Columbus Datebook for November

Columbus Monthly staff
“The Pool” comes to the Franklin Park Conservatory this month and runs until Jan. 5, 2020.

Driving Forces (Oct. 26–March 8, 2020)

Most private collections are stashed away from the public eye, so it’s a boon to local art lovers that Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti will offer the largest exhibition ever from the couple’s world-renowned catalog. The show will feature 130 works from 75 artists at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection, the Short North gallery that was donated to the museum early this year.

“As One” (Nov. 8 and 10)

Two singers—one a baritone, the other a mezzo-soprano—play the single role of Hannah, a transgender woman searching for her place in a bruising world. Hannah Before and Hannah After occupy the stage simultaneously throughout this 2014 chamber opera, presented by Opera Columbus at the Southern, dramatizing the dissonance—and eventual harmony—of her external and internal selves.

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“The Pool” (Nov. 16–Jan. 5, 2020)

Light artist and sculptor Jen Lewin conceived “The Pool” as a huge puddle of light that would invite viewers to jump in—literally—and create their own art together. The concentric circles of 100 glowing computerized pads light up when you step on them, sending ripples of light and color throughout the installation as you move. The work has visited more than 50 cities in 16 countries, and this month it comes to the Franklin Park Conservatory, expanding the delight for viewers who come to enjoy the annual holiday light experience, Conservatory Aglow.

Sherrod Brown (Nov. 17)

In his latest book, “Desk 88,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown tells the stories of eight statesmen, all of whom once sat behind the same mahogany desk on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Brown, the current occupant of the desk, will discuss his book—which features George McGovern, Robert Kennedy, Al Gore Sr. and five other progressive forebears—at Capital University’s Mees Auditorium. Tickets are $25 ($45 with a copy of the book), and a book signing follows the talk.

Goo Goo Dolls (Nov. 20)

“We grew up way too fast, and now there’s nothing to believe.” Those were prescient words sung in a simpler time—1995—by the Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman, John Rzeznik. (Remember “Name” from A Boy Named Goo?) By some, ahem, miracle, the band’s founding members, Rzeznik and Robby Takac, are still together after 30-something years. You can relive the ’90s (and sing along to “Iris”) when the alt rockers visit the Palace Theatre to promote their 12th studio album, Miracle


Martinis and Magic (Nov. 1)

This ’80s- and ’90s-themed fundraiser for A Kid Again, which provides support for families raising children with serious illness, will feature strolling sleight-of-hand artists and inspiring stories in the ’Shoe’s Huntington Club. $125.

Ohio Wildlife Center (Nov. 9)

More than 200 volunteers assist each year with the center’s mission of supporting Ohio’s wildlife through rehabilitation and education, staffing hotlines and even fostering animals. To attend this or another training session and learn how you can help, visit

Thanksforgiving 4 Miler (Nov. 28)

Before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, help ensure others have enough to eat by participating in this race and fun run benefiting LifeCare Alliance, Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the New Albany Community Foundation.

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