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School of Laughs The Second City’s Comedian Rhapsody comes to Columbus By Tyler Kirkendall Photos courtesy of The Second City

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SINCE ITS INCEPTION in the 1950s, The Second City has been a comedy powerhouse, producing some of the most iconic names in entertainment. John Belushi, Amy Poehler, John Candy, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus – just to name a few – all honed their improvisational skills at The Second City, and on Nov. 17 at the Davidson Theatre, Columbus has the opportunity to see the latest and greatest that the troupe has to offer. Second City performers start out by practicing group comedy with their peers and learning the tricks of the trade. Some spend years in classes before they are selected for a spot on the roster of paid and traveling comics.

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George Elrod is one such performer. He trained for several years before starting to work with the theater more professionally for five years. “I think that the great names are very attractive, but I think once you start working here, the people that you are working with feel like the rock stars,” Elrod says. The Second City has been successful because it fosters an environment that supports its performers and utilizes feed-

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back to keep the laughs rolling, he says. Trusting your fellow performers and thinking on your feet are essential for pulling off an enjoyable improv show. “I think what makes Second City work is definitely having comedian-focused content, so shows let comedians write and generate their own voice,” Elrod says. “We get to tour material that’s kind of worked, which other people in the theater have written, but we also get to generate our own sketches.”

Comedian Rhapsody is the show the company is bringing to Columbus. Elrod describes it as PG-13, perfect for any audience looking for a night of laughs “with a little bit of everything for everyone.” The show is filled with sketches and songs that deal with all kinds of funny and relatable situations, from relationships and working at home to sketches intended to appeal to Columbus natives. The audience – and the performers themselves – have no way of knowing where a sketch may end once it gets off the ground. George Elrod “With improv, it’s the spontaneity. It’s the idea that this is being created for the first time and might not happen the same way ever again, which is exciting,” Elrod says. “From an actor’s perspective, we have to listen, and I think the audience can tell when something is super fresh.” CS Tyler Kirkendall is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Caring for your loved ones this holiday season By Kobe Collins


with the ones you love are the foundation of the holiday season. And alongside giving gifts and sharing meals, there are a number of often-overlooked ways to care for those around you. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, people ages 50 and up are more likely to experience social isolation and loneliness. Living by oneself, losing hobbies or passions, and spending more time alone are all factors that can contribute, and these emotions can grow stronger during the holiday season. Though navigating a healthy balance of family and life may be difficult, it is

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possible. There are a variety of ways to care for loved ones without overextending your boundaries. Keeping Traditions As you enter into new stages of life with your own family, friends and busy schedule, it’s easy to let the past slip away. Holding onto family holiday traditions is a great way to show care, love and honor to elder family members. Family traditions, from sharing meals and putting up decorations to the German custom of putting a pickle on the Christmas tree, bring everyone together and emphasize warm memories of the past. Holding onto these traditions and bringing

others into them creates a space to include and show the value of the family’s history. Invite Them The holiday season can quickly become overwhelming, and the cheer may quickly fade if you decide to host, cook or prepare. One easy way to keep older family members involved is to invite them into day-today tasks. For example, if you’re not sure what to cook for your friend’s get-together, reach out to a parent or grandparent about an old family recipe they cherish and learn to cook it with them. If you need to get some holiday shopping done, invite them to join in your search. Even smaller tasks such as gift wrapping

and cookie baking give family members the opportunity to be part of your life. Discreet Care Many older adults aren’t afraid to recognize their age, but asking for or accepting help isn’t always as easy. There are many ways to discreetly care for older family members without making things awkward. Considerations such as easy-to-eat foods, a variety of drinks for different levels of sugar tolerance and inclusive activities help create the perfect space for senior family members while avoiding potentially difficult topics. Some easy-to-eat dishes, according to the Homecare Agency for Seniors, include soups, roasted potatoes and a variety of soft pastas. In addition, restful and relaxing activities can create a comfortable environment for your loved ones. Planning a night around Rotten Tomatoes’ top 100 Christmas movies list or visiting a family-favorite restaurant builds the foundation for an inclusive and safe holiday family night. Be the First to Speak Up Having a heart-to-heart conversation with your loved one about their situation can make a big difference. Pay attention to key concern factors such as the condition of your loved one’s home, diet, friends and neighbors. If abrupt or unhealthy changes occur, it may be time to sit down and gently speak about ways to take action. It’s important to not be afraid to bring up concerns, speaking openly and honestly about the situation. Join older family members in searching for new ways to better their quality of life by offering to fix projects, search for medical care or find a healthy community they can be passionate about. CS Kobe Collins is a contributing writer at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Holiday Treats Enjoy these sweet desserts for all your holiday gatherings By Rachel Karas

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All ingredients are scalable, as there is a direct ratio depending on how many you would like to make. This is a great opportunity for a child or family member to help unwrap candies and place pecans. • Pretzels, preferably square-shaped (Snyder’s Buttersnaps recommended) • Rolos • Pecan halves

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during the holiday season, dessert and cookie exchanges offer a fun way to gather with family and friends while satisfying your sweet tooth. The tradition of the cookie exchange dates back hundreds of years, reaching a height in popularity in the 1950s when it became closely associated with holiday parties. As you prepare for this season’s holiday gatherings, here are some of our team’s favorite treats you can make at home to delight your guests.


