What To Do This Weekend: Off the Grid, Surfer Blood

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The weekend's most impressive event has to be Off the Grid, the Wexner Center's annual fundraising party. Besides feeding you with goodies from a dozen Dine Originals restaurants, they've got a wall-sized game of Pong, the Hard Targets exhibit in the gallery, video projections by Ranier and a dancefloor-ready performance lineup. On the local front, there's avant music/dance crew Anna and the Annadroids, soulful Band to Watch Nick Tolford and Company and the town's No. 1 party DJ, Detox. Headlining the shindig is The Hood Internet, a Chicago mashup duo known for juxtaposing hip-hop with indie rock; they're hinting at a Columbus-themed mashup for Saturday's jumpoff. It all begins at 9 p.m. sharp tomorrow. The $40 price tag might seem steep until you remember all the free food. Read more in my feature.

If you're smart, Sunday you'll be at The Summit, 2210 Summit St., to see Surfer Blood. The melodic indie guitar-slingers responsible for my favorite album of the year so far, "Astro Coast" (well, it's neck-and-neck with Caribou), and their show last fall at Cafe Bourbon Street was almost as impressive. Find out more in my interview with frontman John Paul Pitts. That'll be a 9 p.m. start, with support from Turbo Fruits and another Bands to Watch alum, Tin Armor. $8 advance, $10 day of show.