Columbus Datebook for September

Columbus Monthly staff
Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah (Sept. 13)

The host of The Daily Show brings his insightful, politically charged humor to the Schott with “Loud and Clear,” his first arena tour. While it’s safe to expect his usual hot takes on racial tensions and Washington’s latest drama, Noah’s stand-up also often SHOWS off a more personal side, drawing on his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid, the subject of his memoir, “Born a Crime.”

Crafted (Sept. 14)

The emphasis is on art and craft at this adults-only festival at the Columbus Commons featuring locally made beer, food and music and benefiting Freedom a la Cart. Founded by Dublin resident Amie Sparks, Crafted also has events in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Here, enjoy food from eight restaurants, including the Guild House and Cosecha, along with 42 local brews and music from The Floorwalkers and George Barrie.

“Dear Evan Hansen” (Sept. 17–22)

The 2017 winner of six Tony awards—and a Tony nomination for Gahanna native Mike Faist, who played the role of Evan’s acquaintance Connor Murphy for several years—garnered critical acclaim for its frank look at mental health and suicide. The touring production of this wrenching Broadway hit will have a six-day run at the Ohio Theatre. Don’t wait too long to buy tickets, and remember to bring tissues.

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The Ohio Presidents: Surprising Legacies (Sept. 21–Dec. 29)

While Ohio is often a make-or-break state for U.S. presidential candidates, there was a time when it was known for making presidents in another way: They lived here. The Buckeye State has produced eight White House occupants. An exhibition at the Decorative Arts Center will explore their lives through artifacts that range from hats and walking sticks to campaign materials. The items link them to events as weighty as the ratification of the 15th Amendment during Ulysses S. Grant’s term and as light as Lucy Webb Hayes’ inauguration of the Easter Egg Roll tradition.

Welcome To Charlottesville (Through Oct. 6)

Charlotte McGraw is the mayor of Charlottesville, an imaginary hamlet populated by colorful, odd-looking characters and creatures who, McGraw explains, often are misunderstood or struggle to find their place—but who always triumph in the end. The two-dimensional, multimedia works on exhibit at the Ohio Craft Museum—many of them produced at the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery, a program for artists with disabilities and other challenges—reflect McGraw’s own story and struggles, as well as her hopes for the world. A concurrent exhibition, Shared Vision: Passions of the Human Spirit, will feature 100 works by artists with developmental differences.


5K for K9s (Sept. 20)

Proceeds from this running and walking 5K at Alum Creek State Park will help fund medical care for dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter; adorable and adoptable dogs will be on hand to cheer you on.

Kokosing River Cleanup (Sept. 21)

Bring closed-toe water shoes and a canoe, if you have one, and pitch in to keep one of Ohio’s 14 scenic rivers clean during this morning event in Mount Vernon, followed by a free lunch.

Harvest Ball (Sept. 28)

Support programming that helps children develop healthy eating habits and gives adults the knowledge and tools to provide healthy meals on a budget by attending Local Matters’ signature fundraising event at High Line Car House.

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

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