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am a night person. I’m typing this near midnight, and it’s basically working out. I wanted to be an astronomer even before STEM got to be a thing. Young Me sat outside on semi-dark, semi-muggy suburban evenings with my Golden Book of Astronomy in hand, which at the time I believed was a full catalog to the night skies. Among other random facts, I learned that intensely blue stars are the hottest stars and that intensely red stars are the coolest, that the northern circumpolar constellations are always visible in the night sky, and the constellation Andromeda depicts a woman chained to a rock. Further investigation revealed that said constellation was ready to be sacrificed to a monster because of something that her parents screwed up. (I should have been disturbed, but I figured she was pretty safe in the sky.) Young Me believed that if I committed the contents of this handy, portable, and slim guidebook to memory, I would only need to travel to somewhere south of the equator to check out a few things before I could start applying for a postdoctoral fellowship. It was my map of the universe, and for a brief time, I had found my place in it. Then I started learning about exponents and scientific notation and how these were used to measure what was around us and how fast it was traveling. The universe was suddenly a lot larger and way more confusing than even the drama of Greek mythology would have you believe. Despite making a fairly abysmal grade in Algebra I, I have still managed to work at two planetariums, helping people navigate Ohio’s cloudy skies to find Polaris or Jupiter, or the Pleiades. Unlike the oceans or forests or deserts, the sky will always be a part of your environment and we at the planetarium hope that once in a while, you will think to look upwards and appreciate its beauty… It was written in the script, but I meant every word of it. There’s a reason that artists paint the sky. Maneuvering a half-meter telescope with a finicky control panel and a computer still running DOS was the closest I got to my childhood astronomy dream. (Which considering the algebra grade, was not too bad.) Instead, I became one of those people who writes about things and has cats and mentions them in bios like family. (See photo.) It’s not a bad life, and Rachel here would agree. But I’ve always been a bit bummed that I never got to be a “real” scientist. So I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to bring this all together this month—the universe and its stories—and direct the eyes of Central Ohio to the skies again. We have a moon



PUBLISHER Wayne T. Lewis

MANAGING EDITOR Laura Dachenbach ASSISTANT EDITOR Mitch Hooper PHOTO EDITOR Brian Kaiser CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rebecca Tien, Stef Streb Zane Osler, Megan Leigh Barnard Collins Laatsch 614NOW EDITOR Regina Fox STAFF WRITER Mike Thomas

SENIOR CONTRIBUTORS J.R. McMillan, Jeni Ruisch Jaelani Turner-Williams, Linda Lee Baird

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John McLaughlin, Macon Overcast Melissa Braithwaite

COPY EDITOR Dan Sponseller

CREATIVE DESIGNERS Jess Wallace Sarah Moore GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Hugo Albornoz Kalyn Schroer


landing anniversary to celebrate, and you’re going to step in the shoes of those who did a little better than I did in Algebra I, who not only had ideas and dreams, but also the actual talent to materialize them—to transform calculations and projections into reality and reality into emotions. And it’s going to be a wonderful journey through space and history. Scientists of Columbus and beyond, you are my heroes. Keep rocking my world with your theorems and your computer programs and verifiable data. Best,


Laura Dachenbach Managing Editor (614) Magazine

(614) Magazine 458 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43215 Office: (614) 488-4400 Fax: (614) 488-4402 Email submissions to: editor@614columbus.com www.614columbus.com


There are so many amazing events happening in the 614 that we needed to give them a little more room to stretch out. Not only will you get more events each month coming from the magazine staff, but a few will be recommended by your fellow readers. Have an event you want to shoutout? Send an email to events@614columbus.com.


Joel McHale: Live On Stage! HOLLYWOOD CASINO

The comedian who has made a name for himself on shows like The Onion and Community is stopping by in Columbus for a night of laughs. Joel McHale is known for his dry observational humor, and we can only imagine current day pop culture has given him plenty of ammo to reload on jokes.


(7.11-20) Otterbein Summer Theater: Guys And Dolls


High-stakes underground gambling meets the likes of The Salvation Army in this classic work of musical theater, and both of them end up winning. Save your soul on the Otterbein Campus this summer with favorites like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.”


The Killers (presented by CD102.5) EXPRESS LIVE!

Admit it. You know all the words to “Mr. Brightside” and you sing your heart out every time it comes on in the bar. It’s okay, us too. The timeless band is coming to Columbus early in July so don’t miss your chance to sing along in person!




Buckeye Comic Con


With the recent craze surrounding the Marvel superhero movies, we can only imagine there will be an influx of Marvel comic collectors at Comic Con this year. Here’s to hoping you can complete your collection, and please don’t invite Thanos this year.

7.14 Columbus Zoo at The Conservatory FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY

Looking for a summer adventure with your little ones? Look no further! The Columbus Zoo is hitting the road and bringing their cute animals and friends with them to the Franklin Park Conservatory. Get your Instagrammin’ hands ready!





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7.14 Columbus Destroyers v. Albany Empire





The Columbus Destroyers are back in Nationwide Arena to take on the Albany Empire for their lone home game in July. Don’t miss your chance to see the recently returned indoor football team, and stick around after the game to meet some of the athletes for autographs and photos.

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(7.15-7.20) (614) Restaurant Week VARIES

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Wex Drive-In Jurassic Park


Stop by The Wexner Center for the Arts for their drive-in series this summer. Watching Jurassic Park from your car should be an insanely immersive experience for the T-rex scene. Oh, you’ve never seen this movie? (Side note: what planet have you been living on for 20+ years?) On second thought, the T-rex scene is from a different movie. Don’t even worry.


Free Concert featuring Mojoflo and Funk Worthy


If it has the words “free” on it, you can bet safely we’ll be there. And if the event is a free concert of MojoFlo and Funk Worthy, we are setting up early. Come out to the Columbus Commons to enjoy some free tunes on a Tuesday.


Spikeball Tournament COFFMAN PARK

So simple, yet so addictive to play. Spikeball is similar to four square, but instead you’re bouncing a much smaller ball onto a mini trampoline. Sure, it might sound a little silly, but just wait until you’re eliminated because Steve choked on his spike to win the game. It’s not just a game after all, Focker.

7.20 The Peach Truck


Summer is here and that means the Peach Truck is ready to sell all their fresh picks. Stop by Weiland’s Market to grab some of the freshest peaches in Columbus and then bake us a pie. Okay, the last part is optional, but we wouldn’t be mad if a peach cobbler showed up on our desk one Monday morning. 24



George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove Tour EXPRESS LIVE!

Come get down just for the funk of it and bid a fond farewell to P-Funk mastermind George Clinton, as he flies the mothership off to undiscovered new horizons (retirement). Don’t miss your chance to give up the funk, tear the roof off the sucker, and take part in the supergroov alisticprosifunkstication one last time.

7.21 Michael Bublé


Michael Bublé has taken the world by storm with his smooth voice reminiscent of the big band days. His songs like “Haven’t Met You Yet” are instant radio hits and his Christmas album is the backdrop for many of our Decembers. This July, he’ll be taking center stage at the Schottenstein Center.


Khalid Free Spirit World Tour NATIONWIDE ARENA

After surging on the scene with his single “Location,” Khalid has been making waves in the pop music genre. His latest album Free Spirit debuted at No. 1 on Billboard charts and he’s taking that success with him on the road. Catch the up-and-coming popstar at Nationwide Arena near the end of July. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE



7th Annual Gathering Of 1,000 Drummers


The Little Drummer Boy has nothing on what’s going down at the end of July! Stop by the Scioto Audubon Metro Park where 1,000 drummers will meet and create music. Enjoy the music and take in this unique experience.

7.28 Wiz Khalifa: The Decent Exposure Tour EXPRESS LIVE!

The popular Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa is coming to Columbus at the end of July, so if you smell a strong stench of marijuana, it’s probably just him and his crew. His discography includes hits like “Black and Yellow” as well as the heartfelt “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth. But we’re sure you already knew all this; your teenage son is probably asking for tickets.

7.28 Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour OHIO STATE FAIR

He’s not fat, he’s fluffy! That joke (along with many, many others) have been the thrust of Gabriel IgIesias’ comedy career. Whether it’s impersonations or hilarious stories about his family, he’s a comedian that can crack a laugh out of the toughest cookies. Grab a deep fried Oreo, pay respects to the Ohio State Fair’s butter cow, and have some laughs with Gabriel at the Fair. 26



2019 Columbus Beer 5K


Run for the beer! It’s the best way to burn off those calories. On the Columbus Beer 5K, you’ll have the chance to stop off at a long list of breweries like Barley’s Brewing Company, Sideswipe Brewing, and Wolf’s Ridge. Your adventure begins at North High Brewing at 5 p.m. so come ready, and come thirsty.

8.3 John Mayer


If Michael Bublé wasn’t enough to drive the city wild, a healthy dose of John Mayer to kick off August should do the trick. The singer/songwriter is just as talented vocalist as he is a guitarist, and his songs have become favorites amongst many generations of music listeners. From touring with The Grateful Dead to making music for movie soundtracks, there’s not much Mayer can’t do.




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Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist, author, speaker, producer, consultant, and on-air host who has lent his talents to The Ohio State University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, COSI, the Weather Channel, and the Science Channel. As a professor, Dr. Sutter has authored over 60 papers on astrophysics and lectured around the world. As a science communicator, he has authored Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence for an audience of anyone who has wondered about How It All Works in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond. You can follow him at his blog, “Ab Initio,” or his “Ask a Spaceman!” podcast. How have you developed your dual roles as a science professor and science communicator without letting one undermine the other? Actually now I totally focus on science communication! It’s been a passion of mine for a long time, and I’ve been very lucky to have a lot of support from Ohio State as I pivot my career trajectory. I love sharing everything I know both inside and outside the classroom, and outreach is critically important for society, so it’s a perfect fit for me. We live in a conflicted science world of internet technology and holistic medicine and nuclear power and flat earths. How do we sort through it all? What is the role of evidence-based science in our society now? Over the past couple decades there’s been a breakdown of trust between science and the public. Science has been used, abused, and distorted (by many groups, including scientists themselves) so I’m not surprised that evidence-based thinking isn’t exactly popular. I put the burden of fixing this onto the community of scientists.

You’ve done a lot of collaborations with different artistic genres. Where do science and the arts meet and what is the benefit to both disciplines? Science and the arts are both ways of understanding, exploring, and coming to terms with the world around us, and placing ourselves within that context. They are both ways of expressing our own humanity; our curiosity, our wonder, our desire to know more. I love partnering with artists for many reasons. For me, it gives me a chance to share science with new audiences, audiences that would never come to a traditional lecture or presentation. And for the artists, they get a brand new source of inspiration and stories. It’s a powerful marriage that in the end serves everybody. Can you tell me a little bit about your TV and film projects? It’s such a blast to consult with film and TV productions. I’ve had the chance to work with writers on a few projects, including Star Trek: Discovery. It’s fun to find ways that the science can enhance the story, and even become a part of it. And it’s a real challenge when a writer comes up with an idea, and I have to find a way to make the physics work to support it. It’s like a fun version of homework. Your mantra is Science is for Sharing. What all goes into that statement? Science is supported by the public. It’s your tax dollars that contribute to everything we know about the world and universe around us. You literally own it. I believe that it’s an obligation for scientists to share their work with the public in a way that they can appreciate and understand. This simple mantra informs and underlies every single thing I do when it comes to outreach and communication.




The Cutest K9 In Columbus


And The Universe There’s just not enough “space” for us to fit all these interesting bits of information in all of our stories, so here are a few quick -hitters before we take a look at the Final Frontier on pages 70.

The votes poured in from far and wide, but there could only be one top dog of the cuteness totem pole. Thanks to our good friends at ALL PURPOSE K-9 LLC, a champion has been crowned. Columbus, meet Aurora. Aurora, we’re rolling out the bacon-flavored red carpet for you!

Ohio has sent

25 total astronauts

to NASA for space

missions, exploration, and scientific research.

Age: 7 months Breed(s): Siberian Husky Occupation: Full-time chewer Number of siblings: 0 Can most often be seen: Ripping cotton out of my toys. Favorite way to spend a Friday evening: Playing with my cousin Kitty the German Shepherd.

Best dog park? Walnut Woods dog park in Groveport. Cats: Impersonal or shy? Impersonal. Squirrels: Entertainment or evil? Entertainment! I know I’m not supposed to, but I... love to sneak into my aunt TT’s room to play with her cat and eat her cat food.

Best thing about Columbus: All the trails and parks for me to run on and play at.

To all the friendly, cuddly, and furry friends that were submitted, we want to say you all deserve a few extra Good Boy and Good Girl treats as well as plenty of belly scratches this month.



Since the beginning of NASA, there have been six trips to the moon. Of those six trips, half of them had an Ohioan on board whether that was Clevelander Jim Lovell

who stands as the first man to go to the moon twice, or the pride of Wapakoneta, Neil Armstrong who was the first man to step on the moon.

22,000 HOURS Between John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the two totaled 18 days, 16 hours, and 47 minutes in space. As for the rest of the Ohioans? Including Glenn and Armstrong, the total comes out to more than

22,000 hours in space. For those keeping score at home, that’s 916 days in space, or two and a half years. Cleveland-native George “G.” David Low worked on three different NASA missions where he logged in 29

5 minutes in space.

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Things You Need To Survive A Columbus Summer

Don’t let the unpredictable weather patterns of this city stop you from living your best life. Here are five things you have to own to make the most of summer.

