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Post-Pandemic Proponents Supporting central Ohio’s arts organizations during the holiday season By Claire Miller Photos courtesy of Steven Pariser and Kendal Smith

GIVING TO AN arts organization is giving back to the community.

The arts may be back after two years of COVID-related limitations, but they’re definitely not back to normal. “I don’t even remember what normal was. Really and truly,” says Shadowbox Live CEO Stacie Boord. “In a way, it’s kind of a blessing. We certainly took the opportunity of the pandemic to wipe the slate clean and reimagine ourselves: the type of organization we wanted to be and the types of partners and supporters that we were hoping to join us.” Philanthropic support is vital to the many arts organizations around the city. Organizations such as Shadowbox, BalletMet, Opera Columbus and ProMusica give back to the community as much as they get from arts patrons. Each has slightly different needs and situations, but all of them rely on donors to survive. Most organizations are operating at 50-70 percent of their ticket sales, which affects the bottom line. Consumers have also changed their habits when it comes to enjoying live performances. “They either wait last minute to buy tickets, which really impacts … all the arts organizations in town,” says Julia NoulinMérat, general director and CEO of Opera Columbus. “It used to be people would buy season tickets or they would buy their show tickets two to three months in advance, and now, it’s the week of.” Still, arts organizations continue on and are more enthusiastic than ever about the work they are producing and offering to the community. “The thing that I think we all realized is that (the arts) are such an important part of our lives,” says BalletMet Executive Director Sue Porter. “It’s part of what makes us human and can really help through difficult times.” During the season of giving, consider supporting a local arts organization. 6 | November/December 2022

Opera Columbus Noulin-Mérat has been with the Opera Columbus for two years. She wanted to move to Columbus because of its unique creative energy and collaborations and co-productions that make the arts scene thrive. “Philanthropy has a huge impact on who we are, for the heart of our community,” Noulin-Mérat says. “We are in service to our community organization; we are not for profit. When you look at the spreadsheet side of things, it makes up almost 80 percent of our operating budget.” How they give: Last year, Opera Columbus launched a directing fellowship specially for BIPOC stage directors called the Crane Directing Fellowship. “We spoke with the Cranes and we’re like, ‘This is something very important, which is the reason why we don’t have that much diversity in our opera landscape,’” says Noulin-Mérat. “They were like, ‘Let’s do it, let’s change the world.’” How to support: Opera Columbus has a “Year End Appeal,” which asks people to remember them as they’re making their gifts and donations at the end of the season. The organization also has a huge appeal on its birthday, Nov. 17. There’s a donation button on the website, www.opera, but donating isn’t just about money, says Noulin-Mérat. “You have your time, you have your talent, and so we also really love our volunteers,” she says. “That’s also a really great way to help support us.”

BalletMet The Nutcracker is the signature performance of each BalletMet season, and the experience is combined with the Nutcracker Ball, the company’s annual fundraising event.

Up next: Maria de Buenos Aries, Feb. 24 and 26 at the Southern Theatre. It’s slated to be the first opera to be performed in Spanish in Columbus.

“For so many years, that was been just a wonderful celebration both of The Nutcracker and of the holiday season,” Porter says. “We’re so excited that, this year, we’re partnering with the Field and we’re going to have our ball there this year.” The Nutcracker runs from Dec. 8-24 at the Ohio Theatre. This year, BalletMet also offer a sensory-friendly performance, My First Nutcracker, on Dec. 22. In addition, this season, BalletMet is celebrating 45 years in existence, and Artistic Director Edwaard Liang is celebrating 10 years with the company. How they give: BalletMet offers education programs, which travel into schools to either teach classes or put on performances. The Discover Dance program, which holds auditions all over the city for a chance to earn a full scholarship to the BalletMet Academy, is growing. It also collaborates with King Arts Complex to hold free introductory dance lessons, called Sarong Saturdays. Each year, the troupe puts on a free performance in Bicentennial Park with its professional dancers and academy students. How to support: Buy a performance ticket or visit the donate page on After Nutcracker: Dorothy and the Prince of Oz, Feb. 10-12 at the Ohio Theatre. November/December 2022 |


Shadowbox Live Boord has an interesting perspective on philanthropy because, for most of the organization’s existence, Shadowbox didn’t apply for grants. It was also “late to the game” with a donor program, she says, which is now robust. “The support allows us to compensate our performers better,” she says. “It also allows us to buy the equipment and things that are really going to actualize our artistic endeavors the way we see them in our imagination. We’ve really pivoted on that issue, and I’m so incredibly grateful for the support that we’ve received.” Shadowbox used the pandemic down time to work on projects that couldn’t easily be done during any other time, Boord says, such as building a new stage. How they give: A significant portion of Shadowbox’s SBX Gives Back platform goes toward community efforts. “We try to use our moral imagination to see, when we’re creating the show, how we can deepen the impact with that performance,” Boord says. “So it’s not just the staging of it, but is there a way we can serve maybe an underserved community with that particular show?” Hosting the Holidays is a program whereby Shadowbox gives to families selected by different social service organizations, offering a four-top table of tickets and free food and drink so they can enjoy a family-friendly musical and a unique holiday experience. The company also opens its doors to Goodwill Columbus and ARC Industries during dress rehearsals, allowing them to be the first to see the show before it’s open to the public. “We also just reinstated our local gifting program, where we give probably over $250,000 a year in the past for other 501(c)3 organizations for them to either use the table that we donate for a raffle or silent auction so they can raise funds to help support their cause,” Boord says. How to support: Buy a ticket or visit www.shadowboxlive. org to donate. Up next: Holiday Hoopla opens Nov. 17 at Shadowbox Live. Not So Silent Night opens Nov. 27 at Shadowbox Live.

