Mon, Apr 22,
Happy Monday Columbus!
How was your weekend? I know I had a good one, and I maybe even grubbed out a little too much but that Easter dinner was well worth it. I'm very reaffirmed by the beautiful weather we have today too, on this Earth Day, that we have an amazing summer to look forward too! In celebration of our planet Earth, Columbus is host to a plethora of events and activities going all week, some until the end of the month.
I think it's really cool when a city the size of Columbus celebrates and honors our planet in such a big way. For example, today the King Arts Complex invites residents to engage in their community projects. At Dick's Den on N High Street, local green renaissance radio station WGRN 94.1FM is throwing their third annual Earth Day Birthday! The real fun doesn't begin until this coming weekend. Earth Day at the Crest Gastropub is an all-day celebration for the family, in tandem with their Earth Day Radler Ride which is a guided bicycle tour through Columbus featuring a taste of different Radlers at some of the cities best eateries. You'll have to take a tour to find out what a Radler is though... Other expected companies are joining in with their own Earth Day events as well, like the Columbus Zoo and CoSi!
Sidenote: the season change has also brought with it a slew of concert and festival announcements, and to say I'm excited about it is an understatement.
Stay tuned! - Tom
April 13, 2019
Columbus is full swing in spring! The Blue Jackets are killing it in the Stanley Cup series with a 2-0 lead against Tampa Bay Lightning. And a lot is happening at the Ohio Media School Columbus campus. We just started a new block and it definitely shows. There's a lot of energy, new students and creativity in every classroom and studio. In fact, student run TV short 'The Input" has new episodes on youtube now! Be on the look out for those! And as always WUDG underground radio is bumpin every day of the week with new content.
For me personally I've been falling into video production, kind of by surprise; and graphic design, kind of not by surprise. (Not coincidentally I wanted to get into graphic design when I was in high school, like 10 years ago. 10 years already?...) At the intersection of these two worlds lies the world of animation/motion graphics. I'm really excited about this and super excited that I've been introduced to it by this school! I'm discovering more and more every day that Ohio is so culturally rich and has a lot to offer to everyone if you just scratch a little beneath the surface.
Did you know the oldest film festival in the United States is hosted here in Columbus? The Columbus International Film and Video Festival ends today, closing out its three day weekend celebration. Founded in 1952, the festival has been a rendezvous of the worlds finest indie filmmakers to central Ohio for 67 years now. The festival also hosts "The Chris Awards" of various categories; including animation, documentary, experimental, local and even student entries. Just to name a few.
Pretty cool stuff we got going on CBus! - Tom
April 4, 2019
What’s up Underground? Hang tight it’s almost the weekend! But for now here’s Tom’s Take Thursday.
Ironically I’ve been sitting on the thought of a post on why we procrastinate, only to be the living embodiment of the idea itself. Said idea came from a random facebook headline I saw and I thought it was appropriate. Fast forward one week and here I am connecting the dots as to why.
Because my work/school/life balance is very, very UN-balanced. I can’t stress enough how important it is to find balance in your life and to maintain it as well. Take the time to evaluate your daily affairs, and take the time to take good care of your self. Like my Dad always told me, “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can accomplish today.”
Or you’ll end up like me right now... tired and stressed! - Tom
March 27, 2019
What’s new underground?! Yesterday I heard a “local gem” playing on 102.5fm while driving to work and was truly taken by surprise.
The Candescents, from our beloved Columbus, are an emerging local rock band with an interesting story and a sound that I can really dig. “The Back of Your Hand” from debut EP Riverside Dr., is not only a youthful, rebellious summer jam but also a lowkey shot at another local band’s frontman who said the band should “stay lo-fi to cover their mistakes”! So The Candescents used that to craft a polished, tuned-in sound that’s going to propel them to the forefront of tomorrow’s scene.
This is a band we should be proud to say is from Cbus and I will definitely be keeping an eye and an ear out for them.
link to “Back of Your Hand” via YouTube: https://youtu.be/ODXhhIoNa0w
March 21, 2019
Toms Take Thursday is in appreciation of the seasons changing, finally!! A long gray winter is officially breaking; on the calendar and with the weather. Just a few days ago, only two days before the official start of spring, I heard a commercial on WWCD 102.5 promoting their summer fest. And that’s when I knew. It was a sunny day, way warmer than it’s been... I was in a surprisingly good mood. Spring is well on its way! Even though this event is in Cleveland I have to mention the Reggae Fest coming up in May. Because the island vibe definitely takes me far away from this past winter in Columbus. All the summer festival announcements and warm weather got me excited! So be happy, think sunny thoughts and feel the warmth of the exciting months to come.
- In gratitude, Tom.
March 14, 2019
Happy almost Friday, internet! It’s finally the end of the week and this is Toms’ Take.
The last few days I’ve been unknowingly realizing how much I’ve integrated technology into my life. It struck me yesterday; how much screen time I really have, how universally connected so many devices are. (The skeptical anticipation of 5G!) Just in general pondering some pluses and minuses of being “plugged in.”
I found myself landing on this question: why did it take me so long to catch up to the times?! But really,
is technology and AI good or bad for humanity? After my imagination ran off on some Elon Musk inspired, postfuture, singularity stuff I think I reached a rational conclusion. Robots and tech can definitely help us. If it’s done right.
In my day-to-day, technology has allowed me to keep up relationships from any distance, pursue creative and professional interests, as well as free up my time from more mundane tasks. That’s not to say I don’t scroll away mindlessly sometimes; but you know... it happens. Anyway, imagine how beneficial it could be integrating technology and AI on such a massive scale! Weird stuff, who knows what could happen in the future.
March 12, 2019
Possible gas tax increase, once again.
Say sorry to your wallets Columbus. Jack Marchbanks, Director of Ohio Department of Transportation, introduced the new transportation budget proposal and with it he also suggested an 18-cent per gallon tax. Governor Mike DeWine says he supports this, claiming that the money can be used to fix and maintain roads and bridges. I think we can all agree that that’s good. But the 28-cents currently to 46-cents per gallon sounds crazy! Maybe you could just drive a Prius instead…
March 8, 2019
Do you even lift bro?
Last weekend Columbus hosted the 30th annual Arnold Sports Festival downtown with most events at the Convention Center and some at the Ohio Expo Center. Like every year before it the hype gets way more real! 2019 brought in an estimated 22,000 competitors to Columbus to throw down on over 80 different sports and events. That’s a huge deal when you compare the four days of sweat and iron we just saw, to the events humble begin as a one-day bodybuilding competition.
And if that’s not another example of the growth and prosperity I see in Columbus, I don’t know what is!
March 7, 2019
What’s up Cbus! My name’s Tom and this is my Take Thursday.
Today I’m grateful to be introducing my first post on the Underground; a weekly blog where I’ll go off on who-knows-what, every Thursday.
Stay tuned for other posts during the week on the current who, what, when, where and whys of Columbus events and hot local artists. Being a transplant from CT means I have a lot of Columbus to experience and I’m hype to share some of the adventures with you.