Columbus Events Feb 17 – 22

Rather than fight the crowds for Valentine's Day, Sam and I opened a bottle of Argentine wine and made steak at home.

Rather than fight the crowds for Valentine’s Day, Sam and I opened a bottle of Argentine wine and ate steak at home. Thanks for your many photo contributions, Sam!

This is my last events post!  I started writing these as emails back in 2010 for a few friends who were new to Columbus and who wanted to know about fun things to do on the weekend.  Over time, the list of people who signed on for my weekly email grew to include acquaintances, and then people I’d never met.  In September of 2011, I started up this blog so I could share the event information online and post about happy hours, too.

As of today, nearly 500 people either receive my emails or follow the blog. I love how many of you I’ve met as a result of it!  Beyond that, the events posts have been my impetus on many an occasion to get off my couch.  From Pecha Kucha to Science Pub to Best Bites to Schmeckfest, Columbus offers up dozens of fantastic opportunities every week to meet new people, eat new things, and explore the city.

Whether you joined in 2010 or 2016, thanks for following along – see you around!

Tania

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Wednesday, February 17

Dress for Success Columbus Anniversary Open House – 5pm-7pm – free – 1204 N High St – With your support, it’s an honor to celebrate 9 years of empowering women in our community to blossom and achieve their potential! Since opening in 2007, with your support we’ve empowered more than 8,000 women in Central Ohio! Tour our Suiting Boutique and Career Center, learn about our transformational programs, and discover rewarding involvement opportunities! Light refreshments served! Donations of new or gently used professional handbags appreciated – tax receipts provided! Details here.

Creative Meals w/Rotisserie Chicken Cooking Demo & Dinner – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Hills Market Worthington (7860 Olentangy River Rd) – Our Hills Own Rotisserie Chickens can be a lifesaver on busy weeknights. Learn from Chef Nate how to use them to create something magical by incorporating items you already have in your pantry for a quick, nutritious, and filling family meal. Dinner will follow in our wine department with wines presented by Wine Director Jan Wilson. Price is $25/person and includes 3 courses, 3 wines, and coffee. Reservations should be made by calling 614.846.3220. Details here.

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Thursday, February 18

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.

Homestead Tap Takeover and Best Buddies Fundraiser – 3pm-9pm – The Ohio Taproom (1291 W 3rd Ave) – Join us February 18 for a Homestead Beer Company Tap Takeover with proceeds benefitting Best Buddies Ohio. We’ll have five Homestead beers on tap and will be giving away pint glasses. Delicious Homestead beers on tap: Snake Oil Super Pale; Bison Imperial Stout; Tenpenny Amber; Pioneer Pilsner; 3MC’s DIPA. More info here.

Via Vecchia Winery Open House – 5:30pm-7:30pm – free – 485 S Front St – We invite you to our winery for a casual Open House to consider hosting your next client brunch, employee workshop or product launch at our urban winery. Enjoy naturally made wines and tour our historic 1800’s building while meeting the staff, our caterers and guest vendors. Getting Married? This is the perfect opportunity to do an evening walk-through. Detail here.

Talk: Designer Josh Owen – 6:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – A plunger may not seem like a thing of beauty. But the one that award-winning designer Josh Owen designed as part of the WC Line for Kontextur is sleek and modern and downright nice to look at. Owen, who chairs the Industrial Design Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has designed everything from clocks and coatracks. He’ll talk about his work at the Canzani Center Auditorium as part of the Visiting Artists & Scholars series at the Beeler Gallery. Details here.

Happy Hour w/the Columbus Symphony Orchestra – 6:30pm-8:30pm – free – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – Free Concert | Free Appetizers | Special Drink Prices. Bar opens at 5:30. Concert begins at 6:30. This colorful musical evening is comprised of works inspired by some of the best travel destinations — Rome, Spain, and Alaska. Peter Stafford Wilson, Conductor. Details here.

Chrissie Brodigan from Github – 6:30pm-9pm – $5-15 – Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St) – Chrissie Brodigan has been designing for users for over 10 years. As a Design Researcher for GitHub, Chrissie helps solve for user growth. She works on site optimization, mobile and desktop conversion channels, user segmentation, content strategy, and A/B tests everything except her coffee. Previously, she led information architecture and experience design for Mozilla and Firefox websites. Chrissie believes we should think in terms of human behaviors, and talk with people to become better at discovering and solving problems. Join us as we learn about Measuring Hard-to-Measure Things! Details here.