Our team’s top recipes are: • Turtles • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies • Peanut Butter Blossoms • Snickerdoodles • Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips • Scotcharoos • Snowballs • Thumbprints

Heat oven to 250 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place pretzels on the sheet, giving space to manipulate them when placing pecans later. Place one Rolo on each pretzel. Bake 3-5 minutes, or until caramel softens, but does not melt completely. Chocolate should appear slightly shiny when it is softened. Upon removing from the oven, immediately place a pecan half on top of each chocolate, pressing lightly to squish the chocolate down. Allow to cool completely before storing, or eat right away.



Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

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Serving size: three dozen

• 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature • 1 tsp. baking soda • 1 tsp. kosher salt • 1 cup white sugar • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar • 2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 large egg • 1 large egg yolk • 1 Tbsp. red food coloring • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder • 2 cups white chocolate baking chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix butter, cream cheese, white sugar, dark brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt together with a stand mixer in a medium bowl. Mix for 1-2 minutes or until creamy. Add egg and egg yolk to bowl and mix on medium. Add food coloring and mix on medium. Add flour and cocoa powder and mix on low. Add 1 1/2 cups white chips to dough. Shape cookies by rolling them into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet. Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes. Sprinkle remaining chips on tops of cookies while they are still warm. Let cookies sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

• 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour • 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar • 1 tsp. baking soda • 1/4 tsp. salt • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon • 1 cup butter, softened • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar • 2 eggs • 1/4 cup green sanding sugar • 1/4 cup red sanding sugar Heat oven to 400 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and one tsp. cinnamon, and set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar (non-colored) with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs to butter and sugar mixture. Use the mixer on low speed to add the flour mixture into the big bowl until blended. In a small bowl, mix the green sanding sugar and 1/2 tsp. sugar. Do the same thing for the red sanding sugar. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, then roll half the balls in the red sugar and half the balls in the green sugar. Place on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let cool for two minutes before removing from the sheets to place on cooling racks.




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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Serving size: six dozen

• 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 2 cups white sugar • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 4 eggs • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp. baking powder • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

In a medium bowl, mix cocoa, white sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least four hours. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Coat each ball in confectioner’s sugar before placing on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

• 1 cup butter, room temperature • 1/3 cup sugar • 2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1/4 tsp. salt • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 cups toasted pecans, finely ground • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

• 1 cup granulated sugar • 1 cup packed brown sugar • 1 cup creamy peanut butter • 1 cup shortening • 2 eggs

Serving size: two dozen

Mix together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt using whisk or electric mixer. Gradually add flour until fully incorporated. Stir in the finely chopped pecans. Cover and refrigerate dough for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the cookie dough and make 1-Tbsp. sized balls. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet, ensuring not to flatten them. Bake for 14-15 minutes. The bottom of the cookies should only be lightly browned, while the tops remain pale in color. Let the cookies cool for approximately five minutes, rolling them in powdered sugar while they are still warm. Let the cookies cool completely and roll them in the powdered sugar again.

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Serving size: about six dozen

• 3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour • 2 tsp. baking soda • ~6 dozen milk chocolate kisses (or flavor of your choosing) • 1 tsp. vanilla • 1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press one chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Let sit on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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How the Scioto Deer became such a big attraction Downtown By Mike Maynard Photos by Maisie Fitzmaurice

FROM THE BEAUTIFUL green spaces to the

miles of walking paths, the Scioto Mile has enjoyed tremendous popularity since it began life as part of a downtown Columbus rehabilitation project almost 10 years ago. Along with this project came new art for the city to enjoy: the Scioto Deer. In 2014, songwriter and artist Terry Allen was commissioned to create art to bring new life to the Scioto Mile. Later that year, Allen delivered what is now called the Scioto Lounge and created an attraction that residents of Columbus have enjoyed ever since. The Scioto Lounge is home to three bronze deer sculptures, known as the Scioto Deer, which were placed in different locations around the Scioto Mile. Two of the statues sit behind the COSI building while the third, arguably the best-known, leans intently over the rail of the Rich Street bridge as if watching the city. Allen wanted to create something that would be thought-provoking, according to an interview he did with WOSU radio. Since their installation, the deer have become quite the talking point for many, especially when it comes to each statue’s human-like positioning. Aside from the watchful deer on the bridge, the other two statues are doing similar – lounging – activities. One sits at the top of the steps in Genoa Park, watching people go by, and has a beautiful view of the city skyline. The third statue, the only doe in the series, relaxes in the grass, leaning back and taking in the beautiful city of Columbus. So why deer? A look at Allen’s inspiration illustrates his reasoning.

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It all begins with the word “Scioto,” which, in a local Native American language, means “deer” or “hairy deer.” Long before Columbus was a bustling city, there was a large deer population in the area – so large, in fact, that deer hair would sometimes pollute the Downtown part of the Scioto River. Deer themselves are more related to the city’s culture than some may realize, making them the perfect subjects for Allen’s sculptures. The humanization

of the statues not only create a relaxing environment for people to enjoy, but also draw them to want to be around the deer. You can pose with them for a photo, allow your kids to play with them or just sit and take in the beautiful views of Columbus. CS Mike Maynard is an editorial assistant for CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Get to know the artist Terry Allen grew up in Lubbock, Texas before moving to Los Angeles, California to attend Chouinard Art Institute. After graduating from the institute, he would go on to receive many fellowships and awards throughout his career. This includes a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant given to those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability for the arts.

