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Extra Sensory Perception New Albany Symphony Orchestra adds inclusive performances to 2016 -17 season By Amanda DePerro 6 | December 2016

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the hyperactive, or those who prefer stretching out and relaxing to sitting attentively. Mental illness can often bar those who would otherwise be symphony connoisseurs. But the New Albany Symphony Orchestra refused to accept that, and now, it offers such audiences an alternative, pushing the envelope of what it looks like to go to the symphony and wiping out the exclusivity. The orchestra’s 2016-17 season features the brand-new Saturday at the Symphony Series at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany. The series includes three shows tailored to those who seek a more relaxed symphonic experience. The series is inclusive to all, but Heather Garner, founder and executive director of the orchestra, worked specifically with the Autism Society of Central Ohio and Methodist Eldercare to cater the performances to those on the autism spectrum or with Alzheimer’s disease. “For many families with young children or children on the spectrum – or even families with a loved one struggling with dementia – attending a concert can create a lot of unneeded stress,” says Garner. “During these concerts, audience members can feel free to get up a move around, talk and bring your own reinforcements and motivational systems.” Other than the freedom to get up, stretch out and make noise, ticketholders should expect each of the three performances to be no longer than an hour, and the shows will include dancers to add a visual element. The symphony’s first dip into the world of sensory-friendly performances was during its 2015-16 season, when it put on a sensory-friendly production of Peter and the Wolf. The show was a hit. “I think Saturday at the Symphony will attract new families into our community,” says Garner. “Because this is a somewhat new initiative, we have noticed people are traveling quite a distance for this experience.” The orchestra was able to add the series to its schedule thanks to a PNC Arts Alive grant. The grant is awarded to groundbreaking productions around central Ohio, and the grant the orchestra won is its fourth. “PNC has been an incredible partner to the New Albany Symphony in allowing us to dream big and make a difference through the arts,” says Garner. Though music therapy is no new concept, it has been growing in popularity as of late. For skeptics, the National Board of Medical Examiners recently created a board certification for music therapists, legitimizing board-certified music therapists as MT-BCs (Music Therapy-Board Certified). The orchestra’s groundbreaking series plays off the fact that music is hugely beneficial. Either for therapeutic reasons, relaxation or just because one likes the symphony, the orchestra and Garner aim to make the symphony a more inclusive, accepting and relaxing place. “Music is powerful,” says Garner. “It can be healing, rejuvenating and inspiring, and I want everyone to be able to experience it without barriers.” CS

For All Ages By Garth Bishop Methodist ElderCare Services was inspired to sponsor Saturday at the Symphony because of the opportunities the series affords to the seniors it serves, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The nonprofit’s soon-to-be-expanded presence in New Albany is all the more reason to support the series, says CEO Peg Carmany. Wesley Woods at New Albany, a continuing care retirement community focused on active, independent living, is slated to be fully open in summer 2017, with the first eight villas opening in January. Residents there, as at affiliated Methodist ElderCare facilities Wesley Glen and Wesley Woods, are likely to include many longtime music aficionados, Carmany says. “But the real benefit will be for our residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, who are oftentimes beautifully brought alive by music,” she says. “The format of these concerts – shorter and during daytime hours – will benefit residents from all our campuses.” Learn more at Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Bring the Thunder Columbus’ Zeus McClurkin brings his own flair to the Harlem Globetrotters By Zachary Konno

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WHY DOES JULIAN “ZEUS” MCCLURKIN SO ENJOY PLAYING for the Harlem Globetrotters? “They pay you to be nice,” he says. On Dec. 29, the Globetrotters play two games at the Schottenstein Center, an arena not 20 minutes from where McClurkin was born. “I can’t wait,” he says. “It’s the best city in the world.” McClurkin grew up on the southeast side of Columbus, near Independence High School, which he eventually attended. He failed to make his school’s basketball team from seventh through 10th grade. However, as a testament to his perseverance, McClurkin stuck with it, and eventually made the team in his final two years at Independence. After attending Tiffin University, he walked on at North Carolina A&T State University before playing internationally in Paraguay. He returned to the U.S. shortly thereafter. A teammate from college then told him of an opportunity to play for the Washington Generals, the longtime opponent of the Globetrotters and usual victim of the team’s unique brand of basketball. After facing the Globetrotters for a while, McClurkin says, the team “probably got tired of me dunking on them every game.” He was invited to a mini-camp the Globetrotters were hosting, and was signed to the team after that. The Globetrotters have seemingly been a perfect fit for McClurkin’s large and inviting personality. While coaches in high school and college would get angry with him for being too nice on the court and only wanting to smile and dunk, that sort of behavior is encouraged by the Globetrotters. “Basketball is more about expressing yourself on the court,” McClurkin says about playing for the Globetrotters. “I’ll talk to the crowd and say things like, ‘You guys like that?’ (or) ‘Are you not entertained?’” McClurkin, who got the nickname “Zeus” from his teammates because of his thunderous dunks, expressed his love for dunking last November when he set the Guinness World Record for most dunks in a minute with 15. He had to run behind the free throw line between each dunk, something that is difficult for an athlete with asthma to do. McClurkin appreciates being part of a historic team that has helped popularize basketball around the globe, and that has helped bring skills such as passing and dribbling to the forefront internationally while providing a one-of-akind and interactive fan experience.


