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by Hannah McCartney 05.31.2013
Posted In: Humor, Culture, Life at 11:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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The Answers Issue: Asking You to Ask Us

Soliciting questions about anything and everything Cincinnati

You might have heard about CityBeat's first Answers Issue, but in case you haven't, here's a quick and dirty rundown: You submit us questions about life in the Queen City you want answered, but can't solve with the help of Wikipedia, Siri or your mom. That means anything on city politics, arts and culture, food, sports, neighborhoods, dog-friendly restaurants, Clifton's suspicious monopoly on Indian cuisine, why McMicken Avenue is consistently scary at all hours of the day, why Cincinnati doesn't have its own font, or if any episodes of The Wire cross-reference any IRL events in Cincinnati.

Then we'll do some sleuthing, drink some Redbull, make some calls, read some files, spend a few hours on Google, hit up the library, talk to some fortune-tellers — whatever we can to get your questions answered.

You submit your question (check out the Answers Issue page here), and our dutiful reporting team will pick the ones we like best, divide them up and bring you back the answers in an issue sourced directly from you guys. Don't worry, we can see your names when you submit, but otherwise, your questions will be anonymous.

Here's a taste of what we've gotten so far:

Q: What would win in a fight, an Over-the-Rhine rat, or a Fountain Square pigeon? Each would be able to choose one non-projectile weapon of its choice.

Q: Where can you find poutine on a menu in Cincy?

Q: What would be the economic and environmental effects of making hunting illegal in the Greater Cincinnati region?

Q: Why is it that Madison Road through O'Bryonville can get backed up to DeSales Corner on some days during rush hour, but be completely open on others?

Q: Is it safe to jump in the Genius of Water Fountain?

Q: Why isn't Hudephol brewed in Cincinnati?

Some, clearly, are taking it more seriously than others, but that's okay. Be real, we all need to know who'd win that fight (Disclaimer: No animals will be injured in the making of The Answers Issue).

We could use a lot more questions, you inquiring minds. Here's the question submissions form.


 
 
by Jac Kern 05.31.2013
Posted In: Events, Fun, TV/Celebrity, Arts, Culture at 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 5/31-6/2

Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50 tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three drink tickets. It’s sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door.

Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party runs 6 p.m.-midnight.

The Fringe Festival continues this weekend (through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here for performance reviews, a complete festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on!

The 46th annual Summerfair takes over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery, textiles, jewelry and much more.

Are you a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts. Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally, happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all the three-day events. Go here for more info.

For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks full calendar.

 
 
by Holly Rouse 05.30.2013
Posted In: Fashion at 10:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Oh Golly, Holly: Secrets of a Stylist

Getting personal with personal shopping

One of our summer interns, Holly, is a stylist and buyer at Clothes Mentor in West Chester who writes about style, DIY and other stories and people that inspire her. Check out her blog, Oh Golly, Holly, to read more.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times: Knowing your personal style is so much more important than following fashion trends. I don’t really care much for fashion. I’m definitely not a slave to it — unlike so many people in the retail world. To me, there’s a huge difference between fashion and style; style is so different from person to person. It really has a personality to it, which I love. That’s why I was so excited when my store decided to start its own personal shopping program. And even more excited when I was chosen to be the personal shopper. I already did a lot of styling for the store mannequins, so I was eager to try my hand in styling real women.

I get asked by friends, coworkers and customers to go pick out outfits for them, but I always end up forcing them to come brave the shopping racks with me so that we can work together in finding something that they really love. That’s what’s so great about style: it’s a form of self expression. Even if you’re not an artsy type or into things like Pinterest or DIYs and don’t have an artistic bone in your whole body, you can still express yourself through your style choices. I think that’s why I’m so into the idea of personal shopping at the resale shop I work for: there are so many different types of clothing and so many different brands there — you can really mix and match what you pick out to find something that’s really “you.” It’s made me into a shopping addict for sure…even more so than I already was. Which my wallet isn’t happy about. But whatever.

Even though I’ve been so excited to have a new outlet for my styling addiction, personal shopping for other women makes me nervous — a good kind of nervous, but nervous all the same. Especially since I take style so seriously for myself. I’m not very good at drawing or painting, but I can put an outfit together that I really love and feel proud of. I want to help other women do that, too! I’ve given a lot of thought to all of this lately (obviously), and I think my biggest goal for this new venture is to help other ladies feel happy in their clothes — regardless of their shape, size or style preferences. So many women come into the store and are so unhappy with their size that they can’t even see how many awesome options are out there for them. I hope to change that. Yeah, there are probably more important and respectable ways to alter someone’s self esteem, but you have to start somewhere, right?

And maybe starting with style is a perfect step toward self-love. I know it won’t change the world, but it might change what a brand new mom sees when she looks in the mirror or help a lady have an awesome interview because she feels good about the first impression her outfit will make. Sure, an outfit is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to feeling good about yourself, but if I can help spread a little bit of happiness or offer an ounce of excitement, that’s more than good enough for me!

How do your style choices make you feel? Are you a slave to fashion trends or do you march to the beat of your own stylish drum? How would you define your style? Do you have any questions about styling or need help putting an outfit together? Let me know your thoughts with a comment below!

 
 
by Jac Kern 05.29.2013
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, Humor at 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The new season of Arrested Development has been bestowed upon us, premiering seven years after the last episode has aired, on a platform that hadn’t even been invented when the series first debuted. For those (commies) who haven’t watched yet or somehow were able to resist the urge to watch all 15 episodes during the holiday weekend, I’ll keep details to a minimum. They’re far funnier when played out onscreen, anyway. I will say that at least one scene was filmed recently enough to include a reference to that crazy sorority girl email. That was like last month!

All in all, I was really happy with the new season. There were some low points, for sure, but the format of each episode focusing on one character, to create a series of overlapping and intertwining story lines, was hilarious and perfect for both Netflix and the show. It’s so hard for a project like this to live up to everyone’s expectations and I think AD deftly avoided taking itself too seriously or trying to make this fourth season something greater than it really is. Best of all, it’s at least as re-watchable as the other seasons, and I look forward to catching more Easter eggs and puns with repeated plays.

But we do have something serious to discuss. We need to talk about Portia de Rossi’s face. BuzzFeed agrees.

In Arrested Development, Portia plays a self-centered, materialistic wasp, but in real life (because I totally know PDR IRL), I imagine her to be a much more down-to-earth, naturally elegant beauty. In fact, in a recent interview with Los Angeles Confidential, Portia talks about being 40, how she’s proud of her age and being uninterested in clinging to her 20s. She’s also on the cover of Out Magazine’s May issue, sporting a short, Twiggy-inspired look (hopefully Ellen and Portia will continue to just fuse into identical pixie-haired, blonde lesbian goddesses and take over the world). Here, she certainly looks different from her early Lindsay Bluth days, but between adding a few years, an edgy haircut, makeup and Photoshop photography magic, I didn’t think she’d done anything to her pretty little face. I didn’t think Ellen would allow it! And then came the Lindsay episode of Arrested Development.