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WHAT'S NEW
Four-Story Building to Bring More New Apartments to Harrison West By Brent Warren
A four-story mixed-use building is under construction in Harrison West, bringing another 26 new apartment units to the neighborhood. The project, at 840 Michigan Ave., sits just to the north of the 140-unit Trotters Park apartment complex, which was completed in 2015.  [Full Article...]

Cup O Joe Closing Lennox Location By Walker Evans

After 20 years of serving lattes at the Lennox Town Center, local coffee shop Cup O Joe is closing its doors a that location. The company posted an update on Facebook yesterday stating that while they had been considering a major remodel for the space, their landlords decided to go in a different direction with a new tenant. [Full Article...]

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Police and Community Advocate for Local, Diverse Police Force By Lauren Sega
People should trust the police officers that patrol their neighborhoods, but for minority communities, that isn’t always the case. With the fairly recent police shootings of Henry Green and Tyre King very fresh in the minds of residents, as well as the notable nationwide police killings of minorities that have gotten media coverage over the last five years, people have expressed feeling fear rather than security in the presence of law enforcement. [Full Article..]
Exhibition Review: Action at a Distance at Angela Meleca Gallery By Liz Trapp
Action at a Distance is a prolific exhibition mounted by Angela Meleca Gallery which seeks to redefine and reintroduce images of the Middle East. The works of five Lebanese artists – Youmna Chlala, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rhea Karam, and Rania Matar – make a collective statement reconfiguring and reimagining dominant cultural representations of the region. [Read More...]
Spirit of Columbus: New Foundation Sets Sights On Improving Outcomes MORE
The Confluence Cast: Artist Stephanie Rond MORE

Enjoy the Weather With Outdoor Yoga MORE
Buy Groceries or Pay the Bills: The Choice Behind Food Insecurity MORE
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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Glass Artist Michael Hric
By Kim Nagorski
The Ohio Craft Museum will showcase work by its members in the annual juried exhibition, Best of 2017, now through June 18. Glass vessels by Columbus artist Michael Hric will be featured; Hric received the Artist Scholarship Award, which will allow him to attend a workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. MORE
Franklin Park Cascades to be Restored MORE
Restaurant Review: Short North Deli MORE
Treat to Try: Tremont Goodie Shop MORE
PHOTOS: Alice Cooper at Express Live! MORE

I-71 Ranked as Most Dangerous Highway in Ohio MORE
New Owner Plans Renovation of Historic Broad Street Buildings
By Brent Warren
The new owner of a pair of historic buildings on Capitol Square is planning a complete renovation of the two structures. Michael Tomko, the local developer behind the renovation of 145 East Rich Street downtown, is hopeful that his plan will fare better than previous efforts to bring 16 and 20 East Broad Street back to life. [Full Story]
Work Begins on Major Short North Streetscape Improvements MORE
Shop Talk: Bramble & Birch Home Goods Opens Inside Polaris Mall MORE
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Retail Store Additions Opens in Old What the Rock?! Space MORE

Short North’s Green Olive Company Will Be Newest North Market Vendor MORE 
BrewDog Submits Plans for East Franklinton Brewery and Taproom
By Lauren Sega
Just a few months after the opening of their first stateside facility in Canal Winchester, Scottish brewery BrewDog is already in the planning stages for its new pub in East Franklinton. The BrewDog Franklinton Brewery and Taproom’s proposal was submitted to the city for approval on May 9. [Full Review]
Concert Preview and Interview: David GrayMORE
Trans Activist Buck Angel Will Present Two Films at The CCAD Canzani Center in June MORE
Aliens and Loads of Other Good Stuff in Theaters MORE

Columbus Continues to Struggle in Fitness Rankings MORE
Eclipse’s Maternal Instincts Looks at Passive-Aggressive Manipulation as a Birthright MORE
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May 11th, 2017 11:12 AM
 Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and Discovery Special Improvement Districts send this Downtown News Network e-alert to Downtown Columbus business and property contacts. It is intended for re-distribution to downtown employees, residents and others. Content is collected and managed by Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs for their member property owners and their tenants.
 
Capital Crossroads SID Notes

Capital Crossroads Homeless Outreach Specialist Receives Award
Homeless Outreach Specialist Bill Cobun received the In the Trenches Award from the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless. He joined Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs as a cleaning and safety ambassador in 2011. Because of his empathetic nature, he quickly became known as the person to go to when someone needed assistance. When an outreach specialist position became available, staff immediately thought of Bill because of his passion for helping others. Click here to learn more.

Capital Crossroads Business Membership: Schneider Downs
Thank you to the Capital Crossroads Business Members for their continued support of Capital Crossroads SID. To learn more about the Business Membership program, contact Michelle Chippas at MLChippas@sidservices.com

Schneider Downs has maintained a presence in downtown Columbus for more than 40 years.

The accounting, tax and business advisory firm is one of the 60 largest accounting firms in the nation with a global reach, but prides itself on working with organizations of all sizes.

Downtown Columbus provides the ability for Schneider Downs to service its clients from a central location while being a pillar in the business community. Click here to read more.

Downtown ColumbUS Video
Some of you have likely seen the Downtown ColumbUS video that hit Facebook. There are two other videos available, one on working downtown here and one on living downtown here. While Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs are in a unique position to focus on downtown promotions, downtown is everyone's neighborhood, and the videos may be useful in all kinds of marketing. Please feel free to use the videos in whatever way you may find useful. http://downtowncolumbus.com/home/about-us/

If you haven't already "liked" Downtown Columbus on Facebook, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/downtowncolumbus/  Please consider sharing the videos on your own social platforms.

