The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
The Asian Festival returns Memorial Day weekend.


Here's a fresh, choreographic take on a classic, as BalletMet presents “Dorothy and the Prince of Oz” May 4-6. This new production features choreography by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang and music by Oliver Peter Graber. Dancers, along with puppets from Basil Twist, will tell the tale of Dorothy as she helps save the land of Oz. Tickets start at $29.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


This annual event has quietly become one of the best cultural weekends of the festival season. (By the way, did I mention it's festival season?) The May 26-27 event has dancing, theater, food, games, demonstrations, a marketplace and more—all for free. The Sunday prior to the festival (May 20) is the annual Dragonboat race and related activities on the Downtown Columbus riverfront.

Franklin Park, 1755 E. Broad St. (Near East Side),


The queen of little-girl spunk, Annie, is back on stage thanks to Columbus Children's Theatre. The heartwarming show has been winning audiences over for more than 40 years, and CCT's production features your favorite characters—Daddy Warbucks, Sandy and the girls—and songs such as “It's the Hard-Knock Life,” “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and, of course, “Tomorrow.” “Annie” runs through May 13 at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets start at $21.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District),614-224-6672,


You want more Oz? You got more Oz! CATCO is Kids offers up Chris Leyva's “The Throne of Oz” May 4-13. Based on L. Frank Baum's “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” this play follows a young boy named Tip on adventures through various fantasy lands, encountering characters you know (think the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman) and some you may not, such as Jack Pumpkinhead and the Wooden Sawhorse. And you just know there's an evil witch who needs to be put in her place. Tickets start at $10.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


There's nothing like seeing your favorite TV characters come alive, and favorite TV characters are always changing. The heroes of “PJ Masks” get the live-show treatment with “PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero,” which comes to the Palace Theatre on May 11. Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are in for another overnight adventure, complete with your favorite tunes and some new songs as well. Tickets start at $30.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer atColumbus Alive.