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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.
Art from the Classroom will be on display in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from February 2 through March 26. The exhibit opens February 2 with artwork created by preschool and elementary students from the North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s School. It concludes with the Hoover High School exhibit, which opens March 16. The high school exhibit showcases the advanced technical skills and creative insight evident in the work of older students. The Art from the Classroom exhibit is comprised of four shows (elementary and preschool, intermediate school, middle school and high school). Community members, including families, students, educators and patrons, are cordially invited to attend opening receptions for each of the shows. Receptions will be held the first day of each exhibit from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Primary and Preschool Exhibit: On display February 2 – February 12
Opening reception: Thursday, February 2, 5-6:30 p.m.
Intermediate School Exhibit: On display February 16 – February 26
Opening reception: Thursday, February 16, 5-6:30 p.m.
Middle School Exhibit: On display March 2 – March 12
Opening reception: Thursday, March 2, 5-6:30 p.m.
High School Exhibit: On display March 16 – March 26
Opening reception: Thursday, March 16 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Art from the Classroom exemplifies the importance of, and commitment to, visual artistic education in North Canton. The Little Art Gallery is proud to play a role in furthering this dedication by highlighting the creative talents of the children in the community.
For additional information, contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or email@example.com.
The Massillon Museum’s Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception exhibition will be a compilation of more than a dozen components with the hope of reaching persons with low vision and blindness as well as sighted patrons.
The free public exhibition opening will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event will include refreshments inspired by paintings in the exhibition and a performance of specially commissioned music at 4:00 p.m. Persons with blindness and low vision and their guests will be welcomed at 1:30 p.m. The Massillon Museum members’ preview will begin at 2:00 p.m. No reservations will be necessary. The exhibition will continue through May 23, 2017.
Blind Spot is based on ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum’s permanent collection. Each painting will be accompanied by a small-scale, three-dimensional aluminum model and a braille label, which all visitors will be invited to touch. Large-print labels will also be displayed.
Ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum permanent collection
Artists include Richard Andres, David Appleman, Julius Faysash, Clare Ferriter, Richard Florsheim, Sherri Hornbrook, Leo Thomas Kissell, Walter Quirt, and Theodoros Stamos (represented by two paintings).
High-contrast, large-print labels affixed to the wall at appropriate heights throughout the exhibition will help visitors with low vision enjoy the paintings.
Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Ohio, will produce exhibition labels in braille.
Tactile gallery maps
Gallery maps with raised information, also provided by Clovernook Center, will help guests with low vision and blindness navigate through the exhibition independently.
An aluminum tactile model of each painting
Canton artist David McDowell has created a three-dimensional aluminum tactile model of each artwork. Visitors will be able to feel the shapes in the paintings.
An iPad touchscreen soundscape app for each painting
Classic Interactions has created an app for each painting with audible descriptions of the artwork, and sounds inspired by the painting. These sounds were developed with help from Barry Stirbens and Jan Stirbens, both of whom have congenital blindness. The Philomatheon Society of the Blind provided tactile stickers to adhere to the iPads to help patrons with blindness locate the audible home screen buttons.
Tactile response artworks created by students
Students at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Ohio, will create ceramic sculptures based on their responses to soundscapes described by co-curators Barry Stirbens and Jan Stirbens, and developed into apps by Classic Interactions to audibly describe the visual paintings.
Accessible exhibition design
Carpet donated by Fred’s Carpets in Canton will help patrons who use canes to locate interactive stations.
Low-vision simulator goggles
Sighted patrons may borrow goggles that replicate central scotomas (blind spots) so they can experience the exhibition from the perspective of a person with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the leading cause of low vision in the developed world.
Accessible tours of the entire Museum are available upon request. Advance reservations are required.
Erin Byrne will offer a four-session “Fundamentals of Reading Braille” workshop on Saturdays, April 22 and 29, May 6 and 13, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, the workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Performance of music commissioned for the exhibition opening
At the exhibition opening—Saturday, February 18, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.—a Canton Symphony Orchestra quartet will perform three compositions inspired by three paintings in the exhibition. Students in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship composed the pieces.
“Do the Mu”
David McDowell, who created the tactile models for the exhibition, will lead the free monthly “Do the Mu” workshop on Saturday, March 4, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Participants in the intergenerational drop-in workshop will create tactile sculptures based on MassMu’s abstract painting collection.
Brown Bag Lunch
The free monthly event will feature a panel discussion with Blind Spot developers—curator Heather Haden, co-curator Barry Stirbens, and artist David McDowell—on Tuesday, May 23, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
Mark Andres, son of Richard Andres, whose painting Carnival IV is in the exhibition, will lead a photography workshop for persons of all vision levels on Saturday, May 20. Andres founded Seeing with Photography Collective, a collective of photographers who are blind or have low vision that has exhibited work around the world.
Performance of original music composed for Blind Spot
The Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Alex Cooke, Joseph Tolonen, and Qingye Wu, students in the Cleveland Institute of Arts Composer Fellowship. The compositions were inspired by paintings in the Blind Spot exhibition.
