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Secret comedy show hosts the city’s top standup talent

Mike Thomas



The “secret show” model has proven a hit with music fans in Columbus and beyond. Now, one enterprising producer is bringing the city’s top standup comics together for curated, exclusive engagements in a top-secret location.

“I had been working with the local music scene for around 3 years. There are certain comedians that overlap with the music scene, so I knew something was happening there—I just had no idea how huge it was. I had no idea how many amazing comedians there were,” says Mel Millimen, the mind behind Lampshade Media—an upstart media brand that showcases the Columbus comedy scene through a podcast and monthly live shows.

A crowd enjoying a Lampshade Media Live show (Photo: Tiffany Detzel)

“I started going to more comedy shows, and I was just blown away by how great a time I had, how much I laughed, and how amazing the talent was. I definitely wanted to talk to these people,” Millimen explains regarding the origins of his podcast, Lampshade Media Presents, in which he plays host to some of Central Ohio’s top comedic performers.

Soon after the launch of the podcast, Millimen was inspired to share his love of local comedy through exclusive live performances in a top-secret location. While the subterfuge of the secret show adds a layer of intrigue, there are practical motivations at work as well.


The “super secret” location of Lampshade Media Presents: Live! (as the performances are called) is Millimen’s suburban living room, transformed into a comedy venue complete with seating for around 20 guests and a makeshift stage. This controlled environment is ideal for recording the live performances for later use in the podcast.

Emcee Tony Casa works the crowd (Photo: Sam Welch)

Admission to the show is $20 per guest, with all funds given directly to the evening’s performers. If that sounds steep for a comedy show in a stranger’s living room, fear not: the ticket price also includes beer from sponsor Platform Brewing, and a meal from the Paddy Wagon Food Truck—not to mention the entertainment, which consists of three comics per show with a rotating cast of notable emcees.

So far, Lampshade has hosted a who’s-who of local talent such as Wonder Doug and Amber Falter. The next show is scheduled for November 8, and will feature the comedic stylings of comedians Angie Healey, Peter Brieck, and Becky Brown.

For tickets, info and more, visit Lampshade Media on Facebook. The Lampshade Media Presents podcast is available wherever podcasts are found.

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Nina West to star in brand new show at Southern Theatre

Regina Fox



Nina West stole the hearts of Columbus years ago with her dynamic acting, sensational singing, contagious charism, and devotion to her community. She then swept the nation with her performance on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality. After that, Nina made history by becoming the first ever person to walk the Emmy Awards carpet in full drag.

Now, Nina is returning home to grace her city with another first.

Opera Columbus will roll out the red carpet at Southern Theatre on June 13, 2020 for Opera Columbus presents Nina West, featuring a brand new show where drag meets opera. 

Opera Columbus season subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets via an offer code, beginning Monday, November 11 at 12 pm. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on November 25 at 12 pm.

Opera Columbus is also excited to offer a mini-season subscription for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, which include tickets to The Barber of Seville and The Poppea Project for those wishing to have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to Opera Columbus presents Nina West. To purchase your mini-subscription, please contact the CAPA Ticket Office at 614-469-0939 or visit 39 E State St.

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‘Burb Breakdown: Shop, dine, and experience Powell

614now Staff




Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. Today, we take a look at the unique shopping and dining experiences you'll find in Powell.

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, Powell is a one-stop destination for all of your gift-getting and dining needs. When you're done hitting the shops, why not treat yourself? Powell has no shortage of fun experiences to explore—here a just a few ideas to get you started.

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Downtown Powell is lined with charming boutiques and retail stores, featuring unique gift ideas, clothing, jewelry, art, and more.

Kick off the holiday shopping season with a night out in downtown Powell at the Sip and Shop from 5pm -8pm on Thursday, Nov. 21. Shop local and enter to win raffle prizes while enjoying snacks and/or beverages at participating businesses.


The restaurant and bar scene is alive and thriving in Powell. With more than 20 eateries near or in the downtown area, you can try anything from farm-to-table, Italian, Polynesian or even dessert only—more on that below.


Once you've already enjoyed a nice, full day on the town in Powell, why not stick around for some nightlife? Plan your next night out in downtown Powell and discover your new favorite spot.

Dinner & Drinks

Whether its a draft at Ill Mannered Brewing Co., a bottle from the Village Winery, or a nice glass of bourbon at Liberty Tavern, Powell has plenty of quality watering holes to kick your night off in style. From there, take your pick from the city's signature eateries such as Local Roots or the Prohibition Gastro Lounge for an unforgettable night of dining. Room for dessert? Look no further than Mrs. Turbo's Cookies, or central Ohio favorite Jeni's Splendid Ice cream.

For the cherry on top, finish off your night with some tunes. Powell's own Nocterra Brewing Co. and Local Roots are just a couple of places where live music can be found on the regular.

Cooking Classes

For a less conventional night out, consider booking a cooking class at Savoir Cooking + Wine. Svaoir provides hands on cooking classes for skill levels from novice to advanced, as well as wine tastings, and private events. Classes cover a wide range of topics including regional cuisine and technique based workshops, with upcoming classes including the Holiday Champagne Brunch, Winter 2019 Kids Camp, Wine Bar Dinner: Taco Tuesday, Winter Brunch, Risotto Workshop and more.

Board & Brush

Is your inner DIY itching for a fun new project without having to purchase all of your own supplies and make a mess at your house? Book a workshop at Board & Brush Creative Studio in downtown Powell.

Also, be sure to check out Pinot’s Palette – coming Soon to 170 West Olentangy Street.

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You won’t want to miss North Market’s holiday extravaganza

Regina Fox



"Let's see, we've got a munkle for your uncle, a fant for your aunt and a fandpa for your Cousin Leon." If you're like Lou Lou Who and get overwhelmed by the pressures of holiday shopping, heed the latest announcement from North Market.

On Saturday, December 7, North Market will transform into a winter wonderland of shopping, activities, and other holiday festivities! Peruse farmers, merchants, and makers to find that special gift for everyone on your list. Fuel up at one of the North Market's many eclectic food vendors (who will have extended hours until 7pm for the occasion) before taking the kids over to meet the man with the bag.

There's plenty to do at Holiday Market. See below for vendor and activity information:

Outdoor Vendors:

  • Seibel Tree Farm will be on site selling Christmas trees & holiday decor (while supplies last).
  • Thomas Family Orchard will bring seasonal apples & fresh apple cider.
  • Shady Grove Farms will feature locally grown produce, homemade jams and hand-poured candles & gifts.
  • Cason Pies will sell fresh baked pies, cookies & quick breads.
  • Coco Cat Bakery & Chocolates will offer their delicious Christmas cookies & hot chocolate.
  • The Sweater Lady has lovely handmade sweaters, jewelry & gifts.
  • Two Black Sheep features handmade cutting boards & beautiful woodworked gifts.
  • Emily Ann's Aprons sells handmade aprons & gifts.
  • Brewberry Wicks will have their handmade candles & gifts.
  • North Market will be selling North Market merchandise & gift certificates. Holiday Special = Purchase $50 in North Market Gift Certificates and receive one free North Market Cookbook!!!!!

Entertainment & Activities:

  • Santa Claus – Free for the kiddos to visit and say hello! Santa will be strolling throughout the Market
  • Holiday music
  • Kids’ craft & activities
  • Hot Mulled Wine will be available for purchase
  • Enter to win $10K in doors and windows for your home from Renewal by Andersen!
  • and more!

Holiday Market is taking place Saturday, December 7 from 8am- 1pm. It is a rain or shine event. Admission is free. For more information, check out the Event Website and/or Facebook event page.

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