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Impact Longtime gallery directors have left immeasurable impression on Columbus arts scene By Garth Bishop

IN LATE 2018 and early 2019, the greater Columbus arts community had a grand total of four big shoes to fill. Jon Cook, founding executive director of the McConnell Arts Center, retired at the end of December. Mary Gray, director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, followed him out the metaphorical door at the end of January. It so happens that Cook and Gray have been friends for years. Both have had a profound effect on the arts in central Ohio, and though neither is likely to use those words about himself or herself, each will readily apply those compliments and more to the other.

Jon Cook When Cook took the reins at the McConnell, it was still in the process of transforming from an annex building to Thomas Worthington High School. It’s appropriate, then, that Cook was brought in as executive director, because heading up an arts organization was a transformation for him, too. He had friends in the central Ohio arts community, but had not worked in it himself, at the time working at the Mortar Board national honor society. Still, when he found out the volunteer group heading up the McConnell project needed someone at the helm – he mentions former Ohio Arts Council Executive Direc6 | March 2019

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tor Wayne Lawson as a key influence – he began a successful pursuit that would result in nine years of leadership. Cook lauds that initial group of volunteers’ vision, innovation and fundraising acumen for getting the endeavor off the ground. “I knew that there was a plethora of talent, and started to look at how we would fill that space with it,” Cook says. As difficult as that early work was, these days, the McConnell has the opposite problem: a vast array of great programming opportunities, with a limited amount of time and space. Then there’s the center’s 213-seat performing arts space. Over the years, it’s hosted solo musicians, first-run films, bands, dance troupes, theater troupes and – now in its sixth season – the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Finally, there’s the center’s visual arts galleries. For those, Cook worked to focus on connections to central Ohio, as well as on oversight – ensuring every exhibition makes sense for the facility, and offers an experience that visitors couldn’t find elsewhere. The galleries also opted into an overall philosophy of having as much open space as possible for visitors. “Having the building open, free to the public … is important for us as a community arts center,” says Cook. One of Cook’s go-to points of pride over his term at the McConnell is the exchange exhibition with Worthington’s sister city – Sayama, Japan – that brought Japanese artists to Worthington and central Ohio artists to Sayama in 2012-13. Cook hopes part of the McConnell’s legacy will be the influence its success has on other central Ohio communities. He’s been approached by groups in Grove City, Westerville, Gahanna, Hilliard and more as they have tried to take steps toward growing their own community art centers. Cook’s immediate post-retirement plans have focused on travel – he and his husband, Eric Boardson, went to Curacao in February – but beyond that, he’s considering getting on the creative end of art, having put so much time into the administrative end.

Mary Gray

Gray has been director of the Riffe Gallery since 2001, but she started with the

An arrangement between the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and Glass Axis led to this collaboration – one of Cook’s favorites – featuring a glassblowing demonstration and a performance by the orchestra.

gallery as the assistant coordinator – its first full-time employee – in 1993. “I’ve been very, very lucky to be part of so many artists’ lives over the last 26 years,” she says. In contrast to Cook, Gray has spent the majority of her adult life in arts administration, going from Players Theatre Columbus to the OAC grants office in 1993, then quickly moving to the gallery after realizing that sitting behind a desk wasn’t for her. “I really wanted to have a job with a little more physical activity and dealing with more people face to face,” she says. She became director when her thenboss, Beth Fisher, left OAC and told Gray

Art workshops such as this one are among Gray’s favorite memories of her time as Riffe Gallery director.

– per Gray herself – that she “needed to be called a director to be taken seriously.” One of the major highlights of her time at the gallery was being part of OAC’s one-time international program, which allowed her to work on exhibitions traveling to and from Israel, Chile, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and more. Gray has worked hard to ensure the gallery features artists representing a diverse picture of Ohio, making a point in recent years to never focus on one specific corner of the state. Working with local-level arts organizations has broadened horizons for patrons and artists alike; Gray loves hearing, after an exhibition has closed, that some of the artists featured in it have decided to collaborate with each other, or that people in one part of the state have been fascinated by the arts scene in another. Gray is also proud of the understanding the gallery has fostered among patrons through artist lectures, talks, workshops and classes. “We’ve given people the opportunity to try metal sculpture or glass mosaic or quiltmaking,” she says. “Not only are they surrounded by it, they actually get to try it with their own two hands.” Now that she’s retired, Gray plans to get involved in more live theater, a longtime passion that she didn’t have as much time for when she was at the gallery. In fact, on the encouragement of Producing Director Steven Anderson, she’ll be part of CATCO’s Life Sucks., running March 20-April 7, at Studio One in the Riffe Center. Her husband, Dan, will be doing scenic design. She also briefly joined Cook in Curacao in February. CS20 Garth Bishop is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at March 2019 |





Don’t be Nervous Understanding your nervous system and maintaining your internal wiring By Lydia Freudenberg

MANY NEUROLOGISTS COMPARE the nervous system to the wires that run through house-

hold walls, your body being the house. For homeowners, it’s important to understand the basics of electricity, like how your light switch works. And even though the nervous system is incredibly complex, it’s vital to know the basics of your internal wires.

The Basics Made up of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and all nerves, the nervous system collects, processes and responds to sensory input from the body and external environment through transmitted signals. Many diseases and conditions affect the nervous system, some common ones include brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, epilepsy, and stroke. Many of these afflictions do not have a known cause, but researchers are working daily to determine if it’s heredity, a gene mutation or something else. To learn more about these conditions, visit There are more than 100 trillion neural connections in the average human brain – that’s a lot considering there are only about 250 billion stars in the Milky Way. The neurological signals travel along the spinal cord at approximately 268 miles per hour, the fastest transmission in the human body.

