March has arrived like a lion, bringing with it an abundance of art, music, movies, dance and more for you to get out and enjoy this weekend.
By popular demand, “Something Wild is Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak” has been extended for another two weeks, so head over to the Columbus Museum of Art.or if you like a little fresh Take a stroll with your art and check out the Parsons Avenue Winter Art Hop and Mural Tour.
Black artists will appear in film and dance events, while Mexican, Brazilian, French and Ukrainian music will be performed by local duo Flautango.
Early next week, author Fran Lebowitz will appear in the South, fitting for Women’s History Month, and the Westville Public Library will present “What a Woman Can Do: Women Artists at the Columbus Museum of Art.”
These are just some of the options on offer around Columbus next week. Read more about them and other events below.To receive these ideas in your inbox each week, sign up 614 Life in Communication.
More time to see “wildlife”
Columbus Museum of Art at 480 E. Broad St. Expands Popular Reach “Something Crazy Is Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak” Exhibit until March 19th. The exhibit showcases more than 150 of Sendak’s drawings, storyboards, and paintings from the Maurice Sendak Foundation’s collection. Museum admission is $18 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (18 and up), and children (4-17); free for members and children 3 and under. Tickets to “Wild Things” are an additional $10. Discounted admission on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm is $5 each for general admission and special exhibit admission. Admission is free for all on Sundays. (Columbus Museum.org)
‘Birthright’ ends film series
this “African American Film Pioneer” The Gateway Film Center Series at 1550 N. High St. will screen Oscar Michaud’s “Birthright” at 7 p.m. A remake of Michaud’s 1924 film of the same name, the 1938 film centers on idealistic young men who try to establish schools in rural areas but are opposed by black and white communities. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm prior to the film showing, and tickets are $12.50. (gatewayfilmcenter.org)
Art Leap, a Saturday mural tour on Parsons Avenue
Peruse a variety of work by local artists during the Parsons Avenue Winter Art Hop and Mural Tour, held Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. at the community venue: Coffee & Meeting House, 1134 Parsons Ave. Works will be available for purchase and shuttles will be provided during the event. Participating galleries include Community Grounds, Parsons, North Brewing Company, The Roscoe Room, 5th Element Tattoo Gallery, All People Arts and Southside Murals. (facebook.com/mycommunitygrounds)
Libraries Offer Delicious Book Selection
If you’re looking for new reading material, come to the Library Book Tasting Saturday at 4 pm at the Parsons Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1113 Parsons Ave. As part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations, tables will be set and books of all types will be available for your perusal. The event is free. Additionally, the 150th birthday celebration will feature parties at 22 of the 23 library branches on Saturday, with refreshments and the chance to win prizes, including a $150 Target gift card. See the main library website for events at each branch. (columbus library.org)
black street dancer performing
Local black hip-hop culture and music will take center stage at The Gathering, an event on Saturdays from 6pm to 9pm showcasing indigenous dance genres in the black diaspora Wild Goose Creative, 188 McDowell St. One of the aims of the event is to align the work of the hip-hop community with that of the wider dance community. According to Isom, “Everyone is welcome to join this meetup so we can continue to build our dance community.” General admission is $10. (instagram.com/mrdisom)
columbus musicians will be showcased
Spirit of the Bear, Cousin Simple and Adam Paddock will share headlines Saturday at Columbus Against the World at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., a celebration of the local music scene. Left Out will also perform. Doors open at 6pm, presented by the Fairly Local Show from Alt. 105.7, the all ages event will include giveaways, free t-shirts, unique photo opportunities and more. Tickets are $20. (promowestlive.com)
Tribute to Nirvana
Put on your flannel Saturday at the Rumba Cafe at 2507 Summit St. and get dirty and stinky at Smells Like Nirvana and opener Dead Original Nirvana The tribute band will perform songs from Nirvana’s albums Nevermind, In Utero and Bleach, as well as B-side and rare songs. Dead Original, featuring former members of Grammy-nominated metal band Trivium, will perform songs from their album Bought and Sold. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. (ticketweb.com)
Flautango will present a diverse program
Founded in the early 2000’s to promote high quality Latin American music, Flautango will present a program of traditional Mexican, Brazilian, French classical and Ukrainian tango music on Sundays at 3pm at First English Lutheran Church, 1015 East Main Street. Flautango, with flutist Rodolfo Vazquez and guitarist Sean Ferguson, has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic and has performed at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio State University, Ohio State Capitol, Ohio Theater and more. Vazquez was named the top Latino artist in Ohio by The Ohio Sun. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. (firstname.lastname@example.org; 614-352-3560)
Fran Lebowitz shares stories and thoughts
Enjoy an evening of satirical social commentary with witty author and opinionated speaker Fran Lebowitz, who comes to the Southern Theater at 21 E. Main St. on Mondays at 7:30 pm. Lebowitz’s books include Urban Life (1978) and Social Studies (1981), which were combined in 1994 into The Fran Lebowitz Reader. “Public Speaking” (2010) and the Netflix documentary series “Pretend It’s a City” (2021). Tickets start at $60. (Kapanet)
Female Artists to Watch
Discover 21 women artists from 1636 to the present during “What a Woman Can Do: Women Artists at the Columbus Museum of Art” on March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. See the works of these painters, sculptors, photographers, and multimedia artists from around the world and from places close to home, and learn about their lives, techniques, and influences. The event is open to those 18 and over. Registration required by noon on March 8th. (westville library.org)