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JAG celebrates its 50th season and artistic director’s 20th anniversary By Lauren Serge Photos courtesy of Steven Pariser and Kendal Smith

THE JAZZ ARTS Group of Columbus is playing in double time to keep up with all the celebrating it has to do. Not only will the nonprofit celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023, but JAG’s Columbus Jazz Orchestra artistic director and conductor, Byron Stripling, celebrated 20 years with the group at an August concert. When Stripling was first exposed to music, he says he immediately felt a spark. That lit a life-altering fire that has fueled him through his career and to the present day. “When I was in school, nothing really inspired me or caught on to me,” he says. “But when I walked into the band room, everything changed. It was a totally different world. For me, it’s like this light bulb went on. And I was inspired in a whole different kind of way.” Following that initial inspiration, Stripling went on to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and many others before joining JAG in 2002. Stripling says it’s an honor to simultaneously celebrate JAG and his own involvement with CJO. The dual anniversaries give the organization an opportunity to honor its past and the past of jazz music more generally. “(We wanted to) look at music of the past that’s jazz-oriented and always honoring that,” Stripling says. “Legacy is so important to us. We feel we’re starting a legacy of this band as a historic Columbus landmark.” Ray Eubanks, a Capital University professor, founded JAG in 1973. The group

grew to tour Europe multiple times, serve as the major performing ensemble for the Southern Theatre and become the thirdlargest performing arts organization in Columbus. JAG is the second-largest organization of its kind in the U.S., according the group’s website. After 50 years of making its mark on Columbus, Stripling says, it’s imperative to the group to continue spreading the joy of music with its audiences. “It’s so important for the city of Columbus to know that they have this diamond in their city,” he says. “But we want to blow this up and let the world know what’s happening here in Columbus with great music, and especially great jazz in our case.” The 50th anniversary celebration began with a kickoff event on Aug. 5, Fifty Years Forward, which featured CJO with special guests Rachel Azbell and Micah Thomas performing some of the orchestra’s favorite jazz compositions from across the decades. The anniversary events look to harness the rich history of jazz and combine it with the genre’s evolving present, Stripling says.

“You can’t go forward with just looking through the rearview mirror,” he says. “You always have to be innovative. So the goal of the 50th is to show people what we’ve done in the past and also give them a picture into what the future will look and feel like for the organization and for music in general.” JAG’s mission is about much more than just jazz, though. Throughout his time with JAG, Stripling says, he has seen how the organization’s educational work has benefited individuals, especially younger adults and children. He points to music education as valuable for teaching kids discipline and providing inspiration and hope. “The mere act of giving someone a song can really change their lives,” Stripling says. “We’re planting seeds and the legacy will continue. And if we do our job well, it will continue on a grand scale.” CS Lauren Serge is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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A Journey Comes Full Circle The performer behind drag queen Nina West takes to the Ohio Theatre stage By Megan Roth Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

WHEN ANDREW LEVITT began his drag career in Columbus, he had no idea he would make it back 21 years later – this time on the stage of the Ohio Theatre. Levitt attended Denison University, where he served as the president of its LGBTQ organization, Outlook. Every year, Outlook brought in drag queens to perform for its members. His senior year, in March 2001, Levitt was able to participate in the show with the queens. After graduating from Denison in May 2001, Levitt planned to move to New York City the following October to pursue a career in theater. But after the events of 9/11, Levitt decided to stay in Columbus and search for opportunities to perform on stage. After an unsuccessful search, one of Levitt’s friends suggested he pursue drag, which he’d been involved in since June 2001, as a career. Levitt put the heels, wig and lipstick on, and watched his stardom blossom from there. Levitt quickly became more and more involved in the Columbus drag scene, performing as Nina West at venues such as Axis and Union Cafe in the Short North. He began working with larger organizations – the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Foundation – to raise money for LGBTQ organizations in the community, including Kaleidoscope Youth Center and Stonewall Columbus. Concurrently, he was also trying out for RuPaul’s Drag Race, a nationally televised drag competition. After trying out nine times, he finally made it onto season 11, which aired in 2019. Now showcasing his larger-than-life alter ego across the nation, Levitt saw his

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stardom begin to stretch far beyond central Ohio. “(Drag Race) really catapulted my success from a local level to a global level,” he says. “Before I knew it, I was traveling the world.” Today, after getting recognized by Hairspray’s producers through Drag Race, Levitt is stepping into a different set of heels and wig: those of the iconic maternal figure Edna Turnblad. “(Performing in Hairspray) is the honor of a lifetime,” he says. “It’s a story that we can relate to.” The resonance of Hairspray, which first hit box offices in 1988 with legendary drag queen Divine in the Edna role, is particularly special to Levitt. “Every one of us can relate to not fitting in, to feeling like an outsider,” he says. “The characters, the story, affect us all, still, today.” Levitt says he’s looking forward to showcasing the complexities and intricacies of Edna through his performance.

“Edna is one character in the show who really gets this full metamorphosis,” he says. “She’s a mother of a girl, the wife of a man – she’s real. It’s my job as an actor to convince the audience that that’s not a man on stage playing (Tracy’s) mom, that that’s her mom.” A part of CAPA’s Broadway in Columbus series, the heartwarming and hilarious musical runs at the Ohio Theatre Nov. 8-13. Tickets are available at “It’s a full-circle moment,” Levitt says. “Here I am as someone who wanted to go to Broadway, I found drag, drag saved me when I couldn’t get to New York. And now, I’m in one of the greatest musicals ever written, in a role that’s one of the greatest roles ever written, and I’m doing it across the country and bringing it home to Columbus.” CS Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Cancer’s Formidable Foe

OSU researchers take an innovative “triple threat” approach to cellular therapy By Claire Miller Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital

MORE AND MORE, research innovations are allowing us to tap into our own natural defenses to fight cancer. Advances in immunotherapy, specifically cellular therapy, utilize lymphocytes, a subtype of white blood cells, that have functions of fighting infection, killing infected cells, and attacking and eliminating viruses. Scientists are able to culture and modify patients’ own B lymphocytes (B cells), T lymphocytes (T cells) and natural killer cells to harness the power of the immune system against cancer, and it’s proven highly effective. “I don’t have a problem calling it a revolution,” says Dr. Marcos J. de Lima, director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy programs at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The Ohio State University was one of the first cancer hospitals in the U.S. to offer CAR-T therapy, the first cellular therapy for blood cancer, to patients in October 2017. CAR stands for chimeric antigen receptors, which are proteins that are engineered on T lymphocyte cells to allow them to target and attack specific types of cancer cells. There’s been great promise and even more promising results in CAR-T therapy. Two of the first patients to receive CAR-T therapy, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, to treat their chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2010 are still in remission, according to a study released in 2022.

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The latest CAR-T therapy research happening at OSU uses a “triple threat” approach. “What is innovative about it is this is the first in human attempt in targeting three cancer structures,” de Lima says. Researchers have found that cancer cells learn to evade trained T lymphocyte cells that are targeting the biomarker CD19, so they eventually stop making the protein. To avoid the cancer’s escape tactics, the OSU study will use C19, CD21 and CD22 markers in its CAR-T therapy. The James has treated its first patient with the new triple CAR-T therapy, and has treated 300 patients with CD19-only CAR-T therapy since 2017.