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Keeping a Healthy Mind Living with Nerve Damage We all know that addressing, strengthening and understandDiseases or brain damage can ing mental health is important, but some may not realize how it cause nerve damage, which can drastically affect the nervous system. ranges from temporary or per“Whenever people have mental health disorders like anximanent paralysis to having ety and depression, it can cause some changes in the brain in little to no feeling in isolated terms of stress hormones, in terms of neurotransmitters. Both areas. Once the nerves are Dr. Deepak Dr. Archana changes can lead to changes in the brain, which can affect destroyed, it is impossible to Gulati Hinduja emotional and personality changes,” says Dr. Deepak Gulati, restore the cells – but humans a neurologist and stroke expert at The Ohio State University have found a short cut. Wexner Medical Center. Neuroplasticity is the process of elimiStress hormones, called cortisol, are released to give your body a natural energy boost. nating dead neural connections and According to Gulati, when someone is overexposed to cortisol, it can lead to symptoms strengthening the necessary ones to comincluding mental health irregularities, weight gain and, ultimately, stroke. plete tasks – literally rewiring the brain. It 8 | March 2019


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typically occurs when patients experience a brain injury, and usually requires years of repetitive mental and/or physical exercises to treat or cure. According to a study published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, in 2015, for the first time in history, a man walked after five years of paraplegia – an electroencephalogram (EEG - based system) sent electrical signals from his brain to the electrodes placed around his knees. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted that involve people receiving spinal implants to restore movement. The Silent Killer The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S.” And, according to Gulati, you lose 2 million neurons per minute during a stroke. Thankfully, at the Wexner Medical Center neurologists are incorporating the latest advancements to help stroke patients. Within the last year, OSU began using the endovascular intervention method, an alternative to an IV-based clot-busting drug which can only be used within four and a half hours of stroke symptoms. The new method is capable of helping stroke patients up to 24 hours, giving more time to properly diagnose and decrease longterm neurological damage. “The interventionist uses a catheter through an artery in the groin and reaches the vessels in the brain. They remove the clot from arteries that have blocked the blood supply to the brain. This can improve weakness from stroke if done in a timely fashion in a selected group of patients,” says Dr. Archana Hinduja, a neurologist at the Wexner Medical Center. OSU is also the founder of the TeleStroke Network, which electronically connects OSU stroke experts to 25-plus underprivileged hospitals in Ohio, assisting them in diagnosis, treatment, interpreting test results and more. “It adds a lot of value and is improving the health of people,” says Gulati. CS20

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Gastropub Invasion

Alternatives to traditional sports bars abound in Columbus By Nathan Collins WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR with and have at

one time or another been patrons of a pub. The public house, or pub for the sake of brevity, has been a mainstay of European civilizations dating back to Roman times. But what is a gastropub, and how does it differ from the traditional pub?

Gastropub Origins

Located in London, The Eagle Farringdon is widely considered the very first gastropub. Michael Belben and David Eyre took over the lease for the establishment in 1991. According to The Eagle’s website, Belben and Eyre “added a decent selection of wine and a few rums to the draught beer and lager that was already on offer.” They also extended the kitchen’s space and offerings. Still in business today, The Eagle features its dishes in a cookbook titled The Eagle Cookbook: Recipes from the Original Gastropub. Though the term gastropub was coined by The Eagle, it is British chef Fergus Henderson who largely inspired the cuisine of the gastropub. Meaty, comforting and hearty are the words used to describe Henderson’s simply crafted fare. Henderson opened St. John Restaurant in 1994 and its sister gastropub St. John Bread and Wine in 2003, both nestled in London. “The differences I see with a gastropub is essentially it is still a pub; it’s still a bar, but it ends up being a bar with some elevated food,” says Connor O’Neill, general manager and director of operations at Westies Gastropub & Tavern located in the Brewery District. “Traditional sports bars are dying, but you can go to your local gastropub where they tend to have a bunch of TVs, it’s still dark and inviting, you can still meet all of your friends and hang out, and you can expect to have a higher quality of food.”

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Coming to America

As was the case with the British Invasion of the mid-‘60s, the gastropub concept arrived in America during the late ‘80s, early ‘90s. Gastropubs have now proliferated across the nation – not just in top dining destinations like Chicago, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles – but into destinations like San Antonio, Tuscon, Greenville and here in Columbus. So what makes Columbus an attractive location for gastropubs? Mobility is an important factor. “Columbus and Chicago have so much in common, but ease of travel in Columbus is so different,” says O’Neill. “Especially with traffic and things like that. You can get from one end of the city to the other in a reasonable amount of time.” Columbus is a place where people cherish dining out, value comfort and want to be able to go out and meet their friends.

The next time you plan to eat out, consider one of the many gastropubs the city has to offer. CS20 Nathan Collins is a managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Bowling Over Taste Buds


Eleven delicious Columbus food bowls compiled by the CityScene Media Group editorial staff




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ACRE, in North Market, has a bowl for every season. Every four to six weeks a special, new menu item comes out that’s made with fresh and local flavors. This particular Shanghai Bowl is generously filled with warm rice, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots, topped with ginger sesame in addition to Chinese rice wine, garlic, ginger and scallions. Pop in and ask for their latest seasonal bowl to satisfy any hungry belly. “It’s our way to focus on some local produce even during the winter. Local just tastes better – it’s fresher and always good, high-quality food,” says Chef Paul Millman.

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While Balboa continues to undergo renovations, one bowl to set your eyes on for their reopening is the Balboa Bowl, inspired by an old family recipe. The Balboa bowl brings a Mexican twist to the U.S. Filled with rice, beans, pico de gallo, and house braised meats and chicken – the bowl is packed with flavor. “I really like using all the different spices with the chicken,” Chef Eddie Loyola says. “Whether that’s the chipotle or some of the other dry peppers we use, it’s exciting and different.”

Eastern Flavor


Brassica is a casual, quick-style restaurant inspired by the Eastern Mediterranean. Guests are encouraged to build their own bowls, taking advantage of ingredients sourced from world-class growers and producers. Fill your bowl with crunchy greens, lentils, rice, crispy pita chips, fried onions, creamy hummus and smoky baba. Pick one of the four different entrées, including harissa braised brisket, slow roasted chicken shawarma, Aleppo glazed lamb bacon on a hot falafel.

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Playing off the misnomer of how some pronounce the Columbus area code, fast-casual restaurant 6-1-PHO offers the Vietnamese classic, pho. Customers can create a pho bowl from scratch, choosing a meat or veggie option with rice noodles, all in a slow-cooked broth – sometimes simmered for up to 24 hours – and topped with veggies, herbs and freshly squeezed lime. “Columbus is an up and coming restaurant city, and we felt we didn’t have a representation of Vietnamese food,” says owner Lisa Bui. “We kind of wanted to modernize the approach and get people to try pho for the first time.”


