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March Insider: 19 awesome events happening this month

614now Staff



3.05.20 | OSU Men’s basketball vs Illinois Fighting Illini | The Schottenstein Center
The Ohio State men’s team has had it’s ups and downs this year, but anything is possible in March. Illinois comes into Columbus as one of the top teams in the Big Ten while the Buckeyes are still piecing together parts of the puzzle in hopes of securing a spot in the big tournament. If anything can help your March Madness resume, it’s wins against the top contenders, and the Fighting Illini are no exception.

3.05.20 – 3.08.20 | The Arnold Sports Classic | The Greater Columbus Convention Center
Arnold is a man of his word. When he says, “I’ll be back,” he means it. The Arnold Sports Classic is back and better than ever as it will take over The Greater Columbus Convention Center for fours days. Stock up on free swag, test out some supplements, and meet all your favorite body builders.

3.06.20 | snarls album release show | Ace Of Cups
If you haven’t caught snarls on stage yet, don’t miss your chance! This Columbus band has caught some serious national attention, with media outlets like NPR and Rolling Stone recognizing the group as an act to look out for. Stop out at Ace Of Cups early in March to see them live and in action.

3.08.20 | Pop up plant shop | Seventh Son
Break free from the grips of winter with a breath of spring at Seventh Son. At the pop-up, you’ll find a plethora of plants waiting to be taken home. Warmer days are almost here, Columbus! Hang tight!

Take up space: International Women’s Day| Strongwater Food and Spirits
International Women’s Day is March 8, and Strongwater is putting together a star-studded cast of female leaders to celebrate. This all-day event is broken up into a morning session with guest speakers including Aslyne Rodriguez, founder of Empowerbus, while the evening session will focus on women of color with sounds, spoken word, and art from artists such as Miir, Gabrielle Solange, and WYZE.

3.11.20 | The Peking Acrobats | Southern Theater
The Peking Acrobats are a spectacle in every sense of the word. The gravity-defying aerial acrobats are electrifying and the live music provided by traditional Chinese instruments serve as a soundtrack to the performance. Watch in amazement, and don’t try this at home!

3.12.20 | Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Nationwide Arena
It will be a showdown of some of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division when the Penguins come to Columbus in March. Let’s show this Pittsburgh team a thing or two about the good old hockey game. Go Jackets!

3.13.20 | Zac Brown Band| Nationwide Arena
Zac Brown Band’s discography is loaded with hits—“Toes,” “Knee Deep,” and “Chicken Fried” are just the tip of the iceberg. The group will be bringing their country-fried sound to Nationwide Arena playing all of the favorites as well as new songs from their album Owl, which was released in 2019.

3.13. 20 | Ron White | Palace Theatre
While Ron “Tater Salad” White rose to fame with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, he’s maintained his superstar status on his own with more than 14 million comedy recording units sold and two Grammy nominations. He will be taking the Palace Theatre stage in mid-March, presumably with a glass of liquor close by.

3.14.20 | Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake City | Mapfre Stadium
To hell with a name change! This is The Crew. Be loud and be proud as our hometown soccer squad takes on Real Salt Lake City at Mapfre Stadium.

3.14. 20 | Flannagan’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k and celebration | Flannagan’s Dublin
The only way to justify slugging back green jello shots all day is participating in a 5K in the morning at Flannagan’s Dublin. Or not; we promise not to calorie count or tell. However you decide to go about your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Flannagan’s is always a solid bet.


3.17.20 | The Ohio Primary | Varies
Amid all the fun St. Patrick Day celebrations and concerts going down in March, the Ohio primary will be taking place to help decide who will be on the November ballot. Make sure your voice is heard!

3.20.30 |The Price is Right Live | The Palace Theatre
There are two types of people in this world: those who want to be the next contestant on The Price Is Right, and liars. The iconic game show will be taking place live in Columbus near the end of March to test Columbusites’ abilities in Plinko games and guessing grocery prices. Our word to the wise is to start taking notes at Easton now.

3.24.20 | Riff Raff | Skully’s Music-Diner
In one word, RiFF RAFF is eccentric. Between his legendary zig-zag beard to his colorful hairstyles, he’s definitely created an image for himself. And beyond all the funny and sometimes wild antics, he’s also a talented hip-hop artist who has worked with the likes of Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, and Mike Posner.

3.24. 20 | Dillon Francis | Express LIVE
Ever since Dillon Francis came into the EDM scene, he’s been making waves. His 2014 album found its way onto Rolling Stone’s Best Electronic Albums of 2014 list, and his follow up LP, This Mixtape Is Fire, rose to the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart in 2015. Catch the electrifying DJ at Express LIVE with rapper Yung Gravy.

3.28.20 | UFC Columbus: Ngannou vs Rozenstruik | Nationwide Arena
For the first time since 2016, UFC Fight Night is returning to the Capital City and we’ll be feasting our eyes on a heavyweight bout. This time around, Francis Ngannou will be taking on Jairzinho Rozenstruik for the main event, with both fighters ranking in the top five of their weight class.

3.28. 20 | Columbus Brew Festival | COSI
If you think about it, brewing is a form of science, so catching a buzz o beer at COSI doesn’t only make sense—it’s scientific research. The Columbus Brew Festival is bringing more than 150 different beers from 60 different brewers to COSI for one boozy evening. Browse through the museum and enjoy your buzz!

3.29.20 | Craftin’ Outlaws | Columbus Museum of Art
The Columbus Museum of Art will be getting extra crafty at the end of the month as it welcomes in loads of artists and vendors for Craftin’ Outlaws. This free-to-attend event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. giving you plenty of time to browse, shop, and buy all your crafty needs.

3.29. 20 | Sesame Street LIVE! | The Schottenstein Center
The iconic show Sesame Street is coming to Columbus! Catch Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby for a brand new adventure taking place at The Schott. Parents, this is your chance to make your little one’s year!

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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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