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The Gift That Keeps on Giving What to know about organ donation By Lindsey Capritta


their driver’s license. But with almost 120 thousand people waiting for a life-saving transplant, the decision could be the difference between life and death. That’s the message promoted by nonprofit Lifeline of Ohio, which works with 72 hospitals and two transplant centers to help facilitate transplants – often a complex process. Lifeline of Ohio gets involved once a hospital contacts the organization about a deceased patient. Organ donation can only happen if a person on a ventilator is declared brain dead by a hospital. As a result, only around 1 percent of deaths result in organ donations. “When you’re on a ventilator, you have oxygen pumping to organs that are still functioning,” says Jessica Petersen, media and public relations coordinator for Lifeline of Ohio, “There are so many ways a person can die, but it’s so rarely in a way donation is possible.” One man helping spread the word is Randy Zibell of Upper Arlington. Zibell was forced to move into the hospital full-time in 2014 when his liver rapidly began to fail. Zibell says he was lucky to receive a new liver, as he probably only had a few weeks left. “My donor is an inspiration for me,” says Zibell. “A stranger inspires me every day to live a charitable life and give to other people, as someone did for me.” Zibell now volunteers and speaks for Lifeline of Ohio. This year, Lifeline of Ohio awarded Zibell its Ambassador of the Year Award for his volunteer work. One myth that has gained an unfortunate amount of traction is suggests doctors will not attempt to save your life in order to use your organs for other patients. “One thing people don’t understand is that medical professionals and donation professionals are two separate organizations,” says Petersen. “They’re there to save your life, and after they’ve exhausted all efforts and failed, then donation Randy Zibell professionals come in.”

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Petersen also speaks of misconceptions from television shows, which often show doctors deciding on and performing transVicki Brew plants themselves. In reality, organ transplants are done by transplant surgeons, not ER doctors, who have nothing to do with the decision. Lifeline of Ohio also educates people about the process, attempting to debunk falsehoods about donation. In particular, representatives speak in high schools and drivers’ education classes so teenagers can be informed before they receive their driver’s licenses. Another myth is that donations go against religious beliefs. In actuality, the vast majority of religions support donations. Religion was an important factor for Columbus resident Vicki Brew, who was hesitant about undergoing a transplant after she was diagnosed with kidney disease. “My faith played a part of my resistance,” says Brew, “I thought, ‘Oh, God’s going to heal me’ – which, I do believe God heals, but in certain pathways. I had to balKathy Harrington ance what the doc-


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tors were saying. I had to balance the natural with the practical, medical side.” Donation can also have strong effect on the family members of donors. In 2002, Kathy Harrington’s daughter Lindsay became a donor for five individuals when she passed away at age 17. Harrington, of Dublin, is now a member of Lifeline of Ohio’s medical board and developed close bonds with some of Lindsay’s recipients. Harrington was only aware of her daughter’s status due to a brief conversation they had on the drive home from getting her license. She stresses the importance of letting others know if you are a donor. “I’m so glad I had that conversation,” says Harrington, “At the hospital, I was in such shock when they asked me to donate, I probably would have said no. And I would have left that hospital with nothing but my grief. But knowing my daughter’s wishes were held and saved lives is everything.” M a n y. . r u l e themselves.out as donors as they get older, believing themselves to be too unhealthy. Lindsay Harrington “People exclude themselves.from the registry because their kidneys might not be working,” says Petersen. “But your lungs are, your heart is. The waiting list has thousands waiting in the hospital for a hero.” CS Lindsey Capritta is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Ambro-Sia’s Authentic Greek Pastries Sia Ragias has been baking baklava forever. Each holiday season, she would get requests from family members to make the baklava that she learned to bake at a young age back in her hometown of Karpenission, Evrytanias, Greece. After 33 years as a teacher in Whitehall, Ragias felt she had time to catch up on the things she loved, such as baking, and took a request for 400 pieces of baklava for a wedding. The job led to more requests from those looking for “grandma’s baklava” to be served at their weddings. Ragias decided that it was time to turn this into a profession, and began Ambro-Sia’s Authentic Greek Pastries out of her home in New Albany. Though Ragias started exclusively with baklava, she’s since expanded to more types of pastries, cookies and even biscotti.

Ragias’ pastries can be bought at Capitol Cup Coffee at Columbus Commons, and both bought and ordered out of Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Gahanna. Ragias also sells her pastries the first Saturday of every month at the indoor farmers market in New Albany. During the holiday season, Ragias says, her baklava spikes in popularity – both because baklava is recognizable, and because Ragias’ customers consistently say her baklava is just like that made by their giagiá, or grandmother. As an even bigger plus, Ragias works to use healthful ingredients in her baking. “I personally feel that (my baklava) is something different,” says Ragias. “I use butter and, of course, sugar, but honey, walnuts; I think they’re more healthy than not healthy. … They’re to die for.”

Austrian Mozart’s Café Owned by husband-wife combo Anand and Doris Saha, Mozart’s was born to be a bakery that features international food. Anand was born in India and Doris in Austria, so Mozart’s doesn’t disappoint when it comes to multiculturalism. Around the holiday season, Mozart’s sees a spike in popularity for its eclectic tea cookies and, of course, its Yule Log. Entirely edible, this holiday treat is decorated with fondant mushrooms, holly leaves and Christmas trees.

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“Our Yule Logs are decorated really pretty,” says Anand. “A lot of attention to detail goes into each them.” Those craving a more ethnic holiday treat may gravitate toward the vanillekipferl, or vanilla crescent. Featured in 2015 by USA Today as a top international holiday treat to try, the crescent, made with ground almonds and powdered sugar, is one that can’t be missed. Anand attributes the café’s success to the consistency he and his wife have maintained for the 20-plus years since its opening in Clintonville.

“We’ve been consistent; we’ve been doing things a long time,” he says. “If someone came here 10 years ago and came back today, they’d find the same taste, but better. That’s the key.”

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kolaches of both the traditional and contemporary genre. A traditional kolache is a sweet, yeasty dough with a small well in the middle, in which fillings – traditionally fruit, nut or sweet cheese – are put. Kolaches aren’t always dessert food. During the holidays, Dusty Kotchou, one of the owners of Brewery District-based Kolache Republic, says a popular order is mini kolaches filled with spinach artichoke, barbecue pulled pork or housemade sloppy joes. However, the traditional holiday option, Kotchou says, is a poppy seed-filled kolache. “The poppy seed is an older, traditional flavor, so you get your older folks that love it, and the flavor that grandma used to make,” says Kotchou. “You have that memory, so a lot of people tend to gravitate toward that around Christmastime. … It’s nice to bring back some fond memories.” The key to a good kolache, says Kotchou, is in the dough. And

Assorted tea cookies are some of the most popular holiday treats from Mozart’s. Photos by Amanda DePerro