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Pork Pleaser


The Korean BBQ Pork Bowl offered by CoreLife Eatery is packed with flavor. This bowl features purple rice, carrots, cucumbers, new spicy broccoli, house made kimchi and spicy Sriracha sprouts. It’s topped with slow roasted Korean BBQ pork and a fried egg – right off the griddle!

South of the Border


A blend of grain, supergreens, legumes and crispy wontons come together in this Mexican-inspired Oaxaca Bowl at Freshii in New Albany, Bexley and Dublin. The spicy yogurt sauce adds a kick for those seeking a little heat. “A portion of the Oaxaca Bowl goes to the WE Foundation, which feeds children in impoverished countries,” says Owner Becca Kist.


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Hai Poké is island inspired street food with an ever-expanding menu of different options and flavors. The Porké Bowl includes crispy nachos, ahi tuna, braised Filipino pork and a rainbow of toppings. “We love us some rice so it only makes sense that we have lots of fully loaded rice bowls,” says Owner Mico Cordero. “Traditionally we serve poké, which is a Hawaiian sushi bowl, and while that will always be our staple and the backbone of our menu, these new items that we’ve added incorporate a lot more flavors from around the world and allow us to really embrace our island inspired identity.”

Ramen Revolution


This isn’t your instant ramen! Meshikou’s made-from-scratch ramen is packed with flavor, spice and everything nice. Enjoy dishes like their shoyu chintan ramen, featuring kikurage mushrooms, braised pork and more. Or turn up the heat with their spicy mala ramen, a chicken broth infused with house sichuan tare and topped with julienne dry red pepper. Owner Mike Shek says the flavor combinations in the spicy mala ramen are currently popular in and beyond Columbus. Meshikou’s mala dish is sure to bring customers back for more.

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Food trucks are rather popular in Columbus, but it’s safe to say that Mixing Bowl Asian Grill stands out amongst its fellow rolling kitchens. Customers can enjoy a variety of options including a lavender rice bowl, which hungry customers can fill with protein options, tofu, slaw or salsa, peanuts, veggies, egg and more. And don’t forget the sauces – like their delicious yum-yum sauce as seen in the photo.

Surf’s Up


The Duke is one of downtown Columbus’ Poké Bros hardiest signature bowls, named after famous Hawaiian surfer The Duke. It’s loaded with salmon, tuna, shrimp and topped-off with seaweed, spicy jalapeno, sweet onion, fresh edamame and cucumber. “Like sushi? You’re going to love our fresh, Hawaiian-style poké bowls! Our ingredients are prepared fresh daily, and you won’t find more build-your-own-bowl ingredient options in Columbus,” says a Poké Bros. rep.

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The New Faces of Milk

U.S. non-dairy milk sales grew 61 percent over the last five years By Nathan Collins

IF YOU HAVEN’T noticed, there are some new kids on the block in the milk industry. While humans have been drinking cow’s milk for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that modern dairy farming actually began. It was the process to extend shelf life and increase product safety – known as pasteurization – that provided easier access to safe milk and caused demand to skyrocket. In a December 2017 article by The American Farm Bureau Federation, an eight percent decline in conventional milk sales was reported from years 20122016. Organic product sales captured some of this market, increasing by 20 percent, or 425 million pounds. The nutritional benefits that milk, and dairy in general, has on children are well known. Today, dairy products remain a main source of calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones and teeth. Drinking milk has been linked to healthy blood pressure and a reduced risk of stroke and heart-related problems, such as decreased cholesterol, thus less artery blockage. • Milk contains lactic acid, which acts as a skin exfoliator, in addition to enzymes that facilitate smooth skin. Amino acids also help to maintain skin moisture. • Milk is high in protein, which helps to rebuild muscle. • Milk contains some of the vitamins and minerals that act as stress relievers and energy boosters. However, as the popularity of plantbased nutrition grows, non-dairy milk is finding its place in American refrigerators. New research from Mintel indicates that non-dairy milk sales have seen steady growth over the past five years. Given this fact, it’s important to know what these

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traditional milk alternatives are and the benefits they provide. • Almond Milk – The most popular plant milk in the U.S. While not nearly as nutritious as cow’s milk, almond milk is naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E. • Coconut Milk – Not to be confused with coconut water, which is the clear liquid from the center of the young, green coconut, coconut milk is processed in a way that is surprisingly close to its dairy counterpart. Coconut milk is lactose free and a popular choice with vegans – making it a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking. • Soy Milk – Acts as a good source of protein and calcium, which are needed for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Again, one of the benefits of soy milk is the absence of lactose. According to the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan, soy protein can aid in lowering blood cholesterol.

• Quinoa Milk – This ancient grain is a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, which is rare for a plant-based food. Quinoa milk can be made in the confines of your own home. It is a terrific base to add to flavors like vanilla or cinnamon. • Hazelnut Milk – This low-calorie alternative is naturally gluten-, lactose and soy-free. Containing no cholesterol or saturated fat, hazelnut milk provides the body with proteins and the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which has been proven to support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. • Flaxseed Milk – Contains no cholesterol or lactose, making it a heart healthy alternative. This milk contains omega-3 fatty acids – from cold-pressed flax oil – that has been shown to help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and strokes. CS20 Nathan Collins is a managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Double Trouble

Tips for managing the upkeep of a second home or vacation property By Jenny Wise

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Renting your vacation home is a great way to offset the cost of a second property, but there are several expenses that go along with successfully running your own small business. It’s a good idea to list your property on sites that have a two-way rating system such as Airbnb, HomeAway or VRBO. You’ll sleep better knowing in advance that a guest is going to be respectful and treat your property as you would. Pro Tip: If you can find reliable long-term renters, consider offering them a discounted rate. You won’t need to pay a cleaning service as frequently and you have the added bonus of a steady income while you aren’t enjoying the property yourself.


