Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

Russian Winter Festival I (Jan. 10–12)
The annual Columbus Symphony tribute to great Russian composers will welcome back guest pianist Natasha Paremski, who wowed audiences at last year’s fest at the Ohio Theatre. The Moscow-born, New York-based musician will accompany the orchestra on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which he first completed at age 18. The weekend program also includes a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred,” a rarely performed symphony based on the Lord Byron poem. columbussymphony.com

 “Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan” (Jan. 16–18)
Well before we elected a reality TV star as U.S. president, the position was held by a former B movie actor—providing fertile ground for critic J. Hoberman to till in the final volume of his trilogy about the relationship between politics and film culture. The book was published in June to critical acclaim, and the author will visit the Wex Jan. 16 for a 5 p.m. reception and book signing; at 7, he’ll introduce “River’s Edge” to kick off a weekendlong festival of Reagan-era films, including “First Blood” (the first installment of the Rambo franchise) and “Terminator,” as well as “Gremlins.” On Saturday, Jan. 17, Reagan’s 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” which first drew national attention to the future president, will be screened along with “The Killers,” a film Reagan starred in the same year. wexarts.org

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MLK Family Day (Jan. 20)
The family open house at The King Arts Complex is a Martin Luther King Day tradition featuring performances by local groups such as Transit Arts, Franklinton Prep Steel Band and Nia Performing Arts, art activities for children and adults, and opportunities to learn about the civil rights movement. A new local documentary, “MLK: 50 Years Later,” will premiere at 1:20 p.m. The free event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. kingartscomplex.com

Lake Erie: Life on the Edge (Jan. 20–March 21)
Lake Erie might be the smallest of the Great Lakes (by water volume—it beats Lake Ontario in surface area), but its ecosystem is rich and the topography around it diverse. The lake is the subject of the latest exhibit at Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery. Through a mix of aerial and ground-level photographs, Lake Erie: Life on the Edge artist Linda Butler offers a new view of Ohio’s Great Lake. Note: The gallery is closed Feb. 22–March 1. capital.edu

Newt Gingrich and Valerie Jarrett (Jan. 28)
For the seventh season of the Jefferson Series, Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisors, and Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the U.S. House, will come together at the McCoy Center for a conversation on civility in politics. It’s a pet cause of Les Wexner, the Jefferson Series’ biggest backer, who split with the GOP as a result of President Trump’s divisive style—a style pioneered by Gingrich. newalbanyfoundation.org

Habitat for Humanity (Jan. 14)
This informational session is a good place to start for those interested in volunteering for the local chapter of Habitat, dedicated to building homes, empowering families and strengthening communities. To register, send an email to rhardin@habitatmidohio.org or visit habitatmidohio.org.

Wonderball (Jan. 25)
Don your best black-and-white attire to support community art programs at the Columbus Museum of Art’s annual gala celebrating the city’s creative spirit. Enjoy local food and unexpected, interactive art experiences. $100–$135. columbusmuseum.org

Families Fighting Hunger (Jan. 26)
Children ages 5 to 12 (accompanied by an adult caregiver) will learn about hunger, then prepare sack lunches for distribution by The Open Shelter. To register for this and other family-friendly volunteer activities, visit seedsofcaring.org.