Annie Leibowitz Reveals The Year’s End Vogue Cover Celebs

I was thrilled to have been invited to the opening night of Annie Leibowitz’s hand-picked selection of photos at Columbus’ Wexner Center For The Arts.

I was even MORE thrilled to walk in the center, and have a friend tell me Leibowitz was in the far north gallery, signing autographs and entertaining questions. So I ran and had to ask her something. In this video, Annie responds by telling me who she just shot for Vogue’s end of the year covers. A secret more commonly revealed by interns, PR assistants and designers, always ready  to dish to whom they overnighted look #15.

The show was great too. Among the 156 photos on display  include a portrait of a bathwater dipped Angelina Jolie hung next to a circa ’93 photo of Brad Pitt, sprawled across a Motel bed. However, for fans of her work that started well beyond the 90′s, the show is no short Leibowitz’s pics that propelled her stardom. Iconic shots of John & Yoko, The Stones on tour and Nixon’s helicopter escorting him off the White House lawn for the last time in ’74 are all on view, however topic remained in fashion.

 

Don’t Call It A Cafe

One Line Coffee & Sourcing opened its doors at 745 North High Street July 18th without the typical perks of cafes in the Short North, wifi, comfy seating or snacks. Setting them further apart from the city’s status quo, is they have no intention of ever having them.

“We want to do everything we can to keep our focus on coffee… and realize that we’re doing something a little different at this shop,”  explains One Line’s founder, Dave Forman, as he waits for the water line to drop through his individual drip coffee filter through to the cup below it.

“There are a lot of great restaurants here, great bars too. We feel like people who love food can love coffee with the same passion” he adds.

That focus goes even further as Forman explains the second half of One Line’s name- sourcing. Forman’s concentration, along with his direct Fair Trade distributors located in Pennsylvania, is to specialize in roasting single-origin coffees, rather than blend of beans from various farms.

The selection process is much different and diverts efforts from finding the perfect mix, to the much greater feat of selecting the perfect harvested bean, whose terroir, or geological and meteorological aspects of a growing region, can affect the quality of the crop each year and thus affecting the consistency of the coffee he serves everyday.

To ensure that quality, Forman receives samples from each harvest to conduct a cupping, a multi-part process to evaluate the beans’ brew abilities and flavors, through a series of dry, wet and taste evaluations. A time consuming process,

“With blends, which some roasters have available year-round, you may be constantly looking for coffees with specific flavor attributes.” Says Forman of the nuance of having single bean brews. “We can focus on finding and roasting the best coffees without having to worry about looking for certain flavor profiles to match a blend.”

One Line plans to offer 12-18 coffees per year. One of which currently is a bean from Kenyon, whose harvest produced 14 bags- total. One Line bought 5 bags, and the remainder, Forman says, could be at anywhere in the world right now.

Although single-origin, hand poured cups of coffee is novel to Central Ohio, Forman takes note from self proclaimed obsessive sourcers such as San Francisco’s Blue Bottle and Stumptown of Portland. Both share the philosophy of serving only coffee hand-poured brewed from beans roasted less than 48 hours before- a tell tale to do, in the next wave of caffeine fiends café etiquette.

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In addition to coffee, One Line specializes in espresso drinks, iced coffees and hopes to offer their expert sourcing, as a service to other cafes located in central Ohio. One Line as invites the public to follow them on twitter for group cuppings, in which they may evaluate a new roast, coffee or favorite for fun.- any yes- there’s seating.

So if you’re ready to judge a café on its coffee, and not the speed of its wifi or cushion of its chairs, step in One Line Coffee & Sourcing.

HEAVY METAL: Waking up metallic melodies at the Commons

I recently moved an apartment, located 1 block away from the music venue, communal commons park and sometimes public place of worshiping, of Columbus, Ohio. During my slumber-filled weekends, I’ve awakened to the sounds of guitar riffs, gospel music, Lynard Skynard, and the Columbus symphony orchestra. So today, I assumed the master mc’s 100 decibel microphone was broadcasting bible quotes or bingo numbers, when I rose to his voice stating “33, 21″ or things like “You can do it Matthew”.

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However, upon visiting the park- I discover that a much different religious experience is actually taking place.

The 3rd annual CrossFit Competion taking place today at the Columbus Commons hosts a challenging circuit of events, for men and women. Dedicated ultimate fitness believers and contestants from all over Ohio, are lifting their way through a spiritual prowess. Tattooed black winged musclemen lifting barbells, jump roping and running big rig tires across finish lines are seemingly possessed by a get fit, sweat soaked spiritual presence.

Both men and women compete for the Columbus titles, sponsored by Fit Club
15 West Cherry Street, 2nd Floor

GRAPHIC DETAILS: The Impossibly Original Hatch Show Print

Headlines are usually the result of sensational acts or need-to-know news, however creating them is an entirely different story. This I pondered as I toured Nashville’s Hatch Show Print.

Live music is to Nashville as slot machines are to Las Vegas. Honky Tonk is humored at the airport and guitar adorned story tellers appear in boutiques, ice cream shops and street corners. Long story short there is and always has been a show going on in Nashville and Hatch Show Print is the in the business to let you know exactly where.

Known for its catchy color schemes, taglines and bold graphic composition, Hatch Show Print was founded in 1879 and has been rolling its letter presses over parchment ever since. It has contributed to the definitions of modern graphic design and rule-book composition, having been making posters for country music acts, county fairs and must-see events all over the country for more than 130 years.

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This summer, the print shop headlines the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, American Press: The Art Of Hatch Show Print.

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