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8 A Song in Her Heart

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Terms of Endowm Local authors give back to their community and work for positive change By Stephan Reed


ooks can speak volumes about their authors. Who they are, what they stand for and what changes they want to see in the world are laid out, cover to cover. For some Columbus-area authors, writing and the desire for peaceful and active change go hand-in-hand.

Chris Sunami “I’ve always enjoyed writing ever since I was a kid, but recently, I’m more into social change,” says author Chris Sunami. “I always have been. I have a day job, but my writing looks at what kind of world we live in and what kind of world I want my kids in.” Sunami is the author of two books: How the Fisherman Tricked the Genie, a children’s book, and a Hero for Christ, a socially progressive Christian devotional. Both books have a sort of morality check woven throughout, he says.

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But writing about positive change isn’t Sunami’s only move. He is an active member of Community Development for All People, a nonprofit organization founded by the Merion Village-based United Methodist Church for All People. “One of the main things I do is run a free arts program,” he says. “I’ve instructed free instrumental and vocal lessons weekly for the past nine years.” Sunami heads the Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, an annual visual and performing arts event that celebrates grassroots arts organizations. He is also

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working on a book about active philosophy, while taking part in meetings of the Columbus Philosophers group. “We’re a group of 15-20 people who meet once a month,” Sunami says. “We don’t just want to discuss philosophy; we want it to become active.” Brad Pauquette For author Brad Pauquette, writing is purely inspired by action, whether it be in his hometown or on an international level. Pauquette is the author of the book Sejal and the Walk for Water. “The story follows a teenage girl who has to walk miles each day just to satisfy this basic need for her family,” he says. “The next day, she has a well and water is there. It’s amazing how immediately water is needed and how easily the need is met, unlike education, a process that takes years and years to be in effect.” This story directly corresponds with the volunteer work Pauquette has done in India. The Water Cycle Project is a nonprofit he works with to help drill freshwater wells there. “We kicked off in 2009 with a charity bike trip across Ohio to raise awareness

ment for the program,” Pauquette says. “From there, it has taken off.” The organization holds an annual 5K run around Independence Day and is working on a slate of summer events for next year. Pauquette is also the director and founder for Columbus Creative Cooperative, a volunteer-based organization that provides feedback for aspiring writers and periodically publishes collections of short stories by local authors. “We are here for writers and people interested in self-publishing,” he says. “We help them edit and design professionally.” Publishing company Columbus Press is another of Pauquette's endeavors. The company is currently releasing Capital Offense, a true crime story by Kurt Stevens, in daily installments at; the finished product will be available Jan. 31. Robin Yocum While some authors use their writing as inspiration for charity, others, such as Robin Yocum, use their experiences an authors to give back. Yocum volunteers at senior centers and schools, teaching and talking to various groups about how to write and publish their own books. “I have a soft spot for kids,” he says. “I talk to them about the creative process and how important it is in every aspect of everyday life. I try to open their eyes to opportunities that come about through writing.” Each audience that Yocum speaks to values different aspects of writing. “Older groups are interested in the writing process,” he says. “I help them start

and finish books and I use my experiences to help them materialize their own ideas.” Yocum has published multiple books, his most recent releases being inspirational tale The Essay and crime thriller Favorite Sons. His drive to help children can be seen in his work. “The Essay is about a 17-year-old boy growing up in southern Ohio,” Yocum says. “He comes from a ‘wrong side of the tracks’ family and wins an essay contest. His family won’t believe or support him, while his English teacher tries to show him there’s a better life out there.” Yocum is also a board member of the Thurber House, where he teaches classes on dialogue and plot development in stories. The money he receives as payment is donated back to the organization. “Working with these people … it’s a beautiful thing,” he says. cs Stephan Reed is an editorial associate. Feedback welcome at cityscene • December 2013


A Song in Her Heart

Cardiac nurse moonlights as a country musician By Aamna Aziz


ou might think Christy Angeletti’s work as a cardiac nurse at The Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital wouldn’t leave her much time for other endeavors. Her award-winning career as an independent country musician suggests otherwise, though.

For all intents and purposes, Angeletti is your average Ohioan. She grew up in Columbus and spent her free time shopping at the local malls before getting her education at OSU. Her family has deep roots in the state’s capital, too – relatives have owned Ange’s Pizza, a local favorite with locations in Whitehall and southeast Columbus, since 1952. Angeletti discovered her love for singing within the walls of her church as a very young girl. She was enamored with the art, and her passion for it led her to take piano and vocal lessons until she was a teenager. Today, she writes her own songs, putting a country spin on classic rock and contemporary pop music with the intent to empower, inspire and uplift. Growing up, Angeletti often sang at local events and various venues around town. These days, her track record includes opening gigs for Brooks & Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Lovesick Radio and McGuffey Lane. Though her audience has grown quite a bit, Angeletti’s gusto for performing hasn’t changed. “I love to be on stage performing and connecting with the audience,” she says. “It’s where I come to life; it is simply where I belong, and what I was born to do.” She first hit the charts in fall 2012 with her single “Powerful.” Follow-up single “Tough Enough” spent time on the Billboard charts in spring of this year, and “Better than a Drug” just made the charts this summer. Her single “Eyes Wide Open” earned Angeletti the title of Best Female Country Artist from the Indie Channel Music Awards, as well as nominations for Best Pop Video and Best Rock Video, both in the “under $5,000” category. When she isn’t working at Ross Heart Hospital or recording in the studio in Nashville, Angeletti spends time at Next Level Fitness training for bodybuilding competitions. She is also an active 8