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Curating the Future

Columbus Museum of Art’s newest director shares ambitious plans By Rachel Karas Photos by Ray LaVoie


began its search to replace Nannette Maciejunes after she announced her retirement in 2022, the team knew there were big shoes to fill. During her 20-year tenure as executive director and CEO, Maciejunes led the museum through its biggest renovation, including a 50,000-square-foot addition. Maciejunes also increased the museum’s collection and expanded its impact on the community through various educational programs. After a months-long search, Brooke Minto was chosen. She brings more than 20 years of art administration experience to her role to help shape the future of the museum.

Brooke Minto

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Before CMA Minto grew up in the suburbs of New York and studied art history at Dartmouth College. After gaining experience with auction houses, galleries and private collectors, she continued her education at Columbia University and earned a master’s degree in modern art and critical studies. After leaving Columbia, she got a job at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This career move acted as a springboard and exposed her to countless opportunities in managerial and director roles, including her most recent ones as the managing director for the Advisory Board for the Arts in New York and executive director of the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums.

With the experience she’s gained over the years, Minto says, she felt prepared for her new role, and is ready to lead the museum as it enters a new exciting phase. Setting Up the Future As Minto has gotten more into her role and begun looking toward the future, finding new team members to join the museum is her top priority. With some vacancies left from retirements and job changes, Minto is excited about the opportunity to craft her own curatorial team. During the next 12 to 24 months, Minto and her team are filling the museum’s four curatorial roles: the chief, photography and contemporary positions, as well as a new American art curator. While the search is underway, Minto is taking the time to get to know more about the museum itself and the collection it holds. “Since I’ve been here, I have been drawing on more of my art history and curatorial skills than I have in a long time, but it’s also been really fun,” Minto says. “It’s been an opportunity for me to dive deeply into the collection and get to know it well, and soon, which is essential.” The Bigger Picture Looking ahead, the museum has plans for a substantial traveling show in 2025 with multiple venues along the path. This show highlights the legacy and artwork of the late award-winning Columbus-based artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, and is set to increase the museum’s reach beyond Ohio. The museum is also planning to stay at the forefront of the city’s growth by ensur-


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Outside the Art When Minto isn’t at the museum, she enjoys getting out and exploring what Columbus has to offer. As a football fan (well, European football, that is) she has already gone to her first Crew game and can’t wait to go again. She also enjoys architecture and got her fill during the German Village Haus und Garten Tour this summer.

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ing Columbus artists who have become more renowned, such as Robinson, are recognized at CMA through such avenues as acquisitions and solo shows. The collection isn’t the only thing that will grow after the announcement of a $1.2 million gift from Battelle this fall. The funds will go toward a three-year initiative that will establish the Fund for Learning, which will help the CMA grow its existing programming, training for educators in the area and access for a more diverse audience across Columbus. Minto says this gracious gift is just one example of how the museum hopes to continue to grow with the city around it. “CMA is already an exceptional institution, hands down, but we want to grow,” Minto says. “We also want to make sure that the museum is always meeting the needs of its audiences. We hear a lot about this growth every day, and it’s essential that CMA is always meeting the needs of the public.” CS Rachel Karas is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at November/December 2023 |



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Aging Like Fine Wine Older adults flourishing with different living options By Nathan Mader

Getting older isn’t always a bad thing, and houses with open floor plans tend to cally for older adults who do not need and with the right information and decision-making, it can often be a smooth transition into the next stage of one’s life. Understanding your needs and desires as you grow older is critical when looking for the best possible situation to settle down in, so it’s important to know the differences among popular living styles.

Your Own Personal Space Many older adults who are still physically fit don’t want to commit to any kind of independent or assisted living style. They prefer to try to age in place in a home they can call their own. Location is an important factor, as preferences on walking or driving to visit loved ones, healthcare facilities and grocery stores could be an important component. Determining the type or style of home is also a major factor. Single-story ranch homes

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ease mobility and accessibility issues. The idea of aging in place applies to the spaces in the home as well, including things such as grab bars in showers and wider doorways for wheelchair accessibility. Updating your spaces early on ensures your home can evolve with your needs. Wanting your own place doesn’t necessarily require owning it. There are several benefits to renting, according to Investopedia, including not having to worry about difficult maintenance jobs and other tasks as well as having the option to move closer family or to a different style of living later without having to deal with the hassle of selling a house. Independent Living Independent living is typically any housing arrangement designed specifi-

much assistance in their daily lives. From single-family homes in 55+ neighborhoods to apartment-style communities, independent living offers the freedom to settle down among peers. Residents taking advantage of this option can live life normally while receiving help from a homeowners’ association or other management group to assist with more difficult tasks such as landscaping, lawn care and housework. When it comes to social connectivity, independent living can be beneficial for older adults who want to meet other similarly-aged individuals in a quiet, safer environment. Plus, whether it’s the community spaces in Westerville’s Courtyards on Tussic or wellness programs in Verena at Hilliard’s apartments, many options come loaded with unique amenities and benefits.

