• Go outside, people. It's Memorial Day weekend!
• For the fourth year in a row, Shadowbox Live will present its original musical documentary Back to the Garden at Columbus Commons.
The free show will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
Last year's presentation drew 8,000 people to the Commons.
Back to the Garden tells the story of Rodney Benton, a reporter for the New York Times sent to cover the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. While Benton is a fictitious character, he's loosely based on Barnard Collier, who really was sent to write about Woodstock. And like Collier, Benton is met with resistance from his editors when he tries to publish articles about peace and love.
The story is interspersed with "Woodstock songs" by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Still & Nash and more.
The music starts earlier in the day as a lineup of local acts will perform starting at 3:30 p.m. on the Commons stage.
For complete details, visit shadowboxlive.org.
• And it's not as though this is all Shadowbox has going. New shows including The Rocky Horror Show and Best of Shadowbox Live will open in June.
• Music, food and other cultural activities, programs and exhibits will be the order of the day at the 19th annual Asian Festival, running Saturday through Monday, May 25-27.
The festival grounds at Franklin Park will be open Saturday and Sunday, with Dragon Boat racing on the Scioto River on Monday.
For more information visit asian-festival.org.
• Local rock trio Jargon of the Future will mark the release of its latest EP with a Friday, May 24, gig at the A&R Bar. (It's pronounced YAR-gon, by the way.)
JOTF's original tunes are smart and melodic modern rock. The band has developed a nice working relationship with Cleveland-based producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank). Matt Thatcher on drums and vocals, Casey Taylor on guitar and vocals and Justin Seymour on bass and vocals have been playing and writing together for about a decade.
Dig jargonofthefuture.com for show details, audio, video and more.
• Absent having its run extended (a real possibility), CATCO's run of Five Guys Named Moe ends this weekend.
But fear not. First, you can still view The Beat dancing with three of the guys named Moe by watching the video at The Beat.
Second, CATCO has embraced your love of the summer musical, and Five Guys is the first of three the company will produce this summer: Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Vol. 1, a send-up of the best of the Great White Way, will run June 20 through July 7; and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs July 31 through Aug. 18.