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8 Lifetime Pass

Local family continues to support St. Jude hospital 35 years after it saved daughter’s life

16 Revved Up

Two of Ohio’s most prominent racing courses prepare for summer seasons

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32 Home Remodeling • UA house’s decade-long tranformation • Multifunctional furniture • Adaptive design options • 2018 NARI Spring Home Improvement Tour • Custom tile trends • Sustainable building materials • New roofing technologies


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“IT’S NOT AN OPERA,” promises Peggy Kriha Dye, artistic director of Opera Columbus.

Strange at it may seem, she’s talking about the organization’s upcoming production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, which concludes its 2017-2018 season. Instead, Dye says, it’s an experience that includes opera. And that experience, she further promises, will be a spectacle. Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, the scene opens with our hero, played by Siman Chung, mourning the death of his lover, Eurydice. Amour, or Cupid, appears, offering him the chance to journey to the underworld and rescue his love. Groundbreaking when it was originally performed in 1762, the opera is undergoing a serious reinvention at the hands of Opera Columbus. “One of the things we wanted to experiment with was how we can take a classic, beautiful piece of operatic history and make it appealing to a modern audience,” Dye says. “How do you modernize it without completely changing it?” To that end, the company took the everyday sights and sounds that a new audience is used to experiencing in a movie theater or on an iPhone and made them part of the show. Technological Wonder The first step to incorporating this modern-day revolution was introducing a virtual chorus, made up of voices both professional and amateur from around the world. Somewhere between 60 and 100 faces and voices, submitted electronically, will be stitched together and projected onto the set, singing backup for a more traditional live chorus and the principal performers. Along with the virtual chorus, the music has been updated, with additions such as electric guitar and synthesizer. “Everything seems to have been given the upside-down treatment for this particular piece,” says Mireille Asselin, who plays Eurydice. More traditional dancing has been replaced with a burlesque ballet troupe, New York’s Company XIV, and aerial silk dancing. The character of Amour, played by Marcy Richardson, will perform her entire role suspended in the air. “The burlesque element is something that is so different from the often buttonedup classical approach to things, and I think it’s going to be amazing,” Asselin says. The juxtaposition of the traditionally sophisticated opera with the seductive quality of burlesque may seem surprising, but it’s oddly fitting for this love story. Burlesque is often associated with an artistic underworld of sin, a place Orphée quite literally traverses in Act II, where the demonic furies embody enticing emotions. Motivation So why take these kinds of risks with a modern-day performance? Dye says it’s because she loves opera, but it’s time for opera to evolve in order to survive as an art form. “Opera is something that’s been around for hundreds of years, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere, but I think with every art form, you have to adapt to what

modern society is interested in,” says Katy Tucker, video and projection designer. “And I think our lives are completely inundated with technology and social media.” After Orphée et Eurydice takes the stage in Columbus from April 20-22, it will tour across Canada with Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre. “Every opera that came out for the first time was pushing the envelope,” Dye says. “Because they’ve been around a long time, we’ve made them so precious, but they were actually pretty edgy. Opera’s known for innovation. That’s what I’m trying to bring back: innovation.” CS Rosie Robinson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at Keeping it Together “When you bring up something that’s an old myth, sometimes that’s alienating and people don’t relate to it, but this breaks it down to this really universally relatable experience,” says Katy Tucker, video and projection designer. It’s Tucker’s job to tie all of the technological and spectacular elements together, allowing the audience to focus on what’s important: the music, the story and the emotions. “They will without a doubt be entertained, but there’s also this really strong emotional and human element to it that is not to be missed,” Tucker says.

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Local family continues to support St. Jude hospital 35 years after it saved daughter’s life By Bianca Wilson

nals freedom from school and adventures with friends and family. For Colleen McChesney Konkus, one summer, 35 years ago, was the beginning of a journey that would forever change her life. At 10 years old, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three days after the diagnoses, she and her family walked into St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, a Memphis pediatric treatment facility that treats all patients regardless of ability to pay, for the first time. “That was the first time I realized I had cancer, because a 10-year-old doesn’t proThe Konkus family cess that,” Konkus says. She still remembers her patient number, marking her as the 8,695th patient through When St. Jude Children’s Research the doors. Even more, she remembers the feeling of safety that St. Jude provided her. Hospital opened its doors in 1962, Between being surrounded by other bald-headed children who looked just like her and acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the the great lengths to which St. Jude went to keep her life as normal as possible, her experimost common form of childhood ence is not what most people expect of a serious childhood illness. She says most people cancer, was 96 percent fatal. Now, it’s 96 percent curable. expect it to be the worst experience of their lives, but because of St. Jude, she says, “it really wasn’t that bad.” Because of that incredible experience, Konkus and her family have been committed Discover the Dream to supporting St. Jude ever since. Today, Steve McChesney, Konkus’s father, is part of a May 17, 6-10 p.m. committee that plans the annual Discover the Dream fundraiser for St. Jude. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium “It’s truly a rewarding thing for me,” McChesney says, noting that the event usuTickets: $175 individual, $1,750 table of 10 ally raises at least $550,000 each year. “St. Jude’s leads the world in the way the world understands, treats and defeats cancer. They freely share every discovery they make with the world. For every child that is saved at St. Jude’s, thousands more are saved worldwide.” The 13th annual Discover the Dream is set for May 17. Guests will hear from a patient CS R E L A T E D R E A D I N G speaker and enjoy cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a “Give to Live” event. Proceeds will support St. Jude’s mission to never give a family a bill for treatment, ing or food. When asked what St. Jude means to her, Konkus tears up. ➜ Photos from Discover the Dream 2017 “It means everything. It’s life, it’s hope.” CS ➜ Local DJ supports Discover the Dream

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Brain Maintenance Stroke prevention, treatment and risk factors to help patients live full lives By Emily Real “It’s much better to overestimate someone having a stroke than underestimate them having a stroke,” Mullin says. “You don’t ever want to miss a stroke.”