ProMusica CEO Janet Chen says ProMusica was very active during COVID, and supporters responded in kind. “Even when things were really pretty shut down, we were finding creative ways to stay relevant, and I think that helps ensure to supporters we’re doing all we can,” she says. Audiences are not back to 100 percent, and Chen predicts they won’t be for a while, making contributions and support even more important than even during the height of COVID. “I think it’s going to take a while for all of us to get back into some routine and rhythm,” Chen says. “With live events having been gone so long, it’s also interesting how we reincorporate that into people’s lives.” The organization’s annual Soirée Benefit & Concert takes place in January. “We want people to feel inspired to give,” Chen says. How they give: “Our way of being philanthropic, not necessarily with dollars but by way of services, is really almost mission-driven for us,” Chen says. The organization supports charter schools with its Play It Forward instrument program. It also offers free education and outreach programs throughout the year. It brings music to infants and toddlers through Sprout5, an early childhood development nonprofit organization. How to support: Donations can be made for general support, but they also can be made specifically to support musicians, buy new instruments or to give to a specific education program. Volunteers are welcome, too. Up next: Handel’s Messiah, Nov. 12 at the Southern Theatre; Vadim Plays Brahms, Dec. 10 at the Southern Theatre. Claire Miller is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Triumphant Return Columbus Crew midfielder’s journey to recovery By Megan Roth Photo courtesy of the Columbus Crew

AIDAN MORRIS GREW up in Ft. Lauderdale,

home to the Columbus Crew’s preseason training camp. After being scouted for the club’s Training Academy, he moved to New Albany, attending New Albany High School and playing for the academy for two years. Upon his graduation in 2019, Morris attended Indiana University, playing one season for the Hoosiers before signing his first professional contract with the Crew. Morris’s first season with the Crew was phenomenal – which is more than can be said for his second season. “It was the second game of the (2021) season,” Morris says. “The first home game, and two minutes in, I tore my ACL.” Just 20 at the time, Morris watched his professional athletic career flash before his eyes. But that wasn’t the end of his journey: It was the beginning of a new one with Orthopedic One. Orthopedic One provides the physicians and muscular skeletal specialists for the Crew. Geoff Omiatek, the Crew’s physical therapist, was a pivotal part of Morris’s journey to recovery. “I got to know Aidan while I was taking care of all the other guys.” Omiatek says. “When we saw him tear his ACL, we knew what this journey was going to be. Luckily, I had a relationship with (Morris) already.” The Crew’s physician, Dr. Scott Van Steyn, repaired Morris’s ACL about a week and a half after the injury. Following surgery, Morris began a year-long rehab with Omiatek.

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“Starting rehab was a big shift,” Morris says. “Learning to walk again, strengthening my quads.” Omiatek says ACL rehab is generally 9-12 months for a professional athlete. “I thought to myself, ‘I need to take (rehab) seriously,’” Morris says. “This is my practice now. This is my career.” He completed 10-12 sessions per week, some in Orthopedic One’s clinics and others in the Crew’s training facilities. “The more work I did, the better I felt,” Morris says. “(The sessions) made me feel like I was going somewhere.” “There were a lot of ‘what ifs,’” Omiatek says. “‘What if I don’t get back? What if I’m slower?’ I just had to work with him, get him to the next step.” Around the nine- or 10-month mark, Morris was ready to start working with the Crew’s performance team again. “I was starting from scratch,” he says. “I went onto the field, learned how to run, jog, accelerate again. I had to progress into working with the ball, doing things faster, working with my teammates.” After a full year of recovery, Morris returned to Field for the 2022 season. He started as a midfielder in 19 of the Crew’s 25 games, and achieved an accurate pass percentage of 88.5.

Morris says he came out of the recovery journey a better person than he entered. “(The injury) changed how I take care of my body: how I think, eat, act,” he says. “I found out a lot of things about myself. It took me to where I am today.” Omiatek continues to work with Morris and the rest of the Crew. “It’s fun to see (players) get back,” he says. “I watch the games and just enjoy the fact that someone like Aidan, or a lot of his teammates who I’ve worked with, is back doing his passion, which is his occupation. He’s only getting better. He has a bright future in front of him.” Omiatek says Morris is just one example of the recovery journey that thousands of athletes embark on. Orthopedic One’s mission statement is patients first, and Morris’s triumphant return is a testament to that. “Every injury is a journey. Surround yourself with really good people, trust them, trust your physician, trust your therapist and understand that it’s a process,” Omiatek says. “Don’t focus on what you can’t do; focus on what you can do.” CS Megan Roth is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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calendar. With family and friends coming for the holidays, now is the time to make plans – and reservations. Whether you’re scheduling an outing for dinner or brunch, these restaurants offer private and semi-private rooms that are the perfect option for your holiday gift exchange or family gathering.


Multi-year winner of CityScene’s Best of the ’Bus in the outdoor dining category, Lindey’s has several rooms upstairs that accommodate groups large and small. Lindey’s is known for carefully crafted favorites such as lamb, salmon and filets, and is also known as an amazing brunch destination. Expect careful attention to

details, from flower arrangements to cake setup and presentation, all with full service for a stress-free event.

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar

Elegance abounds at J. Liu Restaurant & Bar in Worthington, which has multiple options for your holiday gathering. From the Worthington Room that seats up to

Circumventing Cooking Make reservations instead of dinner By Tyler Kirkendall Photos courtesy of Lindey’s, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar, Napa Kitchen + Bar, Giammarco’s Italian Restaurant, The Wine Bistro and Chapman’s Eat Market

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24 to the grand ballroom, lunch and dinner options serve up fresh ingredients in a modern style with fusion twists, as well as classic offerings that complement the eclectic, yet formal, decor.

Napa Kitchen + Bar

With locations in Dublin and Westerville, Napa Kitchen + Bar features private dining options as well as a variety of small rooms perfect for intimate groups. The eclectic tables and chairs are reminiscent of holiday dinners from years ago and the stone fireplace adds to the coziness. Come

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Giammarco’s Italian Restaurant

For those who love authentic Italian dining, Giammarco’s offers an experience to remember. Enjoy the classics, including house-made lasagna and pizzas, as well as seafood specialties and, of course, an extensive wine list accompanied by Tommy’s Private Cellar offerings. Several private and semi-private areas that can seat up to 60 are popular for pre-holiday parties.


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Select from set menus to individual entrées, buffet or family style options. Catch Giammarco’s on the right night for live music while you eat.

