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5th Columbus Winter Beerfest set for its largest inception

January 29, 2015
Columbus beer fans can celebrate the end of January indoors this weekend at the fifth annual Columbus Winter Beerfest. The Columbus Winter Beerfest will feature more than 350 craft beers, featuring both local and national breweries. The event’s website gives interested drinkers a full beer list, detailing the brewery, its location, beer, style and alcohol by volume of the selected taps. One of the event’s organizers said Columbus has seen major growth in the craft beer scene over the years, a trend that can be seen on a larger scale as well. “Ohio’s craft beer (scene) in general has exploded,” Columbus Winter Beerfest director of events Craig Johnson said. With… Read more

Rise to top came with relationship and liver sacrifices for CD 102.5 owner

January 27, 2015
Randy Malloy, general manager, president and owner of WWCD 102.5 FM, clears away an assortment of papers and envelopes from an orange futon in his office and adds them to another assortment of papers and envelopes on his coffee table. Malloy describes his office as a “frat house that threw up.” With low-hung ceilings and enough stuff to furnish an entire apartment, it’s filled with stacks of CDs, bottles of wine, band posters and shelves upon shelves of miscellaneous knickknacks and concert memorabilia. Malloy sits down in his desk chair, secures his long brownish-gray hair behind his ears and begins reliving his rise to the top of Columbus’s Alternative Station.… Read more

NHL All-Star Weekend a ‘first rate’ event for fans

January 25, 2015
The streets of downtown Columbus were blanketed with a colorful collection of hockey apparel Saturday night, as fans from all over North America voyaged to Ohio’s capital city to experience the NHL’s All-Star Weekend. Three years’ worth of anticipation radiated throughout the town, as Sunday’s matchup was the first time since 2012 that an NHL All-Star Game took place. In 2013, the game, which was originally planned to be in Columbus, was canceled because of a nearly four-month lockout. The Winter Olympics were the reason for the game’s absence the following year. Many fans, though, said the impressive quality of the festivities was well-worth the wait. “This is a first-rate… Read more

Alumnus aims to make high-quality food accessible, affordable at Acre

January 25, 2015
After working years in the nonprofit sector, Todd Mills is now biting into the restaurant business. Mills owns Acre, a Clintonville restaurant that promises to bring food from the “farm-to-table to-go,” located at 2700 N. High St. Before earning a Master of Business Administration from the Fisher School of Business, Mills worked for Local Matters, a Columbus nonprofit that, according to its website, is “to inspire action because food impacts the quality of our health, our land and our communities.” “I  got really interested while I was doing that work in creating a business that could help make high quality food more accessible to more people,” Mills said. His building… Read more

‘Freedom Writers’ teacher to make Ohio State appearance

January 22, 2015
Erin Gruwell, a high school teacher who rose to fame for leading the “freedom writers,” is set to make an appearance at Ohio State next month. The southern California native began teaching in the 1990s, and used unconventional teaching methods to engage otherwise troublesome students. She used “Schindler’s List” to relate to the intolerance in her students’ lives and “Romeo and Juliet” to relate to gang warfare. She had her students write diaries of their own lives, many stories which were ultimately included in a 1999 non-fiction memoir of the method called “The Freedom Writers Diary.” Ultimately, all 150 of her students graduated high school. Her teaching methods were also… Read more

‘Psycho Beach Party’ to bring climate change to Columbus winter

January 22, 2015
An evening in the Short North can soon be a day at the beach with Columbus Immersive Theatre’s production of “Psycho Beach Party.” Set to hit the Garden Theater stage Friday, the companionship of this Charles Busch play might help audiences forget their winter blues. “You walk in, and you’re at the beach,” said director Edward Carignan, who hopes the audience will be able to transport to the ocean from cold Columbus. Busch’s “Psycho Beach Party” is based on the 1957 novel “Gidget” about a young girl’s surfing adventures. In this adaptation, the main character Chicklet Forrest, played in drag by Nick Hardin, is trying to be a member of… Read more

What’s in a name? For Katherine, it’s punk chemistry

January 22, 2015
Catherine Elicson met Kathryn Keister in their first year at Ohio State, during a feminist student group meeting. It wasn’t until Elicson filled in for the drummer of a friend’s band, Goners, during a show that they realized they wanted to make music together. “It was my first time seeing Catherine playing an instrument, and she was phenomenal, and I cried,” Keister said. The two quickly made a musical connection and formed Katherine, an unapologetic punk two-piece. “I wanted to start a bass-drum band. And here we are two years later.” Their sound, distinct with grungy bass, frantic drums and often haunting, angry melodies and vocals, but is often more… Read more

2015 NHL All-Star Game to generate estimated $12 million for Columbus

January 22, 2015
The city of Columbus is expecting about $12 million to skate into town two years after missing out on the chance. Columbus was supposed to host the NHL All-Star Game in 2013, but a lockout that halted play for three months forced the game to be canceled. This year, the city is getting its chance to host the game. Columbus is set to host the game this weekend, with events taking place downtown from Friday through Sunday. Bruce Wimbish, spokesman for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, said the event will generate a substantial amount of visitor spending and exposure for the city. “We have projected about $12 million in direct… Read more

Opinion: Comedy Central goes for low-hanging fruit with Justin Bieber roast

January 22, 2015
Justin Bieber is a masochist. This was my single stream of thought when I read the announcement that he is going to be roasted on Comedy Central. According to Bieber’s Twitter, he had been begging Comedy Central for a roast, and it finally delivered. “For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me. They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year now I have worked hard,” said his Twitter, @justinbieber. Insert eye roll here. Am I really supposed to believe that Bieber’s attention-grabbing antics have all been to get a roast on Comedy Central? So leaving your pet monkey in Germany, breaking up… Read more

Modest Box mails pieces of Columbus

January 20, 2015
Ohio fans near and far can now enjoy a monthly box of local-made goodies sent straight to their door. Modest Box is a new subscription service that sends different types of packages to subscribers, all featuring products from local, “modest” companies. “When I was thinking of names for the box, I wanted it to be something that stands for the opposite of ‘big box’ because we’re not a big box retailer,” founder Andrea Archibald said. Archibald and her husband, Nate, fostered a love for locally made goods by going to local farmers’ markets, meeting local producers and sampling their products. The couple owns the shops Simply Vague, located in Polaris… Read more