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Visual and performing arts spaces around central Ohio on full display


16 2018 NARI Fall Home Improvement Tour A tour of newly remodeled homes

eLearning at The Ohio State University to be enhanced with Apple partnership ALSO • The Rise of Tech in Learning

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Art History

The Harlem Renaissance at the Columbus Museum of Art


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Art History The Harlem Renaissance at the Columbus Museum of Art By Maddi Rasor

FOR MANY PEOPLE, the concept of the Harlem Renaissance never extends past their high school English classes. It’s a whirlwind of Langston Hughes and jazz, Duke Ellington and the Roaring ‘20s. But the thing about artistic movements is that they never really leave our collective cultural conscience. The I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art aims to not only showcase that, but celebrate it. Open to the public Oct. 19-Jan. 20, the exhibit not only includes works from major Harlem Renaissance painters such as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, but also previously unprinted photographs by James Van Der Zee and first edition books and letters from literary figures such as Alain Locke and Langston Hughes. There are copies of Esquire Magazine from the 1930s and 1940s, a 1932 map of Harlem, and even a copy of Aaron Douglas’ Fire!!. The exhibition is also accompanied by a 250-page catalogue with a forward by author and Columbus native, Wil Haygood. So how does such an eclectic collection come to be? To hear executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art, Nannette V. Maciejunes, tell it, the answer is nearly by accident. When Maciejunes attended the launch party for Haygood’s book Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, at the Lincoln Theatre back in 2015, an idea bloomed in her mind. The Harlem Renaissance had influenced so much of Haygood’s work, and the Columbus Museum of Art hadn’t done much with the movement, despite its collection being largely centered on the early modern period. So, the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance seemed the perfect time to start, and Haygood seemed the perfect guest curator. Maciejunes approached the late Bill Conner of CAPA, who contacted Larry James, a local attorney who has historically been involved in the Columbus art scene. Suddenly, what had once been a quiet museum exhibit became a citywide celebration of the genius and creativity of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Over 30 Columbus-area arts and cultural organizations have come together to showcase the art, culture and lasting influence of the movement. Highlights include: • Ohio History Connection: Poindexter village: A Portrait in Stories through Sept. 2 • COSI: America’s Musical Journey, which traces the roots of jazz, blues, country, soul, and rock and roll through Sept. 4 • CAPA presents: The Dance Theatre of Harlem, celebrating 50 years and performing at the Lincoln Theatre through Nov. 17 According to Maciejunes, the Columbus Museum of Art’s exhibition is meant to be the capstone. It is meant to examine

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The Harlem Renaissance influenced much of Haygood’s work and the centennial is the perfect time for the museum to bring him on as guest curator.

the Harlem Renaissance through Haygood’s unique perspective as a writer, cultural historian and journalist who has written so much on black history – and for whom the movement remains an inspiration. The whole citywide celebration – the largest of its kind – is, “a really wonderful sort of multidimensional look at the Harlem Renaissance,” says Maciejunes. Melissa Ferguson, the director of marketing and communications for the Columbus Museum of Art, is equally excited about the collaborative celebration. “Curators love anniversaries just as much as the media does,” she says. “A lot of the cultural blossoming during the Harlem Renaissance is uniquely American.” A sentiment not only echoed by Maciejunes, but amplified.

“American art has a particular resonance in our museum,” she says, “but over time, (we are) making sure that all of the voices – the whole cacophony – of the American experience are present.” So while the main floor of the new Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art holds pieces one might expect to find in an art exhibit, the second floor has a video of Haygood talking about the exhibit, and an experimental space

working with artists in the community. “We use this as a moment to introduce … to do special exhibitions on young African-American artists in our community,” Maciejunes says. “Each of us have different experiences, and it’s important that we celebrate the full, inclusive story of America.” Maciejunes is refreshingly blunt when asked on the importance of the Harlem Renaissance turning 100. “The point of the exhibition is that African-American art is American art, and that’s important for us all to recognize. It’s all of us, and how we all experience America,” she says. CS Maddi Rasor is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at September/October 2018 |


on the scene

Columbus Open Studio & Stage is Back Visual and performing arts spaces around central Ohio on full display

COLUMBUS OPEN STUDIO AND STAGE is a two-day event where the Columbus creative community opens its studios and stage doors to the public in an effort to highlight the creative process. Columbus Open Studio and Stage is a self-guided tour of various artist studios and performing stages. The studios offer finished artwork, works in progress and live demonstrations, where attendees have an opportunity to speak with creatives about their process from idea inception to completion. Establishing that personal connection between artist and spectator is the driving force behind the event. “You only see finished work in a gallery, but I’ve been collecting art for years and I know all of the artists whose works I’ve bought, and it makes me feel special,” says Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communication and events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “You’ll see artists at work and see the creative process, which I think is really cool because people who have previously participated loved meeting the artists and getting that extra little bit of a connection.” The concept of Columbus Open Studio and Stage emulates cities’ studio tours from around the country, which all have their own personality. For example, Austin, Texas, has a studio tour that spans two full weekends, is completely free and has close to 500 sites around the city. “At the time, we launched Art Makes Columbus, which is about engaging and getting to know the artists, and I thought Columbus Open Studio and Stage was the perfect event to get the campaign involved in,” Goldstein says. “In preparation for Columbus Open Studio and Stage, the four artists who created it did a lot of research, and when they came to us I thought it was important to have a performing arts component and a community component.” Columbus Open Studio and Stage Community Arts Partners are multidisciplinary arts organizations that regularly offer free public programming

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and workshops to promote art in the community. During the event, partner locations like the Cultural Arts Center, Transit Arts and Columbus Metropolitan Library offer special free programming to the public. Some of the stages and performance venues attendees will have the opportunity to explore include the Short North Stage, Shadowbox Live, Express Live, Lincoln Theatre and Palace Theatre. “Even though the purpose is to engage the art community, we want the artists to sell art,” Goldstein says. “Last year, artists sold over $25,000 worth of art, and we take no cut or percentage from that, it goes straight to the artists.” Also returning this year is the Piggyback App, which is a virtual map that helps guide attendees through the tour. The 2018 Columbus Open Studio and Stage event takes place Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour maps can be purchased online at for $10 each, and one map admits one person, while kids 12 and under are free. CS

