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From Buckeye to Broadway

NFL star Eddie George stars in Chicago and Columbus By Lindsey Capritta

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

THE LAST TIME EDDIE GEORGE stepped out in front of a big crowd in Columbus, he was No. 27 for the Buckeyes. His next appearance will be, to say the very least, different. Instead of setting records for rushing yardage and winning Heisman Trophies, he’ll be singing and dancing as shyster lawyer Billy Flynn in the national tour of the long-running musical Chicago. Broadway Across America brings Chicago to town Feb. 6-11 at the Palace Theatre. Returning to Ohio and his Buckeye fans promises to be an interesting experience for George, he says. “I hope they don’t see me, but the character,” he says. “People might come in with a preconceived notion, but if I’ve done my job, I hope that, in the process of storytelling, they forget who I am and are focused on the character of Billy.” George was an all-star during his days as a Buckeye, earning the Heisman Trophy in 1995 and having his jersey number retired. George went on to play in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2006. In the years that followed, he pursued numerous other interests, including earning his MBA and returning to The Ohio State University to teach. Through his endeavors, he discovered a new interest: acting.

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Dylis Croman

“I fell in love with the art of storytelling,” says George. “I loved it, I loved it. When I started doing it, I found a new passion, a way to express myself in a completely new way.” Theater in particular appealed to George. “Theater is making fantastical things seem real. There’s so much action going on. … It’s a living thing being created for audience among actors,” he says. “It’s the same thing going on in a locker room, us working together. So much teamwork, trust and camaraderie for the outcome of this play.” His work in theater led him to Chicago and Billy Flynn, playing the role on Broadway. All the principles in the tour have acted in the show on Broadway, including Dylis Croman, who portrays protagonist Roxie Hart. “What’s so great about the show are the characters and the freedom to bring yourself into the roles,” says Croman. “They’ve been played by so many people in 21 years. It’s fascinating to see how much room there is to play people and take them on in a different way.” Chicago is a satirical show, focusing on criminals being treated like celebrities. Roxie is an accused murderer who learns to navigate the justice system with style thanks to Billy. “Eddie comes in and you forget it’s him. He’s known as a football player, so people don’t think of him as actor, but he’s fantastic,” Croman says. “He has a great voice, a great stage presence. It’s a treat to see him up there.” Croman has been involved with Chicago for over a decade in various stints on Broadway and tours, including a recent engagement in South Korea and Taiwan. “Tours are such an important thing to spread art and the love of art to people that maybe don’t have the means to seek it out in other places,” says Croman. “I love when the tours schedule smaller towns and we get to give them a great show, give them something they (would) never experience otherwise. We get to share this with people anywhere.” George also enjoys sharing the show across the country, and giving more people the chance to see his performance. “It will be interesting for the audience to see me in a different capacity,” says George. “But when I’m up there, I’m stuck telling the story. It doesn’t matter if it’s Columbus or Nashville or Timbuktu, the story has to be told and I’m focused on that. But if I happen to hear a couple ‘O-H’s’ in the audience, that’s cool, too.” CS Lindsey Capritta is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Bullets Over Broadway From newspaper headlines to Broadway, the story of Chicago has been capturing audiences’ attentions for close to a century. Amidst the backdrop of the roaring ’20s, the Windy City was shocked by a string of high-profile murder cases. Alongside changing views of women, women accused of homicide became a sensationalized subject. The cases earned a significant amount of press coverage, fueled by rivalries between the city’s newspapers. Journalist Maurine Dallas Watkins actively reported on the cases for the Chicago Tribune and became inspired by the experiences. Her play, Chicago, was written in 1926 and played on Broadway later that year. The show’s two main characters, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, are based on real accused murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, who had been treated as celebrities by the press. Watkins based the character of journalist Mary Sunshine on herself. The play has been adapted into two feature films, a 1927 silent film and a 1942 remake called Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers. In the 1960s, Broadway director and choreography Bob Fosse became interested in a musical adaptation. With the help of songwriting duo Kander and Ebb, the musical opened in 1975 and starred Fosse’s wife, Gwen Verdon, as Roxie. In 1996, the musical was revived and received critical praise, its themes working well in the wake of the O.J. Simpson trial. The revival led to the 2002 film adaptation starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine ZetaJones and Richard Gere, which won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The revival continues to run to this day, and is currently the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.


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offering a vast assortment of cuisines for different priorities and levels of experience. Many such classes offer healthful tips. But the number focused specifically on health as it pertains to cooking is far smaller. Here’s a look at some of the most healthcentric cooking classes in town.

Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany

When Healthy New Albany was putting together plans for its community health center, a demonstration kitchen was one of the top priorities. It was critical that the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, which opened in 2015, have a component to equip the com-

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Whole Hearted

Local cooking classes make health a high priority By Garth Bishop 10 | January/February 2018

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munity with interesting ways to improve their nutrition, diet and meal choices. “That’s one of the reasons we put a kitchen here at the center – because food is such an integral part,” says Kristina Isenhour, program manager for Healthy New Albany. “How can we … help people improve and keep interest in the food in their lives?” Chef Eileen Pewitt teaches a monthly Community Open Kitchen cooking class, focusing on multiple angles to improve community health and encourage exploration in the kitchen. Proceeds from the classes benefit New Albany’s food pantry, the Village Coalition Against Hunger. Past classes have focused on general subjects, such as healthful holiday cooking or meatless Mondays, as well as on specific types of food, including soup and honey. There’s even been a class inspired by Downton Abbey. “It’s not for people who are cooking experts,” Isenhour says. “It’s for helping people learn something new and different in an environment that’s close enough and intimate enough that it’s not intimidating.” A different audience is the target of the center’s new Kids in the Kitchen series, aimed at ages 5-12. The classes give children practice in the kitchen, and help them have fun with food on their own. The center is also working on a class for children ages 2-5 to take with their parents.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory

Health is a key consideration in Franklin Park Conservatory’s cooking classes, which fixate primarily on local foods, whole ingredients and cooking procedures. Not all of the conservatory’s cooking offerings are healthful – scan its calendar, and you’re likely to spot the occasional class on chocolates or cookies – but the vast majority are. “I like to frame our culinary line-up (as) about 80 percent healthy, 20 percent indulgent or just fun,” says Allison Hendricks, culinary educator at the conservatory. January/February 2018 |




In 2018, the classes will place a big focus on back-to-basics cooking. That means using ingredients with names participants can pronounce and origins participants can trace. When people do that, they can become empowered to take control of their health, Hendricks says. “I think that when you learn basic skills and learn how to cook with whole ingredients … you find that you eat healthy without even trying to,” she says. Among the conservatory’s most popular classes are its monthly courses focused on knife skills. About 90 percent of cooking is preparation, Hendricks says, and most of preparation is breaking down ingredients, usually with a knife. That means proper knife usage plays a key role in breaking down foods in the best possible way, and the twohour classes consist of about 90 minutes of knife work and 30 minutes of eating. “All of the ingredients that you’re working with are whole – fruits and vegetables and proteins,” she says. Another good example: classes focused on preservation, taught by Jeannie Seabrook of Sunbury-based sustainable farm Glass Rooster Cannery. Seabrook often covers the healthiest ways to preserve foods – using lemon peel rather than sugar to allow a jam to set, for example. Classes take place in the conservatory’s demonstration kitchen, which sits on the Franklin Park garden, and participants sometimes walk out and directly harvest the food they’ll be using.

