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The battle at home against Trolls

The movie industry went through a downward spiral where it looked as if the theater-going experience would be priced and convenienced-out of the average American’s pockets.

Who would’ve thought that the behemoth that would take down that sector of film stands six inches tall and has mangy, rainbow-colored hair?

Trolls World Tour has been the highest-grossing VOD release so far since COVID-19 closed movie theaters. Grossing $100 million in $20, 48-hour purchases over three weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move to straight VOD release angered AMC so much, that they declared a ban on all Universal films once
theaters reopen.

While Anna Kendrick’s and Justin Timberlake’s troll personas will be missing from AMC theaters this year, you just may be able to catch them in a drive-in capacity this summer. Columbus has one drive-in–the South Drive-In–within earshot, but we’re starting to see organizations with the capacity keeping the movie-going experience alive.

The Ohio History Center will be featuring a few Steven Speilberg-themed Saturday nights this summer in its parking lot, located at 800 E. 17th Ave. 

“They have family appeal, some are very nostalgic and they’re just great movies to watch. And for most of our guests, probably to re-watch,” said Jen Cassidy, director of the OHC. 

With a screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial kicking off the series in May, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jurassic Park will be rounding out the Spielberg bonanza on June 13 and July 11, respectively. 

“We’ve been closed to the public as a museum and outdoor history site, so we were looking for creative ways to keep Ohioans engaged with our museum,” Cassidy said. “We realized that our big parking lot could be a great spot for a pop-up drive-in and after 10 days of whirlwind planning, we hosted the first installation of our drive-in movie series.”

Like most drive-in experiences, the audio will be connected to an FM channel. The Ohio History Center suggests that you bring a standalone radio to prevent your car battery from draining. 

It’s free to register for a spot at the Ohio History Center’s drive-in through their website. They also provide a snack pack option, which includes a big cookie and Buckeye caramel corn, for $9.50 and water for $1.35.

The designated movie will show twice, once at 4:30 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. Gates open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and the Ohio History Center suggests you arrive around that time as well. They also require attendees to practice social distancing by keeping their windows up. 

The appropriately-located Ready Player One was supposed to be on the bill for August, . Savannah Robles–the Public Relations Coordinator at Ohio History Connection–mentioned that with movie theaters reopening, the drive-ins may not have the available licenses to show
certain movies.

Just like the Ohio History Center initially did when it converted its parking lot into a pop-up drive-in, people will have to get crafty if they want to supply a safer alternative to going out to the movies during uncertainty in the time of coronavirus.

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If you’re in the group of those who are excited about the revival of the traditional drive-in, look no further than South Drive-In. Located at 3050 S. High St., the drive-in popped up 70 years ago and is the only of about 20 drive-ins in the Columbus area that’s still standing.

For now, South Drive-In has been showing movies on the weekends only. With two-screen availability, there are two double feature choices to pick from. Owner Bryon Teagardner suggests that guests arrive one-and-a-half to two hours before the first 9 p.m. showtime.

A reason why Trolls World Tour sold so well compared to other VOD releases is that it was justifiable for parents to even rent the movie three times for $60. This $60 tradeoff was for parents to get six days of peace in their makeshift, at-home office.

The drive-in experience makes even more sense from a financial standpoint, especially since those same kids who binged Trolls are the same ones now begging their parents for any sort of adventure outside of their house. For those ages 12 and up, a double-feature will cost a guest $9.50 on Fridays and Saturdays and $7.50 Sunday through Thursday. Those ages five through 11 pay $2 every night, and four and under get in free.

Like most companies dealing with the blindsidedness of COVID, South Drive-In is still working on finetuning their online ticketing and food ordering systems. The social distancing guidelines that South Drive-In is following means that the drive-in will be operating at 50 percent capacity.

Much like how places like the Ohio History Center are getting creative in providing a drive-in experience, internet musician sensation Marc Rebillet–aka Loop Daddy–will be bringing his first-ever drive-in tour to the South Drive-In on June 14. 124 attendee spots are still available, while 50 percent of attendee spots sold out on the first day. Tickets are going for $40 per spot.

Some people may not like the idea of being cooped up in a car for sometimes over four hours. They may not find the idea behind streaming audio through an FM channel as of enough quality, depending on how fancy of a vehicle you have.