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member of the National Humane Society, helping animals that have been abandoned and abused. Still, despite this wide range of interests – and others, including skiing, traveling and scuba diving – music remains Angeletti’s true love. “My music is inspired by life experiences either of my own or those around me,” she says. “I write as a release and it is a very healing, expressive and empowering process for me.” cs Aamna Aziz is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Forget Me Not New Alzheimer’s treatments seek to delay disease’s devastating effects By Lisa Aurand


ne could argue that those who must watch a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease decline suffer more than the patients do. “It’s a slow slipping away of someone who is still breathing, but is a different person,” says Columbus resident Lezlee Knowles, whose mother-in-law started showing signs of the degenerative disease in 2001.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading rector for the central Ohio chapter of the cause of death in the United States, with Alzheimer’s Association. Aricept (donepezil), Exelon (rivastigthe average patient living eight years after symptoms become noticeable to others. mine) and Razadyne (galantamine) are all There were 4,109 Alzheimer’s deaths in cholinesterase inhibitors – they prevent Ohio in 2010, a 79 percent increase com- the breakdown of acetylcholine, which pared to 2000, according to the Alzheim- supports communication among nerve cells to treat memory, thinker’s Association. ing, language and judgement Though the cause of Alsymptoms. In some patients, zheimer’s is not fully known, it they can delay the worsening of is associated with two types of symptoms by six to 12 months. protein build-ups in the brain, “They don’t allow the perknown as plaques and tangles. son to improve,” Dannhauer “You have these abnormal prosays. “It kind of holds them teins that accumulate more than where they’re at … but it they should and they’re toxic to doesn’t really slow down the nerve cells,” says Dr. Douglas disease process at all.” Scharre, neurologist and direcDr. Douglas Scharre Another type of drug, pretor of the division of cognitive neurology at The Ohio State University scribed for more advanced Alzheimer’s, Wexner Medical Center. “They start in a is Namenda (memantine), which blocks very particular part of the brain and they ac- glutamate receptors. High levels of glutacumulate gradually” in the parts of the brain mate can kill brain cells. Trials for new treatments, some of which that control memory and cognitive function. There is no cure, and treatments can treat symptoms, are underway. Others take only temporarily stabilize cognitive aim at plaques and tangles themselves, trysymptoms, not delay damage to brain ing to prevent them from forming in the cells, says Mari Dannhauer, clinical di- first place, Dannhauer says. 10 cityscene • December 2013

Two new trials, one of promising new drugs and one of a surgical treatment, are currently recruiting participants. The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network Trial Unit (DIAN TU) study, a Phase 2/3 study, is testing the safety and efficacy of two drugs, gantenerumab and solanezumab, in those who have – or might have – a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease. The drugs, which are given through either injection or intravenous infusion, are designed to bind to the proteins that form plaques and tangles and remove them from the brain. Participants should either be cognitively normal or have only mild impairment or dementia at the start of the study. The trial started in December 2010 and is expected to end December 2015. Other studies testing the same drugs have found possible improved function in patients with mild Alzheimer’s symptoms. A new trial at OSU is studying whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) – using a brain pacemaker – can improve the functions of the frontal lobe, including decision-making, organization, planning and judgment, as well as short-term memory.

“DBS is not designed to get rid of or prevent the formation of these toxic proteins,” says Scharre, who is conducting the study along with Dr. Ali Rezai, a neurosurgeon and director of the neuroscience program. “We decided (to) stimulate those neural pathways that are more toward the front of the brain, the part that is still working well, but is not getting clear messages from the temporal lobe.” The study is enrolling those with mild or early-stage Alzheimer’s, and Scharre hopes that the surgery will maintain those frontal lobe functions for longer, even as the disease progresses. “Even if you have early Alzheimer’s, you may forget what happened yesterday, but if you’re still able to make good judgments and have good problem solving, that’s a heck of a lot better,” Scharre says. Three patients have participated in the study thus far, and the university is allowed 10 patients total. The first surgery took place a little more than a year ago. “So far we’ve been cautiously optimistic that patients have had some help with their attention and focus,” Scharre says. “The surger(ies) went well and we’re not seeing adverse events.” Other clinical trials are in progress as well. The Alzheimer’s Association website,, offers a search engine to allow patients to search for clinicals they may qualify for in their area. Patients can also ask for trial matching by calling 800272-3900, Dannhauer says. Due to the prevalence and devastating effects of the disease, Alzheimer’s treatments are on the fast track through the Food and Drug Administration, Dannhauer says. Long term, Scharre and other doctors studying Alzheimer’s are hoping for a treatment or combination of treatments that can stave off the disease for four to five years. “We’re looking for anything we can do to help these individuals and their families that have this condition,” Scharre says. In 2010, Knowles’ mother-in-law was placed in Forest Hills Center in north Columbus, a nursing and rehabilitation center that specializes in caring for Alzheimer’s patients. “When I walk the halls there, there are times that I pray that someday the building will be completely empty – that there will not be a need for that building,” Knowles says. cs Lisa Aurand is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Bavarian Dream

North Market pretzel shop purveys creative, classic treats Story and photos by Stephan Reed


ith varieties ranging from chipotle cheddar and peppercorn parmesan to mango habanero and pumpkin spice, it’s evident that creativity is a key ingredient in every pretzel baked by Brezel. Brittany Baum, owner of the North Market-based pretzel patisserie, makes a point of expressing herself with her clever culinary skills every time she steps in the kitchen. “We are all passionate about food here and we are all creatively driven,” Baum says. “We encourage our staff to create new things. If we are ever slow, which doesn’t happen much, we play around with different combinations and ingredients.” 12 cityscene • December 2013

Some of these experiments have become fan, and personal, favorites. “I make one pretzel that tastes exactly like a cherry pie,” she says. “We start out by pitting Bing cherries and fill them with white chocolate. We then cover the whole thing with pretzel dough.”

The pretzel shop’s flavors run the gamut from salty to sweet to savory. One day, the specialty will be dark chocolate and peanut butter; the next, it will be roasted butternut squash. “The butternut squash pretzel has a little bit of a kick to it,” Baum says. “We make it with cayenne pepper, red pepper and parsley. We’re not afraid to experiment with bolder, more complex flavors.” The wide variety of unexpected flavor combinations helps make Brezel’s offerings intriguing for a customer in search of any meal. Coconut almond and cinnamon sugar work as desserts; Asiago herb and cracked pepper might be more appealing for lunch or a snack, as might Italian herb and six cheese. An extensive list of dips on the side is the icing on the metaphorical cake. Of course, amid all the only-at-Brezel pretzels on the menu, the old standby is still available. Even with more than 30 different options, the top seller is the original salted pretzel. “People love the classic,” Baum says. “It’s simple and people know it. Some customers may not be familiar with us, so they want to play it safe.”

