16 things to do the weekend of October 7

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Friday

Thalia Zedek Band at Big Room Bar

Zedek's main creative outlet for the past 15 years has been the Thalia Zedek Band, which retains the songwriter's bluesy influences but presents them in a different light, often with viola and piano accompanying Zedek's guitar. Zedek, who brings her band to the Big Room Bar on Friday, Oct. 7 with Scrawl's Marcy Mays and Sue Harshe, recently releasedEve(Thrill Jockey), an album with plenty of space to allow Zedek's mournful tunes to breathe. She attributes the roomy feel to new drummer Jonathan Ulman.

Saturday

Columbus Open Studio and Stage tour Day 1

Twenty-six artists, seven stages, two days. Sadly, you probably won't be able to get to every stop on the first-ever Columbus Open Studio and Stage, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. The event, which offers a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the richness of the Columbus arts community,will be held Saturday and Sunday. Maps, which serve as tickets to the tour stops, are available at seven local partner locations for $10 each. There are stops in many Columbus neighborhoods, including the Short North, Milo-Grogan, Franklinton and Clintonville, as well as in surrounding communities, including Bexley, Upper Arlington and Hilliard.

Sunday

Cult Leader at Café Bourbon Street

On the Lord's Day, Café Bourbon Street welcomes Cult Leader, a band that sounds as though it emerged fully formed from hellfire. The hardcore metal crew's 2015 LPLightless Walklives up to its bleak, sunless name, piling on breathless drums, pugnacious guitar riffage and the tortured growls of man-beast singer Anthony Lucero.