Prizm News / November 1, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Elton John tour
Elton John will perform on Friday, Nov. 2 in Columbus and Saturday, Nov. in Cleveland.

Elton, Indigo Girls, drag shows, theater productions, queer artists and comedians shift the focus away from politics. Whew!


By Bob Vitale

It’s all over but the voting and the counting.

And thank goodness there’s a lot going on in November to give us at least a tiny break from politics.

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So don’t forget to vote by next Tuesday, and then do something fun this month.

Here’s some of the highlights from Prizm’s calendar of events. If you have something to add, let us know by emailing


Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
November 2

After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen Elton John claim his place as a true global icon, the superstar is taking his farewell tour.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents. The Columbus show is at the Schottenstein Center.


‘This Much (or an Act of Violence Toward the Institution of Marriage)’
November 2-3

London’s To Do List calls this play by John Fitzpatrick a “daring emotional three-way.” There are two more performances left of this convergence-continuum theater production.


‘Fun Home’
November 2-4

Writer Alison Bechdel, originally known for her long-running comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For,” has Ohio ties. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1981. Her musical won five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This production is being staged by the Beavercreek Community Theatre.


Tri-State Leather Weekend 2018
November 2-4

Tri-State Leather/Pup/Rubber hosts a weekend full of parties, contests and other events for the leather and kink communities at the Millennium Hotel, Tillies Lounge and Below Zero Lounge.


Visual Voices, a Celebration of LGBTQ Youth Art
November 2-8

Participants in QYou, a program at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland for youth ages 11-20, have been creating identity-based art that expresses their unique, diverse and nuanced lived experiences. This collection of work will be on display in the Gordon Square Arts Space.


‘Breaking the Code’
November 2-11

Mathematical genius Alan Turing’s work breaking Nazi code during World War II saved countless lives, yet he plummeted into ruin after his sexual orientation was discovered.

This production at the Van Feet Theatre is a joint venture between CATCO and Evolution Theatre.


‘An Act of God’
November 2-18

God and her devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. And here’s a revelation: She really did create Adam and Steve.

This Human Race Theatre production is being staged at the Loft Theatre.


Art: ‘Counternarratives’
Through November 24

Queer artist Alexandra Bell brings her “Counternarratives” project to Oberlin College with large-scale works mounted on the facades of two campus buildings. They call attention to how issues around race and violence have been reported in The New York Times


‘La Cage Aux Folles’
Through November 25

Glittering and buoyant, this revival version of one of Broadway’s biggest and happiest hits is being produced by the Short North Stage. There are 15 performances scheduled at the Garden Theater.


Mickalene Thomas • “Afro Goddess Looking Forward,” 2015• Rhinestones, acrylic, and oil on wood panel • 60 x 96 in. • Courtesy of the artist ©Mickalene Thomas/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York • On exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts

Art: ‘Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me’
Through December 30

The work of celebrated, multidisciplinary lesbian artist Mickalene Thomas is showcased in this new exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts. You’ll encounter more than 50 of Thomas’ works, including her signature rhinestone-encrusted paintings as well as collages, sculptures, immersive installations and the premiere of a multichannel video.

We featured Thomas and her work in our November issue of Prizm.

Art: ‘Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and Tête-à-Tête’
Through January 13

The Dayton Art Institute’s 2018 special exhibition season concludes with this exhibit of Mickalene Thomas photographs” and its companion exhibition, “Tête-à-Tête.”

We featured Thomas and her work in our November issue of Prizm.


Art and Film: ‘Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston’
Through February 3

In conjunction with Columbus’ “I Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100,” this exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art presents Isaac Julien’s landmark 1989 film, “Looking for Langston,” alongside a selection of related photographic works.


‘The Hate U Give’ Screening and Panel
November 3

Kaleidoscope Youth Center will host a screening of “The Hate U Give,” sponsored by Columbia Gas. Following the screening, there will be a panel conversation centered through the lenses of intersectional identities and experiences in our communities.

Panelists include representatives of BQIC, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, Black Out and Proud, and Mozaic.


Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
November 3

Elton’s new stage production will take his fans on a musical and highly visual journey spanning a 50-year career of hits like no one has ever seen before.


Arktos Bears Chili Cookoff
November 3

Bring your entries by 8 p.m. Tasting begins at 9. The chili cookoff is the Akrtos Bears’ annual fundraiser.


Drag Queen Brunch
Every Sunday

Hershae Chocolatae hosts every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with showtime at 12:30 p.m. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes eggs prepared to order, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash brown casserole, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, waffles, bagels and cream cheese, McCune’s famous fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, fruit and grilled veggies.