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Future Medicine

Technology allows for patients to be studied on the genetic level By Matthew Kent

WHAT ONCE WAS A common theme within science fiction writing, technological advancements in personalized medicine allow doctors the ability to deconstruct a patient at the genetic level to formulate a patientspecific therapy. Precision medicine allows oncologists to more precisely diagnose why a particular cancer grows, according to Dr. Sameek Roychowdhury, a physician scientist with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. “We’re really trying to refine what is going on with that person’s cancer that makes it unique and defines why their cancer is growing and why it’s spreading,” Roychowdhury says. Roychowdhury indicates that if he were to evaluate 100 patients diagnosed with lung cancer, each one might be different based on their genetics and cancer. “You might find 25 percent of them have an abnormality and another 1 percent of those patients … might have something very different,” Roychowdhury says. “What that means is that everyone’s cancer is quite unique and rare … and you try to match patients with the right therapy so, from beginning to end, it’s understanding the disease more precisely.” In doing so, it can help develop diagnostic tests that can identify patients based on their biology and offer a specialized therapy, Roychowdhury says. “It turns out that if you can match patients with therapy based on their biology, you’re more likely to do well and, in cancer for patients who have aged, you’re more likely to improve your survival, more likely to have response to the disease tweaking or improving, and avoiding therapies that may be less effective,” he says. Precision medicine started in the research lab around 2008, while doctors at OSU and elsewhere started using basic research technologies three years later for gene sequencing for patients through pilot studies. “More recently, in the past five years since 2013 and onward, the technologies are growing and growing in youth and many are not standard and routine, but many are being used in clinical trials at the James and other cancer centers. That sort of began the two-part movement for precision medicine, which is understanding the biology and making a diagnostic test,” he says. “The sequencing technologies can help us do both of those.” The traditional way of identifying a person’s cancer through traditional methods has been determining where it came from with the help of a microscope by looking

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at cells. However, technology known as nextgeneration sequencing is cheaper and faster and allows doctors to look at genetics. “We’re now able to use technology to study the genes of our patients on a more routine basis … and we’re now using DNA and RNA sequencing, the building blocks of the genetic code, and we’re characterizing one person’s cancer at a time,” he says. That involves identifying genetic changes in a person’s DNA, allowing doctors to deter-



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THE LIST IS FAR too long to name every doughnut shop in central Ohio, and it seems new shops are popping up daily – not that we’re complaining. However, any aficionado will tell you that not all doughnuts are created equal. From the classics like Buckeye Donuts, Resch’s Bakery and DK Diner, to the newcomers like Destination Donuts, Duck Donuts and The Donut Experiment, Columbus residents should be thrilled to know there is no shortage of new doughnuts to try. But what makes each one unique?

Keep it Classic

Resch’s Bakery has been serving baked goodness to central Ohioans since 1912, and that means you’re sure to get something you love. According to Resch’s, there’s a major difference between “doughnuts” and “donuts:” While doughnuts are older, donuts are the true American variety. Expect nothing less than mouth-watering American basics done right. Similarly, DK Diner’s bakers know that they might not make the most frou-frou doughnut in central Ohio, but they’ve mastered the art in the 30-plus years since DK Diner’s opening. In fact, says DK Diner’s general manager, Anthony Teny, that’s something that DK Diner, Resch’s, Schneider’s Bakery and Buckeye Donuts share; a product with a historic, tried-and-true taste. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. “We have the original varieties that we sold 20 years ago that we still sell today. Everything is similar,” says Teny. “If you come here, you’re going to get a classic, homemade fresh doughnut every day. It’s not going to be anything fancy but, at the same time, it’s going to be something really good that you’re going to enjoy.”

There’s something to be said of stepping into a Columbus institution like one of the older, established doughnut shops. You might get an eyebrow raise if you ask for bacon on your order, but you’ll feel a part of something dependable and no less delectable. “People in Grandview and Arlington like to come here. … But if you’re in Westerville you love Schneider’s,” says Teny. “I think it’s community pride. That’s a thing with Columbus; it’s not just pride for Columbus, it’s pride for community.”

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If you’re in the mood to branch out and try something that’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Aptly named, The Donut Experiment gives you the power to do what you want. Looking for sea salt, Oreo cookies, cereal or a candy bar on your doughnut? What about a Sriracha doughnut? The perfect opportunity for a flight of doughnuts, snag a dozen from the Donut Experiment and each one will taste completely different from the last. The winner of Best Doughnut in Columbus from this year’s Best of the ’Bus, Duck Donuts, has a huge variety of toppings, too – though

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Columbus area manager Jenna Grayson wouldn’t suggest getting too wild with it. “The options are endless, and we have people who come in and get five or six different toppings – but I personally wouldn’t advise it,” says Grayson, laughing. “It’s more than just a delicious doughnut; it’s personalizing it for yourself.” However, what makes Duck Donuts really special is that, no matter what time of day you walk in, you can always expect a warm doughnut. That’s because each one is dunked in the fryer as you walk in on a made-to-order basis. “Our tagline is ‘A warm, delicious, made-to-order doughnut.’ I think that says it all,” says Grayson. “You’re always going to have a personalized experience – that one-on-one experience with our cashier who will take down your order exactly as you want it. You’re always going to get a warm doughnut.” And for a uniquely modern Columbus experience, make the North Market a stop to test out Destination Donuts. You can only find its doughnuts in the North Market or various central Ohio coffee houses, and owner Heather Morris makes it her goal to use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Which is your favorite? After trying each spot, coming up with an answer might be harder than you think. When you finally decide, don’t forget to vote at CS Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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2018 NARI Fall Home Improvement Tour A tour of newly remodeled homes By Nathan Collins

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THE 2018 NARI fall home improvement event is a drivable tour of 11 newly remodeled homes in the Columbus area. From Upper Arlington to Pickerington, participants have the opportunity to speak with contractors to find what fits Nicholson Builders their remodeling needs. “Consumers can talk with the contractors to find one that fits their needs, personality and creativity,” says Shari Bates, executive director of NARI of Central Ohio. “Attendees looking to remodel will be inspired by the newest trends in the industry and be able to speak with the trusted remodelers and designers who put these projects together.” Remodeling a home is a vastly different project than a new home build. It’s important to not only consider what it is a homeowner wants to accomplish, but to also identify homes in which similar projects have been completed. “Many or most of the contractors on the tour will do projects like kitchens and baths to an entire whole house remodel, so visiting all of the homes is not a bad idea,” Bates says. Tickets for the tour are good for both days, so if you are unable to view all 11 homes on Saturday, you can do so on Sunday. A detailed listing of all tour projects can be found at www.trustnari. org. Just click on the tour banner on the homepage. CS