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{cuisine} For those inclined to venture to uncharted treat territories, but who are more apt to dip a toe in the water than plunge in cannonball-style, there are always the pretzel twists. A twist is about one-fifth the size of the standard pretzel, giving a cautious but adventurous customer the chance to try many different flavors without filling up. “Some people don’t want to commit to one huge pretzel; it can be quite the com-

mitment,” Baum says with a laugh. Beyond pretzels and twists, Brezel also makes pizza crusts, hot dog buns, hoagies and soup bowls with its dough. “We’ve had people order the jalapeño pretzel bowl, hollow it out and pour dip into it,” Baum says. “This is so perfect for parties.”

If you’ve seen a Brezel pretzel before and wondered why it looks different from other pretzels, know that there are two key steps that give them their crunchy, shiny, buttery appearance: the treats are handrolled and then bathed in lye. “What really makes us different is our Bavarian style,” Baum says. “It’s a lot more dense and bread-like, and we do not use preservatives.” Baum picked up those techniques during a trip to – where else? – Germany. “Coming back here … there was nothing like the German pretzels,” she says. “That’s the whole idea behind Brezel: bringing the German pretzel back here.” Brezel made its debut in 2008, moving into the North Market in March 2011. Prior to the business’ founding, Baum had no professional baking and cooking instruction – a fact that may have actually contributed to her creative success. She lets her experiences and creativity stand in place of formal learning. “Sometimes I just have to wing it or go to Google to find out how to do something,” she says. “I just love what I do.” Before stepping into the grub game, Baum worked for the state of Ohio in the jobs and services sector, but found herself wanting to explore other pursuits. “I hated not being creative anymore,” she says. After leaving state employment, “I started making pretzels in my kitchen and selling them at farmers’ markets” with a partner. The pretzels are sold at a number of local businesses and restaurants, including the Ohio Taproom, the Hills Market, Weiland’s Market, Huffman’s Market, the Crest Pub and Bodega. Baum is looking into the possibility of expanding Brezel’s space at the North Market, too. More information, including ordering opportunities, can be found at www.brezel cs


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Fancy black-tie events raise money for health and the arts in Columbus


By Garth Bishop

hough fundraisers for worthy causes abound in central Ohio, only a select few follow the old model, inviting patrons to dress to the nines for an evening of high-class entertainment. Those black-tie affairs that have survived have hit on and maintained systems that work – and that means hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing into the nonprofits they benefit. Among Columbus’ biggest evenings of class and charity are…

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Up on the Roof

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Up on the Roof When the new Comprehensive Cancer Center opens in 2014 on The Ohio State University campus, among the people thanked will be the organizers and patrons of Up on the Roof. Up on the Roof is the premier black-tie event of OSU’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and with the new hospital slated to open next year, this year’s event, which took place Oct. 12 at Chemical Abstracts Service, was especially important. As its name implies, Up on the Roof is often held atop a building. Though a few recent events have taken place in more conventional ballroom settings, this year’s got back to its roots – in a tent atop one of the Chemical Abstracts buildings, overlooking the new Comprehensive Cancer Center building under construction in the distance. “There are new elements brought into the event each year,” says Lindsay Heksch, an assistant director of development for the center. It typically draws about 900 attendees, Heksch says. A cocktail reception, dinner and dancing are on the schedule each year, but Up on the Roof is about more than just having a good times. It’s also about recognizing the center’s accomplishments as they rack up year after year – more scientific

eries, more and better means of treatment and, ultimately, more people surviving their battles with cancer. “It certainly gives us an opportunity to celebrate the many successes of the James,” Heksch says. It’s also an opportunity for the younger generation, whose members may have had fewer encounters with the effects of cancer in their lifetimes, to learn about the disease and the work the center is doing to combat it. Though black-tie events get less common every year, the organizers of Up on the Roof continue to appeal to those who appreciate the occasional opportunity to dress up and have a distinguished evening, Heksch says. The event, which celebrated 20 years this year, has raised some $7 million for the Comprehensive Cancer Center since its inception.

Black Tie Ball For 27 years, the Behavioral Health Services Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been able to count on a big annual donation from the Black Tie Ball. This year’s Black Tie Ball took place Nov. 2 at the Sheraton at Capitol Square. As usual, dancing, a silent auction, raffle drawings and a buffet were part of the evening’s entertainment, as was live music from Put-in-Bay party group the Paradise Island Band. “People come knowing they’re going to have a good time and dance,” says event chairman emeritus Kent Smith.

Black Tie Ball

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Nutcracker Ball

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Black Tie Ball Inc. was the first organization to raise money independently for Behavioral Health Services. Though the event has evolved since 1987 – it started as the Bachelors’ Ball, inspired by a similar event in Dallas – it has retained a major goal over the years: to secure support from the community’s young professionals. “Our focus was to try to orient young professionals into giving back to the community,” says Smith. Smith is also a member of the event’s board and was one of the ball’s founders. He typically sees a healthy blend of longtimers and newcomers at each year’s fundraiser. “What’s really been the key to keep the success going has been bringing new blood onto the board – new energy, new ideas, new relationships,” he says. The board does not pay salaries and has minimal expenses for the event, so the vast majority of the ball’s revenue goes to the hospital. In 2012, it raised about $20,000, bringing the overall total to just shy of $500,000. Nationwide Children’s has long appreciated the boost. “It’s definitely an awareness piece for our behavioral health program as well,” says Courtney Cahill, an assistant director 18 cityscene • December 2013

