The survivor

COVER STORY

Best of Columbus 2009

A dress made of condoms? Swine flu masks as pieces of art? What do these items have in common with a robot that plays ping-pong? Behold, the Best of Columbus 2009, your guide to the best this city has to offer.

One hot bot

by Jory Farr

Anna Sullivan's provocative dance troupe, Anna and the Annadroids, combines sharp social commentary, innocent humor and plenty of makeup as it builds a loyal following and a growing presence.

Home brew

by Lauren Caggiano

The art of making your own beer and wine is on the rise. Here's a beginner's guide, as well as tips on shops, clubs and events.

DEPARTMENTS

The survivor

by April Johnston

As a teen, Teresa Flores lived a nightmare. Now she's on a mission to cast light on a topic rarely talked about in the United States: sexual trafficking.

Riding the storm out

by Jackie Mantey

Five recent Central Ohio college graduates talk about trying to find a job in the worst economy since you-know-when.

Letters

Responses to our June issue.

Upfront

Associate editor Dave Ghose won big in the Excellence in Journalism contest sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

City Journal

Ohio State almost tosses six valuable sculptures, a trip to Grove City's Clown Town event and more.

Insider

Find out what Maurice Clarett and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have in common..

Parties

Scenes from Opera Columbus's annual ball, the opening of the Soul! exhibit at the Ohio Historical Center and more.

Columbus Calendar

Get in the know about Billy Joel and Elton John coming to Nationwide Arena, in addition to plays, concerts, exhibitions, children's events, getaways, films, dances, operas, lectures, sporting events and parties.

Nightlife: After Dark

Live music at Huntington Park, and athletes dish on their favorite drinks.

Bargain Bits

The scoop on where to find the best bargains.

Finale

Tough breaks

by Hope Madden

RESTAURANTS

Review

The eats at Huntington Park

Dining Notes

Beer and food in perfect harmony.

Guide to Dining Out

The restaurants included are recommended for dependable food quality, service and value.

Fresh Look

Columbus Fish Market

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Pets: A part of the family

by Kimberly Byce

Animals rely on their owners for their health and happiness. Pet care professionals are here to help.

Columbus Monthly Homes July 2009

COVER STORY

Designers ramp it up

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

The Columbus Museum of Art's Decorators' Show House had wide-ranging styles and elaborate motifs.

FEATURES

Island living at CompassPoint

by Teresa Woodard

Bill Schottenstein launches a harbor community on Buckeye Lake's southern shore.

A grape garden party

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

When late summer arrives, Granville Township residents entertain friends with a fabulous dinner party in their bountiful garden.

Luxury living options

by Jackie Mantey

Central Ohio apartments feature amenities ranging from plush lounges to cabana pools to spa and dry cleaning concierge services.

Downsizing

by Rhonda Koulermos

An auction, estate sale, tag event or the dumpster-what to do when you are charged with getting rid of the stuff.

Designer's notebook

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

Designer Dennis McAvena creates a screen to match a room's architecture.

TIPS & TRENDS

A furniture store in Creekside, specialty papers, cool accessories from Anthropologie, the BIA Parade of Homes, Top 25 real estate transactions and more.