What you missed in Columbus for Sept. 3

Andy Downing
One of the banners painted by Cecily King and family

On Sunday, Hanif Abdurraqib packed Streetlight Guild, Scott Woods’ new East Side arts space, for a poetry reading that opened “Rhapsody & Refrain,” a month-long affair during which a different Columbus poet will read each day. (Most performances take place at Streetlight, except for Wednesday readings, which will be held during Writers’ Block Poetry Night at Kafe Kerouac in Old North.)

Abdurraqib culled a bulk of his selections from his new collection of poetry, A Fortune for Your Disaster, out today, including one that he described as being both about Connecticut pizza shops running out of cheese on a Friday night and the end of his marriage. The author (and sometimes Alive contributor) also read an from an unpublished non-fiction work inspired, in part, by an argument over whether or not Chewbacca was black (Abdurraqib firmly said no). Of course, in Abdurraqib’s skilled hands, the essay also touched on Trayvon Martin, astronaut Michael P. Anderson, who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the narratives that can build around black death, among other things.

“Rhapsody & Refrain” continues all September long, including tonight at 8 p.m. with poet Barbara Fant, one of Alive’s People to Watch 2017.


Ohio State kicked off the 2019 football season with a 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic inRyan Day’s first game as permanent head coach since taking over for Urban Meyer. But perhaps most importantly, the game also marked the start of the best time of year to hit the grocery store, since the city feels largely deserted on OSU game days.


Tuesday commuters might have noticed some new signs hanging from highway overpasses this morning. Over the long holiday weekend, Cecily King and family painted and hung a fresh round of inspirational banners, the genesis of which you can read about here.