1. Kayak: A little rain never hurt anyone, especially someone in a kayak. Use it to get to work on flood days, or as a comfy chair for your front lawn.

2. Candles (scented preferred): You never know when you might experience a power outage due to wind or rain, and the stress-relieving candles at Bath & Body Works are recommended by 9 out of every 10 moms.

3. Zip Off Hiking Pants: The summer mornings can be a bit chilly, but the afternoons can be brutally humid. Beat Mother Nature with a fashion statement: pants you can unzip at the knee turning them into shorts.

4. A New Trendy Personality: You can be whatever you want: an outdoor fitness guy; a music festival girl; or maybe you could be an electricscooter-riding e-gamer. Whichever personality you pick, just make sure it’s worthy of at least 135 likes on Instagram.

5. Call Your Grandma: Seriously. It’s been weeks. Why haven’t you called? She’s been worried sick. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


HAT WTHE WHAT? In its second year, What? Fest provides curated, inclusive festival experience BY M I K E TH O M AS | P H OTOS BY A DA M E L K I N S


hen longtime friends and collaborators Ryan McKee and Ryan Ransom set out to start a new festival, they were committed to breaking free from the ordinary. “I’ve been to Coachella, and we’re trying to be the complete opposite of that,” Ransom explains. “We’re trying to create a space where it doesn’t matter if you know the music or the artist, but you are so in awe of what you are standing in front of, and the experience of the unknown just around the corner.” Now in its second year, McGee and Ransom’s creation, What? Music and Arts Festival, packs the ambience of a large-scale festival into a curated, inclusive event combining interactive experiences, live music, and thought-provoking visual art exhibits. Opposed to similar events that emphasize music above all, the What? Fest organizers have made an effort to showcase visual artists as a cornerstone of their festival’s approach. 32


“The idea of doing an interactive art gallery has been in our minds for quite a while,” says McKee. We came up with the idea of doing an art gallery like something you’d see in other cities, but that wasn’t really happening here—yet. There are lots of art galleries, and lots of music events, but not really a true combination of the two.” With the spotlight on visual components, it’s no wonder that McKee and Ransom host their events in art spaces. The inaugural What? Festival was held last year at 934 Gallery. This year, the event will encompass the spaces at the arts community at 400 Square in Franklinton on July 27 and 28. All of the artists who occupy studio spaces at 400 Square and were invited to contribute work to the fest, and another 71 artists from other sources, have been confirmed as contributors. McKee and Ransom hope to attract even more. 

While the What? Fest co-founders prefer to keep most of the visual surprises in store for attendees under wraps; they say that the event will have a “visionary art” theme (see: the paintings of Alex Grey), including an infinity mirror room. The two have also commissioned two visually-dazzling new stages which have been purpose-built for the event, reinforcing the fest’s high production values in spite of its intimate nature. “I think you can be both a spectator and a participant at the same time,” McKee says of what What? Fest attendees can expect. “Having a space that’s curated and designed around it is what separates a true experience from just a music event. We made this event because I don’t necessarily think there’s anything going on like that right now in Columbus.” Its organizer’s dedication to the festival’s visual aspects should not suggest that the musical components suffer from a lack of attention. Just like the art, McKee and Ransom have brought serious intent and forethought to the curation of two days worth of music. “What we really want to do is get artists who are emerging,” says McKee. “Whether they have 20 followers on Instagram or 50,000, we want to treat everyone the same and give a platform to the whole breadth of the scene, as opposed to just the biggest acts.” The two looked first to their native Ohio, seeking some of the state’s most prominent emerging artists.

--“What we really want to do is get artists who are emerging,” says McKee. “Whether they have 20 followers on Instagram or 50,000, we want to treat everyone the same and give a platform to the whole breadth of the scene, as opposed to just the biggest acts.”

--“On the national scene, some of these artists might still be considered underground, but in our scene these are some of the biggest available,” McGee says of such performers as Columbus indie rockers Cousin Simple, and Yeti, the experimental EDM artist who will perform as the festival’s headliner. In all, the acts booked to handle music duties for the weekend span every genre from hip-hop to psychedelic rock. The unifying factor among all of them is what Mckee describes as “a dance-y, positive vibe.” As carefully as their festival’s visual and musical offerings have been considered, its founders are also deeply invested in ensuring attendees have the best possible experience at What? Fest. “With a lot of other events in the city, there are too many people to truly experience the things you want to,” McKee explains. At all of our events, we cap our ticket sales at a point where people can get the full experience. We want people to come to our events and be able to be comfortable and experience the whole thing.” If all goes as planned, McKee and Ransom hope that What? Fest can serve as a launching-off point for seasonal events of a similar nature everything from smaller gallery shows to large-scale fests. For now, the duo hope to build upon their success with What? Fest, proving that there is an audience in Central Ohio for curated art experiences on this scale. “I think a lot of people look outside of Columbus just assuming that something is better, or something else has a reputation, so they plan to attend ahead of time,” says Ransom of similar festivals elsewhere. “For us, we need to convince everybody that we’re building something here. You don’t have to look outside of Columbus—you can stay here.” For more information on What? Music and Arts Festival, visit whatmusicandartsfestival.com. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Big Fest Energy A look at the lineup of festivals in July BY M I TC H H O O P E R

In June, you survived ComFest and you marched proudly in the Pride Parade. Good for you! You definitely earned your June festival badge (*badges sold separately). But now it’s July, and it’s time for another go around in the city. With arts and music festivals in anywhere from Yellow Springs to the Hilltop, here’s what you can’t miss this month.

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The 5th Annual Gnarbeque Music And Arts Festival Location: Woodland’s Backyard In its fifth installment, the Gnarbeque Music and Arts Festival is bringing a wide collection of musicians, artists, and DJs, to Woodland’s Backyard. With CD102.5, Snarls, and many other local music favorites, this year promises to be the biggest yet.

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Springfest 2019 Location: Yellow Springs Just to the south of the city is Yellow Spring’s popular Springfest featuring national and regional music, an arts market, and local craft beer by the cupful. The family-friendly event is a great getaway for a day in the sun.

J U LY 1 1 - A U G U S T 1 5 21st Annual Heritage Music Festival Location: Mayme Moore Park The month of July kicks off The King Arts Complex’s Heritage Music Festival where Thursdays offer live music. The lineup will feature blends of different musical acts as well as feature acts like The Quan Howell Project.



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GoodGuys PPG Nationals Location: The Ohio State Fairgrounds The smell of race fuel and gasoline will fill the air at the Fairgrounds as the classic hot rods and vehicles roll in for the weekend. Check out some of the most eye-grabbing cars from across the country, meet their owners, and sit in on some of the events like time trial races.

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North Market Ohio Wine Festival Location: The North Market Featuring wines straight from Ohio, the North Market Ohio Wine Festival is your chance to sample your way through a variety of options. Your admission ticket gets your 10 wine tastings to start, but the real challenge will be figuring out if you should get 10 or 20 more sample tickets. And to balance out all that alcohol intake, the North Market merchants will be open until 9 p.m. during the two-day festival.

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Summer Jam West: Peace Train Location: Westgate Park This free and family-friendly arts festival in Hilltop is an all-day affair on Friday. Take your little ones to check out the professional chalk artists or let them run wild with chalk creations of their own. With local music and art installations being hung around throughout the community, this is a celebration of Hilltop.



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Westerville Music & Arts Festival Location: Heritage Park Step out of the city and into the suburbs as Westerville hosts its annual music and arts festival. The two-day festival features The Reaganomics on Friday as well as food and booze vendors and family-friendly activities.

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Jazz and Rib Festival 2019 Location: The Scioto Mile Back for another three days in the city is the Jazz And Rib Festival on The Scioto Mile where you can bask in the sounds of jazz, and the stains of barbeque sauce. Bring a lawn chair, extra napkins and towelettes, and maybe even a backup shirt. You can never be too safe!

J U LY 2 0 Sommerfest (II)

Location: Germania Fröhlicher Sommer! That (should) say happy summer in German… Don’t quote us on that, though. What you can quote us on is an abundance of German-themed treats at Sommerfest like big mugs of hefeweizen or the iconic cream puffs. And if you’re feeling competitive, try your luck in one of the Stein hoist competitions.



J U LY 2 5 - A U G U S T 6 The Ohio State Fair Location: The Ohio State Fairgrounds Deep fried everything, cows made of butter, and a star-studded lineup of entertainment: welcome to the State Fair! This year brings in comedian Gabriel Iglesias as well as country superstars Toby Keith and Hank William Jr., plus who doesn’t want to go check out all the cute barnyard animals?

J U LY 2 7 What? Fest

Location: 400 West Rich

Of the summer festivals in July, What? Fest is perhaps the youngest with its humble beginnings just last year. The arts and music forward festival features an intimate setting at 400 West Rich along with several musical acts ranging from a variety of genres.

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2X2 Hip-Hop Festival Location: 3440 W Broad St. This festival is for the hip-hop and rap heads living in Columbus. The 2X2 HipHop Festival will feature rappers, graffiti artists, and plenty of food trucks. Whether you’re into breakdancing or MC battles, 2X2 will supply the heat.



Gallery Space

Addison Jones BY M I TC H H O O P E R | P H OTOS BY B R I A N KA I S E R


or some, the mistakes in the artistic process can be jarring and even derailing. Perfection is a must, and execution is everything. But for others, it’s finding the beauty in these mistakes and flaws. Life doesn’t always present itself with the perfect opportunity, and sometimes you have to make your own. It’s this philosophy that photographer and mixed media artist Addison Jones lives by to create her art. Jones’ process to creation is very much a go-with-the-flow style, and some of her creations quite literally scream that as the phrase “fuck it” is occasionally written across her art. Don’t get this rebel yell twisted,

though. What Jones does to create art is a multifaceted process that she does all by hand. It’s a labor of love where pieces will have hours of work poured into them until she feels like it’s finally finished. From the initial photoshoot all the way down to screen printing the paintings, Jones has found a way to work within her own restrictions and even be more efficient with her time. After all, this painting her portraits project started while she had down time waiting for her photos to import to her computer. (614) spent some time with Jones to unlock the secrets of her serendipitous artistry. •




AJ: My boyfriend of six years and I broke up and I wanted a photography studio [in] downtown [Delaware]. I found one that was freaking awesome in an old abandoned building: no running water, third floor, it was an old ballroom so it was 4,000 square feet and SO awesome inside. Seemed amazing for me. Who needs running water anyways? With all that space I was able to have my photography studio and have my paintings out 24/7. I kind of got into a groove where I would edit, and while it was exporting I would paint, and then while that was drying I would edit again [...]. I didn’t know that having proper space would bring me to do art more, but it did. I think I grew more as an artist within those two years than I had in the five years prior. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR GO-WITHTHE-FLOW APPROACH TO ART?

I come from a graphic design background. When I have way too many options I tend to get completely overwhelmed, but when I am under restriction, I think that gets my mind moving. I like to think of myself as a problem solver, so having guidelines actually makes me more creative. I do not do photography to get images to paint with. I do photography for my photography expression and if an image sticks out to me, I use it for my art. I feel like that is when it happens naturally [...]. I like 40


to think of myself as an experimental artist where I am always trying to play with new techniques, different mediums, and just mess around with it. Due to that nature, I mess around quite a lot and mess up even harder. Most of the time I am like “Well, this is a piece of shit,” and don’t care if I mess up, so then I do something and I like it and then I’m like, “I love this piece.” It’s like that artist meme and it hits home so hard: This sucks, I suck; this is awesome, I am awesome. CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU STARTED USING SCREEN PRINTING AS A MEANS TO ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ART?

I played with resin art a while ago and what I loved and hated about it was the fact that you couldn’t control it. I have so much control with what I do that I wanted to just let go. That also drove me bonkers but every time would lead to a different result. I one day was like, “Maybe I should screen on this because it would be a sweet background.” I didn’t know how to screen at that point so I made some terrible homemade thing and kind of figured it out. I found some image on the internet—not even thinking about using my own—and made a screen. I had just finished a photoshoot with one of my favorite models and was like, “Wow, that was stupid, Addison, use your own.”


I edit and do a photoshoot for the photoshoot, not for the art. If there is an image that has the correct lighting that I want with the correct mood, that is when I decide to use it as a screen. If it doesn’t have it, I just don’t use it. I don’t want to control a photoshoot for the sake of my screens, I want it for the photography and I want it to just happen naturally. I feel like when it is forced is when it doesn’t work. YOUR ARTWORK OFTEN GOES THROUGH MANY TRANSFORMATIONS. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS PROCESS?

Oh does it! I would like to say that I am constantly experimenting. The problem with experimenting on things so much is that there are a TON of ugly/fuck up stages [...]. I think the biggest thing is that most people— me included—are scared to do something because they don’t want to mess it up. I have now changed my mindset into “If I mess it up, I will fix it.” There are also a lot of times where I am not sure where to go next. So I just put it to the side, start something new and see if it just comes to me. If it doesn’t, I hang it in my living room until I can figure out what else it needs. •

To view more of Addison Jones’ work, go to addisonjonesphotography.com.



