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March 2014 Edition

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Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - then screamed and darted out quickly with a shocked expression on his face.

Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor set for lake plunge

CHICAGO (AP) - Scores of people dressed in parkas and polar bear outfits gathered along Chicago's lakefront Sunday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of comedian Jimmy Fallon when he jumps into Lake Michigan.

'12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.

'12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.

'Hogan's Heroes' star Clary marks 88th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Clary of "Hogan's Heroes" fame said he will be celebrating his 88th birthday this weekend simply, at a dinner out with friends, and with gratitude for his long life.

Obama hosts 1st White House student film festival

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days before the Oscars, President Barack Obama recognized the best of nearly 2,500 films made by K-12 students after the White House asked them for short videos on the role technology plays in their education.

Beth's Picks: Five Mardi Gras musts

Come this time every year-you know what I am talking about; these few precious days leading up to Fat Tuesday when indulgence is at a premium-there are a few things I start to crave. So, in honor of the season, here are five(ish) things you should eat or drink over the next few days, before your diet starts on Wednesday.

Oscar horse race to be a photo finish

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That is, except for one little category: best picture.

Rihanna eyes up Paris fashion industry

PARIS (AP) - She may sing "Please Don't Stop The Music," but the music at the Balmain show had well and truly stopped when seven-time Grammy Award-winner Rihanna sneaked in the back door, after everyone had left.

Fashion designer Kevin Carter is bolder than his 19 years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - He's just 19, but already Kevin Carter has hit many of the milestones fashion designers work for decades to achieve - seeing his work in museum exhibits, local fashion shows and even a solo fashion show at the Mint Museum.

Correction: Movie Investment Scams story

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a story Feb. 20 about six people being charged with bilking investors with phony movie scams, The Associated Press, relying on a statement from the U.S. attorney's office, erroneously reported that neither film was produced. In fact, the movie "Beyond the Mat" was shot, according to producer Kase Chong and a U.S. attorney's spokesman.

Off the Grid

Photo credit: Rachel Barbash

The Wexner Center for the Arts is hosting its annual Off the Grid party on Saturday, March 8. Beginning at 9 p.m. (or check out the VIP party at 8 p.m.) guests will enjoy music from Nick Tolford & Company, George Brazil and more, plus...

Perry, Lee and Poitier feted at Essence event

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "This is historic!" a photographer yelled as he surveyed the image before him - Sidney Poitier in the center, Spike Lee to his right, Tyler Perry to his left and more than two dozen other black men in Hollywood, from Blair Underwood to Omar Epps, huddled tight around the legend, posing with a purpose.

Property: A stately mansion in Dublin

There are homes that are so grandiose, so alluring or just so unbelievably big that passersby can't help but gape and wonder, "I wonder what that place looks like inside."The red-brick mansion at 6045 Saint Boswell Court in Dublin is one of those homes.

'Downton Abbey' costumes on display at Del. museum

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware say an upcoming exhibit of costumes from the hit British television drama "Downton Abbey" could turn out to be the most popular in history of the former du Pont family country estate.

Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.

Oscar predictions: What will win and should win

A seemingly endless movie awards season finally concludes Sunday with the Academy Awards. By now, many of the front-runners have established themselves, but the night's big honor - best picture - remains a dramatic question mark.

Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Home Team: Columbus Crew

Columbus' MLS roster is packed with Central Ohio talent-including a handful of guys who have never known life without the Crew.

The Interpreters

As Columbus' foreign-born population has increased, so has the need for interpretation and translation services in languages far beyond the ones American kids learn in high school. But, as writer Joel Oliphint found out, it's not a gig for just anyone with good language skills.

She's So Unusual

Restaurateur Yavonne Sarber, with her baroque, Stevie Nicks aesthetic, has style to spare. Does she have the business substance and the restaurant chops to back up the look? Loyal diners who flock to De-Novo, Manifesto, Chez du Bon and, soon, Oliver's put their money on it. Meet the woman who's slapping her ornamented signature on restaurants all over Downtown.

Irish Miss

The costumes of traditional Irish dancers are laden with history and symbolism. Learn some of the secrets from a lifelong pro.

Samson and Tsegaye's 7500-mile journey

Community leaders estimate as many as 25,000 Ethiopian-Americans live in Columbus. Their reasons for landing here are as different as they are similar. This is the story of two of them: men who grew up just four miles apart in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, wound up in Columbus, taking different paths, but both now living their versions of the American dream.