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onceived as a non-profit theatrical performance company with a big mission, one local production company aims to bring audiences of all ages transformative joy through the art of improvisation, comedic performance and innovative storytelling. As far as the inception of the name “Good Medicine” goes, founding Director Kristie Koehler Vuocolo explains that it was important to convey the spirit of the work the company does. “Because we work with such diverse age groups, we wanted to have something that was meaningful for all,” Vuocolo says. “We hope that in all interactions with Good Medicine programs and productions that it feels like good medicine for the soul.” Comprised of three branches beginning with its good medicine classes, which are rooted in play and work to create high-quality art experiences that nurture creativity, self-expression and communication skills, creating joy and laughter is what it’s all about. The second branch is public performances, which are high-energy, engaging creations of improvisational theater and innovative storytelling featuring largerthan-life characters. The third branch is the pediatric and senior living program, which serves pediatric facilities and senior

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“There’s often a misconception with this work that all you need is a good heart, but while that is intrinsic to what we do, … specialists must be funny, seasoned performers due to the emotional and physical demands of the work with vulnerable parents, residents and their families,” Vuocolo says. In 2016, the results of a pilot study were published in Journal of Psychology regarding clowning in health care settings. The concept of clowning refers to the reduction and

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moderation of severe symptoms of dementia through the introduction of humor. According to Vuocolo, that same study indicates that performers were more effective than medicine at decreasing dementia patients’ anxiety. “I think our work takes a wholistic view of elderly care (because) we’re not treating symptoms, we’re lifting up the well-being of individuals,” Vuocolo says. “Unlike doctors, nurses or staff at these facilities, we are free to come and focus on the individual and just play which contributes to reminders of living.” Vuocolo reiterates that as the U.S. population ages, we need more human interaction like this. She has been creating and performing and teaching professional empowering theater for children and adults since 1997. A central Ohio native, Vuocolo spent two decades working professionally in Chicago theaters, across the country as a performer and as a teaching artist with an emphasis on comedy, improvisation and clown theater.

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eLearning at The Ohio State University to be enhanced with Apple partnership By Rocco Falleti

one are the days when a paper, pencil, chalkboard and overhead projectors dominated the classroom. In this day and age, especially when viewed from a professional development standpoint, digital technology is becoming more and more of a necessity to be successful. Whether it be smartphones, laptops or tablets, all these devices, in their own way, enhance not only our productivity in life but also improves communication on all fronts. “Our goal is to provide a world class experience to our students and eLearning and those tools help us do that,” Cory Tressler, director of learning programs and digital flagship at The Ohio State University, says. “It’s an expectation of a lot of our students coming from high schools or other places that have already created that environment.” Digital First In the spring of 2012, OSU launched its Digital First program. This program focuses on changing the digital landscape of technology at the university. The university knew that its students were already showing up to campus with the latest and greatest technology. Digital First tackles how to implement and give opportunity to capitalize on technological advancements both in and out of the classroom. “Digital First was focused on content and how students were using eLearning tools,” Tressler says. “It was how we could work 24 | September/October 2018

Ohio State students arrive at Digital Flagship iPad pickup after checking in for their first day of orientation. Each day approximately 250 students will receive devices.

with faculty to get digital resources that are cheap or basically free to our students.” Digital First was OSU’s first digital learning initiative and made education and access to materials much more accessible. Classroom resources such as syllabi are now available anytime via OSU’s learning management system, Carmen, in which all course materials for every class can be found. “Through maturing, one big thing that happened was the start of the affordable learning exchange, the affordability initiative around course materials,” Tressler says. “That could be books but it could be any learning resource that traditionally students had to pay for out of pocket.” The Next Step OSU is no stranger in using technology to enhance the environment for

students. Whether it has been through the implementation of Carmen, the organizational partnership with Microsoft Office, or giving students unlimited cloud storage through Box, the amount of resources readily available to students is staggering. “If you have heard President (Michael) Drake talk recently, there have been a few common themes, those being access, affordability and excellence,” Tressler says. “Access is a huge thing; we have six campuses with 55,000 plus undergrad students, so we are now focused on having equal access to both software and now hardware.” On Oct. 4, 2017, OSU announced its Digital Flagship project, a partnership with Apple. The main part of the initiative involves giving each incoming freshman an iPad Pro, the new Apple Pencil, a smart keyboard and protective case.

Student iPads feature the new Discover app, created to help students navigate campus resources and get involved. The app also contains their orientation schedule and helpful reminders for while they’re on campus.

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“We didn’t set the bar low, (the iPad Pro) is a pretty powerful tool and it was the device we felt was best for higher education,” Tressler says. “It was the next natural step for everything we are doing with providing the best learning and teaching experience as possible.” This year, more than 11,500 incoming students, both traditional and nontraditional, received the technology. The program is based off of the cohort of high school graduation. Students who graduated in 2018 and are entering OSU for their first year are eligible. “We will get to the point where every undergraduate student has an iPad and that is where a lot of the magic will begin to happen,” Tressler says.

workshops last spring and is working on scaling that up more with Apple and the computer science program. “Apple has created some amazing resources through an initiative they have called Everyone Can Code using their language called Swift,” Tressler says. “What we are working on right now is how do we combine all these things and making them more Ohio State-centric.” The coding curriculum will begin as challenges and activities as a way to learn the coding language. It is the hope to mature this into noncredit-baring, skillsbased certification. A mobile lab will be developed to provide one-on-one consultation to students