Pearl Market Vendor Applications Open
Set in the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus, Pearl Market offers a unique opportunity for people to purchase farm-fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods and drinks, health and beauty products, cards and small gifts, arts and crafts, home décor, fashion and entertainment items.

Pearl Market seeks to develop a merchant mix that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Central Ohio while encouraging customers to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. The 2017 Pearl Market will operate every Tuesday and Friday from Friday, June 2 through Friday, October 13, 2017. This season, Ohio Farm Bureau members are eligible for one free month of participation in Pearl Market, or they may enroll at the seasonal at a special reduced cost.

To enroll individuals need to simply click here to download the appropriate farmer or merchant application. Payment is NOT due at time of application, and can be held until the individual is enrolled.

Traffic Alert

MORPC 2017 Commuter Challenge Seeking Company Ambassadors
MORPC and its partners are very excited to be gearing up for the 2017 commuter challenge and have added some new exciting elements this year. Commuters have the option of participating individually and as part of a team. MORPC would like to find company ambassadors to help spread the word within their organizations. If you are interested, please contact Patty Olmstead at 614.223.4133 or commuterchallenge@morpc.org

News and Notes

COTA Summer Youth Passes Go On Sale May 15
COTA is offering Summer Youth Passes to local youth for just $62. The passes allow for unlimited rides for youth 17 or younger on all COTA lines, excluding Mainstream service, from June 1 through August 31. That is a savings of more than $120. To purchase a pass, either bring a proof of age ID to COTA Pass Sales, 33 N. High St., Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. starting on May 15. Or mail a written request, with proof of age ID and a check made out to COTA to COTA Pass Sales, 33 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215. Only one pass will be issued per person. There is a $0.75 upcharge for each ride on Rush Hour lines. http://www.cota.com/summeryouth 

Cultural Arts Center Seeks Volunteers for the 2017 Arts Festival
Join the Cultural Arts Center team this June during the Arts Festival. Each year the Columbus Arts Festival creates a weekend like no other in downtown Columbus, full of music, food, fun and amazing art. Each year the Cultural Art Center opens its doors to thousands of festival goers. It takes a lot of hands to make sure things run smoothly on that busy weekend. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

Columbus Commons Fitness Classes
Get your fitness with no contracts and no excuses. These free fitness classes make it easy to exercise all summer long. Just sign a waiver, and you can participate in any fitness class throughout the season. Session one runs throughgohio  June 10 and session two runs August 1 - September 30Click here for more information and the full list of classes

Nominate A 2017 Patient Champion for the Columbus Marathon
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon is accepting submissions for Mile Patient Champions for the 2017 marathon. If you know a Nationwide Children's Hospital patient with an inspirational story, click here to nominate him or her to be honored at their own mile on the race course

RideSolutions Rebranded as Gohio Commute
RideSolutions was rebranded as Gohio Commute. Gohio Commute will offer free services to individuals and organizations seeking to find a smarter way to commute. Within the new platform, users will be able to more easily find carpool and vanpool partners, explore transit routes, and find bike routes with the highest levels of comfort. RideSolutions members will receive an email requesting that you create a new password for your account. Users who wish to participate in the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge will need to activate their accounts on the Gohio Commute platform. If you have any questions, please contact gohio@morpc.org

Special Events

Weekly Art Talks: Conversations & Coffee
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
May 11, Art 360: New Works, Hani Hara, Marc Lincewicz, April Sunami with Charles L. Bluestone, Curator
May 18, Art 360: New Works, Lynda McClanahan, Ardine Nelson, Josh Sutton with Charles L. Bluestone, Curator
May 25, AJ Vanderelli, Oil Painter
http://culturalartscenteronline.org

Columbus Symphony Orchestra: East Meets West Festival
Now through May 13
Ohio Theatre
Travel through the enchanting journey of Sheherazade, the enduringly popular musical story by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov which was inspired by the legend of the Arabian Nights. This exotic multi-media program explores a sensuous mix of Eastern and Middle Eastern colors and features Bartók's electrifying pantomime, The Miraculous Mandarin, performed in combination with an original video by artist Tim McLoraine, plus The Grand Canal, a work that brings together a symphony orchestra with traditional instruments and an opera singer from China. Purchase your tickets here.

Decorators' Show House
Now through May 14
Columbus Museum of Art
In a new twist on a popular tradition, Decorators' Show House (DSH) takes up residence at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) this spring. DSH@CMA, a first-of-its-kind event, features premier local designers re-imagining gallery space as living space and using works from the Museum's collection in their designs. DSH@CMA welcomes back many favorite designers from past Decorators' Show Houses and debuts several exciting new designers. Enjoy beautiful interior design in a unique venue that combines the lure of downtown living and the intrigue of re-purposed spaces with creative inspiration for any home. You can visit the Decorators' Show House during regular Museum hours. http://www.columbusmuseum.org/2017-decorators-show-house/

Exhibition: A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore' Sharrer
Now through May 21
Panel and Reception, May 18, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art is proud to present A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer, the first major assessment of the artist since mid-century. Organized by CMA in partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the exhibition provides a comprehensive examination of Sharrer's place in American art and reveals the full scope of her significant achievements. A Dangerous Woman includes some 45 paintings, plus associated sketches, prints, photographs, and ephemera from the artist's extensive archive. http://columbusmuseum.org

Exhibition: Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe
Now through May 21
Columbus Museum of Art
From the Machiavellian rise and fall of Richard III to the fantastical world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare in Prague explores the myriad ways stage design in central Europe adapted William Shakespeare's plays. This original exhibition is organized by CMA and The Ohio State University's College of Arts and Sciences Arts Initiative; the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. http://columbusmuseum.org

