Columbus Events Feb 17 – 22

Rather than fight the crowds for Valentine's Day, Sam and I opened a bottle of Argentine wine and made steak at home.

Rather than fight the crowds for Valentine’s Day, Sam and I opened a bottle of Argentine wine and ate steak at home. Thanks for your many photo contributions, Sam!

This is my last events post!  I started writing these as emails back in 2010 for a few friends who were new to Columbus and who wanted to know about fun things to do on the weekend.  Over time, the list of people who signed on for my weekly email grew to include acquaintances, and then people I’d never met.  In September of 2011, I started up this blog so I could share the event information online and post about happy hours, too.

As of today, nearly 500 people either receive my emails or follow the blog. I love how many of you I’ve met as a result of it!  Beyond that, the events posts have been my impetus on many an occasion to get off my couch.  From Pecha Kucha to Science Pub to Best Bites to Schmeckfest, Columbus offers up dozens of fantastic opportunities every week to meet new people, eat new things, and explore the city.

Whether you joined in 2010 or 2016, thanks for following along – see you around!

Tania

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Wednesday, February 17

Dress for Success Columbus Anniversary Open House – 5pm-7pm – free – 1204 N High St – With your support, it’s an honor to celebrate 9 years of empowering women in our community to blossom and achieve their potential! Since opening in 2007, with your support we’ve empowered more than 8,000 women in Central Ohio! Tour our Suiting Boutique and Career Center, learn about our transformational programs, and discover rewarding involvement opportunities! Light refreshments served! Donations of new or gently used professional handbags appreciated – tax receipts provided! Details here.

Creative Meals w/Rotisserie Chicken Cooking Demo & Dinner – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Hills Market Worthington (7860 Olentangy River Rd) – Our Hills Own Rotisserie Chickens can be a lifesaver on busy weeknights. Learn from Chef Nate how to use them to create something magical by incorporating items you already have in your pantry for a quick, nutritious, and filling family meal. Dinner will follow in our wine department with wines presented by Wine Director Jan Wilson. Price is $25/person and includes 3 courses, 3 wines, and coffee. Reservations should be made by calling 614.846.3220. Details here.

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Thursday, February 18

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Homestead Tap Takeover and Best Buddies Fundraiser – 3pm-9pm – The Ohio Taproom (1291 W 3rd Ave) – Join us February 18 for a Homestead Beer Company Tap Takeover with proceeds benefitting Best Buddies Ohio. We’ll have five Homestead beers on tap and will be giving away pint glasses. Delicious Homestead beers on tap: Snake Oil Super Pale; Bison Imperial Stout; Tenpenny Amber; Pioneer Pilsner; 3MC’s DIPA. More info here.

Via Vecchia Winery Open House – 5:30pm-7:30pm – free – 485 S Front St – We invite you to our winery for a casual Open House to consider hosting your next client brunch, employee workshop or product launch at our urban winery. Enjoy naturally made wines and tour our historic 1800’s building while meeting the staff, our caterers and guest vendors. Getting Married? This is the perfect opportunity to do an evening walk-through. Detail here.

Talk: Designer Josh Owen – 6:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – A plunger may not seem like a thing of beauty. But the one that award-winning designer Josh Owen designed as part of the WC Line for Kontextur is sleek and modern and downright nice to look at. Owen, who chairs the Industrial Design Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has designed everything from clocks and coatracks. He’ll talk about his work at the Canzani Center Auditorium as part of the Visiting Artists & Scholars series at the Beeler Gallery. Details here.

Happy Hour w/the Columbus Symphony Orchestra – 6:30pm-8:30pm – free – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – Free Concert | Free Appetizers | Special Drink Prices. Bar opens at 5:30. Concert begins at 6:30. This colorful musical evening is comprised of works inspired by some of the best travel destinations — Rome, Spain, and Alaska. Peter Stafford Wilson, Conductor. Details here.

Chrissie Brodigan from Github – 6:30pm-9pm – $5-15 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Chrissie Brodigan has been designing for users for over 10 years. As a Design Researcher for GitHub, Chrissie helps solve for user growth. She works on site optimization, mobile and desktop conversion channels, user segmentation, content strategy, and A/B tests everything except her coffee. Previously, she led information architecture and experience design for Mozilla and Firefox websites. Chrissie believes we should think in terms of human behaviors, and talk with people to become better at discovering and solving problems. Join us as we learn about Measuring Hard-to-Measure Things! Details here.

Jackie O’s 12 Beer Tap Invasion + Barrel & Boar BBQ – 7pm-11pm – The Daily Growler (2812 Fishinger Rd) – As any OU grad will tell you, Jackie O’s is one of the best craft breweries, not just in Ohio, but in the country! Thursday 2/18 we will be featuring 12 of their beers on tap, including several very rare one offs. $1 off Jackie O’s Growlers; $2 off Jackie O’s Pints; and $3 off Jackie O’s Flights. List of beers here.

Sticky Fingers Dance Party – 9pm – $3 – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – Join us February 18th for STICKY FINGERS with The Rolling Stones in heavy rotation! As always, STICKY FINGERS is an all-vinyl, (mostly) 70s rock & roll dance party; ONLY $3 to get in (NO COVER IF YOU DRESS 70s!!!) with $3 drink specials all night long! Ryan Miller on the party pics! Doors at 9pm 21+. More info here.

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Friday, February 19

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Brownie in Motion Traveling Picture Show – 6pm-8pm – free – Cultural Arts Center (139 W Main St) – This Exhibit documents Stephen’s cross-country quest to return to the roots of photography itself; to understand where we’ve been, where we are going, and what may be forgotten in the name of progress. And yes, the room-sized Brownie box camera will be front and center. Details here.

Food Truck & Funk @ the Gent – 6pm-11:30pm – RSVP required – Flying Gent (46 N High St) – The Deeptones, a favorite Columbus funk and soul band, will be in the groove deep below High Street in our Lower Levels Venue. -Cold beer from great craft breweries on deck per usual. I’m mean com’on, it’s the Gent! -Dos Hermanos will be rolling down to sling fresh hot delicious authentic Mexican cuisine from its beast food truck.-Flying Gent, as usual, the the Gent comes through with the best shopping experience on the planet. The store will be open and staffed for your shopping pleasure. All night long. Check your items at the counter. And you can pick up your purchases at any time. That way you can keep your hands free for beers and tacos. Must RSVP here.

Columbus Winter Beerfest 2016 – 7:30pm – $45-55 – Convention Center (400 N High St) – The Columbus Winter Beerfest returns to the Columbus Convention Center on February 19 & 20! That’s a few weeks later than last year due to the renovations/construction at the Center. Same great party with over 12,000 Craft Beer lovers descending upon the Convention Center to sample over 350 Craft Beers from down the street and around the country! Now one of the Top Ten Largest Craft Beer Festivals in the country! Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

CSO Masterworks 7: Musical Postcards – 8pm – starting at $25 – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – This glamorous musical journey begins in the rolling greenery of the Czech countryside (Smetana), stops in the shimmering sands of Egypt (Saint-Saëns), offers a glimpse of expansive Alaskan landscapes (Adams), and views the ancient glories of Rome (Respighi) before concluding with the scintillating songs and dances of a fiery Spanish fiesta (Rimsky-Korsakov). Accompaniments: Prelude; TONIC Friday; and Postlude. Tickets here.

CD102.5 Day Local Artist Showcase – Side A – 8pm – free/$5 – Skully’s Music-Diner (1151 N High St) – 8P – Doors. 10P – Midnight Coast. 11P – The Cordial Sins. 12A – Personal Public. DJ Set with George Brazil 8-10pm & 12:40 -1:30am. 18+ // Under 21 – $5 // 21+ Free. More info here.

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Saturday, February 20

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Robert Mason Co Opens in the Short North – 10am-8pm – 17 Brickel St – Robert Mason Co. returns to Columbus as we open the doors to our new flagship store in the Short North on Saturday, February 20th! Join us as we celebrate our opening in our new location that is literally ten times bigger than the pop-up store on Gay Street! Get ready, get excited and as always…#GetInspired! More info here.

Globe School at Actor’s Theatre of Columbus Audition Workshop – 12pm-2pm – $20 – 1000 City Park Ave – The Globe School at Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is holding an audition workshop with Education Director and Acting Coach Andy Falter. This workshop is designed for actors of all skill levels in preparation for the March 5 and 6 Actors’ Theatre auditions for the 2016 summer season. Workshop participants will walk away with useful information about the entire audition process, as well as helpful critique and video (recorded on each participant’s phone or video device). Details here.

YOP Land Grant Brewing Tour – 1pm-2:30pm – free? – 424 W Town St – The Young Ohio Preservationists are hosting an exclusive tour and presentation by Blake Compton, CEO of Compton Construction, LLC about the making of Land-Grant Brewing Company! The space had previously been an elevator factory prior to the change of use renovation. The building was transformed from top to bottom into what has become a destination brewery in Franklinton. The building now features reclaimed materials, including locally harvested barn wood, along with custom features that make it a one of a kind space. Join us for drinks at the brewery following the tour! More info here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 2pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

Rock the Garage – 2pm-6pm – free? – 269 E 5th Ave – Mikey’s Late Night Slice and DareDevil Dogs are partnering to throw the fundraiser to end all fundraisers. We will have both our food trucks, live bands, a raffle and North High beer inside Late Night Slice’s HUGE garage with all proceeds benefiting the A Kid Again Foundation. To make this event UNMISSABLE DareDevil Dogs will be serving a hot dog with ingredients from Late Night Slice and Late Night Slice will be serving a Pizza with ingredients from DareDevil Dogs! The event will be held at the Mikey’s Late Night Slice commissary near the corner of 5th Ave and 4th St. 10% of all food sales and all proceeds from the raffle will be going directly to A Kid Again. More info here.

An Evening with The Smiths Dinner Party – 5pm-9pm – $50 – The Kitchen (231 E Livingston Ave) – Tonight’s dinner party is inspired by the music and ethical food choices of the band’s lead singer Morrisey. Join us for this vegetarian dinner with a side of kitsch! Pricing is per person. Full Bar is available at standard rates. Please note that this is a participatory dinner. Cooking will begin 30 minutes after the posted start time. Dinner will be served roughly 1 1/2-2 hours later. Tickets here.

Columbus Winter Beerfest 2016 – 7:30pm – $45-55 – Convention Center (400 N High St) – The Columbus Winter Beerfest returns to the Columbus Convention Center on February 19 & 20! That’s a few weeks later than last year due to the renovations/construction at the Center. Same great party with over 12,000 Craft Beer lovers descending upon the Convention Center to sample over 350 Craft Beers from down the street and around the country! Now one of the Top Ten Largest Craft Beer Festivals in the country! Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

CSO Masterworks 7: Musical Postcards – 8pm – starting at $25 – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – This glamorous musical journey begins in the rolling greenery of the Czech countryside (Smetana), stops in the shimmering sands of Egypt (Saint-Saëns), offers a glimpse of expansive Alaskan landscapes (Adams), and views the ancient glories of Rome (Respighi) before concluding with the scintillating songs and dances of a fiery Spanish fiesta (Rimsky-Korsakov). Accompaniments: Prelude; TONIC Friday; and Postlude. Tickets here.

North Market & The Ohio Distiller’s Guild: Mix & Shake – 8pm-11pm – $45 – North Market – Don’t miss this FIRST of its kind spirits event at Your North Market. We have partnered with the Ohio Distiller’s Guild to bring you an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more! Proceeds from the event benefit the not-for-profit North Market Development Authority and the Ohio Distiller’s Guild. Please note this is a 21 and over event. More info here.