Local Matters

Though the Local Matters organization stretches back to the late 2000s, its cooking class schedule has amped up significantly since the opening of its south Columbus community kitchen two years ago. 12 | January/February 2018

Local Matters

Local Matters’ mission is, per its website, to “create healthy communities through food education, access and advocacy,” and the health-focused cooking classes are a significant part of it. “Local Matters works with more than 100 different sites every year with in excess of 14,000 people,” says Adam Fazio, director of development. “About 800 will come to the kitchen in a year.” The organization works with people from a variety of backgrounds and a vari-

ety of budgets, so all classes are offered on a “pay what you can” basis. “Everything that we do focuses on healthy eating on a budget,” Fazio says. “So (that means) cooking with whole foods and using lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and doing so in a way that’s really accessible, both in terms of the kinds of foods we’re using and … cost.” Cooking is also supposed to be fun, Fazio says, and that principle is reflected in themed classes such as Taco Tuesday and Breakfast for Dinner. Other classes center less on specific foods than on strategies, such as preparing a meal for a family of four for less than $10 using a mock price list.

The lion’s share of classes are accessible to ages 6 and up. Outside of its community kitchen, Local Matters conducts a lot of classes at schools, festivals and other sites, working to advance the principle that it’s possible for people to eat healthfully under almost any circumstance. “People get a lot of messaging about food and they get a lot of messaging about health, but the problem is they’re not always connected,” Fazio says. CS Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Axes and Racquets

Local businessmen bring exciting new sports to 2018 Arnold Sports Festival By Lydia Freudenberg

WHEN IT RETURNS EACH YEAR, the Arnold Sports Festival brings new additions to its line-up, and the 30th anniversary festival is no exception. The 2018 festival, slated for March 1-4, will be adding seven new events, some more unconventional than others.

Axe Throwing

March 3-4 Coordinated by Marty Parker, founder of Columbus Axe Throwing, this two-day competition will feature approximately 80 people, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, on day one. On day two, the top 16 compete in a single-eliminaGoofy Lumberjack tion tournament for the Arnold Classic Axe ThrowNames: A Sampling ing Belt. Paul Funyan “It’s exciting. I mean, the crowd goes crazy when you hit a bullseye,” Parker says. “It is as exciting as Annie Oak-ley any other sport you can imagine.” Spruce Springsteen Parker says that, over the last few years, the axeSamuel L. Axeson throwing industry has rapidly grown in America. At Columbus Axe Throwing, raucous crowd parWoodchuck Norris ticipation is encouraged, and participants are invited to The Axe-Street Boys give themselves goofy lumberjack names. During the Arnold, Parker and his company will offer free throws to visitors ages 18 and up. He wants festivalgoers to realize how safe, yet exhilarating, the sport is, and also prove that physical size does not account for accuracy.

“It truly is a sport that, once you make adjustments and you adapt, no matter who you are, you can be good at it,” he says. “I really love to see people extremely, extremely excited and extremely happy … and axe throwing does that.”


March 4 A combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis, pickleball is being brought to the Arnold 2018 by Columbus resident Gerry Bennett, co-founder of Pickleball Promotions USA. Pickleball is a paddle sport played on a badminton court with a modified tennisstyle net and a lightweight plastic ball similar to a Wiffle ball. 14 | January/February 2018

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The one-day competition will have about 120 players spread out among 12 courts in multiple divisions. Bennett started playing about two years ago – after retiring from his motorcycle racing hobby – when his wife, Tammy, discovered the sport at their local gym. Bennett said he likes not only the social aspect, but the fact that the sport is within reach for people of any age. “You can have three generations of people all playing the sport, and all are playing it well,” he says. “It’s just phenomenal from that aspect.” The Arnold competition will also have an exhibition match featuring Dave Seckel, Will Wilson, Mila Syra-Santos and Holley Rea, some of the best pickleball players in the area. “This Arnold will be (Pickleball Promotions USA)’s first major tournament,” Parker says. “So we’re looking forward to it.” CS


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I am an orchestra conductor. My work begins far before anybody sees me on stage. I have learned that I need to dig deep into a piece to discover real meaning—it is like digging with your hands in the mud to find a little piece of gold. What inspires me most about Columbus is that the people of Columbus really try to make this city the best it can be. Because of this spirit there is a real buzz now in Columbus surrounding the arts. How cool is that? I’m David Danzmayr, music is my art and there’s no place I’d rather make it.

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(Donating) Time and Change

Former Buckeye athletes give back to their communities and create change By Jenny Wise

2nd & 7 Foundation

A group of former Buckeyes is fighting illiteracy with a foundation dedicated to promoting positive role models and reading. The 2nd & 7 Foundation was formed in 1999 by Ryan Miller, Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel as a way to continue to pay it forward after their playing days were over. By hosting a small youth football camp, the three founders were able to raise enough money to buy books for all of the second-grade students in seven local schools, thus the name. “They knew they had a platform to inspire kids, and wanted to not only spend time reading with them, but also wanted to give every child they visited a free book to take home,” says 2nd & 7 Executive Director Amy Hoying. “In 2006, Miller, Fickell and Vrabel asked The Ohio State University athletic direcToday, 2nd & 7 has nearly 130 tor for help with their outreach. With Gene Smith’s programs running in 21 states blessing, student athletes from many different teams throughout the country. The at OSU started to get involved.” foundation has been able to give What started as three individuals reading to second-graders in Columbus was about to expand books to nearly 200,000 students on a national scale. since its inception in 1999. “We started to see the true growth potential when coaches, athletic directors and student athletes would leave OSU and ask to take the reading program with them,” says Hoying. “Our model is simple: pair studentathletes with second-graders, read with them and give them a book to keep. Once we included high school student athletes into the fold – our first program of this kind was in Albuquerque, New Mexico – we realized that there were no limits to where this program could go.” By 2007, the Tackling Illiteracy program had grown so much that the foundation realized it was cheaper to begin producing its own books to distribute. Hoying and Miller’s sister, Leah, a teacher in Upper Arlington, would work together to write the first of many books in the foundation’s Hog Mollies series. Hoying’s neighbor, Jason Tharp, contributed illustrations and has continued to do so for the subsequent nine books in the series. “We are currently working on the 11th book in our series, each story featuring a life lesson that the student-athlete role models can talk to the second-graders about during their visit,” says Hoying. 16 | January/February 2018

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A student athlete from The Ohio State University signs books after reading to a second-grade class. January/February 2018 |


Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization

Yet another former Buckeye has made strides in the community through educational programs, outreach and a truly relatable story. When Lawrence Funderburke was growing up on the west side of Columbus, he recognized that he was in a hard-to-escape community. “It goes back to my childhood. Like a lot of kids in the inner city, I grew up in a very difficult and dysfunctional environment,” says Funderburke. “… People promise you that they will be there for you, and then they disappoint you. I made a promise to myself, and to God, that if I was ever in a situation to give back, I would.” After playing basketball in college for OSU and in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls, Funderburke found himself in just that situation. In 2000, he and his wife, Monya, started the Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization (LFYO) with a goal to provide low- to moderate-income students and families with critically important math, financial planning and personal development skills. Though much of the LFYO programming incorporates basketball, there is a heavy focus on education, particularly math. “I didn’t want (LFYO) to be about sports. … My passion has always been intellectual stimulation,” says Funderburke. “We focus a lot on math skills. If you can’t get math, you can’t get life.” Funderburke stresses the importance of understanding math as it relates to everyday life and overcoming socioeconomic roadblocks. “Our unique niche is that we focus on something that helps kids think long term, and see that they can’t just bounce out of a situation by becoming an athlete or entertainer,” says Funderburke. In 2015, Funderburke and his wife opened FunderMax Fitness, a health and wellness studio offering both physical and financial wellness classes. The profits from the studio go to LFYO, helping to make the nonprofit economically self-sufficient. Funderburke has written three books, the third having published in November 2017, with all proceeds going to the youth organization. The new book, Sociopsychononmics: How Social Classes Think, Act, and Behave Financially in the Twenty-First Century, looks at the inner workings of our class system and highlights how challenging it is for the lower class to achieve success.

