| The Columbus Dispatch
Billy Ireland comic museum will open galleries next week
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has revealed its plans to reopen to the public.
Located on the campus of Ohio State University, the facility’s reading room — primarily used for individual research and to peruse the library collections — opened on Tuesday by appointment only. The museum galleries will follow suit on Thursday with reduced capacity and abbreviated hours of operation.
In compliance with Ohio State’s guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus, guests to the Billy Ireland will be required to wear masks and reserve tickets online before arrival.
Two temporary exhibits will be on display through Nov. 29 — Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art; and Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht. Guests can also see Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and a special selection of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.
to headline theater fundraiser
Tony-nominated actor/playwright Charles Busch will be the celebrity guest of honor discussing his life and career at Evolution Theatre Company’s Labor Day Zoom Cocktail Party fundraiser.
Busch, Tony-nominated for writing his Broadway play “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” is a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award-winning cabaret artist and drag performer. He won the Sundance Film Festival’s best-performance award after writing and starring in the 2003 satirical film comedy “Die Mommie Die!,” based on his off-Broadway play.
Evolution Theatre’s fundraising event, designed to help the small professional theater company survive during the pandemic, will be streamed at 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
Donations of $100 will receive a link to the Zoom Cocktail Hour, but links are limited (and the theater requests that the number of people participating should be limited to two per link).
For more information, call 614-233-1124 or visit www.evolutiontheatre.org.
Northwest Ohio senior wins
Hank Marr High School Jazz Award
The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus announced earlier this week that 17-year-old Simon Metzger was its winner of the 2020 Hank Marr High School Jazz Award.
Metzger, a rising senior at Bowling Green High School in northwest Ohio, has been playing drums since he was 4, and he plans to study the instrument in college.
The annual award is named for Marr, a pianist and organist who died in 2004. The award is given to an Ohio high school student who demonstrates musicianship and performance in jazz.
Usually, the winner is selected after a taped audition round followed by in-person performances by finalists. However, COVID-19 forced judges to choose a winner from only the auditions.
Metzger will receive $500 and an opportunity to perform with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in 2021.
‘SNL’s’ McKinnon lands role
in Joe Exotic TV series
The saga of Joe Exotic is getting another Hollywood chapter, with Kate McKinnon starring as his rival in a limited TV series.
The “Saturday Night Live” star will play Carole Baskin, who sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit breeding of big cats. The conflict became a pop-culture sensation with Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King.”
The series, ordered without a pilot episode, will be based on the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic,” NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said earlier this week.
It is planned for release across three corporate siblings: the NBC broadcast network, cable’s USA channel and the recently launched Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal said.
McKinnon also will be an executive producer for the show with the working title of “Joe Exotic,” Maldonado-Passage’s nickname. He also is known by the surname Schreibvogel.
Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed. In June, a federal judge awarded Baskin ownership of the private Oklahoma zoo run by Maldonado-Passage.
The Joe Exotic role has yet to be cast, NBCUniversal said. Production and release dates were not announced.
From staff and wire reports