of development for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. Nutcracker Ball BalletMet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday institution in Columbus, and its Nutcracker Ball has been an institution for almost as long. This year’s ball – slated for Dec. 14 at the DSW corporate office – marks 30 years since the inaugural event. Organizers like to keep the most impressive aspects of the event a surprise, but the agenda always calls for dining, dancing and jaw-dropping decorations. “I’m so very proud to my core that we have an event that’s gone on for 30 years, celebrating the holiday season, the arts in Columbus and ballet,” says Barbara Markus, assistant development director for BalletMet. The Nutcracker Ball started out as a dinner, sometimes with horse-drawn carriages to take attendees to the Ohio Theatre for the show afterward. About 80 percent of attendees each year are returning from the year before, Markus says. One signature aspect of the event is its tendency toward nontraditional venues. Very seldom is the ball held in a conventional event space, such as a hotel ballroom; it’s been hosted at corporate headquarters, vacant spaces, even an airplane hangar. And uniqueness is a top priority. The decoration theme, kept under wraps until attendees arrive, is completely different each year. Cameron Mitchell, which caters the ball, always comes up with a different menu. And the evening’s signature drank has ranged from pink champagne and special martinis to ice luges with Russian vodka. The Nutcracker Ball is BalletMet’s biggest annual fundraiser. Last year’s ball raised about $175,000; in more robust economic times, the total has topped $400,000. “To be a big city, we have to have these big signature events, and I think the Nutcracker Ball has stood the test of time to be that,” Markus says. cs Garth Bishop is editor of CityScene Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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Lighting the Way Local United Way head is dedicated to forging a path out of poverty By Garth Bishop

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etween her work and community involvement, Janet Jackson is part of a vast number of service initiatives in central Ohio, but one goal pervades every single one: getting people out of poverty.

Jackson is president and CEO of the United Way of Central Ohio and has been since 2003. Prior to that point, she spent six years as Columbus City Attorney and almost a decade as a Franklin County Municipal Court judge, and was part of the local United Way’s board from 1988 to 1999. Education is a huge part of Jackson’s goals. When she was a judge, she saw firsthand the consequences of a lack of educational opportunity – many defendants who came into her court lacked basic skills and the education to do such things as obtain a driver’s license – and of poverty. “I wanted to be part of the solution in getting at the root causes,” Jackson says. Poverty, she says, is a bigger problem in central Ohio than some people realize. A recent Columbus Partnership report indicated one in five families in Franklin County lives in poverty – in suburbs as well as urban areas. “Many times, people think of this as an inner-city problem, but it’s not,” says Jackson. Jackson is a big proponent of early childhood education initiatives as a means to improve graduation rates and career aspirations. “Too many of our children are failing in this community, and we need to do something about it,” she says. The United Way of Central Ohio funds a number of early childhood centers, each of which is required to have national or state accreditation to quality, and establishes a level of excellence for their young attendees. It’s also partnered with a number of other local organizations to establish Columbus Kids: Ready Set Learn, which offers simple

How to Help The holiday season tends to put people in a giving mood, and the United Way of Central Ohio encourages those people to consider its programs when determining which efforts they will support. Online giving via the United Way’s website,, is one option. The organization can also link interested individuals to local service organizations, such as homeless shelters and the YWCA, for hands-on work. For more information, visit the website or call 614-227-2700.

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tools to assess children’s kindergarten readiness. If the assessment mechanism determines a child is struggling, teachers or parents will know where to go for intervention, and can re-assess the child every six months to determine his or her progress. Another United Way endeavor of which Jackson is particularly proud is the Women’s Leadership Council, which assists women – ages 18-40 and having a high school diploma or a GED, as well as work history – who cannot make enough money to take care of themselves and their families. The program helps the women obtain training so they can move on to careers that pay more sustainable wages. Still another favorite program is Stable Families, which helps struggling families stay in their homes – thus avoiding disrupting their children’s education by moving – by linking them to resources they might not otherwise be aware of. A native of Randolph, Va., Jackson came to Ohio to study at Wittenberg University. Though she then headed to George Washington University to obtain her law degree, her time in the area convinced her Columbus would be a good place for a young, black, female lawyer. With the exception of a short stint in Cleveland, she’s been in Ohio’s capital since 1978. Her mother and four siblings now live here as well, and her son, Harrison Sewell, attends Wittenberg. cs Garth Bishop is editor of CityScene Magazine. Feedback welcome at

Heart and Bowl You can’t pull anything down off the walls, but you can still walk out of the Columbus Museum of Art Downtown with a piece of art for a friend. This erosion bowl, found in the museum’s gift shop, is made from recycled glass by a local artist. $220. www.columbus continued on page 23

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Do the Twist Westerville newcomer A Twist on Olives offers a huge variety of balsamic vinegars and olive oils and encourages experimenting and mixing. You can pick up a gift pack of four miniature bottles, and either pick out four flavors or let the recipient bring the empty bottles in and choose. $25.

A Step Above Fruitcake Among Giant Eagle Market District’s most interesting holiday treats is this panettone, a meticulously made sweet bread loaf with raisins and candied orange rinds. The items, made by Italian baking company Alemagna, are sold wrapped or in beautiful hat boxes at Market District, with locations in Dublin and Upper Arlington. $27.99 wrapped, $37.99 boxed.

Custom Cookies Worthington-based Emlolly Candy is known for its Buckeye designs, but its chocolate-covered Oreos come in a variety of other designs as well, any of which is likely to appeal to a lover of sweets on your list. Emlolly can even put together custom orders. $1.50 each.


Items for the bar Rock on Rockmill Brewery of Lancaster is making a special holiday addition to its line-up of Belgian-style brews. The Saison Super magnifies the elements of the brewery’s standard saison to add warming power in the colder months. $18.99. www.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Whiskey You’ve heard of Christmas ale, but Christmas bourbon? That’s the newest offering from upstart Cleveland Whiskey, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cloves, allspice and a hint of orange. It’s made in Cleveland, but available all over Columbus. $42. www.cleveland

Fine Wining Any of those fruit wines you read about in the November edition of CityScene would make a tasty gift, too. You might recall the line-up: Buckeye Winery of Newark, Wyandotte Winery of northeast Columbus and Brothers Drake Meadery of the Short North. www.buckeyewinery. com,, www. L






Items for the bookshelf Community Antiquity Anyone who has enjoyed WOSU’s award-winning Columbus Neighborhoods series is sure to appreciate this book of the same name by Tom Betti, Ed Lentz and Doreen Uhas Sauer. Published by the History Press, the book covers the history of the first six neighborhoods profiled in the series. $15. Ohio in Small Doses Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume 1 is the latest release from Columbus Creative Cooperative, featuring the work of 18 Ohio authors. Genres within the book range from literary fiction to science fiction, promising quite an experience for anyone who loves to read. $14.95. www.


