Top 5 for June

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Tour of Franklinton, June 5

1. The Naked Magicians, June 8 [Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled.]

Like Copperfield at Chippendales, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler have designed the greatest distraction of all—nothing. Nada, that is, in terms of their attire, as the two tricksters disrobe during their show while telling raunchy jokes. Whether the audience at Southern Theatre is laughing or ogling, the magicians are betting no one will pay much attention to their hands.

2. Tour of Franklinton, June 5

Hop on your bike and head west of Downtown for this free event celebrating the cycling community with food trucks, Land-Grant Brewing suds and multilap races on a three-quarter-mile course that begins and ends in front of Franklinton's arts-scene hotspot, the 400 West Rich St. building. The 11 races, which have entry fees of $25 to $40, take place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a kids' lap at 1 p.m. (no registration fee required).

3. “Gimme Shelter”, June 15

The Wexner Center for the Arts begins its annual Wex Drive-In outdoor movie series with one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. Legendary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles followed the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour, capturing several unforgettable moments, including the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter in front of the stage at the infamous Altamont Free Concert in California.

4.“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, June 6–11

The Grammy and Tony Award-winning work based on the early life of Carole King launched in 2015 and focuses on King's Brill Building songwriting success of the 1960s, when, as a teen, she fought her way into the record business and met her soon-to-be-husband Gerry Goffin. The pair wrote immortal songs like “The Loco-Motion,” “Up on the Roof” and “One Fine Day” long before King recorded her chart-topping 1971 album Tapestry, still one of the biggest sellers of all time.

5. ACLU president Susan Herman,June 7

The American Civil Liberties Union has led the charge against the Trump administration, challenging its travel ban and sanctuary city executive orders in court. But when ACLU president Susan Herman comes to town to address the Columbus Metropolitan Club, don't expect a fire-and-brimstone speech. The constitutional scholar will discuss the fundamental values that unite us: fairness, equality of opportunity and being valuedas an integral part of the political process.