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Forbes: 5 places to visit in Columbus, Ohio

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The nation is finally starting to realize what a bang-up city Columbus, Forbes being the most recent.

“The vibrant Midwestern city is gaining new attractions each month, from charming cafes and stylish cocktail palaces to world-class art exhibitions,” she wrote.

Though we can think of about 1 million, Ramierz zeroed in on five reasons travelers should consider visiting Columbus in the fall.

Mickalene Thomas at the Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts hosts an exhibition by celebrated multi-disciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas. Titled “I Can’t See You Without Me,” the multi-room exhibition features over 50 works, including large scale collages, paintings and immersive installations.”

The Pizzuti Collection

The Pizzuti Collection has three exhibitions currently on view, including the whimsical furniture design exhibition ‘When Attitudes Become Chairs.’ On view through Jan. 20, the exhibition explores how the humble chair can be re-imagined to suit a full spectrum of uses and materials, including stuffed animals, bubble wrap and even the discarded tissue paper from a fashion designer’s fabric.”

She also mentioned the exhibits “Take Up Space,” calling it a “fresh look at abstract art” and “For Freedoms,” saying it features “politically-resonant work meant to encourage discourse and action.”

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The National Veterans Memorial and Museum

“Beginning with the Revolutionary War, and going through contemporary times, the museum touches on the common threads in military life through a series of multi-media and immersive exhibits. Upstairs, in a space marked for reflection, windows are colored like campaign ribbons, and an interactive mirror installation illustrates how service has an infinite impact.”

The North Market

“From small-batch ice cream and doughnuts to Vietnamese dishes, the North Market offers one-stop eating and shopping from some of Columbus’s most popular food vendors.”

Ramierz singled out Spices, Ltd., “which offers a dizzying inventory of pre-packaged spices and salts.”

The Kitchen at Watershed Distillery

“Come for the distillery tour, stay for elegant drinks. Watershed Distillery makes several spirits, such as Four Peel Gin, that you’ll find in craft cocktail bars around the city.”

Ramierz specifically like the award-winning Guild Series Gin, the versatility of the kitchen and bar menus, and seasonal offerings.

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Illuminate your season with Wildlights, opening this weekend

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All the lights have been strung and all the light posts have been dressed at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ahead of the opening weekend of one of Central Ohio's most cherished holiday traditions: Wildlights.

Efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, Wildlights opens to the general public this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 and will run through Jan. 5, 2020.

This year marks the 31st Wildlights season with more holiday cheer than ever before. The entire Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland covered in millions of LED lights. Some of this year’s main Wildlights attractions include:

  • Animated light shows, including “Holiday Rhythms Around the Watering Hole” featuring three new shows at Conservation Lake, and Jingle Ball located at the Shores Play Park.
  • Holiday Dreams Seek-n-Find, brought to you by Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, with new winners and magical prizes each week.
  • Santa’s Holiday Home in the North America region at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost! Guests can spend time with Santa and also enjoy holiday sweets with Mrs. Claus at her kitchen in Conservation Courtyard.
  • Wildlights rides, including the Polar Bear Express, a train ride through the North America winter wonderland; camel rides located in the North America region; and the 1914 Mangels-Illions Carousel, a historic Central Ohio treasure located near the Columbus Dispatch Charities Grand Pavilion.
  • Meet and Greets with Rudolph and Friends. Your favorite holiday TV stars join the Wildlights festivities this year. You can also catch Rudolph and his friends on the big screen at the Shores Play Park 4-D Theater in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D Theater Experience.
  • The Sparkling Spruce, presented by Meyers Jewelers, and its captivating light and sound shows located in the Entry Village.
  • And, of course, amazing animals! Many animals will be visible from the comfort of heated, indoor shelters, including Manatee Coast; Discovery Reef; the reptile building; the habitats at Vanishing Giants and the Naomi Coyle Dempsey Quest for Enlightenment Interpretive Center in Asia Quest; and the nocturnal building in the Australia and the Islands region. Others— including Santa’s favorite, the reindeer—will be outside during the festivities.

Those looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the splendor of Wildlights can opt to book an after-hours tour and be escorted through the Zoo on VIP golf carts while enjoying a warm blanket and mug of hot chocolate. More information about these tours can be found on the Zoo’s website here.

Other holiday traditions happening concurrently with Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo include:

  • Stuff the Truck Food Drive with Kroger and the Zoo benefitting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank
  • Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays featuring Santa Paws
  • Zoo with Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nationwide Arena
  • Zoo Night at Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big

The Zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. with Wildlights activities operating Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25), as well as for Wildlights on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). Wildlights is included with Zoo admission. Regular admission rates apply to all guests, and admission is free for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members. For more information about Wildlights and other upcoming events, please visit the Zoo’s event calendar.

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Extras needed in Central Ohio for movie starring Spiderman

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Have you always wanted to act alongside Spiderman? You can, in a way, with a new opportunity here in Central Ohio.

Over a hundred paid extras are wanted for filming at the Marion Correctional Facility on November 14 and 15. Tom Holland, who has played Peter Parker in recent Spiderman and Avengers movies, will be starring in the new movie called "Cherry," directed by famed Marvel directors Joe and Anthony Russo. 10TV reports Holland will be doing the scenes alongside the extras in Marion.

The agency is looking for males ages 18 and up, with no previous acting experience required. Hired extras will be paid $9/hour with eight hours of work a day guaranteed, reports 10TV.

Those interested and available can send a current headshot and a head-to-toe shot with their name, phone, email, height, and weight to [email protected] for consideration.

"Cherry" is based on a book by Nico Walker about an Army medic becoming a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.

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Holiday shop ’til you drop at 4 Christmas stores around Ohio

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