I could nerd out over any number of goings-on this weekend, and for wildly different reasons. That's why I love this city. From superhero movies and comics, drag shows to flea markets, classic romantic comedies to dog art, there should be something for you as well. As always, here's what I'd do this weekend if I could be everywhere all the time.
"Nina West's Excellent Adventure" at Axis Nightclub
Sooo … did you see that photo above? Yep. That's me (and a few other Alive staffers), Nina-fied. If Ms. West's Excellent Adventure is anywhere near as fun as getting a makeover by hers-truly, y'all are in for a treat. This "Chose Your Own Adventure" style performance will be different every night too, so be sure to come back for repeat viewings.
"This Instant" at It Looks Like It's Open
I love this Clintonville studio and most everything they do (but especially the studio's laid-back, casual charm). I always feel like I can just pop in any time it, uh, looks like it's open and be greeted warmly and be met with something cool and/or different to look at. This exhibit combines pictures taken via iPhone and disposable cameras.
"The Lick Styles of the Bitch and Fur Fabulous" at Three Dog Bakery
You might recognize artist Bryan Grey from his time at Surly Girl, and his chalkboard art from What the Rock?!, Three Dog Bakery and Red Brick. This exhibit features wonderfully kooky watercolor paintings on wood of dogs. The pun-y title of the show is as fun and playful as the artwork, so you know what you're in for from the start.
Free Comic Book Day at Laughing Ogre
I'll be visiting my friendly neighborhood spot, son in tow, for one of our favorite days of the year. As with many things of this nature, the free comics are hardly the main draw. We love seeing the costumed characters, meeting other fans, pouring over which free comic to grab - pretty much just celebrating the art form. If you're new to comics or have lost touch over the years, I can say from experience that this is a perfect weekend to jump in. No matter your tastes, you should find something free to take home and enjoy.
"Blue Ruin" at The Gateway Film Center
This inexpensively made indie further backs the growing notion that you don't need Hollywood financing to make a compelling movie (or, perhaps most importantly, to get that compelling movie in front of the masses). Like last year's great "Upstream Color," "Blue Ruin" was made for practically pennies (not that it shows), but the singular vision of its creator is on full-display as a result.
May Gallery Hop in the Short North
Gallery Hop. 'Nuff said.
Columbus Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl in the Arena District
If you're going to bar crawl this weekend, you might as well do it with us. We've got T-shirts, buckets of Corona and more for a measly $30/person.
Downtown Drive-In: "Toy Story" at North Market
The best of the Pixar movies. Period. As an aside, I'm loving all the creative drive-in movie options that are popping up lately.
Get Right with DJ Giovanny at Skully's Music-Diner
In my opinion, the best dance night in town.
Heatwave! at Ace of Cups
But if doo-wop style oldies are more your thing, Heatwave's also going down Saturday.
Spring Flea at Seventh Son
Spring Flea and Seventh Son are a perfect fit for each other. Personally, I can't wait to end the weekend with some outdoor day drinking at a flea market.
May the Fourth Be With You at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
Celebrate Star Wars Day at 16-Bit with themed cocktails, costumed characters, movies, video games and more. Nerdvana.
Merle Haggard at Midland Theatre
They don't make 'em like Merle anymore.
"Annie Hall" at Gateway Film Center
My favorite romantic comedy of ever is playing at the Gateway. Your feelings on Woody Allen may (perhaps rightly) vary these days, but if you're so inclined, I couldn't imagine a better way to end what should be a great weekend in the Arch City.