23 things to do the weekend of November 10

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Felicia DeRosa “Congruent” exhibition reception at 934 Gallery

Friday

Felicia DeRosa “Congruent” exhibition reception at 934 Gallery

Felicia DeRosa has never made art like this before. She couldn’t have. “When your expression of how you want the world to see you lines up with how you see yourself, that’s congruency,” DeRosa said. “It’s the antithesis of dysphoria. And since I’ve been transitioning, I can connect with people. I’m suddenly who I’m supposed to be and not pretending to be something I’m not. It’s kind of amazing.”  The exhibition includes a series of portraits of friends, looking for unfiltered authenticity. “Vanity” is a double-sided vanity table that addresses self-perception and the need to matter. And at the exhibition’s painful heart is “Remembered,” an entire roomful of nearly invisible names of the estimated almost 3,000 trans persons murdered worldwide, hand-lettered by members of the local trans and allied communities.

Saturday

Local MC Sam Rothstein plays Double Happiness

You can hear the thread of frustration and disillusion throughout Sam Rothstein’s Sad Los Angeles EP, especially on “Dreaming in a Locked Room,” on which Rothstein raps, “I used to tell myself I wanted this, I needed this. ... She asked me if I still believe this shit, I plead the fifth.” “To be perfectly honest with you, I have that moment probably once a month,” Rothstein said of wavering in his pursuit of a career in music. “But any time I have those types of thoughts ... I just usually try to book myself a show. I can go and get onstage and rap and then I forget all about it.” Rothstein’s next performance will be a live album recording on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Double Happiness. The concert was scheduled to be the venue’s last before closing its doors at the end of the month, but additional shows will take place Nov. 24-27.

Sunday

Justin Townes Earle plays Thirty One West

Among many, there has been a lazy impetus to make Justin Townes Earle out to be more of a troublemaker than was really the case. The duality of the highly talented singer and songwriter paired with the drug fiend of his early days — especially growing up in the shadow of a father with a similar bio — has always been too much to resist. In spite of his lineage and the mythology we try to yoke to him, Earle has always been his own artist and his own man — a claim too few in his line of work can make.