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Mega Weekend!
Weekend time once again. The Zoo has an in memoriam banner for Colo in the front entrance if you would like to share and remember her. Have you heard what's been happening in Hilltop? Submit a proposal to run the café in the Northside Branch of the library. You can win tickets to Bear's Den or Badfish. Tickets are on sale for the return of Best Bites Sweet Treats!
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See the unveiling of the Rhodes State Office Tower mural. Mikey's Late Night Slice has a pizza and spirits tasting. Enjoy Cocktails with a Cause at Double Comfort Restaurant. Charleys Philly Steaks opens a new location in Graceland with special deals. Learn to grow indoor winter edibles. G.Love and Special Sauce play A&R Music Bar. See the Blue Jackets play. Meet bestselling author Chris Bohjalian at Westerville Central High School. It's the final weekend to catch Little Shop of Horrors at Shadowbox Live. See Snow White. There's a Love Trumps Hate dance party at Ace of Cups. See Purple Rain through Friday at Gateway Film Center.

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It's Inauguration Day. Wild Goose Creative hosts an artist forum centered around today's current events and politics affect artists. The Columbus Winter Beer Fest returns, Friday and Saturday. See Steve Byrne at the Funny Bone. Howl's Moving Castle plays this weekend at Gateway Film Center. Enjoy the beauty of the orchids at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Take a free yoga class at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus. Take in poetry and coffee at Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op. Starset plays the Newport. Body Heat is back at Shadowbox Live. Available Light continues You Got Older. Grass Skirt Tiki Room hosts We Shall Overcome! CYP Club hosts a Rock 'n' Bowl. Damn, Girl comes to Skully's.

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If you are participating in the Women's March on Washington, be safe, and here is the info for meeting up with Ohio women. Saturday Cinema Classics began at Studio 35 with E.T. The Columbus Symphony presents Brahms vs. Radiohead. Go to the Frozen Festival in Logan. Cozy in to Festival Hygge. See The Little Mermaid on the big screen at COSI. The Comfort Food Cruise continues. Head to the Caffeine Collective at Platform Beer Co. Recycle your e-waste. The Godman Guild hosts a discussion about schools in the Short North area, put on by Short North Parents. Winter Hike #4 takes place at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Attend the Columbus Style Session. The LGBTQ Hiking Club is at Battelle Darby Metro Park. The Smithery hosts a Make & Take Stamping event. Learn to make cold and flu aromatherapy. Take part in a choose your own dinner adventure at The Kitchen. ProMusica presents Sibelius and Mendelssohn. Blue Jackets play the Carolina Hurricanes. Watch an improv musical at The Nest. Swank is at the Big Room Bar.
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Wake up to a Yoga Brunch. Take a masterclass on the drums. See Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Grandview Theater and Drafthouse hosts beer tasting and a movie featuring Spinal Tap. Winter Hike #5 takes place at Inniswoods Metro Gardens. Create your own radio drama. Try the brunch at Rooks Tavern. Learn to do String Art. Dweezil Zappa performs 50 Years of Frank at Express LIVE! ProMusica performs another concert at the Southern Theater. Hear some fiddles at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza.

Check out the Events Calendar for more! Events listed in the Mega Weekend are curated from our events calendar. If you have an event you would like to have considered, please go to the events calendar on Columbus Underground and submit itEnjoy your weekend!, 11 E. Gay St., Ste. 300, Columbus, OH 43215

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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 Business Membership: James B. Ford, DDS
Thank you to the Capital Crossroads Business Members for their continued support of Capital Crossroads SID. Learn more about Business Member James B. Ford, DDS and his support of Downtown Columbus. To learn more about the Business Membership program, contact Michelle Chippas at

Fresh out of his dental residency, Dr. James Ford made a bold move. He knew he wanted to have his dental practice in a metropolitan city and after doing some homework, he decided to open his dental practice in downtown Columbus. He knew the area since he had graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Click here to read more.