Flying High The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying and Life details the 40-year career of retired helicopter pilot Byron Edgington. Edgington’s experiences in Vietnam, National Guard aviation service and Air Medical are just a few of the stories related by the Ohio native. $16.63.

Items from the arts community

The Art of Eating Molecular gastronomy is popular at high-end restaurants, but it can also experimented with at home thanks to the Cuisine R-evolution, available at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ store in the University District. The kit includes pre-measured food additives, specialized molecular tools and a 50-recipe DVD. $58.95. 24 L u



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Top of the Glass The glass studio is an important part of The Works’ operation, which means there are plenty of custom glass gifts available at the Newark center’s gift shop. These handcrafted blown glass tumblers are available in a variety of colors and patterns. $14.








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Paper Capers You can find more than just holiday cards at Paper Source, which just opened in October at Easton Town Center. Also on the menu: C h r i s t m a s t r e e o rnaments such as this paper mache dachshund, complete with sweater. $15.95. www.

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Bean Scene Soaking beans overnight will be a thing of the past for the recipient of the Quick-Cook Bean Pot from HnL Enterprises LLC. The stainless steel pot, available in multiple sizes, drastically reduces cook time and evenly cooks dry beans; it can even be used to make baby food. $49.99-$79.99.

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O Christmas Ski, O Christmas Ski Snow Trails ski resort in Mansfield is offering a pair of deals just in time for gift-giving season: a 3PEAT Beginners Card, which encompasses three visits to learn to ski and snowboard, and a Five for Fun Card, which offers five two-hour snow tubing sessions. The deals are available via Snow Trails’ website by entering promo code CSD13. $99 3PEAT, $100 Five for Fun.

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Building a Better What will look best on your home bar, and what can you use it for? By Garth Bishop


Photography by Wes Kroninger

our home bar might be stocked with items that are pleasing to the tongue, but does it have anything pleasing to the eye? Peruse over this collection of impressive-looking bottles and decide which ones would be best suited to spruce up the homestead. They’re readily available in Columbus, and none of them is going to break the bank.

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Bottle Tullamore D.E.W. The old-timey moonshine jug design for this blended Irish whiskey harkens back to its 1829 creation, when it was a pot still whiskey. It’s Irish whiskey, so serving it neat is always an option, but for something more creative, consider this cocktail named after the year of the distillery’s founding. $31.05. The 1829 • 35 ml. Tullamore D.E.W. • 30 ml. freshly squeezed orange juice • 20 ml. sweet vermouth • 25 ml. Maraschino liqueur Shake all ingredients together and double-strain into a champagne saucer. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry. Courtesy Grant’s Family Reserve Blended Whisky The unusual geometric shape of the Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky bottle helps differentiate it from the variety of other Scotches on the typical store – or home bar – shelf. Scotland meets Italy in this refreshing cocktail, but don’t have too many, lest you provoke an international incident. $16.20. Grant’s Godfather • 50 ml. Grant’s Family Reserve • 20 ml. amaretto • Orange bitters Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes and add Grant’s, then amaretto. Add a splash of orange bitters – orange juice may be substituted – and garnish with an orange zest. Courtesy

Amaretto Di Amore Di Amore isn’t the only amaretto to boast that stylish square cap – famous rival Disaronno does, too – but the squat, divoted bottle is decidedly different. The almond liqueur – made by Sazerac, which is also responsible for Buffalo Trace bourbon and Dr. McGillicuddy’s schnapps, among many other brands – is best served with complementary flavors, such as fruit and chocolate. $10.25. Banana Di Amore • 1 oz. Amaretto Di Amore • 1 oz. crème de bananes • 2 oz. orange juice • 1 oz. sweet and sour mix Blend ingredients with a cup of ice until smooth, then pour into a red wine glass. Garnish with orange and banana slices. Courtesy Hammer + Sickle Vodka If the pure, unflavored Russian vodka doesn’t evoke images of Communist-controlled Russia, the sleek, industrial look of Hammer + Sickle’s bottles might. With its flavoring fruit hailing from Russia’s Communist neighbor to the southeast, China, this potent martini will have the drinker saying “Da, comrade!” in no time. $19.20. Lychee Hammer • 1 ½ oz Hammer + Sickle vodka • ½ oz. lychee liqueur • ½ oz. apple brandy • ½ oz. lychee syrup Combine ingredients, shake and serve up in a martini glass with a lychee as a garnish at the bottom of the glass. Courtesy L





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Muertos Fresca • 1 ½ oz. KAH Tequila Blanco • ½ oz. tamarind paste • 3 oz. hibiscus juice • 1 oz. agave nectar • 1 oz. fresh lime juice (To make hibiscus juice, combine 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers with 2 cups hot water, allow to cool and strain juice from flowers.) Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass and garnish with marigold, lemon and lime wheels. Courtesy Christian Brothers Frost White Brandy If the sight of a clear w h i t e b r a n d y i s n ’t enough to grab your attention, maybe the creatively ridged bottle it’s served in will do the trick. White brandy like this one from Christian Brothers mixes best with fruit juices and soft drinks, so here’s a recipe that utilizes a couple of the former. $12.30. Nantucket • 2 oz. white brandy • 1 oz. cranberry juice • 1 oz. grapefruit juice Combine all ingredients in a highball glass and stir. Garnish with a lime slice. Courtesy Gentleman Jack Just as the double charcoal mellowing process made the taste of Gentleman Jack Tennessee whiskey iconic, the wide bottle with its metal emblem made the look of the bottle iconic. Some folks would dispute the notion of mixing Gentleman Jack with anything, but here is an option for those who dare. $31.05. Gentleman Sour • 3 oz. Gentleman Jack • 1 ½ oz. lemon juice • 1 ½ oz. simple syrup

