20 things to do the weekend of October 13

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Devin Xo at the Summit


Devin Xo at the Summit

As its title suggests,Coming of Age, the most recent EP from rapper Devin Xo, resulted from a lengthy process marked by both personal and artistic growth — not that the MC meant for the name to be taken quite so literally. “I’m sure people will break it down that way, but that wasn’t my intention,” said Devin, born Philippe Laroque 25 years ago, who hosts an EP release show at the Summit on Friday, Oct. 13. Rather, the title initiated as a reference to the coming-of-age films the musician obsessed over early in the creative process, including “The Way Way Back” (thumbs way, way up) and “The Spectacular Now” (thumbs down). At the time, Devin’s life was following a similar arc as the typical character within the film genre, as he navigated heartbreak and a heightened emotional state that, ultimately, imbued him with a greater understanding of both surroundings and self.


The World Is a Beautiful Place... at Ace of Cups

“Fuzz Minor,” which falls near the end of Always Foreign, the most recent album from epically named indie-rock seven-piece the World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, is among the angriest songs in the Philadelphia-based collective’s catalog. “Call me ‘a-rab’/Call me ‘spic,’” singer David Bello, who was born to Puerto Rican and Lebanese parents, howls as the music builds like a storm surge. “I can’t wait until I see you die.” “I think I took a bus from Columbus the day after the [November] election [of President Donald Trump], and that’s when we started writing the record,” said drummer Steven Buttery, who was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Columbus 3.5 years ago when his partner started doctoral studies at Ohio State University. “We had just kicked a member out of the band, plus over a year of seeing all the political stuff happening and then Trump actually being elected. It was a terrifying, weird time. Everyone showed up to the practice space [in Philly] feeling lost or hopeless because of the political environment. It was something you couldn’t escape.”


Vada Azeem book unveiling at Columbus Museum of Art

As a teenager, Vada Azeem started having visions of a small boy climbing a towering mountain peak in an attempt to touch the sun. “It kept recurring and I didn’t know why,” said the rapper and visual artist, now 34. It wasn’t until three years ago that Azeem hit on the idea of adapting this image into his debut children’s book, “The Boy Who Tried to Touch the Sun,” which will receive its public unveiling at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, Oct. 15. (The illustrated book is currently being shopped to publishers with hopes of a full release.)