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Bon Jovi returns to Columbus with decades of hits in tow By Hannah Bealer March 2017 |






New Jersey’s favorite rock band is making its way back to the capital city after the late 2016 release of its 13th album. “It is not the hotels, the restaurants, the Bon Jovi will play at Nationwide Arena on March 18 as part of its This House sightseeing, and it certainly is not for the long Is Not for Sale tour, which is hitting major U.S. cities as well as Canada, the distances between home and the road,” TorUnited Kingdom and Brazil. res says. “With a band like Bon Jovi, and the Anyone who has listened to the radio or attended a karaoke night can name touring history we have, we do spend more off some of the band’s megahits: “It’s My Life,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted time together than apart. We spend more Dead or Alive.” And while those tracks will most certainly be part of the tour’s time together than we do with our families. set list, the new album’s songs take on a fresh tone, says pianist and keyboardist It’s bonding. Especially on stage, when it all David Bryan. comes together.” “It started with Jon (Bon Jovi),” he says. “He really saw a picture, which is the Bon Jovi has also learned to adapt with album cover of this house with the roots, and he said, ‘You know what … this the rapidly evolving music industry. While house is not for sale.’ And it really represented integrity. We don’t want this to the 1980s were known for hard rock and end. … (‘This House Is Not for Sale,’ the album’s title song) is like a journey of glam metal, the 2010s are all about pop rock the themes in that record.” and contemporary R&B. While navigating This will be the band’s 18th tour, and the members are no strangers to Columbus or the Midwest region. Bon Jovi last hit Columbus in 2013, during the Because We Can tour. And the band’s favorite part of touring We spend more time together than through the region may come as a shock to lifelong Midwesterners. “(It’s the) weather,” Bryan says, reflecting on a February 2003 stop we do with our families. It’s bonding. in Columbus. “Do you remember that show back in Columbus where Especially on stage, when it all it snowed like crazy?” 2003 might seem like a lifetime ago, but the band has been together comes together. – TICO TORRES since 1983. Along with Jon, both Bryan and drummer Tico Torres have been members since the very beginning, during its formation in Sayerville, N.J. It’s been a long run, but Torres says the band stays as active as possible for the fans.

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Q: What classic songs do you look forward to playing every night? Torres: Two of my mine remain “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer,” obviously. They have transcended time, and it’s hit people in a certain way. It’s not only thematic, but it seems, if you had to sum up Bon Jovi’s legacy, that song would be probably at the top of the list. And I think that’s because of the optimism. Bryan: “It’s My Life,” and there are a lot of great songs there. It’s kind of hard to say which is your favorite, but those are classic ones that keep going forward. We’re blessed by that. We touch a nerve within our audience, and it definitely transcends time.


Q: What songs stand out from This House Is Not for Sale? Bryan: I would say, for me, what encompasses the whole record is “This House Is Not for Sale.” And when you look at that (album cover), and the deep roots in it, I think it’s just about what we stand for. We’ve been here since 1983 as a band. … Our roots are deep, and we keep digging in and we keep growing at the same time. So, for us, it’s a statement that we’re not going anywhere, and it’s not for sale.

these new waters, Torres says, the band has been nothing but honest about its sound and style. “(You still have to be) current, soundwise,” he says. “You know, one of the interviewers said, ‘I heard this song … and it still sounds like Bon Jovi.’ That’s a compliment; the fact that you could still have that signature sound after so many years.” Bon Jovi shows are known for the use of technology and screens, but the setup for This House Is Not for Sale is a bit different. Rather than a traditional proscenium arrangement, there will be seats that surround the band, giving the band members more room to move around during the show and address different sides of the stage. “We’ve always loved … to be able to have actual fans behind you while you’re playing,” Torres says. “When you’re on stage, you see it a little differently than when you’re in the audience.” Bryan adds that the setup aims to put more focus on the music and the band, rather than screens. “It’s our house and we’re proud of it, and we’re going to keep bringing it around the world until they nail the coffin shut,” he says. CS

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are watching keeps everything running so smoothly? From an intimate event to a huge production, it is up to the venue to keep it together. For the largest-scale shows in Columbus, the task goes to Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment (CASE). The organization handles events for both Nationwide Arena and the Schottenstein Center. Preparing for such an event can take as long as 18 months, or as little as a week-

end. That was often the case with visiting politicians during the election last year, says Leslie Lane, who oversees marketing for the venues. With such tight timelines, the pressure is on the venues. The arenas are multipurpose, which comes in handy when they need to transform from sports arenas to concert halls. The conversion begins directly after a game, taking around four and a half hours. Sometimes, storage has to be creative, such as at Nationwide Arena, where the ice rink is kept directly under the floor. ➙ Arena staff pose with Taylor Swift before her 2015 performance at Nationwide Arena.

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While artists and production teams often have their own stage crews, the size of the crew can vary. Sometimes, CASE supplies local help, which could include from 30 to 140 staffers. For the crew, the day begins early. “We’re there around 6 or 7 in the morning to unload the trucks,” says Colin Thompson, assistant general manager. Performers may bring from four to 24 trucks’ worth of equipment. “We set up rooms backstage around 2 p.m. and open doors around 6 p.m.,” says Thompson. “We tear everything down around midnight. We’re then finishing everything up around 2 a.m.” Sometimes, artists include special requests for the venues that keep them on their toes. Such requests can include an all-white dressing room for Taylor Swift’s VIP fans, a special portable toilet reserved for Mick Jagger’s use only or a superstition about purple being bad luck, forcing the venue to cover up all the purple in the theater.



