Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

CREW SC HOME OPENER (March 2)
Anthony Precourt won’t be at the Crew’s 2019 opener against the New York Red Bulls at Mapfre Stadium, but that’s hardly different from any other game in his six seasons of ownership. Now he’s gone for good, and the new owners are in place. Coach Caleb Porter has succeeded Gregg Berhalter, and new GM Tim Bezbatchenko, a Columbus native, has arrived. The Crew faithful, after a long and anxious wait, will be ready to party. columbuscrewsc.com

WILLIAM SHATNER LIVE (March 6)
For the second time in a month, the Palace Theatre is hosting a live conversation with a major movie star following a screening of one of his most beloved movies. William Shatner will share stories from the making of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” about three weeks after John Cusack appeared on the same stage, talking about “High Fidelity.” Expect plenty of behind-the-scenes tales from Shatner’s 50-year-career as an actor, director and eccentric musical performer. capa.com

MARCH MADNESS (March 22 & 24)
The first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament always provide the greatest sports entertainment of the year, and they’re being held at Nationwide Arena in 2019. The Buckeyes may not draw a home game—or make the cut—but fans can check out the nation’s best talent, maybe see a few buzzer-beaters or perhaps just get another chance to root against Michigan. ncaa.com

PAULA POUNDSTONE (March 29)
It’s a measure of her quirky humor that despite having one of the most recognizable voices in radio and television, Paula Poundstone’s official bio touts the fact that she was once a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle. Poundstone has honed her sharp observational humor and improvisational wit over 40 years of standup, movies, TV and live radio. She’ll bring it all—including, we hope, her signature wardrobe of loud prints and a tie—to the Southern. capa.com

JEFF TWEEDY (March 31)
After three-plus decades in music, Jeff Tweedy is an elder statesman. But that doesn’t mean he’s afraid to try something new. In 2018 the Wilco frontman released his memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back),” and his first solo album of original tunes, Warm. Tweedy has plenty of stories to tell, whether through prose or song. In “Let’s Go,” he describes the new album as “the first songs I’ve ever written with the intention of telling someone something I want them to know about myself.” Find out what he wants to tell us when he performs at the Riffe Center’s Davidson Theatre. capa.com

PHILANTHROPITCH (March 4)
This Shark Tank-style pitch session at the Riffe Center’s Davidson Theatre offers local nonprofits a chance to compete for cash. Judges include Columbus notables Tanisha Robinson, Lisa Ingram and Doug Ulman; ticket proceeds will go to the audience’s choice. philanthropitch.org/columbus

SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION (March 5)
This faith-based Hilliard organization fights suburban poverty through family ESL programming. Adult volunteers, teens and families can tutor, play with children and assist in adult classrooms. Monthly orientation March 5, 6:30–8 p.m. son-ministries.org

THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY CARES ABOUT KIDS (March 9)
The CSO’s musicians and conductors will perform without pay so that all proceeds from this concert can support the symphony’s educational programs such as in-school concerts, Young People’s Concerts and Mindful Music Moments. columbussymphony.com

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