Nick Tolford w/Whispers of D’Angelo – 8pm-12am – $5 – 1055 W Third Ave – Join us for an evening with Nick Tolford and Whispers Of D’angelo. More info here.

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Sunday, February 21

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Brunch w/Laura Lee – 10am-12:30pm – $38 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – Chef Laura Lee of Ajumama food truck will revisit past brunchtime favorites for this casual Korean-inspired brunch event. Look forward to a menu of crowd-pleasers such as Bulgogi Hash, Poached Eggs with Kimchi Bacon Hollandaise, Stuffed Bungeoppang (carp shaped bread) French Toast, Omurice, Biscuits and Jjang Gravy and more. Plus, she’ll be serving up Korean-inspired Mock-tails to pair with your brunch picks! There is no set seating time for this brunch – reserve your spot and come in when you are ready! Tickets here.

Kolache Republic Tasting at the Taproom – 12pm-6pm – $? – Land Grant Brewing Co (424 W Town St) – Join us for an afternoon of beer and Kolache pairings at the taproom with our friends from Kolache Republic. “What’s a Kolache?“, you ask… It’s a European sweet or savory pastry full of deliciousness, and these are hand-made right down the street in German Village. We’ve worked with KR to develop a beer tasting flight that pairs perfectly with a corresponding flight of Kolache. They’ll be joining us all afternoon, and Kolache will be available as sampling flights, or individually. Details here.

Too Many Cooks: Chocolate 101 – 2pm-4pm – $8/$10 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Chocolate extraordinaire, Regina from Winans Chocolates & Coffee, will share the stories behind many fine chocolates, tips for tasting, making your own gourmet truffles and perfect pairings for your favorite chocolate. You’ll sample an array of sweet treats, coffee and wine along the way! Feel free to BYOB as well. Too Many Cooks is Wild Goose Creative’s monthly food event. Hosted by a new local artisan or chef each month, these events feature the best of Columbus’ food scene. You’ll leave having learned a few tips or recipes while enjoying a fun and social food experience. Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

GiveBackHack Sunday Night Pitches – 5:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – GiveBackHack is a 3-day event where the community comes together to pitch brand new ideas that will make a social impact, then works together to build them in a weekend. Sunday night is a great way to become inspired by the social innovation happening in Columbus, and will even provide you the opportunity to lend skills, make connections and vote on the team *you* think should receive funding. You’ll get a glimpse inside a GiveBackHack weekend, and you’ll see what happens when you crowd a room with passionate people, challenge them with social issues, and add caffeine. The winners from last year have gone on to do remarkable things! Details here.

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Monday, February 22

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Tuesday, February 23

Start your business: Spreading the word – 9am – 11am – $20 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – The Commissary would like to make starting a business as smooth as possible. This session has been designed to help you to figure out how to tell your business’s story to others. Shelley Mann of Umami Columbus will talk to us about copywriting, press kits, media pitches and other ways of spreading the word. She will also help you understand what you can do for yourself and when you might want to hire someone. This class is for entrepreneurs and business owners of all kinds – not just food businesses. The price of this class includes a meal by Bentos Lunch. Tickets here.

Today’s Glass Ceiling, Tomorrow’s Floor: Stories of Columbus’ Female Entrepreneurs – 5:30pm-8pm – $11 – Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N 4th St) – You are invited to join CivicHacks and Y.E.S. Columbus for an inspiring Off-the-Record Gathering. We will hear stories from a few of Columbus’ most dynamic female entrepreneurs who have overcome many obstacles to achieve their visions. They will take on the rarely discussed realities and challenges of being a female entrepreneur. After the event, we’re turning this place into a LAUNCH PARTY for Startup Storytellers. This experience is the most Powerful, Engaging, and Transformative experiences for entrepreneurs and it was started and takes place right here in Columbus. For your ticket price, you will have appetizers and access to a cash bar to try a delicious Wolf’s Ridge beer and they’re going to donate $1 for each beer toward the cause. No tickets at the door. Info here.

Beer Film Tuesday: Beer Hunter the Movie – 7:30pm – free – Lineage Brewing (2971 N High St) – Come beer geek-out on some nerdy beer documentaries while drinking a cold beer. What could be better? Beer Film Tuesdays launched in December, it is a craft beer documentary series showing in the Lineage pub once a month on Tuesday nights. They will continue through the winter months. February’s film is Beer Hunter the Movie. This documentary is about the legendary beer writer, Michael Jackson, who helped shape the craft industry and culture we know today. Details here.

Columbus Events Feb 10 – 17

This was a stranger's plate at the Sweet Treats event; I don't have enough self control to collect this many before eating them

This was a stranger’s plate at the Sweet Treats event; I don’t have the self control to collect this many before devouring them.

Hello! Tonight I attended Columbus Underground’s Sweet Treats event, and I cannot emphasize enough how happy it makes me to eat a multitude of desserts from my the best bakeries and restaurants in Columbus.  My favorite desserts from the evening were: the florentines from Laughlins Bakery, the bacon brownie and bourbon ball from 1803 Bacon, and the taro cupcake from Red Velvet Café.  This event appears to be annual – keep an eye out in 2017!

This coming weekend, Sam and I are avoiding the Valentines Day crowds and cooking some fun meals at home.  If you’re looking for some easy, delicious recipes for the weekend, try these two that we love: Foodess’s Tandoori Chicken and Serious Eats’ Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Soaked Figs.

I mentioned last week that I’m winding down my events blog/email, and I have been so touched by the messages I’ve received in response.  Thanks for taking the time to reach out!

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Wednesday, February 10

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Politics and a Pint w/WOSU – 5:30pm-7:30pm – Dempsey’s Food & Spirits (346 S High St) – Join WOSU Public Media for a lively political discussion in a casual setting. It’s Politics and a Pint! Mike Thompson, host of WOSU TV’s Columbus On The Record and Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News will guide you through the ups and downs of the current political landscape with the help of special guest Herb Asher, a Political Scientist at OSU. Got a question about the primaries or debates? Just ask our experts! The event is free to attend – food and beverages will be available for purchase and happy hour runs until 7:00pm, featuring $1 off draft beers, domestic bottles for $1.75, and half off appetizers. Details here.

Network Columbus @COSI – 6pm-8pm – free – COSI (333 W Broad St) – Join us for our February LGBT Business Mixer! Free food and drinks, open to the public. Brought to you by Outlook Media, Network Columbus is a fun, relaxed business mix and mingle happy hour hosted at different venues around town. Events are held the second Wednesday of each month. Come mix and mingle with LGBT and allied business owners, community organizations, corporate brass, students, and entrepreneurs. Short program at 7p with member, community, and featured speakers. Details here.

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Thursday, February 11

Paging Columbus: Artifact, Object, Totem – 6pm-8pm – free – OSU Urban Arts Space (50 w Town St) – Heirlooms and tokens. Souvenirs and prized possessions. Some things become meaningful to us—why is that? What makes our matter matter? Join us for our first Paging Columbus of the year for literary exploration and play around the idea of STUFF. Sharing their poetry and prose will be Adam J. Gellings, Paige Quiñones, and Amy Butcher. As usual, our event runs from 6-8 PM at OSU Urban Arts Space, with readings kicking off at 6:30 PM. Inspiration! Community! Cookies! Details here.

Galentine’s Coloring Party – 6:30pm – free (bring your own coloring supplies) – Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Tap Room (215 N 4th St) – Join Ohio Creative Collective for a special Galentine’s Coloring Party! The kind folks of Wolf’s Ridge let us come to color for free! The Tap Room is open to the public on this evening, so please note there will likely be other patrons in the bar. For this reason WE CANNOT GUARANTEE SEATING. But don’t worry – there will be plenty of pages to take home to color if you’re the type who needs major elbow room! :)  Remember, coloring pages will be provided but you will need to bring your own crayons/colored pencils/markers, etc! Please plan to spend a little dough at Wolf’s Ridge to thank them for their generosity! If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to help us get an accurate count of coloring pages! Details here.

Pecha Kucha – 6:30pm-9pm – $2 – Covermeds (2 Miranova Pl) – Come see what this space is all about, hear some unique and novel presentations, and unwind to great music. Festivities kick off at 6:30pm, music spun by PK veteran George Brazil at 7:00pm and presentations begin at 7:30. The event will be emcee’d by Ruth Milligan, Articulation, Inc., TEDxColumbus Co-found & Co-curator. Each speaker will follow the international Pecha Kucha format of showing 20 images and speaking about each image for 20 seconds. PK Columbus vol36’s featured presenters – Ann Kinder, Chief Storyteller, SHINE Promotions; Larry Smith, Founder & Editor, Six-Word Memoir Project; Jesse Henning, Librarian & Jeopardy! Contestant; Jeremy Taylor, Food Broker; Ryan Newman, Designer; Amy Leibrand, Research Scientist, Conceptual Artist; Jasimine Agape Pennywell, Fashion designer. Musician. Mother. Minister. Doula. Youth advocate; John Ryan, Architect. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Details here.

Four String Brewing Co Tour and Tasting – 7pm – free – 660 N Hague Ave – Join us as we enjoy a tour and tasting at Four String’s new brewing facility. The tour and any samples are complimentary and pints will be available for purchase. **The event will take place at the new brewing facility on Hague, not at the 6th Avenue location.** Details here.

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Friday, February 12

Wake & Shake: Valentine’s Day Disco Edition – 6am-8pm – $5 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – DANCE TIL THE SUN COMES UP. Grab your friends and shake it at the next 6am dance party, and kick off 2016 right. Get your dance moves flowing while Charles Erickson serves up endorphin pumping tunes. WAKE UP – Show up anytime between 6-8am. WEAR NEON – Fun colors, accessories and costumes are highly encouraged. Body paint is available when you get there. BRING CASH – Cash is preferred. (Especially small bills!) We take cards, too. SIP COFFEE There’s coffee and a few bites to eat on sale at the bar. SHAKE IT Yes, shake it. More info here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Franklinton Friday – 6pm-9pm – free – The STEAM Factory – Stop by the STEAM Factory space during the Franklinton Friday festivities to hear about Kepler’s Music of the Spheres: harmonies in mathematics, music, and physics. There will be two 30-minute interactive presentations by three experts at 7pm and again at 8pm. Our presenters include OSU faculty and STEAM members: Dr. Anna Gawboy, Assistant Professor School of Music; Dr. Matthew Kahle, Associate Professor Mathematics Department; Dr. Paul Sutter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics. Details here.

400 Market – 7pm-10pm – free – 400 W Rich St – The February installment of the 400 Market located at 400 West Rich during Franklinton Fridays. Details here.

Art Opening: Perceptions – Reflections on Black Lives – 7pm-10pm – free – 400 W Rich – Ohio Art League X Space Gallery is pleased to present Perceptions, Reflections on Black Lives: A Group Exhibition curated by David Michael Butler. Butler has selected from a collective of nationally and locally known artists who present dynamic and compelling works from abstraction, to digital, to conceptual, to representational for a group show on the role of visual art in the social justice movement. The artists featured include Jelise Roberts, David Brame, Richard Duarte Brown, Gaye Reissland, and David Michael Butler. Details here.

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Saturday, February 13

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship Summit – 9am-4pm – free – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – The 8th annual APTE summit will build off of previous Summits to create our biggest event to date. We will invite a diverse lineup of social entrepreneurs to take the stage and share with our audience how to change the world and make money. Get your free ticket for the event and support APTE here.

One Stop Valentine Shop Weekend – 10am-2pm – free – Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St) – Just in time, Valentines Procrastinators, we’ve got you covered! Get all your valentines shopping done in one stop! Flowers, candy, perfume, jewelry, cards, gifts for him and of corse amazing coffee and doughnuts will all be made available by local Makers on February 13th & 14th from 10am – 2pm at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse. Details here.

