Monday, June 30, 2008

h two oh no

Here's an excerpt from Alan's story, "Five arrested in alcohol sting at H20."

A 17- and 20-year-old walk into a bar, get past the doorman and order a drink.

Next item on the menu — five employees are arrested and sent Monday to Columbus Recorder's Court. One got her case dismissed by the judge, the remaining four were fined and their attorney appealed the case to State Court.

That scene started around 9:30 p.m. Friday at H20, the new nightspot at 6499 Veterans Parkway. It continued Monday when Columbus Police Sgt. William Gasaway testified about the sting that encompassed 14 spots around town.

Read the full story here, or in Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer.

What do you think this means for the future of this new hot spot?

love in the club

Happy Monday!

Heard there was serious drama at the H20 grand opening Friday night. More on that later. In other nightlife news...I was surprised to see new downtown nightclub The Oasis (formerly Rumors/Savana's) open Saturday night. I'll stop in and take some pics soon.

In the meantime, here's an article about a Northwestern University speed dating experiment designed to explain how and why people fall in love. An excerpt:

With sufficient research, (lead researcher) Finkel believes, scholars might make dating less hellish for millions of people, or develop models to predict relationship success based on speed-dating compatibility.

It will, of course, be decades before their conclusions lead toward a grand theory of dating, much less comprehensive personal or policy recommendations. Yet Finkel still dreams far into the future-20 years, perhaps-to a time when he and (study collaborator) Eastwick and the rest of the field might understand how romantic attraction works even 5 percent better. It may not seem like much, but in a culture where as many as half of marriages end in divorce, even a tiny bit of new knowledge could have profound implications in how we search for love.

"That would be totally valuable," Finkel says. "People would be desperate to know it."

If there was an entirely accurate scientific paper describing how to find your perfect mate, would you read it? Or, would you prefer to leave the key to finding a love a mystery?

(Thanks for the link, Dan.)

Friday, June 27, 2008

what's going on this weekend?

Man, what a weekend for Columbus partiers.

Friday, two major events vie for nightlife fans' attention:

First, there's the Chippendales show at Aqua Nightclub, 1812 Midtown Drive. Show starts at 9 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 706-358-7128.

So in one corner, you have guys in tight pleather pants. And in the other...

The grand opening of new nightlife destination H20, formerly Muldoon's. Refer to the photos I posted earlier this week. It's at 6499 Veterans Parkway and doors open at 5:30 p.m. It's free before 8:30 p.m., and then cover is $15. There's a dress code, so dress to impress.

Also, don't forget about the Aflac Outdoor Games, which run Friday through Sunday at South Commons. Read more here.

What am I doing this weekend? Well, tonight I'm making a short post-work detour to hang out with some people who have a vampire house. Loooong story. You'll get the full recap Monday.

Then, I have to cover the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter Saturday night. But I'm still going to hit downtown after that, so be sure to say hi if you see me partying at The Tap.

One more here to check out the Richard Hyatt column I inspired. He raises a good question, one that I still don't really know how to answer:

Where can bald guys with beer guts hang out?

real housewives in the atl

Get ready, reality TV fans. Bravo has confirmed that "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is really happening.

The show features five women in the Atlanta social scene. It's the newest installment in a TV franchise that also includes "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "The Real Housewives of New York City."

A 30-minute preview will air at midnight July 30. A premiere date hasn't been set.

Read bios of the featured women here.


one two step

Just any of you guys watch "So You Think You Can Dance"?

At risk of destroying my nonexistent coolness cred, I'll admit I've been watching the show this season. It's a decision inspired by a variety of factors:

1. Desire to improve my moves

2. Moderate boredom

3. Spandex fetish
4. Girl crush on host Cat Deeley

Anyway, I'm thinking about posting some weekly recaps/commentary on the show here, and I'd like your input. Go!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

it's raining men

Happy Thursday!

My nightlife column today is about Friday's Chippendales performance at Aqua Nightclub. Mmm. Actually, I've been to a variety of male dance revues. My main impression? Let's just say you'll never look at a sock the same way again.