Crystal Head Vodka The vodka is distilled seven times, three of them through semiprecious crystals; the company was co-founded by comedic actor Dan Aykroyd; and the container is in the shape of a crystal skull. That ought to be enough to hook you, but take a look at this cocktail just in case. $44.95. Cocoa Infatuation • 1 ½ Crystal Head Vodka • 1 oz. white chocolate liqueur • 3 oz. milk • 1 oz. raspberry puree or coulis • 1 Tbsp. sweet cocoa powder • 1 tsp. dark chocolate shavings Rub raspberry puree or coulis around the lip of a large, chilled martini glass. Mix cocoa powder with chocolate shavings and lightly rim the lip. Fill a shaker with ice and add vodka, liqueur and milk. Shake well, strain into the rimmed glass and lightly swirl puree or coulis on top. Garnish with a fresh raspberry. Courtesy Frangelico Any discussion of unique bottles has to include Frangelico, the Italian hazelnut liqueur sold in a vessel shaped like a monk. It’s not exactly a monk’s robe, but this cocktail ought to keep you warm on a chilly winter evening. $20.99. Nutty Cien-Sation • 2 oz. Frangelico • 1 oz. amaretto • 1⁄8 oz. cherry brandy • Hot chocolate • Whipped cream Mix Frangelico and amaretto in a coffee mug, then pour in the hot chocolate. Add whipped cream on top, then carefully pour the brandy over the whipped cream in a curving motion. Garnish with a cherry and chopped hazelnuts. Courtesy v

Combine all ingredients and shake. Serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry. Courtesy

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Strange Spirits in the spirit

A look at unusual liquors and the local bars that serve them Louisiana Purchase

By Nathan Rhodes


his holiday season, instead of ordering your usual light lager or spiked eggnog, check out some of these atypical offerings filled with unusual liquors served at bars and restaurants around Columbus. Boulevardier

Aperol What it is: An Italian spirit similar to Campari, with ingredients including bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona Where to find it: Latitude 41 in downtown Columbus Cocktail: Boulevardier, made with Aperol, Woodford Reserve bourbon and sweet vermouth Price: $12

White Whiskey What it is: Clear whiskey that has not been aged in wood like conventional whiskeys (when made illegally, it’s known as moonshine) Where to find it: Bar Louie, with locations in the Arena District and Easton Town Center Cocktail: Peach Lightning, made with Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey, DeKuyper Peachtree schnapps, white peach puree, lemonade and cherries Mezcal Margarita


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Where to find it: Trattoria Roma, Grandview Heights Cocktail: Smoking Jacket, made with Chartreuse, OYO whiskey, apple cider and black walnut bitters Price: $9


Fernet Branca

What it is: A tequila-like spirit made from aged agave plant, often with a worm at the bottom of the bottle

What it is: A bitter Italian spirit purported to contain 27 herbs from five continents

Where to find it: Cap City Fine Diner, with locations in Gahanna and the Grandview Heights area

Cocktail: Louisiana Purchase, made with Fernet Branca, rye whiskey, orange curacao and Byrrh vermouth

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What it is: A French liqueur made with 130 herbs, plants and flowers

Price: $10

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Find a New Year’s celebration in Eastern, Central, Mountain or Pacific By Rose Davidson


he Big Apple may get the nod as the most wellknown when it comes to New Year’s travel destinations, but cities all across the U.S. hold their own festivities with the same level of anticipation – and, arguably, less hassle. Kiawah Island Golf Resort Many even feature fireworks displays to really welcome the new year with a bang. If you’re still not finished celebrating So instead of trying to navigate New York City and the over- when the morning rolls around, the resort holds a Polar Bear Plunge at noon on whelming crowds that are sure to fill Times Square, spend the also New Year’s Day, followed by an after-party final moments of this year at one of the many other celebra- with music and more food. tions this country has to offer. And with festivities in every La. time zone, you can observe the celebrations again and again New Orleans, Most of the Crescent City’s (and again). festivities revolve around CST

Kiawah Island, S.C.

Far from the bustling big city celebrations, the festiviEST ties at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina are much more relaxed. And at just a short distance from Charleston, the resort’s evening lineup is oozing with Southern charm and hospitality. The night starts with an array of dining options, including a special five-course prix fixe menu at The Ocean Room, the resort’s four-star steakhouse. After dinner, guests can congregate in the lobby lounge of the resort’s Sanctuary Hotel for

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cocktails, conversation and dancing as the clock counts down. Two outdoor fireworks displays are set to take place at the resort: a traditional show at midnight and an early show at 10 p.m. The earlier fireworks serve as the finale for the family celebration happening at the resort’s Night Heron Park, which includes activities such as train rides and jump castles. Authentic Lowcountry foods such as collard greens and Hoppin’ John can be found at the festival as well. “We have the Gullah culture here,” says Mike Vegis, the resort’s director of public relations.

Jackson Square, where those counting down the clock can see a giant LED-lit Fleur de Lis drop from atop Jax Brewery. But don’t miss the chance to catch a glimpse of Baby New Year; the 6-foot-tall Styrofoam icon in a Saints helmet and a purple-and-gold diaper survived Hurricane Katrina and is now a bit of a local celebrity. Immediately following the drop, the city’s “Symphony in the Sky” fireworks are set to light up the night above the beautiful backdrop of the Mississippi River. The spectacle doesn’t distract revelers from embracing the true spirit of New Orleans, though.