here’s nothing better than escaping the stresses of everyday life with a vacation, especially when you have your own place to call (second) home. While you may not have to worry about finding a rental or seasonal availability, the responsibilities of owning a vacation home shouldn’t be taken lightly. Who takes care of your property when you aren’t there? What happens when there’s an emergency and you’re thousands of miles away? We’ve curated several tips and tricks for every type of vacation homeowner to utilize. DIY Vacation Homeowners For those who plan to visit their property only a couple of weeks out of the

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year, there are several things to consider. Whether you choose to rent while you are away or not, you should plan for frequent maintenance visits. Those who choose to forgo hiring a property manager might want to at least form a relationship with a permanent neighbor. This way you have eyes on the property year-round and someone close by who you can call prior to natural disasters or other environmental events. Pro Tip: If you don’t have a property manager or a neighbor you trust to pop in every now and then, you should at least be prepared with a list of local repair companies. Take the time to gather contacts (preferably through personal referrals) for plumbers,

Vacation Homeowners with Property Managers Utilizing a property management company is a great way to keep yourself organized when renting, though it does comes at a cost. According to author, speaker and podcast host Christine Karpinski, property managers typically get 20 to 60 percent of the rental income from your vacation home. Next time you stay at your second home, spend some time getting to know your neighbors and find out if they, too, spend part of the year somewhere else. Referrals are always your best bet when it comes to finding a property manager you can trust to take care of your home and general landlord duties. Finding the right property management company can take the weight off your



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• Answering these questions will help you decide your next steps as you continue to invest in real estate. Pro Tip: If you are spending a month or less at a time in your second home, you can register to have local police and registered volunteers periodically check the perimeter of your home. This takes some of the burden off your closest neighbors to spot things out of the ordinary, but you should still have someone physically go inside the home when it’s vacant for more than a month. Jenny Wise is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at March 2019 |




NOTHING BUT THE BLUES The Columbus Jazz Orchestra

MAR 14 - MAR 17, 2019 SOUTHERN THEATRE 21 East Main Street

Get down and dirty with Windy City blues man Omar Coleman on vocals and harmonica, and New York jazz scene stalwart Joel Frahm on tenor sax, as they explore all the shades of blues.


Born in Columbus, based in Brooklyn, and lauded throughout the jazz world for their beefy horns, infectious grooves and enough funk to go around, the Huntertones return to where it all began.

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Eyes on the Horizon

Cruise lines are making improvements ahead of demand By Amanda DePerro


f the last time you stepped foot on a cruise ship was more than five years ago, you probably remember a lot of wonderful things. You probably also remember some not-so-wonderful things. You may remember standing in long lines during the onboarding process, finding your room, giving the kids or grandkids lanyards with their room key so they don’t lose it or pulling out your credit card every time you make a purchase. The world of technology has evolved a lot in those five years – and so has the world of cruising. “The buzz of the industry right now is all the cruise lines are investing in solid technology,” says Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic. “Five years ago, that meant getting better, faster internet on the cruise ship. It means something totally different today.” This technology, McDaniel says, includes everything from wearable tech that unlocks your room, and gives you the ability to order and pay for services all over the ship, to cell phone applications that you can use to set the temperature in your room, use as a remote control on the TV and look up every service the cruise line offers. “If you would’ve said this was where we were going five years ago, people would have been surprised,” McDaniel says. “The whole purpose is to solve those areas of friction; those areas that make it less than perfect.” Another major point of excitement for cruisers, McDaniel includes, is the partnerships cruise lines are forming. Food lovers who haven’t cruised in a while might remember bland, one-size-fits-all buffets, but that is no longer the case. “Cruise lines have partnerships with exceptional chefs; Nobu and Thomas Keller and chefs like that who really have name recognition,” says McDaniel. “You’re able to enjoy their dining menus curated by them on cruise ships. I think it’s been an

exceptional way to bring those very cool land experiences on a cruise ship.” Changes aren’t just happening on the ship, but also where the ship might be headed. For those uninterested in the traditional Caribbean cruises, Alaskan cruises are very hot right now, and McDaniel is seeing more and more major cruise lines getting into river cruising. For first-time cruisers or those who haven’t been on the water in a long time, McDaniel recommends they give it a shot; they’ll likely be surprised. “Not every cruise line is right for every person. To that end, more than ever, cruise lines have done a great job of differentiating themselves and exposing their personality so people feel they’ve made the right match,” says McDaniel. “If they have made that right match, they’re going to be cruisers for life.” Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur and cookbook writer. He and his landmark Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, have won multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation, notably the Best California Chef in 1996, and the Best Chef in America in 1997.


An Adventure In

These hotels are as gorgeous as the natural beauty surrounding them By Amanda DePerro

Under the Aurora Kaklsauttanen Glass Igloos Saariselkä, Finland Worries about correctly pronouncing Finnish words will melt away as you watch the gorgeous colors of the Aurora Borealis from the inside of your personal glass igloo. There are few ways to better enjoy one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World while you’re close to some of the world’s best skiing and hiking at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Sleeping with the Fish The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Rangali Island, Maldives The world’s first underwater villa, located in the stunning Maldives, will certainly take your breath away. Sure, you’ve been able to sleep in a bed under the sea before, but this villa includes a king-sized bed and full bath with a domed glass ceiling for the ultimate underwater experience. On the main level, the accommodation includes a gym, two bedrooms, a bathroom, deck and infinity pool. You’ll be treated like royalty with daily spa treatments, four butlers and space for your own security detail. However, the Muraka doesn’t come cheap. Start digging into those couch cushions, because Bloomberg reports the villa comes at $50,000 per night.

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Above the Canopy Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Bali, Indonesia It’s easy to see why the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan was named the No. 1 Hotel in the World in 2018 by Travel and Leisure. With every corner perfectly planned and every sight a feast for the eyes, this Four Seasons is an unbelievable oasis in the jungle. If you’re vacationing to get away from everything, then this is the perfect trip. It’s no wonder Bali has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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Let’s Go Spelunking The World’s Deepest Suite Sala Silvermine, Sweden For those with claustrophobia, beware. You’ll be sleeping more than 500 feet underground in this unbelievable room. The accommodation, which is situated in an old silver mine, is a thrilling way to spend a night in Sweden. Hopefully you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night – your only way of communicating with the world above is through a two-way radio.

