1) ALISON ROSE
The latest piece by our Art + Design Team touts the new very limited edition Gia-CONE-metti J-Bar. The delicious sculpture on a stick is inspired by the Wexner Center for the Arts’ upcoming landmark 25th anniversary exhibition (Sept. 21 to Dec. 31 in Columbus) and one of the featured artists, Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Many thanks to Colorado native/Columbus resident Alison Nocera and her husband Nicholas Nocera, who beautifully screen-printed the poster in their Clintonville shop, Alison Rose.
Lay your eyes on the poster exclusively at the Short North scoop shop, and make sure to get your hands on a Gia-CONE-metti J-Bar before they’re gone. The bars are available while the tiny cache lasts only at the Short North and the Wexner Center Store, one of the Midwest’s must-shop spots. (P.S. All proceeds from the special J-Bar sales will be donated to the Wex.)
2) DAVID BOWIE IS
It’s the first international retrospective of the career of David Bowie. It includes more than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive (handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades). It’s David Bowie Is, an exhibition we’ll definitely hit sometime between opening day Tuesday and January 4, 2015.
And if you’re in Chicago on Tuesday, make sure to blast some Thin White Duke to the max, because Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has officially proclaimed Tuesday, September 23, 2015 David Bowie Day. We suggest Bowie’s best ’80s number:
3) THIS SKUNK
No matter what awfulness transpires in the NFL, no matter what horrendous thing goes down in the Middle East, we’ll always have just-the-facts-ma’am news local bits to comfort us and bring us joy. A choice snippet from a recent Associated Press dandy starring a drunk-as-a-skunk, uh, skunk:
“Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk’s predicament on Sunday. Police found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs.”
Miami University party people, here’s your No. 1 Halloween 2014 costume:
The can, by the way, was successfully removed and the skunk lived happily ever after. We hope he’s using the story and photo as proof that he has what it takes to rush Delta Chi this fall.
4) BRANDON BIRD PAINTINGS
We love the trippy pop culture mash-ups, but the L.A. painter’s blend of the sublime and mundane really hits the sweet spot for us. Check out Prelude to the Magic Hour:
5) EMMA ROWENA GATEWOOD
A Mighty Girl, the one-stop resource self-described as “the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls,” recently put the spotlight trailblazing southern Ohio native Emma Rowena Gatewood.
We’ll let A Mighty Girl take it from here:
“In 1955, at the age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire 2,168 mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail—wearing sneakers and carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a shower curtain, and a change of clothes in a homemade bag which she slung over one shoulder. For food, she foraged for wild plants, as well as carried dried meat, cheese, nuts, and dried fruit. The mother of 11 and grandmother of 23, Gatewood—who was known as Grandma Gatewood—is now considered a pioneer of ultra-light hiking and one of the first high-profile ambassadors of the Appalachian Trail.
“When asked why she decided to hike the trail, which she learned about from a National Geographic article, Gatewood said, ‘I thought it would be a nice lark . . . It wasn’t.’ She later added, ‘For some fool reason, they always lead you right up over the biggest rock to the top of the biggest mountain they can find.’
“Even with its challenges, Gatewood clearly caught the hiking bug. She hiked the entire trail again in 1960 and then hiked it again in sections in 1963 at the age of 75—making her the first person to hike the Appalachian Trail three times. She also hiked 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon, averaging 22 miles (35 km) a day.
“Gatewood’s feats made her a hiking celebrity and were instrumental in raising public awareness of what was at the time a relatively unknown trail. As for her advice for others who want to follow in her footsteps, Gatewood recommended: ‘Make a rain cape, and an over the shoulder sling bag, and buy a sturdy pair of Keds tennis shoes. Stop at local groceries and pick up Vienna sausages . . . most everything else to eat you can find beside the trail.’ ”
For more about the Keds-wearing hiker, check out Ben Montgomery’s Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.
And when in south-central Ohio, please do pay homage in Hocking Hills State Park, where you can hike the six-mile Grandma Gatewood Trail.