The Wine Bistro

The Tasting Room at the Wine Bistro in Upper Arlington is filled with a large table that seats 10-12 guests in a moody, warm atmosphere. The diverse wine selection and tasty food is complemented by a knowledgeable staff. It’s a great destination for a wine gift exchange this season! Chapman’s Eat Market


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WHEN RYAN BIBLER’S brother-in-law told him about Angel House, a charity that builds orphanages for children in India, he knew he had to find a way to get involved. Ryan C. Bibler, Managing Director – Investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, brought the idea to his colleagues. Looking into the circumstances in India and the work being done by Angel House, Vincent Finney and Joseph Panfil, both Managing Directors – Investments at the firm, were just as eager to help. “We felt we could do something impactful when Angel House came to our attention,” Ryan C. Bibler Managing Directors – Investments says. “After speaking with others who had built orphanages and talking with Angel House, we decided it was a great opportunity. The poverty in India is terrible and the need for homes for children is daunting. The devastation that Covid created there really put it on our radar.” Angel House works to house and care for children in India with the goal of providing them access to further opportunities and better life outcomes. Through the program, children receive access to food, clean water, shelter and education. Over the course of 12 years, Angel House has built more than 200 homes and housed more than 6,000 children. “A lot of these children will never have slept in a bed before,” says Vincent W. Finney Managing Directors – Investments. “Food, clothing, and shelter is something we all take for granted. Being able to have such a large impact on so many children is very humbling.” Bibler, Finney and Panfil made the decision to contribute to the organization

beginning in 2021. The team has contributed funds to fully build and furnish an orphanage that will house and care for 50 children. This isn’t the financial advisors’ first experience giving back though. “We have always had philanthropy in our hearts and minds,” says Vincent W. Finney Managing Directors – Investments. “However, it has only been for the past few years that our team has made a conscious effort to not only do things as individuals but pool our resources and try to do a few group projects every year as well.” Each year, the advisors support One Warm Coat, which works to ensure no child goes without warmth. In 2021, the team ran a door-to-door campaign that raised more than $5,000 and 500 coats for the organization. When schools first closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bibler, Finney and Panfil worked with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, commonly known as WARM, to provide 1,500 meals to children in need. The advisers also have Pelotonia teams and support the Miracle League of Findlay. Similar to investing, Joseph P. Panfil Managing Directors – Investments says

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Chamber Music Columbus commissions seven new works for its 75-year anniversary By Claire McLean Photos courtesy of Chamber Music Columbus

SEVEN SPECIAL PREMIERES by renowned composers and incredible musicians will help Chamber Music Columbus celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. Founded in 1948 by 17-year-old West High School graduate James N. Cain, the company has since presented 1,035 musicians and soloists across 428 concerts and 74 seasons. Cain’s longtime interest in classical music prompted his wish to bring chamber music to the Columbus area. His dream came to fruition the summer before he began attending The Ohio State University when the Walden String Quartet, a group of musicians who shared his passion for chamber music and the precursor for Chamber Music Columbus, was formed. “Columbus has so many chamber music lovers,” says Mark Krausz, marketing committee chair for Chamber Music Columbus. “You wouldn’t think that, but we are really a very interesting center for chamber music, because we have seven or eight chamber groups here in town.” The organization kicked off its anniversary season with a collection of brand-new works in October.

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“The big news is we’ve commissioned seven new works, which is kind of unheard of,” says Krausz. “They will all be having their world premieres here in Columbus by noted composers.” That season-opening performance featured a commissioned fanfare, performed by the American Brass Quintet, by awardwinning composer and Newark resident Ching-chu Hu. Hu is also writing the musical theme for the 75th Anniversary of Chamber Music Columbus. The quintet has performed on five continents, and has been dubbed “the high priests of brass” in Newsweek. For the next show, slated for Nov. 5, harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney perform creative commissioned pieces by composer Libby Larsen. Larsen draws the inspiration for her pieces from the sounds that surround her in everyday life and the rhythms of the American language. “When we selected the composers, we actually gave them a chance to select the group that they wanted to write for,” says Katherine Borst Jones, president of Chamber Music Columbus. “(Larsen) was particularly interested in writing for Bridget Kibbey, this harpist, because Bridget is such a phenomenal harpist. She’s been called the ‘Yo-Yo Ma of the harp.’” Award-winning Columbus poet Jennifer Hambrick, the poet laureate of Chamber Music Columbus’ 75th season, has written an original poem for each of the season’s concerts, drawing inspiration from the

“Listen. Feel. Most importantly, make sure your fingerprints are all over your music.” –Ching-chu Hu

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1 Light the Way

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2 Ring in the Season


$3,000 Ring in the holidays with this custom-designed ruby ring with 18k yellow gold from Morgan’s Treasure in Uptown Westerville. The satin finish on one side is accentuated with diamond accents. The custom jewelry studio specializes in custom and bridal jewelry, colored gemstone rings, pendants, earrings and more.

3 Brownie-licious

Starting at $1.75 Brownie Points bakes the most brownie flavors on earth. Every batch is baked from scratch using the fresh ingredients. Perfect for out-of-town family and friends, easy holiday desserts and corporate gifts. Special occasion packaging available.

4 Fiesta Pitcher


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5 Corked

$59.95 or local retailers Put the Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew on top of a bottle of wine and you’ll be pouring a glass in seconds. This stainless steel, rechargeable electric corkscrew works on all types of corks, and a single charge lasts long enough to open 30 bottles.

6 Pillow Dreams

$192, College Traditions Each pillow from catstudio is handembroidered and tailored to bring back memories of campus icons and traditions. Design work on the Ohio State University pillow incorporates elements selected by alumni and the school itself to ensure a sentimental contemporary design with a classic feel.

7 Sonos Speaker

$179 The newest wireless Bluetooth speaker from Sonos, the Roam, hits all the marks. It’s portable, it’s durable, it boasts Bluetooth capability and all-day battery life, and it’s designed to be drop-resistant. It features precision-engineered acoustics 22 | November/December 2022

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8 Scien-terrific!

$139-$359 A membership to COSI will delight recipients of all ages and abilities. COSI brings science to life through 300+ interactive experiences, plus traveling and permanent exhibits. Showing now: Dinosaurs!

9 Love Your Locks

$429.99 With five attachments for different hair types, no extreme heat and incredibly fast drying power, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer was the most awarded hair dryer of 2021.


10 Boil This

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11 Nothing to it

$99 Lightweight and compact, the Nothing Ear Earbuds are high-tech are minimalist in design, but come with an arsenal of features. They offer up to 34 hours of listening with active noise cancellation and additional listening modes to hear one’s surroundings.

12 Griddle Me This

$110 The cult favorite Blackstone 17 Inch Tabletop Griddle is quick and easy to assemble, portable, and small enough to use on a table or counter, making it a handy tool to bring to a camping trip or tailgate. With a piezoelectric ignition, it doesn’t require an external outlet. Heating up to 12,500 BTUs, it’s ideal for cooking burgers, hot dogs, bacon, steak, stir fry and pancakes. The cooking surface is made of heavy-duty stainless steel with H style burners to provide even heat distribution for optimal cooking.

