I know this pandemic is far from over, and we’ve lost a lot along the way, but I’m allowing myself some hope these days as the weather warms, as my wife and I just got our second vaccinations (and as we see loads more friends, family, coworkers get shots) and as I just bought my first concert ticket last week. (Julien Baker at the Newport on Sept. 28, in case you were wondering.)
I’ll never again take for granted the joy of experiencing the arts in-person, whether it’s concerts, seeing movies in the theater, people-watching at big festivals.
For now, though, I’m happy to see all the virtual and in-person events happening. Here’s what I found on ColumbusMakesArt.com this week:
- CAPA’s ApART Together livestreaming concert series continues this week, with Molly Winters performing April 15, Liz Woolley on April 16 and C LA C I on April 17.
- You can support Wild Goose Creative and bid on local artwork at the virtual spring/summer edition of Wild Art Columbus on Thursday, April 15 from 6-9 p.m.
- If you’re comfortable visiting galleries in person, there’s a lot happening in the Short North, including an Aminah Robinson/DonCee exhibition at Hammond Harkins and Cody Heichel’s Amid the Greens at Brandt-Roberts.
- And if you’re comfortable with in-person concerts, the Columbus Symphony performs Dvorak Serenades April 16-18 at the Ohio Theatre, while ProMusica performs Mahler’s fourth symphony as part of their SpringFEST, April 17 and 18 at The Fives event space.
- Early Music Columbus streams Presto Barocco, a concert available starting 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16 through midnight, Monday, April 19.
- CATCO streams the virtual musical Dear Edwina from April 17-25. It’s the culmination of their kids’ Saturday Morning Musicals class.
- If you’re up Worthington way, stop by High Road Gallery to see artist Richard Ferguson’s show in-person. And then grab coffee at Highline Coffee Co. and see Abby Feinknopf’s Abloom and the I Am Boundless exhibitions.
- On Sunday, April 18, the McConnell Arts Center’s chamber orchestra performs String Impressions both virtually and in-person.
- That same day, you can attend the Spring Arts Festival in Franklinton. It features exhibitions, live music and panels about theater, poetry, music and more - all around 400 West Rich and ROY G BIV.
Nick is marketing, communications, & events administrator for the Arts Council. He’s also a food/travel writer penning works for Columbus Monthly, Ohio.org, Ohio Magazine, Experience Columbus and on his own site breakfastwithnick.com. He really is seriously excited to go to a concert again.