Be the Maker:



The Columbus Bonsai Society turns trees into living works of art BY L I N DA L E E B A I R D | P H OTOS BY B R I AN KAI SER


f you’re in search of a hobby that requires little time, few tools, and minimal energy that you can stick with for the rest of your life, the art of bonsai might be just what you’re looking for. The Columbus Bonsai Society—one of the older bonsai groups in the Midwest—will hold its 47th Annual Bonsai Show at Franklin Park Conservatory, where you can get a close look at trees, talk to experts, and decide if bonsai is right for you. And if you find the idea of caring for a tiny tree for the rest of your life a bit intimidating, you can sign up for a beginning bonsai class that will give you everything you need to get started, including the tree. The bonsai show will include a range of diminutive trees, starting as small as six inches in height and going up to about three feet. Dean Abbott, First Vice President of the Columbus Bonsai Society, said visitors could expect to see boxwoods, azaleas, Chinese Oaks, mini jades, and pines. The event’s judges will award a “Best in Show” prize to the tree demonstrating “the highest level of expertise in grooming and training.” With proper care, bonsai trees can live for decades, or longer. Abbott said that one of the trees in the Conservatory’s collection is over a century old, and that there are bonsai trees in China and Japan that have lived for 500 years. The beginner classes offered by the Bonsai Society are designed to help newcomers to care for trees so they can maintain their plants for years to come. Abbott shared the four steps required to care for bonsai trees: “prune, pinch, wire, and bend.” To successfully maintain a bonsai, he said it’s important to find a tree that will take to the pruning process. These trees can come from unexpected sources, such as the nursery section of a big box store, or landscaping detritus. If your neighbors are tearing our their old shrubs or pines, “you can collect something that’s already 30-40 years old.” One of the most common mistakes beginners make is not caring properly for their particular type of plant. Abbott said there are two types of bonsai trees—hearty and tropical—and each has different needs. “Heartys live outside all winter; they don’t come in the house. That’s how a lot die,” he said. “They need a dormancy period.” Tropicals, on the other hand, should live outside in the summer but come in during the colder months. Once you know what kind of tree you have and where to keep it, the other concerns for bonsai growers are soil, water, and trimming, and knowing when your plant needs these things. While it may sound like a lot to think about, the beginners class will help get you started by covering these aspects of routine care. “It’s not difficult once you learn the basics,” Abbott said. Abbott estimated that bonsai is a hobby that takes about an hour per week, per tree. Of course, should you start attending the Columbus Bonsai Society’s monthly meetings and regular workshops, it will take more time. During the meetings, members can bring in trees they’re having difficulty with to get advice from other members. Often, bonsai specialists give guest lectures on the finer points of the craft. And frequently, growers bring in trees at various stages of the process that members can purchase for their own collections. The right starter can make all the difference, as a well-positioned starter plant can save the buyer a few years of shaping. While it might be nice to have some time-saving tips, for bonsai enthusiasts, the work is the point. “Working with Bonsai transports you to a world of relaxation and control. It releases you from life’s daily chaos and worry,” Abbott said. Three two-hour beginner bonsai classes will cost you $65 ($60 if you are a member of the Conservatory). But finding a release from life’s chaos and worry? That’s priceless. • The Columbus Bonsai Society’s 47th Annual Show will run from July 19-21 at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Admission is free. “Bonsai Demystified” beginners classes will be offered in August at the Conservatory. To register, visit fpconservatory.org/events. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Collector’s Corner




ike countless children of the 80s who felt inspired to pick up an axe and shred, Kris Misevski holds a deep appreciation for the prodigious riffage of Eddie Van Halen. “Eddie made me want to play guitar. Jimi [Hendrix] made me want to learn guitar,” Misevksi explains from his home practice space, which is adorned with more rock-and-roll ephemera than you can shake a Fender Stratocaster at. With two of rock’s all-time great virtuosos as his role models, it’s no wonder that Misevski found success on his own path to guitar herodom—his work with Columbus-based group Saving Jane even earned him a gold record. Thanks to his time in an internationally-touring band and managing a music shop for a spell, Misevski has acquired a guitar or two through the years. While he stops short of calling it a collection, at around 20 guitars, his rec room has more axes per square inch than you’re likely to find in the average recording studio. (614) spoke with Kris about what he looks for in a guitar, and the search for completeness that forever evades those who pluck six strings.



(614): How did you get started collecting guitars? KM: I never really considered it collecting. Working in the guitar shop, there was always something cool that came in. I would just kind of cherry pick the used gear. They’re like kids. They all look different, they all sound different. I’ve got nine Fender Stratocasters and every one of them is unique—they’re not nine of the same thing. Some you pick up less, some you pick up more. The ones you pick up less, they just kind of collect dust, or you trade them and get something else. Which piece holds the most sentimental value? There’s an ‘89 Strat that I put humbuckers in, that I kind of wanted a Les Paul sound out of with the feel of a Stratocaster. I played it a lot in the 90s and a lot with Saving Jane. What do you consider to be the “crown jewel” of the collection? I have a Telecaster that was custom made for me by my friend Craig Phillips, who is a guitar genius. That would probably be the most unique of them, just because there isn’t another one. Amp-wise, I have a 1968 Fender Deluxe, which that particular model—I don’t know if it’s that year or just the one that I have—is just the one amp that I’ll never get rid of. It’s incredible.

What’s the weirdest guitar you own? There’s one that I got off a guy, it’s a Jimmy Vaughn Stratocaster. It looks like somebody tied it to the back of their car and drove crosscountry. It’s just beat to shit, but it plays, and it’s super funky. It really doesn’t sound anything like the other ones. It’s a blues and funk machine. What do you look for when you’re choosing a guitar? I like a guitar with a little bit of weight to it—it can’t be too light. I know sometimes people say, especially with Les Pauls, that they’re “backbreakers,” but I don’t mind it so much. And a lot of the Fenders that I have, I would take them to a friend and have him strip the lacquer off the neck, because I like the feel of bare wood. So if I get a Strat with a maple neck, I would just have that lacquer removed. Has having such a large collection led to any trouble? Only in the bank account! I bought a Telecaster last week. I went out to lunch with my friend, and we had time to kill, so we hit the music stores and there was this gorgeous blonde Tele. I picked it up and it played great, sounded great, and I’m looking at my friend like, “Am I going to leave with this? I don’t need another guitar!” Will you ever consider this collection “complete” and stop adding to it? Whenever somebody asks, “How many guitars do you need?” it’s always the same answer: “Just one more.” • Are you a collector? Would you like to showcase your collection? Email Mike Thomas at mike@614mediagroup.com. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Fl i cks in the Moonlight

A selected outdoor summer movie guide BY JE N I R U I S CH


s the peak summer season sets in, Central Ohioans are doing everything they can to stay outside at all times. This means taking every activity out-of-doors to savor the summer. One possibility that transfers easily to the outside is putting on your chicest loungewear and stepping out to watch movies under the stars. The list of places around Columbus that show movies outside in the evenings is a mile long, so no matter what part of Franklin county you reside in, you’ll have an outdoor theater at your fingertips all season long. A quick Google search will show you the dizzying multitude of options all around central Ohio. (614) has combed through the options to provide you with a map of movies. After all, everything feels better with a sweet summer breeze.

Northwest: Zoombezi Bay

If you live in Dublin or Powell, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Zoombezi Bay are already a big part of your life. But if you live elsewhere, it’s worth the drive to include the mega-attraction in your summer lineup. Every Friday night through August second, the water park will be open until 11 p.m. and feature family friendly “Dive-In” movies. Next Up: July 12: Jumanji: Into the Jungle July 19: Jaws (in honor of Shark Week) July 26: The Grinch (in honor of Christmas in July, presented by Wendy’s)

Central: Genoa Park

Ever since Nightlight (614) started a few summers back, it’s been all the rage. Season passes to the downtown movie night sold out at soon as they were offered, and tickets to individual shows regularly sell out well in advance. And it’s no wonder, this adult-oriented, recurring summer event has everything you want for a chill night out on the town. Food trucks, live entertainment before the main show, a selection of wines at each event, and perhaps most importantly, a brewery partnership with each show, so you can get your curated suds on the side with your pop-culture nostalgia. Next Up: July 11: Training Day 48


Northeast: Easton Town Center Movies by Moonlight

Easton is an ever-evolving conundrum, but it seems to be continuously evolving to fit the needs and wants of its shifting clientele. Or maybe we’re just saying that because we’ve grown up with the mall and its myriad facelifts. They have plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout the summer, and the movie night is no exception. You can do some shopping, snag some snacks, and settle into the grass on the square to catch a flick with the kids as the sun sets. Next up: July 2: Field of Dreams July 9: Pokemon: The First Movie July 16: Inspector Gadget July 23: The Lego Movie 2 July 30: Muppets from Space

Southeast: Fryer Park, Grove City

Do y’all know about Grove City? This place is a well-kept secret little slice of heaven just outside the outerbelt. With a cute little downtown, high-walkability, and plenty to do with or without the kiddos, this town is worth putting on your list of places to check out, if you’ve never seen it in person. The movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen at the Fryer Park sledding hill. How picturesque is that? Next up: July 11: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald July 18: Incredibles 2 July 25: Christopher Robin

Southwest: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester

With the exploding house market, a quaint historic center, and the recent addition of Brew Dog’s hotel/dog park/recreation complex, Canal Winchester has got it goin’ on. Take off from Columbus and make a stop at one of the three Metroparks along the way: Three Creeks, Pickerington Ponds, or Walnut Woods (They have a dog swimming pool!) and then finish your summer night on the lawn of Stradley Park. This flick is meant for kids, as well as kids at heart. Next up: July 12: Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE










TRILLIUM KITCHEN & PATIO Located between Clintonville and Ohio State Campus, Trillium offers a unique dining experience featuring a seasonal, local menu with an expertly crafted cocktail list and wine menu. Chef Bradley Balch puts his signature touch on dishes like the Lake Erie Walleye served with squid-ink spaghetti, oyster and shiitake mushrooms, and a smoked beet confit that is brought together perfectly by a preserved lemon beurre blanc sauce. Trillium is great for large groups featuring 2 different private spaces that can be reserved for your needs. With a warm, attractive bar and an inviting patio along High Street for when the weather warms, Trillium has a little bit of everything. We’re dedicated to greeting you with open arms, feeding you well, and helping you celebrate everything from the everyday to the extraordinary.

SIGNATURE DISHES Charcuterie & Cheese Plate: chef’s selection of cured meat and artisan cheese, appropriate garnishes, grilled ciabatta Pork Cheek Poutine: Laurel Valley cheddar curds, peppered pork gravy, house-cut fries Lake Erie Walley: squid-ink spaghetti, oyster + shiitake mushrooms, arugula, preserved lemon beurre blanc, grilled prawns, smoked beet confit









FIREPROOF SHORT NORTH Fireproof is a unique concept that artfully blends the modern tapas restaurant and a chic cocktail and wine lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with superior quality. Fireproof distinguishes itself by emphasizing the social experience, taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The restaurant will create an infectious, vibrant atmosphere with a sleek environment designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, Fireproof aims to redefine the modern dining experience, complete with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect ambiance. Chef Michael Koenig is originally from Michigan. After attending Michigan State University, he worked in restaurants in Phoenix, Chicago, San Diego and Santa Barbara. He settled in San Francisco, where he lived for 14 years with his family and cooked at several popular establishments. Koenig relocated his family to the Columbus area 2013, and has continued to hone his craft in the Columbus culinary scene. Now, chef Koenig will bring his talents to the Short North, leading the Fireproof kitchen.



SIGNATURE DISHES Shishito Peppers: cherry tomato, grilled lemon, moldon salt Street Corn: off the cob, house seasoned butter, chili tahini, cotija cheese, lime Gambas al ajillo: jumbo shrimp, garlic, Spanish olive oil, calabrian chili, toast points

A VERY VEGGIE BRUNCH Savory and sweet without the meat BY J. R . MC MI L L A N



• PHOTO BY BRIAN KA I SER Fo r k & Kn i fe b urri to an d Br ioche Fre n ch To a st ro m The A n g ry B a ke r


or the uninitiated omnivore, vegan and vegetarian options may seem scarce, even in a city as innovative and inviting as Columbus when it comes to inclusive cuisine. Long gone are the heyday of hippie joints with lean offerings long on salads, yet still short on something you could sink your teeth into—not that the stereotype was ever entirely accurate. Though there is certainly far more fare from which to choose than there was a generation ago, veteran vegans and vegetarians may reluctantly admit midday meals and evening eats have always been easier to accommodate than traditional morning menus. And anything a little later, maybe with a little liquor, is almost impossible to find. Even Oddfellows’ unambiguous “Classy as F*ck Brunch Buffet” couldn’t last forever. Woodhouse Vegan’s Monday/Tuesday pop-up persists, though with any luck their new digs in Italian Village will revive the tradition. Brunch is more than breakfast’s big brother. It’s at least as much a social imperative as a search for sustenance. Be it boozy or just bougie, the leisure class case for more conscientious consumption still remains somewhat shaky. Brunch is about familiar comfort foods, and requires rousing a gaggle of friends whose idea of weekend decadence may not be implicitly plant forward. But this is when sneaky vegans and vegetarians can show the skeptics exactly where Columbus secretly shines, with approachable spots and unassuming options that might just change the minds of many who can’t imagine brunch beyond bacon.

THE ANGRY BAKER | 891 Oak St. This Olde Towne East eatery has inspired two offshoots in the Short North and Upper Arlington. But the atmosphere of the original is still a strong draw with scratch-made breads and pastries that are all vegan by design. Go for the Brioche French Toast Sandwich stuffed with eggs and swiss with a side of maple syrup for dipping—or the Fork & Knife Burrito, filled with potatoes, avocado, black beans, and mozzarella then baked and topped with two eggs, salsa verde, sriracha, and green onions. Make either vegetarian choice vegan with seitan and cashew mozz instead. Be sure to grab something sweet to go.