Male burlesque shows: comic relief or sexual healing?

(The Chippendales show starts at 9 p.m. Friday at 1812 Midtown Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 706-358-7128.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

thanks, twins!

Imagine how all my journalistic fantasies were fulfilled when I found an article with this real headline:

"Harnessing the untapped power of breast motion."

Immediately, I was reminded of the character in "Mean Girls" who thinks her boobs can forecast the weather. But the aforementioned article is way more high-tech than that. An excerpt:

It turns out that the physics of breast motion have been studied closely for the last two decades by a gamut of researchers, most of them women. LaJean Lawson, a former professor of exercise science at Oregon State University, has studied breast motion since 1985 and now works as a consultant for companies like Nike to develop better sports bra designs. Lawson was enthusiastic about my idea but warned it would be tricky to pull off. You would need the right breast size and the right material, she explained, and the bra itself would have to be cleverly designed. "It's just a matter of finding the sweet spot, between reducing motion to the point where it's comfortable but still allowing enough motion to power your iPod," she said.

That's some pretty sweet technology. OK, ladies: If you could power one device with your chest, what would it be?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

dive in

Yesterday, I blogged about high-tech H2O. Now, I'm taking on the opposite side of the nightlife scene.

Here's an article about the best, worst and dirtiest dive bars in the U.S. No, there aren't any entries from Columbus, but I think some of our hot spots could seriously make the cut.

I've been doing my bar profile feature in the To Do section for a little over a year now, and I've explored some places that most people are afraid to enter. BJ's Brew and Cue. Bobby's Bar. Gray's Bar. Pop-A-Top. You get the idea.

As much as some people in the office make fun of me for doing dive spots as bar profiles, believe it or not I get the most feedback on those articles. At least 10 people called me thanking me for introducing them to Pop-A-Top. I guess that's a good thing. Maybe.

Anyway, now I want your votes for memorable Columbus dives. Per the article's inspiration, your categories are best, worst and dirtiest. What's more, I'd like your definitions of what makes a bar a "dive."

I'll post results -- as well as a compilation of my dive bar experiences -- later this week.

(And don't worry, Troy, your Sputnik bar profile is coming up.)

Monday, June 23, 2008

h two oh wow

Last Friday, I got a preview look at new nightlife hot spot H2O during an invite-only premiere party. The club hosts its official grand opening this Friday.

I'd heard a lot about the new hot spot, formerly Muldoon's, and was anxious to see how it compared to the hype. My impressions? Well, as far as interior design goes, there's no other club in Columbus like it. H2O spans two levels, and includes two bar areas (one of which is a lounge-type setup that's set off from the central party space).

Other draws include its laser light show, and the live music setup. Bands perform on the club's second level, and the acoustics are excellent.

How will H20 fare in the larger nightlife scene? It's hard to tell. The draws are definitely there, and I guess it will boil down to sustaining a large crowd on a week-by-week basis. And if it succeeds, the club could pose a real threat to some of the other prominent hot spots. I'll look forward to seeing what they do to up their games.

Anyway, here are some photos from Friday's shindig, courtesy of Alan Riquelmy:

hot nerd girls

Happy Monday!

Here's an article about nerdy girls' growing sex appeal. It notes: "The new, tech-savvy, sci-fi loving nerd looks more like a cheerleader than a mouse: this week's Newsweek introduces us to the new nerd girls, 'they're smart, they're techie and they're hot.'"

Who is your favorite "nerd girl" from popular culture?

I'll start. I kind of loved it when Tori Spelling played nerdy Violet Bickerstaff on "Saved by the Bell." Screech should have totally hit that.

(Photos of new Columbus nightclub H2O will be posted shortly, nightlife fans.)

Friday, June 20, 2008

what's going on this weekend?

Breaking news: Tonight, I'm hitting up a preview party for H2O, the hot spot formerly known as Muldoon's. It opens to the public a week from today. This place is huge. It's expanded to include an upper level, plus what's supposed to be a pretty cool light show. Some people say it rivals Vegas. We'll see about that. Look for pics Monday.

