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One Direction set to play ‘Shoe in 2015

October 23, 2014
British boy band One Direction is set to perform at Ohio Stadium next year after new dates for its “On the Road Again” tour were announced Thursday. The pop group is set to perform in Columbus on Aug. 18, making it the second concert announced at the venue for next summer. “We knew they were planning a stadium tour, and we just went for it,” said Gary O’Brien, OSU spokesman for business advancement. The pop group, which formed out of the embers of its members’ failed solo acts on “The X Factor,” also did a sell-out stadium tour in 2014. Ending Oct. 5, it grossed more than $290 million from… Read more

Opinion: Gwen Stefani just as cool at 45 as in her No Doubt days

October 23, 2014
She’s old enough to be my mom, but she still has a major cool factor. At 45 years old, it’s crazy to think that Gwen Stefani has been an it girl for more than 20 years, and is still going strong. Earlier this week, Stefani released a brand new single, “Baby Don’t Lie.” It’s her first song as a solo artist since “The Sweet Escape” album in 2006. The song is heavy on the synth and drums and features her unique vocals hovering over the track. I dare you not to at least nod along to this one. She’s even released a music video for this song, featuring a fantasy… Read more

Review: Jodie Mack brings still images to life in experimental film at the Wex

October 23, 2014
The Film/Video Theater at the Wexner Center went completely black. Big white numbers popped up on the screen counting down to the beginning of the show, the same numbers you would see in old films. Jodie Mack, an experimental filmmaker who teaches at Dartmouth College, showed her five-part series “Let Your Light Shine” Wednesday night to an almost full auditorium. The showing consisted of five short films made and shot by Mack on 16mm film. The first part, “New Fancy Foils,” showed mostly still shots of fabrics, foils and papers with different patterns printed on them. The prints were shown with a rhythmic pattern, although the only sound you could… Read more

Ohio State exhibit to showcase largest manga collection in US

October 23, 2014
Fans of Japanese entertainment are in for a treat at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s upcoming event. Japanese comic books are set to be on display for the public to peruse at the Rare Manga Collection Open House. Only a small portion of the museum’s 20,000 manga materials will be at the open house, but all students have access to the large collection, said Maureen Donovan, a Japanese studies librarian at Ohio State. Donovan said she began collecting manga for the university in the mid-1980s and has a collection that is still growing. The manga that is set be on display come from a wide time-range, and Donovan… Read more

Usher spills secrets, stories of Ohio Stadium

October 23, 2014
Football players, coaches, students, faculty and Buckeyes alike come and go through Ohio Stadium, but few spend as much time in its concrete walls as Ohio State’s ushers. If you’ve been to the stadium, you’ve probably seen or even talked to an usher as they showed you to your seat, took your tickets and answered your questions. Major events happen each year in Ohio Stadium, and it’s no surprise that the ushers have collected some colorful stories over the years. Now, those stories are the focus of one usher’s new book.  Trevor Zahara, an Ohio State alumnus who has been an usher for 17 years, is the author of “Confessions… Read more

Opinion: ‘Billboard’ shakes off men, makes it all about the babes

October 23, 2014
If you have checked the Billboard Hot 100 chart recently, you might have noticed that the top five spots belong exclusively to female artists. You might not have known it’s an unprecedented phenomenon. “For the first time in the 56-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, solo female artists have occupied the top five positions on the chart for six consecutive weeks,” according to a Billboard article by Melinda Newman. Two of those songs include guest spots by other female artists, so there are eight women who have been running the show. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” leads the pack, followed by Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Iggy Azalea’s… Read more

Opinion: Renee Zellweger’s about-face needs explanation

October 23, 2014
Since I have thick, curly and unwieldy hair, I typically let it do its own thing post-wash. When I decide to intervene with a blow dryer, though, people audibly freak by the noticeable difference. And that’s just my hair. I just blow dried my hair, and I have people from all sides of campus going, “Oh my God — I love it! Did you get a haircut? Brazilian blowout? Is that a wig?” A public reaction isn’t what I expect, let alone aim for, when I blow dry my hair, but I understand it as a natural response of curiosity when someone looks different — not better, but perhaps enhanced… Read more

Concert review: Walk the Moon get back to its roots in Columbus show

October 22, 2014
Once the bubble bursts, it is nearly impossible to recapture what was there before. Walk the Moon’s bubble burst about two years ago, when “Anna Sun” became an unexpected hit and the Ohio-bred band went from waiting for its big break to seeing it unfold before its eyes. The band members toured across the country and through Europe, along the way becoming alt pop radio mainstays. Booking a Columbus show at the relatively small venue The Basement might have been the band’s way of rediscovering its roots, but there is nothing like quickly selling out a gig to remind you that there are more people who want to hear your… Read more

Character’s artistry, play’s set evolve in theater production of ‘My Name is Asher Lev’

October 21, 2014
In a culture of typically uniform and muted clothing, one Hasidic Jew broke away into a world fueled by vibrant hues and expression. At least that’s the premise of Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel, “My Name Is Asher Lev,” which is being brought to life on stage by theater company CATCO at Studio Two in the downtown Riffe Center beginning Wednesday. Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew living in 1950s Brooklyn, N.Y., Lev was born with artistic aspirations and has a desperate need to paint, which conflicts with his family’s heavily religious views. The challenge for Lev is that he feels like he has to create art, while art was viewed… Read more

Opinion: Taylor Swift’s fandom more a product of her lifestyle, not music

October 21, 2014
Early Tuesday morning, an eight-second clip of garbled white noise swiftly rose to the top of the Canadian iTunes music chart. The clip, vaguely titled “Track 3,” was a simple placeholder on the listing for Taylor Swift’s soon-to-be-released album “1989.” The track was released because of an apparent glitch in the iTunes system, but nevertheless, its lack of content did nothing to deter countless fans from spending 1.29 Canadian dollars on the download and propelling it into the coveted No. 1 slot. “Track 3”’s ability to soar atop today’s latest hits on the charts is every bit as impressive as it is confounding — an accomplishment that serves as a… Read more