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so vivid and colorful. Cirque du Soleil, the international theater troupe renowned for its elaborate costumes and captivating performances, comes to the Schottenstein Center May 17-21 to perform Ovo, its insectthemed show. Ovo, which means “egg” in Portugese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life. Insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. But it’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. The performance will feature 50 performers from 12 countries specializing in a plethora of acrobatic acts. The show presents the world of insects with heavy emphasis on constant movement and color, says Deborah Colker, writer, director and choreographer of Ovo. “I have a very physical choreographic language and, for me, the insects’ movements translate into emotion,” Colker says. “Ovo reflects my background in dance, of course, but it also represents my lifelong love of music, the inspiration I draw from sport and the liveliness you can discover in every aspect of life. I love to work on a large scale and create a big impact with tons of energy and excitement on stage.”

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The setting of Ovo is a stylized habitat that is home to the insects. At times, it is a forest, and at others, it is a cave or even a house. The show begins with a large egg on stage, obscuring much of the performance space from view. The mysterious object from the outside world is an enigma in the eyes of the insects and a nod to the monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It reappears in other forms later in the show, laid by the insects. The creative costumes were designed by Liz Vandal, who has a special affinity for the world of insects. “When I was just a kid, I put rocks down around the year near the fruit trees, and I lifted them regularly to watch the insects who had taken up residence underneath them,” Vandal says. “I petted caterpillars and let butterflies into the house. So when I learned that Ovo was inspired by insects, I immediately knew that I was in a perfect position to pay tribute to this majestic world with my costumes.”

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Ten crickets are key insects in the show. At times, they have detachable legs that break away from their bodies to give the impression that there is an insect invasion occurring. “I have a particular soft spot for these characters because their costumes are so sexy, graphic and vibrant,” Vandal says. “I explored techniques of transforming material in order to evoke, not imitate,

insects. Through my study of line, I try to make the body dynamic and reveal its intrinsic beauty.” The musical score for Ovo was developed with these big-stage bugs in mind by Berna Ceppas, composer and musical director of the show. Ceppas combined the sounds of bossa nova and samba with funk and electro music.

Ceppas sampled actual insect sounds to combine with the music directly from the keyboard, and also assigned instruments and individual themes, Peter and the Wolf style, to specific characters. “It puts the audience in another universe,” says Ceppas. “And the show itself puts them into the world of insects.” CS Matthew Kent is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Cultivating Comprehension Everyday examples help breast cancer patients better understand their diagnoses By David Allen

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explained that medicine is both a science and an artistic endeavor. “Both are interdependent and inseparable, just like two sides of a coin,” Panda writes. “The importance of the art of medicine is because we have to deal with a human being, his or her body, mind and soul.” If the artistic part of medicine requires thorough, comprehensible information for patients, though, some of them might think it needs a few new brushstrokes. According to 2005 Mayo Clinic study, out of 43 patients recently diagnosed, fewer than half were able to describe their diagnosis, treatment and side effects. This has a dramatic impact on patient adherence to medication, positive outcomes and even future care, as lack of patient literacy leads to $73 billion in health care bills each year, according to the National Academy on an Aging Society. Oncologist Dr. Joseph Hofmeister of Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates is one of a group of people looking to help patients better..understand.breast cancer.diagnoses. This team of cancer specialists has come together to create a patient manifesto, something for patients of all walks of life to be able to understand more comprehensibly about their breast cancer diagnosis. The information has been compiled in a book: Dr. Joe Explains: How Breast Cancer is Like a Dandelion. “The book uses analogies to explain the complex medical terminology and concepts of breast cancer in a way that is understandable to the person with no medical background,” Hofmeister says. This effort includes “descriptions of common, everyday experiences – (allowing) a patient to visualize a garden and dandelions, for instance, and then apply it to breast cancer and the medical information in a less intimidating way.”

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Over the last decade, Hofmeister and his team have been able to create a multitude of tools to help all patients better understand their experience with cancer. “I began creating these tools because I realized that this was the best way to relate the complex medical information to his patients,” he says. “They could move past the medical foreign language, or what had to sound like gibberish, to understand the meaning.” A dandelion is a logical comparison for someone with breast cancer, says Hofmeister. “They have a life cycle that can be compared to cancer. They have deep roots; they are difficult to get rid of. They have the yellow flower that does not spread, and then they change and develop the seed head,” he says. “Once the seeds develop they can spread, or blow in the wind, they grow everywhere. They can lay dormant for periods of time and return the next year.”


Hofmeister encourages patients to educate themselves early, so they might understand the concepts behind cancer before potentially facing a diagnosis. Part of the goal of Dr. Joe Explains is to give patients the information they need to understand medical jargon the first time they might need to hear it in the doctor’s office. Utilizing another everyday example, Hofmeister likens it to foreign travel. “If your doctor’s office is like a foreign country, then having and reading this book is like learning a foreign language before visiting that country,” he says. “It’s less stressful to learn it before you arrive than when you’re in

THE VERY BEST IN CANCER CARE the thick of it. We want to help patients to understand what is being said instead of trying to interpret the words and getting lost in the medical language.” Dr. Clara Lee, an associate professor and cancer control researcher at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, emphasizes the importance of responding to patients’ emotional reactions and periodically checking to see if he or she understands what is being discussed. When discussing treatment options, she says, it’s worthwhile to use visual aids whenever possible, and to state pros and cons. “When discussing risks, use proportions in addition to percentages, and state the positive and negatives frames – e.g., probability of something happening, and of it not happening,” Lee says. Between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, treatment of breast cancer is enormously complex, with multiple doctors and sometimes more than a year’s worth of treatment. That’s a lot to take in on an early visit, says Dr. Erin Macrae, an oncologist at Columbus Oncology and medical expert editor of Dr. Joe Explains. “As physicians, we have a responsibility to explain the intricacies of both prognosis and plan of care to each newly diagnosed patient, and most of the time, we cannot accomplish that in a short initial office visit,” Macrae says. If the initial book is a success, Hofmeister and his team aim to turn it into a series, looking next at colon cancer. CS David Allen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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In fact, research says that 90 percent of people like chocolate, it’s the favorite flavor of most Americans and half the population says they can’t live without having chocolate every day. As if those aren’t enough accolades for chocolate, the average American eats 12 pounds of it every year.