13 No More Bed Head

$45-$50 and Macy’s Wake up with your hair looking better than it did when you went to bed? The 22-Momme 100 percent Mulberry Silk used for Blissy pillowcases reduces the friction on hair to practically nothing. The Blissy pillowcase is hypoallergenic and antibacterial, and won’t absorb the natural oils and moisture from the hair or face. Machine washable.

14 Reversible Cutting Board

$229 and local retailers Made of North American maple the Reversible Maple Wood Cutting Board from John Boos is fully reversible with chrome handles for easy flipping, and the top side’s deep gutter is ideal for juicier situations. This is a hearty board, weighing more than 20 lbs. and measuring 2.25 inches thick.

15 Not Tangled

$50 Luci String Lights, a solar-powered set of 20 long-lasting LEDs (up to 20 hours after one charge), feature a USB port for an extra boost of energy as well as a plug that fits a traditional outlet. They come with their own spool to avoid tangling and can dress up a backyard or fancy table long after Christmas lights come down. At 18 feet long, the nylon-braided cord includes two clips for easy hanging.

16 Read in Bed

$17 The U-shaped Vekkia Hands Free Neck Book Light wraps around the back of the neck, with two bendable arms that feature LED lights at both ends. Toggle the lights between white, natural and warm, with each offering three levels of brightness. The Vekkia is lightweight (3.6 ounces) and is rechargeable via a USB charger.

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17 That’s Yummy

Starting at $15 You can send someone on your list on a culinary tour of the world without leaving their home! Experience snacks and candy from a new country every month with Universal Yums’ Yum Yum subscription. Monthly boxes contain nation-specific treats, recipes, trivia and games.

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18 Modern Hibachi

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The Changing Landscape of Senior Living More options will be needed as older adults become a bigger percentage of the population By Claire Miller

As 10,000 people turn 65 each day in this country, the Baby Boomer generation is set to disrupt the senior housing market and shift the living options for older adults. It’s the same story in Columbus, says Caroline Rankin, assistant director of support services at the Franklin County Office on Aging. “We are an aging society,” Rankin says. “We have about 234,000 adults 60 and older in Franklin County, so (we’re figuring out) how best (we can) serve them, because we know they want to stay in their homes.” The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission found in its insight2050 report that an additional 270,000 housing units would be needed as the population of Columbus is predicted to reach 3 million by 2050. By that time, there will be more older adults than kindergarteners. So what does a home look like then? In the final quarter of 2020, senior living occupancy rates hit an all-time low, according to data provided by National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. And though much of that can be contributed to the pandemic, on the horizon is a new subset of older adults who 32 | November/December 2022

are looking for different options than their parents. Almost all of the older adults Rankin’s office works with want to age in place, in their own homes, and the office is prepared to help them do that, she says. Most people cannot afford assisted living communities, which are not covered by Medicare or fully covered by Medicaid. Seventy percent of the residents they serve are renters, and a large portion of those they serve fall 100 percent below the poverty line. Not only does housing need to be affordable, it needs to have the proper modifications to allow residents to age in place. Aging in place may entail a ranchstyle home to have everything accessible on one floor or wider doors to allow for wheelchair access. Aging in place is also

about having support services such as meal delivery, transportation or an emergency response button for falls. “We’re working very, very hard to make sure folks know we’re here,” Rankin says. “The more we can make folks understand that we are here to serve them and support them, (the better). The other thing is hoping folks understand: Please reach out to talk to us about your services needs and don’t think you don’t qualify.” Every resident qualifies for the agency’s Senior Options program. Depending on income, participants may have to a pay a copay, but 70 percent of residents do not, based on a revised scale released in June. The agency provides direct services, and also works with and provides funding to 34 community-based agencies so residents can be linked with additional services

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outside of housing, which includes minor home repair and day-to-day supplies. Another point the agency stresses to residents is to have conversations with family members about what they plan to do about housing as they age, so everyone involved can plan ahead instead of having to make decisions during a crisis. “As an older adult, (make) your family aware, your loved ones or your friends aware, what do you want?” Rankin says. Being proactive about the process and any modifications that may need to be made will allow older adults to age in place and retain their independence as long as possible, she says. CS Claire Miller is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Technical Difficulties Local resources for the technologically intimidated

By Carson Hutton Photos courtesy of Ben Zenitsky, Columbus Metropolitan Library

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans agree that the Internet is essential or very important to them. While it is a lifeline for some – particularly since COVID-19 became part of our lives – it is a struggle for many as well. According to the same study, 40% of American adults said they feel worn out by video calls, and a third of these adults said they have tried to cut back on the time they spend online. Clearly, there is a digital divide when it comes to technology readiness. Fortunately, for those who feel their digital skills are not up to snuff, there are plenty of resources that can lessen the challenges of the virtual world. Ohio Tech Ambassadors Ohio Tech Ambassadors was formed in January 2021 with a goal of shedding light on how supportive technology can enhance the lives of and foster independence for people with developmental disabilities. Having started out with five ambassadors, the program now has eight, and is expected to continue through June 2023. Ambassadors share their personal experiences through peer-to-peer mentoring sessions that run through the end of the program. Assistive technology and remote support make it possible for the program to enhance both learning and 34 | November/December 2022

working, while video chats provide further assistance. Those wanting to learn more or book an ambassador can do so by visiting www.ohiotech TechKnowledge TechKnowledge offers technology consulting for phones, tablets and laptops online as well as in person at a handful of locations around central Ohio. Classes are featured at sites including the Upper Arlington Senior Center, Westerville Senior Center and Dublin Community Recreation Center. TechKnowledge also features a blog on its website filled with information on topics such as device updates and backing up data. The blog and information on classes can be found at Columbus Metropolitan Library Columbus Metropolitan Library branches around central Ohio frequently host adult education classes, including technology training and digital navigators. On their website tab for adult education,, they have free classes in different locations in the area from business and Google IT. Offerings include free online classes on Microsoft Office, Google tools and certifications, LinkedIn and coding. The adult education section of the library website,, offers a variety of technology support resources as well.

