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Local Comedy Spotlight: The Nestival

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Comedy Spotlight: The Nestival

The Nest Theatre's third annual improv festival, featuring local and out-of-town performers, kicks off Thursday night

In 2016, veteran Chicago-based improvisers Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto established Columbus’ first dedicated improv performance and training center. Three years later, after finding its permanent home at the edge of Downtown in Franklinton, The Nest Theatre is thriving — regularly selling out shows across its 12 rotating productions, and filling up its core curriculum […]

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Music Interview: Tori Kelly

Grant Walters Grant Walters Music Interview: Tori Kelly

The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter brings her latest tour, "The Acoustic Sessions," and new music to Columbus Friday night

For Wildomar, California native Tori Kelly, her current headlining tour, The Acoustic Sessions, is a return to a familiar, unostentatious place where her now-flourishing music career began. “Just me and my guitar is really how it started,” she recalls in our phone conversation a few weeks ago. “Putting out stuff on YouTube, it was just […]

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Photos: Weezer & Pixies at the Schottenstein Center

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Weezer & Pixies at the Schottenstein Center

If your roots spent any time steeped in 90s alt-rock, it was hard not to bask in the guitar-buzzed glow of the Weezer & Pixies double bill last Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center.  A respectable number of ticketholders showed up at seven o’clock to check out the opening act – the Ipswich, England-reared rock quintet, Basement. Opening […]

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Comedy Interview: Margaret Cho

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Margaret Cho

The celebrated comedian and advocate extends her 'Fresh Off the Bloat Tour' to Columbus this weekend

I owe a lot to Margaret Cho’s 2000 one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, as an integral part of both my evolving comedy and cultural education. It’s a magnificent, powerful work in which she evokes humor, anger, advocacy, and optimism in one fell swoop, delivered with comedic cadence that is unflinching and physical. […]

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Local Music Spotlight: Ghost Soul Trio

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Music Spotlight: Ghost Soul Trio

The threesome's debut set of infectious, glimmering tracks, "Too Many Futures", will be front-and-center during their album release party tonight at The Basement

I’m always happy to hear from local artists like Ghost Soul Trio who are tirelessly working to shape Columbus’ diversifying musical palette. My first taste of their material was the thick vintage R&B thump of their recent singles “Pantherland” and “Potassitorium,” both of which spotlight the obviously adept chops of bassist Nate Gelfand and drummer […]

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Interview: Nina West’s Big Debut on the Small Screen

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Nina West’s Big Debut on the Small Screen

Columbus' own is set to sparkle as a contestant on season eleven of the VH1 reality series, "RuPaul's Drag Race"

After entertaining Columbus audiences for nearly two decades, Nina West is mere hours from being an international phenomenon. Tonight, viewers around the world will watch her inaugural appearance on the 11th season of the award-winning VH1 reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Casting for each season’s 14 competitors is an intensive process. West’s ninth audition proved […]

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Comedy Interview: Matt Braunger

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Matt Braunger

The acclaimed stand-up, podcaster, and MADtv alumnus comes to Columbus tomorrow night for a one-night-only engagement at the Funny Bone

Matt Braunger’s latest hour of comedy, Finally Live in Portland, is inescapably relatable. Much like his other stand-up contemporaries who have commanded a niche as storytellers, his ace is in the spin and delivery – smart, accessible, and nuanced by his point-of-view that feels familiar and comfortable, but unique to the point that you want […]

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