Exhibit: Action at a Distance 
Now through May 27
Angela Meleca Gallery
Action at a Distance is an exhibition featuring the works of Youmna Chlala, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rhea Karam, and Rania Matar. This group of Lebanese artists and thinkers confront national and personal histories and narratives, often departing from dominant cultural representations of the region. Utilizing photography and the moving image, the works explore questions of real and imagined memory, vestiges of history, and lived experiences of displacement. http://angelamelecagallery.com

Exhibit: The Colour Of
Now through May 31
Mac Worthington Gallery
Enjoy this exhibition of expressionist paintings and abstract sculpture.
http://macworthington.com

FRUIT: An Exhibition of Themed Variety 
Now through June 4
Opening Reception, May 11, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blockfort Gallery
Five female artists all make work around a central subject, using a variety of styles and mediums. Featured artists include: Feminist photographer, Kate Sweeney; Superpop-flash-craft illustrator, Jesi Rodgers; Imaginative material artist, Dana Lynn Harper; Realist still-life and landscape painter, Holly Leonard; and Alternative fashion designer, Janus Koziuk. http://blockfortcolumbus.com/ 

Exhibit: Bodies @ Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo
Now through June 18
Columbus Museum of Art
This unique exhibition reveals the creative collaboration of fashion designer Isabel Toledo and artist Ruben Toledo. The artists will transform the Geraldine Schottenstein Gallery into an evocative installation that tells the story of their lifelong partnership in art, design and life, which springs from the complex interplay of two individuals, two aesthetics and the push and pull of their distinctive, yet complementary visions and energy. http://columbusmuseum.org

Food Truck Food Court
Thursdays through October 26, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbus Commons
Come enjoy 10 of the best food trucks in town. Enjoy eight staple trucks who will be there every single week: Giant Eagle Market District, Cupzilla, Angry Weiner, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Kinetic, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities and Mya's Fried Chicken, plus two special guest trucks, which rotate monthly. http://columbuscommons.org/happenings/food-truck-food-court/

Theatre Roulette
May 11 - 13May 18 - 20May 25 - 27
MadLab Theatre
Back with their 18th annual Theatre Roulette, MadLab presents three distinct nights of programming rotating over three weekends culminating in the final day when all three short plays are performed. This year's performances include House EdgeWheel Checks and Inside Bets. Tickets are $15, $13 for students and seniors, and $10 for MadLab members. http://madlab.net/tickets.html 

CCAD Senior Fashion Show
May 12, 7 p.m. (VIP Cocktail Reception at 60 Cleveland Ave.); 8 p.m. (General Admission at CCAD Design Studios, 390 E. Broad St.); 8:30 p.m. (Fashion Show); 9:30 p.m. (Apres-Runway Dance Party at CCAD Design Studios)
Join Columbus College of Art & Design for the hottest runway ticket in town. See and be seen as top student designers at CCAD showcase their latest looks in this annual fashion show. Loann Crane will be formally recognized for her years of dedication and support to CCAD with the Spirit of Denny Griffith Award. General Admission tickets are $175; VIP Admission tickets are $375. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Moonlight Market
May 136 - 11 p.m.
Gay Street Corridor
Come enjoy the Moonlight Market on the second Saturday of each month through October. You'll find close to 100 sidewalk vendors, trucks, entertainers, plus popular brick-and-mortar restaurants and shops.   https://www.facebook.com/events/1222265214556258/ 

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: David & Vadim
May 13, 5:30 p.m.May 14, 7 p.m.
Southern Theatre
Vadim Gluzman and David Danzmayr return together onstage for a powerful finale to ProMusica's season. Joined by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, the orchestra performs works by Bartók, Piazzolla and Mozart. Find tickets here. If you would like to treat your mother to an evening out in honor of Mother's Day, you can buy one ticket to the show and get another for free. Use the offer code MOM. To purchase call the ProMusica Box Office at 614.464.0066 or go online through Ticketmaster at www.promusicacolumbus.org. Ticket prices range from $28 to $50. Tickets must be purchased in pairs. 

Family Adventures Tour
May 14, 2 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docent-guided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. No registration required. 

Exhibit: Ingrained
May 15 - June 8
Reception and Artist's Talk, June 85 - 7 p.m.
OSU Urban Arts Space, City Center Gallery
With Ingrained, Cleveland-based artist Paula Izydorek creates a series of abstract paintings with interwoven linear planes to express her interest in environmental effects on one's biochemistry. http://uas.osu.edu

Bus it to the Ballpark
May 18 for the 11:05 a.m. game versus Indianapolis Indians
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is partnering with the Columbus Clippers on a long-standing seasonal tradition--Bus it to the Ballpark. Riders who present a valid COTA 31-day pass at the ticket window will pay only $1 for general admission tickets to four, day games throughout the 2017 season. http://www.cota.com/

Bike to Work Day
May 19, post-ride event from 8 - 9 a.m.
Join hundreds of riders by biking into downtown along one of several pre-planned routes. All routes will end at Columbus City Hall at 8:00 a.m. for a celebration including breakfast, recognition and announcements. Click here for more information, including bike to work tips and information on National Bike Month. You can register for the event here.

Gala Gallery Reception
May 196 - 9 p.m.
Mac Worthington Gallery
Come enjoy the color of exhibit. Enjoy food from Dock 580, a complimentary wine bar and live entertainment by Steve Fisher. RSVP here. 

