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ProMusica’s Naked Classics series breaks down classical works By Lindsey Capritta

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WHEN LISTENING TO A SONG, do you ever wonder how it

came to be? Do you wonder what exactly it is you are hearing – not just the basic information, but the reasoning behind each note? These are the questions ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has been aiming to answer with its Naked Classics series. The series, which launched in fall 2016 and features two shows per season, takes audiences along as the orchestra deconstructs and explores the details of classic pieces of music. The series is the brainchild of ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr, who wanted to make classical music more approachable. “We have a role and responsibility to our audience of creating access points for those who might want to come, but feel intimidated or don’t know how to act,” says Janet Chen, ProMusica executive director. “I think Naked Classics is a great entry point for those who want to get a feeling for different kinds of music. It’s for those people who are ready to have a deepProMusica Chamber er understanding rather than Orchestra presents Naked Classics: just enjoy it.” Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Danzmayr knew just the April 6, 8 p.m. right person to put together Southern Theatre the series. He reached out to Scottish composer and educator Paul Rissmann. Rissmann has spent his career attempting to make music accessible for everyone, from music education for younger audiences to events for all ages. “I think the world of classical music has so many misconceptions. People think, ‘The orchestra isn’t for me, classical music isn’t for me,’” says Rissmann. “Some have maybe never attended or haven’t ever been pulled in. Here, the format really gets people interested.” Naked Classics has a simple formula. During the first half of the event, Rissmann walks the audience through bits and pieces of the composer’s work, highlighting different aspects that add up to the full symphony. After intermission, the orchestra takes center stage and plays the entire piece, hoping the audience has new insight into, and appreciation for, the work. “At most concerts, the music is literally thrown at you and you have no time to settle. With Naked Classics, half of it is settling into the music, whetting the appetite for your ears,” Rissmann says. “After the first half, you can feel the level of engagement from the audience. They are primed and ready to listen.” March 2018 |




Rissmann uses many tactics throughout the show, including historical facts, digital projections, interviews and musical excerpts from the orchestra’s performers. “One of the interesting things when exploring music live in a concert is we give the audience a second chance to hear something,” says Rissmann. “You might have some judgment or not like something immediately. By exploring and listening to

the movements, the melodies, it opens their ears to receiving music in a completely different way.” The next Naked Classics show, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, is set for April 6 at the Southern Theatre. It follows Beethoven 5, which was in October. “Music is a universal language, and Naked Classics is a wonderful way for anybody and everybody to come and not

feel intimidated. We’ve also noticed that more people come to our regular concerts thanks to Naked Classics,” says Chen. “We compare it to a cooking show. You watch a chef telling you ingredients and parts of the dish. It’s the same; we learn why this and this was put together. Unlike a cooking show where you can’t taste it, here you can hear it in its entirety.” CS Lindsey Capritta is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Keeping You on Your Toes The Naked Classics concerts would be nothing without a great piece of music to highlight. The next event showcases Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella.” Stravinsky was a Russian-born composer who came to prominence writing for the Ballet Russe company in the early 20th century. His most famous work was the revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913. The experimental work was so shocking at the time that its premiere performance in Paris incited a riot in the theater. “This is a guy who has been credited as being so forward-thinking, so visionary,” says Paul Rissmann, host of Naked Classics. “Stravinsky changed the world, and what do you do after you change the world? The answer was to work backwards. He looked at music from the past 200 years before him.” This look backward developed into his ballet score, “Pulcinella,” which was based on an Italian play from 18th century, Quartre Polichinelles semblables (“Four identical Pulcinellas”). “It’s fun for me, because this is some of the greatest music written for dance, but these incredible works are often performed as a static concert experience,” says Rissmann. “We hope to bring in the energy so that with the absence of dance you can really focus on what it is you’re hearing.” “Pulcinella” premiered at the Paris Opera in 1920 with a prestigious crew, including original sets and costumes designed by Pablo Picasso. The score was the beginning of a new era for Stravinsky and his music. “The unique thing Stravinsky did was he took a whole series of pieces from the 18th century and cloaked them in the 20th century,” says Rissmann. “In a way, the concert reflects on the past, but also completely looks toward the future.”

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Kidneys These Days A look at the symptoms of, and modern-day treatments for, kidney disease By Valerie Mauger

THOUGH IT IS THE EIGHTH LEADING CAUSE of death in Ohio, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kidney disease can be very easy to overlook. Numerous kidney maladies are tough to classify without the help of a medical professional, but doctors and researchers are working to improve awareness as well as treatment.

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Kidney disease is a broad term that encompasses any impairment in kidney function. The main jobs of the kidneys are to filter waste out of the blood and control blood pressure. A patient is considered to have chronic kidney disease (CKD) when his or her kidney health has been impaired for more than three months. “The most common causes in western countries like the United States are diabetes and hypertension,” says Dr. Brad Rovin, director of the division of nephrology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Following that are inflammatory diseases that we call glomerulonephritis and some hereditary diseases that we call polycystic kidney disease. But, overwhelmingly, diabetes and hypertension are important causes in this country and in this city.” The CDC reports that 14.8 percent of the U.S. population suffers from CKD.