But film buffs everywhere are going to need to band together. They can’t let Trolls confine them to their couches. The stay-at-home order was draining on the mental health of a lot of people. Getting outside of the house to enjoy entertainment is probably the safest possible way–in your own car–is extremely important in keeping our minds active during this time.

“We know it can be challenging to work at home, teach kids at home and care for family members, but also be isolated from extended family, friends, and co-workers,” Cassidy said. “Movies provide a great escape from all of this. Our streaming channels are great, but a change of venue gives us a chance to refresh and reframe.”

Movie theaters were one of the first institutions that were swept empty across the country. They were also some of the first that were reopened. Teagardener purchased the South Drive-In plot in 2018. Now he yields one of the mightiest swords in the movie industry as the owner of a drive-in. Plenty will not feel comfortable returning to a movie theater once the ones around them reopen. There is definitely a higher chance that people feel a lot cleaner in the safety of their own car. 

So, as a bunch of ugly, singing pests drain the pockets of movie theaters, Teagardener and an army of drive-in connoisseurs have a chance to recreate the magical drive-in movie boom of the 1950s.

A big-screen, outdoor audio-visual spectacle like Tenet
might just be what brings the modern moviegoer out of the steaming loop. 

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Capital University to retire team name and mascot

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Capital University today announced that it is changing the name of its sports teams. They will no longer be the Crusaders. 

Also gone is team mascot, Cappy. 

In a statement, the school said, “In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades.” 

Although the subject of teams making name changes has been in the news lately, Capital said they have been giving the matter consideration for some time.

The university said that before today’s Board of Trustees decision, they conducted a “15-month process of study, discussion, and reflection.” 

“We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and prideful [sic] for all who are affiliated with Capital,” said the news release.

There is no timetable on when they will announce a new team name and mascot, but the school does plan on holding question-and-answer sessions with faculty and students on July 15. 

On the same day of this announcement, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they had no updates on any potential name change for them.   

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(614) Music Club: risik

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Every week, (614) Music Club teams up with your favorite local artists to build a playlist consisting of songs that have inspired their sound, tracks they’re currently jamming out to, guilty pleasures, and favorite Columbus musicians. They also stop by to answer a few burning questions and plug any upcoming performances or releases.

This week’s playlist is brought to you by the DJ risik. Originally from Rochester, New York, risik’s music makes you feel like you’re walking through Blade Runner’s universe. Her colorful blend of dubstep, DnB and IDM represents some of the most unique bass music coming out of the Midwest. The DJ is also known for her contributions to the mental health and female musician communities. With news of sexual allegations against one of the biggest names in the EDM community leading for that DJ to step down, risik took time to discuss her timely thoughts on the subject and share her personal playlist with (614).

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Can you talk a little bit about some of the songs you selected for your playlist and how they may have shaped your music career?

I went the “all-time-favorites” route with this one. The playlist starts off with some music that I listened to in my teens, progresses into when I first got into electronic music, and (then into) a little of what I’m listening to now. I tried to put them in order of when I first heard them, but every song in this playlist is filled with nostalgia, and I draw a lot of inspiration from these artists. If I hear any of these songs in a club, you can guarantee I’m losing my shit.

During the past few months, how have you been able to stay creatively busy? Did you pick up any new skills or hobbies?

I won’t lie, it’s been hard; especially the last few weeks. I’ve been designing graphics here and there for people, and I’ve painted a little bit. DJ mixes have been my most creative outlet lately. Putting mixes together and playing streams has been a lot of fun. I’ve also started working with DOMEOFDOOM on DoDTV, an upcoming video/Twitch project, and I did the branding and some overlays for that. At the beginning of lockdown I was laid off, and I’ve taken the extra time to learn Adobe Premiere to make my visuals –which has been fun!

What do you think separates the Columbus music scene from major industry hot spots like New York and Nashville?

Most of the people I’ve met in Columbus aren’t from here. So you get a lot of different perspectives in one place which makes the art more rich, sort of like NYC, but the cost of living is affordable. A lot of touring artists come through Columbus because it’s right in the middle of so many big midwest cities. So we get pretty big national shows happening almost every night of the week, without the big city price tag, usually in a much smaller and more intimate venue. That makes it a lot easier to get involved in the scene and make friends. 

