http://lastagetimes.com/2013/09/terrence-mcnally-talks/This is the most popular feature (within the very relative confines of that word as it relates to this). A look at things I want to shine some light on - not everything I'm going to do, and not quite (as the old version was) everything I'd do if money and time were no object.
are my top 5 suggestions for the week in question - named for my great
pal Fred Pfening and named long before it was born, by A., who suggested
"Rick's going to have a blog called 'Hey, Fred! Here's what's coming to
town...' - whatever media strike my fancy. It could be all theater one
week, it could be all films or all readings or all gallery shows, but
most weeks will include some if not mostly music - I hope to spark some
conversations and get people excited about what I'm excited for. If you
read this, let me know what would make this more useful to you. As well,
if you get any value out of this, please send me links/invite me on
Facebook/send up a carrier pigeon to let me know about your events.
Runs Through March 22nd.
http://lastagetimes.com/2013/09/terrence-mcnally-talks/ Opens on February 11th and runs through March 1st. For tickets and more information, please visit CatCo.
February 10: Joy. The Tree Bar, 887 Chambers Rd. A rare heavy touring show through the intimate confines of the Tree Bar. Joy, signed to heavy connoisseurs Tee Pee Records, are one of the finest exemplars of the current trend of hard psychedelia without ever sacrificing the big, sensual groove. Pittsburgh's Carousel open in a similar vein but with a harder line in classic rock like Thin Lizzy and Motorhead. Openers Mama and High Definitions open. If this is your kind of thing, expect this show to make the walls shake in that little room. Starts at 9:00pm. $5 cover.
February 14: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio. Wexner Center, 1871 N High St. Melissa Aldana, Chliean born and NYC based, is on a meteoric rise as one of the most promising tenor sax players working today. A Thelonious Monk award winner in 2013, she released a self-titled record with the band she's bringing to the Wexner Center on Concord last year to astonishing reviews. Aldana combines a lyrical tone with a hard-edged rhythmic authority, walking the line between lush and bracing. It's a gorgeous, burnished, classic sound and a chance to get in on the ground floor of someone we'll all be hearing about for a long time. Starts at 8:00pm. $20 Tickets available on the Wexner Center website.
Still Running Recommendations
Romance Romance by Barry Harman and Keith Herrmann presented by Red Herring Theatre. Riffe Center Studio 2 Theater, 77 S High St. Red
Herring haven't made a bad show in the time since their return. Regular
(ha!) readers of my blog will remember my raves about Thicker than Water and Assassins. This show assembles a dream team on stage and backstage
including director John Dranschak, musical director Pam Welsh-Huggins,
and stars Nick Lingnofski and Kate Lingnofski. I wrote about this for Columbus Underground and I'm happy to report this continues the streak of terrific work with two of the best performances I've ever seen in a musical. Runs 8:00pm Thursday through Saturday February 5-February
14th with 2:00pm matinee shows on Sunday February 8 and Saturday
February 14. $20 tickets in advance by phone, more information at http://www.redherring.info/romanceromance/