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October 2015 Edition

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Rihanna and Dior's mountain wrestle for attention in Paris

PARIS (AP) - The sky was the limit for powerhouse Christian Dior which built an entire floral mountain within the Louvre to house its 15 minute show at Paris Fashion Week. On the front row was Rihanna, attracting almost as much attention as the decor. Here are the highlights of Friday's shows:

Get to know PrissyDuck

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Age: 28

Hometown: Columbus

Background: My formal education in...

Fashion Week Columbus Wedding Runway Show

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Brides-to-be, see the latest in bridal fashion during the Fashion Week Columbus Wedding Runway Show. It's happening on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Columbus Athenaeum, and features seven local designers showcasing their bridal collections.

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Worthington Jewelers' Semi-Annual Bridal Sale

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Run, don't walk, to Worthington Jewelers: Now through Oct. 4, the store is hosting its Semi-Annual Bridal Sale. All jewelry is buy one, get one 50 percent off, which means it's the perfect time to get wedding bands or...

Clarification: Film-The Walk story

NEW YORK (AP) - In a story Sept. 28, The Associated Press reported that the film "The Walk" will open in theaters nationwide Friday. The movie will open wide on Friday, Oct. 8. It will first open on IMAX screens Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Restaurant Review: Hong Kong House

Tongue-tingling peppercorns. Fried innards. Bubbling hot pots. It's the strange and intriguing world of authentic Sichuan cuisine, and it's closer than you think.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories

If stories and legends passed down for decades are to be believed (even a little bit), the Capital City is inhabited by quite the spirited group of ghosts and shadowy figures. Take a trip through history-and perhaps to other worlds-as some of Columbus' best storytellers pull back the curtain on our more mysterious fellow citizens.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: Creepy Campus

With a campus as large and old as Ohio State's, strange stories and legends are sure to abound. There are underground tunnels galore, an elephant is reportedly buried somewhere on West Campus and the Medical Heritage Library has a collection of curious eyeglasses.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: The Legend of John Robinson

Robinson bought land in the wild, southern portion of Delaware County in 1825 and set about building a grand, castle-like mansion filled with the finest furniture and draperies imported from Europe, all paid for with pieces of solid gold. He would become known as the pirate of Delaware County.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: James Thurber's Unwelcome Housemate

Though packed with the history of his life, it's not James Thurber who purportedly haunts the author's one-time home. Thurber himself believed the house was possessed by a spirit, and he humorously described his experiences in 1933's "My Life and Hard Times," in a story in which he changed the home's address to avoid scaring off future tenants. We spoke with a few Thurber House experts about their spooky experiences in the East Side abode-and got their take on who may be wandering the halls.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: How to Spin a Scary Story Like a Pro

The key to storytelling is the delivery. Sure, you need a compelling story to tell in the first place-but your success hinges on how you tell it. We asked two members of Storytellers of Central Ohio, an organization that promotes the art of storytelling, to school us on sharing spooky stories. Here, Cathy Jo Smith, the group's president, and Frank McGarvey give tips and techniques for scaring the living daylights out of everyone sitting around the campfire.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: Diary of a Wannabe Ghost Hunter

Everyone has a ghost story, whether it's their own or a freaky thing that happened to a guy they know. The members of the Ohio Exploration Society are no different, only this group of paranormal hobbyists searches for the unexplained all over the state. They let me tag along on a muggy night in early September as we explored one of the most notoriously haunted spots in Southern Ohio-Moonville Tunnel.

Classic Columbus Ghost Stories: Communing With Spirits

In the Victorian era, when you needed to get in touch with someone no longer of this world, you called a spiritualist medium. Prominent believers included Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who organized seances at the White House in an effort to contact their son, Willie, who had died after an illness, and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The movement was born in the 1840s and peaked during the Civil War and World War I.

Cider, All Grown Up

Cider has graduated far beyond the sweet and syrupy Woodchuck and Hornsby's. We found high-end ciders that drink more like wines and are making their way to the U.S. via the Pacific Northwest.

The Cost of A Rained Out Summer, By the Numbers

Your rainy memories of summer aren't a mirage-the season was exceptionally wet. And although it was irksome when it put a damper on your plans, all that rain had a ripple effect, diminishing profits of organizations that depend on outdoor events and activities.

Screening This Month at the Wex: 'How to Dance in Ohio'

Alexandra Shiva's touching new feature-length documentary (which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January and is airing on HBO on Oct. 26) explores how the highs and lows of the teen years are further amplified in the lives of three Columbus young women with autism as they prepare for a spring formal.

Top 5: October Edition

Paul McCartney's visit to Nationwide Arena headlines our Editors' Picks for the best of Columbus this month

From the Editor: Falling for October

This is going to be a great month. Sweaters, jackets and tights come out of hiding. My office mates are sipping their pumpkin-flavored lattes. Central Ohio weather hits that fleeting moment between hot and freezing cold, when it's just cool enough to rosy up the cheeks, but warm enough to play another round of touch football on a Saturday afternoon (provided no one else is playing tackle football, that is). This issue of Columbus Monthly also tells me it'll be a great month to be in this city,...

Review: Authentic, moving performances elevate 'Freeheld'

Few actresses bring the simple authenticity to the screen that Julianne Moore does; it's virtually impossible to imagine this actress sounding a false note. And so it's hardly a surprise that she is deeply convincing - indeed, heartbreaking at times - in the real-life role of Laurel Hester, a dying woman who fought to her last breath to give her domestic partner rights to her pension benefits.

BalletMet's Edwaard Liang on Breaking (and Keeping) Tradition

Ballet is embracing pop culture and BalletMet is not about to be left behind. With a new logo, performances to the tunes of David Bowie and live electric cello performances by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the vision of artistic director Edwaard Liang is leading our hometown company far beyond princesses and tulle.