Top: Lawrence Funderburke takes a group of kids from the Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization to visit The Ohio State University. Center: Kids at the FunderMax Fitness facility give presentations from their coursework with Funderburke. Above and right: Kids in the youth organization help at a food distribution event put on by LFYO.

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Be the ultimate Buckeye fan by supporting upcoming events and fundraisers 2nd & 7 Foundation 2nd & 7 Foundation has adopted Feb. 7 (or 02/07, if you prefer) as its own day to celebrate readers and leaders. Visitors can attend an open house to see what’s new and sign up to volunteer, as well as enjoy food and prizes. Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization Roy Hall and Antonio Smith continually work to bring awareness and support to the Driven Foundation.

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization and Driven Foundation

Driven Foundation

The Driven Foundation began in 2009 with two former Buckeyes’ desire to give back. Antonio Smith and Roy Hall held youth football camps in their hometowns – Columbus and Cleveland, respectively – and partnered with 25 other former players from OSU and the NFL to share fundamentals of the game and life lessons with the kids. “Our intention was to encourage kids through a sport that was responsible for so much of our own positive development and success,” says Hall. “We focused on behavior, attitude, faith (and) hard work, and we taught the kids how to handle both adversity and success.” After considering the impact of the camp, a new mission emerged for the Driven Foundation: to change the course for those who have fallen on hard times and those who need a hand by promoting perseverance and building hope through service. The Driven Foundation now has more than 15 outreach efforts that address basic day-to-day needs of families in the community. The foundation’s annual Food Outreach event, which reaches the 10-year mark in 2018, distributes three to four days’ worth of food to 1,000 Columbus families with the help “Coach Jim Tressel mentored us as of donations and volunteers. young athletes to use our platform “Year after year, the Driven Foundation has to help others, and it’s something experienced significant growth that’s allowed us we both embraced and (continue to expand our programs and the impact we’re able to make throughout Columbus and other to) live by,” says Hall. “We have areas in Ohio,” says Hall. “In 2018, we’re lookthe same heart and we know we ing forward to our first annual Driven Foundacan use that (Block) ‘O’ to make a tion Gala in the summer, the second annual difference in the lives of others.” Wellness Giveaway in the spring and the continued growth of our student mentorship and student athlete leadership programs, which take place several times a month at six area schools.” Both Hall and Smith agree that the work ethic and team mentality they learned at OSU has great influence on the Driven Foundation. CS

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Knowing the Enemy Understanding the top causes of death can help lower your risk By Amanda DePerro


hile not among the most uplifting topics to discuss, knowing and understanding mortality rates is important for a number of reasons. Problems don’t go away if you ignore them, and the state of Ohio is taking steps toward solutions through education, research and discussion. Keep an eye on CityScene in coming months to read more about the health issues affecting Ohioans, and learn more about how organizations are helping Ohioans stay healthier longer.

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Heart Disease

27,407 deaths in 2016

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans as a whole, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the top killer of Ohioans. Though genetics play a role in cardiac health, there are major lifestyle changes that can be made to ensure the risk for a cardiac event are low. Reducing one’s cholesterol and blood pressure and quitting smoking are among the most impactful changes, and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and limiting drinking can also help reduce the risk of suffering a cardiac event.

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25,507 deaths in 2016

On par with the nation as a whole, cancer comes in as the second leading killer of Ohioans. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the top three most common cancers in 2013 in Ohio were lung and bronchus cancers, breast cancer, and colorectal cancers. Colorectal cancers killed more Ohioans than breast cancer during the year.



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Ohio’s most talked-about cause of death as of late, accidental drug poisoning deaths, or overdose deaths. Ohio ranks No. 3 in drug overdose death rate at 3,310 deaths by drug poisoning in 2015, tying with Kentucky and behind only New Hampshire and West Virginia. In fact, if drug poisoning deaths were not classified as accidents, they alone would come in somewhere at around No. 8 in top killer of Ohioans. However, not all the statistics are disheartening. According to ODH, 81 million fewer opioid doses were prescribed to Ohio patients in 2015 compared to 2011.


Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 7,014 deaths in 2016

Chronic lower respiratory disease encompasses all diseases that deal with ailments of the lungs, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. A major risk factor is smoking and, luckily, a way to treat these diseases is to quit smoking.



5,988 deaths in 2016

Many risk factors for strokes are also covered by the No. 1 killer of Americans. As with heart disease, the risk of stroke goes up with tobacco use, obesity, unhealthy eating and excessive drinking. There are also risk factors that can’t be controlled, such as age; the ODH says the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years after the age of 55. There’s also gender – women are more likely than men to sustain a stroke due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause – and race, as black people are twice as likely to die from a stroke as white people, and are at a higher risk of stroke earlier in life.


Alzheimer’s Disease 5,030 deaths in 2016

Ohio ranks 24th in the nation in Alzheimer’s disease deaths. Overall, one in 10 Americans over

65 have Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow as the largest generation enters into the age range. Though Ohio ranks in about the middle, we have a long way to go, as Ohio is one of the only states in the nation without a state plan for Alzheimer’s. One of the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest initiatives in Ohio in 2017 was to develop a state plan on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.



3,569 deaths in 2016

Ohio sits at a painful No. 7 for diabetes deaths as of 2016, but finds itself down from No. 5 in 2014. A major obstacle toward treating diabetes is that many Americans – about 8.1 million – don’t even know they have it. Due to the strong correlation between type 2 diabetes and obesity, the ODH recommends an active lifestyle, meaning 150 minutes or more of moderate activity per week. Reducing fat and calorie intake, increasing education

Healthier Food, Healthier Kids Organic school lunches produce more focused kids By Emily Real

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chool lunches and organic eating are two areas that do not often intersect. In a lot of schools, prepackaged heat-and-serve meals have become the norm, but what impact is eating processed food five meals a week having on younger kids? This is a question that Jessie Hoffman, founder of the Barrington School – a private preschool with five central Ohio locations – asked herself when she had kids. When Hoffman founded Barrington, she used what she wanted for her own children to guide the philosophies that inform the school’s practices. One of those practices was preparing fresh, organic lunches for children. At Barrington, meals are served on a rotating menu, and prepared by professional chefs. “A lot of food has too much sugar in it, and having processed food and having the unneeded sugars … doesn’t allow them to have a productive day,” Hoffman says. “I want them to have balanced meals throughout the day. … That way, it will sustain them all day long.” Hoffman says that, in short, eating organically helps keep kids energized in a way that lasts all day, rather than a brief sugar rush followed by a crash. “When you eat McDonald’s or fast food, you feel sluggish,” Hoffman says. “When your body is getting the nutrition it needs, you’re going to want to go out outside and kick a ball instead of sitting at home and playing video games.”

and seeking counseling for a healthy lifestyle are also recommended.