Work/Life Balance and Technology Struggles Students are welcome to use these iPad Pros for whatever they may please. While the ultimate goal is to ensure they are using them in the classroom to improve their overall experience, at the end of the day, the students are the sole owners of these devices. Technology can often prove to be a distraction, both in professional or personal settings. “We know that students are going to go to careers where they are connected through mobile devices to their jobs,” Tressler says. “You are going to need to set these boundaries and know it’s OK to turn off and disSince the beginning connect, and if you don’t you are setting of the initiative, Digital yourself for potential burnout.” First has saved OSU students over $3 million. Everyone Can Code and Beyond Digital textbooks and other The iPad rollouts are only the learning materials are beginning for OSU’s latest enbecoming more readily deavors in the Digital Flagship. The available for students at university began face-to-face coding little to no charge.

looking to gain insight into app development. This will allow the university to work with all of their campuses, as well as the rest of Ohio, while a physical location waits to be developed on main campus. At the end of the day, the success of these digital evolutions at OSU are fueled by students and their willingness to learn and adapt. “The first day students are on campus we want them to hear that message, that we want their feedback,” Tressler says. “It’s about you, it’s about your experience and this is how we can make it better.” CS Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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The Growing Popularity of eLearning

What once was a niche alternative is now projected to be a $240 billion industry by 2023 By Evan Wehmeyer


The Rise of Tech in Learning Utilization of technology expands students’ horizons By Maria Lubanovic


tudents use technology in their daily lives, so why not at school? The Office of Educational Technology has nationwide plans to have children learning with technology. They are working on a National Education Technology Plan to keep up with the ever-changing technology that students may use every day. The Office of Educational Technology wants to show the importance of media literacy and active learning online. They have found that simply watching videos or completing worksheets online is not enough for students to learn effectively, so they want to promote the use of coding, interacting with professionals, media production and design, peer collaboration, and a global scale to increase learning. Not only does working online promote learning, using technology can allow students to access programs online that their schools may not have, like computer science classes. Accessing educational technology lets creative writing, music and media students share their work to a global audience. Educational tech can create more personalized learning experiences so that each student can reach their goals. Virtual and augmented reality and even artificial intelligence (AI) can be implemented in classrooms to help students with tutoring and tailoring each learning experience to the individual. Many classrooms are working with programs like Zearn and DreamBox, programs that adapt as they are used. Quizlet is commonly used for memorization and flashcards from students in grade school all the way into higher education. These types of programs allow students to take more responsibility for their learning. Resources for students, families, and educators can be found at CS

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ot long ago, technology and education did not appear to mix as many teachers and school systems across the country banned cell phones and laptops, with the claim that they served as distractions from learning. That view on technology has changed dramatically, with a 900 percent increase in its utilization since the year 2000. Most school systems now embrace technology for what it can offer as a tool in the education process. This fall, The Ohio State University plans to give all first-year students an iPad Pro as part of the Digital Flagship initiative. Twentytwo online programs are currently offered, including undergraduate and graduate programs in fields like dentistry, social work and nursing. Considering benefits such as cheaper digital textbooks, more individualized programs and schedule flexibility, it’s no surprise that technology has gained popularity within the learning environment. Nearly all schools in central Ohio are incorporating learning technology into their classes and, since 2014, Ohio districts are allowed up to three eLearning days if they reach the maximum allotment of calamity days, to prevent the addition of days to the end of the school year. Schools are not the only environment to utilize eLearning, with 77 percent of companies now offering professional development opportunities online. Studies have shown that employees need 40-60 percent less time to complete programs and have a higher retention rate compared with traditional learning materials. Companies have also benefitted financially, with 42 percent indicating that eLearning has led to an increase in revenues. CS Evan Wehmeyer is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Former NFL and OSU football teammates now work to inspire young people to stay driven By Evan Wehmeyer


oy Hall and Antonio Smith have been teaching young people to have a never quit mind set for a decade now. The Driven Foundation supports those in need throughout Ohio with food outreach programs, drug awareness speeches and educational programs. Roy Hall and Antonio Smith, seen here with One of those educational programs Archie Griffin, continually work to support the is the Youth Mentorship outreach. Driven Foundation. Students from grades five through eight are paired with a Driven staff member to learn crucial skills like personal responsibility and perseverance through reading sessions and small group discussions. The program hopes to teach students to apply these skills with their peers and Driven staff. Another program that the foundation offers is the Young Leaders Business Tour, meant to inspire and prepare young people from grades six through eight to become leaders. The tour is a four-day experience in which participants visit a local business each day to look at what the environment is like and learn more about how it operates. Previous companies toured by participants include Lazer Kraze, WBNS–10TV, Lifetime Fitness and 104.9 the River. The Driven Foundation has multiple motivational speakers including both Roy Hall and Antonio Smith, along with Harley Blakeman and Shelley Leone. Smith also offers a webinar and corporate training course, titled Elite, that highlights the similarities between what it takes to succeed in sports and in life. CS

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o you want to take an open online class at the college level? Then taking a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, is a popular choice. It’s a way for large numbers of people to obtain an education for a smaller investment compared to traditional college via the internet. The students obtain credits by completing quizzes, participating in online discussions and forums, and receiving social experiences via local meetups coordinated between nearby students. What schools offer this service? Most public schools including The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College and Franklin University offer around 28 different MOOC courses in central Ohio alone. There is a growing interest in MOOC classes within the state; OSU alone currently has around 8,066 learners enrolled across its active MOOC courses. When you count OSU’s courses on iTunes U, which are free novels and learning resources offered through a virtual iTunes library, they have a little over 1.3 million subscriptions. MOOC classes are like other traditional online courses in higher education; they include a syllabus, requirements, assignments, readings, and so forth. The professors usually belong to educational groups or organizers such as Coursera, edX and Udacity. You can receive credits toward a certain program or degree via this outlet; it offers multiple different gateways to receiving your bachelor’s, associate’s and other degrees. If you would like to learn more about what Massive Open Online Courses can offer, you can visit or contact a local college or university. CS

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Traditional and Contemporary Learning Styles The path to knowledge is not a one-way street By Chase Ray


earning styles differ among people and, in common cases, people may exhibit multiple learning styles. Even though we’re all familiar with traditional learning styles such as visual, auditory, verbal and physical, newer learning styles have been identified in the past decade. Visual learners acquire information using pictures, images and spatial understanding. These learners have a greater chance of remembering information presented in the form of graphics. For example, that information could come in the form of a PowerPoint or short video. Auditory learners utilize sound and music to learn. For example, consider

the auditory learning style as that of a child watching Sesame Street and using a song they learned to remember the alphabet. Verbal learners prefer words, both in speech and writing. For example, these learners enjoy playing on the meaning or sounds of words such as using tongue twisters and rhymes. The physical, or kinesthetic, learning style is that of an individual who acquires knowledge through a physical sense of touch, whether it be with the body or hands. For example, consider the physical learning style as a child who uses Lego to learn architecture.

