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A pop of culture: Comic Con to keep Columbus costumed, entertained

October 31, 2014
Halloween walkers, roamers, lurkers or biters would be best off sticking in the University District this weekend. After all, the man who portrays Daryl Dixon — highly skilled hunter and tracker in “The Walking Dead” — will be present downtown. Not to mention, Freddy Krueger will be lurking.  Ohio’s annual Comic Con ­is set to fill the Greater Columbus Convention Center with art, merchandise, costumes, vendors and more than 60 celebrity panels Friday through Sunday. Actors from hit television shows, including Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixon), Andrew J. West and Steven Yeun from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Charmed” actresses Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, as well as Giancarlo Esposito… Read more

First-year student shares his voice in thriller novel

October 31, 2014
When Frank Berardi began at Ohio State this fall, he had several credentials under his belt that set him apart from a lot of other 18-year-olds, including his recent novel, “Voice,” a 360-page psychological suspense thriller. Berardi — a first-year in political science and journalism — wrote the book in five months and had it published in May through a self-publishing company called AuthorHouse, he said. The plot of “Voice” hones in on the journey that Ben Zyler, a young adult who owns his deceased parents’ Las Vegas-based casino business, takes after being falsely accused of major crimes, including embezzlement. Zyler’s accuser comes in the form of the Voice —… Read more

Opinion: Women’s ‘sexy’ costumes absurd, often worn in bad taste

October 31, 2014
It’s Halloween, which unfortunately that means we are about to be subjected to a lot of tasteless costumes. Last weekend, I went out with a friend of mine to go shopping for costumes at Spirit Halloween, located at 1624 N. High St. We were shopping for a wig for my friend’s costume, but we couldn’t help but notice — and be disgusted by — the female costumes on display. It seemed as if the costume designers either ran out of fabric or thought that all women on Halloween want to bear their legs under skirts during brisk October nights. The movie “Mean Girls” became a pop culture phenomenon after its… Read more

Concert review: Mary Lambert gives inspiring performance in Columbus show

October 31, 2014
One can hardly begin to describe Mary Lambert. Charismatic, witty, charming and immensely talented are a few words that come to mind ­— but these are just the tip of the iceberg. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform Wednesday at the A&R Music Bar on Neil Avenue ­— a rather intimate venue for an artist of her caliber — with a congregation of less than 100. One might remember Lambert from rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love.” This same song was performed at the Grammys with the assistance of Madonna while couples of various races, ages and sexual orientations were married by entertainer Queen Latifah. Opener… Read more

Theater review: Lights, camera, Buddy — charismatic actor redeems musical’s foibles

October 30, 2014
“City of Angels” is a grand affair that pulls out all the stops to make us feel as if we are on a Hollywood set while immersing us in the world of the movie. The play is a collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre, that features a writer in Hollywood struggling to adapt his novel about a 1940s detective into a screenplay. I was rather impressed with all of the elements used to make the viewer feel as if they are watching a movie. Before a single character arrived on stage, opening credits was played, introducing the show like you would find at any movie… Read more

The Chop Shop aims to bring upscale burgers to university district

October 30, 2014
Students who are reeling from the closing of Red Robin’s Burger Works need not fear. There is a new burger joint opening to offer a different type of burger experience. The Chop Shop has been under construction since July, at 2195 N. High St., next door to the Buffalo Wild Wings located at 2151 N. High St. In an area with several burger joints — Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Five Guys — The Chop Shop hopes to offer high-quality ingredients in a high-energy environment. “The quality of our food is going to be above and beyond what anyone is putting out,” said Sean Bannan, general manager of The Chop Shop. “A… Read more

Ohio State alumna given fellowship from Oscars organization

October 30, 2014
Ohio State alumna Sallie West’s screenplay, “Moonflower,” is quickly gaining prominence after being awarded a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting earlier this month, a title given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. West took a break from her longtime science writing career to do freelance work and explore writing fiction, which she had always wanted to do but had never gotten around to. She submitted “Moonflower” to the screenwriting competition in spite of believing her odds of winning a Nicholl Fellowship were slim to none. “I knew the chances were impossible, but I just submitted it to see where in the world it might place,” West said.… Read more

‘Broad City’ duo, Hannibal Buress set to make Ohio State appearance

October 30, 2014
Key and Peele, Bill Hader and Louis CK have all come to Ohio State in recent years ­— now the responsible organization, the Ohio Union Activities Board, is bringing Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, stars of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” to campus, and some students are expressing excitement. The Nov. 10 event, which is also set to include stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, is part of the stars’ “Broad City Live” tour, which takes the duo across the country, performing a comedy variety show with stand-up and videos. Each night is set to be centered around a different theme, with shows including themes such as “positive thinking” and “bucket list.” “The… Read more

A little bit of Japan adorns Short North at Gotcha Gachapon

October 30, 2014
From the outside, Gotcha Gachapon seems just like another store lining High Street in the Short North. But once inside, surrounded by big-eyed plush toys, flashing arcade games and rows upon rows of manga books, guests are transported to a Japanese boutique seemingly plucked straight from the streets of Tokyo. Founded by two friends who met at an anime convention in 2008, Gotcha Gachapon is a pop-up shop devoted to Japanese animation, arcade games and comics that opened earlier this month. It is currently housed on the first floor of Maotef Comic and Gifts in the Short North. Shane Mack, co-founder of Gotcha Gachapon said he hopes to eventually move… Read more

Restaurant review: Short North’s The Table offers inventive, diverse menu

October 30, 2014
A heaping portion of Mystery Meat à la carte, a splash of Special Sauce atop a bed of — is that lettuce? Rice? Such is the menu — an eerily tasty blur of mysterious mediocrity — at myriad campus operations. But never fear: If you care about what you’re ingesting, a number of nearby off-campus venues serve up fresh, farm-to-table fare. One such venue? The Table. Driven by the mantra “Fork responsibly,” a commitment to local and environmentally conscious sourcing, this surprising and simple Short North venue serves up high quality food in an intimate, refreshing environment. Situated at 21 E. Fifth Ave., it’s just a quick bus ride down… Read more