July editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month

Doo Dah Parade, July 4

Celebrate your First Amendment rights and all things wacky during the self-described “craziest parade in history” and its accompanying block party. This year's Less-Than-Grand Marshal will be former world heavyweight boxing champion James “Buster” Douglas as the parade winds through the Short North, from Russell Street to Second Avenue and around to Goodale Park. Come early or stick around later for live music and beer on tap at the block party. doodahparade.com

German Village Art Crawl, July 15

The 14th annual transformation of a German Village alley into a cultural celebration will feature artistic demonstrations, live music and samples from 11 of the historic neighborhood's restaurants. But the main attraction remains the Macon Alley garages, which will be turned into temporary galleries featuring local artists. germanvillage.com/artcrawl

Johnny Mast, July 19

In his new book “Breakaway Amish,” Mast offers a glimpse into the bizarre world of the Amish splinter group led by his grandfather, bishop Sam Mullet, the mastermind behind a series of beard-cutting attacks that became the focus of international media attention in 2011. Mast—who left the sect in Bergholz, Ohio, several years ago—will discuss his book at a Thurber House literary picnic. thurberhouse.org

A Night of Symphonic Hip-Hop Featuring Common, July 15

Following last year's successful Columbus Symphony/Nelly mashup, the CSO again mixes the highbrow with the common—or rather, Common. The Grammy-, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning rapper will perform his hits with the orchestra, as well as songs from his latest album, Black America Again. Fittingly, the program will be presented at the Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion. picnicwiththepops.com

The New Hollywood: Deep Cuts 1967–78, July 6–Aug. 24

Wexner Center for the Arts will screen several hidden gems from this period of maverick filmmaking unleashed by the breakdown of the old Hollywood studio system, including John Huston's “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” Don Siegel's “The Beguiled” and “Sugarland Express,” (pictured) Steven Spielberg's first theatrical release. Studio 35 in Clintonville will complement the series with screenings of several more prominent ground-breaking movies of the era. wexarts.org