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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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True Stories Top the Watch List

There’s a lot of nonfiction worth looking into in new streaming films this week, from documentaries to true war stories. Alien encounters (if you want to believe) are a little weaker, but if you’re looking for a familiar riff on the old exorcism classic, we might have a more make believe winner. The Outpost Streaming […]

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Art Commissioners Reflect on Statue Removal, Flag Redesign & More

On Wednesday, July 1, the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue located at City Hall began, as requested by Mayor Andrew Ginther and agreed upon by the Columbus Art Commission, whose members are charged with approving the altering or removal of the city’s public art, among other responsibilities. The seven-person body motioned to move forward […]

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Two More Vendors Cancel Plans for North Market Bridge Park

Momo Ghar and Flowers & Bread will not be moving forward with their plans to set up shop at North Market Bridge Park. Momo Ghar was announced as one of the first five vendors in November 2019, with Flowers & Bread added to the lineup in February 2020 – both dates before the coronavirus pandemic […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Mark Phillips Schwamberger, The Visionary Responsible for Ohio’s Only LGBTQ+ Theater Company
Evolution Theatre Company

When Executive Artistic Director Mark Phillips Schwamberger envisioned recrafting Evolution Theatre into Central Ohio’s only professional LGBTQ+ theater company in 2015, he did it with the sure knowledge that both the need and the audience existed. He imagined it dedicated exclusively to presenting works that celebrate the community’s past, present and future. And with an […]

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City of Columbus Announces Mask Mandate
masks in columbus

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced on Thursday, July 2 that he would be signing an executive order, to go in effect beginning Friday, July 3, requiring the use of facial coverings in public. You will need to wear masks in Columbus in public. Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said the city saw a single-day […]

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Mega Weekend – Independence Day, Four Peel Fest, Fair Food & More
fireworks independence day things to do

Welcome to the weekend. Things are a different for this Independence Day for things to do. Tune into NBC4 for a televised version of Red, White & Boom, July 1 through July 4. The Columbus Museum of Art has reopened. Enjoy your weekend, continue to wear a mask, and be safe! BLACK LIVES MATTER –Black Lives Matter March […]

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Incomplete Cargominium Project Demolished

The stalled Cargominium project – a 25-unit apartment building made out of shipping containers on Old Leonard Avenue – has now been completely demolished, and crews were busy this morning carting scrap metal away from the site. Work first started on the affordable housing development in November of 2016, and by early 2017 the shell […]

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Recovery & COVID-19: How to Restore Your Finances & Be Better Prepared for Future Crises

The COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the global healthcare system and wreaked havoc on international economies. The world went into a recession, many people found themselves out of work, and unemployment cases rose to an all-time high. But now that state governments are lifting their stay-at-home orders, businesses are re-opening and economic recovery is happening […]

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First Look: Center Street Market

Heading towards the finish line in early March before the coronavirus pandemic put the world on hold, Center Street Market vendors are finally getting to serve their first customers in Old Hilliard. Most of the market’s 11 vendors at 5354 Center St. are now open, including Dumplings of Fury, Bakes by Lo, The Cheesecake Girl, […]

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Short Order: Walking Pasta at Pastaria

As COVID-19 continues to work its way through Ohio, there is ongoing solace in comfort foods. When it comes to comfort, starchy foods are our go-to. Think about it: noodle-things, bread-things…they’re oddly calming. Now you can enjoy them together in a wondrous starch sandwich, which provides all the comfort you need, all in a portable […]

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Columbus City Schools Releases Plan for Reopening Schools
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What is school going to look like this Fall as the district plans for reopening schools? Columbus City School Board Members, and the nearly 1,000 people who tuned in to the Facebook Live of the board meeting on Tuesday night, got a glimpse of what returning to school for the 2020/2021 school year is going […]

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The Old Spot Closes, New Concept in the Works

After just under a year in business, The Old Spot in Grandview is permanently closing its doors, effective immediately. Located at 1099 W. First Ave., the restaurant was a collaborative effort between Rick Lopez of Lupo on Arlington and La Tavola, and Tony Tanner of neighbors The Butcher & Grocer. Tanner, along with Butcher & […]

