It’s kind of a slow week in Columbus for everything other than St Patrick’s Day activities. That said, the (non-Irish themed) Green Drinks event at Urban Arts Space will be a great opportunity to check out their place while supporting upcoming Earth Day events. Also, there’s a big car show going on at the convention center for car enthusiasts, and a Slow Food meeting that I’d attend on Tuesday if I wasn’t going to be in DC.
Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Wednesday, March 14
Genwex Presents: Upstarts – 6pm – $5 – Wexner Center for the Arts – Hear from members of Columbus’s creative class, who have turned personal passions into successful businesses. Our panelists are Brady Konya from Middle West Spirits, Ryan Vesler from Homage, and Courtney Yoakum from Open Door Art Studio, with moderator Cat Sheridan (CCAD). The evening begins with a cash bar happy hour and complimentary snacks; the panel discussion starts at 7 PM. Food provided by Yellow Brick Pizza.
Universitas – 6pm – free – Columbus Museum of Art – Join Abe Alexander and David Sherry from Trident Design for the next gathering of Universitas. They’ll share their creative process for turning ideas into tangible products: from creativity to idea to execution. Come ready with your ideas!
Thursday, March 15
Cocktails at the Conservatory – 5:30pm-10pm – $11 – Franklin Park Conservatory - Visit the Conservatory and view its exhibitions during this weekly after-hours social event. Enjoy a full bar selection, featured cocktails, small plates and live music. 21 and over. Entrance fee includes $10 of tokens to be used towards drinks and small plates. Check out their orchids exhibit while you’re there!
Green Drinks @ Urban Arts Space – 6pm-9pm – donations accepted – OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W Town St, Columbus 43215) – Green Columbus will host a special Green Drinks at Urban Arts Space to kick-off the countdown to Earth Day. Come toast the efforts of volunteer organizers and collaborating organizations – enjoy a night of live and silent local art auctions, good spirits and friendly neighbors as we support the push to Root Down 2012. (Donations encouraged!)
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Tasting – 6:30pm – $15 – Explorers Club (1586 S High St, 43207) – FIVE Great Lakes Beers to Taste, Appetizers, and a Great Lakes Souvenir Pint Glass to Take Home! Space is limited. Reserve your seat now at 614-725-0155.
Friday, March 16
A Night of the Harold and Musical Improv – 8pm-10pm – $5 (BYOB) – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St, 43202) – Come join us for a night of The Harold and Musical Improvisation! This set will feature some of Columbus’ finest improvisers from troupes such as See You Thursday, The Shimmy Shake Project, Not From Concentrate, Fishbowl, Parlor Tricks, The Dixie Cups and more! Bring your favorite cold beverage, alcohol if you are over 21, and come out and enjoy the show.
Saturday, March 17
Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 11:30am – free – Nationwide Arena – The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Columbus is sponsored and completely funded by the Shamrock Club of Columbus. The Day will begin with a Mass at Holy Cross Church at 9:30AM. The Parade will step off at 11:30am on Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District and will end at Veteran’s Memorial on W. Broad St. where the Irish Family Reunion begins at 1:00pm. More info here.
St Patrick’s Day Party @ Byrne’s Pub – 11am – $5 before 4pm/$10 after 4pm – Byrne’s Pub (1248 W 3rd Ave) – Saturday will have Guinness Stew, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, and French Fries, all available inside the tent. Beer prices will be the same as they have been for the last four years ($5 for draft, $3.50 Domestic Cans)! Saturday Festivities: Drowsy Lads – Sat. – 8pm; 9 Castle Close – Sat. 4pm; Knot Fibb’n Sat. – 1pm; visits by The Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums (times unconfirmed)
Columbus International Auto Show – 10am-9pm – $8 – Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N High St, 43215) – In addition to the hundreds of shiny new vehicles on site, the auto show also features fun for all ages. In between solving mysteries, Scooby Doo will make special appearances on Saturday, 3/17 and Sunday, 3/18 from 11-2 p.m. Matt the Balloon Guy will create his masterful balloon art on Saturday, 3/17 from 12 – 3pm and Sunday, 3/18 from 1 – 4 pm and Division BMX & Dialed Action Sport Shows will occur throughout the auto show. Think you’re going to miss out on the March Madness while attending the show? Not this year. Our March Madness Lounge will make you feel right at home with a full cash bar, comfy couches and big screen TVs tuned into the games.
Green Beer with Green Columbus – 1pm-4pm – free – Fulcrum Creatives – Celebrate St. Patricks’ Day the greenest way possible. Help us spread the work about Earth Day 2012: Root Down! We will divide and conquer on foot on bike on bus and carpool to hang posters and give out postcards. We will have pizza at 1pm, plan our canvasing, then end 4pm at a bar somewhere in the Short North. We are meeting at Fulcrum Creatives, 9 E 2nd Ave in the Short North at 1pm. All volunteers will receive a voucher good for two weeks worth of discounts at local businesses and pizza. “Join” the event on Facebook here.
