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Short North Neighborhood Events/News September/October 2016

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What’s More Italian Than Pizza? Some might say Opera!

Nationally acclaimed tenor
Elio Scaccio will be featured with the Rick Brunetto Big Band in the exciting show “Two Gents and The Lady” along with Vincent Ricciardi and Julie Anna Gulenko

The 37th annual Columbus Italian Festival will take over the grounds of St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church at N. Fourth St. and E. Lincoln with dancing, food, celebrities and entertainment over the Columbus Day weekend beginning Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9. This year’s theme, Festa Della Musica, will celebrate the composers and music of Italy.

Opera Project Columbus will perform costumed scenes from various classic Italian operas on Saturday and Sunday. Experience a historical presentation of Italian composers by Columbus State Community College professor Rocco DiPietro in the cultural tent.

Two Gents and The Lady headline Saturday night, featuring Elio Scaccio, Vincent Ricciardi and Julie Anna Gulenko accompanied by Rick Brunetto’s 17-piece orchestra. Thrill to a classical-pop crossover performance showcasing songs from Pavarotti, Bocelli, Caruso, Lanza and more. Before the headline show, hear Sunny 95’s Dino and Stacy perform with the Brunetto orchestra. Rick Brunetto’s 17-piece Big Band has been entertaining audiences for over a quarter century, including every Thursday night at the 94th Aero Squadron.

Friday night features Pittsburgh’s Italian swing band Dr. Zoot performing Italian swing classics. Sunday features the talented Italian pop band Cavaliers. Delight in the spectacle of street musicians and singers roving festival grounds. All three days will see performances by the San Giovanni Italian Folk Dancers. Local band Vinyl Revival will pay tribute to female singers with hits from Connie Francis, Annette Funicello to Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Along with great Italian music goes the finest in Italian foods. Only three days a year to taste the unique flavorful thick-crusted homemade festival pizza. Learn to make pasta, pizza and other Italian delicacies and traditional foods or learn Italian at the cultural booth – last year’s sensation! Italia Ohio and Bishop Watterson High School senior language students will be instructing. Come for the pizza, stay for the festival fun!

Admission $5. Parking across from the festival on 4th Street or at Columbus State Community College with shuttle service

COLUMBUS ITALIAN FESTIVAL / Festa Della Musica October 7 - 9

Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday: Noon – 11 pm; Sunday: Noon – 7 pm


Short North Foundation Awards Five Grants - Funds help support area art and cultural projects

The Harrison West Jazz Stage comes alive every Sunday September 11 through October 2 with the help of a Short North Foundation grant.

?The Short North Foundation has awarded grants totaling $4,750 to the Friends of Goodale Park, the Hubbard Mastery School PTO, the Harrison West Jazz Stage, the Goodale Park Music Series, and Screen on the Green.

The Foundation seeks to fund projects and programs that benefit Short North area residents, unite Short North neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture.

Friends of Goodale Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to restore, improve and maintain the urban park. Grant money will be used to restore flower beds throughout the park and to add water plants to the park’s pond to help combat algae problems.

Hubbard Mastery School is a Columbus City Schools elementary school serving the Short North neighborhood. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization will use the funding to help grow its annual Lantern Festival, a signature arts and cultural festival open to the community.

Goodale Park Music Series, founded in 2009 by Alexandra Fox, is a free, outdoor concert series featuring live music from Columbus, performing acts as well as live art, craft vendors, kids activities and food carts. The series is sponsored by the Short North Civic Association.

Screen on the Green is a public movie series held in Goodale Park. The free, outdoor movie nights are made possible by funding through the Short North Civic Association, the Gateway Film Center, the Short North Foundation and ComFest.

Harrison West Jazz Stage is a free late summer/early fall jazz concert series held on Sunday afternoons at the Harrison Park Gazebo in Harrison West. The volunteer-run concert series was founded by two Harrison West residents in January 2013, in an effort to build awareness of Columbus’ local jazz talent and spread the spirit and enthusiasm for Columbus arts, while celebrating the Harrison West neighborhood.

“The Foundation is proud to support and promote some great organizations and projects that contribute to the vibrancy of our community,” says Steve Hurtt, president of the Short North Foundation board.

Past projects that have been funded by the Foundation include the Short North Temporary Mural Series, Doo Dah Parade, Harrison Park Art Awards, tree plaques in Goodale Park, flowerbeds and dog waste dispensing stations in Italian Village Park, Columbus Art Walks, and the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

Ronald Wimberly Arrives for Graphic Novelist Residency
Public Interview with Jared Gardner on Sunday, October 16 at CMA

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and Thurber House awarded Ronald Wimberly the fifth annual Graphic Novelist Residency.

Each year, a committee of local comic critics, curators, and creators seek graphic artists from outside Columbus who demonstrate an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. The three-week residency is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and exhibit their work at CMA. Wimberly will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. In addition, the residency will enable him to participate in public programming and interact with local artists and comic communities. CMA will also provide the artist with studio space at multi-functional arts complex 400 West Rich throughout the residency period, which runs October 8 - 29, 2016.

