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

With a fan base as loyal as a Marine battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite, singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject her creative methodology to any severe course corrections. 

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<![CDATA[Music: The Old Ceremony - ]]>

In 2004, when Chapel Hill, N.C. resident Django Haskins lifted the name of his new band from the title of one of Leonard Cohen’s most beloved albums — the ’70s classic New Skin for the Old Ceremony — it could have been viewed as foolhardy bravado or a case of brilliant foresight.

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<![CDATA[Music: Coal Chamber - ]]>

To hell with bachelors and bachelorettes dry-humping their way to faux decisions about potential partners for the rest of their lives (or the season). For real drama, we need a reality show about the travails of actual bands.

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<![CDATA[Art: <i>From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan Queen</i> - ]]>

Cincinnati-based artist Jonathan Queen does not shy away from long-term commitments.

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<![CDATA[Film: <i>Wet Hot American Summer</i> - ]]>

Director David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer (2001 but set in 1981) translates the swirling madness of human existence into a hilarious and surreal summer-camp film.

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<![CDATA[Comedy: Mike Stanley - ]]>

“My parents were always really good about not censoring things,” says comedian Mike Stanley. “So I grew up watching a lot of stand-up comedy and I always knew it was something I could do.”

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<![CDATA[Onstage: Shakespeare in the Park - ]]>

Make your midsummer night a dream and experience the Bard in the great outdoors this summer as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company stages Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout Tristate parks.

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<![CDATA[Art: <i>Likeness</i> at 1305 Gallery - ]]> For Main Street’s Final Friday at 1305 Gallery, photographer and installation artist Molly Donnermeyer — who also runs Live(In) Gallery in Brighton — and poet/visual artist Sidney Cherie Hilley joined forces to create an exhibition entitled Likeness.

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<![CDATA[Comedy: Seinfeld at the Aronoff - ]]>

Yada, yada, yada, y’all. Jerry Seinfeld, comedy icon and everybody’s favorite sitcom star who helmed a TV show about nothing, is coming to Cincinnati to perform his signature stand-up at the Aronoff for one night only.

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<![CDATA[Event: GOODS Presents Bike Night - ]]>

Adventure is out there, and it turns out it’s closer than you’d think. GOODS on Main, a thematic retail store currently serving up “Adventure,” is calling all bike-curious folks to come together on Final Friday and celebrate everything that runs on two wheels.

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<![CDATA[Event: Salmon Swim of OTR - ]]> The Salmon Shorts of OTR is basically a Facebook page dedicated to posting photos of people in salmon-colored shorts in Over-the-Rhine, poking a bit of fun at the preppy clientele who now visit the gentrified bars and restaurants of the urban neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[Event: The Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival - ]]>

Saturday, CityBeat is partnering with Horseshoe Casino to bring all of the Queen City’s best barbecue offerings to one place for a day of pork, beer and whiskey at the inaugural Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival.

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<![CDATA[Dance: de la Dance Company - ]]>

Aside from those who become marketable marquee stars, it’s not all that common for dancers to find a sustainable living in their art form. Or long-term romance. Or family. It’s a hard-knock life, being a dancer.

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<![CDATA[Event: Wild About Pets Festival at Jungle Jim's - ]]>

Jungle Jim’s is known by many as an amusement park for food — a well-deserved moniker — but on Saturday it will turn into an amusement park for pets during their Wild About Pets Festival.

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<![CDATA[Music: Lebanon Blues Festival - ]]> Sometimes the cure to the summertime blues is, well, more Blues.

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<![CDATA[Music: Rich Robinson - ]]>

Rich Robinson formed The Black Crowes when he was 17 with his older brother Chris, launching a group that would become a foundational band of “modern Classic Rock” radio.

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<![CDATA[Event: Global Water Dances at Paddlefest - ]]>

A clean, accessible and sustainable water supply is essential to life.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>Hairspray</i> - ]]>

Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre opens its 34th-annual summer show this week at the Covedale Center, where 80 local teens will twist and pony their way through the raucous musical Hairspray.

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<![CDATA[Music: MisterWives - ]]>

It’s been an eventful three years since Mandy Lee went looking for an ’80s cover band to provide the soundtrack for her birthday party. 

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<![CDATA[Art: <i>History Channel: New Art from Old Art</i> - ]]>

“Don’t know much about history,” Sam Cooke sang. The good news is that you don’t have to know much about art history to tune into a wonderful world at Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s History Channel: New Art from Old Art.

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