DECEMBER 2005

Nightlife: In the mood

by Maureen McGavin, Josie Rubio, Phil Shie and Jennifer Wray

We offer more than 30 clubs to match your mood, whether it's relaxing in a lounge, dancing at an '80s night or going to a biker bar to play ping-pong.

The change artist

by Dave Ghose

Fred Sanfilippo's bold and savvy moves have made the Ohio State Medical Center a national force and a regional economic engine. Meanwhile, talk about a stealth power play tied to the abrupt departure of the CEO of Children's Hospital has the OSU chief saying he's misunderstood.

Mr. Enthusiasm

by Phil Shie

Call it the power of positive coaching. Thad Matta's relentless energy has resurrected Ohio State's flat-lined basketball program.

A night at the opera

by Charlie Toft

For its debut at Mershon Auditorium, Opera Columbus chose Aida, a big, complicated production complete with bodybuilders and animals from the Columbus Zoo. A behind-the-scenes look at art in the making.

People

The real Donna James

by Alice Hohl

Sports

Girl power

by Sonya Huber

Health

Assimilation, with fries

by T.C. Brown

Development

Crosswoods at a crossroads

by Dennis Read

Reviews

VinoVino and Pad Thai

Finale

Lost and (eventually) found

by Josie Rubio

MISCELLANY

Columbus Medical Guide

A special section produced in cooperation with the Columbus Medical Association and focusing on timely healthcare issues, including dietary supplements and childhood immunization.

NOVEMBER 2005

Best bargains

Coordinated by Eric Lyttle, with Cynthia Greenleaf, Joel Oliphint, Maureen McGavin and Josie Rubio

Check out our hot tips on great deals, from discounted iPods to $10 chandeliers and dirt-cheap mulch to $25 massages.

The defiant Pete Scantland

by Charlie Toft

The force behind those huge downtown wallscapes is facing off against the state of Ohio and the federal government. He has a couple of unlikely allies.

Three-ring circus

by Dan Williamson

Things would be easier for Republicans if either Betty Montgomery or Jim Petro would just drop out of the governor's race.

Cooking right

by Renée LaReau

There are plenty of classes available to improve your culinary skills, from watching a star chef prepare crème brûlée to slicing and dicing on your own.

Winner

by John Hulkenberg

Meet Chase Buchanan, a Gahanna teen who's the best 14-year-old tennis player in the country. It's a heady life, but not without its challenges.

Fixing Cardinal Health

by Dave Ghose

No longer the toast of Wall Street, the healthcare giant faces one of the biggest challenges in its history: Rebuilding a corporation tainted by scandals.

Politics

Paul Tipps's third act

by Chris Maag

Religion

In God's grace

by Jane Ware

Health

Rebound headaches

by Maureen McGavin

Reviews

Dosa Corner and Jimmy V's Finale

Finale

A new leaf

by Dennis Read

MISCELLANY

Upper Arlington

A special section detailing the suburb's plans to diversify its economy, encourage innovative approaches to meet housing needs, support its highly regarded school system and redevelop its commercial areas.

OCTOBER 2005

Power

The eight men-and two women-who run this city. One Titan (think Les Wexner) is more equal than others.

Getting dangerous

by T.C. Brown

The Danger Brothers still rule the city's biggest tailgate party after two decades. The party band with the devoted flock, including Jack Hanna, can tell a few stories.

Gateway, at last

by Chris Maag

The huge development project finally is ready to turn South Campus into the next cool neighborhood. But there's doubt that anybody other than college students will live and play there.

ARTSGUIDE/Celebrate the arts

Hot tickets

by Michele Lemmon

Here's our guide to the best of the arts, from classical virtuoso Midori to country heartthrob Keith Urban, as well as giant photos among the plants at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

Let there be light

by Charlie Toft

After a three-year hiatus, the Wexner Center galleries finally will reopen this month. So what changes did the nearly $16 million in renovations produce? Natural light, a water-tight roof and peace of mind. Oh, and free admission, too.

