The Beat's (a.k.a Jim Fischer) picks for July.
THINK ABOUT SEUSS
It's summertime. Oh, the things you can think. Oh, the places you'll go. You really ought to think about going to Columbus Children's Theatre sometime between July 8 and 19 to check out its Summer Youth Performance Conservatory production of Seussical Jr., a marvelous menagerie of your favorite Seuss characters led by the Cat in the Hat and Horton the elephant. Tickets are $15.
Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 N. Park St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, 614-224-6672.
The Friends of the Worthington Libraries sponsor an outdoor concert series each summer on the back lawn at Northwest Library. This year's series includes two July dates: the high-energy, big-fun sound of Dr. Tony's Original Ragtime Band on July 10; and an out-of-this-world performance of superhero-themed tunes by the Scioto Valley Brass & Percussion Company on July 31. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus 43235, 614-807-2626.......................
You're looking for something to do with the kids where they can sneakily learn stuff in the process (like how cool jazz music is and what live music looks, sounds and feels like). Plus you want a cool setting - like the downtown Topiary Park. And you want something that's free. Well, look no further than the PBJ & Jazz summer concert series from the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus. The July 11 edition (starting at 12 noon) features the Bobby Floyd Trio with Bobbi Townes. Storytime precedes at 11:30 and art activities follow from 1 to 2 p.m.
Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-294-5200.......................
MUSIC AND READING
Families can experience more live music in July courtesy of CityMusic Columbus, MORE (Music Opportunities Reward Everyone), the Columbus Songwriters Association and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. This new initiative, hosted at the Livingston Branch of the CML, is designed for kids ages 7 to 14 with the idea of keeping them engaged in both music and learning throughout the summer. Each Monday afternoon session features a musician of a particular style and links the performance to resources at the library. July dates are: Fiddler on the Roof with Arkadiy Gips, July 13; The History of Jazz and Instrument Petting Zoo with Korey Black, July 20; and Latin Jazz with Rachel Sepulveda July 27.
Livingston Library, 3434 Livingston Ave. (Near East Side), Columbus 43227, 614-223-3093.......................
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Popcorn Pops series continues with the joyously themed "Happy!" July 24 at the Columbus Commons. With conductor Albert-George Schram, how could it be otherwise? Loads of other fun stuff always accompany these concerts, from crafts and games to face painting to musical demonstrations and even the chance to make some music of your own. Columbus Commons gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 7 p.m. and runs for about one hour.
BONUS: The CSO's Picnic with the Pops series features the always exciting combination of the orchestra and the Ohio State University Marching Band July 31 and Aug. 1.
Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-8600....................... More BEAT
-The Fam Five and The Beat are arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at ThisWeek Community News. Check out weekly coverage at ThisWeekNEWS.com/thebeat.