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Kick Start, 2014-Style

26 May

IMG_0439The Avett Bros., June 2012 in Dayton.


It’s been a long time coming, but how about the first kick-start of the year? Don’t be bored this week, people!

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

Bastille was sold out, making me wish I had more friends with connections. But! Lo and behold, the LC’s done it again. Tomorrow’s show’s been moved outdoors. Enjoy, crazy kids.

Downtown’s Pearl Market opened last week—complete with bagpipers! Grab lunch, veggies and some people watching on Tuesday and Friday.

Movie lovers and nerds (I mean that in a nice way!): Check out The Science of Superheroes Debate: What’s More Important Fact or Fiction? at Gateway Film Center on Friday night.

Join me on Saturday! I’m making the trek to Nelsonville to see my boys. (The rest of the lineup is pretty stellar, too.)


Kickin’ It Old School While Kick-Starting the Week

3 Dec


DSC_0604Photos by Jenny Rogers.

Here we are, again. Monday. And in Columbus, OH, at least, it was a very, very ugly one. At this point I’d rather have snow, really.

So in an attempt to cure our collective case of the Ms, I’m sharing with you the above photos (pretty snow-covered Lake Erie), as well as some ideas for beating the mid-week blues. Let’s ring in the new week with some kick-start, shall we?

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

Since it’s officially December, feel free to celebrate the season without seeming like a holiday-obsessed fa-reak (I’m really just speaking to myself here): the Columbus Zoo Wildlights are always pretty great, and Franklin Park Conservatory’s getting into the spirit, too, with Merry & Bright.

If you can get a second alone, ask Billy Corgan about that time he “dated” Jessica Simpson. No really, I’m seriously curious. (The Smashing Pumpkins are on stage at The Newport on Tuesday). If you really want to get all nostalgic, check out Sister Hazel on the same stage on Wednesday.

One of TLC’s sideshow acts, Buddy Valastro, will be showing off his “Cake Boss” skillz at the Palace on Tuesday night. I’m only bitter because I’m not going. (Also… ha ha at that image. I mean really).

Get toasted at the art museum during Uncorked! Wine Club on Thursday night.

If the Newport’s “Remember the 90s” tour doesn’t do it for ya, CD102.5’s Holiday Show (featuring Silversun Pickups, Delta Spirit, Cloud Nothings and The Features) starts at 6 p.m. sharp on Sunday at the LC.

Enjoy. You deserve it. Because Mondays are the worst.

Eat, Drink and Watch Football

17 Sep

Early autumn leaves. Jenny Rogers.

Ah, hello again, Monday. I certainly hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. As we all know by now, I have been missing in action, as they say, on many fronts. Including Kick-Start, my mini-guide to Columbus happenings for the week (as I see them, of course). So, let’s get back to calendar-marking, shall we?

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

Columbus Young Professionals knows you probably already need a drink, and so they’ve acted accordingly. Head to their South American-themed wine tasting tomorrow at Camelot Cellars Winery in the Short North.

Do you like pizza? Are you a non-allergic human being? Thought so. Slice of Columbus is happening on Wednesday at the Columbus Commons, and boy am I sad to be missing it. This event was one of my first social outings upon moving back to the ‘Bus last year, and it was, in a word, amazing. And this year will probably be even better, as the new location has wayyy more space for pizza consumption than Huntington Park. Cheers, cheese lovers.

For all you snobs, BalletMet’s The American Songbook opens on Friday (and runs through October 7). And for one of the best ballet companies in the region, admission prices aren’t all that steep, with tickets starting at just $20.

Also on Friday is a screening of The Sound of Music at Goodale Park. The flick begins at sundown (ugh, so early now), and is preceded by a half hour of cartoons… if you’re into that. Oh! And it’s free.

Hang out at the museum after hours – and for a good cause – during Art for Life at the Columbus Museum of Art. This annual event raises funds for AIDS Resource Center Ohio, and includes an art auction and plenty of great food and drink for those that didn’t get their fill at the wine tasting and pizza-stuffing contest.