Pigskin Anniversary Bash – 11am – free – Pigskin Brewing Co (81 Mill St, Ste 150) – It’s our first birthday! We are so lucky to have had support from all of you over the past year. Thank you for sticking with us and watching us evolve and become the brewery we are today. The future is bright and we are so excited for it. Details here.

2nd Annual Galentine’s Day – 11am-7pm – Wholly Craft (3515 N High St) – It’s simple! Galentine’s Day should be a time to hang out and help out your gal pals. Bring your best gals to Wholly Craft on Saturday, February 13th to have some good times and do some shopping. Mention Galentine’s Day and we’ll match your entire purchase price with a donation in that amount to The Womens Fund of Central Ohio. We love gals. And good times. And giving back. See you and your gals on the 13th! Details here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Herbs & Cupcakes – 1pm-2pm – $20 – Ohio Herb Education Center (110 Mill St, Gahanna) – Experience the magic of herbs in another avenue of the culinary world. Herbs can add delicious complex flavors to savory dishes, but they can also add great flavors to sweet baked desserts like cupcakes as well! An introduction on how to incorporate herbs into both icing and cupcake recipes. Participants will get a sample and recipe for all culinary delights. Tickets here.

B’ Mine Sour Valentine Tasting – 2pm-4pm – $20 – Crafted Drafts (5245 N Hamilton Rd) – A tasting perfect for those who are sour about Valentine’s Day. We’re serving up several super rare sours from breweries that begin with ‘B’ including Boulevard 2014 Love Child #4, Boulevard 2015 Love Child #5, Boulevard 2016 Love Child #6, BFM Abbaye Bon-Chien 2013, BFM Abbaye Bon-Chien 2014, Baladin Wayan, Boon 2012 Oude Geuze, Boon 2011 Geuze Marriage Parfait, The Bruery 2015 Oude Tart, The Bruery 2015 Gypsy Tart and The Bruery 2014 Rueuze. Details here.

Girl Scout Cookie/Beer Pairing – 4pm-8pm – $22 – The Daily Growler Powell (258 W Olentangy St) – Girl Scout cookies like you always wanted them…paired with delicious beer! $20 gets a flight of 6 beers (5.5oz pours), each paired with a girl scout cookie, and a box of cookies to take home. Cookie & Beer: Somoa & Duclaw Diry Little Freak Coconut Chocolate Brown, Savannah Lemon & Jackie O’s Zestivus Lemon Drop Pale Ale, Toffee-Tastic & Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale, Tagalong Peanut Butter & Willoughby PBC Porter, Thin Mint & Weasel Boy Mint Chocolate Stout, Rah Rah Oatmeal Raisin – Rhinegeist Gramma Oatmeal Stout. Additional boxes of cookies on sale during event! Tickets here.

Single and Heart-ful Cocktail Party – 6:30pm-10:30pm – $40 – The Kitchen (231 E Livingston Ave) – Tonight is for all of our single friends! Join us for a mix and mingle cook-along cocktail party. We’ve been told ever since we opened that participatory dining would make a great singles night, so this ones for all of those that have yet to find the perfect date for Valentine’s Day…tonight is the night. Hors D’oeuvre Menu: – Asparagus Ribbon Pizza with Ricotta and Egg, – Avocado Nori, – Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese, – Truffle Baked Potatoes, – Crab Cakes with Lime Sauce, – Bleu Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Caps, – Boozy Chocolate Mousse Cups. Pricing is per person. Full Bar is available at standard rates. Tickets here.

CSO Pops: A Symphonic Tribute to Classic Rock – 8pm-11pm – $25+ – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – One of the most popular tribute acts in the US, Faithfully joins forces with the CSO to perform the mega hits of legendary rock band Journey, including “Open Arms,” “Faithfully,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Wheel in the Sky.” Tickets here.

The DewDroppers @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza – 10pm – $10 – 5601 N High St – The music of the DewDroppers does not fit into any one genre. Drawing from the influences of swing, ragtime, Motown, and beyond, the band creates a style of pop that stands all on its own. For the past several years The DewDroppers have made their name known throughout the Columbus and greater Ohio area. Following the release of their self-titled, debut album in 2015, the band seeks to expand its infectious sound and acclaimed live show to anyone they have the means to reach. Tickets here.

The Receiver, The Wet Darlings, and Glenn Davis – 10pm – $5 – Brothers Drake Meadery (26 E 5th Ave) – Doors open at 9pm. Band info here.

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Sunday, February 14

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

One Stop Valentine Shop Weekend – 10am-2pm – free – Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St) – Just in time, Valentines Procrastinators, we’ve got you covered! Get all your valentines shopping done in one stop! Flowers, candy, perfume, jewelry, cards, gifts for him and of corse amazing coffee and doughnuts will all be made available by local Makers on February 13th & 14th from 10am – 2pm at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse. Details here.

Valentine’s Day Beer Tasting & Movie – 2pm – $25 – Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse (3055 Indianola Ave) – Tickets on sale now at the theater and online at http://www.studio35.com.$25.00 Party from 2-4, movie at 4pm. Fat Head’s Brewery and New Belgiums beers will be featured. Plenty of prizes and videos to boot. The movie will be Deadpool. Sorry, no refunds. Tickets here.

Art Speed Dating – 4pm – $8 – Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N High St) – This event is 21 and over. Are you more compatible with pop art or op art? Match with minimalism or expressionism? Join GenWex, the center’s young patron initiative, on Valentine’s Day to get to know contemporary art movements, concepts, and artists. Meet and pose questions to an array of art personalities, from appropriation to Andy Warhol, but be quick—time with the bachelors and bachelorettes are limited! Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary sweet treats while learning about contemporary art in a fast-paced, fun, and relaxed setting. Your ticket also includes free admission to the galleries. Details here.

Valentine’s Day @ Franklin Park Conservatory – 5:30pm – $15 – Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E Broad St) – Spend a romantic evening tasting exquisite wines and liqueurs paired with handcrafted artisan chocolates. Stroll through a display of exotic orchid blooms, enjoy live music and dance demonstrations, and forget the February chill in the Conservatory’s inviting plant collections. A full bar, small plates in the Garden Cafe, and bottles of the featured wines and liqueurs are available for purchase. 21+ only. $15, $12 for members. Tickets available online or at the door. Includes three wine and chocolate pairings. Additional pairings may be purchased for $4, or 3 for $10. Tickets here.

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Monday, February 15

Presidents Day!

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

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Tuesday, February 16

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Founders Tap Takeover – 3pm – 101 Beer Kitchen (7509 Sawmill Rd) – Featuring new release Project Pam. Project Pam – Black IPA aged in bourbon maple syrup barrels: 10oz/$8.5. Dark Penance – Black IPA, base for Project Pam: 12oz/$7.5. Breakfast Stout – Brewed w/ coffee and oats: 12oz/$6. Mosiac Promise – Single hopped IPA w/ Mosaic: 16oz/$6. Rubaeus – Raspberry ale on Nitro: 12oz/$7.5. More info here.

Drink Up Columbus Happy Hour @ Arch City Tavern – 5pm-7pm – free – 862 N High St – Join Drink Up Columbus for our February meetup at Arch City Tavern! Enjoy a few drinks, meet some new people and have a good time. We’ll be hanging at Arch City Tavern from 5:00-7:00pm. Take advantage of their awesome happy hour: 1/2 off drafts, wine by the glass and pizzas! We will be giving away a super cool deck of Drink Up Columbus playing cards to the first 10 people to get to the event so show up early! We’ll also raffle off a Day Drinking tee to two lucky attendees. Seeya soon! Details here.

Taco Tuesday Takeover – 5pm – The Kitchen (231 E Livingston) – Thai, Indian and South African street food… Sound good? Well then you’re luck. Fetty’s Street Food, the newest and most exciting Columbus food tuck, will be taking over The Kitchen for a unique Taco Tuesday unlike any other. Join us with some friends and look out on the event page for updates and hints about what to expect on the menu. We look forward to eating with you! More info here.

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Wednesday, February 17

Dress for Success Columbus Anniversary Open House – 5pm-7pm – free – 1204 N High St – With your support, it’s an honor to celebrate 9 years of empowering women in our community to blossom and achieve their potential! Since opening in 2007, with your support we’ve empowered more than 8,000 women in Central Ohio! Tour our Suiting Boutique and Career Center, learn about our transformational programs, and discover rewarding involvement opportunities! Light refreshments served! Donations of new or gently used professional handbags appreciated – tax receipts provided! Details here.

Creative Meals w/Rotisserie Chicken Cooking Demo & Dinner – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Hills Market Worthington (7860 Olentangy River Rd) – Our Hills Own Rotisserie Chickens can be a lifesaver on busy weeknights. Learn from Chef Nate how to use them to create something magical by incorporating items you already have in your pantry for a quick, nutritious, and filling family meal. Dinner will follow in our wine department with wines presented by Wine Director Jan Wilson. Price is $25/person and includes 3 courses, 3 wines, and coffee. Reservations should be made by calling 614.846.3220. Details here.

 

Columbus Events Feb 3-10

Birthday Dinner #2: Mazah in Grandview. I love their appetizer sampler!!

Birthday Dinner #2: Mazah in Grandview. I love their appetizer sampler!!

Tickets to the Sweet Treats event coming up on February 9th were definitely among my favorite birthday presents this year.  Sam knows the way to my heart (sugar).  The event is going to have dessert samples from some of my favorite places in town, including Dough Mama, The Angry Baker, and Destination Donuts.  You should join me!

Also, thanks to a lucky encounter with the team at Actual Brewing, I’m REALLY excited to have just acquired tickets to the High Gravity Hullabaloo this Saturday. If you’re not familiar with it, the event’s tag line is “strong beers & smoked meats”.  It’s basically Sam’s version of the Sweet Treats event, which is to say that it combines his favorite things.  I’m looking forward to it myself!  It’s sold out so if you want to go, snap up some tickets as soon as they go on sale next year.

One final bit of news is that I’m winding down my events posts.  It’s been a lot of fun over the last four years, but also pretty time consuming. My web domain happens to expire on February 21st so I figured that would be as good a time to stop as any.  I’ve loved all the people I’ve met and the events I’ve attended because of the blog so it will be a bittersweet end!

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Wednesday, February 3

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Discussion: Israeli Violations of International Law – 6pm – free – OSU Moritz College of Law (55 W 12th Ave) – Join us for a discussion with Professor John Quigley about violations of international law committed by Israel against Palestinians. Professor John Quigley currently teaches International Law and Comparative Law at OSU’s Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Professor Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University, and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. Professor Quigley is active in international human rights work and has done much research and written several books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pizza will be served! We hope to see you all there! More info here.

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Thursday, February 4

COSI After Dark: Love and Attraction – 5:30pm-10pm – $14-16 – COSI (333 W Broad St) – Love is in the air! Celebrate the month of love and all that goes with it at COSI After Dark – Love and Attraction. Take a chance and possibly meet your soul mate at the Gadgets Café Mix & Mingle. Let the sparks fly as you launch seltzer rockets or learn about chemistry while you experience chemistry with someone. All are welcome to the Gadgets Café Mix & Mingle! Learn about the drink and dessert of love and see how wine and chocolates are made by our experience wine makers and chocolatiers. Visit hands-on carts to delve deeper into the world of love and attraction.  Tickets here.

