The Vikings were an interesting breed.
They were vicious, bloodthirsty warriors who glorified slaughter, brutal
killers who lived from one battle to another. But they also put a great
emphasis on death and the afterlife and looked forward to eternal
battles in Valhalla. This mixture of vicious power and fatalistic sorrow
can be heard in the music of local sextet Winterhymn.
Emptying change jars, digging through couch cushions, turning pockets inside out, shining a flashlight under the fridge hoping to retrieve a lost quarter from yesteryear — some bands will do anything to get into the recording studio. Rounding up some money to lay down a few tracks is a rite of passage nowadays. For Northern Kentucky’s Great Young Hunters, this wasn’t just a rite of passage; it was pretty much a monthly occurrence.
Cincinnati has a vast and flourishing Indie scene. However, in an omnipresent scene, all the heartfelt lyrics and well-written chord progressions in the world won’t get you very far. It requires bands to be more daring with their music, both lyrically and sonically. It requires a work ethic to which Northern Kentucky's Great Young Hunters (Nick Hill, David Coombs, Benjamin Sims and Brandon Lomax) subscribe.
For some people, Fido just isn't fun. And some don't think Boots the cat isn’t that cuddly. They prefer something a bit more exotic, preferably with more scales and legs-optional. Lucky for these cold-blooded collectors, the Cin City Reptile Show, Inc. is continuing its immensely successful reptile exhibition Sunday. The public will be able to view and buy snakes, lizards, amphibians, spiders and more.
America is a nation of change. Sometimes, we must be reminded of our heritage, especially when that heritage is still being formed. Appalachian coal mining is one of America's energy mainstays, but many Americans are blissfully unaware of its intricacies. This is exactly what the Beehive Design Collective is trying to reverse with their "True Cost of Coal" design campaign.
Mardi Gras and booze go together like beads and … you know. But Mardi Gras and food don't always have the same visceral connection in one's mind. Findlay Market is trying to change all that with their seventh annual Findlay Market Mardi Gras challenges this Sunday. Market merchants will be competing in several categories: best decorations, costumes, food and spirit.
Have you ever dreamt of being a part of "the family"? You know, a "family" that holds "functions" to "raise money" for certain, deserving "causes." OK, that's actually quite noble and maybe all the quotation marks weren't necessary — the mob mystique definitely sets the mood for the 216 Foundation's Sixth Annual Gangster Gala. The "event" will feature Blackjack tables, Roulette (probably not of the Russian variety), craps and Texas Hold 'em, all run by professional dealers.
Some things in life must be seen to be believed. If you ask me, a midget burlesque dancer would be near the top of that list. Fortunately for those with overactive imaginations, the Pretty Things Peepshow is back in town to help satisfy your curiosity. In addition to the aforementioned Lil' Miss Firefly, the Peepshow performers include Miss Heather Holiday, Go-go Amy and Donny Vomit, with local guest stars Drag Diva Shafreaka Jane and Cin City Burlesque.
Freaks, chic and some sweet beats — that's what The Voodoo Carnival: A Mardi Gras Masquerade is in a nutshell. Held on Saturday at the Southgate House, the Carnival will be host to all kinds of devious events. The Queen City Cabaret will perform along with the Pickled Bros. Sideshow, Robin Marks Magic and belly dancing presented by Zahara's Tangled Web. Local Voodoo Rockabilly rebels Switchblade Syndicate will round out the night with an appropriately hedonistic performance.