You use your platform to push positive messages that uplift women and those struggling with mental health issues. Why is that important to you? Have you felt like there’s been a positive change in those regards in the electronic and dance music communities?

I think representation and visibility is one of the most important parts about making the music industry inclusive. It inspires women in the crowd to think, “I can do that!”, and it’s an amazing feeling to be confident in yourself. I want other women to fall in love with making music the way I did because it’s fun and empowering. 

I also think that having such a steep one-sided perspective in music is problematic. When the lineups are all men, when the compilations don’t feature any women, you’re missing out on a woman’s voice. You’re limiting the art and the industry to only men, therefore limiting the possibilities of the art itself. You’re ultimately hindering your own business. You’re missing out on the necessary checks and balances needed for a healthy community. If there are all guys in the green room, they may not pick up on how uncomfortable someone is making someone else, or be aware of the dangers that exist in that kind of environment the way a woman is. 

I’ve struggled with mental health issues my entire life and only recently have I started to feel like I’ve got it under control. I want people to feel comfortable talking about their mental health because it isn’t a taboo or something to be ashamed of. Neither is treatment, whether it’s therapy or medication. Music and mental health go hand in hand; it’s one of my favorite coping mechanisms, as it is for many others. 

I do feel like (there have) been positive changes in the music industry. I think GRL GANG has been a really positive experience for a lot of women, including myself. Jeanie is great at getting everyone on lineups, (and) making sure everyone in the group is heard and seen, which was lacking for a really long time. I do want to see ALL promoters and talent buyers take initiative to not only book women but to book and invest money into POC and LGBTQ+ artists as well. We have a lot of work to do, but we are making progress in the meantime.

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The news cycle has been sporadic ever since George Floyd’s death was brought to light. It’s even rippled into another wave of “Me Too,” with many artists, primarily males in the EDM scene, being accused of sexual abuse. The biggest of these DJs, and quite possibly the one with the biggest modern following, Bassnectar, recently stepped down from his position after old allegations came to light. 

When the news first broke, what were your initial thoughts and how do you feel now after having a week or so to think about it?

There have always been rumours surrounding Bassnectar’s conduct, but finally seeing girls come forward and share their stories on the evidence instagram was triggering for me. The stories were all too familiar and sounded exactly like my experiences with the abusers I’ve known in my own life. What hit the hardest was hearing the recorded conversations he had with one of the girls involved. It’s one thing to hear a victim’s story in their words, but actually hearing his voice gaslight and attempt to manipulate her into keeping quiet by saying her actions would result in him “going to live forever in a Tennessee jail for me to be raped and beaten to death.” It hurts to see someone who once inspired you a lot turn out to be that kind of person. I think all of us are going through stages of grief right now, whether you’re a self proclaimed “basshead” or just somebody who enjoyed his art and thought he seemed like a genuinely good person. I’m experiencing a lot of shock, mostly at him stepping down from his position, but it’s a sign of positive change in the industry. I have faith that there are enough influential people in dance music to make a difference. I also hope it gives other victims courage to speak up about abusive artists and people in power in the music industry. They will be heard. No one should ever feel unsafe at a rave. I’m disgusted that he used his power to hurt young girls.

Something that was brought up in an episode of the TV show High Fidelity was the argument of whether to shelve someone’s music if they’ve committed unforgivable acts. Michael Jackson was the topic of this conversation, and the main character brought up a point about not holding producer Quincy Jones’ music hostage because the person who sang over his tunes ended up being a serial child molester. 

I feel the same way about Bassnectar. I have a hard time disassociating things, but I also know that a big reason why Bassnectar was such a massive movement was due to the community behind it, which is a very philanthropic community. In your opinion, if an artist does something unforgivable, is it OKto still listen to their music? Will you ever spin a Bassnectar track again?

I will never spin another Bassnectar track, just like I stopped playing songs of other artists who turned out to be abusers. It comes down to a personal choice and how you feel listening to that artist, knowing what they did. I don’t feel good about it, so I don’t do it, but I wouldn’t be mad at someone else for doing it. I also think it's different to listen to a track vs. play it out. When you’re listening to it, it's for you. Music leaves an imprint on us throughout our lives and is deeply ingrained in who we are. Maybe a certain song got you through a hard time, or takes you back to a particularly meaningful event in your life. It makes the music feel like it belongs to you, not the abuser. However, when you play it to a crowd of people, you’re using that music to represent yourself. That audience knows what that artist did, and now they associate you with that artist. Plus you’re profiting off of an abuser’s art, and potentially making them money too, which is like double shitty. 