POP Columbus Retail Incubation Program
Thanks to a cooperative effort among the Gay Street Collaborative, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Thirty Four Corporation and The Columbus Foundation, Downtown will see more retail this summer. This innovative project gives retail entrepreneurs a chance to test the downtown market with very little risk. This pop-up shop, POP Columbus, will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to nab space for single-day events, two-month or other short-term lease options in the hub of it all in the Gay Street District. Learn more about this exciting program:

News and Notes

Yoga Returns to CMA
Yoga is back at the Columbus Museum of Art, Thursday evenings from 6 - 7 p.m., led by Replenish: the Spa Co-Op. Meditation follows from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Gallery location rotates weekly. The cost of the class is donation based. 

MORPC Midwest Connect is Hyperloop One Semifinalist
After fielding 2,600 registrants in five months, Hyperloop One released the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Midwest Connect as one of the locations of the 35 remaining semifinalist teams for its Hyperloop One Global Challenge. The Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for using Hyperloop One's disruptive transport technology in their region to move passengers and freight point-to-point, swiftly, and on-demand. The Midwest Connect would connect people and freight of Columbus, the fastest growing region in the Midwest, with the major transportation hubs of Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Goes Fine-Free
Columbus Metropolitan Library will no longer fine customers for overdue materials. Their goal is to remove barriers that prevent people, especially children, from checking out books. They will still impose fees for lost or damaged materials. And customers with long overdue materials will have their library cards blocked, which will prevent them from checking out new materials until the overdue materials are returned. Any fines already incurred prior to January 1, 2017 are still due to be paid.

Greater Columbus Convention Center Construction Update
Atrium: Temporary walls were installed. Guests access Level 1 and above via the elevator within the South Entrance lobby, or the stairs to the immediate right of that elevator. Once reaching the first floor, guests can access the South Cafe´ and Marketplace, Hyatt Regency lobby and Drury Inn & Suites walkway. 

High Street: Sidewalk placement at the Union Station Ballroom is complete. Electrical work on the south side of the Vine Street intersection is ongoing. Trees, planting and irrigation work began November 21, with city light poles next to arrive. 

JaVa's: JaVa's in the South Cafe´ & Marketplace is open in its new location between Heroes & Games and Siam on Level 1. 

Special Events

Robert Buck: Exposure
Now extended through January 28
Angela Meleca Gallery
The new works presented in this exhibition are a continuation of a series first created by Buck for an exhibition in October 2009, which were inspired in part by the introduction of the iPhone and its rear-facing camera. Those paintings, perhaps too prescient, a year ahead of the launch of the iPhone 4 and its LED flash, were placed in storage and remained there until early 2016 when Angela Meleca asked to see them. The result of that studio viewing roused Buck to revisit the work, culminating into "Exposure," a show of new "iPaintings."

The Legacy of Imperial Beijing: Selections from the Bliss M. and Mildred A. Wiant Collection of Chinese Art at The Ohio State University
Now through February 1
Reception: January 21, 5 - 7 p.m.
OSU Urban Arts Space
Over the years, the Bliss and Mildred Wiant acquired a remarkable collection of more than six hundred Chinese objects that reflect intriguing aspects of China's imperial culture and tastes of the empire. The couple donated their collection to OSU in 1978 with the hope that the study of these objects would share aspects of Chinese culture with the university community. This is your chance to explore the collection. 

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego
Now through February 26
The holiday season signals the return of a celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® bricks. Think Outside the Brick is a collaborative project with the Ohio LEGO User's Group (OhioLUG). An enormous model of Columbus features the return of familiar landmarks and imaginative creations. OhioLUG will also build LEGO models of Pokémon that will be installed in several locations around the Museum.

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.

ProMusica: Sibelius & Mendelssohn
January 22, 7 p.m.
Southern Theatre
Praised for her vivid tone, rising star violinist Alexandra Conunova makes her U.S. debut performing Sibelius' expressive Violin Concerto. The evening opens with Webern's beautiful orchestration of Schubert's German Dances, and closes with Grieg's Elegiac Melody, and Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony. You can find tickets here.

Wednesdays@2: Thomas Cole Talks
January 25, 2 p.m.
Come to Art and the Creation of the National Park Service with Terry Seidel, director of land protection for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, who will discuss how art and the Hudson River School helped stimulate interest in environmental preservation and laid the groundwork for the establishment of the National Park Service. Register for the talk here.

