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New Children’s Book Features Columbus

50 Cities of the U.S.A. shares what’s best about Columbus with kids!

For instance, did you know?

The Annual Doo Dah Parade is all about freedom of speech, expressing yourself..and wearing a funny hat!

The Ohio History Connection displays artifacts like the 2,000-year-old Native American Adena Effigy Pipe, found in burial ground near Chillicothe.

In 2009, a local hula hooped nearly 75 hours, burning about 400 calories an hour, and setting a Guinness world record.

The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium houses several species native to Ohio, like the bald eagle, who eats rodents, quail, and fish while in the zoo.

The Lane Avenue Bridge crosses the Olentangy River, which has also been known as Keenhongsheconsepung, Oleutangy, Whetstone Creek, Whetstone River, and Whitestone Creek.

The Ohio State University Marching Band practices about 30 hours per week to learn music and field formations for football games.

The book also shows kids tons of things to do in the area as featured in “A Day in Columbus.”

9 AM Eat your way through North Market, starting with an over-easy egg, topped with arugula, tomato, garlic aioli, white cheddar, and sausage on a warm croissant at the Best of the Wurst.

10 AM: Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the home of Colo, the first gorilla born in human care; she’s named for her birthplace, COL-umbus, O-hio.

11 AM Flex your biceps in front of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue and look for world’s best bodybuilders at the annual Arnold Sports Festival.

12 PM Breath deep at the Columbus Park of Roses, which includes over 12,000 roses, herb, and perennial gardens.

1 PM “Where’s the Beef?” Dine on a square-shaped burger paddy at Wendy’s? The first store opened here in 1969 on Broad St.

2 PM Spot the Northern Cardinal among the 35 oversized birds in the Ohio Bird Mural, painted on the Indianola Avenue overpass in Glen Echo Park.

3 PM Watch atlatl spear throwing demonstrations and make replicas of American Indian pottery at The Ohio History Connection.

4 PM Grab your helmet and water bottle and cycle along the Olentangy Trail, stopping at Antrim Park and Whetstone Park.

5 PM Calm yourself in the horticulture therapy garden at Chadwick Arboretum, designed to improve social skills, self-esteem, and horticultural skills of adults with developmental disabilities.

6 PM Scoot outside town to The National Barber Museum & Hall of Fame in nearby Winchester.

7 PM Rush through dinner to enjoy a dessert of peanut butter and chocolate Buckeye candies, named for the state tree and a collegiate mascot, Brutus Buckeye.

8 PM Curl up with Out of My Mind, by Columbus writer Sharon Draper, about a girl with cerebral palsy.


Honored by an EXPY Award from Experience Columbus in 2016, Festival Latino is now in its 21st year and the largest Latin event in Ohio. This two-day, family-friendly, free celebration of family, community, and Latin American culture returns to Genoa Park in 2017, offering a variety of children’s activities, music, food, and dance on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. each day.

Festival Latino is presented by Honda. Other Festival Latino sponsors include the City of Columbus, Department of Recreation and Parks; Nationwide; Abercrombie & Fitch; LBrands Foundation; Team Fishel; Ohio Small Business Development Center; Abbott Nutrition; AEP; and David and Mo Meuse. Additional support provided by Alexandra Ramos Agency Insurance Services; Barroluco; Bath Fitter; Cricket Wireless; FedEx; Fifth Third Bank; Hilton Columbus; Huntington; Luis Gil Insurance Agency; Mount Carmel Health System; PNC; Rodriguez Bell & DiFranco Law Office, LLC; Sol y Luna Hair Salon; The Ohio State University Department of Spanish and Portuguese; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and Trillium Farms. Additional sponsors include Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kroger.


Saturday, August 12

11 a.m. – DJ Cale

1:15 p.m. – Fa2 Trio

From the infectious rhythms of Brazilian samba and bossa nova to the swinging sounds of jazz, the Columbus-based Fa2 Trio brings unparalleled experience and expertise to the stage.

2:45 p.m. – The Ark Band

Columbus-based The Ark Band has toured across the US, Canada, and Jamaica sharing its roots reggae, calypso, and soca music.