Talk: Artist John Newman & Writer Andrianna Campbell – 6:30pm – 7:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – Andrianna Campbell has contributed to Artforum, Art in America and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Dia Art Foundation in New York. John Newman is a New-York based artist who has participated in scores of group and solo exhibitions in the past decade, including “Decenter NY/DC: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show,” which was co-curated by Campbell. Newman currently has a number of sculptures on display at the Beeler Gallery at CCAD through March 31. Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

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Friday, February 5

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Pigskin Brewing Brewer’s Challenge – 3pm – Pigskin Brewing Co (81 Mill St, Ste 150) – Our 3rd episode of the Brewer’s Challenge. Mike, Nick, Vic, and Lucas have created four chocolate beers for your enjoyment. Vote for your favorite! Details here.

Not Sustainable: Films on Environmental Loss – 7pm-9pm – $8 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Nile perch were introduced into Tanzania’s Lake Victoria solely for purpose of export to Europe and Russia, but the fish have destroyed the lake’s ecosystem, leaving local Tanzanians to survive on bones and rotting carcasses. Darwin’s Nightmare turns the perch into a telling example of globalism’s winner-take-all attitude. As its Austrian-born, Paris-based director says, I could make the same kind of movie in Sierra Leone, only the fish would be diamonds, in Honduras, bananas, and in Libya, Nigeria or Angola, crude oil. More info here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Lost Weekend Records 13th Anniversary Show – 8pm – free? – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – Lost Weekend Records is turning 13 Years old and once again we are cellebrationg with another great show at Ace of Cups. As you know we like mixing Columbus bands old and new at our Anniverary shows and this year we are really excited to have Willie Phoenix and The Soul Underground as part or our line-up. Here is the complete line-up: Willie Phoenix & The Soul Underground, The Electric Hand, Brat Curse, Bloody Show, Mr. Tiger. More info here.

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Saturday, February 6

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Bend & Brunch w/Yoga 6 – 11am – free – Zauber Brewing Co (909 W 5th Ave) – Yoga Six, Columbus Social Club and Zauber Brewing Company are teaming up to bring you Bend and Brunch the first Saturday of every month! Reset and reenergize Saturday mornings with an invigorating flow class, and stick around for refreshing mimosas, a bloody mary bar and brunch from The Explorers Club. The yoga class is free, but the brunch and bloody marys are on you! BYOM (bring your own mat!!!) More info here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

House Sweet It Is Community Tour and Dessert Tasting – 1pm-4pm – free – Tatoheads Public House (1297 Parsons Ave) – Visitors will peruse the tables of local businesses, causes, and organizations while enjoying sweet treats and coffee samples at no cost. Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House will be onsite, and Tatoheads food menu and full bar will also be available for those wishing to purchase meals or drinks. A shuttle will also be available for those wishing to tour homes. Details here.

Gallery Hop – 4pm-10pm – Short North Arts District – On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District. Visitors celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District. Details here.

Art Opening: Allison Rose Craver | Kirsten Stolle – 7pm-10pm – free – Roy G Biv Gallery (997 N High St) – ROY G BIV Gallery presents Allison Craver and Kirsten Stolle. Craver’s ceramic sculptures of domestic objects offer contemplative pause. Stolle’s mixed-media collages examine the influence of agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies on our food supply. Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Heatwave! – 10pm-2am – $5 – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – All vinyl. All the hits and the misses from the golden age of soul. In collaboration with the WEX, the February HEATWAVE! will also be the official Off the Grid Warm-Up Party. Ace of Cups is 21+. Credit cards are accepted, but cash is much appreciated (i.e., makes the bar move faster). Free parking is available in the lot next door. Details here.

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Sunday, February 7

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Winter Flea – 12pm-5pm – free – Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W Town St) – 25+ vendors vending antiques, textiles, vintage clothing, original artwork, handmade tools, jewelry, leather goods, records, snackables and more. The Strongwater bar will be open for bizz and the jams will be spinning all day long, c/o DJ George Brazil & Friends! Come get warm with us! Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 2pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Digest: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper – 4pm-6pm – $20 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – In February, we will crack open Fuschia Dunlop’s memoir: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper while we feast on dumplings and a few other treats. Because we know how book clubs work, this event is BYOB. Tickets here.

Super Bowl 2016 – 6pm

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Monday, February 8

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Business of Art: Go Get That Grant – 6:30pm-8:30pm – free? – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Columbus is full of grant opportunities. You just need to know where to look and how to make yourself a competitive applicant. Come to our February workshop and learn where to find the right funding for the right projects while you network with other arts entrepreneurs. Speakers for this month: Jason Moore, Principal + Creative at Fulcrum Creatives; Bryan Ashton, Grants Chair for Create Columbus Commission; Carolyn Caldwell, Grant Writing & Fundraising Consultant, Raising Awareness, Raising Funds LLC. Food for our Business of Art Workshops is generously provided by Acre. Details here.

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Tuesday, February 9

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Fat Tuesday Po-Boy Party w/Chef Lara – 6pm – $27 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – Get ready to celebrate the decadence of Mardi Gras with Chef Lara Yazvac Pipia! Lara’s food focus is on fresh, exciting, and bold flavors, inspired by global cuisine, her own international travels, and her soulful birth city of New Orleans. Po’Boys and indulgence, ‘nuff said. This dinner is vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore friendly. Tickets here.

Best Bites: Sweet Treats – 6pm – 9pm – $33 – The Athenaeum (32 N 4th St) –  Columbus Underground’s popular Best Bites: Sweet Treats will return for a second year to help local dessert fans taste their way through the city’s best desserts while celebrating Mardi Gras and supporting a great cause – the Gifts of Kindness Fund! It returns in 2016 with nearly 30 dessert options from a wide variety of local restaurants, bakers, catering companies, wholesalers, food trucks and pop-up shops. This year’s event will take place at the Columbus Athenaeum, giving us the room to make it better than ever! Tickets here.

Screening and Discussion: The Mask You Live In – 6:30pm – free – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Who is a “real” man? Who gets to decide? Take a challenging look at American’s narrow definitions of masculinity at this screening and discussion of The Mask You Live In (2015), a new documentary from Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation). The film investigates how boys and young men are actively encouraged to swallow their emotions, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence. Supported by interviews with experts in neuroscience, psychology, sports, education, and the media, the film and discussion that follows ask us to question our own deeply held gender stereotypes in hopes of raising healthier future generations of men and women. Details here.

Trail Runner 101 Info Session – 7pm – free – Fleet Feet Sports Columbus (1270 E Powell Rd) – Welcome to the world of trail running where nature meets the feet. Trail running has become increasingly popular over the years. This Winter, Fleet Feet will bring their training program out onto the trails. Local coaches will provide advice, support, weekly group training runs and walks, and short clinics on topics such as trail safety, proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. Fleet Feet Sport’s Trail Runner 101 is geared to the newer trail runner. The program is geared to train new trail runners for The Dirt of the Earth Half and 10K on April 17th, 2016. Details here.

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Wednesday, February 10

February Green Drinks at Studio 35 – 6pm-9:30pm – $5 – Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave) –  Food leftovers are the single largest component of the waste stream in the United Staes by weight (USDA 2010). Do you know where your food waste is going? Most likely to landfill. But there is a better way. Come join Green Columbus at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse for the first screening of Just Eat It in Columbus, to learn about the huge opportunity that is food waste. Then add to the conversation with a panel of food waste experts from the central Ohio. This event is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Company. Details here.

An Evening with Stone Lab – 6:30pm – free – COSI (333 W Broad St) – Save the date for the 2016 Stone Lab Winter Program and Silent Auction. We’ll be at COSI Columbus this year, celebrating a new partnership with this excellent center of science as well as the PAST Foundation. In addition to the annual Silent Auction, guests will be able to purchase Stone Lab merchandise to support student scholarships and learn about Stone Lab’s summer courses and field trip programs. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a tour of our new partnership exhibit area at COSI and silent auction bidding. Tickets here.

Columbus Events Jan 27 – Feb 3

Paulie Gee's Hellified Pork Pie

Paulie Gee’s Hellified Pork Pie

Hello, I suppose the most exciting news from this past week is that Sam made it to the Paulie Gee’s that just opened in the Short North.  He reports back that the pizza gets two thumbs up.  He even got to meet Paulie Gee, who was in town from Brooklyn to make sure that things were running smoothly at his new pizza shop.

This coming weekend will certainly include a birthday dinner with my happy hour friends at The Crest and may also involve a visit to the cat show taking place at the convention center.  Who knows what exciting toys Curie will acquire as a result? (Actually, probably not many because Sam has placed a cap on the number of toys that can be scattered across our floor at any given time).

Next Tuesday is Science Pub – come join us to hear about industrial food safety tools and modeling.  The speaker will discuss assessment processes to test whether the olive oil on our shelves is actually olive oil, and whether the chicken at Chipotle is safe to eat.

Have a nice weekend!

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Wednesday, January 27

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Thurber House Evenings with Authors: Melanie Benjamin – 7:30pm-9pm – $20 – CMA (480 W Broad St) – Join New York Times bestselling author of “The Aviator’s Wife” Melanie Benjamin as she reads from The Swans of Fifth Avenue, a fascinating and fictional glimpse into the life of one-time Manhattan socialite Babe Paley and Truman Capote, set in the ’50s when New York City’s society women – ‘swans,’ as Truman called them – created glamour and scandal as no time before or since. A coffee and cookie reception will follow the reading, along with an opportunity to buy the author’s book and have it signed. Tickets here.

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Thursday, January 28

Opening Reception: Go Figure – 5pm – free – Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery (77 S High St) – Curated by Ohio University Dean Emeritus Charles McWeeny, “Go Figure” will be on view from January 28–March 23, 2016. Mingle with the artists, exhibition curator, and other art enthusiasts at the public opening reception. “Go Figure” showcases 13 Ohio artists’ explorations of the human form as a narrative vessel. From surreal to hyper-real, this exhibition tells profound stories about what it means to be human. Details here.

Performance: Off the Wall Part II – 6pm-8pm – free? – OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W Town St) – Urban Arts Space welcomes the public to attend a reception celebrating Part II of Off the Wall: Department of Dance Master of Fine Arts Thesis Concert. Light refreshments will be provided. The performance exhibition features new contemporary choreography by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates from the Department of Dance, presented at Urban Arts Space. The exhibition is broken up into two parts. Part II features work by Quilan Arnold and DJ Spidey-X, Sarah Levitt, and Christine Ghinder. Details here.

Celebrity “Pig Out” for Charity – 6pm-9pm – $10 – Amelita Mirolo Barn (4395 Carriage Hill Ln, UA) – In partnership with City Barbeque and a handful of local breweries (including Pigskin and Zauber) we will host the first-ever Celebrity PIG OUT for Charity. Picture Man v. Food meets Celebrity Jeopardy! Here’s how it will work: We will have local celebrities join us for the eating competition. Each celebrity will select their charity of choice – of which they will be “Pigging Out” to benefit. A maximum of 150 tickets will be sold at $10 each, with a goal of $1500 raised for “The Piggy Bank.” All attendees will receive free food from City Barbeque and free beer from our partner breweries as part of their ticket cost. Whichever celebrity competitor wins the food competition will take home all of the money raised for their charity (i.e. We will donate 100% of the proceeds to their charity of choice). Details here.

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Friday, January 29

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Winter Exhibition Preview: Noah Purifoy – 5pm – free but RSVP required – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Celebrate Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada and get an expert introduction to the artist’s life and career from one of the exhibition’s esteemed curators: Franklin Sirmans, the new director of Pérez Art Museum Miami. The talk begins in the Film/Video Theater at 5 PM. Enjoy complimentary snacks and a cash bar. The galleries open at 4 PM. Internationally renowned as a curator, writer, and editor, Franklin Sirmans recently cocurated Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada with Yael Lipschutz at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he served as department head and curator of contemporary art. Details here.

