Kick off the beginning of Fall with these events

Collaboration pulses through the art scene this autumn. There are symphonies accompanied by photographic projections, murals inspired by flash memoirs and women joining forces to create feminine, defiant works. Together, all these artists are more vibrant and bolder than the sum of their parts.


“Fun Home”

Studio Two, Riffe Center, Sept. 13–Oct. 1

This Tony Award-winner began as a graphic memoir by Oberlin College alum Alison Bechdel, who delves into the discovery of her sexuality and learning more about her gay father's secret life. CATCO presents the musical drama Wednesdays through Sundays. $15–$40.

“The Turn of the Screw”

Southern Theatre, Sept. 27, 29 & Oct. 1

Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony collaborate with two young sopranos from Juilliard to present Benjamin Britten's acclaimed opera. Based on the Henry James novella, it tells the story of a woman sent to care for children on an estate where two mysterious figures have appeared. $25–$88.

“Circle of Blood”

Shadowbox Live, Sept. 29–Nov. 12

It's the year 2057 in Tokyo for Shadowbox's newest original production. The cast uses a combination of live and digital performances to tell the story of Kabuki, a government-employed assassin who seeks vengeance. $20–$40.


Wexner Center, Sept. 30–Oct. 1

Visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra uses text, song, video and projection to discuss her grandparents' farm across from the Chicken Ranch, aka “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Actress Lili Taylor stars as Bocanegra, and on Oct. 2, Taylor also presents her films “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Dogfight.” Price varies.


“The Rocking Dead”

Shadowbox Live, Aug. 31–Nov. 11

In time for the much-anticipated season eight fall premier of The Walking Dead, the Shadowbox Live crew presents their newest production, a zombie sketch comedy show infused with rock 'n' roll. Catch it on Friday and Saturday nights, with special one-hour versions on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. $20–$40.

Nate Bargatze

Columbus Funny Bone, Sept. 14–16

Bargatze often is his own punchline, his pleasantly baffled persona belying his wit. For example, he doesn't believe in science, largely because he doesn't understand it. “I read beetles are 320 million years old. It's like, ‘Are they? Or do you just know that I don't know how to figure that out?'”

Kyle Kinane

Woodlands Tavern, Sept. 16

This stand-up has been the on-air voice of Comedy Central, and he's also an uproarious, self-deprecating comic, like his take on the downside of sleeping in late. “I don't have to wake up for nothing!” he exclaims. “Ohhhh … I live in a world where nothing requires my existence tomorrow.” $20.

Whose Live Anyway

Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, Sept. 22

Whose Line Is It Anyway? leaps from TV to the stage for the audience-fueled improv antics of the hit show's longtime stars Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops, joined by colleagues Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray (Bill's youngest brother). No, the points still don't matter. $68.50–$143.

Roast of the Disney Villains

Backstage Bistro, Shadowbox Live, Sept. 26

Like a late-night roast in Never Never Land, Dustin Meadows' absurdist showcase features local comedians skewering each other while they embody despised animated villains. Cruella de Vil and Co. not only get what's coming, they get burned to a crisp. $7.


Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between

Dublin Arts Council, through Nov. 3

Two Somali high school photographers took portraits of 15 young Somali Americans in Columbus who are working to build community while balancing their identities. The photo exhibit is accompanied by written and video narratives, artifacts and augmented-reality oral histories. Free.

Start at Home

Urban Arts Space, Aug. 24–Nov. 4

In conjunction with the King Arts Complex, Hopkins Hall Gallery, OSU Thompson Library, the Hale Black Cultural Center and Hagerty Hall, OSU's Urban Arts Space hosts one of the largest black art collections in the country, including pieces from Columbus artists like Smoky Brown, Queen Brooks and Anku Golloh. Free.

Chasing Masters

Hammond Harkins Galleries, Aug. 25–Oct. 1

Columbus lost an artistic and educational icon when Denny Griffith died early last year. This exhibition presents his figurative work and early mixed-media interpretations of art history texts alongside his friend and mentee Mark Bush's contemporary takes on works by the likes of Johannes Vermeer and Gustave Courbet. Free.

In Our Own Image

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Sept. 9–Dec. 31

The Center's first-ever exhibition devoted entirely to photography chronicles the discipline's early years and current artists using those historical practices. Columbus photographer Stephen Takacs recreates a working 19th century studio and will hold photo sessions Sept. 30, Nov. 11, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. Free.

