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Columbus club culture has gone the way of the dodo—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get down in this town. Which means it’s about time we updated your dance card for you—use this handy guide to move your schedule around moving your feet. Swing Columbus Every Wednesday @ Big Room Bar There’s nothing quite like [...]
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Columbus club culture has gone the way of the dodo—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get down in this town.

Which means it’s about time we updated your dance card for you—use this handy guide to move your schedule around moving your feet.

Swing Columbus

Every Wednesday @ Big Room Bar

There’s nothing quite like moving and grooving through the night as a big band pumps out infectious music that is nearly irresistible to shake your hips to. Don’t even worry about being a great swing dancer either—there’s plenty of seasoned veterans at these dance nights that will teach you the ropes and before you know it, you’ll be showing the next newcomer how to do a basket whip.

Sad Boyz

Last Wednesday @ Skully’s Music Diner

If your angst for EDM music is anything like your pre-teen angst, you’re going to love Sad Boyz. Instead of the typical over-synthed beats you’d find at dance clubs, Sad Boyz is your escape for cheap ass PBR and all the emo, punk, and heavy alternative music your parents hated that you loved so much. It’s like the mid-2000s all over again!

FREQ

Every Thursday @ Bossy Girl’s Pin Up Joint

On the other hand, if your Spotify playlist features the likes of Diplo, Dillon Francis, or Martin Garrix, you don’t need to look any further for a dance night dedicated to EDM. Freq has all the proper requirements for a great EDM dance party: bright and flashy lights, trippy visuals, and hypnotic beats to fuel you with energy for this highly stimulating party.

Heatwave

First Saturday @ Ace of Cups

If you are looking to step into a time machine and get transported back to the Golden Age of music, Heatwave is the DeLorean, I mean Pontiac GTO, to guide you there. Blasting out all of the best soul and Motown hits from 60’s to the early 70’s, this dance party is literally so old school that they are using strictly vinyl. The only thing that makes dancing to The Supremes better is $4 Hilltops all night.

Swank

Second Saturday @ Two Truths

On this night, you can ditch your typical going out getup and trade it in for your nicest digs because this dance party pays homage to the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s; music and attire in all. You know, that time before you AND your mother were born. Dance the night away and realize that your grandparents probably got down to the same songs wearing the same clothes. Bonus points to the person who consults their grandparents’ closet before heading out.

Damn Girl!

Third Friday @ Skully’s Music Diner

Every third Friday of the month, Skully’s transform as a safe haven for Sad Boyz to a dance hall for those looking to shake their groove thang. Damn Girl! pays homage to the days of disco as the DJs crank out discofunk that is sure to make you envious of anyone who was partying in the ’70s and ’80s.

Pajama Jam: 90s Slumber Party

Second Saturday @ Little Rock Bar

The second Saturday of the month isn’t exclusive to the movers and shakers heading to Swank. It’s also the best damn excuse to hit the city in your coziest and comfiest pajamas to join up with fellow cozy culture members for a ’90s throwback dance party. The music comes from some of the most iconic names in ’90s music history including TLC, Michael Jackson, and NSYNC. Finally, a chance to dance around like you did during slumber parties as child without your friend’s mom barging in to tell you and your friends to turn off that damn music.

LeBoom

Third Saturday @ Skully’s Music Diner

LeBoom has all your typical fixins for a stellar rave, but the music isn’t strictly for bassheads. If you prefer it more low key with lo-fi boom-bap EDM, LeBoom has a DJ for you. If you need the “wub-wub-wubs” coursing through your veins like a jolt of electricity, LeBoom can hook you up. If you are looking for more sampled beats and pop inspired hooks, let LeBoom be your plug. No matter your preference, Skully’s is your church of EDM for bassheads and chillwavers alike every third Saturday of the month.

GLOW!

Fourth Saturday @ Axis Nightclub

If you are looking to see perhaps the most wild, entertaining, and borderline inappropriate at times show in Columbus, get your ass down to GLOW! at Axis Nightclub. Though the music is simply just modern hottest hits, Nina West and her gang of drag queens put on an epic show/dance party that will surely have you screaming, “YAAAAAS, QUEEEN!!!!” all damn night. If we ever encouraged posting drunk Snapstories, this would be that one time.

Funkdefy

Last Saturday @ Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint

This list has EDM parties, alternative rock parties, hell, it even has swing band parties. But what about that funk? You gotta have that funk! Luckily, Bossy Grrl is filling that void. And it’s for good reason, too. Once you walk in and hear a funky ass bassline, it won’t take much longer for you to bust out all your best (or worst) dance moves on the floor. Someone break out the disco ball and lava lamps—it’s time to get groovy, baby!

Ogee

Last Weekend @ Copious

What’s a dance party list without a little homage to throwback hip-hop? O-GEE answered this question in full. They are bringing you all the best hits from before you can probably remember from names you should know like Biggie, Pac, and Dr. Dre. If you can remember these glorious songs, relive all the days of blasting this in your car during the 90s. If you don’t know who Dr. Dre is, take a break from your Lil Yachty playlist and educate yourself on some of the true OG’s in the rap game, dammit.

