Weekend Warriors: 11 Reasons to Put Down the Remote This Weekend

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By Lacey Luce

Hi my name is Lacey and I’m a TV addict. It might seem weird that I’m confessing this in a blog post about arts happenings in Cbus, but I’m assuming that at least some of you can relate.

This is my heartfelt reminder to myself and all my fellow TV addicts not to binge watch Jessica Jones (or anything else) on Netflix this weekend. Horde those meager episodes. You may need them when the holidays hit. Instead, here are nearly a dozen opportunities to get us off the couch and interacting IRL.

1) This weekend New Vision Dance Co. is bringing us Taking Flight, which will include special appearances by Columbus Moving Company, Exhale Dance Tribe, April Torneby, Seven Dance Company, and Neverland Arts Collective. If you haven’t been paying attention to the performances showing up at the Garden Theater in the Short North, you should be. Also, tickets are only $15.

2) Thurber House is wrapping up their fall Evenings with Author’s series this Thursday with Jason Gay—a Wall Street Journal columnist who has a new book Little Victories, which I’ve heard is quite funny.

3) Speaking of funny, Shadowbox Live is opening their popular Holiday Hoopla! Holiday themed sketch comedy with plenty of food and drink…I can’t think of a better way to prepare yourself for the season.

4) This Friday the Wexner Center is screening Experimenter, which is about experiments in the ’60s that that tested the limits of obedience and empathy by instructing fellow subjects to electrically shock each other if they answered a series of questions incorrectly. I’ve heard of these experiments before and am really curious about this film. And, this counts as interactive because the director Michael Almereyda will introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward.

5 & 6) Kick back and lose yourself in beautiful, live classical music. The Columbus Symphony is bringing us Mozart and Beethoven. (Special bonus: the Beethoven concert is more interactive than your typical show as Maestro Milanov and the CSO will take the audience on a step-by-step journey to discover how this well-known composition came together.)

7 & 8) Spend some time getting to know Carpe Diem String Quartet as they offer their Seize the Music Series Out of Africa or you could get the wee ones involved and check out with their free family concert series on Sunday.

9) One more music suggestion (and this one’s a little funkier): Hoo Doo Soul Band is playing at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music

10 & 11) I’ve been finding some great Instagram posts via #artmakescbus of A Little Bit Closer a new show from Creative Arts of Women (CAW) at the Vanderelli room, which is open Sunday. The Columbus Museum of Art has another new offering, Graphic Novelist Residency: Eleanor Davis. If you love graphic novels and illustration work, it’s the exhibition for you.

Look, I’m not suggesting we ditch the couch all together. Just mix it up a bit with something live that’s energizing and wonderful.

Lacey Luce is a marketing, communications and events strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is very excited about the Jessica Jones launch and equally grateful to have compelling motivation to step away from the remote this weekend.