Weekend Picks: Muppets, Buckeyes, Baklava and More

Columbus Monthly staff
Bert and Ernie

Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited, through Monday, Sept. 2

Don't miss the last weekend to see COSI's exhibition on the life and career of the Muppets creator, whose beloved characters (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and more) shaped a generation through television and movie franchises like Sesame Street, "The Muppet Movie" and Fraggle Rock. This traveling exhibition includes 25 original puppets, as well as costumes, personal photos, storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage, reproductions of Henson's early drawings and sketches, and interactive experiences.

OSU Football Season Opener, noon, Saturday, Aug. 31

First-time head coach Ryan Day and new quarterback Justin Fields will lead an exceptionally talented Buckeyes team into Ohio Stadium for the first time this Saturday. They will square off against the Florida Atlantic Owls (Hooo?), coached by none other than the infinitely despicable Lane Kiffin, a man last seen by OSU fans when he was serving as offensive coordinator for Alabama during the Buckeyes’ 2015 College Football Playoff victory over the Crimson Tide. If coaching FAU goes anything like Kiffin’s previous gigs, there’s an even chance he’ll take a new job at halftime.

"Hi, Are You Single?", 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30

Ryan Haddad, a 2015 Ohio Wesleyan grad, returns to his alma mater's Chappelear Drama Center on Friday for one performance of his autobiographical solo show, "Hi, Are You Single?" It's an exploration of his life in New York's gay dating scene as a man with cerebral palsy. According to Haddad's website, the show is "an examination of intimacy, rejection, and judgment. But also Grindr, fabulous drag queens and go-go dancers." The free performance will be followed by a talkback with Haddad.

Columbus Greek Festival, Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 2

This four-day, family-friendly event has been a Labor Day weekend tradition in Columbus for decades. Enjoy a performance by the Hellenic Singers or the Festival Dancers, learn to cook baklava, or simply enjoy a tzatziki and hummus plate to the sounds of bouzouki.


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