In a typical moment of disorientation with the world around me, I was driving on 3rd street into German Village yesterday when I say the "Village Lights" sign on the side of Katzinger's Deli. For about 15 seconds, I wondered why they had such a horribly out of date sign up, when I realized Village Lights is 3 weeks away. It's pretty close to December.I am the one with the hopelessly out-of-sync internal clock. In my defense, it was like 65 degrees, so my initial feeling that it was a warmer month is kind of rational, right?
I've decided to make November the busiest month ever by adding in another job and participating in NaNoWriMo (writing fiction is so weird; haven't attempted it since college - is anyone else out there doing it?), so needless to say, I most likely won't be doing any of these activities. But you should!
This is a great week to be a Columbusite...the weather is awesome, there are great events going on, there's lots of yummy things to eat.
- First of all, it's Dine Originals Week this week (through Sunday); go visit your favorite or find a new favorite. Read my picks from earlier this week.
- The newest Graffiti Burger opens today in Old North Columbus!! Rejoice, fellow SoHud/South Clintonville/North Campus residents, we now have at least 2 places to get a great burger! (the other is O'Reilly's, just for the record).
- Tonight is Pecha Kucha at the Wexner Center. If you haven't been, you should definitely go. I have been to a few - even did a rambling presentation once myself - and the creative energy is always high, making for an inspiring event. The basic format is there are numerous presenters, but the kicker is they only have 6 minutes to talk. Perfect for the impatient and easily bored among us. Each speaker presents 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. It's fun.
- Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca will be at the Thurber house tonight, discussing Lisa's new book about single life as an empty nester.
- Weird, Chef and I were just talking about these guys last night...the Lee brothers (Matt & Ted) will be on hand for ProMusica's annual Culinary Capers fundraiser. The event takes place tomorrow and is a luncheon, complete with cooking demonstration.The Lee brothers wrote one of the definitive books on Low Country cooking, and even won a James Beard award for it.
- A great idea for a sweet (and cheap!) evening: sample the pastries of Europe at the Grandview Library tomorrow night along with Josie Gonot - from biscotti to scones - for just $5!
- Available Light Theatre will be exploring Shakespeare for the first time beginning tomorrow, when they unveil Matt Slaybaugh's The Life & Death of Richard the Third, from the promo picture I'm guessing there are some Ziggy Stardust references....I've been to a few ALT performances and they are great.
- The Gateway Film Center shows two documentaries this week which sparked my interest: one, showing Thursday only, is called Dressed and follows the career of Columbus native and fashion designer Nary Manivong, and the other is about Stonewall, told by those who witnessed the event first hand. Young gays, learn your history and thank your elders!
- The Columbus Jewish Film Festival has been going on this week, and continues tonight and early next week.
- Bill Cohen (of NPR Statehouse News Bureau fame) presents the Spirit of the 60s Coffeehouse event Friday night at the King Avenue Methodist church. I'm not sure if Mr. Cohen is old enough to remember the 60s, but I'm sure the event will be cool. Plus Cohen has such a lovely and comforting voice - it's funny, I had never seen him in public, but one day I was at work and hear this voice out of the corner of my ear and was like "OMG! It's Bill Cohen!" Because that's what happens when you are an NPR nerd.
- This Saturday is the first PBJ & Jazz event, put on by the Jazz Arts group. This event is interactive, and only an hour long, and is designed to introduce younger people to the wonderful world of jazz. Plus it takes place at the newly-renovated Lincoln theater.
- Next Wednesday is the Capitol Arts Fair at the Statehouse. This event is free and features vendors and artists from all over our fair state. Yet another great option for an inexpensive event in a beautiful location.