Weekend Picks: Quarter Horses, Blues Greats and More

Columbus Monthly staff
Jarica Winkelman warms up her horse Hollywood Coast before competing in NHRA Youth Reining (13 and under) during the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 2017.

Transference, Oct. 5 – Nov. 16

A new exhibition of works by 22 members of Ohio State University's Department of Art faculty will open Saturday at the university’s Downtown Urban Arts Space. The show will include works by Ann Hamilton, Richard Harned, Carmen Winant, Michael Mercil, Ken Rinaldo and many others. There will be a public reception at the gallery Saturday from 5–7 p.m. and a series of artist talks are scheduled for the coming month.

All American Quarter Horse Congress, through Oct. 27

The largest single-breed horse show in the world returns to the Ohio Expo Center for the month of October. See more than 25,000 horse show entries, plus events like youth dummy roping, cowboy mounted shooting by the Mid-Ohio Marauders and “Heroes on Horses,” honoring service men and women and the horses that help them heal.

Nate Bargatze, Sunday, Oct. 6

Comedian Nate Bargatze is one of the best stand-ups touring today, as proven by his 2019 Netflix special, “The Tennessee Kid.” A self-described “pretty dumb guy,” as often as not he’s the punch line of his own jokes, as in this one about former Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o, who was fooled into thinking he was in an online relationship with a woman who didn’t exist: “When I saw that, I was like, ‘I get it. I would fall for that.’ I knew I would. I’m 35—I still do not sleep with socks on because my dad told me my feet can’t breathe when I was a kid. I still believe that, so you bet I could talk to a fake woman for quite a while.” Catch his set at the Southern Theatre on Sunday for $35.

Columbus Blues Alliance 30th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, Oct. 6

After an inaugural class of singers Willie Pooch and Christine Kittrell in 2009, the Columbus Blues Alliance Hall of Fame remained dormant until this year, when the nonprofit decided to revive the idea for its 30th anniversary. Joining Pooch and Kittrell in the hall of fame this year is a class of 10 local blues greats, including guitarist Sean Carney and singer Teeny Tucker. Carney also will play at a celebratory concert, set for 3:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, along with Hadden Sayers and headliner Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials.


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