This fall, the past meets the present as the I, Too, Sing America: Harlem Renaissance at 100 citywide arts collaboration shifts into high gear. While this initiative celebrates an important historical arts movement from a century ago, it's also about new works being created by black artists today. That fusion of tradition and innovation carries through this fall's arts season, which offers new local theater, music and visual arts alongside time-tested classics and venerated national performers. Here's our curated list of what's exciting this month.

PERFORMING ARTS

“Lineage: A Collection of Short Ballets”

Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, Oct. 26–28, Nov. 1–3

BalletMet will open the 2018–19 season with a collection of three works by storied New York choreographers spanning three generations: George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck. $29–$77. balletmet.org

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Palace Theatre, Nov. 16

Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem 49 years ago in the wake of—and in response to—the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Created as an educational organization for the children of Harlem, the theater evolved into a singular artistic outlet, presenting bold new productions as well as nurturing artists. The troupe visits Columbus as part of the Harlem Renaissance at 100 citywide celebration. $30–$70. capa.com

VISUAL ARTS

Titian's Lady in White: A Renaissance Mystery

Columbus Museum of Art, through Dec. 9

In honor of the CMA's 140th birthday this year, Columbus' sister city of Dresden, Germany, is loaning the museum a masterpiece from its own art museum, the Gemäldegalerie. The lady in Titian's 1555 portrait is clad in elegant white silk, and her intimate, wary glance provides the mystery. Is she the painter's daughter? Or perhaps his lover? The exhibition includes other portraits from the period by painters such as Anthony Van Dyck and John Michael Wright. columbusmuseum.org

Mickalene Thomas: Can't See You Without Me

Wexner Center for the Arts, through Dec. 30

You've likely seen Mickalene Thomas' rhinestone-encrusted portrait of Oprah, but that's just an entry point to a huge body of mixed-media, collage-inspired, multidisciplinary work, often focused on images of black female beauty, power and sexual identity. This exhibition will explore Thomas' incorporation of a range of artistic traditions and history in her work. wexarts.org

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Sept. 15–Dec. 30

Hiding with her mother for 18 months in a small bedroom in the apartment of a Catholic family in Nazi-occupied Poland, a young Jewish girl began writing stories and painting watercolor images of happy children and carefree school days. This traveling exhibition provides a window into the mind of a child trying to make sense of the terrible history that was unfolding around her. decartsohio.org

The History of Animation at CCAD

Cloyd Family Animation Center, Sept. 25–Nov. 2

This fall, the Columbus College of Art & Design gets a new animation center, which will include state-of-the-art facilities like a virtual reality drawing lab and a dedicated stop-action lab. The center, located in CCAD's Design Studios on Broad, will also include a gallery, and its inaugural exhibition will feature works by influential CCAD alumni. ccad.edu/calendar

Season One: arms ache avid aeon

Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Oct. 2–March 17, 2019

Recently installed director of exhibitions Jo-ey Tang will curate this exhibition dedicated to the work of the New York collective of queer women artists called “Fierce Pussy.” Formed in 1991, the collective's provocative early projects included renaming New York City streets after lesbian heroines and redesigning the restroom at an LGBT community center. The exhibition opens with a tour conducted by Tang and the artists. ccad.edu/calendar

I, Too, Sing America

Columbus Museum of Art, Oct. 9–Jan. 20, 2019

Writer Wil Haygood, who never lived in New York's Harlem neighborhood but has spent much of his career studying and documenting the lives of black American heroes who emerged from its culture, curated this landmark exhibition. The show, which explores the blossoming of the arts that germinated and spread from Harlem between the great wars, will include paintings, photographs and a selection of books, sheet music and print ephemera of the period. columbusmuseum.org

Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show

Ohio History Center, Oct. 13–Jan. 31, 2019

This juried exhibition of art focused on black American culture, history and experience, sponsored by the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, the Ohio History Connection, The King Arts Complex and the African American Visual Artists Guild, comes to the Ohio History Center for its fifth year. The show will include the best entries from across the U.S. in the categories of social justice, identity and surroundings. ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar

CONCERTS

Lake Street Dive with Jalen N'gonda

Newport Music Hall, Nov. 2

Created in the hothouse of Boston's New England Conservatory of Music but named for a street in one band member's hometown of Minneapolis, Lake Street Dive features the soulful stylings of lead singer Rachael Price in a multigenre mashup that showcases the band's instrumental talents and often brings audiences to their feet to sing along. Motown-style soul singer Jalen N'Gonda will get things started. $30. livenation.com

I'm With Her

Southern Theatre, Nov. 5

With its sweet three-part harmonies and fierce instrumentals, it's no wonder Hillary Clinton (unwittingly) commandeered the name of this all-woman band for her 2016 campaign. Formed in 2014, I'm With Her has only one full-length album (See You Around) but plenty of experience; Sara Watkins is a member of Nickel Creek, Aoife O'Donovan sang on Yo-Yo Ma's Goat Rodeo Sessions, and Sarah Jarosz won the Best Folk Album Grammy last year. Check out their bluegrass-inflected sound in the intimate space of the Southern. $35–$40. capa.com

Gabriela Montero, Pianist

Southern Theatre, Nov. 10–11

For its 40th season, ProMusica claims to be getting “bolder,” and this concert is an example. It begins with Beethoven's “Symphony No. 10,” a hypothetical composition constructed from sketches left behind by the master. Headlining the program is Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, known for her improvisational wizardry. Montero will premiere her own composition, “Babel,” a ProMusica commission, and perform a Mozart concerto. promusicacolumbus.org

FILM

Cinema, Expanded

Hopkins Hall Gallery, Oct. 15–Nov. 19

OSU's Hopkins gallery will become a white-walled setting for a series of live projection performances exploring a vision of cinema that goes beyond the traditional single-projector, black-box theatrical screening. Presented in conjunction with the series will be one earlier event at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Berlin-based Ojoboca, on Oct. 2. That show is $6–$8; the rest of the series is free. hhg.osu.edu

COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD, LITERARY ARTS

Speak Easy

Wild Goose Creative, Nov. 1

If you have a story to tell—one you can tell in 10 minutes or less—come to Wild Goose Creative and take the microphone on the first Thursday of the month. Speak Easy, Columbus' answer to the popular storytelling series The Moth, is a lively, open-mic evening of personal reflections and tall tales. $5. speakeasycbus.org

Craig Ferguson

Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, Nov. 28

The former host of CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson said, in launching his “Hobo Fabulous” tour, that, “What the world needs now more than ever is an aging unhinged vagrant traveling from place to place ranting nonsense into a microphone.” You be the judge. $53. capa.com