21 Pilots return to Columbus

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Nationwide Arena



October 2, 2018 – Twenty One Pilots have announced a second leg of the “Bandito Tour” due to overwhelming demand, which will see the band returning to North America for dates in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. this spring and summer including a Saturday, June 29, 2019 play at Nationwide Arena.

The new dates, which follow this fall’s sold-out first leg, are set to kickoff May 1st at Monterrey, Mexico’s Arena Monterrey and will continue through a hometown performance at Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena on June 29. Registration for first access to tickets is now open and will run through 11:59PM on Sunday, October 7.

Presales begin Tuesday, October 9 at 10AM. All remaining tickets for the U.S. and Canada will be released to the general public at 9AM on Friday, October 12 via ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

The Columbus date is promoted by Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment and PromoWest. For complete details and ticket availability on Twenty One Pilots’ “Bandito Tour,” visit www.twentyonepilots.com/banditotour.

Twenty One Pilots, the GRAMMY® Award-winning duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, are gearing up for the release of their massively anticipated new album TRENCH, which arrives worldwide this Friday, October 5th.

TRENCH is available for pre-order now at all DSPs with exclusive vinyl and pre-order bundles available at www.twentyonepilots.com. All pre-orders are joined by instant grat downloads of the album tracks “My Blood,” “Levitate,” “Nico And The Niners,” and “Jumpsuit,” each of which is also available for individual streaming or download.

This month Twenty One Pilots will celebrate the release of TRENCH with the first leg of “The Bandito Tour,” a massive headline world tour set to get underway October 16th at Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena. The tour will traverse the U.S. through the fall followed by dates in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom. The U.S. leg of the epic trek is now virtually sold-out, with much of the international itinerary fast approaching that same status.

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Brett Kavanaugh goes to the movies

October 2, 2018


Marsha Gordon

Professor of Film Studies, North Carolina State University

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Marsha Gordon does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


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I’m a film studies professor, so when I first saw an image of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s June 1982 calendar, I immediately noticed his movie plans.

In between exams, a beach trip, basketball camp and workouts, Kavanaugh, like millions of other Americans that year, went to the movies. In fact, 1982 was, at the time, Hollywood’s most lucrative year at the box office.

In June alone, Kavanaugh scheduled three trips to the movies: “Rocky III” on June 13, “Grease 2” on June 16 and, on June 26, “Poltergeist.”

In June 1982, Brett Kavanuagh had three movies penciled into his calendar: ‘Rocky III,’ ‘Grease 2’ and ‘Poltergeist.’ Provided by Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kavanaugh’s teenage moviegoing may not have been particularly noteworthy had he not invoked three films during his Sept. 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Asked to decipher some cryptic allusions on his yearbook page, Kavanaugh referenced the popular comedies as a form of justification.

“For one thing, our yearbook was a disaster,” he said. “I think some editors and students wanted the yearbook to be some combination of ‘Animal House,’ Caddyshack’ and ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ which were all recent movies at that time. Many of us went along in the yearbook to the point of absurdity. This past week, my friends and I have cringed when we read about it and talked to each other.”

Could the young men Kavanaugh encountered on screen, many of whom behaved badly but were also relatable – even popular – help us to understand the male culture of his adolescence?

It’s all about the ‘score’

I’m not the only one asking these questions about the role 1980s movies played in Kavanaugh’s high school years.

Writing for The New York Times, Ginia Bellafante recently explored Tom Cruise’s 1983 hit, “Risky Business,” as a film that celebrates male mediocrity at the expense of female weakness. Vox’s Constance Grady has written about the way that date rape is innocuously and humorously depicted in John Hughes’ hugely popular “Sixteen Candles.”

In the 1980s, the teen coming-of-age flick was almost a genre of its own. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Back to the Future,” “Risky Business,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are probably the most well known today.

But there were many others, including “Valley Girl,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Weird Science,” “Better Off Dead,” “Class,” “The Last American Virgin,” “Three O’Clock High,” “Zapped!” and “Say Anything.”

