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Two works from “Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius,” at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery through Oct. 14, and the recently renovated Garden Theater, home to the Short North Stage theater company.

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“Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius,” at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery through Oct. 14. The selections represent a century of work by 18 Ohio artists who “never studied art, never hung out in museums and never expected to become known as artists,” according to the council. The gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts downtown. Explore the former home of author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber at Thurber House on the east side of downtown. This living museum and literary center offers tours and regularly hosts events such as the Evenings with Authors series, which gives talented writers a forum to read and discuss their works. At Glass Axis in Grandview, just northwest of downtown, “What’s in a Goblet” celebrates the city’s bicentennial by examining contemporary goblet-making in Ohio. This juried exhibition of artistic goblets, on view through Sept. 27, is

accompanied by events showcasing locally produced wine and mead. The nonprofit glass studio also offers classes where visitors can learn to make their very own art.

Raise the curtain

For theater-goers, there’s plenty to see on stage this season. Musical favorites presented by Broadway in Columbus include “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” at the Palace Theatre Oct. 9-14, and “White Christmas,” a brand new musical featuring hits by Irving Berlin, at the Ohio Theatre Nov. 20-25. The series also brings the Tony Award-winning “Million Dollar Quartet” to the Palace Theatre Feb. 5-10. The hit musical was inspired by a real-life 1956 recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) reflects on life and art in three productions this season at the Riffe Center. A tiger

looks for the meaning of life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq in “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” Oct. 10-28. In “The Story of My Life,” Nov. 28-Dec. 16, two men look back on their long friendship and their shared passion for books, writing and the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And the Tony Award-winning “Red,” Feb. 13-March 3, celebrates the vision of artist Mark Rothko by examining his decision to take on a commercial project. For Short North Stage, the city’s newest professional theater company, life is a “Cabaret” Sept. 21-Oct. 7. An American writer and an English singer fall in love at the raunchy Kit Kat Club in this musical set against the rise of the Nazis in 1920s Berlin. Performances are held in the renovated Garden Theater in the Short North Arts District. Theater takes a zany turn at Shadowbox Live, which delights audiences with its sketch comedy and rock-and-roll band, BillWho? The troupe gets into the spirit of Halloween

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Experience Columbus Visitors Guide winter 2012-13  

Your guide to events, attractions and things to do in Columbus, Ohio, in winter 2012-13. The Official Visitors Guide of Experience Columbus.

Experience Columbus Visitors Guide winter 2012-13  

Your guide to events, attractions and things to do in Columbus, Ohio, in winter 2012-13. The Official Visitors Guide of Experience Columbus.

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