Top things to do in Columbus for Nov. 22-24

Penn State vs. Ohio State, Noon, Saturday, Nov. 23

As the rest of the Big Ten slowly devours itself, Ohio State has managed to stay above the fray (like 30 points above it). Penn State would like to change that at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, and given that the 9-1 Nittany Lions have lost their last two games to the Buckeyes by a total of only two points, they have as good a chance as anyone in the conference. Vegas doesn’t think it will be so close this year, favoring OSU by 17.5 points, perhaps due in part to the return of all-everything defensive end Chase Young, who snuffed out PSU’s last-ditch drive in 2018 to preserve the 27-26 win.

"Les Misérables," through Sunday, Nov. 24

The world's most popular musical—seen by more than 130 million people, according to a press release, in 44 countries and 22 languages—returns to the Ohio Theatre this week for seven performances. The set for this production by British producer Cameron Mackintosh, featuring projections inspired by Victor Hugo's paintings, baffled some reviewers but the cast, including Nick Cartell as the fugitive Jean Valjean and Josh Davis as his nemesis Javert, has earned rave reviews. Act quickly, as only a few tickets remain for this epic blockbuster, which last hit Columbus in 2013.

Nick Offerman, Friday, Nov. 22

Most know the comic actor through his portrayal of Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson, the libertarian he-man with a heart of gold, but don't expect just a bunch of jokes about red meat and woodworking when he performs at the Palace Theatre on Friday. Offerman is also an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and supporter of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. "I think to complain about PC culture, frankly, is just another arm of white supremacy, isn't it?" Offerman told Columbus Alive, a sister publication of Columbus Monthly. "It's an extension of Make America Great Again." 

Columbus ChristmasFair, Saturday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Nov. 24

Find a unique gift at this Ohio Expo Center event, which will feature 150 artists and crafters from all over Ohio. Items for sale include pottery, folk art, paintings, stained glass, jewelry and more. Exhibitors donate handcrafted items for door prizes, with dozens of drawings beginning on Sunday morning (you must be present to win). Tickets are $6; children 12 and under are free.


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