Yandel en Concierto 
May 205 - 11 p.m.
Columbus Commons
Come check out Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Yandel on tour for his new record, Dangerous. This is his first-ever stop in Columbus, so come out and dance the night away. http://columbuscommons.org/happenings/concerts/ 

Want more Event info?
For a comprehensive listing of events, visit Experience Columbus at
http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/events/

Restaurant and Retail Reminders

For a complete listing of downtown restaurants, visit the DowntownColumbus.com website

Poke Bros.
100 E. Gay St.
This new fast casual concept offers build-your-own poke bowls with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Bowls feature cubed-cut raw fish mixed in a bowl with rice, vegetables and flavorful toppings. It's like sushi in a bowl. Vegetarian options are also available. Read more about the concept here. https://pokebrostogo.com/

Pure Pressed Juicery Expands Hours
Pure Pressed has expanded their retail hours to 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That means you'll be able to get your favorite smoothies, acai bowls and nutrient-packed juice all day. http://purepressedjuicery.com

Veranico
401 N. Front St.
A second venture of Market 65 owners Anthony Micheli and Patrick Katzenmeyer, Veranico offers fast casual meals with a healthy twist in the Arena District. You'll find made-to-order salads, sandwiches, brain bowls, wraps, paninis, and from-scratch cookies and protein bars from Holly Schomberg. The evening menu adds flatbreads, local beers and wine. Scheduled hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Elia Athenian Grill
20 N. High St.
614.706.4273
Check out this fantastic new spot, offering authentic Greek street food including gyros and souvlakia in chicken, pork, vegetarian and bifteki. Their meats are not processed and do not have any hormones, MSG or GMOs. They are open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and hope to also add breakfast and dinner service. https://www.facebook.com/eliaatheniangrill/

Buckeye Bourbon House
36 E. Gay St.
614.456.2020
The new Buckeye Bourbon House is now open on Gay St. Stop in for your choice of more than 40 bourbon choices, bourbon cocktails, bourbon beer and more. You can also find a variety of craft beers and wines, plus small plates. https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeBourbonHouse/

Sip & Shop
Every Saturday1 - 3 p.m.
Hills Market Downtown
Head to Hills for the best deal in town. Enjoy four samples of wines chosen by Hills' wine director for just $1. http://hillsmarket.com/downtown 

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May 9th, 2017 3:53 PM
 Check out what's coming up next at your favorite downtown park!  
WEEKLY COMMONS EVENTS
Free Fitness
Presented by UnitedHealthcare

No contracts, no excuses! Columbus Commons is excited to offer seven weekly fitness classes this season including bootcamp, cardio, yoga, zumba kickboxing and hip hop! All you have to do is sign a waiver to participate.

Learn more...
Food Truck Food Court

Enjoy a plethora of fantastic lunch options from local food trucks every Thursday at the Food Truck Food Court.

OTHER EVENTS
Yandel en Concierto 
May 20, 5pm - 11pm
Produced by Hola TV

Come check out Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Yandel on tour for his new record, Dangerous. This is his first-ever stop in Columbus, so come out and dance the night away! Get your tickets today!

Learn more about tickets.... 

Girls on the Run 5K
May 21, 9am - 12pm

This race is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of Girls on the Run programming.


SPOTTED AT THE COMMONS
Lindsay and Wilbur live at 250 S High, and were spotted
at the Commons this week headed over to check
out the new Bosque seating area! Thanks for letting us snap a pic!

If you post a pic from the Commons, always remember to tag us!
Your photo could be chosen to be shared on oursocial media
and newsletter!
#columbuscommons

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WHAT'S NEW
Local Chef Marcus Meacham Puts ‘Steam’ on Hold to Run the Kitchen at Latitude 41 By Lauren Sega
Steam’s creator and owner Marcus Meacham is running a new kitchen. Putting his business of steam bun sandwiches on the back burner, he’s looking forward to bringing a new style of fine dining to Latitude 41.  [Full Article...]

Get a Sneak Peek of the New Grandview Cafe By Leanne Moore

Join Columbus Underground for the very first sneak peek of the newly renovated Grandview Cafe on Thursday, May 11th. This is the first opportunity to see the updated local landmark since it first closed in early 2016! Tickets are on sale now and are very limited – so get yours fast!  [TICKETS...]

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This Summer’s Movies to Watch Under the Stars By Anne Evans
Outdoor movie season is here! Here’s your guide to outdoor movies in Columbus and surrounding areas. This summer’s favorite picks have animals on the bring screen with features like Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing. [Full Article..]
Texas-Based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is Coming to the Old Downtown Japanese Steak House Space By Lauren Sega
The lease for the building once occupied by the Downtown Japanese Steak House has been signed by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a Texas-based fast-casual taco joint and bar. [Read More...]
Spirit of Columbus: Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Opens! MORE
The Confluence Cast: Entrepreneurship with Jay Clouse MORE

The Confluence Cast: COTA’s Transit System Redesign MORE

T.Y. Fine Furniture Moves to Clintonville MORE

Unique House Adds to Neighborhood Fabric in Franklinton MORE
Art Piece Approved for White Castle Building in the Short North MORE