Immersed in Art

Public landmarks bring flavor to any vacation By Amanda DePerro


hether you’re traveling for work, exploring the world or just trying to get away for a while, it’s always worthwhile to make a stop to see public landmarks and the art each city offers. Not only is public art free to visit, it’s also a great way to get a taste of the city you’re visiting. If you find yourself in the following cities, don’t miss some of the best public art and landmarks the U.S. has to offer.

Cloud Gate

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line, and its distorted shape creates mesmerizing reflections of visitors as they walk around and under the structure.

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Austin, Texas: Open Room Austin Sure, most good parks have a place to sit, eat or rest. However, Open Room Austin by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt at Sand Beach Park gives the illusion of fine dining, even if you’ve only packed a few sandwiches and a bottle of water for lunch. The permanent installation, which features a 24-foot-long table covered by a mock lace tablecloth, benches and tall lamps, is a beautiful aluminum dining room surrounding by trees. Just don’t forget the picnic basket. Chicago, Illinois: Cloud Gate It would be remiss to not mention Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, also affectionately known as the Bean. The 100-ton stainless steel centerpiece of Millennium Park gorgeously reflects the Chicago sky-

San Francisco, California: 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Unlike any staircase you’ve seen before, these stairs between 15th and 16th avenues on Moraga Street in San Francisco transport you into a different world. The sun, moon and ocean are displayed in a brilliant mosaic across these steps by Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr, and bring fantastical whimsy to a residential California neighborhood.

Birmingham, Alabama: LightRails Old and new collide spectacularly in Bill FitzGibbons’ LightRails. This LED installment lights up a viaduct originally built in 1931, and a tunnel that was once dark and uninviting is now evocative of 2001: A Space Odyssey. While most tunnels motivate drivers to pass through as quickly as possible, this one inspires drivers to pull over, snap some pictures and stay a while. Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at Landmarks Closer to Home Field of Corn, Dublin Scioto Lounge bronze deer sculptures, along the Scioto Mile The works of Holocaust survivor Alfred Tibor, throughout central Ohio The Topiary Park, Town Street

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Traversing the Gap

Vacationing with grandkids is a great way to bond while giving parents a break By Amanda DePerro


nless you’re a Fortnite expert, well-versed in Lego or understand the lore of Doc McStuffins, it can be difficult to spend quality time with your grandchildren. However, for the adventurous grandparent/grandchild team, travel is a great way to bridge the age gap, learn something new about each other and the world, and make lifetime memories. Planning a multigenerational trip might seem daunting at first, and poses the same question from before: What will we both enjoy? Luckily, there are a vast number of grandchild-friendly trips perfect for every age.

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Thrill Seekers Do your grandkids have a hard time keeping up with you? There’s nothing more thrilling than going on a true expedition. Explore the savannah with The Africa Adventure Company, where the grandkids will be able to spot all their favorite animals on safari. Check out Turtle Bay in Hawaii for scuba, horseback riding and, of course, some great beach adventures. Disney Fanatics Let’s be honest, it’s hard to beat the dazzle of Disney. Whether you’re looking to go to the incredible Disneyland Park or Walt Disney World Resort, the grandkids won’t be able to drag you across the parks quick enough. Adventures by Disney bring the magic on the road with trips all over the world. Or, if you’re looking to kick up your feet, why not check out the Disney Cruise Line? History Buffs Who says kids don’t like history? Pick up the grand-

kids’ curriculum from this school year; they’ll be excited to teach grandma and grandpa everything they learned about the Boston Tea Party and Founding Fathers as you tour historic Boston, Massachusetts. Or, explore monuments throughout Washington, D.C., where you can test their knowledge of the U.S. government. Plan it for Me! Looking for preplanned adventures with the little ones? Check out Road Scholar’s travel resources for grandparents, with more than 150 trips that ensure no one gets left behind. Tauck Bridges also offers some fantastic trips that get every generation involved, including private trips, group destinations and more. Or, get your own Sir David Attenborough adventure through Smithsonian Journeys and you’ll surely instill a passion for travel and learning in your grandkids that will last a lifetime. Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

It All Adds Up Upper Arlington family expands new home

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A Jazzy Vibe Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director fills home with art and history By Mallory Grayson

When relocating from New York City, Byron Stripling and his wife Alexis Wilson were instantly attracted to the Westerville area for its close-knit community – one where they could envision raising their two daughters. They’ve planted their roots here for nearly sixteen years and will become empty nesters this fall. Bright yellow walls combined with high ceilings complement big windows that bring nature right into the living room. Deer can often be seen grazing in the back yard.

The basement is Stripling’s favorite area of the home – his man cave, as he calls it. “It’s important as a musician to have space where I can practice my music and not disturb the family,” Stripling says. Books line the walls, as well as posters from shows Stripling has played in. 28 L u



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house until after his wife had already put in a bid. For Stripling, it was love at first sight, especially when he realized he could transform the basement into his personal music room. Perhaps the most noticeable difference between this house and many other homes, is the absence of televisions, making the space open for reading and discussions. Art that Stripling and Wilson have collected over the years fills every wall in the home, offering a taste of almost every culture. “Art speaks to us – similar to how I feel about music. When I see something that moves me, I just have to get it,” says Stripling. “Decorating our home was never about expense, just what inspired us.” Stripling and Wilson walk though their modern yet simplistic home spotlighting some of the artistic history they’ve incorporated into their lives. v Mallory Grayson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Stripling, a well-known jazz trumpeter and artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, says he didn’t even see the

“Home is about the comfort of love, family and the stuff you surround yourself with that opens your heart. Our bedroom is that place of love and rest for us,” Stripling says. The 100-year-old woodwork from China acts as a headboard behind their bed. Artist Geoffrey Holder painted the picture displayed within the entrance of Stripling and Wilson’s home. Holder was good friends with Wilson’s father, who, like her, was also a dancer and choreographer. “He asked my father if he could show him what he was working on, and this was it. My father bought it immediately,” says Wilson. The painting holds sentimental value for both Stripling and Wilson, making it their favorite piece of art inside the home.

Stripling and Wilson pose in front of The Buddha, a painting that Wilson brought back from New York. While they both love the colors, each interprets the painting differently – Wilson sees a Buddha and Stripling sees a man wearing a bowler hat.