Oh, and of course… Buckeye football.


– Yours in trying to live for more than the weekends

Baseball, Bacon & Blues

22 Aug

Photos by Jenny Rogers.

I love late-summer evenings.

And with the amount of autumn-focused posts I have planned, you’d think the theme of HJR was “weather.” I know, I know. It’s soooo cliche this time of year to hear about how “nice it’s been outside.” But the thing is, I’m infatuated with this time of year. Sure, the days are getting shorter, but the crisp air is definitely welcomeafter the summer we’ve had. I won’t put all my apples (get it? because they’re seasonal?) in the fall basket just yet, but I will admit that I’m super excited.

So, what else is there to be excited about?

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

We don’t have a huge professional sports scene in Columbus, but we do have serious rivalries. Check out the baseball variety on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday when the Clips take on the T-Town Mud Hens. Penny pinching? Tickets start at just 12 bones.

Crafty? Obsessed with pinning DIY projects that you’ll probably never get around to? Check out Etsy Team Columbus’ annual craft party on Friday. It’s free!

Catch some fashion flicks at the Columbus Museum of Art this weekend, when they host the Kleibacker Film Fest. Friday’s film is Bill Cunningham New York (su-freaking-purb), Saturday’s film is The September Issue, and Sunday’s film is Secret World of Haute Couture.

Hungry? Thirsty? Feel like partying? The Columbus Food Truck Fest takes place at the Ohio Historical Center on Saturday and Sunday; BaconCamp Columbus is happening on Saturday; and Summer Beerfest will be raging on Saturday night. Cheers!

Fan of Dr. House? Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band take the stage at the LC on Sunday.

90s Hip Hop and Summerfest

7 Aug

Photo by Jenny Rogers.

As you may know from last week’s Kick-Start, this past Saturday was my pal Manda’s bachelorette party, and in true “more hip than you” fashion (Manda is more hip than most everyone, really) the party was an absolute blast. We took a tour of Brothers Drake Meadery – which I’ll write about later in the week – and then rode around the Short North and beyond on the Cycle Tavern, which was seriously so. fun.

Why was it fun? For starters, they let you play your own tunes. And with Soller as a DJ we made sure that anyone out gallery hoppin’ heard at least some Mase, David Banner and Mariah. For… finishers?… the entire idea of the Cycle Tavern is just genius. You bike to bars. What isn’t fun about that?

In any case, my recommendation for the Cycle Tav. is strong to seriously strong. Check it out, Cap-City pals.

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

Weird Marilyn Monroe fetish? (Lookin’ at you, Lohan…) Check out a double feature of The Misfits and Don’t Bother to Knock, on screen today at the Wex.

Late Night Slice on a Thursday afternoon? Yes, please. The Food Truck Food Court will be at the Columbus Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cheer on the more than 6,000 riders cycling to end cancer on Saturday, when Pelotonia takes off from the Columbus Commons.

It’s sold out, but maybe you’ll get lucky and manage to find some last-minute tix – CD 102.5’s Summerfest features The Lumineers, Civil Twilight, Ben Kweller, Metric and a few more.

Can’t make it to Summerfest? Grab tickets to see MMJ and Band or Horses on Sunday at the LC.

Arrested Development and Deep-Fried Buckeyes

30 Jul

It’s Monday…again. How does that happen? In any case, there are few things that can make a Monday better, amirite? The above, though? Yes. That makes Monday better.

Kick-Start: What to look forward to this week.

Hungry? How about a deep-fried buckeye?

The Temper Trap will be rocking out at the good-old Newport on Thursday. Who’s in?!

I’ll be doing this on Saturday, to celebrate the upcoming knot-tying of this lovely duo. One word: thrilled.

Not lucky enough to be cruisin’ on the Cycle Tavern? Get hoppin‘.

Oh, and then there’s always crazy-ass Tweedy. Wilco’s on stage at the LC on Saturday, too.