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10 upcoming events to help you battle cabin fever

614now Staff



Martin Lawrence | The Schottenstein Center | February 21
Whether you know him from his hit television show, Martin, or as Detective Marcus Burnett from Bad Boys, he’s Martin Lawrence and he’s coming to Columbus. The comedian, actor, and activist has had a long career on the big screen and has become an icon in the pop culture world.

Tim & Eric| Express Live | February 21
Anyone who has watched the Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job knows exactly what they are getting into for this evening. These two are irreverent, vulgar, and downright hilarious. Strap in for a weird show—but weird in the best way possible!

A-Trak at Otherworld | Otherworld | February 22
The Canadian DJ is making his return to Columbus and this time he’s stopping off at the scenic and enticing Otherworld. The Grammy- nominated artist has worked with the likes of Kid Cudi and Danny Brown, and has been named as one of the most important DJs in the EDM game by Rolling Stone. Combine his talents with the beautiful scenery of Otherworld and you’re in for a night of sensory overload.


4th Annual Breakfast With Characters | Station 67 Event Center | February 22
Is there ever a bad time for breakfast with lovable characters? We don’t think so. Head over to Station 67 Event Center where all your child’s favorite animated characters will be happily ready to meet and greet them.

An Evening with Jack Tempchin | Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen | February 23
The legendary status of The Eagles will go down in history thanks in part to the work of Jack Tempchin. While he wasn’t playing the guitar for the band or leading the group in vocals, he is a phenomenal song writer who went on to write the lyrics to hits like “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone.” He’ll be making an appearance at Natalie’s, so Eagles fans, don’t miss the chance to get behind the music!

Columbus Winter Wine Fest | Brewmasters Gate | February 29
Just a month and a few days after the Beerfest dust settles, the Columbus Winter Wine Festival will be coming to town. It will be complete with food trucks, live musical entertainment, and of course, plenty of wine. Your purchased ticket grants you access to 10 wine samplings and a special commemorative glass to take home. Best of all: proceeds from the event will go towards the children’s charity CD102.5 for the Kids.

Chef Robert Irvine Dining Experience | Hollywood Casino Columbus | February 29
Chef Robert Irvine knows a thing or two when it comes to cooking in the kitchen; just ask all the folks he’s helped along the way in his hit television shows like Restaurant Impossible and Worst Cooks in America. At the end of February, you’ll have the chance to taste his expertise as he’ll be bringing his signature dishes to the Hollywood Casino.

Sound + Light: Music Photography Showcase | Elevator Brewing Company | February 29

Rock out in a new way at Sound + Light, an exhibition of photographs focusing on concert and music photography. Ohio photographers Harry Acosta, Lindsay Jordan, Steve Mack, Brock Caldwell, and Brian Bruemmer will be sharing some of their favorite works for viewing and for purchase. Each band will have their own beer on tap, too!

Ohio State vs Michigan | The Schottenstein Center | March 1
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: we don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan! And that includes their basketball squad, too! Show up in full force as the Bucks take on the Wolverines to kick off March.

The Arnold Classic | Greater Columbus Convention Center | March 5 -8
Back and presumably bigger than ever is The Arnold Sports Classic. By now, we’re sure you know the drill: spend way too much money at the vendors, obtain all the free swag you can fit in your drawstring bag, and gaze in amazement at all the insanely fit folks walking around.

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Arts & Culture

Virtual Experiences bring culture to our couch




Now that we're all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we could use some entertainment beyond hours of Netflix bingeing. And yes, Carole probably did it*

WOSU Public Media has come to the rescue by putting together a list of local, virtual experiences to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your bunker. Here's a list of just a few upcoming events ranging from music to the arts.

Sunday, March 29
Columbus Symphony’s Russian Winter Festival – The Columbus Symphony broadcasts its Russian Winter Festival ll concert, featuring masterpieces by Prokofiev, Borodin, Rimski-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky at 1 p.m. on Classical 101.

Columbus Goes Live – The Cyber Festival –  A virtual entertainment experience streaming across different pages to support local performers who are directly impacted by the critical shutdowns of venues during the COVID-19 outbreak. Join in and make history by supporting your favorite bands, comedians and performers in the Columbus area.

Why not a virtual bar?

Brewdog is even getting in on the act with its upcoming, Brewdog Online Bar. They plan to "open" for business at 6pm on Friday, March 27th. The bar plans to feature live beer tastings with our co-founders James and Martin and other beer experts, homebrew masterclasses, live music & comedy and more.

Brewdog will be sharing further details soon and a complete schedule of the events on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

*Carole, as in this Carole.

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8 things to do this week that don’t involve human contact

614now Staff



It is a strange time to be alive, Columbus. With the concerns and cases of coronavirus on the rise, you may be feeling worried, fearful, and/or unsure of what to do.

In addition to washing your hands to protect you from the virus, you may want to consider being more of an inside person this week. To curb cabin fever, consider these eight activities to keep you occupied indoors.

