Columbus Datebook for July

Columbus Monthly staff
The 36th annual Doo Dah Parade takes place July 4.

THE 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade (July 4)

The annual Fourth of July parade around Victorian Village and the Short North celebrates “liberty and lunacy” with a farcelike freedom-of-speech spectacle. At Doo Dah, you’re bound to see just about anything: Uncle Sam riding a motorized monowheel, a group of marching Fidel Castros, characters in red cloaks and white bonnets from “The Handmaid’s Tale” or astronauts protesting illegal aliens (Martians, that is). The parade kicks off on Park Street at 1 p.m., and a block party with live music takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Buttles Avenue and High Street.

“Smart, Funny & Black with Amanda Seales” (July 13)

You may know Amanda Seales from HBO’s “Insecure”—or from her 2017 throwdown with Caitlyn Jenner over white privilege. Fed up with negative images of black culture, Seales created the Smart, Funny & Black Academy, where contestants compete for induction into the Illustrious League of Master Blacksperts. At the Riffe Center.

Jazz & Rib Fest (July 19–21)

This year’s festival on the Scioto Mile offers an intriguing, eclectic lineup. GZA, co-founder of rap supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, joins New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels for a Friday night set, and mid-’90s breakout stars the Squirrel Nut Zippers play their jazz-swing mix on Saturday. Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s electrified funk and soul takes center stage on Sunday, followed by the ever-popular Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

“Pillow Talk” (July 24–25)

Doris Day’s “Pillow Talk,” co-starring Rock Hudson, was made in 1959 but has been called “the first movie about the pleasures of phone sex.” The film’s screening during the 50th anniversary season of the CAPA Summer Film Series will be poignant as well as naughty, thanks to the legendary actress and singer’s death at 97 in mid-May. With showings of everything from classic 1940s films to cult hits of the 1980s, the series runs through Aug. 11 at the Ohio Theatre.

Thurber’s Columbus (Through Aug. 18)

Born in Columbus in 1894, James Thurber attended but didn’t graduate from Ohio State—his impaired vision prevented him from taking a required ROTC course. He later moved to New York, but Columbus continued to loom large in his work. His Broadway play “The Male Animal,” for instance, is set at a football-crazed Midwestern university. This exhibition at OSU’s Thompson Library explores how our city affected Thurber—and the imprint he left on Columbus.



Advocate for a child in need (Throughout the month)

Applications are now open for CASA Columbus’ September training session for adult volunteers who would like to advocate for an abused or neglected child. The minimum commitment is two years, or to the completion of your first case.

Walk with Water for Africa 5K (July 6)

This event at the Park of Roses will raise money to dig wells in Zimbabwe while encouraging participants to follow in the steps of millions of Africans who must walk miles to fetch clean water.

Pelotonia Rider Orientation (July 10)

If you’re thinking about participating in Columbus’ mega-bike-ride-cancer-fundraiser, consider attending this session at Morehouse Medical Plaza to find out what to expect and how to prepare, whether you’re planning to ride 25 or 200 miles.

See our online calendar for a full list of things to do this month.