Sunday, March 18
Food Truck Mania at New Albany Schools – 12pm-4pm – no cover – New Albany High School (6600 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH) – Join New Albany Schools Athletic Boosters for the first annual FOOD TRUCK MANIA! Bring the whole family! Kick off the Spring Sports Season! Meet the athletes! Check out our Spirit Wear. Come out to New Albany and experience the following Food Trucks: Mojo Tago – Gourmet TACOS taGOs . Inspired by a love of fresh Mexican cuisine and the LA food truck movement. It is about good food taGo. It is about fun. It is about finding your MOJO and you can’t do that on an empty stomach; The Cheesy Truck – Central Ohio’s most talked about food truck specializes in artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches and sexy snacks. Mike’s Late Night Slice – Voted Best Food Truck 2011 Late Night Slice has been feeding the late night denizens of downtown pizza lovers with a delicious, hot slice since 2009; Tatoheads – Shake on a seasoning, dip it in a sauce, or load it up with our globally-inspired combinations at Tatoheads! It is not the potato, but what we do to the potato that is the magic; Pitabilities -Take advantage of the chance to “Taste the Possibilities.” Locally-produced ingredients, grilled fresh when you order it, with your selection of toppings (your choice of peppers, tomatoes, sauces, spices, and cheese) added in and served on a warm pita or salad; Layer - Every delicious thing we bake is created with the ultimate goal of bringing a little bit of joy and a whole lot of sweetness to the lives we touch. A licensed home bakery in the Short North that specializes in unique, made-from-scratch desserts.
Columbus International Auto Show – 10am-6pm – $8 – Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N High St, 43215) – In addition to the hundreds of shiny new vehicles on site, the auto show also features fun for all ages. In between solving mysteries, Scooby Doo will make special appearances on Saturday, 3/17 and Sunday, 3/18 from 11-2 p.m. Matt the Balloon Guy will create his masterful balloon art on Saturday, 3/17 from 12 – 3pm and Sunday, 3/18 from 1 – 4 pm and Division BMX & Dialed Action Sport Shows will occur throughout the auto show. Think you’re going to miss out on the March Madness while attending the show? Not this year. Our March Madness Lounge will make you feel right at home with a full cash bar, comfy couches and big screen TVs tuned into the games.
Quartetto Gelato – 2pm – $25 adults/$10 for students – Via Vecchia Winery – Quartetto Gelato is virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, gypsy pyrotechniques and a World Accordion Champion, where music meets theatre and audiences are taken on an unforgettable musical journey! Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. Quartetto Gelato established themselves as dominant forces on the music scene early in their career by winning the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s Debut Artist of the Year. The selection panel concluded the quartet was “an amazing ensemble that achieves the nearly impossible: they play salon music with real style and classical music with real precision; Great chops and a commitment in all that they play.” Tickets for Quartetto Gelato can be purchased online at CityMusicColumbus.org or by calling the CityMusic office at 614-223-3093. Additional ticket outlets include the CAPA ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations and Better Earth in the North Market. More information at CityMusicColumbus.org.
Monday, March 19
Central Ohio Food Forum – 5:30pm-8:30pm (program starts at 6:30pm) – donations accepted – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St, 43202) – Join us for a series of open and honest conversations about our food system. With topics ranging from production to distribution, community gardens to backyard chickens, and everything in between, we invite you to join us. Bring your ideas, questions and thoughts, your neighbors, friends and family. The Central Ohio Food Forum invites farmers, gardeners, growers, chefs, home cooks, homesteaders, planners, and eaters of all types to join in the conversation for the betterment of our food system. BYOB encouraged (especially if it’s local!)
Mobile Monday at St. James Tavern featuring Per Zoot Food Truck – 6:30pm?-9:30pm? – St. James Tavern (1057 N 4th St) – Stop by St. James Tavern every Monday to check out a local food truck. ECDI’s Food Fort helps put this partnership together and it sounds great! Per Zoot Food Truck (new to Columbus starting March 12th) will provide good sandwiches and soups served with house made breads.
Tuesday, March 20
Slow Food Meeting w/Terra Madre – 6pm-9pm – $5 – North Market Dispatch Kitchen (59 Spruce St, 43215) – Time is running out for us to find, inspire, and prepare the Terra Madre 2012 delegates from central Ohio. Please join us on Tuesday evening for a convivial gathering of past delegates, possible 2012 delegates, and Slow Food members. We believe that a commitment to diversity—of food, culture, ideas, and people—is at the heart of Slow Food. It’s why we are a global movement, and why we want a U.S. delegation that represents the diverse food movement in the U.S. The second portion of the evening’s agenda will be a discussion of potential Slow Food plans and projects for the upcoming year.