COSI Family Friday Night – 5pm-9pm – $11 – 333 W Broad St – COSI offers extended hours and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission is only $10.95 after 5pm and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie on the 7 story Extreme Screen theater*, a savings of over $13.00! Watch and participate in learning about science in a fun way through hands on activities and demonstrations. Details here.

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Saturday, January 30

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Bloody Mary Bacon Brunch – 9am-12pm – $12 – Hills Market Downtown – Starting on January 30th and continuing the last Saturday of every month we will offer a Bloody Mary Bacon Brunch. Just $12 gets you one of three signature Bloody Marys made with local Watershed Vodka, 3 thick cut slices of sizzling bacon with maple dipping sauce, and a housemade cheddar drop biscuit served with strawberry pepper jam. Diners will be able to choose from up to 15 toppings to garnish their Bloody Mary. Details here.

Columbus Cat Show – 9am-5pm – $7 – Columbus Convention Center Ballroom 5 (400 N High St) – Allbreed kitten, cat & household pet championship cat show. Great family event. Come see over 50 different breeds of cats. Vendors & cat products available for purchase. Details here.

Art Studio Clearance Sale – 10am-5pm – $6 – Ohio State Fairgrounds (Lausche Bldg) – Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 22nd annual Art Studio Clearance Sale is a juried event featuring limited-edition and one-of-a-kind fine art and fine craft by over 120 artists. The sale will offer high-quality fine art and fine craft at discount prices. Many of the artists have exhibited at Winterfair and the Columbus Arts Festival. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, wheel-thrown pottery, fine wearables, blown glass, photography, paintings and more at price reductions of 20%-60%. A number of new artists have been added to the roster this year as well. Details here.

2016 Ohio Chinese Festival – 11am-7pm – free – Westerville Central High School (7118 Mount Royal Ave) – The Ohio Chinese Festival warmly welcomes everyone to celebrate the 2016 Chinese New Year with us. We invite you to feel the festive atmosphere, to taste authentic Chinese food, to enjoy cultural performances, and to participate in games. The previous eight Ohio Chinese Festivals, jointly organized by the Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Athens Chinese schools, were great successes. The 2016 Chinese Festival will be bigger, better, and richer. Activities: Performances, Martial Arts, Cultural Demonstration and Display, Sports and Games, Children’s Activities, Authentic Chinese Food, and much more. Details here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Mozart’s 260th Birthday Celebration – 12pm-8pm – free – Mozart’s (4784 N High St) – Join us Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 for our 21st annual celebration of Mozart’s birthday! Our Open House event will run from 12-9 p.m. at Mozart’s. The annual festival celebrates the birthday of our restaurant’s namesake, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Details here.

Ignite: Free Yoga Workshop for Beginners – 1pm-2:30pm – free – Yoga Six (1600 W Lane Ave) – Ignite is a free, 90-minute workshop designed to introduce new students to the practice of yoga. Gain confidence on your mat as you learn: * Basic yoga poses and body benefits, * Primary breathing techniques, * Key alignment principles for a safe yoga practice. Yoga Six workshops are interactive experiences taught in small, group format. They combine instructional demonstrations and movement with ample time for Q&A. Details here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Evening in Support of Excellence – 7pm-10pm – $30-40 – The Shops at Worthington Place (7227 N High St) – Make plans to celebrate The Worthington School District by helping to raise funds for innovative educational grants from the Worthington Educational Foundation. All proceeds go directly back into the hands of our wonderful district staff. It’s the most fun fundraiser in town! Come ready to have some fun and bid on the exciting items we will feature in our live and silent auctions, enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets here.

Pro Choice Cats Craft Party – 7pm-10pm – Wholly Craft (3515 N High St) – Come volunteer your time making cool things for a pro-choice cause. We’ll be making the following crafts which will be sold on ProChoiceCats.com: – Rice Heating Pads (Great for beginners), – Pro Choice Buttons (Easy too!), – Needle Point Art (Intermediate), and – Care Packages for Abortion Patients (to be donated to a Founder’s Women’s Health Center). The profits from these items will fund a pro-choice billboards and once the $1,000 goal is met, I’ve decided to donate the rest of the proceeds to Women Have Options – an abortion fund that helps women pay for their procedures. Snacks, drinks, and music will be provided for free! Supply donations will be accepted as well. Details here.

Columbus Alive’s Bands to Watch 2016 – 9pm – No cover for 21+ – Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus Alive teams up with Skully’s Music Diner to shine a spotlight on the local acts that are expected to make a splash this upcoming year. No specific genres are highlighted or favored, opening up the show to any group with talent regardless of style or artistry. Details here.

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Sunday, January 31

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Columbus Cat Show – 9am-5pm – $7 – Columbus Convention Center Ballroom 5 (400 N High St) – Allbreed kitten, cat & household pet championship cat show. Great family event. Come see over 50 different breeds of cats. Vendors & cat products available for purchase. Details here.

Yoga Brunch with Native Cold Pressed – 10am-12pm – $35 – The Kitchen (231 E Livingston) – 1-hour power vinyasa flow (all levels) led by yoga teacher & Native co-owner, Nicole Salvo, & assisted by Native co-owner Erin Thacker.  To follow,  Native cold pressed, raw, organic juice paired with a delicious brunch (menu to come!). Tickets here.

Art Studio Clearance Sale – 11am-4pm – $6 – Ohio State Fairgrounds (Lausche Bldg) – Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 22nd annual Art Studio Clearance Sale is a juried event featuring limited-edition and one-of-a-kind fine art and fine craft by over 120 artists. The sale will offer high-quality fine art and fine craft at discount prices. Many of the artists have exhibited at Winterfair and the Columbus Arts Festival. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, wheel-thrown pottery, fine wearables, blown glass, photography, paintings and more at price reductions of 20%-60%. A number of new artists have been added to the roster this year as well. Details here.

3rd Annual Seed Swap – 1pm-3pm -free but RSVP required – City Folk’s Farm Shop (4760 N High St) – It’s never to early to think about the garden! Join us for this free event as we browse the seed catalogs, swap seeds and learn about adding medicinals to our edibles as companion plants and more. We will be serving tea as we swap. Lily Shahar Kunning from Boline Apothecary will be there to speak about adding medicinals to our gardens for use in home remedies, body care, and pest control. We are offering a 15% discount on Baker Creek, High Mowing and Seed Saver Exchange seeds, plus free shipping when ordered at the event. Details here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

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Monday, February 1

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Writer’s Reading: Timothy Snyder – 4pm – free – Mershon Auditorium (1871 N High St) – Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, discusses his newest book Black Earth, which posits an ecological connection to the Holocaust. Snyder’s previous book, Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow, received a number of honors, including the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Prize for European Understanding, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities. Details here.

Motive. > February Edition – 6pm-11pm – $5 (includes drink) – Vue Columbus (95 Liberty St) – Tailored for the Columbus creative community, motive. combines elements of networking along with live workshops, demonstrations, and interviews. The next motive. will feature interviews with our featured creatives: chef Marcus Meacham; chair of the Create Columbus Commission, Jordan Davis; photographer Will Shively; Wexner Center for the Arts director Sherri Geldin; and Tony Gatto, principal of The Arts and College Preparatory Academy (ACPA). motive. is produced by a team of entrepreneurs/ creatives led by Charles Erickson and Matt Reese. Videography & editing provided by Benji Robinson. Hosted by Tim Fulton. Details here.

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Tuesday, February 2

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Playing with Fire: The Perils and Pluses of Engaging with Rogue Regimes – 6pm – free – OSU Moritz College of Law – The Alexander Hamilton Society is pleased to announce its inaugural event, for the spring semester in the Moritz College of Law (Drinko Hall), room 348. We will be hosting author and American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin and OSU’s own, political science professor, Alexander Thompson for a debate over the role of negotiation with rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Dr. Randall Schweller, also, from the political science department, will serve as our moderator for the evening. As usual, we will be serving free Wings over and Coke products. We look forward to seeing you in two weeks! Details here.

Pitch to Ditch Poverty – 6pm-8pm – $10 – Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W Town St) – Here’s how it works: You purchase at least one $10 token at the door. Tokens are tax-deductible donations you use to select your favorite Pitch to Ditch Poverty project. $10 gets you one vote, hors d’oeuvres AND the chance to connect with other passionate grassroot philanthropists. YOU ask questions after each project leader presents their pitch. A panel of community experts will ask questions, too. YOU choose your favorite pitch. The project with the most votes receives the money raised from the event AND a $2,500 micro grant from United Way of Central Ohio. Details here.

Smart Food Safety with Ashley Kubatko – 6:30pm-8pm – free – Smokehouse Brewing Co (1130 Dublin Rd) – Foodborne illness and food fraud is a problem of today and tomorrow. There are over 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths per year. That’s a substantial threat to public health, not to mention a financial drain. On top of the economic costs incurred from hospitalizations, food fraud costs the world economy $49 billion annually and is growing. Our favorite foods are making us sick – Chipotle is currently in the new regarding E. coli infections – and about 10% of the food we buy is likely adulterated and 7% contains fraudulent ingredients. What can be done? Speaker Ashley Kubatko will talk through two of the technologies Battelle is developing, PRIA (probabilistic risk informed analysis) and EMA VAT (economically motivated adulteration vulnerability assessment tool), to aid in this global problem. She will also present a case study of how the technologies are being implemented and the results leading us to a safer food supply chain.  Details here.

Visiting Filmmakers: Rib Gets in the Way – 7pm – $8 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Although Steve Reinke’s countless videos have taken diverse forms over his decades-long career, their tone is always recognizably and inimitably his own: acerbic and absurdist, provocative and playful, philosophical and mundane. The laughs often stick in your throat as he deals with the big subjects in life: sex, death, art, nipple piercings, etc. With the 52-minute Rib Gets in the Way, an entry in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, he has created his most epic work yet. This new work will be preceded by several of Reinke’s acclaimed earlier videos. Details here.

Film Screening: Inspired to Ride – 7pm-9pm – $12 – Drexel Theatre (2254 E Main St) – INSPIRED TO RIDE follows a handful of cyclists as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of The Trans Am Bike Race. It’s the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money. As they battle lack of sleep, injuries and spirited competition, INSPIRED TO RIDE takes you on an invigorating road trip — amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery. More info here.

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Wednesday, February 3

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

 

Columbus Events Jan 20 – 27

How I love the spicy, spicy Szechuan food at Helen's Asian Kitchen! This particular dish is the cauliflower with hot peppers.

How I love the spicy, spicy Szechuan food at Helen’s Asian Kitchen! This particular dish is the cauliflower with hot peppers.

Hello,

The cold temperatures aren’t slowing down the event schedule in Columbus this weekend.  Among other things, its restaurant week and the annual Blue Jackets Winter Park is opening it’s skating rink for the next month.

Have a great weekend!

Tania

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Wednesday, January 20

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

Land Grant + Mario Kart 64 Doubles Tourney – 7pm – 16-Bit Bar+Arcade (254 S 4th St) – Teams of 2 will compete in a single elimination Mario Kart 64 tournament, while enjoying deals on Land-Grant brews! There’ll be plenty of trash-talk and blue shells for everyone. Two teams go head to head at 4 player 150cc on a random track each round. Points are awarded based on where you place, and the team with more points moves on in the bracket. Sign-ups start at 6pm or teams can sign up ahead of time by emailing kyle@16-bitbar.com. The Grand prize will be Land-Grant swag bundle. Details here.

