25 things to do the weekend of March 10

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
'Silence is Death' multi-venue protest art show in Franklinton

Friday

‘Silence is Death’ multi-venue protest art show in Franklinton

"At the very beginning, the first few days after the election, I was talking to another artist about how I was feeling and he had said, 'You know, AJ, it's time for us as creatives to put down the bottle and pick up the brush,'" artist/gallery owner AJ Vanderelli said. The implication, subtle as a two-by-four to the side of the head, was that if there had been a time for feeling sorry for ourselves, that time was now over. The time for action had arrived. The more she talked to her friends and fellow art-makers, the more she found like-minded spirits, and the bigger the vision became. "Silence Is Death" became a neighborhood-wide political and social statement about empowering people to make a difference. Visual art, performance art, video, live music and more will be held at six venues throughout Franklinton during Franklinton Friday on March 10.

Saturday

Ira Glass’ ‘Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host’ at the Wexner Center

Back in the '90s, "This American Life" creator and host Ira Glass decided to take his popular public radio show on the road, staging live performances that became more elaborate with each iteration. In 2014, a stage show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music featured a mini opera written by Glass' cousin Philip Glass, a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and more. Those experiences gave Glass the confidence to pursue a theater project with fewer performers but a no-less-ambitious premise. "It's me and two dancers, and I tell stories, and they dance. That's it in a nutshell," Glass said recently by phone, describing "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host," which visits the Wexner Center on Saturday, March 11. 

Sunday

JT Thompson ‘Into the Labyrinth’ continues at RAW Gallery

JT Thompson has been in the labyrinth, and he's inviting us to have a look for ourselves. "To me, our whole life is a labyrinth, and we're just trying to find that right path to self-awareness," Thompson said. His current practice explores Geometric Surrealism, working with light and shadow and line and perspective to create finished pieces that almost become spaces the viewer can inhabit — abstract spaces with depth, corridors and passageways reminiscent of, well, labyrinths.