Things We Love

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive


Yes, it's true: Science has defeated Mother Nature. Thanks to VitaminWater, the most refreshing substance on the planet, we can finally declare victory in the War on Thirst. Sayonara, H20.

Lil Rounds on "American Idol"

There's always at least one contestant who makes us forget an annual pledge never to get caught up in Idol again. This time it's a cheerful, polished young mom with Hudson-esque power in her pipes.

"Slumdog Millionaire"

Catch up with the 2008 art-house release simply everyone had to see. Still fresh from its multiple Oscar wins, Danny Boyle's tour-de-force Indian fable arrives this week on DVD and Blu-ray.

NPR: Live Concerts from All Songs Considered Podcast


The Decemberists to go, please! Download a free concert from NPR, and experience the live music without the travel or ticket expense. Currently on the playlist is this year's South By Southwest coverage - not to mention an entire year's worth of archived shows.

The Most Interesting Man in the World


The Dos Equis spokesman doesn't just sell beer with style and sophistication, he also dispenses sage counsel from the corner table in the cocktail lounge. His career advice: "Find out what it is in life that you don't do well, and then don't do that thing." It's no wonder vaccines have been created to protect against his contagious charm.

Phoenix, "1901"

The French version of The Strokes (yes, that's a good thing) returns with the first single from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, out May 26. Grab the bouncy electro-pop track for free at

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours


Ohio adventurers rejoiced when a zip-line course opened last year in Rockbridge, about 40 miles southeast of Columbus. The 2009 season of elevated exhilaration opened this week and runs through Nov. 30.

Drum Set


For aspiring beatmakers who can't afford FruityLoops software, there's this website, which transforms your computer keyboard into a drum machine. Hours will disappear before you realize you're hooked on crack's musical equivalent.