Central Ohio Home to 19 of the Most Expensive Zip Codes in the State MORE
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Eat Right: 10 Sensational Seafood Dishes
By Shelly Mann of Dine Originals Columbus
Spring produce pairs beautifully with fresh seafood, so it’s no surprise Columbus chefs’ spring menus are filled with inventive seafood specialties. Read on to find 10 seafood dishes worth seeking out this spring.MORE
Project One Million Yoga Set For Mother’s Day Weekend MORE
Restaurant Review: Latitude 41 MORE
Restaurant Roundup: News From Native Cold Pressed, Tastings, Darista Dips, and more MORE
Playing the Hits: Guardians 2 Plus More in Theaters MORE
Tech Startups Find Unique Opportunities for Cyber Security in Columbus
By Lauren Sega, Presented by TCETRA
When considering technology startups in Columbus, it’s apparent that most adhere to industries that are prominent in Central Ohio — biotech, healthcare, education. With the absence of big-name cyber security companies in the area, that sector has remained relatively small. [Full Story]
Work Starts on 12-Story Hotel Downtown, Rooftop Bar Planned MORE
OSU to Hand Out Record Number of Degrees for Third Consecutive Year MORE
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Photos: 28th Annual Directions for Youth & Families State of the Child Luncheon and Talent Show MORE

Ohio’s Own: Unicorn Sauce MORE 
Columbus Makes Art: Dave Buker on Combining Science and Art
By Jaclyn Reynolds
Many of COSI’s Team Members combine their passion for art with science education to give COSI guests a rich learning experience. Dave Buker, of Dave Buker & the Historians, is a talented musician and works as the Manager of the Tech Studio at COSI. [Upcoming Concert Date]
Opinion: The Blue Jackets Should Road Trip to Cleveland MORE
Gateway Adventures to Offer Pedal and Paddle Tours of Columbus MORE
Construction Roundup: Downtown & Grandview Yard MORE
Yes We Can Candidates Will Move Forward to the General Election MORE
Late Night Slice and Candle Lab Opening New Downtown Locations MORE
Remembering the Life of Martha Marcom, Co-Founder of Yoga on High MORE
Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi MORE
Construction Roundup: Short North & University District MORE
TV Review: AMC’s “The Son,” a Struggling, Shallow Western 

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May 4th, 2017 1:28 PM
Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and Discovery Special Improvement Districts send this Downtown News Network e-alert to Downtown Columbus business and property contacts. It is intended for re-distribution to downtown employees, residents and others. Content is collected and managed by Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs for their member property owners and their tenants.
 
Capital Crossroads SID Notes

Pearl Market Seeks New Market Manager
Capital Crossroads is seeking a market manager for Pearl Market. The position requires vision, planning expertise and some elbow grease. If you are a big fan of Downtown Columbus and want to be part of it, this gig could be for you. The position is temporary through October, but could become permanent. Some key tasks of the position include design and set-up of the market; management of the market crew; collecting booth fees; help vendors set up; work with area property and business owners; general market ambassador. Click here for more details and to apply.

Capital Crossroads Homeless Outreach Specialist Receives Award
Homeless Outreach Specialist Bill Cobun received the In the Trenches Award from the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless. He joined Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs as a cleaning and safety ambassador in 2011. Because of his empathetic nature, he quickly became known as the person to go to when someone needed assistance. When an outreach specialist position became available, staff immediately thought of Bill because of his passion for helping others. Click here to learn more.

Capital Crossroads Business Membership: Schneider Downs
Thank you to the Capital Crossroads Business Members for their continued support of Capital Crossroads SID. To learn more about the Business Membership program, contact Michelle Chippas at MLChippas@sidservices.com

Schneider Downs has maintained a presence in downtown Columbus for more than 40 years.

The accounting, tax and business advisory firm is one of the 60 largest accounting firms in the nation with a global reach, but prides itself on working with organizations of all sizes.

Downtown Columbus provides the ability for Schneider Downs to service its clients from a central location while being a pillar in the business community. Click here to read more.

Downtown ColumbUS Video
Some of you have likely seen the Downtown ColumbUS video that hit Facebook. There are two other videos available, one on working downtown here and one on living downtown here. While Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs are in a unique position to focus on downtown promotions, downtown is everyone's neighborhood, and the videos may be useful in all kinds of marketing. Please feel free to use the videos in whatever way you may find useful. http://downtowncolumbus.com/home/about-us/   

If you haven't already "liked" Downtown Columbus on Facebook, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/downtowncolumbus/  Please consider sharing the videos on your own social platforms.

Light CBus Blue
Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs encourage downtown commercial office towers to light their buildings blue from May 8 - May 15 as a show of support for the Columbus Division of Police. "Light CBus Blue" is a local grassroots movement started in 2016 by Federal Sky Marshall Bill Swank after the death of Officer Steve Smith. It takes place the week leading up to Police Memorial Day, May 15. We hope downtown properties will fly their flags at half-mast on May 15 to recognize fallen officers. Because we are connected to so many downtown property owners and managers, we volunteered to help in the recruitment efforts.

Participating buildings can share photos of their blue-lit location on the public Facebook event site or on Instagram at cbus_blue. A number of buildings and organizations are participating.

There is still time to sign up to participate, please let us know so that we can recognize you. If exterior lighting is not possible, please consider lighting the interior. Both types of lighting will show up in downtown's beautiful skyline. If you have questions, please contact Keith Hollingsworth, Operations Supervisor for Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs, kjhollingsworth@sidservices.com or 614-591-4338. We appreciate your consideration. 

Pearl Market Vendor Applications Open
Set in the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus, Pearl Market offers a unique opportunity for people to purchase farm-fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods and drinks, health and beauty products, cards and small gifts, arts and crafts, home décor, fashion and entertainment items.

Pearl Market seeks to develop a merchant mix that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Central Ohio while encouraging customers to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. The 2017 Pearl Market will operate every Tuesday and Friday from Friday, June 2 through Friday, October 13, 2017. This season, Ohio Farm Bureau members are eligible for one free month of participation in Pearl Market, or they may enroll at the seasonal at a special reduced cost.

