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Teen actress in ‘Willy Wonka’ gets greater appreciation of hospital

dispatch.com — Every so often, as Jessica Blake rehearsed scenes for the Pleasure Guild production of Willy Wonka, she would forget a word in one of her lines. Any actor, of course, could make such an error. Yet, when Blake became stuck, she couldn't help wondering whether the lapse stemmed from the surgery she underwent in November for the removal of a benign brain tumor.

Museum program to bring visitors face to face with past

dispatch.com — Chuck Malone enjoys the "Night at the Museum" event at the Ohio History Center, and it's not because he gets to channel his inner Ben Stiller. Like the popular movie trilogy it mimics (combined box-office take: $1.3 billion and counting), the History Center event on Saturday will feature exhibits that "come to life" after hours.

Central Ohioan advances on 'The Voice'

dispatch.com — Reynoldsburg resident Blaze Johnson made it through blind auditions and has advanced to the " battle rounds" on The Voice. Johnson, 23, sang How to Save a Life by The Fray on Tuesday. Coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine both turned their chairs around during the performance, signaling that they wanted Johnson on their team.

Travolta film seeking 500 extras, old cars in Columbus

dispatch.com — The production crew of the movie I Am Wrath is looking for at least 500 adults to play extras when the movie starts filming March 11 in Columbus. Only people 18 or older can apply to take part in the film, which stars John Travolta.

High schools boldly stage highflying ‘Poppins’

dispatch.com — Disney has done it (in the 1964 film). Broadway has done it (in the 2006-13 show). And, this week, students at Dublin Jerome and Upper Arlington high schools become the first amateurs in central Ohio to do it. Tackle the musical Mary Poppins, that is.

Conductor’s antics set tone for concert meant to be fun

dispatch.com — When The Chicken Dance is on the program for the Columbus Symphony, the conductor will be strutting his stuff. "I will take great pride and joy in leading the troops," Albert-George Schram said. "I mean, what the heck?" The veteran conductor will lead the symphony in "Babar and Friends," part of the "Concerts for Kids" series.

For some Alzheimer’s patients, viewing artwork might trigger memories

dispatch.com — Looking intently at the William Wegman mural The Tilted Chair, Bob Deans leaned forward and quietly expressed his approval: "Gorgeous, fantastic," he said - "I love it." The scene thrilled Janet Deans. Watching her husband admire works at the Columbus Museum of Art made her grateful for the chance to widen his narrowing world.

John Travolta film to shoot in Columbus

dispatch.com — The independent film I Am Wrath, an action-thriller starring John Travolta, will begin filming in Columbus in March. "It's coming," said John Daugherty, interim executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission. "I'm excited." The Patriot Pictures movie will have about a $10 million budget - "one of the bigger projects to come to Columbus" in recent years, Daugherty said.

Ohio State event offers a world tour of food

dispatch.com — Salatka tradycyjna jarzynowa, anyone? The traditional Polish salad would provide a suitable start to an authentically diverse meal at the annual "Taste of OSU" on Friday. You might follow that with zilzil tibs (a spicy Ethopian lamb dish) and a side of Mexican tostones (fried plantains), then wash it all down with bubble tea, a sweet, milky Taiwanese specialty.

BalletMet Academy dancers enhance novel spirit of play

dispatch.com — Magic, music, selfless sacrifice and a dose of dance combine to make Healers in the Forest an intriguing production for the Columbus Children's Theatre. The play, which will open a two-weekend run tonight, represents something different for the theater.
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Mar 03, 2015

@RepublicRecords Have tried emailing, no response. Important to confirm signing Jamison. Thanks.

Mar 03, 2015

@RepublicRecords Reporter for Columbus Dispatch, need to talk to media relations person about Chris Jamison. kgordon@dispatch.com

Mar 03, 2015

@larenschield Yeah sorry I just figured that out. I feel bad throwing stuff out so I put it all in recycle bins and let Rumpke sort it!

Mar 03, 2015

@larenschield Curious if companies other than Rumpke have same rules? How many suburbs use other companies? Mine does. Just wondered.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @ChadGraff: Jordan Leopold's 11-yr-old daughter Jordyn wrote this letter before the trade, according to @KFAN1003. pic.twitter.com/qYMhXGFh2U

Mar 02, 2015

Sunday story from @kevjoy worth your time: Area artist "was blind, but now I see..." (forgive me) #AmazingGrace : bit.ly/1vTcrkk

Mar 02, 2015

MT @larenschield: Perkins Observatory's new lecture series combines stars, poetry, lit and history. Starts this week: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Mar 02, 2015

No, he's not on the lam. MT @JeannieNuss: Meet an Ohio man who has run every day for nine years: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Feb 28, 2015

RT @OhioHistory: Tonight's Night at the Museum event is SOLD OUT! Registration is now closed & guests will check in at the door. http://t.c…

Feb 27, 2015

We can all aspire to be this....RT @SteveMartinToGo: So sad about Leonard Nimoy, who was ever engaged, vital, interesting, and interested.

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