“The success of this endeavor is only measured by how many people we can treat,” de Lima says. “That should be the only metric that matters.” The same science is also used for CARNK therapy using natural killer cells, another component of the blood that be harnessed to fight off cancer. CAR-T therapy has exciting applications outside of cancer as well. De Lima’s department is working with collaborators outside of OSU to develop a CAR-T therapy against HIV. “The idea is to create a T lymphocyte that targets cells infected with HIV, hoping that this will help towards an HIV cure,” he says. “The applications are endless.”

Dr. Marcos J. de Lima is at the helm of the cutting-edge blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapy programs at The Ohio State University.

There’s also a genetic therapy for sickle cell anemia that could soon be on the market. The therapy, called LentiGlobin, recently received preliminary approval from the FDA, meaning it could have commercial product available next year. The treatment reinfuses the patient’s own stem cells – which means no risk of rejection – into their blood to ultimately form new healthy red blood cells from their bone marrow. Cellular Expansion Due to the advances in research in the field, cancer treatment has been expanded to include cellular therapies, in addition to the long-standing treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Over time, de Lima expects the role of immunotherapy to increase, while there will be less need to rely on traditional therapies. De Lima has been tasked with expanding the cellular therapy program in his role at the James. This includes finding ways to make processes faster and make therapies more accessible. For example, rather than using a commercial CAR-T product that requires collecting the T lymphocytes, shipping them to a centralized laboratory and then waiting for them to be returned as a frozen product several weeks later vastly increases efficiency. “Our in-house manufacturer takes six days,” de Lima says. “The idea is obviously the faster we treat people, the less chemotherapy they need, right? In cancer treatment, time is measured in chemotherapy, unfortunately.” In the future, developing local manufacturing may also decrease the price of the expensive therapies. Another part of expansion is addressing the middle ground of the process it takes to go from scientific research to health care. “OSU has exceeded traditionally in basic science and in care delivery,” de Lima says. “But if you think about it, these are two extremes of a process.” OSU is willing to invest in the middle ground of moving from promising science in an animal model to what it takes to safely translate those results to patient trials. Bridging the gap in the process requires investing in infrastructure for human trials and manufacturing, which in turn requires

greater regulations and scrutiny than animal models. Infrastructure, de Lima says, includes brick-and-mortar elements, but also – and, arguably, most importantly – people. His department is now hiring more people and expanding internally. “There’s no doubt that we depend on hero patients who are willing to participate in clinical trials. Let’s not forget

that,” de Lima says. “These folks are all heroes. I think the main message in my opinion, from a human standpoint, is that this is very much a human enterprise, and don’t forget the patients.” CS Claire Miller is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback is welcome at

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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN a nutritious diet and cancer prevention has been the focus of research for decades. While researchers continue to learn more, there are agreed-upon recommendations that can be implemented now. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, your dietary choices can create multiple health problems that make you susceptible to cancer in different parts of your body. Taking care of your digestive system not only helps you live longer, it also makes you feel better every day. “The evidence base is stronger than ever before linking the total diet – its dietary patterns, nutrient density and overall quality – to health promotion and disease prevention across the human lifespan,” writes Dr. Barbara Millen, chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The National Cancer Institute has found that understanding the connection between cancer and nutrition requires a more holistic approach. Per the institute, nutrients alone do not make you more or less susceptible to cancer, but keeping your diet natural and varied is a great preventative measure. Though it’s easy to understand that healthful eating choices can change your life, it may be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, both in and around Columbus, there are plenty of accessible and affordable opportunities to learn how to make nutritious meals. Cancer Support Community Central Ohio hosts food preparation courses in

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Weathering the Market

Make strategic decisions based on housing market fluctuations By Cameron Carr

FOR TWO YEARS, there were few things as

hot as the U.S. housing market. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Home Price Index rose 18.7 percent just from the first quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022. That trajectory changed as the Federal Reserve began to raise interest rates. As rates continue to shift and the market reacts, the value of homes and the conditions for buyers and sellers have been impacted. If someone is ready to buy a home, the high prices that have become familiar since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic make that unfeasible. In a hot market, though, patience is a virtue. “During challenging environments, long-term investors are urged to use patience and discipline to take advantage of down markets,” says Ryan C. Bibler, Managing Director - Investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. “We think the same advice is suitable when it comes to home-buying, which is usually a long-term investment.” At the same time, the Bibler, Finney and Panfil team cautions that, while interest rates continue to rise, waiting for prices to drop can result in paying more in the long run or changing what homes are within a buyer’s price range. For a buyer, identifying financial circumstances, along with needs and wants for a home, is important to finding a prudent balance while navigating the housing market. “Start with a plan,” says Joseph P. Panfil, Managing Director - Investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management

Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. “Evaluate your liquid savings available for a down payment and a monthly mortgage payment that fits within your budget. Then work with your Mortgage Consultant to figure out a price range you can comfortably afford.” A similar logic applies for those considering selling. As the market cools, the financial appeal of selling a home generally wanes. While home values are up, it can be a fruitful time for homeowners, though. A downturn in the housing market also changes the economic outlook, warranting a second look at making large or risky financial moves. The housing market accounts for more than $3 trillion in spending, or nearly 18 percent of total GDP in the U.S., according to data from the Bureau of Economic Development. Naturally, a slowdown in the housing market can contribute to a slowdown in the overall economy. Decreased spending coupled with higher interest rates can decrease the attraction to making precarious moves. Though fluctuating interest rates and uncertain impacts on the economy can appear intimidating, Vincent W. Finney, Managing Director - Investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, says that there are investing strategies to consider.

“If you’re comfortable with the risk, we believe equities may give you the best long-term opportunity to outpace the inflation we’re currently seeing in the economy,” Finney says. As a general guide, the Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors recommends looking for companies paying and growing their dividends. That may allow investment income to outpace inflation – though past performances can’t guarantee future results or dividends. “The right companies within this category may be some of the healthiest in our economy and have generally weathered difficult markets better than many others,” Finney says. “These companies are considered to be one of the important components of portfolios late in the business cycle, which some think we’re in currently.” CS Cameron Carr is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

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Cartoon Capital

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus’ in-person event spotlights cartooning talent with local ties By Claire McLean Photo courtesy of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

THIS FALL, CARTOON Crossroads Columbus hosts its first fully in-person comics, art and animation festival since 2019. The event features more than 100 accomplished cartoonists, hailing from across the country with distinguished works in many different forms of media. In addition to the artists with standard convention booths, there is a long list of featured guests, all of whom are well-established in the field. This year’s guests include Maia Kobabe, award-winning author and illustrator of Gender Queer: A Memoir; Keith Knight, cocreator of the Hulu series Woke and cartoonist of The Knight Life and The K Chronicles; and Barbara Brandon-Croft, award-winning cartoonist of Where I’m Coming From. Cartoon Crossroads isn’t the only place to find award-winning cartoons in central Ohio. The Ohio State University’s campus is home to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Founded in 1977, the library now houses the largest collection of items related to comics and cartoons. The festival was established in 2015 thanks to the collaborative efforts of Jeff Smith, best known as the creator of the graphic novel series Bone; Vijaya Ayer, Smith’s wife and business manager; and Lucy Shelton Caswell, founding curator of The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. A casual conversation among the three recognizing the need to connect cartoon creators with fans to share in the beauty of the art prompted them to put together an annual event for that explicit purpose.

