Joshua Darien: Urban Legends Through History, Culture, & Diversity


“I think it’s a mix of the good and bad. There’s some stories that need to be highlighted because they’re so good, there’s some stories that need to be highlighted because they’re so bad…” Joshua Darien, an Auburn-born digital creator, is shining a light on forgotten tales from the southeast. Back in June of 2022, he took to social media to unbury urban legends that’d fallen to the wayside. He...

Open Mics Crucial for Creatives


Let’s talk about our local performers. On Feb. 9, we held our third open mic at Giovanna’s in Phenix City, AL. Emphasis on “open” – we jump from comedy, to rap, to poetry in the span of an hour-and-a-half. Some comedians new, some with years-worth of performances under their belt. A rap artist of over a decade, to a poet who’d never spoken to an audience. Most...

Columbus Souls: Artist Jarrod Turner


I’ve always had the desire to create. I have a passion for music and did the band thing for years. I’ve taken a break from that and started focusing on this new thing (visual art), after returning from a trip to Howard Finster Paradise Garden (in Summerville, Georgia). Howard’s art was all I could think about. I even dreamed about it. The following day I painted a snake on a...

Lylie Mae Makes Bubble Bath Music


Lylie Mae sitting for Electric City Life Live Lylie Mae began her musical journey by working at The Loft for over eight years, moving from host to server to bartender to sound engineer to headliner. “That’s my little home, my little family, whenever I go there, that’s where I laid my roots down,” shares LM, “At one point, I quit and moved for several months to Fiji. When I came back I’d lost...

Heritage Park Being Saved By The Historic Columbus Foundation


Heritage Park in the Columbus Historic District has been in disrepair for years.  The Historic Columbus Foundation built the one acre park in the early 1990s and donated it to the city. “The park had major water features that did not work and caused repairs to skyrocket,” said Justin Krieg, director of Planning and Programs for Historic Columbus Foundation to Chuck Williams at WRBL.  Now...

Some of Us Aren’t Coming Home


“This Is Not What You Wanted” by Alyssa Monks Some of us aren’t coming home. We didn’t go off to war- but we had to sit with ourselves, we couldn’t run from it or the family trauma, it is on us to deal with it. It is OUR TIME, We are cycle changers. No amount of career “success” will suffice. For some of us, it’s too much… A drink, a puff, a pill, a bump, a dose, a...

Columbus Souls: Wayne, Homeless Vet, Shares Inspiring Words Downtown


Wayne shares words from poet Amy Turn Sharp Wayne’s been homeless or “home free” for ten years in our downtown Columbus area, after being in the military for three years. He always loves sharing positive or inspiring messages to people struggling like he has in his life. Incredible & creative local eatery, Frank’s Alley on Broadway, often helps him spread the word on...

Columbus Souls


“My family was in the army for 20 years and retired here, I lived in Hawaii, Belgium, and Kentucky before this. People say there is nothing to do here but I love walking around downtown, and working at Freeze Frame can be fun. I’ve been studying Music Ed at Columbus State University, I’ve played the violin for 10 years, was a fiddle player only briefly in middle school when...

Kadie the Cow MOOOVES


Columbus’ favorite cow made her move to Uptown Columbus!

Kadie now lives on the river, in between the playground and zip line, across the street from Banks Food Hall on Bay Avenue.

A team is evaluating what cosmetic upgrades that she’ll need. Now, we just need to find her baby calf….