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Q&A: Shredding gnar and taking names with Kristen Arnold of Lady Gnar Shredders

When Kristen Arnold acquired her first mountain bike in November 2011, she had never participated in a competitive sport and did not consider herself to be athletic. But she had taken a job babysitting for the children of a couple who happened to be competitive cyclists, and they lent her a bike to ride with the family. To her surprise, Arnold quickly caught the cycling bug herself and started training for and participating in mountain and cyclocross races.
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Sketch in the City: Liz Valasco #4

In which our narrator visits Independents' Day
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Editor's picks: 26 things to do this weekend in Columbus

Featuring: Independents' Day, Dollar Night at Crew Stadium and a scooter...
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STAFF PICK: Kickoff Blue Jackets preseason with an Arena District bar crawl

Hard to believe it’s hockey season already, but we’re certainly thrilled it’s here.
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STAFF PICK: Go play in the streets with this weekend’s Open Streets Columbus

Mama always said to go play in the streets. This weekend, that’s a distinct — and totally safe — possibility. A nearly one-mile stretch of Rich Street will close to traffic Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the inaugural Open Streets event, and play is on the agenda.
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Things We Love: Jen Ryan of Actual Roaster picks her favorite things

As if there wasn’t enough awesome happening in Franklinton this weekend, let me add one more to your list of must-dos: Actual Roastery. The fledgling coffee shop — a wing of the Actual Brewing beer mavens — opened earlier this summer at 400 West Rich, and boasts one of the more unique atmospheres in Columbus for sipping a cup of joe. Just ask GM/roaster Jen Ryan, who opens the large bay doors every morning at 7 and takes in one of the most beautiful sunrises in Columbus, coffee mug in hand. In addition to that serenely, surreally non-urban view, Jen talked to us about some of her favorite things, including a French prog band known for making a rock opera utilizing an alien language it made up (!).
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Q&A: Shredding gnar and taking names with Kristen Arnold of Lady Gnar Shredders

When Kristen Arnold acquired her first mountain bike in November 2011, she had never participated in a competitive sport and did not consider herself to be athletic. But she had taken a job babysitting for the children of a couple who happened to be competitive cyclists, and they lent her a bike to ride with the family. To her surprise, Arnold quickly caught the cycling bug herself and started training for and participating in mountain and cyclocross races.
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Editor's picks: 20 things to do this weekend

Handpicked awesomeness for your weekend, including Ohio Craft Brew Fest,...
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Sketch in the City: Liz Valasco #3

Wherein our narrator visits the Dube
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Street Fashion: Grunge is back

School is back in session. The fall semester ushers in new fashion trends and plenty of teen spirit. The classic grunge look can be worked into your wardrobe without having to go full on Cobain or Vedder. For example, Sasha has on a grungy pair of torn jeans, Larissa has a grey cardigan and distressed denim shorts and Victoria has a black beanie to match her black lipstick. Other options include thermals, flannel and studs.
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