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tance of understanding the signs, risk factors and prevention practices for strokes cannot be understated. Because a stroke can have a severe impact on the brain function of someone who experiences one, it’s important to reiterate the best practices.

Signs of Stroke and Immediate Plan of Action If you think someone you know might be having a stroke, the most important thing to do is act quickly, says Dr. Bradford Mullin of Mount Carmel Health. “The more you delay treatment for a stroke, the more the deficit is going to be,” Mullin says. “Call EMS right away. … The faster you get (the victim) to definitive care, the better they’re going to be.” Mullin says the main signs of stroke can be summarized with the acronym “BE FAST:” balance, eyes, facial droop, arm drift/weakness, speech difficulties and time, which refers to the fact that if these signs of stroke are detected, it’s essential to act quickly. Other factors from other illnesses – multiple sclerosis, tumors, etc. – can present similar symptoms to stroke. In addition, sometimes, it might be difficult to tell if someone is really struggling from a stroke at all. But none of these is a reason not to seek treatment right away, Mullin says. 10 | April/May 2018

Possible Treatments It used to be that not much could be done to reduce the effects of a stroke. Instead, doctors mainly focused on taking measures to prevent the person from having another. “Before, when someone had a stroke, we had to pretty much just assume that function was lost in that part of the brain,” Mullin says. The first major medical development for lessening the impact of the actual stroke was the invention of the Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) medication, most commonly referred to as the “clot buster.” “It’s normally administered through either an IV or an intravenous catheter,” Mullin says. “Lots of current treatment (for stroke) is based upon that.” The most recent development in treatment, though, has been the evolving practice called a thrombectomy, where doctors can actually stick a catheter into the affected blood vessel, and physically pull the clot from it. “The treatment window for a thrombectomy used to be pretty small,” Mullin says. “But now it’s extended to up to 24 hours. It’s still really important to get patients in quick, though, (and) the earlier, the better.” Prevention Measures While genetic predisposition and previous strokes can certainly increase a person’s risk of stroke, two of the biggest risk factors for strokes are preventable. “The two biggest risk factors for strokes are hypertension and smoking,” Mullin says.

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Super Natural What makes a food a superfood, and what does it mean for your diet? By Maddi Rasor 12 | April/May 2018

food and drink launches globally.” The whole It’s definitely a buzzword. You’ll hear it everywhere – from the news, to that recworld is growing more health-conscious, and ipe blog you like to follow, to that super health-conscious cousin at Thanksgiving that’s a good thing. – but do you really know what it is? There’s no scientific consensus on it, but the term is usually applied to Health Benefits foods that are beneficial to health, dense in nutrients and low in calories. The American Heart Association There are the ones you’ve likely heard of – blueberries, kale, salmon – recommends “eating at least two Did you know? 3.5-ounce servings of fish a week,” and the ones you’ve likely only heard of recently, such as açai berries, Aloe vera is more goji berries and black garlic. so it’s definitely in your body’s than just sunburn relief; The term is often used in relation to weight loss. And it’s true, they best interest to try to incorporate it’s a superfood. can help you lose weight by adding bulk to a meal without calories. But salmon or sardines into your diet. typically, incorporating a superfood into your diet will only aid in weight Furthermore, the AHA asserts that salmon is low in saturated fat and high loss when accompanied by the usual routine: more protein, fewer carbs, in omega-3 fatty acid, which is great for going to the gym, etc. They aren’t magic, after all. heart health and keeping your arteries clear. And Americans aren’t the only ones hopping on the superfood train. According to Quality Food Awards, an English organization that recognizes excellence in food “Yogurt provides calcium, vitamin D and proand drink, superfoods account “for nearly a third (30 percent) of all nutrient-packed tein,” per the AHA, and is “a good substitute SUPERFOOD.

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You may not even have to venture outside of your usual grocery store. Giant Eagle carries items such as goji berries and sardines, and Whole Foods is another good bet for some of the more exotic fruits. If you’re feeling adventurous, other good bets include Tensuke Market in Upper Arlington or Saraga International Grocery in north Columbus. And, of course, you can always shop online for your oddly specific ingredients. Amazon Grocery is great for dried fruit or nuts, even the powdered versions, and specializes in superfoods exclusively. You can even sort by what kind of health benefit you’re looking for: antiaging, digestion, mood or skin care.

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Some superfoods are easy to incorporate into your diet. You can substitute kale for spinach or tofu for chicken or beef, for example, or add beans to your hearty winter soups. Some are more difficult – who even knew garlic could be black, anyway? – but still doable. You can also try your hand rolling your own sushi with nori seaweed, or sprinkling maca powder over your cereal in the morning, just like fiber powder. It might sound daunting, but there’s truly no downside to incorporating some superfoods into your diet. And who knows? You just might find your new favorite dish. CS Maddi Rasor is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Revved Up Two of Ohio’s most prominent racing courses prepare for summer seasons By Laura Baird WHEN THE WEATHER starts warming up, so do engines at two of Ohio’s premier race courses. Lexington’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Hebron’s National Trail Raceway kick off their 2018 seasons in April. “It’s basically a park with a race track running through it,” says Steve Bidlack, marketing and communications manager for MidOhio. “It’s a relaxed, family-friendly environment for all to enjoy.” “Our course is very interactive, with drivers really getting to know and spend time with the fans. I think that’s the coolest part of drag racing,” says Steve Long, general manager for National Trail. Mid-Ohio’s first scheduled engagement is April 14, but its season officially starts with the International Motor Sports Association-Sanctioned Sports Car Event from May 4-6. The event promises three-hour endurance races featuring premium sports cars. The largest, most-anticipated race of Mid-Ohio’s season, though, takes place July 27-29: the Honda Indy 200, which started in 1970 and has been sponsored by Honda since 2007. National Trail is also geared up for the summer season, with

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Local record shop owners and music enthusiasts talk about the revival of vinyl Story and photos by Lydia Freudenberg

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Old North FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, Steve Louis has been buying and listening to records.