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Another prominent figure in central Ohio’s cartoon scene is Milton Caniff. Born in Hillsboro and a graduate of OSU, Caniff’s adventurous cartoons were immensely popular throughout the country beginning in the ’30s. His final strip, Steve Canyon, ran up until his death in 1988. Today, his works can be viewed in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Jay Kalagayan, executive director of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, is excited about cartoons’ involvement in central Ohio’s future. “We really want Columbus to kind of be a capital for cartoonists, illustrators and creators,” he says. “Many of Columbus’ cartoonists and creators came to the city as professionals or graduated from OSU or (the Columbus College of Art & Design). To have a treasure like CCAD, and to have so many great students coming out and teachers as well, and to also have a treasure like the Billy Ireland makes Columbus ideal for artists.”

The event runs Oct. 6-7 on OSU’s campus, and Oct. 8-9 at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. On the first two days of the festival, guests can enjoy basic conversations with the artists and creators. “(Guests can expect) different artists sharing best practices, talking about the creative process, talking about different issues,” Kalagayan says. “It’s almost like an insider deep dive into the life of different creators.” On the second two days, guests will be able to visit more than 100 tables of art, purchase work, receive autographs and even commission artists to make sketches. For more information about this year’s festival, visit www.cartooncrossroads CS Claire McLean is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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As fall rolls around, central Ohio’s arts organizations are gearing up for another season of shows, performances, tours and more. BalletMet’s 45th anniversary season features some of the most beloved ballets. The company presents Dracula Oct. 28-Nov. 5, The Nutcracker Dec. 8-24, The Prince of Oz Feb. 10-12 and Swan Lake April 28-30. Alongside the classics, the company presents BalletMet at the Ohio Sept. 16-18 and A Celebration of New Works March 10-18.

Broadway in Columbus

Broadway in Columbus’ season brings both classic and modern titles to the Ohio Theatre. The season opens with Hairspray Nov. 8-13, Elf the Musical Dec. 13-18, 18 | September/October 2022

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10 Six Jan. 24-29, Beetlejuice March 7-12, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations April 18-23, Annie May 12-14, To Kill a Mockingbird June 6-11and Disney’s Frozen July 26-Aug. 6.




CAPA’s season presents a range of performances for the entire family. The season begins with Steven Wright: Live in Concert Sept. 10, followed by Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza Oct. 11 and the acclaimed touring dance troupe Ailey II Oct. 11. The season continues with The Dollop Oct. 19 and Dirty Dancing in Concert Nov. 5. On Nov. 12, American jazz musician Brian Culbertson takes the stage with saxophonist and vocalist Marqueal Jordan. Disney Princesses in Concert closes out 2022 on Dec. 6.



The innovative theater company’s season celebrates friendship and persistence. The company opens with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s INDECENT Nov. 3-20, and the New Works Festival for Young Audiences Dec. 2-11. Dolly Parton’s musical rendition of the 1980 film 9 to 5 comes to the Riffe Center Feb. 2-19. In the spring, the company presents JuCoby Johnson’s … but you could’ve held my hand March 23-April 8 and Sarah DeLappe’s inspi-



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In celebrating its 75th anniversary season, Chamber Music Columbus presents an array of performances including premieres of original works. The monumental season opens with a “bonus concert” featuring the world premiere of Jaehyuck Choi’s Clarinet Quintet on Sept. 4, followed by The American Brass Quintet Oct. 8. Harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney premiere a work by composer Libby Larsen Nov. 5, followed by performances by Cavani Strings with Louise Toppin Jan. 28, St. Lawrence String Quartet Feb. 18, the Calidore String Quartet April 1 and the Merz Trio May 6.


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Featuring a variety of international composers and performers, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s season presents a performance suited for every taste. The symphony presents Carmina Burana Sept. 30-Oct. 1, followed by Brahms & Dvor̆ák Nov. 4-5 and Mighty Morton Organ Festival with Cameron Carpenter Nov. 18-19. The winter-inspired compositions continue into 2023 with Winter Festival featuring Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova Jan. 6-7. Later in the month is Beethoven, Mozart, & Haydn Jan. 2022. Further into 2023 are Dvor̆ák’s New World Feb 3-4, Schubert Symphony No. 4, ‘Tragic’ Feb. 17-18, Mahler Symphony No. 9 March 3-4, Variations on Nutcracker Suite March 17-19 blended with jazz arrangements by iconic American jazz composer Duke Ellington, Carmen Suite April 14-15, Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky May 5-7 and Welcome to Spring May 19-20, featuring Chorus Director of the Columbus Symphony Chorus Ronald Jenkins in his final concert.

Jazz Arts Group

The 2022-23 season isn’t just any other year for the Jazz Arts Group; it’s its monumental 50th anniversary season! Louis Armstrong and Friends continue the Jazz at the Southern series Oct. 13-16. The season continues with Home for the Holidays featuring Stacie Board Nov. 30Dec. 4, The National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Master Maria Schneider Feb. 9-12, The Greatest Jazz Concert in 20 | September/October 2022

the World featuring John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Tamir Hendelman March 9-12 and Ray Charles and The Roots of R&B April 20-23.

Opera Columbus

Coming off its 40th-anniversary season in 2022, Opera Columbus is heading into another year of grand-scale operas and memorable collaborations. The season features Cinderella Oct. 28 and 30, the rhythmic sounds of the tango in Maria de Buenos Aires Feb. 24 and 26, and Rigoletto March 31-April 1.

Opera Project Columbus

Opera Project Columbus begins the season with I, Too, Sing America, OPC Diversity Project, which features excerpts from Shirley Graham DuBois’ opera Tom Tom and Leslie Savoy Burrs’ Vanqui, as well as music by Samuel Coleridge Taylor on Nov. 20. The season continues with Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi in March 2023 and La Pietra Del Paragone by Gioachino Rossini in June 2023. Dates to be announced.

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ProMusica’s season revisits some of the most revered works in classical music, while simultaneously integrating the work of today’s composers. The Naked Classics series returns, striving to explore classical music in a modernized format with Beethoven 5 Oct. 8-9 and Mozart March 3. Additionally, the season features Handel’s Messiah Nov. 12-13, Vadim Plays Brahms Dec. 1011, Classical & Klezmer March 4-5, Mozart & Golijov April 15-16 and Brahms & Shaw May 13-14.

