-year relationship in touching and often humorous honesty. Following an untimely death, the very last letter is read, revealing just how much they really meant to each other. “Love Letters” is a Valentine’s Day Special Event weekend, featuring two different actors for each performance: Feb. 14 – Paul Causman & Shirley Williams, Feb. 15 – Joe Capucini & Kate Abu Absi and Feb. 16 – Jeff Bell & Barbara Barkan. Admission: $15 for one show or $33 for all three performances. Time: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277.
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.
‘THE OTHER LEADERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE: FIRST LADIES FROM LUCY HAYES TO MICHELLE OBAMA’
The historian, author, and educator responsible for The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers is guest lecturer for the Hayes Presidential Center’s annual Hayes Lecture on the Presidency. Allida M. Black, Ph.D., shares thoughts on “The Other Leaders in the White House: First Ladies from Lucy Hayes to Michelle Obama.” Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 12. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission: $30 for the entire evening, which includes a reception and dinner with the speaker plus the lecture, or $10 for the 7 p.m. lecture only. Time: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Location: The Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, Ohio. Information: www.rbhayes.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.
MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS
Feb. 14-15, 22-23
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. Admission: Adults $11, Students $7. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: The National Theatre at The Ritz, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544.
“LandEscapes” is an exhibition of color prints by Lima photographer Phil Hugo that explore where and how people escape. A reception is set for 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Admission: Free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m.-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’
Through May 4
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thysen-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:
Rick Springfield — Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $52-$89.90; 855-660-7625, www.ticketmaster.com.
Chelsea Handler — March 6, 8 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $55-$75; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Travis Tritt — March 7, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $38-$69; 855-660-7625, www.ticketmaster.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.
Billy Joel — April 1, 8 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $49.50-$119.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850, www.ticketmaster.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.