The CDC also reports that only 8.1 percent of stage three and four CKD sufferers know they have the disease. Though this may sound jarring, the explanation is not especially complicated. “The most important thing we can do right now, for patients with every type of kidney disease, is good blood pressure control,” says Rovin. “I know it sounds like that’s really simple and straightforward, but the problem is blood pressure can be quite high for a very long period of time, and people don’t know it because they don’t feel bad. So I would say that patients who are especially at risk – people with diabetes, people who are African-American, people who have family history of kidney disease – really need to have their blood pressure checked pretty regularly.” Watching one’s blood pressure is not only helpful for preventing kidney disease, but also for slowing it down. “In almost all kidney diseases,” says Rovin, “even if they will eventually progress towards end-stage and require dialysis or transplantation, if you can 10 | March 2018

control the blood pressure early in the disease and control it to certain levels that are quite good, we can slow down the progression significantly.” To be extra safe, Rovin also recommends that everyone go in for a urinalysis periodically.

Research and Clinical Trials

One of the most exciting developments in kidney disease research, Rovin says, is the Kidney Precision Medicine Project, started by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “The idea is we’re going to accumulate a huge amount of information that we’ve never had before that I think will provide important insights into how to address these diseases,” says Rovin. OSU’s Lupus Clinic also has a part to play. Lupus often attacks the kidneys. As Rovin specializes in this area, he is especially excited about the possibilities surrounding the clinic.


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Ending on a High Note Longtime CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson retires with fond memories By Lydia Freudenberg

AFTER 28 YEARS, Peter Stafford Wilson is

turning in his associate conductor’s baton at the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. But with retirement comes great memories. Wilson, a Westerville resident, has taught, inspired and entertained many ages. One of his fondest recollections, though, is helping young musicians blossom in the orchestra’s youth programs. “Helping (the youth) bring certain warhorses like Tchaikovsky symphony to life for the first time is so rewarding,” Wilson says. “I’ve been working with kids for 40 years now, so it’s going to be kind of strange not working with them anymore.” He’ll end his CSO career on a high note, though. Wilson and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) will perform in Carnegie Hall this June for the third year with an evening of music by Leonard Bernstein and Paul Hindemith, accompanied by the Columbus Children’s Youth Choir.

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Wilson says the New York City trip is a highlight for the young performers because of the prominence of the venue. “Carnegie Hall is one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world. … So the artistic reward of playing there is extraordinary,” he says. “And (the trip) goes to that goal of learning about excellence and what is achieving the ultimate goal.” Apart from the CSYO, Wilson will also retire from conducting for the Columbus All-City Orchestra and the CSO senior orchestra. Wilson says many “incredible musical moments” have also occurred with the senior musicians. He isn’t laying the baton down entirely, though. He’ll still serve as artistic director for the Westerville Symphony, where he’s now in his 25th season. Having a strong interest in ballet scores, Wilson’s biggest goal after his CSO retirement is to collaborate with ballet studios across the country and focus more on his

principal conductor position with Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma. “One of the ways we stay young is to reinvent ourselves later in life,” Wilson says, laughing. “So I’m starting a whole new set of challenges … like learning how my craft fits in with another art form. It’s really stimulating intellectually.” Because Wilson believes in the power of community orchestras, his passion for leading a group of musicians will probably never fade. “I think orchestras are a microcosm of a community,” he says. “(I like) the concept of guiding a bunch of individuals into creating something incredibly unique on a grander scale by bringing those talents together.” CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

Michael Sayre knows that being a dancer means falling in love with the physicality of dance, the athleticism, and the feeling of grace when a step goes really well. His countless role models at BalletMet inspire him every day. His sense of pride in his fellow dancers, and in the city that appreciates their work, helps the company create something amazing together. Dance is his art and there is no place he’d rather make it.

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H On the Lam(b) A blend of freshly ground lamb and sausage come together in the gyro-inspired Spartan Burger from Passport 196 in Upper Arlington. Served on a lightly-toasted brioche bun, dressed with house-made tzatziki sauce and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and feta, this unique burger represents just one of the world’s 196 countries: Greece. “We try to do flavors that are unique with our own little twist, and varied from around the world.” says head chef and owner Troy Bellot. –Jenny Wise

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H One Step Beyond With locations in the Short North and Clintonville, Bareburger just rolled out a new vegetarian menu item. The Beyond Burger is entirely plant-based, made from pea protein, potato starch, coconut oil and trace amounts of beet juice to get that redness associated with a traditional beef burger. –Jenny Wise

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H Anything but Jive The Californian Turkey Burger at Flip Side, located at Easton Town Center, doesn’t just taste fresh; it’s made fresh. Pepperjack cheese, avocado, sprouts and roasted pepper vinaigrette make up a burger that melts in your mouth and doesn’t make you feel bloated afterward. “The thing that stands out the most to me about our restaurant is that we locally source,” says General Manager Staci Saki. “I honestly cannot have turkey burgers anywhere else anymore; I got spoiled on ours.” –Amanda DePerro

H Mission: Irresistible The Thin Lizzy at the Gahanna location of The B Spot uses the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger consisting of wheat, potatoes, coconut shavings and heme, an iron-based ingredient that allows the patty to have a beef-like texture, color and taste. “Besides the flavor, what I love about it the most is it’s got a great carbon footprint,” says Patrick Franz, assistant general manager. “For people who enjoy meat but want to do something a little better for the environment, (the Thin Lizzy) provides that.” –Lydia Freudenberg

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H Right on Q It’s topped with feta cheese, romesco and sweet pepper relish, but it’s the patty that’s the main event at The Sycamore in German Village. The Quinoa & Chickpea Burger is a popular part of the menu among visitors – not least because quinoa is so hot at the moment. “It was a very long process to get the right mix to make a burger out of it,” says General Manager Michael Vehlber. –Garth Bishop

H Feast or Salmon The Fish Guys at the North Market turns heads with its salmon burger, made with fresh salmon and panko breadcrumbs. It’s seasoned with salt and pepper, served on a corn-dusted kaiser roll and spread with an in-house garlic-dill mayo. Topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickle and cheddar cheese, it’s the most popular item on the menu. “Seafood is the only thing we do. Our quality is by far the best in Columbus,” says owner Doug Denny. –Jenny Wise