He doesn’t consider himself a collector, just someone who loves music. But, by default, he acquired a collection. “I never listen to music through my telephone or computer, because it’s so thin and there is so much missing,” Louis says. So when he listens to music, it’s on vinyl records, a format he finds far superior. Even in an age of digital formats, Louis says, he doesn’t classify records as nostalgic, since they have been around for years. It’s just that their popularity has fluctuated. Finding the newest pop album or a classic rock album is always possible, including at Louis’s shop, Records Per Minute (RPM). “(Records) have always been around. They have never gone away,” he says. “In the past 10 to 15 years, they’ve definitely picked up, but it’s not (by) leaps and bounds.” RPM has approximately 25,000 records from many different genres in its collection. Louis’ favorites? They’ve expanded as he’s consumed more music, but he mostly enjoys rock, jazz, reggae, blues and country. Louis can’t pinpoint his favorite record, comparing it to the ageold “picking a favorite child” scenario. His favorite part about owning RPM is selling something he’s passionate about and interacting with music lovers. “I like to talk music with people all the time. It’s interesting to see what people like and what works for them,” he says. “Music is a special thing, and there are so many different styles and types and different forms of expression in the music that it’s just endless.”

Downtown Columbus AFTER WORKING AS A graphic designer

and starting a record label, Brett Ruland decided he wanted a career entirely focused on music. His wife, Amy Kesting, suggested a record shop. Named after his record label, Spoonful Records opened in 2010, featuring used records, many from Ruland’s personal collection. Today, the shop has more than 8,000 used and new records in classic rock, hip-hop, soundtracks and more. Ruland says vinyl has outlasted other music formats, but its current popularity is nothing compared to the 1970s and 80s. Still, the couple notices increasing shop sales and how many teenagers find vinyl intriguing. “Teenage kids and their parents are com-

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ing in together and having conversations about the music,” says Kesting. “For the 14- and 15-year-olds that are getting into vinyl now, a lot of them have never owned physical media.” “Because there is so much online, I think people want to have a real experience and see what else is out there,” adds Ruland. As Kesting places a $5 1950s Al Hirt jazz record onto the shop’s turntable, the

sound is crisp. She notes that vinyl allows people to listen to music that may not be digitally downloadable. “(Experts) estimate that something like 20 percent of the music from the ’60s and ’70s is available digitally,” she says. “There are so many records that have come out. If you want it, you got to get it on vinyl.” Along with vinyl’s fuller sound, Ruland says records also have a nostalgic feel,

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which is often preferable with modern audiences. “I think the hardest thing with the world we live in today is finding time to listen to the record,” says Ruland. “I love nostalgia. I mean, just look around (the shop). There are pinball machines and we’re playing old-timey music, but for me, I guess it’s comforting, that memory of a time gone by that you’re keeping alive.”

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Clintonville SINCE THE LATE 1960S, David Lewis has collected vinyl records.

But when the 2008 recession hit, and times got tough, he decided to sort through his collection and open a record shop. Business has fluctuated in the years since for the shop, named after Lewis’s daughter, opened, but he hopes future generations will keep vinyl alive. “We were wanting (the shop) to be something from our past, me and my wife, that survived and went on to Elizabeth’s generation,” he says. “We worry about what’s going to happen to (records). … Is it something that’s just going to be a fad, or is it something that young people are going to completely embrace and carry on?” The store sells mostly vintage or used LPs and 45s, along with refurbished turntables. Lewis says he knows he won’t get rich sell-

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ing records, but he loves doing something he’s passionate about and meeting new people. “I still discover music I didn’t know about,” he says. “Also, if you look at my Facebook friends, about 80 percent of them are people I’ve met in this store. So it’s brought me into the community and the community into here.” Lewis says maybe he’ll pass the shop down to Elizabeth one day, but for now, he’s selling records in her place. “It’s always been her shop, run by me.” CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at


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Seeing the World in Black and White Rockford Homes’ Bradford model is trendy in a monochromatic palette By Amanda DePerro


t’s well-known that the process of buying a home is stressful. Finding the right house, selling the one you’re in now and moving the family can be difficult – and that doesn’t even include adding personal touches after moving in.

“If you can add three or four custom features, it brings the home to a whole different level,” says real estate agent Brandon Clark. We walked through Rockford Homes’ Bradford model in Jerome Village with Clark – vice president, associate broker and real estate agent for Plowman Properties – to discuss trending real estate features his clients are looking for. Clark notes, with the widespread availability of inspiration from shows such as Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Fixer Upper on HGTV and websites such as Pinterest, everyone is looking for light, monochromatic colors with rustic details – and the Bradford has it all. “Everything is going to white and gray; lighter. Just Chip and Joanna on steroids,” says Clark, laughing. “It’s really rustic right now. Plus, it goes with everything. You can change your furniture and still match.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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3 coloring may be 1 Monochrome trending, but the Bradford’s stairs pop. The switchback stairs open to the two-story great room.