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Short North MMELO is known for its healthy, organic, natural treats – but if you take one bite, you’ll realize that definitely doesn’t mean the company skimps on flavor. From vibrant chocolate bars to colorful hearts, there’s not much MMELO can’t create. But owner Michelle Allen says the most popular item is the tea cake, a spectacularlycolored “two-bite” chocolate with caramel or ganache in the center. “I can’t take credit for the process. I was blessed with fine mentors and teachers who exposed me to some age-old techniques and told me to run with them,” Allen says. “Today, my team and I work very hard to offer wellcrafted chocolates that are full of flavor and totally satisfying, both to look at and to eat.” Allen believes it’s MMELO’s impressive chocolates and relaxed atmosphere that bring people back again and again. With floor-to-

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Grandview Heights www.pureimagination After training himself in the art of chocolate-making for eight years, owner Daniel Cooper opened Pure Imagination Chocolatier in 2001, quickly becoming one of the first artisan chocolatiers in Columbus. Since then, it’s been a roaring success. One reason so many people flock to Pure Imagination Chocolatier is because the chocolate shop – which started, and still has a stand, at the North Market – only uses couverture chocolate, a very high-quality chocolate imported from Switzerland. Another reason people come back again and again? The truffles. “Truffles are the diamonds of the chocolate world because of how precious they are and how much love and work goes into creating them,” Cooper says. First, Cooper and his team create the flavor. Then they give each truffle its own design and personality to separate it from the others. All the love poured into each chocolate from Pure Imagination has not only caught the attention of people all over Columbus, but people all over the country, too. In fact, Pure Imagination was asked to provide chocolates for the Oscars from 200407. And while Cooper greatly appreciates this compliment, there’s nothing he enjoys more than the loyalty of his customers. 14 | April/May 2017

Pure Imagination Chocolatier “The best part of working in the chocolate industry is meeting all of the wonderful people and putting smiles on their faces,” Cooper says. “It’s very, very rewarding.” CS Ann Poirier is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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The Next Generation Maddie Spielman continues her mother’s work to fight breast cancer By Sarah Davis BEING THE CHILD OF CENTRAL OHIO’S MOST RECOGNIZABLE FIGURE in the fight against breast cancer was bound to bring about high expectations. But Maddie Spielman is committed to continuing the legacy her mother, Stefanie Spielman, has created here in Columbus. She and her father, Chris, remain heavily involved with the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. “When my parents first founded the fund in 1998, they had an original goal to raise $250,000. Through incredible hard work and determination, I am proud to say we have raised over $20 million,” Maddie says. “There is no limit to what the power of people can do when united under a common cause.” Stefanie Spielman was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and battled it five times before her death in 2009 at age 42. Her legacy lives on in her innumerable contributions to breast cancer research, including the establishment of the fund and the Stefanie’s Champions run, and through The Ohio State University’s Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, named for Stefanie for her years of support.



“Before she passed, I promised my mom I would never use her death as an excuse for anything, but motivation for everything,” Maddie says. Maddie graduated from OSU in 2016. She co-hosts a sports radio show on 105.7 The Zone and a sports TV show through Time Warner Sports, and works in customer market insights for Bath and Body Works, but continues to make the fund a priority. “Everyone has been impacted by cancer in some way, shape or form, and it is my mission to raise as much awareness and money as possible to end this thing once and for all,” she says. The next big event on the horizon for Maddie is the Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run. The fundraiser is slated for April 22 at the Comprehensive Breast Center. But Maddie has greater aspirations beyond the fund’s local impact. “I would love nothing more than to be able to continue the work my mom started so many years ago and take the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research to the national level,” Maddie says. “Awareness is key to prevention and early detection. My hope for the future is to spread my mom’s story all over the country, so people know they are not alone in this fight.” CS Sarah Davis is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Strung Out Collecting guitars isn’t cheap, but for these Columbus residents, it’s worth it By Amanda DePerro

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and pricey as a guitar, you have to be at least a little quirky. We’re not talking five or 10 guitars. More like 60. Try 100. Maybe 200. Guitars are art – not only in the musical sense, but visual as well, and collectors throughout the years have noticed. CityScene caught up with a few collectors in Columbus to find out what it is about guitars that tugs at their heartstrings.

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Top: Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars' "Girls, Girls, Girls" guitar. Mars used this very guitar during the 1987 Mötley Crüe World Tour, and it appeared in Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "You're All I Need" music videos.

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To call Brian Scott a Mötley Crüe superfan doesn’t come close. He owns more than 200 guitars, most of them once owned by Mötley Crüe members. He’s tracked down obscure band equipment and even redesigned his basement so it was fit to bear his collection. When he sends an email, his name is styled as “Brian Scött,” mimicking the umlauts

Bottom: Brian Scott's basement walls are lined with Mötley Crüe guitars, each meticulously labeled. In fact, Scott says he spots mislabeled equipment in other places all the time, and once got into a dispute with Hard Rock Café over an incorrectly labeled guitar owned by Kurt Cobain. April/May 2017 |


Featured in the center, battered and in bright red, is Nikki Sixx's 1976 Gibson Firebird. It was the first bass guitar Sixx ever owned. Sixx gave it a loving sendoff by smashing it and lighting it on fire during a show in 1981.

One of Scott's oldest pieces of memorabilia, Mötley Crüe regularly used this chainsaw to decapitate mannequins onstage.

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June 22, 1990 (“Watch out for the mosquitos, they’re as bad as lawyers! Have a good (expletive) show!”). He bought and resold a motorcycle owned by the band. He even has a chainsaw that Mötley Crüe used to saw mannequins’ heads off on stage – a piece that frontman Vince Neil left at an ex-wife’s house. Scott notes that Neil is “so pissed” that Scott has it. Scott’s basement walls are like a Tetris board decorated with glass cases; he has more memorabilia than space. He does have favorite pieces among the bunch, primarily guitars used during tours and recording. “I went through hell to go through so many of them,” says Scott. “I have the Girls, Girls, Girls guitar, that’s always a fan favorite. … My oldest piece of memorabilia is a 1976 Gibson bass. It was the first bass

that their leader, Nikki (Sixx), used. They recorded their entire first album on it.”