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Assisted Living There are approximately 30,600 assisted living communities in the U.S., according to the American Health Care Association, so there are plenty of options. Designed for those who need additional help with daily activities – such as eating, walking and bathing – assisted living options are designed to give many of the same benefits of independent living, just in a more controlled setting. Some spaces, including StoryPoint Gahanna and The Ashford of Grove City, even offer additional services related to memory care and physical therapy needs. High-rise apartments, multi-acre campuses and more are common housing arrangements with assisted living, with the goal of encouraging independence. CS C








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Fun Over 50

Discounts on activities for older adults By Maisie Fitzmaurice


here are many reasons to look forward to your golden years, including retirement, grandchildren and, of course, senior discounts. Take a look at these reduced prices and you’ll see the fun is only getting started.

many. Luckily, these travel companies offer savings for any journey.

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United Airways and Delta Airlines: discounts for those 65 years or older on qualifying flights

Getting out of your comfort zone and discovering a new destination is sure to spark some adventure. Whether it’s a sandy beach oasis, castle ruins, mountain peaks or even just a short road trip, traveling the world is a common dream for

By Air While some airlines offer senior discounts, the price of a flight will depend heavily on the origin and destination.

By Land Renting a car, or traveling by bus or train, may come at a discounted price. Some car rental services even offer car upgrades.

Amtrack: 10% discount on most fares for adults 65 years and over Hertz: 20% for adults ages 50 and older Thrifty Car Rental: Silver Thrifty Club members (for adults 50 years and older) save 5% Greyhound: discounts on select destinations for adults 62 and older By Sea Set sail on the seven seas for less. Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean: discounts offered on select trips for adults 55 and older

Out and About

If you prefer to stay in town, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy right in your backyard. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, night or day, there’s always fun to be had in the Arch City. A Fun Flick Whether you enjoy the latest award-winning film or are looking for a cute date night movie, saving a couple of bucks on tickets to use on a soda or popcorn makes the experience even more enjoyable. Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres: discounts for select showings at select theatres Marcus Theatres: $6 tickets for adults 60 years and older on any show before 5:30 p.m. on Fridays Showcase Cinemas: discounted tickets at select theaters and discounted concessions for adults 60 years and over every Wednesday

Local Hot Spots Central Ohio offers many experiences at a discount through the Golden Buckeye program. You can get this golden card through the Ohio Department of Aging if you are an Ohio resident age 60 or older, or qualify for disability benefits. Here are just a few of the discounts offered to Golden Buckeye cardholders right here in Columbus. BalletMet (Columbus) $3 off a single ticket Columbus Clippers (Columbus): Reserved seats are $7 each and general admission seats are $4 each Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus): 10% off gifts Ohio Railway Museum (Worthington): $2 off adult ticket price Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Columbus): 10% off single tickets; excludes special events, festivals and gala

Food Maybe the most universally loved benefit is all the food savings. No matter where you are in town, showing your Golden Buckeye card gives you discounts on eating at these local establishments and many others. City Barbeque (multiple locations throughout central Ohio): 10% off Fame’s Diner (Greater Columbus Convention Center): 10% off Golden Delight Fine Bakery (Columbus): 10% off Wednesdays only Massey’s Pizza (Columbus, Westerville, Reynoldsburg): 10% off Ponderosa Steakhouse (Columbus): 10% off, excluding Tuesdays Schmidt’s Sausage Haus (Columbus): 10% off, excluding alcohol

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valuable pursuit to keep older adults engaged after retirement, the American Association of Retired Persons’ Senior Planet program was built to help ensure seniors keep their lives full and their minds sharp. The program, developed by the AARP and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), offers structured multi-week courses along with a series of lectures, guest speakers and workshops. There are also special events with high-quality content and interactive affinity groups. The lessons taught during the Senior the internet and social media. Senior Planet programs aim to impact financial Planet’s classes and lectures – such as security, social engagement, creative ex- Introduction to Social Media, Instagram pression, health and wellness, and civic Posts & Stories and Digital Storytelling engagement among retired adults. – are all designed to bridge the gap in The Money Matters lecture offered digital connectivity. through this programming teaches how to Other lessons taught by the Senior Plankeep financial information safe while ex- et program address telemedicine as a way ploring digital resources that save money on prescription drugs, entertainment and some everyday items. While taking control of finances is important after retirement, this program empowers adults of all income levels to navigate digital financial tools that allow people to shop, bank and save money in this increasingly digital age. Check out Social and civic engageAARP’s website, ment are two focal points, of Senior Planet, as it works for more class to combat isolation among listings and adults by incorporating additional them into the digital world information. and helping them connect with family and friends via 36 | November/December 2023