CMA's big buy

by Ann Starr

The Columbus Museum of Art will begin to show its newest acquisition of more than 400 works, which has been called "unquestionably the most important collection of its kind in the country."

Weddings

Two ceremonies, one love

by Jennifer Wray

Restaurant reviews

Tyfoon and Guangdong Restaurant

Finale

Golf, sex and Bob Taft

by Charlie Toft

OCTOBER HOMES 2005

In German Village, a new-build with an old look

by Katherine Matthews

Brett and Andrea Cambern wanted the look of an 1800s-era warehouse. Result: The vintage exterior exudes urban charm, while the chic interior is utterly modern.

An Arlington update

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

Architect Richard Taylor led the renovation of a '60s-style prairie home, which included removing walls, lightening woodwork, installing new oak flooring and redesigning the kitchen.

Designer's notebook

by Katherine Matthews

At this year's Decorators' Show House, the carriage bathroom started out as a serviceable, but dull, space. Then designer Sandy Shadwick found the perfect glass basin: "like a piece of jewelry."

Opening the door to charities

by Josie Rubio

Some supporters host charity fundraising events at their homes; here's a look at three such worthy-cause party venues, in Miranova, Dublin and Upper Arlington.

ART

From bed to wall

by Teresa Woodard

A growing number of quilt artists are creating pieces designed to hang on the wall. A guide to buying and displaying art quilts.

HOUSING

Two unexpected condo projects

by Mary Sterenberg

Developers are putting condominium housing in snug, historic downtown Worthington and bordering land-tight German Village.

SEPTEMBER 2005

Top docs

A national survey names the best doctors in Central Ohio, from surgeons to pediatricians. Here's the list.

Watch Ted Ginn run

by Eric Lyttle

It all looks so easy for Ohio State's Heisman candidate while he races down the football field faster than a bullet. Appearances can be deceiving.

Genius at work: Inside Aminah Robinson's world

by Ann Starr

A year has passed since the MacArthur Foundation recognized the brilliance of Columbus's best-known artist. What change has sudden fame and wealth brought to this modest spirit?

Why the Hayden Run Corridor matters

by Jennifer Wray

Targeted for up to 10,000 new homes, a section of western Franklin County faces tremendous growth that will impact traffic, Columbus Public Schools-and a waterfall.

Focus on HEALTH

Autism: A father's response

by Susan K. Wittstock

Jon Peterson leads the fight to increase state funding for the severe disorder that affects his daughter. He's also a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.

The rise of the "killer superbugs"

by Dennis Read

Mutant staphs that are resistant to antibiotics can lead to serious (and sometimes deadly) infections. A tip: Don't forget to wash your hands.

FASHION/A special section

Simply elegant

by Cynthia Greenleaf

From luxurious fabrics to the demure look of the Victorian era, women's fashion greets fall with an understated tone.

Tradition with a twist

by Josie Rubio

Men's fashion this fall is all about traditional items with an updated flair, from British-influenced soft tweeds to retro-inspired tees.

Music

Byron Stripling's mission

by Jory Farr

Design

The Short North pocket parks

by Chris Maag

Sports

Jay Burson's new career

by John Hulkenberg

Books

A (bibliophilic) love story

by Charlie Toft

Reviews

Greek Corner and Boston Soul

Finale

The garage-sale blues

by Nancy Richison

AUGUST 2005

The insider goes down

by Dennis Read

In Roger Blackwell's federal trial, it was his word against the statements of his ex-wife and a former friend. This time, the marketing guru, popular speaker and Ohio State professor couldn't win over the toughest audience of his career.

Rod Parsley's political revolution

by Dan Williamson

The leader of the World Harvest Church is no longer just another televangelist. Now, politicians are paying attention to the pastor with a plan to ignite "the greatest spiritual revival our nation has ever seen."

Peaceful places

by Sonya Huber

From secluded Franklin Park waterfalls to an urban garden rooftop, we found 10 respites-spots to escape the hassle of a hectic life, if only for a few moments.

