This mid-November weekend brings us Justin Timberlake, Leon Russell, famous cartoonists, world music, a local horror movie, the Hot Chocolate Run and more. Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

This mid-November weekend brings us Justin Timberlake, Leon Russell, famous cartoonists, world music, a local horror movie, the Hot Chocolate Run and more.

Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

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--Festival of Cartoon Art

The Festival of Cartoon Art, held every three years at Ohio State University, is a weekend of lectures, panel discussions and exhibits involving cartoonists, comics scholars, fans, collectors and students. This year's event also celebrates the move of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to its new home in OSU's Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St. Tickets to individual events are $5. Get details at 614-292-0538 or

--Zombie Prom

The Ohio State University Theater Department concludes its production of " Zombie Prom," a "girl loves ghoul" rock 'n' roll off-Broadway musical set in the atomic 1950s. Showtimes are 7:30 Thursday through Saturday night and 3 p.m. Sunday at Drake Performance Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. Tickets are $25, or $15 for students and children. Get details at Contact: 614-292-2295 or . . . Read our review of the show

-- Ballet premiere

BalletMet Columbus stages a program of contemporary classics by choreographer James Kudelka, including the company premiere of “ The Four Seasons" with guest dancers Scott Brown, Maria Glimcher, Susan Hadley and Tim Veach. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $25 to $60. Details at 614-469-0939 or

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--Leon Russell

Country-rock songwriter Leon Russell, a Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, has spent 50 years performing and writing hit songs for a variety of artists. He brings his tour to The Woodlands Backyard, 668 Grandview Ave. on Friday night. Alex Dezen of the Damnwells will open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $42 on Friday. Contact: 614-488-2114,

-- Columbus Symphony

The Columbus Symphony performs perhaps the popular Beethoven's Fifth Symphony this weekend. Their Friday and Saturday night concerts at the Ohio Theatre also include Elgar’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Ilya Gringolts, and Ohio State University graduate Stephen Montague’s Invictus. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 to $68. Contact: 614-228-8600, 1-800-745-3000,

--World Music Summit

Expand your musical horizons with workshops and demonstrations as the Thiossane Institute and City Music Columbus present a World Music Summit at the Lincoln Theatre. A highlight will be performances by Sing Sing Rhythms at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the theater, 769 E. Long St. Tickets cost $28.50, or $26 for senior citizens and $16 for students. Call 614-252-7077 or visit

-- 1960s Coffeehouse

At the 28th annual “ Spirit of the ’60’s Coffeehouse,” Bill Cohen will lead a musical journey through the era with folk songs, “news reports” and refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Friday at King Avenue Methodist Church, 299 W. King Ave. A $10 donation is suggested, with proceeds going to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Call 614-263-3851 or visit

-- Horror movie premiere

At midnight Friday, the Grandview Theatre will host the world-premiere screening of " The Biker Warrior Babe vs. The Zombie Babies From Hell," a low-budget, locally made horror movie. Viewers can party with the cast and crew beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10. Want to see the trailer? Visit Get details at 614-358-2886 or

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--Justin Timberlake

Singer, actor and new GQ Man of the Year Justin Timberlake rolls into town with his "20/20 Experience World Tour" at Nationwide Arena. Timberlake is touring to promote a recent two-part solo album. Might we hear an N’Sync chestnut? Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets cost $48 to $178 at the venue and Ticketmaster outlets. Details at . . . Read our story about Justin Timberlake

--Pacifica Quartet

Grammy-winning chamber music ensemble The Pacifica Quartet will be joined by pianist Marc-André Hamelin for a Saturday night concert at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$45. Get details at 614-267-2267 or

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--Hot Chocolate Run

Thousands of participants will run Sunday in the Hot Chocolate Run, called "America's Sweetest Race' for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House. Runners choose a 5k or 15k route that starts at 7:30 a.m. on W. Spring St. in the Arena District. A highlight is the post-race party featuring a finisher's cup filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and other treats. Details at

--“Scandinavian Tales”

A Greater Columbus Community Orchestra concert titled “Scandinavian Tales” will feature Alicia Hui, principal second violin of the Columbus Symphony, as soloist in Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor. Showtime is 3 p.m. Sunday at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Rd. No admission charge, but donations are accepted. Details at

-- Slayer

The thrash-metal pioneers of Slayer, back on tour after the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May, come to the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion for a Sunday concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50, or $40 on Sunday. Details at 614-461-5483 or