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Sim City

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A For the uninitiated, the series of commands above is indecipherable nonsense, but it’s immediately recognizable to gamers as the renowned “Konami Code,” the sequence of…

Photo by Brian Hockensmith
Photo by Brian Hockensmith

Walking Tall

What do you and your friends do when you hang out? Board games? Beers? Jessica Minshall’s swing from trapezes, ride unicycles, breathe fire, and walk on stilts. Her Amazing Giants, a delightful band of circus…

Les Wexner introduces Annie Liebovitz, 2013. Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons
Les Wexner introduces Annie Liebovitz, 2013. Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

Wex on Wex

Visit the Wexner Center on any given day and you’re likely to encounter something you’ve never seen before. It’s a hive of creativity, a “laboratory,” as the institution’s benefactor Leslie H. Wexner prefers to call…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Small Wonder

Stephanie Rond is sick. She’s sniffling and smells like cough drops. The funny, creativity-to-spare local artist who just the other day took me for a ride on the back of her scooter – pink hair…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Brain Crawl

Zombies have a bad reputation. People complain about the continuous moaning. “Urghhhhh!!” They find it impolite. The grotesque, rotten appearance…unbecoming. But people mostly complain about their cannibalistic nature. You eat one person, and that’s gonna…

A still image from 'Til Death.
A still image from 'Til Death.

Depth of Field

Columbus filmmaker Jason Tostevin is like a brilliant chef. Only in his case, a master who spends thousands of hours meticulously preparing a meal destined to be devoured briefly, or perhaps discarded altogether. “You’re so…

Photo by Laura Buntemeyer
Photo by Laura Buntemeyer

Monster’s Ball

In a room full of gorgeous, nearly stark naked models, a horrifying clown named Snappy commands all the attention. Stubble pokes through the black face paint across his jowls, contrasting his satiny costume of whimsical…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Shell Game

A snapping turtle, freshly plucked from Lake Thoreau, hissed at Nate “Coyote” Peterson. She launched her face at him, punching her reptilian head toward his fingers before snapping her head back under her shell. She…

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Uncovered

Our 2014 ColumBest cover was illustrated by Mirabilis Lee, co-owner of Actual Brewing and the artist responsible for the unique labels seen on their bottles. Lee, who owns the East-side brewery with her husband, Fred…

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5 Years: Art

After the economic downturn of 2008-09, professional artists found themselves with fewer sales and escalating rent, even in some of the long-held, low-cost bastions of art…and they adapted, emerging from the recession stronger. We asked…

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Body of Work

Sudden, life-threatening illness in a child is among life’s most terrifying circumstances. Samantha Bennett, who was just nine months old when she contracted bacterial meningitis, considers herself fortunate that her life was spared from the…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Holy Hip Swinging

Get ready for a wedding – belly dance style. Columbus-based Sacred Shimmy Belly Dance troupe is committed to marrying ancient tribal customs with some that are new. “When I started dancing, there was a taboo…

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