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Fitness in Flight

I am suspended upside down 10 feet in the air. Two long, shimmering white sheets rigged to the ceiling are holding me up—one wrapped carefully around my left foot and the other nestled tightly underneath my…

Photo by Chris Casella

Stage Moms

One weekend a year, the second largest bodybuilding competition in the world is held right here in Columbus. Thousands of competitors compete in the Arnold for a chance at a trophy and a moment of…

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 Rainer Ziehm

Gunk Rock

In his 2010 tome We Never Learn, author Eric Davidson didn’t set out to write a history book. His mission was humble; he wanted to devote ink to the “undergut” of punk and bands like…

Give-and-Bake

Clintonville’s section of High Street is teeming with brick buildings; some squat to the ground, others soar a couple stories high. Approaching the North Broadway intersection, however, a smile of yellow rises alongside the busy…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Poké Men

Imagine walking into the local gas station and instead of finding rolling hot dogs sweating pig juice and cardboard pizza with questionable cheese, you see bowls of super fresh cubed ahi tuna marinated in soy…

Star Search

Thad Matta, the winningest coach in Ohio State basketball history (men’s or women’s), has finished outside of his conference’s top five just twice in his 15-year career. The first was in his debut season at…

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…

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 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

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…

Photo by Ray Lavoie

Ready to ‘Ware

The ’50s: a time when Tupperware was considered more “space-age technological triumph” than “impulse buy at Wal-Mart.” It was also the dawn of a golden era for door-to-door dealing, where the “Tupperware party” took its…

Photo by Chris Casella

Tasting Notes

“Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart.” — Gregory David Roberts It’s hard for me to disagree. I’m watching Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard, Aloe Blacc join Stephen Colbert for…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Joy Division

What do office parties and spirit tastings have in common? Well, besides free booze—which is awesome—let’s just say they’re not always the most fresh events around. Enter the HR Department, a playful mix of cocktails,…

Photo by Chris Casella

Adam Roelle

If you’ve had even a passing interest in spirits or cocktails over the last five years or so—Adam Roelle is likely a name you’re already familiar with. In one way or another, he has been…

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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…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Tai One On

My first tiki experience was my senior prom way back in the day. We all piled into a limo and headed to Trader Vic’s in Washington D.C., the OG of Polynesian-themed restaurants. I recall lots…

Beyond the Pale Ale

It’s old news now—Stone Brewing Company suggested Columbus as a location for BrewDog’s North American headquarters, and in relatively short order, the Scottish brewer confirmed that it would have a sprawling operation here brewing beer…

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