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Whether In-Person or Virtual, You’ll Find Plenty of Art This Weekend

These days are always a little funny. The weather is sunny with crystal clear skies, so I want to be outside. But it’s also a little chilly, so I look forward to hunkering down with hot coffee indoors.

Fortunately, looking through the calendar on ColumbusMakesArt.com, I’m finding that the arts in Columbus feeds both of those instincts: there are plenty of both virtual and in-person events happening this week!

Let’s take a look:

  • What better signifier of fall than the Rocky Horror Show? Short North Stage opens their production at the Garden Theater tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 15) and runs it through Nov. 1. They’re only selling 44 seats per performance, and you must purchase them in groups of two or four. Still, it makes me happy to see a theater production happening!
  • And more are being performed virtually: the Abbey Theater opens Aliens, 3 Miles, Turn Left, a spooky and family-friendly one-person show, on Oct. 16, while another group presents Daddy Long Legs: The Musical both virtually and as a drive-in at 400 West Rich this Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18.
  • BalletMet also hosts a virtual performance of its 2012 show In Creases, available online Oct. 16-19.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 17, the 2020 Women&Girls’Fest goes virtual from noon to 7 p.m., with performances, talks and other activities. The keynote speaker is actor and author Jenifer Lewis from Black-ish.
  • Tonight Linden Hollow and The Devil Doves celebrate their latest album releases together in person at Natalie’s in Grandview (Oct. 14). Natalie’s continually hosts concerts; just look at their page to see what’s coming.
  • Also tonight, ReelAbilities hosts a virtual screening of the documentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story. It becomes available at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 14) and will be available for 48 hours.
  • The McConnell Arts Center (of which I’m a board member) kicks off a new virtual series tonight called MAC Connects. The series is meant to connect artists with the community, and the first three (Oct. 14, 21 and 28) feature talks from CCAD prof Brian R. Williams about art thefts, forgeries and smuggling.
  • This week the Wexner Center opened an in-person video installation called Sequence 101: Diasporic Reckoning, on view through Nov. 8.
  • Last week I sang the praises of all things pumpkin-related, and this week Franklin Park Conservatory opened Pumpkins Aglow and its glass pumpkin patch, both running through Oct. 25.
  • On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Phenix Banquet Center hosts the Central Ohio Afro Fest, celebrating the food and culture of various African countries.
  • The Westland Mall Drive-In series welcomes REZZ (Oct. 15) and Fitz and The Tantrums (Oct. 16) this week.
  • From Oct. 16-19, Early Music Columbus hosts a virtual performance from multi-instrumentalist Sean Ferguson.

Nick is marketing, communications, & events administrator for the Arts Council. He also leads culinary tours and blogs about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com. He runs on coffee and bourbon these days… sometimes at the same time.

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