Comedian Jen Kober
November 4

You’ve seen lesbian comic Jen Kober as food court maven Brenda on “The Middle,” as Joan on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” as Judge Selma on “Franklin & Bash,” as Nurse Dena on “The Mindy Project,” and as Little Ed on “Anger Management.”

She’s performing in Cleveland at Pickwick & Frolic’s Hilarities 4th Street Theater.


Photo by Jack Mitchell via Wikipedia

‘A Salute to Leonard Bernstein’
November 7-11

As the world celebrates the centennial anniversary of one of America’s greatest music makers, Oberlin Opera Theater honors Leonard Bernstein’s legacy with a dynamic tribute that showcases “Trouble in Tahiti”—his one-act opera about the elusive American dream—along with music from his Broadway smashes “West Side Story,” “Candide,” “On the Town” and more



Capital Pride Band: Ladies’ Night, Celebrating Women Through Music
November 10

The Capital Pride Band’s “Ladies’ Night: Celebrating Women Through Music” features a diverse repertoire honoring female artists, composers, trailblazers and heroines.

The concert takes place at the Lincoln Theatre.


HRC Cincinnati’s Sips and Giggles
November 10

Performers for HRC Cincinnati’s first comedy night include Mike Hilinski, Brooke Cartus, Bianca “Spunky” Moore and Bridget Denman. The event takes place at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.


Mr. Cincinnati Bear 2018
November 9-10

The hunt is on to find the first Mr. Cincinnati Bear 2018. The contest is hosted by Cincinnati Bears & Cubs at The Cabaret. There’s a social event the night before at Tillies Lounge.


Latrice Royale
November 10

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” favorite who declared herself “large and in charge, chunky yet funky” comes to Axis for one night. Nina West and Virginia West will host.


Amy Ray With Amythyst Kiah
November 13

Longtime Indigo Girl Amy Ray and her band have released a new country album titled “Holler.” Her opening act in Nelsonville will be Amythyst Kiah, who in May was rated at the top of The Advocate’s list of queer country artists.


LGBT & Ally Professional Networking
November 14

Plexus, Goodyear and HERO, its LGBTQ employee resource group, host ​an evening of fun and networking at Bricco in Akron for LGBTQ and allied professionals.


Justin Vivian Bond
November 15

Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre, Tony-nominated performer whom The New Yorker called “the best cabaret artist of (their) generation.” They’re performing at the Southern Theatre in Columbus.


MUSE New Spirituals Concert
November 17

MUSE presents its first New Spirituals concert since 2010. Ethnomusicologist Tammy Kernodle will weave the rich history of the relationship between music and the African American experience throughout the concert, beginning with traditional spirituals born of slave resistance and ending with present day resistance music, or new spirituals.

The concert will take place at Music Hall.


Film: ‘Rebel Without a Cause
November 17

The Toledo Museum of Art hosts a screening of the classic film in which James Dean plays a sullen teenager who tries to fit in after moving with his parents to a well-to-do Los Angeles suburb, where he finds love, friendship and new enemies amid alienation, rebelliousness and violence.


Rangers’ Leatherfest and Mr. Leather Akron Contest
November 17-18

The Rangers host their 26th annual Leatherfest and Mr. Leather Akron Contest at Cocktails 2.0 in Akron.


Indigo Girls With the Cincinnati Pops
November 20

The Grammy-winning duo behind hits like “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” brings its signature sonic blend of folk rock to the Cincinnati Pops for a Music Hall program of fan favorites across their groundbreaking career.

Amy Ray and Her Band
November 27

Amy Ray, from the Indigo Girls, pushed the group’s musical boundaries by incorporating elements of folk, country, rock, pop, punk and soul into their evolution. She’ll perform at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.


Happy & Gay Holiday Craft Show
November 30

Stonewall Columbus invites you to the first Happy & Gay Holiday Craft Show, with more than 30 LGBTQIA-owned or -affirming crafters, makers and small businesses. The craft show will be hosted in the newly renovated Stonewall Columbus Community Center.























First-place winners will receive a $30 bar tab, second place a $20 bar tab, and third place a $10 bar tab.

On Friday Night, there’s a lip synch challenge to take place after the opening portion of the contest. Contact Cameron Thompson at

There will be a victory party and dance held immediately after the contest in the Millennium Grande Ballroom. Contest tickets include admission.

Sunday Morning is the Leather and Feathers Bingo Brunch at Below Zero Lounge. Brunch tickets are $20 each, which include two bingo cards.

Kink U Classes will be held on Saturday afternoon.



Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.