The library has been offering technology support classes since 2008. “Attendees express their gratitude for the one-on-one assistance and support,” says Ben Zenitsky, media specialist for the library. “We’re always eager to spread the word about the availability of these free classes.” The library recently kicked off a new Digital Navigation service that helps adult customers receive discounted devices, troubleshoots their existing devices, and works with them one-on-one in person and over the phone. “We’re constantly reviewing our offerings to try to identify what is most important to our customers, so topics change frequently,” Zenitsky says. “We currently offer technology classes through a partnership with Goodwill at 14 of our 23 locations.” CS Carson Hutton is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

An Age-Friendly Columbus Aging: So cool, everybody is doing it By Connor Quinn Photos courtesy of Ben Zenitsky, Columbus Metropolitan Library

It may be obvious that everyone is aging, but not everywhere in the world has the proper systems in place to support older adults. Day-to-day obstacles faced by older adults can be difficult to navigate without community support, including mobility, transportation, household maintenance, health and ageism. In the next 30-35 years, Columbus’ population of adults 65 and over is expected to double. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Age-Friendly Innovation Center (AFIC), while older adults are generally satisfied with living in Columbus, they still have concerns, including: • Lack of preparation and resources for older adults • Difficulty finding affordable and accessible housing, due to rapid growth • Negative stereotypes AFIC was established in 2016 to address these challenges, prior to being transferred to the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. The first step was to officially establish Columbus as an “age-friendly” city through the AARP, says center Director Marisa Sheldon. “The age-friendly term has to do more with being a part of the network,” Sheldon says. “To join the network, you need commitment from your highest-ranking officials.” Mayor Andrew Ginther, with help from the Franklin County Commissioners, helped establish Columbus as agefriendly in 2016. Joining the AARP’s age-friendly network is just the first step,

though. AFIC has eight main areas of fo- everybody is doing it!”, “Old is gold” cus: and “Rockin’ the gray.” It also focuses on • Outdoor spaces and buildings teaching the younger generation to have a • Transportation positive outlook on aging through classes • Housing for elementary and middle school students • Safety and emergency preparedness and the Age-Friendly Innovation Center • Respect and inclusion Scholars program for graduate and under• Employment and civic engagement graduate students at OSU. • Communication Though Columbus and Franklin Coun• Community support/health services ty are official locations in the Age-FriendThe organization works with groups ly Network, Sheldon believes that, even around central Ohio to ensure its goals in without this formal status, the two areas each area are fulfilled. can be considered age-friendly. One such program is the membership“When we think about that language, based Network of Villages. Older adults it’s also thinking about the commitment in communities around Columbus have to listening and working towards bethe opportunity to receive scholarships ing as age-friendly as possible,” she says. and financial aid, and are able to re- “Of course, nothing is 100 percent perceive help from local volunteers, outdoor fect, but we’re working towards building maintenance services and transportation a community that works for people of all services such as Lyfting Villages, which ages, and I’m really proud to be a part of provides safe and inexpensive transpor- that work.” CS tation for older adults. The network includes German Village, Clintonville, the Connor Quinn is an editorial assistant at Short North, Hilltop, Union County and CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome Upper Arlington. at “You just have to reach out to your local village to get connected,” Sheldon says. “They are neighborhood-based organizations, but we’re excited to see it grow and expand.” AFIC is also working to fight ageism through slogans, billboards, photo shoots and the #ButtonUpAgeism project. The project features pinback buttons that display age-positive slogans such as “Aging: so cool Age-Friendly Innovation Center November/December 2022 |




Curative Connections Older adults in New Albany gain lasting friendships and life-saving wellness practices By Katie Griffin Photos courtesy of Abbey Brooks

Staying connected as you get older can sometimes be a challenge, but older adults who prioritize active community involvement experience drastic health benefits. In a study conducted by Yvonne Michael, an epidemiologist from the Drexel University School of Public Health, older adults who feel connected to their community were shown to have higher rates of mobility and greater likelihood of staying up-to-date with healthy living practices. In another study, Bryan James, an epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, found that connecting with others leads to lower rates of cognitive decline in older adults. With these health benefits in mind, the city of New Albany partnered with the nonprofit Healthy New Albany to establish New Albany Senior Connections in May 2019, with the goal

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of teaching wellness practices, encouraging community and reaffirming the value that older adults bring to their community. Abbey Brooks, program administrator for Senior Connections, finds that Members tour the New Albany Business Park and future building community and Intel site. inspiring authentic con“Once I got over there, I was like, ‘Oh nections is a calling for her. “It never fails to amaze me how much im- my gosh, this is exactly what I needed,’” pact and joy this type of programming can Wilkinson says. Wilkinson began attending classes, parhave on people’s lives,” Brooks says. Senior Connections gives older adults ticipating in service projects and meeting a space to connect with others, attend new people from all walks of life. From wellness classes to learn about physical diversity talks and brunch bingo to bridge and mental health, take cooking class- lessons and crafting sessions, every day was es while learning about nutrition, visit an opportunity to learn something new with doctors, go on day trips, and more. and listen to a new story. “(Senior Connections) made me feel like Every activity is geared towards equipping the adults to live a healthier life as a valuable part of the community,” she says. Wilkinson now helps to get others inthey age. “We never de-emphasize the fun, but volved with the program. Whether she’s there are some more important things go- out for a walk, taking out the trash or going to the store, she shares her experience ing on,” Brooks says. The programming, which began as a at Senior Connections with her neighbors. “This is something that you definitely weekly event, has grown to Tuesday-Friday pay back when you have the knowledge of classes with multiple programs each day. Senior Connections participant Mary it,” she says. “One of the best things you can do for Wilkinson moved to the area at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, know- yourself is to continue to make connecing only her family locally. She felt lonely tions with people.” CS in a new city with no way to reach out to others, but a chance encounter at the Katie Giffin is an editorial assistant at CityScene mailbox ended with her neighbor inviting Media Group. Feedback welcome at her to the program.


