29 things to do the weekend of May 26

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Melanincholy Festival opening night

Friday

Melanincholy Festival opening night

In the middle of March, Apollo Akembe and Stephanie Ewen, two of the four organizers behind Melanincholy Festival, a three-day event set in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood and celebrating artists and performers of color, were seated in a Short North coffee shop. “There are a lot of artists in Columbus who don’t have space to really show off their art,” said Akembe, who modeled the fest on the multi-city Afropunk Festival. “Because of that ... I’ve seen a lot of people who get this thing called ‘impostor syndrome,’ where even though they are legitimate artists, they don’t feel as though they are because they haven’t been given the space to be.” Melanincholy is one effort to reshape this image, placing a spotlight on musicians, artists, poets and filmmakers of color, in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their own muse.

Saturday

Stephanie Rond ‘Studies and Discourse’ at OSU Faculty Club

“Studies and Discourse: 20 Years of Artwork by Stephanie Rond” features work selected from throughout the artist’s career. But if you were expecting a traditional retrospective, you’ve got the wrong artist. Rond — feminist artist, street artist, gallery owner, art organizer, Columbus icon — was not interested in a simple chronology of her work. There are, for sure, pieces from throughout her 20 years of art-making (and then some — the exhibition features work included in the aforementioned BFA show), but Rond confessed there was a certain examination taking place. “It’s interesting to see ... I’m still having the same discussions about social issues I was 20 years ago,” Rond said. 

Sunday

Asian Festival final day in Franklin Park

As many as 180,000 could show up — weather permitting — to this year’s free festival, which “promotes the importance of cultural diversity in building a vibrant, prosperous and healthy community.” This year, a new addition is the Community Square, showcasing celebrations and festivities of myriad Asian countries, which will also be described in a program book. Attendees can enjoy games — Cricket is new this year — martial arts, exhibits and a marketplace featuring items from Asian-American vendors. And then there’s perhaps the most popular attraction: Asian cuisine.