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The impact of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame By Nathan Mader Photos courtesy of Ohio Department of Aging


elieving age is just a number is one thing, but the Ohio Department of Aging has set out to reward older adults determined to act on that notion. In September, eight Ohioans were inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The goal of the hall is to recognize the importance of older adults in society on a community, state and national level. It also works to defy the notion that age can inhibit one’s ability to positively impact those around them. Established in 1977, the hall’s inaugural group consisted of 18 inductees, who were all 60 and up, and it has grown to a total of 509 in 2023, according to the Ohio Department of Aging. Nominees are judged on criteria including the impact they’ve made in keeping Ohio an innovative leader in responding to the changing, aging population. Growth, contributions and respect as one ages are also considered in the selection process. This year, the eight inductees ranged in age from 63 to 92 and held a variety of professions, from volunteers and military personnel to professors and scientists. In the ceremony’s presented video, many of the inductees described aging as exciting, beautiful and priceless. “We’re all going to experience it,” said Clinton, Ohio inductee John Saeger in the video. “How we experience it, we don’t know, but it’s a beautiful thing, and I hope we can all experience it in a very positive way.” Some inductees described themselves as optimistic and determined. Many 38 | November/December 2023

were also very grateful to receive such an honor. Kathy McGrew, an inductee from Oxford, Ohio, said in a video presented at the ceremony that her father was inducted several years ago, so it meant a lot to be the daughter of a past Hall of Famer. “The word aging means opportunity.” McGrew said in the video. “It can bring joys and rewards. It can bring challenges, and aging is a privilege.” Aside from recognizing older adults, the hall also aims to promote purposeful, active and productive living at all stages of life. CS

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Columbus Representation Since the introduction of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, a total of 69 Columbus residents have been inducted. The first person, Sidney L. Pressey, was part of the inaugural group in 1977. The most recent inductees – Debbie Cannon Freece, Jerry Rampelt and Vaughn Wiester – were honored in 2022.

How to become a member Nominations for the Hall of Fame are accepted yearround, with certain criteria that have to be met. An inductee must be at least 60 years old, and either born in or has been a resident of Ohio at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations are also accepted as long as the nominee was at least 60 years old and the nomination happens within five years of their death. To nominate someone who has significantly contributed to their community and state, the Ohio Department of Aging asks for general information about the nominee through an online form, as well as an essay detailing the candidate’s accomplishments, impact and positive portrayal of aging.


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CONDOMINIUM Best Community Amenities $250,000 - $500,000 D.R. Horton - 1461 Doubleday Dr. $500,001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr. Best Front Curb Appeal $250,000 - $500,000 Schottenstein Homes - 6866 Ringbill Loop $500,001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr. Best Outdoor Living Space $250,000 - $500,000 Schottenstein Homes - 6866 Ringbill Loop $500,001 - $730,000 Epcon Communities - 6660 Trinity Mist Way Best Kitchen $250,000 - $500,000 Schottenstein Homes - 6866 Ringbill Loop

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$500,001 - $730,000 Epcon Communities - 6660 Trinity Mist Way $250,000 - $500,000 Maronda Homes - 101 Coyote Willow Dr. $500,001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr. Best Floor Plan $250,000 - $500,000 Maronda Homes - 101 Coyote Willow Dr. $500,001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr. Best Interior Décor $250,000 - $500,000 Schottenstein Homes - 6866 Ringbill Loop $500,001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr. Best Overall $250,000 - 500,000 Schottenstein Homes - 6866 Ringbill Loop $500,0001 - $730,000 3 Pillar Homes - 4307 Flamingo Dr.

SINGLE FAMILY Best Curb Appeal $320,000 - $500,000 M/I Homes - 2775 Chatwood Loop $500,001 - $750,000 M/I Homes - 444 Bethpage Blvd. $750,001 - $2,500,000 3 Pillar Homes - 5609 Evans Farm Dr.

$750,001 - $2,500,000 Old World Custom Homes - 5424 Maple Glen Dr. Best Living Space $320,000 - $500,000 M/I Homes - 7829 Hamilton Woods Blvd. $500,001 - $750,000 Pulte Group - 6344 Zuccaro Dr.

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High Above High Original artwork, repurposed industrial equipment and smart features define Short North penthouse By Garth Bishop Photos by Ray LaVoie


hen the owner of this Short North penthouse bought the place, he loved the location and view, but the amenities and decor left much to be desired. Three years later, he’s got everything looking the way he wants it to look and working the way he wants it to work – with two kitchens, a home theater, a variety of repurposed industrial equipment, artwork (including his own) and smart home capabilities throughout, to name just a few highlights. The 6,000-square-foot penthouse is equipped with 12-foot ceilings. Its footprint is the same as it was when it was built in the 2000s, but just about everything else has changed: finishes, flooring, counters, stairs, most fixtures. “I just wanted it to be a canvas for my artwork and other people’s artwork,” says homeowner Don Halpern. The lower floor is home to the master suite, three additional bedrooms, a kitchen, a living area with a custom-built coffee bar, an office, a half bath and the theater, as well as Halpern’s workshop. He’s an inventor and an artist by trade, and his creations can be found all throughout the home. A set of refinished stairs leads to the upper level, including another kitchen, a full bathroom, a living room and a colossal balcony that looks down onto High Street. A window wall and sliding glass doors, all equipped with their own built-in screens, offer even more great views. Off the balcony deck is a patio surrounded by retractable screens and equipped with a natural gas heater to make it a viable gathering space in all four seasons. 42 | November/December 2023

“You can be in the Short North environment, but be someplace relaxed and up above it,” Halpern says. Custom Creations Some of Halpern’s self-made additions to the space are obvious:

• Paintings and mixed-media pieces, including a particularly large one in the master bedroom • Sculptures, such as a small figure of a person made out of drawers • Furniture, including a small glass table with a massive ceramic hand as the base

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• More esoteric additions, such as an old bronze bust that Halpern painted to add a Roy Lichtenstein-esque leopard-print vest Others are less immediately recognizable as original creations. Many of these began life as industrial equipment at the Blacklick Feed Mill, which Halpern

previously bought with the intention of turning it into office space. Though he didn’t end up converting the building – it had been abandoned for years and was in rough shape – he did find new homes for many of the fixtures and pieces of equipment.

