Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

SMALL & WONDERFUL (Through Jan. 13)
This year’s holiday exhibition at Hammond Harkins Gallery, Small & Wonderful, includes works by 20 artists and features a section dedicated to the late Denny Griffith, who served as president of CCAD from 1998 to 2014. Like “Untitled 3” (detail, above), the Griffith paintings are populated with odd, brightly colored, alien creatures in imagined landscapes. They are from Another World, a series he created in the two years prior to his 2016 death. hammondharkins.com

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has incorporated so many traditions into his music that he’s had Grammy nominations in more categories than any other artist. His partner in music and life, Abigail Washburn, brought together clawhammer banjo picking and Chinese folk music. Called “the king and queen of banjo,” their first record together won the 2016 Grammy for best folk album. They’ll be at the McCoy Center Jan. 20. mccoycenter.org

2019 is the 400th anniversary of the start of the transatlantic slave trade, and local composer and drummer Mark Lomax II has created a fittingly monumental composition to commemorate the event: a 12-album musical epic based on historical African folk music and rhythms. “400: An Afrikan Epic” was written for ensembles of all sizes. The new recording will be celebrated with a concert at the Lincoln Theatre. lincolntheatrecolumbus.com

The Orlando Consort, an internationally renowned early-music vocal ensemble, will accompany a screening of the 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” The ingenious score, created by consort member Donald Greig, samples music by French composers of the 1400s and seeks to illuminate the emotions enacted on the screen by Renée Maria Falconetti, often seen in dramatic close-ups. The film was originally condemned in France; now it’s considered a masterpiece. An artists’ talk will precede the show. earlymusicincolumbus.org

“HAMILTON” (Jan. 29–Feb. 17)
Do not throw away your shot to see the show that took Broadway by storm three years ago and has dominated the zeitgeist ever since. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, music and lyrics based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton; Miranda’s catchy blend of hip-hop, jazz, rap, blues and Broadway show tunes will have you reliving the story over and over. Thomas Kail, who directs the national touring production, won a Tony Award last year for his role. If you want to be in the room where it happens, limited tickets were still available at press time. Didn’t snag a seat? Don’t stress—a ticket lottery will be available as well. Follow CAPA on Facebook and Twitter for more details about that opportunity. Our tip: For maximum enjoyment, listen to the original cast’s soundtrack once or twice before catching the show. capa.com


Mid-Ohio FoodBank (Throughout the month)
Interest in volunteering to fight hunger peaks at the holidays and drops off in January. You can fill the gap by volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Assignments range from making meals for after-school programs to guiding clients as they shop, with jobs available for ages 13 and up. midohiofoodbank.org

MLK Jr. Birthday Breakfast (Jan. 21)
Kick off this day honoring the civil rights legend with a breakfast at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. John B. King Jr., former secretary of education, will speak about “The Purpose of Education.” Proceeds from the ticketed event support The King Arts Complex and Morehouse College. mlkjrbreakfast.com

Wonderball (Jan. 26)
Enjoy a night in the museum at this annual black-and-white ball featuring performance art and other creative experiences, as well as delicious bites and artisan cocktails. Proceeds support Columbus Museum of Art programs such as Teen Open Studio, Art of Analysis and Young Child Studio. columbusmuseum.org