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Writers’ Block open mic keeps the poems flowing at Kafe Kerouac

February 26, 2015
At the front of the line of people waiting to pay $5 to get into Kafe Kerouac’s intimate and book-filled performance space, a man asked, “Will I be able to get back in if I leave to smoke a cigarette?” The woman collecting people’s money while taking the names of the night’s poets responded quickly: “Nope. Because once I take your five dollars, I’m going to take you to the back and chain you up.” There was a pause, then the man responded with, “Does that cost extra?” That woman is Vernell Bristow, who graduated in 1995 from Ohio State with master’s degrees in African-American studies and English literature, and… Read more

Summit, 3rd, 4th streets to get protected bike lane

February 24, 2015
Biking around Columbus might become safer and easier with the addition of a protected bike lane on some of the city’s roads. The City of Columbus is getting its first protected bike lane, which is a section of the road specifically designated for bicyclists. The bike lane is part of a $6 million project that the Ohio Department of Transportation and the City of Columbus have planned. The lanes will be installed on Summit, 3rd and 4th streets after the roads are repaved this summer, said James Young, administrator in the Columbus’ Department of Infrastructure Management. The initiative, which is scheduled to wrap up in October, is funded in part… Read more

Students to perform “Legally Blonde” musical for charity

February 24, 2015
Blonde-haired beauty Elle Woods is strutting her pink pumps from Harvard Law School to Ohio State for the next two weekends in Off The Lake Production’s “Legally Blonde The Musical.” “Legally Blonde The Musical,” originally a Broadway adaptation of 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, tells the story of a charismatic sorority girl named Elle Woods who chases her college boyfriend to Harvard Law School. While many people are familiar with the movie, music director Brittany von Stein, a fourth-year in music education, hopes OTL will bring a new dynamic to the performance. “Within OTL we have this quality of realness, of raw talent,” von Stein said. “It just seems believable.… Read more

Old Hundred’s numbers the sum of each member’s contributions

February 24, 2015
In a quaint brewery nestled in the middle of farmland, the members of Old Hundred crooned and strummed guitars. On Feb. 15, rock band Old Hundred played for a small audience at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. Although not one to perform in large-scale tours, the down-to-earth band draws fans to the venues where they do perform and has a strong following within Ohio. The group’s most recent album, “Let in the Light,” recently was named third best local album of 2014 by Columbus Alive. Old Hundred began with childhood friends Nate Gelinas and Jon Helm and soon after added members Blake Skidmore, Hal Hixson and Gordy Smith. They started out… Read more

A look into Columbus’ human trafficking problem

February 20, 2015
Senior Lantern TV reporter Melissa Prax gives you a look into the human trafficking problem here in Columbus. In her story, she talks to local activists and victims of human trafficking from the area.… Read more

Mayor Michael Coleman gives final State of the City address, calls Columbus ‘strong’

February 19, 2015
Seated on the Palace Theatre stage in a plush blue armchair next to local television personality Angela Pace, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman discussed what he plans to do in the coming months in his final State of the City address on Thursday evening. During the program, which included opening and closing performances by the Harmony Project, a nonprofit music organization, Coleman stressed the importance of change and shared his vision for his approximately 10 months left in office in a Q-and-A session led by Pace. “Change is all around us. Just look outside. You can see a transformed downtown, you can see a booming economy, you can see new jobs… Read more

Website seeks to make free food less elusive

February 19, 2015
Day in and day out, students (and most people, for that matter) share a similar question: “What am I going to eat today?” On a college budget, affordable, nearby food isn’t always easy to find. That is just the problem Genevieve Nielsen and Jon Eberhardt, co-founders of the website freefoodfinder.co, hope to solve. Launched in the past year, Free Food Finder compiles a list of events on several college campuses that serve free food to students. “(It) is designed to help students publicize their events on campus, and it also helps students find new free food events,” Nielsen said. “But even more than just finding free food, help introduce them… Read more

Making T-shirts in his basement led to small business for 2014 OSU alum

February 19, 2015
The same year Chad Campagna was born, his dad, John, bought Cold Duck Screen Printing in East Palestine, Ohio. Chad said his dad would go to work at 6 a.m., come home, sleep in a chair for three hours, get up, go to bed and then go to work again. No one in town knew how Cold Duck got its name, but they knew that it was the place to get T-shirts printed. Now Chad and childhood friend Austin Pence, co-founders of Pop’s Printed Apparel, want to make their shop the place to go for local printing needs. “We’re excited to go out and be the community’s T-shirt printers,” Pence… Read more

Playing to Vapors has seen Columbus music scene blossom during its tenure

February 16, 2015
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band each week.  Columbus band Playing to Vapors has no relation to ‘80s one-hit-wonder The Vapors, but its members don’t resent any accidental association with the band. “Anytime you watch any video of ours on YouTube, it’s always ‘Turning Japanese’ in the sidebar, but it’s a great tune,” said bassist Zack Cramp. In truth, the group’s name was inspired by guitarist Mike Stokes’ father, who is also a musician. “Something that a lot of musicians can relate to is getting to a gig, especially out of town,… Read more

Concert review: Chris Brown and Trey Songz woo the ladies for Valentine’s Day at Nationwide Arena

February 15, 2015
Chris Brown and Trey Songz promised a great show and that is exactly what they put on at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. The arena was filled to capacity with thousands of women hoping to get their special Valentine’s Day ballads sung to them by their favorite artists. Rapper Tyga came out first to fire up the crowd by running out into the audience with his security having a strict watch on him in case someone tried something. He performed songs such as “Faded” and “Rack City” from his album “Careless World: Rise of the Last King.” When Tyga left the stage, ladies were again stuck waiting in anticipation for the… Read more