2 The Bradford features a dining room off the foyer with a pan ceiling and clean white crown molding.

“People usually change this to the den,” says Clark. “But if you have the house that all the family comes to for the holidays, it’s nice to have.” chimney hood is hugely 3 “The popular. Most of my clients are

doing the microwave/oven combo instead of a double oven,” says Clark. “People are doing American farmhouse style; a lot of the subway tile with black or gray grout rather than white.”


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Clark is impressed by. The cathedral ceiling gives the appearance of a much larger room, turning the master bedroom into a quiet getaway.

massive master bathroom and closet are major selling points. Clark 2 The says the two spaces have continued to grow with time, and only continue to get bigger. The Bradford even has an option to bump out the already-huge closet’s back wall by 4 feet.

“People want either a his-and-hers or a very large master closet,” says Clark. 1 3/6/2018 3:34:57 PM “TheyCityScene.pdf even want walk-in closets in every room. We like to spoil our kids.”

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Located in Dublin City School District, Jerome Village offers a diverse range of architectural styles, home sizes, and price points to meet your needs.

Direction: Take I-270 to OH-161 W / US-33 W exit towards Marysville. Take the OH-161/Post Rd./Plain City exit. Turn right onto Post Rd. and then left onto Hyland Croy Rd. Continue on Hyland Croy Rd. to Brock Rd. – veer right onto Brock Rd. Turn left on Jerome Rd. Drive for approximately one mile and Willowbrush will be on your right.

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Advancements in the world of smart home technology By Alex Curran-Cardarelli

It’s 2018, and Silicon Valley has taken over the modern home. Whether it’s the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo or Google Home, smart speakers are a common household item. To make the most out of these devices, it’s worthwhile to learn more about some of these compatible smart home technologies. Alex Curran-Cardarelli is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Working alongside Google Home, the Nest is taking on the video doorbell. The Nest Hello delivers 24/7 footage of the owner’s doorstep, along with facial recognition alerts sent straight to his or her phone.

Taking clap on, clap off to the next level is Philips Hue Bridge Controller. The device is compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, and can be controlled from any location via the Philips Hue app. The bridge supports as many as 50 Philips Hue light bulbs and 12 other Philips Hue accessories. 30 L u



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Built with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service, the Ecobee4 is a smart wi-fi thermostat that works in favor of your energy bill and accessibility. ENERGY STAR certified, the Ecobee4 is voiceand app-controlled.


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Remodeler transforms Upper Arlington house over the span of a decade By Garth Bishop


he Upper Arlington home of Tom Winters and Mary SchellWinters has come a long way since the couple began working with the Cleary Company on an extensive remodel.

Over the span of a decade, the house has seen major overhauls of its master bathroom, kitchen, powder room, study, deck, basement and home office. The initial steps – master bathroom, kitchen, study and powder room, as well as a mud room and some general interior work – comprised an extensive remodel of the first and second floors. The work was done in phases to better accommodate the family’s schedule, finishing in 2009. The home office underwent its renovations in 2015 when the homeowners found themselves doing more work at home. The pool deck followed in 2016, as the homeowners found the area lacking in several respects and the decking itself was beginning to rot in places. The basement, finished in 2016, was the final piece of the puzzle. Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

The house’s lower level was originally a rec room for the couple’s sons, but it has been transformed into a living area. The columns were re-wrapped, lights were installed, and a bed, furniture and an entertainment center were added.

Cleary opened up the area above the stairs, which previously was so low that taller people had to duck. The company also added lighting and drywalled the dropped ceiling.

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The home office space was redesigned as a study area for the couple’s two sons, with computer stations on the right and left sides with a window seat in the middle. New glass doors lead into the room, and the floor is hand-hewn hardwood.

The master bathroom was gutted and replaced completely except for a closet. Heated floors and the custom, glass-walled shower are among the highlights.

Kitchen, master bath, study, powder room: Photos courtesy of Greg Miller, Greg Miller Photography Pool deck, basement, home office: Photos courtesy of Marshall Skinner, Marshall Evan Photography

The new pool deck is significantly larger than the old one, which did not curve around as this one does.

This dressing area is entirely new to the pool, and the fencing is made of the same material as the deck.

The entire kitchen was gutted and replaced by Cleary, including the doors, flooring and utilities. A barrel ceiling was a key part of the renovation.






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Multifunction Junction Furniture with several different functions can help make the most of a small space By Lydia Freudenberg

Styling Storage Instead of a basic coffee table, try a wooden bench-like structure that can also serve as a cubby. Store blankets, pillows, board games and more inside, and use as additional seating when guests arrive. Check out LIFT designed by Sacha Lakic and featured at the Short North’s Roche Bobois Paris. The countertop of this sleek buffet reveals a standalone bar with the push of a button, which activates the smooth, quiet, electronic lifting mechanism. This James Bond-like piece will also keep your most fragile glasswares safe from rattling. Mirror, Mirror Reflective surfaces can brighten and expand a room. Hinge on a wall a large

mirror that can be pulled down to reveal a table. Or add The Box, by Italian company Kristalia, to your bedroom; the six-foot tall and only six-inch deep cabinet features a fulllength mirror on the door. Books Galore The HUK Table serves as a side table, workspace, and magazine and book holder. Flip this S-shaped design on any side and watch it become a different piece of furniture. For a full dining experience, look for the rustic bookcase that turns into a table. The shelves stay level while moving the device, which brings the wooden planks together, making a smooth transition.

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iving in an urban area may necessitate smaller living quarters, but a small apartment or house can still have a big impact when designed with fashionable, multifunctional furniture.

