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Columbus, Ohio
Features Reporter — Columbus Dispatch

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

Painter who overcame blindness wants his works to send message of hope

dispatch.com — At first glance, the bright, bulbous orbs in a pair of Adam Kolp paintings suggest lunar nebulae or a foggy cityscape after dark. But a closer look is in order. "Blink Blink" and "Beautifully Blurred" reflect a view of real life: a clear evening years ago when Kolp could barely see past his car windshield.

Hozier review: Simple show puts spotlight on music

dispatch.com — Taken alone, Hozier might be mistaken for any soft-spoken, long-haired coffeehouse performer. But viewed in the context of his current state - a Lifestyle Communities Pavilion show that sold out weeks in advance, a buzzed-about Grammy Awards duet with Annie Lennox and a hit single, which at 87 million plays, marked the most-shared Spotify tune of 2014 - the Take Me to Church singer-songwriter last night had his congregation's full attention.

This is last tour but not retirement for Manilow

dispatch.com — Looks like he made it. After more than four decades of lively shows that evoke the hottest spot north of Havana and writing the songs that make the whole world sing, Barry Manilow is ready for his curtain call.

Local Limelight: Two2Many

dispatch.com — It wasn't until his 47th year that John McBride took up a distinctive percussion instrument that caught his ear during a vacation to Ireland years earlier. "This one night, in Clifden, out in County Galway, my brother and I stayed out at this pub for his birthday," recalled McBride, now 60.

Bexley mother satisfies urge to do more for the hungry

dispatch.com — Tricia Keels - a home cook who hosts a food-focused podcast with her sister, Megan O'Connor of Chicago - had been intrigued by a Windy City event known as Soup & Bread, a public slow-cooker buffet where attendees offer a charitable donation in exchange for unlimited bowls from the liquid bounty.

Restaurants bestow glory on humble ramen noodles

dispatch.com — With a rumbling stomach and chopsticks in hand, a young David Kim once inhaled the same grocery-store staple of college students and thrifty types: those salty but filling packets of instant ramen noodles.

Local Limelight: V!bes

dispatch.com — Leave it to a band with a tune called Hashtag Swag to give a nod to search-engine optimization in an interview. It's why the men of V!bes accent their name as such.

Big band from Brooklyn likes pop of onstage interaction

dispatch.com — A bigger-is-better mindset motivates the musicians of Turkuaz. "We've never considered not having it this way," said singer, guitarist and co-founder Dave Brandwein, who, with the rest of his nine-piece ensemble, will offer their funky, forceful fare on Saturday in Park Street Saloon. "Logistically, it is hard at times, but it's such a powerful unit."

Concert review: Chris Brown shows his love for Nationwide Arena crowd

dispatch.com — "Happy Valentine's Day, ladies," a hoodie-clad and sort-of-humble Chris Brown told a capacity crowd at Nationwide Arena last night, to eager screams. It was a fitting calendar date for the not-so-subtle R&B singer, whose tunes speak of easy pickups and bedroom conquests.

Local Limelight: Fox Valley Harvest

dispatch.com — Mark Hixson had been working all weekend. "My voice is pretty much gone; I sing too much," said the 38-year-old Cincinnati singer-guitarist, whose Columbus band, Fox Valley Harvest, had just wrapped up its forthcoming self-titled debut.
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Feb 18, 2015

RT @jimweiker: Vanilla Ice still planning to appear at Saturday's home show despite arrest. bit.ly/1JqcwC6

Feb 13, 2015

Chris Brown's in town tomorrow. Can his personal life and career be viewed separately? dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/q7GwDxb1Ta

Feb 09, 2015

@mjenkins Thanks for coming in to speak with us. Fun, helpful stuff.

Feb 09, 2015

Chris Brown fans don't care about his crimes; others aren't so sure. Both sides weigh in before his 2/14 concert: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Feb 08, 2015

So perfect that a Kevin Kurgis ad airs during Better Call Saul.

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