4:15 p.m. – Charlie Cruz

Puerto Rican – Salsa

Named one of Puerto Rico’s best salsa performers, Charlie Cruz’s albums such as Imaginate and Asi Soy, as well as the 2016 single “Se Cae el Mundo” featuring Tito Nieves, showcase his upbeat, catchy flavor that always fills the dance floor.

6:15 p.m. – Bachata Heightz

Dominican – Bachata

Having just released a brand new single, “La Verdad” featuring Luis Vargas, this New York-based foursome has pioneered an urban-influenced bachata style, fusing the tropical and sentimental sounds of traditional bachata with the rock, hip hop, and R&B of the streets of NYC.

Sunday, August 13

11 a.m. – DJ Cale

DJ Cale caters to Caribbean and Latin American tastes, spinning salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, Latin pop, Latin dance, house, and a touch of American Top 40 music.

1 p.m. – Los Locos Orchestra

Formed by pianist Richard Lopez, this energetic, seven-piece Latin jazz group performs fun, swinging Latin grooves with high-energy Cubop (Latin and Bebop jazz) improvisation.

2:30 p.m. – Yumbambé Salsa

Yumbambé Salsa is Latin jazz, bringing together the lush sound of jazz harmony with the vibrant rhythms of Afro-Cuban drumming. Led by Eric “the Fish” Paton, the group performs a diverse collection of rhythms including merengue, calypso, bembe, cha cha, samba, and bossa nova.

4:15 p.m. – Tito Nieves

Puerto Rican – Salsa

Fresh from his critically acclaimed performance in the Off-Broadway play I Like it Like That, Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated salsa music star Tito Nieves (“El Pavarotti de la Salsa”) has set himself apart by incorporating English into his recordings, earning numerous gold records in a music career that spans more than 30 years.

6:15 p.m. – Toño Rosario

Dominican – Merengue

Former lead singer of Los Hermanos Rosario, Toño Rosario went on to a successful solo career, earning three Grammy nominations and selling more than 100 million albums with his signature romantic merengue style.

Additional main stage attractions include:

Special Festival Host – B. A-Star

Richard Bastar Jr., known as B. A-Star, is a former member of the group Tercera Generacion (or 3G) with his brothers, boasting the fact that they are the third generation of Bastar in the music industry. Now pursuing a solo project, B. A-Star has created a new urban dance sound, releasing more than ten singles since 2011.

Children’s Area

noon – 6 p.m. daily, no charge for activities

Children’s area activities will include:

Balloon Artist – “The Balloon Guy” Steve Mattson will create fun balloon sculptures for children from 2-4pm daily. www.GreatEventz.com

COSI – COSI will bring their exciting live shows and engaging family activities outdoors along Washington Boulevard. Festival-goers will have opportunities to play, explore, and learn about science together with COSI’s Science Spots and thrilling demonstrations.

Mexican Flowers – Big, beautiful flowers are used in Mexico to decorate on days of celebration. Join the members of Organización de Damas Latinas as they help children construct these colorful creations.

Creation Station – The Creation Station is designed to engage the entire family with hands-on activities to encourage families, friends, teams, troops, and the like to work together creatively to rediscover fun without the use of modern day technology. Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, and the Columbus Museum of Art to introduce attendees to multi-generational arts-and-crafts projects limited only by your imagination.

Mascots – Costumed mascots from a variety of Columbus sports teams and companies will make appearances throughout the two-day event.


Saturday, August 12

2 p.m. – Salsa Lessons with Carlos Rubio

Take a salsa dance lesson from “The Salsa King of Ohio.” Carlos “El Hiperactivo” Rubio is an instructor at the Salsamante Dance Academy and Ohio’s all-time winning-est salsa dancer.

3 p.m. – Salsamante Dance Academy

Enjoy salsa performances from instructors and students of Columbus’ first and only salsa dance studio.

5 p.m. – El Corazon de Mexico

Toledo-based dance company El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico (The Heart of Mexico) will demonstrate the beauty and charm of traditional Mexican dances.

Sunday, August 13

1 p.m. – El Corazon de Mexico

2 p.m. – Salsa Lessons with Carlos Rubio

3 p.m. – Salsamante Dance Academy

4 p.m. – El Corazon de Mexico

5 p.m. – Miss Ohio Latina Fashion Show

Catch a showcase and celebration of modern Latino style as local adults and children model a progression of fashion from traditional Latin clothing through the modern designs of today.

