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February 12th, 2016 1:41 PM


February DRAC Meeting: 175 On The Park

Board Elections – Warm Surroundings – View of the Commons
… All of this at 175 On The Park
175 On The Park houses a variety of businesses to explore. Check in at the front door where you’ll be handed your ballot. We’ll visit 
Intelligent Office first, where our own Otto Beatty will show us his space and tell us how his shared office space helps launch small business in Central Ohio.
Then we’ll move on to 
King Business Interiors where Owner and Interior Designer Chelsea King will describe her business model and tell us why she opened the space at 175 On The ParkDempsey’s will provide food and King Business Interiors will provide drinks. We’ll conduct board elections amid the modern office interiors.
Interested in running for the DRAC Board?
If you’re interested in running for a board position, please send an email to by Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 p.m. Otherwise you will still be able to run as a write in candidate. 
Where: 175 On the Park, 175 S. Third St.
When: Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.

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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


Business Member Spotlight: Sullivan Bruck Architects
When Sullivan Bruck Architects needed to relocate their office, they didn't want to move far. "As architects, we are committed to urbanism" said Joe Sullivan, principal of Sullivan Bruck Architects. "We enjoy that feeling of connectivity and involvement when we are downtown. You don't get that in the suburbs." Read the full story

To learn more on how your business can support Capital Crossroads by becoming a Business Member, click


Discovery SID Notes

Discovery District Civic Association Meeting
February 18
Metro Institute of Technology, 303 S. Grant Ave., Phillis Hall, 2nd Floor
Note: this meeting was rescheduled from February11.


Traffic Alert


N. Wall St. Closure

N. Wall St. will be closed to through traffic between W. Lynn St. and W. Broad St. on Thursday, February 11, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., for a large delivery, weather permitting. 


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 Jason Nicolson at

Event: Arnold 5K Pump & Run
Date: March 6
Location: Goodale and High
Feedback Due: February 12

News and Notes

Columbus Metropolitan Library Announces Grand Reopening Date
Columbus Metropolitan Library has announced that the Main Library will host its grand reopening and community celebration on Saturday, June 25. The Main Library closed in April 2015 for renovations, the goals of which are to: build a library that meets the needs of its customers; connect the library to Topiary Park to provide outdoor reading space; update the front plaza on Grant Avenue; add a reading room that will also serve as a civic event space; and enhance the children's area. 


Special Events

Weekly Art Talks: Conversations & Coffee
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
February 11, Tracy Bleim (Naturalist, Bird Watching)
February 18, Zofia Danuta Wilamowska (Painter)

February 25, Stephen Takacs (Traveling Picture Show)

Exhibit: Fragmented Histories
Now through February 13
Cultural Arts Center
The Cultural Arts Center will present the works of a local artist Mona Gazala. Rooted in a lifelong fascination with archaeology, Mona Gazala's experimental and installation artworks make lyrical connections between ancient ruins and the derelict or abandoned industrial and domestic structures within our own modern post-industrial cities.

Winter Park
Now through February 21
McFerson Commons
After the success of the outdoor ice rink during last year's NHL All-Star Game, the NHL-sized rink is open to the public again this winter. Visitors can skate, play hockey and participate in a variety of community events. There will also be bleacher seating, a skate rental tent and four heated locker rooms. Admission to skate will be $5, which includes skate rental. When you need to warm up, enjoy the fire pits and the large heated tents where you can find food, beverages and Blue Jackets games on the video board.

Exhibit: "Sold Out" by Tim Rietenbach
Now through February 27
Angela Meleca Gallery
The show highlights Rietenbach's most recent work, which centers around local, national and global social and economic concerns. He utilizes established vocabularies as vehicles for abstraction in order to give voice to the disenfranchised.

Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks
Now through February 29
Ohio Statehouse, Map Room
"Rosa Parks, the Power of One" is a K through third grade student art exhibit sponsored by COTA. The exhibit is the students' artistic expression of how they would change things for the better. Rosa Parks is honored because through her act of courage, she helped make America a better place for all people. Students were asked what would you do if you had a chance... To do a brave thing? A courageous thing? A kind thing? If nothing stood in your way, what would you do to change America and make it a better place for all people?

