Winter Arts Guide: Save the date

By Columbus Alive
From the January 10, 2013 edition

We’ve curated 20 exhibits, concerts, lectures and performances hitting up Columbus this winter that are worth crawling out from under the covers for.

“Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade”

Columbus Museum of Art

Feb. 1-May 26

480 E. Broad St., Downtown

columbusmuseum.org

Recognized for his revolutionary and colorful multiform paintings, Mark Rothko has become one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The CMA’s exhibit explores his work in the years between 1940 and 1950, a time when he broke from surrealism into abstraction, and includes 37 paintings, watercolors and works on paper. Most will make their way to Columbus from the National Gallery of Art in D.C.

“Red”

Studio One, Riffe Center

Feb. 13-March 3

77 S. High St., Downtown

catco.org

Complementing the Mark Rothko display at the Columbus Museum of Art is CATCO’s production of the play “Red,” a Tony award winner that takes audiences inside Rothko’s New York studio at the end of the 1950s. Rothko is working on a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant, and his painting assistant brazenly asks the painter how his work on such a commercial project diverges from the art theories to which he subscribes.

The Second City: Laughing Matters

Lincoln Theatre

Feb. 8-9

769 E. Long St., Downtown

capa.com

For 52 years Chicago’s sketch comedy theater The Second City has charmingly skewered many a sacred cow and produced comedic stars while doing it — Amy Sedaris, Bob Odenkirk and Stephen Colbert, to name a few. The Laughing Matters tour combines the troupe’s greatest hits with new scripted and improvisational material. Plan to sate your funny bone.

Columbus Dance Theatre’s “Cleopatra”

Lincoln Theatre

Jan. 18-19

769 E. Long St., Downtown

columbusdancetheatre.com

Columbus Dance Theatre’s artistic director Tim Veach and his wife Christina Kirk, a theater professor at Otterbein, have reinvented Shakespeare’s tragedy “Antony and Cleopatra” into a dance with multiple elements. There will be speaking acting parts, video, and original and live music composed by Carpe Diem String Quartet founder Charles Wetherbee. “Cleopatra,” which is also a PNC Arts Alive feature event, is a massive overhaul befitting of this legend of the Nile.

Kodo One Earth Tour 2013

Palace Theatre

March 14

34 W. Broad St., Downtown

capa.com

The Japanese art form of taiko drumming is beloved for its auditory ability to provide an instant sense of community, no matter where in the world the group is performing. The One Earth Tour values humanity, peace and environmental awareness. And, of course, intense, immense sound.

Alison Bechdel

Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University

March 5

170 W. Park St., Westerville

otterbein.edu

Comics artist Alison Bechdel is a feminist and LGBT advocate who, through her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” became the namesake for a test that is used to identify gender bias in works of fictional art. Many fail. During her visit, Bechdel will discuss the popular strip as well as her critically acclaimed books “Fun Home” and “Are You My Mother?” Expect the evening to be tinged with her unique brand of humor.

Christian Marclay: “The Clock

Wexner Center for the Arts

Jan. 27-April 7

1871 N. High St., Campus

wexarts.org

Christian Marclay appropriated clips from popular movies and obscure films and mashed them together to chronicle the minutes of a day (think of actors looking at their watches or talking about time). The video will tick in real time, and several days throughout the season the Wex will offer 24-hour viewing of “The Clock” so you can plan to see the award-winning film in its entirety.

“Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club”

Wexner Center for the Arts

Jan. 27-April 7

1871 N. High St., Campus

wexarts.org

Walk through New York glass artist Josiah McElheny’s intellectual queries of subjects such as visual perception, narratives of modernism and the universe’s origins. Creating an artistic and spiritual experience, McElheny’s most recent film, “The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture,” will be on view in an enclosed cinema space made of colored glass block windows.

James Acheson

Wexner Center for the Arts

Jan. 19

1871 N. High St., Campus

wexarts.org

“Doctor Who” fans can thank James Acheson for that ultra-long scarf worn by the time traveling doc. Acheson’s work in movies has gained him multiple Oscars (for “The Last Emperor,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Restoration”) and made superheroes come to life (he did the costumes in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy and is manning the scissors on this summer’s “Man of Steel”). Acheson will discuss this costume design work and more during his visit from New Zealand.