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H Where the Buffalo Roam For a lean protein option, the Bison Burger at Short North-based Arch City Tavern is topped with goat cheese, arugula, prosciutto and grilled onions. The prosciutto is crispy and thin, almost bacon-like in texture, and crumbles with every bite. With all hyperlocal proteins from Michael’s Finer Meats & Seafood and buns from Lucky Cat Bakery, Arch City stands out. “I think the flavors are what make our burgers special,” says owner Xhevair Brakaj. “We wanted to have something different and healthier, leaner.” –Amanda DePerro

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H Back to the Garden Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, Prince. Some of the best albums of all time are self-titled, so why shouldn’t food be the same? What started just a few years ago in a college house on Indianola Avenue as a pop-up restaurant for friends is now a fully-equipped, all-vegan brick and mortar location, and the hard work shows. The Eden Burger, as well as the rest of the menu, may not contain any animal products, but this burger won’t leave you wanting for anything. –Amanda DePerro

H starring role Across its four central Ohio locations – Westerville, Easton, Short North and Beechwold – the Northstar Burger is a major bestseller at Northstar Café. Organic black beans, long grain brown rice, beets and chipotle peppers come together to make one of the most beloved veggie burgers in town. It’s grilled over an open flame and served on a toasted brioche bun with tomato, dill pickles, organic kale and house-made mustard. –Garth Bishop

H Everybody Wants ’yu Natural, holistic food is the major focus of Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen in Canal Winchester, so it makes sense that it would use one of the highest-quality beefs available. The Wagyu Burger – with caramelized onions, smoked gouda and garlic aioli on a pretzel bun – uses 100 percent Wagyu beef, which the restaurant sources from California-based Natural Since Day One. It’s all-natural, grass-fed, no GMO – right in line with Harvest Moon’s mission. –Garth Bishop

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Living the Lake Life Adventure and history await visitors at Buckeye Lake By Jenny Wise

Pack all your outdoor gear and get on the road toward leisure and relaxation. Whether you are a boater looking to get out on the water or just someone who appreciates nature’s beauty, Buckeye Lake is the place for you. Dating back to 1826, Buckeye Lake is Ohio’s oldest state park. With a rich history and welcoming community, it’s a great place to explore year-round. A day or weekend of the lake life is just a 30-minute drive east of Columbus.


Home to rare orchids and carnivorous plants, Cranberry Bog is Ohio’s only bog island. The bog is accessible by boat and permit only, but when water levels are high enough, the Buckeye Lake Historical Society organizes tours to the island. BUCKEYE LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1-4 p.m., the Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum offers a look into the past, showing visitors what life at the lake was like in the early 1900s. Check out the society’s website,, for a full list of events including upcoming boat tours and speakers. BIRD WATCHING

If you enjoy watching nature in flight, Buckeye Lake’s shoreline offers a perfect habitat for waterfowl. One of Ohio’s largest great blue heron nesting grounds is situated on private land near the park. FISHING AND HUNTING

With a valid Ohio fishing license, visitors can enjoy catching perch, bluegill, crappie, muskellunge, largemouth bass, channel catfish and bullhead catfish. Thanks to the relatively shallow water that warms quickly in early spring, the lake is considered a good “early” lake to fish largemouth bass. 22 | March 2018


Just a 10-minute drive north of Buckeye Lake, Dawes Arboretum is home to 5,000 different types of woody plants on nearly 2,000 acres. With 12 miles of hiking trails and infinite photo opportunities, this is a great free adventure.

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Also known as “The Pontoon Place,” Jim Carter’s Marine is a good place if you’re in need of boating supplies while visiting Buckeye Lake. Plus, Jim is a master technician and can help with any boat repairs.

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This is a one-stop shop for all your hunting needs. Looking to preserve one of your hunting trophies? Highpoint Taxidermy has you covered.



No boat? No problem! Boat rentals are available through Buckeye Lake Marina, in addition to new and used boats.

Hoping to stay close to nature on your visit? Check out the local KOA campground. With RV sites, cabin accommodations and tent camping, there’s something for every outdoorsman. It’s located just off the north shore, so you can easily walk to the lake and local establishments from your site.



If you want to shop the local favorites, a stop at Z’s is a must. Get groceries,

the lake, providing visitors direct access to boat docks, water sports, swimming and tennis courts. ORCHARD HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST

Just 20 minutes north of the lake, there are several other bed and breakfasts in Granville. The Orchard House is a unique inn with a large collection of art, locally sourced breakfast and daily wine tastings. WELSH HILLS INN

Another Granville option, the Welsh Hills Inn offers lush rooms, a heated pool, courtyard gardens and many more amenities. THE PORCH HOUSE

This turn-of-the-century home in Granville offers guest rooms and private baths. Its close proximity to Ohio’s most popular bike path and local village shops entices visitors from all around.

