Columbus Events Feb 3-10

Birthday Dinner #2: Mazah in Grandview. I love their appetizer sampler!!

Birthday Dinner #2: Mazah in Grandview. I love their appetizer sampler!!

Tickets to the Sweet Treats event coming up on February 9th were definitely among my favorite birthday presents this year.  Sam knows the way to my heart (sugar).  The event is going to have dessert samples from some of my favorite places in town, including Dough Mama, The Angry Baker, and Destination Donuts.  You should join me!

Also, thanks to a lucky encounter with the team at Actual Brewing, I’m REALLY excited to have just acquired tickets to the High Gravity Hullabaloo this Saturday. If you’re not familiar with it, the event’s tag line is “strong beers & smoked meats”.  It’s basically Sam’s version of the Sweet Treats event, which is to say that it combines his favorite things.  I’m looking forward to it myself!  It’s sold out so if you want to go, snap up some tickets as soon as they go on sale next year.

One final bit of news is that I’m winding down my events posts.  It’s been a lot of fun over the last four years, but also pretty time consuming. My web domain happens to expire on February 21st so I figured that would be as good a time to stop as any.  I’ve loved all the people I’ve met and the events I’ve attended because of the blog so it will be a bittersweet end!

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Wednesday, February 3

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 – various times – $8-10.50 – Gateway Film Center –  For the 7th consecutive year Gateway Film Center exclusively presents this collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films for 2016.  Details here.

Discussion: Israeli Violations of International Law – 6pm – free – OSU Moritz College of Law (55 W 12th Ave) – Join us for a discussion with Professor John Quigley about violations of international law committed by Israel against Palestinians. Professor John Quigley currently teaches International Law and Comparative Law at OSU’s Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Professor Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University, and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. Professor Quigley is active in international human rights work and has done much research and written several books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pizza will be served! We hope to see you all there! More info here.

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Thursday, February 4

COSI After Dark: Love and Attraction – 5:30pm-10pm – $14-16 – COSI (333 W Broad St) – Love is in the air! Celebrate the month of love and all that goes with it at COSI After Dark – Love and Attraction. Take a chance and possibly meet your soul mate at the Gadgets Café Mix & Mingle. Let the sparks fly as you launch seltzer rockets or learn about chemistry while you experience chemistry with someone. All are welcome to the Gadgets Café Mix & Mingle! Learn about the drink and dessert of love and see how wine and chocolates are made by our experience wine makers and chocolatiers. Visit hands-on carts to delve deeper into the world of love and attraction.  Tickets here.

Talk: Artist John Newman & Writer Andrianna Campbell – 6:30pm – 7:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – Andrianna Campbell has contributed to Artforum, Art in America and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Dia Art Foundation in New York. John Newman is a New-York based artist who has participated in scores of group and solo exhibitions in the past decade, including “Decenter NY/DC: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show,” which was co-curated by Campbell. Newman currently has a number of sculptures on display at the Beeler Gallery at CCAD through March 31. Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

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Friday, February 5

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Pigskin Brewing Brewer’s Challenge – 3pm – Pigskin Brewing Co (81 Mill St, Ste 150) – Our 3rd episode of the Brewer’s Challenge. Mike, Nick, Vic, and Lucas have created four chocolate beers for your enjoyment. Vote for your favorite! Details here.

Not Sustainable: Films on Environmental Loss – 7pm-9pm – $8 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Nile perch were introduced into Tanzania’s Lake Victoria solely for purpose of export to Europe and Russia, but the fish have destroyed the lake’s ecosystem, leaving local Tanzanians to survive on bones and rotting carcasses. Darwin’s Nightmare turns the perch into a telling example of globalism’s winner-take-all attitude. As its Austrian-born, Paris-based director says, I could make the same kind of movie in Sierra Leone, only the fish would be diamonds, in Honduras, bananas, and in Libya, Nigeria or Angola, crude oil. More info here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Lost Weekend Records 13th Anniversary Show – 8pm – free? – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – Lost Weekend Records is turning 13 Years old and once again we are cellebrationg with another great show at Ace of Cups. As you know we like mixing Columbus bands old and new at our Anniverary shows and this year we are really excited to have Willie Phoenix and The Soul Underground as part or our line-up. Here is the complete line-up: Willie Phoenix & The Soul Underground, The Electric Hand, Brat Curse, Bloody Show, Mr. Tiger. More info here.

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Saturday, February 6

Worthington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-12pm – free – Shops at Worthington Place – The market includes locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, baked goods, homemade soaps, and much more.  More info and schedule here.

Bend & Brunch w/Yoga 6 – 11am – free – Zauber Brewing Co (909 W 5th Ave) – Yoga Six, Columbus Social Club and Zauber Brewing Company are teaming up to bring you Bend and Brunch the first Saturday of every month! Reset and reenergize Saturday mornings with an invigorating flow class, and stick around for refreshing mimosas, a bloody mary bar and brunch from The Explorers Club. The yoga class is free, but the brunch and bloody marys are on you! BYOM (bring your own mat!!!) More info here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

House Sweet It Is Community Tour and Dessert Tasting – 1pm-4pm – free – Tatoheads Public House (1297 Parsons Ave) – Visitors will peruse the tables of local businesses, causes, and organizations while enjoying sweet treats and coffee samples at no cost. Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House will be onsite, and Tatoheads food menu and full bar will also be available for those wishing to purchase meals or drinks. A shuttle will also be available for those wishing to tour homes. Details here.

Gallery Hop – 4pm-10pm – Short North Arts District – On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District. Visitors celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District. Details here.

