Things to do this weekend around Columbus and central Ohio

Welcome to May and we hope the warmer temperatures continue! As the first weekend of the month approaches, many fun seekers are looking for ways to get out and enjoy the milder weather.

If you're looking for outdoor events, country hitmaker Chris Young's Rain or Shine Concert is on Friday at KEMBA Live! and the amusing antics of Squonk, who will perform their new show “Brouhaha” during COSI's Big Science Celebration on Saturday.

Would you rather stay comfortable and have a good time at the same time? There are comedy open mic nights hosted by Hashtag Comedy Company on Thursdays at Saturn's Sports Bar and on Fridays at Hashtag's home base. (There's no guarantee you won't sweat from nervousness!)

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The Hashtag Comedy Company hosts open mic evenings

Do you think you're funny? Immerse yourself in the unpredictable world of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy by throwing your hat in the ring at one of Hashtag Comedy Company's open mic events. On Thursdays, the company presents a comedy open mic at Saturn's Sports Bar, 1288 N. High St., where registration is at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Hashtag also hosts open mics on Fridays at its headquarters at 1253 N. High St., with doors open between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m., depending on the length of the previous show. Registration takes place in person at 9:45 p.m. Both new and experienced artists are welcome. Reserve your spot for Saturn's Open Mic with a free ticket available online. (,

Chris Young brings country hits to KEMBA Live!

Singer-songwriter Chris Young, who has had numerous No. 1 and Top 5 singles since winning the fourth season of the singing competition show Nashville Star in 2006, will share these hits and more at KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. , bring. , on Friday. Guest artists Bryan Martin and Trae Myers will also perform.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Young, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, is known for songs such as “Voices,” “Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “The Man I Want to Be” and “Tomorrow.” ” And you.” His ninth album “Young Love & Saturday Nights” was released in March. General admission is $45 in advance and $50 day of show (cashless payment only). Premium seats are $99. (

Perennial Movement Group performs cross-generational dance concert

Perennial Movement Group's “Glad You're Here: An Evening of Intergenerational Dance” aims to showcase the art form in a way not normally seen: with works by local choreographers in collaboration with dancers ranging in age from 25 to 85.

Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. The dancers have varying levels of experience; Some have danced all their lives, while others only started dancing after they turned 60. There are three dances on the program: “Reunions” with a cast of dancers over 70 years old, “American Mixtape (42)” and “See Through”.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Adults aged 65 and over will be able to get 25 free tickets per show. (

Documentary “The Blues Society” about the blues festival of the 1960s

“The Blues Society,” a revival of the oft-forgotten Memphis Country Blues Festival, will have its first theatrical screening (outside of the festival) at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., on Friday at 7 p.m. There will be a happy hour before the screening at 6 p.m. Director Augusta Palmer, whose father co-founded the festival, will be on hand to introduce the film and conduct a question-and-answer session afterwards.

The feature-length documentary follows the festival from its beginning in 1966 as a spontaneous event, through a period of intermingling with New York's East Village scene, to the 1969 festival, a three-day event that generated extensive print and television coverage. “The Blues Society” is scheduled to appear on streaming services this summer. Tickets are $13.50 (

The Columbus Metropolitan Library opens doors to “Star Wars” fans

May the Fourth be with you on Saturday as the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., welcomes “Star Wars” fans to a day filled with costumed characters, props, droids, trivia with prizes, stories and more. Set to be transformed into the streets of Jedha, the library includes a swoop bike, a TIE fighter cockpit, a droid depot, a Jawa kitchen and a new educational exhibition featuring the famous blue milk organized by Tatooine Dairy Farms.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is hosted in collaboration with the 501st Legion, an international “Star Wars” costume club with more than 14,000 active members in 69 countries on six continents. The organization is represented in Ohio by the Ohio Garrison (more than 200 members) and in central Ohio by the Arch City Squad (more than 40 local members). You can find the schedule on the website. (

Squonk creates “Brouhaha” at the COSI Science Celebration

Squonk is back with their crazy shenanigans and a new high-energy spectacle, “Brouhaha,” full of lively music, dazzling visuals and audience participation! The Pittsburgh-based performing arts group will perform at COSI, 333 W. Broad St., at 12 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, bringing with it the squonkcordion, a gigantic instrument powered by giant bellows on which high towering tuba bells sit.

Squonk's visit is part of COSI's Big Science Celebration, which takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 100 exhibitor stations featuring hands-on science hosted by STEAM professionals, researchers and experts from central Ohio and beyond. This free event, rain or shine, requires food trucks and vendors to be on site. (

The Central Ohio Symphony's season finale with Rachmaninoff

Acclaimed pianist Dror Biran tackles Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, considered by many to be the most difficult piano concerto in the world, with the Central Ohio Symphony on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gray Chapel Auditorium at University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., on the Ohio Wesleyan campus in Delaware.

The concert also includes “Lichtweg/Lightway” by composer Jennifer Jolley and the orchestra performs “Francesca de Rimini,” a Tchaikovsky work based on a noblewoman condemned to hell in Dante’s “Inferno.” Ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $6 for students of all ages online or at the Symphony office at the Delaware Historic Jail, 20 W. Central Ave. (

Craft brewers give samples at the beer festival

Explore the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., while sipping some of the state's best craft beers at the eighth annual Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Thirty Ohio craft breweries will showcase seasonal, limited edition and fan-favorite beers, plus food trucks from Broke Johnny, Donna's Delicious Dozen and Holy Taco will be on site.

General admission from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. is $40 in advance through Friday. $50 at the door (includes a souvenir glass and tasting cards for 20 samples). Early entry at 7 p.m. is $50 in advance through Friday. $60 at the door (tickets are limited). Designated driver tickets are $25 and include a food truck voucher. The driver can board early if accompanying an early entry card holder. (

Ginger Rabbit with the jazz trio Daniel Meron

Pianist Daniel Meron and his trio will perform debut compositions from their upcoming release “Pendulum” on Saturday at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. at Ginger Rabbit Jazz, 17 Buttles Ave. Entry opens 30 minutes before each show.

Born in Israel to a family of Egyptian and Syrian descent, Meron integrates his love of improvisation into original compositions with influences from jazz, Middle Eastern and Latin American music. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has performed worldwide, including at the jazz festivals in Jacksonville and Costa Rica, as well as on tour in Canada, Europe and Israel. His trio is rounded off by bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Jimmy Macbride. Tickets are $25. All guests must present valid identification for entry. (

“Say Anything” to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary

Say Anything, which is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its breakout debut “…is a Real Boy,” performs Tuesday at KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. on. AJJ and Greet Death will also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m

Originally released in 2004 on the indie record label Doghouse Records and subsequently re-released as a deluxe edition, “…is a Real Boy” received almost universally positive reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone named the album one of the 40 best emo albums of all time. Say Anything's ninth studio album, “…is Committed,” is scheduled for digital release on May 24th. General admission is $36 in advance and $41 day of show (cashless payment only). Platinum seats are $86. (

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