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  • Poetry time

    Posted on May 2, 2016

    Ohio poet laureate Amit Majmudar to speak at Columbus State

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  • Wai Ming Spring and Summer Looks

    Posted on May 2, 2016

    Wai Ming founder Emily Brady Koplar shares her inspiration for the Spring/Summer collection.

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  • The Scoop: Starliner Diner on the move, Filipino restaurant announced

    Posted on Apr 28, 2016

    Openings, closings and other local restaurant fodder

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  • The Devil and The Donald

    Posted on Apr 27, 2016

    One of my favorite things about being a magazine writer is I get to learn about new people and topics every month, through researching my own articles and reading my co-workers’ stories. Here are a few things I found fascinating from our work in the May issue, which hit newsstands this week:

    (Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, lead singer of Eagles of Death Metal; photo by Jean Nicholas)

    The Devil and The Donald – Our “Top 5” feature this month included the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Newport on May 28. It’s the band’s first show here since the tragic Bataclan concert in Paris, which was attacked by Islamic State militants in the bloodiest of the citywide carnage. While researching the blurb, I found out that lead singer Jesse “The Devil” Hughes—a carousing, drug-fueled wild man who borders on rock star parody—is a staunch conservative and Donald Trump supporter. He’s also a longtime gun advocate, a position only made more ardent by the Paris tragedy. In February he told The Guardian, “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is . . .  until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.” Last year, Vice released a documentary on the often-conflicted Hughes, “The Redemption of the Devil.”

    (Ohio poet laureate Amit Majmudar in his Dublin home; photo by Tessa Berg)

    The Story of Liviu Librescu – In editing Mya Frazier’s article about Ohio’s first poet laureate, “The Restless Imagination of Amit Majmudar,” I learned of the uplifting story of professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor who died protecting his students during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. Majmudar, a nuclear radiologist and resident of Dublin, penned a poem about the professor’s heroic final day, depicting him barricading the door and saying goodbye while his students escaped out a window. “Elegy for Professor Liviu Librescu” is a beautiful, heartrending work in which Majmudar imagines the last thoughts of a man who lived a full life despite the ever-encroaching threat of death.


    (The early days of Poindexter Village, courtesy Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority)

    Beyond Poindexter – While reporting my feature story this month, I learned of the dispute regarding the demolition of historically black housing projects nationwide. “Poindexter’s Last Stand” details the fight for preservation of the final two buildings of the once-proud Poindexter Village on Columbus’ Near East Side. One of my sources, professor Horace “Ike” Newsum from Ohio State, talked about his mother’s family and their positive experiences at Foote Homes, a very similar project in Memphis. Last September, Memphis won a $29.7 million grant from HUD—also awarded to Columbus in 2014—to tear down Foote Homes and replace it with mixed-income housing as part of area redevelopment. Like in Columbus, the plan met backlash from some local residents who favored restoring the existing buildings to help keep people in the neighborhood. Activists fear that residents won’t come back after they’re displaced, ushering in gentrification of areas of black historical value. Read more from The Commercial Appeal as the situation progressed in 2014.

  • Fab Five for April 21

    Posted on Apr 21, 2016

    Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

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  • Beer of the Month: Clear Sky by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

    Posted on Apr 19, 2016

    This flagship brew is now readily available at area grocery stores.

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  • Dinner Lab suspending operations, Columbus event canceled

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016

    Saturday's “Game of Thrones” dinner event is off

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  • Fab Five for April 14

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016

    Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

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  • Fab Five for April 7

    Posted on Apr 6, 2016

    Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

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