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

Wexner Center, Sept. 16–Dec. 31

Cindy Sherman has become iconic for her photos of herself re-enacting female characters from film stills, her recreations often more famous than the films ever were. More than 100 pieces from her career have been assembled for her only show outside LA, capping a year in which every artist in the Wex's gallery was a woman. $6–$8.


Lisa Bella Donna & Corbezzolo

Pizzuti Collection, Sept. 9

Lisa Bella Donna is plotting her concert, standing in the white-walled gallery surrounded by the Visions from India exhibition. She talks of creating a sound and a presence that swirls around the room: “I want people to be aware of the whole space, not just what I'm doing.”She's among the first scheduled to play the new Performance at 632 series, which juxtaposes local musicians with Pizzuti's renowned contemporary art.

Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons

Rumba Café, Sept. 8

Perley and her bandmates have spent the last few years refining their blend of pop, Americana, country twang and good old-fashioned guitar rock into sets of polished gems. They're touring through the Midwest and South this fall, with this show as the only Columbus stop currently scheduled. $12.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

Schottenstein Center, Sept. 20

Last year, the Bruno Mars PR machine sent us swag for his new album, 24K Magic. We used the “XXIV” hat and plastic gold chain to outfit our water cooler, but unfortunately it didn't churn out any impossibly catchy hits. $171–$1,715.

“An Alpine Symphony”

Ohio Theatre, Sept. 22–23

The Columbus Symphony performs “The Pines of Rome” along with brass players from Ohio State's School of Music. Then the CSO plays “An Alpine Symphony” while local photographer Stephen Pariser's photo essay of the Swiss Alps is projected onto a 40-foot screen. $10–$70.

Steve Miller Band

Express Live, Sept. 24

Miller's first greatest hits album came out nearly four decades ago, and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist because the “band” has now featured nearly 40 other musicians, with him as the only permanent member. $45.


Toshio Matsumoto Films

Wexner Center, Sept. 1–2 & 5

Acclaimed Japanese director Toshio Matsumoto died in April, and on Sept. 1 and 2, the Wexner Center commemorates his legacy by screening his masterpiece, “Funeral Parade of Roses,” with an additional showing of his short experimental films on Sept. 5. $6–$8 each.

Sci-Fi Sleepover

Gateway Film Center, Sept. 2

Democracy is undone by idiots. Russians secretly infiltrate the U.S. A psychotic president threatens nuclear apocalypse. Global warming kills the planet's oceans. It's an unfolding nightmare to some, a lovely Saturday at the movies for others, thanks to this fall's four-feature Sci-Fi Sleepover.

“SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion)”

Wexner Center, Sept. 19

Ohio State professor Dani Leventhal and Denison professor Sheilah Wilson present their video of commonplace yet striking moments of daily life, which premiered at the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Before the screening, the two will perform “Shameless Light,” a reading of love letters written by women. $6–$8.

Films from Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

Wexner Center, Sept. 28–29

As part of the third annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, the Wex screens five animated shorts and movies. On Sept. 29, John Backderf presents “My Friend Dahmer,” a feature-length adaptation of his graphic novel, which depicts the Ohio high school years of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was Backderf's former classmate. Free (tickets required).

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

Ohio Theatre, Sept. 30

John Cleese co-founded Monty Python in 1969, and the sketch troupe went on to achieve seminal status in British and American comedy. Cleese himself comes to the Ohio Theatre to screen one of the group's greatest movies, followed by a talk on his life and career. $59–$149.


Pens to Pictures: Empowering Incarcerated Women from Script to Scene

Wexner Center, Sept. 6

Pens to Pictures is a groundbreaking program that taught filmmaking to women in the Dayton Correctional Institution and was the subject of an eponymous documentary. Following a screening of the film, the program's creator, Chinonye Chukwu, joins a panel of experts for a discussion on concerns facing women in prison. Free.

Kim Faler

Columbus College of Art & Design, Sept. 14

This award-winning artist challenges viewers to re-examine overlooked, everyday objects that may contain hidden emotional weight. The Beeler Gallery invites the Ohio Wesleyan graduate to discuss the philosophy behind her work in conjunction with her latest exhibit at CCAD—Project Room: Kim Faler. Free.

David Sedaris

Ohio Theatre, Sept. 28

Popular for his sarcastic writing style and contributions to This American Life, Sedaris' new collection of diary entries, “Theft by Finding,” provides an even more intimate look at his daily life. He takes the stage here for readings, a Q&A session and a book signing. $50–$223.