The downstairs area also features rows of records, which sit in a hallway tucked behind the area where Stripling practices his music. He proudly holds all three of his trumpets in front of his prized-collection.






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Keep On Adding On Griffey Remodeling helps Upper Arlington family expand new home By Rocco Falleti

When the original plans to remodel their existing home were continuously shut down by zoning committees, an Upper Arlington family did not lose hope, and found their dream remodel. “The owners were driving around one day and I received a call and they said, ‘Surprise, we bought a house,’” says Charlie Griffey owner of Griffey Remodeling. Griffey and his team went back to the drawing board for the new home that would be completely gutted and include a 2,000 square foot addition. Aside from the expansion, the project added a new kitchen, dining room, master suite, basement and extended the existing great room. Salvaging and repurposing as much as they could was essential to this project’s success. Unique limestone from a porch they tore out was used on the new addition, plus the team was able to salvage many original built-ins and some of the diamond grid windows, as well.

“It was a lot of trying to blend the old with the new, which is always important in a remodel,” Griffey says. “Not making it look so modern when it was a traditional home to start with.” The remodeling paid off, and the project received the NARI of central Ohio 2018 Contractor of the Year Award in the “Entire House Over $1,000,000” category. “There were so many team players that had a huge part in the success of this project and the stories it tells,” Griffey says. v The great room was a huge part of this project and was extended out six feet. “One of the ceiling beams is concealing a big steel beam, and that defines the depth and layout of the coffered ceiling in the great room,” Griffey says. 30 L u



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This fireplace is built of Indiana limestone and weighs over 2,500 pounds. Griffey’s team had to go underneath the fireplace to make a new concrete footing to support the massive structure.

The home doubled in size throughout the remodel by more than 2,000 square feet. Griffey’s team tried repurposing as much as they could. Outside, they tore down the porch and used the rare limestone on the new addition.

The ceiling detail in the dining room was done by Griffey’s nephew, a true master carpenter. Every piece was installed individually using dentil molding hidden with fasteners. “When you go to the end of the wall, it all ends in a perfect 45-degree angle,” Griffey says.

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A Unique Finish Whiskeys aged in multiple casks open a world of possibilities By Rocco Falleti

WHISKEY AND BOURBON have long been a backbone

in the world of alcohol. Though the two share similar characteristics, it’s worth noting that they are two very distinct products. “Every bourbon is a whiskey,” Ryan Lang, cofounder of Middle West Spirits says. “But not every whiskey is a bourbon.” Bourbon is a federal standard for an American-made whiskey that possesses a quantity of 51% corn. It is distilled below 160 proof and is barrel aged in fresh American casks for at least two years. “Bourbon can be made anywhere in the United States. However, it is primarily a Kentucky product,” Lang says.

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A Whole New Flavor Profile

While there are numerous ways whiskey can be finished, one unique strategy centers on using old casks in the aging process. Most whiskeys in America are first aged in fresh American oak barrels which are firstfill or “virgin” oak. By taking an additional six to 24 months with a double cask, whiskey and bourbon can take on a whole new flavor profile, subtly changing its original essence. This can add flavors as sweet as a cherry or even a chocolate tone to your whiskey. “Distillers will sometimes choose to age that whiskey with another barrel type,” Lang says. “Oftentimes, it is a wine-type cask, like a port or a sherry cask, which is used a lot with double cask.” “If you want to add a unique finish to the product, this is a good way to do it,” Lang says. “It gives the distiller much more creative freedom to play around a lot.” CS20 Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcomed at

What is considered a “good” whiskey? Straight whiskey is aged an average of two years. However, the vast majority of “good” whiskeys on the market are aged for at least five to seven years.

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Show Us Your Shorts

Gateway’s long-standing short film, open mic night is fun and empowering for all By Maggie Ash

ON THE FIRST Saturday of each month,

the Gateway Film Center opens its doors to short film enthusiasts for Show Us Your Shorts. For just $5, film lovers can enjoy up to eight short films created and submitted by artists in and beyond Ohio. Plus, the evening is hosted by the locally-based Fright Club’s George Wolf and Hope Madden. To qualify, films must be no longer than 10 minutes and are submitted to Gateway on the Wednesday before each month using a common online streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo. On that first Saturday, a winner is chosen by the audience and the film is reshown for a special year-end event on June 1, which is judged by three expert critics. The winning filmmaker receives the ticket revenue collected from the event that month, and often leads to additional success for the artist. “Many of these artists have reinvested those winnings into making more films, which I find very rewarding,” says Chris Hamel, president and chief programmer for the Gateway. Hamel started the program in 2013 and seven years later, Show Us Your Shorts

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continues to sustain itself as an impressive monthly short film festival with the help of partnerships such as the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Once a year in Gateway’s Show Us Your Screenplays division, short screenplays under 10 pages can be submitted annually by March 31 to be reviewed by expert judges. The winning screenwriter and filmmaker receive a $4,000 collaborative grant to produce a new work which is later enjoyed by audiences at a Show Us Your Shorts pre-show. “While this program is central to the center’s mission and is also helping local

filmmakers, it’s (also) really a lot of fun,” says Hamel. “I think anyone who decided to attend would have a great time, and also get to meet and chat with a diverse mix of local artists.” Not only is this accomplished through Show Us Your Shorts, but with over a dozen film festivals hosted by Gateway each year, the passion for showcasing local artists is clear. More events include the Ohio Grown Film program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, which empowers local filmmakers through authentic experiences in the movie industry and allows them to showcase their art on the big screen.

