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Sequels, Reboots, Blues and Trains at the Movies
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Sequels and reboots giving you the blues? Well, you have something in common with this weekend’s releases – sequels (to Trainspotting), reboots (Power Rangers and CHiPs) and the blues (2 Trains Runnin’). Plus, trains. There are also some intriguing horror flicks screening at Gateway, and another doc on Scientology that proves the religion is just […]

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Hotel LeVeque Opens Today
Photo by Walker Evans.

The Columbus skyline’s most prominent building, LeVeque Tower, opened its long-anticipated Hotel LeVeque today. The hotel, one of 100 Autograph Collection Hotels in the nation, takes up floors five through 10 in the tower and offers 149 rooms. It’s the result of a partnership between Illinois-based First Hospitality Group and Tower 10. The 90-year-old building, […]

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Trump Rally and Counter Protest Planned at Ohio Statehouse Tomorrow
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Two groups of activists will converge at the Ohio Statehouse tomorrow to show either their approval or their disapproval of President Trump. A militia group known as the West Ohio Minutemen are organizing the MAGA Columbus Rally, which is part of a larger national movement to host “Make America Great Again” events all across the US […]

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Short North Stage’s Frenetic, Funny Spamalot Runs Through April 15
Monty Python's Spamalot runs through April 15 at Short North Stage. Photo by Adam Zeek.

The first – to my knowledge – locally created production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Broadway’s hit adaptation of Monty Python and The Holy Grail by Python troupe member Eric Idle (Book, Lyrics, co-write Music) and John Du Prez (co-write Music) opened Thursday at Short North Stage in a stellar production directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Spamalot follows the bones […]

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Hope Blooms Indeed!
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This mural at Victory Ministries  in Whitehall represents positivity in our community. Painted by community leaders, residents, volunteers, and professional artists, the mural has allowed everyone to engage in “spreading the seeds of hope” and experience the power of art. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, […]

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Easton Station Building Undergoing Major Renovation in 2017
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Easton Town Center has gone through many changes and expansions since it first opened in 1999, but the original indoor “Easton Station Building” has largely remained the same. That will change this year, as a multi-million dollar “refresh” has just gotten underway that will give the building a major update. “For the past year, Easton […]

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Program Takes New Approach to Providing Affordable Housing
Affordable housing on Fifth Avenue in Weinland, renovated in 2016 — Photo by Brent Warren.

A group of local academics and affordable housing advocates are working on a unique response to the issue of economic segregation in the region. The plan is to help 100 low-income families move to “high opportunity” neighborhoods, providing rental assistance, coaching, access to educational resources, and other types of support to the families for three […]

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Eight New Stores Coming to Easton Town Center in 2017
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While many retail stores like Sears, Macy’s and J.C. Penney have had a rough start to 2017, it’s not all an entirely bleak scenario at every mall. Easton Town Center announced yesterday that they have eight new stores arriving this year, representing a variety of new brands coming to the Central Ohio market. “Easton Town […]

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Broadway in Columbus announces 2017-18 season, with surprise for 2018-19
Eddie George as Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago. Photo courtesy Chicago the Musical.

Tonight at their season reveal party, Broadway in Columbus announced the upcoming season, including some returning favorites, as well as performances by Eddie George, former OSU and NFL football player turned Broadway star. He will perform as Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago. Another big surprise included Hamilton: An American Musical arriving in Columbus for […]

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Virginia Brewery Devil’s Backbone Continues Ohio Launch in Columbus
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In an effort to break into the Columbus market, Virginia brewery Devil’s Backbone held a dinner at Short North’s Barrel on High last night. It was a melding of two businesses’ and two states’ crafts, pairing chef Chris East of Barrel’s five course meal with five beers from Devil’s Backbone. It’s part of Devil’s Backbone’s […]

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Mega Weekend: 58 Things To Do in Columbus
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Happy Weekend! What has been your favorite meal from Dine Originals’ Restaurant Week? It continues through Sunday. Vote on art to be featured on the side of PromoWest’s buildings. There are several contests open for you to win music tickets. Tickets for the Early Bird Brunch Tickets are 50% sold out, don’t wait to get […]

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Franklin County Now Largest in Ohio
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According to the latest US Census data, Franklin County is now the largest in the State of Ohio, surpassing Cuyahoga County for the first time. The data now indicates that Franklin County has an estimated population of 1,264,518 as of 2016, with Cuyahoga County clocking in at 1,249,352 — a difference of 15,166 people. Since […]