Fighting Wal-Mart

by Dave Ghose

Three neighborhood groups battle the world's largest corporation as the mega retailer invades the Columbus market with a new strategy for its superstores.

RETIREMENT LIVING/A special section

Great trips

by Susan K. Wittstock

We asked retirees to recount some of their adventures, from taking a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 to riding the "Palace on Wheels" in India.

Taking care of business

by Susan K. Wittstock

Here's a guide to getting your legal affairs in order. The process isn't much fun, but the kids will thank you.

Media

Breaking the Noe story

by Chris Maag

Workplace

About that trailing spouse

by Nancy Richison

Reviews

The Rossi and Cotters

Finale

Goodbye, Hilliard

by Phil Shie

AUGUST HOMES 2005 Guide to Remodeling

The pros' homes/A Bexley cottage, taken up a notch

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

Architect John Behal liked the European flair of this quaint 1921 Bexley house, but decided it needed more than a few touch-ups, including kitchen and bathroom renovations and lots more color.

The pros' homes/A "Hollywood colonial," much redone

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

When a client gave designer Dennis McAvena a 1930s Jefferson Township house 16 years ago, he moved it to a nearby lot. The site may now be permanent, but the interior is far from it.

Great kitchens: Building a theater for the culinary arts

by Katherine Matthews

After years with a tiny kitchen, this Clintonville couple who love to entertain bought a house and built their dream kitchen-which includes a long bar where guests delight in sitting, socializing and watching.

Designer's notebook

by Katherine Matthews

When designers Kristin W. Orban and Anna L. Lyon tackled a dull hallway that was part of the Macy's Design Studio space at the Decorators' Show House, they started with a great bench.

A bathroom in the bedroom-literally

by Katherine Matthews

Part of a massive German Village remodel was a stunning second-floor guest bedroom-bathroom suite without interior walls. Who would have thought a shower could make such a nice headboard?

DOWNTOWN LIVING

Innovations

by Mary Sterenberg

To draw buyers, developers are rising to the challenge of turning old structures into hip new homes.

CHRONICLES

House of blues

by Josie Rubio

A first-timer tells of the joys of homeownership-as well as the tribulations.

ENTERTAINING

Blurring the indoor-outdoor line

by Josie Rubio

With bars, grills set into granite countertops, fridges and more, homeowners are taking the indoors out.

MAINTENANCE

Fountain care

by Josie Rubio

Having the sound of running water is easy. Here are some tips on keeping your little gurgler happy.

JULY 2005

The Best of Columbus

Best Margherita pizza, best place to fly a kite, best use of old concert T-shirts, best kid-friendly golf course, best boxing trainer, best accessible organic restaurant, best party animals and much more.

Pedal power

by Eric Lyttle

Bike trails are crisscrossing the county, thanks largely to an ambitious 10-year, $40 million partnership between the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Metro Parks. At the plan's midway point, the progress has cyclists enthusiastic.

Days in the sun

by Dan Williamson

The Curse of the Bambino is dead, but legendary Red Sox killer Bucky Dent is alive and well in his third year at the helm of the Columbus Clippers. As he waits for the call from George Steinbrenner that may never come, Dent reminisces about his days as a 1970s heartthrob and Yankees star.

Animals

How to move a giraffe

by Sonya Huber

Neighborhoods

Instant parks

by Susan K. Wittstock

Reviews

Liu Pon-Xi and Grissini Market & Café

Finale

Spiderhouse

by Carl W. Grody

JULY HOMES 2005

Country living

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

These homeowners chose historic post-and-beam construction to build the perfect country barn home on five acres in Plain Township. The house offers cozy yet open spaces and great views.

Cool pools

by Josie Rubio

Two Victorian Village pools incorporate landscaping to create urban oases, while a Dublin negative-edge pool perches on a hilly lot adjacent to the Scioto River.

Decorators' Show House notebook

by Katherine Matthews

Here's a look at how a few of the interior designers at this year's Show House finished their spaces-and how they started them.

