Revisit Otherworld and see what films local critics honored at the COFCA Awards

Dispatch columnist Theodore Decker recently documented his visit to Otherworld and the remarkable rebirth taking place within what had been a deserted shopping plaza, and his full report is worth the read. The timing of the column is perfect, since over the weekend I also took our 3-year-old for her first visit, during which I walked full-tilt into a mirror, which led to an evening of her warning me not to walk into the mirrors in our house. Goodbye, dignity, or at least whatever was left of you. On the plus side, the place was jam-packed at noon on a Saturday. Learn more about Otherworld by revisiting our June cover package on the space.

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Columbus rang in the New Year with yet another in a growing list of car-building collisions when a vehicle crashed into a home on the Northwest Side, triggering a gas line explosion. The two people in the car were treated for minor injuries.

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It’s officially awards season, and the results are in. No, not for the Golden Globes, where Sacha Baron Cohen got in the evening’s best dig (sorry not sorry, Ricky Gervais), but for the Columbus Film Critics Association Awards (COFCA), which announced its winners on Jan. 2. “Parasite” captured the Best Film nod, with director Bong Joon-ho also winning Best Director, while Best Actor and Actress were awarded to Adam Driver (“Marriage Story") and Lupita Nyong’o (the chilling “Us”), respectively. See a full list of winners here.