Columbus Fall Arts: November

Columbus Monthly staff
Richard Scofano will perform with the ProMusica orchestra as part of Schubert & Scofano Nov. 2.


“As One” (Nov. 8 and 10)

Southern Theatre

A changing voice is one of the unique adventures and challenges faced by transgender people, and to dramatize this aspect of the story of Hannah, two singers—a baritone and a mezzo-soprano—play the single role in this 2014 chamber opera. $25–$94.

“Disney’s Frozen Jr.” (Nov. 8–17)

Park Street Theatre

First it was a hit movie, then a Broadway musical—now you and the family can watch Princesses Elsa, Anna and Olaf sing their way through the snowy kingdom of Arendelle. This live, junior version has all the music and magic but is only 60 minutes long and arrives just in time to welcome the cold winter weather. $15.

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Amizade: An Evening with Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueirea (Nov. 2)

Lincoln Theatre

“Amizade” is Portuguese for “friendship,” and the musical friendship between the Cleveland-born Peplowski, a world-famous clarinetist who has performed with artists ranging from Benny Goodman to Madonna, and Figueirea, a Brazilian guitarist who won the Montreux Jazz Competition with a style that fuses jazz, classical and bossa nova, is the basis for the duo’s current tour, which kicks off the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz at the Lincoln concert series. $20.

Schubert & Scofano (Nov. 2)

Southern Theatre

Richard Scofano is a master of the bandoneon, a type of concertina popular in his native Argentina and essential to the tango. As part of ProMusica’s “Composer/Performer” project, Scofano will perform the U.S. premiere of his own composition, “Iberá”, along with the ProMusica orchestra, which will also perform two Schubert symphonies. $16–$58.

Black Violin (Nov. 3)

Palace Theatre

Classically-trained musicians Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are as eager to break down racial and cultural stereotypes as they are to dispel preconceptions about musical genre, fearlessly fusing classical, hip-hop and pop in their energetic performances. They return to the Ohio with their Impossible tour, which will include DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. $29–$64.

Hozier (Nov. 6)

Palace Theatre

Hozier took the world by storm in 2013 with his brooding debut single, “Take Me to Church,” going certified quintuple-platinum in the U.S. In his second studio album, Wasteland, Baby!, the folksy singer-songwriter continues to deliver. The somber yet sultry ballads are heavy with passion, making it clear why the Irish-born artist has found international acclaim. $40–$59.

Wilco (Nov. 10)

Palace Theatre

The Chicago sextet is back on the road again following a yearlong hiatus in which frontman Jeff Tweedy completed a solo tour and released a best-selling memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back).” Though Wilco hasn’t recorded a new album since 2016’s Schmilco, fans might hear a new song or two during the Columbus stop, as Tweedy revealed to Rolling Stone in June that he and his bandmates are working on new material. $38–$78.

Modigliani Quartet (Nov. 16)

Southern Theatre

The sophisticated string ensemble performs in some of the world’s top venues, then returns to France’s Evian resort, where the quartet directs a summer music festival. As guests of Chamber Music Columbus, they’ll stop at the Southern to play Stravinsky, Hayden and Tchaikovsky. $15–$55.


Jami Attenberg (Nov. 12)

Giuseppe’s Ritrovo

Over a ticketed lunch, the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Middlesteins” will talk about her latest novel. Kirkus Reviews has called Attenberg “the poet laureate of difficult families,” and her latest, “All This Could Be Yours,” explores family secrets that are revealed when their nasty patriarch is on his deathbed. $45 includes lunch.

Sherrod Brown (Nov. 17)

Mees Auditorium, Capital University

Instead of running for president, Ohio’s senior senator decided to write a book about his desk. This fall, Brown will publish “Desk 88,” which tells the story of the mahogany piece of furniture he sits behind on the Senate floor, previously used by eight other progressive senators, including George McGovern, Robert Kennedy and Al Gore Sr. Brown will speak at Capital University’s Mees Auditorium, with a book signing to follow. Price TBD.

Nick Offerman: All Rise (Nov. 21)

Palace Theatre

Known for his role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, the stand-up comedian brings his comedy show to the Palace Theatre. With recent projects like “Nick Offerman: American Ham” on Netflix, fans can binge-watch all they want before heading to the theater to catch him live. $40–$50.

“The Second City’s Greatest Hits Vol. 59” (Nov. 23)

Lincoln Theatre

Founded in 1959, The Second City launched the careers of some of the funniest people in entertainment, with an alumni roster that includes John Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers. See the touring company when it stops by the Lincoln Theatre for two shows to present reboots of some of the legendary troupe’s greatest songs and sketches—maybe you’ll get an early look at a future star of comedy. $35.


Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti (Nov. 1–Feb. 2)

Columbus Museum of Art

This exhibition will be the first to showcase the Pizzutis’ renowned collection of contemporary art (considered one of the top 200 in the world by ARTNews) at both the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection since the couple transferred ownership of the Short North museum to CMA. Featured artists include Frank Stella, Susan Rothenberg, Zanele Muholi and other visionaries of contemporary culture.