In Cincinnati earlier this year, hundreds of fans chatter and stir before Built to Spill takes the stage. Onstage an unassuming balding man with grey in his beard methodically unravels cords and tunes guitars, whistling and swaying while he works.
The man is Doug Martsch—BTS’s lead singer and songwriter—doing his own dirty work.
This moment exemplifies Martsch’s humble workmanship as a career musician—a man who has stayed true to his genuine brand of melodic lo-fi fuzz even after all these years despite being signed to Warner Brothers in the late ‘90s—the kind of guy who you would expect to tune his own damn guitar.
“I never thought I’d have any career in music,” Martsch said. “Even 15 years ago I thought people would be done with it.”
The 10 p.m. curfew issued for Columbus after Mayor Andrew J. Ginther declared an emergency order May 30 has been lifted. The move comes after a federal lawsuit was filed Friday and following consultation with Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, according to a press release from the Mayor's office.
“I am pleased that in recent days there has been better communication and greater collaboration between police and protestors, demonstrations have been peaceful, and there have not been any significant acts of violence, vandalism or use of force by police,” said Mayor Ginther. “I applaud all those who are raising their voices in protest and encourage all to continue to do so peacefully.”
The lawsuit argued that continuation of the curfew violated the U.S. Constitution because the widespread acts of vandalism have dissipated. Parties will move to dismiss the lawsuit per an agreement reached between the City and the plaintiffs involved.
The curfew in place since May 30 will be lifted immediately upon rescinding the declaration. Columbus residents may move about freely and businesses may resume normal hours of operation.
“In recent days we became increasingly hopeful that the curfew could be lifted, and clearly the time is now right. I encourage people to continue to lift up their voices in peaceful protest, and we will remain laser focused on implementing meaningful and lasting change to fight racism and discrimination.”
Reality shows sure do attract their fair share of eccentric contestants, people who seem too bizarre for this world. That usually comes with the territory when you’re dealing with naked people trying to survive in the woods or game show contestants swallowing every species of worm imaginable.
Heading into its second season, extreme miniature golf competition show Holey Moley--hosted by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and comedian Rob Riggle--does not sell you short on its bounty of peculiar putters. Columbus rock star Lizard McGee of indie rock band Earwig fits the mold of quirky golf professionals, internet influencers, and celebrities who are chosen for the show to a T.
“I was definitely not a shoo-in when I started, but I pushed the Rock Star angle,” McGee said. “The sharp David Bowie-inspired suit that I wore helped.”
It can be gathered that part of McGee’s selection on the show had to do with his work on the appropriately-named new duo The Müligans. The golf rock band (I thought math rock was going too far) also features Nashville singer-songwriter Trapper Haskins. McGee is also a suitable pick for the show given that he has a true Scottish-style 9-hole course on his remote property in Southern Ohio.
While waiting for the show to air, be sure to check out the debut single from The Müligans, “Heart Shaped Bruise.” The introspective track helps the listener gain the experience of getting hit by a wild golf ball, the perfect segue into Holey Moley’s uncontrolled chaos. You can download the song for free on Bandcamp by clicking here.
You can also watch a music video, which also serves as a Holey Moley promotion, by clicking here.
“I had a blast and I’m very happy with how I perform on the show,” McGee said. “It’s encouraged me to set even bigger goals for myself. The sky’s the limit.”
The second season of Holey Moley tees off this upcoming Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Make sure to tune in a week later to see McGee’s wacky performance on the season’s second episode.
Veggin' Out is a new series from 614Now taking you around the city finding vegetarian and vegan options that break the traditional mindset of eating plant-based. While there are plenty of great spots serving greens and salads, this series is focused on a different approach: plant-based food that serves to bridge the gap for meat eaters as well as vegheads looking to simply satisfy a craving.
With all the restaurants around the city specializing specifically in chicken and waffles, it's only fair vegetarians and vegans have an option, too. And thankfully Lifestyle Cafe, located on 891 Oak St., is here to balance the scales.
Lifestyle Cafe is an exclusively vegan restaurant started by Shanna "Chef Bae" Dean and Dawn Dickson where the menu spans breakfast, lunch, and dinner with options ranging from vegan breakfast BLTs to vegan shrimp quesadillas. But, the focus today is on the most important meal of the day, breakfast. And more specifically, we are looking at one of Chef Bae's specialties: the gluten-free Lifestyle Waffles served with oven-fried soy-based chik'n topped with red pepper infused maple syrup and vegan maple cream.
The dish starts with the waffles; a careful combination of Red Mills Gluten-free Flour with a cinnamon and coconut sugar brûlée. They are crispy on the outside while still light and fluffy on the inside. There's also many flavors complementing each other in this dish; the sweet coconut and the spicy cinnamon pair nicely with the sweet and spicy red pepper infused 100 percent maple syrup. It's all rounded out with the vegan maple cream which is drizzled atop the creation.
And not to be forgotten, there's also the vegan chik'n Chef Bae and her sous-chef Christi Jackson are making nearly every day (except Monday). While the chik'n is oven baked, it's exterior is crispy and salty just like its real meat counterpart would be had it been deep fried. And again, those flavors come back complementing each other. This time it's the chik'n providing salty contrasts against the sweet ingredients as well as soaking up some of the spice from the red pepper maple syrup.
As mentioned above, Lifestyle Café is open nearly every day of the week except for Mondays. During social distancing and shelter-in-place, delivery through third-party services are available as well as curbside pick-up.