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Weekend Warriors: Get Spooky and Silly In October

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Haunted October ramps up this week with clay pumpkin-making classes, tales from the crypt of Green Lawn Abbey, and much more! Enjoy your weekend with your family and friends at these ten events about town.

 All Weekend

Saturday, October 25th

Sunday, October 26th


Venue: Green Lawn Abbey

October 24th – October 25th
7:00 PM, 8:30 PM Friday
7:30 PM Saturday
$20.00 – $25.00

Spend a hauntingly historical evening in Green Lawn Abbey, Ohio’s most majestic mausoleum. This program bring to life the personal stories of notable Columbus figures including Edward Swisher, one of the founders of the Swisher Brothers Cigar Company and Harry Thurston, the colorful brother of the world famous magician Howard Thurston. Also included this year are Freda Steube, Charles Foster Johnson, William Sharp and George & Adele Smith. Experience this lovely landmark by candlelight … it’s nothing less than mystical. Tickets $20 advance purchase available at This popular program usually sells out so don’t delay in getting your tickets. Space is limited.

My Name is Asher Lev at CATCO
Venue: Vern Riffe Center for Government and the ArtsAsherLev-medium

October 22nd – November 9th
Showtimes Vary
$30.00 – $45.00

Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew. He is also a progeny who must be a painter though it flies in the face of family, community and tradition. His gift must be realized but at what cost? Co-produced with Gallery Players, “My Name is Asher Lev,” is written by Aaron Posner, and adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok.

CJO’s “A Night at the Movies” ft. Carly Thomas Smith
Venue: Southern Theatre

October 23rd – October 26th
Showtimes Vary
$10.00 – $52.00

The classic hits of Hollywood come to life through the magic of the CJO in a spectacular evening of music from the silver screen!

Get your ticket for a marquee show of some of the greatest film composers and scores of all time including Goldfinger, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, The Pink Panther, and a special tribute to John Williams (Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET). Actress and Broadway sensation Carly Thomas Smith (RENT, Jersey Boys, Smokey Joe’s Cafe) makes her Columbus debut with the CJO. Popcorn not included.

CbusComedyFest1.web-mediumColumbus Comedy Festival
Venue: The Wild Goose Creative

October 23rd – October 25th
7:00 PM
$10.00 – $25.00

This annual event is three days of stand-up comedy, sketch, improv, video, and more – does it get any better than this? Come join Wild Goose Creative as we celebrate the Columbus comedy scene. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights will bring a mix of performances.

$10 a night or $25 for all three nights.

Exhibition Almond Zigmund
Venue: CCAD Canzani Center Gallery

October 23rd – January 8th

Almond Zigmund’s work sharpens our perceptions of space while exploring the nature of opposition. Combining crisp geometry, vivid color, and intricate patterns, her drawings, sculptures, and installations engage the eye and the body at once, offering generous amounts of visual stimulation while also inducing visceral reactions to the virtual and actual spaces she creates. Zigmund received her BFA from Parsons and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Zurich, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Aakash_1-mediumDANCE: Aakash Odedra: Rising
Venue: Wexner Center Performance Space

October 23rd – October 26th
8:00 PM Thursday – Friday
2:00 PM Sunday
$10.00 – $18.00

“Aakash Odedra is simply breathtaking….a brilliant dancer [who] can attract the very best….Rising is a masterpiece of speed and virtuosity.”-Globe and Mail

“An astonishing young dancer, Aakash Odedra is something to behold…a marvelously conceived and well-executed show.”-Dancing Review

One of the hallmarks of the Wexner Center’s program over the past 25 years is to not only introduce important innovators to our local audience, but to also highlight Columbus and Ohio State as the place where new talent and new work is first seen in this country. A case in point: this US premiere of Rising, the first solo program by British dance sensation Aakash Odedra.

In Rising, Odedra draws on his background in the classical Indian dance disciplines of Kathak and Bharatanatyam while remaining intrinsically contemporary in style and concept. Exploring different processes and aesthetics in the pieces created for Rising, Odedra highlights different aspects of himself to create a new personal language: lyrical and graceful, brutal and raw, edgy and animalistic. Join us for this highly anticipated performance, and see why critics have widely praised Odedra’s hypnotic energy and thrillingly virtuosic technique.

Crystal Gregory | Luke Ahern
Venue: ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging ArtistsFront of Exhibition Card 1

October 23rd – October 25th
3:00 PM Thursday – Friday
1:00 PM Saturday

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, October 25, at 2:30 p.m.

ROY G BIV Gallery proudly presents Crystal Gregory and Luke Ahern. Gregory uses handmade lace to support and suspend cast concrete. Ahern combines diverse materials for his improvisational, abstract installations.

Crystal Gregory will exhibit How Many of Those Who Are Yoked Together Have Ever Seen Oxen, a suspended installation in which handmade laces support the weight of cast concrete tubes. The work inverts material stereotypes by using “delicate” material to support the weight of the concrete. Gregory finds a wonderful tension between the industrial patterns of the urban landscape and the structural pattern of torchon lace and how each defines and outlines negative space.

Luke Ahern’s abstract sculptures and installations are concerned with play. His working process is sporadic, nonlinear and improvisational, and his habits draw enormous influence from his practice as a musician. He uses diverse materials, from traditional oil paint, to artificial turf, to objects scavenged from waste bins. He sees his work as existing in a state of “not quite.” His installations are not quite objects, not quite complete, not quite monuments.

Funky Hand Made Pumpkins at ClaySpace
Venue: Clayspace

October 25th
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Create a new centerpiece for your table, entryway or front porch! Participants will create a one of a kind pumpkin out of terra cotta clay using basic sculpting and handbuilding techniques. Make your pumpkin as nice or scary as you like. $30 per person. Instructed by clayspace artist Todd Hickerson

picassoandbraque_1-medium“Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies” (Arne Glimcher, 2008)
Venue: Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

October 25th
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Narrated by Martin Scorsese, Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies examines the link between cubism and early film and the myriad of ways that the cinema revolutionized our perception of time, space, and motion. (60 mins, video)

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
Venue: The Schottenstein CenterDisneyLive_MickeyMusic_620x340-medium

October 26th
1:00 – 3:00 PM
2:00 – 4:00 PM
$21.00 – $68.00

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; PLUS Woody, Buzz and Jessie are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family. You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters. Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.