A grain sorter became a coffee table. A massive industrial wrench became the centerpiece of another table. Yet another piece of equipment was turned into a pool cue holder. Pipes became ceiling lights, though Halpern brought over a few industrial light fixtures as well. He also created an attention-grabbing wall light with a multicolored checker pattern. “I made every light fixture in here, pretty much,” Halpern says. He even repurposed some of the penthouse’s older fixtures, such as a set of shower doors that’s now part of the desk in his office. More Features to Appreciate The penthouse’s smart home features go well beyond the ability to remotely control lights and temperature. In addition to being accessible via a phone app, the features can be controlled by panels, located in each room. The app and panels are equipped with four different light settings – morning, evening, night and mood – and they also control the sound system. “There are about 60 speakers throughout the place,” Halpern says. The lower-floor kitchen is set up with a double dishwasher, a double trash can cabinet, a 48-inch range, a custom knife rack and a sizable walk-in pantry. The upper kitchen has a heavy table that could easily be mistaken for an island and an enormous window seat, for which Halpern had a cushion custom made. The two kitchens are set up for different purposes, Halpern says, with the upper one being more of a casual gathering space and the lower one being more ideal for day-today usage. “It just makes sense to have each one be self-sufficient,” he says. The theater room was designed as a home theater before Halpern ever moved in, but he’s found ways to add his own signature touches to it. These include a bar with a wall of bourbon and other liquor bottles and a glass display case filled with boxes of movie theater candy – think Reese’s Pieces, Nerds and Jujubes. A 4K projector and a 150-foot screen highlight the room as well. The latest addition to the penthouse is an all-cedar sauna, which Halpern just finished building in the master bathroom in September. The master bath was already host to a walk-in shower, a TV and a fireplace – one of three in the home, all of them controlled by the smart home system as well. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Arrivals and DepARTures Airport gallery displays artwork from around the city By Maisie Fitzmaurice Photos courtesy of 934 Gallery

THE SHORT NORTH is a known hub for lo-

cal art galleries, artisan goods and creative spaces, but it isn’t the only area of the city where residents are creating and showcasing their artistic talents. 934 Gallery and John Glenn International Airport (CMH) are partnering to highlight the work of artists living and creating in various areas around the city. This rotating gallery space is located in airport terminal B, in between LandGrant Brewing Co. and Starbucks, past the security checkpoints. “We decided to share the love and put the spotlight on Columbus’s lesser-known arts districts so that, when people are traveling, they can check out what’s going on all over the city,” says Liz Martin, president of 934 Gallery. Since opening, the gallery has showcased art from Franklinton and the Discovery District, with more to come in future rotations. Each collection stays on display for about two months before being switched out. “When people happen across artists, especially local people traveling, and they see artwork by an artist they know, they get really excited,” Martin says. “We’ve also sold artwork to people all over the country, which has been really exciting for people just traveling, seeing work that inspires them and purchasing it so it’s supporting our liberal arts economy.” Happy Holidays from Milo-Grogan The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. If you are flying in or out of CMH during November and December and find yourself with some extra time, stop by the airport gallery to

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check out work by artists from the MiloGrogan community. Milo-Grogan is located northeast of downtown Columbus, with Fifth Avenue and Interstate 71 intersecting at its center. The community is home to a considerable number of artists, due in large part to the development of a live and work space in a former school building, which has become its own community: Milo Arts District. While the pieces on display at the CMH gallery will only feature artwork that can be hung on the walls, a variety of artistic disciplines are practiced in the arts district, including dance, music, sculpture and photography. Julie Barrett is the curator for CMH gallery during the Milo-Grogan rotation and

president of Milo Arts District. She has her own studio within the live and work space and says the area is a great place for artists to create, live and collaborate with like-minded creatives. “There’s no place like Milo Arts (District), truly,” Barrett says. “In my travels, I’ve never experienced artists in a place like this where you can both live in your studio and work in your studio. And there are a lot of events where the community will come out and just support art and artists. Pretty much every day, there’s something new.” Although Milo-Grogan has a deep connection to the industrial boom, as evidenced by the railways and factories still in the area, it is also constantly changing with new industries and young adults moving in. “I’m hoping that the airport gallery show can kind of translate some of that history and show that Milo art had been there for more than 40 years,” Barrett says. “It’s kind of cool to see how those folks have been in the neighborhood, seeing it grow and change, and hopefully, we’ll have some artwork that reflects that.”

