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Too Much Eggnog

‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas, And sidled up to the bar, Came a couple of drunkards who were rather bizarre, ‘Cause in all of their years, in and out of bands and careers, They’d…

Illustration by Ryan Caskey.

A League For All

It’s draft day for your fantasy football league. As of now, everyone in the room is friends as they share insider tips, sleeper picks, and the laundry list of avoidable athletes. But in a few…

Photo provided by Gladden Community House.

Gladden Community House

Franklinton is changing. You can’t stand on Town Street east of 315 and throw a rock without hitting a microbrewery, art gallery, or a food truck. However, there is a side of Franklinton, west of…

Photo by Hillary Jones.

Second Nature

“The juices are flowing and if I’m feeling creative, I’m going to go with it,” says Columbus rapper Dominique Larue about her recent prolific streak. Our interview had been bandied about over a two week…

Photo by Reece Thompson.

Second Story

There’s no perfect formula for connecting artists and audiences. But if there were one, the secret ingredient that distinguishes nuisance from ….noise would probably be the venue itself. Maybe that’s why serious musicians and their…

Photo provided Mug & Brush.

Barbershop Quintet

The foremost fear of many musicians is failing to fill a room, and rightly so. The club circuit is cutthroat, and light ticket sales and lackluster turnout can easily kill a band’s future before it…

ARTillery

Leni D. Anderson used to make a scrapbook of military advertisements he found in magazines. He says he knew when he was knee high that he was going to enlist, inspired by his family’s long…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Club Action

If you haven’t taken a moment to watch the world’s first preview of Planet Oasis (or whatever it’s come to be named by the time this prints), the future entertainment utopia promised adjacent the shiny,…

Photo by Katie Forbes.

Resistencia

The worship area at Columbus Mennonite Church is neither spacious nor towering. Nevertheless, its simplicity is beautiful, gathering worshippers into community, focusing them on the divine without otherworldly distractions. For Edith Espinal, who greets me…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Refugee Road

“So many focus on only one part of the story—only on hardships and barriers and trauma and horrific experiences that people have prior to coming here,” Nadia Kasvin says of the refugee and immigration experience….

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Bet on the Net

Like any aspiring Olympian, Ahad Sarand is fighting for the opportunity to represent his country. He has the skill set, and the determination and grit, and in fact represented his birth country of Iran in…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Living Legend

When Choon Mo Yang arrived to Columbus, Ohio in May of 1970, he had one dollar and fifty cents in his pocket and a dream in his heart: to share Taekwondo, the martial art of…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Hidden Temple: Wat Lao

My parents fled as refugees from the southeast Asian nation of Laos following the Vietnam War. After crossing many rivers and running through many fields, they made their way to Columwbus, Ohio after being sponsored…

by Brian Kaiser

Living Legend

When Choon Mo Yang arrived to Columbus, Ohio in May of 1970, he had one dollar and fifty cents in his pocket and a dream in his heart: to share Taekwondo, the martial art of…

by Brian Kaiser

“I Am America.”

Escaped war; war never escaped me. Larry Smith’s six-word memoirs are an exercise designed to cut through the extraneous, and find the fundamental truths at someone’s core in a provocative, intriguing, and immediate way. So…

by Brian Kaiser

Super Fresh

Matt Miner is the kind of cultural chameleon that has come to define Columbus. With equal parts experience on metal and punk stages as in the food industry, he’s the perfect new addition to the…

by Brian Kaiser

Free Sample

Microgreens are the original petite cuisine. Dainty and delicate atop any dish, served at some of the most revered restaurants in Columbus, the highfalutin alternative to salad or sprouts might have an unlikely source. Drew…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

City as Folk

People often come in the first time for eggs. They’re in a modest-sized refrigerator in the back. To get there, you have to walk past the bags of chicken feed and the composting bins, turn…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Doggone Wild

“We’ve got an emergency skunk situation.” Those were the first words out of Adam Turpen’s mouth after the “Hi, nice to meet ya”s. For the past decade, Turpen has been the alpha dog of the…

by Brian Kaiser

Suited for Service

Jim Rieser loves America, appreciates our soldiers, and makes a pretty mean suit. This is year number four for the clothier’s Suits for Soldiers campaign, a program that gifts eight soldiers with custom-made suits to…

by Collins Laatsch

Learning Cycle

Self reliance has been marketed out of the modern bicycling industry over the past few decades, but small local bike shops and scrappy co-ops like Franklinton Cycle Works have made it their mission to bring…

by Lauren Snyder

Day, Made

It’s lunch time at BrewDog Short North. The Street Thyme food truck is in the parking lot. Cookies from Piece of Cake bakery are on a table nearby. The customers are on the back patio…

Serious Funds

The annual A&F Challenge raises money to send kids with serious illness to summer camp Crafting, archery, a check up with a cardiologist, and a campfire sing-a-long; the daily agenda for a camper at Flying…

Photo by Brian Kaiser

Adulting Awards

On a whim three years ago, jewelry maker Chelsey Hill decided to design award ribbons to celebrate life’s underappreciated achievements. Her first two ribbons read, “Adulting Honorable Mention” and “I Put Pants on Today.” She snapped…

Top Dog

Meet Titan, the undisputed best dog in Columbus The pet people of Columbus have spoken, and they voiced (or clicked, rather…) their votes for the Cutest Canine in Columbus Contest, brought to you by Playful…

California Screenin’

Allow me to spare you from the disappointment of hyperbole—there is no surfing in Ohio. Much like  jumbo shrimp, the Hell’s Angels, and Christian Scientists, the popular apparel brand SURF OHIO presents a playful contradiction….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

Girl Talk

Columbus women tell their stories on new podcast. Lorrin Higgins proudly uses the F-word. That’s feminist, thank you. After finding a dearth of female voices in the Columbus podcast scene, Higgins started reaching out to…

Bark! Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Dollars to Doggos

Columbus-based, pet-centric businesses where you can spend your bark bucks Cats and dogs are magical, wonderful creatures. They’re weird, sometimes gross and sometimes frustrating. But most importantly, they love us (though, cats can make us…

Photo by Brian Kaiser

Human’s Best Friend

Columbus charity forges community service through low-income pet aid In some cases, it’s just a small bag of kibble. But what people take away from their interaction with Faithful Forgotten Best Friends is much larger—and…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Dog’s Day Inn

Progressive pet space offers more than just a walk in the park Bacon balls are no match for Eddie. He’s usually a patient and well-behaved black lab—he waits to be called, he’s not too rough…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Notes From The Top

How Sonia Modes became the First Lady of piano in Columbus. Sonia Modes is timeless. It’s notable enough to make a living as a musician for almost three quarters of a century in a town…

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