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Theatre Review: Edge of Your Seat Fun With JACK and Phil. Slayers of Giants INC.
Aiden Behrens as Phil in the Columbus Children's Theatre production of “JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants INC.” Photo by David Heasley.

The Columbus Children’s Theatre latest production brings the regional premiere of JACK and Phil. Slayers of Giants INC. to the Park Street Theatre. It’s a modern retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale set in present day and includes a new addition – Jack’s friend and next door neighbor Phil. The play starts […]

Neil Goldberg Brings Inhibited Bites, Life Improbable as Science Fiction, to the Idea Foundry through the Wexner Center
Neil Goldberg's one-man show Inhibited Bites to the Idea Foundry on February 21.

Time Out New York said artist Neil Goldberg “imbues familiar visions with unexpected associations and unforeseen grace.” In collaboration with CCAD, where Goldberg is both teaching and giving a public lecture on February 22, the Wexner Center brings his beguiling one-man show Inhibited Bites to the Idea Foundry on February 21. I spoke with Goldberg […]

Photos: Awolnation, Nothing But Thieves and Irontom

A triple-hitter of cd102.5 spun alt-rock bands hit the Express Live! stage on Saturday night as Awolnation, Nothing But Thieves and Irontom swung through Columbus. Exuberant indie-rock act with bits of Awolnation, Irontom opened the night with an enjoyable set, while England’s Nothing but Thieves delivered a fairly no-thrills collection of radio-ready rock numbers. Silhouetted, […]

Rio Fresh Cafe Opens in Old Phatt Taco Space Downtown

After Phatt Taco vacated the space at 50 N. High Street, it sat vacant for awhile. Now, a new business has come on the scene: Rio Fresh, offering organic breakfast and lunch items. It opened on Wednesday, February 14. The concept was created by local entrepreneur Aida Wilson, who runs the store with her daughter […]

Celebrating Columbus’ National Number Ones!

Columbus is full of remarkable visionaries and people working together for the betterment of everyone—that’s why The Columbus Foundation celebrates our community’s National Number Ones! “We are proud to honor these champions who represent our smart and open city with their extraordinary achievements,” said Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “We applaud […]

Fourth Annual 2x2Fest Boasts New Location, Added Pop-Up Events

The fourth annual 2×2 Hip-Hop Festival will take place at a new location this year, taking the outdoor festival featuring b-boy and b-girl battles, graffiti artists and hip-hop performances to the west side. 2x2Fest organizers were in search of a new festival space after the previous venue, Rice Paddy Motorcycles, was sold. After a months-long search, […]

MegaWeekend – 58 Ways to Spend Your Weekend in Columbus

Whether you’re flying solo, spending the weekend with your family, or meeting up with friends, you’ve got your pick of a wide range of events this weekend. Don’t miss out, and don’t forget to check out our Contests page to win tickets to see Kelsea Ballerini! Runners of all ages, don’t forget to check out […]

Artist-Run Gallery Space to Open in Westgate BusinessWorks Storefront
Textile Art

Westgate BusinessWorks’ newest tenant, 3060 Artworks, will be an artist-run gallery and event space that provides public art to the Hilltop community. Patti Von Niessen, who serves as executive director for Summer Jam West, an annual arts and music festival taking place in the Hilltop area, has known owners Barbara Miller and Daryl Hennessy since she […]

Concert Preview & Interview: Little Big Town

If you haven’t heard Little Big Town’s The Breaker, you’re missing out on one of the best country albums of the past year. Actually, it’s unfair of me to narrow it down to a single genre, because while there are enough moments on the record to satiate its purists, there are just as many places where […]

Photos: Sweet Treats Dessert Festival 2018

We may still be buzzing from all the sugar at last weekend’s Sweet Treats Dessert Festival. A huge thank you to the hundreds of dessert fans who came out and made the event fantastic. A big shout out to all our vendors who all brought the sweetness for all of us to enjoy! Guests tasted […]

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters Nears Opening at the View on Grant

As The View on Grant apartment project comes together, so does the Stauf’s Coffee Roasters that will be on the ground floor of the development. The cafe, known for coffee and light bites, might incorporate new elements after it first opens, said President Mark Swanson, depending on the needs of the neighborhood. It’ll open up […]

Locations Revealed for 26 New CoGo Stations

The next wave of new CoGo stations are scheduled to be installed this summer, expanding the bike share system’s network farther from the Downtown core and into Bexley, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington for the first time. Thirteen of the 26 new stations will be located in Columbus, including new docks in Clintonville, Milo-Grogan, the […]

Ohio’s Own: Soul of the South

Double Comfort had a good run a while back as a fried chicken joint in the Short North. The idea behind the place was to offer up comfort foods in the context of a business model devoted to raising money for local food pantries. So, each meal gave comfort to both restaurant patrons and those […]

Columbus Makes Art Presents: Local Art Treasure Mary Jo Bole Moves into Filmmaking
Local history plays a part in Mary Jo Bole's projects. Photo courtesy The Wexner Center for the Arts.

