10 things to do in Columbus this weekend: music, theater, bike ride


Rain or shine, there is plenty to do this weekend and next week but to help you plan for the days ahead, we’ve picked the 10 things worthy of your attention.

If you like concerts, this is a glorious weekend for music lovers: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Dropkick Murphys, The Deal Breakers and Mad, Mad Men perform at various venues in central Ohio.

Horror movies lover? Ah, then you’ll want to check out what Studio 35 has to offer: Thom Mathews and Dana Ashbrook will be making appearances this weekend at screenings of films such as “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives,” “Return of the Living Dead. Part II “and” Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me “.

And there’s plenty more in store, so read on!

Do the blues together

Members of the Americana roots sextet Old Crow Medicine Show have been making music together for over 20 years, covering early 20th century blues and folk songs as well as original songs. They will perform at 6 p.m. on August 20 in an outdoor show in rain or shine at Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. The band’s opening will be young singer, guitarist and banjo player Molly Tuttle. Tickets cost $ 35. Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before the date of an exposure, is required. For more information, call 614-461-5483 or visit promowestlive.com.

Time travel trekkie

Revisit the 1980s through the eyes of intergalactic travelers: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” – in which Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are dropped off in San Francisco in 1986 – will be shown in the Theaters Zone in a remastered version for its 35th anniversary. The film, directed by Nimoy and also starring DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and George Takei, stars of “Star Trek”, will be screened at 7 pm on August 19 at Easton 30, Polaris 18 and Lennox 24. For more information , visit www.fathomevents .com.

No deal breaking, just a deal

In the second in a series of free nightly concerts on John F. Wolfe streets in Columbus Commons, East Rich and South High, Columbus soul and funk group The Deal Breakers, led by singer Ray Woods, will perform at 7:30 am. August 19 pm. Meals and drinks will be available at the bar and at the food vendors from 6 p.m. Parking is available at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, 55 E. Rich St. For more information, visit www.columbuscommons.org.

Disney matures across the Pacific

Rise Up Arts Alliance, a theater for young beginners, will present “Moana JR.”, A one-act stage version of the 2016 Disney animated film about the coming of age of a volunteer girl who sails across the Pacific to save her village and discover her heritage. Performances are August 20 at 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and August 21 at 7:30 p.m. and August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Campground, 2151 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster. Tickets cost $ 12 or $ 8 for students (ages 4-18) and seniors; free for children 3 and under. Call 740-400-0591 or visit www.riseupartsalliance.org.

The madness of cinema

Fans of cult films, buckle up: Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave., will be the site of three films which might not be called classics but which are certainly amply entertaining: “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives” , 11:00 p.m. Aug. 20; “Return of the Living Dead, Part II,” 11:00 pm, August 21; and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” at noon on August 22. Each screening will feature in-person appearances from film actors: Thom Mathews August 20-21; and Dana Ashbrook on August 21 and 22. Tickets for each program: August 20 and 22 – $ 20, or $ 15 in advance; Aug 21 – $ 25, or $ 20 in advance. Visit www.fandango.com.

Mad men at the McConnell

Experience your inner Rat Packer in a concert-and-movie combination on the lawn at McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington, August 21: At 7 p.m. the Mad, Mad Men will perform, and at 9 p.m. the 1960 film version of “Ocean’s 11”, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., will be screened. Lawn seats open at 6 p.m., and there will be food and refreshments from Hisham’s Food and Tropical Chill Hawaiian Ice. General admission is free; “Privileged zone” tickets cost $ 15, or are free for children 12 and under (with the purchase of an adult ticket). Take blankets or lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.mcconnellarts.org.

Energetic Celtic Punk Band

Boston-based Celtic punk band The Dropkick Murphys will team up with Berkeley-based punk band Rancid on August 23 at 6 p.m. for a rain show or outdoor show at Express Live as part of a extended tour. With both bands known for their high-energy, high-decibel live performances, this promises to be an evening that will leave few participants lounging on the grass. The opening for the twin headliners will be Los Angeles-based punk rocker The Bronx. Tickets cost $ 45. Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before the date of an exposure, is required. For more information, call 614-461-5483 or visit promowestlive.com.

‘The fresco of the people of Columbus’

Celebrate the creation of “The People of Columbus Mural,” featuring the words of Columbus writer Hanif Abdurraqib and art by Columbus artist Bryan Moss, at a free neighborhood party from 11 am to 1 p.m. August 21 at Simakovsky Law, 1450 E. Main St. The event will feature readings by Abdurraqib, Moss, Barbara Fant, Vada Azeem and others, as well as a book fair. Maroon Arts Group will provide arts activities for children, DJ Krate Diggs will provide the music, and Too Good Eats will give out free popsicles to the first 200 guests. For more information, visit cbuslibraries.com.

Buckeye Lake Tour, Music, More

Explore the area around Buckeye Lake by bike in the Buckeye Lake Tour on August 21. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd., Millersport. Routes range from an 11-mile bike path next to the lake to a 100-mile option, which takes cyclists to Dawes Arboretum and through the hills. Participants are encouraged to take free water taxis to shorten the journey. Food, beer garden, and Big Bad Stache entertainment will be at the Lions Club. Registration is $ 40, or $ 45 on the day of the event, and $ 10 for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit bikebuckeyelake.org.

Sangria, anyone?

Refresh yourself with a glass (or more) of sangria from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 21 at the Columbus Sangria Festival in John F. Wolfe streets in Columbus Commons, East Rich and South High. Admission is free for the 21+ event, where food trucks will offer various selections, drink trucks will sell sangria and flamenco dancers will provide entertainment. For $ 29.99, you’ll get three sangria cocktails, a souvenir drink, and flamenco dance lessons. For an additional $ 25.99, you can add a sangria painting experience, including a sangria glass, paint, and brushes. For more information, visit columbussangriafestival.com.


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