A couple other things to keep in mind:

*Friday, there's a "beat the pump" party at Aqua Nightclub, 1812 Midtown Drive. Look forward to $1 bottles of beer, no cover, and giveaways for free gas. There's also supposed to be some Super Soaker-like device that shoots beer. Hmm. Bar opens at 7 p.m.

*Don't forget that Saturday is Family Day in the Park at Cooper Creek Park off Milgen Road. It's free. If you're a hip-hop fan, this means you'll be looking forward to seeing acts like Nappy Roots and Pleasure P. If you're not a hip-hop fan, you'll likely spend the entire day trying to avoid the unbearable traffic. Stay AWAY from Milgen Road. And the mall.

*Saturday is also Bark in the Park -- when Columbus Catfish fans can let their dogs watch the ballgame. The action starts at 7 p.m.

*Also on Sunday, I'd be remiss if I didn't give one more plug for Chain Reaction, the Journey tribute band playing at The Roadhouse. Show starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $5.

*One more random suggestion: Have you guys ever been to the Korean karaoke bar? Yes, that really exists in Columbus. It's called the Evergreen Cafe and it's at 5870 Veterans Parkway. Good times, trust me.

bottoms up


To celebrate the weekend, here's a list of "40 things every drunkard should do before he dies." I think its source -- Modern Drunkard Magazine Online -- might be more amusing than some of the actual submissions, but you get the idea.

Some of the ideas are valid, some aren't. See No. 27: "Get loaded and tell your boss exactly how you feel."

I'd include a night of beer pong -- or better yet, "I Never" -- to the list.

What about you?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

what's going on tonight?

Here's your Thursday night lineup. Don't forget about $1 beer at the Columbus Catfish game. The action starts at 7 p.m.

Other party spots:

*The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, has a dance party with DJ Kenny Wayne. Specials include 50-cent draft beer. No cover. The action starts at 9 p.m.

*Soho Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, hosts a performance by Cleveland-based acoustic rock act Genuine Sun. Show starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5, free for military. 706-568-3316.

*Atlanta-based rock act Connor Christian and the MorningStar Revival takes the stage at Scruffy Murphy's, 1037 Broadway, at 10 p.m. No cover. 706-322-3460.

*Java Monkey -- an Atlanta-based act that plays classic rock, jazz and blues tunes -- performs at Belloo's, 900 Front Ave. Show starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. 706-494-1584.

*Not into live music? Head to Aqua Nightclub, 1812 Midtown Drive, and participate in the hot spot's poker league. There's a $100 cash prize and no buy-in. Game starts at 7 p.m., but players can arrive until around 8 p.m. 706-358-7128.

Have fun!

old people having sex

Here's a cool/weird/hot/scary article about the growing Japanese market for "elder porn."

It focuses on a guy who's appeared in about 350 films over the past 14 years. His age? 74.

Question: Do you ever hit a point of maturity when its no longer "gross" to think about couples decades older than you doing the deed?

(For a slightly tamer look at Japanese culture, check out my co-worker Sandra's vacation recap here.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

um, slater?

No, you're not looking at the explicit version of Bayside High's yearbook.

Mario Lopez has been named People's Hottest Bachelor.

It's a tough bit of news to grasp, especially if you're still recovering from "Saved by the Bell" clips like this one. Or this one. And finally, this one.


(Photo via People.)

don't play that

Here's an amusing list of 14 songs you should never play in a bar.

Predictably, the submissions include sing-a-long cringers like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "I Will Survive." Honestly, the songs don't bother me that much. Do I request them? No. But they're just kind of tunes that you resign yourself to hearing upon entering a typical nightlife venue.

I used to gag every time I heard "Family Tradition." Now I sing along.

If I had to pick one song that I absolutely, absolutely HATE to hear cover bands play, it would be "Last Kiss." Hands down.

Maybe it's because I once asked a local band if they knew any Pearl Jam and that's all they came up with. So no, they didn't call me daughter, and I wasn't the least bit happy about it.

Which bar song do you hate most?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

just a small town girl

I pretty much peed my pants -- OK, not really, that's gross -- when I learned Journey tribute band Chain Reaction is performing at The Roadhouse Saturday night.

