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March 2013 Edition

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Actual Coffee tasting and open house

The March issue of Columbus Monthly (on newsstands now!) is all about our city's coffee roasting scene, which is expanding like crazy. The story got me exploring the various offerings around town, and I wanted to share a favorite: Actual Coffee.

Roland Mouret channels '80s Catherine Deneuve

PARIS (AP) - The most Parisienne of the silver screen icons, Catherine Deneuve, was the inspiration behind Roland Mouret's playful, colorful and womanly show at Paris fashion week.

First lady: Not surprised by reaction to Oscars

CHICAGO (AP) - Michelle Obama says it was "absolutely not surprising" to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it.

Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Balmain are ladylike on day 3

PARIS (AP) - First it was Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo who played with men's clothing in the 1930s. Then came Yves Saint Laurent, who in the 60s made it fashionable for every woman with the masculinity of "Le Smoking."

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Balmain draws on the Far East via the 1980s

PARIS (AP) - Balmain focused on the Far East for its fall-winter collection Thursday, using bejeweled couture and Oriental wrapped silks to embellish the Paris house's ready-to-wear display.

Cinderella's slipper: the ultimate must-have shoe

NEW YORK (AP) - There would be no "happily ever after" for Cinderella without her glitzy glass slippers, so careful attention was paid to the shoes for the princess-to-be's Broadway opening this weekend.

Colleges, theaters to create new Civil War plays

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four major universities are joining theater companies in Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Atlanta in a project to commission new plays, music and dance compositions about the Civil War and its lasting legacy 150 years later.

Correction: Stolen Dali story

NEW YORK (AP) - In a story Feb. 26 about the theft of a Salvador Dali painting, The Associated Press erroneously reported the nature of Phivos Istavrioglou's guilty plea. It was the result of the judge's offer of a lesser punishment under certain terms, not a plea deal reached by defenders and prosecutors.

Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock-star status, died Wednesday after a fight with bone cancer. He was 78.

SC court nixes James Brown estate settlement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal.

Guy Laroche shows brash sexuality

PARIS (AP) - "It's the story of women, women who don't need men," says Guy Laroche's designer Marcel Marongiu of his revealing, even kinky, fall-winter 2013-14 offering.

9/11 victim's mom upset film used son's last words

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center says she's upset the Oscar-winning movie "Zero Dark Thirty" used a recording of his last words without her permission.

Cedric Charlier mixes bright prints, architecture

PARIS (AP) - Architecture, the patterns of painting movement "art brut" and the surrealistic colors of Dutch Master Brueghel were all inspirations behind Cedric Charlier's diverse fall-winter 2013-14 show in Paris.

Fashion Review

MILAN - More and more high fashion resembles an extreme sport, the X Games of glamour. Everything is amped-up: furs, glitter, nice Italian tailoring

Milan designers propose assertive winter looks

MILAN (AP) - Milan designers have proposed assertive and even aggressive looks for next year, as if to fill a power vacuum felt keenly in Italy in the face of political uncertainty and a resigning pope.

'Argo' wins best picture on scattered Oscar night

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. "Argo" won best picture as expected...

Armani, Dior rack up fashion wins at Oscars

Forget glamour girls Jessica Chastain versus Jennifer Lawrence. By the end of a long Oscars telecast, the only person who could have stolen the fashion conversation was first lady Michelle Obama - and she did.

SHOW BITS: Break a leg _ oops

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Show Bits brings you the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lawrence wins acting Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Daniel Day-Lewis has joined a select group of Academy Award recipients with his third Oscar, taking the best-actor trophy Sunday for his monumental performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga "Lincoln."

Silver lining for Oscar fashion

Oscar fashion shot from midnight dark (Sandra Bullock) to 1,000-watt bright (Jane Fonda) but lingered longest in the soft and shimmery range in between.

Waltz wins supporting-actor prize for 'Django'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Christoph Waltz really owes Quentin Tarantino. Waltz won his second supporting-actor Academy Award on Sunday for a Tarantino film, this time as a genteel bounty hunter in the slave-revenge saga "Django Unchained."

Fur dominates many a Milan runway

MILAN (AP) - Fur is dominating many Milan runways this season, which would be handy for this week's unusually persistent snowy weather.

Ferragamo show concentrates on shapes

MILAN (AP) - The Salvatore Ferragamo show concentrates on shapes. All in black, white and navy blue, with no prints or bold shades, the clothes have to speak for themselves.

Ferragamo show concentrates on shapes

MILAN (AP) - The Salvatore Ferragamo show concentrates on shapes. All in black, white and navy blue, with no prints or bold shades, the clothes have to speak for themselves.