Some of the new learning styles identified in the past decade include the logical, social and solitary learning styles. The logical learners prefer using logic, reasoning and systems to acquire knowledge. Geared toward a more mathematicalbased mentality, these learners are very methodical and prefer to use numbers, abstract visual information and analysis of cause-and-effect relationships. For example, graphs and charts benefit these learners the best because they visually demonstrate a pattern or a calculation. On the other end of the spectrum, the solitary learner acquires knowledge from working alone and use of self-study. Exhibited within the more introverted personality types, this intrapersonal learning style benefits those who are extremely aware of their own thinking and can focus their thoughts and feelings on a current topic. For example, writing down their thoughts and organization benefits these learners the most. The social learning style is when a person acquires knowledge through interaction within groups of other people. These learners tend to be very socially aware and interpersonal people that thrive on their ability to understand others and social situations. For example, one can consider the social learning types as the students in college who take the lead in the organization of study groups and love learning information from their peers instead of the professor. According to a study done by the Journal for Educational Psychology, it’s important to be aware of the difference between the phrases learning style and cognitive style. Cognitive style is described as an individual’s typical or habitual mode of problem resolution, thought, perception and recollection. However, learning styles are categorized as the ways in which individuals characteristically approach different learning tasks. CS Chase Ray is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Style on Parade

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A showcase of seven stunning homes in Jerome Village By Nathan Collins

Organizers of this year’s BIA Parade of Homes aim to rival events in years past with a focus on a coveted master-planned community which boasts architectural diversity. The 2018 event dawns on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 1 at Eversole Run in Union County. Seven homes will highlight this year’s tour, with home prices in the $750,000-$2 million range. This year’s Parade revisits the site of the 2013 event in Jerome Village. More than half of the village’s 1,600 acres have been developed to date. With a return to one of the region’s most desirable communities, parade-goers will experience the myriad homes offered, including those that fall within the $1-2 million price range. “This year’s Parade of Homes will rival any in recent years,” says BIA Executive Director Jonathan Melchi. “The diversity in architectural styles, combined with the outstanding quality-of-life offerings of Eversole Run at Jerome Village, will create an unmatched experience for our Parade guests.” Concerning qualityof-life attributes, Jerome 32 L u



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As the 2018 BIA Parade of Homes prepares to rival, and surpass, previous events, familiar locations are revisited. Jerome Village is a residential development in a class all its own. Situated in Jerome Township, near Plain City, this 1,600-acre master-planned development boasts more than 500 acres dedicated to green space. Extraordinary tree lines and topography include roughly 15 miles of bike trails which connects into the nearby Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Conceived with accessibility and modernity in mind, Jerome Village offers not only the amenities in demand by modern families, but also a deep sense of community and natural beauty. Thirteen of central Ohio’s most trusted builders were chosen to create a range of neighborhoods with a focus on architectural diversity and to offer a full suite of customizations to afford buyers the ability to create the home of their dreams. The 13 distinct neighborhoods allow all residents walking-distance access to the Jerome Village Community Center, a members-only facility which features a swimming pool, fitness center, and Pasquale’s Pizza and Pub, all housed within a building design to resemble a vintage barn. Jerome Village is developed by Nationwide Realty Investors, the real estate development affiliate of Nationwide Insurance and the developer of the Arena District and Grandview Yard. Visit for more information. v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at 36 L u



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Bob Webb Homes • Multi-level outdoor living space • Outdoor kitchen, fireplace, built-in keg • Rich custom trim, woodwork and built-ins • Flexible multipurpose spaces

Coppertree Homes • Destination design for every room • Modern farmhouse vibe • Open design • Pub room (adult gathering space) • Yoga retreat space (master suite) • BONUS: Master closet has a secret doorway hiding closet – the ideal place to hide valuables or holiday gifts

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beer for the moment, hard cider is becoming increasingly popular throughout Columbus. With so many beer options throughout the city, cider offers an alternative to those who are looking to change things up. “People are always looking for something different,” Peter Moon, owner of Mad Moon Cider, says. “We get inspiration from craft beer, but there aren’t a lot of options that are gluten free.” Cider grew in popularity during the American Revolutionary War and was a big part of the culture. “It was very safe to drink because it was fermented,” Moon says. “In some cases, it was safer than the water supply.” Recently, cider has seen quite a resurgence in the United States. Though brands like Redd’s Apple Ale and Angry Orchards are readily available at local grocery stores, companies like Mad Moon Cider are offering a unique experience to the city of Columbus, in which craft beer reigns supreme. “We have been seeing people who are enjoying cider as their primary drink,” Moon says. “If you are a beer drinker, sometimes you find yourself needing a break from it and cider is the perfect alternative.” CS

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Follow Your Art

Local artist, Michael McEwan, is on display at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort By Jenny Wise

A THRIVING ART COMMUNITY lays at the core of any city if you just know where to look for it. Fortunately, in Columbus, you don’t have to look very hard. Around every corner there is an installation, a gallery, a live performance to enjoy. From the Short North, to the Columbus Commons downtown to thriving suburban art galleries, Columbus is brimming with cultural arts. Encouraged by a growing art community, it’s no surprise that artists venture off into the world to share their talents with other communities and, in turn, foster interest in the Columbus art scene. Local artist and writer of CityScene’s the Painter’s Eye, Michael McEwan will be on exhibit at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in western Pennsylvania this fall into the holiday season. Not only does McEwan give resort guests the chance to interact with his art, otherwise exclusively sold at the Keny Galleries in the Short North, he also gives Columbus residents a reason to explore everything that Nemacolin has to offer – including its roughly 1,000-piece permanent collection.

