Drag Queen Story Hour hits Studio 35 tonight, the Crew wins its season opener and a Columbus Bernie Sanders surrogate is the subject of a lengthy Mother Jones profile

OK, so technically you haven’t missed this one yet, but we wanted to get it on your radar.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Valerie Taylor and Courtney Kelly will lead a free, Disney-themed Drag Queen Story Hour at Studio 35. The family friendly event was initially scheduled to take place mid-February at Clintonville Elementary School but was canceled due to “safety concerns.”

Parents involved with the Clintonville Elementary PTA had planned the Story Hour as part of a February “read-a-thon,” but canceled after anonymous Twitter accounts encouraged opponents to flood the school with negative calls, emails and online reviews — part of an ongoing nationwide far-right campaign against Drag Queen Story Hours, an event series conceived in San Francisco in 2015.

“Our school community is thrilled that Studio 35 has offered to host the event,” Clinton Elementary School PTA President Erin Bauer told The Dispatch in February. “I am incredibly proud to say that our amazing community has taken the hate we received and turned it into an even bigger show of love and inclusivity than it started out to be.”


Columbus’ Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, is the subject of a lengthy profile over at Mother Jones. The feature focuses on the ways his studies into the racial wealth gap have helped shape the 2020 policy debate, informing platform proposals pitched by presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, among others. (Hamilton has endorsed Sanders and has consulted the candidate on housing, student debt education and economic justice policies.)

On an equally impressive note, Hamilton is also up for Best Local Twitter Account in our current Best of Columbus 2020 readers’ poll, which runs through March 19.


The Columbus Crew kicked off the season in style, winning 1-0 over New York City FC at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday. Marquee addition Lucas Zelarayan featured heavily in the win, commanding the attack for much of regulation. “It’s so important to have this [ability] in a player,” Crew midfielder Artur said in The Dispatch. “I think that makes a difference. The finish, it’s so good.”

If you missed it, revisit last week’s Alive profile on Zelarayan from Crew View columnist Chris DeVille.