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Dementia Defense Doctors slow cognitive decay from an unlikely source By Zach Maiorana

WHEN AN AGING PATIENT DEVELOPS DEMENTIA, his or her world begins to make less and less sense. As seniors’ cognitive abilities decline in the form of memory loss, emotional issues and problems with language production and comprehension, so, too, does their understanding of what’s happening around them. For decades, researchers have questioned how the aging process affects these issues. Do disabilities such as hearing impairment, associated with aging, make a patient’s dementia worse? If so, what can be done to help alleviate the effects? For help approaching the issue, “I tend to liken the brain to a processor,” says Dr. Jeffery Milks, an independent physician whose specialty is geriatric medicine. “We hear most of what people say, and then our brain fills in the rest.” The question is what happens when an older patient’s ability to hear is impaired or lost. Milks’ 35 years of practicing medicine, including serving as director of the Geriatric Fellowship at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, has brought him extensive professional experience to understand dementia. “We definitely know that people with significantly impaired hearing have more likelihood of having dementia,” Milks says, “and they also tend to experience a more rapid decline. The literature supports that.” The difficulty arises, however, when we consider out second question: Can we prevent that decline by treating the hearing problem? The short answer: We don’t know. “No study supports that treating hearing impairment definitely affects the decline,” Milks says. “There was a (U.S. Department of) Veterans Affairs study about 15 years ago, but its results weren’t conclusive.” Still, Milks is confident that the possible correlation is being looked at and, one day, we’ll be able to understand more about delaying a disorder that often feels like a spiral for patients and family members. In the meantime, we can take cautionary steps while managing our expectations. “I doubt that treating hearing loss will stop dementia,” Milks says. “But not treating it causes dementia’s acceleration.”

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“I would advise my patients to get a hearing aid earlier, when they first notice signs of hearing difficulties. My feeling is that if they’re able to hear everything, they’re more aware and they have a better shot.” Going further, it’s wise to be evaluated for dementia at the first sign of hearing loss over the age of 50. Tests will determine whether a person’s memory or thinking skills are weakening as a result of a type of dementia. Early diagnosis is important to understand the type and extent of the disease. The term “dementia” is simply “an overall term that

describes a wide range of symptoms,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. True, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, but many cases are the result of preventable causes, and are sometimes reversible. Thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies, for example, can contribute to conditions that cause symptoms of dementia. For friends and family members of patients who suffer from both severe hearing loss and dementia, vigilance and special care are key. “With my patients, I speak in what I like to call my ‘big boy voice,’” Milks says. In other words, speak significantly louder. It also helps a great deal to make sure your mouth is clearly visible when speaking to someone with dementia. People tend to be better lip-readers than they think. Letting the brain catch onto several stimuli leads to better engagement and better comprehension. “Watch and make sure that people understand,” Milks adds. “Sometimes they’ll nod, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re comprehending what you’re saying. Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of the Division of Cognitive Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recommends also using visual picture books to help stimulate brain activity in dementia patients who can’t hear well. Per Scharre, awareness is key. “Get cognitive screening if at risk for cognitive impairment,” he says. Knowing that the battle has begun is the first step to preventing rapid decline. With the help of modern hearing aid technology, and with further research, the hope of another way to fight dementia could be on the horizon. CS

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Among the standout qualities of Polaris-based Sushi En is that all of the sauces are made in-house, creating the perfect flavor for each roll. That helps maintain the flavor customers have come to love, while keeping preservatives out of the food, says owner Diana Bae. The restaurant’s Special #1 roll is for those who are looking for something a little more healthful. Rather than being wrapped in white rice like a traditional sushi roll, the Special #1 is wrapped in a thin slice of cucumber. And filled with tuna, crab, tamago, kaiware and masago. “Sushi is edible art,” says Bae. “We serve traditional, but we pay attention to where the trend is headed.” –Amanda DePerro

With some 50 rolls on its menu, Sapporo Sushi Factory had a lot of options for choosing the one that would bear its name. It’s no surprise, then, that the item dubbed the New Sapporo Roll would become one of the most popular items at the Westerville restaurant. It contains shrimp tempura, tuna, cream cheese and mango wrapped in soybean and topped with crab stick, tempura flakes and spicy mayo. It’s a top seller, though it’s sometimes rivaled by Sapporo’s Lobster Roll when that happens to be the day’s special. “Most places … fry lobster tail or something like that,” says Ngamta Tanglain of Sapporo. “But we use a lobster meat that’s on top; we don’t fry.” –Garth Bishop

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With locations in Grandview Heights, the Short North, Clintonville and Easton Town Center, FUSIAN is quickly turning into one of Columbus’ sushi staples. The fast-casual restaurant takes a “make your own” approach, giving diners the option to build their own sushi rolls. With its peanut butter and jelly roll, FUSIAN proves that even kids can get in on the action, offering a soy wrap, white rice, creamy peanut butter and grape jelly. Depending on the season, some diners may add their own twists with mango, strawberries and honey. “We originally put it on the menu for kids, but it also serves well for adults who still feel like kids,” says co-founder Stephan Harman. “It’s a good first step into a sushi roll. Our goal is to make sushi as accessible as possible.” –Hannah Bealer