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Where to Eat and Drink BUCKEYE LAKE BREWERY

Offering a wide variety of beer and light appetizers, Buckeye Lake Brewery is a perfect place to drink local. With rotating taps and food trucks, there is always something new to try. BUCKEYE LAKE WINERY

Come for the wine and stay for the beautiful view at Buckeye Lake Winery. Offering a full menu and vast wine selection, this family-owned business makes its own Ohio-influenced wine on-site in addition to bringing in their own supply from California. THAI PARADISE

Good service and authentic food make this another local favorite. With a brandnew location in the Blue Heron Boardwalk Shopping Center, Thai Paradise awaits those with a taste for spice.

a historical landmark in Buckeye Lake. Sweet treats and a friendly staff makes this a great stop for families. PAPA BOO’S

Opening for the season in April, Papa Boo’s is a great place for live entertainment on the lake. It offers a wide variety of drinks, pizza, burgers, seafood and more. PORT LOUNGE & SMOKEHOUSE

If you are in the mood for barbecue, this is the place to go at Buckeye Lake. With outdoor music and dining on the water, Port Lounge & Smokehouse is easy to love. LOUIE’S CORNER HOUSE

Festivals to mark on your calendar this spring, summer and fall

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Worth a visit when in Buckeye Lake, Louie’s Corner House has a beer garden, a pool table, a large dance floor and corn hole. Plus, there is often live entertainment.

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Bancroft House

A Connection to Compassion Underground Railroad landmarks throughout the state By Alex Curran-Cardarelli John Rankin House

Bancroft House

Granville Ashley Bancroft hosted the first Ohio Anti-Slavery Society meeting that ignited the “Granville Riot” of 1836. Though threatened by fellow villagers, Bancroft and her nephew continued to transport slaves in secret through the town hay wagon. Ripley Escaping slaves faced 100 steps between their getaway boat on the Ohio River and the safety of the Rankin house on the hill. Legend has it that a woman who had walked these steps inspired the character Eliza in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Hubbard House

Ashtabula Also known as Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard or the Great Emporium, the Hubbard House is the only open Underground Railroad endpoint open to the public. The house was known to have held up to 39 escaping slaves at a time.

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To learn more about the Underground Railroad and its connection to Ohio, check out the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, or visit

ground Railroad stations, a school for black children, two abolitionist newspapers and a Free Labor Store that refused to sell products produced by slaves. Alex Curran-Cardarelli is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Artful Appalachia Multimedia exhibition represents the evolving Appalachian Ohio region By Laura Cole

The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is offering visitors a tour of southeastern Ohio with its Appalachia-focused exhibition. Artists of the Winding Road A-Z, on display through April 15, features innovative work in a wide range of genres from 12 Appalachian Ohio artists. Media ranging from bottle caps to embellished fabrics to poetry speaks to raise an artful Appalachia and help redefine the economy of the region. David Mitzel, director of Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory, and Michael Seiler, a Zanesville-based painter, co-curated the exhibition to support the economic revival of the Appalachian communities that have been catalyzed by these artists. “The (region’s) economy had been basically an economy of extraction, whether it be coal or oil or gas or timber,” Mitzel says. “So instead of extraction, we’re looking for attraction.” The exhibition not only offers the varied artwork, but also several interactive activities with the featured artists. Laura Cole is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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A Piece of Ohio History 1917 home showcases current trends in natural lighting and open living space By Amanda DePerro


t 361 N. Parkview Ave. sits a star-studded home.

Not only does this Bexley house sit on five green, wide-open acres – a rarity anywhere in central Ohio – it was owned by one of the nation’s biggest names: Les Wexner. And its prominent history and acres of green space aren’t all the home offers. The house, co-listed by the Powers Group and Barbara Belford of Street Sotheby’s International Realty, is perfect for the homeowner looking to start a family and create new memories, whether it’s by sledding down the grand, sloped back yard, sitting by the huge fire on family movie night or by welcoming the grandparents in their own mother-in-law suite. “It has a very stately, private entrance and is very well landscaped,” says Laura Powers of the Powers Group. “Even one acre in Bexley is a lot, and to have five is pretty amazing. You have your own private park in your back yard.” The house, which was built in 1917, is marked by plenty of windows. With such acreage, it may seem to the homeowner like his or her own quaint town, all just a short driving distance from downtown Columbus. “When you’re in the back of the house, there are expansive windows. To be able to look out over the patio and over the lot is pretty spectacular,” says Powers. “You can’t find that in too many places without moving pretty far out.” v Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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Though more than 100 years old, it’s been home to just four homeowners, including Wexner. “It’s definitely a place where people put down roots and stay a long time,” says Powers. “It’s pretty unusual to find a house with such few owners, so they’re well taken care of.”

With beautiful and expansive greenery and a gravel driveway, entering the property feels like entering a fairy tale. The front yard is cozy and private, and the home’s historic nature is made obvious by the gorgeous growing ivy.

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This huge back yard begs homeowners to entertain. In the wintertime, the sloped yard is perfect for sledding. In the summer, children won’t have to worry at all about losing a soccer ball or baseball in the neighbor’s yard. Or, for a buyer with vision, the back yard is ready to be developed into something new.






This stunning hallway leads from the original section of the home to a newer master bedroom and bathroom addition.

This living room, with a fireplace grand enough for Les Wexner himself, can be transformed from a formal sitting space to a theater for family movie night. Drop a projector screen over the fireplace and grab a drink from the bar in the back of the room, and the space makes the perfect room for a Friday or Saturday night.

This kitchen, which was remodeled by the current homeowner, is proof that the home is well-loved and well taken care of. For a family that spends plenty of time together, this kitchen is marked with beautiful details. A hammered copper range hood complements the dark wood cabinetry perfectly, and each feature is modern and functional. “The kitchen really is fabulous,” says Powers. “It’s a big family home, and the kitchen was their gathering space. It’s beautiful.” 32 L u



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In the winter, the second story sun room shows off glittering white snow that covers the back yard, and a yard lined with beautiful green trees in the summer. This rustic space with a vaulted ceiling also offers the homeowner an opportunity to get creative with furniture. “At the bottom of a wrought-iron stairwell is the sleeping porch entrance. It’s a really unique space,” says Powers. “You can put fun furniture out there, like a swinging day bed.”

