Editors' Picks for Things to See and Do This Month

LIFE IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT (Feb. 1–June 16)
The arts flourished in the Dutch Republic in the prosperous 17th century, as wealthy citizens purchased paintings and luxury items. In this collaboration with the Dordrecht Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art will exhibit works and objects of the period to tell a story—as does this painting of tulips, seen as a symbol of vanity and painted just one year before the market for the exorbitantly priced flowers crashed, bringing down the Dutch economy with it. columbusmuseum.org

“THE FLOOD” (Feb. 8–10)
For residents of modern Columbus, it may be hard to fathom the devastation of a natural disaster on the scale of the Great Flood of 1913, which killed 93 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Franklinton. That grim event provides the context for the new opera by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Opera Columbus, their first collaboration. Directed and written by Stephen Wadsworth with music by local composer Korine Fujiwara, the production at the Southern Theatre tells the fictional story of three families affected by the deluge over the ensuing century. promusicacolumbus.org, operacolumbus.org

“GROUNDHOG DAY” MARATHON (Feb. 2–3)
Director Harold Ramis once said Bill Murray’s character in “Groundhog Day” repeated Feb. 2 for 30-40 years, though an early script allegedly held him in limbo for 10,000. Movie buffs can sample that experience when the Gateway Film Center screens the cult classic 10 times consecutively. Anyone who survives the 24-hour cinematic loop—not to mention 100 times hearing Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe”—will win a year’s worth of movie tickets. gatewayfilmcenter.org

CHER (Feb. 10)
Folk singer. Disco queen. Pop goddess. In a career that spans more than five decades, Cher has been many things. This winter she’ll bring her newest persona—one-woman ABBA cover band—to Nationwide Arena for her Here We Go Again Tour. On Dancing Queen, her album of ABBA covers, the diva puts a very Cher spin on “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando.” This marks Cher’s first international run since her 2002–2005 farewell tour. Turns out she really never can say goodbye. ticketmaster.com

THE DISPATCH HOME & GARDEN SHOW (Feb. 16–24)
Our sister publication, The Columbus Dispatch, hosts this expo featuring all things interior decorating and landscaping, but that doesn’t make us biased—it really is one of the best around. Find professionals from hundreds of companies, great giveaways, gorgeous garden displays, stage presentations from industry experts, kids’ activities and more. dispatchshows.com

MATHCOUNTS COMPETITION (Feb. 9)
Support math excellence in middle schoolers by serving as a proctor or test grader at the annual Mathcounts competition, held at Columbus State Community College. Stick around for the countdown round. Volunteers are also needed at the state competition March 9. Email joseph.bolzenius@hotmail.com.

FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB (Feb. 16)
Who needs a StairMaster when there’s a skyscraper to climb? Raise funds to fight lung disease while getting a workout in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at the Downtown Rhodes Tower. Forty floors, 880 stairs. Climb alone or recruit a team. climbcolumbus.org

A CLEAN PLACE FOR FAMILIES (Feb. 17)
Join Besa and the Ronald McDonald House to help provide a clean and safe home away from home for families of children fighting illness. Volunteers will dust, vacuum and tidy up common areas to keep the house looking spotless. givebesa.org

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