Gray Areas: Meijer seeks ‘Voices’

Gray Areas

Andy Gray

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Local artists could collect a $5,000 prize through a program being offered by Meijer.

The retailer is seeking art inspired by diverse outlooks and communities that will be featured on products, from stationary to home decor, that will be sold in 2023 in five categories — Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and local.

Three works will be chosen in each category, and each artist will receive $5,000.

“A Collection of Voices at Meijer” is open to artists who live in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, the six states where its 257 supercenters and grocery stores are located. Meijer opened in Boardman in May.

Sales from the collection will benefit nonprofit organizations. In addition to the monetary prize, selected artists will partner with Meijer to identify nonprofits to benefit from the sales of the products.

Artists have until Nov. 7 to submit their work for consideration. Information can be found online at www.meijer.com/ collection-of-voices.html

• Tickets go on sale Monday for the return of “Hamilton” to Pittsburgh.

The national tour of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical — which has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for drama — was a massive hit in its first area appearances in 2018 in Cleveland and 2019 in Pittsburgh.

Prices are a bit more affordable on its second go round. For its Feb. 22 to March 13, 2022, run at Benedum Center, tickets range from $49 to $179 with premium seats prices at $299.

For those on a budget willing to gamble, 40 tickets for each performance will be available for $10 through a lottery system. Lottery details will be announced closer to the run of the show.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday online at TrustArts.org. There is a nine-ticket limit per account.

The tour was supposed to return to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in 2020, but those dates were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t been rescheduled. The tour comes to Columbus in October 2022.

• The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has several events planned leading up the 2021 induction ceremony Oct. 30 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Ohio residents can get free admission Oct. 24 and be among the first to see the 2021 Inductee Exhibit. Festivities will include live music throughout the day, a festival village celebrating northeast Ohio concert venues and record shops, a Kraftwerk “Trans-Europe Express” community line dance at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

A Rock Hall Nights celebration is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 that will include an inductee costume contest, trivia and a DJ spinning music by the class of 2021. The event is free for members and with paid admission to the Rock Hall.

The Go-Go’s will do an interview and book signing at the Rock Hall on Oct. 29, but that event sold out quickly after it was announced Monday.

Check out the Rock Hall’s website (rockhall.com) for additional details and other events that may be added to the schedule.

• Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.


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