Top things to do in Columbus for Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Sleater-Kinney, Friday, Nov. 1

The feminist post-punk rockers will hit the Newport Music Hall on Friday in support of their new album, The Center Won't Hold. Although fans were disappointed by the departure of longtime drummer Janet Weiss last summer—Weiss helped write and plays on the album—they still thrill to the vocals of mainstays Carrie Brownstein (of Portlandia fame) and Corin Tucker, trading lines in their new songs' evocation of today's fractured political landscape—gender-based and otherwise. Our sister publication Columbus Alive recently spoke with Brownstein.

“The Last Flower” and “Art Unbound III,” Nov. 1–Jan. 3

James Thurber published “The Last Flower,” an illustrated antiwar parable, in 1939, just after the start of World War II. Whether you find the story dispiriting or comforting, you’ll feel its relevance when you view the original manuscript and drawings on display at CML’s Main Library, starting Friday. It’s paired with the third installment of “Art Unbound,” in which local artists respond to themes in the Thurber book with artworks constructed entirely from books (withdrawn from circulation or donated, of course).

Boos and Brews, Thursday, Oct. 31

Join Show Me Columbus for a spooky Boos and Brews Tour on Halloween night. The walking tour begins at 7 p.m. at Barley’s Brewing Co. and wanders through the Short North, Arena District and Downtown over the next 2.5 hours as guests learn about secret tunnels, a prison fire and other haunted tales. Tickets start at $20 (drinks not included); private group tours also are available.

El Puente, 5–8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1

The opening reception for El Puente, the new show at Hammond Harkins Galleries, is part of the ambitious Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus exhibition, which brought the work of 39 Ohio artists to the 13th Havana Biennial earlier this year. Now, venues across the city are showing those pieces alongside that of Cuban artists. The Hammond Harkins exhibit will feature art from locals Pamela Workman, Mark Bush and Laura Alexander with work from Sandra Ramos, a Miami resident and Havana native. The show will also feature previously unseen work from the late Aminah Robinson, who was included in the international artist exchange.


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