New Orleans’ “Symphony in the Sky”

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{travel} After the display, “everyone picks their favorite venue and heads back inside and continues the night,” says Sarah Forman, communications coordinator for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture, lively parties will undoubt-

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edly ensue in the French Quarter until the wee hours of the morning. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a local brass band performance or treat yourself to one too many cocktails, you can easily keep the celebration going until dawn.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Sometimes one night just isn’t MST enough, so Salt Lake City offers EVE. The three-day celebration is spread over multiple venues – this year, likely more than 10. Nick Como, communication director for Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance, refers to EVE as “an all-access pass

to the best art, museums, comedy shows and activities” in the city. On New Year’s Eve, not only are those venues open to all visitors, a free trolley helps transport people from one place to the next. EVE is entirely familyfriendly and includes a festival at open-air retail destination The Gateway, equipped with face painters, balloon sculptors and children’s crafts. The other featured attraction is Gallivan Center, which will host live music and, on Dec. 31, a midnight fireworks display that Como says is not to be missed. The three-day pass costs just $15 and there’s no limit to how many can be sold,

Nearby for the New Year Who says you have to leave Ohio to ring in the new year right? Here are just some of the events taking place on Dec. 31 in the Buckeye State. First Night Columbus 5 p.m., downtown Columbus, This event features loads of familyfriendly live entertainment to keep spirits high as the clock winds down on 2013. A fireworks show at midnight is set to cap off the night. Cleveland POPS 18th Annual New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Enjoy music and comedy from identical twins Will and Anthony Nunziata. After the concert, dance the night away in the hall while taking advantage of the cash bar and free coffee and desserts. Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve Celebration 6 p.m., Public Square, downtown Cleveland, Hosted by Ohio Homecoming – a group of young leaders with a passion for cel36 cityscene • December 2013

ebrating the city of Cleveland – this free event includes food trucks and other vendors around the square, along with a beer garden and live ice sculpting to go with the evening’s theme of “electric ice,” says event co-chair Tony Madalone. Later on in the night, electronic dance music group Krewella performs and fireworks light up the night sky.

ballet and philharmonic orchestra have planned a special performance featuring music from countries across the globe. African, Russian and Austrian are just a few of the cultural samplings guests can look forward to experiencing.

New Year’s Eve Blast on Fountain Square 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Rock the night away with live music at Cincinnati’s free outdoor celebration. Organized by 3CDC, a nonprofit group that’s working to revitalize the city, the event is sure to entertain. Also be sure to take advantage of the ice skating going on at the square’s U.S. Bank Ice Rink.

“Madness at Midnight” Walleye Drop 6 p.m.-midnight, Madison Street, Port Clinton, The small Lake Erie town of Port Clinton has been dubbed the “Walleye Capital of the World”, so it stands to reason that the area’s way of observing New Year’s Eve is to drop a gigantic fish from the sky at midnight. Wylie, as the fish has come to be known, is a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass piece of art that also serves as the city’s mascot. Local businesses get in on the celebration as well, offering walleye-inspired food and drink.

New Year’s Eve Around the World 8 p.m., Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton, Artistic talents will combine as all three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance join forces. Dayton’s opera,

First Night Akron 6 p.m.-midnight, downtown Akron, This family-friendly event is an alcohol-free celebration of the arts in Akron. The evening will feature music, dance and theater, as well as visual and interactive arts.

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Seattle, Wash.

While some on the West Coast may be staking out their PST claim for a seat at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, others will be stage-hopping in Seattle when the clock strikes midnight. The upscale INDULGENCE New Year’s Eve Bash will be held in the Seattle Center EMP Museum, a contemporary pop culture museum focused on music and science fiction. One ticket buys access to five experiences: museum exhibits, DJ performances, live comedy, live music and a show put on by a local radio station. “Other parties have a DJ or a band – they have one thing going on – but we try to give our guests as many experiences as possible within one party,” says event producer Andrea Martin. “You never get bored. There’s always something exciting going on.” The museum, situated next door to the Space Needle, also offers the perfect vantage point for catching sight of the midnight pyrotechnics that will shoot out from the iconic landmark. If the weather gets too windy, there’s also the option to watch the fireworks from inside the EMP – the museum projects the show on its LED screen, which just so happens to be the largest in the world. cs

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Near Depth Exper Multimedia artist’s work with paper is inspired by nature and music By Stephan Reed



ere’s one kind of paper cut that won’t make you recoil in pain. Laura Alexander calls her works “paper cuts,” but the similarities between her brand of art and the scourge of the office worker end at the name. Her method of layering and cutting makes intricate patterns and three-dimensional shapes out of paper.

“I went to school to paint, but I did not want to paint,” Alexander says. “They have these foundations courses that are a mixture of each medium. This is where I was introduced to fibers.” Weaving, sculpture, glasswork and installation art were all part of Alexander’s 38 cityscene • December 2013

education in fibers, but she soon veered off in another direction. “These works started getting really big and really heavy as you added layers to them,” she says. “I hit the brakes on the way to a show and I broke four pieces. I came back to my studio and decided to work with paper.”

One of her biggest inspirations is the natural world. “I take a lot in from nature, mainly winter and clouds,” she says. “I’m one of those crazies who love big blankets of snow. I just start going with it and I fall into a meditative process while I draw patterns.” Alexander also draws inspiration from music – preferably slow and soft genres, particularly folk. She cites Neutral Milk Hotel, The Dirty Projectors and Sonic Youth as some of her favorites. “I listen to bands that have a lot of noise and then silence,” she says. “I want to see that in my art. I consider these works to be stories.” Each piece can take anywhere from hours to weeks to complete. Some pieces never feel completely finished, while others have an obvious end point. “I did a piece for a show in Grand Rapids and the piece was 8 foot by 9 foot and took six weeks, almost 300 hours to complete,” she says. “I just get to a point where I know it’s done. Sometimes it’s when there is no



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space left and sometimes there are pieces you want to spend a lifetime with.” Her most time-consuming work to date has racked up more than 500 hours. Alexander is a graduate of Columbus’ Fort Hayes Career Center and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she focused on fibers and video. After graduating from Maryland Institute, she took a year off and spent time in California. “I honestly hated it there,” she says. “I started applying to schools and the University of Washington offered me a full ride. I went to teach, because that’s what I thought I wanted to do.” After receiving her master’s, she came back home to Columbus and taught briefly at an extracurricular Saturday morning class for second-graders at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Alexander’s first break came three years ago at ArtPrize, an independently