Many of you have probably watched me dance to "Any Way You Want It." I apologize for that.

My fascination with Journey is weird. I used to laugh when my college roommate, Benita, busted out her Journey CD. Then, possibly overnight, an obsession with the band hit me.

Now, Journey fever is back in full effect, thanks to the band's new frontman. Who, incidentally, was discovered via YouTube. Get the whole story in this excellent TIME article.

Anyway, don't stop believing.

(Saturday's Chain Reaction show, by the way, starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. The bar's at 1047 Broadway.)

Monday, June 16, 2008

the monday moan

Today's question is the real headline of this interesting article:

"Are men boring?"

The premise: The article suggests that in social situations, men add less to conversations -- for a variety of reasons.

What do you think, ladies? How do your conversation skills compare to your significant other's?

And guys...what are your thoughts on the aforementioned article?

the other beer

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was fantastic, and you'll hear all about it later.

Unfortunately, I'm a little swamped with work right now, so I'll leave you with a bit of sweet news.

A&W is offering free root beer floats today, supposedly to provide some economic relief to our nation. Read more here.

Drink away, bitches.

Friday, June 13, 2008

what's going on this weekend?

Hey guys...a few random weekend thoughts:

*Bored? Check out these billboards, which come with a disclaimer that "uncorrupted souls will see nothing devilish within these ads, while adults and pervs will see the illusion almost immediately."

*I'm thinking of playing put-put tonight. If that idea made you want to go all "Caddyshack" on my ass, check out this local mini golf venue, and this one, too.

*This weekend's entertainment highlight? Appetite for Destruction, a Guns N' Roses tribute band, plays at The Roadhouse Saturday night. Cover is $10, show starts at 10 p.m.

*If you still haven't checked out Aqua Nightclub, formerly Memory Lane, remember that the hot spot has no-cover Fridays featuring Dance Parties with DJ Kirk. Saturdays are also dance party nights, with a $5 cover and free entry before 9 p.m.

*Remember that Aqua hosts the Chippendales dancers June 27. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 706-358-7128. (Don't worry...a column will follow shortly.)

*Speaking of new (slightly more family-friendly) events, Italian restaurant Villa Nova, 7500 Veterans Parkway, opens its doors to diners this weekend with a performance by Scott the sing-a-long pianist. He'll be there Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight. Intriguing.

Have fun!

friend request denied


It's Friday, which means you're probably spending at least 30 minutes of valuable company time on the social networking site of your choice.

Or else.

Some 39 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds would leave their job if a Facebook ban was imposed, survey results in this article say.

What do you think? Are we part of a generation of spoiled, lazy workers? Or has Facebook grown to be part of the professional equation?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

old school

Check out this real 1930s Marital Rating Scale, women's edition.

Rate yourself accordingly, and then be glad we live in a society where (in most places) you don't get relationship demerits for wearing red nail polish.

(via Nerve)

what's going on tonight?

Here are your Thursday night party spots:

*The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, opens its doors to Thursday night partiers. Expect dance music, no cover and 50-cent draft beer. The action begins at 9 p.m.

*The local Southern rockers from Whisky Bent take the stage at Scruffy Murphy's, 1037 Broadway. Show starts at 10 p.m. No cover. 706-322-3460.

*Soho Bar and Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, hosts the Boston-based rockers from indie act Endway. It's at 10 p.m. Cover is $5, free for military. 706-568-3316.

*Not into live music? Play poker at Aqua Nightclub, 1812 Midtown Drive. The Vegas giveaways are over, but each Thursday night game gives away $100. Game starts at 7 p.m. No entry fee. 706-358-7128.

strawberry slut-cake

The NY Times wrote this article about how Strawberry Shortcake is getting a (slightly sexy) makeover to better appeal to 21st century fans. Click on the aforementioned link to see her new look.

(Hint: I'd hit that.)

Cashing in on renewed Strawberry Shortcake fever, this piece estimates the real-life cost of the cartoon heroine's cosmetic procedures. The appearance overhaul, plastic surgery and all, totals $23,675.19.

