6 things to do the weekend of December 23

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Friday

Watershed's only local show in 2016 at Ace of Cups

The only Columbus Watershed show of 2016 comes at the tail end of the year as the long-running rock 'n' roll foursome releases its first bit of new music since 2012. Originally available only through Kickstarter, the fourth volume in the Watershed single series features new songs "Best Worst Night" and "Hey Lydia," plus six bonus tracks of live cuts and outtakes, the background of which will ring a bell if you've read Watershed singer/bassist Joe Oestreich's excellent bookHitless Wonder, which chronicles the ups and downs in the beloved local band's rollercoaster career.

Saturday

"Coleccion Plaza" exhibition at Cultural Arts Center

Northwest Ohio physician Dr. Ruben Plaza has been collecting art for most of his adult life. In addition to advancing work done by artists from his native Bolivia, he has also assembled a large collection of work by Ohio watercolorists, including many award-winning pieces from the juried exhibitions of the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Sunday

"La La Land" opens in theaters

Damien Chazelle's follow-up to his breakout debut "Whiplash" is an ode to movie musicals with enough heart to fill 10 films. It's a story of two of the thousands of aspiring young artists in Los Angeles. Mia (Emma Stone) is an actress of substantial talent in a city where it takes more than that to stand out. She lives with three other actresses, after all. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz pianist living in a barely furnished apartment and playing into every tortured-artist stereotype. He dreams of reopening an old-school jazz club that's been converted into a "tapas-samba" joint in a feat of peak hipster.