Art Opening: Allison Rose Craver | Kirsten Stolle – 7pm-10pm – free – Roy G Biv Gallery (997 N High St) – ROY G BIV Gallery presents Allison Craver and Kirsten Stolle. Craver’s ceramic sculptures of domestic objects offer contemplative pause. Stolle’s mixed-media collages examine the influence of agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies on our food supply. Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Heatwave! – 10pm-2am – $5 – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – All vinyl. All the hits and the misses from the golden age of soul. In collaboration with the WEX, the February HEATWAVE! will also be the official Off the Grid Warm-Up Party. Ace of Cups is 21+. Credit cards are accepted, but cash is much appreciated (i.e., makes the bar move faster). Free parking is available in the lot next door. Details here.

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Sunday, February 7

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Winter Flea – 12pm-5pm – free – Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W Town St) – 25+ vendors vending antiques, textiles, vintage clothing, original artwork, handmade tools, jewelry, leather goods, records, snackables and more. The Strongwater bar will be open for bizz and the jams will be spinning all day long, c/o DJ George Brazil & Friends! Come get warm with us! Details here.

Theater: Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball – 2pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – See the quintessentially American game of baseball from a whole new angle. Leading Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada explores baseball’s enduring cultural impact on modern Korea and Japan through a family dynamic, with the US as the parent and these Asian countries as brothers living under its sway. Best known through his acclaimed ensemble chelfitsch, Okada deftly draws on his actors’ own memories of baseball, then expands the narrative to evoke the bittersweet dimensions of East/West international relations and baseball’s use as a tool for American cultural propaganda and control. Tickets here.

Digest: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper – 4pm-6pm – $20 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – In February, we will crack open Fuschia Dunlop’s memoir: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper while we feast on dumplings and a few other treats. Because we know how book clubs work, this event is BYOB. Tickets here.

Super Bowl 2016 – 6pm

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Monday, February 8

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Business of Art: Go Get That Grant – 6:30pm-8:30pm – free? – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Columbus is full of grant opportunities. You just need to know where to look and how to make yourself a competitive applicant. Come to our February workshop and learn where to find the right funding for the right projects while you network with other arts entrepreneurs. Speakers for this month: Jason Moore, Principal + Creative at Fulcrum Creatives; Bryan Ashton, Grants Chair for Create Columbus Commission; Carolyn Caldwell, Grant Writing & Fundraising Consultant, Raising Awareness, Raising Funds LLC. Food for our Business of Art Workshops is generously provided by Acre. Details here.

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Tuesday, February 9

Blue Jackets Winter Park – various open skate times – Arena District (McFerson Commons) – In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends. During the evenings, McFerson Commons and the nearby stretch of Nationwide Blvd. will be aglow as tens of thousands of lights will adorn the trees of the Arena District and welcome Winter Park visitors. More info and schedule here.

Fat Tuesday Po-Boy Party w/Chef Lara – 6pm – $27 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – Get ready to celebrate the decadence of Mardi Gras with Chef Lara Yazvac Pipia! Lara’s food focus is on fresh, exciting, and bold flavors, inspired by global cuisine, her own international travels, and her soulful birth city of New Orleans. Po’Boys and indulgence, ‘nuff said. This dinner is vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore friendly. Tickets here.

Best Bites: Sweet Treats – 6pm – 9pm – $33 – The Athenaeum (32 N 4th St) –  Columbus Underground’s popular Best Bites: Sweet Treats will return for a second year to help local dessert fans taste their way through the city’s best desserts while celebrating Mardi Gras and supporting a great cause – the Gifts of Kindness Fund! It returns in 2016 with nearly 30 dessert options from a wide variety of local restaurants, bakers, catering companies, wholesalers, food trucks and pop-up shops. This year’s event will take place at the Columbus Athenaeum, giving us the room to make it better than ever! Tickets here.

Screening and Discussion: The Mask You Live In – 6:30pm – free – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – Who is a “real” man? Who gets to decide? Take a challenging look at American’s narrow definitions of masculinity at this screening and discussion of The Mask You Live In (2015), a new documentary from Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation). The film investigates how boys and young men are actively encouraged to swallow their emotions, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence. Supported by interviews with experts in neuroscience, psychology, sports, education, and the media, the film and discussion that follows ask us to question our own deeply held gender stereotypes in hopes of raising healthier future generations of men and women. Details here.

Trail Runner 101 Info Session – 7pm – free – Fleet Feet Sports Columbus (1270 E Powell Rd) – Welcome to the world of trail running where nature meets the feet. Trail running has become increasingly popular over the years. This Winter, Fleet Feet will bring their training program out onto the trails. Local coaches will provide advice, support, weekly group training runs and walks, and short clinics on topics such as trail safety, proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. Fleet Feet Sport’s Trail Runner 101 is geared to the newer trail runner. The program is geared to train new trail runners for The Dirt of the Earth Half and 10K on April 17th, 2016. Details here.

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Wednesday, February 10

February Green Drinks at Studio 35 – 6pm-9:30pm – $5 – Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave) –  Food leftovers are the single largest component of the waste stream in the United Staes by weight (USDA 2010). Do you know where your food waste is going? Most likely to landfill. But there is a better way. Come join Green Columbus at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse for the first screening of Just Eat It in Columbus, to learn about the huge opportunity that is food waste. Then add to the conversation with a panel of food waste experts from the central Ohio. This event is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Company. Details here.

An Evening with Stone Lab – 6:30pm – free – COSI (333 W Broad St) – Save the date for the 2016 Stone Lab Winter Program and Silent Auction. We’ll be at COSI Columbus this year, celebrating a new partnership with this excellent center of science as well as the PAST Foundation. In addition to the annual Silent Auction, guests will be able to purchase Stone Lab merchandise to support student scholarships and learn about Stone Lab’s summer courses and field trip programs. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a tour of our new partnership exhibit area at COSI and silent auction bidding. Tickets here.

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