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The master bathroom is large and immaculate in white, looking almost retreat-like. Floor-to-ceiling windows and exterior doors give this bathroom a feel as if you’re always on vacation.

From left: David Powers, Laura Powers, Megan Powers Walker. Not pictured: Barbara Belford

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A hallway lined with patterned cabinetry leads to a child’s bedroom, where shelving allows space for toys and books galore.

David and Laura Powers have sold more than 1,000 homes in their combined 35 years as full-time real estate agents. David, a lifelong resident of Bexley and graduate of The Ohio State University, entered the appraisal industry, where he became licensed by the state of Ohio as a general certified appraiser. Following a career in commercial and residential real estate valuation, David decided to use his valuation knowledge in the residential real estate sales world. He acquired his real estate sales license in 2001 and teamed up with Laura, who obtained her real estate sales license in 1996. David and Laura are committed to approaching each transaction as if it were their own. Megan Powers Walker joins Street Sotheby’s International Realty as a lifelong resident of Bexley. A full-time Realtor, she is a member of the Powers Group focusing on Columbus relocations and highly personalized client service. Her professional experience began with Hyatt Hotels, where her work included management and sales. There, she developed and nurtured a high-energy strong work ethic, a high standard of attention to detail and the ability to give a unmatched level of service to her clients.

Though this space was originally built to be the living room, with the addition of living space in the back of the house, the current homeowners have transformed it into a large study. The dark wood paneling and regal fireplace make it the perfect executive office. “The house was built in 1917, so this would’ve been the original formal living room for family gatherings and entertaining,” says Powers. “The current owner uses the space as a study, which the beautiful woodwork complements.”

Barbara Belford has more than 25 years in the real estate industry. As a longtime Bexley resident, she is extremely knowledgeable about the central Ohio market. Barbara excels in commercial, residential and condominium sales. Her community involvement, commitment to clients and professionalism have contributed to her stellar career in the industry. L





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In Pursuit of Inner Peace Separate yoga area anchors whole-house remodel

Shackelford is a music aficionado as well as a Buckeye fan, and both elements were worked into the driveway. Note the notes, in addition to the block O. A transom window was installed above the patio doors.

The 3,000-square-foot house has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.


formal living room, complete with a large chimney, made perfect sense for Lee Shackelford’s Bexley-area house when it was built in 1961.

In the 21st century, though, priorities have shifted. After buying the house in 2015, Shackelford found a living room was much less important than a multipurpose area – including, crucially, a space for yoga and meditation. Shackelford worked with NJW Construction to effect a major overhaul of the house, completed in 2017, and the former living room is the centerpiece. NJW hired Peter Krajnak of Rogers Krajnak Architectural Inc. to figure out the more ambitious parts of the project. Flooring and color changes also took place throughout the house as part of the remodel, including refinishing of existing hardwood flooring. v Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at 34 L u



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A partial-height wall with custom tongue and groove wood paneling, designed to match the room’s existing profile, was installed to help separate the yoga area from the rest of the multipurpose area. Folding screens can completely wall it off.

The master bedroom underwent significant changes in the interest of functionality.

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All About that Basil

Aerospace engineering professor takes his pesto-making skills to the world stage

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By Laura Baird

WHO MAKES THE BEST pesto in the world? A Victorian Village resident and professor at The Ohio State University hopes it’s him. Back in the fall, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) worked with the Columbus Italian Festival to hold a regional qualifying contest for the 2018 Pesto World Championship in Genoa, Italy. “We had 10 competitors with different backgrounds, including chefs, culinary students and plain pesto enthusiasts,” says Sameen Dadfar, program manager for GCSCI. Contestants prepare to test their mettle at the Columbus Italian Festival qualifier Vying to make the best pesto sauce, in the fall. contestants were given 30 minutes, seven ingredients and a mortar and wooden pestle. “While there are only seven ingredients, very small differences in the “As I started to make a few batches of quality of the ingredients, quantity of each ingredient and order of addition pesto, I browsed on the Internet to get more of the ingredient lead to a world of differences in the final product,” says information and trivia on the Pesto World Marcello Canova. Championship, and from there I found a Canova, originally from link to the Columbus Pesto Championship,” Mantua, Italy, was crowned says Canova. champion and will repreCanova describes the competition in sent Columbus at the world Columbus as “fierce,” since his competitors championships on March 17. were professional chefs and food enthusiasts. To the average person, He was shocked to find his pesto in the final preparing a great pesto isn’t selection and is thrilled to travel to Genoa rocket science. But to Canothis March in hopes of making another winva, it may be; he’s an associning creation. ate professor of mechanical “In the meantime, I’ve been practicing and aerospace engineering a few times with different types of ingrediat OSU. ents to try and understand their influences,” During a trip to Italy, a Canova says. “Was it pure luck, or have I acformer professor informed tually got some talent for it? I guess we’ll find Canova makes his pesto at the Columbus Italian Canova of the yearly Genoa out in Genoa.” CS Festival competition. Pesto World Competition. After returning to the states, Canova received a package from his professor that Laura Baird is a contributing writer. Feedback contained an original mortar and wooden pestle. welcome at March 2018 |




Level Up

Unique garnishes around town range from peach rings to candied bacon Story and photos by Lydia Freudenberg

