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• The CAPA Summer Movie Series opens this weekend with Superman showing June 6-8 at the Ohio Theatre.

But the Family Fun Movies at the Lincoln Theatre features a $1 double-bill Saturday, June 7, as well, with Babe (one of The Beat’s favorite movies) and The Muppet Movie, which, aside from being the debut big-screen effort from everyone’s favorite puppets, also boasts a terrific slate of songs from Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher.

Just try to keep us from singing along.

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• Each year we refer to Columbus Arts Festival weekend as the official start of summer in central Ohio, yet, as far as we know, no official organization has actually made it a slogan.

Regardless, it’s a terrific time on the downtown Columbus riverfront – the festival site is unaffected by the work being done to the Scioto River through town, tying together bridges and parks. The 53rd annual event will be held June 6-8.

New features for the 2014 edition include “The Art of Film,” a 50-seat, air-conditioned blackout tent where the work of local and national filmmakers will be screened; a dedicated dance stage; street chalk artists; and Canstruction, a charity event featuring design teams and their creations benefitting the Mid Ohio Food Bank.

Food and drink, music and poetry performances, hands-on art activities and family-friendly fun round out the festival, which always includes a host of local participants. Local artists featured this year include: Local artists include: Abram Kaplan of Granville, Sumiko Takada of Columbus, Brian Becher of Columbus, Anthony Gelpi of Columbus, Deborah Close of Columbus, Kathleen Green of Groveport, Chelstin Ross of Columbus, Paul Palnik of Columbus, Christopher Welshon of Blacklick, Rachel Ramm of Dublin, John Davison of Upper Arlington and Kenneth Claussen of Gahanna.

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• More summer fun can be had courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory, who have partnered for the “Summer of Imagination.”

Guides on this summer adventure are available in the June edition of Columbus Parent. Each of the four stops features plenty of activities designed to inspire the imagination.

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• The Wexner Center for the Arts has announced additional programming for the fall to mark the center’s 25th anniversary.

In addition to the special Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, the season includes a major creative partnership between artist Ann Hamilton and theater director Anne Bogart made possible by a Wexner Center Residency Award; a new performance by previous Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient Miranda July; and an exhibition that debuts a new series by photographer Catherine Opie, an Ohio native who created new work for the center’s acclaimed Hard Targets exhibition in 2010.

And heads-up for an October collaboration between Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet. So cool.

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