When Dru Silver isn't touring America with his band Locusta—a trek the group has made five times—he draws on his more than 10-year career to teach budding guitarists at Guitar Lessons Columbus. He starts slow with kids, not only helping each pupil have fun mastering a favorite song they like, but also preventing them from falling through their acoustic guitar's hole. With older students, whether they're beginners or advanced shredders, he personalizes lessons around each pupil's goals and interests, whether it's notating favorite songs by ear or learning to improvise solos. Those skills come in handy during the other activities Dru curates for his students, including jam sessions, recording sessions, and live concerts.
United by a common interest in art and a commitment to nurturing artistic collaborations in their community, Wild Goose Creative organized this year’s Geekfest with the goal of bringing a wide range of self-proclaimed and budding geeks together. From Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19, Geekfest features four individual events ($5 each). Thursday showcases a demonstration of Forbidden Kingdoms: The Art and Science of Roleplaying Games (7 p.m.), and Friday is scheduled with an hour of geek sketch comedy (8 p.m.) and Nerdcore Rising (9:30 p.m.), a film about MC Frontalot and his computer-obsessed brand of hip-hop. Saturday night features a video-game costume party (9 p.m.) at which attendees can dress up as their favorite character and turn 8-bit game entertainment into reality. Hop over to a fun-filled weekend of geeky activities without busting your head on coin-producing bricks with today’s side deal.
Since 1990, Pitaya has fashioned its own line of American-made clothes for ladies looking to stay stylish no matter the season. Fresh merchandise hits the store weekly—stock up on what's hot so you're not forced to design makeshift togas from dead leaves and discarded cornhusks. Annettes can attract admiring passersby with the mesh ballerina skirt ($24), whereas Carols can give their legs a big pair hug with the linen-blend trousers ($39). The polka-dot-print tent dress ($34) emits elegance sprinkled with adventure, like a cocktail party held on the side of a cliff, and the black slouchy V-tee ($22) gives décolletages the social exposure not allowed by tyrannical turtlenecks or stifling scarves.
The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.
Switching from pharmacist to gourmet cupcake baker isn't an obvious career path, but for Sonya Kissi it was a logical one. Inspired by cooking shows on TV, she began baking pastries and sweets at home and discovered she had a knack for it. Soon she founded KissiCakes-n-Sweets, where she and her team bake fresh cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and cheesecakes from scratch each day. Her cupcakes remain the main focus, in flavors such as key lime and raspberry lemonade.