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Gaffigan to debut new stand-up special online

Jim Gaffigan has announced he will debut his new stand-up special “Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe” on his web site,, in April.

The special will be available for download for $5, and a dollar from each download will go to to The Bob Woodruff Foundation; a charity dedicated to serving injured veterans and their families.

Gaffigan is following the model of fellow comedian Louis CK, who earned over $1 million in the first 11 days after its release in December.

“I am confident that the low price of my new comedy special and the fact that 20% of each $5 download will be donated to this very noble cause will prevent people from stealing it,” Gaffigan said in his announcement. “Maybe I’m being naive, but I trust you guys. Besides who would want the karma of stealing money from wounded Veterans? Come on you guys. How dare you even think about it?

It’s a fascinating move. Hopefully more musicians/comedians will follow suit.

Gaffigan will be at Playhouse Square in Cleveland May 12. You can buy tickets here.

MANDISA ON HER WAY TO WESTERVILLE – Mandisa and Laura Story will take their Girls Night Out tour to Grace Polaris Church in Westerville 6:30 p.m. April 22. You can buy tickets here.

EX-IDOL TO SING AT FINDLAY – As part of the Music Bach’s Series at The University of Findlay, singer-songwriter and guitarist Caleb Hawley will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU). There is no cost to attend, and tickets are not required.

The audience is encouraged to bring lunch or purchase lunch from The Cave inside the AMU. Concert-goers may come and go during the show as schedules permit.

Hawley, from New York City, recently released a CD, “Steps,” that has drawn fans of pop, jazz and modern folk music. He also earned fans after appearing on Season 10 of American Idol.

COMING TO COLUMBUS – Sleeping at Last will be in concert May 20 at Newport Music Hall with Christina Perri.

You can buy tickets here.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column. Photo from Gaffigan’s web site).


Living Christmas Trees presented at Grace Polaris Church

Living Christmas Trees 2011
December 3,4, 9–11, 16–18
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m.

Cody’s been asked to bring cookies to his second-grade holiday party to celebrate winter, and he’s left wondering who took the CHRISTMAS out of Christmas! Later that night he has a bad dream that Christmas might go away forever. Under the cloud of this being his last Christmas, Cody travels back to witness the first Christmas first hand.

Though it was all just a dream, Cody realizes that Christmas isn’t just here to stay…it’s for yesterday, today, and forever! Join us as we celebrate CHRISTMAS at Grace in our 25th Anniversary season. We’re making exciting plans including new music and a new script for 2011, a live outdoor Nativity, camel rides, an indoor winter wonderland, festival of Christmas trees, and more!

Whether it’s your first time with us or your 25th, we invite you to see Christmas through the eyes of a child and remember your first encounter with the story that changed everything forever! Bring all the children in your life (recommended for ages five and up), and join us for this family-friendly celebration!

Tickets/Photos/Music Samples, & More:;
Grace Bookstore/Café
(8225 Worthington-Galena Road, Westerville, OH 43081)

A couple of professional changes

Change can be an exciting thing.

I wanted to share I have accepted a full-time offer to become a Business Development Executive with Cybervation in Worthington to market their new NeedNexus membership product.

The site links Central Ohio service providers with those with job needs in the area. It’s a great way of putting more people to work, which is never a bad thing.

My duties there will include marketing and social media work for the company.

You find out more about NeedNexus by visiting its web site.

I would be honored if you would connect with the company at our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn sites.

I’ll also be blogging for the business at

In addition to my work with NeedNexus, I’m also working with The Ohio Insurance Institute on a consultant basis.

The organization offers support to auto, home and business providers.

My duties there include compiling the organization’s daily news briefs and social media help.

You can connect with the Ohio Insurance Institute on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m also working with The Frontier at Grace, View From The Pugh and Daily Referral Central Ohio and you can also connect with me through my personal blog.

With my added responsibilities, I have ended my consultant work as a supervisor with The Affinion Group in Westerville.

It truly is a bittersweet day for me.

The company really stepped up during a difficult time for me and shared a lot of kindness and patience with me over the past eight months.

I highly recommend the company for professionals going through transition or who want to try a new field.

I also want to thank Denise Clark, Dan Toland, Dan Farkas, Mackenzie Betts, Joe Franz, Erika Pryor, John Reed, Rick Starr and Grace Polaris Church, namely Pastor Beau Stanley, Bill Palmateer and John Noose for the professional confidence they have shown in me. It’s encouraged me to give back to those in professional need.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for me over the past year.

I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’ve been blessed from above to walk this journey with some incredible people.