January 28, 8 - midnight
Columbus Museum of Art
Deviate from the usual. Wander into a world of wonder. Join Honorary Chairs Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, to experience the curious, the strange and the marvelously mad at Wonderball-an affair of wondrous proportions. Featuring DJs Charles Erickson and Donnie Mossman and live music by Popgun, games, bites from Columbus' best eateries, creative experiences, cocktails and more. Generosity and gifts benefit the museum's creative programs, where imaginations roam wild. Tickets are $125 throubh January 27 or $135 at the door. Black and white cocktail attire is encouraged (be creative). Parking is complimentary. Tax deductible donation benefits the Museum's creative programming and community initiatives. 

Bloody Mary Bacon Brunch
January 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Enjoy a deluxe Bloody Mary with five toppings of your choice, served with a side of bacon and a cheddar drop biscuit. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, as well.

Metro State of STEM!
January 30, 7:45 a.m. (Breakfast and Registration), 8:30 a.m. (State of STEM Program)
Join The Metro School for their State of STEM event. Enjoy breakfast and stimulating presentations on the role Metro's critically acclaimed STEM-based education model plays in preparing students for our region's STEM workforce needs. There will be TEDx-style updates by experts on the state of STEM-based industries and a powerful keynote address from Dr. Mae Jemison, who was one of the women portrayed in the popular film, Hidden Figures. 

Thurber House: A Night with The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew
February 2, 7 - 8 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Ohio authors Marilyn Greenwald and Julie Rubini will host a night of mystery as Thurber House presents the lure, legend, and love of the popular Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Blue Jackets Winter Park
February 3 - 26
McFerson Commons (across the street from Nationwide Arena)
The centerpiece of Winter Park returns with an NHL-sized ice rink that is open for public skating, hockey and a variety of community events. The outdoor rink is equipped with bleacher seating for approximately 250 people, a skate rental tent and four heated locker rooms. Public skating sessions are $5 each (skate rental included). A special heated viewing tent is available to watch the skating. You can also enjoy the Mad River Mountain Kids' Slide. This kid-friendly, 2-lane kids' slide will be located on the northern most part of the park, near the arch at W .Nationwide Blvd. The attraction measures 6' tall with a 24' slide stretch. More details are available here.

We Love CBUS Wine Tasting
February 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hills Market Downtown
As part of their $15 Fridays series, you can taste 10 wines and eat appetizers for only $15. At this particular event, they will have some of of their favorite Columbus vendors: Jeni's, Eleventh Candle Co, replenish: the spa co-op, Planthropy, and Columbus Stories. You can also enjoy live piano music from David Butler sponsored by local realtor Bayan Sabouri. Tickets are available here.

The 5th Line 5K
February 5, 10 a.m.
Nationwide Arena
Hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets and M3S Sports, the 5th Line 5K offers runners and walkers an active way to celebrate the winter season and take in the Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park. You can register at 

Want more Event info?
For a comprehensive listing of events, visit Experience Columbus at

Restaurant and Retail Reminders

For a complete listing of downtown restaurants, visit the website

Alley Restaurants Remain Open During Construction
Despite ongoing construction in the Pearl and Lynn alleys, the wonderful restaurants that line the area are open and would love to have your business. Be sure to visit Jack's Diner, Si Senor Sandwiches & More, El Arepazo, Ringside, Cafe Napolitana and Olivers and enjoy some fabulous nosh.

PINS Mechanical Winter Leagues
141 N. 4th St.
PINS Mechanical is offering Duckpin Bowling and Pinball Leagues to bring fun to your winter's nights. You can choose from Monday or Tuesday night Duckpin Bowling leagues; the season begins February 6 and 7 and runs for eight consecutive weeks. Games begin at 7 or 9 p.m. and last up to two hours. Twenty-four four-person teams will compete (six at each time slot on each day). The Pinball League starts on February 7, and games will be played at 7 p.m. on 8 consecutive Tuesdays. Four games selected at random will be played per group per week. All skill levels are welcome. You can learn more about each league and sign up here.

Kevin Murphy Stock-Up Sale
Studio 33 Salon & Spa
Through January 21
This is a great time to stock up on your favorite Kevin Murphy hair products. This is only the second time in seven years that Studio 33 has been able to offer this savings. The more your purchase, the bigger your savings. Enjoy 15 percent off two products or 20 percent off three or more products. You can also make your purchase over the phone and come in to pick it up later. Offer good on full-size and liter-size products, not travel size. 

