‘Living Modern’ shows O’Keeffe’s life

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• If the category on “Family Feud” was, “Name a 20th century American artist” Georgia O’Keeffe definitely would be on the board.

Best known for her large-scale paintings of flowers, O’Keeffe is an icon in the art world, a name recognized by folks with only a casual interest in art and revered by those with a passion for the form.

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern,” which runs through March 3, 2019, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, takes a different approach than many retrospectives.

Sure, there are some of her famous paintings as well as examples of her earlier, mostly black-and-white work created in New York City. However, the exhibition also is interested in looking at how her changing environments — particularly New York, New Mexico and her travels to Japan — influenced her personal look as well as her art.

Dresses, hats, jewelry, shoes and other items are displayed alongside the paintings, and those walking through the exhibit can chart how her image complemented her art and vice versa.

O’Keeffe also is the rare artist who essentially became an art object herself. In addition to frequently being used as a subject by her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe posed for more than 50 photographers during her lifetime.

Ansel Adams makes her look as majestic as the bluffs in his landscape photography. Others photographed her in ways that echoed her paintings. As I walked through the galleries, I found myself more drawn to how others portrayed O’Keeffe than to the examples of her work.

More comprehensive retrospectives of her paintings have been assembled, but “Living Modern” provides a glimpse at the forces that shaped the artist. It’s worth a trip for local art lovers.

• For those who waited to get tickets to see Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” you’re too late.

Even with adding two performances to the show’s second (and final) weekend, all five remaining performances are sold out.

The Playhouse isn’t the only community theater playing to full houses. Rust Belt Theater Company’s “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas” is sold out at 8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 14 and 15 at the Calvin Center in Youngstown. A few tickets remain — or at least they did earlier this week — for shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 16 and midnight Dec. 15. Call 330-507-2358 for reservations.

• Only a couple shows have been announced so far for Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls and KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., in 2019, but concert promoter Live Nation is offering a deal for frequent concertgoers.

Fans can buy a 2019 season pass for the outdoor amphitheaters, which is good for admission to every Live Nation event this summer. Last year, there were 29 shows at KeyBank and 28 at Blossom, which would work out to less than $10 a ticket if someone went to every show.

The passes went on sale Tuesday, and the Blossom already is sold out (there was no indication how many passes were made available). Passes for KeyBank Pavilion are $249 (and also include free lawn chair rental and access to special ticket offers) and are available at lawnpass.livenation.com.

• The home of The Ohio State Buckeyes will host a couple of country superstars this summer.

George Strait and Blake Shelton will headline the Buckeye Country Superfest on June 8 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. It will be Strait’s first Ohio show since 2014, when he announced he would no longer tour and only play select engagements.

Also on the bill will be Chris Janson (2018 winner of the CMA Award for new artist of the year), Midland (which opened for Zac Brown Band at the first Y Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium in 2017) and singer-songwriter RaeLynn.

Tickets range from $49.50 to $399.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.