Close out the fall arts season with these events


“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.

“Shaping Sound: After the Curtain”

Palace Theatre, Nov. 4

The Shaping Sound Dance Co.—featuring choreographer Travis Wall of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars—uses diverse musical genres and dance styles to tell the story of a man searching for his artistic voice after his love dies. $30–$91.

“Reefer Madness”

Northland Performing Arts Center, Nov. 9–12

In the former J.C. Penney at Northland Mall, Imagine Productions of Columbus presents a musical parodying the original “Reefer Madness” film from 1936, which laid bare the ills of the marijuana lifestyle—sex, violence and, worst of all, jazz. $23.

“Swan Lake”

Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, Nov. 17

The Russian Grand Ballet comes to Columbus as part of its touring production of the Tchaikovsky classic, a tale of Princess Odette, an evil sorcerer who turns her into a swan and—spoiler alert—the love of Prince Siegfried that saves her. $43–$88.


“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.

Trevor Noah

Palace Theatre, Nov. 3

Forget Jay Leno; no one had bigger shoes to fill than Jon Stewart's replacement when he took the reins of The Daily Show. The comedy gods provided a windfall in the form of walking-talking-tweeting constitutional crisis Donald Trump, who might—just might—get a mention in Noah's touring act. $35–$65.

Jerry Seinfeld

Palace Theatre, Nov. 16

Apparently tired of taking comedians in cars to get coffee, Seinfeld will tell jokes on a stage. Actually, he's been quite busy beyond his vehicular web series (the episode with Kristen Wiig included ice cream at Jeni's in LA); he topped Forbes' list of highest-paid comedians in 2017. $50–$83.

Jen Kirkman

Woodlands Tavern, Nov. 17

Kirkman's career has spanned 20 years and includes stints as a regular on Chelsea Lately, two episodes of Drunk History, two Netflix stand-up specials and a spot on The New York Times' best-seller list for her book “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids.” $20.


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.

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.

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.

Two Girls One Piece

400 West Rich Street, Nov. 10

The group Women on Women is partnering with 400 West Rich for this show celebrating the work that female artists create together, including 2-D and 3-D works, videos and performances. The show's proceeds will benefit Women Have Options Ohio, which provides financial assistance to women seeking abortion services. Free.


Chris Stapleton

Nationwide Arena, Nov. 3

The term “authentic” gets thrown around a lot with this throwback country artist, but he's also written for pop acts like Adele, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow. Turns out that being an excellent songwriter and musician is the best kind of legitimacy. $35–$202.

Tony Monaco

Woodlands Tavern, Nov. 22

Columbus' own jazz organ master gives everyone a reason to be extra grateful this year, with a complimentary concert on Thanksgiving Eve. Free.

SQÜRL with films by Man Ray

Wexner Center, Nov. 3

Director and Cuyahoga Falls native Jim Jarmusch (“Coffee and Cigarettes,” “Broken Flowers,” “Paterson”) teams up with Carter Logan as post-rock duo SQÜRL to perform original scores for a quartet of silent films by surrealist director Man Ray. $20–$25.


Speak Easy

Wild Goose Creative, Nov. 2

Stories comprise our lives—trivial and tragic, heartbreaking and hilarious—and Speak Easy turns their telling into art. Hear compelling, human tales about existential crises, unlikely romances and workplace disasters at this live event held the first Thursday each month. $5.