“Android-Human Theater: Sayonara” and “Robot-Human Theater: I, Worker”

Wexner Center for the Arts

Jan. 31-Feb. 2

1871 N. High St., Campus

wexarts.org

Tokyo-based Seinendan Theater Company worked with a leading researcher on robotics to create the technology used in both plays, which are performed in Japanese with English subtitles. An incredibly life-like android interacts with a human actress in “Sayonara” as it is retooled to fix a critically damaged nuclear power plant. In “I, Worker,” a married couple learns about each other from its domestic robots.

“The Magic Flute

Southern Theatre

April 27-28

21 E. Main St., Downtown

operacolumbus.org

A prince sets off to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night, a magic flute at his aid. Bringing to life this fairytale, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is Opera Columbus Chorus, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and members of the Atelier Ballet in Toronto.

 

“Cirque de la Symphonie”

Ohio Theatre

Jan. 19

39 E. State St., Downtown

capa.com

With the Columbus Symphony Orchestra behind the baton, internationally renowned athletes will perform aerial flying, acrobatic, contortionist, juggling and strongmen routines to famous classical music.

“The Rite of Spring”

Ohio Theatre

March 22-24

39 E. State St., Downtown

balletmet.org

Perfect partners BalletMet and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra team up to present a ballet set to Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” which caused riots when it premiered in Paris in 1913 because of its avant garde music and choreography. Modern-day choreographer James Kudelka, known for his willingness to take risks, created this version of the classic, which will be accompanied by a world premiere ballet by BalletMet’s Jimmy Orrante.

Fred Tomaselli: New York Times”

Canzani Center Gallery

March 4-April 4

Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street, CCAD campus

ccad.edu

Fred Tomaselli uses gouache paint and a fantastic imagination to alter front pages of The New York Times and address escapism’s role in reality. The contrast between the newspaper’s matter-of-fact layout and subject matter with Tomaselli’s intensely worked and bombastic scenes will have global issues in your consciousness for days.

“John Cage 101”

Studio Two Theatre, Riffe Center

March 21-April 6

77 S. High St., Downtown

avltheatre.com

Available Light Theatre uses controversial composer John Cage as muse in this multimedia performance, celebrating the 101st year of the Cage era of music. Among Cage’s experimental post-war contributions was “4’33’’,” during which the musicians do nothing but be present and silent for four minutes and 33 seconds.

 

“Ordinary Days”

Short North Stage

Feb. 21-March 10

1187 N. High St., Short North

shortnorthstage.org

It’s usually the days that promise to be ordinary that become the most extraordinary. Playwright Adam Gwon’s “Ordinary Days” follows this theme as Deb loses the notes to her graduate thesis and sets off a domino effect of events for four fellow New Yorkers. Deb’s tale of universal growing pains is told through a series of songs and vignettes.

“Suite Rosa”

Lincoln Theatre

Jan. 25-26

769 E. Long St., Downtown

jazzartsgroup.org

On Feb. 4, Rosa Parks would have celebrated her 100th birthday. To celebrate the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, led by the ever charming Byron Stripling, presents a multi-disciplinary concert that re-tells Parks’ famous refusal to go to the back of the bus. Joining the jazz orchestra in “Suite Rosa” highlights are a short ballet, spoken word poetry, traditional African spirituals, a John Coltrane selection and a gospel choir.

Lewis Black: “The Rant is Due”

Palace Theatre

Feb. 28

34 W. Broad St., Downtown

lewisblack.com

Come see comedian Lewis Black’s refreshing brand of cantankerosity generously applied to a smattering of current events and philosophies.

“Mark Beyer: With/Without Text

OSU Urban Arts Space

Jan. 8-Feb. 23

50 W. Town St., Downtown

uas.osu.edu

More than 70 original works by comic artist and cartoonist Mark Beyer are the focus of this retrospective. The collection includes comic strips, silkscreens, commissioned artwork for concert posters and record and magazine covers, and a series of MTV animated shorts. The exhibition is at once visual feast and emotional instigator.

Kronos Quartet

Southern Theatre

Jan. 19

21 E. Main St., Downtown

cmcolumbus.org

This ain’t your great great grandma’s string quartet. Formed in 1973, Kronos has recorded adaptions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and Sigur Ros’ “Flugufrelsarinn” and was the band that performed the “Requiem for a Dream” soundtrack. Expect an adventurous take on music by, among others, blind Vietnamese musician Kim Sinh, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Marika Papagika, one of the first Greek female singers ever recorded.