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The Schottenstein Center brings in a variety of performances for a range of audiences this season. Eric Clapton takes the stage Sept. 8, followed by Ben Platt Sept. 19. Jurassic World’s live performance series comes to Columbus Sept. 29-Oct. 2, followed shortly by The Who with Steven Page Oct. 9, Casting Crowns with Cain and Anne Wilson Oct. 15, and Shawn Mendes with Tate McRae Oct. 18.

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September 30 & October 1, 2022 | 7:30pm | Ohio Theatre A tour de force opens the new season. Carl Orff’s iconic and scandalous Carmina Burana will come alive in full splendor and opulence with a grand orchestra and the angelic voices of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and the Columbus Children’s Choir. Join Christopher Purdy from WOSU Classical 101 for a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.

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In addition to housing the beloved Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena’s season brings some of the biggest touring artists and performers to Columbus, including Panic! at the Disco Sept. 21, comedian Kevin Hart Nov. 5, operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli Dec. 8, Carrie Underwood March 4 and Bruce Springsteen March 9.

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Shadowbox Live continues its 2022 season with witty sketch comedy and unique musical experiences. The company presents Wicked Games September-November and No Return: The Deadly Dance of Bonnie and Clyde September-November. The satirical holiday favorites return as well, with Holiday Hoopla and Not So Silent Night both running November-December.

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The Abbey Theater of Dublin showcases dazzling performances this upcoming year, such as The Moment Sept. 10 and 11, Boy Sept. 15-24, An Evening with Lauren Wilkens: Motherload and Skinny Sept. 29-Oct. 2, I’ll Take Romance, The Musical Oct. 13-22, City Jail-World Premiere Nov. 11-13, Disney Descendants: The Musical Nov. 19-20 and A Seussified Christmas Carol Dec. 15-18. The Abbey Theater will also host the South Asian Theater Festival, an event that highlights the talents of South Asian performers and presents their stories.

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SUBURBAN SPOTLIGHT New Albany Symphony Orchestra The New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents several fun and festive events, including Latin Nights Sept. 9, Holiday Spectacular Dec. 18 and Ellington-PriceStill March 12. The season also features a

special event concert, An Evening with Itzhak Perlman, April 26, and a variety of sensory-friendly concerts including The Rhythm is Gonna Getcha! Sept. 10, Santa & the Symphony Dec. 17 and Trailblazers March 11.

The McCoy presents two outstanding performances this season. Starting out the season is female rock icon Melissa Etheridge in her performance Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour Sept. 28, followed by An Evening with Itzhak Perlman, featuring world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, April 26.

Otterbein Theatre

The university’s season kicks off with A Little Night Music Sept. 22-Oct. 1, followed by Black Comedy Oct. 20-29, Dance 2022: Find Me in the Shadows Nov. 17-20, Our Town Feb. 9-18 and Bright Star March 30-April 15.

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Award-winning theater company Curtain Players returns this season with several performances both old and new, including Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary Oct. 21-Nov. 6, Elizabeth Diggs’ Goodbye Freddy Dec. 2-18, Rent composer Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom! Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2023, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy March 10-26, 2023, Herb Gardner’s I’m Not Rappaport April 21-May 7, 2023, and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream June 9-25, 2023. Pickerington Community Theatre’s upcoming season boasts performances for the whole family, including Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Oct. 7-16 and Disney’s Frozen Jr. Dec. 2-11. CS Claire McLean is an editorial assistant and Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Columbus School for Girls is the place in central Ohio where your daughter will discover her distinct potential as a learner and leader. It’s a fact. Girls thrive in an educational environment created specifically for them. A 2017 report from Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) surveyed nearly 11,000 girls nationwide, including CSG girls in grades 6-11, about what they needed to be successful in and out of the classroom. The results show how CSG’s mission of empowering girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders is making a measurable difference in the futures of our students. Confidence

On average, girls in the U.S. experience an 18% drop in confidence from 6th to 9th grade. CSG girls experienced a different trend with confidence rates increasing in middle school and rising to 80% in 11th grade, nearly 20% above the national average.

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When compared to the national average, CSG girls are 20% more likely to consider a career in math or science (65% vs 45%) and nearly 30% more likely to report someone at school is helping them explore their posthigh school plans.



Girls who attend CSG have stronger relationships with other girls. 95% report that they get along well with other girls, and CSG girls are 11% more likely to say that they trust other girls.

CSG girls have more empowered ideas about careers and leadership. They are 15% less likely to believe that men are better than women in certain jobs.


CSG girls are not afraid of leadership positions. Nationally, one in three girls stays away from leadership for fear of being perceived as bossy. CSG girls are leaders and 83% report that they don’t let that stereotype get in their way.

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Welcome to World Wide Ed.

Online education increases student options beyond the pandemic By Andrea Paolucci Photos courtesy of The Ohio State University


t the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many universities closed their campuses, shifting students’ education from the classroom to the computer. Even as the pandemic has waned, colleges and universities across the country continue to utilize Zoom, Google Classroom, Wyzant and more to help their students continue their education and, in some cases, expand options. Online education may not be for everyone, but remote learning has many advantages and benefits for students and teachers alike. Chief among those is flexibility for students who may not be able to commit to a regular schedule. “Whether learners are 100 percent committed to online learning to support their delicate balance of child care, elder care, work and other life priorities while aiming for other personal and professional goals, or are using online courses to create flexibility in their schedule to engage in meaningful on-campus experiences, work or internships, the popularity and rise of online sections occurred before the pandemic and continues to be sought as we navigate through it,” says Robert Griffiths,

chief digital learning officer for The Ohio State University. Larger universities such as OSU may still make significant use of online learning, but many smaller private schools have returned to mostly in-person classes. Bridget Newell, interim associate provost for graduate studies at Otterbein University, says that certain graduate programs still offer remote learning and hybrid learning for their students, though most undergraduate classes are held in person. “Remote learning, whether offered in a fully online or hybrid format, offers adult students the flexibility they need to be able to complete their graduate-level education while also working and facing family or other responsibilities,” Newell says. “We strive to maintain the small, personal class experience even when classes are offered online or in hybrid format.” In addition to providing flexible scheduling, online learning offers a number of potential perks. In some cases, students can take more classes at one time, more easily graduate during their preferred semester and stay healthy by avoiding group gatherings.

While most universities scrambled to accommodate education that was aligned with the pandemic restrictions, universities that focus on online options remained largely the same. In central Ohio, Franklin University offers on-site classes, but prides itself on providing fully online degree programs that cater to adult students. Though some functions were moved online, most classes continued as usual. “The transition was very easy for us,” says Sherry Mercurio, executive director of the office of community relations at Franklin. “Because we had such a large online presence, we didn’t see a large shift other than students becoming more comfortable with our support services. When other schools were struggling, we reached out to other community colleges and alliance partners and were able to share our best practices.” CS

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For some students, learning remotely offers flexibility and comfort.

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Tolles Career & Technical Center offers everything from culinary arts to firefighting.

