Weekend: Get Out!

April 24
Bluffton University’s 2013-14 Artist Series will conclude Thursday, April 24, with a performance by ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger in Yoder Recital Hall. For more than 30 years, Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. Audiences are treated to her vocal illusion talents when they meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man or a feisty little girl. She has received many awards during her career, including The American Comedy Awards and Variety Entertainer of the Year. Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and non-Bluffton students, and $10 for children ages 6-13. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Bluffton University, 1 University Dr, Bluffton. Information: 419-358-3350
April 26
A fishing derby will be held by the Friends of the Rieck Center on Saturday, April 26. Youngsters, 15 and under, will need to bring a pole, tackle and bate (no minnows) to enter. An inexpensive food concession will be available. Prizes will be available for each age group. Pre-register before April 19 to get free tackle door prizes. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Location: The Rieck Center, Township Road 166, 1.3 miles east of Ohio 37 S. Information: www.rieckcenter.org.
April 26
A “Music Tea”, the first of this season’s Victorian Theme Teas offered by the Tiffin Historic Trust, will feature the flute and acoustic guitar duo of Mackenzie Honaker and Howard Cole, of Heidelberg University. Tours of the Grammes-Brown House are included with the admission donation. Seating is limited. Admission: $20. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St, Tiffin. Information: Contact Nancy Cook at 419-447-0665 or e-mail tiffinhistoric@att.net for further information and to place reservations.
April 29
Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living-history destination, will open on Tuesday, April 29 with the unveiling of a new Grain Exhibit. The new exhibit will introduce guests to the importance of grain in Northwest Ohio with a focus on planting, harvesting and processing grains both historically and on today’s modern farms. Admission: $16 adults, $14 seniors, $10 students and free for members and children 5 and under. Children 16 and under are free every Sunday. Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: 800.590.9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
April 29-May 4
From Tuesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 4, guests from across the country will gather in Archbold for the 38th annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village. Again this year, the talents of quilters from throughout the Midwest will be celebrated with a display of more than 400 quilts, unique quilting demonstrations, shopping, special exhibits, workshops and more. During the annual Sauder Village Quilt Show, both traditional and modern interpretations of quilts will be represented. Each year the show is a new experience since once a quilt has been exhibited it cannot be re-entered into the Sauder Village Show. With 24 categories ranging from pieced, appliqué and mixed technique to art, masters, baby, miniatures and youth quilts “” guests are sure to enjoy browsing the variety of quilts this annual event has to offer. Other highlights of the week include live piano music and quilting demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations will vary by day and may include piecing, machine appliqué, embroidery, sewing with denim, English paper piecing and hand quilting. Guests will enjoy a special exhibit of Masters Class quilts, including quilts by guest artist Gyleen Fitzgerald on the stage in Founder’s Hall. There will also be a quilt raffle held for a chance to win a fun, twin-size quilt. Admission: $11 exhibit only pass, $16 adults and $10 students ages 6-16 for quilt show and village. $25 two-day pass for adults. Children 16 and under are free on Sunday. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org
May 9
Treat yourself to refreshments, specials, demonstrations and drawings. Come see the following stores and studios: Harmony Yoga studio, Bliss Beauty Studio and The Powder Room, Creative Contours and Lily Bay. Admission: Free. Time: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Location: 1100 Croy Drive, Findlay. Located behind Sears.

April 20
The Findlay Civic Concert Band is forming for its 63rd season of concerts at Riverside Park. Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music at UF, the band will meet for its first rehearsal Tuesday, April 20, in the band room of the Egner Fine Arts Center. The band will meet each subsequent Tuesday in preparation for its concerts in the Allen Dudley Bandshell on July 2, 9 and 16. There is no audition for membership. Competent new players are welcome. High school students should check first with their band directors to see if they are ready for the experience. Certain large musical instruments are available for loan at no charge. Contact Taylor in advance for more information. Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Location: Egner Fine Arts Center, University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St. Information: Taylor at (419) 434-4573 or email jtaylor@findlay.edu.

April 26
Moonwalk right into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center for a powerful performance by this World Champion Choir. This young and soulful group, straight from Fort Wayne, will present a moving tribute to the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. The performance will include dance routines made popular by the King of Pop Music and musical selections from Whitney Houston’s vast library of hits. The program will also include songs from Voices of Unity’s Praise Celebration 2014. The Niswonger Community Concert Series 2014-15 season will be unveiled as a part of the Voices of Unity Concert Event. Admission: $20 adults, $10 students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118, Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or www.npacvw.org.

