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The Big Short

Comedy knows no limits—and neither does Patton Oswalt. His work is honest, and with honesty comes indecency and, in Oswalt’s case, vicious self-deprecation. “My circle of friends has always been funnier than me,” Oswalt jeered…

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Word Play

Nancy Kangas is one of those Columbus creatives that has been in my peripheral vision since, well, forever. Somewhere in my house—I am not a hoarder because books don’t count—I have a copy of this…

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Newer Grow Up

Hanging off an entry wall in the Gateway Film Center is a colossal wooden sandworm—a zebra striped serpent with dull red eyes and conical teeth, hosting a smaller, fiercer snakehead inside of its mouth. Beside…

Photo by Ryan Miller
Photo by Ryan Miller

Within Range

When Peggy Kriha Dye seized the opportunity to reshape Columbus’s premier opera company as its Artistic Director, she not only brought a new artistic vision to the stage, but also sought to change its aging…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Rising Like the Phoenix

Moxy Martinez doesn’t give two shits about the norm. She’s anti-box—actually anti-anti—a breath of fresh air when you need a thoughtful perspective, and the anger you need when you feel like everything’s hopeless. She’s also…

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See Them Roar

It all started with a Post-It, smacked defiantly on the wall of the Cultural Arts Center during the “You Call That Art?” exhibit of 2013. Part of the all-Ohio show featured a 25-foot timeline detailing…

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Turn Out The Light

Motels are mysterious. Carved into the American imagination, these by-the-road pit stops with bright neon signs glaring out of the vast darkness between clusters of city lights are in turns places of anonymous rendezvous, murders…

Photo by Nick Fancher
Photo by Nick Fancher

Goodnight, Owl

I don’t particularly enjoy watching movies alone. For me, having another person to kick around with and reflect on the impeding action or drama makes the experience more valuable. Well, in the golden era of late…

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Side Gigs

Musicians are a mixed bag of misfits. That’s not intended as an insult—it’s actually the highest compliment. From open mic acoustic to street corner soul, musicians cross all socioeconomic strata and do what most only…

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Worldwide Wayne

Wayne Lawson thinks Columbus should know more about Chile. Specifically, he’s dedicated to building community and arts-focused relationships between these two unique places, sharing the outstanding contemporary art coming from Chile’s many talented emerging artists…

Clark Wilson, CAPA Organist poses for a portrait  Saturday June 18, 2016 at the Ohio Theatre. The Organ Wilson plays during the CAPA Summer Movie Series is called the 'Mighty Morton' and was installed in the theatre in 1928.  Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. and is comprised of more than 2,500 pipes. (© James D. DeCamp | http://www.JamesDeCamp.com | 614-367-6366)
Clark Wilson, CAPA Organist poses for a portrait Saturday June 18, 2016 at the Ohio Theatre. The Organ Wilson plays during the CAPA Summer Movie Series is called the 'Mighty Morton' and was installed in the theatre in 1928. Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. and is comprised of more than 2,500 pipes. (© James D. DeCamp | http://www.JamesDeCamp.com | 614-367-6366)

The Swell of Summer

When the Mighty Morton organ first comes alive, it sounds like a house furnace turning on. Somewhere in the basement of the Ohio Theater, a 25-horsepower turbine blower gains speed, thrusting wind up through the…

Olivera Bratich in her Clintonville store, Wholly Craft, on June 22, 2016.
Olivera Bratich in her Clintonville store, Wholly Craft, on June 22, 2016.

This Chick Knows How to Party

“The first party I remember going to? It was in first grade and someone’s parents rented out the McDonald’s Playland and we all got Happy Meals.” It’s important to remember that back then—pre-Super Size Me…

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