Top things to do in Columbus for Feb 7-9

Mandy Patinkin, Saturday, Feb. 8

If your awareness of Mandy Patinkin ends with Homeland and “The Princess Bride,” then you’re missing out on some serious talent. The acclaimed actor comes to New Albany’s McCoy Center for one night only to perform his favorite Broadway and classic American songs, interspersed with selections from his original recordings. Accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano, Patinkin “takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget,” writes The New Yorker. mccoycenter.org

The Columbus Symphony Benefit Concert, Saturday, Feb. 8

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is not only a performance group but also an educational organization that last year reached 23,000 children, teachers and families with programs such as Mindful Music Moments (classroom music and meditation breaks to reduce stress), in-school concerts, backstage visits, youth orchestras and more. Your $25-$250 ticket to this once-a-year benefit concert at the Ohio Theatre will support this programming. Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin will serve as host and Andres Lopera will conduct a program of Liszt, Mozart, Copland and more. columbussymphony.com

The Kahiki, Saturday, Feb. 8

It's been 20 years since the Kahiki closed its doors, but Columbus continues to mourn the loss of the beloved Polynesian restaurant, the home of "smoking drinks," mystery girls, sweet red bean soup, the tiki god fireplace and much, much more. Learn about this Columbus landmark's rise and fall at this noon Saturday talk at the Ohio History Center. Also, check out Columbus Monthly's recent story on George, the restaurant's famous mascot, which is being restored by Tork Collaborative Arts. ohiohistory.org

Drawn to Presidents, through Sunday, Feb. 9

What was Lincoln hiding under that stovepipe hat? A magnificent head of hair, at least according to the drawings of Drew Friedman, which are on display now at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman is entering its final weekend, so come to Ohio State’s cartoon gallery to see his larger-than-life photorealistic renderings. library.osu.edu/site/cartoons/2019/10/11/new-exhibit-drawn-to-presidents

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