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Weekend Warriors: Seven Ways to Chill Out This Weekend

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By Lacey Luce

Honestly, I’m not feeling very weekend warrior-y. I have friends who can have their whole weekend (baby Friday included) packed with awesome plans, and they thrive on that. Me?  I occasionally need to go into hermit mode and have some quality time with my couch.

This is one of those weeks. I need some introvert time. None of this is helped by the fact that I finally started watching The Wire (yeah, I know, I’m more than a decade late).

Because this is where my head is at and it’s been warm and muggy, I find myself attracted to anything that helps me be chill (literally and figuratively).

I’m starting with three film recommendations, so grab some popcorn and your adult beverage of choice.

Thursday is the wrap up for Film Festival of Columbus and they have an incredible line up that culminates in the presentation of the first Spirit of FFOCOL Award to Shondrella Avery (LaFawnduh in Napoleon Dynamite) who will then stay for a screening of (what else) Napoleon Dynamite.

Also on Thursday, The Wexner Center has Tales of Hoffman, which just looks weird (and I love weird).

Finally, the Columbus Museum of Art has the three days of fashion-focused films with the fourth-annual Charles Kleibacker Film Festival. I had an opportunity to work with the late Charles Kleibacker, so this listing has a special place in my heart.

Let’s turn our attention to live music and theater. The Ladies of Longford are playing at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza this weekend—side note: Natalie’s has an amazing, robust calendar of live music.

What really has my attention is the opening of MadLab’s Clown Time is Over. Normally I wouldn’t go near this event because clowns freak me out—there is NOTHING chill about clowns. However, while they’ve been getting this show up, MadLab has been posting all of these behind-the-scenes photos via #artmakescbus and now I’m intrigued—totally creeped out but intrigued.

Need a good belly laugh? Check out Hashtag Comedy Improve, on Thursday in at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington?

Now for something completely different: For everyone who needs something a little more energetic to get their chill on, meet Wake & Shake at Wild Goose Creative. It starts at 6 a.m. on a Friday.

Now personally I don’t believe in 6 a.m. unless you haven’t gone to bed yet. But, the idea for this is so bloody novel. Think of it as a morning workout, attitude adjustment, party, and TGIF celebration all wrapped into one. Go to Wild Goose in the wee hours of the morning, get your dance on with DJ Ricks, get some body paint (that works for casual Friday, right?), down a smoothie or two for energy, and an added bonus is the guru of all things breakfast Nick Dekker is part sponsor. The only real question is, will there be bacon?

This is a great weekend to relax and recover because fall season is about to hit and it’s going to be spectacular. Next week I’ll be all revved up about Urban Scrawl and more, so rest while you can my lovelies.

Image: The Ladies of Longford performing at the McConnell Arts Center.

Lacey Luce is a marketing, communications and events specialist at the Greater Columbus Arts Council who needs to stop listening when the interns recommend bing-worthy shows or she’ll never see sunlight again.