The Fam Five: Arts and Entertainment Picks for February

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
BalletMet presents “Alice,” a production by artistic director Edwaard Liang, Feb. 14-16.


The story is both familiar and brand new, as BalletMet presents artistic director Edwaard Liang’s original production of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Liang takes audiences down the rabbit hole to discover quirky characters, beautiful scenery and costumes and, of course, masterful dancing.

“Alice” is yet another opportunity to introduce beginner or novice ballet audiences to the spectacle of dance and the skill of BalletMet’s performers. Tickets for the production, which plays four shows Feb. 14-16 at the Ohio Theatre, start at $29.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., (Downtown), Columbus, 614-229-4848,


You may have seen that Blippi, the YouTube preschool sensation, is touring. You may also have read about the fuss it’s created. Blippi started out as a homemade video series with host Stevin John (aka Blippi) presenting entertaining and educational clips for kids to stream. He likely never expected to go viral, let alone get his own tour. As a result, an actor was hired to portray Blippi in the live show, which has agitated some—but not all—parents. If you fall into the latter group, the tour visits the Palace Theatre on Feb. 21. Tickets start at $21.50.

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

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Our daughter grew up on the animated movie “Anastasia,” a Don Bluth-helmed musical based loosely on the real-life legend of the “lost” Russian Romanov princess. Of course, we loved it, too, and were excited, almost 20 years later, to see it brought to the stage. That production, with original and new songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is now on tour. The Broadway in Columbus show continues at the Ohio Theatre through Feb. 2. Tickets start at $35.

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


Only the magic of Disney could create a spectacle that involves a story from the South Pacific happening on ice. You can be there to witness it with your kids, who probably don’t care about the cognitive disconnect. Moana joins other big Disney dreamers, including Belle, Elsa, Miguel and more, in “Disney on Ice: Dream Big,” which stops at Nationwide Arena for eight shows through Feb. 2. Tickets start at $15.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus, 614-246-2000,


You may or may not be familiar with James Thurber, the celebrated early 20th century writer who happens to be from Columbus. Not only was he a celebrated writer, but also a celebrated cartoonist, drawing with the reckless abandon of childhood. The Columbus Museum of Art is showing a collection of these playful, black-and-white line drawings, made for a variety of formats, including many aimed specifically at children. “A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber” is on display through March 15.

Note there is a special exhibition admission of $8 in addition to general admission ($18 for adults, $9 for children ages 4-17 and free for ages 3 and younger). Exhibition admission is discounted to $5 on Thursdays.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus,