Massillon Museum to Offer Couples’ Clay Workshop for Valentine’s Day

Massillon Museum to Offer Couples’ Clay Workshop for Valentine’s Day

Share some creative fun with someone you love! The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day clay workshop for adults on Sunday, February 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All levels of ceramics skill are More »

CSO Starts the BEAT — A New Group for Young Patrons

CSO Starts the BEAT — A New Group for Young Patrons

There are great things coming out of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for young patrons.  This year the CSO started a new group for YPs called the BEAT.  The BEAT is a dynamic More »

Canton Palace Theatre and CantonFilm.com Announce 2017 Canton Film Fest Submission Categories

Canton Palace Theatre and CantonFilm.com Announce 2017 Canton Film Fest Submission Categories

Cantonfilm.com, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre and the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, will host the 2017 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton, Ohio on April 27, 28 and 29, 2017. More »

 Massillon Museum to Offer Kids’ Acrylic Painting Workshop 

 Massillon Museum to Offer Kids’ Acrylic Painting Workshop 

  Children in grades one through five can learn how to paint a winter scene step-by-step in the Massillon Museum’s Kids’ Acrylic Painting workshop. The one-day session will meet on Saturday, January 28, from More »

Bluecoats to Hong Kong Next Week

Bluecoats to Hong Kong Next Week

In just a few days, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps are traveling across the world to perform in the 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade! The Year of More »

 

Massillon Museum to Offer Couples’ Clay Workshop for Valentine’s Day

Share some creative fun with someone you love! The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day clay workshop for adults on Sunday, February 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All levels of ceramics skill are welcome. Space is limited.
Instructor Kaitlyn Gutshall, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, will lead the session. Currently, as a graduate student at Kent State University, she is working toward a master’s degree with concentration in museum studies.
The class fee—$35 per couple ($30 for Museum members)—includes instruction and materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by February 6. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.

CSO Starts the BEAT — A New Group for Young Patrons

There are great things coming out of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for young patrons.  This year the CSO started a new group for YPs called the BEAT.  The BEAT is a dynamic group of young patrons with a passion for the arts and a desire to make new connections.  Members receive exclusive invitations to social events, discounted concert tickets, and special backstage experiences with CSO musicians. Wendy Merkert, BEAT organizer, says, “The BEAT provides a fun, social space for young professionals in Stark County to make friends, connect with business leaders, and enhance their careers.”  She also loves that “…members get exclusive access to meet-and-greets, pre- and post-parties, and free food and drinks!”
Membership benefits with the $40 annual fee include:

  • Access to exclusive social networking events
  • 25% discount off ALL CSO concert tickets for members
  • One-time 25% concert ticket discount for a friend
  • Admission to Club Z hospitality lounge for all MasterWorks concerts

BEAT members can look forward to two special events in the coming months.  On February 11, The Speedbumps return for another exciting performance with the CSO!  BEAT members get 25% off the ticket price PLUS FREE admission to the After Party at the Canton Brewing Company’s Speakeasy.  The After Party includes complimentary pizza and snacks, cash bar, a chance to win some prizes, and a meet and greet with the band!
On March 23, BEAT members get a peek behind the curtain with special access to an orchestra rehearsal of “Beethoven & His Contemporaries,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 25, 2017. There will be a pre-rehearsal mixer with ystark!, Leadership Stark County, and more young professional organizations.  Members will also be joined by CSO musicians and Associate Conductor Dr. Rachel Waddell (A winner of ystark!’s “20 under 40”.)

For more information on becoming a BEAT member, visit cantonsymphony.org/thebeat or by calling the Canton Symphony Orchestra box office at 330-452-2094.

Canton Palace Theatre and CantonFilm.com Announce 2017 Canton Film Fest Submission Categories

Cantonfilm.com, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre and the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, will host the 2017 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton, Ohio on April 27, 28 and 29, 2017. During this three-day film event, the public will get the chance to screen the submitted short films of independent directors from Canton, Stark County, North East Ohio and all across the country.   As well as be able to hear from industry leaders in cinematography, directing and acting.  The final 2017 schedule will be released in early March 2017.

