Top things to do in Columbus for Sept. 13-15

The Raconteurs, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13

When Jack White isn’t shooting vinyl into space, he’s playing music with one of the many bands he’s assembled over the years. In this case it’s The Raconteurs, arguably his best. Brendan Benson’s pop-rock leanings add just enough polish to White’s blues-rock edges, and the dueling singers are ably backed by bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, former members of the Cincinnati-based band The Greenhornes. The Raconteurs take the stage at Express Live this weekend in support of their excellent third album, Help Us Stranger.

New Albany Walking Classic, Sunday, Sept. 15

This Sunday, the New Albany Walking Classic celebrates 15 years of getting Central Ohioans up and moving. Hailed as the largest walking-only race in the country, the event grew from a walking club founded by New Albany’s Philip Heit (namesake of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany). Proceeds from the 10k walk benefit Healthy New Albany.

Columbus Open Studio & Stage, Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15

If you’re curious about the creative process or interested in discovering new artists, 48 local visual and performing artists at 18 locations will open their studios this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. so you can look around, watch them work, ask questions—maybe  even buy a piece of art. Pick up a map for a self-guided tour ($10; discounts for multiples; 12 and under free; map or receipt required for entry) or sign up for a group tour at one of seven performance venues.

R.L. Stine, Sunday, Sept. 15

The Goosebumps author and Bexley native returns to his hometown on Sunday to talk about his new middle-grade graphic novel series, "Just Beyond: The Scare School Original Graphic Novel." Stine's visit, sponsored by Bexley's Gramercy Books, features a screening of the "Goosebumps 2" movie, an author talk and a book signing. Tickets are $20 and come with a copy of "Just Beyond."


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