Experience Columbus

Fall has just begun and there are as many fun things to do as there are leaves on the ground, how do you choose? The Shameless Pen understands your time is precious, budgets are tight, and let’s face it, with so many options, who want to find something to do after a day of classes! To maximize your free time (and your budget), we have taken the liberty of finding out what we think is worth doing in the city this fall. Here is our Top 5:

  1. The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers. The Riffe Gallery – free

The Modern Table is not a traditional art show, but one which displays the modern furniture design. The showcase of 26 artists has pieces which exceed a functional purpose and we are left with the joy of the construction of art pieces. The exhibit opens November 7, 2013 through January 12, 2014. The downtown Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Government and the Arts, on High Street (across from the Statehouse). 77 S High St, Columbus


Monday       Closed

      Tuesday      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Wednesday      10:00 am – 5:30 pm

     Thursday               10:00 am – 8:00 pm

          Friday              10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday   12:00–4:00 pm

Sunday     12:00–4:00 pm

  1. Blues for Smoke. The Wexner Center. – Free for members, college students (with valid ID), those under 18, $8 general public

This cross-genre exhibit explores the works of more than 40 artists through the lens of the blues and “blues aesthetics.” Embracing art from 1950 to present, this presentation surveys the blues not just a musical category, but as a persuasive field of artistic sensibilities. The exhibit is from September 21, 2013 to December 29, 2013. Wexner Center, 1871 High Street. Visit wexarts.org for more information about visiting the Wexner Center.


Monday    Closed

Tuesday – Wednesday    11 am-6 pm

Thursday – Saturday      11 am-8 pm

Sunday    11 am-6 pm

All visitors are admitted to the exhibitions for free on Thursdays after 4 PM and on the first Sunday of each month; also free with a ticket to any same-day Wexner Center event.

  1. Stitch N’ Bitch. Wild Goose Creative. Free

Wild Goose Creative “welcome all to come out as we knit, crochet, sew, bead, and pretty much solve all of the world’s problems.” This unique venue hosts a social group of any kind of needle crafters. Not a crafter? No problem. This non-profit artists’ dream has an overabundance of exceptional performing arts, comedy shows, and other programs, such as a writers group and songwriters workshops. There is literally something for everyone!! Wild Goose Creative is located in Old North Columbus at 2491 Summit St.


Stitch N’ Bitch is on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9 or 10.

Check out their calendar for upcoming performances at


  1. Early Television Museum. Hilliard. Free (donations are encouraged)

This rare museum is the only of its kind in the United States and boasts to have one of the world’s best collections of old television equipment. The exhibit contains rare television sets, some of the first color television receivers, and early camera equipment. Visitors can even see what they would have looked like on a 1930’s television camera. This unusual museum is located at 5396 Franklin Street in Hilliard. More information can be found at http://www.earlytelevision.org.


Saturdays from 10 to 6, Sundays from noon to 5, and during the week by appointment.


  1. Columbus International Film & Video Festival. Throughout the Columbus Area. Prices vary at venues.

The Columbus International Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the United States, dedicated to serving filmmakers and delighting their audiences in celebrating excellent film making. This year’s Film and Video Festival is scheduled for November 3rd through the 17th. Some venues, programs and films throughout the city include:

Love Hate & Propaganda: The War On Terror – Tuesday, October 22, 2013  at the Drexel Theatre

Five Conversations of Successful Screenwriting Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Beny: Back To The Wild (Bonobos) – Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Gateway Film Center

Animation 4 Adults at Brothers Drake – Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Brothers Drake Meadery

Shorts at the LGBTFEST @ The Columbus International Film + Video Festival -Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art & Design. The Award Winning Student Short Films Showcase – Thursday, November 14, 2013at the Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art & Design

Movies+Mead and Tokyo Waka – Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art & Design

Visit www.chrisawards.org for more information about events, venues, and pricing.


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