Artists’ Showcase

Through the generous support of Alexandra Ramos Agency Insurance Services and Sol y Luna Hair Salon, Ohio-based Latin artists will display and sell their visual artwork in the Artists’ Showcase area. Featured artists in 2017 will include:

Nhora Regina Bermeo – Colombian painter Nohra Bermeo has entered a new stage in her work, representing the sense of women in its simplest form.

Abraham Cordova – Local Chicano artist Abraham Cordova is a CCAD alumni with more than 10 years of fine art, tattoo, and graphic design experience. His newest venture is turning his hand-drawn artwork into screenprinted t-shirts and posters.

Cecilia Roman – Local business owner and painter, Cecilia Roman creates oil paintings focused on abstractions.


Latin writers will display and sell their work in the Authors’ Showcase area. Featured authors in 2017 will include:

Fermina Ponce – Colombian poet Fermina Ponce’s first book of poetry, Al desnudo, debuted at the Bogotá 2016 International Book Fair (Colombia), and went on to be showcased at the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Instituto Cervantes (Chicago), and the Festival of Latin Authors (Chicago). Her second book of poetry, Mar de (L)una, was launched at the 2017 International Book Fair (Colombia).

Ani Palacios – Editor-in-chief of Contacto Latino and Pukiyari Editores, Palacios has won several International Latino Book Awards for best novel, including 2010 with Nos vemos en Purgatorio, 2011 with Plumbago Torres y el sueño americano, and 2014 with the inspirational novel, 99 Amaneceres. Her latest books are the novel Noche de Penas (2014), the self-help book No Strings Attached: Your Journey to Unconditional Loving (2015), the thriller El último clóset (2016), and the teen novel Paloma aventurera (2017).

Silvia Carrillo Rodríguez – Born in Mexico, Rodríguez moved to the US with her husband in 1998, and now resides in Columbus. She is author of Un Cubano Más, a fictional account of a young Cuban boy forced to leave behind a life he loves to escape the tyranny of the Cuban government.

Health & Wellness AREA

The Health & Wellness Area will host a variety of local health and social service organizations offering free health screenings and bilingual information on their services. Participating organizations include:

Advanced Recovery Services

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

Columbus Public Health

El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.

Equitas Health

Franklin County Office on Aging


Mount Carmel Health System

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Community Resources Area

The Community Resources area will offer information about local education and community programs. Participating organizations include:


Homes on the Hill

League of United Latin-American Citizens Columbus Council 39005

Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

State of Ohio Office of Workforce Development (Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Program)

Food Vendors

Festival Latino will offer a wide variety of cuisine from Latin America and beyond.


The Festival Latino marketplace will include jewelry, arts, crafts, and a variety of other traditional items from Latin America.

Festival Policy

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating.

Not permitted in Genoa Park:

  • Unauthorized vehicles on sidewalks or in the parks
  • Commercial activities, including soliciting and/or vending without permission from CAPA
  • Panhandling
  • Camping
  • Cooking grills or open fires
  • Feeding the geese or other wildlife
  • Drones
  • Illegal drug use
  • Illegal weapons
  • Alcohol (except that purchased on site at the event)
  • Glass containers
  • Pets (prohibited for the safety of Festival-goers)
  • Skateboards
  • Large shade structures including tents and umbrellas (both for patio and chair)
  • Staking of any type
  • Coolers
  • Bicycles (to be parked in designated areas)

Rain Policy

Festival Latino is a rain or shine event. There is no rain location.


Paid parking for the public and handicapped is available at COSI (333 W. Broad St.), the Columbus Commons garage (55 E. Rich St.), and nearby surface lots.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle racks will be located at each Festival entrance.

All acts and scheduled performance times are subject to change without notice.




Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Genoa Park (303 W. broad St – riverfront behind COSI)

Celebrate family and community with two days of children’s activities, music, food, and dance from the heart of Latin America. Saturday night headliners will be Charlie Cruz (Salsa) and Bachata Heightz (Bachata). Sunday night headliners will be Tito Nieves (Salsa) and Toño Rosario (Merengue). Admission is FREE. www.FestivalLatino.net

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.

Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus College of Art & Design Announce Winner of Columbus Comics Residency

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) are pleased to announce Laura Park as the winner of the annual Columbus Comics Residency. Each year, a committee of local comic critics, curators, and creators seek graphic artists from outside Columbus who demonstrate an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. The three-week residency, formerly called the Graphic Novelist Residency, is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit their work at CMA.

Laura Park is a Chicago- and Paris-based artist whose work has appeared in The Believer, Best American Comics, and the renowned Fantagraphics anthology series MOME. She also illustrated the I, FUNNY series of books for young readers and contributed storyboards and character designs to the Cartoon Network series Over the Garden Wall. Currently she is working on a collection of her comics with publisher Drawn and Quarterly.

Park’s residency includes collaborations with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), CMA, and CCAD. Park will serve as Special Guest of CXC, which will be held September 28 to October 1, 2017. CXC is a multi-faceted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus, and cartoonists worldwide. An exhibition of her work will be on view September 28, 2017 through February 11, 2018 at CMA, where she will also participate in a live, public interview. In addition, Park will stay in the visiting artist residence on the CCAD campus from September 23 through October 14, 2017. During her stay, Park will be interacting with students at CCAD, which is launching a new Comics & Narrative Practice program this fall.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the William C. and Naoma W. Denison, Frederic W. and Elizabeth E. Heimberger, Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Art, and Bette Wallach funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and until 9:00 PM every Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays, thanks to PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive, made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit columbusmuseum.org

About Columbus College of Art & Design: Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel Opening August 2

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 1, 2017— Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, a place to see and be seen, opened August 2. This hotel will offer distinctive service for guests, filled with local flavor.

“We want Toledo to enjoy the entire culture that we have worked so hard to create for them, said Jeffrey Hassan, General Manager. “The restaurants and hotel are just as much for the local community as they are for travelers.”

The hotel is owned by First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG), a nationally recognized hotel management company based in Chicago. The interior design is inspired by the city, including references to Jeep, the glass culture and M*A*S*H. Additionally, the Renaissance offers 12-stories comprising 241 guest rooms, destination restaurants, Brim House, on the first floor with classic American cuisine and an open kitchen, and The Heights, a rooftop bar offering sweeping views of the Maumee River. The signature “R” Club Lounge resides on the second floor, as well as 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space that includes three boardrooms, five breakout rooms and a divisible 10,800 sq. ft. Mosaic Ballroom.

“We are so excited to be opening this week, and cannot wait to charm Toledo, as well as guests traveling to town from all over,” said Haley Gronemeier, Director of Sales and Marketing. “This hotel is filled with personality, and will be such a unique asset to the city.”

Brim House, an eatery offering classic American cuisine consisting of grilled and roasted meats, fresh fish, small plates and hearty salads with modern twists, will be opening with the hotel on August 2, followed by rooftop bar, The Heights. These destination restaurants are brought to Toledo via a partnership between nationally acclaimed restaurant group, Concentrics Restaurants and FHG. Both will be located in the new Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel (444 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43604).

“The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel is a very exciting property that truly reflects and embodies the local community and we look forward to welcoming our guests,” said FHG President and CEO Robert Habeeb. “Between the stunning rooftop bar and destination restaurants, we are confident this hotel will be a huge hit with guests and the community alike.”

Guests can book rooms at the hotel beginning on August 2 by visiting http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tolgp-renaissance-toledo-downtown-hotel/, or by calling 419-244-4444.

About First Hospitality Group, Inc.

First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG) was recognized as #1 in Travel in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2017 and received a #19 ranking out of 250. For more information about FHG, visit www.fhginc.com or follow them on Facebook at @FHGinc and Twitter at @FHGroup_Inc.

First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG) is a leading hotel management, acquisition and development company with more than 30 years of award-winning experience. FHG’s unique people-driven professional culture fosters a team of highly skilled and motivated hospitality experts who consistently deliver outstanding property level performance, as well as memorable and engaging guest experiences. Headquartered in Chicago, FHG’s portfolio features 19 brands and 46 properties throughout the Midwest. Having been recognized in 2016 as #1 in Travel in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016, #28 overall, and #3 amongst all of America’s best travel companies, FHG moved up to a #19 ranking out of the 250 best midsize employers in the country in 2017 and #1 in the Travel category for the second year in a row. FHG is one of only 25 companies to ever place on the Forbes list two consecutive years. For more information, visit www.fhginc.com.

