By Lacey Luce
As the year winds down I find myself feeling a lot of deadline pressure. All those things I said I would do in 2015, but haven’t quite gotten to because I thought I had oodles of time—well time is running out.
And to add to the pressure, time is running out on some great arts events too. So I have a choice. I can try to squeeze in those last few New Year’s resolutions, or I can totally scrap them and instead seize this opportunity to attend some great arts events before they are gone. Um, is it really a contest?
Below is a list of shows that are ending this weekend. I would so much rather go to any of these then finish that one stupid project that’s sitting half done in my basement (why did I think I wanted a DIY mason jar herb garden?)
- CATCO’s Peter and the Starcatcher (which has gotten some great reviews)
- Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Scrooge
- The Short North Stage’s Krampus: A Yuletide Tale
- MadLab’s Quiet Peninsula
- Gifts of the Craftsman, Ohio Designer Craftsman (ends Dec. 23)
While I had a couple of weeks to catch the above events, the next round are truly limited engagements. I might regret missing any one of these, but I won’t regret putting off reading from my nonfiction book list.
- Mad Men Holiday Favorites, McConnell Arts Center Dec. 16 & 17
- ‘Tis the Season at Franklin Park Conservatory, which Dec. 17 and for the over-21 crowd
- The Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons album release party at Skully’s on Dec. 18
However, not everything in the arts has a looming expiration date. On Dec. 17 the King Arts Complex is opening a stunning new photography exhibition, Marching Forward with History-Wisdom-Faith, which features 75 photographs of the King Lincoln district from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. The show will be up for a bit so if I miss the opening to finish editing that novel I started writing in 2009, at least I still have time to see the show.
The great thing about the arts is that, unlike all of those looming “to-dos” in my life, they don’t stress me out—quite the opposite. I know that if I push aside some self-imposed deadline and simply go enjoy myself at any of the above events, I’ll leave feeling re-invigorated and happy that I didn’t miss out on a fun experience in order to squeeze in one more project.
Lacey Luce is a marketing, communications and events strategist at the Greater Columbus Arts Council who sometimes wishes life had a pause button.