We Are Columbus

People are drawn to Columbus from their home countries by jobs at our world-class research, higher education and medical institutions. They come to work at our corporate headquarters. They come because their friends and relatives are here, and they know they'll find a familiar community.

PARIS: Gwyneth Paltrow designer opens shows

PARIS (AP) - It's "Bonjour Paris!" as the world's largest traveling circus dashes to the City of Light for the final snooty say on what's hot and what's not for Fall-Winter 2014-15.

Growing Up COSI

50 years later, a generation of 'COSI kids' comes full circle.

Fish tostadas at Phatt Taco

Downtown lunch-goers have a new quick-and-easy option thanks to the newly opened Phatt Taco. The order-at-the-counter eatery along High Street offers a small dining room and a tight menu of Mexican-style foods.

Locals dabble in ethnic cuisines

Frustrated by the lack of ethnic food choices in the area, Didier Alapini, owner of L'Appat Patisserie & Cafe in Olde Towne East, wanted to fill that gap.

Date Night: Dinner and a movie

Gone are the days when couples had to drive around town to grab dinner and catch a movie. Two local cinemas are drawing moviegoers with more than just popcorn and soda.

Learn from your fashion mistakes

Many of us suffer from sartorial repentance, an after-the-fact realization that we were wearing the wrong thing or sporting a hairdo only attractive on a Pixar monster.

Alphabet Attractions

0225 Alphabet AttractionsPhoto courtesy Columbus Literacy Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is hosting its annual fundraiser, Alphabet Attractions, on Friday, March 7. This year represents the letter "Z": The "Zorro-Ole!" event has a Latin theme.

Correction: South Beach-Daniel Boulud story

MIAMI (AP) - MIAMI (AP) - In a story Feb. 23 about chef Daniel Boulud, The Associated Press erroneously reported Boulud's wife's name based on incorrect information from the his media relations. Her name is Katherine.

Cookie happy hours

A few months ago, Matt and Lindsey Tewanger found the answer to a little problem. Without fail, at the end of every week, the owners of Cookie Cravings Bakery would have cookies left over.

Guide: Pizza-crawling in Worthington

You could call it Pepperoni Alley: The unlikely axis of Central Ohio's pizza scene is a 2-mile stretch of High Street in Worthington that boasts four pie-slinging pubs. From old-school classics to new gourmet toppings, we found unique flavors coming from the ovens at all four stops on our Worthington pizza tour, with notable beer selections to wash it all down.

Q&A: Bill Fugitt on Chez du Bon

Now head chef at Downtown's Chez du Bon, Bill Fugitt got his start in the food biz at age 13 washing dishes in the famous Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than his later culinary arts training, Fugitt credits his passion for French cuisine to his time spent at Jean-Louis at the Watergate working under internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Louis Palladin.

Correction: South Beach-Sammy Hagar story

MIAMI (AP) - In a story Feb. 23 about Sammy Hagar at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hagar is the current lead singer of Van Halen. He is the former lead singer.

Guide: Japanese dining in Columbus

Columbus Food Adventures' Bethia Woolf looks at a surprising number of Japanese restaurants offering a wide range of traditional preparations

Regular: Dining at Third & Hollywood

For Cy Chambers, every Thursday evening is reserved for Third & Hollywood. A regular since it opened four years ago, Chambers loves everything about this contemporary American restaurant in Grandview, from the food to the atmosphere to the staff. All of that keeps him coming back week after week.

Road Trip: Comfort food in Holmes County

All that stuff about "local," "seasonal" and "artisanal" is nothing new for the Amish. Of course "new" is hardly what the Amish are about, as a two-hour drive to Holmes County from Columbus engrossingly verifies.

Dessert: Seasonal treats at The Table

The pastry chefs at The Table adhere to three main philosophies-keep it local, keep it seasonal and try not to waste anything. "It's the way a country farmhouse would go about using ingredients," says pastry chef Nina Hernandez, who crafts a daily assortment of desserts with pastry chef Perrie Wilkof.

Cooking classes in chefs' kitchens

Nestled inconspicuously between a Roosters and a Petland in a Pickerington strip mall, Lomonico's is bustling on a Tuesday night at dinnertime, save a quiet oasis toward the back sectioned off from the rest of the restaurant by a transparent garage door.

