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Fall Arts Guide: Where and when you can enjoy the artsy side of the capital city this season

Fall Arts Guide: Where and when you can enjoy the artsy side of the capital city this season



Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Sep. 25

Renee Fleming in concert

Fleming, renowned internationally for her sumptuous voice and impeccable artistry, joins the orchestra for classical and popular favorites, in a one-night concert sure to be a sellout.


Pro Musica

Oct. 10

Opening Night

Composer/bassist Xavier Foley and pianist Eunice Kim join the orchestra for Foley’s “For Justice and Peace”, a modern dialogue about slavery’s history in the United States.

Jazz Arts Group

Oct. 14

Gershwin, Berlin & Beyond

Get your feet tapping to celebrated tunes by some of America’s most renowned songwriters, with up-and-coming guest artists Patrick Bartley, Jr. (saxophone) and Lena Seikaly (vocalist).

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Oct 22-23

Masterworks 1: Brahms & Dvořák

Up-and-coming superstar Stefan Jackiw joins the orchestra for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, while Jessie Montgomery’s “Banner” shows off multi-cultural nuance.

Jazz Arts Group

Oct. 28

Chris Coles’ Nine Lives Project

Saxophonist Chris Coles combines music, spoken word, and movement into a powerful meditation on the 2015 Charleston Church shooting, in this one-night-only musical reflection on social justice.

Pro Musica

Nov. 6-7

Subscription Concert 2

Creative Partner and violinist Vadim Gluzman leads and performs with the orchestra alongside 20-year-old violinist Julian Rhee for Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 1.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

November 12-13

Masterworks 2: Variations on Romanticism

Claire Huangci takes on Liszt’s extraordinary Piano Concerto No. 2, while Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 is sure to captivate with its lush, pastoral beauty.

Opera Project Columbus

November 19-21

To See Again the Stars

Be moved by operatic arias of sentiment, drama, prayers, and joy, accompanied by orchestra.


Short North Stage

Sep. 2-19

Noises Off

A manic menagerie of itinerant actors, rehearsing a flop and later trapped in its shabby tour, suffers through a disastrous dress rehearsal, amorous rivalries, despair, intrigue, and an errant herring. It’s been called the funniest farce ever written.

Evolution Theatre Company

Sep. 8-11

A Crane Takes Flight

Dayton Edward Willison stars in the world premiere of Columbus playwright Mark Schwamberger’s one-person play based on the works, writings and letters of influential poet Hart Crane.

Red Herring Theatre

Through Sep. 12

The Children

Three former nuclear power station colleagues wrestle with the ghosts of their past and struggle make peace with their demons, after the plant they worked at suffers an earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown.

Red Herring Theatre

Sep. 30-Oct. 17

These Shining Lives

In 1928, four women who contracted radium poison while painting watch faces mustered the courage, hired an attorney, and fought back against their dismissal after they became too sick to work.

Evolution Theatre Company

Oct. 7-16

The Story of My Life

Two lifelong, small-town friends are reunited in one’s mind, after the other’s death, as he struggles to write a eulogy and recounts the many turns their lives took.

Short North Stage

Oct. 7-Nov. 7

Young Frankenstein

This musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ classic movie comedy follows Frederick Frankenstein, his hunchbacked sidekick Igor, and the voluptuous lab assistant Inga, as they create a monster for this century. When the monster escapes, hilarity abounds.

Contemporary American Theatre Company

Oct. 28 – Nov. 14

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

A post-apocalyptic tale of survival, compassion, and the enduring power of The Simpsons explores the need for community and storytelling in a world where everything familiar has disappeared.

Red Herring Theatre

Nov. 4-21

The Thanksgiving Play

No cow is sacred in this wickedly funny, satirical comedy about Thanksgiving, one of America’s most cherished holidays.

Shadowbox Live

Through Nov. 13

Let’s Get It On: Live Edition

This all-new, original sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll show demonstrates how love and laughter are the perfect couple!

Shadowbox Live

Through Nov. 14

Leather and Lace: A Musical Tribute to the Women of Rock-n-Roll

A rocking celebration of hard-working, hard-playing and women of rock ‘n’ roll, featuring music from Heart, Alanis Morrisette, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, and more.

