Greetings and salutations! It’s been a while since I drove the Weekend Warriors bus. I have, however, been enjoying our city’s safe arts offerings, whether that means virtual performances or exploring outdoor art.
I’m not going to lie: as an introvert who knits, being told to stay home has not been a personal hardship. I was much more upset about artists losing revenue. Kicking in a “tip” or making a Patreon donation to see a Facebook Live show actually worked well for me. I could sit in the comfort of my own home and knit while listening (without getting side eye from other audience members).
If you are like me, or simply not yet feeling safe about public gatherings then these virtual concerts should make you happy,
- COVAID Live front porch Happy Hour series
- Jazz Arts Group, Offstage Live, June 25 & 28, free
- Wexner Daily Stream: Sharon Udoh Pages Concert, through June 29, pay what you like
- New Music Ohio, June 28, Ft Michael Rene Torres
The Wexner Center has done an incredible job adapting to our strange new world. True film nerds (I use that word with great respect) already know about the wealth of content they have offered up for online streaming.
Here’s what’s coming up:
- Cincinnati Goddam, through July 9, free
- Joan of Arc, through June 25, $10
- After Stonewall: Queer films made at the Wex, streaming online through July 2, free
- Papicha, through July 2, $10
- Yourself and Yours, through July 2, $12
For those who are ready to venture out (masks on please).
- Tim Easton is playing IRL at Natalie’s in Grandview on June 25.
- Paisha Thomas is doing a tribute to Stevie Wonder, Friday, June 26, at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music. Let me just repeat Paisha. Thomas. Tribute. STEVIE. WONDER.
- Summer Horticulture: Color to Discover is at the Franklin Park Conservator, through Aug. 31.
So, whether you are ready to go out and brave other humans or still wanting to shelter in place, the arts have something to ease your soul. Find more events at ColumbusMakesArt.com/Events.
Lacey Luce is a digital marketing strategist for the Greater Arts Columbus Arts Council who thinks six feet is just a little too close.