Weekend Picks: "Dangerous Liaisons," Food Festivals and Elvis Tributes

Columbus Monthly staff
Philip J. Hickman (left) as Le Vicomte de Valmont and Beth Josephsen as La Marquise de Merteuil in the Actors' Theatre of Columbus production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” Aug. 15–Sept. 1

Tainted Love is this summer's theme for the Actors' Theatre of Columbus, so while "Little Women" was a somewhat baffling choice for the series, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," opening this weekend, promises to be the perfect finale for the group's annual program of outdoor theater in Schiller Park. Based on an 18th-century French novel and popularized by the 1988 film “Dangerous Liaisons,” with deliciously slimy performances by Glenn Close and John Malkovich, the story involves manipulation, betrayal, seduction and sexual predation. Bring a picnic, but maybe don't bring the little ones. Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Free; donations encouraged.

An Evening with Sons of Gladys, 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16

On the 42nd anniversary of Elvis’ death, the Sons of Gladys will pay tribute with a show dedicated to the King at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza. The 10-piece band will play songs from Elvis’ 1973 Honolulu concert that was broadcast around the world as “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite,” as well as other hits from his live shows. $15-$20.

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Columbus Food Truck Festival, Friday, Aug. 16–Saturday, Aug. 17

Sample cuisine from around the world without leaving the Scioto Mile at this ninth annual mass gathering of mobile food vendors. Enjoy the culinary traditions of the Big Easy (A Taste of Nawln’s), the Northeast (Cousins Maine Lobster), Hawaii (Hai Poke), Cuba (Havana Mia), Jamaica (Just Jerks Ena’s Jamaican Grill), Argentina (Barroluco), Korea (Cupzilla), Mexico (Nando’s Tacos & More), Italy (Lacarne Italian Beef), the Netherlands (Taste of Holland) and 54 more options. More than a dozen local acts will play live music on two stages, and admission is free.

S’Miles of Sunflowers, Aug. 1618 & Aug. 2325

What do 10 acres of sunflowers look like in person? Find out this weekend and next when the family behind the 100-year-old Lynd Fruit Farm hosts its first-ever sunflower festival. The multiday event features live music, children’s activities, wagon rides and more on the Lynds’ new farm, The Patch on 37, at 3131 Johnstown-Alexandria Road NW in Alexandria. Admission is $20 at the gate or $15 in advance.


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