The Fam Five: September Arts and Entertainment

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent


The Jazz Arts Group’s summer PBJ & Jazz series of free, outdoor concerts at Columbus’ Topiary Park comes to a close this month. The Ben Crowder 6, a youthful ensemble that harkens back to hard bop jazz groups, will perform at noon Sept. 14. A preshow storytime takes place at the adjacent Main Library at 11 a.m., with art activities following the hourlong concert.

Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St., Columbus (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


He’s a one-of-a-kind. Our own Jack Hanna—the face of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and, sometimes, of the city itself—hosts Jack Hanna Weekend at the zoo, Sept. 21-22. All manner of demonstrations, educational programs, fall-themed fun and kid-friendly activities are augmented by an onstage appearance by Jungle Jack himself. Events are included with zoo admission.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, 614-645-3550,

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“Twisted 3” might sound like the latest installment of a tired movie franchise, but it’s actually the third iteration of a partnership among the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet and Opera Columbus. All three companies share the stage, dancing, singing and playing simultaneously and in equal measure. In a word: twisted. While the program might not be geared specifically for families, what better way to show your kids the beauty of the arts in Columbus than this powerful melding of three of its premier ensembles? “Twisted 3” will be presented Sept. 26-29 in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets starts at $28.

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


When I was a kid, we had plastic dinosaur figures and went to museums to look at bones and fossils, and we thought we were avid dino fans. Kids today put that to shame with in-depth knowledge and a passion to understand what the world was like millions of years ago—and they have technology to help them imagine it. The kind of cool tech that’s made the Jurassic Park/World movie series a multigeneration sensation is now helping to bring those stories to life onstage. The “Jurassic World Live Tour” hits the Schottenstein Center for seven shows Sept. 26-29. Scenery, projections and, of course, dinos, will transform the venue, along with music from the films. Tickets start at $15.

Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, Columbus (OSU Campus), 614-292-2624,


Filmmaker Bryan Smith takes audiences on a thrill ride of extreme filmmaking in National Geographic’s “Capturing the Impossible” at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany. Descend the deepest canyon in the South Pacific, traverse the length of the Alaska Range by paraglider and climb the ice of Niagara Falls. Smith will share the stories of his adventures in a captivating performance almost as thrilling as his films. Tickets for the Sept. 27 event are $31.50.

Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, 614-469-0939,