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Community members shop local at the Avant Garde Art & Craft Show

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It’s the holiday season, and local vendors and artisans want to remind you to consider shopping local for gifts this year.

Many of them were set up at the Winter Avant Garde Art & Craft Show at Hilliard’s Makoy Center on Sunday.

At the event, more than 100 local businesses were set up, selling handmade items, including textiles, woodcrafts, and jewelry. Guests could enjoy some concessions like hot cocoa while shopping as well.

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BalletMet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to Ohio Theatre

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One of Columbus’ most cherished holiday traditions dating back to 1974 is returning to the Ohio Theatre this week.

“The Nutcracker” opens on Thursday at the Ohio Theatre with 20 performances through Dec. 23. The production will feature more than 180 academy students and trainees alongside the professional company and BalletMet 2.

“The Nutcracker has become an expectation in our community every holiday season, and we cannot wait to bring it back again this year,” said BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. “Many of our dancers have performed The Nutcracker hundreds of times, but the magic of this ballet is still palpable year after year. It’s an honor to share this production with Columbus yet again.”

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Columbus Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops’ returns to Ohio Theatre with chorus, Santa Claus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Symphony’s annual holiday tradition is returning this weekend at the Ohio Theatre, with the Columbus Symphony Chorus joining in presenting the most-loved holiday songs and carols.

The symphony is presenting “Holiday Pops” with guest soprano Dee Donasco at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets range from $18.70 to $88 and can be purchased in-person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center at 39 E. State St., by phone at 614-469-0939 or online here.

This weekend’s performances will feature popular holiday favorites like, “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more.

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Central Ohio woman celebrates Dia De Los Muertos’ through art

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The Mexican holiday, Día De Los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a tradition that is meant to celebrate passed loved ones.

Artist Emma Garcia Madrid creates symbolic Mexican art to honor her culture.

“The Mexican symbols is what I work,” said Garcia Madrid.

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Wayne County photographer takes winning wildlife stamp photo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A photograph of a pair of cedar waxwings will be featured on the 2024 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources  Division of Wildlife. The winning photo was taken by Roni Leatherman, of Rittman, Ohio, in Wayne County.

Leatherman’s cedar waxwing photo was chosen as the winner of the 15th annual legacy stamp photo contest based on originality, composition, technical excellence, and overall beauty. Brenda Traffis, of Lake County, earned second place and Eric Tilson, of Wadsworth, came in third. The competition garnered 31 entries. All entries were required to be pictures of cedar waxwings.

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COSI brings Barbie dreams to life in new exhibit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Barbie is on full display at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in central Ohio.

Barbie was one of the first toys that showed that girls can do anything. In a time where careers were limited, Barbie took the world by storm and dared little girls to dream big and dream outside the box.

“Research actually shows that starting around the age of five, many girls start to develop self-limiting beliefs about themselves and about what they can grow up to do and to be,” said Kelli Kinzing, who serves as the senior project manager for COSI.

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International cartoon art showcase comes to Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An international showcase for the best cartoon, comic and animation art comes to Ohio.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus draws fans from all over the world to Columbus. Executive Director Jay Kalagayin said the event hopes to inspire artists.

He spoke with Spectrum News 1 Anchor Sophia Constantine about what visitors can expect. Watch the full interview above for more information.

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In harmony: prison art festival brings together choirs from three Ohio correctional institutes

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Laughter and applause are not sounds usually associated with prison, but both were common on Tuesday at the Sunflower Arts and Music Festival at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

For the first time ever, incarcerated women and men from three Ohio correctional institutions sang together in harmony.

Harmony Project Creative Director David Brown, who directs the three choirs, said hearing the men from Pickaway Correctional Institute and Madison Correctional Institute sing in-person with the women of ORW for the first time was “pretty amazing.”

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Columbus Arts Festival: Traffic closures, parking information to keep in mind

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More than 200 artists will be putting their work on display for the Columbus Arts Festival this weekend.

The festival kicks off Friday and goes through Sunday afternoon.

There will be performing arts, activities, dozens of local food trucks and craft brews.

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Connecting with COSI: Previewing new exhibit ‘Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A brand new exhibition is loading in it at COSI just in time for summer.

“Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits” opens on April 15 and NBC4 Today anchor Monica Day got a sneak peek with senior project Manager Kelli Kinzig. From the Hercules beetle, to a carrion flower there’s a lot to see and smell.

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