Arts and entertainment for kids

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
The Ohio State University Marching Band.

As peanut butter and jelly is a staple of a young person's diet, so should jazz music be a part of their regular cultural consumption. Awkward lesson-metaphor aside, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus' PBJ & Jazz concerts for children aren't just good for you, they're just plain fun. The hour-long concerts are interactive and designed to introduce young audiences to jazz and live music. On Saturday, Nov. 15, Latin jazz band Rachel Sepulveda & Ritmo Ondas will perform at 10:30 and 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus 43203, 614-294-5200 ext. 107, jazzartsgroup.org

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Director controversy or no, few things are as thrilling and electrifying as a marching band, and few things are as identifiable with Columbus as the Ohio State University Marching Band. The band performs a concert-setting show every year, and this year, for the first time, the "Hometown Concert" will be held inside the Schottenstein Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive (OSU Campus), Columbus 43210, 1-800-745-3000, music.osu.edu

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Tim Burton has made a career out of making films quirky-and-not-too-terribly-creepy-for-kids-that-parents-will-not-only-tolerate-but-enjoy-and-maybe-come-to-love-as-much-as-the-kids. And music maker Danny Elfman has often been a partner in the projects, providing scores that help capture the right mood. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Ohio Theatre. The concert will feature music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as big-screen visuals of Burton's original sketches and storyboards.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-8600, columbussymphony.com

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COSI will open its new planetarium Saturday, Nov. 22. The 60-foot dome tops a theater with 200 seats. And since planetariums (planetaria?) aren't just for classic sky shows any more, COSI plans other projection presentations that take advantage of the particulars of the dome.

COSI, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus, 43214, 614-228-2674, cosi.org

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Two holiday traditions: Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the touring production courtesy of the Nebraska Theater Caravan at the Ohio Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend. CAPA presents this timeless tale for five shows in three days, Nov. 28-30.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 43215, capa.com

-The Fam Five and The Beat are arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at ThisWeek Community News. Check out weekly coverage at ThisWeekNEWS.com/thebeat.