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February 2014 Edition

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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, died Sunday. He was 46.

'Ride Along' No. 1 for third week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With Super Bowl XLVII weekend in full swing, "Ride Along" remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot in a surprising three-week takeover at the box office.

'Ride Along' No. 1 for third week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Ride Along" has topped the box office for the third week in a row with $12.3 million as it nears a $100 million domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Film explores 'Kids for Cash' scandal in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.

Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim

NEW YORK (AP) - Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim

NEW YORK (AP) - Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim

NEW YORK (AP) - Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

'Tis the season for remodels

January is a notoriously slow month for restaurants. After the holiday craze, the crowds calm down for a few weeks. Some restaurants take advantage of the lull by closing shop for a few days to update spaces and menus. Here are a few of the changes in some of your favorite restaurants around town you should know about.

Danica Patrick on racing, celebrity, Super Bowl ad

NEW YORK (AP) - Danica Patrick is the most successful woman to get behind the wheel of a race car, but on Super Bowl Sunday, she's the girl in the GoDaddy commercials. Having done a dozen ads for the web-hosting company, the 31-year NASCAR driver has another planned for Sunday's game.

Despite critics, 'Single Ladies' gains viewers

ATLANTA (AP) - Actress LisaRaye McCoy has heard of some of the harsh reviews of her VH1 romantic comedy series, "Single Ladies," that call the show's script and acting subpar. But McCoy says numbers speak louder than words.

Despite critics, 'Single Ladies' gains viewers

ATLANTA (AP) - Actress LisaRaye McCoy has heard of some of the harsh reviews of her VH1 romantic comedy series, "Single Ladies," that call the show's script and acting subpar. But McCoy says numbers speak louder than words.

Philomena Lee, US lawmaker push adoption rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Philomena Lee wistfully described losing her son to adoption and her search for him 50 years later, a quest depicted in the Oscar-nominated film starring award-winning actress Judi Dench.

Vegan rock star coming to Seventh Son

Isa Chandra Moskowitz, a complete rock star of vegan cooking is coming to Seventh Son Brewing on Feb. 3 to speak truth to kale and sign her newest book, "Isa Does It."

Winter Flea

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Get your wallets ready, because Columbus Flea is presenting the Winter Flea this Sunday, Feb. 2. From noon to 5 p.m. head over to Strongwater (401 W. Town St.) to find clothing, home décor, accessories and more. The...

Oscar nod for 'Alone Yet Not Alone' song rescinded

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The motion picture academy says it's rescinding the Academy Awards original song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name after it discovered composer Bruce Broughton emailed members of the group's music branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

PepsiCo holding benefit for veterans

NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo Inc. is making a $1 million donation and streaming a live concert Friday to benefit injured military veterans and their families.

Madonna to join Pussy Riot at human rights concert

NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna's not done with her recent string of public appearances - she also has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International's human rights concert in New York.

Clinton foundation to get honor

NEW YORK (AP) - Bill Clinton made major changes to his diet after heart trouble, and now his foundation is getting an honor for helping in the battle against heart disease.

Miley Cyrus duets with Madonna for MTV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus mashes it up with Madonna, twerks with her tongue out and drops a bunch of F-bombs on her upcoming MTV special, and she's in fine voice while doing it.

We Love Casual

How chefs are adjusting to a more casual way of eating

Best New Restaurants: Second Runner-Up, Plate

From the time he was 5, Alfonso Contrisciani would help his Italian grandmother in the kitchen-watching as she made pastas and pastries from scratch, measuring ingredients by sight alone.

Quick Bites

Where do local chefs go for a casual meal?

Best New Restaurants: Runner-Up, The Pearl

For the first six months, it was nearly impossible to get a reservation at Cameron Mitchell's new Short North gastropub. Crowds were gathering at all hours of the night for The Pearl's riff on American tavern food served alongside barrel-aged cocktails and punch bowls in an old-school setting.

Trends: Bakeries

Bakeries are moving from weekend farmers markets to permanent storefronts

Too Soon to Call

These buzz-worthy restaurants opened a tad too late for this issue, but we're keeping an eye on them

Grammys fashion: The good, the bad … and the hat

From pop divas to movie stars, the celebs came out Sunday night for the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Honoring the best in music, the celebration also provided an opportunity for guests to put their best fashion foot forward as they hit the red carpet. While several soared above the rest, many fell hard. Here are our picks for best and worst dressed of the night, as well as a look at the often overlooked men.

Spice and Spirits

A Cincinnati chain that opened its third location in the Short North in October-does what it does well. The restaurant keeps things simple, focusing on a light menu of Mexican fare reminiscent of what you would have found in a 1960s SoCal honky-tonk.

Order's Up at Strongwater

If all goes well, come mid-January Strongwater Food and Spirits, located inside 400 West Rich in Franklinton, will make good on the food portion of their name. Leading the kitchen is former Black Creek Bistro chef Will Johnston, who's crafted a menu of about two dozen soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and small plates with an emphasis on smoked meats and thoughtful vegetarian fare.

The Chintz Room Makes a Comeback

Serial restaurateur Elizabeth Lessner is at it again. This time, she's bringing back an old favorite. Lessner (the mind behind Betty's, Surly Girl and Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, to name a few) and Mike Hermick (maker of Zapico pasta sauces) have partnered to reinvent The Chintz Room, the ladies' lunch destination inside the Downtown Lazarus department store for decades until it closed in 1998. Set to open this summer in the renovated Lazarus building, the modern-day eatery will be...

Kind of a Funny Story

Comedian Ron White, who's best known for drinking scotch and smoking cigars on stage, performs at the Palace Theatre on Jan. 17. We asked White, aka Tater Salad, about the secret to telling a good yarn.

