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Conjuring Roots: AJ Vanderelli, Marcus Blackwell, and Rob Jones

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conjuring Roots is an examination, celebration, and interrogation of the three spaces of Time as it is generally perceived by the collective of human consciousness: The Past, The Present, and The Future.

Exhibition on Screen – Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition

In the spring of 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opened its doors to the largest Vermeer exhibition in history. The show sold out within days of going on sale. This film offers you the chance to experience the exhibition of the century on the big screen…

With loans from across the world, this major retrospective brings together Vermeer’s most famous masterpieces including Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Geographer, The Milkmaid, The Little Street, Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, and Woman Holding a Balance. In all, 28 of his surviving 35 works.

This film invites audiences to a privileged view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the genius of Vermeer and his fascinating and mysterious life.

$12 – $15

Farm to Fashion with Celeste Malvar Stewart

Join Celeste Malvar-Stewart and the MAC for Farm to Fashion - a hands on art experience at Bluebird Hills farm in Springfield, Ohio.

Malvar-Stewart is a local fibre artist whose work emphasizes the importance of sustainability in a world of fast fashion. At Farm to Fashion you will join Celeste at Bluebird Hills Farm, where she sources fibers from the animals directly on site. The workshop includes breakfast at the McConnell Arts Center, lunch at Bluebird Hills Farm, a tour of the farm, and a felting workshop led by Malvar-Stewart.

FLIPPO Performs the Music of Steely Dan

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington 777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH, United States

FLIPPO presents a tribute to the music of Steely Dan for a special evening that will also feature the talents of Kay Harris and Ron Jenkins on vocals, and Dan Rowan on keyboards and vocals. Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band founded by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972. They enjoyed great critical and commercial success and continue to influence new generations of musicians.

FLIPPO is a Columbus jazz group displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. The band features Michael Cox on Sax, Dennis Hodges on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Kevin O’Neill on saxophone, Cary Hackett on trumpet, Andy Woodson on Bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

$15 – $25

Conjuring Roots Gallery Experience

Join AJ Vanderelli, Marcus Blackwell, and Rob Jones for the definitive experience of their exhibition, Conjuring Roots.

Begin the evening by enjoying a drum circle in the Bronwynn Theatre. Afterwards, follow the artists for a tour of the galleries as you learn about their work, their inspirations, and their artistic processes.

Affirmative Distraction & Kodeswitch – An Improv Show

Affirmative Distraction and Kodeswitch are two all black improv groups in Columbus. Founded and produced  by Joseph Moorer, the show is a mix of Wild'n Out and Whose Line is It Anyway! We ask the audience for suggestions, and use those suggestions to produce different games and scenes. No two shows are the same, and hilarity automatically ensues. Bring your audience participation pants, and we will see you at the McConnell Arts Center!

Affirmative Distraction has done shows all around Columbus, Ohio, and has been a Columbus staple for 5 years, performing for large crowds at Via Vecchia, and The Columbus Funny Bone. KodeSwtich started this past year, calling The Upfront Performance Space their home. It is made up of young adults from 18-24, and is usually referred to by Affirmative Distraction's younger sibling. We love what we do, and are proud to be two all black improv troupes, when there were none! We have a fanbase that loves to bring their people out, and we make sure that we interact with our crowds before, during, and after the show. Laugh With Us! 

Dhvani – Vocal Concert by Vignesh Ishwar

Vignesh Ishwar is one of the leading young musicians of Karnatik music. Endowed with a sonorous voice and unforgettable presence on stage, his music is fresh, energetic, and impactful. His uniqueness as a musician stems from an individual approach that combines sincerity, discipline, creativity, and perfect shruti. Born and raised in Mumbai, Vignesh trained under Palakkad Shri T S Anantharama Bhagawathar from the age of 4. His music is steeped in a strong foundation. Since 2008, he has been learning from Sri T M Krishna.

Vignesh has performed extensively in India and abroad. Being one of the leading young musicians of his generation, he has been regularly featured by all the major sabhas at the prestigious December Music Festival in Chennai for over 15 years. Internationally, Vignesh has given various performances in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, and Barcelona and has toured the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand extensively. He has also given lectures and has conducted various workshops...

MAC Family Fun Series – Ohio Wildlife Center

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington 777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH, United States

Family Fun Series

It's time for some family fun at the MAC! You'll be delighted with our new family series programming, which is geared toward preschool - young elementary-aged kids and their families.

Come on in to meet and learn about some of our favorite local animals in this fun and educational presentation!

$5 – $15

Community Health Chats – Resilience in Community: Showing Up for Ourselves and for Each Other

Stress is a universal human experience that all must weather from time to time. While coping with one or two stressors at a time may seem manageable, sometimes challenges accumulate to a point where we can become easily overwhelmed. This discussion will center on strategies for coping and re-balancing during stressful times. We will explore individual approaches as well as the role of systems in sustaining resilience over time.

Arianna Galligher, LISW-S is the Director of the Gabbe Health & Well-Being Program and the Associate Director of the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program at OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has an extensive clinical background in mental health care across multiple settings, serving both adolescents and adults. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2005 at Ohio State University where she also teaches part-time. 

Event Series Cultural Connections – All That Jazz (Part Two)

Cultural Connections – All That Jazz (Part Two)

Join the MAC for a screening of “A Great Day in Harlem,” a documentary that visits 1958 New York and the moment 57 of the greatest jazz musicians gathered on a stoop to snap a pic. Learn how the musicians orchestrated this monumental gathering. After the documentary, immerse yourself in live music as Central Ohio jazz icon Bobby Floyd and his trio honor these featured legends with a tribute performance.

$10 – $20

Exhibition on Screen – Klimt & The Kiss

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of the most recognised and reproduced paintings in the world. It is perhaps the most popular poster on student dorm walls from Beijing to Boston.

Painted in Vienna around 1908, the evocative image of an unknown embracing couple has captivated viewers with its mystery, sensuality and dazzling materials ever since it was created. But just what lies behind the appeal of the painting – and just who was the artist that created it? 

Delving into the details of real gold, decorative designs, symbolism and simmering erotica, a close study of the painting takes us to the remarkable turn of the century Vienna when a new world was battling with the old.

Klimt was a titan of the Art Nouveau movement, creating decadent new worlds which merged tender sensuality, ancient mythology and radical modernity.

Discover the scandalous life and the rich tapestry of extraordinary influences behind one of the world’s favourite paintings.

From the director of ‘Frida Kahlo’ and ‘Mary Cassatt – Painting the Modern Woman’ comes a powerful, gripping and passionate new film.

$12 – $15

Sangeet: Yayati Aani Devayani

Sangeet: Yayati Aani Devyani is a historic Marathi musical drama, written by highly talented and famous litterateur V.V. Shirwadkar (popularly known as Kusumagraj) with music by legendary Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. It's a classic tale of love and revenge between the King Yayati and his wife Devayani from pre-Mahabharata period. It is one of the literary masterpieces of Kusumagraj depicting the richness of Marathi language. It is further embellished with Indian Classical music based naytasangeet, featuring beloved songs like "He suranno chandra vha", "Sarvatmaka Sarveshwara" and more.

This is the first ever production of "Sangeet: Yayati Aani Devayani" in the US. This rendition of the musical drama comprises of 3 acts and 10 songs with live music and dance, performed by well-accomplished, local artists from Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey. Along with the literary and musical eloquence, the grandeur of Mahabharata era in this drama is presented with spectacular drapery, make-up and stage setup.

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