Columbus Datebook for November

Columbus Monthly Staff
The 2017 documentary "Sammy Davis. Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" is one of 14 films that will be screened at venues throughout Central Ohio in the 14th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival.

An Evening With Fleetwood Mac (Nov. 7)

Even in a band that changes up its roster every few years, the news last spring that guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham was going his own way caught fans by surprise. Yet with Christine McVie back on board since 2014, founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie still going strong and Stevie Nicks in game shape following a 70-date solo arena tour in 2017, the celebrated 51-year-old British rock band is likely to thrill the faithful when they stop at Nationwide Arena Nov. 7.

Think Outside the Brick (Nov. 10–Feb. 22, 2019)

The Columbus Museum of Art's annual holiday exhibition of Lego bricks—a collaboration with the Ohio Lego User's Group—returns this month. Don't be fooled by the whimsical medium; these displays are no child's play. The exhibit centers on a massive model of the capital city, complete with many of the landmarks you know and love. You'll also find fun creations unique to this mini Columbus, making every square inch worth exploring for young and old alike.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 4–19)

Sammy Davis Jr.'s choice to embrace a Jewish identity is explored in “Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me,” a 2017 documentary about the multitalented performer's complex life. It's one of 14 films that will be screened this month at venues throughout Central Ohio in the 14th annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival. New this year is a short-film competition for Ohio residents aged 16 to 40, with the winning film to be shown at the festival's closing Nov. 19. Other films in the festival include a documentary about Hans and Margret Rey, the Jewish creators of Curious George, and their escape from Nazi Germany, as well as a free screening for teens of “Once in a Lifetime,” which depicts an encounter between a Holocaust survivor and a diverse class of inner-city high school students in France.

“Renaissance Magic!” (Nov. 3–4)

This original musical at the Lincoln Theatre sets the Harlem Renaissance as a backdrop to the story of Ella (Jasmine Stone, pictured), a young science and math prodigy who feels isolated in her family of performing artists. An all-local cast and creative team explores her disillusionment and takes a journey of discovery as part of the citywide celebration of black cultural rebirth,I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at

Michigan vs. Ohio State (Nov. 24)

Yes, it's been more than 2,500 days since the maize and blue won The Game. Yes, opposing head coach Jim Harbaugh is still a khaki-wearing, milk-chugging, shirtless goon whose expression seems permanently set to, “Wait, how is this happening again?” But it's The Team Up North, and there could be a playoff berth on the line, and somehow 2,500 days still doesn't seem like enough.

Give Back

A Night of Hope (Nov. 8)

She Has a Name's annual gala raises awareness of human trafficking. The event, which includes a wine pull, silent auction and heavy hors d'oeuvres, raises funds to support workforce development for survivors and assist local organizations that provide direct care to those impacted.

Columbus Turkey Trot(Nov. 22)

This holiday run raises money to support Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio and its early intervention program to help children reach their full potential, regardless of challenges or disabilities. There's a 5-mile run and a 2-mile walk, as well as a 100-yard kids' Tot Trot.

Secret Santa (Nov. 1)

Help bring holiday happiness to a senior citizen in need by joining nonprofit Besa's Adopt a Senior holiday gift drive. Purchase gifts from your assigned senior's wish list—Besa will deliver. Spots fill quickly; online signup begins Nov. 1.

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