EVENTS

Join us for a variety of great events at the Rosenzweig Arts Center —

We have everything from concerts to writer’s talks to plays and more! 

Unless otherwise noted, all events are the following price:

Members: $15 advance | Non-members: $20 advance | $20 Day of show

"I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to come into a community for the first time and have every seat taken with kind, attentive people that are happy to listen to every song and every story. It was truly an honor, a pleasure, and a very memorable evening for me."
Adam Hood, after his performance in the Omnova Theater on January 24, 2020
Singer-Songwriter
"It has been my privilege to perform in, and produce over 2 dozen music shows in the CAC's Omnova Theater. There is no place that I enjoy performing more. It is the perfect middle-ground between the intimacy of a house-concert, and a large performance hall. Acoustically, or visually, every seat in the house is good... so that the performer can interact with everyone attending (if they desire). Likewise, there is enough isolation on the stage to not be distracted when it matters. 85 seats isn't the Ryman or Carnegie, but when they are filled with those who came to hear what you have to offer, it's the best room in the world."
Paul Brady
Omnova Theater sound engineer and member of Starlets & Rogues

The 8th Annual Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival

Two Days, Two Amazing Storytellers, A World of Stories!

Barbara McBride Smith has worked as a teacher, a school library media specialist, a theological seminary instructor, a writer, and traveling storyteller. In each profession, she has used storytelling as an integral educational tool and art form.

Dolores Hydock is an actress and storyteller from Birmingham, AL. Her vivacious style fills the stage with wit, energy, and a swirl of characters that bring to life an array of personal stories, adventures, oral histories, and more.

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Columbus Arts Council & Columbus Community Theatre presents 
Farce of Nature

The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. The struggling family lodge becomes the backdrop for a motley collection of flawed characters stirring up a hilarious comedic stew! Don’t miss out on this weekend full of laughs! 

Farce of Nature is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten and will be directed by
Melanie Rogers Tubbs. 

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Premier of the film
Trudy Gildea, The Love for the Music

From Director Carlos Rosales and Executive Producer Brian Gildea comes the story of Trudy Gildea, founder of the Columbus Suzuki Strings. A poignant documentary-style portrayal of the determination of a woman from 1930’s Depression-era New York who spent her lifetime teaching violin and string music to children in Mississippi and the South from the 1950’s until present.

The film traces Trudy Gildea’s musical roots from her family upbringing to her founding of the Columbus Suzuki Strings Program. Trudy’s legacy continues to live on through the generations of her children, gradchildren, students, and teachers who carry on her music teachings today.

We’ll have two showings of the film on Sunday, March 22nd at 2 pm and again at 3:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served as we honor the woman who helped to make the arts in Mississippi what it is today. Each showing is free and open to all!

Columbus Arts Council &
Sunstroke House presents 

An Evening with Jimbo Mathus

The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. Think Delta highways, bowling-pin Budweisers and “innerplanetary honky-tonk” for the masses.

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An Evening with Blues Guitar Legend Watermelon Slim

2x Winner: 2008 Blues Music Award Band of the Year and Album of the Year
2x Winner: 2006 & 2007 MOJO Magazine’s #1 Blues Album of the Year
Winner: 6th Annual Independent Music Awards Blues Album of the Year

Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Paste Magazine writes “He’s one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.”

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ANNUAL EVENTS

Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival

A delightful weekend of storytelling by internationally known professional storytellers.  Explore the magic of storytelling!

Ghosts & Legends Tour

Local performers present dramatic vignettes about some of Columbus’ liveliest citizens from its haunted and historic past.

Young People's Artists Series

Educating and entertaining children through the magic of music and theater- to inspire imagination, challenge minds, and enrich a child’s life.

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