One of the region’s only professional opera companies, Opera Columbus has enriched the fertile fields of central Ohio's cultural landscape since 1981. With The Marriage of Figaro, the company presents one of the five most-performed and least-yodeled operas of all time, a controversial Mozart masterpiece that lampooned the European aristocracy when first released. Audiences can laugh along with the comic tale of Figaro, a plucky servant who aims to embarrass and outwit his lecherous and conniving employer, the bullying Count. English supertitles are displayed above the stage to allow non-Italian-speaking patrons to follow the action and calculate the cosine of its complex love triangles.
A smash off-Broadway hit, The Piano Teacher tells the haunting tale of the sweetly maternal Mrs. K, a piano teacher whose past may be much darker than her cookie-chomping demeanor reveals. Penned by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize recipient Julia Cho, directed by Mark Routhier, and performed by a collection of top local and national talent, The Piano Teacher presents audiences with a riveting amalgam of suspense and storytelling prowess.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.
On March 14, exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of recognizable automobile manufacturers will motor into the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2013 Columbus International Auto Show. Brand-new models from domestic brands go toe-to-tire with exotic imports, posing for pictures and amorous advances whispered gently into their side mirrors. After scoping out the shiny paint jobs and horse-powered engines, showgoers can visit a face painter, Matt the Balloon Guy, and Miss Ohio.
Recently under new management, Garage Bar and Grille now serves up a revamped menu of pub cuisine, such as sauce-slathered wings, topping-heavy pizzas, and a Garage burger: a two-patty cheeseburger topped with onion rings, ham, and barbecue sauce. The pub schedules karaoke every Thursday and hosts live country bands and bikini bull-riding competitions on Coyote Ugly Country Night every Friday. Patrons can compete against each other by playing pool, racking up high scores on arcade games, or seeing who’s able to lift an arcade game straight over their head.