Renaissance Hotels

At Renaissance Hotels, It’s Business Unusual. Each of our 170 hotels, located in nearly 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests, who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting and sharable moments. We offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we strive to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. For upcoming events visit www.renhotels.com/events.


By John Francis


Posted on July 31, 2017 in Culture

In 1964, the St. Louis Symphony had 18 women out of 88 musicians, but by 2016, more than half were women. It was also like that with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which went from three women out of 104 in 1964 to 41 out of 102 in 2016, as well as the New York Philharmonic, which went from no women to 41 out of 100. Now, more than 50 percent of the positions in the top 250 U.S. orchestras are filled by women.

There is no more important person in a symphony orchestra than the conductor, the heart and leader of the orchestra. The conductor shapes the music, leads the orchestra, and interprets the musical work in new and enlightening ways.

But even with half of all orchestras consisting of women, there are still precious few women conducting those orchestras. A 2014 survey found that out of 150 top conductors in the world, only five were women. Of the 61 full-member orchestras in the Association of British Orchestras, with 100 positions for conductors, women held only four of those positions.

So what gives? Why are there so few women on the conductor’s podium? Sexism? Misogyny? Gender Inequality? Prejudice? Tradition?

In 2013, just before Marin Alsop was about to take the podium as the first woman in its 118-year history to conduct the “Last Night of the Proms,” the biggest night in Britain’s classical music calendar, Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko told an interviewer that musicians react better to a man conducting them than a woman and that “a cute girl on a podium means that musicians think about other things.”

So prejudice, if not outright misogyny, still exists in this realm, with a little of all of the above.

Alsop, who is currently the Music Director at both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and one of the leading women conductors in the world, has another take on it, “if a woman makes a gesture, it is interpreted in a totally different way from a man making the same gesture.”

“I don’t know that I could call it overt prejudice, but I interpret it as a societal lack of comfort. It’s not what people are used to, and therefore we don’t gravitate towards it,” she told a BBC interviewer. “Listen, I have to admit, when I see women fly planes, even I hesitate because it’s not what I’m used to! We are inordinately proud of the equality we think we’ve achieved. And then you look around the world and realize that women really don’t have the kind of equality we might reasonably hope for in this day and age.”

Alsop also says that projecting power and confidence, which is essential for a conductor, may be more difficult with women.

“Confidence is an issue for all young people today, but I do find that the challenges for women seem to be projecting strength unapologetically,” she told The Guardian newspaper in 2017. “Society interprets women’s gestures very differently, so that if women are exuding an aura of extreme confidence that can be deemed off-putting, whereas it’s desirous for men. It’s more about power, taking it and feeling entitled to take it. Those are the things I’m trying to address.”

And the tide seems to be turning. Alsop launched a successful fellowship for women conductors and Morley College in London has established a women-only course for aspiring conductors, for example.

Elim Chan became the first woman to win the Donatella Flick conducting competition in 2014. In 2015, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales appointed Xian Zhang as its principal guest conductor. In 2010, Nazanin Aghakhani became the first female orchestra conductor in Iran, conducting the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. And in 2016, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra appointed their new musical director: Mirga Gražinytë-Tyla, a 29-year-old Lithuanian woman.

And recently, Susanna Malkki was appointed as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, only the third person in the Philharmonic to have held the post, after Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas.

But there still remains a lot of work ahead for women conductors to get to the level of the women in the orchestras they are conducting.

“I hope that today’s generation of young girls will never consider not doing something because they’re a woman. Maybe it won’t even be on their agenda. I hope so,” says Alsop, telling the BBC, “Maybe one day we won’t even think of a composer named Anna Clyne as a ‘female composer,’ or a conductor named Marin Alsop as a ‘female conductor,’ I venture. I do dream of that day. And maybe it will come. We’ll see. I won’t hold my breath.”

