Jim Fischer

Few things are as thrilling and electrifying as a marching band, and few things are as identifiable with Columbus as the Ohio State University Marching Band. The band performs a concert-setting show every year, with this year's Hometown Concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Palace Theatre. Fan favorites from this year's and past halftime shows plus traditional Ohio State tunes make for a rousing evening. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy this show. Tickets start at $18.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-9850, music.osu.edu

The art (and fun!) of connecting colored sections of plastic to one another is celebrated in the Columbus Museum of Art's Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego, which opens Nov. 11. This year's exhibition will include the return of the Central Ohio Lego Train Club's block-based version of Columbus. This annual LEGO-bration will include a host of designs and, throughout its run, interactive opportunities.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-221-4848, columbusmuseum.org

As one who grew up onMister Rogers' Neighborhood, it's kinda cool to see his legacy live on in the form of the animatedDaniel Tiger's Neighborhood.The live stage adaptation of that show returns to Columbus, with Daniel inviting the audience on an interactive musical adventure about friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. CAPA bringsDaniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live to the Palace Theatre for two performances Nov. 19. The show faithfully retains the all-important feel of the original show we loved so much. Tickets start at $28.

Palace Theatre,34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-9850, capa.com

Rodgers & Hammerstein's stage musical version of the classic Cinderella story is a hidden treasure, rife with romance, drama, side-splitting comedy and melodies so memorable you'll wonder (if you're among those unfamiliar with this adaptation) why they aren't part of the duo's more popular pieces-In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago and Stepsisters' Lament among them. Broadway in Columbus opens its season with the touring production of the Tony Award-winning Cinderella, which plays eight shows Nov. 22-27. Tickets start at $29.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, capa.com

You might as well admit that the holidays are upon us and give in to it, immersing yourself in the joy that the arts bring to the celebrations. Take, for example, one of my favorite traditions: the touring production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, courtesy the Nebraska Theater Caravan at the Ohio Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend. CAPA presents this rich, accessible and respectful take on the timeless tale for five shows in three days, Nov. 25-27. Tickets start at $22.

Palace Theatre,34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-9850, capa.com

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