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Acute kidney disease can be triggered by shorter-term causes such as dehydration, blood loss and the use of certain medicines, while chronic kidney disease can be more serious. High blood pressure, diabetes and diseases that slowly damage the kidneys over a long period of time can put the body at a higher risk for chronic kidney disease and, subsequently, kidney failure. According to ODH, chronic diseases accounted for 62 percent of deaths in Ohio.


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Death rates from flu and pneumonia in Ohio have been dropping steadily. In 2005, Ohio’s death rate for flu and pneumonia was at 19.4, and dropped to 16.6 in 2015. The best way to stop disease is through prevention rather than treatment, and the flu and pneumonia are no different. The CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine once per year to everyone older than 6 months. It’s also recommended that children and adults older than 65 regularly receive the pneumococcal vaccine.



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Sepsis overtook suicide as the No. 10 killer of Ohioans in 2016 versus 2015, but state officials have been taking notice for a few years now. In June 2015, the Ohio Hospital Association launched a statewide initiative to reduce deaths caused by sepsis by 30 percent by the end of 2018. The initiative focuses on early detection, and has been successful so far, reducing sepsis mortality by 13.4 percent between June 2015 and the end of 2016. Based on this early success, Ohioans can expect to see sepsis mortality drop even lower during the next year.




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Speaking with Authority Speakers at the Heit Center in Healthy New Albany By Tessa Flattum


ood health is not just practiced and encouraged at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. It’s also discussed in depth by speakers with a diverse array of backgrounds. Guest speakers at the center have included author and activist Michael Pollan, known for books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma focused on nature and nutrition; actress Mariel Hemingway, who has become a prominent advocate for mental health care; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, whose own problems with addiction have informed his more recent work fighting it; and adventurer and runner Rosie Swale-Pope, who sailed a small boat from England to the U.S. Pollan, Hemingway and Kennedy were brought to town for the Jefferson Series, coordinated by the New Albany Community Foundation, and Healthy New Albany worked with the foundation to arrange for their engagements at the center. Kristin Ferguson, business development and corporate partnership manager for Healthy New Albany, says hosting the speakers is part of the Heit Center’s overall purpose to encourage meaningful conversations and awareness to life’s choices, with a special emphasis on health and wellness. “Our purpose, as a whole, is to create a culture of health in our community,” she says. “The lecture series is one way in which we are meeting this mission. We host a series of continued education lectures to build healthful discussions with experts both nationally and locally in their field.” The center is working on booking speakers for 2018. The schedule can be found at

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A Decade of Enrichment New Albany community cultivates flourishing arts scene By Mikayla Klein

THE COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT of New Albany is definitely something to celebrate. This year, the community is celebrating 10 years of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and the 10th season of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra – two projects beautifully showcasing New Albany’s support of arts and education.

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As plans were drawn up for the McCoy Center, New Albany violist Heather Garner had an idea to form an orchestra to perform at the new facility. She envisioned it as a springboard for the schools’ music program, uniting students, adults and professional musicians. “Every great hall needs a great orchestra,” says Garner. “It’s kind of the hub of the hall.” The formation of the orchestra was truly a communal effort, Garner says. Without the support of the New Albany community, this vision could not have come to fruition. “Something I thought was going to be just an easy little thing has turned into quite a lot of work,” says Garner. “I received $70,000 of in-kind donations in the first year – print work, legal work and computer setup. The fact that I had so many people willing to give their time to help me do this from scratch meant everything to me.” CS Mikayla Klein is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Upcoming McCoy Center Events Rick Springfield: Stripped Down Jan. 12, 8 p.m. The Jefferson Series: General Michael Hayden, General Stanley McChrystal and General Peter Pace Feb. 1, 7 p.m. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival of the Animals (Sensory Friendly) March 10, 11:30 a.m. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Lions, Tigers, & Bears – Oh My! March 11, 3 p.m. 10th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Michael Feinstein with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra May 6, 3 p.m.


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With its octagonal acoustic ceiling, curvilinear balcony and warm maple wood interior, the McCoy Center offers a sophisticated theatrical experience for New Albany-Plain Local School District students and the surrounding community. The vision for the center arose when former superintendent Ralph Johnson suggested building the school auditorium as a hybrid community space. In 2004, Johnson began fundraising with New Albany Community Foundation President Craig Mohre. “We received over $2.3 million in commitments at our first event. It really launched the fundraising process,” says Mohre. “We also had three board members commit six figures each, another example of how collaboration works in New Albany.” Further donations brought it up to a $13 million project, and by February 2008, the building was completed and dedicated in honor of the late Jeanne B. McCoy, who was deeply invested in developing opportunities for students. “How fitting that, today, the foundation has provided more than 10,000 central Ohio students with the opportunity to interact with compelling thought leaders through our Jefferson Series lectures,” says Mohre. “It is wonderful to see (McCoy’s) legacy continue to impact so many young people.”

Fit for a King

A look inside Columbus’ contemporary castle

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Touring a Castle With Kelly Cantwell, Street Sotheby’s International Realty By Amanda DePerro

the great hall, characterized by a cathedral ceiling, a stained glass window featuring the initials and family crest of the home’s first owner, coats of armor, and a floor-toceiling limestone fireplace. “Truly his dream home, (Baddour) was determined to attend to every detail during its renovation, taking four years,” says Cantwell. “The grounds are truly spectacular and very rare inside the I-270.”

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Editor’s note: I went into the home at 5622 Riverside Dr. expecting to write a story solely on the home’s secret passageways and hidden features, of which there are many. However, immediately upon rapping on the front door knocker to be greeted by a grand, spiral staircase and unforgettable stone and woodwork, I knew we had to do more. From the first-floor toilet to the wood paneling and tilework throughout the home, it’s clear that every detail was chosen and implemented with vision. In the following pages, you’ll read about the home’s history and beautiful craftsmanship. We hope you enjoy touring the home as much as I did.


There’s a lot to see in the kitchen, but pay close attention to the island. It was modeled in the size, shape and scale of a grand piano. Inside the island sits a hammered copper farmhouse sink. Even if you don’t need to use it, take a stop at the half bathroom on the first floor. This castle even has its own throne, in the form of a marble toilet imported from Italy. No reading material is necessary here; the hand-painted walls are both beautiful and fascinating.

uilt by Ralph Fallon Builders, Inc. in 1986, the home at 5622 Riverside Dr. is far from typical. Photos courtesy of Dale Clark – Arc Photography

For starters, it’s a castle. A contemporary castle, to be fair, but a castle nonetheless.

In 2007, the home was in foreclosure, suffering 18 months of vandalization. The walls still proudly stood, but the guts were marred by spray paint and smashed windows. David Baddour, a longtime fan of the home who runs a dental practice in Columbus, made an offer on a whim. When the offer was accepted, much to Baddour’s surprise, the home underwent five years of extensive renovation. Now, the gorgeous estate is a testament to Baddour’s passion. If you get the chance to tour it, you’ll find it’s hard to stop talking about the home. That rings true even for listing agent Kelly Cantwell, who has walked the home’s 15,000 square feet as many times as anyone. She says her favorite room is the one she calls 30 L u



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Baddour didn’t pull any punches when constructing the downstairs movie theater. Equipped with a bar, fireplace, three levels of seating and a candy shop, it’s a cinephile’s dream. After candy and popcorn, head to the in-home gym, and follow up the workout in the attached tanning room and steam room. Upkeep and cleaning of a 15,000-squarefoot castle on more than 13 acres of land is a full-time job – a live-in caretaker can be offered his or her own space with the carriage house above the garage. In addition to a bedroom, the space hosts its own kitchen, full bath and living room. The large, private back yard is enough space for any lover of the outdoors. A full basketball court, in-ground pool and barn with a concrete floor can keep even the most active homeowner entertained year-round. v Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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The Best-Kept Secrets Castle for sale on Riverside Drive is home to more than meets the eye By Amanda DePerro


very kid dreams of having secret passageways in his or her home. A moving bookcase, a crawl space, a secret door.

