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Illustration by Katie Hamill

Rise of the Gamers

This is the age of the video game. Once consigned to youth and a subset of hardcore enthusiasts, gaming has spent four decades growing and spreading its reach to become a bona fide part of…

Photo by Chris Casella

Big Break(er)

Discovering your destiny can be as simple as looking for the signs. While scanning the horizon of Westerville near Maxtown Road, Josh Gandee’s eyes happened to fall upon a “Truck Route to Broadway” road sign,…

Sound Opinions

Mozart. The Sound of Music. The Doppler Effect. Music and sound are inseparable from the city of Salzburg, Austria, the hometown of David Danzmayr, Music Director for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, who grew up with a…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Opening Volley: October

Last month, I was invited to be a part of the panel at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s 40th summer celebration and annual meeting. For those who know me, “metropolitan” isn’t the first adjective that comes to…

Photo by Chris Casella

Heavy Metal

Jay Leno is a fan. Aniket Vardhan’s hand-built mechanical wonder, The Musket V-twin motorcycle engine, was recently featured on Leno’s CNBC show Garage—a real feather in the cap for any gearhead. Leno is more than…

Photos & Story by Cory Klein

Going Up

Story by: Don Argento Photos by: Cory Klein Don’t tell Bri DeRolph you can’t mix work and play. Especially when your home/office is cooler than most single homes or offices. When DeRolph spotted an industrial building for…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

Weed Wars

Ian James entered his office in a rush, immediately issuing a string of profanity. The good-natured rant was aimed at the team of 20- and 30-somethings who have overtaken the aging manor on Broad Street…

Photo by Katie Wheeler

Viva Lex-Vegas

For those who refuse to end their summer fun on Labor Day, there’s still plenty to be had in Lexington. An easy, three-hour drive from Columbus, everything you need for one final blowout weekend is…

Photo by Adam Elkins

Uncovering Columbus

Picture the city in your mind. What do you see? LeVeque Tower? The Scioto? The colossal stone arch in McFerson Commons, or the iron arches above High Street? Ohio Stadium? Franklin Park Conservatory? These are…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Great Pumpkin King

Most of us commonfolk take a classic approach to pumpkin carving: some triangular eyes, a bucktoothed grin, and (if you’re feeling especially creative) another triangle for the nose. Boom. You’re finished. But then there’s always…

Photo by Chris Casella

King Harvest

During my sophomore and junior years of college, I took a year off. You know, the one where you work a crap job and party yourself out so you can go back to school and…

Photos by Chris Casella

Second Wave

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that we read as kids? The one where you make a choice at the end of every chapter and each choice lead to different stories? The menu at…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Off the Chain

I wasn’t taught specifically to abhor chain restaurants. It just sort of developed over time—this general compulsion to discredit a restaurant for having multiple locations. After all, good food comes from good chefs, and good chefs…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Sloshed & Found

I still mourn my old leather jacket. It was gorgeous—kinda badass, but all cut in at the sides for a sexy little fit. She was witness to, well, far more youthful transgressions than I care to…

Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Avocado

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Photos by Chris Casella

Columbuzz: The Pools

In much the same way musicians from the High Street guard of the ’90s—guys like Jim Shepard, Mike Rep, and Ron House—influenced the mid-’00s boom that included the bulk of Columbus Discount Records’ roster and…

Punk’s Not Passed

It was Black Flag squatting in a dilapidated church. Darby Crash muttering his classic “puzzled panther” musings. A coked-up Ozzy cooking an egg, or the infamous scene of W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes chugging straight vodka from his swimming pool…

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…

Photos by Nick Fancher

Fine Lines

Fall is arguably the best season in Columbus. The summer furnace begins its slow burn out and the nights are kissed with cold. In city parks and along its streets, the trees start their inevitable metamorphosis…

Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom

Catch a Rising Star

We ran an article in our September issue last year (“Adopt a Buckeye”) that pointed to five unheralded players we thought could become household names by season’s end—Cardale Jones, Corey Smith, Darron Lee, Eli Apple,…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

Real Talk with Fake Urban

Urban Meyer has already inspired many things since arriving at Ohio State—players, students, fans, and probably much to his chagrin, a parody Twitter account, @FakeUrban. Sample tweet—FACT: we’re selling booze in parts of my stadium…

Honor. Defend.

Confidence isn’t a feeling—it’s the repeated experience of doing something properly. In college football, it usually happens that many (if not most) of the players who finish as champions each year move on, leaving the…

Photo by David Heasley

View from the Top

Last year’s improbable national championship was made sweeter by being unexpected. It was made sweeter by 12 years of waiting, 12 years of near-misses, 12 years of agonizing defeats. It was made sweeter by more…

Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Mushroom

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

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