Events Mar 28 – April 2

Sam and I saw people lining up for a seat in the Supreme Court days before the universal healthcare arguments started.

I spent a wonderful spring break in DC but I’m really happy to make it back to Columbus in time for all the awesome events that are coming up.  Highlights include The North Market Coffee Roast, Circuit Bender’s Ball, and Too Many Cooks featuring Sugardaddies brownies.

Next Tuesday is Science Pub featuring Alex Bandar of the Idea Foundry.  Thursday is Cakes for a Cause (for those of you worried about overdosing on cake, the coordinators suggest that we think of this event as “pounds for a purpose”).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 28

New Happy Hour at Brothers Drake – 4pm-7pm – Brothers Drake Meadery (26 E 5th Ave, Columbus) – $2 off all Watershed Distillery Drinks, half off mead on tap.  Happy hours will take place every Wednesday through Friday.

Crimson Cup Brew Bar – 5pm-7pm – free? – Crimson Cup Coffee (4541 N High St) – Experience our new brew bar!  Sample micro-lot coffees served using the pour-over method, and enjoy free samples of the fresh herbal goodness of our new loose leaf teas. A tasty delicious caffeinated time! Or not caffeinated, its up to you…

Thursday, March 29

Cocktails at the Conservatory – 5:30pm-10pm – $11 – Franklin Park Conservatory – Visit the Conservatory and view its exhibitions during this weekly after-hours social event. Enjoy a full bar selection, featured cocktails, small plates and live music. 21 and over.  Entrance fee includes $10 of tokens to be used towards drinks and small plates.  Check out their orchids and butterfly exhibit while you’re there!


Friday, March 30

Whole Planet Trash to Treasure Sale – 9am-7pm – free – Whole Foods Dublin (3670 W Dublin-Granville Rd, 43235) – One man’s junk is another’s treasure! Donations for the rummage sale can be made at Customer Service.  All proceeds will go directly to the Whole Planet Foundation.

Tribal Brew – 7:30pm – free – Upper Cup Coffee (79 Parsons Ave, 43205) – Presented by Sacred Shimmy Tribal Bellydance, and featuring special guest Elianae of Habeeba’s Columbus.  Join us for the sights and sounds of North Africa, India, and the Middle East recreated by some of Ohio’s finest dancers and musicians, while enjoying coffee and teas prepared by Ohio finest cofee roasters at Upper Cup Coffee Co.  All music will be provided by the drums, bells, zills, and strings of Sacred Shimmy musicians.  If we have enough bellydancers in attendance, we will surely open the floor to some open dancing.  Finery is welcome.

Skully’s Music Diner PlayDate: The 1970s! – 9pm-2am – $5 – Skully’s (1151 N High St, 43201) – For one night only, a classic decade of music interpreted, and performed most righteously, by some of the most provocative bands in Columbus.  Set times are as follows: DOLFISH PLAY 1970 at 9PM, MAZA BLASKA PLAY 1971 at 9:30PM, ANDREW GRAHAM AND SWARMING BRANCH PLAY 1972 at 10PM, MOON HIGH PLAY 1973 at 10:30PM, THE LINDSAY PLAY 1974 at 11PM, OLD HUNDRED PLAY 1975 at 11:30PM, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING PLAY 1976 at 12AM, PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT PLAY 1977 at 12:30AM, THE URNS PLAY 1978 at 1AM, TWO COW GARAGE PLAY 1979 at 1:30AM.  It’s sure to be electric and interesting and affecting and fun; whatever it turns out to be, it’ll only happen once, so be there or you’ll miss it! RSVP here.

Saturday, March 31

Whole Planet Trash to Treasure Sale – 9am-7pm – free – Whole Foods Dublin (3670 W Dublin-Granville Rd, 43235) – One man’s junk is another’s treasure! Donations for the rummage sale can be made at Customer Service.  All proceeds will go directly to the Whole Planet Foundation.

The North Market Coffee Roast – 9am-3pm – free (coffee tasting admission is $5) – North Market (59 Spruce St, 43215) – We’ve brewed up a brand new fete to add to our roster of food events at the North Market. We started with A Touch of Earth, the North Market merchant that’s been selling coffee to market-goers for 22 years, threw in a dozen local specialty coffee roasters, added two local dairies and voila! We bring you the North Market Coffee Roast!  The North Market in conjunction with A Touch of Earth and our local coffee roasters will host a celebration of all things related to those wondrous caffeinated beans. No coffee house is complete without live music so we’ll have some of our favorite local musicians and singer-songwriters on hand for ambience. And the fine folks from A Touch of Earth have coordinated a schedule of demonstrations in the Dispatch Kitchen to elevate your coffee acumen.  More info here.

