One of central Ohio's premier opera companies, Opera Columbus stages gorgeously sung operas in the lovingly restored 1896 Southern Theatre. The company opens the season with a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, a tale of the legendary libertine Don Juan that captures the villainy, heartbreak, and figure-flattering doublets of the 14th-century lothario. Guest artists from Opera Atelier, a Toronto-based company that specializes in baroque and 18th-century productions, lend their signature style to the performance with elaborate sets, lush costumes, and meticulous staging. English subtitles steer audiences through the melodramatic action as performers harmonize and trill Don Giovanni's seductive meanderings and dangerous missteps. The Columbus Symphony also lends its renowned harmony to the show.
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.
Real World Services Company keeps homes in fine fettle with a staggering slate of services that goes beyond washing baseboards. During the warm months, techs tend to lawns and clean out gutters. As cooler weather approaches, they rake up leaves and ready their snowplows. Before housecleaning sessions, homeowners meet with the staff for a walk-through, pointing out areas that need particular attention and trapdoors that should not, under any circumstances, get tap-danced on.