To enroll individuals need to simply click here to download the appropriate farmer or merchant application. Payment is NOT due at time of application, and can be held until the individual is enrolled.

Discovery SID Notes

Date Night in the District
Date Night in the District is a time to discover the beauty in the Discovery District neighborhood, and share the experience with one another. Your first goal is to collect three stars by visiting three wonderful neighborhood spots: Replenish Spa (try a couples massage, yoga experience or meditation experience and receive 10 percent off); Hills Market Downtown (enjoy 10 percent off your total purchase excluding alcohol and tobacco); and The Columbus Museum of Art (purchase two general admission day passes and explore the galleries with a love-themed scavenger hunt). 

Once you collect your three stars, you can choose one of the following prizes to enjoy with a second date: 20 percent off any service at Replenish Spa (downtown location only); a $10 gift card to Hills Market; or 20 percent off a Reciprocal Membership at Columbus Museum of Art.

Traffic Alert

Road Race Updates
Columbus City Council passed legislation requiring that road race promoters apply for a permit at least 30 days prior to an event and to reach out to affected neighborhoods along the race course. This section will post updates about race applications that have been filed for downtown to allow for comment. You can request a copy of the route or send comments to Stephen Paullin at SBPaullin@columbus.gov.

Event: Breakthrough for Brain Tumors BT5K
Date: June 3
Location: McFerson Commons
Feedback Due: May 9

Event: Columbus 10K
Date: June 4
Location: East Bank Park/Promenade
Feedback Due: May 9

MORPC 2017 Commuter Challenge Seeking Company Ambassadors
MORPC and its partners are very excited to be gearing up for the 2017 commuter challenge and have added some new exciting elements this year. Commuters have the option of participating individually and as part of a team. MORPC would like to find company ambassadors to help spread the word within their organizations. If you are interested, please contact Patty Olmstead at 614.223.4133 or commuterchallenge@morpc.org

COTA to Launch Redesigned Bus Network
COTA launched a redesigned bus service on May 1, enhancing bus service throughout the region. To ease the transition for current customers, and to encourage new riders to try the new system, customers will receive free fares through May 7. The Transit System Redesign (TSR) is a complete overhaul of the COTA network that will provide simplified routes, increased frequency, connections to more places, reduced bus congestion downtown, and service to more jobs. http://www.cota.com/tsr

News and Notes

Columbus Commons Fitness Classes
Get your fitness with no contracts and no excuses. These free fitness classes make it easy to exercise all summer long. Just sign a waiver, and you can participate in any fitness class throughout the season. Session one runs from May 2 - June 10 and session two runs August 1 - September 30Click here for more information and the full list of classes

Nominate A 2017 Patient Champion for the Columbus Marathon
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon is accepting submissions for Mile Patient Champions for the 2017 marathon. If you know a Nationwide Children's Hospital patient with an inspirational story, click here to nominate him or her to be honored at their own mile on the race course

RideSolutions Rebranded as Gohio Commute
On Monday, May , RideSolutions was rebranded as Gohio Commute. Gohio Commute will offer free services to individuals and organizations seeking to find a smarter way to commute. Within the new platform, users will be able to more easily find carpool and vanpool partners, explore transit routes, and find bike routes with the highest levels of comfort. RideSolutions members will receive an email requesting that you create a new password for your account. Users who wish to participate in the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge will need to activate their accounts on the Gohio Commute platform after May 1. If you have any questions, please contact gohio@morpc.org

Special Events

Weekly Art Talks: Conversations & Coffee
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
May 4, Inga Smith (Photographer, Loft Gallery Artist)
May 11, Art 360: New Works, Hani Hara, Marc Lincewicz, April Sunami with Charles L. Bluestone, Curator
May 18, Art 360: New Works, Lynda McClanahan, Ardine Nelson, Josh Sutton with Charles L. Bluestone, Curator
http://culturalartscenteronline.org

Exhibition: Happy, Joyous, & Free!
Now through May 5
Artist's Talk: May 53 - 4 p.m.
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery
Ann Lemon is interested in the intersection of word and picture. Lemon's "Alcoholic Animals" series explores fear, guilt, humor, grief, regret, hope and other common human conditions related to alcoholism and drug addiction. This body of work combines ambiguous and/or illuminating phrases from the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous with graphic illustrations of anthropomorphic animals, creating visual and verbal synergy. Her stylistic influences include early modernists such as Charley Harper and Alvin Lustig; vintage cartoons; and contemporary book artists. http://southeastinc.com

Decorators' Show House
Now through May 14
Columbus Museum of Art
In a new twist on a popular tradition, Decorators' Show House (DSH) takes up residence at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) this spring. DSH@CMA, a first-of-its-kind event, features premier local designers re-imagining gallery space as living space and using works from the Museum's collection in their designs. DSH@CMA welcomes back many favorite designers from past Decorators' Show Houses and debuts several exciting new designers. Enjoy beautiful interior design in a unique venue that combines the lure of downtown living and the intrigue of re-purposed spaces with creative inspiration for any home. You can visit the Decorators' Show House during regular Museum hours. http://www.columbusmuseum.org/2017-decorators-show-house/

Exhibition: A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore' Sharrer
Now through May 21
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art is proud to present A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer, the first major assessment of the artist since mid-century. Organized by CMA in partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the exhibition provides a comprehensive examination of Sharrer's place in American art and reveals the full scope of her significant achievements. A Dangerous Woman includes some 45 paintings, plus associated sketches, prints, photographs, and ephemera from the artist's extensive archive. http://columbusmuseum.org