Despacito is top video

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Also on Track to Become First Video to Surpass 3 Billion Views on YouTube

Luis Fonsi’s music video for “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee has broke the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, a record previously held by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth after overtaking five-year record holder “Gangnam Style” by Psy. On Friday, Aug. 4 the official music video for “Despacito” hit 2,993,786,682 views and surpassed “See You Again” (which was at 2,993,651,270) to become the most viewed video of all time. The video is also on track to soon become the first video of all time to surpass 3 billion views on YouTube.

It took just 203 days for the official music video for “Despacito” to become the most viewed video in YouTube history (these numbers do not include the also popular video featuring Justin Bieber which has more than 464m views).

The official Despacito video has racked up a number of additional impressive records including:

● The video is the most liked video in YouTube history.

● The video reached the 2 billion and 2.5 billion views milestone faster than any video in YouTube history.

● The video is the most viewed music video of 2017 in over 40 countries.

● The video has averaged 14.5 million daily views, reaching as high as 25 million views in a single day.

● The video has been viewed over 1 million times in over 100 countries (see heat map), racking up massive views in countries as diverse as as Mexico (385 million), Brazil (224 million), United States (191 million), Italy (146 million), France (85 million), Indonesia (41 million), United Kingdom (38 million), India (33 million), Israel (18 million) and Egypt (10 million)

(click here for the interactive version of the Top 20 videos on YouTube by cumulative views)

“Breaking the record for most viewed video of all time on YouTube is truly incredible, not only for me but for Latin music and our culture. Working with a platform like YouTube has allowed our song to reach audiences all over the world, something that just a decade ago was nearly impossible. Having their support has been instrumental in the global success of Despacito, no doubt about it. Everything that has happened in the last six months has exceeded all my expectations, and I’m just grateful that people have enjoyed it so much and continue to sing it, dance it and share it.” – Luis Fonsi

“YouTube’s platform has been key to the success of ‘Despacito.’ The music industry has changed, the rules of music have changed and I fully recognize YouTube’s role and the power of its platform. Breaking a record is overwhelming and I’m happy to keep inspiring others to do the same.” – Daddy Yankee

Latin Music has seen an explosive growth worldwide on YouTube, with Latin acts accounting for over one-third of YouTube’s top 100 most viewed artists of 2017 thus far. This includes artists like Nicky Jam, Maluma, J Balvin and Ozuna who have all crossed the 1 billion views mark this year.

Around the world, monthly view counts for top Latin acts have skyrocketed since this time last year, growing 940% in Indonesia, 352% in Egypt, 260% in Israel, 195% in Australia, 185% in France, 178% in the U.K. and 110% in Canada.

U.S fans can catch Luis Fonsi on tour this September, kicking off in Las Vegas on Sept. 8 and followed by shows throughout the country in cities such as LA, New York City, Atlanta and more. Fans can find the full tour schedule on Fonsi’s Facebook page.

Aug. 12 Lou Harrison Music Marathon by The Toledo Museum of Art $5 – $25

“You either love Lou’s music or you haven’t heard it yet.” – Mark Morris, choreographer of a number of Harrison scores

The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Symphony, in collaboration with Bowling Green State University, present the music of Lou Harrison to celebrate his centenary year.

The Peristyle concert at 7:30 p.m. features Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion performing a short piece and two concertos: The Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra featuring Grammy Award-winning soloist Paul Jacobs and the Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra with soloist Todd Reynolds.

Two chamber music concerts organized by and featuring Merwin Siu of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, a documentary about Harrison by filmmaker Eva Soltes, and a Gamelan demonstration by Kurt Doles of Bowling Green State University.

All-Festival passes offer a discount for those who plan to attend all the day’s events.


1. Chamber Concert #1, 12-12:45 p.m., GlasSalon

Ariadne (1987, 10 minutes)

Grand Duo (1988, 30 minutes)

BREAK (lunch not included), 12:45-1:30 p.m.

2. Chamber Concert #2, 1:30-2:15 p.m., GlasSalon

Suite for Cello and Harp (1949, 12 minutes)

String Quartet Set (1979, 27 minutes)

Varied Trio (1986, 20 minutes)

3. Lou Harrison: A World of Music, a film by Eva Soltes,

2:30-4 p.m., Little Theater (FREE)

4. Gamelan Demonstration with Kurt Doles, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Peristyle Lobby (FREE)

BREAK (dinner not included), 5:15-6:30 p.m.