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On the outside, Jack Baruth’s life seems like the ultimate dream of a kid who grew up on Iron Man comic books and too much Grand Theft Auto. The former professional BMX-racing, motorcycle-driving, supercar-testing Baruth has as colorful a background as his diverse guitar collection. Baruth is no stranger to collecting. A contributing editor for Road & Track Magazine, Baruth began collecting motorcycles and cars long before his guitar collection began. He’s found himself staring at police

Brian Scott photos by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography, Jack Baruth photos by Amanda DePerro

▲ used in the Mötley Crüe name. Scott calls the band his “main love.” He has gained so much renown for collecting band memorabilia that when the Mötley Crüe guys themselves (or, frequently, their ex-wives) are ready to sell gear, they call Scott. He’s gotten to know the right words – and dollar amounts – to maintain that relationship. “I’ve got some pretty interesting stories. These guys are rock stars, they’re used to being catered to,” says Scott. “The reason I get what I want is because I’m willing to go to any lengths I have to (in order) to get the stuff.” Scott’s collection doesn’t stop at guitars. His bathroom is home to a detached stall door, graced with a note by Joe Perry of Aerosmith, addressed to Mötley Crüe, on

A wall of basses owned by Sixx. Sixx's most well-known bass, the 1987 Spector Skull, played the entirety of the "Girls, Girls, Girls" tour. It was also featured in Mötley Crüe's "Wild Side" and "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" music videos.

lights in the rear view mirror of a McLaren 650S, and has gotten cozy behind the wheel of some of the world’s most impressive machines, including two of the hypercar holy trinity: the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari. And that was just in one day. Baruth was gifted his first guitar at the age of 12. Like a kid who unboxes Mega Bloks instead of Lego on Christmas morning, Baruth says his drive to become a musician disappeared when he asked for a Fender Stratocaster, and his dad instead got him an Electra, a brand of Japanese electric guitar. “It killed my motivation because I didn’t own the guitar that was on MTV,” says Baruth. However, the gift would inspire something else in Baruth years later: a love of Electras. Baruth is now one of the most prolific collectors of the guitars, and even meets once each year with other Electra collectors. Baruth fell so love with this Paul Reed Smith that he commissioned a different artist to make a bass guitar with the same look.

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Baruth's living room is like a shrine to guitars. Amps, guitars, cases and wires litter the room. "In the interim between my marriages, we would hold these huge parties and musicians would rotate up there," says Baruth. "It's still set up to perform."

His friend fixed the amp, but died shortly after. Though less-than-ideal circumstances surround the amp and Electra, they were the start of it all. “I always try to get the story when I buy the thing,” says Baruth. “I’m a firm believer that an object is just the tip of the iceberg.” “It was the kind of thing where I had some money, and the Internet facilitates this illness,” he says. “Buying guitars became my mid-life crisis.” Baruth still owns that first guitar, a blue Electra, despite dropping it down the stairs during his undergraduate years at Miami University, cracking it on the way to a gig. It doesn’t sit far from his first amp – one that’s probably cursed – either. The Gibson amp was bought new by a former neighbor’s son, who was drafted to the Vietnam War and didn’t come back. The amp never sounded right, so, in 2011, Baruth asked a friend to take a look at it.

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Tony Cochran is, in the purest definition, a creator. A successful painter and the creator of the American syndicated Agnes comic strip, Cochran excels at whatever medium he seems to get his hands on. In 2012, his medium of choice shifted to guitars. That year, Cochran rebuilt a motorcycle. It looked as if it was plucked from the aftermath of a Jetsons apocalypse: ’50s styling translated into the future, then blown up. Rusted, faded yet functional, the motorcycle was a head-turner. Cochran’s interest

From left: Tony Cochran’s Prison Guitar, Old Blue Guitar and Nurse Guitar

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was piqued when a stranger, upon seeing the motorcycle in Cochran’s driveway, told Cochran that he’d “Steampunked a motorcycle.” Cochran consulted his wife, Vickie Smith. “I came in and told Vickie, ‘Well, I steampunked a motorcycle. Let’s look up what that means,’” Cochran says. “It turns out, it means that you use a variety of wood and brass and leather materials to make it look like it was made in a different century.” Cochran’s brother asked him to create a guitar in the same style. Cochran found guitars to be of a much more manageable size, and became the “Father of Steampunk Guitars.” To date, Smith estimates that the couple have sold more than 60 guitars through their website, www.tony – Smith handling the sales and marketing, Cochran handling the art. Cochran’s collection is unique from other collectors’, though, because he doesn’t keep the guitars. “Vickie tries to keep them,” says Cochran. “I don’t want to die with a house full of my own stuff; it kind of looks bad. … Vickie is the most amazing photographer, and she documents them all for me.

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As long as I have a good documentation of how they looked, why would I really keep the guitar around?” Cochran and Smith have gained some notoriety around their neighborhood, because the pair have begun collecting pieces and parts – what might be seen by others as junk – that might end up on one of Cochran’s masterpieces. He frequently pulls over if something “perfectly rusty” catches his eye, letting Smith out to snatch it from the side of the road. Smith says neighbors leave boxes of metal on their front porch, and on one occasion, a fan sent a box of switches and wire from Colorado. Each guitar takes about a month to create – shockingly fast, considering Cochran buys new (but cheap) guitars, only to tear them apart and rebuild them – all between the production of Agnes. Post-op, however, each guitar plays like new. Some buyers have even taken the guitars on tour. Cochran once rigged a guitar custom for a client so that it could be played upside-down without any loose parts or pieces detaching. No stranger to creating, Cochran can picture exactly what he wants each guitar to look like before he begins. “I actually see the guitar – the regular guitar that I start with – and I see it finished,” he says. “I try to ease the transition between when I see that vision, and the time when it goes into production.” Even after 60-some pieces over five years, Cochran finds that he loves each of the guitars more than the last. “Every new one is my favorite,” says Cochran. “I love all of them.” CS

