The Fam Five: November Arts Picks

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Champions of Magic


You might not believe your eyes as the Champions of Magic, a five-person team of British illusionists, take the Palace Theatre stage for eight shows Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. This highly theatrical show started in London’s West End, basically the Broadway of Britain. High-quality staging is the perfect complement to the mind-bending, close-up magic and large-scale illusions that are the heart of the show. Tickets start at $23. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


Your kids like to dance. Your kids like to listen to Disney Junior songs. Your kids like to dance to Disney Junior songs. Your kids like to get up in public, dance and sing and have a good time. You’re in luck. “Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour” stops at the Palace Theatre on Nov. 8, so here’s your chance to get down with your faves, Doc McStuffins, Elena of Avalor, Mickey, Minnie and more. Tickets are $30 to $60. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


Share your favorite movie music with your kids, courtesy of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. “Spaced Out: A Sci-Fi Movie Music Spectacular” will feature music from “Star Wars,” “The Incredibles,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Back to the Future” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The latter helped make Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” famous again back in the ’70s. This isn’t a family-targeted concert but is certainly family-friendly. Tickets for the Nov. 17 event are $25 to $68. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


Maybe it’s because I was a marching band kid, briefly a marching band director and then a marching band parent. But there are few things as sonically invigorating to me as the sound of a marching band. As the season winds down, these groups often take their shows inside, presenting a season’s worth of music in one (non-marching) evening. The Ohio State University Marching Band heads to the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center for a Nov. 16 performance. And the Ohio University Marching 110 (really about 250 or so) will be in concert at the Ohio Theatre on Nov. 19. Check online for ticket information. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. (North Side), Columbus, music.osu.eduOhio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 


We here at The Fam Five would prefer to hold off on all the holiday events until next month, but then we’d miss this great traditional kickoff to the season, as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan brings its rich, accessible and respectful take on the timeless tale “A Christmas Carol” to town for five shows in three days, Nov. 23-25. Tickets start at $25. “God bless us, every one!” Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939, 

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