There was also “Grease 2,” which makes an appearance on Kavanaugh’s calendar.

Capitalizing on the success of its tremendously popular predecessor, 1978’s “Grease,” “Grease 2” takes place at Rydell High School in 1961.

Although “Grease 2” was nowhere near the box office success of the films Kavanaugh mentioned during his testimony, it’s worth exploring precisely because it is so typical, especially in the way it depicts the sort of male high school behavior that’s being scrutinized today.

The movie focuses on the two most popular social cliques at Rydell: the T-Birds, who are leather jacket-clad, preening greasers, and their satin-jacket-wearing female counterparts, the Pink Ladies, who, per their rules, are only allowed to date T-Birds.

Like so many teen boys of other 1980s movies, the T-Birds seem to be able to get away with anything. They make brazen innuendos in front of their hypersexualized teacher, Miss Mason; bully their way into winning the talent show; and pay for the new kid at school to write their papers.

The musical numbers that weave through “Grease 2” are laden with sexual innuendo. With its bowling alley setting, the T-Bird’s number “Score Tonight” lays out the most obvious of the film’s relentless double entendres.

‘Score Tonight’ is all about bowling, right?

Other songs imagine girls failing to give guys what they want, with the poor guys having to endure these sexual refusals. When Mr. Stuart’s biology class sings and dances their way through “Reproduction,” some guys wonder, “When a warm-blooded mammal in a tight little sweater starts pullin’ that stuff, is she sayin’ that she wants to do it?”

Some of the others reply, “Can’t prove it by me, cause they change their tune when you got ‘em in the back seat.”

Like “Reproduction,” “Prowlin” is all about girls who refuse sex: The best strategy, according to the tune, is to find “a chick who’ll give you more” at “a spot that I’ve discovered where a guy’s guaranteed to score.”

Boys will be boys – or something more sinister?

The most telling musical set piece is “Do It for Our Country.” In the scene, a T-Bird named Louis brings Sharon, one of the Pink Ladies, into a fallout shelter, where he tries to have sex with her.

After closing and bolting the door, Louis starts narrating a nuclear attack as his friends outside the shelter crank an air raid siren.

“The Russians are attacking – get down!” Louis proclaims, as he pushes Sharon onto a bed, gets on top of her and starts to sing, “Let’s do it for our country.”

‘Do It For Our Country.’

At first Sharon resists; Louis continues to try to persuade her, and she starts to warm to the idea. But just as it seems that Louis is going to have his way, she leaps up and opens the shelter door. Two eavesdropping T-Birds fall into the room, one of them cackling with laughter.

Sure, these are all silly scenes in a silly movie.

But as I re-watched “Do It For Our Country,” it was impossible to not think about Christine Blasey Ford describing her alleged assault – and the way “the laughter, the uproarious laughter” was seared into her memory.

For the T-Birds in this scene, this is fun and games, from the bowling alley to the bomb shelter, all in the name of getting laid.

Reviewing “Grease 2” for the Los Angeles Times in 1982, film critic Kevin Thomas described the shelter scene as “a funny misfired seduction scene.” Yet as Vox’s Grady notes in her essay about “Sixteen Candles,” today it’s hard to imagine even forcing a chuckle during scenes like this.

In the Journal of Popular Culture, film scholar Lesley Speed wrote about how 1980s teen comedies often depict “young, middle-class men’s presumed right to behave hedonistically on other people’s territory.”

In films like “Grease 2,” this territory also extended to teenage girls’ bodies. The T-Birds in “Grease 2” are convinced they deserve unrestricted access to the Pink Ladies, and while usually they don’t manage to get it, their relentless attempts are notable: Such predatory behavior, often without consequences, is one of the overarching characteristics of the 1980s teen movie.

As the coach in “Grease 2” advises the T-Birds on the practice field, “Football is like life. You gotta push. You gotta push your way through life.”

Kids with cellphones more likely to be bullies – or get bullied. Here are 6 tips for parents

October 2, 2018


Elizabeth Englander

Professor of Psychology, and the Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), Bridgewater State University

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Elizabeth Englander does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Each year, more parents send their young child to elementary school equipped with a smartphone.

