Want something to do? Here are 15 events taking place in early 2024

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As we turn the page to a new year, the Greater Columbus arts and entertainment community is gearing up to present an array of exciting offerings this winter.

From daring theater productions to dynamic dance events to highly anticipated appearances from internationally renowned singers and musicians, there will be plenty of things to do and see in the months to come. Literature, visual arts and even some events combining sport and entertainment are also on offer.

We've rounded up the details of 15 can't-miss events leading up to the start of March.

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Nate Bargatze 'Be Funny Tour'

NATIONAL ARENA, 200 W. NATIONAL BLVD.

Details: The comedian, synonymous with good-natured comedy, is coming to Columbus with his “Be Funny Tour,” and you can be sure of one thing: he will be.

Session times: 7 p.m. January 11-12

Tickets: $79.75 to $628.50

Information: www.nationwidearena.com

“The Color Purple: The Musical”

GARDEN THEATER, 1187 N. HIGH ST.

Details: Music drawn from several genres, including jazz, ragtime and gospel, helps tell the story of Celie, the protagonist of Alice Walker's southern novel about a black community.

Session times: various dates and times from January 18 to February 18

Tickets: $33.33 to $65.71

Information: www.shortnorthstage.org

Isabeau Levito is among the skaters expected to perform at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

US Figure Skating Championships

NATIONAL ARENA, 200 W. NATIONAL BLVD.

Details: Over seven days and multiple events, watch the country's best figure skaters in various categories (men's, women's, pairs and dance) take to the ice in search of a spot on the United States' world and junior teams.

Appointment: several times, from January 22 to 28

Tickets: single-session tickets start at $14.50; all-session and weekend packages also available

Information: www.nationwidearena.com

Michele Norris will make an appearance at the King Arts Complex.

Author Michele Norris

KING ARTS COMPLEX, 867 MOUNT VERNON AVE.

Details: In a Gramercy Books presentation in Bexley, the author of “Our Hidden Conversation: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity” will participate in a conversation with Anna Staver, host of “All Sides” on WOSU.

Time: 7 p.m. January 25

Tickets: $40

Information: www.gramercybooksbexley.com

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

SOUTH THEATER, 21 E. MAIN ST.

Details: The orchestra will be joined by one of its youngest collaborators: violinist Fiona Khuong-Huu, 16, who will perform works by Camille Saint-Saens and Maurice Ravel.

Session times: 7 p.m. January 27 and 28

Tickets: $18 to $64

Information: www.promusicacolumbus.org

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“From Struggle to Strength: The Inspiring Journeys of the Central Ohio Refugee Community”

OHIO DECORATIVE ARTS CENTER, 145 E. MAIN ST., LANCASTER

Details: Photographs by award-winning photographer Tariq Tarey will enrich viewers' understanding of the refugees who called central Ohio home.

Appointment: January 27-April 28

Admission: free

Information: www.decartsohio.org

Don't miss "Dancing with the stars live!" on January 30.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live!” »

VALUE CITY ARENA, WEST LANE AVENUE AND OLENTANGY RIVER ROAD

Details: Audiences who make the long-running hit TV show a must-see will get the chance to see the stars – and the dancers who partner with them – during this live presentation. Professional dancers include Brandon Armstrong, Pasha Pashkov and Emma Slater.

Show time: 7:30 p.m. January 30

Tickets: verified resale tickets start at $145

Information: www.schottensteincenter.com

A variety of characters will be part of Disney on Ice.

Disney on Ice

NATIONAL ARENA, 200 W. NATIONAL BLVD.

Details: Finally, the perfect show to satisfy the young people around you who love Disney characters as well as winter sports addicts: In “Into the Magic”, the characters from “Cinderella”, “Frozen” and others Disney productions will put on their skates. .

Session times: 7 p.m. on February 1, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 2, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 3 and 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on February 4

Tickets: $15 to $90

Information: www.nationwidearena.com

Cast on tour "Come from far away."

“Come from far away”

PALACE THEATER, 34 W. BROAD ST.

Details: The Broadway hit – which revolves around travelers temporarily exiled to Newfoundland following the events of September 11, 2001 – returns to Columbus for just two nights.

Session times: 8 p.m. on February 2, 2 and 8 p.m. on February 3

Tickets: verified resale tickets starting at $244

Information: www.capa.com

Contemporary Ballet Complexions

PALACE THEATER, 34 W. BROAD ST.

Details: The contemporary dance group will bring its eclectic mix of styles – encompassing contemporary movement, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and more – to an equally eclectic program, “Star Dust: From Bach to Bowie.”

Show time: 7:30 p.m. February 7

Tickets: $34 to $69

Information: www.capa.com

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BalletMet will present "Alice" in February.

“Alice”

OHIO THEATER, 39 E. STATE ST.

Details: BalletMet will present an encore of its production of outgoing artistic director Edwaard Liang's imaginative ballet, inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” which first premiered in February 2020.

Session times: 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on February 9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on February 10, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on February 11

Tickets: $38.50 to $118.30

Information: www.balletmet.org

Britney Coleman as Bobbie (center) and the North American tour of "Business."

'Business'

OHIO THEATER, 39 E. STATE ST.

Details: The late composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is credited with offering a new vision of the American musical, and this national touring production puts a new spin on his famous 1970 work: in the musical about contemporary romantic life, the character Bobbie's main role, written as a male role, will be played by a woman.

Session times: 7:30 p.m. from February 13 to 15, 8 p.m. on February 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 17, 1 and 6:30 p.m. on February 18

Tickets: $40 to $85

Information: www.capa.com

The toughest rodeo in the world

NATIONAL ARENA, 200 W. NATIONAL BLVD.

Details: Bull riding, bareback riding and barrel racing are among the events offered at this rodeo which invites the public to get in on the action with pony rides and encounters with cowboys.

Times: 7:30 p.m. February 16-17

Tickets: $49.50 to $84.50

Information: www.nationwidearena.com

Drake will perform in Columbus in February 2021.

Duck

VALUE CITY ARENA, WEST LANE AVENUE AND OLENTANGY RIVER ROAD

Details: As part of the “It's All a Blur Tour,” the rap artist — whose career has taken him from his 2009 debut album, “So Far Gone,” to his most recent record, “For All the Dogs” — will perform alongside J…Cole.

Session times: 8 p.m. February 20 and 21

Tickets: verified resale tickets start at $125

Information: www.schottensteincenter.com

Three Dog Night will perform March 9 at Mershon Auditorium.

Three dog evening

VALUE CITY ARENA, WEST LANE AVENUE AND OLENTANGY RIVER ROAD

Details: “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”, “Joy to the World” and “Black and White” are some of the signature songs from this iconic rock band.

Show time: 8 p.m. March 9

Tickets: $45 to $198

Information: www.schottensteincenter.com

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