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Arts Fest Preview: See BalletMet live outdoors!

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BalletMet’s Friday night’s headline performance at 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Festival is sure to be a highlight of weekend. One of the nation’s top 20 largest professional companies, BalletMet consists of dancers hailing from across the nation and the world and boasts a premiere academy for aspiring professional dancers, one that’s been recognized as an institution of local and national stature.

Since 1978, BalletMet has brought incredible dance to theaters in Central Ohio and beyond and their commitment to bringing dance to the Columbus community, especially in underserved areas, is unparalleled.

Art of War Photo by Jen Zmuda

From in-school programs to theater field trips, scholarships and free performances, the company is dedicated to making dance accessible to all. More than 10,000 children attend the company’s Morning at the Ballet field trip performances each year. And thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive, BalletMet’s second company, BalletMet 2, has performed at free events at the King Arts Complex, Franklin Park Conservatory and more, throughout the 2018-19 season.

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In addition to the free performance at the Arts Festival BalletMet will perform at Dance on Dakota on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Franklinton. This performance is also free.

Dance on Dakota, co-hosted by Franklinton Arts District, is part of a weekend-long block party in Franklinton and features free food and drink and a collaborative performance with TRANSIT ARTS. The event will take place at Dakota Ave. and Town St.

Dancers Grace Anne Powers and William Newton Photo by Jen Zmuda

BalletMet’s Columbus Arts Festival performance will include a mixed repertoire of shorter pieces from its past productions and will be preceded by music from DJ Donnie M. of Damn Girl.

And if these performances capture your interest, the company recently announced its 2019-20 season, which includes ALICE, based on the later stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, Twisted 3, a collaboration with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, and, of course, The Nutcracker.

More info at www.balletmet.org. For all your Arts Festival details visit www.colubmusartsfestival.org

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Arts Fest Preview: You wood hate to miss local crafter

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Woodworker and Art Makes Columbus featured artist Devon Palmer has been working with his hands since his upbringing in northeast Indiana. His mother a wood carver and his father a carpenter and cabinet maker, Palmer took a more mechanical route by obtaining his pilot’s license and attending Purdue University to pursue a career as an airplane mechanic.

But as his career transitioned from maintenance to the tech field, he yearned to work with his hands again. Originally he considered pottery, before a class he planned to attend got canceled. But a trip home the weekend before Thanksgiving led to his father introducing him to woodturning.

That was more than 15 years ago. And though he is largely self-taught, Palmer also credits local woodturners from the Central Ohio Woodturners (a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners) for taking him under their wing. In 2005, he opened his first studio just north of Downtown, and in 2007 he began teaching woodturning at Woodcraft Columbus.

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Today, Palmer does a bit of mentoring of his own. He teaches classes in blade and bowl turning, resin cast pen turning and more advanced projects like hollow vessel turning in his studio at the Idea Foundry. He is also adding a series of LGBTQ date night pen turning classes to his growing schedule of classes, shows and demonstrations.

Palmer says his work represents “family and connectedness” with work ranging from salad bowls and laser engraved pens to funerary urns and ornaments. The details in his hand-crafted tableware and home goods manage to invoke a warm sense of community, fellowship, and hospitality.

Devon Palmer works in internet technology and is also a pianist and ordained minister.

Make your own wood turned pen with Devon Palmer at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 7-9, at the Big Local Art Village located at the Festival’s Franklinton entrance. Learn more about Devon at www.columbusmakesart.com/stories/devon-palmer and get all your Arts Festival details at www.columbusartsfestival.org

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Arts Festival Preview: Dr. E uses voice to overcome adversity

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Dr. E, singer-songwriter and author Cleveland-born singer-songwriter Dr. Elaine Richardson — known by her stage name Dr. E — has used her voice to detail the incredible circumstances she encountered while overcoming great adversity. Born to a musician father and Jamaican immigrant mother, Dr. E begun tapping into her talent while singing in church, her school’s choir, and in girl groups.

Dr. E continued to sing despite the difficult path she faced. As a teen, she became a sex trafficking victim and fell into addiction. In her recovery, she pursued higher education at Cleveland State University and Michigan State University. During this time Dr. E also began performing as the frontwoman for a number of cover bands and placing her original music on various TV shows. She recorded her first album, “Elevated,” in 2010.

Dr. E’s introspective song lyrics reflect the often difficult process of healing while defending those who share her experiences or face exploitation and discrimination in other ways.

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On her sophomore album, 2017’s “Songs for the Struggle,” she gives a soulful retelling of her journey from sex trafficking survivor to university professor, Ph.D., author and advocate. Blending elements of soul, rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and jazz, Dr. E sings with an astonishing amount of hope and positivity; Though the album details the trauma and exploitation experienced by Dr. E during her teen years, her power message ultimately expresses affirmations of self-love and acceptance employed with an equally powerful and joyous voice.

Dr. E is currently a professor of literacy studies in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. She has written a number of books on African American literature as well as a memoir, “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life.”

See Dr. E. perform at the Columbus Arts Festival, Saturday, June 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Big Local Stage on Rich St.

For hours, artist listing and all Festival information go to www.columbusartsfestival.org

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