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Thursday, January 21

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

Drink Up Columbus January Happy Hour – 5pm-7pm – free – Woodlands Tavern (1200 W 3rd Ave) – Join Drink Up Columbus on Thursday, January 21 for our first happy hour meetup of 2016! Enjoy a few drinks, meet some new people and have a good time. We’ll be hanging at Woodlands Tavern from 5-7pm on Thursday, January 21. Be sure to advantage of their awesome happy hour specials until 8pm: $3 drafts, $2 domestics and $2 wells. We will be buying a first beer for the first 10 people to get to the event, so show up early! Details here.

Ohio Art League X Space Artists Talk – 5:30pm-8:30pm – free – 400 W Rich – Join us on January 21 beginning at 5:30 pm for talks by exhibiting artists: Hiroshi Hayakawa, Charles Massey, Jr., OBLSK. Our current and Inaugural Exhibition features the artwork of Mary Jo Bole, Dan Gerdeman, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Angela Jann, Amy Leibrand, Charles Massey, Jr., Andrew McCauley, OBLSK, Barbara Vogel, Jennifer Wood and Jeremy Wood and will run through January 31. Details here.

Short North Civic Association Annual Winter Party – 6pm-9pm – Industrious Columbus (629 N High) – Please join us at Industrious Columbus to check out the new co-working space with amazing views of the Columbus downtown skyline while you enjoy great appetizers, drinks, and desserts. Admission is free and all Short North area residents are invited along with businesses/employees. It a great time to join or renew your membership. The Annual Winter Party is a fun way for Short North residents to mingle and learn about what’s happening in our community. Details here.

Owning It! with the Wonder Jam + SightShift – 7pm-9pm – $30 – 1145 Chesapeake Ave, Suite J – OWNING IT! is about the realities of owning a business. An evening of inspiration and refreshment for business leaders who want to stay sharp and keep their soul through the midst of the unique challenges that come from owning a business. And “owning your business” doesn’t just mean you hold equity in a company. OWNING is for the people whose business is a part of them. If you’re investing your energy and passion and life into your business, you OWN it in so many levels besides just being listed on the LLC. We couldn’t be more be excited to continue the OWNING IT! series at The Wonder Jam. Tickets here.

Witness: Black Independent Film – 7pm – $8 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Join us for an eclectic, five-night series exploring the African American independent filmmaking scenes in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Witness offers a much-needed focus on the pioneers who created landmark, often radical films with meager resources: from classics by Charles Burnett, Kathleen Collins, Spike Lee, Spencer Williams, and Billy Woodberry, to more recent works by Arthur Jafa (who visits to introduce Dreams are Colder Than Death) and Khalik Allah. Spanning more than 70 years, Witness explores a wide range of subject matter—poverty, faith, civil rights, and cultural identity—as told through wildly varying genres, from stark drama and documentary to horror. Details here.

Drunk Spelling Bee – 8pm-11pm – $7 entry – Oddfellows Liquor Bar (1038 N High St) – You asked for it, you got it. We are running our second ever Drunk Speling Be! And we are doing it this coming Thursday! Wil you be able to spell the words that our master judges give you? Will you wield the Hammer of Misfortune or be destroyed by it? Will you survive through it all and be crowned the winner? You have to come down on Thursday to find out! Registration starts at 8pm, but it will fill up fast so we recommend getting in the door early. For $7 you get entry into the event, your choice of draft beer, and a free shot (mandatory) after each round you compete in! Details here.

Sticky Fingers Dance Party (Bowie Edition) – 9pm – $3 – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) –  On this Third Thursday of January, join us for a very special STICKY FINGERS! We’ll be celebrating the incredible legacy of David Bowie and all his beautiful compatriots. It’s going to be one helluva party! As always, STICKY FINGERS is an all-vinyl, (mostly) 70s rock & roll dance party; $3 to get in with $3 drink specials all night long. Doors at 9pm 21+. Details here.

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Friday, January 22

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Artist’s Talk: Edgar Heap of Birds – 4:30pm – free – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – In this afternoon talk, artist Hock E Aye Vi (Edgar Heap of Birds in Cheyenne) discusses his recent work and distinguished career. A professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Heap of Birds (b. 1954) works in a range of media including painting, print, signage, sculpture, and installation, often using his art as a “cultural tool and weapon” to confront American hegemony and history. Details here.

Reception: Elements – 5pm-7:30pm – free – The Schumacher Gallery (1 N Main St) – This invitational exhibition encompasses two-and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. Selected Central Ohio artists reflect distinctly different styles and philosophical perspectives. It offers an interesting blend of technical excellence and individual visions. The exhibit is co-curated by Casey Bradley, Instructor and Studio Manager of Dimensional Studies at Columbus College of Art and Design. Details here.

Book Signing and Wine Pairing w/Anna Beach – 5:30pm-7pm – $5 – Hills Market Downtown – Our very own published author Anna Beach will be on hand from 5:30 – 7PM with copies of her novel “How To Fly With Rocks in Your Pocket.” Stop by for a personalized message and autograph in this independently published fictional novel about the trials of a young college graduate who must return to the nest. Anna will be reading a selection at 6:15 PM. Also on offer during this event will be a 5 for $5 wine tasting, with all wines inspired by characters from the novel. Details here.

Performance: Off the Wall – 7pm-8pm – free? – OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W Town St) – Urban Arts Space welcomes the public to attend a reception celebrating Part I of Off the Wall: Department of Dance Master of Fine Arts Thesis Concerts. Light refreshments will be provided. The performance exhibition features new contemporary choreography by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates from the Department of Dance, presented at Urban Arts Space. The exhibition is broken up into two parts. Part I features work by Rachel Sigrid Freeburg and Maria DiFranco and work by Jess Cavender, Jon Capps, and Dave Covey. Details here.

Film: The Pearl Button – 7pm – $8 – Wexner (1871 N High St) – Winner of multiple prizes at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, The Pearl Button follows Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s masterful documentaries The Battle of Chile and Nostalgia for the Light in exploring memory, the historical past, and the theme of disappearance under the brutal regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet. This poignant documentary looks at the indigenous people of Patagonia and the utter decimation of their ancestors during the past period of colonial conquest. Details here.

MojoFlo Single Release Show – 9pm – free – Big Room Bar (1036 S Front St) – MojoFlo is bringing in the New Year with the release of the first single “Crazy 4 U” from our FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM!!! We’re excited for the FUNK of 2016 and we hope you’ll join us at CD102.5FM’s Big Room Bar for the best Neo-Funk the city has to offer!! We are guest DJ-ing LIVE ON AIR with the one and only Lesley James. Then performing Live from 9:30-11:00. Heady Ruxpin will be kicking off the night at 8:30! Details here.

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Saturday, January 23

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

YOP Heart Bomb Workshop – 10am-12pm – Igloo Letterpress (661 High St, Ste B) – The Young Ohio Preservationists are launching Heart Bomb Ohio! We will letter press two different heart bombs phrases, ‘I’m Available’ and ‘Handle With Care’ in large type face above ‘This Place Matters’. Take your letterpress home to heart bomb your favorite structures this Valentine’s Day and help print extras to share across the state! We have partnered with the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Main Street Ohio, to give endangered and restored buildings some love this Valentine’s. Details here.

Tap Room Anniversary w/Special Bottle Release – 10am-12am – free – Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N 4th St) – For over 8 months we’ve been aging our Gold Medal award winning Dire Wolf in a few different barrels and they’re finally at their best! In addition to releasing our barreled aged beers (22 oz btls), we’ll be celebrating the 1st anniversary of the Tap Room and the release of Clear Sky & Driftwood in 12 oz. bottles! Join us on Saturday, January 23 for our next bottle release party featuring: Live music from Jenny Flory beginning at 1:00p and from Donna Mogavero Music beginning at 4:00p. Line starts at the taproom door and goes along the building up Hickory Street. Details here.

Zauber Two Year Anniversary Party – 4pm – Zaubber Brewing (909 W 5th Ave) – We’re celebrating TWO years at our 909 W Fifth Ave taproom! We’ll be offering rotating beer specials, free brewery tours, hourly prize giveaways and live entertainment from The Winnie Cooper Project! We’ll also be debuting a brand new Imperial Belgian IPA – PROST! Details here.

Beethoven Symphony No 4 – 5:30pm – $37 – Southern Theatre (21 E Main St) – Cellist Joshua Roman returns to Columbus as soloist and creator, joining the orchestra in its “Composer/Performer Project” to premiere his very own Cello Concerto. The evening opens with Geminiani’s arrangement of the famous La Folia and closes with Beethoven’s bold yet cheerful Symphony No. 4, for a complementing program that blends old and new. Tickets here.

Reception: Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition – 5pm-7pm – free – OSU Urban Arts Spae (50 W Town St) – Urban Arts Space welcomes the public to attend a reception celebrating the Art Scholars Juried Exhibition and the 24th Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. The Arts Initiative at The Ohio State University is pleased to present selected works by the recipients of the 24th annual John Fergus Family Fund Scholarship Awards, a juried competition open to all Ohio State studio-based visual art and design majors. Details here.

Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered – 10pm – free – The Walrus (143 E Main St) – Columbus’ finest Country-Fried Americana Music. If you haven’t seen them yet, you’ll want to! And if you have seen them, we know you’ll want to see them again! Details here.

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Sunday, January 24

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Pop-Up Brunch – 11am-2pm – Tatoheads Public House (1297 Parsons Ave) – Be one of the first to try Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House! Join us as we pop-up in our neighbor’s great space, Tatoheads Public House for a yummy Sunday brunch! Details here.

Beethoven Symphony No 4 – 7pm – $37 – Southern Theatre (21 E Main St) – Cellist Joshua Roman returns to Columbus as soloist and creator, joining the orchestra in its “Composer/Performer Project” to premiere his very own Cello Concerto. The evening opens with Geminiani’s arrangement of the famous La Folia and closes with Beethoven’s bold yet cheerful Symphony No. 4, for a complementing program that blends old and new. Tickets here.

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Monday, January 25

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

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Tuesday, January 26

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Sporcle Live! Trivia Tuesday @ Zauber – 7pm – free – 909 W 5th Ave – It’s a holiday every week at TRIVIA TUESDAY! Come out and play… you’ll see what I mean. Two seperatey scored rounds with prizes to the winner and happy hour prices for all who are playing. See you and your team of friends there! More info here.

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Wednesday, January 27

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

 

Columbus Events Jan 13 – 20

Watch out - there's furbulance ahead!

Watch out – there’s furbulance ahead!

Hello, It’s been a few weeks since I posted consistently, but I think life is finally back to normal.  Between the holidays and some family things, I’m just looking forward to a normal weekend at home!  What I’m also looking forward to are all the restaurant openings happening around Columbus.  Here are a few (mostly from my go-to source for insider restaurant info, Columbus Underground):

Enjoy all the new options and have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, January 13

Community Swearing-in for Mayor Ginther – 6pm-7:15pm – free – Lincoln Theatre (769 E Long St) – Mayor-elect Ginther has also scheduled a ceremonial swearing-in event for Wed. Jan. 13, 2016 at the Lincoln Theatre at 6 p.m. The free community event will include a light reception. The event begins at 6pm and will include The Harmony Project, Congresswoman Beatty and Mayor Coleman. Reception immediately following with light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets here.

Fright Club Presents: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – 6:30pm – $8 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Happy hour fun and prizes starts at 6:30 in Torpedo Room. Fright Club podcast in front of a live audience at 7:30 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m. Movie Synopsis: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Tickets here.