Another question that arose out of that scene in High Fidelity was one of the character’s defenses for still continuing to listen to Kanye West, a person with subjectively toxic political opinions. Kanye may have shitty politics, but I think there’s a big difference between having a “bad” opinion and being a “bad” person. Where do you think we draw the line in cancel culture?

To my knowledge, Kanye hasn’t sexually assaulted anyone, and that’s about where the line is for me to cancel someone. Cancel the serial abusers, the rapists, the murderers, the predators. I don’t believe in cancelling somebody just for having a different opinion and being outspoken. I don’t think having a different opinion and being outspoken about it is bad. As long as that opinion isn’t encouraging ignorance and intolerance. I don’t think voting Kanye for president is smart or good though. I want to make that clear. 

We see sexual misconduct happening in any major music scene that’s male-dominated, which just so happens to be most scenes. How do we change this behavior? I brought up the idea that nothing will change until we hold people accountable at all levels, whether they’re famous or not. Also, why do you think we’re just now seeing people standing up against this in big numbers?

You basically said it yourself - the problem seems obvious, “male-dominated industry”. We NEED diversity in lineups and other positions in the industry. We need more women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC artists, agents, promoters, security guards. We need the people who are in power right now to STEP UP and look around. If your lineups, compilations, and playlists are primarily white males then you need to go out of your sphere and look for artists that don’t fit that description. There are an endless number of talented artists ready for that spotlight, and there are numerous resources you can use to find artists. Reach out to people in your area, or reach out to me. I can send you lists of people ready to play. I want to see artists like CloZee and Tokimonsta rise to the level of influence that Bassnectar and Space Jesus once had because they are good people that ravers can look up to. I want to know that the show I’m playing or attending is being run by a diverse group of people who care about the safety of everyone involved, and who are looking out for each other all night. I think once we’ve reached that level of community the behavior will change. 

It has to be a group effort. I think we are seeing a lot of people stand up to this for the same reason that I believe in getting more women on stage. When you see someone like you successfully doing something that you’re afraid to do or don’t think you can do, whether it’s coming forward about an abuser, learning a new skill, anything at all, it sends a message that you can do it too. That inspiration is contagious. When one woman speaks up, other women gain the confidence to speak up. When a woman gets on stage in front of a crowd, other women gain that confidence. The same goes for any other marginalized person. Representation begets representation. We need to continue down this path of diversifying dance music. If we continue to build this momentum, then I have faith in the future of dance music.

risik will be playing Turing Fest 2020, a virtual music festival taking place on July 18 and 19. You can find more out about the event here. The DJ will also be playing GRL FEST during the same weekend. You can find the event here. risik will also be playing a Wormhole livestream. You can find the July 29 stream here.

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Need a meal? Check your backyard

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COVID creates a niche for culinary self-reliance 

When Nelson Hicks realized just how seriously the COVID-19 pandemic could affect food supply chains, he knew immediately he wanted to create a self-contained source of protein and produce to feed his wife Jen and their three children.

While his first thought was to raise chickens for meat, there was a problem, and a pretty big one at that—the law. The Ohio municipality in which Hicks resides doesn’t allow citizens to raise “barnyard fowl” within 1,000 feet of property lines.

Photos by: Julian Foglietti

But Hicks wasn’t about to give up and it didn’t take him long to find his
answer: rabbits.

“Almost all municipalities have laws against livestock,” he said. “But some animals fall between the cracks.”

While rabbit-stew may not be your idea of a Monday night dinner, it’s not completely unheard of these days. From backyard-raised meat to expansive home vegetable gardens, Hicks represents a growing population of Ohioans turning to self-reliant food sources in response to the pandemic. And this newest trend born from COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

In a backyard now brimming with a breeding population of 10 New Zealand rabbits, plus a variety of produce including a pear tree, pumpkin, squash, watermelon, and more, it’s difficult to imagine that less than a year ago, none of this existed in Hicks’ backyard.

