26 things to do the weekend of July 28

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
CIT presents “Cleopatra” at Garden Theater

Friday

CIT presents “Cleopatra” at Garden Theater

Edward Carignan may not have set out to create a Charles Busch repertory company in Columbus, but the popularity of the playwright’s campy comedies has proven resonant with local audiences. Busch — an actor, drag artist and playwright — has become known for spoofing film genres and other movie tropes. Among his plays produced here through Columbus Immersive Theatre (CIT) and Short North Stage are “Die, Mommie, Die!” which sends up ’60s-era “hag horror” films; “Psycho Beach Party,” a play on surf films, and, now, “Cleopatra,” in which Busch pulls few punches in parodying film portrayals by Hollywood leading ladies Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh.

Saturday

“Gabinetto Segreto” erotic art exhibition at Vanderelli Room

There aren’t many places where erotic art is exhibited, so there aren’t many opportunities for artists or fans of this kind of work to have the kind of experience that the curators of “Gabinetto Segreto” offered at last year’s inaugural show. “It’s still the largest erotic art event in Ohio — a real sensory experience — but this year we thought to have a smaller show that really focuses on the art,” Fiscus said. “We tried to curate different media and different subject matter, to really push the artists to come up with something they thought was out of the ordinary.”

Sunday

Jade Jackson opens for Social D at the Newport Music Hall

“Aden,” the first song on Jade Jackson’s debut album, Gilded (Anti), opens with the singer/songwriter admitting to being something of a daddy’s girl. “I grew up my father’s daughter,” she sings in a clear-if-slightly-husky tone. “He said, ‘Don’t take no shit from no one.’” Beyond doling out practical advice, it turns out the rising country singer’s dad also was instrumental in stoking his daughter’s musical interests. Growing up in Santa Margarita, California, a small town of 1,200 that rests 200 miles north up the California coast from Los Angeles, Jackson lived in a house absent computers and a television, deriving much of her entertainment from her father’s diverse record collection.