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Weekend Warriors

Suspended Sculptures, Improv Shows, Documentaries About Poets & More

I talk about the weather all the time, but only because it so affects my mood and energy level. And I come alive when it’s cooler out. So I’m really excited about this new exhibition that just opened in Schiller Park, called Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature and Culture. Polish artist Jerzy Jotka Kdziora creates these sculptures that are artfully balanced and suspended from wires, seeming to defy gravity. I love this opportunity to enjoy fall weather while experiencing art at the same time!

(P.S. If you want to explore more outdoor art, spend some time searching the public art database!)

While I’m planning an outing to see Kdziora’s work in German Village, I’m finding many more things to do on ColumbusMakesArt.com, including:

  • All this month the Wexner Center offers free screenings of a film titled RISE, which explores a community of poets, rappers and singers on the outskirts of Toronto. It sounds powerful and fascinating!
  • CATCO opens a new production called Home, about an African-American man searching for his home, which opens this Wednesday, Nov. 6 and runs through the 24th.
  • Ohio State Dance presents 13 Dance Shorts, choreographed by professionals and performed by students, Nov. 7-16.
  • Opera Columbus offers two performances this Friday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 10, of a thought-provoking story, As One, about a transgender woman exploring her identity.

I really have to highlight the Nest Theatre’s twice-monthly show Anonymous: Your Secrets, Our Show. A couple weeks ago, my wife and I caught part of an improv festival at the Nest Theatre. The highlight was easily the Anonymous performance; the team improvises a series of sketches based on secrets that audience members submit ahead of time. I highly recommend seeing a show. Their next one is this Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are only $10 in advance, and they have a full bar!

Finally, there are a lot of new exhibitions opening!

  • The Columbus Museum of Art just opened a new exhibition called Driving Forces, which features a huge selection of work from the Pizzuti family. The exhibition runs concurrently at both the museum and at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Short North.
  • I’m fascinated by this new exhibition in the Rhodes Office Tower, The People and Places of Columbus. Mike Fields and Jim Siemer, portrait and landscape artists, respectively, have created this show celebrating Columbus from different perspectives. It’s free – catch it through Nov. 29!
  • The latest free exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in the Main Library focuses around James Thurber’s book The Last Flower. It features the original manuscript of the book paired with local artists’ work created as response to it.

Whatever you do, be sure to tag your discoveries online with #artmakescbus!

Nick is Marketing, Communications, & Events Administrator for the Arts Council. He also leads culinary tours and blogs about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com. He really does recommend catching a show at the Nest Theatre soon.

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