Columbus Events April 4 – 9

Edible Book Contest Crowd Favorite: the Les Miserables cakeHello!  On Monday I attended an Edible Book Festival at the Worthington Library – it’s basically a contest in which people design cakes based on their favorite books.  Seeing the creative, pun-y, and well-decorated entries made me want to participate too.  Luckily, the Bexley Library will be hosting its own version this coming Sunday.  See you there?

In other food related news, the Columbus Commons will be home to two new shops this spring:  a French Market and Bistro and a mini Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.  Also, Thurman’s in German Village just opened a Thurman’s To Go.

Finally, I just got around to updating my happy hour tab.  If you think of any solid happy hours that I don’t have posted, let me know!


Thursday, April 4

Film: Dance at 30FPS – 7pm-10pm – $5 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – The OSU Department of Dance presents this screening of contemporary dance films.  7pm – award-winning shots from around the world. 8:30pm – Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America – A documentary celebrating the TV show’s impact on pop culture and fashion. More info here.

Film: Tattoo Nation – 8pm – $9 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Tattoos used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. Now, your mother’s got a butterfly on her ankle and your kid’s sporting a tramp stamp. What happened? When did tattoos go from the renegade, ready-made, carney cartoons inked as fast as possible to the art form they’ve become today? That transformation is the subject of the new documentary film, Tattoo Nation. More info here.

The Big Bad Quiz Show – 8pm, 10pm – $8 – Short North Stage (1187 N High St) – The Big Bad Quiz Show is the only trivia night in Columbus where funny people have to answer real questions, and the audience wins real prizes.  Erik Tait and Jeff Burgstrom host a panel quiz show with some of Columbus funniest comedians, with special guest lecturers from The Ohio State University. Come play along and for just coming to the show you could win prizes from Bossy Grrl’s Pinup Joint, Rendezvous Hair Salon, Brothers Drake Meadery, and other sponsors.  On our panel we are featuring: Mark Lucas, Bob Cook, Andy Lutrell, Laura Work, and Anthony O’Connell.  Guest Members of the Intelegencia: Nick Garcia, Adam Zwickle. Facebook invite here.


Friday, April 5

83 Gallery South Grand Opening – 7pm-11pm – free – Double Happiness (482 S Front St) – 83 Gallery South’s first show, aptly titled Origins, celebrates the opening of our new space and the beginning of a new venture. In keeping with 83′s tradition of exhibiting the best varied work of underground local artists, the selected work displays a fresh, diverse array of styles, mediums, and content. We’ve partnered with CCAD’s academic student community to present the public with the most current, unique, and contemporary styles emerging in the city. The latest works of 83 Gallery resident artists will also be displayed to create a union of the new with the familiar in one cohesive show.  The opening festivities will also include eats provided by our new neighbors at Fresno’s and a solid lineup of music at Double Happiness hosted by Jenny Arcade, Copywrite and our dear friend and 83’s house DJ, J. Rawls!  The event is from 7-11pm, two doors down (on the pedestrian alley) from Double Happiness.  More info here.

36th Annual Jazz Festival: Ohio Jazz Ensemble – 8pm-9:30pm – $10 – Weigel Hall Auditorium, OSU (1866 N College Rd) – Enjoy the sounds of the 36th Annual Jazz Festival.  Featuring jazz saxophone virtuoso and Ohio State faculty member, Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, as guest soloist in an exciting program of swing and modern jazz. More info here.


Saturday, April 6

Worthington Farmers Market – 10am-1pm – free – The Shops at Worthington Place (7227 N High St) – The Worthington Farmers Market is Central Ohio’s largest farmers market, boasting more than 50 vendors from Columbus and the surrounding areas. 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, flowers, herbs, plants, homemade soaps, and much more.

Big Green Head E-Waste Recycling Day – 10am-2pm – free – Worthington Hills Elementary (1221 Candlewood Drive) – With the help of communities, businesses, schools, and volunteers, Big Green Head organizes community recycling drives. Our collections make recycling convenient, create public awareness, rescues resources from going to the landfill AND benefit student groups and local causes. Drop off your unwanted electronics and we’ll make sure they’re either reused or responsibly recycled, conserving our natural resources and reducing landfill space. Collections are FREE except $20 Charge for *Tube TVs. Please consider donating to our volunteer group when dropping off your items. More info here.

College Jazz Band Day – 11am-4pm – free – Weigel Hall (1866 N College Rd) – Featuring the Ohio State Jazz Lab Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Combos along with visiting college jazz bands.  More info here.

Seventh Son Soul Brunch – 12pm-3pm – Seventh Son Brewing (1101 N 4th St) – That Food Truck is making EGGS and stuff! We will have a brunch cocktail menu and will donate part of the proceeds to the Special Olympics. Get down with some Saturday afternoon drinking!

