Whether we admit it or not, everyone loves a good scare. You may bury you face in your hands, or stare — with eyes peeled — at the screen when the monster leaps out to seize its victim during a scary movie. Or you may yell out in surprise while creeping through a haunted house. In either instance, your adrenaline is pumping, and you’re having a visceral reaction.
Since opening in 2008, the OSU Urban Arts Space, in the former Lazarus building downtown, has consistently featured truly exciting and original exhibitions from artists both local and international. The institution has added to this city’s vibrant and growing arts scene. It’s not surprising Columbus Alive readers voted the Urban Arts Space the best art gallery in the 2014 Best of Columbus poll.
What’s the best way to get into the Halloween season? Why ghost stories at happy hour, of course. Sit back with your favorite libation and listen to a reading of James Thurber’s tale of a ghostly encounter in “The Night the Ghost Got In.”
Half the fun of Douglas Carter Beane’s “Mr. and Mrs. Fitch” lies in trying to keep up with its torrent of cultural references high, low and in-between. Start with the title, a reference to the Cole Porter song (from the stage musical “Gay Divorce”) about a nouveau riche couple whose rise and fall track with their cash flow. Then the text, skimming surfaces from Susan Sontag and Stephen Sondheim to Sarah Palin and Jacqueline Susann. The married gossip columnists of the title sound like an app that spews quotations prompted by word association.
Each year Glass Axis, a non-profit glass-making center offering workshops and hosting exhibitions and events, holds its Pumpkin Patch Sale where visitors can purchase glass pumpkins made by local artists, or participate in a class and sculpt their own.
And if you want even more macabre fun, Rehab Tavern is holding a Halloween party/art show Saturday night in “Hail to the King.” More than 20 artists, including Katie Golonka who was also profiled in this week’s cover story, present pieces inspired by Stephen King’s books and movies. The night also has a costume contest (not restricted to Stephen King-themed costumes), and King’s best movie adaptations playing all night long. —Jesse Tigges
After four wildly successful years, it looked like the Columbus Comedy Festival at Wild Goose Creative was no more. The festival — a three-night collection presenting Columbus’ funniest in standup, improv, sketch, storytelling and really anything hilarious — had been regularly held in April, but previous organizers couldn’t dedicate the time to make it happen this year. Once word got around, a new group stepped up, because the show must go on — just later in the year.
A long time ago in a warehouse about two miles away, Shadowbox Live created its rock opera, “Evolution.” It was a time before director, co-writer (with Jimmy Mak) and co-composer (with Matthew Hahn) Stev Guyer lost the second “e” in his first name, and before Shadowbox gained its own Brewery District home.