Free Concert: Blues People – 7pm – free – The Garden Theater (1187 N High St) – The Johnstone Fund for New Music, in partnership with Short North Stage and CFG Multimedia, will present a free concert by the Mark Lomax Trio on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Garden Theater. The performance is part of August Wilson and the Four B’s, a year-long celebration of playwright August Wilson funded by a grant from PNC Arts Alive. Blues People is a seven-movement composition recently created by drummer Dr. Mark Lomax, II. It incorporates themes from recognizable Negro Spirituals and free improvisation to tell the story of an ongoing struggle for human rights in America. Details here.

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Thursday, January 14

Ohio Art League X Space Inagural Exhibition Artists’ Talks – 5:30pm – 8:30pm – free – 400 W Rich – Join us on January 14 beginning at 5:30 pm for talks by exhibiting artists: Mary Jo Bole, Dan Gerdeman, Jeremy Wood, Amy Leibrand. Our current and Inaugural Exhibition features the artwork of Mary Jo Bole, Dan Gerdeman, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Angela Jann, Amy Leibrand, Charles Massey, Jr., Andrew McCauley, OBLSK, Barbara Vogel, Jennifer Wood and Jeremy Wood and will run through January 31. Gallery hours are second Friday of every month (Franklinton Fridays) from 7 – 10 pm, Saturdays noon – 6pm and by appointment. Details here.

Six at CMA with Larry Smith – 6:30pm-8:30pm – $6 – Columbus Museum of Art – Since 2006, Larry Smith’s Six-Word Memoir®, a project of SMITH Magazine, has helped people tell moving and insightful stories in just six words. Now comes Six in the City, a program that brings Six-Word Memoir® to cities across the U.S. as a tool for civic engagement. As Six in the City: Columbus hits the six-month mark, join us for a special event featuring some of the people who have created Six in the City stories — in words and images and video. Includes a short history of and backstories about the project as well as some of the most creative work to emerge. Don’t forget to stop by the Six-Word interactive exhibit on view in the Open Gallery.  Tickets here.

Sassy Do & Special Guest, Speak Easys, Meag Horn – 7pm-9pm – $5 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Presented by Columbus Unscripted.  ALL PLAY at the end of each show! Details here.

Drunk Spelling Bee – 8pm-11pm – $7 entry – Oddfellows Liquor Bar (1038 N High St) – We are proud to announce our first ever drunk spelling bee! Stop on by and sign up to dazzle the crowd with your amazing spelling skills and win some prizes from Oddfellows and a few of our friends. For the low price of $7 you get entry into the event, a draft beer of your choice, and a shot between rounds to keep it interesting. We will even have Mikey himself (of Mikey’s Late Night Slice) on hand hosting! So study up on your dictionaries and start drinking now for a shot at sweet swag and fame. The spelling bee runs from 9-11 but you show up early to make sure you get a spot! Details here.

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Friday, January 15

Ohayocon 2016 – 10:30am – 12am – $35 cash – Greater Columbus Convention Center – Ohayocon’s theme for 2016 is SCIENCE! Science is an integral part of any good anime or video game, from “arcane” arts like alchemy and herbalism (the foundations for modern chemistry) to astronomy and engineering! Dress up as your favorite doctors and (mad) scientists or push the envelope as a mecha pilot or a mechanic. The sky and your imagination are the only limits with the SCIENCE theme! Details here.

Opening Reception: Fragmented Histories – 6pm-8pm – free – Cultural Arts Center (139 W Main St) – Mona Gazala’s multi-media works make lyrical connections between ancient ruins and the derelict or abandoned industrial and domestic structures within our own modern post-industrial cities. The work, which ostensibly deals with objects as artifacts, also seeks to explore some of the social issues and conflicts at play in urban settings: gender and racial bias, poverty, vacancy, displacement, marginalized peoples and gentrification. More info here.

Wedding Showcase – 6pm-9pm – $18-22 – Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E Broad St) – Enjoy an elegant evening at central Ohio’s premier wedding venue. Meet vendors representing the best of the wedding industry, taste cuisine from the Conservatory’s preferred caterers, sample premium wine selections and enjoy a bubbly bar, all while viewing the Conservatory’s distinctive rental spaces decorated for the event. See the trends for 2016, including bride and groom styles, floral arrangements, and invitations, and enter to win a variety of raffle prizes. Tickets here.

Michigan v OSU Hockey – 6:30pm – $10-20 – Schottenstein Center (555 Borror Dr) – Tickets here.

The Hateful Eight in 70mm – 7pm – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – After months of work, we proudly present to Columbus selected extraordinary and rare screenings of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in glorious, rich 70mm. Details here.

Pop Up Art Shop – 7pm-9pm – Camelot Cellars (958 N High St) – Stop in for our January Pop Up Art Shop with some great artists! Support and shop local. Browse around, drink some wine, and purchase some local art! Here’s a little about our featured artists: Steve Demyan, Ty Welsheimer, Leah Storrs, and Lori Nedescu.  Details here.

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Saturday, January 16

Ohayocon 2016 – 12am – 12am – $40 cash – Greater Columbus Convention Center – Ohayocon’s theme for 2016 is SCIENCE! Science is an integral part of any good anime or video game, from “arcane” arts like alchemy and herbalism (the foundations for modern chemistry) to astronomy and engineering! Dress up as your favorite doctors and (mad) scientists or push the envelope as a mecha pilot or a mechanic. The sky and your imagination are the only limits with the SCIENCE theme! Details here.

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

51st Annual Winter Hike @ Hocking Hills State Park – 9am – free – Enjoy a 6-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Hike starts at Old Mans Cave Visitor Center with continuous starts from 9-11am. Shuttle Buses available to return you to your vehicle. Layered clothing and good footwear recommended. Refreshments are available at Cedar Falls and Ash Cave for donations. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase as well. We hope to see you there! Details here.

City Food Swap – 12:30pm-2pm – free – City Folk’s Farm Shop (4760 N High St) – City Food Swap, a local food exchange group, is hosting it’s monthly food swap. At 1pm, regular swapper Paisley Nash-Dooley will be presenting a brief talk on Bokashi composting. This event is free to anyone, please bring home made foodstuffs to swap. A food swap is recurring event in which members share with each other their own home-produced, homegrown, or foraged foods. Food swaps allow direct and indirect trades to take place between attendees. Swap events may also include a food-sharing or special interest component. These events are a delicious way to diversify your homemade foods while getting to know members of your local food community. Details here.

Social Commentary through Art and Media – 3pm-4pm – free with admission – Pizzuti Collection (632 N Park St) – Join the Pizzuti Collection for an hour-long discussion held in our third floor gallery space. Suzanne Roberts and Jim A. White Sr. have been working together to open up frank dialog about what we talk about when we talk about race with goals of unifying our communities and making social change. “Social Commentary Through Art and Media” is free with admission. Please RSVP to Mark Zuzik at mzuzik@pizzuticollection.org or call 614-300-3542. Details here.

Soup Runs in our Veins – 4pm-6pm – donations – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – At Souper Heroes, we love running and love soup. But doing those two things together is not such a wise choice. So we’ve come up with a better idea! Girls on the Run joins us to create a line up of parent/child soup making teams. Come to our Souper Family Friendly venue, eat complimentary homemade soups and bread and feel free to contribute to this month’s Donation Slow Cooker being dedicated to The Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Details here.

Dude a Thon w/3 Floyds Brewing Co – 6pm – $30 – Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave) – Day 2 of Dude A Thon Weekend with 3 Floyds Brewing Co. & The Big Lebowski. Tickets $30.00 and include: the movie, 10 beers from Three Floyds, a sweet pint glass, a patch, and a khalua inspired cupcake from A Piece of Cake in the Short North. Tasting from 6-8ish and the movie will follow. Tickets here.

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Sunday, January 17

Ohayocon 2016 – 12am – 5pm – $10 cash – Greater Columbus Convention Center – Ohayocon’s theme for 2016 is SCIENCE! Science is an integral part of any good anime or video game, from “arcane” arts like alchemy and herbalism (the foundations for modern chemistry) to astronomy and engineering! Dress up as your favorite doctors and (mad) scientists or push the envelope as a mecha pilot or a mechanic. The sky and your imagination are the only limits with the SCIENCE theme! Details here.

Winter Warm up after Party – 11am – free – Land-Grant Brewing Co (424 W Town St) – Come warm up after the race at Land grant brewing! Plenty of space to hang out inside and grab a drink, or sit outside and warm up next to one of their several fire pits. There will be a food truck for some post run lunch and Land Grant will be offering a drink special for the runners! Just wear your medal to the bar. Details here.

OSU Women’s Basketball vs Purdue – 2pm – Schottenstein Center (555 Borror St) – Tickets here.

Concerts for Kids: Once Upon a Tune – 3pm – $12 – Capitol Theatre (77 S High St) – Join us early for pre-concert activities beginning at 2pm in the Capitol Theatre lobby. Conductor Albert-George Schram and the Columbus Symphony will perform a one-hour program designed for kids ages 3-10 that will feature a variety of storytelling tunes that kids and adults alike will recognized and enjoy. Sunny 95’s Dino Tripodis will guest narrate “A Family for Baby Grand,” the story of a baby grand piano who ventures out into the world to join an orchestra. Details here.

The Nine-Tenths Group: Poetry is Inspiration – 7pm-9pm – $10 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Whether due to welcoming a New Year or in light of recent events… are YOU in need of inspiration? The Nine-Tenths Group presents “Poetry Is INSPIRATION” paying tribute to poetry via highlighting some of Columbus, Ohio’s best performance poets. It would take us a separate page to list all the accolades and accomplishments- literally. Immediately following the featured artists, feel free to participate in the open mic and/or enjoy the sounds of DJ Mr. King. This event will be in one word: EPIC. Details here.

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Monday, January 18

MLK Day!

City of Columbus MLK Day Event – 4pm-7pm – free? – Lincoln Theatre (769 E Long St) – Join us for the City of Columbus’s Annual MLK Event! 4:00 pm MLK Day Activities Begin at the King Arts Complex. 4:45 pm March Kicks Off at the King Arts Complex. 6:00 pm Program begins at 6:00 pm at the Historic Lincoln Theatre. More info here.

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

Columbus Knife Fight: Lassak v Meacham – 6:30pm – $10 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – Chef Seth Lassak of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing has challenged Chef Marcus Meacham to a Knife Fight and we want you to watch it all go down. Doors will open at 6:30pm. A food truck will be set up for dinner and snacks. The Actual Brewing Company beers will be on tap. If you want to be a judge, come prepared to battle for the seat. We will have a skills challenge at 7:15pm. We are working on another special addition to our line-up that would start at 7pm and run through the entire night. The main showdown starts at 8:00pm. Details here.

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Tuesday, January 19

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

Sporcle Live! Trivia Tuesday @ Zauber – 7pm – free – 909 W 5th Ave – It’s a holiday every week at TRIVIA TUESDAY! Come out and play… you’ll see what I mean. Two seperatey scored rounds with prizes to the winner and happy hour prices for all who are playing. See you and your team of friends there! More info here.

The People’s Trivia – 9pm – free – Oddfellows (1038 N High St) – Zach Henkel is hosting a new trivia night in town! Its called The People’s Trivia at Oddfellows. Its every Tuesday night startin’ September 30th at 9pm. It’s the funnest trivia in town; The Captain will scramble your brains and likely get you a little buzzed. Details here.

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Wednesday, January 20

Opening of the Short North Paulie Gee’s Pizza Place – 1195 N High St – More info here.

614 Restaurant Week – Calling all foodies & Columbus lovers! January 18-23rd, 2016 you’ll get to try an array of selections from 100+ of Columbus’ finest restaurants. Each restaurant will create special three-course menus to show off their chefs’ talents during Restaurant Week Columbus for a fraction of the cost. Plus, this event will donate $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a hunger relief program dedicated to a healthier and hunger-free community. Mark your calendar, Columbus! Menus from participating restaurants here.

