Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

“The Price of Power” (Feb. 8)
Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Herb Brown says his new play, about JFK, RFK and J. Edgar Hoover, is particularly relevant now because “the dynamic between the president, his attorney general and the director of the FBI is at the heart of the political storm which has been unfolding since the 2016 election.” CATCO will give a free reading at the Riffe Center. catco.org/free-play-reading

Improv for Couples (Feb. 13)
Head to The Nest Theatre on the day before Valentine’s Day to discover a theatrical way to improve your love life. The Franklinton theater company will offer this two-hour class for couples, teaching them such improv tenets as listening, support and play—tools for building deeper connections with co-stars on the stage and in life. Tickets are $40 per couple. nesttheatre.com

“Alice” (Feb. 14–16)
Tumble down the original rabbit hole with Alice and BalletMet, courtesy of an all-new staging of the trippy classic by Lewis Carroll. Choreography by artistic director Edwaard Liang and costumes by a creator of garments for both Cirque du Soleil and the Backstreet Boys promise to breathe new life into the story of a bored young girl who follows a white rabbit into a Wonderland inhabited by a tea-drinking dormouse, a hookah-smoking caterpillar and an execution-obsessed queen. Like Alice, you are likely to find it all “curiouser and curiouser.” balletmet.org

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Astronaut Kathy Sullivan (Feb. 19)
Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space and shares the details of that experience and others in her new memoir, “Handprints on Hubble.” Liftoff, she says, is “like being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time.” Sullivan—who later served as president and CEO of COSI and director of OSU’s Battelle Center—will appear in conversation with current COSI CEO Frederic Bertley at a free 7 p.m. event at Gramercy Books. gramercybooksbexley.com

Ohio Diaspora (Through April 11)
The black experience in Ohio will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, which showcases work by 17 African American artists from around the state (“Ancestral Spirit Dance” by Willis “Bing” Davis is seen below). Much of the art comes from the collection of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce. Curator Rosa Rojas will lead a tour at the Riffe Gallery on Feb. 1. Artists’ talks this month will include New Albany’s Tariq Tarey Feb. 6 and Johnny Coleman of Oberlin Feb. 27. oac.ohio.gov/riffe-gallery

Paws to Party (Feb. 14)
Spread a little Valentine’s Day love to the furry and the four-legged by attending this fundraiser at the Columbus Athenaeum to support Citizens for Humane Action’s animal shelter. A cadre of adoptable dogs will attend the $95 event. chaanimalshelter.org

Valentine’s Dinner for Homeless Families (Feb. 14)
Besa is partnering with the Van Buren Center to create a Valentine’s dinner for shelter guests, complete with music and roses. Volunteers are needed to decorate, prepare a special meal along with YMCA staff and serve food. givebesa.org

“Mamma Mia” (Feb. 28–March 1)
This all-volunteer production of the musical comedy about a matchmaking bride is put on at the Palace Theatre by the Butterfly Guild to raise funds for hospice and palliative care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. nationwidechildrens.org/giving