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Cincinnati Film Festival Seeks the Brave and the Beautiful

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Now in its third year, the Cincinnati Film Festival is committed to helping filmmakers project their visions, as more than 80 works of various lengths and styles will grace venues in Clifton, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept. 6-14.  

Talking to Strangers

Ted Clark's live talk show is a subversion and celebration of the art form

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Talk shows used to be about talk. Conversation was cultivated, not cut off. Ted Clark is here to reverse that trend with Ted Clark After Dark, a local talk show that could — and often does — go anywhere at any time.  

The Queen of Versailles

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Lauren Greenfield’s documentary tracks the construction of the biggest private residence in America, billionaire David Siegel’s 90,000-square-foot behemoth inspired by the Palace of Versailles. The Queen of Versailles is an intimate, often engrossing tale that just happens to be an apt metaphor for a worldwide realignment.  

The Campaign

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount, would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.   

Sports: Western & Southern Open

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
One of the oldest — and now biggest — tournaments in tennis opens Saturday (through Aug. 19), with most of the best players in the world competing for more than $5 million in prize money. Long kno  

A Lull

Aug. 2 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When I told a friend via cell phone that a band called A Lull was about to take the stage at the recently completed Pitchfork Music Festival his response was, “A what?” Possibly uninspired moniker aside, Chicago’s A Lull went on to deliver a dynamic, percussively driven set that drew heavily from the band’s 2011 full-length, Confetti, and this year’s EP, Meat Mountain.

Lit: Alex Kava

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Alex Kava’s road to best-selling mystery novelist was an unconventional one. A native of tiny Silver Creek, Neb., Kava studied art and English in college before entering a successful career in marke  


July 29 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
Exitmusic’s recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, in which artists literally perform live amid desks in the media outlet’s office, was anything but tiny. The New York City-based quartet, led by husband-and-wife duo Devon Church and Aleska Palladino, played four songs from the band’s recently released full-length debut, Passage (on Secretly Canadian), all of which were delivered with a majestic sweep — both sonically and emotionally — that belied the modest surroundings that housed them.   


June 24 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A recent study revealed that Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer was the most blogged-about artist of 2010. Now comes Yeasayer's Fragrant World, which Secretly Canadian will release Aug. 21. The first single, “Henrietta,” finds the band tweaking its approach yet again — the song opens as a frothy, tightly constructed dance track before, halfway through, morphing into a dreamily atmospheric mood piece that lifts the listener into the clouds.   

Pop Art

Despite success, Santigold remains a restless artist determined to keep pushing limits

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It’s been four years since Santi White (aka Santigold) dropped her stellar, genre-juggling debut. Some might think that is a long layoff between albums, especially in a fickle contemporary cultural landscape that moves quickly and without concern for those who don’t try to keep up.