Mid Ohio Cat Fanciers Cat Show – 9am-5pm – $8? – Veterans Memorial (300 W Broad St, 43215) – All-breed cat show

4th Annual Short North Easter Begg Hunt – 11am-2pm – free – Short North – The Short North is home to many “shop pets” and dog friendly stores.  The love of our furry friends is part of what makes the distrct so special.  Bring your four-legged companions for some huge fun including treats and prizes.  Sponsored by Three Dog Bakery.

Circuit Bender’s Ball – 1pm – 12am – $10-$20 – Columbus Idea Foundry (1160 Corrugated Way, Columbus OH 43202) – The Circuit Benders’ Ball Columbus is a one-day event that celebrates the gentle art of tearing apart your electronic toys and gadgets and reconfiguring them into a musical instrument or artwork – i.e. break it to make it. We have invited benders/hardware hackers/sound artists from Ohio and other parts of the mid-west to perform with their circuit bent instruments and lead workshops covering a range of topics pertaining to circuit bending. The workshops, which will take place in the afternoon, range from intro level to advanced and are open to all ages. In the evening, experimental musicians and sound artists will perform with circuit bent instruments, custom-made electronics, and/or battery-powered electronic devices; genres will range from ambient soundscapes to aleatoric noise to EDM influenced grooves.  Workshops will take place from 1pm – 4pm, and performances begin at 7pm (doors open 6pm). Workshop admission $10. Performance admission $10. Folks who preregister for a workshop and preorder tickets for the performance receive a $5 discount.  More info on workshop topics and musicians here.

CD101 Day – 5pm-10pm – $5 – LC Pavilion (405 Neil Ave, 43215) – Kasabian, Of Monsters & Men, Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s, and J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and The Spruce Campbells. This show has been moved outdoors! More info here.

Helping Hands Community Garden Benefit Show – 6pm-12am – $5/$10 w/dinner – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St, 43202) – Come out and show your support for civic agriculture within Columbus, courtesy of HHCG. This fun-filled event will include food, beer, live music, a raffle & silent auction!  This is a benefit, so please bring extra cash.100% of proceeds go to support HHCG and The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center’s efforts within the community.  More info on food, raffle, and music line-up here.

The Foundation of Dance – 7pm-10pm – $20/$15 for students – King Arts Complex (867 Mount Vernon Ave, 43203) – Experience the movement as some of the brightest and most talented dance students from high schools and colleges across Ohio, show the development and empowerment that dance has bought to their lives. This exploration will showcase how the foundations of some of the dance greatest artist and teachers have inspired innovation and creativity through various styles of dance. Through creativity and professionalism the dancers will express their passion as they take the audience on the journey of dance from foundation to innovation.

Sunday, April 1

April Fool’s Day!!

Free Admission to the Columbus Art Museum – 10am-5:30pm – free – CMA (480 E Broad St, Columbus) – Featured exhibits include Monet to Matisse, Latifa Echakhch, and a Columbus Views exhibit to celebrate the bicentennial.

Too Many Cooks! Featuring Sugardaddies – 7pm-9pm – $5 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St, 43202) – Join us for our April Too Many Cooks! Using their Cherry Almond Blondie, Tom Finney and Mark Ballard from Sugardaddy’s will tell their story and teach us how to take their Spring seasonal brownie flavor and make it into an elegant Trifle. Bring your questions, answers and appetite for this entertaining event! RSVP here.  (In case you don’t understand how exciting this is, let me remind you that they’ve been named “Best of the Best” by Food Network and they won a “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”!)

Yoga Rave at OSU – 7:30pm-12am – $30 ($15 for students) – Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N High St) – Yoga Rave is a party like none other in the world, a new concept in fun where the body responds only to the stimulation of music, yoga & meditation. The purpose of Yoga Rave is to offer a drug free alternative for the Columbus community to gather and release its energy and tension. Our vision is to create a movement that will support all people to come together in deeper connection and celebration, without the fallout. Music is provided by So What Project! and lululemon will be leading the yoga. More info here. Get tickets here.

