Weekend Picks: Making Faces, Philly Soul, a Miami-Style "Barber of Seville" and More

Columbus Monthly staff
A 2002 portrait of Toni Morrison from John Kascht

“The Barber of Seville”,  Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 16

Considered by many the funniest opera of the classical canon, Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” (you may not know the songs but can probably belt out “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!”) becomes even funnier when sung in English and set in '90s-era Florida in an Opera Columbus production featuring such exploits as a glitter-beard contest onstage at intermission and drinks served by the cast. Catch the performances at the Southern Theatre.

Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht, opening Saturday, Feb. 15

Artwork from John Kascht’s 35-year career as an illustrator turns the leisurely pastime of people-watching into an extreme sport. Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht opens this weekend at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, featuring more than 60 satirical portraits of notable historical and contemporary figures that appeal to every viewer—even those who hate art shows. In addition to its star-studded content and wry humor, Making Faces delivers a thought-provoking look at the serious intent behind the artwork. The exhibit is open through May 3.

All Arts Day, Saturday, Feb. 15

The King Arts Complex is celebrating one of Columbus’ most famous visual artists, Aminah Robinson, at All Arts Day on Saturday. The free event includes multiple Robinson pieces on display, “so current and emerging artists can be inspired by her work.” The center also invites local artists to present and create work at the event.

Valentine's Soul Jam, Sunday, Feb. 16

Known for its lush arrangements, sweeping strings and irresistible harmonies, Philly Soul birthed several R&B superstars in the 1970s, several of whom will be at the Palace Theatre for this belated Valentine's Day concert. Prepare for the musical evening by re-watching Quentin Tarantino's underappreciated third film, "Jackie Brown," which features on its soundtrack (and as a plot point) "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," a Philly Soul classic from The Delfonics, who are on the bill for this concert.


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