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Downtown News Network 1.12.11
January 13th, 2011 10:06 AM

Traffic Alerts

March for Freedom Parade
The March for Freedom will take place on Monday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. Formation will take place at the Frank W. Hale Center at 153 W. 12th Ave. Motorists should expect delays along the following route: west on 12th Ave. to Neil Ave.; south on Neil Ave. to Buttles Ave.; east on Buttles Ave. to Park St.; south on Park St./Front St. to Hickory St.; west on Hickory St. to Marconi Blvd.; south on Marconi Blvd. to City Hall.

Martin Luther King Day March
The Martin Luther King Day March will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, January 17 beginning at City Hall. Motorists should expect delays along the following route: from City Hall south on Front St. and west on Broad St. to Veterans Memorial.

SID Notes

Capital Crossroads Launches Downtown Recycling Website
Capital Crossroads has announced enhanced efforts to boost recycling in downtown Columbus. With the support of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Capital Crossroads has developed a new website and other educational tools designed to grow recycling and waste reduction downtown. The website is planned to help offices commit to recycling, whether they are new to it or already have a program in place. The workplace Recycling Toolkit includes certificates, promotional flyers, stickers and more, all available on demand through the site. The site also offers a video highlighting what can be recycled and where, as well as waste hauling resources.

Snow Removal Update
As the snow continues to fall this winter, it is important to remember that under the Columbus City Code, property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks that adjoin their properties. The City is responsible for keeping streets clear of snow and ice, and the SID focuses its efforts on keeping crosswalks and storm sewer drains free of snow and ice. Effective snow removal requires everyone's attention. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 614.645.5064.

Winter Pearl Market
A new vendor has joined the Winter Pearl Market at 33 N. Third St. Stop by to check out Baby Got Cakes, a vendor selling delicious mini and full-size cupcakes. And do not miss all the fabulous finds and yummy treats that are all within reach each Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through February 25. Farmer Fridays will put fresh seasonal produce on your table, and there is a wide range of other goods including handcrafted soaps, delicious jams and jellies, fragrances, jewelry, clothing and baked goods that will knock your socks off. Credit cards and the Ohio Directions Card are accepted. The Winter Market is in its second year of a two-year grant from the USDA Farmers' Market Promotion Program. Check it out and get more information at

You can become a fan of Pearl Market on Facebook or follow PEARLMARKET on Twitter.

News and Notes

The OSU Urban Arts Space Closed for Holiday
The OSU Urban Arts Space will be closed on January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Day; they will reopen on Monday, January 17.

Idea Lab Deadline Extended
Idea Lab, a student-run project that facilitates the process of transforming ideas of Ohio State students into reality, is providing up to 2,000.00 in project support and guidance to see a project through. Project ideas are not restricted to any specific topic. The application deadline has been extended to Monday, January 17. For more information and to learn how to apply, contact uasidealab@gmail.comor visit

Ohio Statehouse Celebrates Sesquicentennial
The people of Ohio will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. The Ohio Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years and is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. Throughout 2011, the Ohio Statehouse will host a variety of special events, reenactments and exhibits to celebrate the sesquicentennial, commemorating the lasting legacy and history of the building, events and the people who have come to serve.

MadLab Theatre and Gallery Named Award Finalist
MadLab Theatre and Gallery has been named one of 16 finalists for the prestigious national LINC MetLife Foundation Innovative Spaces Award.

Special Events

Ground of Being
Now through January 14
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery 
Artwork by T. Datsi

Now through January 29
OSU Urban Arts Space
ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists presents Time-Sensitive, a juried exhibition featuring ephemeral artwork that faces, disappears or simply 
"ends" due to the materials or time that they inhabit. This is no-cost and open to all.

Third Eye
January 7 - February 11
OSU Urban Arts Space
City Center presents Third Eye, a collection of artwork from ten Columbus-based artists who question, revolt against and embrace photography
's impact on perception within contemporary culture. No cost and open to all.

CYP CLUB A Date 2 Remember Preview Social
January 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Social
For those interested in learning more about the Date 2 Remember fundraiser, talking with representatives from the CYP CLUB, representatives from the charities benefitting from the event (A Kid Again and Flying Horse Farms) or meeting the date participants, come to this no cost special preview event.

Artist Talk and Demonstration with Emily Moorhead
January 14 and 28, 3 - 4 p.m.
OSU Urban Arts Space
The OSU Urban Arts Space invites you to attend a special event with multimedia artist, Emily Moorhead who will be maintaining her ephemeral work, Deconstructing Polarities 2 in the Time Sensitive exhibition. Using the installation as a platform for engagement, the artist will answer questions and welcome conversations about the work. This event is no cost and open to all.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra's "A Night at the Movies" Featuring Dave Grusin and the Music of Henry Mancini
January 14 - 15, 8 p.m.
The Jazz Arts Group is presenting the next installment of the Great American Songbook season with Grammy Award-winning film composer Dave Grusin, revisiting the most memorable movie music ever written.