Career Ready

Career centers offer professional development for students By Lauren Serge Photos courtesy of Tolles Career & Technical Center


hile many students may choose to attend a traditional public school, a growing number of students are combining their high school academics with education specific to their desired career field through career technical education. The state of Ohio has numerous options available for high school students to pursue a technical, or vocational, education. One of the most common options is attending a career center. Those schools often offer learning in fields such as nursing, welding, information technology and cosmetology, with a focus on hands-on experiences that prepare students to transition into a related college degree or directly into a career. There has been a negative stereotype that vocational education is geared toward struggling students, says Pegeen ClearyPotts, director of the Tolles Career & Technical Center. However, she says, the view of career technical programs has shifted, as have the opportunities for students. “In career technical education, (students) have different abilities to use some equipment that maybe a typical teenager couldn’t use,” Cleary-Potts says. “It just gives them another year or two ahead of somebody else.” That can also help students who have less interest in a traditional education to graduate. According to, students who choose to embark on a career and

technical program have a graduation rate of roughly 90 percent, which is 15 percent higher than the national average. In Ohio, a career technical education is available through every Ohio public school district, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Many career centers span multiple districts. Tolles, for example, serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains and Jefferson school districts. Depending on the specific field, programs may range from a few months to a couple of years. The short timeframe enables students to quickly transfer their knowledge and certifications toward real world experience. Cleary-Potts says the opportunities available at the center allow for students to have an upper hand when it comes to applying for colleges and jobs. “When students choose to come here, it’s part of their education,” she says, “but they also graduate with an industry credential that can help them be job ready.” Tolles’ fields of study include art design, firefighting, agriculture, early childhood education to name just a few. High school seniors at the center have the opportunity to engage in an alternating schedule program where they can complete academics

in their desired field for two weeks, then go work on a job site for two weeks. That first-hand experience can prove influential in a student’s future career and education choices. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 80 percent of college students change their major at least once, and for many, college is their first time being exposed to their chosen field. Time in a career program can help provide insight into a potential career path. One of Tolles’ goals is to expose students to possible job options and what those careers might entail. Cleary-Potts says career technical education can be beneficial for students, providing them with the necessary tools to succeed in their desired field at a younger age. “For some people, high school is great, but for other people, coming here is a reinvention of yourself,” Cleary-Potts says. “You are going to school with likeminded folks and the environment here is wonderful.” CS Lauren Serge is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at September/October 2022 |



STEM to the Future

Getting young kids involved in STEM through extracurricular activities and camps By Sophia Tobias and Megan Roth Photo courtesy of COSI


cience, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are becoming increasingly prevalent in both the employment and education realms. According to Pew Research, over the last 30 years, employment in STEM jobs has grown by 79 percent. Accordingly, to adjust to the landscape the next generation will matriculate into, educators have begun to introduce STEM-related curriculum to students at increasingly younger ages. The STEM Education Research Center describes STEM education as an interdisciplinary educational approach focusing on hands-on, problem-based learning. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10.5 percent growth in STEM employment from 2020-2030, there are ways to foster the innovative learning approach throughout central Ohio. Code Ninjas Located in Powell, this camp teaches technology and coding skills to kids ages 5-14. Students learn how to code, and can even opt to build their very own video game. The camp strives to engage its students with teamwork, problem solving, math and critical thinking. There are multiple programs offered year-round, each with its own specific focus to fit your child’s interests. For more information, visit www.code Math Plus Academy With both online and in-person education options, Math Plus Academy is a great way to supplement your child’s mathematical education, offering several interactive 28 | September/October 2022

and engaging programs. Intended for ages 5-15, the academy’s range of offerings include small class sizes for a more individualized approach, and larger camps where students can engage with their peers in 3D modeling and printing, design and innovation with LEGO robotics and engineering, and much more. For more information, visit www.summer Archaeology, Can You Dig It? This outreach program, founded by central Ohio archaeologist and educator Jeff White, is offered both online and inperson. The program focuses on anthropology, archaeology and chemistry topics through programs such as Artifact Show & Tell, All Things Chemistry and Dig Pits. Intended for ages 5-14, the program’s in-person sessions take place at archaeological dig sites for an immersive and educational experience. For more information, visit www. COSI COSI’s mission of engaging the central Ohio community in science, technology and industry learning goes beyond on its Downtown location. COSI offers Connect Kits, kids’ science boxes with five days’ worth of themed STEM activities and science experiences delivered directly to your doorstep. Some topics the boxes offer engagement in are snow, hyperloop

transportation, dinosaurs and a girl-specific science kit. For more information, visit www.cosi. org/connects/kits. Leaders Emerging and Developing (LEAD) Founded with a mission to expose central Ohio minority students to STEM and entrepreneurship concepts, LEAD has grown vastly since its founding in 2015. The organization offers programs throughout central Ohio, including STEM4U. Intended for grades K-12, the summer camp offers engagement with STEM topics, as well as education on how they are implemented in careers and everyday life. Another program, TECH 2.0, introduces students to the foundations of web design and standards. At the end of programs, students participate in culminating projects to apply all that they’ve learned throughout the course. For more information, visit www.lead CS Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group and Sophia Tobias is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Selective Sitter Service

Three recent college graduates’ free startup connects parents with babysitters By Tyler Kirkedall

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series of unlikely meetings put a University of Michigan biopsychology graduate in business with a pair of The Ohio State University computer science graduates to create an app called Tandem, which connects parents with babysitters entirely for free. Particularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a child care shortage has made finding sitters difficult. As of June 2022, the industry is more than 100,000 jobs short of its pre-pandemic numbers, according to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. Tandem formed out of its founders’ interest in creating an easy way for families to connect with reliable care providers. Tandem CEO and co-founder Olivia Weinstock grew up in Bexley. There, she kickstarted her entrepreneurial journey at age 10 when she began Kiddie Kamp, a summer camp program she hosted in her backyard. Weinstock ran Kiddie Kamp until she headed north for college, growing the program to include more than 100 campers in its final year. Weinstock didn’t find herself in commerce right away; she chose to enroll in the science program at Michigan. Despite the success

she’s since had in the business world, she was denied a business minor at the school. “When I got to college, I definitely had a lot to learn,” she says. “Michigan has these big weed-out classes, and I thought I wanted to start pre-med and those classes were really hard. Learning the root of how to stay motivated and how to split up my time and multitask has been what has helped me most. I don’t think anything can prepare you for a job like this until you’ve done it.” Her entrepreneurial journey with Tandem came almost by accident. Dating back to Kiddie Kamp, she’d built a network of trust between babysitters and people who needed them. Eventually, she had the realization all budding entrepreneurs encounter: There was an enormous need for an easier way for parents to connect with sitters. Weinstock now runs Tandem alongside co-founders Natalie Amling and McKenzie Kennelly. Amling and Kennelly met in OSU’s engineering program, which is also where they connected with an investor who introduced them to Weinstock. The two engineers put their knowledge to the test to construct an app that could connect parents with babysitters based on

Tandem co-founders McKenzie Kennelly, Olivia Weinstock and Natalie Amling

Tandem allows families to select vetted sitters based on preferences they input into the app.