Steve Graves’ guitar collection was more or less an accident. He began playing when he was about 14, but the 65-year-old didn’t begin collecting until about 25 years ago. “I think what probably sparked my ferocious acquisition was an old college buddy of mine got in touch with me probably 25 years ago, and we had a musical partnership,” Graves says. “I realized at that point I had a couple of guitars I kept around the house, and I said, ‘I better get a professional quality guitar – or three – if I’m going to be performing.’” His collection grew, fed by his love of playing and looking at guitars, into the dozens it is today. “My first love is acoustic guitars. I love playing them and acquiring them,” he says. “They just, in more ways than one, resonate with me.” However, Graves says, that doesn’t stop him from getting his hands on electric guitars too. His collection is about evenly split between acoustic and electric guitars. His interest in them started at a young age, inspired mainly by the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” “When I was an eighth-grader and I heard ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and that chiming Rickenbacker 12-string, I was blown away,” Graves says. “That really lit a fire in me.”


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production now has the chance to be a star. Literally. On June 1, COSI presents the premiere of Song of the Stars. The film, which airs in COSI’s Planetarium, is a recording of a live dance performance that was filmed at the Davidson Theatre last spring, a few weeks after it was performed live for an audience. All the movement in the show, says COSI Chief Scientist Paul Sutter, was inspired by astronomical events. The first stars to appear in the universe billions of years ago, galaxies colliding, stars dying and becoming nebulas – “emotional and poignant stories playing out in the universe,” as Sutter says. Sutter started with a list of galactic scenarios he thought would make for interesting subject matter, then passed them off – including photos and videos, as well as explanations of the nature of the events – to the choreographers and dancers to interpret and put to music. Dance seemed like the most appropriate medium to express cosmic events, Sutter says, because both physics and dance are about transfers of momentum and flows of energy. “Using that kind of kinetic language was an easy translation,” he says. Much of the time work over the last year has focused on writing an original score and editing film, Sutter says. “This is bleeding-edge technology,” he says. “Not a lot of people are making 360-degree films for planetariums of live stuff. Usually, it’s CGI. The filming setup was a ring of a dozen GoPro cameras filming independently, with some drone photography as well. Because the show will be screened in the Planetarium, rather than Giant Screen Theater, it had to be filmed in 360 degrees, and the cameras had to deal with low light levels and movement both close and far. Stitching the film together was an extremely complicated process, as great care had to be taken to ensure that, for example, dancers do not appear to teleport. But the end product is worth the trouble, Sutter says. Viewers will be surrounded by the dancers, rather than see them straight ahead on a screen – unlike either a standard film or a standard dance performance. “That sort of immersive experience is a great way to tell a story and express movement that you can’t (express) in other ways,” says Sutter. Song of the Stars is an example of efforts on the part of Sutter and COSI as a whole to integrate artists into the scientific community, and tell scientific stories in new ways. If the spring 2016 live performance is any indication, Sutter says, the show should bring in fans of dance and fans of science, and help each group learn to appreciate the other. He’s also excited to see how the show is received by a larger audience, which he hopes will pick up the format and run with it.

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moved to Columbus in 2003, and you’ve seen his work if you’ve ever stepped into Lady Bird, Bodega or Ambushed Salon – all in the Short North. He’s also designed homes in cities such as New York, Chicago and Boston. For his piece, Russo is working on a living room. The entryway will be flanked by two Great Dane statues, and he will be working with a black background. Some artists don’t like working with black because they think it makes a space look smaller, but Russo’s experience has been just the opposite. “It makes (the space) look bigger by giving it the illusion of adding space,” says Russo, who describes his design style as bold and visually arresting. “It will accentuate the art and it will set the stage for the bold and dramatic Columbus Museum of Art


ome traditions are meant to be broken. For the first time ever, the Decorators’ Show House will be hosted at the Columbus Museum of Art.

The biennial event, which has been held by the Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art since 1975, has always been hosted inside a house. But this year, the board decided it wanted to combine interior design and art. The showcase will be available April 23-May 14. “Everything that the Women’s Board does goes back to the museum,” says Abigail Fredelake, co-chair of marketing. “Interior design is an art, so we’re molding those two things together.” Fredelake says the experience will be like walking through a home – but with some new twists. There will be a study, bedroom, children’s room and kitchen, among other sections. The interior designers also get to use pieces of art owned by the museum to create their spaces. “There’s a little bit of everything,” Fredelake says. “It will give people inspiration for their own homes, and show what the designers can do with the space they are given.” This will be Danny Russo’s first time participating in a Decorators’ Show House. The Cleveland native is an in-home designer with Havertys Furniture in Polaris. He 32 L u



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The Decorators’ Show House is open during regular museum hours. Tickets are $20 through April 23 and $25 after that date. The DSH Preview Party and ribbon cutting is April 22 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $100 through April 5 and $125 after that date.

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Above: A rendering of the study, designed by Sally McDonald of Interior Works Below: Floor plans for the living room, designed by Danny Russo of Havertys Furniture

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space that I’m trying to create. … I’ve been told that I come from a unique perspective with my design aesthetic. My design evokes different emotions and thoughts.” To create his display, Russo is using a piece from the museum’s collection – a work titled Telephone by Morton Schamberg. Through his experience with Decorators’ Show House, Russo says he is most looking forward to appealing to and connecting with a broader audience. “It’s refreshing to be around like-minded designers,” says Russo, who adds that he’s had the opportunity to meet with his fellow DSH interior designers. “I love talking to people, communicating and networking. It’s been great.” Fredelake adds that witnessing the way the interior designers interact and create with the museum’s space, as opposed to a traditional house, will be fascinating. “We’ll really see the creativity the designers bring to the table,” she says. “They’re going into a space that’s completely blank, so we’re going to see what they come up with.” v

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A Drink with Jam and Bread Experience the art of afternoon tea in central Ohio