Kolache Republic prides itself on its dough quality. “If you taste it, it’s absolutely the dough,” says Kotchou. “It’s not sweet like a Danish, it’s not your standard bread roll dough and it really complements the fillings, both the sweet and the savory. That’s what would set us apart, in my mind.” CS Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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StrongDNA David Chesebrough retires from his position as president and CEO of COSI By Hailey Stangebye AS BELOVED AN INSTITUTION AS COSI IS in Columbus, when

David Chesebrough signed on as CEO in 2006, he knew he was in for a challenge. Chesebrough retires from his position at the end of this year, leaving the organization – as good CEOs prefer – in a better place than he found it. COSI was seven years into its new, 320,000-square-foot space on the riverfront when Chesebrough took the helm, but had yet to really settle in. “The move to this building was very challenging,” says Chesebrough. “We had run through most of our cash. We’d lost a levy. We had to shut down the whole south end of the building. So we only had the atrium and everything to the north. So we lost exhibits like Adventure. We closed down the planetarium. It was a tough time.” Chesebrough battled these challenges thanks to his unique experiences with leadership, technology, education and entrepreneurship. Prior to his role at COSI, Chesebrough was a teacher for 15 years and worked to develop the first program in the country that required all high school students to use computers. He was part of a speaking circuit for Apple, working to help bring computers to schools. He was invited to help build the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. He was executive director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, N.Y. And prior to his move to COSI, he was at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Upon his arrival at COSI, Chesebrough worked to engage the community to reinvest in the science center. “He’s one of the most communityfocused people that I’ve ever worked with,” says Nannette Maciejunes, executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art. “It’s very much about service and what you’re doing for the community. What does the community need from COSI? He was that kind of leader.” Chesebrough worked to partner with local leaders and organizations to revitalize COSI. During his term, COSI created collaborative projects with the museum, most notably the Egypt exhibit that encouraged visitors to experience unique, Chesebrough announces the reopening of the Egyptian exhibits at both institutions. Steve Francis, chief diversity officer COSI Planetarium at the celebration of COSI’s 50th anniversary in 2014. for the city of Columbus, also worked

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Above: David Chesebrough blows up a hydrogen balloon at his retirement party in October. Right: Chesebrough rides COSI’s iconic High Wire Unicycle.

with Chesebrough during Francis’ time leading diversity relations and corporate advertising at Honda. “He’s a very kind, selfless and passionate advocate for all things innovation,” says Francis. “He can’t keep still unless the ideas and vision that he harbors every day are advanced in some way. He’s one of the most persistent people, but in the nicest possible way that you could be persistent. That takes a special skill to continually, but very professionally, pursue your passion through partnerships that he seeks to form with people.” Chesebrough tackled a daunting task when he accepted the position at COSI. “I still remember walking around (on my first day), and I had two thoughts,” he says. “One was, ‘Oh my gosh, this is just so cool to be responsible for this organization.’ And then also, almost at the same time, ‘Holy crap, how am I ever going to pull this off?’” Chesebrough challenged his team to rethink COSI. The walls were previously white, and interactive activities were tucked away in exhibits. When Chesebrough came on board, he encouraged

vibrant paint colors, creating the iconic compass rose around the pendulum and adding overall vibrancy to the atmosphere. “The most powerful tool that we have is a passionate and skilled person who loves science,” says Chesebrough. “The team has just come up with one thing after another. That’s been an incredible gift to the organization and to all of us.” Chesebrough’s crowning achievement upon leaving COSI is reopening the entire building. Now Chesebrough has decided to devote more time to his growing family: his wife of 43 years, Dotti; his three daughters, Holly, Kimberly and Amber; and his five grandchildren, Leah (7), Juliet (5), Sean (3), Haley (2) and Oliver David (almost 1). CS

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Bright holiday decorations aim to help the less fortunate By Hannah Bealer

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through seasonal decorations, both inside and outside the house. Those of us with a competitive streak might even strive to be the best and brightest house on the block. But the holiday season is also about giving back to those who are less fortunate. According to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 43 percent of its clients have to make the decision between paying rent or mortgage, and buying food, while 57 percent have to choose between paying utility bills and buying groceries. For struggling families who want to provide a nice dinner during the holidays or even buy gifts, extra food can make a huge difference. That’s why one central Ohio man and another central Ohio food pantry have found a philanthropic way to show off their holiday decorations and lights. WE ALL LOVE TO SPREAD OUR HOLIDAY CHEER

Dazzling Christmas Lights WESTERVILLE RESIDENT RICK HILYARD says he’d always been a “Halloween guy” – that is, until he got married and his wife requested he start hanging up decorations for Christmas instead. “I have a computer programming background, so I started doing a little research,” Hilyard says. “You can control lights with computers, so I said, ‘That’s right up my alley.’” It all started with 16 channels and 15,000 lights; each channel controls a single strand of light. Now, Hilyard’s light display has more than 80,000 lights and, while he says he’s lost count of the channels, it’s around 5,400. The additional channels and features mean Hilyard can add more detail and color. When viewers pull up to the house at 649 Old Coach Rd., they can set their

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their friends to head out to the lights and donate their canned goods. “Everyone says they love the lights,” he says. “It’s great to know you’re helping the community.” Hilyard’s display started Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 1.

