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Artists use old caravan to put film into motion

September 16, 2014
A local couple has turned a automobile into a piece of working art. “Caravan: Double Feature” is an upcoming, one-night only cinema event produced by collaboration between Evan Dawson and Paige Phillips, both graduates of Ohio State. The couple took Dawson’s family’s 2001 Dodge Caravan and replaced the headlights with 16-mm projectors. Hosted by the small art gallery Mote 078 Gallery, a film will project from the new headlights Friday onto the side of a building near the Ohio Exterminating Co.’s location at 1347 N. High St. “In the film, you will see us walking in front of a car driving down the road,” Dawson said. “It is a fairly… Read more

Upcoming gourmet hot dog joint to cater to those with daring palate

September 16, 2014
DareDevil Dogs is banking on its customers’ sense of adventure when it comes to its new spin on the hot dog. “We’re stepping outside the box,” Ohio State alumnus and DareDevil Dogs co-owner Tomos Mughan said. “We’re trying to be daring with an American staple.” The upcoming DareDevil Dogs gourmet hot dog joint is scheduled to open its first location at 1437 N. High St. in November, formerly home to Commonwealth Sandwich Bar, which closed last November. It’s set to offer customers specialty dogs as well as a “build your own” option, co-owner Bill Garland said. Vegan and vegetarian protein substitutions will be offered as well, Mughan said. As for… Read more

Opinion: Alt J to ride success of ‘Awesome Wave,’ Yeezus might rise again in fall album releases

September 16, 2014
By most accounts, 2014 has been a relatively weak year for music. There have been a few great albums, but the lack of depth compared with the strong outputs of the past two years is staggering. All hope is not lost, though. This fall we can expect new music from underground icons, experimental rock bands and some of the biggest pop stars in the world. Read on to see what you can expect to hear the next few months as well as the songs that are already available. Alt J — “This Is All Yours,” Sept. 23 The genre-bending Englishmen return with their sophomore album following the surprise success of… Read more

James Franco shares life story with Ohio State crowd

September 15, 2014
Actor James Franco traded in his signature smile and witty personality for a more serious tone when he visited Ohio State on Monday. The Ohio Union Activities Board-organized “An Evening with James Franco” was held at the Ohio Union. Franco was welcomed with rousing applause. He entered the ballroom, dressed modestly in a leather jacket, blue pants and Adidas sneakers. For more than an hour, the 36-year-old reflected on both his professional and personal life to a moderator, in a tone reminiscent of “Inside the Actors Studio,” a Bravo program hosted by James Lipton which delves into the minds of stars of screen and stage. Franco plays many roles beyond… Read more

Opinion: Urban Outfitters sweatshirt a cruel mockery for Kent community

September 15, 2014
Urban Outfitters has hit yet another controversial rut for its distasteful clothing design, with the recent release of a single $129 vintage sweatshirt as the most recent addition to the repulsive rack. Branded with the Kent State University name and a mock-up logo based on the seal of Ohio, the crewneck is a faded red color and has a few holes near the left shoulder surrounded by a darker, blood-like hue. In fact, the blotches of red have been interpreted as blood and the holes as bullet holes. Understandably, the public has interpreted this sweatshirt as an insensitive reference to the university’s infamous shooting on May 4, 1970. On that… Read more

Mackenzie Bart: Competing for Miss America a moment that I’m never going to forget

September 15, 2014
Though the crown might not lay on her head, Miss Ohio left the 2015 Miss America Competition with more opportunities to expand her mind. Ohio State student Mackenzie Bart competed Sunday night in a nationally televised competition and received a $10,000 scholarship from Miss Ohio and $14,000 in scholarships from Miss America from the experience. “It’s a moment that I’m never going to forget,” Bart told The Lantern on Monday. Bart, a 22-year-old first-generation college student, began competing in pageants in order to pay for her education. She was crowned Miss Ohio on June 21 and received $10,000 in scholarships from the Miss Ohio pageant. On Sunday night, Bart and… Read more

Album review: Robert Plant abandons Led Zeppelin legacy for a more literary listen

September 15, 2014
You’re probably expecting and hoping that I’ll tell you that on his new album, Robert Plant brings us back to the “dancing days” of Led Zeppelin and rocks out full throttle, right? Well, that’s definitely not what happens on Robert Plant’s new album “lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar.”  But that doesn’t mean that Plant’s eclectic, ambient and lovely album is without merit. Not by a long shot. The rumblings of a Led Zeppelin comeback album have been soaring ever since the rock band’s successful return to the stage for a one-off show in 2007. The band members have been cagey, yet still teasing about the possibility ever since, and this… Read more

Concert review: Metronomy externalizes its internal rhythm in Next@Wex show

September 15, 2014
  Hipsters, young and old — but mostly young — gathered at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Sunday night to watch Metronomy, an English electropop band, perform. The band, wearing all white with red accents, quickly marched onto the stage where the members’ matching white instruments laid — two electronic keyboards, multiple guitars (electric and acoustic), a drum set and the occasional African drum and tambourine. The crowd barely had time to get on their feet before Metronomy began its first song. The first piece concentrated on intricate harmonies and strong percussion, but the instrumentals slowly increased as the song went on, washing out the vocals and stealing… Read more

Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart makes top 10 in Miss America competition

September 14, 2014
Ohio State student and Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart competed Sunday night in the 2015 Miss America Competition and made the top 10 finalists. She also received a $5,000 scholarship. Bart and 52 other women competed throughout the week in preliminary competitions in different categories, including interview, swimwear, evening wear and talent. “The 53 contestants (including DC, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) are split into three groups. Each group has a talent and a swimwear winner,” said Jay Jesensky, executive director of the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program, in an email. Bart won the talent competition in her preliminary group, which featured her and her puppet, Roxy, singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in a ventriloquism… Read more

Opinion: New ‘Weekend Update’ host shows holes in ‘SNL’ casting

September 14, 2014
Last year, “Saturday Night Live” experienced backlash after cast member Kenan Thompson prompted a conversation about not only the lack of diversity on the show but, specifically, the exemption of black women. His comments implied that black female comedians were simply not prepared to join the cast, and it was met with widespread outrage. In an effort to undoubtedly diffuse the uproar, the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, hired LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones as writers and comedian Sasheer Zamata as a cast member. On Thursday, the show proved to once again be working toward expanding and diversifying its cast when it announced Michael Che would be working as the… Read more