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MegaWeekend – The Arts Come Alive This Weekend!

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill MegaWeekend – The Arts Come Alive This Weekend!Pizzuti Collection Chief Curator Greer Pagano. Photo credit: Megan Leigh Barnard.
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It’s the first weekend in February, and there is a myriad of galleries and art exhibitions to enjoy as well as Gallery Hop. Whether you love the orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory, I Felt, You Paint at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, or whether you prefer to catch performing artists in Aida in Concert with the CSO and Opera Columbus, there’s plenty to enjoy!

Plus, enter to win free tickets to see Lotus, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and Kelsea Ballerini!

orchids in bloom

The Franklin Park Conservatory has a wealth of beauty. Both the Orchids: Utopia and a special art exhibition are on display for most of February. (Photo courtesy of Franklin Park Conservatory on Instagram.)

Thursday, February 1st: 

Learn how to keep bees and make this year a buzz with The Beekeeper’s Year.  Visit the Arts Scholars Exhibition 2018, and then head over to the CMA to view Botanical Wonders: Flower Quilts. Don’t miss Tim Harding “Shining Seas” at Sherrie Gallerie. Turn up the volume with Promowest and San Fermin, presented by WCBE. Check out I Felt, You Paint at the Cultural Arts Center, and then enjoy Lines/Edges: Frank Stella on Paper and Pair: Glen Baldridge and Alex Dodge. If you’re in Worthington, don’t forget to stop by Highline Coffee for Brittni Hall: Abstracts. Plus, CCAD’s Beeler Gallery has a new Director of Exhibitions and special exhibition on display: How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. Ready for a feature film? Check out what’s playing at The Gateway Film Center, and then walk through their gallery to enjoy “VLNS NVR DIE,” by Columbus artist Grant Gilsdorf. Take in a juried collection of art quilts and fabric arts like no other at Quilt National 2017, then stop by The Franklin Park Conservatory to see Orchids: Utopia and an exhibition on display through February. Celebrate Black History Month with The CML, and visit OSU to learn about cartoons and comics at Looking Backward, Looking Forward: U.S. Immigration in Cartoons and Comics and the Cartoon Couture Exhibition. It’s time to party with Umphrey’s McGee Pre-Party with West End Blend. Take a bite and share a pint for a good cause at Dogs N’ Drinks for Directions. Looking for a new piece of artwork for your home? Check out the Pottery Open Studio. Bend and unwind at [email protected] Then unwind a little more at the Knob Creek Bourbon Dinner at MODA Restaurant and Bar. Learn about meditation at the Inner Engineering Total Program. Make something beautiful at the Stained Glass workshop. Promowest turns it up with Umphrey’s McGee – Presented by WCBE, or check out Kuinka at The Basement.

familes skating

The Columbus Blue Jackets share the ice for the month of February. A public rink is open to the public downtown.

Friday, February 2nd:

CATCO Presents: Daddy Long Legs, and it’s time for Trivia Night at World of Beer. We’ve got the funk at Shadowbox Live: Front Street Funk, and “The Performers,” at Short North Stage. Don’t miss this weekend’s Art Studio Clearance Sale, and dust off your skates for the Blue Jackets Winter Park. It’s time for Weekly Art Talks: Conversations & Coffee. Catch a killer performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and then immerse yourself in All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion. Grab the kids and a seat for First Friday Movie at The Ohio History Connection. Promowest brings In This Moment – Presented by 99.7 The Blitz. Get lit at Columbus’s Hottest Mardi Gras Party | Glassquerade Wine & Ale Trail, or grab your partner and dosey-do at Heart to Heart Food Pantry’s Hunger Hoedown 2018 Fundraiser. What do we love? We Love Columbus Wine Tasting. The Refectory brings the best of French cuisine to the table at Bocuse d’Or Revisited! Step into another world and engage with local artists at the “I Felt, You Paint,” Artists’ Reception at The Cultural Arts Center, or at Cyclogenesis. Grab your jersey and a pint for the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks. Don’t like to sing? Let Bill Cohen serenade your sweetheart at Love Songs Through The Decades: An Early Valentine Gift. Find out what happens when an Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian Prince are entwined in a tragic love story in Aida in Concert. Take your date to see world-famous Comedian Rob Schneider at Columbus Funny Bone, or take a seat Under the Streetlamp. It’s Shadowbox Live: EPIC. Ready for some local music after the Blue Jackets game? Check out the Post CBJ Show feat. Willie Phoenix.  Watch the best in local theatre with “How We Got On,” presented by Available Light Theatre.  Party on like Garth and Wayne with Two Friends Live at Dahlia Bar and Lounge or Electric Dreams Winter 2018. Head to Studio 35 for Bad Movie Nite: Blood Brothers!

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy Gallery Hop. Stop by galleries such as Sherrie Gallerie to enjoy new exhibits.

Saturday, February 3rd: 

It’s here! We’re incredibly excited for the Sold Out! Sweet Treats Dessert Festival 2018! Stop by the Lincoln Theatre with your family for PBJ & JAZZ with Kelly McLennan, and then catch a family film at the Family Classic Movies at COSI. Find the best of what is farm fresh at Swainway Saturdays, or get some fresh air at the 45th Annual Winter Hike Series: #7 Blendon Woods. Do you have what it takes to do the Columbus Polar Plunge at Express Live? Don’t miss Aminah’s World Book Launch Party. Stop by the ROY Spectrum: Liz Roberts, Mark Reamy, Scott Goss and Nate Ricciuto before you take a Free Informative Winery Tour at RockSide Winery. Looking for home furnishings at a great price? Visit the The Op! Store – Live, In-Store Charity Auction. Watch a free film with your family and friends at the PACT Film Series: Hidden Figures. Then catch a classic movie at Studio 35’s Saturday Cinema Classics: “What’s Up Doc?” before heading down to the Short North for Gallery Hop. Find the best drinks around campus at the Columbus Craft Cocktail Tour — University District. Blockfort Gallery is home to some of the best artists in the city. See what they’ve been up to at Opening Reception: Finding Peace in a Busy Place, and then make a difference at the Turn Devon Around Benefit Show. Looking for a little spectacle? Check out CAPA presents The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! and then Promowest’s Poppy.Computer Tour 2018. Dance it out at Heatwave! or with JiMiller Band at Park Street Tavern. Wait… Mean Girls at Grandview Theatre and Draft House? That is, like, SO fetch.

The Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus have joined forces once again to bring a spectacular performance to the stage. Don’t miss soprano Michelle Johnson.

Sunday, February 4th: You can run like the wind, but can you run on ice? (Yes, yes you can at THE 5TH LINE 5K RACE.In the Forefront: Emerging Ohio Artists showcases exemplary work in clay, glass, metal, fiber and mixed media by 25 artists under the age of 35. Dance Sucka! Brunch Edition takes mimosas to the next level. Looking for a gift or work by a local artist? Check out Winter Flea 2018. Make an impact in Weinland Park at the 2018 Planning Potluck, or make jewelry at Layered, Domed Enamel Necklace Workshop. Ready for a brisk hike? Lace up for the 45th Annual Winter Hike Series: #8 Scioto Grove. Verdi comes to Columbus with the last performance of Aida in Concert.

There’s always more in the Events Calendar! If you have something you want to highlight, post it in the comments!

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