All the best ways to spend your long weekend.
Thursday Visit "an amusement park for the tastebuds"
Our food critic G.A. Benton doesn't speak Chinese, but he does speak authentic Chinese cuisine, and he's dubbed the spicy magic of Hong Kong House the best Sichuan in Columbus.Kick off the laughs with homegrown and touring talent at the inaugural Arch City Comedy Festival. Turbo Kid and Kung Fury at the Gateway Film Center Check out a free screening of "Scream" in honor of Wes Craven. (RIP, Wes.) Check out a full slate with Orchards, Betsy Ross, Lemon Sky and The High Definitions at Ace of Cups. Friday Kick off Femme Fest with Cherry Chrome
The second go-round for Femme Fest hits this weekend with concerts at multiple venues, Cinema Outsider at 400 West Rich and many other Femme Fest highlights. Cherry Chrome - fronted by 16-year-old singer/guitarist Xenia Bleveans-Holm - leads a strong lineup at Ace of Cups, but we advise doubling up with the Femme Fest show at Spacebar across the street, too.Kick off Documentary Week at the Gateway Film Center. Dancedancedance with Ratatat at the LC. Hit the highlights of this month's Gallery Hop in the Short North. Celebrate Joss Whedon's cult web series with "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Burlesque" at Strongwater. Check out a free Rusted Root show at Columbus Commons. Talk art with artists at OIL featuring Matt Carmean & Mario Joyce Harper at 934 Gallery. Saturday Cross lines with Eric Church at Legend Valley
I fall in the "don't like country" crowd, but our Andy Downing touts the crossover appeal of Church, who headlines the second night of Country Jam 2015 in nearby Buckeye Lake.Check out Femme Fest art show "Emanate" at Guy & Girl Republic. More Femme Fest? Yep. Dominique Larue highlights the bill at Spacebar. Boogie to Heatwave's fourth anniversary with the return of co-founding DJ Ann Glaviano. Sunday See St. Vincent at Fashion Meets Music Festival
FMMF kicks off Saturday with Ludacris and more, but if you decide to only do one day of the fest, you absolutely don't want to miss the ethereal Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.Celebrate the long weekend with Toxic Holocaust at Ace of Cups. The Ferals and more at Femme Fest in various locales. Spin by the Labor Day Parking Lot Record Swap at Lost Weekend Records. Watch CMA and Shadowbox combine forces for "Gallery of Echoes: The CMA Experience" at Columbus Commons.