Secret passageways aren’t common, but when done right, they add an element of mystery and excitement to a home. And if there’s any home that deserves its own secret passageways, it’s a castle. At 5622 Riverside Dr. in the Dublin area, a 15,000-square-foot fortress peeks over the hill at the end of a long, winding driveway, complete with turrets, stained glass and, yes, hidden passageways. Though Kelly Cantwell, listing agent for the home with the Cantwell-Panning Group, doesn’t think anyone will buy a home just because it has secret passageways, she says the castle’s hidden rooms, closets and details would wow most anyone. “(Potential buyers) are blown away,” Cantwell says. “I don’t think people are going to buy a house because of a secret passageway, but I think it’s a plus, and they get a good little kick out of it.” The home, built in the 1980s, boasts five bedrooms, six full and four partial bathrooms, a movie theater, a workout room, a guest apartment, and a pool, and it sits on more than 13 acres. But some of the coolest features of the home are those hidden to the untrained eye. Between all of the concealed details of the castle – of which there are many – it’s hard not to find some inspiration for one’s own home. v Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at 34 L u



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Immediately upon entering the home, you’re greeted by a circular room complete with spiral staircase and grand chandelier. Windows carved out of stone frame the living room.

On first glance, this sitting room could have been built during medieval times. Paneling slides away to reveal a television, on brand with the homeowner’s love for the seamless and clean look that he mimics in the kitchen with cabinets sans handles and knobs.

Majestic lion heads flank the stove – but they aren’t just for show. Pull them back from the wood detailing to find spice racks. In fact, many of the cabinets in the kitchen pose as wood paneling. Cantwell jokes that in order to find all of the hidden closets, cabinets and rooms in the home, it may be quickest to knock on walls and listen for a hollow sound.

Photos courtesy of Dale Clark – Arc Photography and Jeffrey S. Hall Photography (top right and center)

The most dazzling secret passageway sits in a corner of the living room, away from suspecting eyes. Push in a section of paneling to reveal a staircase – but where does it lead?

Only the very curious would think to crouch to the back of the guest bedroom closet, push back clothes and unclasp the lock on this hidden doorway. Putting two children in these rooms might spell disaster when it comes time to go to bed, but having a secret closet door connecting the pair undoubtedly makes playtime fun.

The homeowner says when he bought the home nine years ago, it was in foreclosure and a state of disrepair. Spray paint covered the walls and windows were smashed in, and he had to rebuild the insides nearly from scratch. However, he kept many of the details originally built with the home, including the front door and stained glass piece in the cathedral-esque great room. The only furniture that he kept with the home are the huge, colorful curtains in the great room.

Continue down the stairs and you’ll find yourself in a fully-equipped spa. Prepared for both barber and massage therapist, it’s hard to believe that just a few feet above sits a towering castle. L





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Getting Medieval Exploring the gory details of the Riverside Drive castle


omes as magnificent as the castle on Riverside Drive are few and far between in central Ohio.

Everything in the home is by design, including the kitchen island, which was built to the dimensions and scale of a grand piano. Head down into the movie theater and you’ll see a similar tile on both the columns that flank the movie screen and make up the backsplash of the bar and candy counter. As any castle should, the home features a variety of detailed and interesting sconces, complementing the mysterious nature of the home by casting light across textured stone, wood and drywall. In the long, naturally-lit hallway next to the living room, sconces are a warmer light glowing against dark tiled columns. In

The owner of the castle at 5622 Riverside Dr., David Baddour, says he didn’t acquire the home by accident. While he was in dental school, he says, he would park his car in front of the gates at the end of the winding driveway just to watch construction. “One day,” he told himself, “I’ll live there.” He’s lived in the home for more than nine years, but Baddour says he sometimes still pinches himself when he walks through the front door. His passion for the home is made obvious when you simply look at the details; each way you turn offers a feast for the eyes. Every corner of the home – and in 15,000 square feet, there are many corners – features something new to stop and admire. Patterned sconces cast intricate shadows, wood paneling is carved fantastically and stonework is reminiscent of fortresses pulled straight from the pages of The Lord of the Rings. However, if you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice the home isn’t the result of just throwing textures together. It’s the product of someone who loved the home not only during construction, but foreclosure and, now, in its prime. If you a walk few steps down after coming through the front door and turn to the left, you’ll find yourself in a hallway lined by windows and columns. The dark, glittering tiles that adorn the columns can be found throughout the castle in various patterns and colors. There is so much to look at in the kitchen to the right that it can be easy to miss some of its sheer beauty. Similar tiles are pulled from the hallway columns onto the kitchen ceiling, mirroring the two fabulous chandeliers and contrasting the brilliant orange hammered copper sink. 36 L u



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the master bedroom nook, complete with a fireplace, sconces arc over and cast light for late-night reading by the fire. Ornate sconces supplement the relaxed, calming atmosphere in the lower level spa room. No matter what room you stumble into in the castle, tiny details can be found in the walls, floor, ceiling and even in the furniture, most of which was bought specifically after Baddour bought the home.

It can be hard to process a house of such a scale, but it becomes an even greater obstacle when that house is renovated with minute detail in mind. One thing can be sure; the castle that sits at 5622 Riverside Dr. is like no other Columbus house. v Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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Don’t let the wrong glassware ruin a perfectly good glass of wine By Rocco Falleti

THE OLDEST WINERY TO DATE was founded in what is now Armenia in 4100 B.C.

So we’ve known for a long time how to drink wine. But even now, more than 6,000 years later, a lot of us don’t know how to best serve it. The proper glass won’t turn a cheap bottle of wine into a top-shelf bottle, but it will improve the experience.


To fully enjoy white wines and preserve the floral aromas associated with the liquid, the wine should be served in smaller, bowled glasses. These glasses should be smaller, so there is a shorter distance from the wine to the nose, allowing the drinker to indulge more aromas.


Red wines typically are bolder when it comes to taste, so taller and wider bowlbased wine glasses are ideal. A larger glass allows more time for the ethanol in reds to evaporate, allowing the aroma to become much more prevalent. The more air in the glass, the wider the palate of flavor.

Decanter vs. Aerator Aerators and decanters are great ways to open up wine and allow for more air to get into the glass. An aerator is normally attached to the top of the bottle and aggressively swirls the wine around when pouring it into a glass. This is good for those in a hurry or for everyday use. Decanters essentially do the same, but allow for longer periods of time for the wine to breathe. Typically, these are served for elegant evenings with friends and family, and the wine can sit in the glass for hours without spoiling.