Jackie O’s 12 Beer Tap Invasion + Barrel & Boar BBQ – 7pm-11pm – The Daily Growler (2812 Fishinger Rd) – As any OU grad will tell you, Jackie O’s is one of the best craft breweries, not just in Ohio, but in the country! Thursday 2/18 we will be featuring 12 of their beers on tap, including several very rare one offs. $1 off Jackie O’s Growlers; $2 off Jackie O’s Pints; and $3 off Jackie O’s Flights. List of beers here.

Sticky Fingers Dance Party – 9pm – $3 – Ace of Cups (2619 N High St) – Join us February 18th for STICKY FINGERS with The Rolling Stones in heavy rotation! As always, STICKY FINGERS is an all-vinyl, (mostly) 70s rock & roll dance party; ONLY $3 to get in (NO COVER IF YOU DRESS 70s!!!) with $3 drink specials all night long! Ryan Miller on the party pics! Doors at 9pm 21+. More info here.

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Friday, February 19

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.

Brownie in Motion Traveling Picture Show – 6pm-8pm – free – Cultural Arts Center (139 W Main St) – This Exhibit documents Stephen’s cross-country quest to return to the roots of photography itself; to understand where we’ve been, where we are going, and what may be forgotten in the name of progress. And yes, the room-sized Brownie box camera will be front and center. Details here.

Food Truck & Funk @ the Gent – 6pm-11:30pm – RSVP required – Flying Gent (46 N High St) – The Deeptones, a favorite Columbus funk and soul band, will be in the groove deep below High Street in our Lower Levels Venue. -Cold beer from great craft breweries on deck per usual. I’m mean com’on, it’s the Gent! -Dos Hermanos will be rolling down to sling fresh hot delicious authentic Mexican cuisine from its beast food truck.-Flying Gent, as usual, the the Gent comes through with the best shopping experience on the planet. The store will be open and staffed for your shopping pleasure. All night long. Check your items at the counter. And you can pick up your purchases at any time. That way you can keep your hands free for beers and tacos. Must RSVP here.

Columbus Winter Beerfest 2016 – 7:30pm – $45-55 – Convention Center (400 N High St) – The Columbus Winter Beerfest returns to the Columbus Convention Center on February 19 & 20! That’s a few weeks later than last year due to the renovations/construction at the Center. Same great party with over 12,000 Craft Beer lovers descending upon the Convention Center to sample over 350 Craft Beers from down the street and around the country! Now one of the Top Ten Largest Craft Beer Festivals in the country! Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

CSO Masterworks 7: Musical Postcards – 8pm – starting at $25 – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – This glamorous musical journey begins in the rolling greenery of the Czech countryside (Smetana), stops in the shimmering sands of Egypt (Saint-Saëns), offers a glimpse of expansive Alaskan landscapes (Adams), and views the ancient glories of Rome (Respighi) before concluding with the scintillating songs and dances of a fiery Spanish fiesta (Rimsky-Korsakov). Accompaniments: Prelude; TONIC Friday; and Postlude. Tickets here.

CD102.5 Day Local Artist Showcase – Side A – 8pm – free/$5 – Skully’s Music-Diner (1151 N High St) – 8P – Doors. 10P – Midnight Coast. 11P – The Cordial Sins. 12A – Personal Public. DJ Set with George Brazil 8-10pm & 12:40 -1:30am. 18+ // Under 21 – $5 // 21+ Free. More info here.

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Saturday, February 20

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.

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.

Robert Mason Co Opens in the Short North – 10am-8pm – 17 Brickel St – Robert Mason Co. returns to Columbus as we open the doors to our new flagship store in the Short North on Saturday, February 20th! Join us as we celebrate our opening in our new location that is literally ten times bigger than the pop-up store on Gay Street! Get ready, get excited and as always…#GetInspired! More info here.

