African American Heritage FestivalApril 21-28, 2012
Free for most events
Throughout The Ohio State University campus
The event traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Columbus and is a time for people of all ages and walks to celebrate African-American history and culture.
Downtown Digital Arts Festival April 24-26, 2012
CEWD Building, Columbus State Community College
315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, 43215
Come celebrate creativity in the digital arts. The third annual Downtown Digital Arts Festival showcases work by student artists in animation, digital design, digital photography and video.
Ashville Viking Festival April 28-29, 2012
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ashville Village Park
200 Walnut St., Ashville, 43013
Presenting a living history event that reenacts a Viking All-Thing from a thousand years ago. Featuring a 40 ft. replica Viking Longship. There will be a variety of entertainment, including music, dance, and swordplay. Also on hand: crafts demonstrations, period merchandise to buy, a variety of food, and a children's area with crafts and storytellers. Canned food donation to the Ashville Food Pantry is requested.
Other Special Events
Thursday Night Concert Series: Shadows and Light - The Music of Joni Mitchell
April 5, 2012
Thursday 8-10 p.m.
Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
777 Evening St., Worthington, 43085
From the website:Our Thursday Night Concert Series continues with Kay Harris and FLIPPO.
Mid Ohio Ford Columbus Spring Super Swap Meet
April 6-7, 2012
Friday 4-8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ohio Expo Center 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211
From the website: More than 1,000 vendors fill acres of space with new and used Ford and Mercury parts, literature, collectibles and cars for sale.
Columbus Jazz Orchestra: Chris Pierce: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: The Legends of Soul April 11-15, 2012
Wednesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$41-$49. Students $10-$15
21 E. Main St., Columbus, 43215
From the website:Beg, scream and shout as the CJO pays homage to the legendary figures of soul! There will be dancing in the streets to the sounds of Atlantic, Stax and Motown and the legendary figures of soul including "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, Sam Cooke, "Mr. Excitement" Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina, and "The Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin. Lending his extraordinary vocal talents to this show is Los Angeles soul/R&B artist Chris Pierce. He has shared the bill with artists such as B.B. King, Toots & The Maytals, SEAL, Jamie Cullum, Ben Harper, Macy Gray, Colbie Caillat, and Al Green. Pierce has recently released his fifth studio album, I Can Hear You, and has had his music featured on such television shows as Army Wives, Brothers & Sisters, Grey's Anatomy and more. Also sharing the stage with Pierce is guest vocalist Bobbi Townes. Townes fronts the Columbus hard rock/funk band Fresh Wreckage and is the daughter of CJO pianist Bobby Floyd.
Thurber House Evening With Authors: Anne Perry, Dorchester Terrace
April 18, 2012
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 43215
From international bestselling author and one of the 100 "Masters of Crime," Perry delivers the next novel in her beloved mystery series featuring Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte. Dorchester Terrace is a mesmerizing story of love and treason that finds the intrepid couple trying to solve the riddle of why anyone would want to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line.
SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo)
April 21-22, 2012
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
4900 Sinclair Rd., Columbus, 43229
The Mid-West's Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator Owned Comics. Over 180 exhibitors.
Exhibit: Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About
February 29 - December 30, 2012
Ohio History Center/Ohio Village
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Adults $10. Seniors $9. Children 6-12 $5.
800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211
Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About ventures into race and stereotypes. Among the thought-provoking items on display from the Ohio Historical Society's collections are a Nazi flag, "Darktown" cartoons of African Americans and a Cleveland Indians jacket featuring "Chief Wahoo."