Columbus Datebook for March

Columbus Monthly staff
“Young Frankenstein” comes to The Garden Theater March 5.

Dispatch Home & Garden Show (Feb. 22–March 1)

Get a jump on spring project planning at the Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center. Look for “wild” designs in the indoor gardens, created with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and hear from HGTV and DIY Network stars like Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict and Mark Bowe of Barnwood Builders as well as Columbus’ own “Jungle Jack” Hanna, plus more than 350 vendors to inspire you.

 “Young Frankenstein” (March 5–April 5)

Mel Brooks’ musical, adapted from his 1974 film of the same name starring Gene Wilder—itself a parody of classic horror films—comes to life this spring at The Garden Theater. This Short North Stage production tells the absurd tale of Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Fronkensteen), grandson of the inventor Dr. Victor Frankenstein, as he inherits the family estate in Transylvania and recreates his infamous ancestor’s experiments. Monstrous madcap comedy ensues.

Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989 (March 6–May 31)

After stops in Manhattan and Miami, Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989 comes home to the Columbus Museum of Art. The exhibition, which was organized by CMA, coincides with last year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an event many consider to be the birth of the LGBTQ movement for equal rights. More than 200 works by Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Honey Lee Cottrell (“Coastbound Train, Rachel and Elexis,” right) and others will be on display. ARTnews called Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989 “the first big step in acknowledging how important Stonewall is to the history—of art and society as a whole—of the United States.”

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Showdown in Tennessee (March 15)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Sherry Hall of the Harding Home and Memorial in Marion will give a behind-the-scenes look at the fight between pro- and anti-suffrage forces in Tennessee, the last state to ratify the amendment (shown, left: Carrie Chapman Catt, who led the state-by-state fight). The event begins at 2 p.m. Reservations suggested.

“The Journey: Civil Rights” (March 21)

Opera Columbus is the presenter, but this concert will go well beyond opera to include rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, jazz and the music of the civil rights movement as it traces the movement’s history with explorations of heroes and events like Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. First performed in 2019, “The Journey: Civil Rights” will bring local singers, choirs, dancers and more to the stage of the Lincoln for a single night. Performers will include dancers from Onyx productions, hip-hop and spoken word artist Tripp Fontane, Columbus schoolchildren and artists from the Lincoln Theatre Incubation Program.



State of the Girl (March 3)

Join Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland for a community conversation exploring issues that affect girls today over breakfast at the Boathouse at Confluence Park. Tickets are $15; sponsorships available.

Junior League Recruitment Event (March 14)

Help make fleece blankets for kids in foster care and learn about the Junior League of Columbus, which for almost a century has been helping women develop their potential through community service, training and leadership development.

South Side Early Learning (Ongoing)

Volunteer to rock babies, read to kids or greet visitors to South Side Early Learning Center, which provides early childhood education from birth to age 5. For repeat volunteers, a background check and medical clearance will be required.


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