Discover Your Dream Home The Perfect Blend of Comfort, Convenience, and Community. Columbus and Beyond 934 Gallery has already received praise for its Franklinton and Discovery District displays. “We get tons of positive feedback, especially on Instagram,” Martin says. “Every time we do a show, we kind of get different input from travelers and staff at the airport. They share anecdotes of people experiencing the space, and that helps us get to know what travelers enjoy, so we can start curating the space based on what does well.” In the future, 934 Gallery plans to continue showcasing art from around the city, with the hope of featuring communities such as the South Side, Olde Town East and Hilltop. Martin hopes those who stop by the gallery can take away new inspiration in addition to knowledge about the art and culture in these various communities. Being an artist herself, Barrett says traveling is very important to creativity, as it is easier to find inspiration when changing your surroundings and seeing work from other cultures. “If you look throughout art history itself, you’ll see a lot of people will travel from one country to another,” Barrett says. “A lot of artists go to Paris – that’s one of the hubs – and a lot of Parisian art was influenced by Japanese art. It’s the shared cultural experience of, ‘Oh, I really love the way that you did that, I’m going to reincorporate that into my own artwork, but have my own twist.” CS Maisie Fitzmaurice is an assistant editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits Loann Crane Gallery at GCAC: Caution: Artists at Play. A collection of artistically crafted quilts and fiber art from various artists. Through Jan. 26. Mac Worthington Studio, Gallery & Sculpture Park: Walls aren’t just for paintings. Exhibition of contemporary metal wall sculptures. Open Nov. 1-30. Holiday show. Exhibiting expressionistic floral paintings. Open Dec. 1-30. www.mac

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Art Access Gallery: New Landscapes by Joe Lombardo. Art by accomplished plein air painter and painting instructor Joe Lombardo. Open Nov. 10-Dec. 31. www. Blockfort: Blockfort a la Carte. A foodthemed exhibition. Open Nov. 16-Dec. 11. Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®. Structures of familiar landmarks and original designs made entirely of Legos as part of an annual showcase. Open Nov. 18. Dublin Arts Council: Chapa Sari: The Story of Cotton. Hand-woven fabrics, needlework and hand-painted details by Indian women. Through Dec. 15. www. Fisher Gallery: Put a Camera in Your Pocket: The Richard B. Brandt Camera Collection. Examining the history and advancements in photography in America. 48 | November/December 2023

Through Dec. 1. miller-fisher-galleries/ The Frank Museum of Art: Inviting the Ancestors: Exhibiting Traditional African Art in the 21st Century and Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World. Work from the David and Karina Rilling Collection examining colonization. Through Dec. 1. www.

Marcia Evans Gallery: Awaken. Mixed media paintings by Robie Benve. Open Nov. 4-28. Holiday Artful Gifts. A collection of various works as well as hand-made pottery, jewelry and scarves. Open Dec. 2-Jan. 30. Miller Gallery: Mirrored and Reflected: Ice Formations Transformed. Photographs by

Gallery 22: Holiday Art Fair. Unique art from more than 80 artists on sale in downtown Delaware. Open on weekends Nov. 2-Dec. 16. Hayley Gallery: Just Looking. Paintings from Robin Roberts and Shannon Godby. Open Nov. 4-Dec. 9. Kittie’s Highline Art Space: Rebecca Burdock: Daily Creating. Rebecca Burdock creates animal-centric artwork with watercolor and ink that’s whimsical and light-hearted. Open Nov. 2-Dec. 31. artspace

The Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery

2023 Biennial Juried Exhibition JURORS: Dr. Melissa Crum Yusuf A. Lateef Jolene Powell

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David Stichweh capturing ice patterns, shapes and forms with unique printing techniques. Through Dec. 1. The Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: 2023 Biennial Juried Exhibition. Showcasing the work of 62 Ohio artists. Through Jan. 5. Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen. Unique handcrafted items made by about 200 artists from across the country on sale at the museum. Open Nov. 4-Dec. 23. OSU Faculty Club: Textural Oil Paintings. Work by Janet Grissom explores time through textural landscapes using oil paints. Through Dec. 19.

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Open Door Air Studio & Gallery: Role Reversal. An exhibition curated by Open Door artists and featuring artwork created by the gallery’s staff. Open Dec. 9-Jan. 5. Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art: Sarah Rosalena: In All Directions. Rosalena’s art includes themes of astronomy, geology and planetary science. Through Feb. 4. www.columbusmuseum. org/pizzuti-collection-of-the-columbusmuseum-of-art ROY G BIV Gallery: Various works from featured artists. Open Nov. 10-Dec. 1. Small Works Exhibition. Small 2D works

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from gallery members. Open Dec. 8-Jan. 5. Sean Christopher Gallery: The Eyes of Africa. A total of 40 pieces from Chris Rosati Yoo’s collection of African wildlife. Open Nov. 4-25. Skylab Gallery: Crepusculo. More than 20 artists explore the themes of metaphysics and classical fantasy through animation, crafted objects and paintings. Through Nov. 20. organization/5994-skylab-gallery Studios On High Gallery: The Art of Giving. An annual holiday show of vari-

