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Columbus, Ohio
Features Reporter — Columbus Dispatch
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Ohio native and @DispatchAlerts features reporter -- arts, music, urban stuff, offbeat (kjoy@dispatch.com). Couple things due but I always get it done.

Johnny Marr of the Smiths to perform at Newport Music Hall

dispatch.com — By now, fans of Johnny Marr know that it's futile to ask, even jokingly, about a reunion of the Smiths - the seminal British rock band divided by bad blood and a bitter legal battle after its 1987 breakup.

Plantings retired from Franklin Park Conservatory exhibits put on sale

dispatch.com — When visitors to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens meander through seasonal displays, Amanda Bettin suggests they keep a shopper's eye. Many of the plants could be theirs. "I tell them, 'If there are things you like, it might very well follow in the sale,'??" said Bettin, horticulture manager for the conservatory.

WCBE announcer Wayne Self set a mellow tone

dispatch.com — The smooth voice of Wayne Self was a familiar nightly sound to listeners of WCBE (90.5 FM). But no longer: The evening announcer, 57, died this week of a heart attack. "He really liked people to feel comfortable," said WCBE anchorwoman-reporter Alison Holm.

Songwriter Chuck Prophet believes in being truthful in lyrics, life

dispatch.com — Chuck Prophet ably walks the line between sarcasm and sincerity. The 51-year-old songwriter, a critical favorite who nonetheless has floated under the mainstream radar, can weave biting one-liners with moments of deep reflection.

Singer Chris Brown to perform in Nationwide Arena

dispatch.com — R&B singer and trouble magnet Chris Brown will perform on Valentine's Day in Nationwide Arena. Rounding out the bill of the "Between the Sheets" tour is lusty bedroom crooner Trey Songz. Tyga will open the show. A church-choir export who sold millions of records starting a decade ago at age 16, Brown has seen his clean-cut image tarnished in recent years.

Miranda Lambert to play Nationwide

dispatch.com — With hit singles bearing names such as Smokin' and Drinkin', Somethin' Bad and White Liar, Miranda Lambert is no angel. Who cares? The spitfire singer - a Grammy winner who's sold millions of records - will bring her "Certified Platinum" tour to Nationwide Arena on Jan. 17.

Columbus Idea Foundry becomes a work in progress

dispatch.com — Inside a 65,000-square-foot factory that in a past life produced shoes, people are making things again in a blacksmithing shop. Such activities - and plenty of other applied pursuits, from welding to jewelry design - fill the Columbus Idea Foundry in the Franklinton neighborhood, a Swiss army knife of a facility for creators of all skill levels.

Lifetime of travels flavors music created by Sinkane

dispatch.com — In the music video for How We Be, a single from his fifth and latest album, Mean Love, the singer-songwriter known as Sinkane coolly puts his face and falsetto before a vibrant melange of ballerinas and break dancers busting moves along the Brooklyn waterfront. In retrospect, his cameo seemed questionable.

‘Same Love’ contributor Mary Lambert bares her truths with debut album

dispatch.com — As a teenager, Mary Lambert envisioned a future in politics - drafting legislation, perhaps, or advocating for minorities. The 25-year-old Seattle songwriter hasn't run for office, but she has made a sizable impact with her music.

One Direction to play Ohio Stadium in 2015

dispatch.com — OMG. Best-selling British boy band One Direction will play Ohio Stadium on Aug. 18, 2015. Can you already hear the squeals echoing from the 'Shoe? It's the second concert announced this month for the Ohio State University football venue - which, until the Oct.
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Nov 18, 2014

@IndyEar Hi Willard, I didn't have details yet at the time of interview. You might call WCBE or check their social media for details.

Nov 18, 2014

@danielletaylur Hi Taylor, please email me if I can help. You might try calling Dan or Alison at the WCBE studios; they had all the info.

Nov 06, 2014

Made in Cbus, those crazy Ruth Bader Ginsburg T-shirts are worth $4.3 million: dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/HJVovlNHR6

Nov 04, 2014

ICYMI Sunday: At the Columbus Idea Foundry, you can try welding, woodworking, soap-making. Y'know, real stuff: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Oct 30, 2014

"Without Columbus, I wouldn't be who I am." - Globe-trotting songwriter (& OSU grad) @sinkane, at the Wex tonight: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Oct 29, 2014

.@marylambertsing (at A&R Bar tonight) on her platform and personal prose: "I don't know any other way to be." dispatch.com/content/storie…

Oct 23, 2014

Realist/One Direction superfan @MarkFerenchik makes good point: 1D playing big stadiums in Cbus, Indy, Pitt, CLE, Detroit. Can it all sell?

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