A fixture of the Columbus art scene for decades, Mary Jo Bole has unearthed and explored fascinating bits of local history through a wide variety of mediums. For her newest work, she’s delved into a connection between her family and the Carnegies, the Pittsburgh family that made its name in the steel industry. She’s also […]

Empowering Central Ohio’s Trans Youth

A national survey by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network found that 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school. The need for a program like Genderscope, at Kaleidoscope Youth Center, is imperative, as many of these youths face daily struggles.  “Michael attends Genderscope for trans and gender-nonconforming youth every Tuesday evening where […]

Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

For true theatre connoisseurs in Columbus, there isn’t a better time of year than Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative. As with last year, the core producing duo of Available Light Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh and for/word company Founder and Director Jennifer Schlueter are joined by Karie Miller, and this festival of brand-new work returns to […]

Black Panther and Lesser Offerings in Theaters

Black Panther is here! Go see it. Dude, I’m not even lying. There may be other movies out this weekend (I mean, there are—see below), but this is the one you want to see. Black Panther Ryan Coogler’s stunning first feature, 2013’s Fruitvale Station, proved his instincts as a storyteller. It also made apparent the […]

Don’t Slip on Speedy Tax Returns

Have a pending bill and think you can cover it fast by filing your federal tax returns? Two words of advice: be careful. There is nothing wrong or illegal about seeking your tax return money as quickly as possible. The question you need to ask yourself is whether the terms are worth it. Millions of […]

Restaurant Review: Ray Ray’s (Westerville)

Ray Ray’s has a drive thru in Westerville. Best known as a mobile food operation, it opened up the permanent north-end outlet in 2017. Having stood dutifully in line under the hot sun, in rain and biting winter winds, at its food truck, waiting for an order of Ray Ray’s ribs from the comforts of […]

Proposals for High Street and 11th Avenue to be Reviewed

The University Impact District Review Board (UIDRB) will hear two new proposals from Buckeye Real Estate this week. One calls for a new three-story building that would sit in front of an existing apartment building on North High Street. The other would require the demolition of five existing houses on East 11th Avenue. That proposal […]

Coleman Government Center is Nearly Open for Business

City and civic leaders gathered yesterday to christen the new eight-story City of Columbus office building at 111 N. Front St. as the Michael B. Coleman Government Center, named after the city’s most recent former mayor. “Much of the city’s success today can be traced directly to the courage and leadership of Mayor Coleman,” stated current […]

NEXT: A Market Where Data Creation is Paid Labor

I recently completed a six-month program with my insurance company where I implanted a device in my car that measured my driving habits. In exchange, based on the quality of my driving as measured by their metrics, I got a discount on my rate. (But I could have just as easily received no discount.) The […]

Bend Active Looking for Models for The Arnold
Bend Active is holding a Runway Model Call for The Arnold yoga fashion show. Photo via Pexels.

“We want to inspire with the incredible stories of Columbus’ fitness community,” noted Adam Heller, co-owner with his wife, Laura, of Bend a local designer/manufacturer of athletic wear. Bend will have three fashion shows and a booth at the upcoming 2018 Arnold Classic. Bend is trying out models for their runway shows this week. RSVP […]

Local Spotlight: Earwig Re-Releases “Gibson Under Mountain”

Today, Columbus’ indie-rock sons Earwig are re-releasing their 2011 album, Gibson Under Mountain.  Perhaps one of Earwig’s least-known recordings, the album, which followed 2006’s Center of the Earth and preceded their most recent release, 2016’s Pause for the Jets was, by the band’s own admission “criminally under-promoted” when it initially arrived. “We released what I think is […]

Columbus Diners Moving Away From Chain Restaurants

Customer preferences are changing rapidly in favor of independent restaurants versus chains, according to Yelp’s second annual Local Economic Outlook report. “While chain restaurants across the country encounter increasingly choosy diners, independent fast-food and fast-casual restaurants have seen a continued increase in average ratings, improving by seven percent in the last five years,” stated Yelp […]