Editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month

1. Ryan Adams, Nov. 8

He's labeled a singer-songwriter, and he's a very good one. but that's too simple a definition for Ryan Adams. He's the pupil of punk and metal who strums an acoustic guitar and writes achingly beautiful lyrics. He's profane in interviews and profound in his music. He's intensely private, refusing to answer journalists' questions about his marriage. Yet he's been accused of being too prolific as an artist, putting out too many songs in too little time. His latest self-titled release is his first since 2011, and with it he has again defied easy categorization. The new songs range from country-flecked ballads to power-guitar anthems. besides an evening of superb musicianship, anticipate true entertainment-in addition to his many other talents, Adams can turn an audience to putty in his hands. capa.com-Kristen Schmidt

2. TEDxColumbus, Nov. 7

Riffe Center's Capitol theatre stage at the sixth annual TEDxColumbus, they'll all channel one concept: steam. Participants-among them local scientists, teachers, journalists and musicians-will share their ideas on topics ranging from fracking to nanotechnology to human trafficking, drawing inspiration from both STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and personal interpretations of steam (as in talks on anger and growing small startups). Presentations are meant to be thought-provoking, inspiring and easily digestible-each is only five to 18 minutes long. And even if you've been to one of Columbus' independent TED conferences before, you won't see the same thing twice; topics of TEDx talks are never repeated. better still, you can watch the live-streamed talks online if you don't score a $100 ticket. tedxcolumbus.com -Michelle Sullivan

3.Columbus International Film + Video Festival, Nov. 13 to 25

Founded in 1952 by the Columbus Film Council, the annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival is the longest-running film festival in the U.S. This year's festival features films and shorts ranging from kid-friendly Saturday morning cartoons to award-winning LGBT shorts to "Racing to Zero," a documentary about aiming for zero waste. Screening admissions range from free to $15, and participating venues include the Gateway Film Center, Canzani Center, Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse, Brothers Drake and the Drexel Theatre. Don't miss your chance to interact with filmmakers Rachel Wotton (Nov. 13, via Skype), Michael Lucas and Stephanie Lincoln (Nov. 21) and Rachel Beth Anderson (Nov. 22). columbusfilmcouncil.org -Emily Thompson

4.Miranda July, Nov. 20

Miranda July is accustomed to questioning society. Her work (as a writer, filmmaker, actress, performance artist, app designer and, most recently, anti-"it" bag handbag designer) revolves around those questions, always nudging our social contract, checking for weaknesses or exposing absurdities. Her newest performance project, "New Society," is highly interactive, thought-provoking theater. The audience participation and fluid nature of the piece ensure no two performances can be the same. What can happen in a room full of total strangers? Blending real life with fiction, July sets up an entire world during the course of the two-hour performance, telling stories, positing theories, enacting laws and assigning professions. By the end, audience members have lived years in their new society. wexarts.org -Tristan Eden

5.Buckeyes Men's Basketball opener vs. UMass Lowell

Head coach Thad Matta is ready for a fresh start, after back-to-back losses to the universities of Michigan and Dayton brought an early close to the Buckeyes' 2013-14 season. While the departures of Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. have changed the face of the team, expect to see returning starters Sam Thompson, Amir Williams and Shannon Scott step into larger roles this season. Tipoff for this opener with Division I newcomer UMass Lowell is at 7 p.m. schottensteincenter.com -Anthony Dominic