Exhibit: Medieval and Baroque Objects
Now through March 6
Columbus Museum of Art
The collection of medieval and baroque objects from local collectors, Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein, including a 13th-century Hebrew Bible, a megillah that tells the story of Purim, and a gold case created to hold a megillah, will be on display through early March.

Now through March 6
Franklin Park Conservatory
Enjoy hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids in soft hues, which create a dreamy escape. On Saturday, January 9, enjoy 20 percent off orchids and supplies. On Sundays, from 1 - 4 p.m., the Central Ohio Orchid Society will be available to answer questions and discuss orchid care.

Exhibit: Go Figure
Now through March 23
OAC's Riffe Gallery
This exciting, contemporary exhibition highlights some of Ohio's best figurative artists. 

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
February 11
Greater Columbus Convention Center
This year's annual meeting programming will be unlike any other. Hear from renowned venture capitalist Mark Kvamme, Drive Capital Partner, about his role in supporting one of the country's most productive startup hotbeds, Columbus. Guests will also hear from Beam Dental Co-Founder & CEO Alex Frommeyer, enjoy the presentation of the 53rd Columbus Award, and enjoy the announcement of the 2016 Small Business Leader Award recipient.
Register here.

Exhibit: Melvin Edwards: Five Decades
February 12 - May 8
Columbus Museum of Art



February 11 - 14; Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Capitol Theatre

Experience Carmen as never before with the Company Premiere of the modern and dynamic Carmen.maquia. Spanish sensation Gustavo Ramirez Sansano returns to Columbus following the 2014 World Premiere of his work "Lovely Together." Carmen.maquia is an innovative take on Georges Bizet's iconic opera, infused with the drama of bullfights, fortune tellers and unrequited love. 


Art Explorations: Cityscapes

February 13, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Urban Arts Space

Art Explorations is an interactive arts education series that provides an opportunity for children ages 4 to 11 and their families to create art in a gallery setting, with a goal of instilling a sense of art appreciation. During this exploration, we will be creating the first ever Urban Arts Space City. The event is free and open to all; RSVP is required. 

Steep Canyon Rangers
February 13, 8 p.m.
Southern Theatre
Grammy award-winning American bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers joins ProMusica Chamber Orchestra on stage at the Southern Theatre for one night only. A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They're as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full orchestra. Tickets are $35 - $80 and are available here. 

The Connector Series
February 13, 1 - 4 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
CMA's Center for Creativity partners with some of the most provocative, creative people in our community to present intriguing, memorable experiences for visitors. Come for unexpected encounters with local artists and performers, creative exploration and fun. Jim Fowler is a mathematician at The Ohio State University, whose research interests include geometry and topology of high-dimensional manifolds and geometric group theory. In other words, he thinks in depth about highly symmetric geometric objects. That sounds pretty complex, but after playing some of his logic games, you might find you understand much more than you expected. The Connector Series experiences are designed for visitors of any age and are included with regular Museum admission.


Exhibit: notitleanytitle*

February 16 - March 20

Reception: February 20, 5 - 7 p.m.

Urban Arts Space

Come enjoy the work of graduating Ohio State University Department of Art, Master of Fine Arts candidates. 


Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse
February 16 and 23, noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery
The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display and free historical performances each Tuesday at noon. Visitors can also enjoy a special soul food menu at the Capitol Cafe each Tuesday in February. The entire cast of "We've Known Rivers" presents the "Right to Vote" (February 16), and Dr. Carren Moham plays Marion Anderson with musical accompaniment (February 23). 