Check out: theangrybaker.com



P H OTO P R OV I D E D BY A LC H E MY Sm o oth ie b owl

ALCHEMY KITCHEN 1439 Grandview Ave. The more robust sibling of the Parsons Avenue café, the Grandview location offers an expanded menu with holistic nutrition that makes it far more than just another juice bar. (But seriously, if you don’t order a smoothie, you’re missing out.) Toasts are tempting, especially the Baconana, topped with almond butter, banana, coconut bacon, smoked sea salt, and maple on whole wheat. But the standout here is still the Mexican Shakshuka, a twist on the Mediterranean staple with sunny-side eggs in a spiced pepper and tomato sauce, black beans, avocado, Bulgarian feta, pickled chilies and red onions, cilantro, and a slab of farm toast.

Check out: alchemyjuicecafe.com • BLUNCH | 2973 N High St. Perfectly blurring the line between breakfast and lunch was always the point at this High Street haunt just south of Weber. With a generous mix of vegetarian selections, there’s plenty here to keep everyone happy— including a drink menu from bloody to bubbly with a solid slate of local craft brews. The Veggie Benedict with sautéed vegetables on a panko-crusted portabella with poached eggs and roasted red pepper-cashew sauce is the vegetarian spin on a morning mainstay. For something less savory, you can’t go wrong with a Pancake Flight of sautéed bananas foster, blueberry lemon ricotta, and sweet potato with toasted marshmallows.

Check out: blunchcolumbus.com 58


LITTLE EATER | Multiple locations “Produce inspired” is more than just a mantra for this quaint Clintonville location now with a sister shop in the North Market. Bright, white, subway tiles are as synonymous with the brand as the seasonal selection of locally sourced ingredients. Start with the Spinach & Leek Frittata, with an unexpected balance of dill, turmeric, and feta—or the Mushroom Quiche with shallots and Gruyère. For something with some crunch, try any of their toasts, from Avocado Toasted Seed Mix with olive oil and sea salt on a slice of Lucky Cat bread to Pistachio Nut Butter with strawberry-citrus jam on a Matija Breads ciabatta.

Check out: littleeater.com PORTIA’S CAFÉ | 4428 Indianola Ave. Once coupled with the beloved Clintonville Community Market, this Indianola outpost is adding a second location later this year in a familiar space, the same spot as the old Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery off High Street, a neighborhood standard for nearly four decades. The Garden Breakfast Wrap with tofu eggs, “cheeze,” “sawsage,” tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a gluten-free tortilla is a meal you can hold in one hand. But don’t skip a side of their Rosemary Herbed Home Fries. If sweet is more your speed, their waffles are unmatched with toppings ranging from banana and blueberry to chocolate chip and coconut, as well as seasonal surprises.

Check out: portiascafe.com •

PH OTO BY MEGA N L EI G H BA R N A R D G a rd e n Bre a k fa st Wrap f rom Por t ia’s Cafe



BEYOND THERE Ambitious new brewery opens taps south of Columbus BY JOHN M C L AU G H L I N | P H OTOS BY Z A N E OS L E R

s one drives south down US-33 from Columbus, the city skyline fades into the background, and signs of inhabitance are temporarily reduced to the occasional gas station or car dealership. Because of this, it’s easy enough to drive right past Outerbelt Brewing, the newest production brewery in Central Ohio. But there’s something fitting about this, as the brand-new Outerbelt Brewing is attractive not for flashy packaging or catchy gimmicks, but its quintessentially Midwestern approach to service: make the beer that people want to drink, do it well, and try to enjoy things along the way. In fact, it seems the company has embraced this regional watermark head-on. “It’s a very Ohio or Midwestern term, to say “outerbelt,” or “beltway.” I think it’s probably because each of the three major cities in Ohio have an outerbelt. Columbus is the most clear because it’s not cramped by a lake or a river; it’s I-270.” said head brewer and co-owner Dan Griffin. “So yeah, our name is kind of a nod to that. It’s also a nod to the other owners [David Landis III and Robert Landis] who ran a trucking company. The road theme, the logo, the name, it was all an acknowledgement of those guys; without them we couldn’t be here.” It was several years ago that the Landis brothers, alongside Griffin and a handful of other co-owners, purchased the 25,000 square-foot industrial space at 3560 Dolson Ct. in Carroll, Ohio. The building, which is a stone’s throw away from US-33, previously housed a Lowe’s location and several other businesses before its conversion. Currently, Outerbelt boasts a 5,000 square foot taproom, an adjoining 4,000 square foot brewing space, and a 1,000 square foot patio. The décor, like the company’s Ohioan charm, is tasteful, streamlined-cool, and understated: the roomy warehouse housing Outerbelt’s taproom features enough modern touches to appear welcoming and fun. Its pleasant aesthetic is perfectly explained by one of the t-shirts offered for sale at the small merch table in their taproom. The shirt, with small white font on a polyblend gray background, features only a single, narrow, vertically-oriented tire with the brewery’s name perched just above it. Nothing more, because there doesn’t have to be. All of Outerbelt’s beer production is headed by Griffin, a native of Reynoldsburg, who after receiving a master’s of science in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, worked at Long Trail Brewing Company in Vermont before returning to the Columbus area to work for Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. •



Currently, the new brewery is offering 10 house-made brews on tap (with 16 in-house draft lines, this is likely to be expanded in the near future), meaning there’s something for everyone. And while it’s too early to tell what will sell best or become a taproom favorite, Griffin has already christened their American IPA, named Outerbelt, as the brewery’s flagship offering. Packed with Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, and Mosaic hops, the crisp, dry ale comes in at a solid 7% ABV. If the hoppy bite of a west coast IPA sounds like too much, you may want to look toward one of their NewEngland style IPAs, such as Gravel Donuts (7%), or Olaf (a double at 8.6%). Outerbelt’s tap list features a little bit of everything. On tap now is an Irish Stout known as Clover Leaf and a Hefeweizen called Kings to You. For lighter, warm weather options with a less boozy punch, the brewery is also offering its Summer Ale at 5.3% ABV; Golf Cart, a golden ale at 5% ABV, and Two Day Shipping, a Berliner Weisse, at 3.8% ABV.



Keep an eye out for beers from the company’s barrel program throughout the year as well. Beginning with a modest handful of whiskey and maple-syrup bourbon barrels, assistant brewer Dom Kirchgessner, who specializes in barrel work, will be given the reigns to create everything from massive wood-aged stouts, to delicate, oaky sours. “We’re hoping to fill [a portion of our brewery space] with barrels for Dom to play with, and then see what we can come up with.” said Griffin. Lucky for Columbus beer drinkers, one of Kirchgessner’s first specialty offerings, put on wood earlier this year, is currently on tap. Clocking in at a whopping 11.1% ABV, Overo, a full-bodied imperial porter with notes of bourbon and vanilla imparted from the barrel, is available on draft. While many young breweries focus at first on building only their taproom, Outerbelt already has a plan in place to can and distribute a significant portion of their output in 2019. According to Julia Pikor, Outerbelt’s director of sales, the brewery will put roughly one quarter to one third of its total production into cans. “We will be canning a fairly large variety of our beers and we currently have labels developed for six of them, with hopes to grow that number as we go,” she said. Initially, the brewery has plans to can three different beers: its Glasstown Pale Lager, Outerbelt IPA, and Gravel Donuts. In the near future, according to Pikor, Clover Leaf, Golf Cart, and the brewery’s session IPA will also see the canning line. All varieties will be packaged in a 4-pack of 16 ounce cans. The nascent brewery is not wanting in confidence either. Aside from canning and distributing from the jump, Outerbelt is already eyeing growth, and Griffin is hoping their location, which many might first peg as a setback, will actually begin to work in their favor. “You know, Columbus is growing, Canal Winchester’s growing, Lancaster’s growing; all these cities are growing and we’re kind of right between all of them.”

Outerbelt Brewery is now officially open, serving from 3:00-10:00 PM Monday-Thursday, 12:00 PM-11:00 PM Friday and Saturday, plus 12:00 PM-8:00 PM Sunday. Visit outerbeltbrewing.com.








Katalina’s opens second, larger location, but remains on brand





he city’s beloved (peace, love and) pancake balls now have a second place to call home. Expanding from their inaugural Harrison West domain, Katalina’s, welcomes diehard breakfast lovers to their new turquoise-coated digs in Clintonville. Much larger in space and seating capacity, patrons of Katalina’s, Too! may be reminded of another previous whimsical Columbus staple. “We kept the integrity of [Vintage Fountain Pen Sales and Repair], so I think you’ll see both elements,” says Kathleen Day, brunch connoisseur and owner of Katalina’s. “It looks a little mid-century modern, but then I also wanted to keep the Katalina’s aesthetic. You’ll definitely see those architectural elements of the original gas station and when I first opened Katalina’s. I did not have a budget at all, hardly.” Instead of breaking the bank, Day relied on flea market finds and decorative, chalk-based decor inspired by the original Katalina’s location. Guests of the original Katalina’s may recall the wooden, brightly-colored umbrella-covered porch, along with the heavily trafficked six-hundred square foot interior. While Katalina’s, Too! is six times as large as its predecessor, Day insists that the brand hasn’t strayed far from its roots. Though various Columbus neighborhoods tossed their hat into the ring to house Katalina’s, Too!, it was Clintonville that eventually took the gold. “Since I opened, people in Clintonville have been the most vociferous about wanting this second Katalina’s. I’ve been very lucky everyone wants a second Katalina’s, but people in Clintonville have probably been the loudest about wanting a second Katalina’s,” says Day. “I looked in German Village as well, but I don’t want to make other people in Columbus feel as if I don’t like other areas of Columbus. I have a soft spot for Clintonville because their values are very like Katalina’s in• 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE




People really love working for Katalina’s because of the brand values and the team is wonderful I couldn’t do it without them. that they’re independent, peace-loving, local, organic and their values are spirited, quirky and anti-corporate.” One glance at the Katalina’s, Too! menu, and guests may develop a voracious appetite for the Prego Steak Sandwich, a Portuguese-inspired sirloin tucked between a brioche roll from Majita Breads and smothered by a housemade piripiri sauce. With the belief that outsourcing may exploit the Katalina’s brand, Day purposely intersects her recipes with local resources, remembering that the first Katalina’s began from just a “pot and a spoon.” “I think once they understand my brand values of ‘live, love, local’ organic and ethics, they kind of come on board. People really love working for Katalina’s because of the brand values and the team is wonderful I couldn’t do it without them,” says Day. “I think the customers and the community here are just so passionate about food, local products and local farms, they just want more and more.” As High Street steadily grows into a bar and nightlife sanctuary, Clintonville proved to be the leading choice for Katalina’s, Too!, even wiping out the cobblestone off-beaten path of German Village. With Harrison West being up-andcoming in 2009, Day admits that Clintonville’s familial aura is what generated personal interest. “I just happen to know from my friends living in Clintonville that it is a very familyoriented community and especially because I have a much bigger space I know there will be more kids there,” says Day, who expanded the menu to include a new kids menu. “I think my pancake balls are kid-friendly, but I definitely wanted to be a family-friendly destination.” For vegans and those interested in transitioning into veganism, there’s an abundance of new plant-based specialties to choose from, but for dedicated brunch enthusiasts, Day’s next project is to expand the Original Pancake Balls ™ into having a vegan alternative. “I’m a cook at heart and people will tell you you’re either a cook or a baker. I am not a baker and so I finally have a baker in-house and maybe she can help me on that. But it is very difficult to make a pancake that is as good without eggs,” Day admits. “I now have local Fowlers Mill Flour and they have created something that makes it easier for us. Now we just add a few items instead of making it basically from scratch even though it’s stone-ground flour which is much better for you than just regular white bleached flour.” Joking that she’ll need a brief sabbatical away from the frenzy of opening Katalina’s, Too! and the demand for extended hours, Day is in no rush to create Katalina’s, Three, though she knows Columbus will be her eternal breakfast landmark. “This was pretty daunting and then my employees are all very excited to keep expanding, of course, but I think I need to just decide if it’s best for me and my employees,” she says. “They all love the family atmosphere of Katalina’s, and I just know from past experiences if you keep growing you can’t always keep the integrity of your original location. I would never want to become this corporate-type company because people love Katalina’s because it’s so unique and home-spun. I want to maintain that.” •



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Signature cocktails at newly-remodeled M at Miranova are a treat for the eyes and the palate


1. Magic Elixir 2. AHA! 3. Two Ships 4. You’ve Met Your Matcha






fter a quick spring break, M at Miranova is back and open to the public with a new look, shedding its old browns and bronzes for pops of purple and elegant, cooling grays. The 18-year-old fine dining establishment is ready to show off a beautiful wooden floor, its terrace with spectacular views of the river and the city, its lounge made for an evening of small bites, an almost complete menu change, and its new line of seasonal signature cocktails. Developed by award-winning bartender Cris Dehlavi and the beverage team, the line showcases the classic flavors of summer: coconut, pineapple, lemon, and rum. M at Miranova aims to welcome all, and the line covers a spectrum of tastes. There’s something for everyone at your table, from the light, refreshing floral mix to the heavier, spirits-forward drink, all with an emphasis on superb and fun presentation. “Gone are the days of the plain old glass,” said Dehlavi from behind the bar, bringing forth her concoctions. The appropriately-named Magic Elixir, a beautiful balance of spirits and flavors, comes to your table as a blue liquid (thanks to butterfly pea tea) poured over ice and garnished with flowers. Your server will add a vial of lemon tableside and ask you to stir as chemistry turns the drink a beautiful lavender. Botanist gin and an aloe vera liqueur give the drink a taste as sophisticated and surprising as its presentation. “There’s nothing like the look on somebody’s face when you put something down in front of them like that,” said Dehlavi. The AHA!, a simple and refreshing drink combines a California Brut sparkling with pineapple and coconut flavors, and comes served in lightbulb shaped glassware, a nod to its moment of creative inspiration. “We really wanted a low-proof cocktail, and kept playing with different ideas. Nothing was working,” said Dehlavi. “My daughter loves coconut water and she had coconut water in the fridge one day and I had a swig of it [...] and I thought, ‘What about pineapple liqueur, coconut water, and bubbles?’ and it worked.”


