Top things to do in Columbus for May 10-12

ProMusica Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12

Beethoven's majestic Ninth Symphony is 75 minutes long but has reigned as one of Western music's greatest influences for almost two centuries. ProMusica will close its 40th season this weekend with two performances at the Southern Theatre, swelling the chamber orchestra's ranks with the addition of vocal soloists and the LancasterChorale for a program that begins with Mozart's "Allegri Miserere," a choral work, continues through four Schubert songs and concludes with the Beethoven masterpiece, bringing back the choir for the famous "Ode to Joy." Concerts are 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Flyover Fest, Wednesday May 8-Saturday May 11

How ambitious is Two Dollar Radio? The Columbus indie book publisher has branched out into film production, opened its own bookstore/restaurant (which is really more of a community gathering spot) and earned plenty of kudos from the national press for publishing groundbreaking works from the likes of Columbus poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib. This weekend, that ambition will also be on display at Flyover Fest, the four-day arts extravaganza founded by Two Dollar Radio. The festival features literary, musical and film happenings at Two Dollar’s South Side headquarters, as well as at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ace of Cups, Spacebar and other Columbus venues.

2019 Columbus Margarita Fest, noon–8 p.m., Saturday, May 11

If you didn’t quite get your fill during Cinco de Mayo, this year’s Margarita Fest offers a chance for round two. The Columbus Commons will play host to more than 50 stations serving all types of delicious margs—five come with the price of admission—as well as taco trucks and live music.

CCAD's Senior Fashion Show, Friday, May 10

Self-styled as “the most fashionable fundraiser of the year,” the annual Columbus College of Art & Design senior fashion show takes place this Friday. The show’s 18 student designers—hailing from Ohio, Indiana, China and Vietnam—will showcase collections inspired by European, Japanese and Chinese cultures, as well as more unique subjects like cake, turtles and even the opioid crisis. Stick around for the afterparty, where you can rub elbows with the designers as you enjoy a cash bar and complimentary bites from local restaurants.


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