Exhibition: Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe
Now through May 21
Columbus Museum of Art
From the Machiavellian rise and fall of Richard III to the fantastical world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare in Prague explores the myriad ways stage design in central Europe adapted William Shakespeare's plays. This original exhibition is organized by CMA and The Ohio State University's College of Arts and Sciences Arts Initiative; the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. http://columbusmuseum.org

Exhibit: Action at a Distance 
Now through May 27
Angela Meleca Gallery
Action at a Distance is an exhibition featuring the works of Youmna Chlala, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rhea Karam, and Rania Matar. This group of Lebanese artists and thinkers confront national and personal histories and narratives, often departing from dominant cultural representations of the region. Utilizing photography and the moving image, the works explore questions of real and imagined memory, vestiges of history, and lived experiences of displacement. http://angelamelecagallery.com

Exhibit: The Colour Of
Now through May 31
Opening Recpetion, May 6, noon - 6 p.m.
Mac Worthington Gallery
Enjoy this exhibition of expressionist paintings and abstract sculpture.

Exhibit: Bodies @ Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo
Now through June 18
Columbus Museum of Art
This unique exhibition reveals the creative collaboration of fashion designer Isabel Toledo and artist Ruben Toledo. The artists will transform the Geraldine Schottenstein Gallery into an evocative installation that tells the story of their lifelong partnership in art, design and life, which springs from the complex interplay of two individuals, two aesthetics and the push and pull of their distinctive, yet complementary visions and energy. http://columbusmuseum.org

FRUIT: An Exhibition of Themed Variety 
May 4 - June 4
Opening Reception, May 116 - 9 p.m.
Blockfort Gallery
Five female artists all make work around a central subject, using a variety of styles and mediums. Featured artists include: Feminist photographer, Kate Sweeney; Superpop-flash-craft illustrator, Jesi Rodgers; Imaginative material artist, Dana Lynn Harper; Realist still-life and landscape painter, Holly Leonard; and Alternative fashion designer, Janus Koziuk. http://blockfortcolumbus.com

Food Truck Food Court
Thursdays, May 4 - October 2611 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbus Commons
Come enjoy 10 of the best food trucks in town. Enjoy eight staple trucks who will be there every single week: Giant Eagle Market District, Cupzilla, Angry Weiner, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Kinetic, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities and Mya's Fried Chicken, plus two special guest trucks which rotate monthly. http://columbuscommons.org/happenings/food-truck-food-court/

Thurber House Evenings with Authors: Annabelle Gurwitch
May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Actress, bestselling author, humorist, and Thurber Prize finalist Annabelle Gurwitch will visit Thurber House to chat about her new book, Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To. This collection of essays features Annabelle's stories about her southern Jewish family of scam artists, bootleggers, and philanderers. Feeling like she didn't fit in with her family, she began a process of looking for surrogate families - adopting theater folk, a UFO cult, and secular humanist fellowships, among others. Annabelle says that if she's learned anything, it's that no matter how hard you try to escape a crazy family, you just end up in another crazy family. Tickets are available here.

Jazz Masters Sessions - presented by Richard Lopez: A Brazilian Jazz Afternoon
May 73 - 5 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
This series of jazz performances features the best of traditional and contemporary jazz offerings with area master musicians. Enjoy breezy Brazilian jazz featuring Canta Brasil, with Tia Harris, Stan Smith, Kris Keith, Danny Aguilar and Jeff Bass joining Richard Lopez. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for students. CMA members receive $2 off each individual ticket. Tickets are available at the admission desk. 

Urban Living Tour
May 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The fourth annual Urban Living Tour, a self-guided tour featuring urban living options and opportunities in Downtown Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods, showcases much of what it means to have an urban lifestyle with various residential options and amenities to tour. It is an exciting way to see many of the new and updated places to live in the city. Whether you are new to Columbus, looking for a new spot to call home or simply interested in the rapid urban development happening in our city the Urban Living Tour is a way to see many unique and interesting spots all in one day. With over a dozen stops featuring various residential and mixed use buildings in different stages of completeness, tour goers will have be given an exclusive opportunity to learn more about Columbus's growing urban living options.

Residential tour stops include: Trotters Park, Vetro Lofts, The Diplomat, The Barrett School, The Julian, The Citizen's Building, The Meridian, LC RiverSouth 186 S Front St and LC RiverSouth 205 S High St, The Homes at Pullman Way, Jeffery Park, Harrison Park, The View on Fifth, 223 East Town and the Yard Club. 

Tickets to the tour are $20 in advance, or $25 day-of at one of the tour's starting locations. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Faith Mission and their programs to help the homeless and others in need. 

Columbus Historical Society: Baseball in Columbus
May 97 - 8:30 p.m.
Huntington Park
Columbus baseball historian Joe Santry will give an insiders tour of Huntington Park, including the home clubhouse, and a talk on the sport's history in Columbus. The event is free, but please RSVP to info@columbushistory.org to confirm your spot. https://www.columbushistory.org/events/

CHROMA: The Best of CCAD
May 10
Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design students are the next generation of artists and designers to shape culture and commerce. At Chroma, you get to see the best of the best of CCAD's artists and designers.This annual campus-wide juried show and celebration showcases exemplary pieces from each of the school's majors as well as their CORE programs and first-year MFA students. Walk around, grab a bite, and be inspired. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free. https://www.ccad.edu/chroma 

Wednesdays@2: Mozart to Matisse
May 10, 2 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
CMA, in partnership with Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), presents this afternoon series pairing lectures exploring works from CMA's collection with chamber music performances.This event features a look at Orientalism in Art with romantic depictions of the Near East and Asia in paintings by European artists, who depicted the Orient as exotic, colorful, and mysterious, complimented by musical works performed by CSO musicians. Cost of this program is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Visit http://columbusmuseum.org and click on Events and Programs.

