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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra not only celebrates some of the most beautiful music ever written, it helps artists create more. Since its founding in 1978, it has commissioned 59 pieces and presented more than 100 world premieres by composers such as Peter Schickele and Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis. This, coupled with the ensemble's tendency to mix time-tested pieces with modern American masterpieces, has helped it rack up eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

21 East Main St.
Columbus,
OH
US

Formed in the glory days of heavy metal, Queensrÿche rocks audiences with songs that reveal the fierce polish of 30 years of evolving artistry. The band's distinctive mix of prog rock, metal, and subliminal messaging rocketed their Empire album up the charts, launching hits such as "Silent Lucidity," "Jet City Woman," and "Best I Can." Normally reserved only for members of Queensrÿche's fan club, a backstage meet-and-greet lets a small group of the devoted make personal connections with the four lords of loudness, shaking their lightning-fast hands and comparing headbanging techniques. With experience opening for Nickelback and Staind, opening band The Fifth's wailing guitars rally fist pumps and head thrashes as raging as a riverbed full of angry bulls.

769 E Long St
Columbus,
OH
US

Unlike a pirate-ship kitchen, The Shrunken Head lets its visitors munch on a variety of veggie-friendly, locally sourced, and organic items that aren’t served with a side of gunpowder. Breakfast is served on weekdays until 11 a.m. and until 3 p.m. on weekends. Start the day off with an organic cappuccino ($3.25, $3.75) and The Big Lebowski's platter of two buttermilk pancakes topped with eggs ($5.50), which provides much more energy than you'd get sucking on a D-cell battery. The lunch and dinner menu features local farm meats, organic milk, local bread, and space spices that are delivered daily via teleportation. Try a fiery volcano burger with jalapeños and Montezuma chipotle-barbecue sauce ($8.75), a French-brie bagel sandwich ($6.50), or a hummus plate with olive oil and pitas ($6.25). Patrons can also soak in The Shrunken Head's tiki-bar vibe and kick back on a scenic outdoor deck that doesn’t encroach on the borders of any local jungle tribes.

251 W 5th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

By promoting live music in the Columbus community and educating students of all ages and abilities, The Jazz Arts Group brings together thousands of professional and aspiring musicians each year to revel in the joys of jazz music. Workshops in the spring of 2011 will include an exploration of the style and impact of several timeless musicians, including Chet Baker and the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the Cool Jazz on the West Coast class. In The Birth of the Cool class, students will explore the intricacies and instrumentation of cool-jazz innovators, such as Miles Davis and his tenor-saxophone sidekick J. Edgar Hoover. The two-part Jazz and Poetry workshop will help students discover the relationship between the rhythmic styles of jazz and poetry, and then let them create their own poems to be performed while accompanied by a live jazz trio.

939 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Find all of your favorite American classics at The Park Street Tavern, a casual restaurant. Dieters beware — The Park Street Tavern does not offer low-fat cuisine. The bar at The Park Street Tavern is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, The Park Street Tavern has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Sit outside at The Park Street Tavern and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Don't be shy — step out on the restaurant dance floor and soak up the sound of live music.

Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected. Folks tend to dress down at The Park Street Tavern, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. Throwing a big party? Count on The Park Street Tavern to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.

For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.

Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at The Park Street Tavern. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.

501 Park Street
Columbus,
OH
US

Have a relaxing night with a refreshing beverage and tasty pizza at Circus. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Don't go thirsty during dinner! Circus also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Circus' gorgeous patio. Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Circus. Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. The pizzeria features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm. Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this pizzeria.

Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Circus' busiest days. Jeans are just right for a meal at Circus, which embraces a casual vibe. If time is of the essence, Circus' take-out option may be a better fit.

In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the pizzeria.

The menu at Circus is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.

1227 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US