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Q&A: Next Level Skate Shop’s Mack Schneider

For Mack Schneider, there are two things in the world: roller derby and everything else. Since happening upon the sport about three years ago, Schneider has quickly moved up through the ranks to become a sought-after roller derby trainer and fierce competitor. But more importantly, Schneider said their involvement in the Ohio Roller Girls inspired them to recover from an eating disorder and become part of an empowering feminist community. Now Schneider is working to make roller derby not only a hobby, but a livelihood as well, opening Columbus' only roller-derby-centric shop, Next Level Skate Shop (4410 Indianola Ave.). On Nov. 29, Schneider is opening the doors to the public and taking the next step at making their derby dreams a full-on reality.
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Sketch in the City: Heraclea: The Hydra; Part I: Date Night

Wherein Celestian Waltz brings us a tale of warriors and fanged creatures at...
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Things We Love: Picks from Spoonful Records’ Brett Ruland

When Brett Ruland was laid off from a graphic design job in early 2010, he turned to one of his other lifelong passions: record collecting. Opening Spoonful Records six months later, Ruland’s shop has been a mainstay downtown retailer ever since. If you’ve ever shopped at the Long Street storefront, some of these might not surprise you. —Justin McIntosh
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Street fashion: Let’s talk about plaid

I want to spend some time this week talking about one of my favorite patterns: plaid. Plaid is great because there are all sorts of uses for it, most commonly in the form of flannel worn during the fall and winter. Flannel can be worn around the waist, over the shoulders, buttoned or unbuttoned. A nice flannel shirt can serve you well through a casual Friday at work into a night out with friends. I recommend picking yourself up some plaid this season, but try experimenting with different variations outside the typical buffalo check.
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The List: Top 10 giants

Philip Cogley, the sole musician behind the Saturday Giant, recently performed a triumphant homecoming gig at Rumba Cafe — his 194th show of 2014. To mark the occasion, we’re running down some of our other favorite giants.
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Downtown Abbey: Glamour & Glow

On a recent Friday night at Park Street Saloon, body paint and heavy bass took over. Glamour & Glow, the self-proclaimed largest black light party in the country, set up shop in the Arena District, promising a full-on illusory experience for every reveler with a ticket. It was a good time — but not a journey down the rabbit hole.
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Q&A: Next Level Skate Shop’s Mack Schneider

For Mack Schneider, there are two things in the world: roller derby and everything else. Since happening upon the sport about three years ago, Schneider has quickly moved up through the ranks to become a sought-after roller derby trainer and fierce competitor. But more importantly, Schneider said their involvement in the Ohio Roller Girls inspired them to recover from an eating disorder and become part of an empowering feminist community. Now Schneider is working to make roller derby not only a hobby, but a livelihood as well, opening Columbus' only roller-derby-centric shop, Next Level Skate Shop (4410 Indianola Ave.). On Nov. 29, Schneider is opening the doors to the public and taking the next step at making their derby dreams a full-on reality.
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Sketch in the City: Sidewalks #6

Wherein the pros and cons of alternative transportation is addressed.
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What are you wearing, Bob Dawson?

Jacket: Label Yourself by Crys Darling. “I bought this from Crys a long time ago. It keeps getting buried in my closet and then reappearing.”
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Q&A: Elissa Schneider of Transit Columbus

Transit Columbus is calling on Columbus’ creative class to map out new ways to get around the Arch City with the Re:map Columbus contest. Through Dec. 31, artists, designers and alternative transportation enthusiasts are asked to submit stylized and functional maps, integrating bus routes, bike paths, the Car2Go service areas and CoGo bike stations to show the best way to get from place to place around town. The winner not only walks away with $2,000 in cash, but also the chance to have their map used in various outlets around the city. Alive sat down with Elissa Schneider, board chair of Transit Columbus, to talk about why she believes Columbus’ talent pool could open up a dialogue that leads to big changes in the transit system.
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Things we love: Picks from O-GEE’s DJ Abyss

DJ Abyss’ DJ prowess encompasses everything from vintage hip-hop to classic soul. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to party at O-GEE at Strongwater, you’ve gotten a taste of what the renaissance DJ has to offer. His interests align with the music he loves to play even if he doesn’t mean them to. We recently sat down with Abyss (born Jonathan Wells) and talked about his favorite things.
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