Exhibit: Relics of Industry by Brian Donald Cook

February 17 - March 25

Opening Reception: February 17, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

Brian Donald Cook is a Michigan-based photographer who captures portraits of landscapes in the Rust Belt. The majority of his work explores decaying industry and highlights the beauty of scenes that others might view as eyesores. Brian sees this as analogous to breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental illness. He creates much of his work to help himself combat the daily struggles of living with mental illness and substance use disorders. After a 10 year drug addiction, he enjoys a clean and sober life in recovery. 

Collaborative Gallery Openings
February 17, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery featuring Brian Donal Cook
Mac Worthington Gallery of Contemporary Art featuring abstract impressionist paintings and sculpture
The openings are open to the public with free admission.
Exhibit: Spin Art
February 19 - August 21
Columbus Museum of Art


Exhibit: Brownie in Motion: Traveling Picture Show

February 19 - March 19

Artist's Reception: February 19, 6 - 8 p.m.

Conversation & Coffee Art Talk: February 25, noon - 1 p.m.

Brownie in Motion: Traveling Picture Show features the work of artist Stephen Takacs and his SUV-sized camera. 


Captured Your Heart: Annual Valentines Show

Artist & Gallery Reception

Mac Worthington Gallery

February 19, 6 - 9 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase
February 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium and Rotunda
Join The Berwick, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, City Barbeque, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine, Milo's, Spagio and Two Caterers for a night of beauty and fabulous food at the Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase. See the Ohio Statehouse in a new light, as Event Source, All Occasions and Metro Cuisine transform the Rotunda and Atrium into a wedding experience. The event is free and open to the public.

Exhibit: Brownie in Motion: Traveling Picture Show
February 19 - March 19
Opening Reception: February 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Conversations & Coffee Art Talk: February 25, noon - 1 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center
This exhibit features the works of photographer Stephen Takacs. "Brownie in Motion: Traveling Picture Show" is a document of his cross-country journeys with the Brownie In Motion Project. Contrary to the cultural trend towards heavily retouched imagery, these photographs decidedly return to the roots of the medium itself. This ongoing exploration is an effort to understand where we've been, where we are going, and what may be forgotten in the name of progress.


Crafternoons!: Relief Printing

February 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Urban Arts Space

Crafternoons! is a creative art-making program geared towards adults that love innovative and crafty projects. Guests 16 and over create unique projects each month with supplies provided by the Space. You will be carving linoleum blocks with a design of your choice, and using them to make your own set of stationary cards. All supplies are free and provided upon RSVP. Free and open to all; RSVP required. 

"Free at Last, Free at Last..." Reminiscences on Slavery Presented by Anthony Gibbs and Ron St. Pierre
February 21, 2 p.m.
Kelton House Museum & Garden
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order proclaiming the freedom of slaves in the ten states then in rebellion. In the months after, with the war between the states continuing, the country is beginning to assess the meaning of this historic presidential order. Nowhere does this have more of an impact than in Ripley, Ohio. Here in the early spring 1863, two neighbors and colleagues in the anti-slavery movement, one black, one white, sit together and discuss just how far they have come and what the future holds. This program is part of the Kelton House Museum's new lecture series, Broken Promises and Deferred Dreams: Civil War to Civil Rights 1865-1900. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 614-464-2022 for reservations. 


Restaurant and Retail Reminders

For a complete listing of downtown restaurants, visit the website


Buy One Get One Breakfast

Saturday and Sunday, February 13 - 28

Dempsey's Food & Spirits


Hangover Bloody Mary Bar

Every Saturday and Sunday, starting February 13

Dempsey's Food & Spirits

Ten dollars for unlimited house-made Bloody Marys. 


Artisan Pop-Up Shop

Roosevelt Coffeehouse

February 13 - 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Get your Valentine's Day goodies, including flowers, candy, perfume, jewelry, cards, plus coffee and doughnuts. 


Couples Yoga for Valentine's Day

Replenish: the spa

February 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The cost for a Valentine's Day couples yoga class is $50/couple. You can also head back on February 15 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for yoga+acupuncture for back pain; cost is $30 per person. 