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ous small pieces including handmade jewelry, sculptures, mixed-media works and paintings from 19 local artists. Open Nov. 4-Feb. 1. OSU Urban Arts Space: Embroidered Past, Imagined Future: Lucie Kamuswekera and the Violence in Eastern Congo. Embroidery work from Lucie Kamuswekera depicting the history of the Eastern DR Congo region. Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance. Ten artists and activists create works in various mediums. Both through Nov. 18. Our Magnitude and Bond: Building an Artistic Community through an Ethics of Care. A multilayered exploration related to the recent and ongoing experiences of the Ohio State and Columbus arts community. Open Dec. 5-16. Wild Goose Creative: “REWILD” Art of the Anthropocene. Dexter “DXTROSE” Komakaru uses visual media to examine the Native American experience. Open Nov. 10-29. Wild Art Columbus Art Auction. An auction fundraiser showcasing central Ohio artists. Proceeds benefit both the artists and Wild Goose Creative. Open Dec. 1-Jan. 3.

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934 Gallery: Art in various mediums from Doug Fordyce, Klaire Smith, Meryl Engler and Cory Mahoney. Open Nov. 3-18. Murals, acrylic paintings and digital illustrations by Heidi Clifford, A.K.A “Primary Child.” Open Dec. 1-16. For more gallery exhibits visit

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Broadway in Columbus presents Mrs. Doubtfire Through Nov. 5 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This traveling Broadway production tells the beloved story of a desperate father who changes his identity as a way to get closer to his children after losing custody of them to his ex-wife during their divorce.

The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio presents Good Grief Nov. 2-19 Studio 2, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This production from the Contemporary Theatre of Ohio (formerly known as CATCO) tells the story of a young Nigerian-American woman searching for identity while grieving the loss of her best friend.

Greater Columbus Arts Council presents GCAC Big Arts Night Celebration Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. A large celebration and award show recognizes the work of artists, art supporters and art organizations in Columbus. Winners of the Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Awards and the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards will be announced while GCAC celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Chamber Music Columbus presents Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is a Londonbased chamber orchestra. The group, which helped record of the soundtrack of the Oscar-award winning film Amadeus, is led by violin virtuoso and Music Director Joshua Bell through an interpretation of

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instrumental classics. Jazz Arts Group presents The Benny Benack Quartet Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Enjoy sounds of American jazz trumpeter, vocalist and composer Benny Benack III. This Emmy-nominated artist will bring a high-energy jazz performance accompanied by his dynamic quartet. www. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Steel Pan & Schubert Nov. 11-12, 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. This will be Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist Andy Akiho’s debut performance with ProMusica. Along with Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 “The Great,” the group will also perform an orig-

inal piece by Akiho titled “Beneath Lighted Coffers.” CAPA presents Buddy Guy: Damn Right Farewell Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Join Grammy award-winning Buddy Guy as he closes out his 70-year career in style. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who has inspired many guitarists with his talents, is joined by award-winning Tom Hambridge. CAPA presents The Second City’s Comedian Rhapsody Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Enjoy a night full of laughter put on by the same group that kicked off the careers of Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and countless others. Featuring some of the group’s best sketch comedy and songs, as well as some new classics.

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Pastoral Symphony Nov. 17-18 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Beethoven’s Pastoral transports the listener out of the bustling city and to the countryside, much like admiring a calm pasture. Meanwhile, Gabriela Lena Frank’s Conquest Requiem tells the less tranquil story of an enslaved Nahua woman. Performers include soprano Jessica Rivera and baritone Andrew Garland, along with the Columbus Symphony Chorus.





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JR Adventures presents Joe Bonamassa Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Often called one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has redefined rock-blues music and is said to have an electric stage presence. www. Short North Stage presents A Christmas Carol Nov. 24-26 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. A unique take on this holiday classic features both local and national talent, a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, costume designer Molly Walz



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and composer Thom Albert. www.short north Shadowbox Live presents Not So Silent Night Nov. 26-Dec. 23 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St As a DJ plays the songs his listeners request, he hopes his one holiday wish comes true as he brings joy to others. This heartfelt story features music in styles of holiday-themed pop, jazz, rock and more.

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Jazz Arts Group presents Home for the Holidays ft. Mamie Parris Nov. 29-Dec. 3 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Broadway actress Mamie Parris – who was a part of Broadway tours for Wicked, 9 to 5 and Legally Blonde – joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to perform classic carols and contemporary holiday favorites. www.

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents An Evening with Judy Collins Dec. 14., 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Legendary singer-songwriter and actress Judy Collins comes to Columbus. Following the release of her album Spellbound in 2022, Collins will showcase the folk aesthetic she has been entertaining crowds with since the 1960s.

Nationwide Arena presents Pentatonix Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The group that redefined a cappella comes to Columbus with a holiday spectacular show. With 11 studio albums released since the group’s debut in 2011, Pentatonix has also released new holiday songs each year since 2012. www.nation

Nationwide Arena presents Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More presented by Hallmark Channel Dec. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The unique and wildly popular rock group returns to Columbus on its highly anticipated winter tour. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has brought its electrifying sound across the country since it began touring in 1999.

BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Dec. 7-23 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. It’s back! Experience this Columbus tradition full of sugar plum fairies, a mouse king and holiday magic to ring in the holidays.

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