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Work on Northwest Corridor Plan Advances, East and West Corridors to be Next

Work is progressing on a plan to bring new transit options and more concentrated development to the Northwest Side, and work will begin soon on a similar effort focused on two additional corridors – one extending west from Downtown, the other traveling east. The City of Columbus and its partners held a press conference today […]

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FLUX + FLOW Reopening With Dance and Movement
FLUX + FLOW

“We are grateful to our core community for supporting us,” said Russell Lepley-Pelacchi, co-founder with his partner, Filippo, of FLUX + FLOW at 200 Crestview. “Also, we have made many new friends online. This is wonderful for us — and who would have thought?!” FLUX + FLOW, a dance, yoga, and movement studio opened in 2017 […]

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Browndages Fills Gap for Bandages in Brown & Black Skin Tones

Band-Aid recently announced it would be launching a range of bandages in light, medium and deep shades of Brown and Black skin tones. However, a Columbus-based business was already working towards a world where bandages come in more than just white flesh-tones. Browndages sold its first Black and Brown flesh-toned bandages in November of 2018. […]

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Best Films of the First Half of 2020

by Hope Madden and George Wolf We can all agree on one thing: 2020 blows. It hasn’t been great for movies, either, what with every major film being pushed back until at least autumn. But, as is always the case, these challenges have created opportunities—in this case, for spunky little movies ready to come into […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Every piece of our lives changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Theater and performance art, which depends on a circuit of energy, a connection of being in the same room at the same time, suddenly screeched to a halt. For the last few months, theatrical troupes have mulled over “What’s next?”  Many of […]

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CoGo E-Bikes, Discounted Memberships Now Available

CoGo is adding electric bikes to its growing fleet of rentable bikes. The bikes, which are equipped with a battery that provides a pedal-activated boost, are available to rent starting today. Also new to the bike share system is an equity program – called CoGo for All – which will offer $5 annual memberships to […]

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COTA: Free Fares to End This Summer, Shift to Cashless Payment Planned

The free fare policy that was implemented this spring by the Central Ohio Transit Authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely come to an end this summer, although exactly how the transition back to full fares will work is not yet clear. One thing that is known is that cash payment will not […]

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Proponents Speak on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

This article was originally published on Thursday, June 25, 2020. By Susan Tebben Sarina Herman’s mom was dying. It wasn’t just from the cancer she had, but from the chemo being used to treat it, and the language barrier her health care providers couldn’t surpass. “There have been times where they had to push her to […]

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Award-Winning Shorts Series Comes to Gateway

“A roller coaster of imagination and possibility,” is what ShortsTV is calling its program of animated shorts—the first in a series of short film compilations being screened virtually via cinema websites across the country. Here in CBUS, you can watch their One Small Step beginning this weekend via Gateway Film Center’s virtual screening room. Every […]

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Artistic Apartment Building Opens in Franklinton

A new apartment building at the corner of State and Mill streets in Franklinton is now complete and ready for its first occupants. It will add 12 one-bedroom apartments to the neighborhood, along with a new piece of art – a mural by local artist Andrew Lundberg that covers a large portion the building’s facade. […]

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Faith Mission’s Health Center Integrates HIV Testing with Primary Care

Saturday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and a new program from Faith Mission’s Health Center is joining health centers nationally in taking steps toward ending the HIV epidemic. The center offers medical care to people who are homeless, low-income or uninsured. With this new program, many of the free and low-cost services the center […]

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Stonewall Drops Festival for PRIDE 2020, Will No Longer Engage with CPD

Stonewall Columbus Interim Executive Director Densil Porteous earlier this week announced more changes for Columbus PRIDE 2020, which had already been rescheduled for October due to the coronavirus pandemic. “While things continue to change, at this moment we know we will not host a traditional pride festival at our postponed time in October, a possibility […]

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1487 Brewery Bringing Biergarten Experience to Plain City

A taste of the German biergarten experience is headed for Plain City. 1487 Brewery and Biergarten will make its debut at 7620 Industrial Parkway later this summer. It’s the first brewpub location for 1487 which started distributing its beers in July of 2017. After living in Germany for work, Owner Ben King wanted to bring […]

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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020

This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!

CLICK HERE to sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale!