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Q&A: Carl Zealer gets himself into an episode of “The Simpsons”

When Carl Zealer was 12, he wanted to be drawn into an episode of “The Simpsons” like his favorite celebrities; 21 years later, he’s getting his wish. The 33-year-old carnie-turned-toy aficionado won the chance to be part of “The Simpsons’” upcoming season when he bought a skateboard signed by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening and the 50,000 raffle entries that came with it from the A Night of Too Many Stars autism fundraiser. This fall, Zealer will finally get to see his dream realized when his episode airs — he hopes he’s a carnie in the episode.
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Things We Love: Picks from Willowbeez Soulveg’s Carnell Willoughby

Carnell Willoughby wears many hats around here. Initially gaining notoriety in Columbus as a member of S.P.I.R.I.T., one of the city’s oldest hip-hop collectives, Willoughby is now less involved in music but no less engaged in artistic expression. He heads up and is involved in numerous creative events in the city’s Near East Side when he isn’t managing his pop-up food business, Willowbeez Soulveg (best vegan chili ever, trust me). We recently spoke with Carnell about his favorite things.
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Q&A: Carl Zealer gets himself into an episode of “The Simpsons”

When Carl Zealer was 12, he wanted to be drawn into an episode of “The Simpsons” like his favorite celebrities; 21 years later, he’s getting his wish. The 33-year-old carnie-turned-toy aficionado won the chance to be part of “The Simpsons’” upcoming season when he bought a skateboard signed by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening and the 50,000 raffle entries that came with it from the A Night of Too Many Stars autism fundraiser. This fall, Zealer will finally get to see his dream realized when his episode airs — he hopes he’s a carnie in the episode.
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Fashion: What are you wearing, CJ Brazelton?

As a full-time artist and a founding member of the MINT Art Collective, CJ Brazelton takes his work home with him — normally on his shoes and clothing. The 24-year-old takes inspiration for both his artwork and wardrobe from the industrial spaces he works in, as well as the urban and punk scene, and Dennis Rodman.
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Nightcap: Columbus is growing, and so is a local business

Hopefully y’all had a great Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed the break. As you...
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Sketch in the City: Megafauna-Drama #4

Wherein the unleashed beasts make their way through the Short North arts scene
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Street Fashion: Fashion Nostalgia

They say fashion is cyclical. That fact, along with our generation’s nostalgia for all things ’80s and ’90s, makes vintage clothing a perfect choice for spring. Columbus offers so many good vintage clothing choices, which makes finding a good vintage look that much easier. Zak, Nella and Bridget, all styled by Shayla Fite of Styled by Shayla, are all wearing vintage tops. The contrast of the colors, patterns and cuts with more contemporary pieces makes for a really interesting juxtaposition and unique style.
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Things We Love: Picks from John Russo

If you were one of the 6,000 or so who voted for Hot Chicken Takeover to visit your ‘burg in its tour of Columbus, you have John Russo to thank for the impending coup. Russo runs the cult-like chicken eatery’s social media and helped owner Joe DeLoss devise the marketing strategy. “Joe was trying to use this to gauge interest in future locations, so where we’re getting good concentrations of votes that is nice for him to have,” Russo said. Though Russo is somewhat new to Central Ohio (he and his wife moved to Granville a little less than a year ago), the Brooklyn ex-pat is loving what he’s found so far, including HCT and Roosevelt Coffeehouse, where we met to discuss a few of his favorite things.
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The List: 8 creatures we wouldn’t mind seeing go extinct

Inventive Atlanta metalheads Mastodon visit LC Pavilion for an outdoor concert alongside fellow sluggers Clutch on Sunday, May 24. Considering the band’s namesake has long been extinct, we thought we’d take a look at eight creatures we wish would join it in permanent exile.
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Downtown Abbey: What I loved and loathed about Rock on the Range

There are few things in Columbus as polarizing as Rock on the Range. The line in the sand is pretty clear: To some it’s the best reason to blow an entire month’s pay on over-priced beer and merch, and for others it’s the best reason to lock your doors and avoid North Campus at all costs. Admittedly, I was the latter; that is, until I actually went. Here is my assessment of the best and worst parts of the best worst festival in Columbus.
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Q&A: Steven White of J-POPS

Steven White never had any intention of turning his hobby into a business, but now the owner/founder of gourmet ice-pop company J-POPS is looking to expand. Admittedly, White didn’t know the first thing about starting a small business or gourmet desserts when he started playing with recipes while living in Atlanta in 2011. Fast-forward and J-POPS (named for his love of Japanese culture and ice pops) can barely keep up with demand. We talked to White about building a business in Columbus and why he can’t stop giggling about his new job title.
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