Weekend Warriors: Our City Has So Many Alternatives

AFW

By Lacey Luce

I love the word alternative. It warms my rebel heart. As such the whole concept of Alternative Fashion Week (AFW) speaks to me. It is so much more than a runway show. The fine people running this event have gotten creative in how we look at and experience fashion. In addition to local fashion designers, they shine a light on local photographers, musicians, venues, businesses and restaurants.  As I write this there are still four days left to enjoy AFW.

Of course the big finale is this Saturday and tickets are so ridiculously reasonably priced that you should probably buy now as I’m sure they will sell out.  While the big finale is sure to be epic, everything they have planned this week is worthy of your time—from a hands-on challenge and fashion show, to a movie night, and on Friday  a  very interesting take on combining visual arts with live, local music. Check out the whole schedule and try to keep up.

Is there ever a slow time in Columbus? Seriously.

I am particularly geeked up because Chris Hardwick (aka the Nerdist) is doing his stand-up comedy thing Friday at the Southern Theater. Unfortunately I didn’t get tickets before the 8 p.m. show sold out. The good news is they’ve added a 10:30 p.m. show.  If you’re unfamiliar, Hardwick is the host of the Talking Dead  and @Midnight. I am addicted to @Midnight and regularly amuse myself by playing Hashtag Wars (google it).

If you can’t get out to see the Nerdist, get your comedy fix tonight at Shadowbox Live’s Hashtag Improv.

Also on the funny side of things is “Potted Potter.” This may seem like it’s for kids, but come on! Our first generation of Potter readers is all grown up now. My guess is they are ready for a little Hogwarts satire—unless they’re  in Slytherin, in which case, um, never mind.

The Wexner Center has two big things going on this weekend (when don’t they?)

First there is a limited engagement for the world premier of Ann Hamilton and SITI Company “the theater is a blank page.” It opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. This is shaping up to be an extraordinary, unique performance piece.

On Saturday night the Wex has Ohio Shorts screenings plus a reception. Check out the full line up.

Finally, Tacocat is open Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and it’s the last chance to see the artist’s spotlight Anyone, Everyone, No One: Masked Portraits and Painted Blues by Rob Jones

Have fun nerds!