Columbus Gives Back, which organizes group volunteer activities, supports Star House’s efforts to reconnect homeless and transitioning youth by recruiting volunteers to screen donations and, after orientation and background checks, to interact with young people.
The pandemic has been particularly difficult for choirs and opera performers, but singing is returning to the stage. This month, the Columbus Symphony will be joined by the Columbus Symphony Choir and an array of celebrity guest singers for a presentation of Puccini’s classic opera about love and loss among starving performers in a Paris garret. The performance will be enhanced by video sets designed by artist S Katy Tucker.
Support the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio by attending this event at the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Ballroom, where adults with Down Syndrome will perform professionally choreographed dance routines.
Speak, from January 20 to May 6
Loann Crane Gallery at GCAC
The Ohio Prison Arts Connection, a group that advocates for access to the arts for people in prison and after their release, organizes this exhibit which features nearly 40 pieces (paintings, jewelry, prints, music lyrics and audio) from artists involved in justice and those who teach art or facilitate artistic creation in the criminal justice system (below: “Untitled 1”, by Twyana Davis). The show takes place at the Arts Space at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Downtown Offices, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Honor the late Betty White and her castmates Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty with raucous laughs during this unique take on the classic series. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy the sassy banter and parody versions of classic moments from the show, courtesy of the “Avenue Q” puppet versions of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. This production’s farewell tour takes place in Columbus in mid-February, making it a perfect outing for Galentine’s Day with your BFF. Plan ahead with a slice of cheesecake and your friend will definitely thank you for being a friend. capa.com
Among the 7,000 airline passengers who were stranded in Gander, Newfoundland when flights were rerouted there during the 9/11 terrorist attacks was a bonobo named Unga, who was heading to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium . The presence of animals in need of care was just one of the dramas that unfolded in the small town unexpectedly called upon to host 7,000 guests, providing enough fodder for a hit Broadway musical.
The Children’s Hunger Alliance helps provide millions of meals each year to children in need. Their annual fundraiser will be offered as both an in-person event at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom Columbus and as a streaming experience.
Orchids, until March 6
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Throughout this month and through March, the Conservatory’s Dorothy M. Davis Showroom will be filled with thousands of these exotic beauties in creative arrangements featuring different colors and varieties. They will also be sprinkled throughout the rest of the building, for energizing pops of color. Sign up for an “Orchids for Beginners” class on February 3 to learn the basics of enjoying one of these long-lived but famously delicate flowers at home.
This story is from the February 2022 issue of Monthly Columbus.