Weekend Warriors: Try Something New this Weekend

The Emperor's New Clothes

By Lacey Luce

Last week I wrote about my happy plans to see “A Chorus Line.” It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The show runs until April 26, so there’s still time to support this jewel of a theater company in Columbus.

My suggestions for this weekend might be off the beaten path for some, but for others these are already well-loved destinations. If you haven’t experienced an event at one of these organizations yet, I challenge you to try something new this weekend.

Thursday the King Arts Complex is hosting an artist’s talk for I LUV MY BLACK, which is in the Elijah Pierce Gallery through Friday.

For Friday, how about dinner and a show with a little murder thrown in? Cloak & Dagger’s Sock Hop Homicide at Shanes Dinner Theater.

Columbus Children’s Theater is fantastic family fun. Right now they have the classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” If you have kiddos and haven’t yet checked out this gem, it might be time to schedule a family “date night.” They have evening showings on Thursday and Friday, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

For those who don’t have to entertain the very young, take a day trip to Franklinton this weekend and check out the Vanderelli Room, a somewhat new addition to the Columbus arts scene. The gallery space is in a former church at 218 McDowell St, and they are currently exhibiting work by Michael Bush.

From the Gateway Facebook page

From the Gateway Facebook page

While you’re in Franklinton you might want to get hands on at Glass Axis. You can visit their calendar ahead of time and see what classes are available.

Saturday night Mad Lab is celebrating 20 years with a big anniversary party. Admission is free but donations are welcome (remember to support your local arts!)  Or head to the Gateway Film Center  for a punk rock doc double feature (try saying that 10 times fast).

If you’d rather buy than make, this Sunday is a perfect day for Craftin’ Outlaws. The name alone is a reason to go, but there’s also 40 artists selling handcrafted work, a very cool venue (the High Line Car House at 550 S. High, in the Brewery District) and snackage. Pro tip: stop at your ATM before you go, there isn’t one on site.

Lacey Luce is the marketing, communications and events strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council.