24 things to do the weekend of September 15

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Catherine Bell Smith “Visible Evidence” reception at Shot Tower Gallery


Catherine Bell Smith “Visible Evidence” reception at Shot Tower Gallery

Catherine Bell Smith’s exhibition “Visible Evidence” is teeming with life despite being made largely from materials gathered from nature’s scrap heap. Leaves, stems, pods, barks and more are combined with various other materials in a variety of presentations for this work, on exhibit at the Shot Tower Gallery through Oct. 13. Smith’s collection of these natural materials was inspired by their physical beauty and her scientific curiosity. But an overarching question — “What are we responsible for?” — informed both the collecting and the creation of the works in “Visible Evidence.”


Soul Position plays Independents’ Day

RJD2 and Blueprint teamed up to form Soul Position in 2001 — a time when Columbus was still best known for its cow-punk and indie-rock scenes, even while MHz and others turned heads in the hip-hop underground. Soul Position, though, helped to put Columbus hip-hop in the national spotlight with its first full-length, 2003′s 8 Million Stories, and 2006 follow-up Things Go Better with RJ and Al, on the respected Rhymesayers label. Even while RJD2 and Blueprint pursued their solo careers and Soul Position had to be shelved, the artists remained friends. And while this reunion performance evokes memories of the duo’s past, both artists said Soul Position is alive and well, with new music in the works.


“Six Words Fresh Off the Boat” event at TRISM

“Everybody has a coming-to-America story. You don’t have to be a recent refugee,” author Larry Smith said of his latest collection, “Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America.” Smith has spent the past couple of years collecting these stories from around the country, both in person and via his website, in Six Word form. In addition, he has collected numerous backstories. Many of these stories come from Columbus, Smith’s home for the past three years. “These are stories from all over the country, but it certainly made the book more of a joy to do because so many of the stories come from my backyard,” Smith said. “There are a disproportionate number of Columbus stories in what is really a national book. I’m here, [and] knowing there is a large and strong immigrant and refugee community in Columbus, it just happened naturally.