LIFESTYLE

Top 5: Editors' picks for the best of Columbus in April

Columbus Monthly Staff

1. Stevie Wonder

April 1

Don't expect Stevie Wonder to be a greatest hits jukebox. Instead, the 25-time Grammy Award winner will perform his classic 1976 double album,Songs in the Key of Life, in its entirety. Bonus: You may see a familiar face on stage at the Schott; Dwight Adams of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra is Wonder's touring trumpeter. schottensteincenter.com

2. "Sister Act"

April 28 to May 3

"Sister Act," based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie, is the story of an aspiring diva, Deloris, who witnesses a crime and is hidden by the police in a convent. The musical, coming to the Palace Theatre this month, features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken.capa.com

3. Ohio State Football Spring Game

April 18

Fresh off their thrilling victory over Oregon, the reigning national champions will take the field at The Shoe for their annual scarlet-versus-gray scrimmage. It'll be an opportunity for players to loosen up, coaches to test new formations and fans to exercise their vocal chords with chants of "O-H!" for what's stacking up to be another incredible season.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

4. Jay Leno

April 25

Following the end of his 22-year run as a talk show host last year, Jay Leno's career is coming full circle: He's back on stage doing stand-up, which launched him into fame in the '70s. His national tour brings him to the Palace Theatre.capa.com

5. Ann Hamilton and SITI Company: "the theater is a blank page"

April 23 to 26

A marquis event of the Wexner Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary season, "the theater is a blank page" joins artists with deep ties to the center in what the Wex calls an "immersive performance." Hamilton has long included performance elements in her visual art, but fans of both her and New York's SITI Company will undoubtedly find new horizons in this show, inspired by themes as seemingly divergent as the physical trappings of theater and Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse."wexarts.org

See page 124 of the print edition for a full list of things to do this month.