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Columbus Area Arts Council

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March 2015
Free

First Fridays for Families: Wacky Chad

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Presented by Columbus Area Arts Council. Sponsored by Old National Bank. Wacky Chad will have children of all ages laughing until it hurts as he rides another person on his tiny bicycle and handstands on a skateboard. Wearing his trademark orange, Wacky Chad will reach neck-straining heights on his tall unicycle and defy gravity on an air powered pogo stick. First Fridays for Families is a free program geared toward children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. All First…

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April 2015
Free

First Fridays for Families: Snow White

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Presented by Columbus Area Arts Council. Sponsored by Old National Bank. Columbus’ own Dancers Studio finishes the season with Snow White. One of the most famous fairy tales worldwide, The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. First Fridays for Families is a free program geared toward children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. All First Fridays programs begin at 6:00 PM on the first Friday of each month from…

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June 2015

JCB Neighborfest

June 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

JCB NeighborFest! 5:30pm – 7:30pm300 Block of Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE Thursday, June 4 Soulshine Band SoulShine Band features members from legendary acts such as Henry Lee Summer, Carl Storie, The Why Store, and The Bob and Tom Band. SoulShine combines original music described as a new millennium version of a funky 70’s horn band with covers from such artists as Blood Sweat and Tears, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire, and Rare Earth.

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Artz Daze

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artz Daze11:00am – 3:00pm300 Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE This program provides no-cost, hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages on four days in the heart of the Columbus Arts District. The Arts Council will deliver arts programming that introduces a wide range of cultural arts. No experience necessary. All activities are outdoor and free and open to everyone.

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July 2015

JCB Neighborfest

July 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

JCB NeighborFest! 5:30pm – 7:30pm300 Block of Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE Thursday, July 2                    The Tides Get swept away by this talented band with a music mix from the 60s to modern day – served with a twist. A blending of unusual instruments, along with great vocals, and creative arrangements of songs you know, make this group a little something special, and different, from the rest.

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Artz Daze

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artz Daze11:00am – 3:00pm300 Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE This program provides no-cost, hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages on four days in the heart of the Columbus Arts District. The Arts Council will deliver arts programming that introduces a wide range of cultural arts. No experience necessary. All activities are outdoor and free and open to everyone.

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$8.00

Johnson Witkemper Insurance Biggest Block Party

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Johnson Witkemper InsuranceBiggest Block PartySaturday, July 255:30pm – 11:00pm  Downtown Columbus It’s the party of the year! The best local and regional bands including The Woomblies, Punkin’ Holler Boys, Too Hot to Handle and more! Great food, beer & wine and hands-on kids art activities. $8 Adults Children 12 and under free. All proceeds benefit the Columbus Area Arts Council.

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August 2015

JCB Neighborfest

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

JCB NeighborFest! 5:30pm – 7:30pm300 Block of Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE Thursday, Aug 6                     Alan Kaye and the Toons This isn’t your ordinary, run of the mill band. It’s a Rock & Roll show! Beatles, Perry, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Led Zepplin, ZZ Ward, Dave Matthews, Bruno Mars…….Variety of songs people know and love.

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Artz Daze

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artz Daze11:00am – 3:00pm300 Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE This program provides no-cost, hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages on four days in the heart of the Columbus Arts District. The Arts Council will deliver arts programming that introduces a wide range of cultural arts. No experience necessary. All activities are outdoor and free and open to everyone.

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September 2015

JCB Neighborfest

September 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

JCB NeighborFest! 5:30pm – 7:30pm300 Block of Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE Thursday, September 3                       Carson Diersing Band    Carson Diersing combines a deep feel for old style blues harmonica with a sense of younger modern musical sounds that have no boundaries. He is a star on the rise, a player to watch, and a name to remember. “The kid is the harp player of tomorrow, and he’s playing it today!” proclaims legendary Indianapolis music promoter Bill Levin. You don’t want to miss…

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Artz Daze

September 4 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artz Daze11:00am – 3:00pm300 Washington StreetDowntown ColumbusFREE This program provides no-cost, hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages on four days in the heart of the Columbus Arts District. The Arts Council will deliver arts programming that introduces a wide range of cultural arts. No experience necessary. All activities are outdoor and free and open to everyone.

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Hot Blown Glass

September 11 @ 8:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm

Hot Blown GlassFriday and Saturday, September 11 – 12300 block of Washington Street Glass artist Lisa Pelo will conduct glass making workshops offering community members the opportunity to create their own glass paperweights. The workshops, which begin on Friday afternoon, will take place on Washington Street between 3rd and 4th Street. On Saturday, Pelo will continue the glass blowing workshops and demonstrations. 

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October 2015

UnCommon Cause 40th Anniversary

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

unCommon CauseFriday, October 16, 201540th AnniversaryMusic by Zannadoo6:30pmThe Commons Celebrate 40 years of unCommon Cause! Enjoyed dinner while sampling a range of artistic traditions. Dance to the music of Zannadoo.

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November 2015

First Fridays: Nick Lakin

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, November 6                  Magician, Nick Lakin Nick Lakin isn’t your typical magician. As a multi-award winning magician, his style of magic combines situation comedy with hilarious theatrics that will have children and adults laughing and talking about the show long after it’s over.

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December 2015

First Fridays: Dave Rudolf

December 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, December 4Dave Rudolf What better way to kick off the holiday season than with Rudolf? Dave Rudolf that is. His Holiday show features kids twisting to the “Candy Cane Twist” and hula hooping to “Santa’s Got a Zoot Suit.” The audience will enjoy some tradition holiday tunes and parodies such a “Oh Come, Oh Come, I Read the Manual,” “Frosty the Slow Man” and lots of other Yuletide spoofs.

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January 2016

First Fridays: Bongo Boy

January 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, January 8, 2016 (Second Friday)                                                  Bongo Boy drum circle Drum to a different beat at this community drum circle. This is an interactive experience where participants learn how to play simple beats on drums in unison.   The drumming circle is a creative…

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February 2016

First Fridays: Hastey Pudding Puppets

February 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, February 5                       Hastey Pudding Puppets “By George and Everyone Else” Join us for this left handed salute to American history that would give Martha Washington a migraine. During the anachronistic tour de farce back through time, Thurston Osgood, host of the interview program, “Meet the Patriots,” brings you face to face with the people who made…

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March 2016

First Fridays: Henny Penny

March 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, March 4                  Henny Penny ArtReach: Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’ production based on the original folktale. Henny Penny is a hen enjoying a day gathering acorns. When one hits her on the head she is convinced that the sky is falling and feels it is her duty to tell the king. Along the way she asks…

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April 2016

First Fridays: The Jungle Book

April 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old National Bank First Fridays for Families     6:00pmNugent Custer Performance HallThe CommonsFREE Friday, April 1The Jungle Book           Dancers Studio, Inc Enjoy Dancers Studio’s production of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This classic story is a thrilling, adventure-filled journey with the boy Mowgli as he makes his way to the village with Bagheera, the wise panther. Along the way he meets jazzy King Louie, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the lovable happy-go lucky bear Baloo who teaches Mowgli “The…

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