Is Thursday the new Saturday? There are so many events happening around Columbus today, Oct. 18, that it seems so. Tour Historic Linwood Cemetery and learn about the impact Columbus residents had on the food world; take the kids to the fair; enjoy Latin music and dancing for free at the Columbus Museum or see productions of "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Springer or "Circle Mirror Transformation" at Columbus State University.
Here are a few activities set for today:
The 16th annual Historic Linwood Cemetery Ramble will be a food-related tour of the cemetery highlighting “Culinary Columbus.” Tours will feature the gravesites of Columbus citizens who influenced the way the world dines and snacks. Followed by a cocktail buffet and beverages. Tickets available from Historic Linwood Foundation board members and at the Linwood Gatehouse, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
When: Oct. 18. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes until 6:30 p.m.
Where: Linwood Cemetery, 721 Linwood Blvd.
Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the gate; $12 for students 20 and younger.
SPRINGER PLAY: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
The musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" focuses on two employees — Seymour and Audrey — at a flower shop that’s lacking in business. The show is performed at the Springer Opera House Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-27. Life at the store takes an unexpected turn when a bizarre plant enters the equation. The blood-hungry plant offers Seymour a life of fame and fortune in exchange for satisfying its appetite.
When: 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-27. There will be one 2:30 p.m. matinee on Oct. 21.
Where: Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., Columbus
Cost: $15 children/students; $25-$38 adults
CSU PLAY: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
"Circle Mirror Transformation" is set at a local community acting class in Shirley, Vermont. The class is taught by local artist Marty and attended by James, her husband, Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter, Theresa, a flirty, former New York actress and Lauren, a pouty 16-year-old.
Most of the action of the play takes place in common acting exercises (the title referring to one), and over the course of the six week class the character's personal lives seep into the class, creating poignant drama that animates their ordinary lives. By the end of the play, each character undergoes an evolution of self, as the relationships they've formed with other characters develop or shatter. Circle Mirror Transformation is both sharply funny and touching, while celebrating the subtle power of creativity.
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street
Cost: Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and active duty military. Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 1 hour prior to performance time. Call (706) 507-8444 to reserve tickets, or visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre for more information.
FREE THIRD THURSDAY PROGRAM
Visit the Columbus Museum for an after-hours experience on the Third Thursday of each month. Listen to live music, take tours of special exhibitions and participate in artist talks. On Oct. 18, Third Thursday heats up with special musical performances by El Montage and a Latin dance showcase by Pedro Rodriguez from Columbus State University! Visitors will enjoy Latin Jazz throughout the evening as well as special docent led tours of the Rocio Rodriguez - Divergent Fictions exhibition. Third Thursdays are free, no reservations are required and refreshments are provided.
When: Thursday, October 18; 6-8pm
Where: The Columbus Museum
The Greater Columbus Fair brings games, rides and food to the parking lot of the Columbus Civic Center through Sunday Oct. 21.
New this year is a petting zoo, featuring a zebra, camels, donkeys, llamas and more, plus pony rides and Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind -- a live lion and tiger show. The fair will culminate with a fireworks display on Sunday at dusk.
When: 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight Sunday
Where: Columbus Civic Center
Cost: $5 adults and free for children 12 and younger on Thursday; $7 adults, $2 seniors and children ages 3-9 Friday and Saturday; $7 adults, $2 seniors and children ages 3-9, $3 military with ID (up to four adult tickets) Sunday. Children 2 and younger are free every day. $25 Value Passes, which are good for one day's admission and unlimited rides, are available until 5 p.m. today.
Information: 706-653-4482, 706-653-4460 and www.ColumbusCivicCenter.org