“We take a real culinary approach to our cocktails. Just like a culinary approach to food, you can put a piece of salmon on a plate with some asparagus and there it is, or you can make it gorgeous. And we always think about that with cocktails too.” Ordered solo, the Two Ships combines Don Pancho rum, amaro, banana, and bitters over whiskey rocks. Ordered for two (or as a taster for four), the drink comes in a globe suspended on a wooden stand containing a blown glass ship and a bit of dry ice for effect. The creamy You’ve Met Your Matcha and the rich Great Vieux round out the summer line. Your server will snap a Polaroid of the latter, but each of the drinks plays to an audience of Instagrammers, so your own phone is welcome, too. After all, it’s an experience—an impressive, yet accessible array of cocktails, and Dehlavi notes a few are already starting to become favorites. “I think presentation is super-important,” said Dehlavi. “We take a real culinary approach to our cocktails. Just like a culinary approach to food, you can put a piece of salmon on a plate with some asparagus and there it is, or you can make it gorgeous. And we always think about that with cocktails, too.” • M at Miranova is at 2 Miranova Pl. To book a reservation, visit matmiranova.com.





First in flight. It’s a hotly-debated phrase. But there’s no doubt that Ohio fueled much of the ideas, innovation, and talent behind the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission which celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 20. From the Wright brothers testing aircraft in the fields of Huffman Prairie outside Dayton to the 1938 Cleveland National Air Show where a 17-year-old John Glenn stared awestruck at the pilots, silently vowing someday to do the same, Ohioans have followed the path of inspiration and perseverance.

Thomas Edison. Goodyear Tires. Charles Kettering and the Delco ignition system. They all had their beginnings in the mechanical Buckeye State. There were big ambitions for the former “Big Ear” Radio Observatory and the now-relocated Columbus Optical SETI Observatory. Something in the blood of Ohio wants to discover what’s possible, what’s out there, and be a part of it. Come join (614) as we remember the achievements of our past and speculate on the discoveries of our future. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Moon, Redux

Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan helps to celebrate Ohio’s role in space BY LINDA LE E B AIRD F E AT U R E I MAGE CO U R T EST Y O F U NIVE RS IT Y O F CALIFO RNIA, SANTA CR UZ

FIFTY YEARS AGO, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon, making—in his famous words—“a giant leap for mankind.” Thirty five years ago, in 1984, America achieved another space milestone milestone when Dr. Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space as part of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Armstrong and Sullivan have quite a bit in common. There’s that whole, “gone into orbit thing,” obviously, but there’s also the lesser-known fact that both hold ties to the Buckeye State. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta and worked in the Cleveland area as a young adult for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA. Sullivan moved to Columbus after leaving NASA to serve as President and CEO at COSI and as Director of Ohio State’s Battelle Center. While there, she helped to launch the Ohio STEM Learning Network to help prepare the next generation of engineers and innovators. After completing an appointment at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland, Sullivan returned to Columbus. Now, as the nation prepares to commemorate the golden anniversary of the moon landing, Sullivan shared her thoughts on the significance of the event and her experiences as an astronaut. Here’s what she told (614).

ARMSTRONG COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT ALONE When we reflect on the milestone of the moonwalk,we also remember the “sustained effort” of engineers and the countless others who helped to make it happen, Sullivan emphasized. “The moonwalk was one piece of a 1,500 piece complicated jigsaw puzzle. While it’s the one we were able to watch, there are many other pieces we weren’t able to see,” she said. “Neil got there because a country came together, [made] a strong commitment, worked through the hard parts, stuck it out.” She added that this type of determination and focus can help to solve some of the challenges we face today. • 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE





FLIGHT AND SPACE EXPLORATION ARE PART OF OHIO’S HISTORY As the home state of the Wright brothers, John Glenn, Jim Lovell, Judith Resnick, and of course Armstrong, Ohio is not accidentally on the map as a leader in aviation and space. Sullivan said that the state historically has had schools and communities that developed kids’ “skills, talents, dreams and imaginations”—a foundation for mechanics and innovation. Of Ohio’s future role in space Sullivan said, “The frontier spirit needs to be matched with knowledge, skills, talents. You have to work at the parts that are hard, at overcoming them.”

“SPACEWALK” IS THE WRONG TERM While gravity on the moon allowed Armstrong to moonwalk, Sullivan said “spacewalk” isn’t really an accurate term to describe her experience outside the shuttle. “NASA calls them EVAs—extra-vehicular activities, something you’re doing outside the spacecraft,” she said. “In orbit, you’re in microgravity. It’s a lot like scuba diving, you move hand over hand, not foot over foot.” Sullivan and her fellow astronauts trained for their EVAs in giant tanks of water wearing spacesuits weighted for buoyancy.

SPACESUITS ARE ANDROGYNOUS Recent headlines talked about a planned all-female spacewalk (or EVA) that had to be canceled due to NASA not having enough spacesuits designed for womens’ bodies. Sullivan said there’s more nuance to the story. Spacesuits are made of segments of different sizes that can be swapped in and out. For example, there’s a piece that runs from the knee to hip, and another designed for the upper torso. “It’s kind of a Mr. Potato Head Suit,” she said. Budget constraints meant NASA couldn’t make as many diverse sizes for each part of the space suit as they ideally would have been able to. Sullivan said the upper torso piece is the most difficult: it needs to be wide enough so that a computer can be bolted onto it, which is challenging when the astronaut has a small frame. She doesn’t fault NASA for this. “NASA set out to try to design a suit that could fit anyone and everyone,” she said. Because the suits are now 30 years old, she hopes to see more funding allocated to updating suits.

THERE’S A FINITE MARKET FOR SPACE TOURISM Sullivan believes predictions for private space exploration are overblown. “Think of the airlines. Millions of Americans want to go back and forth from the east coast to the west coast,” she said. “Show me the market for space besides government astronauts […]. I’m skeptical that there’s that kind of demand for going in and out of low-earth orbit.” •



Sullivan will speak at the Ohio History Center on July 20th as part of an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk. For tickets, visit ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohiohistory-center/moon. •

IMAGES PROVIDED BY HANDPRINTS ON HUBBLE PG. 74 TOP LEFT: Kathryn Sullivan (right) checks the fit of an EVA wrench on one of the solar array manual override mechanisms during a test in the VATA, as Bruce McCandless (bottom) and British Aerospace Company engineer Barry Henson (top) look on. Source: NASA. PG. 74 BOTTOM: Kathryn Sullivan (left) and Sally Ride (right) pretend to synchronize their watches while waiting to board the space shuttle Challenger on October 5, 1984. Source: NASA. ABOVE: Kathy Sullivan (1984) Source: NASA.



JOIN THE CELEBRATION! THE MOON LANDING AND MORE July 20 will be a special day in Central Ohio as several organizations remember the importance of the sun, space, the moonwalk, and more. Here’s some events to choose from:

OHIO HISTORY CENTER, 800 E. 17TH AVE. The Ohio History Center will hold events all evening, beginning with a conversation with Dr. Sullivan and footage of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. There will be space-themed things to do throughout the History Center, including a COSI-led rocket launch. Finally, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Armstrong’s first steps on the moon will be broadcast as they happened. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for youth ages 4-12, with reduced prices for Ohio History Center members.

JOHN GLENN ASTRONOMY PARK, HOCKING HILLS The John Glenn Astronomy Park opened last summer, dedicated to observing the night skies in Hocking Hills—one of the few areas unaffected by light pollution. On July 20, the park will host an “all afternoon/all evening event.” In addition to regular stargazing, the moon landing and moonwalk will be recapped 50 years to the minute that they occurred. It’s free to attend, but guests should register in advance for a parking space. Sign up at jgap.info/our-impact.

PERKINS OBSERVATORY, DELAWARE, OWU CAMPUS The Perkins Observatory is the educational and research facility for Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. On July 20 and 27, The observatory will suspend its regular evening public programs for a “Celebration of the Sun!” a series of activities focusing on the Earth’s very own “day star,” the sun. Discussions and solar observation (with special equipment) will be part of the fun and will start at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets at perkins.owu.edu. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon.


Apollo 11: shooting for the moon




t’s difficult to fathom in the age of thousands of channels—not to mention Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu—a single moment when the entire world was watching the same thing at the same time on television. But in July of 1969, nearly every set was tuned in to watch human history unfold. But five decades is a long time to forget, and grainy footage and faded photos let memories dim and make the achievement sometimes seem more distant than the Moon itself. It was Ohio’s own John Glenn who first took Americans into space, and Neil Armstrong who placed that first footprint on the lunar surface. So it was only fitting that two guys from Ohio would once again astound audiences with the imagery and adrenaline of that fabled first step on our nearest celestial neighbor.

Todd Douglas Miller and Matt Morton grew up in Gahanna and have known each other since grade school. Their short-lived high school band played a few graduation gigs, but when it came time for college, they parted ways yet remained creatively connected. Miller moved to Michigan for film school, but when his student documentary set in their hometown needed some songs to round it out, Morton’s college band he’d formed at Denison University supplied the soundtrack. It was their first filmmaking collaboration, but hardly their last. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, their latest project, Apollo 11, stunned the jury and the industry with long-forgotten, large-format footage that made the Moon launch look like it happened yesterday. They’d set out to make a movie, but created a time machine. 



The Saturn V at liftoff.

The crew of Apollo 11, (l to r) Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, on their way to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center.

NASA managers Walter Kapryan (leaning on console), Rocco Petrone (with binoculars, center), and Kurt Debus (with binoculars, right) watch from Kennedy’s Launch Control Center.



“When we first contacted the National Archives about transferring every frame of film they had from Apollo 11, I’m sure they thought I was nuts,” recalled Miller. He knew the task was so daunting that no one in half a century had dared to even consider it. “About three months into the project, they wrote us an email with a progress report on everything they had in 16mm and 35mm from their NASA collection. But buried in the middle of the message was this discovery of 65mm Panavision footage. We didn’t know how much or the condition at the time, but it looked promising.” “Promising” is polite for unknown, but optimistic. Some of the reels had dates, a few even had shot lists. Others just had “Apollo 11.” It was an uncataloged mess by studio standards, but an untouched tomb of priceless artifacts to Miller and his team. “The parallel story is that the post production facility I’d been working with in New York for a very long time was just getting into the film scanning business when a lot of companies were getting out,” Miller explained. “They were developing technologies that could handle large format film up to 70mm. The stars really did align.” In an earlier era of film before a stream of electrons delivered pristine pictures and sound, images and audio weren’t one product until a film was edited and printed for exhibition. Apollo 11 curates thousands of hours of both down to an hour and a half opus using raw materials and equipment designed specifically for the project, most of it never seen or heard before. Miller and the team worked for weeks in three shifts, 24 hours as day, scanning each frame, and divvying up 11,000 hours of mission control and flight recordings to match up to footage later. “We copied all of the files and just put them on our phones. My producing partner had this knack for finding these little moments of humanity. Our office is between our two houses. It was just a short walk for both of us, so we’d listen on the way,” Miller recalled. “I’d show up having just listened to 15 minutes of static and he’d have this revelation captured from the onboard audio of this song, “Mother Country,” which we ended up editing into the film. He also found audio of a woman’s voice who was a backroom flight controller arguing with one of the front room controllers about the return trajectory. Researchers and historians are going to spend decades on just the audio.” But even the rich texture of images and conversations lacked the palpable tension necessary to pull everything together and put the achievement of Apollo 11 • 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


in the proper context for audiences. Luckily, Miller already had someone in mind working side-by-side from the start. “When we did the first test screening, we basically had footage of the astronauts suiting up leading right up to the launch and the liftoff,” explained Matt Morton, who composed the entire score from his basement studio in Hilliard. “But what stuck with me most was the look, not of fear, but the sense of duty and the weight on their shoulders. I scored it with the same reverence and gravity, in that moment when they didn’t know, when none of us knew, if they were going to make it.” Echoing the images and audio required rethinking the way the two had worked previously on several shorts, commercial projects, even acclaimed documentaries like Dinosaur 13 and The Last Steps, which chronicled NASA’s final mission to the Moon. Morton wanted something old, but original. “When I told Todd I only wanted to use pre-1969 instruments, and most of the sound to come from an old Moog synthesizer, he needed some convincing,” chided Morton. “I try to stimulate discussion with all of my clients, offering suggestions and perspective from my take on the project. But Todd and I have this shorthand. I know how he feels about different styles of music down to the instruments. We can be honest.” The result is an immersive experience that puts audiences of any age on the launch pad, in the lunar capsule, and on the Moon with unprecedented authenticity. The whole film feels almost voyeuristic with a direct cinema style that’s been all but abandoned in favor of contemporary cut rates and CGI. But perhaps most notable are the reaction shots throughout. If 2001: A Space Odyssey was Stanley Kubrick’s vision of mankind venturing into the unknown void, then this could be Steven Spielberg’s, amplified by a score as deceptively complex and unnerving as any science-fiction thriller. The enormity of Apollo 11 begs for the biggest screen possible. Both Miller and Morton recalled fond memories of field trips to COSI as kids and the curiosity it helped foster, which comes full circle with a special 47-minute museum cut now screening at COSI’s IMAX theater throughout the 82


