Arts previews: 'The Object Lesson' and more

Jim Fischer

What does Geoff Sobelle have around?

How does it represent our connections to "things"- what we save and what we throw away?

Sobelle's Edinburgh Festival-celebrated and Bessie Award-winning performance/installation "The Object Lesson" explores our relationships with stuff in alternately (and often simultaneously) heartbreaking, absurd, introspective, comic, bittersweet and sentimental ways, asking "What will you discover about the way we find, buy, break, fix, trade, sell, steal, store and eventually get buried under… a world of things?"

It's not quite accurate to call "The Object Lesson" a one-person show, because the audience is invited - nay encouraged - to roam through the installation, poke around and even handle the stuff Sobelle has stored in labeled boxes, drawers and more on the stage/attic/storage unit. Sobelle, a performance artist and illusionist, is interested in our unpacking, both physically and emotionally.

The production is directed by David Neumann and installed by designer Steven Dufala ("The Object Lesson" recently won a prized Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design).

Wexner Center for the Arts

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

1871 N. High St., Campus


Ohio Theatre

39 E. State St., Downtown

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29

These weekday afternoon concerts are designed to encourage post-workday attendance with a cash bar and casual atmosphere. Oh, and live music, courtesy of the orchestra, of course. This program, the first happy hour of this season, will be a live Composers Competition. The CSO will perform four new compositions from four emerging composers, and invite audience members to vote for their favorite.


OSU Urban Arts Space

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29

50 W. Town St., Suite 130, Downtown

The Arts Initiative presents a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition,"Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne,"featuring a selection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years. The exhibition is intertwined with contemporary social issues, including identity, race, gender, technology, education, philanthropy, communication and ethics. The exhibition continues through Nov. 7.


Canzani Center Auditorium, CCAD

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29

60 Cleveland Ave., Discovery District

Fishman's current CCAD exhibition, "Big Pharma," is a collection of urethane paintings ranging in size from 25 inches to more than seven feet, which explorethe contemporary global condition in which drugs construct and contest identity. During this talk, she will discuss her research into design and marketing strategies of pharmaceutical companies that inspired this collection and address themes of self-image, stereotypes and "our pervasive medicalizedcondition." The exhibition continues through Dec. 11.