The Fam Five: Top Entertainment Picks for November

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
A performance of “Sunjata Kamalenya” is part of CAPA's free community day at the Lincoln Theatre.


Maybe it’s because I was a marching band kid, or maybe it was because my kid was a marching band kid, but there are few things as exciting as the sound of a marching band. As football season winds down, these groups often take their shows indoors, presenting a season’s worth of music in one (nonmarching) evening. Two such shows take place in November.

The Ohio State University Marching Band will hold its Hometown Concert Nov. 3 at Mershon Auditorium. Tickets start at $15. The Ohio University Marching 110 (really 240-plus) will be in concert at the Palace Theatre on Nov. 18. Those tickets are $10.

Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. (OSU Campus), Columbus,

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus,


CAPA will host a free community day at the Lincoln Theatre featuring a production of “Sunjata Kamalenya,” a story of a young boy who’s destined to be the leader of the Mande people of West Africa. Based on the Lion King tale, the Experiential Theater Company’s family-friendly show features traditional music and dancing combined with rich, interactive storytelling.

“Sunjata Kamalenya” Community Day, on tap Nov. 10, is part of CAPA’s 50th anniversary celebration. Preshow art activities will be offered. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that a Nov. 11 performance on “Sunjata Kamalenya” already is sold out.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


Since the musical first hit stages in the 1970s, “Annie” has introduced a host of children to musical theater. This fall, it’s also introducing young performers to the stage as part of CATCO is Kids’ Saturday Morning Musicals program. To wrap up their 10-week class, participating 9- to 12-year-olds will present “Annie Kids,” an adaptation that features all of your favorite characters and songs, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” The production will run Nov. 9-10 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus (Discovery District), 614-469-0939,

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If, for whatever reason, you feel like the Wexner Center for the Arts is unapproachable for kids, given its contemporary art and institutional setting, we urge you to think again. The Wex has upped its “Zoom” lineup of family programming this year, the latest installment of which is Wex Wide Open on Nov. 10. Tours tailored for kids, hands-on art and lessons from a world-class whistler are part of the day’s activities.

The event is part of the center’s 30th anniversary celebration and includes a screening of Jodie Foster’s film “Little Man Tate,” which was partially filmed at the Wex. The program is free.

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus (OSU Campus),


Everyone’s favorite wildlife-expert brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, are off the TV and on tour again with “Wild Kratts Live 2.0 Activate Creature Power,” which comes to the Palace Theatre on Nov. 24. With some help from their animated on-screen team, the brothers will try to outmaneuver a comic villain and share facts about the world’s coolest animals. Tickets start at $25.50.

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