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By Lydia Freudenberg

ACCORDING TO HISTORIC UK, one of the leading websites on the United Kingdom’s history and heritage, the act of drinking tea dates back to 3000 B.C. in China. The art of afternoon tea, though, was started in England in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. That art gradually made its way across the pond, and it is still practiced today around central Ohio. If curling up with a nice cup of tea sounds elegant or cozy, spots such as Asterisk Supper Club, Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, and Tehku Tea Co. are putting their own twist on afternoon tea. In the heart of Uptown Westerville, Asterisk serves afternoon tea every day. Walking into Asterisk, it is impossible to overlook the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, vintage chandeliers and 30-foot-long community table. “Once you come in, it is very memorable,” says owner Megan Ada “We always say this is a place where time slows. Take your time and enjoy it. Enjoy a book or bring friends. We want our guest to feel like they can relax.” Guests can choose from 15 specially selected teas from Michigan, Colorado or London served in vintage teacups; enjoy eight different made-to-order sandwiches; and try out the restaurant’s scones. Asterisk takes pride in its scones, served with homemade clotted cream or jams made from local fruit prepared by Ada’s mother. If a tea party atmosphere is more up your alley, Koko Tea Salon, based in Gahanna, has opened its second location in the old Seneca Hotel ballroom in downtown Columbus. Koko guests may choose between a standard afternoon tea and a high tea that includes more food and a class on the tea being served. Both tea options include handKoko Tea Salon & Bakery blended teas, such as Koko’s popular Swan Creek, a berry-mixed tea perfect for children, and made-fromscratch scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. Owner Ava Misseldine says her favorite part has always been the desserts, which includes Persian macaroons, chocolate-dipped strawberries, brownies, mousses and tarts. “I have a horrible sweet tooth, and that is part of the reason why I opened a bakery,” says Misseldine. “The response of the guest faces when we bring out the tiny, colorful desserts … (is) my favorite part.” For a more Zen environment, Tehku, located in Historic Dub-

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lin, is the perfect spot. Owner Inggrie Wijaya says Tehku aims to embrace all tea cultures by providing a comfortable, contemporary space with a large tea bar where guests can smell and learn about the teas prior to choosing. The small teahouse also hosts occasional tea tastings where guest can sip on freshfrom-the-farm, hand-blended teas. Elegant afternoon teas featuring scones, sandwiches, soup and salad are also hosted through reservation. But nothing, Wijaya says, beats the Tea and Spa event. On the third Saturday of each month, guests can start by tasting a variety of soothing teas, then receive back massages provided by a professional massage therapist for an allaround spa-like experience. CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at Visit for a drink recipe incorporating hot tea.


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Local DJ Boxer is a major supporter of Discover the Dream fundraiser By Amanda Etchison The fundraising goal for this year’s Discover the Dream is $550,000, Blanding says. “The impact that Columbus is making on the patients being treated at St. Jude is significant,” she says. “The dollars we raise impact one or two patients per year and can cover everything … from beginning to end, all within their timespan at St. Jude.” Nasby says he hopes the event inspires others to experience the energy and “incredible positivity” he felt while visiting the hospital in January. “It’s a great way to not only be with people who are passionate about finding a cure for childhood cancer, but it is also a way to find out how you can help on a different level as well,” he says. CS


pital as a teenager participating in his mother’s bike-a-thon, he did not know the experience would inspire a lifetime of contributions. Now, as a father of two young boys, Nasby, who hosts The Boxer Show on 92.3 WCOL, says he has developed a personal connection to the hospital’s mission to treat cancers, diseases and other illnesses in children and young adults, regardless of families’ abilities to pay. “A game-changer for me is when I had children a few years ago,” says Nasby, who goes by the name Boxer on the radio. “I realized that the children I have been hearing about, who I have been talking about for years ... my two children, that could be them at any time. Cancer does not discriminate.” Nasby says he hopes to share this message as co-MC at St. Jude’s annual Discover the Dream fundraiser on May 18 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Discover the Dream raises money to cover costs for families whose children are being treated at St. Jude. The event features guest speakers, a silent auction, a raffle, dinner and a cocktail hour featuring visits from zoo animals, says Emily Blanding, regional event specialist for St. Jude. This year, Blanding says, Discover the Dream will welcome a new honorary chairman: former The Ohio State University football coach and current Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel. Another new addition is an after-party for young professionals featuring food, drinks and live entertainment, which will be held at the zoo’s Water’s Edge boardwalk following the main event.

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Tickets to Discover the Dream are $175 per person. Individual tickets to the after party are $75, or a cocktail table for five can be purchased for $300. RSVP for both events by May 9. More information about the event can be found on St. Jude’s website,


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Somewhere That’s Greene County offers aviation history and entertainment By Hannah Bealer GREENE COUNTY SITS JUST EAST of Dayton, about an hour away from Columbus’ city center. If you’re in search of exciting new places to drink, dine and shop, you don’t have to travel too far. Between eccentric, creative towns such as Yellow Springs and world-renowned museums like the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Greene County is bound to make a thrilling day – or even weekend – getaway. The Pub

Food & Drink For a high-end dining experience, The Greene Town Center – think of it as Beavercreek’s Easton Town Center – offers an array of restaurant options and cuisines. You can find traditional Turkish food at Pasha Grill, or authentic British fare at The Pub, which also serves Pimm’s Cups, a British favorite. The Winds Cafe is a staple in Yellow Springs – a small but progressive town located near Dayton. Its menu changes with the season and offers brunch, lunch, dinner and an extensive cocktail and wine selection. Try roasted trout with crabmeat, butternut squash ravioli with vanilla-infused brown butter or a selection of artisan cheeses.

The Historic Clifton Mill’s country store sells a variety of pancake mixes and flour, and also has a restaurant that serves hot meals as well as baked pies and cookies.