Spectators gather to watch the Apollo 11 launch.

summer—just the right length for aspiring astronauts and aerospace engineers. The score is available on CD and digital, but will have a special anniversary vinyl release as well. Also worth noting, neither has any firsthand memory of the Moon landing. They’re barely old enough to remember the moonwalk. Apollo 11 is effectively a found footage documentary, one that could earn both Miller and Morton an Academy Award for a film shot entirely before either of them was born. Both were quick to quash such speculation, as sincere artists do, rewarded by the achievement, not the accolade. As with previous projects, inspiration remains a primary motivation. “Just last week I was in Amsterdam for a premiere at the EYE Film Institute and learned they have 39,000 reels of film in their archive,” revealed Miller. “Future filmmakers should get out their flashlights. There’s a lot more footage waiting to be rediscovered.” • The full 93-minute cut of Apollo 11 will air on CNN July 20 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


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id you grow up with fantasies of trekking through remote mountainous terrain to find elusive clouded leopards? Can you name all the moons of Jupiter? Do you have a list of facts in your noggin about deadly plants that you bust out into conversations any time it’s even remotely relevant? (Please note: It is never relevant.) Doing years of research on a minutely specific topic is what makes a scientist a scientist. But being able to communicate that research and their findings to the general public is what makes a science communicator. Sometimes it takes a whole team to communicate the various sides of a complex topic. It takes a community to make science happen, and the ongoing success, even existence of research projects takes a whole lot more than just the people doing the heavy microscope lifting.



Public interest is a great determiner of successful research. And the rise of citizen science (wherein regular people help produce or collect data for researchers, usually through the use of digital platforms, such as the iNaturalist app) ties regular people in even more closely to scientists trying to solve problems and make headway into emerging fields of research. Not everyone can slog through the grueling years of teaching assisting, doctoral research, and peer-reviewed publishing necessary in order to become recognized experts in their field. But as a layperson, you can still devour everything science in sight, and keep updated on current research. AND! You can hang out with your friends and have snacks and booze while you do! A few science appreciators in the capital city have gotten together to organize recurring events that put the average Columbus Joe in touch with researchers across myriad fields. The first Thursday and second Thursday of every month, every person in Columbus has the opportunity to meet researchers and hear about the work they’re doing in their field. From neuroscientists speaking about cutting-edge therapy returning use of

limbs to people suffering from paralysis, to entomologists explaining to the dating world of dragonflies. Columbus is a hub for all things science. We have one of the best zoos in the entire country (dare we say THE WORLD?), Chemical Abstracts and Battelle, a huge world-class research university, and we have multiple top-tier research hospitals within the city limits. There is no shortage of expertise in this city, and now we have venues hosting expert-to-public interactions each month. The nearly-decade-old Columbus Science Pub is a gathering held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Through its multiple iterations, CSP has continued to broaden its subject matter, and grow its audience. It’s currently held at The Backstage Bistro at Shadowbox Live in the Brewery District. Talks are rife with audience participation, and questions and comments are encouraged. Another available flavor of science talk is held at Brothers Drake Meadery on the second Thursday of each month. These Ted Talk-style events perfectly compliment your glass of local honey wine.

There is also the tried-and-true COSI After Dark. This is a recurring event at COSI, without the kiddos. The adults get a chance to wander the science center, booze in hand, making discoveries after happy hour. Not only do ticket buyers have access to the permanent exhibits, but they also get to see the traveling special exhibits, often with artifacts from mummies to muppets. Each event has a theme, like dinosaurs, or brewing and distilling. This hands on event allows the curious among us to get in literal touch with emerging and established science and technology. There are multiple opportunities in Columbus every month to join the local scientific community, even if you never got around to getting that PhD. If you are concerned about the state of the world, if you are curious about The Way Things Work, and if you spend time reading and listening to new discoveries, then you, sir or madam, are a bona fide science appreciator. We could use more of you in this world. Especially here. Especially now. • Former Editor-In-Chief Jeni Ruisch is a science communicator and insect expert. Did you know that you had a staph infection and were not in fact bitten by a brown recluse spider? Or that weeds are bee food? Now you do. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE



Weird Science The Wow! radio signal found by OSU still remains unexplained BY L AU R A DAC H E N B ACH I L LU STR ATI O N BY SA R A H M O O RE

IN THE DAYS when Star Trek and Star Wars had yet to be conceptualized,

and science fiction consisted of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Forbidden Planet, The Ohio State University began a most ambitious task—the construction of a radio observatory that would scan the skies for extragalactic radio frequencies and their sources. The rectangular radio telescope’s main reflector measured roughly 338 feet by 108 feet and became known as the “Big Ear.” It sat on the grounds of the Perkins Observatory at Ohio Wesleyan University. Initially, the Big Ear was used to scan the Andromeda Galaxy, and then complete the Ohio Sky Survey. It detected quasars, objects emitting intense radiation, and edge-of-the-universe stuff generally considered boring to non-astronomers. In 1972, federal funding for the Ohio Sky Survey was cut, but the Big Ear continued to turn its “eardrums” towards the astronomical ultimate: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). And now Columbus, sporting its overcast skies, rising a mere 900



feet above sea level, and being forced to use volunteer astronomical staff due to funding cuts, was doing only marginally better than E.T. using a jacked-up Speak & Spell to make interplanetary contact. Which is apparently all it takes, in terms of the universe of chance. While volunteering one August evening in 1977, Columbus astronomer Jerry Ehrman glanced over the Big Ear printouts and saw a literal “offthe-chart” signal. He circled the alphanumeric sequence “6EQUJ5” on the printout and scribbled “Wow!” in red pen in the margin, giving the phenomenon the name the “Wow! signal.” The pulse of radio energy had come in at 10:16 p.m. on August 15. “It was the most significant thing we had seen,” said Ehrman in a 1994 interview with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The narrowband signal lasted for 72 seconds and was determined to come from somewhere within the constellation Sagittarius. The “U” value of the sequence, in particular, was the largest ever recorded. The frequency of the Wow! signal was near the frequency emitted when neutral hydrogen produces light. Because hydrogen is the most common element found in the universe, SETI researchers have theorized that intelligent beings would know of its presence and use that frequency to communicate. The Wow! signal prompted a search of the sky with more sensitive instruments, and...crickets. Nada. Nothing. The signal source appears to have vanished. Although many experts have tried, no one has ever been able to fully explain or debunk the Wow! signal. One of the latest such unsuccessful explanations was a pair of comets. Therefore, the Wow! signal remains the top candidate for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Obviously an aspect of the Wow! signal that makes its definitive origins so difficult to prove is that the signal has never occurred again. More data would clearly give researchers a better picture of the phenomenon. Even Ehrman has hesitated to speculate over the years. But unfortunately, the signal remains a mystery worthy of the X-Files. (It was actually mentioned in the episode “Little Green Men.”) The expectation of finding intelligent life in the universe—given its size, coupled with the question, “So where is everybody and why haven’t they picked up the damn phone?” is a statistical dilemma known as the Fermi paradox. Dozens of hypotheses have been proposed to resolve the paradox, including the vastness of time, other intelligent beings’ lack of (or non-desire for) technology, and some version of an alien Prime Directive (non-interference policy). New statistical methodology has also taken a fresh whack at the problem, but ultimately the question tends to be biased. Our civilization exists, so we know civilization is possible. So why can’t that possibility exist elsewhere in a large universe? The Fermi paradox is one of the reasons why the Wow! signal remains relevant and has not been brushed aside as a radio astronomy “cold case.” Evidence of an alien civilization would neatly resolve the paradox, relieve us here on planet Earth of the burden of being the sole caretakers of the universe, and perhaps give us the opportunity for some cool intergalactic sports leagues and Airbnb expansions. In 1995 the Big Ear was listed in The Guiness Book of World Records under the category of “Longest Extraterrestrial Search.” But not for long. Developers purchased the land from the university and finished disassembling the telescope in 1998. They used the land to expand...you guessed it. A golf course. Another stinking golf course. An Ohio Historical Marker with a description of the radio observatory program was placed at the site, a kind of stiff and awkward eulogy to the optimism and innovation of the era. Dammit Columbus. Sometimes I just can’t even with you. I mean, it was aliens. •

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Ask a Spaceman! I L LUST RAT I O N BY SA RA H M O O R E

We don’t trust what we don’t understand. Astrophysicist and science communicator Paul Sutter’s goal is to make science more understandable, and more worthy of public trust. Sutter’s podcast Ask a Spaceman! covers topics ranging from antimatter to quantum spin to the Big Bang. To give you a small taste of science communication at its most fun, we asked our readers for some space-related questions for Dr. Sutter to answer. Intrigued? Find Ask a Spaceman! at: pmsutter.com/shows/askaspaceman.

Is magnetic polar shift really a threat and should we prepare? — VALERIE MCGREGOR

The magnetic poles are constantly shifting and changing over the course of thousands of years. If you’re a bird you should be worried about migration, but otherwise you’ll be fine! The recent imaging of a black hole was a milestone in astronomy imagery. What’s the next milestone? What’s the next thing that clever people are going to render visible?

Why isn’t Pluto recognized as a planet anymore? — TIM BECHTOL

Up until 2006 we really didn’t have a firm definition of a planet, and we were realizing that it wasn’t exactly obvious how to define one. If you include Pluto in the big list, then our solar system has anywhere between 20 and 20,000 planets in it. This makes some people uncomfortable, so at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union astronomers voted to define “planet” in such a way that Pluto was excluded. Not everybody agrees. The debate continues. Is the EmDrive a real possibility? Why or why not?



One of the biggest frontiers of modern astronomy is the age of the first stars, which we call the Cosmic Dawn because it sounds dramatic. We have no images of the first stars and galaxies to appear in the universe over 13 billion years ago. Instruments like the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope might give us a shot.

The EmDrive claims that by bouncing radiation around in a closed cavity, somehow you can make a rocket. The most immediate problem with this is that momentum is conserved: you can’t just make something go like that. We’ve tested momentum conservation a zillion ways already so it seems pretty sound. All the EmDrive results don’t really show anything convincing when it comes to propulsion. If something’s too good to be true...

Is there any proof verifying the existence of multiverses? Are there more dimensions than just the three in which we reside? — REBECCA MAYKOWSKI

As far as we can tell, there is no evidence for the existence of any other universe but our own. There are a few hypothetical ideas out there that predict the existence of a multiverse, but without hard data they’re just that—hypotheses. So I hope you like this universe, because until otherwise notified, this is the only one we’ve got.

What do Dr. Katie Bouman’s photos of black holes tell us? How is it possible to image a black hole? — STEVEN WAGNER

The Event Horizon Telescope’s images of the black hole tell us about the material surrounding it: how much stuff is there, how quickly it’s falling in, how big the central black hole is, and how quickly it’s spinning. You can’t ever capture an image of a black hole directly—it is black, after all— but you can snap pics of the stuff around it, and from that figure out some pretty cool science. •





ur lives are full of relationships, but the most pure, least complicated of them is probably your relationship with your pet. Whether it’s your dog running to greet you at the sound of your voice, your cat rubbing against your legs, or your rabbit twitching its nose in delight, the very sight of your pet can be one of the happiest, least judgmental moments of your day.

We at (614) know all the pet feels—we brought our fur children in for a special shoot to share with you! This month, we’re also pumping up the pets as we take a dive into all the city has to offer. So Columbus, turn the pages to recognize and appreciate all the ways that furry, feathered, slithering, or swimming creatures contribute to our well-being, and how you can better interact with them.




