PlayDate Columbus returns Aug. 21

August 13, 2009 

Randalette Phillips-Barnes was sure that there were people like her — a young professional who no longer wanted to go to bars to meet friends and have fun.

To her delight, 500 people came to the first PlayDate Columbus event on July 25 to play games, meet new people and just have fun.

Scheduling the second PlayDate was a no-brainer. She quickly booked the Doubletree Hotel.

“I just wanted to let you know that the next PlayDate Columbus is scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Doubletree Hotel and Houlihan’s Restaurant,” she said in an e-mail. “Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for advance ticket holders (I’m selling a limited amount of advanced tickets for $7 through EventBrite). For this event, I am also offering a ‘couples special’ for $18 (save $2 on two tickets), a ticket and a T-shirt combo for $20 (save $5) and of course, those that choose to pay at the door will pay the regular price of $10.”

With so many people who were standing in a line that stretched around the hotel, it may be wise to buy a ticket in advance.

Go to www.playdatecolumbus.com and see the pictures of the revelers at PlayDate Columbus’ debut event.

If you want more information, call Phillips-Barnes at 706-464-7310. Remember, this is a 21-year-old and older event.

That Roger is back

My friend Roger Nygard is a respected director and producer. He’s sought after by several cable and network sitcom programs to direct, rewrite scripts and edit shows.

Don’t know the name? He’s the guy who brought us “Trekkies” and “Trekkies 2.” Those are the documentaries that examined the “Star Trek” fans. He went to countless sci-fi conventions in the United States as well as internationally.

One night, I was flipping channels and came upon a show on HGTV called “What’s With That House.” And Roger was standing next to it. It was his house!

His latest film, “The Nature of Existence,” can be seen at 9 p.m. Aug. 29 as part of the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, in the Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway.

He interviewed religious scholars, physicists, artists, philosophers and spiritual visionaries for this film. Roger interviewed several local artists, including John Henry Toney and Butch Anthony of Seale and Ralph A. Frank of Columbus. He also interviewed Dan Rose, director of the Counseling Center at Columbus State University. I didn’t know that Dan was a Freudian psychologist until I read Roger’s list.

“It’s been my life work for the last five years,” Roger told me. He would take paying jobs and use the money to go on trips for a month or so to interview people.

Roger just wanted to know why we exist. “I started in the U.S., then went to Israel, Italy, China and India. A lot of time I had interviews lined up. The rest of the time, I just found people.”

Now that this film is in the can, he’s researching a new documentary — the nature of marriage.

“Why are there couples that stay together? There is traditional marriage, polygamy, gay marriage, arranged marriage. What is the right answer? Is there a right answer?

“I’m starting the research on that project.”

He said he started his documentary work with the “Star Trek” fans. Then he did “Six Days in Roswell” about UFO fanatics. Then he revisited “Trekkies 2” by traveling to “Star Trek” conventions overseas, which led to “The Nature of Existence.”

He calls “Trekkies 2” his dry run for this documentary.

I don’t know about Dan, but Roger says Butch will be at the screening and is bringing John Henry with him.

I guess I need to go, too.

Tickets are $8.

ContactSandra Okamotoat 706-571-8580 or sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com.

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