History History buffs won’t be disappointed with Greene County. The Historic Clifton Mill was built in 1802 by Owen Davis, a former Revolutionary War soldier. It’s one of the largest water-powered grist mills in the world – there used to be more than 100,000 mills in the U.S., and now there are only about 100 left. During spring and summer, you can tour the mill and discover its inner workings. You can also see The Clifton Opera House, which was built in 1893 and still hosts yearround entertainment. It was built by Charles Cregar, an architect from Springfield who also constructed numerous churches and Springfield’s municipal building. If American Indian history interests you, Cedarville’s Indian Mound Reserve is worth a visit. The Pollock Works, a Hopewell structure, and the Williamson Mound, an Adena structure, are both hundreds of years old.

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Glen Helen Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park, also near the village of Yellow Springs, offer more than 1,000 acres

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of scenery and miles of hiking trails. Inside John Bryan State Park, you can find an eye-catching limestone gorge, a national natural landmark, which is cut by the Little Miami River. If you want to turn your day trip into an overnight outdoor trip, John Bryan State Park also offers camping. Glen Helen Nature Preserve also includes outdoor education opportunities, including a naturalist training program and a raptor rehab center. For canoeing and fishing opportunities, The Narrows Reserve in Xenia, the bicycle capital of the Midwest, sits alongside the Little Miami River and includes more than four miles of hiking trails and bird watching.


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In Greene County, you won’t want for shopping opportunities. Check out Xenia and Yellow Springs for smaller, boutique stores such as antique shops and independent bookstores, including Rusty NChippy’s Vintage Boutique and Dark Star Books & Comics. The Mall at Fairfield Commons and The Greene Town Center, both located in Beavercreek, offer more than 250 traditional mall shops as well as luxury department stores. If you want a typical indoor mall experience – or it’s cold outside – the Mall at Fairfield Commons is the best option to turn to. But if you prefer an outdoor experience similar to Easton, you might prefer the Greene Town Center. There, you can find a Von Maur, Nordstrom Rack, Kilwins (a fudge and ice cream shop with Michigan roots) and more.



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Composing the Community Longtime music instructor and writer James Swearingen continues to contribute By Valerie Mauger JAMES SWEARINGEN MAY BE A YEAR PAST RETIREMENT from his post as chairman of music education at Capital University, but he doesn’t seem interested in taking it easy. Even in retirement, Swearingen has a busy schedule. After a full career of teaching, he still spends much of his time contributing to the music community. Swearingen received his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his master’s from The Ohio State University. He worked in Big Walnut Local Schools for four years and taught music at every level, from grades five to 12. Swearingen then began teaching band at Grove City High School. He had not planned to compose music for his students, but he found that the school’s original music was not helping them to improve at the right pace. To bridge the gap, Swearingen wrote some of his own pieces. “They seemed to like to play the music that I had written for them, so that kind of became a part of who I was as a public school teacher,” he says.

James Swearingen with Capital University students

Swearingen became known for his compositions through the continued improvement of the GCHS bands and their many performances. He was soon contacted by the director of The Ohio State University Marching Band, for which he has now been writing for over 40 years. And Swearingen doesn’t just work with students. He has also served as director of the Grove City Community Winds for the past 16 years – a role in which he had originally promised to serve only five years. The ensemble started as a small, informal group of musicians, and now plays six or seven concerts per year. “The whole scope of things, of how many people you’re reaching with your music, is equally gratifying,” he says. “I just always hope that it’s as fun for the participants who are playing the music as it is for the person who has written the music.” CS


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Space Odyssey Science fiction is a major influence for mixed-media artist Chaz O’Neil By Kathy L. Woodard

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animated cartoons, comic books and super heroes that first captivated Chaz O’Neil and drew his attention to art. A serious artist since high school, O’Neil says his greatest influence has been science fiction, as well as astronomy, space exploration and mapping. Excelling in industrial design during high school adds to the direction the north Columbus resident goes with his art. “I get a lot of my linework and acute sense of scale and measurements from that training,” O’Neil says. As an artist, his style is driven by the environment in which he creates his art, the available supplies and space, which is often limited. “I think every artist struggles with those confines of a studio and living situation,” says O’Neil. His earlier style of art was geared more toward painting and drawing, while his current style is a mixture of drawing and collage. He often takes inspiration from his collection of what he calls “found paper” and other materials, as well as from clear transparencies of sci-fi images that he cuts up and meshes together into collages. One of his favorite pieces, Chaz O’Neil Valles, is a strong example of the sci-fi influence. Described as having a planetary landscape with a little texture and geographical variation, Valles is a colorful mixed media painting on a wooden panel.

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The Arrival

“My art often starts in my mind, and the drawing evolves as I am making it,” says O’Neil. “I see every groove or rock in the paintings in my mind as I would in space, and the ideas just come out in my work.” About 90 percent of O’Neil’s art, he estimates, is influenced by his visions of a lunar or Martian landscape, with light and shadow another big component of his artworks. “You can see how the shadows appear to shift first one way and then another in Valles,” he says. His primary forms of art have been painting, drawing and print. He has a number of installations at Otterbein University, done individually and in collaboration with another artist. Born in Hartford, Ohio, O’Neil says his two older brothers are also artistic and helped to nurture his talent.

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“As a child, I was always drawing superheroes, putting them in comic books, and they encouraged me,” he says. Now 33, he takes art seriously both in his day job and in his career as an artist. For the past 12 years, O’Neil has been with the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center, where he is assistant director of fine arts. It is an ideal job, he says, because of the

My art often starts in my mind, and the drawing evolves as I am making it.

relationships he builds with other artists, and because he finds helping new artists develop and grow their careers rewarding. “This job keeps me connected to artists in Ohio,” he says. “I like that I can promote their art and I get satisfaction putting their work on exhibit, helping them

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with displays, watching them get awards and selling their pieces.” Another major influence for O’Neil was renowned planetary scientist and astrophysicist Carl Sagan. This influence can be found in O’Neil’s painting The Arrival, a mixed media on canvas piece. “I like to use references from Sagan and apply it into my art,” he says. “The Arrival represents a NASA spacecraft that exited the solar system years ago, one that Carl Sagan was fascinated with.” On the Pioneer spacecraft, O’Neil says, is a gold plate designed by Sagan and his wife with a diagram of a man and woman, along with some math and mapping symbols to find Earth, should someone in space come across that satellite. O’Neil is among a group of state of Ohio employees who moonlight as artists. They will be part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery exhibition After Hours, running May 4-July 8. O’Neil graduated from Otterbein in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree. He continues to be involved with Otterbein, where he works as its museum and gallery assistant in charge of installing campus art exhibits. Additionally, he serves as the collection registrar, with responsibility for the university’s permanent contemporary and global collections.