Festival of Lights IN DECEMBER 2008, THE PCMA Food Pantry of

car radios to 92.9 FM and watch Hilyard’s lights dance to the music. The light display originated 11 years ago and, in the beginning, Hilyard asked viewers to make a monetary donation to Children’s Hospital of Columbus, now Nationwide Children’s Hospital. But there was no way of calculating the donations or determining whether visitors were donating. A trip to Kroger about five years ago turned everything around. “They had a little box, and it said, ‘Donate canned food to WARM,’” Hilyard says. “I thought, that might be something to look into.” Hilyard approached WARM – the Westerville Area Resource Ministry – and told the food pantry about the thousands of people who come by his house to see the lights each year. He proposed an idea: Leave a box for canned food donations by his house, so anyone who stops by to view the lights could donate. “They’ve been really awesome at helping me get the word out,” Hilyard says. In the first year, about 250 pounds of canned goods were donated via Dazzling Christmas Lights. But, for the past two years, Hilyard has been able to donate about 3,000 pounds each year. “WARM told me I was their largest non-commercial donor,” Hilyard says, adding that he likes to go around town to promote WARM and encourage businesses to donate. “We always want to do more.” The community has always been very receptive to the idea, Hilyard says, and attendees are always encouraging 18 | December 2016

Rick Hilyard’s light display brings in about 3,000 pounds of canned goods each year. Photos courtesy of Rick Hilyard

Pickerington held its first Plaza of Lights and raised more than $20,000 to help the pantry move to its current location at 70 Cross St. Now, it serves as the pantry’s main fundraiser, helping the pantry fund up to 1⁄3 of its annual budget. Last year, the pantry earned about $55,000. The pantry teams up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help hang the lights every year. For every $5 donated, another light is added to the display, helping it grow every year. And, for every $125 that’s donated, an entire strand of lights is added. To put that in perspective, each $1 donated allows the pantry to purchase $10 worth of groceries. This year, however, is a little different. Due to construction in the event’s usual site of Olde Pickerington Village, the pantry is bringing its lights down to its Cross Street home, says Barbara Meek, director of community relations and development, for a Festival of Lights. “‘One light, one hope,’” Meek says, quoting the celebration’s catchphrase. “We’re trying to give hope.” The holiday season is undoubtedly a busy one for the food pantry. Each year, the pantry distributes about 300 Thanksgiving dinners and just as many Christmas baskets to families in need.

How to Help this Holiday Season

Stair-ing Contest

Longtime climber Russ Gill is a fixture at Fight for Air

Photos courtesy of Russ Gill

By Garth Bishop Holiday light displays aren’t the only ways to raise money for worthy causes during the winter months. In every winter but one since 1982, Russ Gill has embarked on a major stair-climbing race at the Rhodes Tower in downtown Columbus. Until 2013, it was for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since 2015, it’s been the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. Gill takes his climbing seriously. Over the last 34 years, he’s climbed more than 1 million stairs and raised more than $550,000. “I was fortunate enough to break the world record for stair-climbing in the 1990s – twice,” Gill says. His fundraising has been so consistently prolific – both for stairs climbs and, when he was younger, various marathons and foot races – that he’s won a long list of prizes for events’ top fundraisers. And that’s only one of his passions; he’s also played double bass for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 1978. Knowing how strenuous it is to climb 40 flights of stairs, Gill always asks his donors to match his physical effort with a financial effort. The 2017 Fight for Air Climb is scheduled for Feb. 18. The fundraising goal is $100,000. Learn more at

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R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ More on Rick Hilyard ➜ More on Festival of Lights ➜ Village Coalition Against Hunger ➜ WARM Holiday Food Drive ➜ Heart to Heart Food Pantry

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops 3 and 8 p.m., Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St.

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Friday, Dec. 2

City of Columbus: Grand Illumination 5-7 p.m., Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Dr.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Columbus Jazz Orchestra: Home for the Holidays 7:30 p.m., Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.

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Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

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German Village: Village Lights 5-9 p.m., Throughout German Village

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CATCO is Kids: A Seussified Christmas Carol 1 and 2:30 p.m., Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.

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Irish Christmas in America: The Show 5 p.m., Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin


Thursday, Dec. 15

Mad, Mad Men: Swingin’ Holiday Show 8 p.m., McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington

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Columbus Zoo: Wildlights 5-9 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell

BalletMet: The Nutcracker 7:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St.

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Grace Polaris Church: Living Christmas Trees 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Grace Polaris Church, 8225 WorthingtonGalena Rd., Westerville

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Shadowbox Live: Holiday Hoopla 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.

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3 Holiday Setups Find your holiday dĂŠcor from these local shops this year, from the traditional and cozy to the eclectic and colorful Story and photos by Amanda DePerro

Keep it Traditional

This arrangement from the Morgan House in Dublin stays true to the traditional with white and gold warm colors. Santa, deer and Christmas trees make this arrangement an unforgettable one. The Morgan House is one of the few shops in central Ohio where you can find beautiful collectable ornaments by Christopher Radko, such as this smiling St. Nick.

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Hand-painted by Alessandro Taddei in Tuscany, this adorable matching Santa Claus dishware will charm guests. Matching napkins, ornaments, glasses and more are available at Caterina Ltd. in German Village. For more heartwarming and lively items, Caterina Ltd. stocks traditional German smokers. The smokers, such as this cute toymaker, hold incense and bring a cozy aura to any room.

Step Out of the Box

There is no such thing as too many ornaments. This room at the Prairie House in New Albany is a feast for the eyes and will dazzle even the most minimalist of guests. For the gutsiest of holiday decorators, complete your tree with bright and beautiful colors. The Prairie House’s mesmerizing blue and purple tree features stunning peacock feathers and sparkling ornaments to match. Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at






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For the Reading Enthusiast 1 A Perfect 100 Anyone who says there’s nothing to do in Columbus isn’t trying very hard, as 100 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die by Jackie Mantey points out. The book, released earlier this year, covers a wealth of local activity suggestions. $16. www. 2 Mobile Munching Ever wonder how some of central Ohio’s most prolific food trucks make their inspired creations? The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook by Rene Casteel Cook and Tiffany Harelik has the answers for that curious gourmand on your list. $21.99. www. 26 L u



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3 Supernatural Intrigue For someone whose interest tacks more toward fiction than nonfiction, there’s Curse the Day by local author Zachary Hardison. The supernatural thriller, released in the spring, follows a demonic character looking to punish the wicked, and the detective and journalist investigating his work. $12.95.

For the Drink Enthusiast 4 But Why is the Rum Gone? Clintonville-based 451 Spirits began selling its products in early 2016, offering liquors otherwise unavailable from other local distillers. Writers Block, a mint- and lime-flavored rum, is one such example. $24.95.

