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Entertainment in Columbus this weekend and beyond

Entertainment in Columbus this weekend and beyond

So, are you tired of binge watching (insert currently popular series)? Well, get off the couch and go to town! There are so many things to do in Columbus, and we’re here to help you find it!

For starters, you can go see a show at Oregon State University, or learn some simple bartending skills in a combination cocktail party/bartending class. Or, if you’re looking for some action-packed action, the National Arena hosts a rodeo.

Plus, Fortune Feimster will tickle your funny bones at the Palace, and an all-day rock concert/fundraiser will pay homage to the late Columbus musician Kim Crawford.

Speaking of music…early next week, local funk singer MojoFlo is throwing a party at Mardi Gras in Columbus and R&B singer SZA is coming to the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday.

These and other upcoming events are detailed below.To receive these ideas in your inbox each week, sign up 614 Life in Communication.

OSU Theater Ventures Into “The Wilderness”

Seth Berkley and Anne Hamburg of Ohio State University’s Department of Theater, Film, and Media Arts will explore the psychological trauma facing young people today in “Wilderness,” a gripping documentary. Six teens grapple with drug addiction, mental health and gender/sexual identity at an outdoor field camp for at-risk youth. Shows will be held Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm and Feb. 21-23 at the Drake Performance Center, River Den, 1849 Cannon Drive. Tickets are between $15 and $20. (614-292-5821, theater and film.osu.edu)

Local writers celebrate Toni Morrison

Hanif Abraquib and Dion Castle Edwards Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street, will discuss the influence of Ohio author Toni Morrison on their work and celebrate her legacy as an internationally renowned author. The prolific Nobel laureate Morrison, who died in 2019, was known for his prolific work, including novels such as The Bluest Eye, The Beloved and Song of Solomon. Free admission. Register on the library website to attend in person or online. (bexleylibrary.org)

‘Africa/Solo/Man’ Explores Black Brotherhood

Brother (hood) dance! – Consisting of Orlando Zane Hunter Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine – will present “African/Solo/Man” about black men and fraternity in a show at the Wexner Center Thursday-Saturday from 8 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stories of camaraderie that defy assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality Space, 1871 N. High St. The duo will use multimedia, dance and storytelling to chart their personal journeys. The performance contains adult content. Suggested fares are $24 for the general public and $12 for students and seniors. $6 Visiting Tickets and $48 Visiting Sponsor Tickets, which help support the Wexner Center’s efforts to provide access to the arts for all. (www.wexarts.org)

Thornton Wilder classic debut

You still have the opportunity to see Otterbein University’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning three-act play Our Town, which runs Thursday through Sunday Closing at 8 pm at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall (30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Narrated by a stage manager, this stark drama examines everyday life, love, marriage, death and the afterlife in the small New England town of Grover’s Point in the early 1900s. Tickets are $22. (614-823-1109, otterbein.edu/theater performances)

Cocktail reception with guided bartending

Shake (and stir) the night at the Columbus Cocktail Party, a unique nightlife experience starting Saturdays at 6:30 pm at COhatch Polaris, 1554 Polaris Parkway, Suite 325. One party and one mixing class, hands-on event will provide guests with their own cocktail station and all the liquors, mixers, shakers and utensils needed to learn how to make six classic cocktails. Tickets are $55. (facebook.com/ColumbusCocktailParty)

Fortune Feimster brings laughter to the palace

Comedian, author and actor Fortune Feimster, who uses storytelling to find common ground among people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations, will come to the Palace Theater at 34 W. Broad St. Saturday at 7 p.m. Feimster gained popularity as a member of the writing team on “Chelsea Lately” and was a series regular on “The Mindy Project” and “Kenan,” as well as recurring as Dougie on CBS’ “Life in Pieces.” Ranging from $29 to $125. (cbusarts.com)

Rodeo enters national arena

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo Returning to the National Arena, 200 Nationwide Blvd., Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., brings exciting events including fan favorites such as bull rides, horseback rides, bareback rides and women’s barrel racing. Comedian “The Barrel Man” Cody Sosebee and Wild West performer Loop Rawlins will also entertain the audience.Tickets start at $23 Ticketmaster.com.

Music fundraiser honors late Columbus rocker

A Celebration of Life and Final Fee Fundraiser for Columbus Musician Kim Crawford, who passed away on January 4, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Eldorado’s Food & Spirits, 4968 N. High St. held. Lineup will include Willie Phoenix, Donna Mogavero and 10AHEAD, Wednesday Wine, Bob Sauls and Jon Coleman, Screaming Urge, Nikki Wonder and The Bloodthirsty Virgins, Theresa Caldwell and Friends, Alecia Houston, Dexter Wesley and Red Hot Lava, Sioux Cavanaugh, The Brian Clash Band, Joel Mathers and Deane Arnold. There will also be raffles, official commemorative poster sales, and more. Free admission.besides Crawford’s GoFundMe.(mykerock.com)

MojoFlo Brings Carnival Funk

Local New Funk Band MojoFlo Liven up Tuesday at 7pm during Mardi Gras in Columbus (doors open at 4pm) at Summit Music Hall, 2210 Summit Street. Named a best band by Columbus Monthly in 2016, MojoFlo is known for its dynamic live shows and frontman Amber Knicole for her catchy beats and lyrics. The group has shared the stage with many big names including KC and Sunshine and Joan Jett. Also featuring special guests from Detroit are Ernie Johnson, New Basics Brass Band and Myhouse. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15. (facebook.com/MojoFloMusic)

SZA to kick off arena tour in Schott

Award-winning music trendsetters SZA, whose hits include “Good Day,” “I Hate You,” and “Shirt,” will kick off her first performance with supporting cast member Omar Apollo Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center, West Lane Avenue, and Olentangy River Road at 7 p.m. Arena tour. SZA’s 2017 debut album, Ctrl, went triple platinum and remained on the Billboard 200 chart, holding the record for longest-running debut album by a black female artist. Her long-awaited sophomore release is titled “SOS.” Tickets for the concert start at $189. (www.schottensteincenter.com)


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