18 things to do the weekend of October 14

Maya Jenkins, Columbus Alive

Friday

Aina Turiaga "Red" reception at Rehab Tavern

Aina Turiaga's exhibition "Red," which is on display at Rehab Tavern throughout October, examines the hidden, sometimes scary complexities in fairy tale stories. Turiaga's path to making art had its own roots in childhood and the scary complexities often associated with growing up "I remember doing watercolor as a kid, but it wasn't really a big part of my life," she said. "As an adult, I always wanted to learn more about it, but I was always scared. 'What if I mess it up?'" A few years ago, Turiaga, who was born in the Philippines and moved to Columbus with her family when she was 18, was brave enough to resume making art. For "Red," she features works inspired by some of her favorite children's stories, including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

Saturday

Cartoonist Keith Knight's "They Shoot Black People, Don't They?" at CXC

For more than 20 years, Knight, 50, has similarly operated as an activist within the comic/cartooning community, embracing cartooning as a means of confronting big ideas of race, identity, cultural appropriation, police misconduct and more in strips like the Knight Life, the K Chroniclesand(th)ink. Beginning in 2014, he started traveling to universities with "They Shoot Black People, Don't They?," a retrospective slide show comprised of comics, storytelling and statistics, which the cartoonist will present as part of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 15. "The best cartoons can take complex issues and sort of simplify them," Knight said. "Not to present them and to say, 'This is a simple issue,' but to get people to understand an argument in a simple way."

Sunday

Comedian Tig Notaro at the Davidson Theatre

After a 2012 breast cancer diagnosis, comedian Tig Notaro went onstage at the comedy club Largo in Los Angeles and performed a now-legendary set that began, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." And it wasn't just cancer. Notaro also lost her mother in a freak accident and battled a potentially life-threatening intestinal disease. And yet, she was killing it onstage. Notaro eventually had a double mastectomy without reconstructive surgery (her cancer has since been in remission). Meanwhile, Notaro's star continues to rise. Notaro will bring a new standup set to the Davidson Theatre, formerly Capitol Theatre, on Sunday, Oct. 16.