Preview: Agora 9

Melissa Starker, Columbus Alive

In its five-plus years of existence, Agora has been a massive showcase for the city's visual artists, and this year's event keeps that tradition strong. More than 150 artists will present work on the walls and in the workspaces of Junctionview Studios on Friday and Saturday,

But the party's always been an inclusive one, making room for live music, comedy, dance and, of course, a fire show (this year's pyrotechnic choreographer, the group Quantum Fire, promises a spectacle with at least two dozen performers).

In addition to an all-day schedule of bands, fresh live comedy stylings from The Asbestos Crew and a DJ dance party, several art collectives will join in the festivities.

Here's what you can expect to see from them.

We Are Glitterati

This collective of photographers and city boosters has been making appearances with a pop-up photo booth at numerous events around town and sharing images from each through social media. For Agora, they're collaborating with organizers on a photo booth linked to an open submission show of Instagram photos.

"Submissions will be printed out to create the photo booth background. When Agora attendees view the installation, they will also be inside the frame of our camera," said member Natalia Rivera.

They Might Be Dancers

Formed by a variety of performers connected to the Grandview DIY space Feverhead, the group includes CoCo Loupe, Noelle Chun, Noah Demland, Lindsay LaPointe and instrumental combo The Apes. They promise a collaborative mix of dance, music and video for their performance at Agora.

According to Chun, "There isn't really a theme connecting the different performances. If anything, all of the works involve an interest and commitment to interdisciplinary, ongoing collaboration among all artists."


While seniors in CCAD's fashion design program fill their weekend with graduation ceremonies and the school's big-ticket fashion show, a group of eight undergrads working with this enterprising student collective, including Krista Sison, Ryun Harrison and Rachel Chertoff, will offer a runway show of their own wearable creations at Agora.

"The designs are all based around the idea of Psychomachia, which means battle for the human soul," Sison said. "The content of these miniature collections ranges from battles of faith to chastity, virtue, growth, and acceptance of one's self."

Junctionview Studios

Preview 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 11 Main event 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, May 12

889 Williams Ave., Grandview

Agora performance schedule

Live music

2 p.m. The Smoking Guns

3 p.m. Jackie and the Stabbs

4 p.m. Tigers in the Mirror

5 p.m. The Weight of Whales

6 p.m. Lo-Pan

7 p.m. Post Coma Network

8 p.m. Teen Fiction


6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Asbestos Crew

7 p.m. They Might Be Dancers

9 p.m. Concours fashion show, followed directly by fire show "The Primal Urge"