A Victorian topiary garden

by Josie Rubio

Victorian Village resident Leonard Ebel enlisted the help of landscape designer Jennifer Robinson to create a voluminous and colorful yard and sculptor James Mason to construct topiary framework.

GARDENING

Second-crop veggies

by Teresa Woodard

Gardeners can enjoy their own vegetables deep into fall with these tips for planting in July and August.

THE OUTDOORS

The sting: Beware of bees

by Joel Oliphint

How to keep bees, wasps and other stinging insects from disrupting backyard picnics and yardwork.

JUNE 2005

Columbus Monthly 30th anniversary, 1975-2005

30 over 30

The 30 biggest events over the past three decades, involving Gordon Gee, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jack Hanna, CNN, Woody Hayes, Bill Moss, the Gallery Hop, J.W. Wolfe, AmeriFlora, Les Wexner and more.

Carless in Columbus

by Dave Ghose

The writer spent more than a week trying to navigate the city without an auto. It wasn't easy depending on COTA, a bike, cabs and his own two feet.

Mainstreaming porn

by Dave Ghose

The Columbus-headquartered Lion's Den has become a national leader in the adult-entertainment industry by using standard retailing techniques. But opponents are beginning to target the company.

Summer Entertainment Guide

Outdoor dining: fresh air, sunlight or moon glow and great food. Bar patios: nightlife under the stars. 92 ways to spend 92 days: make each day a bright little vacation. Plus: a three-month calendar.

Focus on women's health

Sparring to stay in shape

by Maureen McGavin

If you're stressed out or having trouble sleeping, boxing might be the answer. And while you're at it, you can work toward that Million Dollar Baby body.

When panic attacks

by Josie Rubio

Symptoms of panic attacks range from chest pain to a fear of death, and the attacks occur twice as often in women.

Media

Nationwide comes at you fast

by Dennis Read

Downtown

Finally, Broad and High

by Jane Ware

Showbiz

Dino Tripodis: The long road to radio

by Charlie Toft

Business

Cheryl Krueger: Turning cookies into cash

by Susan K. Wittstock

Reviews

Due Amici, Finer Diner and Mel's Diner

Finale

Yoga for dummies

by Wyatt Kingseed

MAY 2005

Racing to glory

by John Hulkenberg

The Rahal Letterman team defends its Indy 500 title with last year's champion Buddy Rice and two other hot young drivers, including media darling Danica Patrick.

No girly men allowed

by Charlie Toft

The writer ventures deep into the subculture known as the Arnold Fitness Weekend and finds hucksterism, fake tans, free samples and the governor of California.

Heroes

by Suzanne Gravette Acker

Kevin Minehart entered a burning house. Traci Kirschbaum braved a freezing pond. Brett Kruise rushed into surging floodwaters. Stories of uncommon valor.

The Tale of the Tower

by Eric Lyttle

With the lenders applying pressure, there was little choice. When Kathy LeVeque handed over her skyscraper, it marked one more family institution taken over by out-of-towners.

The battle over the smoking ban

by Suzanne Gravette Acker

An inside look at the strategies and personalities behind the opposing campaigns; major players include a feisty lawyer and a determined doctor.

GOLF 2005

Politics and passion: fixing Scarlet

by Eric Lyttle

For years, debate simmered over improvements to Ohio State's beloved and widely acclaimed golf course. In the end, Jack Nicklaus got the job, and the work starts now.

The best golfer you've never heard of

by Phil Shie

Club pro Bob Sowards has dominated his peers for the past two years and now has earned a chance to compete against the world's best. He'll tee it up at the Memorial June 2.

Community

The art of explaining art

by Ann Starr

Nightlife

Tommy and Wayne's world

by T.C. Brown

Art

The spirit of the stone

by Jory Farr

Business

Expensive boats, restored

by Dennis Read

Reviews

Network and Johnny Buccelli's

Finale

Not so dynamite

by Dennis Read

Hilliard

A special section profiling the efforts of this northwestern Franklin County suburb to support its well-regarded schools, encourage commercial development and control residential growth:

APRIL HOMES 2005

Making a mansion home

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

This 1905 English-manor-style residence initially seemed too large for a newly hired CEO and his wife. But with the help of their architects, the house just east of downtown became just what they wanted.

