ProMusica Chamber Orchestra not only celebrates some of the most beautiful music ever written, it helps artists create more. Since its founding in 1978, it has commissioned 59 pieces and presented more than 100 world premieres by composers such as Peter Schickele and Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis. This, coupled with the ensemble's tendency to mix time-tested pieces with modern American masterpieces, has helped it rack up eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Formed in the glory days of heavy metal, Queensrÿche rocks audiences with songs that reveal the fierce polish of 30 years of evolving artistry. The band's distinctive mix of prog rock, metal, and subliminal messaging rocketed their Empire album up the charts, launching hits such as "Silent Lucidity," "Jet City Woman," and "Best I Can." Normally reserved only for members of Queensrÿche's fan club, a backstage meet-and-greet lets a small group of the devoted make personal connections with the four lords of loudness, shaking their lightning-fast hands and comparing headbanging techniques. With experience opening for Nickelback and Staind, opening band The Fifth's wailing guitars rally fist pumps and head thrashes as raging as a riverbed full of angry bulls.
By promoting live music in the Columbus community and educating students of all ages and abilities, The Jazz Arts Group brings together thousands of professional and aspiring musicians each year to revel in the joys of jazz music. Workshops in the spring of 2011 will include an exploration of the style and impact of several timeless musicians, including Chet Baker and the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the Cool Jazz on the West Coast class. In The Birth of the Cool class, students will explore the intricacies and instrumentation of cool-jazz innovators, such as Miles Davis and his tenor-saxophone sidekick J. Edgar Hoover. The two-part Jazz and Poetry workshop will help students discover the relationship between the rhythmic styles of jazz and poetry, and then let them create their own poems to be performed while accompanied by a live jazz trio.
Unlike a pirate-ship kitchen, The Shrunken Head lets its visitors munch on a variety of veggie-friendly, locally sourced, and organic items that aren’t served with a side of gunpowder. Breakfast is served on weekdays until 11 a.m. and until 3 p.m. on weekends. Start the day off with an organic cappuccino ($3.25, $3.75) and The Big Lebowski's platter of two buttermilk pancakes topped with eggs ($5.50), which provides much more energy than you'd get sucking on a D-cell battery. The lunch and dinner menu features local farm meats, organic milk, local bread, and space spices that are delivered daily via teleportation. Try a fiery volcano burger with jalapeños and Montezuma chipotle-barbecue sauce ($8.75), a French-brie bagel sandwich ($6.50), or a hummus plate with olive oil and pitas ($6.25). Patrons can also soak in The Shrunken Head's tiki-bar vibe and kick back on a scenic outdoor deck that doesn’t encroach on the borders of any local jungle tribes.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.
The Human Theatre Company is a professional theater company dedicated to themes that encompass the human condition, shatter unexamined perceptions, and raise social awareness. Twelfth Night, or What You Will showcases Shakespeare's comic wit with themes of love, love lost, mistaken identities, and Elizabethan spit-takes. Revel in musical interludes and lively portrayals including Claire Kennedy as Viola, Sara Mackie as Olivia, and David Dortch as Orsino. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For best results arrive early or bribe a neighborhood magician to teleport you to the front of the line.