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n Expandable offset door hinges allow doors to swing clear of their doorways, effectively widening them so wheelchairs and walkers fit through with ease.

n Easy slide-out drawers in the kitchen and living areas make it easier to access appliances that are high up or items that would otherwise be stuck in the backs of cabinets.

n Shower benches offer relief for individuals who have a hard time moving their legs over the side of the tub or who are at risk of falling, but they’re also useful for folks who just have trouble standing for an extended period of time in the shower.

n Ceiling-mounted harnesses make getting in and out of bed significantly easier for those individuals who have difficulty doing it on their own.

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ome of the most impressive recent remodels in Columbus are put on display for one weekend this spring. The 2018 Spring Home Improvement Tour, organized by the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, is set for May 5 and 6. The tour runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. NARI’s spring tour features 11 homes from all around the Columbus area, including stops in Clintonville, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Pickerington, Hilliard, Grandview Heights and German Village. Projects include basement, kitch-

en, dining room, bathroom, sunroom, mudroom and whole house remodels. Tickets are $3 per location or $10 for the full tour, and are available at all stops as well as at


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Trends in custom tile options By Bianca Wilson

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Classic Tiles, Fresh Patterns One way to create a custom look is to incorporate patterns and designs using pre-fabricated tiles. Mix and match lines, colors and shapes to create a new pattern or even a patchwork design. The Perfect Shade Need just the right shade of periwinkle but can’t find it anywhere? Try hand-painted tiles to achieve a unique design or the perfect hue to bring your vision to life. Mosaic Masterpieces Make a statement with a work of art. Fashioned after the ancient art form, mosaic-style tiles can create any look by transforming generic tile into works of art. Create an intricate pattern or an entire scene with this option. Bianca Wilson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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etting an estimate for roof replacement can be a hassle, but technological advancements have the potential to make the process much easier. Enter Robyn. Robyn combines drone technology and virtual reality to quickly and painlessly inspect roofs and offer prices for replacement. It was rolled out in February by Westerville-based roofing and exterior contractor Feazel. After a homeowner submits his or her information to set up an estimate, a drone is sent to fly over the house to take images and analyze the roof. The homeowner need not even be home at the time.

Then, the homeowner is sent a personalized link to the virtual reality experience, and can use provided VR goggles to see images of the current roof, look at a 3-D model of the home and search shingles online to determine exact pricing. “(With) so many projects … you all too often have to get to work late or leave work early and set an appointment,” says Robert Thomas, director of marketing for Feazel. “We know that our business is a need-based business, and people aren’t

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Taken for ’granate Superfood pomegranate makes a spirituous appearance By Alex Curran-Cardarelli

SUPERFOODS, THOUGH TRADITIONALLY thought of as something to

eat, can also come in drink form. Though the likes of avocado and acai berry have been making prominent appearances in recipes from salads to smoothies, pomegranate has a role to play in semi-healthful libations. Pomegranate juice contains three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. Additionally, pomegranate juice contains a high dose of vitamin C, improves digestion and has shown signs of preventing arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. It also makes a tasty cocktail, as evidenced by the Summer Punch listed on Middle West Spirits’ website. CS

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Summer Punch • 1 oz. OYO vodka • 1 oz. orange liqueur • 1 oz. pomegranate juice • ½ oz. lime juice • ½ oz. orgeat syrup • 3-4 dashes angostura bitters Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake lightly, pour over fresh ice and top with chopped seasonal fruit. Serve.

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For a punch bowl, multiply ingredients by number of desired servings. Combine ingredients in a punch bowl and stir. Chop fresh seasonal fruit and float in bowl. Serve over fresh ice with chopped fruit floating in it.


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Bank on it

Heartland Bank is a dedicated supporter of the arts in central Ohio By Laura Cole

WITH MORE THAN 50 nonprofit organizations and

festivals around central Ohio benefiting from its support, you might say Heartland Bank considers the arts close to its heart.

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The company, headquartered in Whitehall, has placed an emphasis on supporting the arts since 1988, and its commitment to the community has not gone unnoticed. In the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, Heartland is being recognized for Business Support of the Arts (Small). “Support for local music and the arts fosters the development of important skills in the lives of children and families who embrace the arts, learn from the tradition and become lifelong arts advocates,” says Scott McComb, chairman, president and CEO of Heartland Bank.

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Many of the 50-plus organizations that have benefited from Heartland’s generosity are based in the arts. These include: • Columbus College of Art & Design; • Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival; • Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival; • Summer Jam West; and • Grove City Arts in the Alley.

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Heartland Bank goes above and beyond when it creates partnerships, says McComb. The company is dedicated to bettering surrounding communities and through hands-on work with every project, instead of just the money behind the curtain. Among the highlights of its community involvement are: • Heartland BancCorp founders Tiney and Helena McComb co-founded Arts in the Alley. • The company has been presenting sponsor of Arts in the Alley for 19 years, and the Westerville Music & Arts Festival for 17 years.

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“Anyone who’s in the arts community and who’s had the pleasure of dealing with Heartland Bank has come away with a warmth in their heart for them. Their openness, honesty, willingness to jump on board and put feet on the ground where other institutions would only donate or fund is what sets them apart.”

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An in-depth look at what Greene County has to offer By Jenny Wise

WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR a weekend of family fun, an escape into nature’s

sanctuary or a day of shopping and dining, Greene County offers a variety of adventures just an hour from Columbus. Delve into aviation history at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, take a hike through Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs and enjoy all the shopping, dining and entertainment amenities Greene County has to offer.