Sushi Ting has grabbed attention with its creatively named rolls: Dreamy Goat, Sweet Potato Dynamite, Insanity Roll and Monster in Law are just a few of the options. There’s more to the Clintonville-area restaurant than just names, though. One thing that really sets apart such rolls as the Ting’s Lover – spicy tuna and crunch roll, topped with fresh tuna and wasabi tobiko – is the quality of the rice, says owner and head chef Jacob Dong. Sushi Ting uses tamanishiki rice, which makes a noticeable difference, he says. “The flavor (of a roll) is 70 percent from rice, (and) only 30 percent from fish,” Dong says. –Garth Bishop

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Nida’s Thai on High features an extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine, but you don’t want to overlook its sushi menu. Take the Heart Attack, for example: a tempurabatter deep-fried sushi roll with spicy tuna, jalapeño peppers, cream cheese, all topped with a spicy mayo and eel sauce. Nida Perry, owner of the Short North restaurant and its sushi stand at the North Market, crafted the roll with a goal in mind: offering up a sushi roll no one else could master. “I don’t think anyone in town has something like this,” says Perry, who hails from Thailand. “I wanted to make it different.” –Hannah Bealer

Shaken, Not Stirred? It’s hard to look away from the food at Royal Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro (Upper Arlington) and HY Asian Cuisine (Clintonville area), because the jointly-owned restaurants subscribe to the notion that sushi is an art form that should appeal to all five senses. The sushi may come out in the traditional sushi boat, but diners may also be served in a cocktail glass if they get the pictured sushi and sashimi combo, with daikon radish cascading out of it with sushi delicately placed inside and around the base. The restaurants place a great deal of importance on making sushi a feast for the eyes as well as for the stomach, says manager Victor Liu. “When (owner David Zheng) got the place, he really invested in presentation,” says Liu. “Presentation, special sushi rolls and unique ingredients.” –Amanda DePerro

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Mr. Sushi, located in Dublin, aims to impress both with its décor – sectioned off by traditional Japanesestyle light wood and a gridded half-wall with translucent paper – and the freshness of its fish. That’s been a major area of emphasis for manager and chef Daniel Kim since the restaurant changed management a little over a year ago. The Mr. Sushi roll (pictured top left in the sushi boat) is a good example, offering eel, sweet potato and cucumber plus katsuobushi, or dried tuna flakes, with tobiko. A happy hour and an increase in quality accompanied the increased freshness, Kim says. “We get new shipments of fish three times per week,” says Kim. “That lets us keep track of the fish, and keeps everything fresh.” –Amanda DePerro


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s Columbus continues to transform into a busy, bustling city, it’s tempting to retreat somewhere a little more peaceful. Luckily, located about 30 miles east of the city, you can find Licking County. Licking County has many sides. With awe-inspiring natural scenery, a rich history and a thriving arts and dining scene, there’s not a lot you can’t do here. “The sky is the limit, so let your imagination wander,” says Explore Licking County Executive Director Dan Moder. “What we really want you to do is create your own experience in this amazing place.”

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T H E G R E AT O U T D O O R S J O U R N E Y Licking Park District has 11 parks, reserves and preserves that offer an array of possibilities, including off-leash dog parks, bird watching, horse trails and waterways for fishing and canoeing. Outside of the park district, visitors can also find scenic trails and garden displays at Dawes Arboretum. Founded in 1929, the arboretum encourages education on nature and the preservation of forests.   For campers, the Lazy River at Granville is the perfect place to have a true outdoors experience with lodge rentals, laser tag, zip lining, beach volleyball and swimming. It’s also a prime spot for weddings and other outdoor celebrations. March 2017 |


THE TOWN EXPERIENCE JOURNEY With the opening of Thirty One West last fall, the city of Newark has been united through music. This music and event space hosts local and national talent alike, such as the Wayfarers, Celts Crossing, and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons. “It was clear what the space was intended for,” says Tom Atha, who purchased Thirty One West’s building and helped transform it into a music hall. “In the past, it was a ballroom turned furniture showroom, but really, it was meant to bring people together.” Thirty One West isn’t the only place in Newark that’s gone through a makeover. On March 1, Brick Alley Donut Company opened up shop at 56 W. Main St. The historic building had been vacant for five years before its transformation. After exploring, you might find yourself eager to stay in Licking County for another night or two. The Buxton Inn, located in Granville, is described as a “living history museum” by owner Jennifer Valenzuela. The 19th-century inn has housed famous and esteemed guests such as former president Abraham Lincoln. And if you’re paying a visit to Denison University or just looking for a romantic getaway or retreat, Granville Inn offers overnight packages that suit everyone’s needs.