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We Can Work it Out Personal training studio-centered basement remodel follows spacious kitchen renovation By Garth Bishop Photos courtesy of Functional Living Design Group


hen Pat and Debra Decker decided to renovate their basement, they knew that just a handful of improvements wouldn’t create the kind of top-to-bottom transformation they wanted. Thanks to some very meticulous planning and intensive work by Functional Living Design Group, the new basement offers a night-and-day difference from the old one, sporting a bar, kitchen and living area in addition to a full personal training studio. The Powell homeowners had previously worked with Functional Living to remodel their kitchen, back when the company was known as Organized Home Remodeling, and were confident it could come up with a plan that would accommodate everything they wanted. The Deckers first contacted the remodeler in 2014 to transform their laundry room into a full-size mudroom, which reconfigured the layout of their garage. The 42 | November/December 2022

kitchen came next, in 2018, followed by the basement in 2021. The Basement The training studio was central to the Deckers’ goals for the basement, as Pat had long been planning to get into personal training after retirement. After getting all of his relevant certifications during the early days of COVID-19, he knew Empower Fitness by Patrick needed a space that would feel intimate to clients who didn’t like the idea of working out in a large gym facility during a pandemic. On top of that, the couple wanted to add a basement bar, which had long appealed to them, as well as a living area and plenty of storage space for Pat’s sizable collection of holiday decorations. “(The idea) really continued to develop as we were looking at all the space we had down there (and) how we could utilize it,” he says. Functional Living put together a set of renderings dividing up the space: bar, training studio, living space, storage area, plus a bathroom that had been roughed in when the house was built. The company also had

to completely realign the stairway down to the basement, creating a grander appearance with a luxury vinyl tile cap on each step and gold sconces all the way down. “They almost give off a theater-type … look as you come down the stairway,” Pat says. The framer hired by the company happened to be a former Olympian, and he helped Pat figure out which walls in the training space needed extra support and which would be best suited for equipment such as resistance bands. The electrician determined where to put lights to highlight the entryway into the studio, as well as where to place dedicated outlets for equipment. Barn doors leading into the space are made with reclaimed wood to make it more welcoming, and a large mirror was installed on the wall that would maximize lighting. A sitting area with a desk, computer and filing cabinet; an egress window; and a walk-in closet for clients’ personal effects fills out the studio area. Access panels for the electrical and security systems are plentiful throughout, making it easy to care for equipment, which is placed strategically throughout the space.

The bar – equipped with a microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator – is built with more reclaimed wood and an epoxy river running through the middle. A mirrored shelf holds liquor bottles, backlit cabinets further improve the visuals, a gold farmhouse sink draws attention to itself and a sizable backsplash complements the stacked stone aesthetic. The dark blue cabinets match well with the light blue vein on the countertop, Pat says. The living area is highlighted by an electric fireplace that not only maximizes the visual appeal of the flame, but can heat the entire space. Easily moved chairs and an ottoman in the center pair well with the shelf jam-packed with games, and luxury vinyl tile can be found throughout the entire basement area. The basement bathroom is equipped with a full shower and a boldly-patterned porcelain tile. The Kitchen Prior to the remodel, the kitchen was very dated and closed off from the rest of the house. A small desk area in the cor-

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As with azaleas, different variations – including the Ginseng Ficus, Chinese Elm, Brush Cherry and Oriental Ficus – require specialized care. Low-maintenance plants According to HGTV, some of the best low-maintenance plants are aloe vera, the snake plant and bromeliads: Aloe vera only needs to be watered roughly every two to three weeks, since the soil needs to be completely dry before the next watering. The snake plant thrives on neglect, and can grow in any type of light, including the shadows. Like aloe vera, snake plants don’t need water until their soil is nearly dry. These plants rarely need repotting – every three to five years for bright light, and five to 10 years for low light – and only need plant food a couple times each year. Native to Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the southeastern U.S., the bromeliad

is a great way to add a little rainforest in your home. The best place for bromeliads is usually by a bright window that faces east or west, and they thrive in temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees. Bromeliads have little leaf cups at their base to catch rainwater in their natural habitat, so the best way to water them is to mimic rainwater into the cups. The soil should be dry before watering again, and the cups should be dry before refilling with water as well. If you’re just starting out on your plant parent adventure, you may want to start with low-maintenance plants and work your way up from there. Additional low-maintenance options include the golden pothos vine, the spider plant, the dracaena species, succulents and cacti, and bamboo. CS Helen Widman is a contributing writer at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at


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EVERY HOLIDAY SEASON carries traditions. Some put up a Christmas tree, others visit family or friends, but only a few spend a night in the original house from the 1980s Christmas classic film A Christmas Story. You, too, can head to Cleveland and visit the home of Ralphie and his family – take a tour of the house and explore through props, memorabilia and costumes from the hit movie.

When director Bob Clark began production of the now-classic film, he sent scouts to 20 different cities in search of the perfect home for the Parker family. Cleveland beat out the competition and the stage was set. Clark’s choice to start filming in Cleveland largely hinged on Higbee’s, a department store only found in the Northeast, allowing the movie to be partially filmed in the store. Higbee’s would be the site of the iconic scene in which Ralphie asks Santa Claus for a Red Ryder BB gun. After taking a tour of the home, you cross the street to walk through the museum and hold the real Red Ryder that almost shot Ralphie’s eye out. The tour also includes unique props such as Miss Shields’ chalkboard and Randy’s snowsuit. If you still can’t get enough from the tours, spend the night at the house and live a day like Ralphie. Guests can rent the top floor of the A Christmas Story House and have full access to the entire house after 9 p.m. The house accommodates six and allows guests to sleep in the actual beds of Ralphie and Randy. Though you won’t have to worry about the Bumpuses’ hounds eating your holiday feast, you may have some neighbors staying at the fictional recreation of the troublemakers’ house. Guests can choose between two different suites or the entire house right next to the A Christmas Story House. CS Kobe Collins is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Another Holiday Highlight Explore even more of Christmas at Castle Noel, America’s largest Christmas entertainment attraction, in Medina. Its hallways, rooms and outdoor exhibits showcase all things Christmas. Meet Santa and tour through scenes and props found in Christmas classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. See the hallway of 75,000 hanging ornaments or slide down the big red slide seen in A Christmas Story. Take a walk down memory lane at the “I Had That” toyland experience, looking through toys from the 1950s up to the 1980s.

