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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
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)

Bobby Floyd Trio – All That Jazz: Part 2 (Cultural Connections)

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

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.

Dhvani – Vocal Concert by Kruthi Bhat

Kruthi Bhat, a young prodigious vocalist in the field of Indian Classical Music, hails from a family of musicians. Kruthi Bhat is a conservator of her genre’s unique beauty and also preserves ancient tradition as she continues to innovate within it. Kruthi is a disciple of her mother, Vidushi Rajarajeshwary Bhat & maternal uncle Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy. She has had the privilege to learn from the legendary Padmabhushan Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and Sri T. R. Subramanyan. She is also blessed to receive guidance under renowned musicians, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, S. Sowmya, Abhishek Raghuram, Kalyani Sharma & Trivandram G. Seethalakshmi. Kruthi, an All India Radio graded artist, has performed extensively at Prestigious platforms all around the Globe and has numerous Titles and Awards to her credit. She is the youngest recipient of the title “Kala Ratna” by Cleveland Thyaragaraja Aradhana Committee, “Isai Chudar” from Karthik Fine Arts Chennai, & “Yuva Kala Mani” from Mani Krishna Swamy Academy – To name a few awards, she is a recipient of the ”Best Female Vocalist” Award from the Prestigious Madras Music Academy as part of the Spirit of Youth series, Winner of the Reality Show, Carnatic Music Idol USA Season 3 from Maximum Media Jaya TV, ” “Top 5 Voices of the Future” by Sruti Magazine & “Best Vocalist” by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai. Kruthi is a Computer Science graduate, also proficient in Western & Indian Classical violin playing, Bharatnatyam & Pastel/Acrylic Painting.

Tifani K Inspires – Time to Breathe Peace by Piece

You deserve to breathe! Be inspired as we mindfully explore the Temporary Passenger exhibit and ground into the breath.

This is your space to explore breathing techniques that cultivate wellness for the mind, body, and spirit.

Together, we focus our intention on creating a masterpiece of our lives. Bring a yoga mat and/or floor pillows for your comfort. Journals or sketchbooks, and water bottles are encouraged.

TROTRO – Presented by Royall Legacy

This play unveils the frustrations and disappointments the majority of passengers go through on a daily basis as they commute between their homes and various destinations. An ordinary 15-minute trip from LA to Accra Central (very busy business central locations in Ghana) ends up stretching into a two-hour, side-splitting face-off between a drunken driver and his foul-mouthed ‘mate’ on one side, and a group of vociferous, no-nonsense, highly charged passengers on the other.

Also, ‘Trotro’ captures and brings to light how some of our heavily flawed social structures are responsible for putting the Ghanaian populace in that state of mind of having to constantly debate over who is more important than the other and why.

‘Tro-tro’ offers us a chance to laugh at ourselves while critically looking at important issues such as flouting of traffic regulations, bribery and corruption, and a lack of tolerance—a crucial societal challenge within the African fraternity and society in general.

This Sackey Sowah play, directed by Stampley Asamoah-Ampofo, touches on a very relatable subject that stares us in the face on a daily basis but is most often unnoticed.

$30

Songs at the Center – Heywood Banks, Steve Goodie, Carla Ulbrich (Live Taping)

Songs at the Center is proud to welcome comedy songwriters Heywood Banks, Steve Goodie, and Carla Ulbrich to the McConnell Arts Center, alongside our host, Eric Gnezda.

YOUR participation is a key part of the success of our series, having been broadcast to more than 400 PBS stations from coast-to-coast in nine seasons. Bring friends, and feel free to come and go as you please!

This taping is FREE to attend, registration is recommended.

Free

Worthington Community Theatre – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

December 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 PM
December 9 and 10 at 2:30 PM
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Step through the wardrobe into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.

From the story by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by Joseph Robinette.

$10 – $15
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