“I enjoy working with students, teaching them how to matte and frame, present their artwork and put together their collections,” he says. He hopes to continue his mentoring relationships with other artists and pass along his knowledge through teaching sometime in the future. In the meantime, O’Neil is glad that he not only can live his art, but work in art as well. “I consider a professional artist as someone who can make a living making their work,” he says. “You find that right balance of time – and when you can make your work and get paid for it, that’s a win-win.” CS Kathy L. Woodard is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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The Doctor Is In(spirational) Dr. Linda Stone is recognized for efforts to intertwine the arts with medicine By Lydia Freudenberg

MEDICINE AND THE ARTS MAY NOT, to the average per-

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Dr. Linda Stone with The Ohio State University College of Medicine students involved in the Humanism in Medicine and Medicine and the Arts programs

activists who may have less opportunity due to race, gender or social philosophy by providing grants. CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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son, seem like two strongly connected fields. But after studying first theater and then family medicine, Dr. Linda Stone realized there were numerous areas in which the two industries could come together. Years of keen interest in both led her, in 2009, to found the Humanism in Medicine program, key components of which include the Medicine and the Arts Series and the Humanism in Medicine Student Section. The initiative started out small at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where Stone served as associate dean for student affairs prior to her retirement. Its initial purpose: to create a more humanistic environment in medicine by providing arts and entertainment to health care professionals. Today, Humanism in Medicine spans all seven of the health science colleges at OSU, and the initiative has been implemented in other central Ohio medical centers and even schools. Its extensions have included endeavors aimed at enthusiasts of orchestral and choir music, writing, photography, visual arts, film, and dance. “When we were looking at bringing the performing arts into the medical center, we were doing it to thank the folks that take care of our patients, and teach our students and residents, and do Dr. Linda Stone the research,” says Stone. “If we take care of them, then they will be better able to take care of their patients.” Stone was a practicing family physician for 25 years. She now volunteers as special assistant to the College of Medicine dean for humanism and professionalism. On May 17, Stone will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, receiving the Community Development and Participation award. She was overwhelmed when she found out she would be awarded, she says, adding that her initiative would not have been possible without the medical community believing in her dreams and the arts community helping her fulfill those dreams. “There is a community out there that wants to collaborate and work with us to bring the arts into the medical center,” says Stone. “None of this could have happened without the community.” The initiative has collaborated with the Columbus Museum of Art, BalletMet, Columbus Children’s Theatre, among others, to bring arts and entertainment and inspire the busy students and residents to enjoy music, poetry, dance or any other form of art. Stone is one of two central Ohio honorees in this year’s Governor’s Awards. The Arts Patron award is going to Puffin Foundation West, which supports arts organizations and




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Gallery Exhibits Dublin Arts Council: Reaching for the Soul by Barbara Eisenhardt through April 14. Ikuzo Fujiwara: Environmental Ceramic Art, works by the artist accompanied by sketches that depict his design process, from April 25June 9. Cultural Arts Center: Inside/Outside, works by members of Creative Arts of Women, through April 15. Art 360°: Contemporary paintings from across Ohio, curated by Charles Bluestone, from April 21-May 20. Ohio Art’s Council’s Riffe Gallery: Come Along With Me, works inspired by the life lessons of 18 artists, through April 15. After Hours, works created by state of Ohio employees, from May 4-July 8. Sherrie Gallerie: Ceramic works by Julie Woodrow through April 15. Works by Joe Bova from April 23-May 28. www.sherrie Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: BETWEEN US: Identity and Relationship in Tibetan Contemporary Art, works by Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang, through April 22. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, high-quality artistic quilts that all share the format of four quadrants with bull’s eye centers in each, through April 23. Three Voices: Conversations on Life & Conflict by Judy Brandon, Leslie

Shiels and Carol Snyder from May 20-Aug. 13. www.dec ROY G BIV Gallery: Works in sculpture and print by Galen Gibson-Cornell and Max Adrian from April 1-29. Sculpture, photography and collage focusing on the body and passing time by Nayeon Yang and Sa’dia Rehman from May 6-27. Studios on High Gallery: Poetically Inspired, artwork influenced by specific poems to celebrate national poetry month, from April 1-May 8. A Gilded Garden, mixed-media works by Deb DavisLivaich, from May 10-June 19. www.studios

and artist Casey Bradley, from May 1-June 23.

High Road Gallery and Studios: Vibrant watercolor paintings by Suzanne Accetta from April 1-May 27.

Gallery 831: From the Depths, new paintings by April Sunami, from April 7-24. www.

Copious: Work by Theresa Arrasmith from April 2-30. Painting and mixed media by Frances Kats from April 30-June 4. www.

Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Capital University’s Student Art Exhibition, multimedia works created by students, from April 7-25.

Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Work by students at Upper Arlington High School and the Wellington School from April 3-21. Interpreting World Places and Spaces, paintings and sculptures by architect George Acock

Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Alterations: Winnie Sidharta Ambron, Christine D’Epiro Abbott, and Katie Kirk, work focused on female experiences from all over the country, from April 7-May 1. From the Market, works influenced by farmers’ markets and local eating in Ohio, from May 5-29.

Hayley Gallery

OSU Urban Arts Space: Department of Art BFA Senior Projects Exhibition from April 18May 6. Keny Galleries: Lowell Tolstedt: A Comprehensive Exhibition of Drawings (1976-2016), still life compositions, from April 21-May 15.

Hammond Harkins Galleries

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Art Access Gallery: Variations in the Landscape, landscape works by seven artists, from April 21-May 21.

Hammond Harkins Galleries: Discerning Patterns: New works by Carol Stewart and Janice Lessman-Moss from April 21-May 28.