FROM CANDY TO COOKIES, aesthetically pleasing drinks throughout central Ohio hit the spot with quirky garnishes. Old North Arcade, a Clintonville-area bar featuring classic arcade and video games, sweetens things up with its popculture themed cocktails featuring tasty treats. The most memorable may be Hagrid’s Butterbeer. Inspired by a drink from the Harry Potter universe, this boozed-up butterscotch-flavored cocktail is topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a soft chocolate chip cookie. Evan Schieber, a bartender at Old North Arcade, says the cookie was the go-to garnish because it absorbs the drink’s flavor nicely while accurately representing the funkiness of the bar. “So much of what we do is based on recognition,” Schieber says, pointing to neon signs and games within the bar. “With all the arcade games, you walk in, you hear them, you see them and it really hits all your senses; the garnishes are just an extension of that. We try to be fun and flashy without being obnoxious.” Another example: the Nintendo-inspired Save the Princess, named after Super Mario Bros.’ beleaguered Princess Peach. The garnish of candy peach rings, Schieber says, balances well with the sugar rim and adds a tart, textual element Evan Schieber serves up a costumers enjoy. Save the Princess Understanding the cocktails’ themed names are not necessary for enjoying the drink, Schieber says, but it does allow an opportunity for costumers to know what Old North Arcade is all about. CS Hagrid’s Butterbeer

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Save the Princess • 2 oz. orange-flavored vodka • 1 oz. peach schnapps • 1 oz. peach juice • 1 oz. Sprite/7 Up/Sierra Mist • 2 peach rings • Splash banana liqueur • Sugar Combine vodka, schnapps, peach juice and soda in a cocktail shaker, then add banana liqueur. Shake, then strain into a martini glass. Rim with sugar and add peach rings. Serve.

Hagrid’s Butterbeer • 1 oz. spiced rum • 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps • Cream soda • Whipped cream • Cinnamon sugar • 1 chewy chocolate chip cookie Combine rum and schnapps in a pint glass, and fill with cream soda. Add whipped cream and cinnamon sugar on top, then garnish with cookie and serve.

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Photographic Park

New McConnell exhibition uses photos and digital media to explore Metro Parks By Alex Ragonesi

WITH 19 TOP-NOTCH PARKS across central Ohio, it may seem that the only prob-

lem with Franklin County Metro Parks is that there’s no way to see them all in one day. Or is there? From March 22-May 20, the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington will display Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC, an exhibition of photography and other digital media showing the most visually impressive examples of what the Metro Parks have to offer.

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Though the artistic appeal of the photos is expected to be a major draw in itself, it’s not the only reason for the exhibition. It was arranged through a partnership with the Metro Parks, and McConnell officials hope the collaboration will be ongoing. Through it, both parties aim to mesh art and nature while expanding their audiences.

Depth of Field kicks off with a reception on March 22 from 6-8 p.m. At the same time Depth of Field is on display in the McConnell’s main gallery, its corridor galleries will feature Catapult: Goodwill Artists at the MAC. The exhibition features work by artists at Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery, which does extensive work with artists who have disabilities and other barriers to expression. Join CityScene to celebrate the March issue from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 22 at the McConnell! See page 3 for details.

As part of the collaboration, the McConnell will begin offering recreational photography workshops in April. The workshops feature hands-on photo experience during nature walks at Metro Parks, followed by formal classes at the center. Of the 19 parks in the Metro Parks system, 15 are depicted throughout the 42 photos selected for Depth of Field. Photographers have been submitting work since 2016. Selection came down to meeting criteria that reflected the arts as well as the parks, says Missy Donovan, director of programs and outreach for the McConnell. The photos capture everything from rare birds, to sunshine beaming through trees, to kids splashing in the mud. It’s about the artistic integrity of the photographs as much as the content – a hybrid of the artist’s perspective with the naturalist’s perspective, Donovan says. Adam Brandemihl, one of the participating photographers, has been shooting photos at the Metro Parks for years, primarily of birds, and welcomes the opportunity to have his work on display for the parks system’s benefit. “I hope people take away more of an awareness of what our Metro Parks have to offer, and I hope they also come away with a sense of awe of the beauty of nature,” says Brandemihl. More information can be found at www.mcconnell CS

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Generations of Inspiration

Chillicothe artist Alan Gough has decades of experience and an artistic heritage By Emily Hetterscheidt

FOR MOST PEOPLE, a lifetime of making a living as an artist doesn’t seem like a viable

option. For painter Alan Gough, this was the only option that really made sense. Gough’s artistic lineage goes back to his paternal grandfather and uncle, who not only sailed the seas from Liverpool, but also created watercolor pieces. His maternal aunt was also a watercolor artist, and his sister created oil and pastel pieces. His father, an engineer, spent his free time painting seascapes. All of this resulted in quite a collection in his childhood home. “We had a few reproductions, but all the rest of the artwork were members of the family, so, you know, it was no big deal,” Gough says. While Gough enjoyed drawing throughout his childhood, his formal training didn’t begin until Chillicothe High School introduced its first art class during his senior year there. He then attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he received rigorous training on art fundamentals. “What they insisted on was a good, solid background, being able to draw and paint, and then you could do whatever you wanted to with that,” Gough says. Gough is a landscape artist, and the majority of his subject matter consists of the scenery of Chillicothe and areas closely surrounding it. He says that he most enjoys painting spaces that he has a personal connection with. “A lot of the places that I paint now have a memory tied in with either growing up or the people that are connected to that particular property that

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I knew, and for me, that’s kind of central,” Gough says. For several years, Gough worked for commercial art companies. He soon realized that Below: Going South Opposite: Ellensmere Thaw

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this was not the field for him, as he was unable to show his own creativity or feel independent. This led him to go off on his own as a studio artist, a role he has remained in for almost 60 years. Gough moved back to Chillicothe with his wife, Joy, who is also a watercolor artist, in 1964. During his time in Chicago, several visits to his hometown made him realize that Chillicothe was the place he needed to be. Even after all this time, Gough still finds himself inspired by his family. He believes his grandfather and uncle inspire the way he sees landscapes. “I view the landscape as a kind of moving body of water at times,” Gough says. Gough likes to contrast these large bodies with lines and delicacy, and enjoys a balance of positives and negatives in his paintings. Gough’s works will be displayed in Alan Gough and the Winter Landscape at Keny Galleries March 11-April 20. More information on Gough can be found at CS Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Gough’s Places For Gough, it is important that he paints places that he has a personal connection with. Among the subjects he is drawn to, due to these connections, are:

Quebec City Gough was born in Quebec City before his family moved to Chillicothe for his father’s work when Gough was 6. He vaguely remembers the intense winters there, and believes those winters led to his attraction to snowy landscapes.