“Our original plan was to install a fence this year and put rabbits in next year,” said Hicks. “But with the food shortages we were expecting I figured we could spend some of our savings and move up the time tables.”

Each eater rabbit, Hicks estimated, grows to between 5 and 6 pounds, yielding 3.5 to 4 lbs of meat. “A little less than you’d get from an eater chicken,” he said. 

Photos by: Julian Foglietti

And Hicks is constantly exploring options to better his food production as well, as he eventually plans to raise both tilapia and catfish in his garage, inside food-grade drums. Ideally, he would like to create a “closed system” on his property. A miniature ecosystem where all of the things he would need to perpetuate his produce and animals would come from his own backyard. And while he doesn’t believe it’s practical for him to become fully self-sufficient, he does believe self-sustaining practices are important for the well-being of his family and the world.

“I want to depend less on modern meat and vegetable production,” Hicks said. “A lot of it is bad for your health and the environment. The money you’re saving on buying cheap chicken from the supermarket is money that you’ll be spending on your medical bills later on.”

The self-reliance gene appears to run in the family. Hicks’ mother, Elizabeth, has expanded her already large backyard produce operation due to COVID to 14 beds, installing five additional 4-by-4 raised garden beds that hold squash, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, beets, carrots, watermelon, green beans, cantaloupe, asparagus, and more.

Elizabeth grew her seeds indoors and utilized a variety of home-growing equipment, such as an indoor casing for plants known as a bio dome to cultivate a backyard garden that yields an inordinately high amount of produce.

And to make her harvest last, she’s turned to canning a large percentage of it. From her tomato plants alone, Elizabeth yielded 24 quart jars of spaghetti sauce, 24 quart jars of pizza sauce, tomato canned juice, several cans of whole tomatoes tomatoes, and homemade salsa.

“Besides the food we get, there’s just something rewarding about it,” she said of the process.

Kyla Raffert and her husband, Eric, residents of nearby Fairfield County, have been producing much of their yearly food supply themselves ever since they moved to the rural location in Central Ohio with their children. In addition to growing a variety of fruit and vegetables for harvest, they raise chickens for both eggs and meat, as well as lambs for meat.

For Raffert, much like Hicks, this comes in part from an environmental conscience, but also a desire to expose her children to the realities and benefits of self-reliance.

“Now that I have kids I want them to grow up equipped, and this makes them value it more. I want them to see how things are grown and raised, to be able to touch them,” she said. “And now our kids will just come out and munch on raw kale, something they would never do in a grocery store.”

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Earlier this year, as the effects of the pandemic were beginning to seep into everyday life, Raffert made the decision to acquire even more chickens, more lamb, and a greater amount of fruit and vegetables.

But there was a problem. As self-reliance farming has spiked during the pandemic, Ohio residents have felt a shortage of animals and related services.

“We’ve never had trouble getting chickens, but for the first time this year almost everyone was sold out,” said Raffert. “Eric was able to get the last six layer birds that were available at Tractor Supply, and everything else has been first come, first serve.”

What’s more, the family normally has their lambs processed at Bay Packing—a market and slaughterhouse that has served the Lancaster area since 1932. But a massive increase in processing demands has thrown off the company’s timeline.

“At this time we’re normally scheduling into October, but right now we’re scheduling as far out as February,” said Bay Food Market co-owner Karen Kraft Crutcher.

And while this spike in Ohioans turning to farming and self-sustenance has created an unforeseen hurdle for some, the influx of interest in these areas is a boon for others.

One of those is the Columbus Garden School. The interactive educator offers hands-on courses in everything from construction to gardening to beekeeping, and boasts a two-acre demo garden at their northside facility.

The school, which had just started to see nearly all of its classes filled before quarantine, had to close its doors on March 15. But after offering an eclectic slate of carefully-crafted online courses, they’re seeing attendance surge.

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“We have local students, too, but we’re seeing people attend online classes from as far away as Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia,” said Columbus Garden School owner Tisa Watts.

“There are people who wouldn’t have been able to attend normally.” 

According to Watts, their most popular online class is an introduction to beekeeping, which is regularly full.

“For many of us, we’re at home all the time, so now you suddenly have the ability to think more about the things that you really want to do with your time,” said Watts. “People are finally allowing themselves the opportunity to get into farming, gardening, beekeeping. They finally have the time. And we couldn’t be more excited.”

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