Family Fun

Taking Flight: With free admission, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a great option for aviation fanatics and curious minds alike. Once a month, the museum’s education division hosts Saturday Family Day, a themed event with hands-on opportunities fit for kids and adults of all ages. Looking for more of a thrill? Check out Goodfolk & O’Tymes Biplane Rides to take your family on an open-air flight reminiscent of aviation in the 1920s and ’30s. Every member of the family can take flight, but children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Traveling Back in Time: There are several historic sights to see in northern Greene County. Cedarville’s Indian Mound Reserve, home to two American 48 | April/May 2018

Indian structures that have been around for hundreds of years, has spectacular wildflower displays featuring about 125 species in early May. Fuel your family for more fun with a stop by the Historic Clifton Mill for a bite to eat and a look at one of the largest waterpowered grist mills still in existence. Call ahead to schedule a tour of the inner workings of the mill for $3 per person. Tours are available weekdays in spring and summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keep up with current film releases while stepping back in time at the Little Art Theatre. It’s been part of the Yellow Springs community since 1929, and though it was renovated in 2013, the movie theater retains its iconic houselights and marquee. Left: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Below: Goodfolk & O’Tymes Biplane Rides

Jacoby Road Canoe Launch Little Art Theatre

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Nature Retreat

Explore Yellow Springs: Visitors to the Glen Helen Nature Preserve can enjoy a short walk through breathtaking wildflowers, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs, 400-year-old trees, and the yellow spring for which the town is named. Close by, John Bryan State Park offers boating, fishing, disc golf, hiking and picnicking. If you are looking to adventure for a weekend, the park offers rentals on camp sites, a shelter house and a day lodge. Adventure in Xenia and Beavercreek: About halfway between Yellow Springs and Xenia, you can find one of the most picturesque sections of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River. Jacoby Road Canoe Launch offers canoeists easy access to the river, along with fishing and hiking. Closer to Beavercreek, Narrows Reserve offers canoeing, fishing, picnicking and hiking, in addition to a nature center. At the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, visitors can view native plant and animal exhibits, and tour the raptor aviary along with

the Greene County Beekeepers’ Association Apiary. The Beaver Creek Wetlands Preserve is a bird watcher’s dream, but it’s also great for those who want to study and photograph nature. Along Beaver Creek, a 1.26mile loop trail leads hikers through marsh, wet prairies, woodland pools and scrub shrub wetlands.

Greene County Parks and Trails Primitive Camping sites are available at Narrows Reserve, Jacoby Road Canoe Launch, Constitution Park, Mill Bridge Launch and Old Town Reserve. Visit for more information.

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Shopper’s Delight

Beavercreek: With a wide range of pricing and styles, there is something for almost any shopper (and diner) who visits The Mall at Fairfield Commons. There are more than 100 specialty shops in addition to 20 dining options. Still looking for more in Beavercreek? The Greene Town Center is just 20 minutes south of the Mall at Fairfield Commons, and offers an open-air shopping experience with upscale retail and dining options alike. Shop Yellow Springs: For a more eclectic shopping experience, check out some of the shops in Yellow Springs. One option is Junk Diva, which sells repurposed architecture, vintage items and garden accessories. There’s also The Blue Butterfly, which offers unique gifts and home décor. In addition, there’s a slew of clothing boutiques, including Import House, Julia Etta’s Trunk, Kismet and Lady Loom. You should make a point of going to a few galleries as well, since creative expression is such an integral part of the Yellow Springs community. Check out Village Artisans Gallery for starters, but if you want to delve deeper, you can contact local artists to see their studios, such as Miami Valley Pottery and Cglazart. Shop Xenia: If you are in the market for jewelry or clothing, check out Tiffany Jewelers INC. on West Main Street. Though you won’t find any tiny blue boxes or bags, this local shop has a rich history dating back to 1848. 50 | April/May 2018

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Are you looking to do a little thrifting? Second Act Thrift Store sells high-quality secondhand clothes and merchandise, with all sales supporting the Xenia Area Community Theater. Art fans should stop in at Inner I Gallery to peruse more than 100 works of art by individuals with developmental disabilities. Shop notecards, calendars, T-shirts and framed prints all featuring the artwork. CS Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at


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The Future is Female

Activism and social issues drive multimedia artist’s work By Taylor Woodhouse


love, activism might be a close second. Having grown up as a self-described “distracted kid,” the Columbus resident says art has always been her passion. It has led to a lifelong pursuit of truth and identity, with her art as the mode of exploration. “I remember being in class and thinking, ‘This doesn’t relate to being an artist,’ so I just wouldn’t do it,” she says, laughing. Woods has studied an impressively diverse array of mediums. While she started her career in realism, her art has since morphed into abstract pieces that have everything and nothing in common with one another. Her studio is filled with paintings on canvases large and small, and a carefully curtained-off section for plastering. She even dabbles in video and sculpture. While her methods are varied, all of her art comes from a couple of key inspirations that have followed her over the course of her career. She is focused on the idea of how femininity is expressed, and how it has been expressed over time through art – and, perhaps even more importantly, how society has been repressing female artists through the ages. “People that come to museums want to see male artists because they’re simply more famous, because that is dictated by sexism and society,” Woods says. Per an essay by arts writer and producer Camille Gajewski, women have been systematically shut out of critical and popular arts throughout history. When you look at the most vaunted artists of even the last few hundred years, very few of the most famous ones are women. There are many reasons for Melissa Vogley Woods this. The first is that for a very long time, art

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pursued by women was seen more as crafts or female pastime than an actual discipline. This, combined with persistent gender biases, meant that up until the 1960s, very few women received wide recognition as artists. The preeminent galleries of the world are disproportionately filled with the work of men.

