THIRTY-FIVE classes. ONE day. THIRTY minutes each. The North Canton Public Library will host its second annual How-to Festival Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will offer More »
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.
THIRTY-FIVE classes. ONE day. THIRTY minutes each.
The North Canton Public Library will host its second annual How-to Festival Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will offer 35 classes in six hours. Each class will be 30 minutes long, with as many as five intro level classes hosted in various library spaces concurrently each hour.
“The library hosted its first How-to Festival last year, with more than 1000 community members through our doors in just five hours,” said Christina Weyrick, community relations manager for the library. “It was a huge success, and this year, we’ve added a sixth hour of classes,” Weyrick explained.
Attendees will learn how to: keep bees, do chair yoga, use a 3D printer, keep backyard chickens, live peacefully with wildlife, prepare healthy foods, plan a Disney trip, train a cat, make duct tape crafts, pair wine with food, make safe cleaning products, container garden, twist balloons, use drumming for healing, stream video on their television, make cosplay armor, do nail art, play the hurdy gurdy, use essential oils, use Lynda.com, make an educational felt board, compost, use car seats safely, make origami, use a drone, teach a dog to walk on a leash, heal their body with whole foods, and more.
The festival extends through the lunch hour, and the library will provide a free brown bag lunch to the first 300 people to request them. The lunches are sponsored by Alex Wakefield’s State Farm office again this year. The library’s Teen Community Service volunteers will also host a bake sale to benefit Refuge of Hope during the event.
“The How-to Festival is one of our favorite events of the year. We love to watch the anticipation build before we announce the class schedule and to listen to people talking about which classes they are most excited to attend,” said Weyrick. “It’s really fun to bring so many experts into our building in just one day,” she added.
The How-to Festival is open to everyone. There is no registration required, and all classes are first come, first served. For additional information, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or email@example.com.
A new fundraiser will bring gridiron to the dance floor
Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s inaugural fundraiser Touchdowns & Tutus is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. A performance event will pair local high school talents with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.
At 7:30 p.m. the VIP Tailgate Party, a meet and greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center and will include specialty food, drinks and cash bar.
The Touchdowns & Tutus performance and the VIP after party are family friendly events.
To date featured celebrities will include Cleveland Browns Daily analyst Matt Wilhelm; Sylvia (John) Mackey, Hall of Fame Class of 1992; Oakland Raider legend and Class of 1988 Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff; two time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis of the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers; Emmy-nominated sports reporter Jamir Howerton; Tempy Moore, first female NFL-licensed professional artist for the Deacon Jones Foundation; renowned percussionist Elec Simon of the Cleveland Cavaliers Q-Stix and the Broadway touring company of STOMP; and Laura Alonso, international master ballet teacher and coach.
Dacia Biletnikoff, professional dancer and daughter of Fred Biletnikoff will perform with a surprise guest. Videos documenting the players’ journey with studio rehearsals, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews by sports journalist David Lee Morgan, Jr., will be shown. Morgan is author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star.
The football players and their schools are Tyler Adams, Louisville; Chris Anthony, Massillon; Griffin Baumoel, Central Catholic; Gerard Berroteran, St. Vincent St. Mary; Nick Binnie, Hoover; Trey Carl, Minerva; Jaret Holzopfel, Perry; Francisco Pedrozo, St. Thomas Aquinas; Dean Sarris, GlenOak; and Clayton Tabler, McKinley.
Choreographers are Canton Ballet alumnae Ana Bettis, Ashley Bettis, Heather Hendrix, Tanya Mucci, Joy Raub, Megan Seaman and Canton Ballet choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo. Canton Ballet alumnae Christy Monturo Donnelly and Menka Misheff are rehearsal directors.
Touchdowns & Tutus is conceived of and chaired by Ashley Bettis, a Canton Ballet alumna, former professional dancer and current member of the ballet’s board of trustees. Sponsorship chairs are Ben Biery and Sylvia Mackey. An advisory board includes Canton mayor Tom Bernabei, Canton deputy mayor Fonda Williams, Lauren Capo of Q92 radio, Angela Biletnikoff, Aultcare Outreach Services VP Mike Gallina, Hall of Famer Mike Haynes, attorney Andrew Morton and Canton Repository special events reporter Todd Porter. Canton Ballet artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.