2017 Canton Film Fest categories include: Documentary, Horror, Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Fictional Film and Music Video.  All submissions should be no more than 15 minutes each.  The early deadline to submit films is Wednesday, March 1, 2017 with a discounted submission fee of $25.00 per entry. Final Deadline is March 31, 2017 with a submission fee of $30.00 per entry.

Submissions can be made by logging onto https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CantonFilmFestival2017 or by mail to:

Canton Palace Theatre

c/o 2017 Canton Film Fest

605 Market Avenue, N

Canton, Ohio 44702

The Canton Film Fest is a chance for up-and-coming filmmakers to showcase their work. After the entries of each category are screened, there will be an awards ceremony honoring the top-rated films in that respective category, as determined by a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes for their submissions. Directors who wish to enter their work should visithttp://cantonfilm.squarespace.com/contest/ for submission guidelines.

New for 2017 is the collaboration between CantonFilm.com and Reelate.  Reelate is movies made for Stark County by Stark County about Stark County. In 2007, three Stark County, Ohio residents – Andrew Rudd, Jay Oldaker & Scott Meier decided to develop the dream of Reelate.  The three of them procured a grant from Arts in Stark, and with the support of Malone University, mentored 5 storytellers to create microdocs that formed the basis of the Reelate project.  Since 2007, Reelate has added over 20 stories made by 14 different filmmakers with ties to Stark County, Ohio. Reelate has partnered with Coming Together Stark County, the Canton Film Fest, and the Stark County District Library to create a prize for stories about individuals who add color to Stark County, called Stark Color Picture Prize.  Films submitted to the 2017 Canton Film Fest will win prizes and their stories will be archived on reelate.org and at the Stark County District Library. For more information on this project please visit http://reelate.wixsite.com/reelate/stark-color-picture-prize  .

About Cantonfilm.com

Cantonfilm.com, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to cultivating the talent within North East Ohio’s filmmaking and creative community. Through co-presenting events such as the 2017 Canton Film Fest as well as through education, Cantonfilm.com strives to put North East Ohio on the independent filmmaking map.

About the Canton Palace Theatre

Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit http://www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.

The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330) 454-8171.

 

 Massillon Museum to Offer Kids’ Acrylic Painting Workshop 

 

Children in grades one through five can learn how to paint a winter scene step-by-step in the Massillon Museum’s Kids’ Acrylic Painting workshop. The one-day session will meet on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The class fee, $18 ($15 per Museum member), includes instruction and supplies. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by January 23. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

Gibson is an artist and art teacher whose artistic inspiration comes mainly from nature. Although she works primarily with acrylic paints and pencil, she also creates jewelry using hardware, and has worked with a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, mixed media, and wood. She is a licensed visual arts teacher, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland College and a Master of Education in Integrated Arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.

 

Bluecoats to Hong Kong Next Week

In just a few days, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps are traveling across the world to perform in the 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade!

The Year of the Rooster takes flight with Chinese New Year on January 28, 2017, and Hong Kong is set to commemorate the event in grand style with an epic celebration. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced its selection of the National Football League’s (NFL) Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and the 2016 Drum Corps International World Champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (from Northeast Ohio) to represent the U.S. in the Hong Kong revelry.

The merriment will be headlined by the award-winning Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Kowloon, bringing an extravagant procession of decorated floats and international performers including the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Celebrating its 22nd year with the theme “Best Fortune.World Party,” the Night Parade will begin with a fun-filled, interactive street party for guests to enjoy as part of the celebration.

The festivities continue the following day as Hong Kong’s annual Chinese New Year fireworks display engulfs the breathtaking skyline of Victoria Harbour the evening of January 29, 2017.

“Visitors from around the world will descend upon Asia’s World City for its renowned Lunar New Year celebrations, witnessing the one-of-a-kind display of rich traditions that only Hong Kong can offer,” said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. “The U.S. is honored to be represented by the exceptional combination of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and the World Champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.”

Following their recently completed inaugural NFL season after returning to Los Angeles, this marks the second Hong Kong visit for the Rams Cheerleaders. While in Hong Kong, the team will premiere an all-new high octane performance exclusively for the Chinese New Year Parade viewers and attendees.