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Let’s Get Wild

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, 1963, tempera on paper, 9 3/4 x 22” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

CMA exhibition explores the art of Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak By Kobe Collins Photos courtesy of The Maurice Sendak Foundation

WILD THINGS ARE Happening: The Art of

Maurice Sendak is the first major retrospective of Maurice Sendak’s work since his death in 2012, and the largest and most complete exhibition of one of the most celebrated and original artists of our time. The exhibition is on view through March 5 at the Columbus Museum of Art. An international tour will follow. The exhibition comprises more than 150 sketches, storyboards and paintings, drawn from the Maurice Sendak Foundation collection. Highlights include original work for Sendak’s most

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famous books: Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. Alongside landmark images from Sendak’s books is artwork he created for publications such as The Bat-Poet by Randall Jarrell, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, The Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik and Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Designs for many of Sendak’s opera, theater, film and television productions are also featured in the exhibition. Wild Things Are Happening is guest curated by artist Jonathan Weinberg,

curator of the foundation. The retrospective highlights the relationship of Sendak’s images to the art that he collected and loved, including works by William Blake, Walt Disney, Winsor McCay, George Stubbs, Beatrix Potter and Philipp Otto Runge. “So many of us grew up with Maurice Sendak’s illustrated books,” says Nannette Right: Maurice Sendak, Design for the Poster of Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! Opera, Glyndebourne Production, 1985, watercolor on paper, 33 1/2 x 23 1/2” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

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Maciejunes, executive director and CEO of the museum. “This exhibition not only gives you the chance to see original drawings for his beloved books, but to discover Sendak’s range as an artist and the true depth of his creativity.” CS Kobe Collins is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

As the holiday season approaches, choose to give the gift of art with a CMA membership or uniquely crafted gifts found in the museum’s shop. For more information on exhibits and gifts, visit Maurice Sendak, Self-Portrait, 1950, ink on paper, 10 3/4 x 16 1/2” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

Maurice Sendak, Rosie and Buttermilk, her Cat, character studies for Really Rosie animation, 1973, watercolor and ink on paper, 13 3/4 x 15 5/8” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

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Maurice Sendak, Mockup for the Cover of Nutshell Library, 1962, ink and tempera, 10 3/8 x 8 1/8” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation November/December 2022 |


A prominent voice in growing the vision and impact of the Columbus Museum of Art, CEO and Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes, retires at the end of the year. As a way to pay tribute to almost 20 years of dedication to the museum, longtime community arts patrons Donna and Larry James announced a planned donation of 42 different works by Black artists. Maciejunes is a 2022 recipient of the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award recognizing her long-term and exemplary support of the central Ohio arts and cultural community. The award will be presented at the free Big Arts Night celebration 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Southern Theatre and Westin Great Southern Hotel.

Left: Maurice Sendak, Little Bear, 1957, ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

Below left: Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, 1963, watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 11” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

Below right: Maurice Sendak, Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!, 1967, ink on paper, 11 ½ x 9” ©The Maurice Sendak Foundation

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Dates and shows are subject to change. Visit the websites for more information.

Gallery Exhibits Art Access Gallery: Landscapes by Joe Lombardo showcases vibrant and atmospheric pieces in his plein air style. Shows from Nov. 4-Feb. 28 with an open reception Nov. 11 from 5-7 p.m.. www. Brandt-Roberts Gallery: The Enchantment of Water. Mark Gingerich is a plein-air impressionist painter, whose new oil paintings were inspired by bodies of water from around Ohio, Florida

and Maine. Nov. 5-30. www.brandtroberts David Myers Art Studio & Gallery: The Studio Artists’ Exhibit. Original works by some of Uptown Westerville’s strongest visual artists. Through Dec. 31. www.david Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: OHIO: The Start of It All. This exhibit showcases the innovations that Ohioans have made

Dublin Arts Council – Masayuki Miyajima

that have changed the world in the form of dozens of original works of children’s book art. The art is provided by the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, which holds the first and most diverse collection of original picture book art in the world. The exhibition pairs iconic children’s book illustrators with facts and the history of our state. Through Dec. 31. www. Dublin Arts Council: Pattern-Form-Function/New Variations. Japanese-style ceramics carved with patterns and textures that connect the mind, body and soul by Masayuki Miyajima. The artist has spent years experimenting with a plethora of features that display innovation in this ancient art form. Nov. 8-Dec. 15.

Hayley Gallery – Laurie Clements

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Frank Museum of Art: Multiple Exhibits. The Witness Blanket is a room-sized sculpture by Indigenous artist Casey Newman (Hayalthkin’geme) and it honors the children who were forced into the Indian residential school system in Canada. This is its first time outside of its original nation

and features contributions donated by the survivors of these schools. Colour Works also recognizes the Indigenous children who were forced into residential schools in Canada. Paintings and other works honor these children’s experiences and hardship. Witness Blanket: Nov. 1-Dec. 4. Colour Works: Nov. 1-Dec. 2. art/frank-museum Glass Axis: Vintage Vandalia. Vintage Vandalia by Jack Ballengee Morris showcases original ceramic works heavily influenced by pop culture, carefully crafted to fit the spirit of his inspiration. The Glass Axis Holiday sale also allows patrons the opportunity to purchase original works from more than 20 Columbus glass artists. Vintage Vandalia opens Nov. 11. Holiday sale Dec. 9-17. Hayley Gallery: Laurie Clements: Land and Sky. Clements’ acrylic works capture natural scenery to display quaint scenes that transport the imagination to a peaceful place. Nov. 19-Dec. 10. www.local Highline Coffee Art Space: Rebecca Burdock: Imagination at Play. Central Ohio native Rebecca Burdock’s surreal representations of animals gives them quaint, mystical personalities that play with the imagination. Nov. 2-Dec. 31. www.rebeccaink. com/highlinecoffeeartspace Ohio Art League: 106th Thumb Box. Ohio Art League is continuing its 106-year-old tradition of curating a show of members’ works that are 6 cubic inches or smaller.

These works can be bought and given as perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Dec. 3-18. Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen. This annual holiday sale features more than 125 artists’ handcrafted pieces from across the country. This unique opportunity is not one to miss if you are hoping to give unique gifts this year. Nov. 6-Dec. 23. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Forward, And, In the Dark. This exhibition feaDavid Myers Art Studio & Gallery – Sandy DeCrane tures artist Michael J. Rosen’s printing, collages and monotype prints. Rosen is a creative powerhouse Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: Earth Air who often presents natural or domestic Fire Water. This elemental exhibit sets out to scenes in a visual style that is dynamic connect viewers with the elements that make and engaging. Nov. 1-Dec. 18. www.ohio- up our universe and shape everyday life. Dec. 10-30.

