Art for Life On the Town: A Rudely Elegant Tribute to Corbett Reynolds at Torso


7:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Short North Arts District

North High Street from Nationwide Blvd to 7th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

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The Short North fashion store Torso will transform for one special evening to honor the artist and Columbus legend Corbett Reynolds. Corbett's friends have come together to feature his artwork, event posters, costumes, and stories of his contributions to the Columbus arts and nightlife scene from the 1970s-early 2000s. Living and working most of his adult life in Columbus, Reynolds opened and ran the gay nightclub Rudely Elegant from 1977 to 1985. After Rudely Elegant closed, he continued to throw his famous Red Party, create amazing art installations, and donate art to Art for Life. Corbett was a fierce advocate during the HIV/AIDS crisis and held the first AIDS fundraiser called "Black" on April 23, 1983, for the Columbus AIDS Fund.


Enjoy light bites provided by boutique catering company Bleu & Fig and casual cocktails while enjoying music by NYC DJ Julian Marsh, who DJ'd the 1999 Red C event at Valley Dale Ballroom. Vivi Velure and other special guests will be onsite to guide you through the decades of Corbett's contributions both in art and in his advocacy.