By Lacey Luce
I’m about to hit the road. Traveling is awesome, except for one tiny detail—you miss all of the fun things that are happening at home.
The first event that I’ll be lamenting is the Columbus International Film and Video Festival (CIF+VF). Did you know this is the oldest film festival in the country? It kicks off Thursday, runs through Nov. 14 and will screen, throughout the city, top-notch films that have been making waves in the film festival circuit.
In addition, Thursday will also bring you:
- The opening of Angela Meleca Gallery’s new exhibition featuring Anthony Luensman.
- COSI’s monthly after-dark event for adults—this week’s theme is Tasty Science.
- The Westerville Public Library hosting a meet-the-authors event with Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl and Dark Places fame (I loved those books).
- The opening of Available Light Theater’s latest production, Dedalus (which runs through this weekend at the Riffe Center and will open in other locations throughout the month).
On the bright side, while I will be missing out on these happenings, at least I don’t have to try and choose between them.
If you are feeling philanthrop then Friday is for you as Jazz Arts Group puts on a one-night-only fundraiser. You can enjoy extraordinary music while supporting an exemplary arts organization.
Also on the jazz front in the capitol city: Friday Catch the Lao Tizer Trio at the Garden Theater. Saturday King Arts Complex has a one-night multi-media program in honor of the upcoming Veteran’s Day, Jazz on the Avenue: The Spirit of Our Times.
Or, if you’re feelin’ more classical, then check out Chamber Music Columbus as they present the Faure Quartett.
Finally, if like me, you get a little confused about what day it is (don’t judge), then let me remind you that this will be the first Saturday of the month, which means Gallery Hop! This month’s hop includes an opening of a new show at ROY G BIV gallery featuring work by Keith Lemley and Lexie Stoia, so go support local emerging artists, because they rock.
- Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne closes at Urban Arts Space on Nov. 7.
- CATCO’s The Elephant Man closes Nov. 8 as does Curtain Players Theatre’s The Outgoing Tide.
- Also closing on Nov. 8 is White Noise: New Works by Laura Alexandra and Andrea Myers, but that means it will be open for Nov. 7 Gallery Hop!
So, yeah, I’m missing a lot this weekend, but you don’t have to. And, if you’re feeling super nice, you’ll share your fun on #artmakescbus so I can enjoy vicariously and not feel too homesick.
Top image: a screen shot from Mojave, which will be screened on day four of the Columbus International Film and Video Festival at the Drexel Theater on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Lacey Luce is marketing, communications and events strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is about to get her learning on at the National Arts Marketing Project conference.