The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
One of the displays at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival


With college football season well underway, mid-November is a great time for folks who prefer the halftime show to the games. The Ohio University Marching 110 will be in concert Nov. 14 at the Ohio Theatre. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will perform music from its 2017 halftime shows. (Ticket information had not been announced as of mid-October.) Five days later, the Ohio State University Marching Band will present its annual Hometown Concert at Mershon Auditorium. Halftime show favorites plus traditional Ohio State tunes make for a rousing afternoon. Tickets are $15 to $18.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St., (OSU Campus), 614-292-3535,


The magic and magnificence of last year's inaugural Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is remade as the event returns to Natural Resources Park at the Ohio Expo Center starting Nov. 17 through Jan. 7. Thirty-five Chinese lantern installations, including the signature dragon, are presented, using traditional and modern techniques. It's truly a sight to see. Tickets are $10 to $14.

Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. (North Side), 877-329-0258,


Everyone's favorite wildlife-expert brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, are off the TV and on tour with their show, “Wild Kratts LIVE,” which comes to the Ohio Theatre on Nov. 18. The performance is a fun adventure complete with all the best stuff fromWild Kratts, including Creature Power Suits and “wow facts.” The bonus is that the tour helps support the Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, which protects critical wildlife habitats. Tickets start at $25.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


Part Cirque du Soleil, part “Alice in Wonderland,” “B – The Underwater Bubble Show” is a modern fairy tale about an adult who realizes he needs to spend more time playing and daydreaming in his all-too-busy life. The tale is told through mime, dance, puppetry, magic, contortionism and more. This colorful and captivating spectacle comes to the Lincoln Theatre on Nov. 19. Tickets start at $26.50.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., (King-Lincoln District), 614-469-0939,


Any lingering resistance you had to the advancing of the season can be put to rest when Columbus Children's Theatre and CAPA present interpretations of Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol.” CCT brings artistic director William Goldsmith's “Mr. Scrooge” to its stage Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. This is a faithful take on the original, abridged to an hourlong performance for younger audiences. Tickets start at $13. Meanwhile, CAPA hosts the Nebraska Theater Caravan's rich, accessible and respectful take on “A Christmas Carol” for five shows in three days, Nov. 24-26. Tickets start at $22.50.

Columbus Children's Theatre, Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), 614-224-6672,

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer atColumbus Alive.