Simplifying with loft living

by Josie Rubio

After nine years in the suburbs, Jeff and Heather Mathes wanted something uncluttered and open. The transformed third and fourth floors of a former downtown printing company provided the perfect urban loft.

Painting the garden

by Katherine Matthews

Color in the garden need not come only from flowers. Brightly glazed pots and planters, vibrant statues and whirligigs, even everyday accessories like hoses, gloves and garden clogs come in rainbow varieties.

Laundry room style

by Katherine Matthews

In the past, washers and dryers lurked in the basement, surrounded by plastic baskets of dirty clothes. Lately, though, the laundry room has come into its own. A look at three extraordinary spaces for an ordinary chore.

Safety: Childproofing the house

by Jill Hawes

Growing your own toddler, or about to have one visiting regularly? Here's how to keep little ones safe.

Tours: The 2005 Decorators' Show House

by Maureen McGavin

Designers take over an 8,000-square-foot New Albany house in this biennial fundraiser for the Columbus Museum of Art.

APRIL 2005

Geiger on Geiger: The good, the bad, the ugly

by Dan Williamson

The Andy Geiger era at Ohio State was marked by a national championship and fancy new facilities, NCAA investigations and the firing of Jim O'Brien. The departing athletic director reflects on his high-profile tenure.

What wondrous love is this

by Ray Paprocki

In the face of devastating news, the former president of Ohio Dominican, a nun and a scientist, chose the road less traveled. She volunteered for clinical trials of the riskiest kind, helping others as she fought her own cancer.

Top dentists

by Nicole Kraft and Ray Paprocki

Need a filling, a root canal, a brighter smile? A national survey lists the best practitioners in Central Ohio. Plus: cosmetic procedures and "conscious sedation" options.

HOMES/A special section

Featuring colorful garden accessories, spring plant sales, a 1905 English-manor-style residence, an urban loft, how to childproof a home, three great laundry rooms and more.

STYLE/Spring 2005

Be yourself!

by Cynthia Greenleaf

This season it's about personal style with a mixing-it-up theme; say, with a flirty full skirt one day and a global-inspired tunic the next.

Forget the green parka

by Josie Rubio

While your poor fashion choice may not cause an international stir (a la Dick Cheney), don't take any chances. Think white jackets, denim and vibrant colors.

FOCUS ON HEALTH/For men only

Man and the muscle

by Phil Shie

Four athletes show their well-developed triceps, back, abs and lower leg, and give exercise tips on what works for them.

Man and the joint replacement

by Dave Ghose

Guys are getting new knees and hips at younger ages, thanks to more durable implants and improved surgical techniques.

Development

New life for the Seneca

by T.C. Brown

Retail

Makeover mania

by Dennis Read

Housing

Art and commerce

by Jennifer Wray

Food & drink

Food for foodies

by Sonya Huber

Reviews

Joey Chang's and El Rodeo

Finale

Reeaaally?

by Dennis Read

MARCH 2005

The overachiever

by Susan K. Wittstock

She's a prime-time TV anchor, a wife, a lawyer with a prestigious firm and the mother of two teenagers. Inside the hectic life of Colleen Marshall.

Positive aging

by Suzanne Gravette Acker

Botox isn't the only answer for boomers trying to stay youthful. Here's advice on how to keep a sharp mind, an upbeat attitude and a vibrant appearance.

A crescendo of turmoil

by Dave Ghose

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra struggles with red ink, a leadership void, unhappy musicians and the fallout from a beloved maestro's departure.

While my guitar gently weeps

by Eric Lyttle

The aftermath of the Alrosa tragedy left the survivors-from witnesses to the family who runs the club-trying to sort through the unthinkable.