Low-Head Dams: Danger Below

Low-head dams seem picturesque, even docile, as they spill over rivers. Yet we were reminded this summer how threatening they can be when two brothers died after being caught in the powerful churn of the Dodridge Street dam in Columbus. Advocates for public safety and wildlife want these dams removed, but these expensive, complicated projects don't seem to be a priority for any government. What might it take to eliminate low-head dams?

Correction: Hulk Hogan-Lawsuit story

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - In a story Sept. 25 about Hulk Hogan's sex video trial, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a judge had ruled on a motion filed Thursday by various media companies. The judge actually ruled on motions made by the media filed earlier in the summer.

Used bookstores help tell stories along historic Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Travelers along historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles have no problem finding their fix of fake American Indian jewelry and vintage Elvis posters. But along this path motorists also will discover something once declared dead: the used bookstore.

Review: Damon charms as stranded astronaut in 'The Martian'

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott's epic space adventure, "The Martian."

Short North resident makes impression at New York Fashion Week

Just a few days before the designs of fashion brands Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff and J.Crew hit the runway during New York Fashion Week this month, Short North resident Paige Meacham sent her own collection down the same celebrity-lined aisle.

From Barbados to the Business of Fashion

Meet Tamara Holder, Fashion Week Columbus Finale Show designer

Age: 24

Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados

Background: My educational background is rooted in business. In fact, my bachelor's degree is...

'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites off September record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - September has a new box office star. The PG-rated animated pic "Hotel Transylvania 2" has earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time.

Heidi Klum cajoles boyfriend to buy her plastic snail

MILAN (AP) - Heidi Klum gently, but persistently cajoled her boyfriend Vito Schnabel buy her a giant plastic snail at the 7th annual Milan amfAR auction, nudging up the price of the sculpture and helping raise a Milan record of $1.6 million for the charity.

Heidi Klum cajoles boyfriend to buy her plastic snail

MILAN (AP) - Heidi Klum gently, but persistently cajoled her boyfriend Vito Schnabel buy her a giant plastic snail at the 7th annual Milan amfAR auction, nudging up the price of the sculpture and helping raise a Milan record of $1.6 million for the charity.

Correction: Theater-Perez Hilton story

NEW YORK (AP) - In a story Sept. 23 about celebrity blogger Perez Hilton appearing in an off-Broadway musical parody of the 1990s sitcom "Full House," The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hilton has two sons. In fact, he has a son and a daughter.

State dinner: All about big business, and bringing Mom

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be the social release after a long day of business. The head table told a different tale - bulging with the top brass from Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Disney, DreamWorks and more.

Leona Lewis aims to inspire with 'I Am'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "I Am" is Leona Lewis' first post-Simon Cowell offering, but the aftermath of their professional split resonates throughout her fifth studio album.

Jazz singer Salvant proves breakout success is no fluke

NEW YORK (AP) - Cecile McLorin Salvant vaulted into the top ranks of female jazz vocalists with her Grammy-nominated 2013 U.S. debut, "WomanChild," displaying impressive vocal chops as she put her own spin on obscure old jazz and blues compositions.

Catching up with Anne-Marie Slaughter on work-life balance

NEW YORK (AP) - Anne-Marie Slaughter is back on the train from her home in Princeton, New Jersey, to Washington, D.C., but only a couple of days a week and in a new capacity: private-sector big thinker on foreign politics and family policy in the digital age.

Leona Lewis aims to inspire with 'I Am'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "I Am" is Leona Lewis' first post-Simon Cowell offering, but the aftermath of their professional split resonates throughout her fifth studio album.

Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' is a value-added return visit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some notable upgrades have been made for "Hotel Transylvania 2," the sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated vehicle that took a sizable bite out of the box office but proved to be less accommodating where the cobweb-bare script was concerned.

Massimo Giorgetti makes Pucci debut

MILAN (AP) - Milan designers looked to the sea and the forest for inspiration for warm weather looks being previewed during Milan Fashion Week.

Lucasfilm shows off VR prototype for 'Star Wars' filmmaking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Before a planet in a galaxy far, far away is completely constructed inside a computer or entirely built somewhere in the real world, "Star Wars" filmmakers are now able to visit it in virtual reality before production commences.

Lucasfilm shows off VR prototype for 'Star Wars' filmmaking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Before a planet in a galaxy far, far away is completely constructed inside a computer or entirely built somewhere in the real world, "Star Wars" filmmakers are now able to visit it in virtual reality before production commences.

A loving resurrection of the Twin Towers opens NY Film Fest

NEW YORK (AP) - In the months and years after Sept. 11, the World Trade Center was swept out of the movies. The Towers were removed from such films as "Zoolander" and "Serendipity" that were shot before the tragedy. Since then, the skyline where the Towers once formed the "H'' in the poster for Woody Allen's "Manhattan" has seldom been more than glimpsed on the big screen.

First look: Herb'n Cafe in Pickerington

To test his dream, and the market, Taylor Carter did what many young gun cooks did nearly three years ago-he opened a food truck. Herb'n Cafe still lives on in mobile form, but most days it's parked behind Taylor's brick and mortar with the same name. Taylor opened Herb'n Cafe in Pickerington earlier this year with the backing of his mom and her business partner Scott Marvin.

Chefs collaborate for Freedom a la Cart charity dinner

Tickets are now on sale for Freedom a la Cart's dinner with a purpose, Eat Up. The fundraiser, which benefits the nonprofit catering company and its mission to lead victims of human trafficking on a path to freedom, returns on Saturday, Nov. 14, and will again feature multiple courses crafted by up-and-coming chefs.

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