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History of High Street documented in photographic journey

September 18, 2014
Caution tape and construction sites bordering High Street shows the ever-changing landscape along one of Columbus’ main stretches. One art exhibit, though, is putting a temporary pause on the progress. That “hallway” is High Street, and “25 ON HIGH: A Photographic Journey” is an upcoming exhibit at the Urban Arts Space that documents the faces, landmarks and overlooked affairs of the street, according to the press release. The pictures in the show range from images of rural farmers and food markets to photos of university students and the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus. The exhibit is an update on the documentary “High Street,” a WOSU TV production released in… Read more

‘OITNB’ actress Laverne Cox: ‘Justice is what love looks like in public’

September 18, 2014
“And ain’t I a woman?” This question — a reference to a famous phrase by Sojourner Truth — was asked to a packed auditorium at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center Tuesday evening by Laverne Cox,  a transgender actress known for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black”and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate. The audience responded with cheers and applause. Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy, which was for her role as Sophie on “OITNB.” In May, she graced the cover of Time magazine and talked about the transgender movement for the weekly news magazine. Tuesday’s… Read more

Composer Marty O’Donnell: I didn’t want to prostitute my art

September 17, 2014
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Ohio State’s School of Music and the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design will host well-known composer and audio director Marty O’Donnell Wednesday in the Weigel Hall Auditorium for two events. O’Donnell has composed music for a myriad of video games and TV commercials, including “Halo” and the Flintstones vitamins jingle. He has also collaborated with many big names, notably musician Paul McCartney and actor Peter Dinklage. Timothy Leasure, associate director of the School of Music, said O’Donnell’s work is unorthodox and will provide students with a new perspective. “The fields of entrepreneurship and video game music are still relatively new to the School of Music, and so we… Read more

James Franco shares life story with Ohio State crowd

September 15, 2014
Actor James Franco traded in his signature smile and witty personality for a more serious tone when he visited Ohio State on Monday. The Ohio Union Activities Board-organized “An Evening with James Franco” was held at the Ohio Union. Franco was welcomed with rousing applause. He entered the ballroom, dressed modestly in a leather jacket, blue pants and Adidas sneakers. For more than an hour, the 36-year-old reflected on both his professional and personal life to a moderator, in a tone reminiscent of “Inside the Actors Studio,” a Bravo program hosted by James Lipton which delves into the minds of stars of screen and stage. Franco plays many roles beyond… Read more

Scavenger hunt plays on nightmarish plot

September 14, 2014
A terrified scream and a vicious growl echo down a dark alley and slice through the still night air. You take off running, heart racing and pulse pounding, afraid of falling prey to the werewolf that now terrorizes the twilight streets of Columbus. Although this might seem like a gruesome scene from a horror movie, one local organization is set on making this nightmarish plot a reality in an upcoming event that combines athleticism, intellectual puzzle solving and imagination.  Columbus Creative Cooperative, an organization founded in 2010 that provides services to the local literary community, is set to host “Rougarou: Journey to the End of the Night” at 7 p.m.… Read more

Fashion runway used to break chains of human trafficking

August 28, 2014
Abolitionists taking a stand against human trafficking have a new platform where they promote their cause — the runway. Unchained, a local organization that presents educational fashion shows detailing the life journey of a human trafficking survivor, is set to be a part of the first Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus Sunday. “(Unchained) is truly a great component that we’re bringing into the festival,” said Melissa Dickson, FMMF spokeswoman. “What they do and what they represent, we truly support, and we are really excited to incorporate them into the show.” The Labor Day weekend fashion show will mark Unchained’s sixth show since its formation in February 2013. “(Unchained) actually… Read more

OUAB, Acappella Alliance to bring Pentatonix for Ohio State concert

August 26, 2014
Voices will rise at the end of September. The Ohio Union Activities Board and Ohio State’s Acappella Alliance are slated to bring a cappella group Pentatonix for a performance Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. The quintet took the spotlight after winning Season 3 of NBC’s a cappella singing competition “The Sing-Off.” Since the 2011 win, Pentatonix — its name derived from a musical scale of five notes per octave — has released two albums filled with the group’s covers of Top 40 hits of past and present, as well as a Christmas album and several singles. Popular covers by Pentatonix include Ariana Grande’s “Problem,”… Read more

R. Kelly pulled from Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after backlash

July 28, 2014
R. Kelly has been pulled from the lineup of Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival following negative reaction from both bands and sponsors in regard to the R&B artist’s headlining spot on the bill. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Nationwide Arena. After the festival announced Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kennedy, as the headliner, two Columbus-based rock bands, Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, announced that they would no longer perform at the festival. Damn the Witch Siren withdrew from FMMF July 3, while Saintseneca withdrew July 23. “We feel (R. Kelly’s) selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations… Read more

Sponsors reconsider involvement in Fashion Meets Music Festival with R. Kelly as the headliner

July 24, 2014
Some of the more than 30 sponsors of Columbus’ Fashion Meets Music Festival are reconsidering their involvement in August’s inaugural fest, which is set to feature R&B artist R. Kelly. In 2002, R. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was indicted in Chicago on soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of producing child pornography and seven counts of videotaping the acts. The case stemmed from a videotape — which was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2001 — of Kelly allegedly having sex and performing sexual acts with an underage girl. He was arrested in Davenport, Fla. after the indictment was handed down and was… Read more