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Hayley Gallery: Works by Carolyn Heffelfinger from April 22-May 10. Works by Trish Weeks from May 13-31. Muse Gallery: New paintings by several artists, including works by Sol Halabi, all showing at the Wood Avenue location through May 1. Columbus Museum of Art: A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer and Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe through May 21. Bodies@Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo through June 18. Allan Sekula: Aerospace Folktales and Other Stories through July 17. 2017 Decorators' Show House from April 23-May 14. McConnell Arts Center: Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, works by state finalists from Region 1 high schools, through May 21. Ohio Craft Museum: Best of 2017, an annual juried exhibition by artists from Ohio Designer Craftsmen, from May 7-June 18.

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CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Cirque de la Symphonie

CAPA presents Morgan James April 14, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Soul singer and songwriter Morgan James, known for her covers of songs such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and Prince’s “Call My Name,” visits Columbus in support of her new album Hunter. Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston April 6-9 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Carmen Bradford, Mykal Kilgore and Dave Powers team up with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to present a dazzling weekend of soul music. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie April 8, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra joins forces with an equally alluring display of cirque performances from around the world. Shadowbox Live presents Rock of Ages April 13-Aug. 27 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox presents its own spin on the powerhouse 1980s rock jukebox musical featuring the music of Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison and more. 60 | April/May 2017

CATCO presents Henry Ford’s Model E April 19-May 7 Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This new play by Columbus playwright Herb Brown tells the story of the famed inventor’s relationship with his son Edsel. Jazz Arts Group presents John Ellis & Double Wide April 21, 7:30 p.m. Copious-Notes, 520 S. High St. Saxophonist John Ellis and his band Double Wide aim to impress with their New Orleans-inspired tunes. Blast: The Big Science Bash April 22, 7-11 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. This COSI fundraiser and celebration of science features small plates, desserts, wine, Rhinegeist beer, a wine pull, a raffle and live music by the Conspiracy Band.

BalletMet presents Romeo and Juliet April 28-30 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Shakespeare’s tale of love and tragic loss is performed as a classical ballet to Prokofiev’s score. Morgan James NARI of Central Ohio Spring Home Improvement Showcase April 29-30 Throughout central Ohio The local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry shows recent remodels of homes in and around Columbus.

Brewery District Hop April 29, May 27, 6 p.m. Brewery District This new event, in the vein of the Short North’s Gallery Hop, highlights Brewery District businesses and also features local brewers, musicians and visual artists. www.

John Ellis & Double Wide

s March for Babies April 30, 9 a.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. The local chapter of the March of Dimes presents its annual 3-mile walk fundraiser. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Power of the Sea April 30, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Featuring Tan Dun’s “Water Concerto” and the “Blue Danube Waltz,” this event will also showcase the winner of the orchestra’s water-themed film competition.

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A quartet of powerful vocalists from the worlds of jazz, soul and gospel join Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston April 6 – 9 at the Southern Theatre.

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Opera Columbus presents Bizet’s Carmen May 3-7 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Opera Columbus, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and BalletMet 2 come together to reproduce this magical story of love and betrayal, which has been relocated to the early 20th century. www.

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chamber orchestra’s season. www.promusica Cirque du Soleil presents Ovo May 17-21 Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. This production by the world-famous troupe enters into the microscopic world of insects, which apparently bustles with life, music and dance. www.schottenstein

Broadway Across America presents Riverdance May 12-14 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. This popular show of Irish dance has toured the world for 20 years and is calling Columbus to join the celebration. columbus.

Daryl Hall & John Oates with Tears for Fears May 22, 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Two of the most biggest rock duos of the 1980s, Hall & Oates (“Maneater,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Rich Girl”) and Tears for Fears (“Shout,” “Head Over Heels,”

The Memorial Tournament May 29-June 4 Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr., Dublin Jack Nicklaus’ annual golf tournament returns to Dublin for its 42nd year, bringing with it the best golfers in the world.

SAVE THE DATE! Song of the Stars Premiere June 1, 5:30 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI premieres its newest film experience, Song of the Stars, in the Planetarium. In addition, visitors can attend June’s COSI After Dark event, and join CityScene for a party celebrating the release of the June issue.


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ProMusica presents David & Vadim May 13-14 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr and celebrated violinist Vadim Gluzman perform Mozart to conclude the

Discover the Dream May 18, 6 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell This major annual event featuring cocktails, dinner, a patient speaker, and live and silent auctions raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”) share the bill at the Schottenstein Center.

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring After the Bath by Edgar Degas “In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement”. Edgar Degas


time, was something of an anomaly. On one hand, he is often considered an impressionist, a term he thoroughly detested, yet his sophisticated experiments with color often outperform those of his contemporaries (Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir). He was a classically minded artist concerned with getting the most out of the fewest elements. His main concern was the human figure, and he often used pastel to produce stunning works such as After the Bath (1899, pastel on paper). As a medium for making paintings, pastel is also something of a paradox. It is the freshest and most permanent pure pigment, never changing over time. At the same time, it is one of the most delicate. Pastels are made using pure pigment mixed with a minimum of a binder. The fibers of the paper catch the crystalline particles in such a way that the light bounces around, reacting to the color in a unique way. Usually, it is best to frame a pastel immediately, and today, there is a non-reflective glass that has encouraged a number of artists to use the medium. Among those in Columbus using pastel as a main medium is Bridgette Turner, owner for a decade of Clintonville’s Turner Studio & Gallery, just south of the famed Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse. I asked Turner what she loves about pastel. “The ability to create layers of color and texture through the use of hard and soft pastels is what I like most about working in pastel,” Turner says. “In pastel, we consider the application of the pastel as marking as distinctive as brushwork in oil painting.” Turner represents a host of painters using pastel, such as award-winning Ray Hassard, Carol Strock Wasson and Doreen St. John. CS

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Edgar Degas; French, 1834-1917; After the Bath, 1899; pastel on paper; 31 1/2 in. x 23 in. (80.01 cm x 58.42 cm); Gift of Ferdinand Howald, 1931.050, Columbus Museum of Art

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