In addition to the Hardy Family Art Collection, showcasing the likes of Fernando Botero, Clarice Smith, Giampaolo Seguso, Frederic Remington, Tiffany Studios, Frank Stella, George Hetzel and more, Nemacolin also boasts a resort gallery with exhibits changing seasonally to highlight a variety of artists. Guests can book art tours, offered several days a week throughout the resort and grounds, with more in-depth curators’ tours and sculpture tours also available. “The tours are a great way to sample our most treasured pieces,” says Nemacolin art activities supervisor Amanda Haymans. “Last year, our collection increased by 15 percent and we also added a new gallery and event space, Reflection, where events can be held amongst the art.” The resort also offers an open studio and multiple art classes appropriate for artists of all skill levels. The open studio is a great place to work at your own River at Sundown by Michael McEwan

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pace or with the guidance of the resort’s art instructor. There is also a class focused on creating faux stained glass, another in which you can unleash your inner Warhol while creating gelatin prints and even one focused on smartphone photography.

at the Nemacolin Gallery Aug.1-Dec. 31. The exhibition will showcase 21 oil paintings ranging in size, the largest being 48 by 48. “I am quite excited to be showing at Nemacolin; people visit from Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., as well as from Ohio,” A Columbus Connection says McEwan. “(The resort) is located in Michael McEwan, a local artist who a beautiful place in southwestern Pennprimarily works with oil, will be on view sylvania and I am hoping to do some studies for future paintings while I am there.” McEwan will be visiting the exhibit in October to give a gallery talk and painting demonstration. In fact, he was planning a personal trip to Nemacolin when he discovered the opportunity to display his work at the resort in the first place. “I was actually booking a room for a short getaway on a trip home from Virginia, when I saw that they have a museum and a gallery featuring regional artists,” says McEwan. “I took a gamble and sent the director some examples of my work.” According to Haymans, the art department seeks out artists, reviews portfolios and then starts a conversation to gauge how well the pieces fit the Nemacolin aesthetic. “Michael reached out to us personally to introduce us to his art and process,” she says. “His pieces align well with the atmosphere of our gallery.” McEwan has taken part in several other exhibitions such as the Butler Institute of American Art Midyear/Annual Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio; Realism Today, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, Indiana; and Realism The Hardy Family Art Collection, consisting of over 1,000 90 and Realism 92, Parkindividual pieces, is on view throughout the resort. ersburg Art Center, Park48 | September/October 2018

ersburg, West Virginia. He’s has had solo exhibitions in institutions and galleries in Columbus, Zanesville, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Knoxville and San Diego.

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Though art fans are sure to enjoy a trip to Nemacolin, adventureseekers, foodies, athletes and everyone in between also flock to the resort. The Adventure Center, Wildlife Academy, internationally acclaimed Nemacolin Spa Collection, 36 holes of championship golf, ski facilities and so much more make Nemacolin the destination for individuals and families that don’t want (or need) to compromise. The resort boasts an impressive collection of restaurants and lounges, including the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, Lautrec. Living accommodations vary from luxurious hotel suites to private vacations homes. There are even pet-friendly accommodations so no one in the family has to miss out on the fun. CS Jenny Wise is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at

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Axis the Skills of Glassmaking Local hub provides hands-on glass making courses and studio space for beginner and professional glass artists

IN 1987, 10 STUDENTS from The Ohio State University realized something was missing in Columbus: a glassmaking studio. The creative alumni got to work and eventually opened Glass Axis. In the beginning, the start-up was actually a traveling workshop that visited central Ohio educational facilities to give glass art lessons. After becoming grounded though, the company now resides in East Franklinton and is an innovative hub. Not just a space to observe glass work in its gallery, Glass Axis is a space where artists with any level of experience can learn, create and sell their original glass works. Rex Brown, the executive director of Glass Axis, discovered the studio when his now-wife took him on a date to one of the classes. Being a lifelong artist with a focus on painting, Brown quickly found the new medium fascinating. “It’s a very unique medium,” Brown says. “(Glass Axis) is in the top 10 non-profit art studios internationally because of the breadth of what we’re capable of teaching.” Brown says the studio covers the following: • Glass blowing: inflating the glass into bubbles • Glass sculpting: shaping the molten glass with tools • Casting: laying glass into a mold for solidification • Fusing: combining glass pieces using heat • Neon: making the tubes for the bright lights • Stained glass: arranging small pieces of glass into a design • Torch work: using a flame torch to shape the glass “I can guarantee you that (working with glass) at 2,100 or 2,200 degrees temperature and

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moving that around can get your adrenaline going,” says Brown. “It’s really cool to watch it move and shape, and then learn how to control that.” Anyone can sign up for the classes, which range from beginner to advanced, and are all taught by a professional or highly trained glass artist. All the courses are hands-on, and some classes include blowing ornaments with color, handpulling delicate flowers or heart-shaped paperweights, or fusing glass to make sushi plates and a matching sauce container. Brown says participants always leave with something they can cherish. “I like to catch it when people come back to pick up what they’ve created. … They always have this ‘oh wow’ moment, and that just gives me a lot of satisfaction,” Brown says. “I’ve never seen somebody walk away with a finished product unhappy.” CS

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Inspire Hope Through Art

Exhibition highlights paintings Nelly Toll completed while hiding from Nazis as a child

WHEN JUDITH OPPENHEIMER, external relations manager for the Decorative Arts

Center of Ohio, visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel, there was one thing she felt she had to see: Nelly Toll’s Cinderella. Despite language barriers and a swarm of other visitors, Oppenheimer somehow found herself in the curator’s office personally requesting to see the piece. Perhaps it’s a testament to the power of Toll’s work – the ability to cross the boundaries of language, age or time. Oppenheimer wanted to see the work for a specific reason. In her role she’ll help to present Toll’s work to central Ohio when the galleries host Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll from Sept. 15-Dec. 30. “It’s not a story that a lot of people know,” Oppenheimer says. “I happen to be Jewish, it’s a story that I never knew about.” Toll was born in 1935 and grew up in Poland during World War II. She and her mother went into hiding during Nazi occupation in 1943. Forbidden from leaving the room in which they were hidden, Toll’s mother managed to supply her with a set of watercolors to pass the time. Careful not to spill a drop of paint or water to Nelly Toll avoid detection, Toll painted a series of watercolors in direct contrast to her life at the time. The distinctly childlike style shows Toll living a normal life, a life before the war or a fantasy of what life could be. Those paintings include images of Cinderella, schoolrooms and walks outside. While some of the subject matter may seem like ordinary activities, they were extraordinary dreams for a young girl in hiding. Along with the drawings, Toll kept a diary detailing her life at the time. “The story is so relatable, especially to children, because these watercolorings are very childlike,” Oppenheimer says. “You can see yourself there or you can imagine yourself there.”

