The Beat's (a.k.a Jim Fischer) picks for September.
THE DOCTOR AND THE BARD
Starting about 200 years ago, a small-but-vocal group of academics has argued against the legitimate authorship of the works of William Shakespeare. None of them, as far as we know, attempt to attribute the works to Dr. Seuss. But thanks to writer Peter Bloedel, audiences can imagine something of the sort via The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, a whimsical reimagining of the tragic love story through the eyes (and rhyming couplets) of the good doctor. CATCO is Kids will present Seussification Aug. 28 through Sept. 6. Tickets are $5.
Shedd Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939.
The annual Ohio Cup, a vintage base ball (yes, it used to be two words) tournament/festival hosted by the Ohio Village Muffins, is a real treat. More than 30 vintage base ball clubs from throughout the country (most inspired by our own Muffins) play the game as it was played in its formative years - equipment, garb and rules - in the two-day event, Sept. 5-6 on the Ohio Village grounds. The entire village is open for exploration, and special activities and entertainment are held throughout the Cup.
Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211, 614-297-2300.
Everybody loves the horses. Tweens will love country star RaeLynn. Boys will love the Star Wars-themed fencing demonstrations by the Royal Arts Sport Fencing Academy of Columbus. Big kids will dig the exhibit of dinosaurs actually used in Jurassic Park. Little ones will enjoy an interactive stage called Dance, Sing, Roar with performers from Columbus Children's Theatre, BalletMet Columbus and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It's all part of the fun at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day on Sept. 20, featuring a world-class equestrian show-jumping invitational and a host of other entertainment options. Proceeds from the Classic benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children younger than 4 who are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, New Albany 43054, 614-469-0939.
There is no shortage of fall farm fun to be had in central Ohio, but one of our favorites is Leeds Farm in Ostrander. This year's season begins Sept. 19 with the Autism Harvest Festival. The opening weekend continues with a Military Families Salute and Touch a Tractor/Touch a Truck on Sept. 20. Horse-drawn hayrides will be offered the weekend of Sept. 26-27. The second annual Leeds Farm Witches Night Out, an ages-21+ fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society, is set for Oct. 1. The farm is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 19 through Oct. 31 (plus one Friday, Oct. 16).
Leeds Farm, 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander 43061, 740-666-2020.
CHALK THE BLOCK
You've seen those ridiculously awesome pictures and videos of sidewalk art? Head out to the Town Square in Easton Town Center Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Chalk the Block and watch more than 30 amazing sidewalk artists in action. Winners in this artful competition are announced the next day.
160 Easton Station, Columbus 43219.
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-The Fam Five and The Beat are arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at ThisWeek Community News. Check out weekly coverage at ThisWeekNEWS.com/thebeat.