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ColumBEST Extravaganza recap

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Don’t worry if you missed this year’s awesome ColumBEST Extravaganza! You can check out all the photos from the event below. And be sure to join us next year! 🙂

 

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3 bar trivia spots for weeknight fun

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“Man, you guys suck!” The trivia host said as he came by our table table to retrieve his brightly colored buzzer. He wasn’t wrong. My friend/trivia partner and I probably should have had less to drink. We probably should have been playing closer attention to the questions, or stopped second-guessing ourselves into wrong answers. Now, the contest was over, and our chances at a $10 bar tab were utterly dashed. Of the six or so teams competing, we came in dead last.

In recent years, bar trivia has emerged as a popular pastime for bar patrons to put their knowledge to the test in a quiz show format, complete with dynamic and entertaining hosts. In these contests, teams which typically consist of a handful of friends, vye against each other for meager prizes—usually a small amount knocked off of the winning team’s bar bill. As my luckless friend and I quickly learned, it’s a form of entertainment where only the fast and the nerdy survive. 

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Like karaoke, bar trivia offers participants a chance do something at their local watering hole besides pound drinks. Bars are eager for something to draw customers on the slower nights of the week, and contestants get the chance to put their pop culture knowledge to work. But what kind of person goes to a bar on a weeknight to mentally dominate drunk strangers?

“In my opinion, there’s trivia people, and then there’s not,” explains John Egbert, who hosts several trivia nights each week for the company Excess Trivia (it was Egbert who chided my friend and I that evening when we completely bombed). “I have a lot of people sign up just to try it, and quickly realize it’s not for them.” 

By day, Egbert is a working artist—he recently designed beer labels for Columbus’ Elevator Brewing. By night, he leads bar patrons through rounds of buzzer-style (think Jeopardy) and multiple-choice rounds of trivia in his role as host.

“When I started this I wasn’t a trivia guy. I did not have fun playing Trivial Pursuit; I didn’t watch Jeopardy,” Egbert says of his beginnings in what has become a full-time pursuit. He only fell in love with trivia after tiring of his onetime role of karaoke host. 

“I felt like with karaoke, one of the downsides was dealing with really busy nights and everybody wanting to sing—and not wanting to wait to sing,” Egbert explains. “With trivia, everybody gets to play at the same time. Everybody gets to be the star.”

If public recognition is a motivator for their audience, you have to wonder what would inspire Egbert and his fellow hosts to choose this unique vocation.

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Jason “Squirrel” Davis runs his own trivia company, currently hosting three nights each week at local bars. He is perhaps best known for his first and longest running show at The Gateway Film Center. By day, he works in the accounts payable department at Capital University.  

For Davis, it’s the chance to stretch his legs as an entertainer in a way not afforded to him in his day job that keeps him coming back. “As a host, it’s the performance aspect,” Davis explains. “I like to think I’m funny. My style is more of a fun game. For the teams, it’s more about fun than the challenge.”

To Mike Durst, who like Egbert is among the dozen or so hosts employed by Excess Trivia, it’s the social dimension that makes the work appealing. 

“It’s pretty much my entire social life. My social circle has basically turned into people I know through trivia,” says Durst. “It’s nice, I get to go to work and know that I’ll see friends of mine and have a couple of beers and see what’s going on in their lives the past week.”

Davis’ sentiments are shared by Egbert, who also appreciates the opportunities for socialization that trivia affords to host and player alike. “I’m pretty selfish about it. I look at it like, it’s my night too, so I want to have a good time while I’m doing it,” he explains. “I always tell people, if you’re a real try-hard, overly-competitive type, my night might not be for you. I run a fun game, and it’s a reason for you and your friends to get together at a bar.”

With the prevalence of fan culture today, it’s likely that the brains of most people are overflowing with a wealth of trivial knowledge on at least one topic: sports stats, Breaking Bad, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—whatever your bag may be—bar trivia offers a small form of redemption for countless of hours spent in idle media consumption. 

The next time you’re hard up for something to do on a weeknight, spare the neighborhood bar your 10,000th karaoke rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and give trivia a try. You might even make some new friends along the way.

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4 outdoor markets happening this week

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There are many perks of living in Ohio, but year-round alfresco markets are certainly not one of them. But, with negative temps disappearing from the forecast and sunshine icons returning, outdoor bazaar season is really ramping up.

Here are four markets happening this weekend were you can stock up on produce, fresh flowers, accessories, baked goods, and so much more!

Clintonville Farmers’ Market | 3519 N High St, Columbus
Saturdays, April 27-Nov 16, 9am to noon

Back for its 17th year, Clintonville Farmers’ Market is back and better than ever this weekend. With the market being producer-only, rest assured that all your purchases will be patronizing the stall farmers and/or cottage food producers. The mission of the community-based market is to support excellent growers and producers while nurturing community appreciation of wholesome local foods in a lively neighborhood setting.

The Sunlight Market | Gay Street
Apr 22, May 20, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 19, Sep 16 and Oct 7

Explore Columbus’ vibrant downtown while also supporting local makers and surrounding business owners at The Sunlight Market. The event draws thousands of visitors each month to enjoy the brick-and-mortar businesses in the area who open early with special hours and special brunch-centric promotions, in addition to over 40 sidewalk vendors who pop-up to sell a wide variety of artisan products.

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German Village Makers Market | 1108 City Park Ave, Columbus

At this outdoor market on the corner of City Park and Thurman Ave, you’ll explore 50 local artists, designers, growers, and bakers with your family, friends, and/or four-legged pal. Take home baked goods, plants, flowers, apparel, personal accessories, and more!

Vintage Market Days | Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St

With a touch of elegance and nostalgia, the Vintage Market Days are a chance to browse upscale and original art, jewelry, and home decor, as well as delicious snacks and food. This three-day event is perfect for any boujee flea market hopper looking for unique pieces and designs.

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Give back and get perks for Earth Day

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Earth day 2019 has arrived! Whether you feel like giving back to the environment, or simply love a good deal, Earth Day has something for everyone. Here are a few ways to celebrate your favorite planet today.

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Brassica has a special offer to make your Earth Day extra delicious:

Hilliard Earth Day Celebration

For many, Earth Day may be just another Monday work day. If you’re all tied up today but still want to give back to the environment, there’s good news! The Hilliard parks and rec department is hosting a day of hands-on educational opportunities in honor of Earth Day next Saturday, April 27:

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Land Grant

Franklinton-based brewery Land Grant is launching a new, sustainably sourced beer for Earth Day. They’re also hosting Sun-Grant, a sustainable beer fest, on May 4th.

Northstar Cafe

If you haven’t lined up already, what are you waiting for? Today (4/22) from 11am – 10pm, Northstar Burgers are on the house!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments!

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