5 Lots in Common This spring marked the launch of Commonhouse Ales, founded by Lenny Kolada of Smokehouse Brewing Co. The brewery will be selling two cold-weather beers for the hop enthusiast on your list: Winter Sesh, a session IPA, and Imagine, a winter ale. Prices vary. 6 Grape Escape The locally-minded wine lover on your list is sure to enjoy something from award-winning Via Vecchia Winery, based in the Brewery District. Respiro, its cabernet sauvignon, is among its most popular, available at the winery as well as at retail locations detailed on its website. $30.




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7 ’house Party Woodhouse Day Spa in Dublin hasAA-B2B_2016-AUDACIOUS-2.25x4.875.indd a long list of spa services certain to satisfy anyone under pressure. From standard skin care and stone massage treatments to sleep treatments and all-day packages, it can be tough to narrow it down, but a gift card ought to be suitable for all audiences. Prices vary. 8 Stress Stopper Nurtur the Salon – with locations in Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and the Brewery District – knows stress relief, and its “An Escape from Stress” gift package is a prime example, offering cleansing oil, body cream and hand cream, as well as a soy wax candle. The salon is holding holiday shopping events at all its locations: through Dec. 2 in UA, Dec. 7-9 in Grandview and Dec. 9-11 in the Brewery District. $79. 9 Home Visit A person on your list in need of a break does not have to leave the house for a massage, thanks to Soothe, which began operating in Columbus in October. The on-demand service sends a licensed, certified massage therapist to the recipient’s home on short notice with a variety of options. $99-$169.


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2 No Tough Cookies In the November issue of CityScene, we wrote about macarons, and it so happens the bite-sized sandwich cookies make for delightful gifts. Patisserie Lallier, Pistacia Vera and La Chatelaine are three bakeries we talked to, and all three are solid options. Prices vary. www.patisserielallier. com,, www. 3 Suds from Suds Not all soap is created equal. The handcrafted, small-batch soaps sold by Grandview Heights-based Glenn Avenue Soap Company are made without potentially harmful ingredients and come in a variety of forms, including soaps made with local craft beer. $5.99.

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For the Fashion Enthusiast 1 The Power of Uno Watches, bracelets, rings, earrings and more are part of the Uno de 50 collection. Dublin-based Audacious Boutique offers a wide variety of pieces from the line, including a wealth of necklaces. Starting at $125. 2 Alpaca Appreciation Here’s an accessory to show team spirit that’s unlike any other: a felted buckeye bracelet from Root Down Acres. The Springfield-based alpaca farm also sells


yarn as well as other felted buckeye accessories, including necklaces, earrings and keychains. $10. 3 Charge! Items from Vera Bradley’s Keep Charged line, available at Simply Rr’s in the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, are more than just bags. They’re also equipped with batteries to allow for convenient charging of cell phones and other portable electronic devices. $148.


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Methodist ElderCare Services Building the Future of Senior Care in New Albany

Opening Summer 2017

Wesley Woods at New Albany will be a state-of-the-art Continuing Care Retirement Community for independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory care. Our purpose is to provide superior quality housing, healthcare, and services to seniors in an intentionally faith-based community, on a firm financial foundation, through effective strategic planning. In a world of “one size fits all,� we strive to meet the needs of each individual through excellent customer service at every turn, with a kind heart and a listening ear.

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Who We Are

Methodist ElderCare Services has been serving the central Ohio community for close to 50 years through our Wesley Glen and Wesley Ridge communities. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 1967, Methodist ElderCare Services is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. “We are so appreciative of Methodist ElderCare’s support of the Foundation. Everyone is excited to have Wesley Woods as part of the New Albany community and we look forward to partnering to enrich lives, especially for our senior citizens”.

– Craig Mohre, President of New Albany Community Foundation

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Peg Carmany, Craig Mohre, & Michele Dose taking a tour of Wesley Woods during construction.

The need for continuing care communities is growing. In 2015, The Columbus Foundation and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation commissioned a study with The Ohio State University to look at “Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Population with Success” in central Ohio. The study findings indicate a 94% increase in Franklin County’s 65-and-over population by 2040 - the demand for CCRCs will undoubtedly increase with this population boom. Methodist ElderCare is on the forefront of providing the needed services to this growing population in central Ohio with the addition of Wesley Woods at New Albany.

“Wesley Woods at New Albany is delighted to be a part of the first-class lifestyle that defines New Albany. We will offer independent living villas and apartments, and higher levels of care will be available as needed. Our Hospice Cottage, which will be in the second phase of our development, will be the first of its kind in this area, and will offer the finest of care in a gracious residential setting”.– Peg Carmany, CEO of Methodist ElderCare Services

Hospice Cottage

Hospice Cottage at Wesley Woods is an innovative, unique concept within the realm of the CCRCs industry – offering on-site hospice care with state-of-the-art, intimate “home-like” comforts. Hospice Cottage will be a free-standing structure, nestled in the quiet serenity of the preserve at Wesley Woods. It will offer on-site 24/7 palliative care with 10 comfortable rooms; each is private and designed to provide the best care for hospice residents and their families. Methodist ElderCare Services is excited to bring Hospice to New Albany; we need philanthropic support from the community to make it possible – we can’t do this without you!

“It has been our honor to partner with the New Albany community – our relationships with the New Albany Company, the Foundation, the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, Healthy New Albany, the Chamber, and the New Albany Women’s Network mean so much to us as an organization – thank you for such a warm welcome. I am thrilled to get to spend time with such amazing people and look forward to weaving into the fabric of this vibrant community”.

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Crafted champagne cocktails worth celebrating By Jenny Wise

NEW YEAR’S EVE IS CHAMPAGNE SEASON, and there’s much to appreciate about a glass of top-quality champagne. You wouldn’t want to dilute the top-shelf stuff, but for less expensive champagne, there’s a world of possibilities – some you can order around central Ohio, some you can make yourself at home with the proper supplies. Here’s a solid choice from Curio in German Village.

Roses & Rye • 2 oz. rose Prosecco • 1 ¼ oz. rye whiskey • ¾ oz. Amaro Meletti • ½ oz. lemon juice • ¼ oz. simple syrup • 2 dashes mole bitters • 1 sugar cube • Orange blossom water

Place 4-5 drops of orange blossom water on a sugar cube. Drop into champagne flute. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Strain into flute and top with Prosecco. Serve.

