27 things to do the weekend of July 21

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Annie Burley artist talk at Cart Pushers

Friday

Annie Burley artist talk at Cart Pushers

Cart Pushers Studio Residency started last winter with a concept in which co-host Ken Nurenberg would share his studio space in an atmosphere of support and mutual inspiration. Current resident Annie Burley will be showing some finished and in-progress 2-D and 3-D work primarily created digitally during a Friday, July 21m, artist talk at Cart Pushers, the start of a body of work she’s calling “Ghetto Fractal.” “As a whole, the work is a narrative,” she said. “I don’t see a lot of representation of people who look like me in cartoons. I keep asking myself, ‘Am I helping representation?’ But I am talking about it.”

Saturday

2x2 Fest tribute to Nes Wordz at Rice Paddy Motorcycles

Attendees at the 2x2 Hip-Hop Festival might do a double-take during a planned tribute to Columbus rapper and educator Nes Wordz, born Sheron Colbert, who died in late June. At 7:30 p.m. on the main stage, Nes’ 13-year-old son, Daylon Colbert, who has adopted the stage name Young Nes, will lead a celebration in honor of his late father, performing a pair of his dad’s best-known songs in addition to a handful of newly recorded tunes. “It’s going to freak a lot of people out,” said Demetrius Howard, aka SupaNatra, who will be DJing for Young Nes just weeks after manning the decks during Nes Wordz’ final performance.

Sunday

GIMME plays the Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden

The alarming decline of the monarch butterfly population has inspired conservation groups to petition that the insects be protected under the Endangered Species Act. In 2016, Columbus joined the conservation efforts via its Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden, which Jamie Abbott founded to serve an additional community-focused purpose. But in its first year, the butterfly garden struggled to achieve both its conservation and community goals. Gloria Keough was brought in as the garden manager, and in the past month master gardener Marlin Languis also came onboard and brought the way station to life. Columbus band GIMME will perform in the garden on Sunday, July 23. In addition to music performances, there are also open-gardening sessions and a free kids’ dance class at the garden each Sunday.