For varieties such as rosé and dessert wines, smaller glasses are encouraged. With dessert wines, which typically have higher alcohol contents, the smaller glass size directs the alcohol to the back of the mouth, which helps compensate for the extreme sweetness the wine may have. CS Rocco Falleti is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Golden (Bear) Age

100 years later, Upper Arlington is set for a big and exciting 2018 celebration By Rocco Falleti


840 acres of land from James T. Miller. The two brothers were inspired by the Country Club development in Kansas City and wanted to bring a similar feel to a residential neighborhood for Columbus. During development, the two brothers partnered with William Pitkin Jr., a well-respected landscape architect from Rochester, New York, who suggested curving streets to follow the land and to feature an abundance of trees to go against the grid-like patterns found throughout Columbus. This distinct design is still a staple of the area today. Development would temporarily pause in 1916 as 8,000 National Guard troops used the site as training camp, known as Camp Willis, to prepare to protect the U.S./Mexico border. Since then, the city itself has been a proud neighborhood full of rich history. “The city has grown in a contained way. Physically, not much has changed since the 1950s,” says city Community Affairs Director Emma Speight. “You can see most of the growth within the city from the architecture.” The city’s master plan has laid out goals for land use, community appearances, public facilities and housing to begin in 2018 and beyond. “People don’t want to lose that unique community spirit that exists here,” Speight says. “They have a strong sense of place and home in Upper Arlington.” Upper Arlington has a massive centennial celebration in store for 2018. A volunteer task force has worked for years to decide the best ways to commemorate 100 years. Northam Park will be the site of Upper Arlington’s legacy project: the construction of a legacy plaza and history walk. The walk will tell the story of the community as well as the reason why the city’s mascot is the Golden Bear. “We are really trying to enhance the park’s entrance way with this legacy project,” Speight says. To complement the entryway, a bronze statue of an adult bear with two cubs will be placed in the legacy plaza. Climbing will be encouraged for photo opportunities. The community’s 2014 passage of an income tax increase and 2017 passage of a school levy to, in part, rebuild Upper Arlington High School have demonstrated its commitment to its future, Speight says. “The community has given a real message that they truly do believe in the future here,” Speight says. “Upper Arlington is such a phenomenal place to live in and work. Everyone wants to see each other doing their part.” CS

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Independence Day 1921

A clay version of one of the bronze bear sculptures to be installed in the Centennial Plaza

A rendering of the History Walk component of the Legacy Project slated to be unveiled on Independence Day at Northam Park

Threshing at Miller Farm An aerial image of Miller Park in 1927

Photos courtesy of city of Upper Arlington

The city of Upper Arlington and CityScene Media Group have published a special UA Centennial magazine. Visit www. to view it.


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ Upper Arlington Library celebrates 50 years ➜ UA resident makes a career of helping others Old Upper Arlington police cruisers

➜ UA senior center evolves alongside busy, active seniors January/February 2018 |



T R AV E L 

Where Have You Beignet? A local’s guide to New Orleans By Jenny Wise WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK OF NEW ORLEANS, they think Mardi Gras. But the Big

Easy has a lot more to offer. Now, let’s focus on the aspects of the New Orleans that you, and everyone else, didn’t already know about. That means – fun though they may be – no Bourbon Street, Lafayette Cemetery, Café du Monde or French Quarter. With the help of native New Orleanian Maria White, we’ve compiled a list of under-the-radar adventures you won’t want to overlook when visiting NOLA.

Eat Parkway Bakery and Tavern This neighborhood landmark has been in business since 1911 in Mid-City and is famous for its po’boy sandwiches. If the weather is nice, grab a sandwich here and head toward the Bayou St. John to have a waterside picnic.

Café Degas Another local favorite, this French bistrostyle café is small in stature, but big on flavor. With ingredients freshly sourced every day, this delicious blend of traditional French cuisine with New Orleans flair is a great option on historic Esplanade Avenue. 1,000 Figs In the mood for falafel? Check out this trendy Mediterranean spot across the way from Café Degas on the corner of Esplanade Avenue and Ponce De Leon Street. Cochon Butcher Cochon is a James Beard Award-winning restaurant that serves up traditional Cajun dishes. Cochon Butcher is right next door, offering a butcher shop, sandwich counter and wine bar. Located in the Warehouse District, these two spots are worth a visit. St. James Cheese Company With locations in Uptown and the Warehouse district, this is a cheese lover’s dream. Just ask its international network of cheese makers. MoPho For a taste of southeast Asia by way of New Orleans, MoPho is the way to go. Chef Michael Gulotta’s casual eatery is located off City Park Avenue near Mid-City.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern

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Adolfo’s This Italian restaurant, located in the Bywater neighborhood, showcases fresh seafood, while incorporating the Cajun-Creole influence of the city.

Bourbon Street

Photos courtesy of Paul Broussard and Zack Smith

Bacchanal Wine Bar

Drink Bacchanal Wine Bar Coined “NOLA’s Backyard Party,” this wine bar features courtyard dining, live music and wine-loving locals. Rich in history, this is definitely a must do in the Bywater neighborhood. Cane & Table Enjoy a cocktail at this hidden tiki bar in the French Quarter. Whether they sip

The Columns Hotel

a classic cocktail or an original concoction, Cane & Table has something for every lush. Cure Inspired by a historical age when cocktails developed from home remedies, this fine Uptown establishment is a social experience. The Columns Hotel If you’re looking for a tall glass of New Orleans, go sit on the front porch of the

Column Hotel in the Garden District and enjoy a martini while the streetcar passes.

Listen Tipitina’s This music club was created for Henry Roeland Byrd, one of the most revered rhythm and blues musicians in the history of New Orleans music. With several shows a week, you’ll want to check out the lineup ahead of time. January/February 2018 |



Maple Leaf Another hot spot for live music, the Maple Leaf hosts the famous Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday night. Frenchman Street Jazz and Blues Clubs The Spotted Cat, or “The CAT” as it’s known by locals, has been recognized as an international destination for jazz music. The sights and sounds here are unbeatable. The Apple Barrel, dubbed the bestkept secret on Frenchman Street, offers live jazz and blues every night of the week with an up-close and personal view of New Orleans’ finest musicians. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro serves up more than live music. Check out its Southerninspired menu while you enjoy the some of the best live jazz on Frenchman Street.

Adventure Kayak on Bayou St. John See the city from a different perspective by taking a kayaking tour on Bayou St. John. With all sorts of guided tours and rental opportunities, this is a great way to mix things up and take a break from the party. Visit Audubon Park This is the perfect place to go for outdoor relaxation and fun. Stretching from St. Charles Avenue all the way to the Mississippi River, the Audubon Park of-

fers acres of green space, century-old oak trees and several recreational fields. The Fly, as the locals call it, is the riverfront section of the park where people love to hang out, have cookouts and watch the sunset over the river. Attend a local festival With more festivals than there are weekends in New Orleans, there’s always something to celebrate. The 2017 lineup included the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, Beignet Festival, Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Creole Tomato Festival. Ride bikes in City Park City Park is one of the oldest urban parks in the nation, captivating New Orleanians since 1854. The park, near Mid-City and Lakeview, offers 1,300 acres of recreational space and attractions.

City Park

Go for a bike ride along the water on miles of paved bike paths. Bikes can be rented from the City Park Boat House. CS Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

The Spotted Cat

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Photos courtesy of Chris Granger, Paul Broussard, Cheryl Gerber and New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau


Frenchmen Street

New Orleans One Mo’ Time March 15-18 March 15, 7:30 p.m.; March 16-17, 8 p.m.; March 18, 3 p.m. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra brings the sounds of the Big Easy back to the Southern Theatre in 2018. Featuring critically acclaimed New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley and Columbus’ own New Orleans/Dixieland trombone master, Vaughn Weister, this show is a can’t-miss for jazz fans.


