Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

Harlem Gospel Choir (Oct. 5)

Black gospel music is rooted in the tragic history of American slavery, but its glorious sound and ecstatic energy are anything but depressing. One of the genre’s most famous performing groups, formed in New York’s Harlem neighborhood in 1986, will raise the roof at the Lincoln Theatre for one night as part of the citywide series, I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100. capa.com

Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration (Oct. 12–13)

The late, great American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein once said, “I’m not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.” The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will seek to meet that challenge when it celebrates Bernstein’s centennial with a presentation of his most popular Broadway works, including “Candide” and “West Side Story.” capa.com

Fashion Week Columbus (Oct. 14–20)

By now, you know that Columbus ranks third in the country in resident fashion designers. Amid a scene that includes mainstream fashion behemoths like Abercrombie and Victoria’s Secret, Fashion Week Columbus seeks to strengthen individuality and creativity in the growing independent design community. Events citywide will include a high tea runway show at the Columbus Museum of Art and a discussion of fashion and philanthropy at CCAD. fashionweekcolumbus.org

Power of Poison (Oct. 20–Jan. 13, 2019)

COSI’s year-old partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, which brought us the Dinosaur Gallery and the Silk Road exhibit, brings another unique offering with the opening of the AMNH’s Power of Poison exhibition. Poison can be a weapon or a cure, and has been viewed throughout history as having magical properties to be used for good or ill. Explore poisoning mysteries, learn the evolutionary role of natural toxins, marvel at venomous creatures and wander through a diorama of Colombia’s Choco Forest. cosi.org

“Aladdin” (Oct. 24–Nov. 4)

The story of Aladdin and the magic lamp began as a Syrian folk tale and gained popularity in the U.S. as an Academy Award-winning Disney animated film before spawning this hit Broadway show. This production was designed by a slew of renowned stage, lighting and costume designers and incorporates the music that won the film an Oscar for best original score. Its local debut will open CAPA’s Broadway in Columbus season with a limited run at the Ohio Theatre. Follow Aladdin’s adventures as a single lamp and three wishes sweeps him into a world of danger, adventure, comedy and lots of catchy songs. capa.com

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Give Back

Habitat for Humanity: Women Build (Through January)

This fall, Habitat for Humanity MidOhio is sponsoring a new construction project focused on women volunteers. Join in any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help build a new home for a needy family. Skills training included. habitat.midohio.org

Columbus Marathon (Oct. 21)

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the beneficiary of the Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon, which has raised $7 million over seven years to help find cures and save kids’ lives through the hospital’s programs. Run, walk or sponsor a participant to help. columbusmarathon.com

All Hallow’s Eve at Ohio History Connection (Oct. 13–20)

Dress in period costumes and interact with visitors at Ohio Village’s Victorian-era All Hallow’s Eve celebration. Assist with games and greeting guests. Non-costumed opportunities are also available. Kids 12–13 welcome with a parent, 14–17 with parental consent. ohiohistory.org

See our online events calendar for a full list of things to do this month.