Which old-school cartoon star do you think is most in need of some sluttification?


That's among the reader submissions on this article regarding the top 10 bad pickup lines.

Disclaimer: "Damn!" was submitted by a guy with the screen name Nasty1, so do with it what you'd like.

Anyway, the entries on the top 10 list are pretty predictable, with one especially stellar standout: "Great legs, what time do they open?"

I think my favorite recent pickup line came when I was at local dive joint BJ's doing a bar profile. As I took out my notebook to jot down beer prices, the guy next to me said, "You getting ready to write down my phone number?"

"A" for effort.

Heard any good ones lately?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

century club

Check out this article about a Denver Post reporter who made a pact with his wife to have sex every day for 100 days.

Then, conveniently, he wrote a book about it.

Ladies...what kind of response do you think you'd get if you suggested this idea to your significant other? What would you say if he suggested it to you?

(After clicking on the aforementioned link, be sure to check out the online reader comments that accompany the article. My favorite: "The press and TV which you have inherited reek of your unshaven BO and BS." I can only imagine what kind of comments we'd get if the Ledger posted a similar article.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

free tuesday shows!

Two local hot spots have free concerts tonight.

The Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road, hosts the M&M Band in a performance that begins around 8 p.m. Partiers are encouraged to dress in tropical attire. Call 706-507-3418.

At Soho Bar & Grill, the metal rockers from Texas-based Within Chaos take the stage after the bar's open mike, probably around 10:30 p.m. The bar's at 5751 Milgen Road. Call 706-568-3316.

Both shows are open to partiers 21 and older.

sex & no sex

I pride myself on offering something for everyone.

Case in point:

Here's a link to 8 signs your partner is addicted to porn.


Here's a new teen magazine devoted entirely to abstinence.

You can thank me later.

Monday, June 9, 2008

the monday moan

How was your weekend?

Today's question comes from this article, which talks about a book that claims having an affair could save your marriage.

Here goes:

"Sometimes an affair can be the best way for the person who has been unfaithful to get the information and impetus to change."

True or false?

Friday, June 6, 2008

what's going on this weekend?

Here's your weekend lineup. A few reminders:

*Friday is National Doughnut Day, so cash in on your free Krispy Kreme doughnut if you haven't already done so. Read more here.

*There's also a First Friday Bar Crawl on Broadway. You know the drill: one cover, a bunch of bars.

*If you're brave enough to venture into the land of emo, check out Summer Side Show on Saturday. It features 55 bands, the majority of which are indie rock acts. All-day access is $20. Get details here.

Here are the rest of your offerings:


*Autumn Haze, 9 p.m. Saloon & Oyster Bar, free. 706-568-8400.

*Silver Tongue Devils, 10 p.m. The Roadhouse, $5 (ladies free until 11p.m.).

*Ike Stubblefield, 9:30 p.m. The Loft, $5. 706-596-8141.

*Pipers Down, 10 p.m. Scruffy Murphy's, $5. 706-322-3460.

*Mojo:Saint, 10 p.m. Broad Street Blues, $5. 334-297-3200.

*Big Saxy, 6 p.m. Mediterranean Cafe, free. 706-320-9111.

*Jimmy Jam, 10 p.m. Belloo's, $5. 706-494-1584.

*Holdcell, 10 p.m. Soho Bar & Grill, $5. 706-568-3316.

*Human Nature, 8 p.m. Daileys, $5. 706-320-3353.


*Geoff Achison with Marshall Ruffin, 9:30 p.m. The Loft, $5. 706-596-8141.

*Little Brown Peach, 10 p.m. Scruffy Murphy's, $5. 706-322-3460.

*Jury, 10 p.m. The Roadhouse, $5 (ladies free until 11 p.m.).

*Mojo:Saint, 10 p.m. Broad Street Blues, $5. 334-297-3200.

*Pipers Down, 9:30 p.m. Mediterranean Cafe, free. 706-320-9111.

*Jimmy Jam, 10 p.m. Belloo's, $5. 706-494-1584.