Only about 30 percent of artists represented by commercial galleries (in the United States) are women. -National Museum of Women in the Arts

Woods has been preoccupied by this dichotomy of power and representation for a long time. The way she has expressed this idea, however, has changed drastically. While she originally presented this discourse

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Below: Vibrant Matter

with strongly realistic femme figures at the start of her career, she has since shifted to abstract concepts that can better explore the subtleties of the female journey. “I felt like figure was too singular, too obvious,” she says. “I wanted to show the contrast between a powerful thing and a less powerful thing; the conflict in the world.” Today, her art is filled with vibrant colors and soft shapes, offset by powerful arches inspired by Roman architecture. The unique folded shapes often featured centrally on her canvases are actually derived from the shape of stacked quilts. They represent art by women that is often owned by museums and never put on display. Like quilts, which are often put in storage and rarely used, these pieces of art are frequently forgotten. But even without that background knowledge, the viewer feels an unmistakable femininity in the softly blended shapes, thrown even more sharply into relief by the solid, geometric arches that represent a male-dominated society.

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Woods’ next series will continue exploring the shapes that have become familiar in her pieces, though she wants to experiment more with binaries versus color, introducing more contrasting shades of black with her typically bright palettes. She continues to paint while delving into other art forms, such as video and sculpture, with the goal of creating immersive and interactive exhibits where the different mediums flow together harmoniously. “The painting is more subtle because it’s abstract and based in tradition and history,” she says. “The video is a connection to femme performativity and the performance of the female self as it relates to value and feminism.” While Woods knows the average viewer may not understand the whole picture of her work at first viewing, she hopes it will spur more conversation about representation in art. Looking to the future, she urges women to support each other in the arts, and galleries to look past gender and strive to include more art by women in their portfolios. CS Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Quilt National 2017, the 20th biennial international juried art quilt exhibition in partnership with the Dairy Barn in Athens, through April 14. Women to Watch Ohio – 2018, work in metal by woman artists, from May 3-July 7. Cultural Arts Center: Thousand People of Genoa, photography by T Studios in Genoa, Italy, through April 14. The Storytellers – an exhibition honoring the work of printmakers Sid Chafetz, Joan Tallan and Marge Bender – from April 20-May 19. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Artists of the Winding Road, A-Z, works by 12 Appalachian Ohioans, through April 15. Creating the Illusion: Costumes and Characters from the Paramount Pictures Archive from May 19-Aug. 12.

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Wexner Center for the Arts: All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion and William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time through April 15. Inherent Structure, abstract works by a multi-generational group of 16 artists, from May 19-Aug. 12.

lage and sculpture by Mark Soppeland – through April 20. Columbus Crossing Borders, a traveling exhibition of paintings by 34 local artists created in response to stories told by refugees, from May 1-June 8.

Hayley Gallery: Work by Jane Dippold through April 19. Work by Laurie Clements from April 21-May 13. Work by Alicia Cummings from May 18-June 5. www.

Keny Galleries: The Winter Landscape, paintings by Alan Gough, through April 20. Exceptional: 25 Diverse Masterworks in Varied Media by Ohio Artists (1858-2018) from April 27-June 15.

Dublin Arts Council: The Sphere of Magic and other Visionary Objects/Extraordinary Images – mixed media, painting, col-

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Columbus Museum of Art: James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland through April 22. William Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography through May 20. Family Pictures, photos by black photographers exploring communities, through May 20. Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts 1850-1950 From the Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom Collection through July 1. The Force of Fandom through Aug. 19. www. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Thinking in Color, mixed media by OSU alumna and artist Paula Rubenstein, through April 27. New Works, oil paintings by Dave Terry, from April 30-July 6. Otterbein University Miller Gallery: Senior Art Exhibitions through April 27. Art Access Gallery: Of Amate and Cochineal, contemporary art using two ancient prehispanic elements by Elena Osterwalder, through April 28. Landscapes by Perry Brown from May 4-June 16. www. Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World, photos by Tariq Tarey juxtaposed with poems by Ladan Osman, through April 28.

Glass Axis: Mini Vitro, glass art on a small scale with pieces 8” or smaller, through April 28. Fantastical Creatures, 2-D drawings by elementary school students reimagined as 3-D glass sculptures, from May 11-June 30. Pizzuti Collection: Lines/ Edges: Frank Stella on Paper and Pair: Alex Dodge and Glen Baldridge through April 29. Go Figure, exploration of the human form by a variety of artists, and photography by Alex Soth from May 10-August 2018. www. The Arts Castle: Focus on Delaware – featuring the work of John Brake, John Quilter, John Holliger and Kris Kolb – through April 27. Work by members of the Delaware Artists Guild from May 6-June 22. Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Work by students at Upper Arlington High School and the Wellington School from April 2-26. Faces of Columbus, painting and sculptures by Raheleh Bagheri, from May 4-June 22. Griffin Gallery at Creekside: Spring 2018 Juried Exhibition by the Ohio Art League from April 6-May 12. www.griffin Marcia Evans Gallery: Paintings by Annette Poitau through May 30. www.marcia

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er’s Day group show, from May 5-31. www. Jung Association Gallery: un-a-PAULAgetic, mixed media depicting American culture by Paula Lambert, from April 7-June 24. Terra Gallery & Creative Studio: Somatosensory, multimedia by Elizabeth McManus, from April 8-29. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Capital University’s Student Art Exhibition, a multimedia juried exhibition showcasing a variety of works created by the students of Capital University, from April 9-24. www. The Works: Seasons of Our Lives, works by the central Ohio branch of the National League of American Pen Women, from April 13-July 6.

Brandt-Roberts.Galleries: Works by Gabriel Gaffney Smith from April 7-29. www.