Monday, April 2

Mobile Monday at St. James Tavern featuring Late Night Slice – 6:30pm-9:30pm? – St. James Tavern (1057 N 4th St) – Stop by St. James Tavern every Monday to check out a local food truck and get a “mystery beer can” for $1.  ECDI’s Food Fort helps put this partnership together and it sounds great!

Monday Night Live Turns 2! – 8:30pm-11pm – $5 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St, 43202) – Join us as we celebrate the birthday of our big, bloated comedy baby, Monday Night Live.  In addition to a sloppy and pretentious of our two-years of monthly sketch comedy hi-jinks, you’ll be treated to the sexy sounds of Jason Quicksall.  As always $5 gets you laughs, and you can bring yer own booze. It’s a “can’t miss” kids.

Tuesday, April 3

Columbus Science Pub w/The Idea Foundry – 7pm-9pm – no cover – The Shrunken Head (251 W 5th Ave, 43201) – Join us for a presentation from Alex Bandar, the Director of The Columbus Idea Foundry. The CIF is a community workshop and do-it-yourself learning space where you can take classes on welding, woodworking, blacksmithing, lasar cutting, and more.  Alex’s career bridges the technical, creative, educational and business communities, and he enjoys helping others to do the same. As the director of the Columbus Idea Foundry he and his team teach classes on design and fabrication, provide consulting and production resources, perform micromanufacturing services for local businesses, and incubate 30+ individuals, artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses within the walls of the shop.  Alex and the Foundry are striving hard to demonstrate a new type of business that can empower individuals to explore technology, art, design, education and entrepreneurship.  More info here.

Upcoming events to plan for:

April 5 – Cakes for a Cause – Not only does the $35 entrance fee go to a great cause (Mid-Ohio Foodbank), but it allows you to eat more delicious cake in one night than you’ve probably eaten in the rest of the year combined.  Slightly ironic that the benefit for hungry people involves stuffing yourself with cake?  Yes, but the cake is REALLY GOOD.  And it’s still a good cause.  More info here.

April 7 – Events Planning Workshop – Wild Goose Creative and Idea Lab at the OSU Urban Arts Space present a planning workshop for arts and creative events. Planning can be a daunting task, whether the event is for 20 people or 2000. Jessie Boettcher (of Wild Goose Creative), Nick Dekker (Wild Goose Creative), and Alison Colman (of Fuse Factory) will discuss best practices, lessons learned, and will answer your event planning questions. No matter what stage your planning is in, join us for some sound advice and idea sharing.  RSVP here.

April 14 – Off the Grid @ the Wexner – Off the Grid promises to keep the senses overloaded and far “off the grid” all night. This event combines live bands and hip D.J.s spinning dance music all evening long with delicious cuisine from some of Columbus’ best restaurants. Presented by GenWex, the Wexner Center’s young patrons’ group. More info here.

April 15 – Pizza Grand Prix – With so many pizza restaurants in Columbus, sampling them all can be a challenge. Just ask the bloggers of Pizza Slayer (…they’ve been working their way through central Ohio’s pizza offerings since 2008 and are still discovering new, tasty pies.   If you worry that you might be missing out on Columbus’ best slice, or know that you’ve already found it and want to share this priceless knowledge with the world, Columbus’s eighth Pizza Grand Prix is a must-attend event. In return for showing up at Wild Goose Creative with a medium or large pizza from your favorite restaurant, you’ll get to try other peoples’ favorites from all over town. Basically, this is one huge pizza potluck.   Would you rather bring a pizza of your own design? Enter our amateur pizza competition for the chance to win fun pizza-related prizes. To compete, shoot an email to by April 12th.  No cover charge. BYOB. Donations to Wild Goose are accepted.  RSVP here.

April 21 – RootDown with Earth Day Columbus –  Participate in the largest Earth Day volunteer event and put your root down in Central Ohio. Going ‘root down’ is connecting with ones local environment, making connections with the natural environment in Central Ohio, our two rivers and many creeks, local merchants and recyclers, many inspiring environmental non-profit organizations, bicycle paths and pedicabs, and on and on. Also enjoy the fifth annual Earth Day celebration (organized by Green Columbus) that will feature live music, foodtrucks, info booths, art show, kids’ activities and much more.   Sign up to volunteer here.


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