The Massillon Museum and museums internationally have begun designing exhibitions more universally to advocate for enhanced arts access, especially following the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015. Blind Spot is a concerted effort by the Massillon Museum to address access for as many audiences as possible.
The concept of this exhibition has been germinating in Massillon Museum Curator Heather Haden’s mind for a number of years. “In 2011, in advance of starting a curatorial internship at the Massillon Museum, I attended the Faces of Rural America exhibition,” said Museum Curator Heather Haden. “Our current director, then-curator, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, had commissioned four local artists to each translate a photograph into a tactile model with braille. At the time I encountered Faces of Rural America, I was reading, for leisure, Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, a work of fiction about an art critic who goes blind in a terrible car accident. Simultaneously, I was a masters student of art history at Kent State focusing on the history of abstract painting and I thought to myself, if I were to lose my sight, how could I possibly enjoy abstract art?”
Haden received a grant through the Ohio Arts Council to attend the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference in Pittsburgh in August 2016 to support exhibition development.
Blind Spot sponsors include Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, and Fred’s Carpets. Western Reserve Public Media is the media sponsor. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. Yund’s Carwash and Detail, Bates Printing, MCTV, Cyrus Custom Framing, The Dell Group, Farmers National Bank, Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery and Signs, Massillon Development Foundation, and the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce helped provide exhibition support through corporate membership.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Show us your red! First Friday will GO RED on February 3 to raise awareness for the American Heart Association. Wear red and receive special deals and discounts throughout the Canton Arts District all night long!
Discover your creative side at the Canton Museum of Art by designing heart shaped valen¬tines, posing in the Go Red photo booth, or sitting for a local caricature artist. Everyone wearing red will receive a free raffle ticket. Admission and activities are free and a cash bar is available.
Wear red and get 20% off all First Friday merchandise at Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre.
The Hub Art Factory will unveil a new mural next door in The Hub’s newest addition–a video gaming arena! Also, make sure to stop by the showroom to make your own custom Valentine’s Day cards.
Dust offers a make-and-take wooden heart craft for $10 with proceeds going to American Heart Association.
First Friday means FREE Family Movie at the Canton Palace Theatre. Snuggle up with the family for “Hoodwinked” at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating is first come, first served.
The Courthouse Plaza Ice Rink hosts open skating until 10pm. Skate rental is $3.
Grapes in a Glass has sweet deals on food and drinks to coincide with the Go Red Theme! Try the Cranberry Cosmo!
Take a stroll through the galleries and studios to see the latest exhibits: Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center features Boho Jewelry Exhibit by lo¬cal artist Nina Gordon Crain. In observance of the American Heart As¬sociation’s “Go Red” Day, wear red and you’ll receive a 10% discount off your BOHO Jewelry purchase PLUS the art center will donate 5% to the American Heart Association. Daniel Beule will be at the Canton Brewing Company Speakeasy with his Photography and original pop art paintings.
Buy art, get cash! Buy $20 or more from your favorite downtown art studio or gallery, bring your receipt to the ArtsinStark Information Center inside Avenue Arts, and get $5 cash back instantly! Each $20 arts receipt gets you $5 cash until 9:45pm.
The Canton Arts District is full of awesome shops, unique finds, and special First Friday deals! Nostalgic memories and Canton-themed art will warm your heart at Cantonology, where you can save 10% on all heart-shaped items! Spice things up with 10% off all Sensual Line products at Only the Essentials Apothecary. Take 10% off all red vintage clothing and accessories at Colette’s Vintage. Pick up salty and sweet Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for him and her at Print & Press Shop & Studios.
First Friday will be rockin’ all night with live music throughout the entire arts district! Hey Monea takes the stage at Buzzbin at 8pm; Brian Henke plays Avenue Arts Marketplace 6-8pm; Gary Parker at Carpe Diem 6-8pm, Doug “Ivory” Domineck at Napoli’s; Robert Esterle Duo at Joseph Saxton 7-9pm; Grapes in a Glass hosts Rachel Randolph 6:30-8:30pm, followed by Mark Loy 9pm-12am.
Join the party and make Canton First Friday part of your weekend on February 3 in the Canton Arts District from 6-10 p.m. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is brought to you by the Downtown Special Improvement District, Kempthorn Motors, and of course, ArtsinStark.
Join Princesses from Snow Sisters Entertainment to craft a special Valentines Box at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre! All supplies to create your box will be provided. Bring your cameras to capture all the fun! Workshop will last till 2:30pm and then all princesses are welcome to head across the street to Cultured Coffee for a special princess waffle or princess hot chocolate. $25 per child for the 90 min workshop, 12 kids MAX per workshop. Each child must be registered to attend.
February 4th’s princesses are Anna and Elsa. February 11th’s princesses are Belle and Cinderella. Tickets to the event can be purchased at avenuearts.org