 

Columbus Events Dec 30 – Jan 5

Wildlights at the Zoo

Wildlights at the Zoo

There are plenty of fun options for New Year’s Eve and Day, and the weekend that follows.  If you’ve still got some energy left, come to Science Pub on Tuesday!  We’ll have the Columbus Zoo’s Director of Program Planning and Sustainability there to talk about how they reduce the zoo’s carbon footprint, including turning poop into compost, installing skylights for the zebras, and using a geothermal system to keep the polar bears swimming in their pool year round.

Happy New Years!

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Wednesday, December 30

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory – 10am-9pm – $13 – 1777 E Broad St – Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. Details here.

Christmas with the Critters – 12pm-4pm – $5 – Ohio Wildlife Center (6131 Cook Rd, Powell) – Join us in celebrating the holiday season with Ohio Wildlife Center’s annual donation drive! Keep the chill away by meeting our wild animal ambassadors, creating fun holiday crafts and celebrating nature with your family. Admission is $5 per person, or free with a donation from our Wish List! More info here.

Wildlights at the Zoo – 5pm-9pm – $9-12 – 4850 W Powell Rd – Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday fesivities that can only be found here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event offers more holiday fun than ever before. Details here.

Opening of the Film: The Hateful Eight – 6pm – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center – Academy award winning director Quentin Tarantino directs an all-star cast in his eighth feature film, THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Set six or eight or twelve years after the American Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape, The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “the hangman”, will bring Domergue to justice. Due to an unexpected blizzard they seek shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive they are greeted by a cast of characters that may want to liberate Domergue, at all costs. Tickets here.

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Thursday, December 31

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory – 10am-9pm – $13 – 1777 E Broad St – Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. Details here.

Farewell to Michael Coleman – 12pm – City Hall Front St – Join us in wishing farewell to Mayor Michael Coleman, the longest serving mayor in Columbus history.  Details here.

Lineage NYE 2016 – Year of the Monkey Bash – 4pm-2am – free – Lineage Brewing (2971 N High St) – Whether you want to lounge in your slippers or kick-it like a crazy monkey. We’re bringing the perfect blend of fun to ring in the New Year, and the Year of the Monkey. Pajamas and slippers qualify as appropriate attire. Special food and drink discounts: Extended Happy Hour, 1/2 Off Starters, and $5 Six Inch Hand Pies. GAMES and PRIZES. Midnight: Watch the NYC Ball drop and enjoy complimentary champagne. Details here.

Wildlights at the Zoo – 5pm-9pm – $9-12 – 4850 W Powell Rd – Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday fesivities that can only be found here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event offers more holiday fun than ever before. Details here.

NYE in the Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Tap Room – 5pm-1am – free – 215 N 4th St – Join us in the Tap Room for live music from Jenny Flory and help WRB ring in the New Year! Champagne toast at midnight and no charge to get in. Details here.

First Night Columbus – 5pm – $10-15 – COSI (333 W Broad St) – A spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Columbus with fireworks, live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages! First Night was brought to Columbus in 1995. It is part of an international alliance of more than 100 cities that showcase the visual and performing arts through New Year’s Eve celebrations that are safe, affordable and fun, while being substance-free. On December 31st, First Night Columbus actively engages the downtown community with entertainment, transforming the city into a stage where each individual is free to choose what to see and do. More info here.

NYE Spectacular Southern Culinary Event – 6pm-10pm – Double Comfort Restaurant (505 N High St) – Want a fabulous meal, created by a great local Chef, to bring in the New Year? Selections include from-scratch Cornmeal Fried Oysters, Bacon Rib with Black-eyed Peas & Greens, Shrimp ‘n cheesy Grits with house smoked Andouille, Short Ribs and Red Velvet Cake. Proceeds benefit St. John’s Food Pantry. Tickets here.

Not Your Normal New Year’s at Zauber Brewing – 7pm-1am – free – Zauber Brewing Co (909 W 5th Ave) – Break out your onesies, Zauber’s NYE party has a dress code – a pajama dress code. We’re throwing a sweats and pajama themed party for NYE – onesies HIGHLY encouraged. Wear your PJs to get happy hour pricing all night! We’ll also have shot and drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Details here.

NYE 2016 @ Brothers Drake Meadery (26 E 5th Ave) – 8pm – 2am – $35 – Brothers Drake Meadery – Join us for the best night of the year! $35 per person includes: Two Awesome Shows! 8-9:30 Jazz Duo with Alex Burgoyne, 9:30-1:30 Fo/Mo/Deep, 1 drink ticket, Hors d’oeuvres from chef Miki Ashino of Tokyo GOGO 8-10PM, Champagne toast at Midnight. Tickets are Limited to 150 people. Buy your tickets early as this party has SOLD OUT every year since we’ve hosted it! Tickets here.

No Cover New Years – 8pm-2am – free – Oddfellows Liquor Bar (1038 N High St) – People have been asking us what kind of fun party we are cooking up for NewYears. The answer? The party where we don’t charge a cover. This New Years’ Eve we are opening our doors for free. We invite you to save the money that you would spend tryinig to get in somewhere else and spend it on booze instead. Oh, did we mention that a complimentary champagne toast at midnight is included in your $0 cover? Details here.

New Years Eve at the Sheraton – 8pm-2am – $30 – Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square (75 E State St) – Join us for the 1st Annual New Years Eve – Casino Night. An elegant night filled w/ 3 Rooms of Music, Fun & Dance for the 30&Up crowd hosted by Donnell Hughes, Anthony Thornton & Terry Frasier. Entertainment: Terri Whitlow & THE SHOW (11pm-2am – Lounge), Dee Townsel & Marly McFly (Mocha Soul – Main Ballroom 8pm-11pm) and Dommy Styles (11pm-2am – Main Ballroom). Tickets here.

All Inclusive NYE at Woodland’s Backyard – 8pm-2am – $75 – 668 Grandview Ave – Head to Woodlands Backyard for an ALL-INCLUSIVE New Year’s Eve blowout featuring Forest & the Evergreens! Tickets to our NYE party include all adult beverages, heavy appetizers, a champagne toast at midnight and a kickass concert from Columbus rockers Forest & The Evergreens! This event WILL sell out so get your tickets soon! Details here.

NYE Party at the Bluestone – 8pm – $51 – Bluestone (583 E Broad St) – A New Year’s Eve 2016 in downtown Columbus, Ohio at The Bluestone featuring, Love and Theft and Joel Crouse with Special Guest Stevie Monce. VIP and Dinner Packages Available. After Party tickets include a Breakfast Buffet and Live DJ. Doors for the show will open at 8pm. Tickets here.

New Year’s Eve Prohibition Party – 9pm-1am – $17 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Come party with us on New Years Eve- Prohbition style! Suit up, dress to impress and BYOB. Wild Goose Creative is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. We’ll have appetizers, a DJ and a photobooth in the gallery. Grab your tickets, tell your friends and get ready to ring in the New Year at Wild Goose Creative. All tickets must be pre-booked and are available here.

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Friday, January 1

New Year’s Day at #newcma – 10am-5pm – $14 – Columbus Museum of Art – Celebrate the New Year with family and friends at #newcma. Commune with the world-renowned works in the permanent collection, and explore the new Walter Wing. Play in the Wonder Room, and Big Idea Gallery. Plus, all our special exhibitions Keeping Pace, Imperfections by Chance, Glass Magic, Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition and Think Outside the Brick will be open, and Roaming Docents will be on hand to encourage conversations that connect visitors with art. Details here.

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory – 10am-9pm – $13 – 1777 E Broad St – Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. Details here.

New Year’s Day Ride – 1pm – free? – VeloScience Bike Works (220 Market St, Ste 2, New Albany) – Come on out for a New Year’s Day Ride, right now weather looks good, but rain/snow will cancel. Pizza will be provided by COTC after the ride and beverages by Veloscience. Will attempt to serve pizza around 3pm. More info here.

Fiesta Bowl: OSU vs Notre Dame – 1pm – Details here.

Film Opening – Janis: Little Girl Blue – 4:30pm – $6 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Enjoy New Year’s Day with an amazing lineup of films at GFC. Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WEST OF MEMPHIS) examines Joplin’s story for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Tickets here.

Wildlights at the Zoo – 5pm-10pm – $9-12 – 4850 W Powell Rd – Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday fesivities that can only be found here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event offers more holiday fun than ever before. Details here.

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Saturday, January 2

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory – 10am-9- $13 – 1777 E Broad St – Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. Details here.

Short North Mural Series Artist Talks: Ashley Pierce – 4pm – free – Lindsay Gallery (986 N High St) – If you have seen Ashley Pierce’s mural at the corner of Lincoln and High you would never guess that the original is on a painted and carved wooden panel. The tools and techniques that artists use are often surprising to the viewer of the finished pieces. Ashley will be talking about her development as an artist and discuss her process while surrounded by her most recent work. She will be bringing her tools, demonstrating on works in progress and have some new pieces available…and congratulations to Ashley for making the Top Ten Columbus Artist’s list on Columbus Underground! Details here.

Short North Gallery Hop – 4pm-10pm – free – D On Gallery Hop Saturday, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District. Visitors celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art. Details here.

Wildlights at the Zoo – 5pm-10pm – $9-12 – 4850 W Powell Rd – Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday fesivities that can only be found here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event offers more holiday fun than ever before. Details here.

Rambling House 2nd Anniversary Party – 7pm – free – 310 E Hudson St – Come celebrate with us! Festivities start at 7pm! Details here.

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Sunday, January 3

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory – 10am-5pm – $13 – 1777 E Broad St – Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. Details here.

CSA January Showcase at Notes – 3pm-5pm – $5 – 520 S High St – This is the last chance for songwriters to make it into our Finale Showcase! (Finale Showcase will be held February 7th at 5pm). Columbus Songwriters Association leads one of the most unique events in the city, that helps songwriters gain feedback and earn opportunities for their newest songs! At the CSA Songwriter Showcase, songwriters across the city come together to perform one of their newest, original songs while the audience provides written feedback as they perform. Based on audience feedback, one songwriter will be awarded with free recording studio time at John Schwab Recording Studios! Two songwriters will be invited to perform for music industry judges at the CSA Finale Showcase. Details here.

Wildlights at the Zoo – 5pm-9pm – $9-12 – 4850 W Powell Rd – Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday fesivities that can only be found here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event offers more holiday fun than ever before. Details here.

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Monday, January 4

Motive. > January Mixer – 6pm-11pm – free – Little Rock Bar (944 4th St) – Join, meet, collaborate, and interact with other Columbus creatives and be the first to hear what’s in store for our main event in February. Attendance is free and open to the public. A portion of sales go to motive., helping us further our mission of connecting Columbus creatives. Details here.

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Tuesday, January 5

Greening the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – 7pm – free – Smokehouse Brewing Co (1130 Dublin Rd) – As a conservation organization, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium works daily to reduce our impact on the environment. From creative re-use of “trash” to feasibility studies for renewable energy projects, staff are exploring ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the Zoo operations. With over 2 million guests annually who eat food and use the restrooms, (plus more than 11,000 animals doing the same thing), we’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do! We’ll talk about turning tons of poop into amazing compost, installing flux drives to reduce power consumption, how “smart” skylights make our zebras happy, and learn how our unique geothermal system keeps our polar bears swimming in comfortable water year round. Speaker Barbara Revard, Director of Program Planning at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, leads efforts to coordinate sustainability practices which balance the Zoos shared objectives for a healthy environment, an excellent quality of life for its animals, superb experience for its visitors and continued economic vitality for the Zoo. Details here.

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Wednesday, January 6

 

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