Admission for the performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 preferred Gold Seating. The VIP Tailgate Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student. Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.
Proceeds from Touchdowns & Tutus will benefit School of Canton Ballet financial aid, educational outreach and live music for all ballet classes. Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.
Canton Ballet receives funding in part from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National endowment for the Arts.
After an outpouring of positive reviews from last year, the Canton Symphony Orchestra has launched another series of Downtown Classics. Downtown Classics lets patrons enjoy performances from small ensembles of Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians in the laid back casual atmosphere of their favorite hot spot. It’s a combination of classic venues, classic food and classic music! The series is funded through the generosity of Arts in Stark, Visit Canton, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Key Bank Foundation, and the Ada C. and Helen J. Rank Foundation.
The schedule for this year’s performances is:
- February 14, 2017 at 7pm at Fronimo’s (315 Cleveland Ave. NW)
- March 9, 2017 at 7pm at Canton Brewing Co. Speakeasy (225 Market Ave. N)
- March 21, 2017 at 7pm at Lucca Downtown (228 4th St. NW)
- April 6, 2017 at 6pm at Cultured Coffee & Waffles (309 Cleveland Ave. NW)
- April 20, 2017 at 7pm at The Conestoga Grill (217 2nd St. NW)
- May 3, 2017 at 7pm at Picciano’s Martini Lounge (410 Market Ave N)
- May 17, 2017 at 7pm at Grapes in a Glass (575 Market Ave NW)
- May 31, 2017 at 7pm at Canton Chophouse (218 Court Ave NW)
Come and enjoy a casual night out with some of the CSO musicians! Seating is first come first served. There is no cover charge. Each performance will showcase different musicians and repertoire tailored to fit the venue.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.
A live music concert featuring 10 local acts in celebration of the Palace’s 90th Anniversary
The Canton Palace Theatre announces Local, Live Concert on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm. Local, Live will feature: Elec Simon & Patrick Masalko; Eric Brooke & Saxy Rob; Hey Monea; J.J. Vicars & Lare Sattler; Jeff Poulos & Nate Lupi; Karri Fedor & Kerosene; Ohio Rock Legends; Redneck Romeos; Savoy Big Band; Travis Black & Cody J. Martin and an audience chosen All-Star band. Tickets are $10 (General Admission) or $25 (VIP – General Admission) depending on your seat selection. $25 VIP ticket includes pre-show happy hour, with complimentary appetizers at the Canton Brewing Company from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and general seating in the first 10 rows of the center section.
Tickets are available at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org 24-hours a day, at the Canton Palace Theatre Box Office, Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm or over the phone at 330-454-8172 Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm.
This concert is part of a series of events to commemorate The Canton Palace Theatre’s 90th anniversary. Throughout the night, the audience will have the opportunity to “vote” for the members of the All-Star Band that will close the show. They will be voting by adding money to each individual performer’s donation container in the lobby, the night of the show. The singer, bass player, drummer, etc., who receives the most votes will participate in the final few songs. All proceeds will go to continuing the diverse programming at the Canton Palace Theatre.
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.
The Canton Symphony Orchestra is honored to share the stage with the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Nikita Mndoyants! This delightful evening of piano music, as well as other orchestra favorites, is on February 25, 2017 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of William P. Blair III and Mark and Beverly Belgya.
27-year-old Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at an early age. He has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. Mr. Mndoyants won the Mixon First Prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the Paderewsky International Piano Competition in 2007 and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Poland and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. He also has been artist in residence at the International Music Festival in France since 2012.
Mr. Mndoyants has worked with renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets.
The evening will start with The Yellow Princess Overture by Saint-Saëns, and then the orchestra will welcome Mr. Mndoyants for his performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. For the second half of the concert, the CSO will feature the tumultuous Fifth Symphony by Sibelius. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7pm with Dr. Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 28, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 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.
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, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, 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.
The CSO is honored to have Pierre van der Westhuizen presenting on the ConverZations lecture scheduled for February 13, 2017. ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T. K. & Faye A. Heston and the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2017.
