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Gallery: 5k colors Columbus streets

July 20, 2014
The Color Run dyed downtown Saturday. Monikered the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” according to its website, the un-timed 5k drenches runners with various colored pigments at each kilometer marker. Participants are instructed to wear white at the starting line and end up resembling something like a kaleidoscope when done. At the finish line, there is a festival with music, dancing and even more color. The organization hosted more than 170 events in 2013 in more than 30 countries. The Columbus race began at 9 a.m., starting on West Long Street, crossing the Scioto River and ending on West Spring Street.  … Read more

Gallery: Band of Horses, Midlake take the stage at LC Pavilion

July 20, 2014
Band of Horses with special guest Midlake performed Friday at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Band of Horses, a Seattle-based rock band, last released a studio album in 2012 (“Mirage Rock”) and recently put out a live disc of a two-night gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The band is known for singles “The Funeral,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There a Ghost,” among others. Denton, Texas-based Midlake is a folk rock band whose latest effort, “Antiphon,” came out in 2013. The band’s known singles include “Roscoe,” “Young Bride” and “Acts of Man.”  … Read more

Gallery: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper rock the Schott

July 10, 2014
Hard rock band Motley Crue’s final tour, with the appropriate slogan “All bad things must come to an end,” stopped at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday evening with rocker Alice Cooper in tow. The Los Angeles-based band, including Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars, saw its heyday in the ‘80s and is known for hits “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood,” among others. More than 30 years after its 1981 start, the band signed a formal “Cessation of Touring Agreement” Jan. 28, consenting to the band’s official breakup following the last performance of the summer’s tour.… Read more

Review: Neon Trees crowd surfs and sings its way to connect with crowd

July 2, 2014
When the Utah-based, pop-rock band Neon Trees took the stage in Columbus, the crowd was ready to go. In a 20-song, 1 ½ hour set (give or take on both quantities) Monday night at Newport Music Hall, Neon Trees played off the energy of the crowd. The band even went a little further than a classic “O-H-I-O” shoutout to don Ohio State hats for the occasion. And the energy started from the beginning. When Neon Trees took the stage, all of the lights in the venue dimmed. Spotlights then shone on a white cloth that was draped in front of the stage. Neon Trees played half of its first song,… Read more

Gallery: ComFest 2014

July 1, 2014
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The 42nd annual Community Festival, known as ComFest, graced the grounds of Goodale Park Friday through Sunday. The festival is the largest volunteer-run and administered fest in the United States. This year, the fest tributed its 2014 zeitgeist, aiming to raise awareness of marriage equality, medical marijuana legalization and labor movements through musical performances, workshops, shopping, speakers, comedy and dance. Funds from the sales of food, beer, wine and craft vendors that are not used to offset the festival’s cost are spread throughout the Columbus community.… Read more

Gallery: Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies

July 1, 2014
The Ohio Special Olympics held its annual summer games at Ohio State from June 27-29. More than 2,500 athletes from Ohio competed in 11 sports, including aquatics, track and field, bocce, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball, according to the Special Olympics Ohio website. The games officially kicked off Friday with the Opening Ceremonies at Jesse Owens Stadium, and the events took place in various locations around OSU’s campus, Sawmill Lanes and United Skates of America.… Read more

Gallery: Columbus streets filled with Pride

June 22, 2014
The 2014 Columbus Pride parade, part of the 33rd annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival, took place June 21 on High Street. George Takei of “Star Trek” fame served as the grand marshal. The festival was expected to see around 400,000 attendees, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, and cost more than $280,000.… Read more

Review: Brit-based band Bastille plays entrancing performance

May 28, 2014
If ever superpowers existed, Bastille would have the gift of time-travel. As I sat – entranced – watching the band’s sold-out performance at the Lifestyle Communities Outdoor Pavilion Tuesday – for just one night, I believed in the realness of supernatural abilities. The night was sticky – filled with a summer dew and a post-midday haze that breathed a life of summer into the fans gathered to see Brit-based Bastille. Young twenty-somethings donning patterned rompers and high-waisted jorts fanned each other to keep cool – in several cases, with a brewski in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The sky was stained blue-orange as the sun began its… Read more