variables such as preferred skills, schedules and pay rates. Following the app’s creation, Tandem has grown to 18 employees, mostly engineers. Sitters are not employees of Tandem. “What has been an amazing learning journey is what it meant to build a tech platform,” Weinstock says, “because I had no exposure to engineers or this side of the tech world.” Tandem has remained free since its launch, and Weinstock says it’s one of the key elements to the app’s success. Rather than charge either the families or providers, the app acts like a bank for care providers’ earnings. The app also adds a 5 percent bonus to providers’ pay, courtesy of Tandem. Providers receive a Tandem debit card to use their money. The app being free for users removes a barrier for parents and enables them to connect directly with sitters with no hidden fees. For Weinstock and the other founders, that’s essential to establishing trust – one of the most fundamental aspects of childcare. Tandem is currently limited to central Ohio, but its founders hope to expand to other markets in the future. CS Tyler Kirkendall is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at September/October 2022 |


Luxury Living SPOTLIGHT

Cutting-Edge Construction BIA Parade of Homes presents 46 new builds across central Ohio By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of 3 Pillar Homes, Beulah Park Living and Epcon Communities


ince 1952, the Building Industry Association (BIA)’s annual Parade of Homes has showcased new, state-of-theart homes throughout central Ohio. For most of its existence, the Parade was centered in one central Ohio neighborhood. The first Parade, for example, was held in Upper Arlington. Last year, though, the Parade underwent a vast ex-

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pansion to showcase homes in neighborhoods all across the Columbus area. This year’s Parade, following the same format, features 46 homes in four quadrants by 18 different builders. The four quadrants – northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast – span more than 19 communities.

In addition to the new builds, the Parade features a community and dream homes as well. This year’s featured community, Beulah Park, is located in Grove City and is designed in the New Urbanism style, which means connectivity and walkability in the community. Within the community, there’s a 60-acre park with nature preserves and

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walking trails, a clubhouse with pool and entertainment options, and more. The dream homes are all valued over $1 million. Their exquisite features aim to pique attendees’ imagination for all that a home can be. One dream home, built by Old World Homes, is located in Galena. Valued at $1.5 million, the

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4,400-square-foot home features five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Its architecture promotes open spaces and visibility. In the northwest quadrant is the Parade’s most expensive home. Built by Bob Webb Homes, the $2.4 million home features an enormous screened porch connected to a three-season bar by a serving window; a lower level equipped with a wine room, a bourbon room and four TVs that can be used together to display a single image; and the builder’s largest-ever Messy Kitchen. Wherever you are in central Ohio, there’s not only something close to home, but an adventure awaiting across town as well. The Parade begins Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 2. With three weekends of fun, plan your day, explore the quadrants and build your dream home! CS Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Builders in the Parade 3 Pillar Homes America’s Home Place Bob Webb Homes Collective Homes Corinthian Fine Homes Diyanni Homes D.R. Horton Epcon Communities Fischer Homes M/I Homes Manor Homes Maronda Homes Old World Custom Homes Pulte Homes Schottenstein Homes Thrive Companies Trinity Homes Virginia Homes For the full list of homes featured in this year’s Parade, visit

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The Tiles That Bind Reclaimed fireplace tile extends new aesthetic throughout remodeled historic home By Garth Bishop Photos courtesy of Rookwood Pottery/Keith Klosterman Additional project photos at


hunt for the perfect set of tiles turned an already comprehensive remodel into a unique reimagining for this historic Old Worthington house. The Original Vision Anne Witsken and her husband, Michael Nicholas, bought the 1880-built home in July 2020. Though they had only intended to tack on a master suite, working with Orr Construction Company, the couple decided to correct additional concerns, starting with raising the ceiling in the kitchen. “That led to knocking out the kitchen, which led to taking out some walls, which led to redoing all the floors, which led to you name it,” Witsken says. The ambitious renovation, which was just finished this summer, has touched every part of the house, though the owners have made efforts to keep the aesthetic – paint, windows, doors, trim – consistent with the home’s late 19th-century origins. Tile Inspiration One of the key components to the remodel came into focus when Witsken spotted a Facebook Marketplace listing for 52 reclaimed encaustic tiles. When she went to pick them up, she found them even more visually impressive than they had looked online. “I fell in love with these tiles,” she says. “They’re gorgeous. They’re green with a little hint of gold in them. They’re a oneof-a-kind type of thing.” The only problem: When she laid them out in front of the fireplace, where she

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wanted them to go, there weren’t enough. Witsken connected with the Cincinnati-based Clay Alliance, whose members referred her to glaze technicians at Rookwood Pottery Company. Rookwood was up to the task of creating new tiles to match the historic ones. And by sheer coincidence, the company happened to have been founded in 1880 – the very year the house was built. “The glaze of the vintage tiles that (Witsken) found has almost a kind of gloss crackle finish,” says Aimee Koontz, director of marketing and design services for Rookwood. “It was important that we found something that really accentuated that.” The artisans designed, built, sprayed, glazed and cut the new set of tiles by hand, Koontz says. The company’s tilework was so impressive, Witsken used Rookwood tiles for part of the master bath and kitchen wall as well. Additional Priorities Besides the higher ceiling, the new kitchen boasts a quartz backsplash return with a ledge on one wall, as well as an island that incorporates some of the Rookwood tile. A Cambria countertop comes up 18 inches on the appliance wall, while a window wall has tile tying the countertop all the way to the ceiling, thanks to floating shelves and a horizontal soldier stack of tile leading up to them.

“Our kitchen island is actually a reclaimed work bench, and we used that to set the warmer tone for some of the cabinets and some of the fixtures,” Witsken says. Elsewhere in the house, two new office spaces were added, one for Nicholas and one for Witsken: Nicholas’ replaces an enclosed porch, while Witsken’s occupies a loft/second-floor bonus room. Outdoors, a new deck with two entrances from the house has replaced the backyard pond. “We really wanted to take advantage of this amazing backyard space and outdoor living situation, which we were never able to enjoy (before),” Witsken says. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor for CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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The Sky’s the Limit U.S. Air Force celebrates its diamond jubilee in Dayton By Claire McLean Photos courtesy of Evergreen Exhibitions, Ty Greenlees and NMUSAF

IT’S A MONUMENTAL year for the U.S. Air Force. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton will hold festivities throughout the last week of September to recognize the Air Force’s 75-year anniversary, featuring veteran speakers, open aircrafts and a variety of activities. The anniversary’s slogan is “Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive – The Air Force at 75.” Created on Sept. 18, 1947, following World War II, the Air Force separated into its own military division to adapt to the changing times and respond to the

increasing need for air defense. It’s only appropriate that the anniversary be celebrated at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson, just 10 minutes outside of downtown Dayton, thanks to its thousands of artifacts and hundreds of aerospace vehicles and missiles divided among many exhibits. “We have more than 350 aerospace vehicles on display, but we also tell the personal stories behind the hardware,” says Robert Bardua, chief of the public affairs division for the Air Force. The anniversary’s main event is the Air Force Birthday Celebration Weekend Sept. 17-18, featuring special veteran speakers, family-friendly activities and contests, open aircrafts, and cake. Additional events include “Panel 44 – 8 Days in March,” commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through Sept. 24, 36 | September/October 2022

and the A-1H – Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Skyraider, anticipated this fall. One of the biggest highlights is a special exhibit available at the museum for a limited time and free to the public. “It’s the ultimate interactive experience,” Bardua says. “It’s 5,000 square feet of aerospace exhibitions featuring immersive simulators, interactive design challenges, visionary concepts for the future and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators from the past and present.” Bardua recommends that guests visit the museum’s website before visiting to familiarize themselves with the layout. Though the celebration is limited to the third weekend of September, the museum is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with free parking and admission. Browse exhibits such as the Early Years Gallery, the Cold War Gallery and the Space Gallery or take a free tour through the museum. More information about the museum and exhibits can be found at www.national CS Claire McLean is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Arts by the Oval The Ohio State University Faculty Club features a host of one-of-a-kind, curated art By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of Ray LaVoie and The Abstract Athlete

