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Friday Jazz drummer Mark Lomax and his trio at the Wexner Center

Mark Lomax, who holds a doctor of music arts degree from Ohio State, has been researching the Dogon people, an ancient civilization that now resides in Mali, for the last few years. When the Wexner Center asked him to write a new piece to perform, he took inspiration from the cosmology and spirituality of that ancient culture to create "Song of the Dogon," a seven-movement suite he'll perform as a trio with saxophonist Edwin Bayard and pianist Dr. William Menefield.

Adam Brouilette's "Unceremonious Numbers" exhibition opens at Rivet Yoni & Geti take the stage at Double Happiness Documentary "Almost Holy" opens at Gateway Film Center Opera Columbus presents "La Traviata" Dark rom-com "The Lobster" opens Diarrhea Planet at Nelsonville Music Festival M83 brings electronic pop to Express Live "Summer Show of Abstracts" exhibition opens at Marcia Evans Gallery Lonely Island's "Popstar" opens Polyenso plays Big Room Bar Saturday Gillian Welch at Nelsonville Music Festival

Festivals haven't always been a good experience for Gillian Welch. Playing as an acoustic duo with longtime musical partner Dave Rawlings, their precise, harmony-drenched Americana is perfect for quiet, acoustically designed indoor theaters. At outdoor music festivals, the subtlety can get lost in a sea of people and stages. Despite her festival war stories, Welch said she's looking forward to performing at Nelsonville, where organizers have a track record of pulling off diverse lineups and creating a far more intimate vibe than larger outdoor fests.

Short North Stage presents "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" "Change Starts Here" exhibition at the former Short North Rigsby's Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Nelsonville Music Festival Ohio Art League "Noves Histories" at Urban Arts Space Danielle Julian Norton/Melissa Vogley Woods "girls in pantyhose" at Angela Meleca Gallery Movehome and Daymare at Spacebar The Language at Double Happiness Sunday Otterbein Summer Theatre presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

In 1967, Otterbein's inaugural summer theater season was among the few arts offerings in Central Ohio in the summer, Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance chair John Stefano said. "Otterbein theater has had a tremendous impact on our community and is a valued cultural resource," he said. Otterbein Summer Theatre opens its 50th anniversary season this weekend with Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." It's the famed playwright's "best, warmest and most autobiographical" work, Stefano said.

Randy Newman at Nelsonville Music Festival Alt-rockers Cage the Elephant at Express Live Actors Theatre presents "Othello" in Schiller Park Family Day Series at Pizzuti Collection