With performances described as showcasing the “utmost polish,” “impressive control” with a “broad stylistic spectrum” (Beeld, South Africa), South African pianist Pierre van der Westhuizen has established himself as an accomplished and versatile musician, with critically acclaimed and enthusiastically received performances across South Africa, the USA, and Europe. Mr. van der Westhuizen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and he brings a multi-faceted experience and approach to his activities with this world-class organization.
Mr. van der Westhuizen joins us on February 13 to discuss the impact the Cleveland Piano Competition has on the music scene in North East Ohio. This is a prelude to the CSO’s MasterWorks concert on Feb 25, which features the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition’s winner, Nikita Mndoyants. He will talk in detail regarding the beginnings and growth of the competition, as well as the future ventures of the event. Mr. van der Westhuizen will also touch on the impact the competition has on the careers of winners such as Mr. Mndoyants.
ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.
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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, 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.
Scared Scriptless presents Date Night with Saxy Rob, a 2-hour improvised comedy show at the Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre
Canton’s professional improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, will perform their 10th Anniversary Show at the Avenue Arts Marketplace & Kathleen Howland Theatre on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will entertain their 18-and-over-only audience for 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.
Tickets for this show are $8 single ticket, $12 per couple, or buy 3 get one free for $24. Tickets can be purchased at the door, over the phone at (234) 410-3475, or online at:http://avenuearts.org/
This performance will be held at Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre, 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio. Upcoming improv performances are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month, with additional events throughout the year. For a full list of dates, please visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov
This evening’s improv comedy performance will feature Justin Edenhofer, Kaylene Williams, Tim Carmany, Dave Sponhour, Moriah and John-Michael Roberts, and Ryan Lynn, with special musical guest, Saxy Rob. These unscripted shows depend on audience suggestions.
About Scared Scriptless:
Scared Scriptless has been performing since May 2006. In addition to their many Canton-area appearances (Akron Civic Theatre, First Friday, the Player’s Guild Theatre, the Kathleen Howland Theatre, The Auricle, First Row Centre for the Arts, Lions Lincoln Theatre), they have taught several workshops and classes to groups such as Stark County Job and Family Services, Leadership Stark County, Leadership Tuscarawas County, Dover Middle and High Schools, GlenOak High School drama groups. They have raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations, including the Massillon Museum, the Walsh University Museum Studies Program, the Player’s Guild Theatre of Canton, and the historic Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon.
For more information about Scared Scriptless, visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov
Whimsical Worlds of Wonder by Michael Weiss, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Saturday, February 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.
The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception, which will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017.
“This body of work is like a storybook,” says the artist. “Each piece is like a page from a book, only neither the beginning of the story nor the ending is always clear. Some of the stories are obvious; some are hidden a little deeper. Like a good adventure story, we wait with bated breath as we turn the page and continue reading.”
Inspiration comes to Weiss from book titles and quotes, song lyrics, and movie taglines. Once the seeds of a few words are planted in his mind, his imagination takes over. Many of his titles appear to viewers as wordplay.
Michael Weiss is a Canton-based artist who brings a whimsical, yet mysterious, flair to his work. Through a combination of drawings photography, paintings, and digital artistry, his works create a world where words tumble off pages, children transform into angels, and boats soar through the sky on journeys into the unknown.
The artist’s work has been published in Stark Anthology, Somerset Magazine, and Incite: Dreams Realized. He won numerous design and illustration awards as the associate graphics editor at The Repository.Currently, he is the creative services manager with Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron. To see more of his work, visit michaelweiss.carbonmade.com.
A veteran of Desert Storm, Weiss was selected as NCO of the Year, 1990. He holds a bachelor of fine arts with a drawing major and an illustration minor from the University of Akron. Among his recent artistic awards are the 2013 Associated Press of Ohio Best Graphic Artist award, the 2010 GateHouse Media Best Multimedia Project award and Special Recognition for Design, and a 2010 ADDY award for a magazine cover.
The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Guests at the Studio M exhibition opening can also take a first look at the Blind Spot:A Matter of Perception exhibition in the main gallery. From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection, Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and The Immel Circus can be seen in the second-floor galleries.
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon. Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.