Orchid Forest
Beginning January 15
Franklin Park Conservatory
The Orchid Forest brings the Conservatory
's Tropical Rainforest to life with warmth and color in the midst of winter. Enjoy waves of colorful, tropical orchids complimented by lush, green foliage and water features. Architectural orchid displays in vibrant hues are featured in the Show House. View colorful photographic images by Columbus artist Julia McLemore and sculpted glass flowers by Conservatory Hot Shop glass artists Daniel Schreiber and Caleb Mroczka in the Atrium Gallery. Opening weekend will be January 15 - 17 with performances, family fun and outstanding displays.

City at a Crossroads: Columbus at the Beginning of the Civil War
January 16, 2 p.m.
The Kelton House Civil War Sesquicentennial Programs will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of lectures and activities. All programs will be held at the Kelton House Museum and cost 5.00 per person. This program features Ed Lentz, Columbus
' preeminent historian who will provide a snapshot of Columbus at the onset of the Civil War.

Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America
January 18 - March 26
OSU Urban Arts Space
The artists started this project in 1999 when they began conducting workshops for new immigrants to recount their experiences. Eleven years later, Crossing the BLVD has grown into a multifaceted documentation, consisting of an award-winning book, CD, website, performances, public radio documentaries and traveling exhibition. This exhibit is no cost and open to all.

Capstone Dental Mixer
January 19, 5 - 7 p.m.
Capstone Dental
Capstone Dental is hosting an afterhours mixer to get acquainted with downtown professionals. Enjoy wine and hors d oeuvres and learn what modern, personalized dentistry is about.

Between the Sheets: A Cold Weather Drive for Faith Mission Shelters
January 20, 5 - 9 p.m.
Bar 23
UCT, Columbus Gives Back and Yelp Columbus invite you to go between the sheets to help warm up Columbus. This is a cold weather drive to collect much needed items for Faith Mission Homeless Shelters, which are facing unprecedented demand for their services this winter. Bring an item from the Faith Mission urgent needs list and enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers.

Red Roof Inn Grand Reopening
January 20
111 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Be the first to see Red Roof
's newest NextGen redesign. No RSVP necessary; great door prizes will be available.

MadLab Presents Love in the Time of Comedy
January 20 - February 12, Thursday, January 20, 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
MadLab Theatre and Gallery
227 N. Third St.
Tickets cost 10.00, 8.00 for students or seniors and 6.00 for members.

Mid-Winter Russian Masters Festival: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
January 21 - 22, 8 p.m.
Guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and guest cellist Julian Schwarz join the Columbus Symphony for the second of three Mid-Winter Russian Masters concerts. Tickets are 20.50 - 66.50 for adults and 11.50 - 34.50 for children. To purchase tickets, visit the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.) or call 614.228.8600. Students ages 13 - 19 may purchase 5.00 High Five tickets while supplies last.

MadLabTheatre Auditions
January 22, 10 a.m. - noon
MadLab Theatre & Gallery, 227 N. Third St.
MadLab is holding auditions for Theatre Roulette 2011, which will take place May 5 - 28. They will be casting multiple male and female roles, ages 18 and older. Auditions will be readings from the scripts. If you would like a copy of the scripts prior to auditions or have any questions, contact Managing Director, Andy Batt at 614.571.3886 or

Barons of Business
January 24, 11 a.m. (reception), noon (luncheon), 1 p.m. (adjourn)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Union Room, 2nd Floor
The Columbus Rotaract Professional Development Event offers the opportunity to learn about key business principles and career advancement from three outstanding business/community leaders: Bill Lhota, President and CEO, COTA; Sandra Harbrecht, President and CEO, Paul Werth Associates; and Robert J. Weiler, Chairman, The Robert Weiler Company. Guests and Rotarians will have a chance to ask the panelists questions about career tips and strategies for success.

whYP Entrepreneurialism in Columbus: "Stand Out from the Crowd"
January 25, 5 p.m.
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus is full of entrepreneurial spirit and new businesses are starting up every day. But the success of any new venture will be determined by how you stand out from the crowd. This event is part an ongoing series with roundtable discussions with local entrepreneurs who have taken a somewhat traditional business idea and turned it on its head. This event features Greg Turner, Owner, Fringe Outfitters; Amy Bush, Owner, Ambushed Salon; Chris Sammon, CEO/Founder, Dormzy; and Stephanie Rucinski, HeadJoe, JoeMetric. Networking begins at 5 p.m. and the roundtable will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. This event is no cost for YPC members and 3.00 for non-members.