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yond art galleries and museums. Located in the heart of The Ohio State University, just between the Oval and Mirror Lake, is the OSU Faculty Club, which houses bimonthly rotating exhibitions by local artists with unique ties to OSU. Since the early 1990s, the club has brought in exhibitions from George Bellows, Roy Lichtenstein, James Thurber and many more. All of the exhibits the club brings in are selected and curated by the club’s arts coordinator, Robie Benve. Benve has received numerous awards for her mixedmedia and acrylic paintings from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Dublin Paint Out – the list goes on. She’s also held a range of executive positions for the Dublin

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Area Art League, and worked extensively with Marcia Evans of Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North. Benve became the arts coordinator in April, and is looking forward to implementing knowledge she’s gained through her work as an artist and her work with the Dublin Area Art League. “I feel like (my experiences) have prepared me for this job,” she says. “I’m stepping into more responsibility and a different role, but I’m still doing the things I love to do: connecting with other artists, supporting the art community.” September’s exhibit, which opened Aug. 29, is the first Benve has fully curated. Entitled The Abstract Athlete, the exhibit aims to explore the intersection between the art and athletic disciplines with more than 15 paintings, woodworks and mixed media art, all created by professional athletes and military veterans. Among the artists are Percy King, a former OSU football player; Brett Tomko, a former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds; and Marine veteran Elize McKelvey. The works are on display at the Faculty Club through Oct. 28, when a new exhibition featuring collages and mixed media by Michael Rosen will fill the space. For more information, visit www. CS Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Color Line by Brett Tomko

The Demi Monde digital art by Tony Mandarich, former tackle for the Green Bay Packers

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

Gallery Exhibits nine community who surrounded her as a child, and fired her imagination. Through Sept. 10. David Myers Art Studio & Gallery: The Art of Intuition. More than 30 studio artists are featured in this annual rotating exhibit of abstract art. Through Sept. 9. www.face Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: OHIO: The Start Of It All. This family-friendly exhibition features original works of art from picture books in an artistic celebration of Ohio innovations that shaped the world. Original artworks are from the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, home of the world’s first and most diverse collection of original picture book art. Through Dec. 31.

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Art Access: The Essence of Landscape. New collection of work by Michael McEwan. Artist reception Sept. 16. Sept. 13-Nov. 12. Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Ohio Modernism (1945-1965) with Christopher Burk. Showcasing works from Burk’s residency at the Joseph & Annie Albers Foundation. Sept. 2-25. Terry Rodgers-Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture & Digital Works. Artist reception Oct. 1. Oct. 1-30. www.brandt Columbus Museum of Art: Raphael – The Power of Renaissance Images: The Dresden 40 | September/October 2022

Tapestries and their Impact. The Columbus Museum of Art is proud to be the only American venue for this exhibition centered around six tapestries, woven in the 17th century, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery of Dresden), Germany. Through Oct. 30. Cultural Arts Center: Daughters of Athena. Born and raised in the shadow of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, Evangelia Philippidis considers herself a daughter of the ancient goddesses and historical female heroes of her beloved homeland. These impressive women were mirrored in the femi-

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collection of integral analog prints. Sept. 2-Oct. 31. coffeeartspace McConnell Arts Center: Drawing the Line: Comic Artists of Columbus. Featuring emerging and published cartoonists in the greater Columbus area. The exhibition will highlight processes of each artist as well as published works. Sept. 15-Nov. 15. Fanart | Open Door Studio

Dublin Arts Council: Train Interpretations. Photographer Frederick Ripley, who specializes in the American railroad scene, has created more than 60,000 images since 1988. Through Sept. 8. Stacy Leeman: A Room of One’s Own. A series of paintings by Columbus artist Stacy Leeman explores a need for a physical and psychological space for women as artists. Her framed artworks on paper, canvas, wood panel and collage use her own studio as inspiration, along with the title, drawn from an essay by Virginia Woolf. Sept. 20Oct. 27. Glass Axis: Pumpkin Patch. This event will display a wide range of hand-blown glass pumpkins, and other fall themed art made by local artists, many of whom blow glass and work at the Glass Axis Studio. Tables will feature individual artists selling their unique fall items, and the gallery itself will also feature a large selection of pumpkins in every size and shape. Oct. 6-15. Grange Insurance Audubon Center: Charley Harper Celebration Exhibit. Celebrate what would’ve been Cincinnatibased modernist artist Charley Harper’s 100th year. The exhibition features more than 70 framed prints and a gift shop. Oct. 8-Dec. 31. Hayley Gallery: One Earth One Love. Opening reception with Natalya Romanovsky Sept. 17, 5-8 p.m. Through Oct. 18. Highline Coffee Art Space: Don Scott’s Family Trees. Central Ohio visual artist Don Scott returns to Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington with a new

Ohio Craft Museum: FOOD JUSTICE: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art. Featuring work by 15 nationally and internationally recognized artists, the exhibition explores the food injustices that individuals face, as well as the social issues that can influence positive change in food security. Through Sept. 24. www.ohio Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: Fanart. Brian Kesinger of Walt Disney Ani-

mation Studios said, “Push the boundaries! Fan art isn’t about rules. It’s about expressing yourself.” Open Door artists are doing just that, while fanning out and paying homage to their favorite pop culture characters! Opening reception Oct. 8, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 8-Nov. 4. www.opendoor ROY G BIV Gallkery: Christopher von Gruben, Emma Kindall, Jennifer Masley & Koen Vrij. The September artists’ subject matter is focused on the personal perception of humanity through soft tones that show through in a variety of mediums. There are numerous portrayals of mankind the artists identify in their works including social constructs, memories, human nature, and the nuances of life. Sept. 9-Oct. 7. Aaron Peters, Carmelo Amenta, & Darren Lee Miller. The October artists take on a large array of mediums and intermingled ideas forming a show that takes on fresh perspectives and experiences. They pull


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using bright and soft colors. Oct. 14-Nov. 4. www.

bold while displaying a great deal of playfulness and ambiguity. Oct. 1-29. www.

Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio: September Gallery Hop featuring Molly Marek: by-prod-uct. Molly Marek recently received her BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. The emerging artist’s environmentally-focused mixed media ceramic installations expound on her concerns about pollution and its effect on our planet. Opening reception Sept. 3, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 3-24. Ecstatic Shadows; Recent Paintings by Chris Taylor. Chris Taylor lives in New Albany and teaches Don Scott – Highline Exhibit art at the OSU campus in Newark. He has exhibited from their personal views ranging from his art throughout the U.S. and in Europe, queer focus to the imbalances of life to and was a recipient of a 2021 Ohio Art inequality of how our society functions. Council Individual Excellence Award. His Each artist seeks to draw out the unseen hard-edge abstract paintings are sharp and

The Schumacher Gallery: The Ohio Plein Air Society. The passion for art and nature is alive and well in Ohio. This juried exhibition of the Ohio Plein Air Society represents artists who work in a variety of media and styles as they explore the diversity and immediacy of painting outdoors. Opening reception Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6-Dec. 9. Urban Arts Space: OSU Department of Art Faculty Exhibition. Sept. 20-Nov. 12. Gen Scrap. The project, Generation Scrap, explores Gen Z’s attitudes and design solutions to the global climate crisis. Through a collaboration between Ohio State’s Interior Materials course and Mohawk Group’s Product Development team, students research and identify sustainability challenges impacting their generation to develop macro design trends that are translated into speculative carpet designs. Sept. 30-Oct. 29. www.

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Grove City Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop Sept. 2, 16, 30; Oct. 14, 28; 4-9 p.m. Grove City Town Center In the heart of Grove City, food trucks and participating local businesses share their popular foods and shopping specials with attendees. Greek Festival Sept. 2-Sept. 5 The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. The 49th annual Greek Festival embraces Greek culture and heritage through cathedral tours, authentic Greek cuisine, music and dancing. www.columbusgreek

Rhythm on the River: An Evening of Dance with BalletMet Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m. Bicentennial Park 223 S. Civic Center Dr. The Rhythm on the River series concludes with an evening of dance performances by BalletMet. Iron Grill BBQ, Ninja Bowl and Sweet Tooth Ice Cream will be on site as well.

Eric Clapton Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Expect a wonderful night as Eric Clapton’s guitar gently weeps (and maybe even rocks) at the Schottenstein Center. His touring show features special guest Jimmie

Short North Gallery Hop Sept. 3, Oct. 1, 4-10 p.m. Short North Arts District The monthly Short North Gallery Hop showcases new exhibitions as well as local food and vendors from around the city.

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Vaughan. A portion of each ticket will go toward the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. 934 Fest Sept. 9-11 934 Gallery, 934 Cleveland Ave. The seventh annual 934 Fest includes a gallery reveal, local music, an interactive kids’ area, a pawn shop and food trucks. Columbus Oktoberfest Sept. 9-11 Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th St. German culture comes to Columbus for Oktoberfest. Enjoy food and drink from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Mozart’s, Kinder Haus and others. The festival also hosts a marktplatz, kinderplatz, four-mile run/walk and plenty more.

Greek Dance & Live Music Homemade Greek Food and Greek Pastries Cathedral Tours The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 555 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio

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PBJ & Jazz Big Band Sept. 10, Noon Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. The PBJ & Jazz Big Band closes out this summer concert series with tunes at the Topiary Park. Moonlight Market Sept. 10 & Oct. 8, 5-10:30 p.m. Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District Take a nighttime stroll to peruse local vendors, try different foods and listen to live music. Enjoy the relaxing city nightlife while viewing various locally-crafted goods and treats. Patriot Day Ceremony Sept. 11, 10 a.m. National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St. The museum will honor all those who lost their lives on 9/11 on the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attack. BIA Parade of Homes Sept. 15-Oct. 2 Across Central Ohio The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio presents the largest showcase of new homes in the area. The Parade features homes in various sizes, styles and prices in communities throughout central Ohio. September/October 2022 |


ProMusica Columbus presents Beethoven 5 Oct. 8-9 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. ProMusica’s 2022-23 season opens with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most famous musical pieces ever written. Kian Soltani will perform on cello with David Danzmayr as conductor.

Night of Chocolate Sept. 16 Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd. This fundraising event for the Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio features a five-course dinner with complementary wines and, of course, decadent chocolates. Columbus Women & Girls’ Fest Sept. 17, Noon-8:30 p.m. MPACC Box Park, 925 Mt. Vernon Ave. This festival celebrates women and girl leaders and creators through entertainment and education. Food and activities will be provided, in addition to performances and presentations by local women and girls. 47th Annual Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens Sept. 17-18 Short North Arts District This year’s tour is back in full swing featuring the diverse and extraordinary range of home styles that define the eclectic character of the Short North! From grand, historic to sleek and modern up with a twist of industrial chic, creative collectors and reimagined renovations sure to inspire. The outdoor living areas of the homes on tour include lush gardens, serene settings, poolside living and more. Ben Platt Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Tony Award winner Ben Platt stops in Columbus for his “Reverie Tour.” The Dear Evan Hansen star is joined on tour by Aly and A.J. Columbus Coffee Festival Sept. 24-25 Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. Coffee lovers can get their caffeine fix at the Columbus Coffee Festival, where coffee vendors showcase their best roasts, blends and coffee-related treats. www.columbus Jurassic World Live Tour Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The dinosaurs from Jurassic World are bigger than ever in this action-packed stage version of the iconic franchise. The production features numerous life-sized animatronic dinosaurs for all to admire.

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The Who Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The Who bring the British invasion to Columbus on the Who Hits Back! tour. Expect the band to perform hits such as “Baby O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies opens. www.

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Columbus Symphony presents Carmina Burana Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Featuring a full orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Chorus and the Columbus Children’s Choir, the Columbus Symphony brings this scandalous composition to its full stature. Old-Time Harvest Day Oct. 2, Noon-4 p.m. Century Village, Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Rd., Grove City Take a trip back in time with the oldtime harvest day festivities, celebrating the start of the fall season the way Ohioans did in the 1800s. Columbus Italian Festival Oct. 3-9 St. John the Baptist, 168 E. Lincoln St. Celebrate Italian culture with cuisine, music, a parade and other family-friendly events. Broadway Across America presents Hamilton Oct. 4-23 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The smash success hip-hop retelling of founding father Alexander Hamilton returns to Columbus this October. Don’t throw away your shot to see this modern historical classic.

Short North Stage presents The Rocky Horror Show Oct. 13-30 Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St. Come do the time warp again with the Short North Stage’s rendition of The Rocky Horror Show. Audience participation is expected for this cult classic full of gothic costumes and eccentric musical numbers. Boo at the Zoo Oct. 14-30, Fridays through Sundays Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a day of fun at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Boo at the Zoo is a notso-scary holiday event perfect for younger kids. Fall Safari at The Wilds Oct. 14, 4-8:30 p.m. The Wilds, 14000 International Rd., Cumberland Take an interactive tour through The Wilds ending with a dinner featuring remarks from The Wilds’ Vice President Dr. Jan Ramer. Halloween Hop Oct. 15 Columbus Speech & Hearing, 510 E. North Broadway For children with special needs, traditional Halloween celebrations may be difficult. The Halloween Hop provides an inclusive experience for all children to celebrate Halloween. www.columbus ​​

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