We’re entering late February already. How is that possible? I feel like we just started the new year. But here we are, working through the winter and looking forward to spring (not to rush ahead too much!). My family and I are looking to fill the weekend with more adventures around the city, so it’s off to search ColumbusMakesArt.com to discover what Columbus artists are up to, and to ready that #artmakescbus hashtag to share what we find.
The Cultural Arts Center opens a new exhibition titled I, Too, Sing America: New Artists, New Day on Friday, Feb. 22. Local collector Bettye Stull has curated a collection of artwork inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, as part of the citywide celebration of its 100th anniversary. That same evening we can catch the artist reception for David Smalarz’s ceramic work, also in the CAC’s galleries.
The Wexner Center for the Arts features their annual Cinema Festival Feb. 21-26, with an amazing line-up of screenings. I’d love to see David Byrne’s True Stories again. It’s showing on Friday, Feb. 22. It’s a fantastically quirky film, with Byrne as a sort of the narrator, getting to know this oddball fictional town of Virgil, Texas. I still have the VHS I bought off eBay years ago!
A few other events to hit up this weekend:
- The Columbus Museum of Art wraps up their annual Lego-themed Think Outside the Brick exhibition on Friday, Feb. 22.
- The next Backstage at the Lincoln Theatre performance is Tripp Fontane and Sarob on Thursday, Feb. 21.
- Hammond Harkins Galleries features a collection of Big Works from Laura Alexander, Denny Griffith, Melissa Vogley Woods, Aminah Robinson and other Columbus artists.
- The Hadden Sayers Band performs at Natalie’s on Feb. 22, while Popgun performs Feb. 23 and Buck’s Eye Stringband plays Feb. 24.
- The Columbus Folk Music Society hosts Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band at Columbus Mennonite Church on Saturday, Feb. 23
Final plug: even though the Pop-Up Arts Festival is over at the Dispatch Home & Garden Show, the show continues through this Sunday, Feb. 24. I’m hosting a series of brunch-themed demos with some of my favorite Columbus chefs on the Home Stage from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Come join me, and while you’re there, visit the gARTens!
Nick is Marketing, Communications, & Events Administrator for the Arts Council. He also leads culinary tours and blogs about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com. Next week is his 40th birthday, so you have to be nice to him.