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Toll and her mother survived the war, though the rest of their family did not. She eventually immigrated to the U.S. where she has continued to paint, worked as an educator and art therapist, and received a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, where she currently teaches. “She is still with us and she speaks publicly about her experience and talks about tolerance and anti-bullying,” Oppenheimer says. “It’s deeply personal for, I think, all citizens of the world.” Toll’s work is on permanent display at Yad Vashem and her story has been adapted into her award-winning memoir, Behind the Secret Window, which is currently being made into a documentary film. The Decorative Arts Center’s exhibition will include more than 40 of Toll’s works, curated predominantly from the approximately 60 paintings she made during her time in hiding. One of the center’s four galleries is dedicated to her recent work, which takes a more abstract expressionist style. To tell Toll’s story, the paintings are accompanied by panels with information which gives perspective into her life at the time. Parallel panels explain what was simultaneously taking place in the war and the rest of Europe. This isn’t the first time Toll’s work has been shown in Ohio. The Massillon Museum was

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the first to exhibit her work and Alexandra Coon, the museum’s executive director, inspired the Decorative Arts Center to take on Toll’s work. “All of the exhibitions have a pretty obvious – at least to me – tie to central Ohio,” Oppenheimer says. “This exhibit is a huge step from our normative. Nelly’s not from Lancaster, Nelly’s not from Ohio.” Despite that, Toll is actively involved with presenting her story to the central Ohio community. On Oct. 28 she’ll give an artist lecture at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster. The following day, Toll will speak to seventh-grade students from Lancaster City Schools. Additionally, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, in coordination with the Jewish Federation of Columbus, will present a screening of the documentary Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, which tells the sto54 | September/October 2018

ry of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of lives by signing visas for Jewish refugees during the war. The film is accompanied by a 10-minute preview of the same name. The two films share a similar goal to the Decorative Arts Center’s show: to inspire others to do good in the world. It’s a sentiment that Oppenheimer has had in mind since the center first planned to present Imagining a Better World. “I’m hoping that everyone walks away touched in some way about Nelly’s story,” she says. “By her optimism in her fellow man and the very simplistic message that she shares, that it can be a better world and it probably can start with each of us being considerate and kind.” CS Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

The story is so relatable, especially to children, because these watercolorings are very childlike. You can see yourself there or you can imagine yourself there.



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Gallery Exhibits Columbus Museum of Art Richie Pope: 2018 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition shows the works of illustrator and cartoonist Richie Pope. Sept. 1-March 10. Titan’s Lady in White: A Renaissance Mystery has been brought to the CMA to celebrate its 140th anniversary. The show features Titian’s masterpiece Portrait of a Lady in White. Sept. 1-Dec. 9. Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston. Oct. 5-Feb. 3. I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100. Oct. 19-Jan. 20. Studios on High Gallery Hit the Hop is the fall juried exhibition featuring work by 25-35 central Ohio artists. It includes a variety of works in both 2-D and 3-D mediums. Sept. 1-27. www. Ohio Craft Museum Stephanie Craig: Dwellings shows Cleveland ceramics artist Stephanie Craig and her abstracted dwellings for her ongoing sculpture series. Sept. 1-Oct. 7. Shelter: Creating a Safe Home is made up of 14 artists from across the country that use their work to respond to the issues of shelter – global and local, public and private; organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh. Sept. 1-Oct. 7. Hammond Harkins Gallery Overlying: Laura Bidwa and Elizabeth Emery showcasing work by Laura Bidwa and Elizabeth. Both artists have been in

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numerous exhibition through the U.S. and in Europe. Sept. 1-23. To Dream Avant-Garde is curated by New York artist Alteronce Gumby and is a part of a citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. The opening reception is Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28-Nov. 11. www.hammond Sherrie Gallerie Featuring work from three international artists, Christian Faur, Yong Joo Kim and Zemer Paled, Structure addresses elements of the synthetic through textual repetition and simulation. Sept. 9-Oct. 14. www.

OSU Urban Arts Space The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space presents Pattern Thinking, a show featuring Australian Aboriginal art from significant urban art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Sept. 1-22. Turner Gallery Illumination and Reflection: Recent Plein Air and Studio Works shows the works of nationally recognized artist Doreen St. John. Her work explores landscape through reflection and illumination. Sept. 7-Nov. 3. www.bridgette September/October 2018 |




Open Door Art Studio Gallery During the month of August, this gallery opens their doors for SINTERED, which features ceramics from artists in the Greater Columbus community. Sept. 1-Oct. 12. Riffe Gallery In the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery show Creating Identity from Place, artists take their interpretations of nature directly, displayed by 73 different paintings and artists from Ohio. Sept. 1-Oct. 13. www. Dublin Arts Council The Dublin Arts Council presents Short North/Long North on view, a group exhibition of Columbus artists from three galleries in the Short North Arts District. Samples of exhibits from Sherrie Galleries, Brandt-Roberts Galleries and Lindsay Gallery will be featured. Sept. 1-14. The Dublin Arts Council also shows the works of artist Jonathan Quick in the exhibit The Iron Path. The exhibit shows 10 years’ worth of wood, metal and stone artwork. Sept. 25-Nov. 2. www.dublin

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Terra Gallery The Terra Gallery displays work by artist Joe Lambert, The Ohio State University graduate who retired from the IT field almost 10 years ago to focus on his passion for nature and landscapes. Sept. 1-30. Pizzuti Collection Take Up Space displays recent abstract paintings focused on large-scale installations created by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain. Sept. 8-Jan. 2019.

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When Attitudes Become Chairs displays works from multiple artists that regard the changing designs of furniture. Sept. 9-Jan. 20, 2019. Mac Worthington Gallery of Contemporary Art The gallery shows its new exhibition Abstract Expressionism throughout the entire month of September. The show features original expressionistic paintings. Sept. 1-30.

Hayley Gallery Abstracted Texture in Motion shows Columbus-based artist Michael Bush in his first solo show at Hayley Gallery. Bush’s work is primarily in abstract paintings. Sept. 8-Oct. 6.