For instance, the percentage of third-graders who reported having their own cellphone more than doubled from 19 percent in 2013 to 45 percent in 2017. Similar increases took place for fourth-graders and fifth-graders. About half of fourth-graders and 70 percent of fifth-graders went to school with a phone in 2017.

Parents often cite the ability to easily reach their child as the major advantage of giving them a device, which they view as a safety issue. “Stranger danger” and sexual predators are often the first risks that occur to parents. Some public schools are adopting policies that limit personal contact between students and teachers. But bullying and cyberbullying are more common concerns, and in my 2017 research, I found that that giving a young child a cellphone increases the likelihood that the child will either become a victim of bullying or a bully themselves. This study of approximately 4,500 elementary school children in the U.S. found that having a cellphone in elementary school was associated with being involved with both bullying and cyberbullying, both as a bully and as a bully/victim. A “bully/victim” is a child who is, at different times, both a bully and a victim of bullying.

The research found that while more than half of third-grade bullies carried cellphones, only 35 percent of children who were uninvolved in bullying did. Even more dramatically, three-quarters of third-grade cyberbullies carried cellphones, compared to only 37 percent of third-graders uninvolved in cyberbullying. Results were similar, but a little weaker, for fourth- and fifth-graders.

It may be that results were strongest among the youngest children because of their relatively more limited ability to understand how communications works in a digital setting. For example, in my field work at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, I’ve learned that teenagers are wary of emotions escalating quickly online, realizing that such emotions can lead to fights and bullying. However, younger children typically haven’t yet learned this lesson. It was this gulf that motivated me, with a colleague, to create a children’s guide to getting their first cellphone.

Kids can learn to use cellphones safely, and there are practical steps that parents can take to minimize their young child’s odds of involvement in bullying and cyberbullying, along with cellphone practices that can help ensure the overall well-being of their child.

Here are a few tips:

1. Establish ownership

The phone is not your child’s – it’s yours. Thus, you always have the right to look at it. By checking your child’s phone, you may detect messages or posts that can suggest involvement in bullying or cyberbullying. A 2012 MacAfee study found that half of kids changed their online behavior if they believed their parents were checking.

2. Take cellphones out of dinnertime

A 2014 study from researchers at McGill University found that family dinners helped protect kids from bullying. Dinnertime can be a time to connect emotionally, even when no conversations of deep importance take place. It can also be a time to discuss challenges and difficulties, and to debate solutions and strategies, with input from the people who love you. Unfortunately, family dinners can be easily interrupted by notifications or messaging from cellphones. For that reason, a “no devices” rule at the dinner table can help promote family connections that are protective against bullying.

3. Limit use during homework

Listening to music can be OK, but watching videos and TV shows or playing games shouldn’t happen while homework is being completed. Studies that look at multi-tasking agree that it degrades memory, learning and cognitive performance.

4. Don’t allow use before bedtime

It’s been well documented that bright screens right before bed can delay or interrupt sleep patterns. Sleep problems, in turn, have been linked to becoming involved in bullying. To promote healthy sleep and reduce the odds of bullying, help your child practice good sleep preparation habits by putting away digital devices an hour before bedtime. If they want to read from their device, use an app that has a UVB filter or dim and “flip” the screen to a black background.

To help your child stay asleep, devices should be kept outside the bedroom overnight. Even if your child intends to sleep, a buzzing sound or vibration can wake him or her up. It can represent a strong temptation to send messages, chat or play games.

5. Set a good example as a driver

Encouraging kids to put down the phone when they are in a car can literally be a lifesaving habit that can begin in elementary school. A review of statistics noted that cellphone use is the second-leading cause of distracted driving. Each day, 11 teenagers are killed as a result of texting and driving. To lessen the risks of this happening in the future, parents can teach young children to not use their device in the front seat of the car; it can be a place to talk, instead of a place to text.

