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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…

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

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…

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…

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)

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.

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…

Photo by Chris Casella & Rachael Barbash

Stage Left

At Hashtag Comedy’s Who Is Lying? live game show, the hot seat was burning for the first contestant when improviser Joe Moorer grilled him about his date, who was watching from the audience. “How long…

Illustration by Dustin Goebbel

No Tomorrow

You know how sometimes when you say a word over and over again out loud, it starts to become unfamiliar and disjointed and meaningless? That’s the best way to describe the experience of the 24-hour…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

In Their Element

It’s easy to take Studio 35 for granted. The humble, single screen cinema has been tucked away in Clintonville’s backyard for decades. “Oh,” someone will say as recognition kicks in, “that’s the Rocky Horror place.”…

The Art of Arnold

Depending on whom you ask, the Arnold Sports Festival (March 3-6) represents a variety of different philosophies. For some, it’s pure virility—that hyper-masculine aesthetic you might expect from the nation’s leading body building competition. But…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Making Up Space

Innovation exists somewhere in the murky middle between establishment and fantasy. It’s not always neat and tidy, and it is certainly never predictable. Originality is pushing and pulling at comfort zones, stretching them into new…

Photo courtesy of BalletMet

Fall Arts Guide

Flip-flops and popsicles, breezy outdoor movies and sweaty concerts make the summer months an outdoor playground for the arts. Festivals celebrate culture and community, street art and street food, sunshine smiles and lukewarm liquor. Now…

Ruralists

As I trek through an overgrown field of tall grass and wildflowers in Zanesville Ohio, I can see the Columbia Portland Cement factory huddled in the distance. It’s a massive abandoned compound surrounded by wilderness;…