Plan a getaway

Once the threat of coronavirus is over, which Gov. Mike DeWine assured would happen in yesterday's address, you'll be ready to get the hell out of Columbus. Consider planning a trip to one of the Scarlet Oaks cabins, Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Yellowsprings, or the birthplace of bourbon!

Schedule a whacky road trip

Already have a vacation on the books and worked into your budget? No problem! Opt for a cheaper, shorter adventure with one of the destinations highlighted in our Worth The Drive series: Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, Kewpee Hamburgers in Lima, Cincinnati's Hathaway's Diner, Dietsch Brothers chocolate in Findlay, and Waldo’s G&R Tavern.

Test your Columbus knowledge

You're sick of all your board games and you hate the idea of spending another weekend in front of the tube. Liven up your entertainment with Columbus trivia! What is the hottest month on average? What is Hilliard's median household income? What year did the Kahiki close? See how well you know your fine city.

Binge local podcasts

Not only do podcasts entertain, inform, and engage you, they're also great to binge while multitasking. Podcast + mopping the kitchen? No problem. Podcast + walking the dog? Easy. Podcast + julienning veggies? Careful… but definitely possible. Be sure to support local podcasters! We're sure you can find something that'll pique your interest in the list below.

Get hooked on knitting

What better time to dive into your hobby than a worldwide viral outbreak? And though cold weather is almost completely behind us, it's never too early to get a jumpstart on those Christmas gifts. Click the button below to learn more about where to find materials and resources.

Explore the pasta-bilities of a home-cooked meal

You’re probably hungry after all that knitting. Flex on the fam by whipping up a delectable home-cooked Italian meal. You'll have to slip out of the house to grab your groceries from famed local market Carfagna’s, but trust us, it'll be worth it.

Get hyped for Ohio State Buckeyes 2020-21 season

With no spring game to rev your engine pre-season, you may be feeling a Buckeyes football void right about now. To help plug it until the opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5, check out old Ohio State hype videos below. O-H!

Read the latest issue of (614) Magazine

The physical copies of the March issue of (614) Magazine are flying off the racks, but you don't have to go out into the world to read it. To learn more about the Columbus esport revolution, the latest food and drink news, and other updates in the community, click the button below to read the digital issue.

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Listen Local: 10 Columbus podcasts to binge

Regina Fox



The thing with binging TV is that you have to be using two senses at once to be engaged: sight and hearing. That really cuts down on the possibilities of getting other things done simultaneously. But, podcasts on the other hand require only one sense—hearing—so the productivity possibilities are exponentially greater.

Podcast + mopping the kitchen? No problem. Podcast + walking the dog? Easy. Podcast + julienning veggies? Careful... but definitely possible.

That, plus the power of spoken word has the ability to inform, entertain, and inspire you unlike any other media.

Now that we've presented a great case for podcasts, consider subscribing to one made right here in Columbus.

The Rock Doc Chronicles

Interviews, Current Events, Entertainment

Being the on-call doctor to some of your favorite musical acts comes with a lot of stories. Dr Randy Sharma (@rockdocohio) sits down with some of his famous patients to discuss whatever comes to mind.

Ohio v. The World

Culture, History, Places & Travel

An Ohio History podcast, hosted by Alex Hastie.

Rogue Squadron Podcast

Culture, Entertainment, Hobbies

Star Wars Comedy, craft beer, gaming, and more. It’s the rowdiest podcast in the galaxy!


Culture, Entertainment, Self-Help

Columbus, Ohio moms Mindy Drayer, Mikaela Hunt, and Stacy McKay discuss everything relating to being moms and parenting on weekly installments of the Momcast.

Columbus' Entrepreneurs' Podcast

Business, Entrepreneur

Columbus Entrepreneurs’ Podcast is primarily for members of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). The stories are inspiring and focus on core principles of EO, including speaking from experience instead of advice giving, building peer learning experiences, and focusing on the top and bottom 5% of our lives.


Entertainment, Hobbies

Chatimals is the nature podcast where information meets imagination. Each episode covers one kind of animal with an eye out for all the goofy, surprising animal facts.

The Sounds of Bustown

Culture, Entertainment, Music

A bi-weekly podcast featuring interviews about the musical creation process with people in the music scene in Columbus, OH.

Thrive and Connect

Culture, Self-Help

How to live your life in a more genuine, simpler manner and develop abundance in all aspects – yourself, family & friends, and business relationships.

Columbus! Something New

Culture, Entertainment, Places & Travel

Why do we do what we do? Why does C!SN exist?

  • To introduce listeners to local entrepreneurs and big thinkers
  • To be a conduit between community and events, museums, and new experiences
  • To be a value to entrepreneurs as we broadcast them to the world
  • To be a value to listeners as we expand their world and bring them new ideas

The Digital Analytics Power Hour

Business, Technology

Each episode is a closed topic and an open forum – the goal is for listeners to enjoy listening to Michael and Tim share their thoughts and experiences and hopefully take away something to try at work the next day.

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