Arts & Culture

WonderBus Festival takes place at CAS in Columbus.
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WonderBus Music And Arts Festival is keeping the wheels rolling for another seven years.

All Sides Weekend Arts and Culture: Holiday Specials

Nov 22, 2019
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Today on All Sides Weekend with Christopher Purdy, a preview of the holiday sounds around the city, and more. 

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Five years after the death of Tamir Rice, his family is partnering with the Cleveland Foundation to create a fund for arts and community projects. The Tamir Rice Legacy Fund aims to connect youth with outlets for self-expression.

Samaria Rice created the fund in honor of her son’s love of art and says she hopes it will keep his memory alive.

The Evolution of Black Television

Oct 25, 2019

The Emmy-award winning series When They See Us was groundbreaking in depicting the systemic ills of the criminal justice system to the Central Park Five-who were all men of color.

The show follows a recent trend in television with black leads, which feature a wide array of stories that depict more dramatic, socially conscious themes. 

The evolution from shows such as Good Times of the 1970’s and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air of the 1990’s, to blackish and Queen Sugar of today shows a progression in messaging and themes.

All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Oct 25, 2019
color photo of Ohio Theatre interior with Morton organ console
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of experts about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus. 

As One, a thought-provoking story about Hannah, a transgender woman, and the reality of human nature is November 8 through 9 at the Southern Theatre.

 

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The Columbus Symphony is taking on the Underground Railroad.

The Evolution Of Black Television

Oct 7, 2019
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The Emmy-award winning series When They See Us was groundbreaking in depicting the systemic ills of the criminal justice system to the Central Park Five-who were all men of color.

The show follows a recent trend in television with black leads, which feature a wide array of stories that depict more dramatic, socially conscious themes. 

The evolution from shows such as Good Times of the 1970’s and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air of the 1990’s, to blackish and Queen Sugar of today shows a progression in messaging and themes.

Desiree Buechner was the only person at the Ohio State Fair I met who thought Columbus had an accent.
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Steve Pickett is fascinated by accents. “It tells you a lot about somebody,” he says.

A Cleveland native, Pickett moved to Columbus a decade ago for business school at The Ohio State University. After arriving, however, he was struck more by what he didn’t hear.

Ohio Alliance For Arts Education

"The arts are education."

It's as simple as that for Jarrod Hartzler, who spent more than half a decade as the executive and artistic director of Akron's Tuesday Musical before accepting the position as executive director at the Ohio Alliance For Arts Education.

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An event this weekend celebrates the more than 100,000 sub-saharan Africans that live in Columbus. 

The Columbus African Festival will feature food, poetry, music, and more. The event is the first ever of its kind in the area. 

Today on All Sides Weekend with Clare Roth, we discuss the celebration and African culture. 

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When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.

Eric Lanese teaches woodworking classes at the Idea Foundry, where he's been a member for seven years.
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In just a few years, the Columbus Idea Foundry has become a Franklinton staple.

Creatives like welders and woodworkers craft on the Foundry's bottom floor, while people using the co-working space upstairs sip lattes and type away on laptops.  People walk around with graphic tees and safety goggles, while others stake out open tables with machinery.

Civic Arts Project

Join All Sides Weekend guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion on arts in Columbus and the Columbus Symphony.

Horror And Small Towns

Jul 25, 2019
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Netflix hit series, Stranger Things, is set in a fictional small town, Hawkins, Indiana.

The setting of this series mirrors that of many other horror films. The nostalgic, seemingly-calm town with a dark secret or hidden terror. 

This archetype in the film and narrative genre is something that rings true for audiences. 

Today on All Sides, the magic of small towns in horror.

Ohio Theatre
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Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax came up short on collecting signatures to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November. 

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