Events in comedy, visual arts and more continue into the Fall season


“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.

“And then They Fell”

MadLab Theatre, Oct. 6–21

On Fridays and Saturdays this October, MadLab presents a play about a girl whose world comes undone thanks to the flawed adults in her life. It's directed by Anne Diehl, who has taught acting at Ohio State, Otterbein, Ohio Dominican and Kenyon. $13–$18.

“The Crucible”

The Columbus Performing Arts Center, Oct. 13–22

SRO Theatre Company's 2017–18 season, its 33rd, features five productions, including Arthur Miller's acclaimed play on the Salem witch trials. It served as an allegory for the fearmongering of McCarthyism, still an apt political theme. $20–$23.


“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.

Sassy Do!

Wild Goose Creative, Oct. 12

The second Thursday of every month brings Columbus Unscripted's all-female improv troupe, Sassy Do, to the stage at Wild Goose Creative in the SoHud neighborhood. Sassy Do's members incorporate sketches, stand-up, games and storytelling into each performance. $5.


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.

Café Ashtray

The Vanderelli Room, Oct. 6

Back when the Short North was the opposite of a weekend destination, ACME Art Co. established itself as an influential gallery for alternative, experimental artists. The defunct collective will be resurrected for a 30th anniversary retrospective at The Vanderelli Room in Franklinton. Free.

Columbus: Crowdsourced

Studios on High Gallery, Oct. 10

Urban landscape painter Jessica Wojtasek is turning to democracy for help, a risky venture these days. She's allowing the masses to vote online to determine which of her pieces will be made into large-scale final paintings for her upcoming solo show. Three random voters also will win an original piece. Free.

Ohio Art League: Fall Juried Exhibition 2017

Main Library, Oct. 12–Nov. 17

The OAL's annual juried exhibition in the library's Carnegie Gallery recognizes contemporary work of high merit from artists across Ohio. This year's jurors are former OAL board president Sarah Fairchild, now based in Brooklyn, and Hammond Harkins' Chet Domitz.

Beyond Impressionism

Columbus Museum of Art, Oct. 21–Jan. 21, 2017

A partnership with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, brings approximately 100 post-impressionist and pointillist works, including one of Claude Monet's famous water lilies paintings, to CMA—the only U.S. venue to host the exhibition. Simultaneously, Greater Columbus will display works by the recipients of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards until Nov. 26. Regular admission prices.


Modest Mouse

Express Live, Oct. 4

When this Portland band closed out the final night of PromoWest Fest last July, lead singer Isaac Brock informed the crowd he had an ear infection and couldn't hear anything. The sound didn't suffer for it, but here's hoping for a clean bill of health for the indie stalwarts upon their return. $45.50.

The Bad Plus & Bill Frisell

Lincoln Theatre, Oct. 8

The Bad Plus jazz trio will join guitar virtuoso Bill Frisell for a show based on the albums he released between 1985 and 1995. Two days later, the Wex will also screen “Bill Frisell, a Portrait,” a new documentary about the artist. $18.50–$29.50 (concert); $6–8 (film).

Columbus Jazz Orchestra 45th Anniversary Extravaganza

Southern Theatre, Oct. 12–15

The CJO opens its 2017–18 season by celebrating 45 years. Jazz composer and bandleader John Clayton debuts his new work, which stars pianist Micah Thomas, a Columbus native, as well as a photographic display by Stephen Pariser, who has documented CJO over the years. $18–$71.

O.A.R. stOARies Tour

Express Live, Oct. 19

Though four of the five members of this reggae-influenced jam/pop band hail from Maryland, their time at Ohio State has always made them feel like locals. Their seemingly endless touring continues, this time in support of their 20th anniversary compilation album, XX. $36–$72.


Nina West's “Little Shop of Horrors” Sing-Along

Gateway Film Center, Oct. 7

In the third installment of the singalong series from Columbus' ubiquitous drag queen, West encourages audience participation for the 1986 comedy-horror musical that starred Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, John Candy and Bill Murray.


Wexner Center, Oct. 19–22

A look at embattled Oakland police officers (“The Force”); a dash-cam highlight reel of driving in Russia (“The Road Movie”); a decade in the life of a family running a music studio from their Philadelphia home (“Quest”)—these are just three of the documentaries in the Wex's first-ever Unorthodocs festival. Festival pass $35–$40.


Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Palace Theatre, Oct. 20

A veteran of Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen, TV host Alton Brown is an actor, musician and all-around culinary nerd. With a new cookbook in tow, his mix of food, song, multimedia presentations and even puppets fills every second of this two-hour special. $30–$150.

An Evening with Charles Osgood: A Life in Broadcasting

McCoy Center, Oct. 25

Viewers said goodbye to this beloved host of CBS News Sunday Morning last September, after 22 years of sipping their weekly coffee during his program. Enshrined in the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990, Osgood comes to New Albany with a lifetime of stories to tell. $11–$27.