Columbus Chamber Government Day 2017
May 12, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Renaissance Columbus Downtown
The Columbus Chamber is committed to providing superior services and solutions for the business community. Government relations, long a focus of the Columbus Chamber, has been elevated to a level of primary importance. Government Day serves to help business leaders navigate government complexity, facilitate connections with elected officials and key stakeholders, and raise the collective voice of the Columbus Region business community at the local, state and federal levels of government. The registration deadline is May 9Click here for more information and to register.

CCAD Senior Fashion Show
May 12, 7 p.m. (VIP Cocktail Reception at 60 Cleveland Ave.); 8 p.m. (General Admission at CCAD Design Studios, 390 E. Broad St.); 8:30 p.m. (Fashion Show); 9:30 p.m. (Apres-Runway Dance Party at CCAD Design Studios)
Join Columbus College of Art & Design for the hottest runway ticket in town. See and be seen as top student designers at CCAD showcase their latest looks in this annual fashion show.  Loann Crane will be formally recognized for her years of dedication and support to CCAD with the Spirit of Denny Griffith Award. General Admission tickets are $175; VIP Admission tickets are $375. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: David & Vadim
May 13, 5:30 p.m.May 14, 7 p.m.
Southern Theatre
Vadim Gluzman and David Danzmayr return together onstage for a powerful finale to ProMusica's season. Joined by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, the orchestra performs works by Bartók, Piazzolla and Mozart. Find tickets here. If you would like to treat your mother to an evening out in honor of Mother's Day, you can buy one ticket to the show and get another for free. Use the offer code MOM. To purchase call the ProMusica Box Office at 614.464.0066 or go online through Ticketmaster at www.promusicacolumbus.org. Ticket prices range from $28 to $50. Tickets must be purchased in pairs. 

Family Adventures Tour
May 14, 2 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docent-guided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. No registration required. 

Exhibit: Ingrained
May 15 - June 8
Reception and Artist's Talk, June 85 - 7 p.m.
OSU Urban Arts Space, City Center Gallery
With Ingrained, Cleveland-based artist Paula Izydorek creates a series of abstract paintings with interwoven linear planes to express her interest in environmental effects on one's biochemistry. http://uas.osu.edu  

Bus it to the Ballpark
May 18 for the 11:05 a.m. game versus Indianapolis Indians
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is partnering with the Columbus Clippers on a long-standing seasonal tradition - Bus it to the Ballpark. Riders who present a valid COTA 31-day pass at the ticket window will pay only $1 for general admission tickets to four day games throughout the 2017 season. http://www.cota.com/ 

Bike to Work Day
May 19, post-ride event from 8 - 9 a.m.
Join hundreds of riders by biking into downtown along one of several pre-planned routes. All routes will end at Columbus City Hall at 8:00 a.m. for a celebration including breakfast, recognition and announcements. Click here for more information, including bike to work tips and information on National Bike Month. You can register for the event here.

Want more Event info?
For a comprehensive listing of events, visit Experience Columbus at
http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/events/

Restaurant and Retail Reminders

For a complete listing of downtown restaurants, visit the DowntownColumbus.com website

Cinco de Mayo Wine Tasting
May 56 - 8 p.m.
Hills Market Downtown
Head over for their usual $15 Friday event, but with a few new surprises. There will still be plenty of delicious wine to taste, but some of them will be spicy, and a few will be from Mexico. Plus there will be tequila to sample. The taco bar will be open and admission to the event will include all-you-can-eat tacos, and 10 tastes of wine, beer or cocktails. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time, as the price is discounted (goes up to $20 at the door) and the event often sells out.

Poke Bros.
100 E. Gay St.
This new fast casual concept offers build-your-own poke bowls with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Bowls feature cubed-cut raw fish mixed in a bowl with rice, vegetables and flavorful toppings. It's like sushi in a bowl. Vegetarian options are also available. Read more about the concept here. https://pokebrostogo.com/

Pure Pressed Juicery Expands Hours
Pure Pressed has expanded their retail hours to 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That means you'll be able to get your favorite smoothies, acai bowls and nutrient-packed juice all day. http://purepressedjuicery.com

Veranico
401 N. Front St.
A second venture of Market 65 owners Anthony Micheli and Patrick Katzenmeyer, Veranico offers fast casual meals with a healthy twist in the Arena District. You'll find made-to-order salads, sandwiches, brain bowls, wraps, paninis, and from-scratch cookies and protein bars from Holly Schomberg. The evening menu adds flatbreads, local beers and wine. Scheduled hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Elia Athenian Grill
20 N. High St.
614.706.4273
Check out this fantastic new spot, offering authentic Greek street food including gyros and souvlakia in chicken, pork, vegetarian and bifteki. Their meats are not processed and do not have any hormones, MSG or GMOs. They are open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and hope to also add breakfast and dinner service. https://www.facebook.com/eliaatheniangrill/

Buckeye Bourbon House
36 E. Gay St.
614.456.2020
The new Buckeye Bourbon House is now open on Gay St. Stop in for your choice of more than 40 bourbon choices, bourbon cocktails, bourbon beer and more. You can also find a variety of craft beers and wines, plus small plates. https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeBourbonHouse/ 

Sip & Shop
Every Saturday1 - 3 p.m.
Hills Market Downtown
Head to Hills for the best deal in town. Enjoy four samples of wines chosen by Hills' wine director for just $1. http://hillsmarket.com/downtown 

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