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G Cajun Zydeco Festival

➜ Asheville, North Carolina ➜ Savannah, Georgia ➜ Hilton Head Island

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Watercolor artist Cody Heichel is inspired by the rural and urban places he’s lived By Emily Hetterscheidt

SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER CODY HEICHEL often draws on inspiration from the spaces

he’s most familiar with, and this can get interesting when these spaces range from rural Ohio to downtown Columbus. Heichel, represented by Brandt-Roberts Galleries, mainly works with watercolors, and he is often inspired by where he is living. He grew up in the small town of Shreve, Ohio and moved to Columbus in 2010. Now that he’s a full-time artist, he’s begun to delve into how these contrasting areas can complement each other. “It’s a pretty big gap between desolate, rural Ohio and Columbus, Ohio, but I still think that there’s always a common thread in the landscape that can kind of tie together,” Heichel says. “I’m trying to do that right now.” Though he says he couldn’t imagine going back to live in his hometown after moving to the city, Heichel often goes back to Shreve to recharge and draw inspiration. He and his parents have always enjoyed taking drives around town, and this offers Heichel a good opportunity to collect photo references. This tendency to wander could explain why Heichel is inspired by the subjects that he chooses.

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“My work is kind of a physical documentation of my surroundings, and kind of a visual commentary on the people and scenes that I see in my day-to-day life,” Heichel says. While many of Heichel’s paintings showcase popular spots around Columbus, he’s trying to capture the areas that are not seen as often. He does this by taking deliberate trips outside of where he normally goes for reference. “More and more, I’ve started to be interested in these spaces that are kind of on the periphery,” Heichel says. Not only has Heichel recently been experimenting with different subject matter, he has also dabbled in different media. Watercolor is his preferred method, but he also works with

Photo courtesy of Chris Casella

Cody Heichel

4th Avenue and Neil Avenue January/February 2018 |




oil and acrylic paints when he wants to try a new approach. Heichel says the process of trying new materials can be difficult because he is so used to working with watercolors, which require a different technique than oil and acrylic. “I always experiment a little and then come back to what I know, and eventually it can inform the process,” Heichel says. Through all this experimentation with subject matter and media, one thing does tend to remain the same. Heichel says he works mainly in realism. “I try to make work that is generally representational of life, but there’s still some room for interpretation,” he says. Heichel will soon be able to expand the spaces he’s inspired by, as he will be part of the Greater Columbus Arts Council 2018 Artist Exchange in Dresden, Germany. The council chooses two artists each year to participate in this two- to three-month residency in Columbus’ sister city. Heichel is excited for the opportunity because residencies are becoming increasingly important for artists. He also has German heritage, so this will be another way to get in touch with his roots and incorporate that into his paintings. Heichel will be painting on location, which is something he looks forward to because it pushes him out of his comfort zone. “It always invites dialogue between strangers or people passing by in a way that working in your studio doesn’t,” Heichel says. “When I work in my studio, it is very isolated.” Heichel is working on a body of work for his first solo exhibition, which will be on view in March at Brandt-Roberts, where some of his work is already on display. His work can also be found online at CS Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Spring and High

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Above: Russell and High, Morning

Below: Broad and High, Nocturne

Cody Heichel

Awards and Honors • Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Museum of Art • Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council • Artist in the Community Grant, Greater Columbus Arts Council • First Place in Water Media, 25th Annual Piqua Fine Arts Exhibition • Best of Show, Dublin Area Art League 14th Annual Paint Out • First Place Plein Air Award, Ohio State Fair


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ Painter Wil Wong Yee ➜ Painter Wray Clifford ➜ Painter Adam Kolp January/February 2018 |


Hope You Like Jamming, Too

Columbus Jazz Orchestra performers cut loose for live concert after shows By Emily Real

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2018 Jam Sessions 100 Years of Buddy Rich & Dizzy Gillespie: Feb. 16 New Orleans One Mo’ Time: March 16 Legends of Rhythm & Blues: From Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder & Beyond: April 27


R E L AT E D R E A D I N G ➜ Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s 45th anniversary year ➜ Jazz Arts Group pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald ➜ Composer brings Brahms/Radiohead to Columbus

Photos courtesy of Jason Willis

ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES, EVEN JAZZ orchestra performances, perhaps don’t immediately bring to mind loosened ties, dancing, drinking and jamming out in hotel lobbies. But with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, not only do audiences get to hear a more structured and rehearsed onstage performance, as expected, they also get a chance to dance and jam with the players after the show. Looking for a way to extend the evening and keep the party going after its Friday night performances, the orchestra started putting on Friday night after-show jam sessions as a way to loosen up and play out the night with the audience. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity for the audience members to see the musicians of the jazz orchestra in a different setting,” says Kimberlee Goodman, event planner and orchestra and production manager. “A lot of the guys (in the orchestra) really dress down; they’ll take of their suits or ties, or be in street clothes. … It’s a very different environment.” Not only are the performers more casual during the jam sessions, the set they perform is much more low-key as well. While the formal performance onstage is structured and set in stone, at the after-party, the music is completely improvised. “(The performers) are able to share their individual personalities a little bit more,” Goodman says. “That way, every single musician is featured at some point as opposed to being … an entire orchestra as an entity.” These post-performance jam sessions take place in the lobby of the Westin Hotel, which adjoins the Southern Theatre. The hotel keeps its bar and restaurant open late, so attendees can enjoy some food and drink as they watch the performers jam out. “Very often, the guest artist will come in. So you’ve got these world-famous musicians that people have just seen on the formal stage, and then they go to the lobby and they could be three feet from them,” Goodman says. “They can take pictures, ask a question, and that’s the other big appeal.” Jam sessions follow the Friday night performances of every show in the orchestra’s Swingin’ with the CJO concert series. CS



Gallery Exhibits Columbus Museum of Art: Beyond Impressionism: Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries through Jan. 24. Laura Park: 2017 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition through Feb. 11. Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO through March 2. James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland through April 22. Family Pictures, photos by black photographers exploring communities, from Feb. 16-May 20. www.columbus ROY G BIV Gallery: Small Works Exhibition, works of art smaller than 1 cubic foot each by gallery artists, through Jan. 27. Marcia Evans Gallery: Artful Holiday Gifts – paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and locally made jewelry – through Jan. 29. Hawk Galleries: New Work, Again, work by Dan Dailey, through Jan. 31. www. Brandt-Roberts Galleries: New works by gallery artists from Jan. 1-Feb. 28. www.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Studios on High Gallery: Winter’s Embrace, seasonal interpretations by gallery artists, from Jan. 2-Feb. 15. www.studios Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Stores from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present, featuring work from Mohmen Hamid inspired by cultural diversity, from Jan. 2-May 6. Dublin Arts Council

Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Playing with Threads by members of the Art

Quilt Alliance from Jan. 5-26. Works by Upper Arlington area students from Feb. 1-23. Otterbein University Miller Gallery: Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition from Jan. 8-Feb. 9. 21st Annual Juried Student Exhibition Feb. 16-March 9. Dublin Arts Council: emerging, work by students living within the Dublin City School District, from Jan. 9-Feb. 23. www. January/February 2018 |




Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World, photographs by Tariq Tarey and visual poetry by Ladan Osman, from Jan. 10-April 28. Cultural Arts Center: I Felt, You Paint from Jan. 12-Feb. 10. www.culturalarts Glass Axis: Glasswork by James Lehr Kennedy from Jan. 12-Feb. 24. OSU Urban Arts Space: The Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, a juried competition open to all studio-based art and design majors at The Ohio State University, from Jan. 13-Feb. 3. The Ohio State University Department of Art, MFA Exhibition from Feb. 20-March 17. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Resolution, mixed media by Catherine Bell Smith, from Jan. 15-Feb. 24. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Vessels, work from accomplished female artists who incorporate the vessel within their pieces, from Jan. 15-March 28. www. Keny Galleries: African American Masterworks, pieces from recognized artists

Sherrie Gallerie

through the centuries, from Jan. 19-March 1. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Storybooks and Other Narratives: Aminah Robinson & Faith Ringgold from Jan. 19-March 4. Art Access Gallery: Following the Updraft, selected works by Jennifer Rosengarten, from Jan. 19-March 11. www.artaccess

Keny Galleries

Angela Meleca Gallery: FAKE by Tim Rietenbach from Jan. 20-Feb. 24. www. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Artists of the Winding Road, A-Z, work by 12 Ap-

Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art

palachian Ohioans, from Jan. 20-April 15. Sherrie Gallerie: Fiber art by Tim Harding from Jan. 21-Feb. 25. www.sherrie OSU Hopkins Hall Gallery: Master of Fine Arts Exhibition from Jan. 22-Feb. 16.