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You don’t have to go far to see ancient history; it’s right here in central Ohio. The Newark Earthworks are the world’s largest earthen enclosures. It’s believed that the Hopewell people built the Earthworks between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D. There are three surviving segments: the Great Circle Earthworks, the Wright Earthworks and the Octagon Earthworks. Originally, the structure covered more than four square miles. Architecture history buffs no doubt know the name Louis Sullivan – the “father of skyscrapers” and Chicago architect responsible for the Midwest’s “jewel box” banks. One of them, the Louis Sullivan Bank Building, sits right in downtown Newark. Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in both the present and the past by visiting The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. The Works, located in Newark, has interactive science, art and history exhibits, including exhibits such as a flight simulator and an Ohio mastodon. “History is so hands-on,” says Managing Director Marcia Downes. “We want children to touch, hold and engage with artifacts from Licking County’s history and pre-history.”

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More Than Members Only Where else can your local membership benefit you? By Lydia Freudenberg The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers seven types of memberships featuring different levels of benefits. Each one, though, includes free or 50 percent off admission to more than 100 participating zoos across in North America, including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Memphis Zoo and Philadelphia Zoo. COSI’s Basic, Premium and Supporting memberships all carry with them free admission to more than 300 science museums worldwide. Locations include Florida, Canada and the United Kingdom. Premium and Supporting cardholders receive 50 percent off admission to 200-plus children’s museums nationwide. The Columbus Museum of Art has six membership levels, four of which – Reciprocal, Supporter, Patron or Benefactor membership – carry discounted admission to more than 800 museums nationwide. That includes 14 art museums in Ohio alone. All nine of Franklin Park Conservatory’s membership levels confer admission privileges and discounts at 270-plus gardens nationwide. Participating gardens include the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Which of these national parks can you visit in the 101st year of the National Park Service? By Valerie Mauger

Shenandoah Cuyahoga Valley Ohio 2 hours from Columbus Take a walk down the Towpath Trail, which shadows the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.

Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina/Tennessee 6 hours from Columbus Take to the trail and watch for the park’s magnificent wildflowers in spring. Shenandoah Virginia 6 hours from Columbus Experience panoramic views of Virginia’s rolling hills.

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Congaree South Carolina 8 hours from Columbus Paddle 50 miles down the Congaree River to travel from the state capital to the park’s interior.

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Mammoth Cave Kentucky 5 hours from Columbus Take a tour to learn about Mammoth Cave’s exciting history and see its most famous formations.

Hot Springs Arkansas 12 hours from Columbus Travel to central Arkansas for the soothing effects of this area’s natural hot springs.

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Isle Royale Michigan 13 hours from Columbus Scuba dive to explore some of Lake Superior’s historic shipwrecks. Voyageurs Minnesota 15 hours from Columbus Enjoy the Northern lights on two of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. Acadia Maine 16 hours from Columbus Be one of the first in the country to watch the sunrise.

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Break-ing News Top 10 tips for spring break travel By Amanda Etchison

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“I never considered it a memoir,” Kass says. “It was mostly about survival – how someone survives persecution and displacement.” Her most recent endeavor was founding Gramercy Books, which opened in December in Bexley. It’s the first new independent bookstore in central Ohio in over 32 | March 2017

10 years, and is already drawing book lovers from all over the city, Kass says. “I guess I wasn’t even prepared for the kind of delight I see on people’s faces when they walk in the store,” she says. The motivation for opening Gramercy Books was simple. “I’ve always loved books,” Kass says. “Great bookstores have always had a special place in my heart.” Located right on Main Street, the store has a large children’s section and a wide variety of books for every reader. It is also connected to Kittie’s Café, which is an extension of the Kittie’s Cakes bakery in German Village. “It’s great synergistic partnership,” says Kass. She has already organized scores of events for the coming months, including the Gramercy Book Club, a Sunday Story Time for kids and special author visits. Authors who will be visiting in March and April include novelist Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad), author and

New York Post contributor Joselin Linder and Ohio Poet Laureate Dr. Amit Majmudar. Kass is committed to bringing in local authors and turning Gramercy into a community gathering place. “It’s a lot of work,” she says. But it’s joyful work.” CS Valerie Mauger is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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LINDA KASS HAS HAD MANY TITLES within the world of words, but “novelist” and “bookseller” are relatively new additions to her resume. Kass has been writing, in one form or another, for as long as she can remember. She has a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and has written for many publications over the years. Lately, however, her focus has shifted to books. Her novel Tasa’s Song, released in May 2016, tells the story of a female musician in Poland during World War II. The novel is inspired by the life of her mother, who was brought up in Poland during this turbulent period. Kass says a trip to eastern Europe with her daughter reminded her of her family history. After the trip, she just couldn’t get the story out of her mind, so she dropped her other projects and began writing.

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ong before they contacted Columbus-based Cabinetworks Kitchens, Jenny and Adam Garver knew their kitchen needed a revamp. Tucked into a corner behind a half wall and brown cabinets, the kitchen was dark and closed off to the rest of the space. The Garvers had bought the Hilliard-area home before they married in 2008 and, in 2012, they were ready for a remodel. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and raising their two children became priority No. 1. The Garvers already knew what they wanted, though: first and foremost, a local renovation company. They also wanted a company with which they were comfortable, one that did quality work and that seemed to care about the project. Before the project was put on hold, the Garvers knew Grandview Heights-area Cabinetworks would be the company to remodel the kitchen. So, in July 2016, the Garvers finally made time and called. “They still had all the original information,” says Jenny. Due to the single window and small space, Jenny envisioned the kitchen entirely in white to brighten up the space, more open to the dining area and safe for kids. Cabinetworks checked all of the Garvers’ boxes, and “every single goal was met,” says Jenny. The renovation took only two weeks from start to finish. “Adam really likes the soft-close doors on the drawers and cabinets,” she says. “Those are great when you have kids that slam everything all the time.” The Garvers opted for sturdy and attractive quartz countertops, modern white 40 L u



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When the Garvers moved into their home in 2008, they knew they wanted to renovate the kitchen. However, it was put off until after they got married, then again while they raised their two children. They knew the kitchen needed light, and to be better integrated with adjacent rooms. “Obviously, it’s a smaller kitchen and we don’t have a lot of windows,” says Jenny. “I know from the bat that we wanted to go with a whiter, sort of light white design.”


