There's a freshness in the air this fall as the city's performing arts groups present an array of new and recent works, including an opera-ballet-orchestra collaboration featuring puppets and live filmmaking; a new play by a local writer about Civil War ghosts and conversion therapy; a chamber opera in which two singers, baritone and mezzo-soprano, play one part, a transgender woman; and a 2018 oratorio based on the journals of an Underground Railroad conductor. The season also offers a chance to explore Ron Pizzuti's extraordinary contemporary art collection in two locations, classic and contemporary jazz, comics, authors and much, much more. Here are this month's selections; for a complete Fall Arts Guide, pick up the September issue of Columbus Monthly.

VISUAL ARTS

I AM: Exploring Connectivity Through Fiber (Sept. 6–Oct. 25)
Wehrle Gallery, Ohio Dominican University
Celeste Malvar-Stewart’s sustainable and locally-sourced couture and one-off fashion designs have been featured on runways worldwide. In this exhibition of hand-felted garments made from local sheep and alpaca wool, Malvar-Stewart explores her spiritual connection to fiber. Free. ohiodominican.edu

Art for Everyone: Making the Delaware Mural Project (Sept. 6–Dec. 12)
Gallery 2001, Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware’s first public mural is the subject of this exhibition in Gallery 2001 inside Ohio Wesleyan University’s Beeghly Library. Opening in conjunction with the completion of the downtown Delaware mural, the exhibition features the work of muralist Brett Cook, the San Francisco artist who spearheaded the project, as well as photos, writings and other contributions from Delaware residents participating in Cook’s artistic process. Cook will talk about the mural at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the library, followed by a reception in the gallery. Free. owu.edu

“Field of Corn” 25th Anniversary (Sept. 28)
Frantz Park, Dublin
The public artwork consisting of 109 human-sized concrete ears of corn standing upright in a Dublin field was not widely popular at the time it was installed, but “Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges)”—known to many as “Cornhenge”—has gradually become appreciated and even loved. A public birthday party for the installation will focus on play. It’s part of the Council’s Art & Wellness initiative, which highlights the healthy benefits of interacting with art. Free. dublinarts.org

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PERFORMING ARTS

“Twisted 3” (Sept. 26–29)
Ohio Theatre
BalletMet, Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will join forces again for a new collaboration of choreography, classical music and operatics, including an adaptation of Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” featuring puppets, live filmmaking, a new ballet from BalletMet’s Edwaard Liang and CSO music director Rossen Milanov dressed as a magician. $28–$88. capa.com

CONCERTS

Pat Metheny: Side Eye (Sept. 7)
Southern Theatre
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, 64, has won 20 Grammy Awards—more than any jazz artist except Chick Corea. With his Side Eye project, Metheny seeks to repay early boosts to his career from more experienced musicians by creating new music to perform—along with standards from his catalog—in collaboration with younger artists, in this case, keyboardist James Francies and drummer Marcus Gilmore. $30–$75. capa.com

An Evening with Iris Dement (Sept. 20)
Columbus Performing Arts Center
Born the youngest of 14 children in an Arkansas Pentecostal Christian family where singing was a daily activity, Iris Dement writes songs that are both purely personal and steeped in tradition, combining gospel, country and folk. No matter where she performs, her pure, piercing voice sounds like it is floating from a mountain valley. $30–$33. sixstring.org

FILM

2019 Columbus Film Industry Summit (Sept. 13)
Wexner Center for the Arts
Continuing the effort to make Columbus a location for feature film production—John Travolta’s “I Am Wrath” (2015) and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Aftermath” (2017) were shot here—this gathering of the faithful will explore ways to raise the city’s profile (and revenues) by luring movie crews. The event will feature a keynote address by Michael Gottwald, producer of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and the Midwest premiere of “Knives and Skin” by Columbus-born filmmaker Julia Reeder. Free. filmcolumbus.com/2019summit 

LITERARY ARTS

R.L. Stine (Sept. 15)
Drexel Theatre
Stine has been scaring young readers everywhere for generations, and his latest endeavor is no exception. The author of the internationally best-selling Goosebumps series returns to his hometown of Bexley to celebrate the launch of his new graphic novel series, Just Beyond. Stine will be at the Drexel for a screening of the “Goosebumps 2” movie, an author talk and a book signing, courtesy of Gramercy Books. $20 includes a copy of “Just Beyond.” gramercybooksbexley.com

<p">David Gelles (Sept. 25)
Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art & Design
CCAD President Melanie Corn’s President’s Lecture Series brings in speakers to address topics related to the art college’s mission. New York Times writer David Gelles’ 2015 book, “Mindful Work,” draws connections between the author’s meditation practice and his work as a business journalist; he’ll speak about mindfulness and the arts. Free. ccad.edu