You know that saying, when it rains it pours? Well that’s true this weekend in the arts. As I started checking the events calendar at ColumbusMakesArt.com, I quickly had an entire weekend plotted—and then some.
Let’s start with baby Friday (aka Thursday) Jan. 30, The Bobby Floyd Trio will be at the Natalie’s Grandview location, but not as a ticketed event. They will be performing in the restaurant side of the new(ish) venue from 6-8 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy dinner and a show with world-class musicians. I just checked out the dining room menu, and I think this might be the perfect date night set up, better make a reservation.
Friday, Jan. 31 is the free preview reception for three new shows that The Wexner Center for the arts is opening Saturday, Feb. 1, Sadie Benning: Pain Thing; LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze; and William E. Jones: Youngstown/Steel Town (a video installation). Friday we can also see Stanya Kahn: No Go Backs, which opened last week. The reception is free, but they are asking for a RSVP, which you should do so they have enough food.
I’ve had this on my calendar for a while: Ohio Diaspora: Art form the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Ohio Artists at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. This show includes some artists that I know and love: Lisa McLymont and April Sunami. Artists that I don’t know as well, but whose work I have admired for years: Ron Anderson, Queen Brooks and Tariq Tarey, and of course a host of new artists to explore. So, basically checking all the boxes for me.
The show opens on Thursday, Jan. 30 so if I want to go on my own and just quietly absorb the work, going Thursday is a good option. If I want to turn my visit into a full-on social experience (that’s IRL social) then Saturday is the day. There is a curator’s tour with Rosa Rojas at 1 p.m. (I LOVE curator tours) and a reception following at 2 p.m. with music by Paisha Thomas and Counterfeit Madison! As always Riffe Gallery exhibitions and events are free.
Saturday, Feb. 1 is also the day that ProMusica hosts a benefit and concert with Broadway’s Grammy-Award-winning Renee Elise Goldsberry (aka the woman who first brought Angelica Schuyler to life in Hamilton). One could easily make a day of it downtown by enjoying the exhibition tour and reception at the Riffe, grabbing a little early dinner, and then heading over to the Southern Theatre for the preview party and concert.
You can find more events at ColumbusMakesArt.com, but me, I’m set and looking forward to sharing my experiences on Insta via #artmakescbus.
Lacey Luce is a digital marketing strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who now has the soundtrack for Hamilton stuck in her head.
Image credit: Bing Davis, "Ancestral Spirit Dance #415," 2018