Top 5 Columbus events in February

Columbus Monthly staff

All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion, Feb. 3–April 15

What do Persian carpets and thrift-store duds have in common? Both have inspired the opulent runway styles of designer Todd Oldham, who bucked the minimalist trends of the 1990s to create garments with interesting textures, colors and patterns. Explore Oldham's imagination and creativity through more than 70 ensembles in this exhibition, which makes its only Midwest stop at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Mix & Shake, Feb. 17

If you're in the mood for a party, this fundraiser thrown by the Ohio Distiller's Guild and the North Market seems like a safe bet. Mix & Shake offers cocktails and samples of spirits from statewide and local distillers, like Middle West, Watershed, 451 Spirits, Karate Cowboy and Noble Cut Distillery, Gahanna's new liquor-maker, which is offering the first chance to taste its wares at the event.

Under the Streetlamp, Feb. 2

While many give Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry credit for the creation of rock 'n' roll, the real impetus might have been the lack of air conditioning, forcing teens to gather on corners and porch stoops to sing and dance in the cool night air. Relive those days when CAPA presents the pop group Under the Streetlamp, featuring Broadway veterans on the Southern Theatre stage.

Ann Hamilton: My Current Works, Feb. 8

Most artists won't let you touch their work, but Ann Hamilton will let you walk all over hers. The conceptual artist designed the cork floor in Ohio State's Thompson Library Buckeye Reading Room, set in relief with words from three overlapping stories of world history. The OSU professor is the recipient of the nation's highest artistic honors for her large-scale public installations, and she comes to the Ohio History Center to discuss her current projects and prolific career.

The Jefferson Series, Feb. 1

Les Wexner's appreciation of military history, leadership and strategy is apparent in a glance at the list of past speakers in the New Albany Community Foundation's guest lectures, called The Jefferson Series. That appreciation continues in 2018 when Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA, Gen. Stanley McChrystal (pictured), former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Gen. Peter Pace, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gather at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts on Feb. 1.