Book 'Em

Looking for a good way to ride out the cold weather? Find a cozy spot and grab a blanket, a warm beverage and one (or a few) of these book recommendations-courtesy of local authors.

Hard Questions

Some interviews never get easier for reporters and editors, and they probably shouldn't. They simply can't be easy for the people answering the questions.

Curious Collections

Exploring museums is a great way to get out of the house during winter. Instead of heading to the usual spots this year, why not check out a few off the beaten path?

Taste of History

A fundraiser for the Columbus Historical Society, this quarterly Historical Dinner Club series, which kicked off with the Kahiki, recreates the heyday of a different shuttered iconic Columbus restaurant each time.

Finest Handiwork

Westerville artist Kate Gorman's "Bernadette in Artichokes" depicts a winged girl before birch trees, painted in sharp lines on stitched linen. He quilt will hang in the Quilt National '13 exhibition, open Jan. 30 through April 12 at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery.

Rock of Ages

Any skilled musician can learn to play covers. But recreating the experience and energy of, say, a Queen or Michael Jackson concert is another level of commitment entirely.

Three Questions with Christian Howes

He's toured around the world, played at Carnegie Hall and alongside the likes of Les Paul. Christian Howes is internationally renowned for his jazz music and will be performing in Columbus.

Efforts, Rewarded

A few minutes into exploring the little cutting board loaded with salumi-duck prosciutto, pancetta, other meat candy varieties-I was seduced by a sun-dried tomato, of all things. The more of those tangy bits I ate, the less attractive the board of flavorful meat became. This was the first unexpected delight I found at Z Cucina.

Wet & Dry

Tales from Columbus' wild-yes, wild!-days of Prohibition, 95 years after Ohioans voted to ratify the 18th amendment (and 80 years after its repeal)

Striking the Root

Columbus has infant mortality rates worse than those in bigger, poorer cities. Can a new approach reverse the trend?

Listen to Us

The founding of the Ohio School for the Deaf nearly 200 years ago was the spark for what would become a community of deaf people, young and old, in and around Columbus. Small cottage industries sprung up to meet the needs of this community. One, Keepsake Theme Quilts, gives 23 deaf people a place to work and be heard every day.

Bar 145 Opens in Grandview

After nearly two years looking at the Columbus market, Toledo-based Bar 145 was slated to open late December in Grandview.

All-Star Volunteer

Francesca Cocchiarale has a lot on her plate. The 16-year-old junior is in marching band and St. Vincent de Paul Society at Bishop Ready High School, participates in COSI's Medical Career Discovery program and volunteers at OSU's Wexner Medical Center and her church.

DiCamillo wins Newbery for best children's book

NEW YORK (AP) - Kate DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses," a comic superhero tale featuring a mighty squirrel, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best work of children's literature. Brian Floca won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in "Locomotive," a story of the early years of train travel that Floca also wrote.

DiCamillo wins Newbery for best children's book

NEW YORK (AP) - Kate DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses" has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best work of children's literature. Brian Floca won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in "Locomotive."

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams didn't only get lucky - they won in every category they were nominated in at the Grammy Awards, including the coveted album of the year and record of the year for the funk-electronic anthem "Get Lucky."

SHOW BITS: Love in the air and aisles at Grammys

Show Bits brings you Sunday's 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. ollow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

SHOW BITS: Let the music begin

Show Bits brings you Sunday's 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

DGA winner could get edge in tight Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards could give "Gravity," ''American Hustle" or "12 Years a Slave" the edge in the home stretch to the Oscars.

Bitstrips amuses, annoys as its comics go viral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker's comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success was a drawn-out process.

Fresh Look: Bebe at the Hey Hey

On the walls of chef Matthew Heaggans' bedroom are large Post-It notes covered in writing. It's here the owner of sliders-and-tots-slinging Swoop! Food Truck scribbles flavor combinations and dish ideas. This is where he crafted the idea for one of the oddest-sounding dishes-Chocolate Cavatelli-on the menu at his recently re-branded popup restaurant inside the Hey Hey in Merion Village.

COUTURE: J. Lopez designer Zuhair Murad caps shows

PARIS (AP) - Paris' frenetic spring-summer couture week wrapped up Thursday with displays mixing one of Jennifer Lopez's favorite red-carpet designers Zuhair Murad with other promising up-and-coming names.

Bieber's image: From boy-next-door to bad boy

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Justin Bieber's mug shot hints at the boy-next-door image he's carefully crafted over the past several years, with a glistening smile and professionally upswept hair.

Correction: Film-Sundance-Happy Valley story

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - In a story Jan. 22 about the documentary "Happy Valley" about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an attorney for victims in the case, Tom Kline, had viewed and was satisfied with the film. In fact, it was Andrew Shubin, also an attorney for victims in the case, who viewed and was satisfied with the film.

Nissan settles with gov't over deceptive pickup ad

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nissan went too far with a TV commercial that depicts its Frontier pickup truck powering up a sandy hill to save a struggling dune buggy, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

COUTURE: J. Lopez designer Zuhair Murad caps shows

PARIS (AP) - Paris' frenetic spring-summer couture week wrapped up Thursday with displays mixing one of Jennifer Lopez's favorite red-carpet designers Zuhair Murad with other promising up-and-coming names.

Singer Bieber arrested on drag-racing, DUI charges

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on drag-racing, DUI and resisting arrest charges Thursday after allegedly speeding down a residential Miami Beach street in a yellow Lamborghini on an expired license. He is being held at a Miami-Dade County jail pending an initial appearance expected later Thursday.

Mizzen+Main

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Ladies, if you want to help outfit your man, send them to new Short North store Mizzen+Main. The shop, which began as an e-commerce site in 2012, recently opened a storefront in Columbus. There, you'll find dress shirts made...


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