Bloody Mary Bacon Brunch
February 27, 9 a.m. - noon  

Upcoming Events at Dempsey's Food & Spirits
346 S. High St.
February 12, 6 - 9 p.m.; Greg Bikowski
February 17; St. Paddy's Day Practice Session 

Cafe Brioso Opens New Location
Brioso Coffee
315 Long St.
A second Cafe Brioso location is now open, offering a coffee bar and a new roasting facility. A limited menu of baked goods are also be available. The coffee bar is designed to allow for interaction with customers, with a focus on each individual cup. Coffee tastings and special events are also in the offing. Hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 8 a.m. - noon.

Monday Grocery Discount
Hills Market Downtown
Enjoy 20 percent off your grocery order of $50 or more every Monday. Just bring in your Hills Market reusable bag or pick one up while you there and save 20 percent off everything you purchase except alcohol and tobacco. You can also sign up for Hills Shop n Save card, which will help you earn a Hills Market $50 gift card.

Weekly Events in the Cafe at Hills Market Downtown
Charity Happy Hour, Monday, 5 - 7 p.m.
Grill & Chill, Wednesdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Sushi Night, Thursdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Wine Tastings, Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m. 


Events Calendar


February 12; Borgeous and Morgan Page; The Bluestone;

February 12; The Steel Wheels with the Honey Dewdrops; Columbus Performing Arts Center;

February 12 - May 8; Melvin Edwards: Five Decades; Columbus Museum of Art;

February 13; Faithfully - a Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey and Classic Rock; Ohio Theatre;

February 13; Memories on the Ave.; King Arts Complex;

February 13; ProMusica Soiree; Southern Theatre;

February 16 - March 19; Department of Art, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition; OSU Urban Arts Space; 


February 17; Family Rewind; Studio Movie Grill; 


February 18; Aminah Robinson Day; King Arts Complex; 


February 18; Happy Hour 2: From Italy to Spain via Alaska; Ohio Theatre; 


February 18; The Floozies; Park Street Saloon; 


February 19 - 20; 6th Annual Columbus Winter Beerfest; Greater Columbus Convention Center; 


February 29 - 20; Musical Postcards; Ohio Theatre; 


February 20; Chamber Music Columbus Presents The Imani Winds; Southern Theatre; 


February 20; Department of Art, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition; Urban Arts Space; 


February 20; North Market and the Ohio Distillers' Guild Presents... Mix and Shake; North Market; 


February 21; Family Rewind; Studio Movie Grill; 


February 22 - 23; Kevin Gates - Islah Tour Part 2; Lifestyle Communities Pavilion;


February 23; An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson; Palace Theatre; 


February 23 - 28; Motown: The Musical; Ohio Theatre; 




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Experience Columbus

Insiders Club

February 2016


The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO, March 4-6, is held at multiple locations throughout Columbus. As the largest multi-sport festival in the nation, the event features 18,000 athletes competing in 70 sports and events, including 14 Olympic sports. GET DETAILS




Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show
$1 off admission

The Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show, Feb. 20-28 will feature 250,000-square-feet of home and garden ideas at the Ohio Expo Center. Inspiration will come from more than 350 area craftsmen, experts and professionals covering every area of the home - inside and out. This year's show will allow guests to explore emerging trends in homes and gardens, and provide the opportunity to talk with the craftsmen and experts who know how to bring ideas to life.

Insiders receive $1 off a general admission ticket. Click on "Buy Tickets" on the website and enter promo code EXPCBUS at checkout to receive discount.


Dine Originals Columbus
30% off gift certificates

Dine Originals Columbus celebrates, supports and promotes the culinary diversity that locally owned and operated member restaurants contribute to the identity and culture of Columbus. These restaurants help define Columbus, give it character and style, and make it a memorable town to visit and live. 

Each quarter, as a thank-you for supporting the local restaurant scene, the Dine Originals member restaurants offer a limited number of gift certificates for 30% off face value! The spring sale is happening right now!




Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour
Thru Mar. 26

The microbrew scene is exploding in Columbus! Learn more about how beer is made, taste the different styles produced and served at each destination and discover more about the history of each brewery. You'll hear the stories behind each business and have a chance to meet a wide range of owners, brewers and craft beer experts. This tour is designed to be a fun, educational and delicious introduction to Columbus' growing local beer scene.


Experience Columbus Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 5-7 p.m.
Battelle Grand Ballroom in the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Experience Columbus is celebrating 75 years. Anniversaries of this magnitude don't come along every day, so we're taking advantage of this very special milestone to throw a huge anniversary bash.

  • Sample locally produced ales, spirits and mead
  • Taste specialties from the city's most crave-worthy chefs, restaurants and food trucks
  • Enjoy some of your favorite local entertainment
  • Celebrate the EXPY Winners: The Best of US
  • Network with city, county and industry professionals

For tickets, visit

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February 10th, 2016 11:10 AM

Experience Columbus


Feb. 10-16, 2016

Upcoming Events



Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour

Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour
9/19/15 thru 3/26/16

The microbrew scene is exploding in Columbus! Learn more about how beer is made, taste the different styles produced and served at each destination...


LEGO Travel Adventure

LEGO Travel Adventure
9/26/15 thru 5/8/16

Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO Travel Adventure, you're not just along for the ride! Choose an...


Columbus Blue Jackets' Winter Park

Columbus Blue Jackets' Winter Park
1/22/16 thru 2/21/16

An NHL-sized ice rink returns to McFerson Commons Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. At Winter Park, enjoy ice skating for $5, hockey games and more. A heated...



2/5/16 thru 2/14/16

Experience Carmen as never before with the Company Premiere of the modern and dynamic Carmenmaquia.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena on February 19th3th at 7pm.


Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball vs. Michigan

Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball vs. Michigan

Come and cheer on the Ohio State Men's Basketball team to victory at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.


More To Experience



The Chamber Escape Room
9/17/15 thru 12/3/16


Grandview Brewery Tour
9/19/15 thru 3/26/16


Tickets on Sale: Buckeye Country Superfest
10/13/15 thru 6/19/16
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Tickets on Sale: U.S. Senior Open
10/23/15 thru 8/14/16
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Graphic Novelist Residency: Eleanor Davis
11/11/15 thru 2/14/16


Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO
11/20/15 thru 2/21/16


Columbus Coffee Tour
12/12/15 thru 2/20/16


Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada
1/30/16 thru 4/10/16


Borgeous and Morgan Page


St. Lucia
2/12/16 thru 2/13/16


2016 Ohio University Polar Plunge


5th Annual Valentine's Dinner at the Winery


Faithfully--A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey and Classic Rock


Memories on the Ave


ProMusica Soiree


Sweethearts Hike at Ash Cave


Valentine's Day Food & Wine Pairing Dinner


Valentine's Day


Presidents Day Activities


Special Presentation: Echoes in Time Theatre: Death of a President




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This Saturday, we will host our 8th annual A Date 2 Remember social fundraiser at Hollywood Casino! Close to 90% of tickets have already been sold... and we invite YOU to JOIN US too.

A Date 2 Remember 2016 will feature:

Tickets are available at




Major event support provided by:




Check out our video below to find out more!


A Date 2 Remember 2016


We hope to see you on February 13, 2016 at #D2R16!
Register on our Facebook event page too »






15 Local Restaurants will participate in the Taste of Columbus Cocktail Hour at D2R16. Read More »




18 On-Stage Ambassadors will entertain with Vegas-themed performances. Meet Them »



D2R16 tickets on sale now


A Date 2 Remember is the signature Columbus charity event with 100% of  proceeds donated!
Event Details »





Meet-and-Greet Member Dinner
Monday, February 15
6:00 P.M - 8:30 P.M.
Bravo Lennox


Speed Networking
Friday, February 26
7:00 A.M - 9:00 A.M.
Costco at Easton


Volunteer at the Arnold Sports Festival
March 3 - March 6
Various shifts
Convention Center

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