It's a packed weekend! Here are our editors' picks.


ChickenHawk BirdGetters return to ComFest

“The ChickenHawk BirdGetters are the most controversial and dangerous jazz act in Columbus since well, ever. But we won’t start a riot. We promise.” That is the description for CHBG on the ComFest website; the jazz collective will play the festival on Friday, June 22. It’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to the band’s 2017 appearance, but the circumstances were serious. Concerned the band would “incite a riot,” ComFest staff censored its performance, igniting a public outcry.

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Big Gay Sing at Northland Performing Arts Center

The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus knows its audiences love to sing along, so this year’s Big Gay Sing will have big screens behind the singers with the lyrics projected on them — so you’ll sing the right words. Of course with “90s to Now” as the theme, you’ve had less time to forget the words.

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“The Cake” closes at Abbey Theater

Don’t think of Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” as sharply drawn commentary on a buzzy topic. Yes, the play does concern a Christian baker who must consider what her beliefs are and how they compel her to act when she’s offered the job of baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But it muddies the water a bit, both in plot and in character study.

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