What you missed in Columbus for Nov. 25

Andy Downing
Shad Jones competes in the thumb wrestling tournament held at the Big Room Bar.

Over at the Dispatch, Erica Thompson wrote about attending a thumb wrestling competition at Spacebar, exploring some of the methodologies employed by participants.

“My strategy really was to make my opponent look at me for an extended period of time until they were like, ‘I’m tired of looking at this guy,’ and just laid down their thumb,” said Guyton, a 33-year-old Northeast Side resident, who competed under the name “Rule of Thumb.”

The second round takes place at Rehab Tavern on Dec. 19, with the finals following next summer at the Chicken & Beer Fest.


The Ohio State Buckeyes dispatched of eighth-rated Penn State on Saturday, winning with a final score of 28-17. The victory was keyed by the defense, particularly star defensive end Chase Young, who was a scarlet-clad wrecking ball in his return from suspension. The win sets up this weekend’s always-anticipated rivalry game with Michigan, which has rediscovered some of its mojo following a rocky start to the season.


Grandview commuters rejoice, Third Avenue, which has been partially or fully closed since Donald Trump was little more than a TV host (or at least it feels that way), is now open in both directions.


Nick Offerman, who had some strong feelings about the current administration, as well as the Republican party helping to prop it up, effortlessly navigated a high-wire performance at Palace Theatre on Friday, according to reviewer Margaret Quamme.

Wearing rumpled jeans, work boots, and a shirt adorned with squirrels and pine trees, Offerman alternated easily over the course of a nearly two-hour solo show between bemused observations and satiric songs, on which he accompanied his rich baritone on acoustic guitar, and which wouldn’t have been out of place at a sixties coffee house.

“I’m somewhere on the spectrum between standup comic and Michael Buble,” he noted.


The official trailer for “Dark Waters,” a new legal thriller from director Todd Haynes, which stars Mark Ruffalo as real-life Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott, opens with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of the Columbus waterfront (principal photography for the film began in Cincinnati in January). Check it out below.