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Other Champagne Cocktails French 75: Champagne, gin, lemon, simple syrup Caribou Martini: Champagne, coffee vodka Black Velvet: Champagne, stout beer San Remo: Champagne, triple sec, mandarin liqueur, grapefruit juice Sparkling Sangria: Cava rosé, fruit juice, drunken fruit (available at Nada, Arena District)

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French: Cava, gin, lemon juice (available at Sidebar, downtown Columbus)



➜ A comparison of sparkling wines ➜ New Year’s Eve celebrations in Columbus

➜ Ice wine ➜ Fruit wines ➜ Overcoming New Year’s Day hangovers December 2016 |



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Happy Camper What you need to know about travel by RV By Hannah Bealer EVERYONE DREAMS OF HAVING THAT TRIP OF A LIFETIME, whether it be a crosscountry road trip or weeks spent exploring new and exciting campsites. Either way, if you’re a travel junkie, you’ve probably considered – or at least dreamed about – traveling via recreational vehicle. You might be ready to make an RV your mobile home. Or maybe you’re sick of spending those three-day holiday weekends in a cabin or tent. Regardless of the road you’re traveling down, CityScene has some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

RV Camping in Ohio Wilmington RV Resort This spot, sitting right between Dayton and Cincinnati, offers more than 170 acres of camping. During your stay, visit Cowan Lake or Caesar Creek for waterbased activities such as canoeing or kayaking. It’s also not too far from the famous Kings Island amusement park. Cross Creek Camping Resort This spot at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware isn’t too far from home. The family- and pet-friendly campground includes pool volleyball, hiking trails, a book exchange and fire engine rides on holiday weekends.

doors. Hot weather can be taxing on your RV, so it’s always better to drive in the morning or later in the afternoon.

RV Safety

• When merging and yielding, be patient. Your RV is bigger than the rest of the cars on the road, so be aware of your blind spots. • Braking a heavier vehicle takes time, so increase your following distance. • If you are traveling or vacationing with other RV drivers, try caravanning. Smaller vehicles will be more aware of you. • Passengers can be distracting, especially in an RV where the cockpit and recreational area are attached. Make sure, as the driver, you have a set of rules in place to keep the distractions at bay. Courtesy of Hannah Bealer is an editor. Feedback welcome at

Tall Timbers Campground If you yearn to be by the lake, Tall Timbers Campground in Port Clinton might be the right spot. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing your own RV, don’t fret. Tall Timbers will let you rent an RV that sleeps six people for about $99 a night.

Preparing For Your Trip

Your Budget. Consider gas costs and stops for food. If your RV has a refrigerator, you can prepare for this by stocking it before you leave, or cut fast food costs by heading to a grocery store mid-trip. Your Route. You’ll want to have a plan before you hit the road – including must-see stops. And, since you’re in an RV, you might as well take advantage of the campgrounds along the way. Prepare for the weather. You can insulate your RV the same way you might insulate your home. Add a rug or two, switch up your curtains and weather-strip 38 | December 2016


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ Westerville couple’s cross-country RV trip ➜ World-traveling Dublin residents ➜ General Motors Futurliner #10

How to Choose an RV There are two main types of RVs you’re probably already familiar with: the towable RV and the motorized RV. But which one is best? RVs come in several different classes and styles.

Cost Efficiency You might look at the price tag or gas mileage on an RV and think it won’t save you money. But crunched the numbers and, for a small family, owning your own RV will save you money in the long run. The average campground rate is $25 per night, and the average family might spend about $30 a day on groceries if you plan to cook your own meals. This leaves you with a daily cost of about $55. Meanwhile, the average hotel room rate of $121, combined with dining costs of about $60 a day, will set you back $181 daily. And depending on where you’re vacationing, these costs could be much higher.

A Class A motor home is the most luxurious of the options and, therefore, usually the most expensive. These RVs resemble buses, but inside, they feature floor plans similar to that of a studio apartment, including a sleeping area and kitchenette. This style is convenient given the easy accessibility from the driver’s seat, but it’s also large and can be hard to drive. And it won’t get great gas mileage. Perfect for: Long road trips with large families A Class B motor home is similar to a Class A, but it’s more compact and less focused on luxury. While smaller, these camper vans still boast basic kitchen essentials and sleeping areas. Perfect for: Empty-nesters, young couples or smaller families Class C motor homes are distinguished by their upper cabs, which can act as extra sleeping areas or storage space for additional belongings. Some versions of the Class C motor home can attach small cars, ATVs or boats. Perfect for: When you need some extra space A truck camper is not accessible from the driver’s seat, but can be placed and attached onto the bed of a pickup truck. Similarly, a travel trailer or fifth-wheel trailer can be towed by an SUV, truck or other vehicle. Perfect for: The occasional weekend camping trip A park trailer is a larger travel trailer that’s meant to remain stationary on a campsite. Like smaller trailers, it can be towed by a car. Perfect for: Seasonal and long-term camping December 2016 |




Name That Toon

Cartoonist Paul Palnik credits decades of success to living in the now By Taylor Woodhouse


career that has spanned over 50 years? Per Columbus cartoonist Paul Palnik, it’s living in the present. Palnik was practically born with a pen in his hand. He could draw, he says, before he knew how to write. He has fond memories of being a young child and filling sheet after sheet of brown wrapping paper with sketches of anything he could get his hands on. That love of drawing eventually sent Absolutely Yes him to The Ohio State University, from which he would graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and, later, a master’s degree in painting and drawing. Before he could earn a living as an artist, though, he taught at several universities and did a stint with American Greetings. Palnik’s cartoons aren’t comic strips or graphic novels. Instead, his style is defined by intricate line art covering highly-detailed and involved canvases. They’re black-and-white masterpieces, covered from corner to corner with the sprawling musings of Palnik’s mind. He works in the simplest of materials: ordinary BIC fine-point markers on acidfree paper, proving the adage that, sometimes, simpler is better. And if the sheer complexity of his art isn’t enough to intrigue the viewer, his content certainly is. “I kind of delight in the profound and absurd things,” Palnik says. “That is the driving force of my cartoons: the absurdity of not knowing why we’re here, and the profound part of what we do once we figure out why we are.” Since he was a child, Palnik has struggled with the greater questions in life. Why are we here? What purpose do our lives have? He can still recall asking his elementary school teacher those questions and never getting an answer. Those questions led him to explore the world through art and religion. His strong faith is often a theme in his work, but the art is also inspired by everything around him, the things he sees and experiences, and, often, simply what’s on his mind. “A lot of my drawings are done so I may discover who I am and what I’m about,” Palnik says. “I believe you can’t be happy without answering the ultimate questions.” 40 | December 2016