Globe School at Actor’s Theatre of Columbus Audition Workshop – 12pm-2pm – $20 – 1000 City Park Ave – The Globe School at Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is holding an audition workshop with Education Director and Acting Coach Andy Falter. This workshop is designed for actors of all skill levels in preparation for the March 5 and 6 Actors’ Theatre auditions for the 2016 summer season. Workshop participants will walk away with useful information about the entire audition process, as well as helpful critique and video (recorded on each participant’s phone or video device). Details here.

YOP Land Grant Brewing Tour – 1pm-2:30pm – free? – 424 W Town St – The Young Ohio Preservationists are hosting an exclusive tour and presentation by Blake Compton, CEO of Compton Construction, LLC about the making of Land-Grant Brewing Company! The space had previously been an elevator factory prior to the change of use renovation. The building was transformed from top to bottom into what has become a destination brewery in Franklinton. The building now features reclaimed materials, including locally harvested barn wood, along with custom features that make it a one of a kind space. Join us for drinks at the brewery following the tour! More info here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 2pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

Rock the Garage – 2pm-6pm – free? – 269 E 5th Ave – Mikey’s Late Night Slice and DareDevil Dogs are partnering to throw the fundraiser to end all fundraisers. We will have both our food trucks, live bands, a raffle and North High beer inside Late Night Slice’s HUGE garage with all proceeds benefiting the A Kid Again Foundation. To make this event UNMISSABLE DareDevil Dogs will be serving a hot dog with ingredients from Late Night Slice and Late Night Slice will be serving a Pizza with ingredients from DareDevil Dogs! The event will be held at the Mikey’s Late Night Slice commissary near the corner of 5th Ave and 4th St. 10% of all food sales and all proceeds from the raffle will be going directly to A Kid Again. More info here.

An Evening with The Smiths Dinner Party – 5pm-9pm – $50 – The Kitchen (231 E Livingston Ave) – Tonight’s dinner party is inspired by the music and ethical food choices of the band’s lead singer Morrisey. Join us for this vegetarian dinner with a side of kitsch! Pricing is per person. Full Bar is available at standard rates. Please note that this is a participatory dinner. Cooking will begin 30 minutes after the posted start time. Dinner will be served roughly 1 1/2-2 hours later. Tickets here.

Columbus Winter Beerfest 2016 – 7:30pm – $45-55 – Convention Center (400 N High St) – The Columbus Winter Beerfest returns to the Columbus Convention Center on February 19 & 20! That’s a few weeks later than last year due to the renovations/construction at the Center. Same great party with over 12,000 Craft Beer lovers descending upon the Convention Center to sample over 350 Craft Beers from down the street and around the country! Now one of the Top Ten Largest Craft Beer Festivals in the country! Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

CSO Masterworks 7: Musical Postcards – 8pm – starting at $25 – Ohio Theatre (39 E State St) – This glamorous musical journey begins in the rolling greenery of the Czech countryside (Smetana), stops in the shimmering sands of Egypt (Saint-Saëns), offers a glimpse of expansive Alaskan landscapes (Adams), and views the ancient glories of Rome (Respighi) before concluding with the scintillating songs and dances of a fiery Spanish fiesta (Rimsky-Korsakov). Accompaniments: Prelude; TONIC Friday; and Postlude. Tickets here.

North Market & The Ohio Distiller’s Guild: Mix & Shake – 8pm-11pm – $45 – North Market – Don’t miss this FIRST of its kind spirits event at Your North Market. We have partnered with the Ohio Distiller’s Guild to bring you an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more! Proceeds from the event benefit the not-for-profit North Market Development Authority and the Ohio Distiller’s Guild. Please note this is a 21 and over event. More info here.

Nick Tolford w/Whispers of D’Angelo – 8pm-12am – $5 – 1055 W Third Ave – Join us for an evening with Nick Tolford and Whispers Of D’angelo. More info here.

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Sunday, February 21

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.

Brunch w/Laura Lee – 10am-12:30pm – $38 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – Chef Laura Lee of Ajumama food truck will revisit past brunchtime favorites for this casual Korean-inspired brunch event. Look forward to a menu of crowd-pleasers such as Bulgogi Hash, Poached Eggs with Kimchi Bacon Hollandaise, Stuffed Bungeoppang (carp shaped bread) French Toast, Omurice, Biscuits and Jjang Gravy and more. Plus, she’ll be serving up Korean-inspired Mock-tails to pair with your brunch picks! There is no set seating time for this brunch – reserve your spot and come in when you are ready! Tickets here.