Ohio Roller Girls Derby vs Pittsburgh – Doors open at 3:30pm, Bout 1 at 5pm, Bout 2 at 7pm – $14 in advance/$17 at door – Ohio Expo Center (717 E 17th Ave) – Check out the excitement and action of the Ohio Roller Girls as they take on Steel City in this home match-up.  Die-hard derby fanatics will stay for the whole night. If you’re new and just want to get your feet wet – you may choose to watch only one bout – show up early to catch the first bout – or grab drinks downtown and skip the lines to stroll in around 6:45 pm to catch the second bout!  More info here.

Short North Gallery Hop – 4pm-10pm – free – Short North Arts District – The Short North is renowned for the buzz of Gallery Hop. The first Saturday of every month, thousands of visitors converge on the strip, the epicenter of the High Street Experience. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan fun. Countless art experiences. District specials. Prize drawings. Ramped up entertainment. Unexpected surprises. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Spikenard Farm: Queen of the Sun – 4pm-9pm – $35 (pre-register) – Mockingbird Meadows (16671 Burns Rd, Marysville) – Whole Foods Market is hosting a fundraiser for Gunther Hauk and his biodynamic bee sanctuary, Spikenard Farm at Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm on April 6.  Edible Columbus and Brothers Drake are generously partnering with Whole Foods to make this event delicious!!  Enjoy appetizers and drinks during the screening of Queen of the Sun—a movie about colony collapse disorder, featuring interviews with the likes of Michael Pollan and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. Take a tour of Mockingbird Meadows, your local biodynamic bee sanctuary.  Ask your burning bee questions in a Q&A with Gunther Hauk after the film.  Pre-registration required here.

This Inspired That – 5pm-7pm – free? – Open Door Art Studio (1050 Goodale Blvd) – This Inspired That is a collaborative exhibit featuring artists with disabilities from Open Door Art Studio and artists from Creative Arts of Women (CAW). For this exhibit each CAW artist selected a piece of art made by an artist from Open Door that inspired them and then used that spark to create a companion piece. Both works are displayed side-by-side in this engaging and exciting exhibit.  The community is warmly invited to attend the opening reception on April 6th, where viewers will have the opportunity to experience 40 original pieces ranging in various sizes and mediums. A performance by Heidi Madsen and Heidi Kambitsch will occur at 6pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served in this unique and inspiring art setting. Facebook invite here.

Parker PoP Shop at Brothers Drake – 6pm-11pm – no cover – Brothers Drake Meadery (26 E 5th Ave) – The art of Joss Parker will be adorning the walls of Columbus’ favorite meadery all month long at Brothers Drake. Stop in for Gallery Hop to meet and great with the artist, enjoy the spirits and live music… In addition 20 collaborations between the PoP Shop and Photographer W.E Arnold will be shown as well as Lea Grays sculptural origami lamps and paintings too.  More info here.


Sunday, April 7

Free Admission to the Wexner Center for the Arts! (1871 N High St) – Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Edible Books Festival – 2pm-4pm – free – Bexley Library (2411 E Main St) – Put your creative culinary skills to the test and enter our Edible Books Festival on Sunday, April 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. All entries must be edible. Entries may relate to a book, be shaped like a book or be inspired by a title or a pun on a title. Entry forms and information available at the library or on the library’s website. Individual, family, teen, and professional entries are welcome. Participants must complete an entry form to compete. More info and registration here.

Mad Men at the Gateway – 9pm – free – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Join us for the season premiere of MAD MEN on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 PM! Admission is free to all TV On The Big Screen programs.  The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies’ man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.  More info here.

Monday, April 8

Mobile Monday at St James Tavern – 6:30pm-8:30pm – St James Tavern (1057 N 4th St) – OH! Burgers will be there this time around! More info here.

Monday Night Live – 9pm – $5/BYOB – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – The Asbestos Crew and Wild Goose Creative present Columbus’ premier sketch comedy showcase, starring, written and produced by the Capital City’s most creative comedic minds. The show will also feature a special guest host each month. Each MNL is different, with original material written every month. The show includes a mix of live, filmed and multimedia sketches as well as current events, political satire, and slapstick. Facebook invite here.

Check out my Standing Events or Columbus Happy Hour tabs for other options.


Tuesday, April 9

Science Pub: Food + Heat = Cooking – 7pm – free – The Shrunken Head (251 W 5th Ave) – Join us at this edition of Science Pub to learn about how different forms of heat used in cooking (grilling, baking, boiling, frying, etc) affect the flavors and textures of our food. Our speaker, Dr. Ron Peterson, will discuss how the chemical reactions that occur during cooking transform food to enhance its healthfulness and aesthetics. For example, it is heat that thickens the custard for a Creme Brulee and that caramelizes the sugar on top. Dr. Peterson will also explain how many of the procedures of cooking have been discovered by trial and error over years of experimentation by cooks worldwide. Now, we can apply our understanding of the chemistry and biochemistry of the components of food in order to explain the changes that occur during the cooking process. Facebook invite here.


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