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As his career progressed, Palnik found himself working the art show circuit. It rapidly became clear that he could make a living selling his art, and he was able to stop teaching to become a full-time artist. Today, at 70 years old, he can look back on a career that has reached international acclaim with reviews from people such as Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and a strong and dedicated fan base. A collection of his works can be viewed at OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Even after an art career spanning most of his life, he still loves it as much as he always has. He cherishes the comments his fans send him, and wakes up each day eager to draw and create. It’s a lifestyle that has quite literally worn him down, with the bone in his drawing elbow worked down to the nerve from more than 60 years of rubbing against his drafting table. However, he still maintains that he is living the dream. Looking to the future after such a full life and career seems daunting. Palnik, however, has a special philosophy in life. One of the secrets to his success, he says, is the knowledge that one must live entirely in the present, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. He lives entirely by that mantra, tackling every second of every day with the

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full energy of his self. It’s an energy that is frequently channeled into his art. “Creativity is confined to the present. The root of the present is the creative force,” Palnik says. “The best time of your life is now, because there is no other time.

A lot of my drawings are done so I may discover who I am and what I’m about. I believe you can’t be happy without answering the ultimate questions.

Do it 100 percent to the present, and I promise that when you’re 70 years old like I am, you won’t regret a day.” CS Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ Historical cartoonist Billy Ireland ➜ Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum ➜ Agnes cartoonist Tony Cochran

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Gallery Exhibits Dublin Arts Council: Masayuki Miyajima: Black, White, Grey, functional Japanese ceramic artwork, through Dec. 15. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Printmaking works by artist and Columbus College of Art and Design Associate Professor Kathy L. McGhee through Dec. 16. OSU Urban Arts Space: CYA L8R, sculpture and assemblage by Claire Smith and Dana Lynn Harper, and Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects through Dec. 17. Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing, sculptures by Sonabai Rajawar based on her 15 years living in isolation, through Dec. 22. www. Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen, the museum’s annual holiday sale featuring unique handcrafted gifts, through Dec. 23. Angela Meleca Gallery: Exposure, paintings inspired by iPhone photography, by

Robert Buck through Dec. 24. www.angela Keny Galleries: Stephen Pentak: The Meditative Landscape (Recent Paintings) and Carol Snyder: Light and the Landscape (Recent Porcelain Sculpture) through Dec. 29. Intimate Holiday Treasures: A Collection of Small Works of Art from Dec. 9-29. Studio on High Gallery: The Art of Gifting, unique gifts by nearly 100 artists across the state, through Dec. 31. www.studios

Hawk Galleries: Passage, sand-cast glasswork by Bertil Vallien, through Dec. 31.

McConnell Arts Center: Art & Soul: An Intimate Portrait by Joe Anastasi and Friends: Friends in Life – Friends in Art through Dec. 31.

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Art Access Gallery: Variations in the Landscape by Perry Brown and Joseph Lombardo from Dec. 1-28. www.artaccess

Cultural Arts Center: Coleccion Plaza: 16 Years of Award-Winning Works from the Ohio Watercolor Society through Dec. 31.

Pizzuti Collection: Cuban Forever Revisited, approximately 70 works that showcase a return to the radical and refined beauty of Cuba, through Dec. 31. www.

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery

Art Access Gallery

Decorative Arts Center: An Ohio Childhood – images, toys and sculptures that show how childhood in Ohio has changed in the past 200 years – through Dec. 31.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Lindsay Gallery: December Group Show – work by Steve Ehret, Amber Groome, Joey Monsoon, Ashley D. Pierce and Meghan Willis – from Dec. 2-Jan. 28. Sherrie Gallerie: Acrylic work by Laine Bachman from Dec. 2-Jan. 8. www.sherrie

Rivet Gallery: Boundless Brooklyn Group Show from Dec. 3-31.


Ohio Art League X Space: Thumb Box, small works for holiday gifting, from Dec. 9-Jan. 27. Hayley Gallery: 513 to 614, paintings by Shannon Godby, from Dec. 9-Feb. 1.


Wexner Center for the Arts: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 19331957 through Jan. 1.

Juror: Carrie Burns Brown

Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Color in Harmony, plein air impressionist work by Mark Gingerich, through Jan. 2. www. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Watercolor Ohio 2016: 39th Annual Juried Exhibition through Jan. 7. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Small & Wonderful, a group exhibit that will include works perfect for gift-giving in a variety of mediums, through Jan. 8. www.


National Watercolor Society, South Carolina

October 27, 2016 – January 7, 2017 Visit the Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus I FREE ADMISSION EXHIBITION LOCATION

Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts 77 S High St, First Floor Lobby

For more information Visit Call: 614-644-9624


Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and all state holidays Image credit: Angela Chang, Filling Station Café V, watercolor on paper.