The Gateway also acts as the Columbus host for the 48 Hour Film Project. Created by two filmmakers in 2001, the project has grown into an international movement and is completed in 130 countries. As the name suggests, films are created in just 48 hours. Small teams of about 10 people write, shoot and edit a short film of seven minutes or less in one sleepless weekend. However, no matter the event, the Gateway’s goal stay the same. “Our mission is to use the power of movies to strengthen, unite, challenge and inspire our community,” says Hamel. “We curate an experience where the stories shown on our screens and the artists who create them are treated with respect and appreciation.” More information on Show Us Your Screenplays can be found at CS20 Maggie Ash is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

March 2019 Film Schedule March 1st The Heiresses Everybody Knows Level 16 Arctic Sharkwater Extinction Captain Marvel Climax Im Not Here Fright Club: Baskin Birds of Passage Starfish Us An Elephant Sitting Still Ruben Brandt, Collector Gloria Bell Whered You Go, Bernadette Greyhound Woman at War Dumbo Dragged Across Concrete Luz The Beach Bum

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From the Drawing Board to the Darkroom Local photographer has a unique point of view on flower photography

BORN IN HAVANA, Cuba, Tony Mendoza moved to Miami with his family in 1960. It was a long and winding road that brought him to Columbus in 1987 to teach in the photography department at The Ohio State University. Seventeen years later, he began taking pictures of flowers in the area, and ultimately found his muse. Mendoza’s journey as a photographer began while studying architecture. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering from Yale and a Master of Architecture from Harvard, he realized he had a knack for snapping photos. “As an architect, you have to do some photography, you know, a few models here and there. Only then, I realized the more I took pictures, the more I enjoyed it,” Mendoza says. It was only three years before Mendoza realized he wanted to do photography full time and in 1973 he quite the architecture business altogether. After spending a number of years living in New York City, gaining lifelong memories, creating incredible work and obtaining insightful skills, Mendoza moved to Columbus. “It actually took seven years to take decent pictures, working all of the time. I had to reinvent the wheel in a sense. I wasn’t aware of what people had done,” says Mendoza.

Going Digital

In 2003, after working for 30 years as a black and white photographer, Mendoza bought a Nikon digital camera and transformed part of his laundry room into a digital darkroom. He immediately fell in love with the new artistic method. “When I first got the camera, I found it difficult to come up with a colorful subject in Columbus. The American Midwest; no ocean; no mountains; no architecture. Mostly, a lot of fast food restaurants,” he says, “Then I thought of my wife’s flower and vegetable garden in our town’s community garden, so I went over there and started taking pictures of the flowers.” For three years, Mendoza loved capturing images of delicate flowers with his digital Nikon. “I loved how painless it was to make good prints in the comfort of my office while breathing fresh air,” he says. “I also really appreciated the instant feedback you get when

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you shoot digitally. If the frame or the exposure is a little off, you can correct it in the next shot.” Like any great artist, Mendoza knew he needed to switch up his technique and create something different. “Right away I photographed from a low vantage point of view, because I’ve photographed cats and dogs from their eye level to depict the world as they see it,” Mendoza says. “I was also aware that most flower pictures have been taken from the top or in the studio, with the photographer moving in to capture the graphic beauty of the individual flower, or in the studio.” By capturing flowers from a low vantage point, Mendoza is able to use the sky as a backdrop rather than grass or dirt. “Sometimes, it was the sky color working with the flower color that made for a good picture. Sometimes, it was the frame when all of the elements felt just right. The weather in the background created some drama. Sometimes the picture was completed when a bug flew into it,” Mendoza says. Only a true artist recognizes what completes a work of art. Mendoza’s love for photography shines through when he talks about the elements that make up a photo, how he started his journey as a photographer and how he found these treasures within Columbus. CS20 Ashley Soro is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits Beeler Gallery arms ache avid aeon follows the four core members of fierce pussy, an LGBTQ art collective that creates art to increase awareness about LGBTQ identity. The art of the four core members will be on display for season one of Beeler Gallery’s programs. Through March 17. www.beeler Columbus Museum of Art Life in the Age of Remembrandt features 17th Century art from the Golden Age through the late 19th Century from The Hague School. Through June 16. Richie Pope: 2018 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition displays the work of comic book artist Richie Pope. Pope won the annual Columbus Comics Residency, allowing him to exhibit his work at CMA. Through March. 10. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio kicks off its 2019 exhibition season with Lilly’s World: The Art of Decorative Art of Lilly Martin Spencer, 1840-1900. The scenes depicted in Spencer’s paintings and prints will come to life through recreations with decorative arts pieces made mainly in the artist’s home state of Ohio. Through April 28.

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Dublin Arts Council The exhibition Opening Doors: Calling Central Ohio Home is a group exhibition by New Americans who delve into the concepts of identity. The feature artists include Iraqi-born photographer/videographer Bilal Alabbood with “From Baghdad to Dublin”; and Somali photographer Faduma Hasan, who explores the visual identity trigger of the hijab. March 5-June 7. Hammond Harkins Gallery Hammond Harkins Gallery presents Paintings by Carol Stewart. Stewart’s paintings are characterized by a sophisticated play of color and light. Her pieces convey a network of patterning and mark making that creates texture and energy. The audience will see an explosive field of color. While the audience gaze on a painting, a unified composition emerges while, at the same time, specific elements stand out. Depth is established, objects are weighted through their shadows, and subtle balance is expressed through reflections of light that dance across the surface. Through March14. Hayley Gallery Artist Opening Reception for Will Wong Yee “A Perspective” showcases pieces of Columbus in the form of street art. He creates beautiful views of downtown Columbus in the form of cityscapes as well as personable portraits packed with raw emotion and thrilling illustrations. 4-8 p.m. March 23. Wong Yee’s work is on display through April 16. Open Door Art Studio Gallery Visit No Objections to view the captivating color fields,

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lavish lines and striking shapes. Through March 8. Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art Furniture design has become a dynamic and ever-changing field. When Attitudes Become Chairs shows some of the more dynamic pieces of furniture design. Extended through April 28. LIGHT is about artwork that takes light as its muse. There will be ideas about a Texas sunset, neon window advertisements, iconic bar signs and garnish flashing messages. There will be seven pieces that use light to consider space, to illuminate ideas and to question perception. Light becomes the medium to translate experiences and make visible what we discern about our world. Through May 12. N.O.W. and Shahzia. Through May 26.

Riffe Gallery The Riffe Gallery will be displaying Duo Trio: Contemporary Dyptichs and Tryptichs by 14 Ohio Artists. Dyptichs and Tryptichs is an older art form that has been interpreted in different ways. Through April 13. www. Sherrie Gallerie Sherrie Gallerie presents William Ortman. Ortman graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2007 with a BFA in fine art with a focus on glass blowing. He currently lives and works in Columbus and is constantly exploring new techniques in glass. Through March 3. The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space The Department of Design Spring Exhibition 2019 presents senior theses by the undergraduates from the three programs: Industrial Design, Interior Design and Visual Communication Design. This exhibition also presents projects from select Master of Fine Arts students from the Design Research and Development and Digital Animation and Interactive Media concentrations. March 27-April 6. Wehrle Gallery With Careful Scrutiny: Anne Cushman and the Art of Print presents Cushman’s most recent work on designs and patterns in nature, and how our presence imposes itself on the environment. Through April 7.

