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20 Years of Glory: RENT Celebrates Two Decades at Templeton-Blackburn

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On January 25, 1996, 35-year old Jonathan Larson unexpectedly succumbed to an aortic dissection related to Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder. His abrupt death arrived the same day as the debut preview performance of his musical, which would become defining in stage history: RENT. The show debuted three months later in April of that year, at… Read More

‘A United Kingdom’ and the Unrelenting Importance of Race Films

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It seems an eternity ago when the 2015 film awards season fraught with controversy following claims of racial exclusivity in Hollywood. The #Oscarssowhite hashtag that dominated social media presented yet another nagging reminder to the American people: race in the United States remains an ever-present topic of discord, even among the entertainment industry. The subsequent… Read More

Stuart’s Opera House To Host Poetry Out Loud Semifinal

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Nelsonville’s renowned Stuart’s Opera House will play host to Southeast Ohio’s regional Poetry Out Loud semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 pm. In 2005, Poetry Out Loud was established by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the following year in 2006, Ohio would become a participatory state in the annual competition. This year… Read More

27th Annual Prom Review At Ariel Performing Arts Centre

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Ohio teens will once more get the opportunity to preview 2017’s hottest fashion trends at the 27th annual Prom Style Review, presented in conjunction between Brittany’s Fashions and the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. Under the management of Ariel Executive Director Lora Lynn Snow and Brittany’s Fashions owner Kay Hardway, over 100 adolescent models… Read More

OU Dancers Tackle Tough Topics In Senior Concert

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Tonight through Saturday, Nov. 20, The Ohio University Division of Dance will present its bi-annual senior concert. 13 graduating seniors will showcase their performances, many self-choreographed solos or collaborations with other students. The pieces are meant to serve as a reflection of the performers, dealing with themes such as mental health, sisterhood, the nature of… Read More

Black Violin Wows Ohio University Audience

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A crowd of nearly 1,200 rose to its feet in momentous applause on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. Excited cheers and enthusiastic dancing accompanied the performance of the classical/hip-hop string duo Black Violin. Classically-trained musicians Kevin Sylvester (stage name Kev Marcus) and Wilner Baptiste (stage name Will B) compose the musical… Read More