Watercolor Ohio 2016 is produced by the Ohio Watercolor Society and presented by the OAC Riffe Gallery. The Riffe Gallery is supported by these media sponsors:

Columbus Museum of Art: The Sun Placed in the Abyss, exploring the relationship between the sun and photography, through Jan. 8. Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect, an exhibition exploring the architectural work of the leader of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting, through Feb. 1. Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition: Ronald Wimberly through Feb. 19. Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO through Feb. 26. Dogs, artistic depictions of man’s best friend, through April 23. Bodies@Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo through June 18. Ohio Glass Museum: Totally Tiffin, work by glass artisans in Tiffin factories from 1888-1980, through Feb. 26. www.ohio

Thursday Nights on WOSU TV Broad & High at 8pm and Columbus Neighborhoods at 8:30pm


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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! deer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are all part of this mishmash of Yuletide shows, with performances in Clintonville, Dublin, east Columbus and northwest Columbus. www. ProMusica presents Messiah Side-by-Side Sing-Along Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Audience members join church choirs and orchestra members for selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” www.promusica

Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays Dec. 1-4 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Singer, actor and Broadway performer Carly Thomas Smith joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for the holiday performance in its 2016-17 Swingin’ with the CJO series. Columbus Winterfair Dec. 2-4 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th St. A massive array of American-made arts and crafts fills the Ohio Expo Center for this annual holiday sale. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops Dec. 2-4 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The Columbus Symphony Chorus, the Columbus Children’s Choir and BalletMet 44 | December 2016

join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for its annual performance of holiday favorites. CCAD Art Fair Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Columbus College of Art and Design, 60 Cleveland Ave. Hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, ceramics and more by CCAD students are for sale, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. www. A Portable Theatre presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) Dec. 6-20 Multiple venues Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-

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Columbus Dance Theatre presents Matchgirl Dec. 9-10 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Columbus Dance Theatre brings its annual ballet production of Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale back for a 17th year...www.columbusdance Dane Terry: Bird in the House Dec. 9-10, 8 p.m. Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Pianist and performance artist Dane Terry performs his

Photos courtesy of Randall L. Schieber, CAPA, Jennifer Zmuda and ProMusica

Holiday Pops

CAPA presents Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Saxophonist Dave Koz brings special guests Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson to town for his usual Christmas season performance.

s one-man show for a hometown audience, exploring themes of childhood, coming of age and coming out.

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duction of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Dec. 9-11 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany The student dancers of the New Albany Ballet Company put on their annual pro-

Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents Joy! Set the Earth Aglow Dec. 9-11 King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave.; Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2480 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. Sights, sounds and songs that ensure the holiday season remains special are the cornerstones of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus’ annual production. BalletMet’s The Nutcracker

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BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Dec. 9-24 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. It’s not the Christmas season without BalletMet’s annual production of the archetypical holiday ballet, Tchaikovsky’s tale of young Clara’s foray into a world of imagination. ProMusica presents Christmas Oratorio Dec. 10-11 Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St.; Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Guest sopranos Kathrin Danzmayr and Peggy Kriha Dye and the Lancaster Chorale join ProMusica for a series of seasonal selections, anchored by Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio.” December 2016 |


New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Spectacular Dec. 17-18 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Holiday favorites suggested by musicians and community members alike make up this program. The Dec. 17 performance is a sensory-friendly show designed for younger audiences. Mannheim Steamroller Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. The new age musical ensemble known for its Christmas music visits for a seasonal performance. CAPA presents Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Pianist extraordinaire Jim Brickman has been putting on holiday shows for more

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than 20 years, bringing holiday classics, modern favorites and new original songs.

costume-filled extravaganza is a massive celebration of the holidays. www.

Cirque Dream Holidaze Dec. 22-24 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. From reindeer and gingerbread men to acrobatics and illusions, this

Harlem Globetrotters Dec. 29, 2 and 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The renowned basketball show-offs – including Columbus native Zeus Mc-

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30+ Massive Lighted Displays

Artisan Demonstrations

Nightly Cultural Performance


Photos courtesy of Jason McEachern, Jason M. Rodgers and Harlem Globetrotters

NOV. 25 – JAN. 2

Clurkin – bring their act back to town for a doubleheader against beleaguered opponents the Washington Generals. www. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 29, 4 and 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. As part of its platinum anniversary tour, popular progressive rock outfit TransSiberian Orchestra brings its The Ghosts of Christmas Eve rock opera to Columbus.

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Jazz Arts Group presents Swingin’ in the New Year with Byron Stripling Dec. 29, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The 2016-17 Jazz Arts Group Presents series continues with a New Year show featuring Jazz Arts Group Artistic Director Byron Stripling and a group of guest artists.



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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring The Architect’s Dream by Thomas Cole


a landscape artist to paint a landscape. The artist himself has practiced as an architect and proceeds to paint this month’s painting, The Architect’s Dream. It is rejected by the client as “too architectural.” This exhibition, curated by noted scholar Annette Blaugrund with the assistance of associate curator Kate Menconeri, includes 29 paintings and drawings, as well as a scale model and the artist’s books about architecture. Central to the show is The Architect’s Dream (1841, oil on canvas, 53” by 84”) by Thomas Cole. It’s on loan from the Toledo Museum of Art, which is lending this unusually large painting for the first time since the 1990s. I have always thought that Cole (1801-1848) was a bit eccentric, and his work is full of unusual pictorial devices. As a self-taught artist, Cole relied on the various manuals of the craft, close examination of any original painting and studying and making copies of great European paintings, based on copies brought to the U.S. for teaching purposes. Cole’s method of painting was to carefully work up a drawing, often on a colored ground – salmon pink was a favorite tone – then, on this base, develop a monochrome under-painting. When this was thoroughly dry, colors would be applied as transparent layers of paint called glazes. This was a standard practice in many academic workshops, and there were minor variations of this indirect painting. It gave painters the smooth look that was fashionable at the time. Some artists went so far as to “brown” a painting by giving the whole painting a golden brown glaze. This was to give the work an old master sense to it. If you have the chance over the holiday period, take a a walk through the Ohio Statehouse. I think you will be pleasantly surprised to see the breadth and strength of color used, a perfect tonic for many of today’s drab interiors. CS 48 | December 2016

Thomas Cole (American, born English, 1801-1848), The Architect’s Dream, 1840. Oil on canvas. 53 x 84 ½ in. Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.162

Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect Columbus Museum of Art Through Feb. 1

Michael McEwan teaches oil painting classes in his Summit Street studio. His paintings are available exclusively from Keny Galleries. Learn more at

CityScene Magazine December 2016  
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