PINS Mechanical
141 N. 4th St.
PINS is a new kind of social gathering place that connects people in a non-traditional and playful way. Stop by for duckpin bowling, pinball or shuffleboard, culinary exploration, and creative craft cocktails as you redefine how time should be spent with friends. You can read more about PINS here.

Platform Beers
408 N. Sixth St.
Platform Beers' Columbus location is now open, offering everything from new American styles to experimental sours and barrel-aged beers. Coming soon, they will offer a rotating food menu with different vendors and guest chefs offering delicious nosh. The taproom is open Monday - Thursday, 3 p.m. - midnight; Friday, 3 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. You can read more here.

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery
361 E. Broad St. (The Seneca)
Koko Tea Salon & Bakery opened a second location in downtown. The menu includes delicious cupcakes, cakes, salads, macarons, quiches, bubble tea and more. They are open Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

To read more about their decision to open a downtown location, click here.

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Shake off the cold with crafted cocktails & new contacts! Come network with the Young Professionals of Columbus at Strongwater Food & Spirits on January 25th from 6-8 P.M.!


Strongwater is attached to and born from the art and creative spirits of 400 W. Rich St., a 100 year old 105,000 sq. foot warehouse filled with 97 private art and performance studios. Join us for networking over happy hour specials, including half off drafts, $1 off wine by the glass and $1 off specialty cocktails!


 Who: Young Professionals in Columbus - Members and Non-Members

 What: Happy Hour Networking

 Where: Strongwater, 401 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215

 When: Wednesday, January 25, 6-8 p.m.

 Why: A chance for non-members to learn about YPC, new members to get involved, and other members to reunite

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If you missed out on signing up for our Brew Your Own Beer event, it is now sold out! Feel free to join us at another event this week, including Lunch & Learn: Getting Around Columbus on Thursday or our Rock 'n' Glow Bowl Social on Friday.

Later this month we'll be at Palle for our January Member Mixer. And don't miss out on wine, beer, food, and tunes at YP Networking Night, co-hosted by CoverMyMeds!

Looking ahead, pre-sale tickets are now live for A Date 2 Remember 2017 - our ninth annual social fundraiser benefiting Columbus Inspires and Make-a-Wish. In total, we've raised more than $300.000 for charity since 2007 and hope you will join us to raise even more! Save the date for Saturday, February 25th at Hollywood Casino. Find out more »

PLUS: Keep that New Year's resolution and get in shape with some kickboxing classes! Upgrade your CYP membership account to Premium for $25 and you'll receive a free 2-week trial to TITLE Boxing as an added bonus, plus a whole year of benefits in 2017!

1/19 - Lunch & Learn: Getting Around Columbus

Join us for lunch with Columbus City Councilmember Shannon Hardin and COTA's Millennial Advisory Group, along with an interactive presentation about how to use COTA's network. ATTEND THIS EVENT »

1/20 - Rock 'n' Glow Bowl Social

Calling all bowling fans! Register now for our 9th annual Rock n' Bowl Social event. It's an awesome night of glow bowling, socializing, and music. ATTEND THIS EVENT »

1/23 - Member Dinner at Westies Gastropub

We're taking our Meet-and-Greet Member Dinner series to Westies Gastropub in the Brewery Distric for some socializing over craft beer & comfort food. ATTEND THIS EVENT »

2/25 - A Date 2 Remember 2017

A Date 2 Remember is an exciting evening of philanthropy, food, entertainment, and fun. Join us this year for the glitz and glamour of Classic Hollywood at Hollywood Casino. ATTEND THIS EVENT »

Get Even More Connected with Premium Membership!

Upgrade your basic membership to premium during January and you'll be rewarded with a two-week trial to Title Boxing Club, free admission to our Member Mixer at Palle, and more! UPGRADE TODAY »

7 Ways to Give Back in 7 Days

Making blankets & hats, attending a talent show, baking cookies, and more. Celebrate MLK Day with a week full of giving! Check out these fun volunteer events going on this week.READ MORE »

Members on the Move: January

Each month the CYP Club compiles a list of our members' job promotions, professional awards, and special recognitions as our "Members on the Move." READ MORE »

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