Breakfast with Business First
January 28, 7 - 9 a.m.
Ohio Statehouse
At this no cost networking event, you can tour the historic Ohio Statehouse and network with Central Ohio business professionals, pitch story ideas to Business First, register for door prizes and receive special discounts at the Statehouse Museum Shop. Complimentary parking and breakfast provided. Register online or contact Cat Bauman at or 614.220.5484.

Crossing the BLVD and Third Eye Reception
January 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
OSU Urban Arts Space
Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space as they celebrate two exhibitions, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America and Third Eye. The event is no cost and open to all; light refreshments will be provided.

Columbus Young Professionals Club: A Date 2 Remember
January 29, 7 - 11 p.m.
The LC Pavilion
Plan to attend what Columbus CEO Magazine called the 
"Best Charity Event in Central Ohio." This charity auction and fashion show features members of the Central Ohio community "making a date" - one that combines a live date auction with a fashion show. All proceeds raised will benefit two local non-profits: A Kid Again and Flying Horse Farms. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and desserts, a beer sampling booth and other exciting surprises. Attire is cocktail or dressy/casual. Tickets are 25.00 in advance or 35.00 at the door. Presale tickets may be purchase at

Grande Winter Ball
January 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium
Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the Grande Winter Ball, part of the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial celebration, hosted by Civil War re-enactors. Come dance or watch and learn to reel or waltz, dressed in attire of the Civil War period or come as you are. This event is no cost but registration is required due to limited space at

Second Annual Endurance Sports Expo
February 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Join other sports enthusiasts for this expo where you can pick up race schedules, speak to experts, check out the latest apparel and enjoy discounts and deals good this night only. The event is no cost and open to the public. If you are already an ACC member, join Team ACC and reap additional benefits.

Columbus Chamber 2011 Annual Meeting
February 23, 7 a.m. (doors open); 7:30 a.m. (full breakfast and networking); 8 - 9 a.m. (program)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hear the Columbus Chamber share what
's ahead for the region's economic growth and development. This year's meeting will focus on the attraction of talent, infrastructure and the retention and expansion of business, all with the goal of bringing jobs and businesses to the area. The tickets are 75.00 for members and 90.00 for non-members.

Restaurant Reminders

The Betty's Family of Restaurants Aims for Zero Waste
The Betty's Family of Restaurants, which includes downtown favorites Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, Dirty Franks and the soon-to-open Jury Room, aims to go zero waste by the end of 2011. They are working with Eartha Limited who will supply them with biodegradable paper products and who will pick up their fryer oil on a regular basis.

Si Senor
6 E. Long St.
Si Senor wants to remind you that they do offer delivery service, a great way to avoid a long walk in the cold for lunch.

J. Gumbo's
31 E. Gay St.
J. Gumbo's has launched delivery service as well, a great way to get some warm gumbo on a winter's day.

Arts Calendar

January 13 - 22; Available Light Theatre: Just Kids; Columbus Performing Arts Center;

January 13; Trailer Park Boys; Southern Theatre;

January 14 - 16; Broadway Across America: Stomp; Palace Theatre;

January 14 - 16; Columbus Golf Show; Veterans Memorial;

January 14 - 15; Columbus Jazz Orchestra: A Night at the Movies: Featuring the Music of Henry Mancini; Southern Theatre;

January 14 - 15; Columbus Winter Beerfest; Greater Columbus Convention Center;

January 14; Six String Concerts: David Francey and Amelia Curran; Columbus Performing Arts Center;

January 15 - May 8; Geckos: Tails to Toepads; COSI;

January 17 - 22; 614 Restaurant Week; Throughout Columbus;

January 17; Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast; Battelle Grand, Greater Columbus Convention Center;

January 19; ABC 6 "On Your Side" Job Boot Camp; Veterans Memorial;

January 20; Marotta Hour; OSU Urban Arts Space;

January 20; Monthly Mix Exchange: Music To Wake Up To; OSU Urban Arts Space;

January 20; The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education: J. Morgan Puett; Columbus College of Art & Design;

January 21 - 23; AAA Great Vacations Expo; Veterans Memorial;

January 21; BalletMet Open Rehearsal; BalletMet Performance Space;

January 21 - 22; The Columbus Symphony: Russian Masters: 1812 Overture!; Ohio Theatre;

January 22; Chamber Music Columbus: Burning River Brass; Southern Theatre;

January 22; Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular; Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center;

January 23; CityMusic: Arkadiy Gips and Friends; The Bluestone (formerly BoMA);

January 23; Free Open House; BalletMet Dance Centre;

January 23; The Columbus Symphony: Birds, Bees and Bugaloo; Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center;


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