Not only did the new island open up the room, it allowed for much needed added storage space. “I love the fact that we added the island,” says Jenny. “We were going back and forth about it, and when we finally decided to add that additional counter space, we were really happy with how it looked and how it worked together. We have different storage options now, and we keep our trash and recycling in there, too.”


After Cabinetworks was done with it, the Garvers’ kitchen was bright, white and allowed for flow around a brand new island that was formerly blocked off by a half wall. The quartz and white cabinet reflect well onto the glass and metallic bar backsplash, brightening up the room.

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Some of the smaller details of the kitchen that aren’t immediately apparent add to the finished and modern look of the kitchen, creating flair in a very modern kitchen. The two-tone backsplash is a highlight, and Jenny says the French country modern sink is one of her favorite features.


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Whiskey Rebellion Bushmills vs. Jameson: Is one superior to the other? By Amanda Etchison

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A TASTE OF THE EMERALD ISLE this St. Patrick’s Day, forget the green beer, because whiskey is the way to go. Deriving its name from the Gaelic phrase for “water of life,” Irish whiskey is set apart from its Scottish and Canadian cousins with the extra “e” in its name. But in addition to this basic orthographic difference, Irish whiskey has a few characteristics that single it out from your standard Scotch. Made from grains that are often kiln-dried, triple-distilled and then aged in casks, Irish whiskeys are usually described as having a smoother finish than other types of whiskey. Compared to Scotch whiskies, the Irish versions lack the smoky, earthy finish caused by drying the grains over peat fires. When it comes to Irish whiskeys commonly found in the U.S., two brands typically spring to mind: Jameson and Bushmills. Though legend holds that Jameson is a Catholic whiskey and Bushmills is a Protestant whiskey – more a matter of geography than anything else, as Jameson originates from Catholicheavy County Cork, while Bushmills hails from Protestant-rich Northern Ireland – subtle differences are used to identify each standard blend. “With Jameson, it has a mellow flavor on the nose and you also get hints of floral scents and a little bit of spice to it,” says Justin Handy, assistant general manager at the Three Legged Mare in the Arena District. These combine with a “fruity and vanilla citrus flavor” on the palate and a “medium finish,” Handy says. “It is not really harsh or alcoholic like you would get from some other types of whiskeys,” he says. “And it has a little bit of a spice on the finish, too.” Bushmills initially has a sharper scent than Jameson with undertones of vanilla, followed by a “tangy floral flavor” on the palate, Handy says. “It also has a longer finish than Jameson,” he says. “And you get more sweet flavors on your tongue and in the back of your throat after you have consumed it.” Both brands offer their original blends, as well as special reserves, which can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. “It is mostly (served) neat or with just a couple of ice cubes,” says Patrick Byrne, owner and manager of Byrne’s Pub in Grandview Heights. “There’s a pickleback, which is (whiskey) and pickle juice. It does sound odd, but it is really quite tasty.” Soda water and ginger ale make easy mixers for Irish whiskey, Byrne says. And Irish whiskey can also be used in place of the standard American whiskey in a Moscow (Irish) Mule or Manhattan. To those still unsure as to which whiskey will wet their whistle on St. Patrick’s Day, Handy says the choice is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

“We also have a wide variety of other Irish whiskeys … bourbons and scotches,” he says. “Really, I just recommend to go with what you enjoy the most.” CS Amanda Etchison is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Human Nature