Closing Time: South of Lane's Joseph Moran

When breakfast and lunch spot South of Lane opened last summer in Upper Arlington, Joseph Moran stepped in to help owner Catherine Vonderahe run the kitchen. Now, he continues to work as chef at South of Lane-known for its omelets and waffles-two to three days a week.

The Next Slice: Interview with Mikey Sorboro of Mikey's Late Night Slice

These days, Mikey's Late Night Slice's Slut Sauce is really getting around. With nine locations (including two trucks) to purchase the promiscuous sauce (and an accompanying slice of pizza), the company is on the move. Mikey Sorboro, namesake and founder of the Columbus pizza company, talks naive beginnings and his plans for the future.

The Angry Baker's new menu

Vicki Hink closed her Olde Towne East bakery and cafe for six days at the start of the year to give it a fresh look and updated menu. Now, in addition to the new pastry case, shelving and repositioned seating at The Angry Baker, you'll find subtle changes to the breakfast and lunch menus, like swapping a house-made bagel a for brioche bun on the smoked salmon sandwich.

Photos: Historical Dinner Club

For one intimate evening, diners at Alana's Food and Wine were treated to classic dishes from the Jai Lai-a former Columbus restaurant rooted in the local dining scene for 63 years.

Photos: Crave Reader Party

We toasted the top restaurants in town and the release of our annual Crave 10 issue with an intimate gathering at The Worthington Inn-this year's pick for the No. 8 restaurant.

Photos: Columbus Cocktail Classic

This year, the Columbus Food and Wine Affair got in the spirit of cocktails.The new event, hosted in conjunction with the annual food and wine event at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, offered guests a night of liquor and cocktail tastings as well as a mixology competition

Photos: Brew Review

Packing the halls of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the Brewery District, guests sipped on some of the best craft beers in the country, including Rogue and Samuel Adams, plus local favorites Wolf's Ridge Brewing and Jackie O.

Katzinger's Deli: From the Deli to Your Door

"We have clientele from all over the country," explains Diane Warren, owner of German Village deli institution Katzinger's. After constant inquiries about shipping orders out of town, Warren decided to feed the need.

Editor's Note: Friendly Gatherings

A few years ago, while wandering the streets of a small town in the south of Spain, my friend and I were coaxed into a hole-in-the-wall bar up a brick-lined street with the promise of free flamenco music.

CraveWorthy: Stylish ways to measure

You buy honey at the farmers market. You fill your spice rack with blends from the stand at the North Market. Now it's time to give those thoughtful purchases equally smart containers. Keep your secret ingredients close at hand with these practical finds that'll add a little personality to your kitchen.

Actor Alec Baldwin contemplates leaving NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin says he misses the days when New Yorkers signaled their appreciation of celebrities briefly and politely while taking care to maintain privacy.

Lime illuminates gray at Armani in Milan

MILAN (AP) - Giorgio Armani's collection for next winter - a palate of grays with a flash of lime - is aimed "not at the fashion icon, but her next-door neighbor."

Sicilian fairy tale, nomadic spirit infuse Milan

MILAN (AP) - Hilary Swank, Eva Herzigova and Monica Bellucci gave Milan Fashion Week a burst of star power on Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week that featured womenswear previews for next fall and winter by Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni, Marni and Ferragamo. And one young designer found his pot of gold.

Kiss says it won't play at Rock HOF induction

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Kiss won't rock and roll all night - or at any point during the day, either - when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday.

Marni seized by Nomadic spirit

MILAN (AP) - Milan designers were tapping their tribal spirit in womenswear collections for next fall and winter making their runway debuts. Marni, Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni and Ferragamo are among the design highlights Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week.

Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died, her brother said Saturday.

Ben Ford wants a return to the routines of cooking

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - His father's Hollywood career may have moved at light speed, but chef Ben Ford - yes, son of THAT Ford - knew early on that making his mark in the culinary world would require that he slow down.

Aquilano Rimondi provide a study in contrasts

MILAN (AP) - Tweed over organza, an oversized masculine coat over with a ruffled bustle peeking out, these are the contrasts at the heart of the new collection by Aquilano Rimondi.

Cavalli turns up temperature with ring of fire

MILAN (AP) - Roberto Cavalli turned up the temperature on Milan Fashion Week with a ring of fire in the center of his tented runway, while fashion newcomers au jour le jour are creating a buzz with their cute puppy obsession.

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