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Hypnotist transfixes Ohio State students

October 20, 2014
Stage hypnosis lives in a strange middle ground between pseudoscience and the surreal. Skeptics abound, detailing alleged trade secrets that performers use to trick the audience — including planting actors as participants and or whispering instructions into their ears. Yet first-hand participants often recall a strange altered state in which they follow every instruction, and some have even criticized hypnotists for putting them in embarrassing situations. Whether it’s placebo, trickery, meditation, manipulation or some other method, it’s a stage act that’s been around for more than a century. Hypnotist Erick Kand took Ohio State students through that strange trip Monday night in a comedy hypnotism show sponsored by the Ohio… Read more

Concert review: Christine McVie helps Fleetwood Mac stage a jubilant return to Columbus

October 20, 2014
It’s a marvel that Fleetwood Mac was even on stage to perform last night. It is a band that has gone through a great deal of emotional turmoil, and more recently, physical stress, as bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer roughly one year ago. Two other members have died within the last three years, one to suicide and the other to a hemorrhage. They have four members who have gone through two failed relationships (one divorce) within the band and have had several key members come and go. They even bared their emotional and romantic troubles out on their 1977 multi-platinum album “Rumours.” And when the band finally gained… Read more

Theater review: ‘Lion King’ lives up to hype in Columbus production

October 17, 2014
Disney’s “The Lion King.” Even if you’ve never watched the 1994 animated film, you have at least heard the name and the legacy it carries. One of those legacies is its Broadway adaptation, which opened in Columbus this week at the Ohio Theatre. I had the opportunity to see the play that has been critically acclaimed for year, with my own eyes, and it’s crystal clear why the show has gotten the accolades it has received. The musical does an excellent job of recreating the most visually captivating scenes of the movie, including the “Circle of Life” opening, Simba’s birth, “Be Prepared,” and the wildebeest run. What made the show… Read more

Chance The Rapper to perform at LC Pavilion for Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
  An up-and-coming rapper is set to make his popular mixtape come to life close to campus. Chance The Rapper’s booking agency, CAA Touring, confirmed Tuesday morning that he is set to perform for Ohio State students at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion — a PromoWest Productions venue — on Oct. 27 with doors set to open at 8 p.m. Chance The Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, is a Chicago-born hip-hop artist. His breakout 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap” included rapper Childish Gambino, the rap alias of Donald Glover, and he was also featured in Justin Bieber’s single “Confident.” Jeff Weiss of Pitchfork.com — who rated “Acid Rap” with an… Read more

Environmental filmmaker Josh Fox set to speak to Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
An Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winning director and activist is set to make an Ohio State appearance. Josh Fox — who is known for his 2010 documentary “GasLand” and its 2013 follow-up “Gasland Part II” — is slated to speak to students Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union in an event sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. “Gasland” exposes the issue of hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — for natural gas in the United States and its effect on the environment. The controversial film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, features, in 2011 and won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding… Read more

Revival of Ohio State Hempfest sees small turnout

October 13, 2014
  Ohio Hempfest set the grass of South Oval ablaze with hemp activism for the first time in five years this weekend, though its attendance was lackluster compared to past inceptions. The free music festival lasted from noon to approximately 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, short of its original slated end time of midnight. There were 15 musical performances in the Browning Amphitheater as well as 13 pro-hemp speakers and 16 vendors including one selling food and five selling glass pipes. One musical performance and two speeches were cut when attendance dwindled late in the night. “I was expecting a lot of hippies and a lot of students, but it was… Read more

Key and Peele explain method behind their word play, high kick for Ohio State crowd

October 11, 2014
Keegan-Michael Key’s high-leg kick whipped through the air of the Archie Griffin Ballroom at Ohio State, sending the crowd into a constant frenzy. It was no longer Key on stage, but the character Coach Hines from one of his famous sketches on the comedy show MADtv. “We were almost called ‘Word Play and High Kicks,’” Jordan Peele, co-creator of the Peabody award-winning sketch comedy series “Key & Peele,” said after Key’s reenactment. OSU welcomed Key and Peele with frequent laughter and open ears Friday night at the Ohio Union in the Ohio Union Activities Board-sponsored event. The duo spoke about the process going from students of comedy to some of… Read more

Review: Ohio State professor puts audience through unforgettable experience at film showing

October 10, 2014
They told me experimental film isn’t necessarily about what specific message the filmmaker is trying to relay. They told me it’s just about the experience I have while watching. Roger Beebe, experimental filmmaker and an associate professor in the Department of Art since January, was welcomed Wednesday night as a relatively new faculty member of Ohio State with a screening of his work at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Dozens of people came to support Beebe and his work, from students, to colleagues, to community members with a passion for art — and an admiration for Beebe himself. It is evident that Beebe is a beloved addition to OSU… Read more

Ohio State musical groups unite for a ‘choral music lover’s buffet’

October 10, 2014
They may not be unified in their style of performances or locations within the venue, but Ohio State’s choirs are hoping to harmonize each other in a concert Friday night. Choral Collage is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m in Weigel Auditorium. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Kristina MacMullen, an assistant professor and producer of the show, said the ensembles have drawn inspiration from the 16th century to present-day music. That variety of styles combined together is a popular concert format known as a “sound collage.” MacMullen said she hopes for an inviting, fast-paced evening. “Collage is a standard format,” she said. “It’s certainly… Read more

Opinion: Worst Kept Secret Fest a refreshing usurpation of typical music scenes

October 10, 2014
Our very own city might be on the forefront of obliterating the secret tricks, exclusive cliques and f—— d—s within our music scene. In this modern age where cities are occupied by strictly-business-minded promoters shooting mass emails to naïve musicians, soulless venue owners strangle money out of young bands, and snotty brats blow smoke to exclude “outsiders,” Worst Kept Secret Fest returns for the 6th time to continue its quest for an oasis where any Columbus artist can evade the exploitation of the scene and come together as one community. From Friday at 6 p.m. until early Sunday morning, a warehouse known as Dude Locker (527 E. Hudson St.) is… Read more