Arts and entertainment picks for February


The Columbus Blue Jackets are bringing back what has become an annual tradition in Winter Park, the outdoor skating rink and related programming. The highlight, of course, is zipping across the NHL-size rink installed on McPherson Commons, across from Nationwide Arena. Public skating sessions will be held daily Feb. 2-25, and a heated tent adjacent to the rink will accommodate those who prefer to watch. Skate rental is included in the price, $10 adults and $5 kids.

McPherson Commons, 218 West St. (Arena District),


Classic film fans will know the delightful Fred Astaire/Leslie Caron 1955 classic “Daddy Long Legs,” about a young girl who writes of her experiences in an orphanage and the wealthy benefactor who is taken by her work and anonymously pays for her to attend college. Of course, they also fall in love, which further complicates matters. CATCO will present a new musical adaptation of the story by John Caird and Paul Gordon Jan. 31 through Feb. 18. Tickets start at $20.

Riffe Center, Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


The Jazz Arts Group's PBJ & Jazz concerts are not only good for you, they're just plain fun—not unlike a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. The hourlong concerts are interactive and designed to introduce young audiences to jazz and live music while they snack on the lunchtime favorite. Longtime Columbus jazz vocalist Kelly McLennan will be featured in the Feb. 3 installment. Tickets are $5, with a $20 family maximum.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), 614-469-0939,


You thought you knew the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but this contemporary, comedic setting of the classic tale turns some things on their heads. Like how Jack sells his family's heirloom watch to pay the mortgage but gets in return—you guessed it—some magic beans. Charles Way's take, “Jack and Phil, Slayers of Giants Inc.,” features characters familiar and fresh. Columbus Children's Theatre's production runs Feb. 15 through March 11. Tickets start at $10.

Columbus Children's Theatre, Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), 614-224-6672,


No, this is not a dreaded trip to the portrait studio, but a thoughtful and graceful exhibition of photographs at the Columbus Museum of Art, opening Feb. 16. Admittedly, the subject matter is heady, but this exhibition of portraiture and documentary work by black photographers is a wonderful opportunity to gently introduce conversations around what makes a family and issues of race and identity. Family Pictures runs through May 20.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-221-6801,

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.