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Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Quilt National 2017, the 20th biennial international juried art quilt exhibition in partnership with the Dairy Barn in Athens, from Jan. 25-April 14.


20th Biennial International Juried Art Quilt Exhibition Produced by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio


JANUARY 25 – APRIL 14, 2018 Ohio Craft Museum

Visit the Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus FREE ADMISSION

The Arts Castle: Juried High School Exhibit from Jan. 28-Feb. 23.


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

Ohio Glass Museum: A Very Private Collection of vintage glass, a variety of glass art styles made between 1875 and 1920, through Feb. 26.

HOURS Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and all state holidays.

Ohio Craft Museum: Fresh Perspectives 2: Emerging Artists, works in various mediums by graduate students and recent graduates in Ohio, from Feb. 4-March 18. www. Pizzuti Collection: Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper and Pair: Alex Dodge And Glen Baldridge through April 29. www.


Visit Call: 614-644-9624 Image credit: Rosemary Hoffenberg, Regatta, 2016, cotton, thread, natural batting, 43" x 38"


SPRING AT THE SCHUMACHER Join us this spring as we feature three totally different and totally exciting exhibits.

VESSELS Opening Reception Thursday, January 18 | 5-7:30 p.m. Gallery closed February 24 to March 4 for midterm break Eva Kwong, Side by Side Vase stoneware, glaze

Vessels January 15 to March 28 The Absolutes by Deric M. Gill January 15 to March 28 Capital University Student Art Exhibition April 9 to 24 Decorative Arts Center of Ohio


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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! with the title role played by 15-year-old Upper Arlington native Claire O’Shaughnessy. CAPA presents Rick Springfield: Stripped Down Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Singer, songwriter and Grammy Award winner Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”) presents a solo performance that includes music, storytelling and a Q&A session.

Phantom of the Opera

Broadway Across America presents Phantom of the Opera Jan. 3-14 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous love story returns to the capital city with a performance that critics have called “bigger and better than before.” Opera Project Columbus presents Amahl and the Night Visitors Jan. 5 and 7 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The first opera ever produced for television tells the story of young Amahl, a disabled child who tells too many tall tales, 60 | January/February 2018

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Northern Lights Jan. 20-21 Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., Worthington; Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Vadim Gluzman, ProMusica principal guest artist and creative partner, joins the ensemble, as well as principal flutist Katherine DeJongh and guest harpsichordist David Schrader, for an evening of winter-themed pieces.

Mickey Mouse and his famous pals set the stage for an inviting night on the ice featuring hit Disney songs and crazy shenanigans perfect for the whole family. Jazz Arts Group presents Becca Stevens Band Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Musical artist Becca Stevens hopes to shatter traditional genres of music with a brand-new performance that pulls specific styles from different musical categories. A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Contemporary classical music ensemble the Kronos Quartet plays the soundtrack live for Sam Green documentary on the group’s 45-year history.

Disney on Ice

Lana Del Rey Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The singer-songwriter responsible for “Summertime Sadness,” “West Coast,” “Young and Beautiful” and other such popular tunes brings her LA to the Moon tour to Columbus. www. Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars Jan. 24-28 Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.


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Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert Jan. 27-28 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ fantastic score live as a backdrop to the second Harry Potter movie. CATCO presents Daddy Long Legs Jan. 31-Feb. 18 Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S High St. This uplifting tale about a young woman and her mysterious benefactor is based on the novel that inspired the film in 1955.

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Broadway Across America presents Chicago Feb. 6-11 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Buckeye football superstar Eddie George returns to Columbus for a starring role in the famous musical centered on femme fatales. They Might Be Giants Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. The iconic musical duo known for such songs as “Particle Man,” “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and “Istanbul (Not ConstantiJanuary/February 2018 |


nople)” brings its high-energy show to the Newport.


BalletMet presents Giselle Feb. 9-17 Davidson Theater, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. BalletMet presents the world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s production of the classic ballet, set to Adolphe Adam’s score. Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents 100 Years of Buddy Rich & Dizzy Gillespie Feb. 15-18 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Guest vocalist Roberta Gambarini and guest vocalist and bassist Jeff Hamilton join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for a celebration of the music of two jazz icons.


Mix & Shake Feb. 17, 7:30-10:30 p.m. North Market, 59 Spruce St. This cocktail sampling event, featuring a variety of Ohio distillers, enters its third year. McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra presents Vive la France Feb. 18, 3 p.m. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington This performance pays homage to music written by French composers who lived between the end of the 19th century and World War II.

Arnold Sports Festival March 1-4 Throughout Columbus Some 20,000 athletes converge on Columbus for the largest multi-sport event in the world, with new events including axe throwing, pickleball, body painting, equestrian alongside festival favorites such as the Arnold Fitness Expo, Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition, Party with the Pros and 5K Pump & Run. www.


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Chamber Music Columbus presents Lorelei Ensemble Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. An all-professional female ensemble takes music to the next level with bold voices and transformative performances.

Columbus Dance Theatre presents A-Z Feb. 23-24 Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St. Now in their 20th season, Columbus Dance Theatre performs 26 different dance phrases with help from the audience to create something new and exciting.

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec THE POST-HOLIDAY SEASON is a great time to visit galleries and museums, and

the Columbus Museum of Art has two colorful exhibitions that will be up together as the year begins. Beyond Impressionism – Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and Their Contemporaries has some outstanding works, including a good number of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) prints. Lautrec was renowned for his skill as a draftsman, as well a painter and printmaker. “There’s a pretty good historical record of painters making prints,” says local painter and printmaker Sophie Knee. “Think of Goya’s Bulls of Bordeaux lithographs, made toward the end of his career, and at a time when lithography was relatively new technology.” Knee’s work is a good example of the combination. She will be having an exhibition of both in October at Sharon Weiss Gallery. “Fast-forward a generation or two, and lithography has become the state-ofthe-art color printing medium, and Toulouse-Lautrec uses it to create posters that are simultaneously advertising and art,” Knee says. “My prints, like my paintings, begin as drawings, although I don’t see drawing as an exercise in imitating reality in two-dimensional space. I am interested in how the world is, but not in such a literal sense.” I hope you can get down to the museum soon and get a blast of color and light from these exhibitions. CS Closing Jan. 21: Beyond Impressionism – Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and Their Contemporaries CMA is the only U.S. venue for this extraordinary exhibition. Closing April 22: James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland


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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ambassadeurs, Aristide Bruant, 1892. Lithograph, 55 1/8 x 37 15/16 inches. Private collection. | January/February 2018

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