Opened in 1926, Grandview Theatre illuminates its screens with a mixture of independent and international pictures, classic films, and first-run features. Forging through various overhauls since its inception, the renovated theater now pampers moviegoers with revamped bathrooms, tempting concession stands, and a new auditorium floor. Digital-audio speakers envelop each screening room with crisp dialogues and ear-shaking explosions, and subtitled international films allow cinematic gazers to follow films in Spanish, French, or a newly formed language that blends Russian and birdsong. A flexible selection of show times caters to all schedules. Although not included with today's Groupon, Grandview Theatre offers movie-viewing snackers traditional movie munchies such as popcorn ($3–$6) and candy ($2–$3), along with grown-up treats such as wine ($5–$6), beer ($5–$6), and salads ($4–$7), some rated PG-13 for featuring vegetables that may be inappropriate for children.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.
Unlike a pirate-ship kitchen, The Shrunken Head lets its visitors munch on a variety of veggie-friendly, locally sourced, and organic items that aren’t served with a side of gunpowder. Breakfast is served on weekdays until 11 a.m. and until 3 p.m. on weekends. Start the day off with an organic cappuccino ($3.25, $3.75) and The Big Lebowski's platter of two buttermilk pancakes topped with eggs ($5.50), which provides much more energy than you'd get sucking on a D-cell battery. The lunch and dinner menu features local farm meats, organic milk, local bread, and space spices that are delivered daily via teleportation. Try a fiery volcano burger with jalapeños and Montezuma chipotle-barbecue sauce ($8.75), a French-brie bagel sandwich ($6.50), or a hummus plate with olive oil and pitas ($6.25). Patrons can also soak in The Shrunken Head's tiki-bar vibe and kick back on a scenic outdoor deck that doesn’t encroach on the borders of any local jungle tribes.
By promoting live music in the Columbus community and educating students of all ages and abilities, The Jazz Arts Group brings together thousands of professional and aspiring musicians each year to revel in the joys of jazz music. Workshops in the spring of 2011 will include an exploration of the style and impact of several timeless musicians, including Chet Baker and the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the Cool Jazz on the West Coast class. In The Birth of the Cool class, students will explore the intricacies and instrumentation of cool-jazz innovators, such as Miles Davis and his tenor-saxophone sidekick J. Edgar Hoover. The two-part Jazz and Poetry workshop will help students discover the relationship between the rhythmic styles of jazz and poetry, and then let them create their own poems to be performed while accompanied by a live jazz trio.
An International League mainstay, the Columbus Clippers have prepped future stars for the big leagues since 1977. The team has claimed nine league championships over the years, most recently in 2011. The Clippers have served as the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 2009, helping players hone the skills that they need to succeed in the majors and impress friends during the piñata portion of birthday parties.
Up to 10,100 Clippers fans pack into Huntington Park, which still gleams with a new-stadium sparkle after sprouting up in 2009. During that inaugural season, the facility was named Ballpark of the Year by multiple sources, including BaseballParks.com and Digitalballparks.com, whose writers referred to the stadium's design as "the most exciting we've seen in two decades."