The 10 exhibits and performances we're most looking forward to checking out this season.

"Guitar Summit"

Sept. 24-25

Southern Theatre, Downtown

As part of its Great American Songbook series, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will pay homage to the axe with selections from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix. Special guests will include Vernon Reid, the Grammy-winning guitarist of Living Colour.

Jonathan Hammer

Oct. 1-Nov. 12

Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Downtown

Inspired equally by folk art and surrealism, new works from the Chicago-born artist explore historic and religious events that symbolize commonalities in the human condition. A highlight: a large piece on a double-sided leather panel.

"Berlin to Broadway"

Oct. 7-8

Lincoln Theatre, King-Lincoln District

Opera Columbus will celebrate the life and work of landmark composer Kurt Weill with a lively interpretation of a handful of his most beloved musicals.


Oct. 9-10

Ohio Theatre, Downtown

From the ominous first moments of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," the Columbus Symphony will draw you in to the orchestral retelling of the "The Arabian Nights" story. Ravel's take on the same classic story and "La Mer" - Debussy's powerful musical depiction of the sea - round out the program.

Festival of Cartoon Art

Oct. 14-17

Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Campus

During this four-day festival, comic fans will delight in panel discussions, special exhibits and presentations by some of the cartooning world's biggest names. A highlight will be an evening with Matt Groening Oct. 16 at Mershon Auditorium.

Crafts Gone Wild

Oct. 30

Wild Goose Creative, North Campus

The collective that brought us Bacon Camp returns with a quirky celebration of making things by hand. This all-day affair will feature how-to sessions, interactive demos and the chance to meet some of the city's up-and-coming crafters.

"Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest"

Nov. 4-Jan. 9

Riffe Gallery, Downtown

The traveling exhibit looks at similarities and differences between modernist works from artists born in (or who studied in) the Midwest. Expect to see 67 paintings made between 1900 and 1950, including pieces from Ivan Albright, Gertrude Abercrombie and Clara Deike.

"Six Solos"

Nov. 9-Feb. 13

Wexner Center, Campus

To help celebrate its 21st birthday, the Wexner Center will present exhibits by six international stars working in media as diverse as LED lights, plywood and fiberglass. L.A.-based installation artist Megan Geckler is working on a piece for the Wex's lobby (an example of her work is picture here).


Nov. 20

Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown

The massively renovated museum reopens to the public Jan. 1. Get a sneak peek at the new digs (sans the art) during this upbeat YP party to feature cocktails, live music, appetizers and a '30s nightclub theme.

Project Trio

Dec. 12

Bar of Modern Art, Downtown

CityMusic continues its mission of bringing chamber tunes to new audiences with a special presentation of this virtuosic Brooklyn ensemble. Far from traditional, Project Trio uses something called the beatbox flute.