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Targeting Ohio's Reddest Counties

Obama campaign hopes to win the swing state by chipping away at Republican strongholds in Butler, Clermont and Warren counties

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
With just a few hours to go before last week’s final presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama’s supporters at Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill in West Chester were furiously busy. These Democratic volunteers, seated at tables and booths in a set-aside area with their cell phones out, were calling Butler County voters classified from previous research as “undecided” or “persuadable.” They were making calls as quickly and politely as possible before the debate began.   

Music: Maurice Mattei

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A trip to the mall usually results in a new pair of shoes or maybe an Orange Julius and a pretzel. For singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei, a stroll through the Kenwood Towne Centre resulted in his new album, Kenwood Towne Center. Mattei, The Tempers and Lovely Crash, play a CD release show for Mattei’s new album at The Comet.  

Music: Jonathan Richman

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Jonathan Richman’s career has proved so long-lasting -- more than 35 years now -- because he is seen as the eternally endearing manchild. At age 57, he still has the looks of a boy, an adorable waif maybe -- lean with dark hair and staring eyes, a knowing smile and an oddly punctuated, affectless speaking style that suggests a youngster proudly making declarations (“Yes, I can walk!”) to amused adults. Many of his fans see him as a lovable, high-energy Comedy Rock act with an attention-deficit disorder only relieved by dancing. Richman, the perpetually endearing manchild, performs his minimalist, almost-outsiderish Folk Rock at The Southgate House.  

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: The Best of Season 3 (Time Life)

1968, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It at first seems odd, now that the Smothers Brothers’ famous late-1960s CBS television series finally is being released on DVD, that it begins with the third season in 1968-1969.  

Events: Drive By Press

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The mobile printmaking studio known as Drive By Press will be parked at the plaza outside the student union at Northern Kentucky University to show the contemporary graphic art its creators have collected driving across the country. The collection was gathered during its 100,000-mile journey across the country and represents the hottest graphic art work being done from coast to coast. Fine-art T-shirts, derived from their woodcuts, will be on sale for around $20. The event lasts all day with a lecture by Drive By Press members at noon.  

Spiders Invade

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yes! That was my first response upon seeing Carlos Amorales' new show, Discarded Spider, at downtown's Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). This show works perfectly in the gallery spaces of the Zaha Hadid-designed building, whose many angles and openings have proved the master of too many prior CAC shows.  

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Review)

Vincent Bugliosi (Perseus Publishing)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Vincent Bugliosi's thesis is that President Bush should be tried for conspiracy to commit murder over his misstatements (lies, in Bugliosi's eyes) that created the pretext for the 2003 Iraq invasion.  

Art: Manifest Creative Research Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Manifest Creative Research Gallery: Where did Petra Kralickova find all that black sand in Ohio? That’s one of the questions you’ll ask about her mysterious and beautiful sculptural instal  

Toledo's Art Museum Is Among Ohio's Best

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
Toledo can be visited on a day trip, although you do have to save a good three or four hours to really see the museum's campus with its monumental, Ioniccolumned classical-style main building, additions and outdoor sculpture. Fridays are especially convenient for a visit, as the museum - which has free admission - is open 10 am.   

Andy Warhol Does Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This fall, Andy Warhol is continuing to make his ubiquitous pop-art presence felt in Ohio, some 21 years after his death.