Weekend Warriors

Nine arts events to put a spring into your step

As I sit down to write this, my weather app is telling me that Saturday, April 6, will have a high of 69 degrees and only 10% chance of rain. If that holds we might actually have spring people. Spring in Ohio must not be ignored so outdoors I will head to experience art.

Early in the day is the CCAD Art Fair where I look forward to great unique arts shopping and a walk around and enjoy the beautiful campus. As a matter of fact while there I might just walk around the Topiary Park, stop by the library (they are having a big book sale), visit the Columbus Museum of Art and grab lunch at the Schokko Café (they have REALLY good fries).

Then as the afternoon progresses, I can head over to the Short North for a little break and an adult beverage, then I can stroll through and enjoy the Short North Gallery Hop. One of my favorite things about the SN gallery hop are the street musicians, including the lovely Ms. KaTanya Ingram. But I’m also looking forward to checking out the galleries, which have a long history of showcasing and supporting local artists.

And, there’s also the Hilltop Art Hop, so I’ll take a quick drive west—with windows down and music up of course. What a dreamy way to spend a Saturday.

While Saturday has the best weather forecast and luckily the most outdoor friendly art opportunities, that doesn’t mean the rest of the weekend is without its pleasures.

The Cultural Arts Center just opened a new show, Where the Wild Things Are featuring work by Evangelia Philippidis and Judith Vierow and they are having an Artists’ reception on Friday, April 5. I always love to see a show when there’s a chance to meet/hear from the artist.

Hixon Dance is starting their run of Entanglement April 5 (with a final performance on April 13).

Also on Friday, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra brings back their popular Naked Classics series—where they deconstruct a masterwork to feature fascinating aspects of the piece and insight into the composer’s life. This installment features Shostakovich.

On Thursday, April 4, Actors’ Theater has another Drunken Underground performance at the Pretentious Barrel House, this one featuring the Bard’s As you Like It; and The Nest Theater is hosting a comedy arts festival (or Nestival) April 4-6. Also,in theater news, Sunday, April 7, Red Herring Productions is opening The Vagina Monologues.

That’s just a handful of arts events happening this weekend. Visit ColumbusMakeArts.com to find more and tag your adventures with #artmakescbus.

Lacey Luce is a digital strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who tends to stalk her weather app this time of year.

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