Fall Arts Guide 2016: Must-see Spoken Word

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Anthony Bourdain

1. From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern World ?of Origami?, Franklin Park Conservatory, Sept. 22?

What do airbags and gigantic telescopes have in common? The mathematics of origami, says Robert Lang, a physicist, engineer, author and master of the ancient Japanese art. Lang will come to The Wells Barn at the Conservatory, where his work is exhibited, to give a lecture on origami's complexity and practical applications.

2. UA Author Series presents ?Bill Clegg, ?Upper Arlington High School, Oct. 2?

For its fifth annual author series event, Upper Arlington welcomes Bill Clegg for a talk and reception. Clegg's first novel, "Did You Ever Have a Family," is about people recovering and clinging together after a horrific tragedy; it was long-listed for the National Book Award before its release.

3. An Evening of Perspective ?with Peggy Noonan?, McCoy Center, Oct. 18?

Ann Fischer from WOSU will interview the celebrated Wall Street Journal political columnist as the 2016 election cycle reaches its zenith (or, more likely, its nadir). Noonan will draw from more than three decades in journalism and her stint in the Reagan White House, all detailed in her recent memoir "The Time of Our Lives."

4. An Afternoon with Jodi Picoult: "Small Great Things", ?The King Arts Complex, Oct. 24?

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult will stop by Columbus during the book tour for her highly anticipated new novel, "Small Great Things," which delves into race, prejudice and justice. The book is slated to be released on Oct. 11, and an audience at The King Arts Complex will get an early look at the tale: a black nurse, a white public defender and the ugly world that challenges what they think they know about everyone in it.

5. Anthony Bourdain: ?The Hunger Tour?, Palace Theatre, Oct. 29?

Anthony Bourdain became famous for revealing the wild-and wildly entertaining-inner life of the restaurant industry, and his subsequent TV shows explored global culinary culture. His new cookbook "Appetites" leans on that wealth of experience, and Bourdain will take the Palace stage to offer his incisive take on cuisine and his travels.

6. Henry Rollins, ?Lincoln Theatre, Nov. 13

The former Black Flag singer has reinvented himself many times over, as a radio DJ, TV host, writer and actor, but he is perhaps most revered for his live spoken word shows. He will offer his unique mix of scathing political opinions, humor, pop culture commentary and personal tales.