Lake Michigan Gough’s wife, Joy, is originally from Michigan, and the pair have spent many vacations on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Despite the fact that he was supposed to be taking a break from work, Gough still spent plenty of time on these trips painting the beach landscapes that are harder to find in Ohio.

Chillicothe Gough spent his formative years in Chillicothe and has lived there with his wife for over 50 years. The rural landscapes that make up and surround the town are present in the majority of his work.

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Gallery Exhibits Columbus Museum of Art: James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland through April 22. William Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography through May 20. Family Pictures, photos by black photographers exploring communities, through May 20. Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts 1850-1950 From the Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom Collection through July 1. www.columbus Cultural Arts Center: Pencil and Paper by Ann Silverman and Katherine Cox through March 17. 1000 Faces of Genoa, photography by T Studios in Genoa, Italy, from March 23-April 14. www.cultural OSU Urban Arts Space: The Ohio State University Department of Art, MFA Exhibition through March 17. The Ohio State University Department of Design, Spring Exhibition from March 28-April 7. uas. Ohio Craft Museum: In the Forefront: Emerging Ohio Artists – contemporary works in clay, fiber, metal and glass by 25

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up-and-coming artists with ties to Ohio – through March 18. Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: How Well Do You Behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD., printed pieces from a variety of creative fields, through March 25. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Vessels, work from accomplished female artists who incorporate the vessel within their pieces, and The Absolutes, a series of oil paintings on reclaimed wood by Daric M. Gill, through March 28. edu/schumacher

OSU Hopkins Hall Gallery: The Ohio State University Department of Art, Undergraduate Art Scholarships Exhibitions by selected undergraduate scholarship recipients through March 30. Ohio Art League X Space: A Place in Time with XYZ by JT Thompson through March 30. The Works: Connections to Collections, seldom displayed pieces from the Works’ collection, through March 31. www.atthe Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Upper Arlington Middle Schools, works by Upper Arlington area students, from March 1-23.

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Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Peripheral Roots, watercolor works by Cody Heichel, from March 2-April 1. Angela Meleca Gallery: Detour, Detour, Detour, Detour by Ryland Wharton from March 3-April 7. Sherrie Gallerie: Rare and unique works by printmaker Sid Chafetz from March 4-April 8. The Arts Castle: Focus on Delaware – featuring the work of John Brake, Jeff Nilan, John Holliger and Kris Kolb – from March 5-April 27. Dublin Arts Council: The Sphere of Magic and other Visionary Objects/Extraordinary Images – mixed media paintings, collages and sculpture by Mark Soppeland – from March 6-April 20. Glass Axis: Mini Vitro, a juried exhibition of glass miniatures, from March 9-April 28.

Art Access Gallery: Of Amate and Cochineal, contemporary art using two ancient prehispanic elements by Elena Osterwalder, from March 19-April 28. www. McConnell Arts Center: 3 Points in Time: An Artist’s Journey by members of the Worthington Art League and Layers of Life by Richard Duarte Brown through March 18. Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC and Catapult: Goodwill Artists at the MAC from March 22-May 20. www. Studios on High Gallery: Rooted, landscapestyle pieces exploring the concept of roots by Jennifer Jolley Brown, through April 5. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Quilt National 2017, the 20th biennial international juried art quilt exhibition in part-

Hayley Gallery: Works in mixed media collage by Jane Dippold from March 10-April 17. FREE ADMISSION Tues–Fri, 10am–4pm, Sat–Sun, 1–4pm

Keny Galleries: The Winter Landscape, paintings by Alan Gough, from March 11-April 20.

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Hammond Harkins Galleries: 6+1, featuring work by Melissa Vogley Woods, from March 16-April 22. www.hammond

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nership with the Dairy Barn in Athens, through April 14. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Artists of the Winding Road, A-Z, work by 12 Appalachian Ohio artists, through April 15.


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


JANUARY 25 – APRIL 14, 2018 Visit the Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus FREE ADMISSION

Wexner Center for the Arts: All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion and William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time through April 15.


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

The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Thinking in Color, mixed media by Paula Rubinstein, through April 27. www.

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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, through April 28. Pizzuti Collection: Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper and Pair: Alex Dodge And Glen Baldridge through April 29. Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present, featuring work from Mohmen Hamid inspired by cultural diversity, through May 6.


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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! featuring an assortment of the chamber orchestra’s musicians. www.promusica Chamber Music Columbus presents Elias String Quartet March 3, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Internationally acclaimed and described by the New York Times as performing with “bold, rich tone and expressive nuances contributing to an intense and deeply felt interpretation,” Elias String Quartet is known for vibrant performances. www.

