Columbus would be a significantly lamer place without GenWex, the youth-oriented arm of the Wexner Center's educational programming.

Columbus would be a significantly lamer place without GenWex, the youth-oriented arm of the Wexner Center's educational programming.

If you met The Mountain Goats' Jon Wurster before the band's show or played team trivia earlier this month, you have GenWex to thank. If you've munched on ice cream from Jeni's or sipped Peronis on the plaza before a Wex Drive-In movie, you have GenWex to thank. Thrust yourself into the midst of an interview with a great creative mind? You know GenWex hooked you up.

Thankfully the Off the Grid party exists to keep GenWex in business. Organized by a humongous advisory committee of some of the most influential people in the Columbus creative community, the annual fundraising throwdown returns Saturday with a ridiculous lineup of entertainment and refreshments for $40 ($50 at the door).

Patrons at Wexner concerts, plays, lectures and exhibits are notoriously polite and well-behaved; when bands play the Black Box on Mershon Stage, you can usually hear the band's banter between songs. Chances to cut loose at the Wex are rare, so indulge in food from top Columbus restaurants then boogie to music from talents local (Shin Tower Music, DJ Patrick) and national (Shuttle a.k.a. Nate from Passion Pit).

All the while, remember you're supporting one of the most intriguing institutions in Columbus.