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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

On the Fitz: Pop, soul sextet set to take LC Pavilion

November 16, 2014
Nothing happens by accident.  Fitz and the Tantrums, a six-piece band of music industry veterans, proves a formula of experience, artistry and understanding can set the stepping stones for success. The band’s tour promoting its sophomore album, “More Than Just A Dream,” is set to hit Columbus on Wednesday. Although the band formed in 2008, each member is well-seasoned in the industry. Their previous experiences and understanding of musicality and their audiences came in handy when the band created its first album, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna said. Ruzumna said the industry experience added to part of the band’s success because it allowed the members to execute their vision clearly and concisely.… Read more

Review: Zadie Smith engaging in speech, well-spoken in answers at Ohio State

November 13, 2014
From touching on subjects such as President Barack Obama to her experience growing up with a feminist mother, award-winning author Zadie Smith shared her narratives to a crowd at Ohio State. Attendees packed Mershon Auditorium on Thursday evening for the chance to hear Smith speak from her experience, as well as provide her take on cultural phenomena and events that audience members could indulge in and relate to. Despite the auditorium’s capacity of 2,500, it’s no surprise it was mostly full, given her diverse background and experiences. Smith, who was born in London to an English father and a Jamaican mother, began seeing success in 2000 with the novel “White… Read more

‘Broad City’ duo sings soundtrack to their lives in OUAB-sponsored event

November 11, 2014
The same day Comedy Central released the first full trailer for “Broad City’s” second season, the comedic duo and the show’s creators — Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer —took the stage in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom alongside comedian Hannibal Buress — a show regular. “Broad City” depicts the unlikely pair — Jacobson and Glazer — navigating their 20-something lives in New York City. The duo’s day-to-day ordeals highlight their obliviousness as they strive to just survive — not necessarily succeed — in the Big Apple. After opening the Ohio Union Activities Board-sponsored show Monday evening with the same pre-gaming dance session one might have with their girlfriends before a… Read more

Concert review: Ryan Adams’ Columbus show a perfect blend of humor, poignancy

November 9, 2014
While I didn’t walk into Ryan Adams’s concert Saturday night at the Palace Theatre knowing much more about him than his last album and his sometimes cantankerous personality, I walked out wanting to know his music, and him, a lot more. He delivered it all from his catalog — the rockers, the banter for which he is known, a delicious improv song and the lush, gorgeous ballads. And the lively yet attentive crowd ate it up. There were many moments where you could nearly hear a pin drop. The Palace Theatre’s pristine setting and impeccable acoustics made Saturday night almost perfect. Opener Butch Walker did a nice job of warming… Read more

Bill Maher opines on religion, Ebola and George W. Bush

November 6, 2014
In preparation for political comedian Bill Maher’s appearance at the Palace Theatre on Sunday in Columbus, The Lantern spoke to him about a variety of issues last month. This is part two of Maher’s interview. The Lantern: Why does it seem to be that liberals can be tolerant and open-minded on many concepts but are close-minded when it comes to religion? There seems to be a hard stopping point there, why do you think that is? Bill Maher: Well, because liberals are humans too. They are not always voting or thinking logically. There is nothing that has a greater hold on people’s heartstrings than religion. Religion provides the one answer… Read more

PromoWest hits 30 years of live entertainment, music

November 6, 2014
If you’ve ever been to a concert in Columbus, there’s a good chance that it was at a PromoWest venue. The entertainment company hit its 30th anniversary this year, and is responsible for booking acts in the Columbus area at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, A&R Music Bar, The Basement and Newport Music Hall as well as Stage AE in Pittsburgh —­ all venues that PromoWest also owns. Marissa Luther — who has held the position of marketing director at PromoWest for the past four years — said it’s rare for an entertainment company to own so many venues, especially including one as distinct as the LC. Equipped with both indoor… Read more

Political comedian Bill Maher: America is finally changing

November 2, 2014
For the last 11 years, Bill Maher has hosted the controversial and unflinching political comedy series, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Having been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series every year from 2005 through 2014, the show attracts an amalgam of guests including poets, authors, members of Congress, generals and movie directors. Just this past February, Michelle Alexander, an associate professor at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State, appeared on “Real Time” and spoke about her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Amid Maher’s preparation for this week’s episode and his stand-up appearance at the Palace Theatre… Read more

Columbus dresses up for Ohio Comic Con during Halloween weekend

November 2, 2014
Thousands of costumed comic fans flocked to the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Halloween weekend to attend the 2014 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.… Read more