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Ohio State professor: History has well written the dangers of climate change

December 18, 2014
Turn on the news, open your laptop: A resounding sense of calamity and crisis — foreboding headlines of climate change, terrorism and that fear-mongering favorite, Ebola — will greet you like a swift slap to the face. And yet against this backdrop of increasingly global, ever-urgent crises, Ohio State professor and acclaimed historian Noel Geoffrey Parker looks to the past — to eerily similar parallels in history. His most recent work, “The Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century,” was recently awarded the British Academy Medal, an annual recognition of “landmark academic achievement” by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The book, which… Read more

LaRosa’s Columbus entrance a sentimental addition for Cincinnati natives

December 18, 2014
Adriatico’s, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Catfish Biff’s — need I go on? The campus presence of pizza is undoubted: it is a downright staple, as essential and ubiquitous as bread or eggs. And with the prominent, Cincinnati-based franchise LaRosa’s now on the Columbus pizza radar, students and city-dwellers alike have yet another venue to choose from. Having opened its doors on Nov. 24, LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria is nestled in Dublin, Ohio — a northern Columbus suburb — at 7048 Hospital Drive, Avery Square. It is the first Columbus location for the franchise, whose growing presence includes more than 60 pizzerias across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. So what, exactly, differentiates LaRosa’s from… Read more

Opinion: Sony Pictures sets dangerous precedent for self-censorship

December 18, 2014
Christmas Day has long been a lucrative holiday for movie theaters. Yet box office revenues were at risk of looking quite different this year when an anonymous group got online and threatened violence in response to the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview.” The low-brow comedy stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as man-children prompted by the CIA to assassinate North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Kim’s personality cult is easy fodder for a comedy — but it was also apparently blasphemous, and Pyongyang was not happy. In June, North Korea called the movie an act of war and promised “a merciless counter-measure” if it hit theaters. The movie’s parent… Read more

Opinion: Backlash over ‘The Interview’ needs to be taken more seriously

December 17, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Sorkin compares Sony Pictures hack to leaked nude celebrity pics Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been highly outspoken about the recently leaked emails and employee information involving Sony Pictures. Sorkin’s original claim was that the company’s hacked emails were no different than the celebrity nude photos that leaked this past September. I read that, and I had one thought: Are. You. Kidding. Me? How can you even compare the two? Business emails are one thing, but naked bodies? That’s a whole new level of security breach. Leaking and… Read more

Album review: Nicki Minaj appeases hip-hop and pop fans alike with ‘The Pinkprint’

December 15, 2014
Nicki Minaj has been everywhere this year. From her role in “The Other Woman” to her surprise collaboration with Beyoncé on her remix of “Flawless,” the 32-year-old rapper has built up a lot of buzz and anticipation for “The Pinkprint.” With an album title paying homage to Jay Z’s “The Blueprint,” Minaj hinted to her fans that her latest project would take her back to her hip-hop roots. Ditching the wigs and eccentric outfits, the music scene buzzed with anticipation as her image seemed to mature almost overnight. Singles “Only,” “Anaconda,” “Pills and Potions” and “Bed of Lies” are a reflection of the versatility the album expresses. Minaj will fire… Read more

Theatre review: ‘The Nutcracker’ filled with humor, dazzling performances

December 13, 2014
The weather outside was not too frightful, but opening night of BalletMet Columbus’ “The Nutcracker” turned out to be quite delightful. This was my first time seeing the holiday classic performed on stage instead of through a TV screen or in a movie theater, so the magic of the experience stayed with me the entire night. The first act opened with an adorable display of young children skidding across an icy sidewalk as Clara and her brother Fritz go to greet their godfather Herr Drosselmeyer, who always has a magic trick up his sleeve. Because this is a ballet performance, no dialogue is spoken between any of the characters, so… Read more

‘The Nutcracker’ makes its return to BalletMet Columbus

December 12, 2014
Christmas comes every year, and for BalletMet Columbus, so too does “The Nutcracker.” The ballet, with its world of toys and adventure in a little girl’s dream land, is makes its return Friday to the central Ohio ballet company, which has performed it every year since 1978, said BalletMet communications manager Ann Mulvany in an email. “The current version of BalletMet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ was created in 2003 by Robert Post and former BalletMet artistic director Gerard Charles,” Mulvany said. Current artistic director Edwaard Liang, a former dancer with New York City Ballet who joined BalletMet in 2013, has the reins on this year’s production. The two-act production itself has a… Read more

‘Top Five’ has comedians getting serious, highlighting ‘black fame’

December 11, 2014
Dubbed by The New York Times as “one man’s crisis of the soul,” the Chris Rock vehicle “Top Five” hits theaters Friday with a cast that also includes Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Hart. In addition to starring, Rock also wrote and directed the comedy, which centers on Rock’s character Andre Allen, a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. It might be the movie’s premise but it’s a real struggle many comedians face when trying to break into film, said J.B. Smoove, a stand-up comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer. “You would think you’d be more respected as an artist by changing your style …… Read more

Department exhibit to showcase electrifying art and technology

December 9, 2014
The world of fine art evolves as new media present themselves, giving artists new modes and environments for expression. Given that premise, what better medium to work with than the medium of today: technology, asks Ken Rinaldo, professor and head of the Department of Art’s art and technology program. Starting 5 p.m. Tuesday, a curious cluster of electronically produced art is plugging into Hopkins Hall Gallery for the Art + Technology program’s biannual student exhibition, “Algorithmic Sequitur,” which lasts through Dec. 12. The works were chosen from roughly 280 submissions by faculty members, Rinaldo said, with an acceptance rate of about 50 percent. Jessica Ann, a second-year student and teaching… Read more