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g P n a i ws v i G OSU Honoring the Bond Veterinary Social Work Program provides comfort to pet parents and their caregivers BY M EL I SSA BRA I TH WA I TE | P H OTOS BY B R I A N KA I S E R


f you have ever lost a pet, you know that the humananimal bond is real. If you’ve ever worked with pets, you are probably familiar with compassion fatigue as part of the cost of caring for others. In the world of interacting with animals, support for people can be crucial. The innovative Honoring the Bond program at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center aims to make a difference in the lives of their animal patients, pet owners, veterinary students, clinicians and specialists. When Dr. Jennifer Brandt started the Honoring the Bond Program at OSU in 2002, she was working only with clients in the vet hospital and had students, residents and staff knocking on her door as

well for mental health help. The field of veterinary social work is quite small, but the need is becoming more apparent. As the stigma of seeking mental health care is diminishing, more colleges and private hospitals are hiring social workers. Joelle Nielsen is a veterinary social worker who now heads up the Honoring the Bond program at the OSU Veterinary Medical Center, which is one of only 15 veterinary colleges in North America that staffs at least one social worker. OSU employs three full-time social workers, two who focus on veterinary students, and Nielsen, who focuses on supporting pet parents primarily with tough end-of-life decisions. “My role is to be there for hospital clients, kind of like when

you go to the James and meet with a social worker,” says Nielsen. “Sometimes it is just spending the time to talk that is helpful. It’s not that I’m doing something super magical—I do have my social work skills to guide me—but it’s really just being there, providing resources and letting them know that whatever they decide is OK.” Nielsen says that giving a pet parent some time and space to process news about their pet’s illness, especially in those cases when it’s unexpected, can be incredibly beneficial. “And even for folks who have mentally prepared for losing a pet, it’s hard,” she says. Nielsen says that there are often times when she is working with someone for two to three hours. Veterinarians simply don’t have that kind of time to devote to a single patient. “With what we do, it’s not just about the animal patients, but also about caring for the clients’ emotional needs. We need that dealt with so they can commit to patient care,” says Dr. Caitlin Johnson, a third-year resident in internal medicine at the OSU Veterinary Medical Center, who regrets that she cannot always spend an hour with a grieving pet owner. “I want to do that, but I can’t. It’s draining for us to feel like we are letting down our patients and it is a huge relief to have access to trained social workers who can do this for our clients.” Vets and other caring professionals are particularly susceptible to compassion fatigue, which is in part caused by prolonged exposure to suffering. It can affect their sense of satisfaction, empathetic ability and many other dimensions of wellbeing, according to the American Institute of Stress. •



“Sometimes it is just spending the time to talk that is helpful. It’s not that I’m doing something super magical—I do have my social work skills to guide me—but it’s really just being there, providing resources and letting them know that whatever they decide is OK.”

A recent Centers for Disease Control study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found a higher than expected number of suicide deaths among U.S. veterinarians, particularly female vets, who are 3.5 times as likely as the general population to die by suicide, according to the report, highlighting the importance of easy access to mental healthcare in veterinary colleges and practices. Katie Reid, a psychologist who works specifically with veterinary masters- and doctoral-level students at Ohio State, says that preventative counseling and mandatory check-ins for students in this field is critical. “A lot of times, our students want to be a vet and work with animals, but when they come here and experience the amount of euthanasia and sick animals, they are not prepared. It can be crucial to combat compassion fatigue and build that resilience now, so it’s not as detrimental to them in the future,” she says. “A lot of times being in a caring profession, people need to get help. Shining the spotlight on this and reducing stigma is really important.” OSU continues to support its Veterinary Medical Center clients after pet loss. Long-time Honoring the Bond memorial service volunteer Sally Malaret met Nielsen the day the doctor advised her to consider euthanizing Max, her therapy dog, who was well-known and well-loved at the hospital where she worked. “It was such a hard road,” she says. “I wondered how I could move on and accept everything that’s happening.” Malaret held a packed memorial service for Max complete with a commendation from former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman for Max’s service to the community. Malaret and Fiona, her newly-adopted therapy dog, attended the veterinary hospital’s annual memorial service, which hosts more than 100 people annually. It’s a chance for pet owners to come together and remember their pets and to connect with others in the same situation. “The memorial service is a very hard day because people are remembering their pets and there are a lot of heavy hearts,” she says. “But it’s very special and important. I realized that when I went [to the service] for Max. I found a camaraderie with people going through the same things I was going through. There’s a special feeling of comfort and love, even though your pet is gone.” • 94




ANIMAL PLANET in an apartment Meet Gabe Ibáñez: animal advocate, veterinary student, mini-zoo tycoon BY MACON OVER C AST PH OTOS BY BRIAN KA I SER

“They never let me have pets, so I just snuck them into the house. It started with catching insects—roly polies, earth worms—then sneaking in bigger animals.” Curiosity fueled Gabe Ibáñez’s passion for animals, from his parents resisting animal contact to dreaming of becoming a biologist to a path in veterinary medicine. Now a third-year veterinary student who already co-owns a new veterinary urgent care, Ibáñez manages not only animals in the clinic, but also his own collection of exotics in his south side apartment. His two Australian Shepherds, Binx and Dani, follow Ibáñez as he introduces me to three Fire Belly Toads, two Surinam River Toads, an Emerald Tree Boa, two Bengal cats, a Honduran Milk Snake, two Sulcata Tortoises, a RedFooted tortoise, and a huge fish tank filled with unpronounceable species. Almost as impressive as the creatures living with him are the spotless carpets and scentless rooms; it’s clear Ibáñez is meticulous in his care. He caters to each animal individually, learning their needs and behaviors, with plenty of love to spare. 96


In fact, not too long ago his list of pets stretched much longer. Downsizing to responsibly handle the rigors of veterinary school, in 2016 Ibáñez curated over 200 exotic animals. In his words, “a mini-zoo.” I sit across from him at his dining room table. Dani barks at the front door as car tires crunch over parking lot blacktop outside. Hushing Dani, he reminisces, “I had anything you can imagine as far as exotic animals go. I had chinchillas, rats, mice, quails, chicken, pheasants. My favorites were amphibians, so I had all kinds of them—from sirens, to dart frogs, hallucinogenic toads from Colorado.” He sees me raise my eyebrows and explains, “The native Americans used to extract their poison and smoke it. The toad poison contains DMT, which is the chemical released in your brain when you die. Apparently people who smoke it hallucinate about seeing angels, heaven, that kind of stuff.” Not discounting his soft-spoken nature and professionalism, I wondered if he had ever taken advantage of those Colorado toads to take a recreational trip through doggy heaven. He laughed when I asked. “Never.

“If you are able to show other people these awesome, cool, bright animals, people are more likely to change what they do on a day-to-day basis to protect them.” Apparently the hallucinations can last up to two weeks. I don’t have that time. I don’t have that energy. It’s not for me, but it’s a really cool fact about the toads to share with house guests." “I got them at a reptile show. The second I saw them—I bought all of them. They were the only ones there. I even bought them before I asked how much they were, which, looking back on it, was probably not the best idea. I just loved them and jumped on it.” Still living in his apartment and with the motley crew of exotic animals is another one of his favorites. Ibáñez walks me through an array of cages and tanks, past his toads, fish, Bengal cat, and into his bedroom. In a dark corner, a humidifier pumps mist into a glass tank, making the inside completely opaque. He turns off the machine and the fog slowly settles down to reveal a bright green coil laying atop a thick tree branch—an Emerald Tree Boa peeks at us through narrow pupils. Ibáñez glows looking at the snake, “Whenever I went to the zoo or aquarium growing up, the Emerald Tree Boa always caught my eye. Although frogs and salamanders are my favorite, that was the one I’ve always wanted. Now I get to look at it every day. It has the longest teeth of any non-venomous snake. It’s not always the most friendly to handle.” A black cat hops onto the bed and looks up at us. It’s the Bengal cat—a breeding term for a mix between a domestic house cat and another wild species. Allison is her name, Ibáñez tells me. He doesn’t know exactly what she is mixed with, but he knows who wears the pants around the house. “Wherever the cat wants to lay, that’s where the cat’s gonna lay. I bought a tempurpedic mattress for my dogs, and my cat is the only one that uses it. I bought her a bed, but apparently it’s not good enough for her. Sometimes in the winter, the dogs and cat all lay down together on my bed, but, at the end of the day, the cat has the last say.” He gives Allison a chin scratch and I ask him why he keeps such specimens, and more so, why he keeps exotic animals at all. Pausing for a moment, he replies, “One of the animals I miss the most are my poison dart frogs. They are great conversation starters. If you are able to show other people these awesome, cool, bright animals, people are more likely to change what they do on a day-to-day basis to protect them. We have to do our part to keep the environment clean for these animals.”• 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


Full-Time Felines

Columbus cats are becoming a business’s best friend



n ancient Egypt, where we see the first evidence of the domestication of felines, cats were worshipped. They were mummified upon their death, and the bereaved would shave their eyebrows in grief. This ancient relationship started when it was discovered that cats would stand guard over grain storages, the only ones fast and agile enough to control the number one enemy of burgeoning food backup systems during the dawn of civilization: rodents. Plus, kittens are cute. I’ve never been a cat person, but one thing I can respect is a working animal. Fast forward several millennia to the modern-day memequeens and little living room lions that jump-started the internet, and their mouse-catching days are all but behind them. I believe we could refer to the species as a whole at this point as semi-retired. But there still does exist a tradition under which cats thrive, and even the most curmudgeonly dog person must admit that a cat is the most capable animal partner: the business cat. Even Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, decided that cats were the most likely species to control HR, and created Catbert and the “random policy generator” to match the often fickle nature of the feline. But the partnership is actually much more basic. A building with any storage area is vulnerable to the aforementioned vermin. Also, you need an animal with specific qualities to hang out at your place of business all day and not muddy your entrepreneurial waters. First, you need a lounge animal. Nobody wants to enter an establishment that has a spazzy mascot on staff. You also want one that hangs back, in case your diverse clientele are not animal-inclined. Now how many dogs do you know that fit that bill? A few, yes. Mostly the large and lazy kind. However, a traditional business that relies wholly on grain to render its wares has a special position custom-built for a feline. Brewery cats are the original business cats. This mutually-beneficial relationship has existed since humans figured out the brewing and distillation process. Modern day has changed this relationship: though the ability to catch mice is less necessary than it was eons ago. Today, this has been replaced with a new job description: social media darling. If brew pubs, tasting room, bars and distilleries rely on one thing to expand business, it’s social media. And nothing shares quicker on social media than cute kitties lolling around on bags of barley, or sneaking



snuggles from otherwise burly, tattooed brewers. The Granville Brewing Company has a special employee that made his way into their grain room, and hearts. “Bluto was dropped off in a box on someone’s doorstep with two other very young kittens,” says Kaitlin Johnson of Granville Brewing Company. “We had some mice getting into the brewery and trying to get into our grain. We asked around to see what was the best way to get rid of the mice; with poison, snap traps, or sticky traps. We were told the best way is to just get a cat. Bluto is our mouser. He keeps the mice out of the brewery and when they get in, he eats them.” This is ancient symbiosis at its best. But the modern office politics element is not lost on the human employees of the brewery. “Frankly,” Johnson says, “taproom visitors love him too.” The position, like in many other fields, has evolved. Cats are of benefit in more than just a brewery. David Lewis of Elizabeth’s Records keeps a fulltime feline on staff. Lewis has always been on the office cat bandwagon, saying that, “Throughout our decade of history our slogan has always been “Do you like cats?” “A year ago I decided that I was spending a lot of time here by myself in the summer and craved company and made the executive decision to get a store cat. [Jonesy] was too small [when we first got him] to leave here all of the time, so we brought him home every night to the other three cats in our family,” explained Lewis. “Jonesy is the perfect store cat—he stays over two nights a week now and he loves being here! He loves female attention; he sits on the counter or in the window and greets people as they come in. He’s good with children, doesn’t try to run out the door, and has a respectful fear of passing fire trucks.” The exact description of the perfect office animal. Plus they don’t ask for too many raises.•



New Leash


Greg Knows Dogs helps dogs and their human companions learn together



he love in the eyes of your dog as it sits at your feet is truly heart-warming. Making you happy is what makes your dog happy. That’s why your dog needs rules—to know what makes you happy. Enter Greg Schneider. About 15 years ago, Schneider turned his career skills in education, coaching, and counseling to the canine world and began Greg Knows Dogs, an inhome dog training program. Having trained over 2,000 of Central Ohio’s dogs, it’s perhaps fair to call him a bona fide dog whisperer. However, Schneider insists, “I’m not really teaching dogs. I’m teaching people.” (614) sought out Schneider’s advice for what every well-behaved dog should know, and how to get to that point.

(614): What are the basics that every dog should know? GS: Number one is “come.” “Stay” would be another one. There’s something that I call voice control. Let’s say your dog is running towards another dog, you should be able to stop that dog with your voice. I think those kinds of things. Probably the number one thing that people call me about is what I call “door manners.” The doorbell rings, their dog goes crazy, barking, jumping, trying to run out the door—so having a boundary that your dog needs to stay behind while you greet your guests, or sign for your package, or get your pizza.

What do you think is the ideal training age?

I’ve worked with folks who were literally on the way home from the breeder. The value of working with a dog that young is that you can get right on top of the housetraining issues. And then there’s a whole raft of behaviors that I call “puppy nonsense:” mouthing, nipping, chewing, jumping, destroying things. So if you want to get on the preventive side of that, the earlier you work with someone, the better. If those things are going well, then you want to work on commands, we can wait a few months [...]. What I’ve found is that “come” is not usually reliable until they’re six months of age; their brains are just not developed enough […]. So for a pup I would say three, four, five months. Maybe four months. Adult dogs we can start anytime. 100 (614) MAGAZINE JULY 2019 614NOW.COM

What bad habits do owners inadvertently get their dogs into?

I usually get calls from people who say something like, “My dog runs the show here.” So just being firm and having some rules just overall so that the dog can look to you for guidance, look to you for direction[...]. One of the things I’ve found is when people are trying to teach their dog to walk, they let the dog pull into other people [...] or to interact with another dog. If we do that often enough, the dog basically says, “I don’t care about walking with you. I want to go meet the new person.” So I think teaching your dog to walk nicely by your side is probably something that people should focus on more than they do. I can’t stand retractable leashes. That’s a really good way to develop bad habits. And then, probably not working on “come” enough and kind of accepting that. If your dog doesn’t have the “come” command, you really run the risk of losing the dog or the dog getting into mischief, maybe a fight with another dog.

