The Asian Festival works with 15 different ethnic groups to promote the importance of cultural diversity by building a vibrant, prosperous and healthy community. In 2011, the weeklong celebration of events will culminate in the annual two-day Asian Festival held on the grounds of Franklin Park on Memorial Day weekend. Admission, parking, health screenings and entertainment are free! The Asian Festival will present arts, crafts, demonstrations, interactive workshops, music and dance from an array of artists representing many Asian ethnicities. Follow the delightful aromas of the food court into the park; let your eyes and ears lead you throughout the colorful festival grounds.
When: Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Franklin Park, 1777 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205
According to curators Linda Fowler and Tracy Rieger of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery exhibition, Happiness: Quilted Expressions, “Happiness is a state of mind in which one allows oneself to let it all go. We invite you to embrace the moment, find something that resonates with your own happiness and enjoy the show!”
Organized by the Quilt Surface Design Symposium Foundation, the 36 artists’ “works of happiness” are expressed in the quilt medium in various forms. Some share their joy by recreating a scene and capturing a moment in time. Others have expressed their happiness and peace in the actual process of creating their art—through sewing, stitching or translating their viewpoints into the quilt form.
The exhibition invites the viewer to experience how the multi-dimensional art of quilting can relay its message not just through content, but also through the creative process.
A family workshop for children ages 6-17 and a curator’s tour will take place in conjunction with the exhibition. For more information please visit the Ohio Arts Council’s Web site.
When: May 5-July 10, 2011. The hours for opening day will be from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours are Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed Monday and state holidays.
Where: Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-3414
The 12th annual Theatre Roulette continues as Central Ohio’s longest running shorts festival. The Roulette shows are split into three nights, shown in a rotating basis, until the final day when all 10 shows are presented.
This year’s shows are: Mornin’, Daughter Mine by Tom Deiker, Lolly by Donald Dewey; The Meeting by Greg Freier; There Is No Good News by Quentin James; Hound Dog and Me by Chris Lane; Up On The Roof by Mark Harvey Levine; This Almost Joy by Barbara Lindsay; Stuck by Christopher Lockheardt; Seldom Is Heard by Mary Steelsmith; and Boom, Pow, Oof by Jennifer Feather Youngblood.
MadLab'sTheatre Roulette's endurance over the years represents the theatre company's dedication to their mission of providing a haven for the production of new work. Roulette provides opportunities for several playwrights to see a professional production of their work. It also utilizes more actors than their other projects, which means bringing in new performers along with new audiences. If you don’t like one Roulette offering, there is always another one coming up soon.
When: May 5-May 28, 8 - 10 p.m., Thursday though Saturdays. Except the May 28 when they are 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m.and 8-10 p.m.
Where: 227 N. 3rd St. Columbus, Ohio, 43215
Image: The Meeting by Greg Freier as part of the Madlab’s Twelfth Annual Theatre Roulette from left to right: Vicki Androins as Jenkins, Sarah Brunet As Dibble, Josh Kessler as Porer, Erin Prosser as Smith. Photo credit: Andy Batt.