Westerville’s sixth annual Community Culture Day will feature a special element of art--The Columbus Crossing Borders Project. This traveling presentation includes a 50-minute documentary entitled “Breathe Free” and the works of 34 artists responding to stories shared by refugees in the area. The artists created space in their works to overlap and merge in harmony into an adjacent painting. The documentary, art exhibit and other activities will be available 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road.
In an effort to inspire awareness, understanding, appreciation and connection around the diversity in our community and schools, more than 20 organizations across Westerville are collaborating to plan the day, including four support organizations for Westerville City Schools that have joined to create Westerville Crossing Borders, teachers, Westerville Division of Police, City of Westerville, Westerville City Council, local nonprofits, and religious and professional organizations.
In addition to multiple showings of “Breathe Free,” activities planned include a cultural fashion show, panel discussions, games, crafts and dance performances for all ages. There will also be a showing of the documentary produced by English Language Learners at Westerville Central High School, the Central Voices group. Food trucks will be selling ethnic meals and snacks.
Admission is free. For more information contact Colleen Moidu at firstname.lastname@example.org
September Art Exhibits and Programs
Through Sept. 7 – “Supernatural” by Danielle Rante. Public Reception: Sept. 6, 4 to 6 p.m. Rante's mixed media incorporates field research into geographical happenings, interaction with the landscape and its inhabitants, and meditative mark-making. Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 South Grove St. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Throughout Sept. – Senior Center Photo Exhibition. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Throughout Sept. – Acrylics Art by Theda Theis. Meet the Artist: Sept. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. Innis House. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., 614-895-6216
Sept. and Oct. – Paintings by Said Oladejo-Lawal. Vibrant colors and motion are featured. His works have hung in private and corporate collections in England, Ireland, Lebanon, Nigeria and United States. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Through Nov. – “Be Well Out Here: A Wellness Journey into The Big Go West.” Sabbatical exhibition by Donald T. Austin.
A collection of words and images from a 7-month, 24,000-mile journey through the Northern Rockies. Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. to 4:00p, Sat - Sun, 1 to 4 p.m.
Through Nov. – “The River is Life” by Alice Kohler. Public Reception: Sept. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. Brazilian photographer Alice Kohler reveals how the Arawete people in a remote area of the Amazon, the Xingu River, live in close relationship with their environment. Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every Tuesday -- Lunchbox Concerts, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free live music including oldies, pop/rock, jazz, country, folk, blues. Bring your lunch. Civic Green in front of Westerville City Hall. Hosted by Westerville Parks and Recreation, Arts Council of Westerville and Uptown Westerville Inc.
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Open to all levels. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Friday – Acoustic Open Mic. 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 1 – BluesSwing. 7 to 10 p.m. Blues and popular roots of American music, from W.C. Handy to B.B. King, from Thomas "Fats" Waller to Nat "King" Cole, with Beatles and Elvis numbers added. Bill Kerwin vocals; Carl Yaffee bass; John Sherman guitar; Jackie LaMuth banjo; and Willie Carr drums. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 1, 15, 29, Oct. 14 – Writing and Appreciating Short Stories. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Retired professor Dr. Peter Saunders leads 4-part workshop analyzing select short stories and teaching story structure. Attendees will complete a draft to be critiqued. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Registration required. www.westervillelibrary.org
Sept. 7-23 Curtain Players presents “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson. An elderly couple enjoy summer on a Maine lake as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his estrangement from his daughter. Directed by Michael Fusco. Tickets at www.curtainplayers.org. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena
Sept. 7 – Color Me Calm for Seniors. 1 to 2 p.m. Relax while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Sept. 7 – Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 4 to 6 explore different artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. Theme: yarn. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Registration required. www.westervillelibrary.org
Sept. 8 – Christopher Gatsby. 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/songwriter performs fun, poignant, romantic, topical songs plus Irish tunes. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 9 – Curtain Players Auditions: “A Christmas Carol” Registration at 6:30 p.m. Performances: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7-9, 14-16. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena. Online form at www.curtainplayers.org/auditions
Sept. 19 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Create “Fall Leaves” with acrylics and magazines. Fee includes supplies and 2 glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at email@example.com. Sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville.