Photo courtesy Shadowbox Live

Broadway in Columbus

Nov. 16-21


This acclaimed new musical weaves two mythic tales together—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—in a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience where a song can change your life.

Contemporary American Theatre Company

Nov. 27 – Dec. 12

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Using wit, wisdom, and humor, legendary folk hero Hershel of Ostropol outsmarts the goblins, allowing the villagers to celebrate Hanukkah once again.


Lindsay Gallery

Sep. 12 – Oct. 30

Joey Monsoon

11 of Monsoon’s works, including his largest painting ever, explore time apart, time together, time stretched and time lost, with figures becoming whole in the layers of occurrence.

934 Gallery

Through Sep. 18


Elizabeth Nelson’s grids of black and white plexiglass, plastic, and other media explore how breaking things down can result in an inability to move on—gridlock. 

Wexner Center for the Arts

Sep. 18, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:)

Don’t miss the first large-scale museum exhibition of Humphries’ paintings. Her recent work, full of emoticons, emoji, CAPTCHA, and ASCII code, highlights the importance of digital communications and online culture

Columbus College of Art & Design, Beeler Gallery

through Nov. 6

Bianca Beck, Tamara Gonzales, Christina Forrer

As we consider being close to others again after COVID-19’s dramatic strike, questions arise: Where do I stand? Where is it safe? Where is it appropriate? Twenty-four works are gathered to help us think about these questions and consider the space around and between our bodies.

Columbus Museum of Art

through Nov. 8

Partially Buried: Land-Based Art in Ohio, 1970 to Now

Artists approach Ohio’s landscape as a site and as a subject, challenging traditional representations of the state’s history and cultural legacy, and confronting unanswered questions around land use and preservation.

Columbus Museum of Art

through Nov. 8

A Primer on the Commons

For many, it has been a year of intense suffering, public grief, and outrage. This exhibition explores—and critically exposes—the systems that enclose, confine, and disempower us, and proposes the commons as a space of refuge, solidarity, and collective liberation in times of crisis.

Columbus Museum of Art

Nov. 12, 2021 – Feb. 6, 2022

Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources

More than fifteen signature paintings and drawings by Van Gogh himself will be juxtaposed with more than 100 works of art that fed his voracious imagination, firmly connecting his art to its late 19th-century context.

Columbus Museum of Art

through Apr. 24, 2022

Nina Katchadourian: To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World

The Robertson family, cast adrift in a lifeboat and dinghy for 38 days in 1972, is the subject of Katchadourian’s personal-museological exhibition of videos, sculptures, paper models, photographs, drawings, text message exchanges, and excerpts from nearly 50 hours of audio recordings.

Columbus Museum of Art

through May 22, 2022

Present Generations: Creating the Scantland

Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art With vivid paintings as well as photographic and sculptural installations, these works of creative exuberance comprise the first wave of promised gifts that will inaugurate the Columbus Museum of Art’s Scantland Collection.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Sep. 4-26

Mark Gingerich: Columbus Illuminated

A solo exhibition by the Ohio-based contemporary impressionist, known for his plein-air paintings that record the play of light upon scene.


Thurber House

Sep 7 – Nov. 30

Adult and Youth Writing Workshops

Get first-hand experience with literature through virtual workshops for adults and youth grades 9-12. Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Wexner Center for the Arts

Oct. 8 – Dec. 31

Cinetracts ’20

Wexner Center Film/Video curators invited artists to capture “the zeitgeist in your own backyard.” This online exhibition of short films includes portraits of specific times and places, as well as reflections on how the present is inextricably linked to the past.

Ohioana Library

Oct. 14

Ohioana Book Awards

Love literature? Get your ticket to the prestigious Ohioana Book Awards ceremony, honoring books from Ohio authors or about Ohio. 

Drexel Theatre

Oct. 21

Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World

Gramercy Books joins the Drexel Theatre to present author Wil Haygood, in an evening of conversation and film that explores Black filmmaking in Hollywood.

Grandview Theater

Oct. 2

Clay Zombies feature film theatrical premiere

Featuring a wealth of Ohio talent, this midnight movie premiere has gratuitous clay violence and comedy in full force!


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