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Wexner Center For The Arts John Waters: Indecent Exposure showcases the filmmaker’s gallery-based art, spanning more than 160 photographs, sculptures and works for audio and video all produced since the early 1990s. Through April 28.

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Arnold Sports Festival

Arnold Sports Festival February 28 – March 3 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.

CAPA presents Babe, The Sheep Pig March 1-10, times vary Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC Based on the popular movie, Babe, comes Babe, The Sheep Pig. This adorable performance is full of farmyard heroes, villains and, of course, a piglet who aspires to succeed at the Grand Challenge Sheep Dog Trials. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Spanish Flamenco Festival March 1-2, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will return to the Palace Theatre in a concert featuring flamenco star, Griset Damas for the Spanish Flamenco Festival. Conducted by John Axel rod, the show will feature music inspired by adventure and Spanish exoticism. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Brahms Horn Trio March 2, 5:30 p.m. Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 S. High St., Worthington ProMusica concertmaster Katherine McLin and principal horn Stephanie Blaha collaborate with guest pianist Andrew Cambell for a night of music including Brahm’s Horn Trio, Op. 40.

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Bryn Du Art Show March 5-24, times vary Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville The 15th annual Bryn Du Art Show is a juried exhibition held on a historic Federal style Granville mansion featur-

ing both professional and amateur artists. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Sleeping Beauty March 8-10, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany The collaboration of the New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre and the New Albany Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. The performance features the New Albany Ballet Children’s Theatre and live music by the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.

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Aziz Ansari: Road To Nowhere March 10, 7:30 p.m. The Palace Theater Aziz Ansari is an American actor, producer, writer and comedian known for his role as Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Columbus Symphony presents Nordic Myths Festival March 15-16 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Finnish myths from The Kaleva come to life through conductor Rossen Milanov, pianist Alessio Bax and video artist Jason Gay.


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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 16, 7 a.m. Throughout Dublin All-day festivities include a pancake breakfast, inflation celebration, a parade and the Blarney Bash, featuring Irish dancing, live music and the Blarney Bash, featuring Irish dancing, live music and the Best Legs in a Kilt contest.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Nothing But the Blues March 14-17, times vary Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. March madness kicks off with the CJO getting down and dirty in blues country with Nothing But the Blues, featuring windy city blues vocalist and harmonicist Omar Coleman and saxophonist Joel Frahm. Broadway in Columbus presents Rent March 19-24, times vary The Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St. Johnathon Larson’s RENT continues to speak to audiences across generations as the rock musical returns to the stage for its 20th anniversary touring production. www.

I AM BOBBY FLOYD. MUSIC IS MY ART. Jazz has played a major role in bringing people together. It’s a language, an expression of ideas, a means of communicating. When jazz speaks, it conveys thoughts. It moves some intellectually and others emotionally. In our community you’ll find every form of art from all genres of music, dance, visual arts, spoken word, etc. And for those who observe it, art affects them the same way ... it crosses boundaries and transcends barriers, so that it’s shared by all. I’m Bobby Floyd. Music is my art and there’s no place I’d rather make it. Learn more about Bobby’s story and other Columbus artists and events at

Additional support from: The Sol Morton and Dorothy Isaac, Rebecca J. Wickersham and Lewis K. Osborne funds at The Columbus Foundation.

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Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents Live Loud/Live Proud March 16-17, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus features music, sensational dancing and performers celebrating the differences that make us unique and ties that bind the world together.


Punch Brothers

CAPA presents Punch Brothers March 20, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Christ Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gave Witcher. Jurassic Park in Concert March 23, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park features groundbreaking special effects and the film projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing the iconic John William score. www.columbus Shadowbox Live presents Crazy Sexy Cool Through March 23, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. The best original sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll from the 2018 season returns for an epic encore.

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TobyMac March 31, 7:00 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. TobyMac brings the popular HITS DEEP Tour to the Schottenstein Center along with Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, We are Messengers and Aaron Cole.

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Columbus Dance Theatre presents Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert March 29-30, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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.




Yes, You Can Have it All Local luggage shop shows that style, functionality and durability is possible for all luggage By Lydia Freudenberg

FOR SOME, LUGGAGE can be annoying. It can be heavy, the wheels can be finicky, it’s difficult to store on flights, there are never enough pockets, the list goes on. At Columbusbased Urban Baggerie, located at Polaris Fashion Place and Worthington Mall, you can hit the runways confidently. CS20 Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist, feedback welcome at

Briggs & Riley – The Business Guru

Make a statement with this sleek suitcase, the Briggs & Riley Large Expandable Spinner. Urban Baggerie says it’s perfect for the constant jet-setter – especially because the brand has a lifetime warranty, no matter the damage. The bag features the CX compression-expansion system: adjust an internal mechanism to create 25 percent more space, zip the bag up and then push down on the exterior shell to compress the expansion and create an air-lock fit that’s once again carryon size. $699

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Ricardo Beverly Hills – The Budget Traveler

Traveling families or budget-minded people should check out Ricardo Beverly Hills. This 16-inch Under Seat Rolling Tote is a part of the San Marcos collection. Strap it to the handle of your large suitcase, enjoy the several interior pockets and gain quick access to your belongings, as it opens while laying down or sitting up. $139 “It delivers an elegant travel experience with its outer style and its interior organizational features,” says Troy McElmurray, owner of Urban Baggerie.

Eagle Creek – The Adventure Seeker

Ready to hit the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam? Or experience the mountains of Peru? If so, bring the Eagle Creek Doubleback Carry-On. It features a smaller, removable backpack on the front, reinforced straps with back padding, wheels with an extendable handle for comfortable lugging and a multitude of pockets. $224-$299 “They even have little diagrams of what (accessories) to buy to get the most out of your space,” says McElmurray.


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