Ronald Wimberly is a graphic artist from Brooklyn whose work is known to combine traditional and experimental elements as well as bring attention to contemporary social issues. He is the creator of the graphic novel Prince of Cats, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in a mythological version of New York City at the dawn of hip-hop that is completely written in iambic pentameter. In addition to illustrating multiple graphic novels, Wimberly has worked with notable comic publishers, such as Marvel and DC comics. Wimberly has animated characters for the Cartoon Network and has worked as a graphic designer for companies such as Nike, Mishka, and the Criterion Collection. His online comic Lighten Up gained widespread acclaim in 2015 and inspired important conversations about representation and editorial bias in the mainstream comics industry. He has announced two upcoming projects for Image: Sunset Park, a story about vampires and gentrification in Brooklyn, and Slave Punk, about 19th century inventors who are slaves in the American south.

An exhibit showcasing the variety of Ronald Wimberly’s creative practice that includes art works in several media will remain on view September 2, 2016 through February 19, 2017 at the museum.

An artist’s talk and interview is scheduled on Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Ronald Wimberly will speak about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. This program is part of the cXc festival. Admission is free, no reservations requested. Visit www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com

Columbus Day Italian Parade High School Marching Band Competition

The annual Columbus Italian Festival presented by Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is scheduled October 7-9 at the corner of North Fourth and E. Lincoln streets in Italian Village. The festivities include the Columbus Italian Parade that will march through the Short North Arts District and Italian Village on Sunday. The parade will have at least six competing High School marching bands, dancers, classic and new cars, Santa Maria replicas, and other entries featuring Italian history and culture. Mike Rosati is this year’s Grand Marshal.

The parade lineup begins at 11 a.m. at Dennison and Buttles avenues and starts at 1 p.m., spans 1.5 miles, and includes occasional stops for the bands to perform briefly. The competition is held at Carfagna Stage in the big tent at the festival once all the bands have gathered there at 2 p.m. One band will be awarded a Columbus Italian Parade Championship Trophy. Last year’s winner, Jonathan Alder High School Marching Band, will be guest performing in the parade and on stage as Reigning Champions, not as competitors.

WHAT: Columbus Italian Parade and Competing High School Marching Bands

WHEN: Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m. Parade lineup starts at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Buttles and Dennison avenues east to High, north to Warren, and east to the Festival at Fourth Avenue for the band competition.

INFORMATION: All entries must submit a registration form. Updates on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CDIP2016. Contact mzdoodah@yahoo.com or visit www.columbusitalianfestival.com or call 614-228-1868

Taste of Italy Festival Preview Dinner October 3

Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Italian Village from 18 Columbus-area fine Italian eateries. Sample as you like and enjoy a wide variety of Italian wine, beer, and spirits while listening to live music by Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms.

The Taste of Italy special preview event is scheduled Monday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbus Italian Festival site under the large tent at the corner of East Lincoln and Hamlet streets. It is a fundraiser focusing on food and fellowship.

Free parking is available at the church lot at Fourth and Lincoln as well as across Fourth Street in the Jeffrey lot. Please note there is no parking in the Wonder Bread Building lot behind the church and this is permit parking only and a tow-away zone.

WHAT: Taste of Italy Festival Preview Dinner

WHEN: Monday, October 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Large tent at the corner of East Lincoln and Hamlet streets

TICKETS: $35 in advance, $40 at the door Includes 2 alcoholic drinks and entrance into the festival later in the week. Reserved tables of 8 available. For tickets call (614) 294-8259 or email: mrpanicoharn@gmail.com

Columbus Italian Festival runs October 7-9 www.columbusitalian festival.com

Winter Coat Extravaganza: New Life United Methodist Church

The annual Winter Coat Extravaganza, a benefit drive organized by New Life United Methodist Church in the Short North, needs coats, and the church has put out a call for help from the community to contribute to the project. Donations will be taken through Monday, October 24; the event is scheduled Wednesday, October 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Please consider donating clean coats with buttons, lining and hoods intact, and zippers that work. Needy neighbors layer their clothes for protection from the freezing cold, so larger sizes are always in demand. Long woolen coats are not appropriate.

The call for help never ceases. Well over a thousand needy neighbors visit the church’s Clothing Room each month, so consider contributing throughout the year. Other items in high demand during the winter months include gloves, boots, socks and blankets. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at 25 W. Fifth Ave. Visit www.newlifeunitedmethodist.org to learn more.

DROP OFF: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tues. and Wed. Or call 614-796- 5197 to schedule a drop at New Life United Methodist Church, 25 W. Fifth Ave. across from Enchanted Shoe Repair

Jazz Stage in Harrison West

The Harrison West Jazz Stage again welcomes the finest in local jazz talent for four weeks starting Sunday, September 11 at the Harrison Park Gazebo.

Jazz Stage Concert Line-up

Sunday, September 11: Vaughn Wiester Big Band Ensemble
Food truck: Ajumama + J-POPS

Sunday, September 18: Randy Mather with Jeanette Williams
Food truck: Dos Hermanos + J-POPS

Sunday, September 25: Magically Delicious
Food truck: Aromaku + J-POPS

Sunday, October 2: Canta Brasil
Food truck: Por’ketta + J-POPS

Sunday, October 9: Rain date

The Harrison West Jazz Stage takes place from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Harrison Park Gazebo located at the intersection of West First Avenue and Harrison Park Place. Concerts are child-friendly; Harrison Park includes playground adjacent to the concert lawn. All performances are free. Food may be purchased from participating food trucks. Should any concert be canceled due to inclement weather, October 9 has been scheduled as the rain date. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/HarrisonWestJazzStage

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, offers free hour-long tours led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s lineup includes 21 walks that started in May.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m. Visit Columbuslandmarks.org or call 614-221-0227.

Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.

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