Wil Wong Yee paints cities with people on his mind By Taylor Woodhouse


I was a little apprehensive, but when I saw the view, I completely understood what had drawn him there. He set up his easel overlooking the heart of Downtown. In the distance, the Nationwide Arena spotlight danced playfully, and the city glowed with the promise of another winning Blue Jackets game. As we talked, he deftly began sketching the start of his cityscape. He’s quick to smile and laugh, something that is especially impressive from someone who has truly run the gauntlet of life. A central Ohio native, he grew up in Whitehall and graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in industrial design and an affinity for illustration. When a car accident resulted in an injured hand and the loss of his portfolio, he turned to the life of a waiter and worked in the restaurant industry for eight years. A couple of odd jobs, a scare with pulmonary disease and a personal tragedy marked his next few years until the pull to return to art became too strong, and he began creating again. But despite that, his outlook on life is as bright as his paintings. “I think sometimes people don’t realize who they really are until they’ve lost everything,” Yee says. “I have given away so much of my work and not cared. I’ve lost way more than I’ve won in my life. But I’ve gotten so much back in my life, I really feel so blessed.” Yee’s style is a testament to how he sees the world. It’s an explosion of color offset by bright city lights. It’s the visual representation of the feeling you get when you walk through a city that is uniquely yours in that moment, when the sidewalk is your catwalk and you can almost hear the soundtrack to your life playing in your ears. He paints the mundane with a lens of optimism, each painting a place you’re familiar with but feel like you’ve never really seen at all. He starts each piece by finding a location and just observing, something he calls “seeing through the city.” From there, he sketches out the basic shapes in permanent marker, and begins a base coat of spray paint. Even in those preliminary stages, the tone and inspiration are already obvious. Because he paints on location, Yee never takes brushes. They’re inconvenient to wash. Instead, he uses his own hand as a brush, finger-painting each detail. He layers paint and pen over and over again, and the end result is highly textured, a look he laughingly tells me people describe as “unfinished.” He enjoys drawing not just from what he sees, but also in unique color patterns and moods, such as the paint on a vintage toy. At the forefront of each of his works is the vibrancy of city life. Each painting is an homage to Columbus and the people who live in it. He truly loves the city, and his work has brought him closer to its people. “It’s a growing city, a beautiful city. We have problems like every city does, but we’re a small big city, and you can grow here,” Yee says. “If you have enough 48 | March 2017

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ambition, you can make yourself something here.” If you ask him to define who he is, he’ll probably say “artist” and “father” in the same breath. His art is not just a labor of love; it’s a way to connect with people, from his son to the people he’s met on the streets while painting to the people who need help. A strong advocate for human and animal rights, he frequently works with both ACT Ohio, working with rescue animals, and Project Redeem, which aids underserved families and children. Art, he’s found, can make an impact. In the future, he’d like to start his own pro-illustration shoe company. The company, called Chili Wong, is already in the works. He wants to design blank shoes to take to students and other groups and encourage them to illustrate directly on the shoes, using the platform of art to really help. He would also like to travel, and paint cityscapes that examine other cities and other people. “It has nothing and everything to do with art, but talking to people and treating everyone like human beings allows you to really see through things,” Yee says. “With my work, I try to use it as a platform to help other people and organizations.” Yee is represented by Hayley Gallery in New Albany. An exhibition of his work, titled My Perspective, opens there March 18. CS Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Pizzuti Collection puts Indian artwork on display in ambitious new show By Lydia Freudenberg AFTER MULTIPLE EXHIBITIONS FOCUSING ON THE ART OF CUBA, the Pizzuti Col-

lection is shining a spotlight on a different continent with its upcoming show. The Short North gallery’s new exhibition, Visions from India, is one of the most ambitious projects in its short history. The exhibition features famous paintings, incredible sculptures and artistic films, all by Indian artists. It opens March 10 and runs through Oct. 28. The show is in two parts. Transforming Vision: 21st Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection features 40 pieces of contemporary work by Indian artists, while The Progressive Master: Francis Newton Souza from the Rajadhyaksha Collection is a collection of work by renowned 20th century Indian painter Francis Newton Souza. Greer Pagano, interim curator at Pizzuti Collection, says it took about 15 years for Ron and Ann Pizzuti to acquire all the pieces in the modern-day collection, while Souza’s work was obtained through local collector, Vikram “Raj” Rajadhyaksha, founder of engineering consulting firm DLZ Corporation. Rajadhyaksha felt a connection with Souza’s paintings and took particular interest in Souza when he began exploring art in their shared birthplace, says Greer. Today, Rajadhyaksha has dozens of Souza’s pieces in a variety of styles, many expressing his love for the female body, as well as icons of Catholicism and Hinduism. “I think people will be surprised at this exhibition, at the range of his styles and also his mastery of the paint medium, his exceptional color work,” says Pagano. “His styles are all over the place because I think what he is doing is looking to the west, he is looking to Indian tradition.” The 30 pieces in The Progressive Master were created between the 1940s and the 1990s. Putting it on display in connection with Transforming Vision will give

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Right: For All That We Lose by Sudarshan Shetty Courtesy the artist and GALLERYSKE

Top left: After a Long Time by Sheila Makhijani ©Sheila Makhijani/Courtesy Talwar Gallery

Bottom left: Heavy Hat by Pors & Rao Courtesy the artist and GALLERYSKE

visitors the chance to track the evolution of Indian artwork over decades, Pagano says. To enhance the experience, the Pizzuti Collection will offer artist talks, poetry readings, music and dancing over the course of Visions from India. “We’ll have Gallery Hops, family days, scavenger hunts for the kids, lots of different ways to interact with the space,” says Philip Kim, marketing and communications coordinator for the gallery. “I hope that people will


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THE BIG BAND EXPLOSION! want to learn more about Indian culture – the history, the politics – and then translate that to their own culture.” The Pizzutis and Rajadhyaksha have expressed their enthusiasm about the chance to share their love of collecting Indian art with the Columbus community, Pagano says. “The fact that we can celebrate Columbus based collectors is a really cool thing – that here, in this city, we have enough work from Indian artists that we can fill a 16,000-square-foot building,” she says. “This is about sharing some of the most important Indian artists with the Columbus community.” CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


