Les Misérables a timeless tale of pain, redemption and love
Oregon Community Theatre will become the first community theatre in the Toledo area to present the epic theatrical sensation, Les Misérables Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-16.
Based on Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, the epic musical tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, and finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.
|Artist Kristen DuKat’s oil on canvas painting, “Don’t
Tread on Me” is among the featured pieces at a
Veteran’s Art Exhibit on display at Way Public
Library in Perrysburg.
Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary that has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.
Performances are Nov. 8 and 9 and Nov. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Sunday matinee Nov. 10 at Fassett Auditorium, located at 3025 Starr Ave. in Oregon.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. For season and individual show tickets call 419-691-1398 or for more information, visit oregoncommunitytheatre.org.
The James Wes Hancock Oregon Senior Center will present, “Oregon Bandstand Rockin’Rodeo” featuring Bob Wurst Saturday, Nov. 23 from 6:30-11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
In addition to lots of grub, a cash saloon and raffles.
Tickets are $15 and are currently on sale at the center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., Oregon. Call 419-698-7078 for more information. All proceeds benefit JWH Oregon Senior Center.
A growling good time
Lake High School will present its annual fall play, “Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens,” Nov. 7 and 9 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Students have been working tirelessly on the farcical family-oriented play includes Dr. Frankenstein, a famous author, a hunchback, vampires, were-hyenas and a witch.
Tickets, which are sold general admission, are $3 for students under 18 years old, $5 for adults and $3 for seniors 60 and older.
Visit www.lakeschools.org or call 419-661-3000 ext. 3832 for more information.
Vendors at The Villa
Orchard Villa, 2841 Munding Dr., Oregon, will present Vendors at the Villa Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A number of vendors will be on hand, including Mary Kay cosmetics, Premier Jewelry, Scentsy, Purse Love and more.
For more information, call 419-697-4100.
Veterans Glassblowing Day
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Toledo Museum of Art will participate in national Veterans Glassblowing Day by offering active-duty members and veterans of the U.S. military an opportunity to experience glassblowing at no charge.
The program’s goal is to introduce soldiers and veterans to a potentially marketable skill while enjoying artistic expression.
A limited number of free, hands-on experiences will be offered to U.S. military and veterans with proper identification. “Art Hours will be held at 1, 2 and 4 p.m. in Glass Pavilion. For reservations call 419-245-5771, ext. 7448.
In addition, from 1-3 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion, the Museum will host “ship in a bottle” folk artist and retired U.S. Navy Chief Quarter Master Charles Nichols. Nichols will be available to talk with the public about his work, which will be on display, and share stories from his experiences in the service.
A free, public glassblowing demonstration will be given at 3 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop. Visit www.toledomuseum.org for more information.
Toledo Zoo welcomes Fisher-Price Little People
The Fisher-Price Little People friends are coming the Toledo Zoo Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 - 10, at the Indoor Theatre inside the Zoo’s Museum of Science. The musical presentation, free with regular zoo admission, promises fun for the whole family.
Little People friends – Eddie™, Tessa, Sofie, Koby, Mia® and their teacher – offer a live, interactive show set at Little People Place, where friends come to learn, play, sing, dance and discover. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Seating is limited; theatre doors will open 20 minutes before show.
Visit www.toledozoo.org for more information.
Dreaming of the Holidaze
Cirque Dreams Holidaze will light up the 2013 holiday season when it transforms the stage at the Stranahan Theater into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $33 and are available online at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org; by visiting the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. or by calling 419-381-8851. Groups of 10 or more call 1-866-31.GROUP.
Holiday Loop returns
The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the return of the 2nd Annual Holiday Loop Nov. 16, immediately following the annual Holiday Parade, which will take place from 10 a.m.-noon.
The shuttle buses will offer free bus rides around downtown Toledo to allow shoppers and art enthusiasts to peruse local and unique art and gifts for the holidays. The loop will run between noon and 5 p.m.
The bus loop will travel between downtown, The Warehouse District, UpTown, and the Old West End. Free and convenient parking is available at a number of Loop stops. All Downtown street parking is free on weekends as well.
Sponsored free parking areas include:
Toledo School for the Arts lot, 333 14th St. (accessible from Madison Ave.)
Ottawa Tavern, 1815 Adams St. (corner of Adams and 20th)
Manos Greek Restaurant lot, 1701 Adams St. (Adams and 17th)
Toledo City Paper lot, 1120 Adams St. (corner of Adams and 12th)
Maps will be available for download in advance of the event at www.TheArtsCommission.org.
Due to popular demand, Imagination Station has extended traveling exhibition, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body,” through Jan. 5, 2014.
Based on the best-selling book “Grossology,” the exhibition helps visitors explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more through fun and educational animatronics and interactive exhibits.
Imagination Station is located at 1 Discovery Way in downtown Toledo. For more information, visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Limelighters to stage show
The Clay High Limelighters will present the comedy, “The Twelve Daughters of Hercules,” written by Ben Kingsland, Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Clay High School auditorium.
The show tells the story of how Hercules, now with 12 daughters, embarks on an adventure to relive his glory days, only to leave his girls to learn the art of heroism.
Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for adults and can be purchased in advance at the high school through Karen Nyitray 419-693-0665 or at the auditorium box office prior to each performance.
Veteran’s Art Exhibit
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Way Public Library and PRIZM Creative Community will present the Inaugural Veteran’s Art Exhibit along with a commemorative program, book signing and artist reception.
The opening will be held Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. The exhibition will be on display in the downstairs gallery area through Jan. 3, 2014.
Included in the exhibition are original pieces of visual and literary art by retired military personnel, and select pieces to honor veterans who have served our country.