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Mixed-Use Development at First and High Will Include New UDF Store
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When it was first announced last year that Elford Development planned to redevelop the United Dairy Farmers store and adjacent parking lot at the corner of High Street and East First Avenue, no promises were made about the convenience store being included in the new building. But, at Tuesday night’s Italian Village Commission meeting, it […]

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Share Your Idea for Social Impact
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Want to make social impact in Columbus or share your idea for change? Consider the awesome GiveBackHack, happening March 31-April 2! GiveBackHack is a weekend-long event that brings together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to some of our most pressing social issues. The event brings together community leaders, designers, developers, and other concerned […]

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Treat to Try: Le Chocoholique Sampler
Photo by Miriam Bowers Abbott.

Le Chocoholique is a Short North destination known for its coffee, chocolates and cocktails. If you’re an efficiency freak, you can kill at least two birds with one stone by trying out a chocolate sampler that features a variety of its boozy flavors. The sampler gets you five pretty little chocolate specimens, each with a […]

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The Confluence Cast: Department of Neighborhoods
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As we embark on our semi-regular neighborhoods series, we went to the person tasked with creating a one-stop shop for neighborhoods to access city-government services. In this week’s episode, Director Carla Williams-Scott discusses the various functions of the Department of Neighborhoods, the impetus for it, and what opportunities she sees in the diversity of our city’s neighborhoods and […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Alexis Wilson on a Life in Dance and Working in Columbus
Nationally recognized Alexis Wilson will serve as a guest artist and speaker for this year's OhioDance Festival.

Alexis Wilson has had a distinguished and varied career in dance. She is the daughter of Billy Wilson, a celebrated Broadway choreographer and her mother, who was a prima ballerina. She’s performed classically and commercially all over the world, and she has written and published poetry, a full length musical and a memoir, Not So […]

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Sears Reports “Substantial Doubt” About Future of Company
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In January, The Sears Holdings Corporation announced that it would be closing 150 Sears and Kmart stores across the U.S., including three locations in Central Ohio. Today, it’s been revealed that the company could be closing more, or even all of its stores in the near future. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists […]

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Interview: Kathy Griffin
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About a half-hour before my call with Kathy Griffin was scheduled to begin, my cell phone dinged with a Twitter notification: @GrantWalters76 Are you ready for our interview?? Those six words will tell you almost everything you need to know about Griffin’s character. She’s one of the busiest and most renowned comedians in the world, […]

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Hidden Figures
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Author Margot Lee Shetterly, of the best-selling book (and now award-winning film) Hidden Figures, visited The Ohio State University to discuss how to help diverse women advance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our smart + […]

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Double Comfort Closes This Weekend to Head in Different Direction
Photo by Mollie Lyman.

When Double Comfort opened in 2014 — before the idea of “sanctuary” spaces entered people’s consciousness — the restaurant was a simple conduit, exchanging comfort food for money, and channeling their profits to local organizations. While their identity has been equal parts restaurant and social enterprise, that will be changing on Sunday, March 26, when […]

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Owners of Gotcha Gachapon Bring New Arcade to Eastland Mall
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Gotcha Gachapon is expanding to Eastland Mall. The new location will be named Akiba Arcade, but owner Anthony Locke said it’ll be a mirror image of Gotcha Gachapon, a Japanese arcade for all ages. Locke first opened Gachapon in 2014 in the Short North, but moved just a year later to a bigger space on […]

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Giant Eagle’s Lingering Liquor License is Keeping Other Stores From Moving In
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After Giant Eagle’s closing on Neil Avenue earlier this month, some nearby residents are concerned about the vacant lot’s future. And, although the grocery store’s shelves are empty, the liquor store is still open, stocked and selling. Because their liquor license legally must remain at that address, the shop can’t close for more than 24 […]

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Restaurant Review: Elia Athenian Grill
All photos by Lauren Sega.

Elia Athenian Grill seems like a good addition to the busy scene at Broad & High. Just off the corner (close to the Scientology outlet), it’s a fast-casual joint that offers counter service, and the staffers call out your order by its number when it’s ready for pick-up. For starters, yay for the number thing. […]

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New Franklinton Educational Garden
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START, a fund powered by Columbus startups and launched by Rev1 Ventures, made its first grant of $5,000 to Franklinton Gardens to help create a new educational garden. The fund brings capital and startup support from an entrepreneur-led advisory board to help initiatives and people in central Ohio that are “starting up” something special in the community Read more […]

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