Movies, Shopping and So Much More Start This Weekend

This weekend is shaping up to be one of the most creative and busy weekends of the year.  Below are listed just a sampling of all that is available to keep you entertained, and help you kick off your holiday shopping.

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Columbus Film Council Hosts the 61st Columbus International Film and Video Festival

This week marks the beginning of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, a two-week procession of brand new films from all around the world. Also known as the Chris Awards, it is the nation’s longest running film festival, returning to Columbus for the 61st time.

“It was so amazing that it was here,” she says. “Columbus has a lot of appealing and interesting things that no one outside of Columbus would ever think we would have. But the festival is really well known around the world, actually,” says Susan Halpern, the festival’s executive director.

Filmmakers the world over can enter their pieces in the competitive festival. Awards are given, and a full slate of screenings blaze across screens throughout Columbus. In the last ten years, Helpern has overseen a change in the program that makes these public screenings more accessible with films that run the gamut: features and shorts, documentary, narrative and animation.

The film screens during the festival’s centerpiece, Movies + Mead, and the filmmakers will be on hand to accept their award and talk about the film.  For $15, you get a great movie and one of Columbus’s best parties, with live music, great local food, Stella Artois beer and Brothers Drake meadThe awards night celebration takes place Saturday, November 16, from 7 – 11pm at the Columbus College of Art & Design’s Canzani Center (60 Cleveland Ave.)  The festival hits other locations as well, including Wild Goose Creative, Brothers Drake and the Drexel.

Full Schedule:

  • Thursday, November 7, 7 – 10 pm: Beny: Back to the Wilds, Gateway Film Center, $5
  • Sunday, November 10, 8 – 10 G.B.F., Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, $5
  • Tuesday, November 12, 7-9 Continental, Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St.), $5
  • Tuesday, November 12, 8-9 Animation 4 Adults, Brothers Drake (26 E. 5th Ave.), admission is free but donations are encouraged
  • Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 – 9:30, Shorts at the LGBTFEST, Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art and Design, $5
  • Thursday, November 14, 8 – 10 pm, Award Winning Student Short Films Showcase, Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art and Design, $5
  • Friday, November 15, 8 – 10 pm, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, Canzani Center, CCAD, $5
  • Saturday, November 16, 10 – 11am, Saturday Morning Cartoons for Kids, Canzani Center, CCAD
  • Saturday, November 16, 7 – 11pm, Movies + Mead and Tokyo Waka, Canzani Center, CCAD, $15 for 1 or $25 for 2
  • Sunday, November 17, 2 – 3:30, In Organic We Trust, Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, admission is free but donations are encouraged
  • Sunday, November 17, 7 – 10 pm, Blue is the Warmest Color, Drexel Theatre (2254 E. Main), $9 (this film is rated NC-17).

Creative Art Studio Hosts Kids’ Event

creative art studio kids nightDrop off your kiddos at Creative Art Studio for (in actuality) a Parent’s Night Off! We’ll provide bottled water, pizza (from Bexley Pizza Plus), and of course a creative evening of art! This month, we’ll teach a really cool watercolor technique while discussing color choices and how to draw a self portrait!Every 2nd Friday of each month;
6-9pm (that’s three solid hours of YOU time!)
Ages 5 and up (VERY appropriate for older kids)If you don’t like pizza, pack your own dinner and we’ll dine together. Come in messy clothes, just in case.$35/artist or see below for sibling discounts:
– Two Siblings $60
– Three Siblings $90
– Four Siblings $120Register your kids here as space is limited:

cultural arts sale

Cultural Arts Center Sale

Unique, hand-crafted artwork by local artists! Get your holiday shopping started this weekend at the CAC’s Annual Studio Sale featuring artwork from ceramics, jewelry, enameling, sculpture, textiles and painting.

Friday night 5-8 pm is preview night, come early to get the first chance to buy. If you can’t make it Friday night, see you Saturday from 10 am-3 pm!

Annual Holiday Gift Fest and Craft Show

LCC craft saleFriday, November 8th (3 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, November 9th (9 am – 2 pm)Come shop for a great cause and have fun too! Linworth Children’s Center will hold it’s 11th Annual Holiday Gift Fest and Craft Show November 8th & 9th. There will be 60+ vendors/crafters selling unique items, a lunch and bake sale, silent bidding for themed baskets and a Santa’s Workshop for children. All proceeds benefit the LCC Scholarship Fund.Linworth United Methodist Church

7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43235

400 Rich Street Starts Monthly Winter Market

Winter Market 400

This Saturday 400 West Rcish Street in Franklinton will begin it’s monthly Winter Market.  The idea for a farmers market came about through 400 West Rich developer Lance Robbins, who owns and operates another large mixed use space in Providence, Rhode Island called Hope Artiste Village. A local organization there called Farm Freshhas been facilitating a winter market for many years. The similarities between 400 West Rich and Franklinton Gardens gave the group reason to give the concept a try here in Columbus.

In addition to food trucks, 400 Winter Market activities will include live music, art studio participation, break dancing instructions, children’s activities and more.  Tours of the facility will also be included!

Woodlands Tavern is the Place to Rock the Cure This Year

rocks the cureCome out again this year and tell cancer WHERE TO STICK IT! Make some noise with:
* JESSE HENRY (, the Alternative Fashion Mob ( will be presenting a sampler of local independent designers in between sets!100% of profits from the event will be donated to charity.  Your ticket price will contribute to the battle against this crappy disease by donating gas cards and wigs for local cancer warriors who are struggling financially. So you can feel really good about your ticket purchase! (See more below re: charity donations.)Doors open at 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Woodland’s Tavern in Grandview.

$10 tickets are available at the door, or for presale at (Remember! Your ticket purchase goes toward supporting a local warrior…And, not to mention, that works out to like, $1.67 per band. Pretty freaking great deal.)

PLEASE pass this invitation to all your friends, and help us get the word out for a great cause!

~More info re: the charity donations~
A portion of all funds raised will be used to purchase gas cards, which are given to the local American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, who keeps an eye out for fighters who are struggling and can really use the help. Another portion will be used to purchase wigs via Hair Theatre. ( Also, for the first time this year, since one of the  generously volunteering performers is particularly passionate about a charitable cause, s a portion of the proceeds will go to his charity:

“Jesse Henry has been helping establish a Music School at the Marafiki Global AIDS Ministy Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya for the past two years. Rafiki is a place where children orphaned from AIDS are taken in and given love, education, food, shelter, and great opportunities to enrich their lives. A music program at Rafiki has always been a dream for its founders, and since March of 2012 there have been songs being sung, learned, and written. The goal of the Rafiki music program is to give the children a creative outlet where they are free to express themselves, learn a deeper appreciation for music, be transformed by the power and community that is given by playing or singing music. Jesse will return to Rafiki in January of 2014 to a completed music building as well as to teach music teachers and continue to have music flourish at Rafiki.” Learn more:


Gay Street Moonlight Market Hits the Street Saturday

Go downtown on  Saturday, November 9th, to kick off the holiday shopping season with a wide selection of your favorite local boutiques, artisans, vendors, retailers, food makers and more!Gay Street businesses host late night hours from 6pm-11pm (or longer) and the sidewalks will be filled with vendors selling their wares.See you there!


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