Arnold Sports Festival

Arnold Sports Festival March 1-4 Throughout Columbus With more than 20,000 athletes from 80 nations, this is the nation’s largest sports festival. It features more than 70 sports ranging from equestrian to bodybuilding, including new events such as pickleball, axe throwing and body painting. www.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart to Brahms via Paris March 2-3 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Conducted by JoAnn Falletta and featuring violinist Alexi Kenney, this performance pairs Mozart and Brahms accompanied by the impressionistic music of Lili Boulanger.

CAPA presents Jonny Lang March 2, 8 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany The Grammy Award-winning artist brings his distinctive blend of blues, gospel and rock to town, touring for his new album Signs.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Brahms & Friends March 3, 5:30 p.m. Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 S. High St., Worthington ProMusica’s Worthington Series kicks off with an evening of Brahms and other composers,

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Broadway in Columbus presents An American in Paris March 6-11 Ohio Theatre, 39. E. State St This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl against the backdrop of post-war Europe. columbus.broad

Jonny Lang

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CATCO presents The Realistic Joneses March 7-25 Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. Two suburban couples with the same last name and identical homes contemplate some of life’s biggest questions as their lives begin to intertwine. www.catco Bryn Du Art Show March 8-28 Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville The 14th annual Bryn Du Art Show, a juried exhibition featuring professional and amateur visual artists, features public art-making activities every Saturday as well as other entertainment. www.

An American in Paris

children’s classic “Carnival of the Animals.” The Saturday performance is a 45-minute, sensory-friendly show. www. Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents Two Boys Kissing March 10-11 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus joins forces with the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus for a production based on the book of the same name by David Levithan, who will speak at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on March 9.

St. Patrick’s Day CityMusic Columbus Celebration presents Helen March 10, 7 a.m.St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Welch and Friends 11:30 p.m. March 11, 2 p.m. Throughout Dublin All-day festivities include a pancake Athletic Club of Columbus, breakfast, inflation celebration, a parade 136 E. Broad St. This performance by acclaimed vocalist and the Blarney Bash, featuring Irish dancing, live music and the Best Legs in a Helen Welch and accompanying musicians is preceded by brunch at 12:30 p.m. Kilt contest. and a children’s program at 1 p.m. www. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Lions, Tigers, & Bears – Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Oh My! New Orleans One Mo’ Time March 10-11 March 15-18 Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., The Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s return to New Albany The annual children’s concert is sure the Big Easy features critically acclaimed to delight with pieces such as popular New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley, along

with Columbus local Vaughn Wiester, New Orleans/Dixieland trombone master. CAPA presents the High Kings March 16, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Supporting the November release of its album Decade: Best of the High Kings, the group seeks to bring its brand of internationally acclaimed Irish folk and ballad music to a broad demographic of new listeners.

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BalletMet presents Tour de Force: A Collection of Short Ballets March 16-24 Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This new shot is a celebration of time comprised of three different dances. “Rubies,” “Interplay” and “Art of War” are each set to their own musical score and choreographed by separate, world-renowned artists.

CAPA presents the Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking March 29-30 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The Second City – with alumni ranging from Joan Rivers and Bill Murray to Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey – continues its nearly six-decade tradition of edgy and thought provoking humor.

CAPA presents Puddles Pity Party March 20, 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Bringing a mixture of melodrama, awkwardness, tenderness and comedy, the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” delivers unforgettable renditions of musical favorites of the last few decades.

Columbus Dance Theatre presents Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert March 30-31 Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St. This free annual event features performances by five Columbus area dancers who have been awarded fellowships in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council. www.columbus

Shadowbox Live presents Which One’s Pink? Through May 10 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox Live’s enormously popular tribute featuring the music and history of Pink Floyd returns for another go ’round.


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Tour de Force: A Collection of Short Ballets

Lorde March 31, 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The New Zealand recording artist and “Royals” singer brings her Melodrama World Tour with guests Run the Jewels and Mitski. www.schottenstein

Puddles Pity Party

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Morning Sun by Edward Hopper

“WHAT I WANTED TO DO was to paint sunlight on the side of a house,” Edward Hopper once said about his paintings. Acknowledged as one of the great American painters, Hopper (18821967) spent a lifetime pursuing light in his thoughtful and emotionally resonant paintings. Columbus is very lucky to own Morning Sun (1952, oil on canvas, 28” by 40”); the painting is considered one of Hopper’s best, so much so that it has been lent to numerous exhibitions. The interlocking of the figure – Hopper’s wife, painter Josephine “Jo” Nivison (1883-1968), who insisted on being his only female model – and the dramatic splash of light on the wall next to her capture attention. Hopper continues to present other visual treats throughout the painting, such as the brilliant yellow window sill and the row of brownstones pulling the viewer out of the window into the space beyond. Paul Hamilton is a well-known painter who has also pursued the light here in Ohio, as well as in Martha’s Vineyard, Paris and many other places. Hamilton finds interesting abandoned farmhouses to inspire a number of his works that have an evocative sense of isolation quite like Hopper’s. While best known for his landscapes, Paul has a wide range of motifs, ranging from sumptuous still-lifes to complete abstraction and large sculptures. Hammond Harkins Galleries presents new works by Hamilton and Olga Ziemska opening March 3 at the Columbus Museum of Art. Hamilton is also the inaugural exhibition at the new gallery in The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. It runs through March 29. Hammond Harkins’ 6+1, featuring Melissa Vogley Woods, opens March 16. CS

Did You Know? Georgia O’Keeffe, George Bellows, Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent all studied with William Merritt Chase (1845-1916), practically at the same time. 64 | March 2018

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), Morning Sun, 1952. Oil on canvas, 28 1/8 in. x 40 1/8 in. Museum Purchase, Howald Fund.

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



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CityScene Magazine March 2018  
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