Kolache Republic Tasting at the Taproom – 12pm-6pm – $? – Land Grant Brewing Co (424 W Town St) – Join us for an afternoon of beer and Kolache pairings at the taproom with our friends from Kolache Republic. “What’s a Kolache?“, you ask… It’s a European sweet or savory pastry full of deliciousness, and these are hand-made right down the street in German Village. We’ve worked with KR to develop a beer tasting flight that pairs perfectly with a corresponding flight of Kolache. They’ll be joining us all afternoon, and Kolache will be available as sampling flights, or individually. Details here.

Too Many Cooks: Chocolate 101 – 2pm-4pm – $8/$10 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – Chocolate extraordinaire, Regina from Winans Chocolates & Coffee, will share the stories behind many fine chocolates, tips for tasting, making your own gourmet truffles and perfect pairings for your favorite chocolate. You’ll sample an array of sweet treats, coffee and wine along the way! Feel free to BYOB as well. Too Many Cooks is Wild Goose Creative’s monthly food event. Hosted by a new local artisan or chef each month, these events feature the best of Columbus’ food scene. You’ll leave having learned a few tips or recipes while enjoying a fun and social food experience. Tickets here.

Theater: 600 Highwaymen – Employee of the Year – 8pm – $17-20 – Wexner Center (1871 N High St) – After her home burns down, a young girl leaves everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey of transformation begins as five girls in the twilight of childhood tell the story of this woman’s life, from age three to 80. In Employee of the Year, Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 HIGHWAYMEN juxtaposes the complexities and nuances of aging against the fragile innocence and spontaneity of these young performers. Tickets here.

GiveBackHack Sunday Night Pitches – 5:30pm – free – CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave) – GiveBackHack is a 3-day event where the community comes together to pitch brand new ideas that will make a social impact, then works together to build them in a weekend. Sunday night is a great way to become inspired by the social innovation happening in Columbus, and will even provide you the opportunity to lend skills, make connections and vote on the team *you* think should receive funding. You’ll get a glimpse inside a GiveBackHack weekend, and you’ll see what happens when you crowd a room with passionate people, challenge them with social issues, and add caffeine. The winners from last year have gone on to do remarkable things! Details here.

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Monday, February 22

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Tuesday, February 23

Start your business: Spreading the word – 9am – 11am – $20 – The Commissary (1400 Dublin Rd) – The Commissary would like to make starting a business as smooth as possible. This session has been designed to help you to figure out how to tell your business’s story to others. Shelley Mann of Umami Columbus will talk to us about copywriting, press kits, media pitches and other ways of spreading the word. She will also help you understand what you can do for yourself and when you might want to hire someone. This class is for entrepreneurs and business owners of all kinds – not just food businesses. The price of this class includes a meal by Bentos Lunch. Tickets here.

Today’s Glass Ceiling, Tomorrow’s Floor: Stories of Columbus’ Female Entrepreneurs – 5:30pm-8pm – $11 – Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N 4th St) – You are invited to join CivicHacks and Y.E.S. Columbus for an inspiring Off-the-Record Gathering. We will hear stories from a few of Columbus’ most dynamic female entrepreneurs who have overcome many obstacles to achieve their visions. They will take on the rarely discussed realities and challenges of being a female entrepreneur. After the event, we’re turning this place into a LAUNCH PARTY for Startup Storytellers. This experience is the most Powerful, Engaging, and Transformative experiences for entrepreneurs and it was started and takes place right here in Columbus. For your ticket price, you will have appetizers and access to a cash bar to try a delicious Wolf’s Ridge beer and they’re going to donate $1 for each beer toward the cause. No tickets at the door. Info here.

Beer Film Tuesday: Beer Hunter the Movie – 7:30pm – free – Lineage Brewing (2971 N High St) – Come beer geek-out on some nerdy beer documentaries while drinking a cold beer. What could be better? Beer Film Tuesdays launched in December, it is a craft beer documentary series showing in the Lineage pub once a month on Tuesday nights. They will continue through the winter months. February’s film is Beer Hunter the Movie. This documentary is about the legendary beer writer, Michael Jackson, who helped shape the craft industry and culture we know today. Details here.

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