Entertainment

‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘Commuter’

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” still roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales, Friday to ...

‘Jumanji,’ ‘Insidious’ top ‘Star Wars’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Move over, “Star Wars,” there are some new box office champs this weekend. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has topped the charts after three weekends in theaters, and newcomer “Insidious: The Last Key” opened in second, pushing “The Last Jedi” into third ...

Harmony ’n’ you: Church seeks more voices for cantata

Harmony United Methodist Church near Tiffin is looking for voices to join their community choir. The church, at 6487 S. CR 19, is forming a community choir for he purpose of presenting the Easter Cantata, “The Cross Changes Everything,” according to Dana Riedel, Harmony’s choir ...

Entertainment briefs, Jan. 4

BSA Tween Theatre to host auditions of ‘Annie’ BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is to host open auditions for “Annie” at 1 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday at the 205 Maple St. theater. BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all ages 10-15 from any school system. ...

A different take on ‘A Christmas Carol’

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Players (from left) Winston Schaffer, Katherin Gauthier, Jacqueline Defriece and Latisha Fields are pictured during dress rehearsal of the Bellevue Society for the Arts production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s ...

In a shrinking Hollywood, Payne aims big in ‘Downsizing’

TORONTO — There are rituals to an Alexander Payne production. Movie nights on Wednesdays during pre-production at Payne’s house, with pizza and soft drinks. Friday night screenings during post-production with martinis. And, reliably, an endless struggle to secure financing. “Only one ...

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220 million

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson’s second installment in the third “Star Wars” trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives “The Last Jedi” ...

Fostoria bands join for holiday show

FOSTORIA – This weekend, Fostoria Community Band and Fostoria High School Concert Band are coming together for the first time to present “A Fostoria Christmas Festival.” This is the first time the bands are joining forces. Under the direction of Craig McKenzie, the Fostoria Community ...

Holiday focus of Ritz ‘Friday Night’ series

The Ritz Theatre is to present Friday Night Live, featuring horns and holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Friday in The National Theatre, 30 S. Washington St. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call (419) 448-8544 or visit www.ritztheatre.org. Performers include The Tuba Family Players, a ...

Ritz plans auditions for ‘Deathtrap’

The Ritz Players are to host open auditions for its production of “Deathtrap” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday in The National Theatre, 30 S. Washington St. Performance dates are Feb. 16, 17, 24 and 25. There are roles for three men ages 20-60 and two woman ages 40-60. The production, ...

BSA to produce ‘A Christmas Carol’

BELLEVUE – Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 in The Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ...

‘Coco’ tops box office before ‘Star Wars’ hits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The animated family film “Coco” has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that “Coco” added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million. The ...

‘Nutcracker’ returns

PHOTO SUBMITTED The Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet is coming to The Ritz Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to perform “The Nutcracker.” The production involves more than 16 professional dancers as well as numerous local children. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $30 for children ...

TubaChristmas time

PHOTO SUBMTTED Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is gearing up to host the 26th annual TubaChristmas at 3 p.m. Sunday in Wickham Great Hall, located on campus. Local and area tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to gather to perform a program of ...

Entertainment briefs, Dec. 7

Clyde arts program announces season CLYDE – The Communities for the Arts has announced the 2018 season lineup. Tickets for the 2018 season are available for the performances to take place in the Clyde High School auditorium. The season is to kick off Feb. 10 with Jungle Bob. Tickets for ...

North Cost concert, big bands to perform

PORT CLINTON — The North Coast Concert Band and the North Coast Big Band are to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Port Clinton High School auditorium. Under the direction of John Kustec, the bands are to perform various styles of music, including holiday favorites.

Terra choral to perform with symphony

FREMONT — Terra State Choral Society is to perform with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Choral Society at 4 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. For ticket information, visit www.toledosymphony.com.

The flipside of Christmas, as told by an elf

Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is to present “Santaland Diaries,” a collection of stories by humorist David Sedaris at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Gundlach Theatre. The production is a one-man show to be performed by David Cotter, a Heidelberg adjunct music instructor ...

First Step to host coat drive

FOSTORIA — First Step is to host the annual coat give away 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at First Step Health Family Resource Center, 1099 Columbus Ave. Through a partnership with First Federal and Old Fort Bank, First Step is to provide coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to ...

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ feasts on ‘Justice League’

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixar’s “Coco” sang its way to the fourth-best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.’ “Justice League.” “Coco” rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences ...