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Quick: Picture Eddie George. He’s lowering his shoulder and trucking through middle linebackers with no regard; it’s 3-yards and a cloud of dust like the good old days; it’s him hoisting that highly coveted Heisman trophy high in the air with all of Buckeye nation rocking a number 27 jersey. Crowd chanting, EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! [...]
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Quick: Picture Eddie George.

He’s lowering his shoulder and trucking through middle linebackers with no regard; it’s 3-yards and a cloud of dust like the good old days; it’s him hoisting that highly coveted Heisman trophy high in the air with all of Buckeye nation rocking a number 27 jersey. Crowd chanting, EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!

Now, you’ll be required to hold your applause until the end.

But after that cloud of dust settled and the football career came to an end, Eddie George found his ways to stay in the spotlight. George has found some TV spots with Guy Fieri and The Rock, and even secured a few roles in feature films such as The Game Plan and Into The Sun, but it’s the live stage where he’s truly been training this last decade, playing the lead in Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Oh, and when he isn’t soaking up the camera lights in Hollywood or wherever else, you can find him working as a college professor, or as a financial advisor, or helping operate and run the small-business he owns. Yup, just like in football, it takes an army and a half to halt the versatile George.

Now with some experience under his belt, a few acting roles out of his way, and confidence building after a few years of theater roles in his adopted hometown of Nashville, George is ready to showcase his wide variety of talents in his newest role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago.

But before he and the cast take over the Palace Theatre February 6-11, we picked his brain about past roles, his current role, and how he can’t get the theater out of his head.

What has been your favorite show to be a part of? Working with every show I’ve been on is great. Working with Shooter or The Rock with Ballers, so far they all have been pretty interesting. I think each one was a different type of experience than the other. Not good or bad either, it just was what it was at the time.

If you had to choose between starting a reality TV show with either Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Guy Fieri, who would you choose and why? That’s tough because I don’t like reality television, so I’d probably lean more towards serious TV and working with The Rock. You know, he’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man [Alive], he’s garnered a lot of attention, he’s the No. 1 actor of our time right now, box office-wise, and so yeah, I would definitely pick The Rock because there would be probably a lot of areas where you would see me on different platforms. So selfishly, I pick The Rock.

In Chicago, you play Billy Flynn, who is very much considered a villain in the play. How has it been switching personas from the beloved athlete to playing a smooth-talking con man? Some ways, Billy does play somewhat of a hero role. His demeanor and takes aren’t necessarily righteous or forthright—he’s sinister, he’s conniving, and he manipulates—but I think it comes from a genius thread. I guess it’s searching for the truth to why he does what he does. I hope it comes off as authentic and that’s what comes forward: the authentic parts of who he is—so when I’m in this world everything I do is justified, all my actions are justified with motive.

What’s been the most difficult thing about playing him? Is it, like you said, just trying to understand his mindset? The songs, for me. [Chuckles]. He’s very slippery, always thinking 5-6-7 steps ahead … you know, he’s a chess player. He knows the system, he’s been down this road, and he’s well-seasoned. So I think the challenging parts are trying to make it fresh. To not rely on the last performance or take it for granted. It’s constantly allowing the story to grow and evolve and be its own show versus other shows I’ve done. There’s always room for fresh moments or a different interpretation or perspective from what you see.

So have you tried to put a personal spin on Billy or have you tried to play it true to the original character? I try to do some personal things. You know, it’s my interpretation of some of the views. I definitely try to find those little nuances to create a totally different character than I ever knew. And that means really allowing that personality to come out times 10.

Have there been any songs that you just can’t get out of your head since the production started? Oh God, yes. And some of them aren’t my songs! [Chuckles] … I love doing “All I Care About Is Love.” It’s a grand entrance. It lets you know who I am. But, every song in Chicago is so good and so well-written. They are iconic songs, they have everlasted—they are timeless. Once you’re in musicals, you find things in songs, not even your own songs, that you love and [it] sticks with you.”

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Weekend Roundup: 5/29 – 5/31

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With Ohio slowly starting to fully reopen, initial in-person gatherings have trickled into our news feeds.

Below are a few things you can check out over the weekend if you’ve been itching to leave your house and are capable of following COVID-19 guidelines.

Friday

Fair Food Weekend @ Oakland Nursery

One of the most disappointing summertime cancellations was the axing of the Ohio State Fair. For those still wanting to get their elephant ears or deep-fried oreo fix, Chester Foods will be bringing a pop-up food truck to the Oakland Nursery. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried oreos, fresh-cut fries, and lemonade shake-ups will all be on the menu. Fair food will be set up on both Friday and Saturday.

Time: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Address: 4261 W. Dublin Granville Rd.

Saturday

Sonic The Hedgehog/Jumanji: The Next Level and The Hunt/The Invisible Man @ South Drive-In

With movie theaters in Ohio still closing their doors, the drive-in revival has been sweeping the state, nation, and world. Once drive-ins were given the go-ahead by DeWine, South Drive-In began to provide the double feature experience to eager moviegoers. Admission is $9.50 on Friday/Saturday and $7.50 on Sunday for those 12+, $2 for ages 5-11, and free for those under 4.

The showings for this weekend are as follows: 

Screen 1:

  • 9:05 p.m. Sonic The Hedgehog (PG)
  • 10:53 p.m. Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13)
  • 12:56 a.m. Sonic The Hedgehog (Friday/Saturday only) 

Screen 2:

  • 9:25 p.m. The Hunt (R)
  • 11:05 p.m. The Invisible Man (R)
  • 1:09 a.m. The Hunt (Friday/Saturday only)

Check out the South Drive-In website to see what social distancing guidelines need to be followed.

Time: Arrive 1-2 hours prior to first showing | Address: 3050 S. High St.

Sunday

Reggae on the Patio @ Skully’s Music-Diner

If you’re in search of a relaxing Sunday, look no further than Skully’s. The music venue/bar will be opening its patio for those to have socially distance hangs, drinks, and wings. Skully’s will be setting the mood perfectly for a chill Sunday by spinning reggae music all night long. Get yourself out of the house and go catch some island vibes.

Time: 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Address: 1151 N. High St.

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SoHud Collective provides fresh, stylish open-air experience

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The fear of ever going back inside of a building that’s not your home has become a general widespread worry. Open-air markets and garage sales are going to be a hot commodity this summer, and one new company has already taken a proactive and stylish approach to fill that need for consumers.

SoHud Collective is one of the first Columbus-based companies to corner this emerging market. The boutique pop-up shop, founded on the principle of friendships formed around fashion, art, and plants, hosted their first event on Saturday, May 23. 

And oh yeah, free lemonade.

An assortment of deep vintage finds at an incredibly reasonable price will leave you walking away with at least one purchase. The first installment took place on the corner of Hudson and Summit, across the street from Evolved Body Art.

The idea of a pop-up shop at this corner may be a new idea, but the format has been around for ages. Why SoHud Collective is important right now boils down to the consumers’ desire for an out-of-house experience and the employees’ obvious shared compassion for each other and thrifting.

“Fashion has been the glue to our friendship,” said the SoHud Collective, made up of Taylor, Connor, and Hayden. “We thrift together, we borrow each other’s clothing, and we send each other pictures of our outfits before we leave the house.”

A company formed on friendships in the SoHud region, the group behind this passion project has a specific goal in mind when passing down their used goods: keep the SoHud community stylin’. 

“Some of us have lost our jobs due to Covid-19, and this was a great way to keep our spirits up and redirect our attention to something that truly fulfills us,” the SoHud Collective said.

The items featured in the monthly pop-ups are passed down from an assortment of thrifting havens. Closets. Basements. Other thrift stores. Grandmas.

From shoes to shirts, Atari systems to board games, SoHud Collective is elevating the thrifting experience in the time of coronavirus.

“Currently, our focus is on elevating our display and merchandising technique to really give the people an experience and a fierce outfit and home decor to create that perfect photo for Instagram, the SoHud Collective said.”

SoHud Collective would like to thank Evolved for letting it use its parking lot for May’s edition of the pop-up. With a goal to have an installment of SoHud Collective once a month, the pop-up shop will return to the same location on June 27 (11 a.m. until 7 p.m.) and 28 (11 a.m. until 4 p.m.). 

A charity table where all proceeds will go to clothing the homeless LGBTQ youth in Columbus will be present as well. 

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Loop Daddy invades Columbus with first-ever drive-in tour

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The return of live music is going to be one of the trickiest industries to transition back into business as usual, if that will ever be the case. We’ve seen people getting creative, building concert stages within their own homes via live streaming. Some have participated in virtual festivals, probably the sector of live music to take the biggest hit.

But when an industry made up of innovative creatives always trying to come up with the next big idea is faced with incredible hardships, they respond with quick-witted imaginative solutions.

One of the first trends that popped up in the revolution of bringing back live music was the implementation of drive-in lots. Luckily for Columbus, the darling of the internet DJ scene Marc Rebillet aka Loop Daddy will be taking his first-ever drive-in tour through the Buckeye state in mid-June.

Captivating audiences with his participatory DJ scratching and immature antics, extremely goofy sex appeal, and sleazy porno stache, Rebillet was an act poised for a breakout summer before the pandemic shut music concert venues down. If you have access to a car, though, you’ll still have a chance to catch the wild virtual sensation.

On June 14, Rebillet will be pulling up to the South Drive-In for the third stop of his Drive-In Concert Tour. Rebillet will also be showcasing short films as part of his drive-in experience.

As far as sound is going for these events, a lot of drive-ins are opting to go the radio transmission route to encourage people to stay inside of their vehicles.

A very few grouping of tickets remain, which include three-person and four-person car passes. Tickets are running $40 per head (plus additional fees), which seems to be the average across the new wave of drive-in concerts. Two-people/one-car tickets have already sold out.

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity, act right now. Tickets can be purchased at:

https://nightout.com/events/marc-rebillet-drive-in-tour-columbus-ohio-south-drive-in-presented-by-hotbox/tickets.

Social distancing guidelines are outlined at the point of purchase.

The South Drive-In is located at 3050 S. High St. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Attendees need to arrive before 8:45 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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