Autumn officially arrives at 9:03 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and in her colorful bags she has packed cooler temperatures. I LOVE fall. No, not because of pumpkin spice lattes *barfy face.* I love the way the air smells. I love that there is just enough chill for cute knit hats, lots of hot coffee and fire pits, but it is not so cold that you don’t want to be out. This weekend will be perfect for getting out and touring the arts and I have compiled a short list of 10 events that have me excited and also happen to be art stops in the Columbus Makes Art Passport.
- Columbus native and poet extraordinaire Barbara Fant is back in town with her new book Mouths of Garden. Thurber House is hosting a special author event in the Thurber center, on Thursday, Sept. 22. I miss Barbara and am looking forward to seeing her again. If you’ve never heard Barbara read live, GO.
- Sept. 22 is also a BAM (Bar Art Music) night at the museum—you could swing by there then head over to the Barbara Fant event.
- The downside of having a robust arts scene is that you have to make choices. Another incredible writer and singer has an event Sept. 22. Columbus-based artist Paisha Thomas is at Streetlight Guild with Blues and a Book sharing live blues music and her recently published memoir Looking for Innocence.
- Friday, Sept. 23, the McConnell Arts Center is hosting the Tony Hagood Quintet performing A Night of Jazz Cartoon Themes.
- Global Gallery (which is also a coffee house) has Six Feet Apart playing Sept. 23 as part of its free fall music series—can’t think of better than free music with a hot beverage.
- Urban Arts Space opens their Department of Art Faculty exhibition Sept. 21 and it runs through Nov. 12.
- The Cultural Arts Center just opened their latest exhibition, The Earth is Us: Forging a New Relationship, which explores the importance of environmental stewardship.
- Saturday, Sept. 24, Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is hosting an open house. You can see demos, meet printmakers, buy art and learn about their workshops.
- Sept. 23-25 is the Glass Pumpkin Patch event at Franklin Park Conservatory.
- Columbus Underground’s Columbus Coffee Festival is at the Ohio Village Sept. 24-25. While the star of this event is that oh-so-good brew, there will be live music and poetry—I’ll say it again, I can’t think of anything better than free music with a hot beverage.
Of course there is a lot more going on in our fair city. Check out the events calendar at ColumbusMakesArt.com for more.
Lacey Luce is a digital marketing strategist who is shocked that Ohio weather is perfectly aligning itself with the start of fall.