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Mega May: Rock on the Range, pool party, bike tour, and MORE

614now Staff



Have you had a lame month so far? There’s still time to turn it around!

Check out all the great events slated for the second half of this month

Friday, May 18- Sunday, May 20

Rock On The Range

@Mapfre Stadium

Get ready to bang your damn head at Mapfre Stadium as Rock On The Range comes to Columbus for yet another year of face melting rock’n’roll.

This year’s installment will feature a variety of different rockers like progressive heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold to grunge metal rockers like Alice in Chains.

ROTR 2018 will also feature some more variety from different backgrounds of entertainment like performances from hip-hop artists Machine Gun Kelly and Tech N9ne as well as comedic relief from JB Smoove, Trae Crowder, and a whole other slew of hilarious people.

Saturday, May 19

Steven Wright

@Jo Ann Davison Theatre at the Riffe Center

Steven Wright isn’t like most comedians cracking jokes nowadays.

While some comedians prefer to sell their brand of comedy through long winded stories full of theatrics and antics, Wright is all about a delivering irony and his observations of the world through his slow and lethargic demeanor.

Sure, he’s a little deadpan, but he makes up for it with witty one liners and finding the irony in philosophy. W

right has been doing this since Johnny Carson was still on TV and his years of both on-stage and behind the scenes hilarity landed him as No. 15 on the Rolling Stones 50 Greatest Comedians List.

That’s pretty much how it goes when the late night legend himself brings you on his show for back-to-back weeks.

The Royal Pool Party

@Land-Grant Brewing Company

Land Grant is releasing their newest beer, Pool Party Pilsner, during Craft Beer Week and if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, the freaking royal couple is getting married.

Hell yeah we are celebrating the wedding of British royalty Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: we will take literally any reason in the world to drink some local beers, including a royal wedding in a different country.

Here’s what you need to know about the event: there will be beer and there will be music. Beyond that, do you really need any other excuses to get out and try a new brew from Land Grant?!

TOSRV (Tour of the Scioto River Valley)

@Scioto River Valley

An airplane ticket to France would cost you about anywhere between $1,000 to $1,500 if you are trying to catch the Tour de France in July.

An admission ticket and gas for your drive to get to the Tour of the Scioto River Valley would cost you roughly $62, give or take a few bucks if you live outside of the city. Don’t over complicated this decision.

Art for Franklinton 2018

@Columbus Idea Foundry

Now into its fourth year of running, the Art for Franklinton is back and ready to showcase the work of many great artists in the area while raising funds for their George Bellows Grant Program.

With auctions and silent auctions running during the event, you can check out some of the best work in the city and perhaps find a new piece for your living room decor.

Plus, you’ll be supporting a great cause by helping fund things like the enhancements of arts in the Franklinton community as well as promoting culture and collaboration amongst local artists.

Thursday, May 24

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train

@Nationwide Arena

We don’t need to tell any soccer moms about Hall & Oates and Train coming to town, they already have their VIP tickets on lock.

As for the rest of you who aren’t hip yet, the guys who brought you timeless classics like “You Make My Dreams,” and “Maneater” are hitting the road and coming to Columbus to help anyone relive the glory days of when the band was still producing music and touring the globe.

Tagging along with them will be Train who has also created hits that stood the test of time like “Meet Virginia” and that oh-so catchy “Drops Of Jupiter” which is still being played on radios till this very day.

Saturday, May 26

Steve Martin & Martin Short

@The Rose Music Theater at The Heights

You know Steve Martin for his work in classic movies like “The Jerk” or his more recent work like “The Pink Panther,” but did you know Steve Martin has been recording hits with the Steep Canyon Rangers band since 2009?

In a variety show featuring some comedy, some skits, and some music, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and the Steep Canyon Rangers are putting on a show ironically named “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest Of Your Life.”

If we know anything about Martin and, well, Martin, this evening will be nothing like the comedy special’s name coming out of this tour.

