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A Cincinnati Love Letter

ArtWorks unveils Ink Your Love project on the MidPoint Midway

0 Comments · Thursday, September 18, 2014
During MidPoint Music Festival’s Sept. 25-27 run, the MidPoint Midway, curated by ArtWorks and situated on 12th Street between Vine and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine, will play host to local artists and writers expounding in their own particular way upon the theme of “Ink Your Love.”   

From "Eww" to "Ooh"

Pop Goes the Evil embraces the lightness and the darkness in its “pleasantly, pleasurably sadistic songs”

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pop Goes the Evil isn’t afraid of the taboo. Murder, isolation, sex, jealousy, profanity, self-examination — you name it, they touch on it.
  
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MPMF Day 1: Box Trucks and Missing Kurt

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 27, 2013
Ahhhh, MidPoint! I look forward to it every year. September, for this lady, holds promise, romance, intrigue and MPMF. I started my MPMF.13 off right: grabbed a baller parking spot right after work in front of Coffee Emporium, grabbed a baller iced Americano and grabbed my (you thought I was going to say baller? How presumptuous) press pass. I think I did say out loud to myself: Let's GOOOO.
  

Working 9 to 5

Reflecting on the merits of celebrating the survival of the workday with cheap drinks in cool spots

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I’d always scoffed at the notion of a “happy hour” at a bar. Then I got a big-girl job, working 9 to 5. love my job, but sometimes it is stressful and hard and I just want to sit in a neighborhood bar with my good friend Jack Daniel’s. And so I became initiated into the “happy hour” society.
  

Something Old, Something New

Newly renovated OTR historical landmarks offer function, charm to MPMF.12

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dan McCabe’s been keeping a close eye on the transformation of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park since last October. MidPoint Music Festival’s executive producer talks about the park and the renovated Emery Theatre becoming a part of the increasingly OTR-supportive fest.
  
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Archer's Paradox Makes Its Own Luck

Meet the newest local band in the Bunbury Music Fest lineup

{CommentsCant} · Friday, July 13, 2012
Archer’s paradox, according to Wikipedia, is the phenomenon whereby "in order to strike the center of the target with an arrow, the arrow must be pointed slightly to the side of the target." 

Archer’s Paradox, the band, according to the two members I spoke with on a hot Thursday — much the same.

“It started about a year ago. I disbanded from a band I was in earlier (wit...  
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The Dukes Are Dead Talk Entry Into Theatre World

Rock & Roll musical 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' at Know Theatre runs though May 12

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 4, 2012
The first time lead singer of The Dukes Are Dead, Lucas Frazier, eagerly told me about his band, in between puffs of a hastily smoked cigarette while on a quick break from the coffee shop where we both worked, I’m pretty sure I said, “Aw! That’s so cute.”

Three years and a lot of hard work later, The Dukes Are Dead are far from cute. Stoic. Diligent. Loud. Confident. Any number of a...  

Finding Jesus

Experimental singer/songwriter Zola Jesus comes to town for a special performance at the CAC

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Zola Jesus likes to have a lot of space. Born Nika Danilova in Wisconsin, Jesus recounts a childhood spent running around her slice of the Midwest with ample amounts of freedom and independence. She credits this freewheeling upbringing with helping her find out who she was at a very young age.    

It Ain’t Where I’ve Been — It’s Where I’m About to Go

1 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
It’s not easy selling anything door to door, much less framed wholesale artwork, even more less as a relatively naive 19-year-old girl. But fate laughed and let my gaze fall on a wanted ad back in 2007, and I followed suit, tripping over the door frame as I went in for my interview at the Art Place one April afternoon to see how I could make $400-$500 a week.   
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MPMF.11 Day 1: 10th Anniversary Adventures

{CommentsCant} · Saturday, September 24, 2011
I love music festivals. Like, love. The crowds, the music, the excitement in the air. MidPoint Music Festival is special for all of these reasons, but also because it’s essentially in my backyard. I don’t have to find a hotel, or crash on a friend of a friend of a friend’s couch (see: Lollapalooza 2011) or worry about parking (see: no car) or getting lost (see: backyard). I can wander around the streets of Over the Rhine and downtown Cincinnati with lots of other like-minded people, basking in the glow emanating from each venue, where musicians and fans are creating those magical, collaborative moments I love.