Sept. 12 – JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and meet our music community. Every second Wednesday. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 13 – Meet the Author: Angie Thomas. 7 p.m. Thomas tells how her Black Lives Matter-inspired novel “The Hate U Give” speaks to the heart of race, activism and social change in America today. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets and registration: www.westervillelibrary.org
Sept. 14 -- Uptown Friday Night: Arts in Uptown. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pop-up locations of free art activities for kids. Uptown Westerville. www.artsinuptown.com
Sept. 15 – Folk Ramblers. 7 to 10 p.m. ‘60s folk vocalist/guitarist Bill Cohen and banjo player Carl Yaffey play Peter, Paul and Mary, Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan favorites, plus sing-along and ‘60s music trivia. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 16 – Sunday Family Funday. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free crafts for kids of all ages from Arts in Uptown and beer specials for the adults. No registration necessary. The Draft Room, 570 W. Schrock Rd.
Sept. 17 – Creative Writing for Seniors. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Sept.17– Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Everyone welcome. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd. Suite L.
Sept. 18 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic. 7 to 9 p.m. Share your work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. Everyone welcome. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 20 – Learn “iBooks Author” 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers will learn to create and publish books for iPad, iPhone and Mac using the free app “iBooks Author.” Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. www.westervillelibrary.org
Sept. 20 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling and Poetry. 7 to 9 p.m. Regional poets and professional “tellers” from the Storytellers of Central Ohio perform and discuss their works. Q&A. Featuring poet in residence Julia Baker. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Third Thursday of the month. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 20-29 – Otterbein University Theatre and Music Departments Present “Big Fish.” Tickets and performance times: www.otterbein.edu or 614-823-1109. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.
Sept. 21 – Uptown Friday Night: Rockn’ Uptown. 6 to 8 p.m. Multiple Uptown businesses present live music.
Sept. 22 – Rick Barr. 7 to 10 p.m. Prolific performer and songwriter plays acoustic rock, country, blues and folk including Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton and Buddy Holly. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 23 -- Lil’ Red and the Rooster. 3 to 5 p.m. Award-winning duo performs ‘40s-‘50s and original blues and jazz. Vocalist Westerville native Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet, one of France’s best blues guitarists. New CD. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 25 – Westerville Art League meeting. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local professional artist will critique members’ artwork. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 26 – Otterbein Faculty Recital: Tony Weikel, trombone. 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 28 –Westerville Symphony presents “L'Histoire du Soldat” composed by Igor Stravinsky. 8 p.m. A narrative ballet in five scenes presented in its original format with musicians, actors and a dancer. In partnership with CATCO, WOSU, CCAD, BalletMet and Otterbein. Free. Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 28 – Arts Alley at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday. 6 to 8 p.m. Hands-on art activities for children. Westerville Art League members will offer original art work, prints, photography, cards, fused and stained glass and jewelry. Union Savings Bank parking lot and north sidewalk at Hanby Magnet School www.artscouncilofwesterville.org
Sept. 29 – The Wood Pickers. 7 to 10 p.m. Central Ohio Bluegrass band featuring quintet of top musicians: Chas Williams, fiddle and mandolin; Tom Remenyi, dobro and harp; Tom Zinser, guitar and bass; Craig Wales, banjo; Dennis McCarthy, guitar. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 30 – Community Cultural Day featuring the Columbus Crossing Borders Project. 1 to 5 p.m. See details above.
Sept. 30 -- Guest Artists: 4-Way String Quartet. 2 p.m. 4-Way, Cincinnati’s community-based string quartet, performs music from or inspired by the folk traditions of Denmark, Ireland, Romania, Russia and the U.S. Free and open to the public. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.