Arts & Culture

Eric Lanese teaches woodworking classes at the Idea Foundry, where he's been a member for seven years.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

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. 

Anti-ticket tax petition signatures are counted at City Hall.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax submitted around 19,000 signatures Monday to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November.

Columbus Ticket Taxes Take Effect

Jul 3, 2019
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The new ticket tax in Columbus went into effect this week. 

The 5% tax will apply to some sporting events and arts venues, and is expected to raise some $6 million a year for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to funds arts in the city. 

But the tax is not without its challengers. A petition is circulating to remove the tax via ballot issue and would also prevent any similar tax in the future. 

Today on All Sides, the ticket tax and what to expect moving forward. 

Fans wait to enter Nationwide Arena for a Blue Jackets scrimmage.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Central Ohioans buying tickets for shows and sports events in Columbus will see higher prices starting Monday, as two new 5% ticket taxes kick into effect.

Columbus Southern Theatre looking out at the seating area from the stage
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Join All Sides Weekend guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion on arts in Columbus and the Columbus Symphony.

This story was originally published on May 3, 2019.

Pinball is surging in popularity across the country. Here in Northeast Ohio, casual players are rediscovering once forgotten games. And there’s a competitive pinball scene brewing that draws in players from hundreds of miles away.

On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart has his quarters ready as he takes us through the region's pinball renaissance.

Many artists like to create works in response to current events.  But sometimes, the cost of materials, equipment and studio space are too high, and it takes forever to jump through the hoops necessary to get financial backing.  A new fund aims to help local artists react to the latest headlines.

Filmmaker Cigdem Slankard, an assistant professor of film and media arts at Cleveland State University, is one of those artists. In her studio, she smiled at a scene from her latest production, playing out on the editing screen.

"On Board(hers)" is a dance performance at the Columbus College of Art and Design about the impact of immigration on women.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

In a completely white room within the Columbus College Of Art And Design's Beeler Gallery, a group of women tear down a large white wall – sort of. Working together, on their instructor Lucille Toth's count, they push it over with a boom.

All Sides Weekend Arts

Mar 22, 2019

Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus.

City governments and community organizations often turn to local artists to brighten-up abandoned neighborhood walls. Eyesores are beautified and artists get a chance to earn some money.  But, arts advocates argue that artists offer much more than decoration to area neighborhoods.  

All Sides Weekend: Books

Mar 8, 2019
stacks of books
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as we discuss the Columbus library's latest "Quick Picks" and more.

'Hamilton' Cast Visits Hamilton, Ohio

Feb 27, 2019

The city of Hamilton knew it didn't want to throw away its shot when Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton came to Cincinnati. Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller on Wednesday presented two actors from the touring production, now at the Aronoff, with a proclamation honoring the hit show.

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