The Arts in a Post-COVID World, presented by Arts in Stark

Join us for a discussion on what we did, what we learned, and where we go from here.
Doors open at 5pm. The panel discussion starts at 5:30pm. Followed by a free showing of “The Big Lebowski”. Limited to 300 in-person guests. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 25 at 5pm.
The Panel discussion can be attended virtually. Please note that on your registration. You will receive the link to attend via email the morning of the panel.
One complimentary adult beverage for each registered guest over 21. Masks are required to be worn at all times. Seats will be assigned.
Panelists include Ally Bussey of Visit Canton, Todd Herberghs of SID, David Sherrill of Arrowhead Vintage, and Georgia Paxos of the Palace. Moderated by ArtsinStark CEO David Whitehill.
To register visit
Sponsored by ArtsinStark and the Canton Palace Theatre

Preorder concessions to be delivered to your seat prior to presentation.

Light Up Downtown Performances

MajesticVoice Chorus will perform selections from their Christmas Music Celebration show as part of Light Up Downtown, as well as holiday music on the Kilgen Organ.  More info on Light Up Downtown can be found HERE.

Need parking for the event?  Purchase a parking pass for the Canton Palace Theatre Parking Lot HERE.


ADMISSION: Free, seating is first-come, first-served

STREETS CLOSING: Thursday, December 5th
Beginning at 2:00 PM (till conclusion of event):
• Market Avenue from Tuscarawas Street to 6th Street North
• 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets from Court to Piedmont

Beginning at 4:00 PM (till conclusion of event):
• Market Avenue from Tuscarawas to 6th Street South
• 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets South from Court to Piedmont

Beginning at 5:00 PM (till conclusion of event):
• Tuscarawas Street from Piedmont to McKinley Avenue

Beginning at 5:30 PM (until after reworks, and clearance is given by Canton Fire Department – approximately 7:30 PM):
• Walnut Avenue from Tuscarawas Street to 4th Street North

Meters will be bagged by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4th.
• Market Avenue South: from 4th to 6th Streets South
• Market Avenue North: from 2nd to 6th Streets North
• Walnut Avenue: between 2nd and 3rd Street
• 2nd Street North: from Piedmont to Cleveland
• 3rd Street North: from Market to Cleveland
• 4th Street North: from Piedmont to Court

PARKING: Parking is available on-street (with the exception of Market Avenue) and in the following parking lots and decks (for a nominal fee):
• Former Timken High School parking lot
• Stark County District Library lot
• City Centre Parking Deck at 120 Cleveland Avenue South; enter off of West Tuscarawas
• New Market Parking Deck at 233 Market Avenue South; enter on 3rd St. SW
• Millennium Centre Parking Deck; enter off of Walnut and 2nd Street NE (must enter deck before 5:30 p.m. and will not be able to exit until the -reworks are over and the -re department has cleared drop zone.)

Stark County District Library Author Series: David Sheff

David Sheff is the author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, the follow-up to his New York Times #1 bestseller, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. Clean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. In 2009, Sheff was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids honored him with a Special Tribute Award “in recognition of his voice and leadership for families who are struggling with addiction.” He was also awarded the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, 2017 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Media Award, and 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award “to recognize his compelling portrayal of addiction and its personal effects on families and society as a whole.” Sheff ’s Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.”

Beautiful Boy was named the year’s Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, an Amazon “Best Books of 2008,” and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction. In 2018, Beautiful Boy was made into a film directed by Felix Van Groeningen starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Sheff also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop.

His new book is HIGH: Everything You Want To David Sheff Bestselling Author & Advocate on US Drug Crisis, Prevention & Treatment of Addiction Know About Drugs, a book for young adults written with Nic Sheff. He is currently working on his next book, The Buddhist on Death Row: Finding Light in the Darkest Place. David is on the advisory boards of the The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program “designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students,” and the International Bipolar Foundation. Along with the New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Playboy, Esquire and Observer Magazine in England, Foreign Literature in Russia, and Playboy (Shueisha) in Japan. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl Sagan, Salman Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio.

Sheff is also the author of Game Over, called “the bible of the videogame industry” by the Wall Street Journal, and “beguiling” and “irresistible. . . almost as hypnotic as a successful video game” by the New York Times. Author Gore Vidal said that China Dawn, Sheff ’s book about the Internet revolution in China, is a “fascinating…study of go–getting businessmen in a revived China bound to shape our future.” All We Are Saying, based on Sheff ’s interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980, was a Literary Guild Selection book.


ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

Stark County District Library Author Series: Elizabeth Vargas

WHY ELIZABETH VARGAS IS CAPTIVATING AUDIENCES With her signature candor and insight, Elizabeth Vargas gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at today’s live news reporting and ever-evolving media. She shares her experiences breaking some of the biggest stories and reporting from the front lines around the world, from Hurricane Katrina, to the war in Iraq, to the crisis in Beslan, Russia, and back to the White House. Vargas also bravely discusses how alcoholism has affected her life and career, and why she chose to publicly share her struggle with the disease and her ongoing recovery.

ABOUT ELIZABETH VARGAS Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. She is the host of A+E Investigates. She most recently co-hosted the hit newsmagazine show 20/20 and previously served as co-anchor of World News Tonight, anchor of World News Tonight Sunday, news anchor and frequent co-host on Good Morning America, correspondent for 20/20 and Primetime Thursday, and was the co-anchor of Primetime Monday.

During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she reported extensively for World News Tonight from Baghdad on both civilian life in Iraq and American military involvement there. She has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President Bush from the oval office in the White House. Vargas has also anchored ABC News coverage of live, breaking news stories including the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr., as well as Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Her story on the hero NICU nurses of Hurricane Sandy was part of the ABC News’ Peabody Award winning coverage. Vargas won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.

She joined ABC News from NBC News, where she was a correspondent and anchor, primarily for Dateline NBC and Today. Also at NBC, she served as a correspondent for the newsmagazine Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric as well as substitute anchor for the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News.  In 2016, Vargas released her memoir, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. The book details her struggles with anxiety and alcohol, and tells a powerful story of healing and coping.

Vargas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV.  During her time as co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 with David Muir, Vargas was credited by The New York Times for reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her “intellectually brave” reporting.


ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

Light Up Downtown Performances

The Canton Ballet will perform selections from their production of “The Nutcracker” as part of Light Up Downtown, in addition to holiday music on the Kilgen Organ.  More info on Light Up Downtown can be found HERE.


ORGAN MUSIC: 5:45 PM – 6:10 PM
ADMISSION: Free, seating is first-come, first-served

2:00 pm – end of event
Market Avenue from Tuscarawas St to 6th St., N
3rd, 4th and 5th Streets N, from Court to Piedmont

4:00 pm – end of event
Market Ave from Tuscarawas to 6th St South
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets South from Court to Piedmont

5:00 pm – end of event
Tuscarawas Street from Piedmont to McKinley Ave

5:30 – 7:30 (when clearance is given by Canton Fire Department following the fireworks)
Walnut Avenue from Tuscarawas Street to 4th St.

Stark County District Library Author Series: Mike Massimino

Massimino chronicles his journey from a six-foot-three Long Island kid afraid of heights to a two-time veteran of NASA space flights. Followed by Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

About the Book

Mike Massimino’s book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has received rave reviews and is a New York Times best-seller.

About Mike Massimino

A spacewalker on the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mike Massimino and his crews traveled faster (Mach 26) and higher (350 miles) than any other astronauts in the 21st century while increasing the discovery capabilities of arguably the greatest scientific instrument ever built by a factor of 100. During the final Hubble servicing mission, Mike was faced with both success and life-threatening challenges as he performed the most intricate repair ever attempted in space. He also became the first person to tweet from space and currently has over 1.2 million Twitter followers. On his last mission, Mike set a team record for cumulative spacewalking time and became the last person to work inside of the Hubble Space Telescope. He has made numerous television appearances, including a recurring role as himself on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He is featured in acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky’s 2018 series One Strange Rock on the National Geographic Channel, and is the host for Science Channel’s series The Planets and Beyond. He has been a frequent guest on late-night television broadcasts, has hosted educational television programs, and has provided expert commentary on many morning shows and network and cable news programs. He was also featured with his crew in the IMAX film Hubble 3D and has been called “the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role” in the film Gravity.


ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

Stark County District Library Author Series: Imbolo Mbue

Award-winning author Imbolo Mbue discusses her book, Behold the Dreamers. Followed by Q & A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

About the Book

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, in the fall of 2007. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Jende’s wife, Neni, temporary work at their summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

About Imbolo Mbue

Imbole Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers, which was the winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, recipient of the 2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into 10 languages, adapted into an opera, and optioned for a movie. A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Imbolo Mbue currently lives in New York City. Read more at


ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

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