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Riffe Gallery: The Nexus of Art and Health. A group of 15 artists share their perspective on the intersection between art and health, focusing on topics like medicine and science, personal health, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Oct. 29 - Jan. 6, 2023. Schumacher Gallery: A Brush with the Past: Painting Ohio’s History. Explore Ohio’s history through gorgeous visual art by members of the Ohio Plein Air Society, featuring sentimental and natural scenes that tell the story of our state. Through Dec. 9. arts-and-culture/schumacher-gallery/ Sharon Weiss Gallery: Slides to Paintings. Thirty-six watercolor paintings by G.W. Leach, which capture well-known Ohio artist Leslie Cope’s slides of Ohio barns from the 1950s. These beautiful paintings capture a time and a place that are undeniably signature Ohio-brand Americana. Dec. 1-31. Studios on High Gallery: The Art of Gifting. SOHG’s annual holiday show features smaller pieces by member artists that make for great unique gifts. This exhibit features many different art forms, from mixed me-

The Ohio State University Faculty Club – Michael Rosen

dia to oils to wildlife sculpture. Nov. 5-Feb. 2. Urban Arts Space at The Ohio State University: Faculty Works. Works from OSU’s talented faculty members. That

show is to be followed by a show about the intersection of research and activism with respect to sexuality, race and power as performance art. Nov. 1-12.

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss!

BalletMet presents Dracula Through Nov. 5 Riffe Center Theatre Complex, 77 S. High St. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, this haunting ballet brings the grinning villain into stark reality. www. Short North Stage presents Rent Nov. 3-6 Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St. A heartbreaking and explosive musical following the lives of a ragtag group of friends in the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, this award-winning musical is a mustsee. Shadowbox Live presents No Return: The Deadly Dance of Bonnie and Clyde Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13 times vary Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. With an original script and a soundtrack of popular hits, this world premiere is a new perspective on the lives of Bonnie and Clyde. 60 | November/December 2022

Cocktails at the Conservatory: Throwback Thursday (80s) Nov. 3, 5:30-9 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Dust off your neon blazer and grab your friends for a nostalgic evening featuring hit songs from the decade, trivia and food trucks. Tickets must be purchased in advance. CATCO presents Indecent Nov. 3-20 Riffe Center Theatre Complex, 77 S. High St. The true story of Yiddish performers on Broadway in the 1920s. This play fearlessly depicts the lives of performers fighting for their right to be heard. Shadowbox Live presents Wicked Games Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Buy tickets for a table and laugh the night away at this comedic production.


Reba Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Join country music icon Reba McEntire for an unforgettable performance of the songs that rocketed her to fame. www.nation

Columbus Symphony presents Brahms & Dvorak Nov. 4-5, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. From two of the most prolific composers of the Romantic Era, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 continue to sweep audiences away almost 200 years after their debuts. www. Kevin Hart Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Spend the evening with this awardwinning comedian in this phone-free performance of his latest show. www.nation

follows the stories of Betty, Judy, Bob and Phil as they put on the show of a lifetime and learn what it means to love someone.

Kevin Hart

Columbus Symphony presents Mighty Morton Organ Festival with Cameron Carpenter Nov. 18-19, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Featuring one of the finest organs in the country, this performance synthesizes performers from across Columbus into one celebration of musical excellence. www.

Chamber Music Columbus presents Composers and Ensembles Nov. 5, 4:00 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Two breakthrough artists join composer Libby Larsen for a debut performance inspired by the sounds of the English language.

CAPA presents A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Come see your favorite Peanuts characters live on stage with Vince Guaraldi’s classic Christmas music.

CAPA and IAE present Dirty Dancing in Concert Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Get swept off your feet with this classic soundtrack live.

Jazz Arts Group presents Home for the Holidays Nov. 30-Dec. 4, times vary Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. A night of holiday jazz with Shadowbox Live’s Stacie Boord.

CAPA presents Hairspray Nov. 8-13, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This larger-than-life musical is set in the 1960s and features Andrew Levitt (Nina West) in the role of a lifetime.

Short North Stage presents White Christmas Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 1-31 Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St. Cozy up for the holidays with this Christmas classic turned stage play. This musical, set in Vermont during the 1950s,

CAPA presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec. 1-2, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. With high-flying acts that defy imagination, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is Broadway and then some. Ring in the holidays with a trip to a circus act featuring sugar plum fairies and storybook characters. Columbus Symphony presents Holiday Pops Spectacular with Tony DeSare Dec. 2-4, times vary Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Tony DeSare brings a jazzy twist to a night full of holiday classics with the Columbus Symphony. CATCO presents New Works Festival for Young Audiences Dec. 2-11, times vary Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. Creating space for plays geared toward a younger audience, this festival shows attendees plays in various stages of completion. Columbus Dance Theatre presents Wonderment Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Riffe Center Theatre Complex, 77 S. High St. A holiday show based on the idea of childhood wonder, this show seeks to include everyone in the spirit of the season.

The Abbey Theater of Dublin presents City Jail Nov. 11-13, 7 p.m. Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Rd. A debut performance that seeks to further conversations about sexual violence and harassment allegations in today’s society. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah Nov. 12-13, 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra brings this well-loved musical classic to the Southern Theatre. www.promusica Reba November/December 2022 |


Columbus Symphony presents Andrea Bocelli Live in Concert Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Andrea Bocelli performs from his latest album Believe as well as popular holiday pieces. BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Dec. 8-24, times vary Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Bringing the beloved tale of a girl and her nutcracker prince to life on stage, this full-length ballet will leave you with visions of sugar plums from a night you will never forget.

AEG presents Straight No Chaser Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. With an a capella show featuring nine male vocalists, Straight No Chaser celebrates its 25th anniversary on tour. www. Columbus Children’s Theatre presents The Happy Elf Dec. 9-23, times vary Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. A new musical from jazz legend Harry Connick Jr., The Happy Elf follows Eubie as he tries to bring holiday cheer to Bluesville, a town determined to be naughty.

Home for the Holidays featuring

Andrea Bocelli

Christine Wilson Foundation presents Christine’s Christmas Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Riffe Center Theatre Complex, 77 S. High St. This concert – in honor of Christine Wilson, who passed away in 2003 – features a variety of musicians performing Christmas classics with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Ohio. The Tony Hagood Trio Plays Jazz Holiday Standards Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Columbus-based Tony Hagood brings holiday magic with songs by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and more. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Vadim Plays Brahms Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Enjoy music from Brahms and Mendelssohn juxtaposed with music from contemporary artists Unsuk Chin and James MacMillan.


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PNC’s Broadway in Columbus presents Elf the Musical Dec. 13-18, times vary Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Buddy the Elf’s story of Christmas hilarity is brought from the screen to the stage in this uproarious adaptation with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Spectacular Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. The New Albany Symphony Chorus and Kim Hopcraft join the New Albany Symphony Orchestra for a combination of contemporary and classical holiday tunes.

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