By Lacey Luce
I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time in my kitchen lately (I bake. It’s just a thing I do.). As a result my kitchen looks like the Keebler Elves snuck in and hosted a rave, and now I really don’t want to go home. Fortunately our arts scene can help me with that.
Thursday Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is hosting poet Terrence Hayes. CCAD got my attention when they shared this quote from Stephen Burth from a 2010 review for the New York Times: “Hayes’s fourth book puts invincibly restless wordplay at the service of strong emotions: a son’s frustration, a husband’s love, a citizen’s righteous anger and a friend’s erotic jealousy animate these technically astute, even puzzle-like, lines.” They had me at “restless wordplay.”
This month’s “Franklinton Friday” looks to be extra special. Glass Axis has their massively popular Holiday Glass Art Sale going on from noon-7 p.m. The Vanderelli room is opening Cloud City Collective: A Tribute to Star Wars with an artist reception from 7-11 p.m. As the name suggests, this is a group show featuring Star Wars themed art created by central Ohio Artists (I’m going to need a minute to calm down my inner geek). Also on deck this Friday in Franklinton, the Ohio Art League is opening their new space at 400 W. Rich St. with a public reception from 7-11 p.m.
For many seeing The Nutcracker is tradition, and BalletMet is opening this annual favorite this weekend. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain to you the magic that is The Nutcracker, but here’s a little insider tip: Go follow @BalletMet and @BalletMet2 on Instagram. They have been posting some beautiful shots as they prep for the show.
Last but not least, I think a little Vivaldi might be a perfect way to de-stress this weekend. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has long been a favorite for me. It’s soothing and invigorating all at the same time. ProMusica is performing this timeless piece this weekend. Saturday’s performance is at the Worthington United Methodist Church and Sunday’s performance is at the Southern Theatre.
These are just my recommendations, but there’s plenty more to do and you can search events on ColumbusMakesArt.com to see what else is out there.
Whatever you choose, share your arts adventures via #artmakescbus.
Lacey Luce is a marketing, communications and events strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is seriously considering moving rather than facing the mess in her kitchen.