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Mega Spring Weekend 2014 – Vol. 4

Anne Evans Anne Evans Mega Spring Weekend 2014 – Vol. 4JJ Parkey as the pinball wizard Tommy (center) revels in the adulation of his dancing fans while his Griffin Giannone, as his 10-year-old self, racks up a score at the pinball machine in Short North Stage’s production of The Who’s rock opera Tommy. Photo by Heather Wack.
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Enjoying the beautiful spring weather? It is going to be so nice this weekend! Celebrate the rich history of Columbus’ restaurants by making reservations for the Historical Dinner Club No. 3 featuring The Maramor. Contests are up for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Funny Bone Comedy Club, The Wanted, The 1975, and Bombay Bicycle Club. RSVP for the next tour of available Downtown office spaces, happening April 16. Saturday is the deadline to nominate an entrepreneur making a difference for the community. Earth Day events are happening next weekend, are you signed up? Congrats to the Columbus Blue Jackets who are playoff bound!

Thursday
Tonight, the Wexner Center hosts the world premiere of Straight White Men. Short North Stage opens their next musical, The Who’s Tommy, in the beautiful Garden Theater. Jazz Arts Group’s Byron Stripling showcases the CJO horns with special guest Sean Jones in Trumpet Summit, through Sunday. Mark Viera is at the Funny Bone all weekend. CCAD hosts visiting graphic designer David Carson. It’s the last weekend for CATCO’s Steel Magnolias. Quilt National has a special poetry workshop, and the exhibit at the Riffe Gallery ends on Sunday. Craft vendors, turn in applications for Lazy Daze of Summer Festival. See the winning birdhouse designs, and buy one! Available Light Theatre continues performances of We Are Proud. The Columbus Children’s Theatre begins performances of The Wizard of OZ at the Lincoln Theatre. Capital University hosts an event to raise awareness about hunger. Shadowbox Live presents Bigger Than Jesus. You can still see The Miracle Worker with Columbus Civic Theatre. Learn how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard during City Folk’s Farm Shop’s Ground Swell Class. The Addams Family is at the Palace Theater through the weekend. Volstead Comedy Showcase returns to Sidebar. Creative Women of Color hosts an opening reception for their spring show, Fruits of the Spirit.

Friday
See OSU’s new Sullivant Hall during the OSU Dance Spring Sneak Peek. It’s your final chances to see CATCO’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Ethical Arts Collective hosts Fashion with a Conscious. Lindsay Gallery finally unveils the Mike Egan show. The Wexner Center presents Rare Baseball Films. CSO presents Mozart & Strauss Friday and Saturday. Head to Whole Foods Market Dublin for Plants for Pints (get real herbs when you buy a pint of Jeni’s). Restart House Music is bringing the beats to Brothers Drake. The Grange Audubon Center hosts Starry Night. Shadowbox Live continues Out of Control. See an improv comedy show at Wild Goose.

Saturday
Moonlight Market returns to Gay Street in the evening, check out the popup charcuterie shop inside the spot next to Due Amici. Cafe Brioso is having a special screening of Chasing Ice. Go on the Chicken Coop Tour in Clintonville. Arlington Optical hosts a special trunk show with Tom Davies where you can customize your eyewear. The Ohio Art League has a new class series for artists, learn how to photograph your work. OSU Football has their Spring Game, and it’s also the midst of Buckeye Frenzy. Volunteer with Pedal Instead during the game. The 400 Winter Market continues. SPACE – Small Press Alternative Comics Expo returns to the Ramada Plaza Hotel. You can recycle E-Waste in Westerville, or go to RecycleFest at Whole Foods Dublin. The Year of Yay bike ride theme is Green, meet at Whole Foods on Lane Avenue. Columbus Food Adventures has their first Food Truck Tour of the season. CS Gallery has an artist reception for their latest show. Fritz is back at Studio 35 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Art Explorations for kids is at OSU Urban Arts Space. The Easter Begg Hunt returns to the Short North. The Junior League hosts Casino Couture at the High Line Car House. Dr. Bob Tesla is back at the Gateway Film Center with Night of the Lepus. Columbus Running Company has their grand opening for their Short North location. Attend the Fair Trade Festival at Global Gallery Coffee Shop. Squared brings the dance party to Victory’s in the Brewery District. The Room returns to the Drexel. Park Street Saloon hosts the Back Tax Music Festival. High-energy female sketch duo Charmaine brings their comedy to MadLab. The William H. Thomas Art Gallery kicks off their new season with Blended Universe. Corey Smith plays at the Newport. Studio 35 has a free showing of Inequality for All.

Sunday
The North Market’s Coffee Roast and Brunch returns! The Condominiums at North Bank Park is hosting an open house. The Gateway Film Center presents beer tasting and a movie featuring Major League. Let the city know your opinions on bike transit. Sunday at Central returns for their free concerts at the Columbus Museum of Art. Shadowbox has another performance of Bigger Than Jesus. Hardwell is at the Bluestone. Are you watching Game of Thrones? Grove City hosts a Food Truck Festival. If you missed the opening for The Art and Artists of 614‘s show at Tacocat, go see it. Check out the Old Danny Brown Tour at A&R Music Bar. And, Mad Men premieres! Watch it on the big screen at the Gateway Film Center.

Please note: While every effort is made to include every wonderful weekend event, this list is not all-inclusive of what is happening in Columbus this weekend. If you have something great you’d like to share, please do so in the comments. And, please take a look through our newly launched Event Calendar to find even more! Thanks!

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