5. Pre-concert talk, 6:30-7 p.m., Peristyle

6. Concert with Third Coast Percussion, Paul Jacobs and Todd Reynolds, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Peristyle

Song of Quetzalcoatl, Third Coast Percussion

Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, Todd Reynolds, soloist


Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra, Paul Jacobs, soloist

7. Meet the Artists reception, 9:00-10 p.m., Peristyle Lobby (FREE)


Documentary Looks at Immigrant Experience in Columbus

WOSU Public Media received an Emmy® Award Saturday evening from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The chapter presents the prestigious Emmy Awards to television professionals in thirteen markets from four states.

At the 53rd Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans won for Documentary – Cultural / Topical. The hour-long documentary looks at how the immigrant experience not only defined the character of Columbus during its foundation and early growth, but how immigrants now are adding to our culture, supporting our economy and reshaping the American dream. Watch the entire documentary here:

Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans Full Documentary

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WOSU Public Media Emmy® award recipients pictured (left to right): Ben Bays, TV Producer/Editor; Mary Rathke, Senior TV Producer; Diana Bergemann, TV Producer/Editor; Andrew Ina, Videographer; and Shawn Likley, TV Producer/Editor

Columbus Neighborhoods: New Americans was the twelfth and final television documentary to air as part of WOSU Public Media’s Columbus Neighborhoods, a project originally developed to celebrate the city’s bicentennial with a focus on the rich cultural past of Columbus’ historic neighborhoods. The series was honored with the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artistic Excellence Award and many other Emmy Awards.

Major project support for Columbus Neighborhoods was provided by State Auto Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, and the AEP Foundation.

WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services. To learn more, please visit wosu.org.

Ohio’s Outdoor Recreation Survey Results Available

Earlier this year, Ohio residents were asked to share their experiences and opinions regarding their favorite outdoor recreation activities on public lands, such as local and state parks, nature preserves, wildlife and forestry areas and federal lands. They were also asked specifically about their level of participation and any new or expanded facilities they would like to see in Ohio.

Feedback from the public survey helps park districts, local communities and nature preserve, wildlife and forestry managers understand outdoor recreation trends in Ohio and set priorities for funding and improvements.

Ohio University’s (OU) Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs final report for the 2018 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) public survey is now available at parks.ohiodnr.gov/research. OU analyzed 5,059 completed surveys from respondents from all of Ohio’s 88 counties. The report provides some interesting insight into the desires of Ohioan’s recreationalists, such as the facilities that respondents want more of and the top five outdoor recreational pursuits. The survey and the SCORP are funded with assistance from the National Park Service, and the full SCORP report will be available in 2018.

Survey results include:

  • Eighty-two percent of survey respondents stated that recreational facilities are very important to the enjoyment of outdoor activities in Ohio.
  • The main reasons for engaging in outdoor recreation on public lands is for fun and entertainment; sharing time with family and friends and experiencing nature; quiet time and serenity.
  • Ohioans participating in wildlife activities favored wildlife viewing; nature photography and bird watching; with 47 percent stating they did so to experience nature, quiet time and serenity.
  • Camping responses indicated tent and pop-up campers were more popular than other types of camping vehicles with more than 46 percent responding they enjoyed camping to share time with family and friends.
  • All forms of trail activities received high responses, with nearly 51 percent of respondents stating they participated for health, wellness and fitness. The top trail-related activities are walking and hiking on various trail surfaces (natural, stone and paved).
  • Canoeing and kayaking are the most frequent boating activities.
  • Ohioans prioritized which outdoor recreation facilities they would like to have more of in Ohio. The top ranked facilities focused on trails (natural surface, paved and water); wildlife viewing and birding areas; and undeveloped campgrounds.

The survey results will be included in the five-year SCORP, which provides information on recreation trends. The SCORP informs the grant application scoring process among worthy projects proposed by public outdoor recreation providers, such as park districts, cities, counties, villages and townships around the state.

More information on the survey and the 2018 SCORP project is available at parks.ohiodnr.gov/research.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.


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