Neighborhoods

Fixing the Short North arches

by Dave Ghose

Retail

Germain goes Easton

by Nicole Kraft

People

Twain on the brain

by Jane Ware

Business

Limited Too's comeback

by Susan Wittstock

Reviews

Thurber's Library Bar and Cheeseburger in Paradise

Home Building 2005

A special section highlighting the 2005 BIA Parade of Homes and the rising popularity of "lifestyle communities," plus recent trends in residential development and construction.

Finale

Hoop cares?

by Ray Paprocki

FEBRUARY 2005

Best new restaurants

by John Marshall and John Champlin

This year's list includes a celebrity chef's first Columbus venture, a new dining operation at an old inn, a four-star move for a restaurant veteran and his son and a bustling architectural gem.

The antagonist

by Dan Williamson

After months of controversy, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell emerged from the election season in an unlikely psotion: as a strong Republican candidate for governor.

The wrong man

by Eric Lyttle

It was a fast wrap to a sensational murder: Nick Robinson confessed to Pataskala police that he'd killed Rhonda Boggs. Then his defense team found startling new evidence, and suddenly the case wasn't so tidy.

Running wild

by Nicole Kraft

Don't let winter stop your preschoolers from being active. There are plenty of indoor play areas where little ones can burn off energy. Here's a guide to several low-cost (even free) options.

Books

Arc of surprise

by Charlie Toft

Celebrity

Stan's, after its 15 minutes

by Charlie Toft

Law

A trip to Iraq

by Eric Lyttle

Finale

Holiday on ice

by Ray Paprocki

Reviews

Abbracci and Wolfgang Puck Express

MISCELLANY

LOOKING GREAT: Your guide to cosmetic procedures

A special section covering the latest techniques available in popular cosmetic procedures, including microdermabrasion, facelifts and cosmetic dentistry.

JANUARY 2005

Annual awards for 2004

Arlene Shoemaker was duped, Governor Taft was ignored, "the naked photographer" was nabbed. Mayor Coleman got feisty, Mr. Wendy's got canned, people kept seeing stray lions and Bob Dylan showed up as a pitchman for Victoria's Secret. These and lots more.

20 questions for 2005

by Dave Ghose, Eric Lyttle, Ray Paprocki, Dan Williamson and Jennifer Wray

Crate & Barrel and City Center. Chris Spielman and Nikolai Zherdev. Falcons and Skybus. The smoking ban and Westerville booze. High-profile trials and DNA sampling. A preview of the new year.

Pride and the new poor

by Dan Williamson

Hard times are tough-and embarrassing, especially for kids. Here are two women who wake up each day trying to figure out how to get by.

Sports

The lockout: Life without hockey

by Nicole Kraft

Health

Depression and college life

by T.C. Brown

Finale

Wartime goodbyes

by Nicole Kraft

Reviews

Ena's Caribbean Kitchen and Phillip's Original Coney Island

JANUARY HOMES 2005

House on a hill

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

When the Zeigers became empty-nesters, they fell in love with and purchased a Georgian home on two wooded acres in Powell. Fixtures were updated, the kitchen was reworked, and they chose a French country look in furnishings.

Juxtaposition

by Josie Rubio

Designer Greg Brennan splits his time between New York City and this 1898 Victorian Village duplex, which he turned into a single-family dwelling with modern conveniences and contemporary interior décor.

The art of the pot

by Katherine Matthews

Area potters turn out beautiful wares, including functional microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe bowls, platters, pitchers and plates for your kitchen and dining table. Here's a look at a few artists and their work.

GARDENING: Tool time

By Joel Oliphint

Just because it's winter doesn't mean tools should be left dirt-encrusted and rusting in the garage or shed. Sharpen and clean them now, and you'll be a happier gardener come spring.

DECORATING:Buckeye style

By Teresa Woodard

A glimpse into three homes of Ohio State fans where the décor reflects that allegiance, from theme rooms to smaller touches. Plus, tips from a designer who has worked for Ohio State.