Arts previews: Fake Bacon Holiday Improv Show and more

Jim Fischer
Fake Bacon Improv

Screw reindeer games for the holidays - Fake Bacon Improv is playing improv games. And unlike those pretentious reindeer, inviting all of its friends to play along.

"Think of those old holiday specials with Bing Crosby or Andy Williams. They were on a set made to look like their living room and then their good friends just happened to drop by to sing a song or something," Fake Bacon's John Kuhn said. "We're doing that with our friends from the Columbus improv community, imagining them just happening to stop by and play some improv games with us."

Full Frontal Nudity, #Hashtag Comedy and Reginald are among the troupes set to join Fake Bacon for its holiday show. It being improv, there is only so much Kuhn can tell us is going to happen, but he did say there would be "takes on holiday carols, some takes on family dysfunction. The best and worst of the holidays."

Oh, and "there are probably going to be some dick jokes," Kuhn said.

Garden Theatre

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29

1187 N. High St., Short North

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This exhibition features 75 paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by a group of 41 international artists whose work confronts issues of politics, religion and racism. "US IS THEM" includes sections of artists from African and Caribbean cultures addressing the persistent legacy of colonialism, Chinese pieces examining the individual in a massive culture, and Middle Eastern artists contemplating religious freedoms and fights for equality. American artists will be focusing on racism and bigotry. The gallery will be open Dec. 26, 29 and 30 this week.

Pizzuti Collection

through Apr. 3, 2016

632 N. Park St., Short North

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"Think Outside the Brick"

The Columbus Museum of Art's annual Lego exhibition features both a creative vision of Columbus landmarks courtesy the Central Ohio Lego Train Club and the finalists in the Creative Lego Design Challenge, co-sponsored with CMA by COSI and the Ohio History Connection. It's a great reason to visit the museum during the holidays, especially if you haven't yet been to the renovated CMA. Check the website for holiday week hours.

Columbus Museum of Art

through Feb. 21, 2016

480 East Broad St., Downtown

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"James Thurber: The Art of Humor"

Here is another exhibition to catch up with over the holidays if you haven't viewed it yet (or even if you have). Keny Galleries is showing a collection of 25 cartoons by the renowned Columbus writer/humorist from the Thurber family's collection. Keny is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-30, and will resume regular hours Jan. 4, 2016, and is also currently showing works by George Bellows and Alice Schille.

Keny Galleries

through Jan. 13, 2016

300 E. Beck St., German Village