Dolce&Gabbana's new line recalls sacred, profane

MILAN (AP) - "La Dolce Vita" was the name of the game at Dolce&Gabbana, where the fun-loving designing duo recalled the sacred and profane of mundane Italian life, as exposed in director Federico Fellini's 1960 movie.

Oscars have clear favorites, wild-card MacFarlane

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night's Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books.

Oscar have clear favorites, wild-card MacFarlane

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night's Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books.

Big studios behind swag-fueled Oscar push

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even "Lincoln" turkey roasting pans. That's just some of the largesse doled out by the studios to voters for awards presented earlier this season - each with the potential to influence the outcome of Hollywood's most important awards, Sunday night's Oscars.

Jil Sander asserts tailored heritage

MILAN (AP) - Jil Sander is back, and it shows. Belgian designer Raf Simons, now with Dior, had livened up the minimalist label with bold colors and inventive styles. But since the company's founder took back the reins a year ago, the style has reverted to precise, disciplined tailoring, for the most part in no-nonsense colors.

New film tells story of unsung civil rights leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just before the March on Washington in 1963, President John F. Kennedy summoned six top civil rights leaders to the White House to talk about his fears that civil rights legislation he was moving through Congress might be undermined if the march turned violent.

Correction: Obit-Magic Slim story

In an obituary Feb. 21 for blues guitarist Magic Slim, The Associated Press erroneously described his album "Bad Boy." It is a collection of original songs and covers, not a mix of covers.

For Joan & Melissa Rivers, Oscars equal fashion

NEW YORK (AP) - Right now, various stylists to the stars are frantically pulling together their clients' "look" for Sunday's Oscars. And as they do so, there are two people they should probably thank for their jobs: Joan and Melissa Rivers.

Maserati driver in Vegas shooting-crash was rapper

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Maserati driver who died after being peppered with gunfire from someone in a Range Rover SUV, sparking a fiery crash that killed two others, was identified Friday as an aspiring rapper originally from Northern California.

In artist's show, creation merges with destruction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - It took Ryan Travis Christian four days to fill the paper sheet stretching 6-by-30 feet and push-pinned to the white museum wall. Spreading charcoal with a chamois and Latex-gloved hand, he conjured a dreamy cloudscape of reclining, mouthless ghosts, zigzag patterns and disembodied duck heads.

Oscar guy MacFarlane aims to perk up stodgy awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You think the Academy Awards are boring? Try the nominations. They only last a few minutes, but it's generally a sleepy academy suit and a sleepy starlet droning a list of names at 5:30 in the morning.

Maserati driver in Vegas shooting-crash was rapper

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police on Friday searched for a Range Rover with dark tinted windows and custom rims that set off a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip when someone in the luxury SUV opened fire on a Maserati driven by an aspiring rapper.

Colangelo digital-inspired line has 3-D flair

MILAN (AP) - Gabriele Colangelo's womenswear line for next winter drew inspiration from artist Laurent Segretier's "photographic digital distortions" - a concept that the designer translated with 3-D flair.

Oscar animators ready to be taken seriously

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - In the animated feature film category at this year's Oscars, there's a film set in medieval Scotland, another that features old-school video game characters, one that relies heavily on dry British humor, while the other two take inspiration from the supernatural.

Blackberry Scallops at Gallerie

Sometimes a particular meal that you remember tasting amazing doesn't quite hold up when you try it again years later. So I was a little nervous to try the Scallops at Gallerie, the Bill Glover-helmed restaurant inside the Hilton Downtown.

Prada presents yesteryear opulence

MILAN (AP) - The Prada finale was a long luxurious mink coat with ample collar and cuff like the ones the Hollywood divas used to wear in the 1950's. Underneath the model wore a sheer see-through silk dress.

Star Wars fans feel the force at lightsaber class

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

Fendi in Milan sticks discreetly to fur heritage

MILAN (AP) - Fendi is to fur what Ferrari is to cars. Yet given current concerns about animal rights, the brand has moved from the lavish fur coats that were all the rage in the 1980s to a more discreet way of interpreting fur as fashion.

Rapper Ja Rule leaves NY prison in gun case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.

Max Mara strikes a note of functional elegance

MILAN (AP) - The German Bauhaus design school gave the world functional yet elegant design in both everyday objects like chairs and teapots to living and working spaces. On the runway in Milan, Max Mara struck the same note of functional elegance in its Bauhaus-inspired womenswear show.

Rapper Ja Rule set to leave NY prison in gun case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was set to leave an upstate prison on Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession but head straight into federal custody in a tax case.

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