In the tradition of the great big bands of Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton, expect concerts bursting with spontaneous, raucous, red-hot solos by your favorite CJO players and our special guests, Harry Allen on saxophone and Warren Wolf on vibraphone. (800) 745-3000 • CAPA Ticket Office (614) 469-0939 CAPA Ticket Office Address: 39 East State Street

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Gallery Exhibits High Road Gallery & Studios: Taking the High Road, pen-and-ink, polymer clay and pastel works by owner Carol Hershey and High Road Studio artists, through March 12. OSU Urban Arts Space: Thesis, work by master of fine arts candidates from The Ohio State University’s Department of Art, through March 18. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: The Painted City, reflections on communication within cities in a variety of media by central Ohio painters, through March 24. Keny Galleries: Picasso: The Madoura Years (19471971), Major Ceramics and High Road Gallery & Studios Linocuts and Modern Master Prints through March 24. Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Work by students at Upper Arlington area middle schools from March 1-24. Jung Association Gallery: Small is Beautiful, small works by the members of the Jung Association of Central Ohio, through March 25.

Hammond Harkins Galleries

Glass Axis Kennedy Galleries: Fragile Fashion, wearable glass art inspired by fashion throughout history, through March 25. King Arts Complex: The New Black: A Contemporary Collectors Show through March 25. Ohio Craft Museum: Wounded Warrior Dogs and Faithful Companions, signature wood forms by Jim Mellick, through March 26. Art Access Gallery: Work by Goodwill Art Studio artists from March 3-31. Hammond Harkins Galleries: I Dream in Color – New Works by Alteronce Gumby and Stephanie Luening from March 3-April 15.

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Gallery 22: Modern primitive acrylics by Annette Montis from March 3-April 22. Studios on High Gallery: Hit the Hop, an annual juried show featuring 35 central Ohio artists, from March 4-29. www. ROY G BIV Gallery: Works by Alicia Little and Woomin Kin from March 4-25. Sherrie Gallerie: Hand-carved ceramics by Julie Woodrow from March 5-April 18. Otterbein University Miller Gallery: Senior Art Exhibitions, work by graduating art majors, from March 6-April 28. www. The Arts Castle: All the Rage: Art & Fashion in Early Delaware County from March 6-April 28.

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery

Gallery 831: Verge of Desire, work by abstract/expressionist artist Claudia Rhoades, from March 10-24. Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Songs in Red and Blue and Gold, still lifes and figure paintings by Kendric Tonn, from March 10-April 2. Pizzuti Collection: Visions from India – a celebration of India featuring paintings, video works, sculptures and an accompanying survey of Francis Newton Souza – from March 10-Oct. 28. www.pizzuti The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Paintings by artist Lisa M. McLymont from March 15-May 12.

Ohio Wesleyan University Ross Museum of Art: Accumulated Errors, sculpture by Carol Boram-Hays, through April 2. Dublin Arts Council: Barbara Eisenhardt: Reaching for the Soul, landscape paintings that express the tranquility of nature, through April 14. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Come Along With Me, work exploring the mundane activities of daily life by Ohio Art League members, through April 15. www. Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art

Cultural Arts Center: Inside/ Outside, work by members of Creative Arts of Women, from March 17-April 15. www.culturalartscenter Hayley Gallery: My Perspective, street art-inspired cityscapes and portraits by Wil Wong Yee, from March 18-April 19.

Studios on High Gallery

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Marcia Evans Gallery: A Splash of Spring, non-figurative oil abstracts by Frenchborn American artist Annette Poitau, from March 31-May 30. www.marcia

Wexner Center for the Arts: Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight and S-337473 by Sarah Oppenheimer through April 16. Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: BETWEEN US: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art

by Tibetan brothers Tsherin Sherpa and Tulka Jamyang through April 22. www. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, machine-pieced quilts by 51 artists from all over the world, through April 23.

Columbus Museum of Art: Dogs, artistic depictions of man’s best friend, through April 23. A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer and Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe through May 21. Bodies@ Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo through June 18. www.columbus Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Water and Ink Revisited: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Academy, works on paper by faculty at Shanghai Printing and Publishing College and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, through April 30. www.

Hayley Gallery

Ohio Glass Museum: Totally Tiffin, work by glass artisans in Tiffin factories from 1888-1980, through Aug. 27. www.ohioglass

Come Along With Me Curator: Richard Fletcher

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio


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New works by Alteronce Gumby and Stephanie Luening FEATURED ARTISTS Donald Black Jr Mary Jo S. Bole Peter Clay April Deacon Curtis Goldstein Charisse M. Harris Angela Jann Dan Jian Suzan Kraus Yana Mikho-Misho Sharon Mohler Kellie Morgan Jenniffer Omaitz Boryana Rusenova-Ina Kim Schoel Ann Corley Silverman Adrian Waggoner Kimberly M. Webb

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OAC Riffe Gallery and Ohio Art League’s fourth curated exhibition collaboration

January 26 – April 15, 2017 Visit the Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus FREE ADMISSION EXHIBITION LOCATION

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

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March 3 – April 15, 2017 Opening Reception Friday, March 3, 2017 5–8 PM


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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Stomp

CAPA presents Elvis Lives March 8, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest take to the stage for a show narrated, through restored footage from the Graceland Archives, by the King himself. American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament Festival March 9-19 OhioHealth Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton, Chiller North and Ice Haus More than 100 hockey games will take place as part of this 26th annual tournament featuring teams from 72 colleges nationwide.

