1. Contemporary Realism: Four Visions (March 8 – April 21)
Hammond Harkins Galleries, 2264 E. Main St., Bexley
Artists Paul Hamilton, Sally Tharp, Mark Bush and Erin Wozniak present four very different interpretations of the Realism style in this exhibition. A special preview reception runs 5-8 p.m. March 8. http://www.hammondharkins.com
2. Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets (March 8 – Aug. 25)
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
Puppetry has a long and storied history in the Czech Republic, and this exhibition highlights that history alongside a sizable collection of puppets from the 1850s to the present. http://www.columbusmuseum.org
3. Miracles & Magic (March 9, 1 and 5 p.m.)
Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St.
This annual variety show featuring comedy, magic and illusion, benefits the A Kid Again charity. http://www.miraclesandmagic.com
4. Blooms & Butterflies (March 9 – Sept. 2)
Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St.
The conservatory’s popular annual butterfly exhibition opens for the season with a day of entertainment March 9, including dance performances, children’s art and the usual butterfly release. http://www.fpconservatory.org
5. Columbus International Auto Show (March 14-17)
Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.
Thirty-six car manufacturers will put their 2013 and 2014 models on display, showcasing the latest in design and technology. http://www.columbusautoshow.com