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nized international art competition held each year in Grand Rapids. “I received top 10 out of 1,900 pieces,” she says. “I went into that show with no expectations because I had never done it. I was just happy to show at the museum. There were about 160,000 people who came through the museum.” Her end goal is to, one day, use her artwork as a sustainable career and travel to cityscene • December 2013 39

{visuals} various countries. She is currently an associate with Chase Bank. “Everybody wants their passion to become their day job, right?” she says with a laugh. “I absolutely love my job. They know I’m an artist there and it’s a great company. Most wouldn’t let you leave for a few months to go to Germany, but they support me. I am incredibly lucky.” The artist’s parents are also supportive of her pursuits. “My dad can’t wait to set up my basement studio and set up the lights down there,” Alexander says. “They help me move and they embrace what I do.” And even though she has been all over the U.S., she always finds herself back in Columbus. “Columbus is such a great place,” she says. “It’s so supportive of the arts and the scene is incredible. I just had to go out and do my thing for a while. Your life is your life, no matter where you are. It’s what you make of it.”

Soon enough, Alexander’s work will be taking her out of the country. In September, the Greater Columbus Arts Council announced she had earned a spot in its 2014 Artist Exchange Program, a residency program that sends local artists to Dresden, Germany. Alexander also received a GCAC Visual Arts Fellowship in 2012. In addition, one of her pieces was accepted as a prize for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership Awards, which were given out in October. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which won the small business category for its support of the arts in Columbus, received the piece, titled Scalloped. Before she heads overseas, Alexander has a few local shows to prepare for.

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“I’m so excited, so it’s easy to fall behind,” Alexander says. “I’ll catch up though. I just won’t sleep.” Alexander’s work is on display as part of Cut and Torn: Paperscapes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center through Dec. 28 and as part of Small and Wonderful at Hammond Harkins Galleries through Jan. 5. cs Stephan Reed is an editorial associate. Feedback welcome at

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Shadowbox Live presents Scrooge Dec. 1-29 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. One of Shadowbox’s newest holiday traditions is this musical rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic story of redemption and learning the true meaning of Christmas. CATCO presents A Christmas Carol Dec. 4-22 Studio One Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. Five actors perform the holiday classic illustrating the true meaning of Christmas with a variety of music, masks and even puppets. Bill Cosby Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. One of the true legends of stand-up comedy, still going at age 76, brings his show to central Ohio. 44 cityscene • December 2013

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops Dec. 6-8 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This annual tradition from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and accompanying chorus, led by Ronld J. Jenkins, features a collection of Yuletide favorites and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Scrooge

Winterfair Columbus Dec. 6-8 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. A huge volume of handmade crafts and artwork is available to visitors to the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual winter market. Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents Joy! Home with the Family Dec. 6-11 Multiple venues The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual concert of holiday favorites at the King Avenue United Methodist Church (Dec. 6 and 7), Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Dec. 8) and Glenwood United Methodist Church (Dec. 11). The Celtic Nutcracker Dec. 8, 2 and 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The Millennium Academy of Irish Dance & Music presents its Celtic reimagining of The Nutcracker for the third year. Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013 Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. One of the biggest names in modern day jazz music brings his spin on holiday classics to the Palace Theatre. The Irish Tenors Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan, who have been performing together as the Irish Tenors since 1998, warm hearts with their distinctive sound.

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Broadway Across America presents Flashdance – the Musical Dec. 17-22 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. This stage musical celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the popular 1980s film with hit songs from the movie and 16 new tunes.

Pianist Jim Brickman and guest performers bring the holiday season to life with a blend of performance and music from Brickman’s latest release, The Magic of Christmas. The Harlem Globetrotters Dec. 26, 2 and 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. show-offs kick off their “Fans Rule” World Tour with two shows at the Schottenstein Center.

Donnie & Marie Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The Osmonds’ Christmas Tour features holiday songs and the duo’s originals.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 26, 3 and 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The holidays just wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which presents two farewell performances for its rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve.

Jim Brickman: The Magic of Christmas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.

Jazz Arts Group presents Swingin’ the New Year Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.

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CityMusic Columbus presents Irish Christmas in America Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Grand Valley Dale Ballroom, 1590 Sunbury Rd. An accomplished ensemble blends Irish ballads and instrumentals with energetic dancers and winter visuals in this holiday tradition.

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{critique} With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Woman, Boy and Goats by John Edward Costigan


he Huntington Museum of Art sits atop the hills surrounding Huntington, W.Va. on the banks of the Ohio River. It has a fabulous collection, and Executive Director Margaret Mary Layne selected this month’s painting as a favorite. “I have always loved this painting, mostly because it was my mother’s favorite painting,” says Layne. “That and its depiction of light and subject matter make this a strong painting with a meaningful message about work and family.” It was a family connection from cousin and American composer George M. Cohan (1878-1942) that helped John Edward Costigan (American, 1888-1972) get his art career started in New York City. Costigan went on to design posters for the Ziegfeld Follies and the nascent film industry before his lush and powerful oils propelled him to fame in the 1920s. Moving to a farm along the Hudson River, he often painted his wife and five children, along with a number of goats, in this bucolic setting. One such painting is Woman, Boy and Goats (circa 1936, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ by 40 1⁄8 inches). “This painting is fascinating on many levels, but especially for the colors the artist reveals in the snow, trees, and water; the faces and clothes of the artist’s wife and child; and the hair on the family goats,” says Jenine Culligan, senior curator at the 48 cityscene • December 2013

Huntington museum. “His thick impasto paint application makes the painting almost vibrate, and thus one can almost feel the cold, wet snow and the intense raking light shining through the tree branches on a crisp winter day.” Costigan continued to paint right up to his death at age 83. Featured at the Huntington Museum of Art through Feb. 9 is Vision of the Prophet: The Visual Art of Kahlil Gibran. Learn more at cs

John Edward Costigan (American, 1888-1972), Woman, Boy and Goats, c. 1936. Oil on canvas, image: 36 1/4 x 40 1/8 in. (92.1 x 102 cm); framed: 44 7/8 x 43 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. (113.9 x 111.1 x 8.6 cm). Gift of Ruth Woods Dayton, 1967.1.55

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