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CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! nual festival. www.columbus Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute Concert Sept. 7, doors open at 7 p.m. Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High St. Come to experience the iconic rock and roll music of AC/DC covered by QFM96 as they jam their hearts out at Newport MuColumbus Greek Festival sic Hall. Tickets priced at $15 when purchased in adBoos and Booze Bus and Walking Tour vance, and $20 at the door. www.promowest July 11–Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a spooky tour through unknown taverns and graveyards where the unfortunate dead have Columbus Oktoberfest been spotted. Sept. 7 from 5 p.m.-midnight, Sep. 8 from noon-midnight, Sept. 9 from noon-8 p.m. Kountry Wayne at Columbus Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Funny Bone Celebrate German culture and the harAug. 31-Sept. 2 vest season with a four-mile run on Friday Columbus Funny Bone, 145 Easton Town Center at 6:15 p.m., a Miss Oktoberfest Pageant, Witness comedian Kountry Wayne freestyle shopping, beer and dining. www.columbus humor about his childhood and hometown in the “Kountry” in Millen, Georgia. www.columbus. Kitchen Kapers Home Tour Sept. 9, noon- 5 p.m. Cocktails at the Conservatory Tour Beginning at 2000 W. Devon Rd. Every Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m. Kitchen Kapers holds its 31st annual home Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. tour around the Upper Arlington area, contribLocated in the Palm Room of the Conserva- uting to cancer care at the Riverside Methodist tory, sip on some cocktails, listen to some tunes Hospital. Tour tickets are priced at $30 for onand watch the LED lights work their magic. line preorder and $35 on the day of the event. Columbus Greek Festival Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.midnight, Sept. 2 from noon-midnight, and Sept. 3 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. Explore Greek culture through dance, music, food, art, jewelry and cathedral tours at the an-

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Snow Patrol Wildness Tour Sept. 10, doors open at 7 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Get down in the pit and experience Snow Patrol for their Wildness tour, named after their first album in seven years of the same name. Tickets available in advance for $32, and for $35 at the door.

Columbus Country Living Fair Sept. 14-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ohio History Center’s Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave. Looking for a taste of country life? Here’s your chance! The Columbus Country Living Fair happens only twice a year, so don’t miss the antiques, art, jewelry, food and Harvest Market. Tickets start at $13. Columbus Caribbean Festival Sept. 14-16, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Scioto Mile, 233 S. Civic Center Dr. Dance to reggae, dress in costumes and have fun exploring various Caribbean cultures for the second ever Columbus Caribbean Festival. In Full Splendor: Opening Night at the Symphony Sept. 21-22, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Featuring music from the Disney Classic tale the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, conductor Rossen Milanov of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra begins the show’s crescendo of vibrant sounds. Columbus Country Living Fair









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Night of Chocolate Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd. Cancer Support Community Central Ohio’s signature fundraiser allows participants the opportunity to relish in more than 50,000 pieces of chocolate. 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. CAPA Presents the music of Prince in the innovative style of a Symphonic Orchestra Band. All-American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 2-28 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. One of the top 10 biggest horse shows in the nation, this Columbus horse show features the Mercuria World Series of Cutting on Oct. 7, bull riding on Oct. 12, freestyle reining on Oct. 13 and the Congress Masters show on Oct. 27. Short North Gallery Hop Oct. 3, 5-10 p.m. Short North Arts District Bring your costumes out for a swing on this spooky-themed version of the monthly art gallery hop in the Short North Arts District. www. Taste of Italy Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 168 E. Lincoln St. At least 17 Italian restaurants are represented during this kick-off to the Columbus Italian Festival. Tickets to this event include two free beverages, of the adult variety, with the ticket also valid for entrance into the full festival.

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Iron & Wine Concert Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 5115, 21 E. Main St. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sam Beam comes to Columbus with his slow acoustic tunes. Disney’s Aladdin Oct. 24-Nov. 4 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Disney’s hit Broadway musical is coming to Columbus. Fly in on your magic carpet to buy tickets for many Arabian Nights to come. Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Sept. 27, 9 p.m., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. The Ohio State University & throughout downtown Columbus

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Dark Star Orchestra Performance Oct. 13, doors open at 7 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. The band is an eclectic and groovy group that recreates classic Dead shows. The band has been featured in Rolling Stone as “interpreting a different Grateful Dead show in every concert.” Tickets available for purchase starting at $29. Fashion Week Columbus Presented by Easton Town Center Oct. 14-20 Throughout Columbus Featuring a week full of fabulous events such as the Easton Fashion Night and several runway shows, this non-profit event isn’t just for all those fashion lovers out there, but for anyone with a sense of style. www.fashionweek HighBall Halloween Oct. 26-27 Short North Arts District One of the most acclaimed costume parties in central Ohio, HighBall Halloween is a runway show with entertainment for everyone

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring the work of Stephanie Rond

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AS WAS POINTED OUT in a recent CityScene profile if you haven’t heard of the artist named Stephanie Rond, you are likely to have seen one of her large outdoor paintings. I can tell you from personal experience that you are in for a treat. There is a rush of energy and easygoing goodwill from this very thoughtful artist. Patrons of the arts will have a chance to meet Rond, for she is having a solo show during September at Sharon Weiss Gallery. This exhibition features a range of paintings up to 6.5-by-8 feet. “Making art is always about experience and making comments,” Rond says. “It’s a platform to have a bigger comment about what’s happening in our culture. And it’s my responsibility to help make that platform.” I really love when I see a painter that will invent techniques and tools to further their art-making vocabulary. Rond is certainly one of those painters, but it’s not for novelty or experimentation. When she needs something, she creates it if it doesn’t already exist and keeps going with the painting. Her work combines hand-cut stencils, spray paint, collage and photos. You might think that many of these ideas or tools don’t fit into the canon of what we think of painting – what many think of as painting with a capital P – but as it’s been shown throughout history, painters will invent things to get the job done. “I hope people think more about how they’re treating other people,” Rond says. “It’s important to be uncomfortable. It’s important to say things and discuss things that make you uncomfortable. Maybe it can help us be a little nicer.” In October, Sharon Weiss Gallery will feature artist Sophie Knee, who was featured within the January/February issue of CityScene. CS

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