*Last November, 10 p.m. Soho Bar & Grill, $5. 706-568-3316.

*Human Nature, 8 p.m. Daileys, $5. 706-320-3353.

personal space optional

Just how much do you like being around your significant other?

This piece tells what happened when, for 24 hours, a couple stayed no more than 15 feet away from each other. If the one-day model isn't scary enough, consider this: an Arizona couple abides by that rule FOR LIFE.

How long do you think you could survive under the 15 feet rule? And what's the best way to tell a partner you're feeling smothered?

(not) in my pants

So apparently Kmart fashion makes headlines now. Who knew?

Here's info on a pair of sweatpants sold at the popular retailer that read "True Love Waits" on the front and back.

That's right, a butt message opposing premarital sex.

But store insiders maintain the message has nothing to do with abstinence. "It was just a graphic put on the pants," a spokeswoman for Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart, says in the aforementioned link.


Anyway, the pants are apparently on markdown now. Guess who's hitting the Kmart racks this weekend? Are you with me?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

what's going on tonight?

Here's your Thursday night lineup:

*Beginning tonight, downtown hot spot The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, opens its doors to Thursday night partiers for dance night with DJ Kenny Wayne. You can also look forward to 50 cent draft beer and no cover charge. The action begins at 9 p.m.

*The Broadway Event Series hosts The Locomotive Jazz Quintet 7-9 p.m. on the 1000 block of Broadway. It's free.

*The rockers from Bulletproof Marshmallows take the stage at Soho Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road. It's $5, free for military. Show starts at 10 p.m. Call 706-568-3316.

*Scruffy Murphy's, 1037 Broadway, hosts Connor Christian and the MorningStar Revival beginning at 10 p.m. It's free. Call 706-322-3460.

*Smoke-free Phenix City nightclub Broad Street Blues has happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. You'll get buckets of beer (five for $10), a performance by Mojo:Saint and no cover charge. Call 334-297-3200.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

makin' whoopee

Twenty-first century versions of "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" are coming to TV, this article says.

Both shows pry couples' minds to see how well they know each other -- on a trivia-like basis, that is. It's similar to a game I've played at many bachelorette parties, asking the groom-to-be to answer 20 questions about himself prior to the party. Then, the bride tries to predict his answers correctly.

Yeah, the girls usually don't do that well.

Which makes sense -- since theoretically, love isn't supposed to be about remembering the name of your significant other's first grade teacher.

Still, is there any fundamental trivia that each half of a couple is expected to know? Like, what tidbit about yourself would you be mad if your boyfriend/girlfriend guessed incorrectly?

Would it bother you if he/she couldn't remember your middle name? Your first love's name?

(P.S. The title of this post comes from this infamous "Newlywed Game" sketch. It comes at about the 2:12 mark.)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

free show!

Hey Tuesday night partiers...

Whisky Bent performs a free concert tonight at the Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road. The action starts around 8 p.m.

Call 706-507-3418.

Have fun!

meant to be spent alone

Yep, the title of this post is part of the chorus in the popular song "Vacation," by the Go-Go's. In my department of the newsroom, we sing that tune whenever someone's leaving on a trip.

Here's a list of the top 11 signs you're on a summer vacation with a geek.

My favorite? No sunblock needed because wookiee costume covers up all bare skin.

Time for you guys to weigh in:

What are your rules for traveling with a significant other? Is it OK for couples to take separate vacations?

Monday, June 2, 2008

was it good for you?

If you're female, it's likely a good 25 percent of your day has so far been consumed by analyses of "Sex and the City."

I caught the movie Sunday and surprisingly LOVED it. Nudity? Check. Tears? Check. A reaffirmed faith in love? Check.

I won't say more than that, as I want to avoid spoilers, but I'm anxious to hear what you thought.

If you haven't heard, the movie was ranked No. 1 over the weekend and earned about $55 million. Read more here.

And be sure to check out this humorous field guide to the different people you'll see at the film. I saw all of them.

Finally...among the movie's biggest emerging fashion trends? Cocktail hats. Count me out, but see them for yourself here.