Top 5 for May

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Cirque du Soleil: "OVO"

1. Cirque du Soleil: “OVO”, May 17–21

The otherworldly performing talents of Cirque du Soleil will present their 25th live touring production at the Schottenstein Center, bringing audiences into yet another whimsical universe—the lives of insects. In the guise of tiny characters, Cirque stages the characteristically massive “OVO” with colorful costumes, imaginative set design, over-the-top acrobatics and feats of mesmerizing physical skill.

2. Norah Jones, May 30

Hard to believe it's been more than 15 years since Norah Jones set hearts aflame and soothed savage beasts with her genre-bending album Come Away With Me. How many current high schoolers have that album to thank for their existence? Norah Boomers? There's sure to be some snuggling in the Ohio Theatre balcony when she brings her tinkling piano and satiny-smooth voice back to Columbus in support of her newest album, Day Breaks.

3. CCAD Senior Fashion Show, May 12

The cream of the crop among seniors in the Columbus College of Art and Design fashion program unveil the creations they've brought to life during the academic year. The CCAD Design Studios host this annual event, where you can rub elbows with the city's fashionistas and indulge in libations and complimentary hors d'oeuvres while enjoying fashion-forward collections ranging from street style to evening wear. Stick around for the post-runway dance party and VIP Jazz Lounge.

4. The Flyover Fest, May 11–13

The inaugural Flyover Fest will attempt to turn a Midwestern insult into a point of pride. The three-day cultural gathering across North Campus and south Clintonville features live music, film screenings, a book fair and literary readings, and the lineup includes many expats and locals, like punk band Connections, writer Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, hip-hop artist Dominique Larue (pictured) and the multitalented Blueprint.

5. Steve Martin and Martin Short, May 21

Two beloved comedians are better than one—or at least in this case. Steve Martin and Martin Short have been cracking each other up since meeting on the set of the 1986 cult comedy classic “¡Three Amigos!” After interviewing each other on a comedy convention stage, they decided to take their show on the road this year. Their collaboration, called “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives,” plays at the Ohio Theatre.