6. Instill responsibility

Carrying a cellphone isn’t a right – it’s a privilege. As a parent, encourage responsible cellphone use by linking digital privileges with responsibilities. Show children how to budget internet time with apps like unGlue. Teach your kids that discussing social problems is part of being mature enough to carry a cellphone. And consider having your kids pitch in around the house to “earn” their digital privileges.


The Columbus Symphony presents HANDEL: MESSIAH

Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10, 8 pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the Columbus Symphony, guest soprano Alexandra Razskazoff, guest mezzo-soprano Siena Licht Miller, guest tenor Jonas Marcel Hacker, guest bass-baritone Andrew Bogard, and the Columbus Symphony Chorus in an unforgettable performance of Handel’s deeply spiritual oratorio, Messiah. The work will be performed in its entirety and is the first time the Columbus Symphony has done so since 2010. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com


Panels, cosplay contest, gaming and more throughout the day

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Delaware, OH: — Ghost hunters, gamers, and comic book enthusiasts will converge for one day of entertainment and celebration of “geek culture” at the Delaware County District Library’s (DCDL) third annual Great GeekFest. The free comic-con will take place at the Delaware Main Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day features headline entertainment by paranormal investigator, author and board game designer Grant Wilson.

Wilson has paved the way for much of the modern paranormal field through his work with the group The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S), which he co-founded. His unique level-headed approach to the field caught the attention of the world through the top-watched Syfy cable show “Ghost Hunters,” which he produced along with “Ghost Hunters International.” Wilson will present on the comic-con main stage at 1 p.m.

“This year, we are thrilled to welcome Grant Wilson as our keynote speaker. Not only is he an internationally known paranormal investigator – and for many years star of the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters” – he is also an awesome artist, author and board game designer,” said Great GeekFest Coordinator Mandy Henning. “During Grant’s main stage appearance, he will answer questions of all kinds, so be prepared to ask away about the paranormal, writing, board games or general nerdiness!”

Magic by the Mastersons will be featured at 11 a.m. on the main stage. Reed and Ashton Masterson are nationally touring, award-winning illusionists that bring a whole new meaning to the term “magic show” with their signature rock star style and larger than life personalities. They’ve performed for numerous celebrities and have been featured on television networks and specials.

Throughout the day, dozens of activities will take place all over the library. The day’s events kick off at 10 a.m. with the first 100 people through the door receiving a collectible pin.

Attendees arriving in costume may enter the cosplay contest, which will be at 3:00 p.m. Participants must pre-register in advance online at the Great GeekFest website or the day of the comic-con prior to 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each age division: children 0-11, teens 12-17, and adults ages 18 and up.

Photo opportunities with favorite franchise characters are back again for the third year. Pictures are free and may be taken with cell phones and personal cameras. Look for Star Wars favorites, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Captain America, and Disney princesses Elsa and Tiana throughout the day.

Young “geeks” will enjoy an entire children’s area in the Library’s upstairs mezzanine dedicated to crafts, balloon entertainment from Erica Carlson, a caricature artist, and even a chat with a mermaid.

The Great GeekFest Screening Room will feature sci-fi trailers, favorite television episodes, and cult classics like “The Goonies” all day.

Finally, no comic-con would be complete without a day’s worth of interactive, educational and entertaining fan panels. Cosplay, comic book collecting, anime, drawing, and the integration of pop culture in beer culture will all be topics of discussion.

This free event will take place for all ages at the Delaware Main Library, 20 E. Winter St. in Delaware, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. More details are available on the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org/ggf.

Mormon church to increase food donations to charities

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is planning to increase food donations to community charities by more than 20 million pounds (9 million kilograms) annually over the next several years.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the changes to its welfare operations in a Thursday statement.

President Bishop Gerald Causse says in the statement that beginning next year, the church will convert a portion of its raw wheat supplies into finished goods and make them available for storehouses and pantries through the country.

The church’s online store already sells items such as fruit, vegetables, beans, rice and non-fat dried milk.

New products that will be made through the raw wheat production include pasta, pancake mix, flour and other finished goods.

People do not need to be members of the church to purchase items.


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