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DooDah and summer movie classics make a comeback

Fall is coming! *dances excitedly around office to embarrassment of co-workers* Fall is coming!

I love fall. I love this weather. And, you know what? It’s nice to get excited about something positive for a change.

You know what’s fun on a perfect (cool but not cold) almost-fall evening? A drive-in concert.

Thursday, Sept. 17 Honey & Blue is playing a Westland Mall drive-in concert. I can’t think of a better use for that sad old space. The tickets start at $50 per car (max four people). This is a steal if there is more than one person in your household. For us singles it’s still not too far off many concert ticket prices and you have the benefit of knowing that you are supporting local artists when they need it the most. Pro tip: stop at a local eatery that has easy to eat on-the-go food and enjoy a picnic while you listen.

The Columbus Symphony is offering a series of free outdoor concerts. They are all over the city and many are happening simultaneously. However, while free, you must register because seating is limited and many of these free shows are already “sold out.” Click the “register” button to see what’s still available.

Two summer events that I love are coming back—in a fashion.

The Doo Dah Pandemic Parade is Saturday, Sept. 19 and is vehicle only this year (for obvious reason). Line-up is at noon. Grab a mask and find a socially distant safe spot to watch the shenanigans—2020 has certainly offered up plenty of fodder for satire.

Also CAPA has brought back classic movies at the Ohio Theatre. While usually a summer event, this works for me. They are limiting seating to 300 (per COVID rules) so there is plenty of room to spread out. They have a GREAT line up this weekend.

  • Sept. 17: To Catch a Thief—fun, frothy and Cary Grant, nuff said.
  • Sept. 18: Gremlins—Bright Lights!
  • Sept. 19 (morning): Warner Bros. cartoons—nothing like kicking off Saturday with some Bugs Bunny in drag.
  • Sept. 19 (evening): Meet Me in St. Louis—trivia note, star Judy Garland married director Vincente Minnelli a year after this movie came out.
  • Sept. 20: Sunset Boulevard—“I’m ready for my close up Mr. DeMille.”

I’ve been enjoying Rhapsody & Refrain 2: 30 Columbus Poets. The bartender pours heavy (that would be me. I’m the bartender), the seating is comfy and the poetry is soulhugging. All shows are live streamed at 8 p.m. except on Sundays which air at 5 p.m. Donations encouraged. This weekend you can tune in for:

  • Vernell Bristow, Sept. 17
  • Su Flatt, Sept. 18
  • Izetta Thomas, Sept. 19
  • Amy Turn Sharp, Sept 20

Time is running out to catch the stunning Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989—this is where your FOMO should be kicking in.

Finally, back to the topic spectacular about-to-be-fall weather. Ohio History Connection has created a series of online tours and self-guided walking tours. This is a perfect weekend for walking and my pick this week is the Walnut Grove Cemetery tour.

There is of course more, including more drive-in concerts at Westland Mall, and you can these events at columbusmakesart.com.

Lacey Luce is a digital marketing strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is NOT ready for her close up Mr. DeMille. Just keep your damn distance and put a mask on already.

#honey & Blue , #CAPA , #doo dah parade , #Ohio Theatre , #Columbus Symphonie , #classic movies , #Columbus Museum of Art , #Ohio History Connection , #Streetlight Guild

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