”We are honored to be invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to represent our country in this celebration of the Chinese New Year,” said Rams Director of Special Events and Cheerleaders Keely Fimbres-Bledsoe. “Coming on the heels of our first season back home in Los Angeles, we are excited to bring the Rams organization over to Hong Kong and be a part of these special festivities.”

Fresh off their first Drum Corps International World Championship, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps will be sending a team of 30 people to Hong Kong. The ensemble will perform music based on their championship show “Down Side Up,” in addition to a choreographed drumline battle with local Hong Kong drumline The Pegasus Vanguard.

“We are truly honored to have been selected to participate in the 2017 Chinese New Year night parade and festivities in Hong Kong,” said David Glasgow, Executive Director of the Bluecoats. “This provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for our performers to represent Canton, Ohio and the United States at a major international event in an amazing city.”

To learn more about Hong Kong’s 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration and obtain a complete schedule of events, visit the official Hong Kong Tourism Board website atwww.DiscoverHongKong.com/USA. Follow the performers’ Hong Kong journey on social media using the hashtags #RamsCheerinHK and #Bloo17inHK.

About The Los Angeles Rams:

Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League and since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 29 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Rams are committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. As ambassadors of the organization, the Rams Cheerleaders not only perform at home games, but also participate in community events and help further the organization’s efforts both nationally and internationally.

About Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps:

The Bluecoats were founded in 1972, as an outgrowth of the Canton Police Boys Club. Regarded as one of the world’s finest outdoor pageantry organizations, the Bluecoats combine the demanding athleticism of extreme sports with an electrifying musical program and stunning visual choreography to thrill audiences throughout the U.S. The Bluecoats have been a DCI World Finalist (top 12 in North America) since 1987. This past winter, almost 1,000 young people from all around the world auditioned at tryout camps for the 150 available performing membership positions. The Bluecoats tour averages over 12,000 miles each summer, with the corps performing at more than 30 events and competitions, often traveling over 300 miles in a single night. To learn more about the Bluecoats and for the latest news and updates, visit bluecoats.com.

Canton Ballet’s Snow White Will Return in March

Canton Ballet will present its full length production of Snow White in two matinee performances March 18-19 at Canton’s Palace Theatre.  Performance times are 2:00 pm.  Snow White is sponsored by William and Sharon Luntz.

Premiered by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in 2013, Snow White is a children’s narrative full length classical ballet in two acts which loosely follows the brothers Grimm fairy tale and promises to appeal to every member of the family.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 20 or more.  All seating is reserved.

Tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.  Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The office is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North in the downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.

Under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley, Canton Ballet is funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository, WHBC, My 101.7, Q92, Western Reserve Public Media and Yamaha.

For additional information visit cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.

Massillon Museum to Host Mia Meow’s Art Adventures

Children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten (accompanied by an adult) are invited to attend Mia Meow’s Art Adventures with artist BZTAT at the Massillon Museum. Participants will follow Mia Meow’s adventures as she tells stories and explores her world through art activities. Visit miameow.com to learn more about the artist and her artwork.
The three-session class will meet on Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
The class fee—$25 ($20 per Museum member)—includes materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by January 30. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Mia Meow is a colorful cat character created by animal artist BZTAT (Vicki Boatright). The character is based on a real cat named Mia Meow who lives with four other cats in the artist’s home and studio. Rescued as a kitten from a feral colony, Mia has brought much fun and mischief to the artist’s world. The artist was inspired to create the Mia Meow character as a way to bring arts integration activities to children by encouraging storytelling and creative experiences.
BZTAT specializes in boldly colorful customized pet portraits—unique and contemporary whimsical drawings, paintings, and prints of cats, dogs, and other companion animals.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots.

The Speedbumps Return to the CSO

This year the Canton Symphony Orchestra is proud to bring back their favorite Kent-based band, The Speedbumps, for a third collaborative concert.  On February 11, 2017, the CSO and The Speedbumps will travel to the historic Canton Palace Theatre to show off in a truly “locally grown” concert.  They will begin at 8:00PM on Saturday night, and the audience will be treated to some of the band’s past hits, as well as some of their new releases.  This concert is sponsored in part by the W. Henry Hoover Foundation. The CSO will be conducted by Associate Conductor Dr. Rachel Waddell, a favorite for the passion and excitement she brings to the Pops concerts.  Keep the party going at The Speedbumps After Party at the Canton Brewing Company’s Speakeasy, located at 225 Market Ave N., Canton OH, 44702.  Tickets will include complimentary pizza and snack, there will be a cash bar, and you might even win a prize!

