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March 6, 2015

First Fridays for Families

Columbus Area Arts Council Presents Old National Bank’s First Fridays for Families. Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:00 PM, The Commons, FREE

First Fridays for Families Features Wacky Chad!

Prepare to laugh until it hurts with stunt comedian Wacky Chad at Old National Bank’s First Fridays for Families on Friday, March 6 at 6:00 PM in The Commons. All First Fridays for Families programs are free thanks to generous financial support from Old National Bank. Additional funding for this program is provided by the Nugent, Custer, and Teegarden Foundations.

For more than a decade, Wacky Chad has made thousands of people laugh at schools, fairs, festivals, theaters, colleges and universities all over the world. His award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America’s Got Talent (twice!) and a performance at the 2014 Super Bowl.

“This guy is a riot” said Karen Shrode, the arts council’s executive director. “Physical comedy is so much fun to watch and there’s no doubt that Wacky Chad has perfected his tricks. Nevertheless, we’re glad he wears a crash helmet!”

Sponsored by Old National Bank, First Fridays for Families is a free arts program that focuses on enriching the lives of young children by highlighting the performing arts. All First Fridays for Families programs begin at 6:00 PM on the first Friday of each month from November through April and are held in the Nugent Custer Performance Hall in The Commons in downtown Columbus.

For further information about First Fridays for Families or any other Arts Council programs, visit or call 812-376-2539.

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, not-for-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the State of Indiana through the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Start: March 6, 2015 6:00 pm
End: March 6, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: The Commons
Phone: 8123745342
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: FREE

March 5, 2015

Spokeasy Open House

Columbus Bicycle Co-op will hold their second annual Open House Party:  Spokeasy at Bike Co-op in the United Way building. Featuring live music by Bigfoot Yancey. Admission is free.

Start: March 5, 2015 6:00 pm
End: March 5, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: United Way Building
1531 13th St, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

March 2, 2015

Sprout Traveling Film Festival

The Arc of Bartholomew County’s Scenes of Inclusion: A Disability Film Series Presents Embracing Arts for All, the Sprout Traveling Festival

Monday, March 2, 7 pm at YES Cinema, 328 Jackson Street, Downtown Columbus, IN

Admission is free.

For more information

Six short films, ranging in length from 4 minutes to 21 minutes, highlight a variety of opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities engaged in the arts as a means of education, creative self-expression, and personal and professional growth. And an additional film, produced locally and featuring Bartholomew County residents, World of Ability will also be shown.

Among the films to be shown are 3:15 to Brunswick, a whimsical film capturing a romantic moment of connection between two people waiting for a train that never arrives; Beautiful, two people with disabilities navigate through the challenges they’re faced with when their relationship is displayed in public; My Classic Life As An Artist, filled with humorous and poignant assessments of his life, this documentary explores the complexities of expression as autistic artist Larrry Bissonnette moves between speech, typing and painting;

Dancing With Downs, Madrid dance troop Danza Down enchants audiences with classical ballet, traditional Spanish dance and musical theatre performances; The House tells the story of a group of women as they explore their own lives and memories through drawings and animations the director created from their artwork; and Hannah, a celebration of motion, energy and elegance of human movement, evoking the power of adrenaline in the young Hannah Dempsey, a young dancer and athlete with a disability.

Funding provided by the Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

Contact Info: The Arc of BC, 2060 Doctors Park Dr., Columbus, IN 47203 812-372-0610



Start: March 2, 2015 7:00 pm
End: March 2, 2015 8:30 pm
Venue: YES Cinema
Commons Mall, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

February 28, 2015

D’vine Winter Wine and Beer Festival

The seventh annual DSI D’Vine Wine and Beer Festival is slated for February 28 at The Commons. Join us for beer and wine tastings from local wineries and breweries. 

Date: February 28, 2015
Venue: The Commons
Phone: 8123745342
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

2015 Mt. Healthy Winter Carnival and Chili Supper

For over 30 years, Mt. Healthy has hosted a fun community event!  Everyone is welcome to attend our Winter Carnival and feast on yummy food, play a gym full of fun games, win some awesome prizes, and bid on some fantastic auction items from local businesses!  Admission is free–food, game tickets, and auction items may be purchased at the event!

Start: February 28, 2015 12:00 am
End: February 28, 2015 12:00 am
Venue: Mt. Healthy Elementary School
Phone: 812-342-2463
12150 S St Rd 58, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

February 25, 2015


Threads, a 35 minute documentary recorded and produced by the Pride Alliance of Columbus will be shown in the Summerville Room (LC 1400). Hear the stories of local resident and students and their experiences being LGBTQ in and around Columbus. After the movie there will be a discussion followed by a social time, including free food and beverages provided by the Gay Straight Alliance.


Start: February 25, 2015 4:30 am
End: February 25, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: IUPUC
Phone: 812-348-7311
4601 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN, 47203, United States

February 21, 2015

One Stroke Painting

Learn to blend, shade, and highlight, all in one stroke.  Participants will paint a solitary tree at sunset on canvas.  Instructor Marilyn Tentler is a Level 2 One Stroke Certified Instructor.  $25 fee covers all supplies.  Must register at or call 379-1266.  For ages 13 and over.  Limited seating.



Start: February 21, 2015 10:00 am
End: February 21, 2015 12:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: $25 for supplies

February 20, 2015

Dale Sechrest in Concert

Dale Sechrest, (In 1997 Qmix placed the title track from his CD, ‘Speed of Light’, on full rotation), will be playing at Westside Community Church’ Coffeehouse, Friday evening, Feb., 20th, from 7pm – 9pm. Acoustic, songs from Speed of Light along with new songs and a few cover tunes.

Event is free but seating is limited.

Westside Community Church is located on West 46 and Tipton Lakes Blvd, just two miles west of I-65.




Start: February 20, 2015 7:00 pm
End: February 20, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Westside Community Church Coffeehouse
Phone: 812.342.8464
West 46 and Tipton Lakes Blvd, Columbus, IN, United States
Cost: Free

“Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” – The Langston Hughes Project

Join us in celebrating Black History Month! “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” – The Langston Huges Project is Friday, February 20, 2015 at The Commons. The program features Ron McCurdy with guest appearance from Columbus star, Marja Harmon. Appetizers and bar is at 6:00 pm and the program starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.


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Start: February 20, 2015 6:00 pm
End: February 20, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: The Commons
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

February 19, 2015

Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup

This session will explore, examine, discuss and analyze the years 1800-1853 leading up to and surrounding the enslavement of Solomon Northup whose writings became the memoir Twelve Years a Slave.  Presenter Audrey Jefferson is Professor of American History, Ivy Tech Indianapolis and a former BCSC teacher.



Start: February 19, 2015 6:30 pm
End: February 19, 2015 8:30 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Phone: 812-379-1266
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free
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