OK. When is spring truly going to arrive? It seems as if we have been in a perpetual loop of winter weather.
The entertainment staff is more than ready to get outside and enjoy some sunshine, and we doubt that we are alone.
But regardless of the weather this weekend, we’ve come up with 10 fun things to do – rain or shine.
As we do each week, we check out what’s happening in the Columbus area and then recommend our top picks.
Whether you’re in the mood for some good music, comedy, theater or just chilling out and relaxing, check out our suggestions for how to make the most of the weekend.
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Chris Stapleton to perform in Columbus
Country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton will perform at 7 pm Thursday in Value City Arena, West Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road at as part of his “All-American Road Show Tour.” Stapleton just won Grammy awards for Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album. That album, 2020’s “Starting Over,” is the basis of this tour. Opening will be up-and-coming singer-songwriters Margo Price and Madeline Edwards. The concert is sold out; check secondary markets. (614-688-3939, www.schottensteincenter.com)
Daffodils and more at the Robbins Hunter Museum
If live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a scenic setting are in your weekend plans, head to Licking County for “Celebrating Daffodils,” an annual event at the Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 E. Broadway, Granville, from 6 to 8 pm Saturday. Amid a garden boasting hundreds of daffodils, attendees can listen to the Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble, sip and snack or take part in a silent auction (prizes include a “Granville getaway,” featuring a one-night stay at the Granville Inn). Tickets cost $ 25, or $ 40 for a pair. (www.robbinshunter.org)
A dance debut: ‘Experiment # 1’
At Columbus Dance Theater these days, new choreography is the name of the game. Four months after debuting a new holiday ballet, the company will premiere another new work at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and 3 pm Sunday in its black box theater, 592 E. Main St. “Experiment # 1” is choreographed by Artistic Director Seth Wilson, who said the contemporary ballet meditates on “the value of connection” in light of the past several years. Tickets cost $ 12 to $ 25. (www.columbusdancetheatre.com)
Who will win the Thurber Prize for American Humor?
Few writers will ever be as funny as Columbus-born humorist and cartoonist James Thurber, but the Thurber House thinks it’s found three candidates who come close. Mike Birbiglia, James McBride and Alexandra Petri are the finalists for this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor, which is produced by the nonprofit literary arts center. The winner of the 21st installment of the sought-after prize will be announced at a special event at 7 pm Friday in the Lincoln Theater, 769 E. Long St. Tickets cost $ 52 to $ 102. (www.thurberprize.org)
They call him ‘Tater Salad’
Comedian-actor-author Ron “Tater Salad” White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has sold more than 14 million comedy recordings, appeared in the films “Horrible Bosses ”and“ Sex and the City 2, ”and wrote the bestselling book“ I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability. ” White will perform his standup act at 8 pm Friday at the Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St. Tickets cost $ 50.25 at CBUSArts Ticket Center (614-469-0939, www.cbusarts.com)
Matthew West making a stop in Grove City
Matthew West is bringing his upbeat brand of pop Christian music to Grove City at 7 pm April 24 at the Nazarene Church, 4770 Hoover Road. West, who has written songs for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Amy Grant as well as for himself – and who hosts a weekly podcast featuring celebrity guests and advice from his dad – will be showcasing his 2020 album “Brand New” in his first post -pandemic tour. He will be joined by contemporary pop Christian musicians Cain and Hannah Kerr. Tickets start at $ 25. (855-484-1991, www.platformtickets.com)
Comedian Bill Burr will unleash laughs at Value City Arena
Grammy-nominated comedian-actor Bill Burr has a number of credits to his name: He’s hosted “Saturday Night Live,” Mayfeld plays in Disney’s “The Mandalorian,” acted in films (“The Heat,” “Daddy’s Home,” “The Front Runner ”) and has done comedy podcasts (Monday Morning Podcast), an animated Netflix series (“ F is for Family ”), a Roku series (“ Bill Burr Presents: Immoral Compass ”). He’s also had guest TV roles (including recurring “Kuby” on “Breaking Bad,” and recently Coach Bobson on the FX Hulu series “Reservoir Dogs.”) Burr will perform his standup act at 7 pm Sunday at Value City Arena, West Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road. Tickets cost $ 69.50 to $ 262. (www.schottensteincenter.com)
Bert Kreischer bringing standup act to the Palace
Comedian-actor-podcaster Bert Kreischer, known for his observational and black comedy, hosts the weekly comedy podcast “Bertcast” on the All Things Comedy network. He first came to fame in his Florida college years as “the top partier at the Number One Party School in the country,” according to a 1977 “Rolling Stone” magazine article that inspired the film “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” Kreischer, on his Berty Boy Relapse Tour, will perform his standup act at 7 pm Saturday and Sunday at the Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St. Tickets cost $ 39.75 to $ 79.95 at CBUSArts Ticket Center (614-469-0939, www.cbusarts.com)
Revolutionary American musical ‘1776’ on tap this weekend
John Adams and other Founding Fathers strive to persuade colleagues to sign the Declaration of Independence in “1776,” the 1969 musical comedy by composer-lyricist Sherman Edwards and author Peter Stone. The Hilliard Arts Council will present the Tony-winning Broadway hit musical at 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, 8 pm April 29-30, and 3 pm May 1, at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St. , Hilliard. Tickets cost $ 10 to $ 18. (1-888-980-2787, hilliardartscouncil.org)
Experience farm life at Stratford Ecological Center
Get out on the farm and get an eyeful of some llama and sheep shearing from 9 am to 2 pm Saturday at the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware. It’s time to shed that winter wool, and shearers on hand to help with that process will be glad to explain what they’re doing. Visit stations to learn how the wool is processed, visit the barn, walk around the farm, do some fiber crafts and enjoy lunch from a food truck. Tickets: $ 5. Advance registration recommended. (740-363-2548, stratfordecologicalcenter.org)