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Concert Preview & Interview: Collective Soul

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Collective Soul

On the cusp of releasing their tenth studio album, "Blood," the Georgia alt-rockers are in Columbus with the Gin Blossoms on Saturday night

Every so often, our family would road trip to escape the wide open spaces of Winnipeg for…the wide open spaces of Minnesota. Shortly after you cross the U.S.-Canada border at Pembina, North Dakota, you could pick up a signal for Magic 96, the FM radio station that served up top 40 tunes to the bustling […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Actor’s Theatre’s Amanda Phillips

Scott Vezdos Scott Vezdos Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Actor’s Theatre’s Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is an actor, director and educator. She has worked in New York, Los Angeles, and in various regional theaters. Recent Columbus credits include Red Herring Productions’ DIRT, Columbus Civic Theatre’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and Actors’ Theatre’s 2018 production of Macbeth as Lady Macbeth. This year Amanda is in the director’s chair for […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents David Bahgat on Directing the Next Generation

Rachel Flenner Rachel Flenner Columbus Makes Art Presents David Bahgat on Directing the Next Generation

David Bahgat has been interacting with Columbus Children’s Theatre in some capacity since 1996. With a BFA in musical theatre from Otterbein and an MFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art & Design, David is also the Director of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes Career Center. Currently he is directing CCT’s upcoming production […]

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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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Video: Ginther Talks Neighborhoods, Public Safety Heading Into Second Term

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Ginther Talks Neighborhoods, Public Safety Heading Into Second Term

Mayor Andrew Ginther is running to keep his seat as Columbus Mayor, which shouldn’t be too difficult, as he’s running unchallenged. Earlier this week, CU sat down with Ginther to discuss his first term, its successes and challenges, and the plans he has for his second term. We ask Ginther about his approach on neighborhood […]

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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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Interview: Anderson East

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Anderson East

With a Grammy nomination and the strength of his second album, "Encore," in his back pocket, East brings his brand of southern soul to Newport Music Hall on Saturday night.

Anderson East was the first musician I interviewed after I started my tenure with CU in 2015. He had just released his outstanding debut album for Elektra, Delilah, and was on his way to Columbus on his first major national tour with The Lone Bellow. He was kind, humble, and wonderstruck by his escalating success. […]

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