CityBeat - CityBeat Recommends http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-186-1-citybeat_recommends.html <![CDATA[Music: 7 Seconds - ]]>

Given the fact that 7 Seconds has been around for the past 35 years, the Hardcore/Pop/Punk quartet might not be on the radar of younger fans. It’s the safest bet that 7 Seconds — anchored from the start by the Marvelli brothers, aka vocalist Kevin Seconds and bassist Steve Youth — was a major influence on a significant chunk of those younger fans’ music collection.

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<![CDATA[Music: Lily & Madeleine - ]]>

Lily & Madeleine might be considered Indianapolis’ answer to Over the Rhine. Though there is an obvious age and experience difference  — Lily & Madeleine were just teenage sisters when their first records, the EP Weight of the Globe and a self-titled album, came out in 2013 — there is striking similarity in other ways.

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<![CDATA[Music: Della Mae - ]]>

The Grammy-nominated band Della Mae is a wonderful example of an all-female group that is not a novelty, but instead is made up of wonderful musicians who bring the thunder as far as instrumental prowess goes while still creating music that is progressive, beautiful and unique. 

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<![CDATA[Music: Jane Decker - ]]>

Jane Decker is just barely into official adulthood, but she’s lived a virtual lifetime of experiences, both personally and professionally.

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<![CDATA[Art: <i>Unkown Elements</i> - ]]>

In art, as in life, context is key. An image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise, stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>9 to 5</i> - ]]>

Cincinnati Landmark Productions (CLP) has hit a home run with the debut of the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater this summer. I’m sorry to say that the summer’s final offering doesn’t measure up to its predecessors.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>The Complete Tom: 4. Detective</i> - ]]>

Some theater al fresco? Queen City Flash is a flash-mob theater company working its way through Mark Twain’s adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn with imaginative, pop-up performances in local parks.

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<![CDATA[Comedy: Tommy Johnagin - ]]> “I took 10 months off of touring, which is the longest break I’ve ever taken,” says comedian Tommy Johnagin, who will do a one-off show Wednesday at Go Bananas.

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<![CDATA[Event: ArtWorks Big Pitch - ]]> Cincinnati is becoming a city of creative powerhouses, and ArtWorks, the nonprofit dedicated to empowering the creative community — you’ve most likely seen their city-wide murals — wants to help Cincinnati’s artistic entrepreneurs take their ideas to the next level.

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<![CDATA[Music: Scott Miller & The Commonwealth - ]]>

When artists are said to have “returned to their roots,” it usually refers to them rediscovering their old acoustic guitar or returning to the music that was in their childhood record collections.

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<![CDATA[Event: Taste of Blue Ash - ]]> Ever wondered what Blue Ash tastes like? Find out this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Art: The Goodwill Biennial and Vintage Craft Show at Thunder-Sky, Inc. - ]]>

Thunder-Sky, Inc. curators and co-founders Bill Ross and Keith Banner, assisted by Matt Distel from The Carnegie in Covington and Melanie Derrick of 1305 Gallery in Over-the-Rhine, have juried an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other handmade art donated to the Ohio Valley Goodwill over the course of the past year.

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<![CDATA[Music: Mark Mothersbaugh - ]]>

Mothersbaugh Mania officially kicks off in Cincinnati on Friday when Mark Mothersbaugh — the co-founder of the great Post-Punk band DEVO, as well as an accomplished visual artist who studied his craft at Kent State University — appears at Woodward Theater for a concert sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Center.

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<![CDATA[Event: Art After Dark - ]]> Art After Dark celebrates the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new exhibit, Unknown Elements, which highlights anonymous photographs from the museum collection, paired with contemplative writings from local authors.

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<![CDATA[Event: Germania Society Oktoberfest - ]]>

Get your fill of cream puffs, dirndls and Warsteiner at the Germania Society’s 45th-annual Oktoberfest — Cincinnati’s “original and most authentic Oktoberfest,” full of the best parts of local German culture, crafts and cooking.

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<![CDATA[Event: Starlit Picnic - ]]>

Romance will be waiting at the Cincinnati Observatory’s first adults-only Starlit Picnic.

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<![CDATA[Event: Red Bull Soapbox Race - ]]>

Red Bull — known for hosting relatively creative and dangerous events like their Flugtag, where people build their own flying machines and participate in a competition involving flinging themselves off of tall things — has been bringing the joys of soapbox derby-ing to Mount Adams for several years.

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<![CDATA[Event: Mini Maker Faire - ]]> Grab the kids and head to the Cincinnati Museum Center for Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of creativity and invention spread across the rotunda, the center’s three museums and outside.

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<![CDATA[Event: Taste of OTR - ]]>

The third-annual Taste of OTR is a family-friendly day of food, craft beer and live entertainment in Washington Park to benefit Tender Mercies, a nonprofit in the heart of Over-the-Rhine that provides housing to homeless adults living with mental illness and a variety of supportive services.

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<![CDATA[Event: Raise the Heights - ]]>

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, one of the best and most ambitious in the region, takes a great leap forward this weekend when it opens its new 10,500-square-foot annex in a portion of an old Kroger grocery store.

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