Which is a more important factor when it comes to training: intelligence or temperament?

I might go with temperament. Sometimes smart dogs are the hardest to train because they figure out workarounds [...]. If we have a dog that’s willing to please, I think we’ll go a lot further than the dog who is superintelligent and can figure out ways around things. On the other hand, there are super-intelligent dogs [that are like], “You tell me once, I got it.” Overall though I’d say probably temperament is more important.

How can we better communicate with our dogs?

Better communication would be consistency, voice tone and body language. So what I generally say is if you’re giving a command you should use your normal speaking voice. If you’re using “come,” do that more like a “party invitation” voice. And if you’re having to give your dog a verbal correction like “no,” or “off,” a little bit sterner tone.

What’s it like working with older dogs?

Working with an older dog, I think, is actually easier. You don’t have to deal with the puppy nonsense. Most of the time when you have an older dog they at least know “sit” and “stay,” maybe “down” [...]. When I went through my training, my dog was seven years old, and that was a little rough because I was learning what to do too [...]. Working with older dogs, actually it’s kind of nice. •

Does your dog need a few lessons? Visit gregknowsdogtraining.com. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


The Old Ball Game The Muffins vintage “base ball” team pays homage to a traditional pastime BY J.R. MCMIL L A N | P HOTOS BY BR I A N KA I S E R


hen Aaron Seddon first stepped up to the plate nearly a decade ago for the Ohio Village Muffins, he was actually stepping back in time. It wasn’t the same game he’d played in his youth. The rules and uniforms were unfamiliar, and pushing 30 as a walk-on wasn’t out of the ordinary. Even the spelling was different. This was 1860 vintage “base ball.” No that’s not a typo—and no, the whole team didn’t forget their gloves either. “When we’re talking to spectators about the differences in the game, they’re immediately concerned that we aren’t wearing gloves. That kind of protective gear didn’t enter the game until the 1870s,” explained Seddon. “We get a lot of our recruits from people who come to matches, who are intrigued by what we’re doing. We’re a close-knit group, even off the field. We’re a team, but we’re also a family.”

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Long before the days of hot dogs and dugouts, what we now know as baseball was played in fields and empty lots from Cooperstown to Hoboken. Historians still dispute the exact origin story of the sport, but generally agree that it was the inevitable intermingling of Union and Confederate troops that transformed the game into a national pastime. But Columbus has its own history, mixed with a little folklore. Before the war, there were exactly zero baseball teams in the capital city, but shortly after its end, there were six. Players learned the sport from fellow soldiers from New York and New Jersey who brought bats and balls with them to pass the time between battles. Even the hand signals still used today for balls, strikes, “safe” and “out” arguably owe credit to the Ohio School for the Deaf in Clintonville, put into play a decade later to help their hearing-impaired athletes compete as equals.

Which brings us back to the matter of the Muffins. When the Ohio History Connection started their vintage baseball program in 1981, there was no prototype, only a rulebook. Recruiting most of that first team from their employees, they couldn’t help having some self-deprecating fun at their future expense. In the early days of baseball, your best players were referred to as the “first nine” followed by the “second nine.” Everyone left on the bench were called the “muffins.” A “muff” was period vernacular for an error, back before they were counted. The name was so inside baseball, it was perfect. “The umpire’s role isn’t really to arbitrate the game. He’s there to settle disputes between the players they can’t adjudicate themselves,” Seddon noted. “And the pitcher’s role is to facilitate hitting. In modern baseball, your pitcher is your best defensive player, to prevent the ball from getting into play. The game we play is before it became professional. Everyone was an amateur back then.”

“Probably the biggest difference between modern baseball and the game we play is—if an opponent makes a really good play—everyone cheers. We’re playing a competitive game, we’re obviously both out there to win the match. But there’s much more camaraderie between the teams.” Fans will also notice a suspicious absence of balls and strikes. Newspapers from the era report some batters taking 50 or more pitches waiting for just the right one, because if a hit was caught on the first bounce, it still counted as an out. “Probably the biggest difference between modern baseball and the game we play is—if an opponent makes a really good play—everyone cheers,” Seddon revealed. “We’re playing a competitive game, we’re obviously both out there to win the match. But there’s much more camaraderie between the teams.” Speaking of the other team, the Ohio History Connection has more than one vintage baseball club. Much as the rise of men’s baseball inspired impromptu games among women well before Vassar College started the first formal women’s program in 1866, the Diamonds played their first match in 1994. Despite their parallel history and popularity, many of the early women’s vintage baseball teams have since consolidated or faded away, making matches more challenging. • 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE 103

Like the Muffins, the Diamonds also represent the game as it was played in 1860, which for women of the era was strictly recreational. The rules were the same, but even playing in back fields among themselves, the ladies often caused quite a social stir with their attire. “We wear period-accurate dresses made from patterns of actual garments considered either a camp dress or a work dress. Someone who first starts out may play in a long skirt and a white blouse,” explained Jackie Forquer, who has played for the Diamonds for more than two decades. “We don’t play as many games as the men, but the time commitment is also less. We play festivals and exhibitions games. Our players who come from a softball background see this as another way to share their love of the game.” Both the Muffins and Diamonds are technically historical “interpreters” who interact with spectators much as players would have in 1860, sometimes to exacting detail. Forquer, who plays first base, is sometimes the first ambassador for vintage baseball folks may meet, either through school programs or at the beginning of a game, with Diamonds matches often preceding the Muffins. Never breaking character, she’ll politely ask the umpire to seek the approval of the audience before women roll up or remove their sleeves before beginning play. Showing so much skin used to be scandalous. Every organization has a historian, but vintage baseball happens to have an actual one. Dr. Jim Tootle came to the original version of the game later in life than most, but has still managed to outlast many of his peers. Having retired as assistant dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences at Ohio State, his passion for preservation is as infectious as his laugh. “I’ve gotten to play in four major league parks from coast to coast. I thought my playing days were winding down when I stumbled upon this, and I’ve probably played 600 to 700 vintage games,” Tootle recalled. “It’s been a wonderful experience to represent the Ohio History Connection on our home field at The Ohio Village, but also to travel the state and the country.” Tootle actually has written the book on vintage baseball—two in fact, not counting a third still used by prospective vintage baseball teams across the country trying to get their start. “It’s like Civil War reenacting in a way because we give great attention to accuracy—interpreting the rules, our uniforms, and our equipment. And yet, the moment the first pitch is thrown, it’s not a reenactment anymore. It’s a real game, and we don’t know who is going to win,” Tootle chided. “I have to laugh watching ESPN anytime there’s a barehanded catch. They go nuts and show it three or four times. I feel like saying, ‘Come out to a vintage baseball game, every catch is a barehanded catch. Gloves weren’t even invented yet.’ ” • 104 (614) MAGAZINE JULY 2019 614NOW.COM

For a complete schedule of games, including the 2019 Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival featuring 30 teams from across the country, visit ohiohistory.org

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HUNTING Thrift your way to an affordable kitchen BY R E GI NA FOX P H OTO BY B RI AN KAI SER

I think I’m due for an intervention. No, not for drugs or gambling, but rather, an ever-so-slight thrifting addiction. Okay, so I wouldn’t actually call it an addiction, and I don’t think I require an intervention, but the women who dutifully greet my beaming face every Wednesday at the South High Street Salvation Army 50% off days might disagree. But, with little money comes great responsibility to find a good bargain—something I’ve become quite skillful at. So gather ‘round, one and all, to learn the ways of the ‘Will—Goodwill that is. Uncover deeply discounted treasures with these tips and tricks to transform your cooking space into the kitchen of your dreams.

Have a loose vision: There’s a saying that I find particularly helpful when thrift shopping: “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” That’s to say that if you’re too focused on small details, you won’t see the big picture. Similarly, if you walk into Goodwill looking for matching ivory canisters, odds are that you will not only leave frustrated because you didn’t find them, but you will have also missed out on the dozens of unique treasures you breezed right by. We only see what we’re looking for, so broaden your scope of interest to simply canisters. Sometimes you’ll find exactly what you wanted, other times you’ll find something better, or maybe you won’t find anything at all. That’s the thrill of the hunt, after all. 106 (614) MAGAZINE JULY 2019 614NOW.COM

Get Inspired: Before you can have a vision, you have to have inspiration. Inform your shopping spree by first identifying your style. Do you prefer a warm palette or cool palette? Do you like sleek and sophisticated or boho chic? Then, pop your style + “kitchen” into the nav bar of your favorite search engine (cough cough Pinterest) and voila! Inspiration station. But, if you’re looking for something more realistic to your budget, there’s an entire sect of Instagram influencers just for thrifting. One of my personal favorites is @missmirandarose, but I’m sure a simple “#thrift” search will turn something up.

Know the trends: Struggling to identify your specific style? It’s okay to be basic! With only a few items, you can take your kitchen from cookie cutter to cutting edge. If you’re fortunate enough to have a window in your cooking area, pack the sill with colored glassware. When the light hits, the pieces will throw beautiful reflections across your space. From vases to cups to tchotchke, thrift stores are absolutely packed with glassware at all times, so this should be an easy get. Elements of wood and/or wicker are also trending right now. That could be as simple as a wooden fruit bowl or woven placemats—also mainstays on the resale menu. Jars for your pastas, teas, and flour make for productive counter decor, while cutting board collections have both utility and sophistication. And always, always keep your eye out for anything copper (bonus points for a tea kettle!).

Go early, go often: It’s key to heed this bit of advice, specifically on deal days. It may be hard for you rookies to believe, but thrift stores—selling quite possibly the most affordable home goods known to mankind— actually hold regular half-off days. Volunteers of America holds their sale on the last Tuesday of every month. Meanwhile, Salvation Army Family Stores throw the discount party every single Wednesday. Sneak out on your lunch break on these days (don’t tell your boss I sent you) because the good stuff never lasts long. In order to score all the happenin’-est finds though, it’s important to make thrifting part of your weekly schedule. No, I’m not trying to lure you into a double thrift intervention—it’s really the way to go! Turnover at resale shops is insanely high. And not only that, but thrifting is more popular now than ever due to people seeking more sustainable lifestyles (did you know the fashion industry’s carbon impact is bigger than the airline industry’s?). So, go on, give those unwanted items a new home while also giving your kitchen the TLC it so desperately needs. 

Regina Fox is the editor of 614Now and the owner of an impressively-decorated residence. 614NOW.COM JULY 2019 (614) MAGAZINE


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Maren Roth and The Rowe Boutique take to Lucky’s Market to showcase summer collection


best chances to get outdoors and enjoy the weather, but planning an outfit for the long days can be challenging. The cooler mornings mixed with hot afternoons and warmer nights means removing a few layers, or a straight-up outfit change for your evenings. The logistics of pulling together an all-day look can be daunting. But, if you ask fashionista Maren Roth and the Rowe Boutique, functional fashion is achievable with a little nudge in the right direction. And that’s what this series is—proof you can rock these outfits throughout your busy weekends and look your best, even at the grocery store. “We wanted it to feel like our model’s just popping into the market on her way somewhere,” explained Stef Streb, photographer for the shoot. “She could be on her way to an afternoon cookout, heading home after a pool party, or on her way to dinner.” Stay cool. Look good. •

LEFT: RD Style dress, $55. Mother jacket, $330. ABOVE: S  en dress, $115. LNA tee, $91.

Poles sweater, $356.

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La Maison Talulah dress, $320.


RD Style short, $55.


S  tatic Swimwear one piece, $128. Misa top, $229. Zenzii necklace, $115.

Rails top, $188. LOF scarf, $38

To see more of the collection, visit roweboutique.com.






[ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ] Important Local News

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Unsolved Ohio: The bizarre disappearance of Brian Shaffer from Ugly Tuna How can someone go into a second-story bar and never come out? I’m talking about the disappearance of Brian Shaffer in 2006.



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“This situation is unacceptable,” ComFest makes tough decision

One hospitalized after Clintonville-area Kroger shootin

With only a few weeks left until ComFest, organizers have been faced with that they call an “unacceptable situation,” and have been forced to make a tough decision.

One person was taken to the hospital after being shot at the Clintonvillearea Kroger.

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Sweet Carrot expanded “too soon,” closing two locations After expanding “too soon,” Sweet Carrot will be closing two of its locations. But rest assured, beef brisket corn cake fans, the flagship location in Grandview will remain open. - JUNE 12 -

Five reasons to visit Yellow Springs, OH this summer

As the great alt-rock band Twin Peaks once said, Yellow Springs is “one of the more beautiful towns,” and as the city likes to call itself, “Everyone’s favorite place.” Maybe you’re not drinking the Kool Aid Yellow Springs is mixing up just yet, but by the end of this article, we bet you will be.

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Pancake Paradise: Katalina’s, Too! open now The long-anticipated opening of Katalina’s second location is finally here! The Little Cafe with Lots of Local Goodness™ is now open at 3481 N. High St. in Clintonville.

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Cancer survivor from Westerville hit, killed while training for Pelotonia A Pelotonia bicyclist on a training ride to raise funds for innovative cancer research was hit and killed this morning in Delaware County.

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(614) Magazine: July 2019  

In recognition of Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, we are blasting you off on a trip to the moon and Ohio's role in the epic space adventure. W...

(614) Magazine: July 2019  

In recognition of Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, we are blasting you off on a trip to the moon and Ohio's role in the epic space adventure. W...

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