How to stay busy over Labor Day weekend

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

There are ton of events in September. In addition to our Top 5 eventpicksthis month, we've rounded up a few things to see and do from Wednesday through Monday. Have a happy Labor Day weekend, Columbus.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 – "Cincinnati Goddamn" at Wexner Center

On Wednesday, the Wexner Center will host the Columbus premiere of "Cincinnati Goddamn," a documentary that traces the aftermath following the deaths of 15 African American men at the hands of Cincinnati police from 1995 to 2001. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with co-directors April Martin and Paul Hill, activist Iris Roley and Professor Rhonda Y. Williams.

In his preview of the documentary for this month's issue, Columbus Monthly writer Joel Oliphint writes:

Considering the interviews in "Cincinnati Goddamn" take place between 2001 and 2006, the film is a devastatingly accurate foreshadowing of what was to come in other American cities. Historian Manning Marable, who died in 2011, gives a particularly prescient analysis toward the end of the film.

"I think that Cincinnati's 2001 uprising is a harbinger of the future," Marable says in the film. "We should transform the relationship between the police and the community."

The discussion will no doubt include the recent killing of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, by a University of Cincinnati police officer during a traffic stop. Worth reading is The New Yorker's story on DuBose's death here.

Admission to Wednesday's screening and panel discussion is free. You can watch the "Cincinnati Goddamn" trailer below.

Cincinnati Goddamn Trailer 2fromPaul HillonVimeo.

Thursday, Sept. 3 –Editorial Cartoonist Mike Peters at CCAD

The longtime Dayton Daily News editorial cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike Peters, speaks Thursday at CCAD as part of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention.Peters is creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip "Mother Goose and Grimm," which is published in 500 newspapers and has adaily readership of 100 million. The event takes place 6:30 PM in the Canzani Center Auditorium and is open to the public.

Friday-Monday, Sept. 4-7 – 49th Annual Greek Festival

Get ready to eat your fill of spanakopita and tiropita. The Greek Festival returns to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral this weekend. We've got this Q&A with Nick Soulas, the festival's head chef.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 4-6 – Fashion Meets Music Festivaltakes over Arena District

Billed as the fusion of music and fashion, FMMF brings live music and fashion shows to the Arena District for the second year. The musical lineup includes Ludacris, St. Vincent, AWOLNATION and Young the Giant.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 4-5 – Ill Mannered Brewing and Blind Lady Tavern now open

Powell's first brewery officially opens on Friday at 5 p.m. You can read about the new brewery at Or if you prefer cocktails downtown, check out the pre-Prohibition-themed Blind Lady Tavern, which opened this week in the old Jury Room space. Here's a preview.

Monday, Sept. 7 – OSU football kicks off the season against Virginia Tech

It's time for Ohio State to avenge last year's loss to Virginia Tech and for the world to learn who will be named starting quarterback. Worth a read prior to the game: our piece on Cardale Jones and his mentor Ted Ginn Sr. And if OSU football isn't your thing, this would be a mighty fine time to check out the brand new Whole Foods at Easton.