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.
SAUDER VILLAGE QUILT SHOW
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
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Free Comic Book Day Comes to downtown Lima with comics for all ages. Alter Ego Comics in downtown Lima is one of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the biggest day in the world of comic books on Saturday, May 3. On Free Comic Book Day, over 4.6 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comics books. This is the ninth year for Free Comic Book Day at Alter Ego Comics and attendees will find over 30 different free comic books to choose from, including long-time favorites like Archie, The Simpsons and Uncle Scrooge, comics based on video games Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and Street Fighter, and popular super hero comics like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Justice League. Children, teens and adults are sure to find something that will stir their imaginations. In addition to giving away free comic books, a benefit auction featuring limited edition collectibles, signed comic books and more will take place with the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Characters in costume will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for photo opportunities, including Captain America, Spider-Man and Batgirl. Attendees are also encouraged to dress in costume. Downtown businesses are also getting in on the fun with comic book-themed specials and activities, including face painting at Beauty by Jill, free Superman ice cream at The Fat Cat Diner and free Captain America Cocoa for kids in costume at The Meeting Place on Market. Updates and information can be found on the Alter Ego Comics Facebook page, facebook.com/alteregomaniacs. Admission: Free. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Alter Ego Comics, 230 N. Main St. in downtown Lima. Information: 419-224-6700.
CARS & COFFEE CRUISE-IN
Its finally spring and all Findlay area car lovers are invited to the first Flag City U.S.A. “Cars & Coffee” Cruise-in of 2014. So, clean up your cars, rev up your engines and cruise-in for a free cup of Panera Bread coffee. Then, admire some of the nicest rides of the Findlay area, enjoy the morning and just talk cars with your fellow car nuts. The cruise-in will continue with the first Sunday of the Month from June to October. There will be no judging, no trophies and no charge for the event. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Location: Panera Bread, 1971 Tiffin Ave., across from Hobby Lobby. Information: 419-423-2415.
LADIES’ NIGHT OUT AT THE PLAZA
Treat yourself to a pre-Mothers’ Day event. Get out and enjoy Harmony Yoga for yoga stretching, free chair massages, Celebrating Home candles, Doterra aromatherapy oils, and Pink Papaya skincare; Bliss Beauty Lounge for a Bumble and Bumble launch party; The Powder Room for Bare Skin Liquid Foundations launch; Creative Contours featuring Slim Tones Fat Loss System; and Lily Bay for Pandora promotion, Spartina and Vera Bradley. Come out for an evening of Open Houses to share products and services. There will be free samples, demonstrations, specials, drawings and refreshments offered at each location. Admission: Free. Time: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Location: 1100 Croy Drive, Findlay. Located behind Sears.
MUSIC IN THE PARLOR
Rutherford and Lucy Hayes maintained a very musical household, whether they were living in the White House or their Fremont residence. The Hayes Presidential Center celebrates the presidential couple’s love of performance with a new event taking place inside the newly restored Hayes Home. Music in the Parlor takes place Sunday, May 18 in the elegant Library Parlor of the Hayes mansion. Seating is limited; advance reservation required. For reservations please call 419-332-2081, ext. 238. Music in the Parlor features the talents of the Dodworth Duo, a sub-group of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band that performs regularly at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Artists Julie Craigo (soprano) and Ted Badgerow (tenor) will bring to life songs of the 19th century “” principally those of the Dodworth era (1835-1895) in a concert titled “America’s Past in History & Song.” Their presentation is historically informative and invites audience participation. Among the instruments that may accompany the vocalists are guitar, banjo, fife, harmonica, and penny whistle. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children age 12 and younger. Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Location: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Information: www.rbhayes.org or 419-332-2081.
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.
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.
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.
WEST SIDE STORY
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.
NEW ART WORK BY
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.
‘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 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.
THE ART OF THE LOUVRE’S TUILERIES GARDEN
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.
IN FINE FEATHER: BIRDS,
ART & SCIENCE
Through July 6
John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson are among the well-known artists represented in this exhibition of 45 works from the Middle Ages forward, including hand-colored engravings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors and books. While some are from the Museum’s own collection, many are on loan from local libraries and collectors, including the Toledo Club, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Ohio Historical Society. The exhibition chronicles the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and today’s modern field guide. 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 18, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org
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.
Alice in Chains — May 19, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $47.35-$58.85; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Chicago — May 20, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $71.40-$129.25; 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
Jack Johnson with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros — May 30, 7:30 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $46.85-$73.90 ; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.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.
Tim McGraw — June 8, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $62.70-$267.75; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Ray LaMontagne — June 11, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $40.50-$70; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Arctic Monkeys — June 22, 8 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $47.35; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Dave Matthews Band — June 27, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $53.35-$89.90; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper — July 8, 7 p.m., Schottenstein Center, Columbus. $36.50-$267; 614-292-2624, www.ticketmaster.com.
James Taylor — July 25, 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $40-$123.65; 330-920-8040, 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.
OneRepublic with The Script — Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $42.50-$96.90; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
KISS & Def Leppard — Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $31.50-$1.250; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.