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Weekend Getaway: 8 things to do in Yellow Springs this winter

Colleen Quinn



A quick 45 minutes west of Columbus you will find the quaint hippie-esque town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The streets are filled with independent coffee shops, book stores, locally-sourced eateries, and picturesque nature walks. It does not take long to feel welcomed by the locals in this laid back town—there is always a friendly face up for a chat, making you feel part of the magic of this 3,800 person community. What to do on a winter weekend getaway to Yellow Springs, Ohio…

The Winter Farmer’s Market

Bring a bit of the Yellow Springs charm home with you from the Winter Farmer’s Market! Open every Saturday morning December through March in the great room at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, this event offers local honey, coffee, maple syrup, salts, marinades, spices, artesian soaps, centerpieces, and more.

Shop Xenia Ave

This main drag through town is littered with local shops, book stores, independent coffee houses, and galleries. Grab the popular frozen hot chocolate at Dino’s Coffee, and shop your way through locally made-hand goods, home décor, jewelry, clothing, and trinkets.

Walk Keith’s Alley

A Yellow Springs hidden gem, Keith’s Alley lays behind the main shopping drag of Xenia Ave. A perfect addition to this artsy progressive town, this beautiful alley way is filled with unique murals that are often changing!

Yellow Springs Brewery

Time for a brew? Make a pit stop at the Yellow Springs Brewery for some craft beer, board games, food trucks, and super cool décor at this funky taproom.

Eat local at two of the best restaurants in town: Sunrise Café and Winds Café

Sunrise Café – "Local. From scratch. With love," is the motto at Sunrise Café. This café sources it’s ingredients locally from over 20 Ohio farms and almost everything is prepared fresh from scratch in house. This is a dining experience your taste buds do not want to miss.

Winds Café – With an ever-changing bimonthly seasonal food menu, you will be sure to taste the freshest of locally sourced ingredients at Winds Café. If wine is calling your name, this is your spot! Check out one of their wine dinners and tastings while you are in town.

Take in the scenery

Explore any of the trails and footpaths surrounding Yellow Springs. It may be a little chilly, but grab some gloves and take a wintery stroll through the Glen Helen preserve, or along the river at Clifton Gorge.

Glen Helen

Catch an independent film at the Little Art Theater

Founded in 1929, the Little Theater is a small piece of Yellow Springs history. You can catch independent, foreign, classic, documentary, and mainstream movies in this little (now renovated) theater.

Stay in an old Jailhouse

If you are already sold on a visit to Yellow Springs then you must be wondering where you should stay. While ‘"jail" may not be your first option, think again! This 1878 jailhouse was used as the town jail until 1929 and has been converted into suites. Now you can become an ‘Inn-mate’ at the Jailhouse Suites!

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Throwback: 42nd anniversary of “Great Blizzard of 1978”

614now Staff



It has been 42 years since the "Great Blizzard of 1978" that wrecked havoc through Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

The storm on January 26, 1978 dumped huge amounts of snow—up to 15 feet drifts in some places—and blew at near-hurricane strength, leaving nearly $210 million in damage.

On the eve of the storm, the temperature in Columbus rose to 41 degrees and .65 inches of rain fell. But then, a system of arctic air came through, producing some of the lowest pressure readings ever recorded in the United States mainland that were not associated with hurricanes, reports 10TV.

Wind gusts averaged 50 to 60 mph during the day as wind chills dropped down to about -50 degrees.

Visibility was near zero which stopped traffic, planes, and left thousands of people stranded.

In the end, the storm claimed 70 lives—51 of them from here in Ohio. This is still the strongest storm in Ohio history.

See below for footage of the "Great Blizzard of 1978."
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Brick by Brick: Lego popup bar is the ultimate nostalgia trip

614now Staff



With playsets encompassing everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legos remain a go-to for kids of all ages. Now, the colorful little blocks are preparing for their greatest team-up of all—with booze, of course!

A new popup event called "The Brick Bar" is bringing the fun of Legos to a bar near you for an exclusive 2-day engagement this March.

Bringing over 1 million blocks to the party, the event organizers will transform The Kitchen at 231 E Livingston Ave. with unique lego sculptures, as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. Prizes for the best builders, DJs, and a ping-pong table (built entirely from Lego bricks, of course) are also in the mix for your nostalgia-driven enjoyment.

For ticket information, dates, and more, visit The Brick Bar Eventbrite page or follow them on Facebook.

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