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How a Local Scholarship Helps a Vibrant Life Live On

Ian Van Heyde believed in his heart that he was going to have his own restaurant one day. The culinary student and employee at Cameron Mitchell’s Martini Modern Italian restaurant in the Short North had big dreams, and the outgoing personality, innate talent, and dedicated work ethic to make them a reality.⠀‍Ian’s dream was tragically cut […]

Fast Forward: North Market & More

New updates on the North Market development project last week meant that there was renewed buzz about the eventual replacement of the iconic market’s parking lot with a large-scale, multi-purpose building. And while the new development will have a sizable impact on the immediate area, it’s worth noting that it’s not the only change occurring […]

What Does the Governor’s New Task Force Mean for the Future of Mapfre Stadium and the Fairgrounds?

Governor Mike DeWine has formed a new task force that will take a big-picture look at the future of the Ohio State fairgrounds and the state-owned land immediately surrounding it. “Today, I am announcing the formation of a task force, called ‘Expo 2050,’ to take stock of all of the great things going on at […]

Rooftop Yoga at Gravity to Benefit Pets
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“My little Piper weighed less than 4 pounds when I picked her up; she should’ve weighed 20!” says Julie Wilkes. “They said that she only had a day left before she would’ve died. Kidnappers stole her from someone’s yard and put her into a crate too small for her. They stored dogs in a barn, and […]

Comic Competition Podcast Comes to Shadowbox Live

Dino Tripodis has mastered the art of blending experience, bringing his years in standup comedy to bear on his years in Columbus radio, honing those same performance and technical skills in front of and behind the feature film camera. In 2017 he mixed his broadcasting and interviewing talent with a love of whiskey for his […]

Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

For almost 70 years, Guys and Dolls, with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on Damon Runyon’s short stories), and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, has charmed and enthralled audiences. Otterbein Summer Theatre’s sizzling production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz (also conducting the orchestra from the piano for original music director Samuel […]

New Short North Ice Cream Shop CRMD Targets a Younger Audience

Move over, all you mom and pop ice cream shops, CRMD (Creamed) is incoming. Owned by husband and wife team Kristina Duong and Benjamin Stoyka, CRMD is bringing an LA attitude to the ice cream business. It’ll open in the old PM Gallery space in the Short North on July 20. Though they’re Ohio natives, […]

Loads of Movies This Weekend

This represents that deep breath week between Spider-Man: Far from Home and Lion King. That means there are a blue million movies, most of them smaller, none of them hoping to do MCU or Disney numbers, opening this week. Some of them are terrible. Some are not. Here is the skinny. Stuber by Hope Madden […]

Columbus-Made “Street Where We Live” Now Streaming

There’s been some exciting news for local filmmakers. Director John Whitney’s award-winning independent drama The Street Where We Live is now available for home viewing.  “The film is on Amazon right now and VOD,” says co-writer/producer/co-star Dino Tripodis. “Amazon Prime members will be able to get it for free in October. It’s available on Dish […]

Child Services gets Much-Needed Boost from Dublin-Based Northwoods

The professionals that work in the human services industry, including caseworkers, child welfare workers and the like, have a staggeringly high turnover rate. Child welfare workers, in particular, are responsible for the very demanding job of ensuring a better living environment for children in unsafe conditions. Because of turnover, they could be among a long […]

Local Filmmaker Brings Screening of ‘Cadia: The World Within’ to Alma Mater

After a sold out premiere last month at Gateway Film Center, the fantasy film Cadia: The World Within screens at Capital University’s Mees Hall — the very hall where some of the movie was shot. Writer/director and Capital grad Cedric Gegel is thrilled to be able to share his film this Friday, July 12 at […]

Band Interview: Raven Black

Los Angeles-based dark metal ensemble Raven Black, currently on a nationwide ticket with four other bands, Static-X, DevilDriver, Wednesday 13, and Dope, are en route to this weekend’s Inkcarceration Festival at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Self-branded as ‘a theatrical act influenced by gothic, classical, and carnival music,’ lead vocalist and principal songwriter Raven, […]

Mega Weekend: Home Tours, Music Festivals, Ohio Wine Festival and More
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Have a great weekend and try to stay cool! The Coworking Tour has been announced, if you’d like to see some of the city’s cool office spaces, get a ticket! Check out our contest page for concerts and BIA Parade of Homes. If you ride a bike on 3rd street in Downtown, MORPC wants your thoughts. Below are […]

The Big Table is Back August 28!

