The NHL All-Star Weekend is finally here after so much delay. Which means it's a perfect weekend to take in some hockey, go ice skating, sledding, or pretend you're a tourist. As always, here's what I'd do this weekend if I could be everywhere all the time.
Become a tourist for a weekend
This weekend, pretend you're a tourist. You don't have to go to the NHL All-Star Game or any of the other festivities associated with the event. Just check out some place you've always meant to go, but never got around to. See your city with a new set of eyes. If you'd like our suggestions, we've got a list of about 50 places we'd consider must-stops for any Columbus visitor.
Nicolas Cage-a-thon at Studio 35
I mean, seriously, how can you pass this up? You can't. You won't be able to live with yourself if you miss Bad Movie Nite tribute to Nic Cage.
Strange Loop Comedy Showcase at Strange Loop Records
Art Book Club at Columbus Museum of Art
Drink some brews at Wolf's Ridge's new taproom
Be the first in line at new Short North restaurant Forno Kitchen + Bar
NHL Fan Fair at Greater Columbus Convention Center
Margo and the Pricetags at Ace of Cups
Cringe.com anniversary show at Double Happiness featuring Envelope, Ipps, Kizzy Hall, Jordan O' Jordan
Watch the "Manny" documentary at The Gateway
View Stanley Tretick's Kennedy family pictures at Schumacher Gallery
Watch "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" feminist doc at The Gateway
While you're there, don't forget to look for Tony Timione's pop-culture inspired art, like this awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael sculpture!
Girls, Gags and Giggles at Shrunken Head
400 Farmers Market
Used Kids New Stage Kickoff Party at Used Kids featuring Cheater Slicks, Old Hundred and more
Indigo Wild with The Yugos, Pretty Pretty and Tin Armor at Rumba Cafe
NHL All-Star Weekend's Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena
Knock Five one-year anniverary at The Summit
Get one more slice of Mikey's before it leaves Woodlands Tavern
Drink beer at Sideswipe Brewing's anniversary part
Slow it down with one of these stouts with staying power
Dine at one of the city's best new restaurants in The Whitney House
Take in the "I Am Doll Parts" exhibit at Rivet Gallery
Watch the Wayne Gretzky play "The Great One" at The Garden Theater
WARMTH: January pop-up at Ace of Cups
Visit one of Alive's recent picks for one of the city's "cutting-edge chefs" at her Ace of Cups brunch pop-up. I'll be there ordering all the vegan empanadaaaaaaaas.
NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena
Sip some Native Cold Pressed Juice
OSU vs. Indiana at Schottenstein Center