20 things to do the weekend of October 28

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Friday

Brian Harnetty and friends perform his "Shawnee, Ohio" at Wexner Center

Columbus' Brian Harnetty, a pianist, has created a series of aural portraits, focusing on one person for each of the 11 tracks that make upShawnee, Ohio, which will be released next year on Dust-to-Digital. On Friday, Harnetty and seven other musicians (playing flute, saxophone, banjo, violin, cello, clarinet and other instruments) will perform the songs, accompanied by photo and video projections, at the Wexner Center (a co-commissioner of the piece, along with support from several other arts organizations).

Saturday

Alive, CD 102.5 host Masqueradio at the Newport

This Halloween weekend,Alive, in tandem with CD102.5, is hosting the first-ever Masqueradio, a costume-optional bash featuring performances from seasonally appropriate acts roeVy, Damn the Witch Siren, the Receiver and Juke Box. Tickets are only $10 for this all-ages show.

Sunday

Abbey Theatre's "The Plough and the Stars" at the Southern Theatre

A quintessentially Irish play by a quintessentially Irish playwright, staged by Ireland's national theater and marking the centennial of the events that move the play's characters, "The Plough and the Stars" is Sean O'Casey's look inside a Dublin tenement and the motivations of the mostly nationalist Catholics and mostly unionist Protestants who lived there. Larger political movements shape their daily lives, but O'Casey frames the play around how these people are impacted by and react to those movements, rather than how those movements are impacted by the actions of these characters. "These are human stories being told," said Hilda Fay, who plays Bessie Burgess.