Pull up a chair, central Ohio! The Big Table is back on August 28! The Big Table® is a day of community building through conversations designed to connect and inspire central Ohio! Through open, thoughtful conversations, we will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and […]

Wild Goose Creative Expands to Franklinton

Wild Goose Creative (WGC) has announced the signing of a new space in Franklinton at 188 S. McDowell St. The community arts organization has resided at 2491 Summit St. in SoHud (South of Hudson) since 2008, but says it can and wants to do more. Among WGC’s plans are providing more space for new and […]

Restaurant Review: Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse

Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse opened without much fanfare Downtown. It’s a little off the beaten bath, when it comes to eating. You won’t find it on the thoroughfare on Gay Street or Fourth. Instead, it set up shop on Young Street, in a large space that is shockingly appropriate for a classic barbecue restaurant. It […]

North Market Tower Gets Major Design Update

For the first time in over two years, the proposal to build a mixed-use development on the site of the North Market parking lot has gotten a major update. Representatives involved with the project unveiled the latest design overhaul for the building yesterday, which is slated to include a mix of residential, office, retail, parking, […]

Dulce Vida Expanding to the Short North

Local ice cream shop Dulce Vida is rapidly expanding throughout Columbus. With two locations established since 2016, the authentic Mexican ice cream parlor will open a third in the Short North this fall. “They wanted to expand. And we took them to breakfast one morning several months ago in the Short North. And the owner, […]

Adelphi Quarter Development Breaks Ground

A new $20 million mixed-use residential development known as The Adelphi Quarter officially broke ground this morning at 818 E. Long St. The project is the largest that the King-Lincoln District neighborhood has seen over the past decade, which will include 130 apartment units and 9,000 square feet of retail space. The project is a […]

The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

All the finest culture is homegrown. Julie Whitney Scott’s Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) shines as an example of that truism, more pronounced than ever. For the last six years, CBTF has nurtured voices and shone a light to inspire writers and actors to bring their own truth to life. I interviewed Scott by email […]

Treat to Try: Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery

About five years ago, Columbus was hit hard by the cupcake bus. It seemed like there was a spot on every corner, peddling artisan cupcakes.   All good things must come to an end, and many cupcake joints faded into oblivion, joining a legion of other bygone trends like fro-yo. These days, cupcakes have returned to the […]

The Music Room Brings Nashville Style Performances to Central Ohio

In January 2019, The Music Room officially opened above The Market at Flint Station in Worthington. When The Market opened last October and owners LeighAnn Guagenti and Gracie Guagenti held a grand opening celebration for the space, Rich Sharick had a look at the space for the first time. He had been wanting to see […]

Video: Cooking on a Budget with Local Matters

Local Matters, an organization addressing food insecurity, is bringing back their Veggie Van. First introduced in 2009, the Veggie Van has recently received an influx of funding to get it back on the streets in neighborhoods without easy access to fresh, organic produce. Tori Strickland, Director of Programs for Local Matters, says this newest iteration […]

North Market Announces New Merchant American Nut Company

The North Market has announced that local business American Nut Company will be joining its lineup. The new merchant will set up between Little Eater and North Market Spices, opening later this summer. American Nut Company specializes in Bavarian glazed roasted almonds and pecans. It’s a healthier spin on the typical state fair snacks with […]

Local Artist Spotlight: Daric Gill

Two decades ago, Daric Gill dated a girl over the summer from Urbana, a city near his hometown. He would go and see her on the weekends, but admittedly, Gill doesn’t think the girl was that into him. That was fine, though, because by the end of the summer Gill had become better friends with […]

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