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Studios on High Gallery: Hit the Hop, an open call juried exhibition from April 7-May 3. Primary Connections, a Moth-

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Sherrie Gallerie: Further by Molly Burke, Lauren Eastman Fowler and Trey Snowdon from April 15-May 26. www.sherrie OSU Urban Arts Space: Senior Projects Exhibition: Department of Art BFA from April 17-May 5.



Angela Meleca Gallery: Photography and other media by Rhea Karam from April 21-June 2. Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present, explorative landscape paintings by Mohmed Hamid, through May 6. McConnell Arts Center: Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC and Catapult: Goodwill Artists at the MAC through May 20.

Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery

Muse Gallery: New work by Bonnie Teitelbaum, Christopher X. Bost and Randall LaGro at Reed Arts from April 2-May 31. Blockfort: Futures for the Rest of Us, a multimedia art exhibit featuring veteran, mid-career and emerging artists belonging to groups underrepresented as lead characters in sci-fi film and television, from May 1-29. Ohio Craft Museum: Best of 2018, Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 35th annual juried members exhibition, from May 6-June 17.



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CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Cirque Du Soleil CORTEO

Cirque Du Soleil presents CORTEO April 12-15 Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. This production by the world-famous troupe presents a joyous parade imagined by a clown, promising a provocative performance of both illusion and reality. www.schotten Eagles April 8, 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The American rock band known for “Hotel California,” “Take it Easy,” “Already Gone” and much more adds Columbus to its An Evening with the Eagles 2018 tour. CATCO presents Educating Rita April 11-29 Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This comedy centers on a middle-aged university professor and the young hairdresser he begins to tutor. www.catcois Jazz Arts Group presents the Terell Stafford Quintet April 12, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader Terell Stafford plays Columbus with his band, courtesy of the Jazz Arts Group. 60 | April/May 2018

CAPA presents The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute April 14, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. This note-for-note Beatles tribute features multiple costume changes and is hosted by an Ed Sullivan impersonator. Celtic Woman April 18, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. The Irish music ensemble that’s become an international sensation visits Columbus on its 90-city North American tour. Opera Columbus presents Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice April 20-22 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. In a collaborative show with Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre and NYC’s

Company XIV, Opera Columbus takes on an avant-garde version of one of the most renowned operatic scores in the world. Blast: The Big Science Bash April 21, 8 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Food from 20-plus restaurants, local craft beers, hands-on exhibits, live music, dancing, a photo booth and auction are some of the highlights of this annual COSI fundraiser. Broadway in Columbus presents The King and I April 24-29 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I, comes to Broadway in Columbus with its beloved tale and score, including classics such as “Getting to Know You.” Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Legends of Rhythm & Blues: From Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder & Beyond April 26-29 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Columbus Jazz Orchestra team up with guest vocalists Nicole Henry and Michael

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BalletMet presents Dorothy and the Prince of Oz May 4-6 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. BalletMet collaborates with the Tulsa Ballet for this dance reimagining of The Wizard of Oz, featuring original choreography by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang and puppetry and scenery by Basil Twist. Michael Feinstein and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra May 6, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Columbus native Michael Feinstein, known for his long career of performing works from the Great American Songbook, joins the New Albany Symphony Orchestra for a celebration of its 10-year anniversary. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents the Beach Boys May 12, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The world-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees join the Columbus Symphony


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Broadway in Columbus presents The Book of Mormon May 22-27 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This outrageous smash hit musical follows the misadventures of a pair of Mormon missionaries with a comedic and satirical spin.

The Memorial Tournament May 28-June 3 Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr., Dublin Jack Nicklaus’ annual golf tournament is back in Dublin for year No. 43, bringing with it the best golfers in the world. www.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents David & Vadim May 12-13 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. As usual, ProMusica ends its season with a collaborative concert featuring Music Director David Danzmayr and Principal Guest Artist Vadim Gluzman. www.

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train May 24, 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The duo known for such 1980s standbys as “Man Eater,” “You Make My Dreams” and “Rich Girl” co-headlines a tour with the modern-day pop outfit known for “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.” www.nation

Columbus Dance Theatre presents CDT@20 May 31-June 2 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Columbus Dance Theatre finishes out its 2017-18 season with a set of four retrospective performances reflecting on the group’s 20-year history. www.columbus

Discover the Dream May 17, 6-10 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. This 13th annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital features

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Columbus is due in part to the many artists trained at the Columbus College of Art & Design. One instructor in particular, Lowell Tolstedt, has mentored thousands of artists and instructors. Tolstedt served as dean of fine arts for 24 years, but I think it is fair to say he is one of the masters respected by the whole community. I was honored to be asked by Tolstedt to adjunct at CCAD, where I could see the large group of the best of the best work in harmony under his leadership. Tolstedt is known for his exquisite drawings done in silverpoint, gold point and colored pencil. His works range in scale from intimate to mural. His subjects, chosen from everyday life and experience, are investigated with a sensitive and penetrating intellect. His drawings are often iconic presentations, simultaneously recalling the American tradition of still-life painting and engaging the viewer with contemporary questions about the fundamental relationship among reality, perception, abstraction and creation. “Lowell Tolstedt’s meticulous colored pencil and metal point drawings of food and flowers celebrate the act of looking and the powerful physical sensations that we often experience through objects,” wrote Katherine A. Wat, then curator of exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum, for a 2005 exhibition at the Canton Museum of Art. “… By adjusting the pressure he places on the tips of his pencils and sharpened sticks of gold, silver and platinum, he suggests an array of textures and achieves remarkable depth of color.” Exceptional: 25 Diverse Masterworks in Varied Media by Ohio Artists (1858-2018), featuring the work of Tolstedt and others, is on display at Keny Galleries in German Village April 27-June 15. CS

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