April 26
Communities for the Arts is bringing the all male a cappella singing group , The Accafellas, from Michigan State University, to the Clyde High School Auditorium on Saturday, April 26. The Accafellas have a high energy show with primarily a pop repertoire. Tickets are available at the Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education
office, 419-547-0588, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Credit cards are accepted. Admission: $15 adults, $5 students up to high school. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Clyde High School Auditorium, 1015 Race St., Clyde. Information: 419-547-0588 or www.communitiesfortheartsclyde.org.
May 26
The Fostoria Community Band will present a Memorial Day concert on Sunday, May 26, at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. The band is under the direction of Justin Brinkman and is made up of approximately 50 members ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens. The members come from Fostoria and the surrounding area. The band begins its 20th year with a program that will include marches, hymns, folk tunes and old time favorites. Refreshments will be served during a short intermission. Upcoming outdoor concert dates for the band include June 8 at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, at 7:30 p.m.; June 15 at Foundation Park in Fostoria, at 7:30 p.m.; and June 25 at Riverside Park in Findlay, at 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy live music performed by local musicians. Admission: Donations will be accepted following the concert to support the band. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. Information: Bob Feisel 419-435-5533.
April 24-27
Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts will present three student-directed one-act plays in the new Mathile Lab Theatre. Student directors from the ONU Department of Theatre Arts will stage three gems of the American theatre that span half a century of playwriting: from William Saroyan’s classic drama of the 1940’s, Hello out There, to Sam Shepard’s 1960’s experimental comedy, Chicago, to the contemporary, whimsical Death Comes for a Wedding by Joe Tracz. With no play longer than a half hour, this is a short evening of theatre packed with variety and compelling storytelling. Sam Shepard’s “Chicago” is directed by Jeremy D. Martinez, a sophomore theatre arts/theatre major from Palmview, Texas. “Chicago” features a 20-ish man named Stu in a comic and absurdist take on the meaning of life and love. Shepard’s stage reality is anything but real: a foray into the bizarre, the comic, and the highly imaginative. The second one-act play is a drama by William Saroyan. “Hello Out There,” will be directed by Caroline Page, a junior theatre arts/musical theatre major from Birmingham, Ala. Saroyan’s moving play is set in a small town jail, and features a down-on-his-luck prisoner accused of rape, and a young girl who works as the jail’s cook, and who befriends him. The final performance will be Joe Tracz’s “Death Comes For A Wedding,” directed by Amanda Pfister, a junior theatre arts/theatre major from Kendall, N.Y. This is the tale of Beth, a young woman selected by Death to be his bride, of Death himself, hoping for this marriage, and of the Old Woman who councils Beth in her dilemma. The play is a whimsical retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone. Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors and $5 ONU faculty, staff and children. Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Location: Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. Information: www.freedcenter.com or 419-722-1900.

May 8-11
A special event performance of “Moonglow” will be presented at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-11, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. A comic-drama written Kim Carney and directed by Paul Causman, the play will feature Madge Levinson as Maxine, a woman at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease who is unwillingly moved into an assisted living facility after a kitchen fire and an incident that injures her grandson. Maxine’s attitude begins to change once she meets another elderly resident, Joe, played by Guy Sutherland, and the two discover a mutual connection having both danced at a popular Detroit ballroom in the early ’40s. Through their diseased fog of confusion and sometimes humorous remains of a memory, a relationship is born. “Moonglow” is based on a true story of the author and her own mother and addresses the experience of making unsettling decisions of how to care for elderly parents. Admission: $15. Discounted tickets of $10 will be available to individuals that are registering for the CEUs but must be purchased by calling the box office. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertiore Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277 or visit www.toledorep.org.

May 11
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to Northwest Ohio. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The musical is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. It features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle. Admission: $27-$52 Time: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: www.npacvw.org.
Through April 24
The University of Findlay will host the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition April 7-24 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery, on campus. The awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Categories will include painting, drawing and mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, design, digital photography, film photography and visual communication. Andreas Baumgartner, assistant professor of art at Bluffton University, will judge the show. Admission: Free. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Location: Lea Gallery, Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, The University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St. Information: www.findlay.edu.

April 25
The ArtSpace/Lima Spring Show 2014 will open Friday, April 25, with a public reception for the artists and their friends in the Ellen Nelson Gallery. Spring Show 2014 is the 59th annual exhibit of that name at ArtSpace/Lima. Entries are accepted from within a 100-mile radius of Lima in the following categories: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art and mixed media. 51 area artists entered 137 pieces in those categories. Of those, 51 pieces were selected for exhibition in the show. An additional 22 works are on display in the Salon des Refuses in ArtZone. A highlight of the opening reception will be the announcement and awarding of prizes, including Best of Show ($500), First Award, Second Award, Third Award, The Martha Farmer Award for Sculpture, Photography Club Award, Award for Ceramics, Award for Painting, and “The People’s Choice Award” (chosen by polling guests in the course of the exhibit). The exhibit will also feature a Salon des refuses, mounted in the ArtZone Gallery, and consisting of work not originally juried into the show, but re-juried into the Salon. Awards will be presented at 7:15 pm. Admission: Free. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Location: Artspace, 65-67 Town Square, Lima. Information: 419-222-1721; artspacelima@woh.rr.com

May 2-31
Janealla Killebrew will be the featured member at The Gaslight Gallery during the month of May. An opening reception will be held during Findlay’s Art Walk on May 2 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Best known for her watercolor paintings, for this exhibit, Janealla has created several new pieces in that medium. Also included will be some of her collage work, photography, charcoal drawings and a series of cut-paper note cards. Janealla recently retired after teaching art for 38 years, and now spends time painting and creating in her studio in the historic Jones Building in downtown Findlay. She also is a member of the Findlay Art League, gives private art lessons, and is co-owner of The Gaslight Gallery. Admission: Free. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Location: The Gaslight Gallery, 117 E. Crawford St., Findlay. Information: www.thegaslightgallery.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.
Through 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.
Through May 11
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 16th to the late 20th century. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also pays tribute to the celebrated garden designer André Le Nôtre, who designed for King Louis XIV the magnificent and highly influential gardens for the Tuileries Palace and the Palace of Versailles. The Tuileries, which stretches several thousand feet from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and has for centuries been a key Parisian venue for art. This special exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée du Louvre. Admission: Free for Museum members; nonmembers pay $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors. 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: Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
Through May 18
Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. 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: Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
Ticket Watch
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Alabama Shakes — May 7, 7:30 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $47.35; 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
Chicago — May 20, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $71.40-$129.25; 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
Lady Antebellum — May 31, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $39.75-$68; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850, www.ticketmaster.com.
Panic! At The Disco — July 30, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $29.50-$39.50; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.



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