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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;…

Photo by Chris Casella

Ready for Launch

Down an unnamed alley, behind an unmarked door, a small team of Short North space travelers is building a ship to launch them into the great unknown—network television. Enter The Shazzbots, the quintessential Columbus kids…

Photo by Joan Marcus

True Romance

Once, an Irish musical film starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, is not just a literal Guy-meets-Girl-story, but also a modern fable of learning to push past the career-killing phrase: “once I get things straightened…

Photos by Chris Casella

Centered

Tony Meredith is tall, striding across the dance floor in knee high boots and dressed in black. Even in my two-inch heels, I feel diminutive standing across from him. But I don’t feel intimidated. Meredith’s…

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