About the Speedbumps:
The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing. The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

The band consists of Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Sam Kristoff playing cello — often where you’d expect a guitar riff, Kevin Martinez and Ryan Critchfield on acoustic and electric bass, Bethany Svododa on vocals and wurlitzer and two members on drums and percussion, Danny Jenkins and Canton native Patrick Hawkins.

The Speedbumps have won IMA and AMA awards and performed with artists including Andrew Bird, G-Love and OKGO. Daryl Rowland, writing for the Huffington Post, said that singer Erik Urycki’s lyrics “often tackle complex human emotions with elegant economy.”
Visit them at www.thespeedbumps.com

About the Canton Symphony Orchestra:
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on February 11, 2017 range in price from $20-$35 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

About The Canton Palace Theatre:
Built in 1926, The Canton Palace Theatre was a gift to the community from Harry Harper Ink, a local entrepreneur and industrialist who owned the Canton-based Tonsiline company, makers of a cough syrup formula marketed in unique giraffe-shaped bottles. Originally created for vaudeville performances and movies, this atmospheric theatre was designed to feel like a Spanish courtyard on a midsummer night and is filled with ornate architectural details. To date, approximately four million dollars have been spent restoring the magnificence of the building and now over 300 events are held here annually with an attendance of over 100,000 guests. The historic theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North, Canton OH 44702

For more information, go to cantonpalacetheatre.org

McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Presents Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays

During his 47 year affiliation with The Saturday Evening Post (1916-1963), Norman Rockwell was celebrated for his delightful holiday cover illustrations, which were commissioned to mark a full spectrum of annual events—from Thanksgiving, Christmas and The New Year to Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day. Prestigious assignments, Rockwell’s Post holiday covers were anticipated by an enthusiastic public, and his holiday issues were often printed in greater quantities than their regular weekly magazine. Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates Rockwell’s memorable and enduring holiday images, which reflected the best in us, with its traveling exhibition Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays, now on view in the Keller Gallery at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum until January 31.

“We are thrilled to host this wonderful holiday-themed exhibition,” said Kim Kenney, Curator of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.  “Norman Rockwell has universal appeal, and his Christmas covers for The Saturday Evening Post are particularly endearing.  The exhibit has been very popular with local families and their visitors.”

Among the best known illustrations by Rockwell, are scenes that capture the essence of American holiday traditions. He paired Thanksgiving and Christmas rituals with homecoming veterans, cheerful families, and snowy New England landscapes. Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays presents a festive display of Rockwell’s original Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets, including such holiday-themed illustrations as Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit (1934), Thanksgiving : Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes (1945), April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper (1948), Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter (1954), and The Discovery (1956). Highlights of the exhibition include Rockwell’s classic depictions of Santa Claus, Valentine’s Day, his popular April Fools’ Day illustrations, as well as his 1946 cover of the Statue of Liberty (the original illustration is proudly displayed in the White House’s Oval Office).

About the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is a premiere cultural attraction that honors the legacy of President William McKinley and the rich heritage of Stark County.  The Museum includes the McKinley Gallery, featuring the largest collection of McKinley-related artifacts in the world; the Street of Shops, a life-sized indoor town; The Stark County Story, an exhibition honoring 200 years of local history; the Keller Gallery, featuring changing exhibitions; Discover World, an interactive hands-on science center; the Hoover-Price Planetarium; and the Ramsayer Research Library.  The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 PM.  It is located at 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW in Canton, Ohio.  Admission is charged.  Please visit www.mckinleymuseum.org for more information.

 

North Canton Playhouse presents: “Les Miserables” School Edition

The North Canton Playhouse presents:

“Les Miserables” School Edition
Directed by: Lisa Paynter
Performed entirely by students
A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg
School Edition specially adapted and licensed by
Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh

Performance Dates: January 13 – 29, 2017
Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)
Tickets: General Admission $15

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at www.northcantonplayhouse.com by clicking “Les Miserables tickets”.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.northcantonplayhouse.com or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.

Synopsis:
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.