Shadowbox Live presents Broken Whispers Through March 19 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox’s female-fronted, dance-theater reimagining of The Great Gatsby that saw great success in the fall returns for a limited engagement. Arnold Sports Festival March 2-5 Throughout Columbus The largest multi-sport festival in the world continues to grow as it welcomes 20,000 athletes, more than ever before, and presents new events including lacrosse, yoga, paraplegic powerlifting, a pro strongwoman competition and the results of a physical transformation challenge. 60 | March 2017

ProMusica presents An Evening of Bassoon and Strings March 4, 5:30 p.m. Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., Worthington Principal bassoonist Ellen Connors joins four ProMusica musicians for works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Devienne and more. www.promusica Chamber Music Columbus presents Doric String Quartet March 4, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Mendelssohn, Bartok and Beethoven are all part of the program for this British foursome’s appearance through Chamber Music Columbus.

Broadway Across America presents Stomp March 10-12 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. The United Kingdom street performance that evolved into an international smash returns to Columbus with old favorites and new additions, including two completely new routines. Arnold Sports Festival

s Photos courtesy of Steve McNicholas, Arnold Sports Festival, Legends in Concert, CAMI and Live Nation/Nationwide Arena

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host March 11, 8 p.m. Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. NPR host Ira Glass teams up with contemporary dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass for multiple pieces combining dance with radio.

Stevie Nicks March 17, 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The Fleetwood Mac singer and solo artist in her own right (“Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”) comes to Columbus, supported by the Pretenders (“Brass in Pocket,” “Back on the Chain Gang,” “My City Was Gone”). Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents Heroes March 17-19 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. CGMC salutes the heroes in our own lives, from parents and teachers to community leaders and music icons, at its spring show.

Elvis Lives

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Casey at the Bat March 12, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany The New Albany Symphony’s spring show, preceded by an instrument petting zoo and snacks, Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Revue features baseball-inspired music, including Ernest Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. CAPA presents Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Revue March 14, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Film, dance and music are all part of this tribute to the music and culture of Bollywood films. Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton & the Big Band Explosion March 16-19 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Guest saxophonist Harry Allen and guest vibraphonist Warren Wolf join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for a show full of big band hits.

BalletMet presents Art in Motion March 17-25 Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This production features three shows: the return of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s popular 18+1, the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise and the world premiere of a new piece by company Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. Bon Jovi March 18, 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The enormously popular rock ensemble responsible for “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “It’s My Life,” “Bad Medicine” and much more comes to Columbus as part of its This House Is Not for Sale tour.

Bon Jovi

Way” and “Do You Feel Like I Do,” performs an acoustic show at the McCoy Center.

Peter Frampton

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Pixar in Concert March 18, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The symphony performs some of the best-known songs from such Pixar films as Cars, Brave, Wall-E, Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, featuring clips from each. www.

CAPA presents Harry Potter in Concert March 25-26 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone airs in HD on the big screen while the Columbus Symphony Orchestra plays the score live on-stage. Broadway Across America presents Cabaret March 28-April 2 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The hugely popular musical set at the Kit Kat Klub in pre-World War II Germany has been reimagined by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods). columbus. Shadowbox Live presents Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince Through May 25 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox pays tribute to two of the most prominent musicians to pass away

Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince


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Photos courtesy of Jason Tang and Buzz Crisafulli

CAPA presents Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Tour March 24, 8 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Rock ‘n’ roll legend Peter Frampton, known for such songs as “Show Me the

in 2016 with stories of their lives and plenty of their iconic music. www.shadow

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring David and Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi

ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI (1593-1652/53), daughter of well-known Roman artist Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639), was one of the first female artists to achieve recognition in the male-dominated world of post-Renaissance art. She was friends with Galileo, part of the court of Cosimo de Medici and the first woman to join the Academy of Design in Florence. Her style was heavily influenced by dramatic realism and marked chiaroscuro (contrasting light and dark) of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610). That she knew Caravaggio personally – her father and Caravaggio were once arrested for writing disparaging things about another artist on the walls and streets of Rome – and had intimate knowledge of his working methods was very important to her development. Caravaggio was, on the whole, notoriously secretive about his methods. David and Bathsheba – by Gentileschi, with Viviano Codazzi and Domenico Gargiulo – at the Columbus Museum of Art is in remarkably good shape, as are the works of Gentileschi’s father. “Lute makers’ varnish was part of the medium developed by her father, giving the paint strength and handling characteristics well suited to working on these large scale paintings,” says James Morton, one of the finest figural painters working today. Morton lives and works at Milo Arts right here in Columbus. He has a deep background in art history and the study of classic techniques of the craft. He holds master’s degrees in art history and painting and, additionally, has trained as a conservator of paintings. Renewed and overdue interest in Gentileschi in recent years has  recognized her as a talented 17th-century painter and one of the world’s greatest female artists. A major new exhibition Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Times, is on view at Museo di Roma through May 7. CS

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Artemisia Gentileschi, David and Bathsheba, circa 1636-37 (with Viviano Codazzi and Domenico Gargiulo), oil on canvas, 104 ½ x 82 ½ inches, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Museum Purchase, Schumacher Fund

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