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CATCO to give ‘Christmas Carol’ a new tune

December 4, 2014
“It’s a play within a play.” That’s how acting apprentice Andrew Protopapas described his theater company’s spin on “A Christmas Carol,” which CATCO is currently performing until Dec. 21. Charles Dickens’ story is book-ended by that of characters in 1940s England who find their way into an old, abandoned theater during a bomb raid. They come across the script for “A Christmas Carol,” find props and costumes in the theater and put on the show, director Joe Bishara said. That’s when the classic holiday story unfolds, but with a twist. While this kind of play traditionally consists of a cast of 50 or more individuals, CATCO’s version only has seven,… Read more

Columbus on commission: Proposed House bill to give artists an income tax break

December 4, 2014
Ohio artists could get an income tax credit on profits they make from selling artistic creations through a recently proposed measure. The proposal, Ohio House bill 666, would only apply to art sales that occur in designated arts and entertainment districts, such as the Short North. It was introduced Nov. 12 by Ohio Democratic Reps. Michael Stinziano and Nickie Antonio, who think Ohio would reap economic benefits from the move. “Movies are a form of art … be it the script, be it the act or the entire production,” Stinziano told The Lantern, referencing a tax credit that’s currently in place to incentivize film productions in Ohio. “So based on… Read more

Gateway’s Documentary Week kicks off with critical look at food industry

December 4, 2014
Movies are often a go-to escape for audiences, but filmmakers in Columbus this week are hoping their documentaries can bring social change. Thursday marks the beginning of the 6th Columbus Documentary Week, an event celebrated at Gateway Film Center biannually. A total of 22 documentaries are set to be shown from Thursday to Dec. 11 which a range of categories. Documentary Week came about from a simple reason.  “There are so many great documentaries being made,” said Johnny DiLoretto, spokesman of Gateway Film Center. “Over the years people have grown in their interest in nonfiction … so you see that reflected in the movie making now.” Everything from “The Immortalists,”… Read more

Concert review: Glass Animals dreamy, Future Islands weird, Cage the Elephant energetic at CD102.5′s Holiday Show

December 2, 2014
For the annual CD102.5 Holiday Show, the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion was filled Monday with fans of one of the four bands showcased in annual alternative station’s concert. Like clockwork, the opening act, Glass Animals, arrived on stage bathed in a slightly eerie green light. The entire performance had a dreamlike quality enhanced by the fact that these four dudes were from England and their accents did not disappoint. The quirky and earnest frontman, Dave Bayley, seemed in awe that he was performing in front of the enthusiastic crowd that is often the norm at most Columbus concerts. The highlight of this set had to be the band’s cover of Kanye… Read more

School of Music ensembles cap off semester with celebration concert

December 2, 2014
“It’s like a flight of wine,” production coordinator and professor Robert Ward said. “We’re offering a flight of musical performances in 90 minutes.” As the semester draws to an end, the School of Music is preparing for one of its biggest, most anticipated concerts of the year. The 22nd Annual Music Celebration Concert is the one time during the semester when nearly everyone in the School of Music is performing under one roof, Ward said of the event scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. “We come together as one entity to present something to the public,” Jaz Bluhm, a fourth-year in music education, said. Every orchestra, major… Read more

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab: We can all swim through the gut churn together

November 25, 2014
Jad Abumrad, founder of the popular radio show and podcast Radiolab, made an appearance at the Ohio Union Monday to recount some of his struggles through the creative process and what they’ve taught him about finding ideas, questions and answers. Radiolab airs on more than 450 National Public Radio stations in the U.S. and is hosted by Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, according to its website. Abumrad’s background in music production shines through Radiolab’s style, as he takes sound bites from interviews, conversations, sound effects, music and more and  strings them together in a fast-paced, stream-of-consciousness form to shape a coherent story, usually on topics surrounding science and philosophy. “There’s something… Read more

Opinion: AMAs show trajectory for music fame in America unpredictable

November 25, 2014
The 2014 American Music Awards highlighted “the melting pot” that is America. Most every style of music was displayed, and many different nationalities were honored. Latino icon Pitbull was the host again this year, and he did exactly what you would expect him to do. He called himself “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305”, said “Dali” a handful of times, and did a huge performance with about 30 scantily clad women. That aside, he did a good job with his hosting duties. He was comfortable speaking and he brought attention to the Latino community, something that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Taylor Swift opened the show with… Read more

Columbus shops collaborate to create coffee trail

November 24, 2014
For the love of coffee. That’s what it all brews down to on the Columbus Coffee Trail. “We all love coffee and we all love each other’s coffee,” said Mick Evans, co-owner of the Short North’s One Line Coffee and co-founder of the Columbus Coffee Trail. And it’s because of that love that a total of 12 Columbus coffee shops owned by seven “competing” companies have teamed up to make the Columbus Coffee Trail. The concept of the trail is relatively simple: customers pick up a card at one of the participating stores and then buy a drink or food item at four or more locations. At each stop, customers… Read more

Brick by brick: Lego sculptures imagine Columbus in a new age

November 20, 2014
Columbus wasn’t built in a day. In fact, it took one group of avid builders nine years to assemble. An exhibit featuring sculptures made entirely from Legos — “Think Outside the Brick” — is making its third annual appearance at the Columbus Museum of Art’s Center for Creativity starting Friday. The exhibition will explore the city of Columbus through Legos that come in many colors, sizes and shapes. The main installation is built by the Central Ohio Lego Train Club — a group of Ohio-dwelling adults who see the colorful bricks not as a children’s toy, but as an artistic and structural medium. The COLTC’s collaborative model, “Columbus: Real and… Read more

Robin Wright: ‘There’s always another pinnacle to strive for’

November 17, 2014
Robin Wright hasn’t hit all of her goals quite yet. The actress and director came to Ohio State on Monday to speak at the Ohio Union in a forum akin to “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” The Texas native is famous for her roles as Princess Buttercup in “The Princess Bride” and Jenny Curran in “Forrest Gump.” Since 2013, she’s starred as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” — a role that’s made her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a television series distributed online only. But now, at 48, she told The Lantern she’s hoping to move away from acting into directing. She… Read more