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Dom Deshawn at Two Truths

“I thought of [AfterhOurz] as an actual place, and I wanted [the music] to have that feel to it,” said Deshawn, 27, who will perform an album release show at Two Truths on Friday, Dec. 29. “With everything from the [album] artwork to the release event, I wanted to build on that concept.” The rapper’s lyrics, however, are based in day-to-day realities rather than imagined hot spots, with Deshawn detailing the struggles of working a blue-collar job and inviting listeners along for low-key bar hangs centered on observation and introspection rather than splashing the club in Cristal.

Delay at Ace of Cups “James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland” on view at Columbus Museum of Art Flippo tribute to Steely Dan at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza Saturday

Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon at the Bluestone

While the show (now known as Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon) started in 2010 as a stupid human trick of sorts, it has since morphed into a beloved, wildly popular event around the holidays, and for Peppercorn and the two dozen musicians who join him onstage at the Bluestone, it’s more than a physical feat or a musical accomplishment.

“Rust to Dust” closes at Cultural Arts Center “My Children! My Africa!” closes at Franklinton Playhouse Paisha Thomas, Counterfeit Madison, Scott Woods at Brothers Drake Kenya N. Davis “Body Eclectic” closes at King Arts Complex Sunday

New Year’s Eve celebration s in Columbus

Before you resign yourself to a New Year’s Eve alone at home with a bottle of wine and a Celine Dion record — a la “Bridget Jones’s Diary” — check out this roundup of just a handful of celebrations in the city.

“Interventions” closes at the Wexner Center for the Arts Jeremy Wood’s “Images of Rebellion” closes at Gateway Film Center Hoodoo Soul Band at Rumba Cafe