Weekend Warriors

Thawed Out and Ready

Our boys enjoyed a total of three snow/cold days last week, which means we recently finished up a five-day weekend (send booze). We made the most of it, though: we watched movies, read books, keep the fire going. And to our delight, they organized all of their Legos by color. For my wife and I, both serial organizers, this was a miracle to watch.

Now, however, the thaw has called us out of the house. I’ve searched the calendars on ColumbusMakesArt.com and am preparing an itinerary of arts adventures for the weekend.

The big happening this weekend is the world premiere of The Flood, a commissioned work by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Composed by Korinne Fujiwara and running Feb. 8-10 at the Southern Theatre, The Flood tells the story of the devastating 1913 Franklinton Flood. Have you seen the photos from it? They’re crazy! You wouldn’t recognize the city. (Fun fact: the walls of Bottoms Up Coffee in Franklinton are painted with photos of the flood. My seven-year-old, who’s really more like an old man, spent our entire trip to the shop trying to convince me he was present at the 1913 disaster.)

I’m also fascinated by a new exhibition space in The James Cancer Hospital. It’s curated by Hammond Harkins Galleries, and their first installation features the lovely work of Carol Stewart. We’d love to see Open Door Art Studio’s latest show, No Objections, opening Feb. 9. The idea behind the show is that the artists created abstract works that don’t show any recognizable objects. ProMusica is also performing a series of free concerts at local libraries, called Music on the Move; this Saturday, Feb. 9 their woodwind quintet is playing at the Reynoldsburg branch.

This Friday, Feb. 8 is the monthly Franklinton Fridays, where the district comes alive with concerts, studio tours, industrial activities at the Idea Foundry and of course, food and drink at local eateries. We’ll most definitely seek out the opening of Let There Be Light, an exhibition of illuminated artwork at the Vanderelli Room.

Whatever we discover, we’ll share it using #artmakescbus!

Nick is Marketing, Communications, & Events Administrator for the Arts Council. He also leads culinary tours and blogs about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com. He is obsessively entering the daily lottery for $10 Hamilton tickets.

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