by Jac Kern
39 days ago
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Cincinnati may be known as
a German city, what with our legendary Oktoberfest and love for pork and
sausages, but Irish heritage is also strong here, as we’ll see this weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day is officially Monday, March 17, but the green beer starts
flowing early in anticipation.
The 48th annual Cincinnati
St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday at noon downtown. The route begins
at Eggleston Avenue and Reedy Street, wrapping around Central Avenue, crossing
over Sycamore Street and back down Fifth Street. Hang out on Fountain Square
during the parade, where festivities
run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with live music, Irish grub and plenty of beer. Fun on
the square continues Monday starting at 11 a.m. — for those playing hooky.
For those looking to take a
more culturally rich approach to the holiday, Cincinnati actually has its own
Irish Heritage Center located in the East End. Read our story on the center and
its founders, Kent Covey and Maureen Kennedy, here.
Doors open at the center at 2 p.m. Saturday
and 4 p.m. Sunday; events include Irish music and dance, art exhibitions,
children’s events and food and drink for purchase. They host an Irish mass at
1:30 p.m. Monday, followed by more celebrating. Find the full schedule here.
The Cincinnati Museum
Center also gets in on the St. Paddy’s fun with its Celtic Lands Culture Fest
Saturday-Sunday. Get your fill of folklore, performances and art from Ireland,
Scotland and Wales. Kids will enjoy workshops, games and crafts throughout the
weekend. Activities in the rotunda are free; access to the museum requires
admission. Go here
for tickets and more details.
Movie lovers will want to
check out Cincinnati World Cinema’s annual Oscar Shorts screening this weekend;
a mix of the Academy Award-nominated flicks in the Short Film – Animated and
Short Film – Live Action categories will be shown in two programs Saturday and
Sunday. Each program contains a mix of five live action and animated shorts —
be sure to check out both programs to see the winners from both categories.
Find program details and schedules here.
It’s a Macy’s Arts Sampler
Weekend, with free art events across the Tristate all day Saturday. This
month’s sampler includes a special “Catch the Spirit” concert featuring the
collaboration of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati
Opera, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and other local arts
organizations. The performance takes place at 1 p.m. at Music Hall. Additional
performances, classes, exhibits and other exciting activities for all ages will
be offered at Elementz downtown, Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Ky., Fairfield
Community Arts Center, Hamilton’s Fitton Center for Creative Arts and more. Go
here for more locations with a lineup of events.For more art
openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
Plus, the Oscars get musicial and Bill O'Reilly blames rap for everything again
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A map showing listening trends around the country inadvertently also shows that people don't read anymore; U2, Karen O, Pharell and "Adele Dazeem" rock the Oscars; and Bill O'Reilly decides that if the president really wants to help young black men, he needs to get "gangsta rappers" Kanye West and Jay-Z to "knock it off."
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49 days ago
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And just like
that, “Awards Season” comes to a close. Does anyone else think it went out with
more of a bore than a bang?
were preceded by the Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday. I was introduced
to this indie movie celebration last year and was pleasantly surprised by the
fun, fast-and-loose nature of the show in addition to its highlighting of
lesser-known, smaller-budget films compared to the Academy Awards. Maybe it was
due to Jameson no longer sponsoring the event/getting everyone wasted; perhaps
it was the fact that many of the winners went on to receive Oscars in similar
categories the very next day. Either way, I found this year’s show, hosted by
Patton Oswalt, to be just a little blah.
See for yourself here.
Sunday night was
not much of a departure from that feeling. I do love me some Ellen — she can
always deliver consistently funny material everyone can relate to. She picked
on stars without being too mean and rocked some fab suits, but it takes more
than that to keep me awake through a 15-hour production like the Oscars.
But there were
plenty of both touching and funny moments throughout the night. Supporting
actor and actress winners, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, delivered thoughtful,
emotional acceptance speeches (while looking freaking gorge). Leto — who I
still can’t believe was the oldest nominee in that category — spoke
about his mother’s inspiring
perseverance, the conflicts in Venezuela and Ukraine and the victims of AIDS as
well as discrimination (both central themes of Dallas Buyers Club). He also looked sharp in a cream tux with
burgundy tie and the most coveted ombré locks of any human man. And, clearly,
the 42-year-old gets his looks from his hot ass mother. But seriously, maybe we
should consider the fact that Jordan Catalano is a vampire. Any thoughts, Pharrell?Speaking of, Pharrell performed his Oscar-nominated hit, "Happy," in what appeared to be a legit GAP ad circa 2003.
who won for her role in 12 Years a Slave,
also gave a heartfelt acceptance speech.
Everyone is crushing on Lupita right
now, myself included, but let’s talk about her equally attractive brother,
Peter. They’re basically the Kenyan Tegan & Sara in that they are super hot
siblings with super cool androgynous hairdos.
Fans of Her (which nabbed Best Adapted
Screenplay) no doubt cried, rewound, and cried again as Karen O of the Yeah
Yeah Yeahs and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performed “The Moon Song” from the film, which totally got shut
out by that stupid Frozen song everyone (including local weather guys) won’t shut up about.
Broadway darling Idina Menzel went on to perform the Frozen's “Let It Go,” but not before
John Travolta’s Thetin levels temporarily crashed, causing him to forget how to
This, of course, sparked a hilarious Adele Dazeem twitter
account and John Travolta name generator. My Travoltified name is Jessica Kzing!
Early in the evening, Ellen was kind
enough to order a few pizzas for all the starving celebs in the audience,
which led to what will be known forever as The Selfie* That Broke Twitter. The star-studded pic has more than 3 million retweets, the most of anything ever #sorryobama.
*I just can’t with the term “selfie” anymore. I’m tired of the way newspeople say, “selfie” like they’ve coined some
new generation-defining trend. Haven’t people been taking pictures of
themselves via an extended arm since forever? Much like “hipster,” this term
lives on thanks to the diligence of out-of-touch white people trying to be
Jennifer Lawrence was nominated, so naturally she fell on the red carpet.
Warning to JLAW: We love you. You’re a “real woman” according to people, which
means you’re not a robot I think, but you don’t constantly have to flaunt that
fact by tripping and talking about eating fries all the time. You’re bordering
on the Zooey Deschanel “adorkable” territory that has forced me to despise the
banged, blue-eyed beaut. I still love you, JLAW — you cited Caroline Manzo as
your American Hustle character inspiration for Chrissake — you just don’t
have to push the clumsy slob persona all the
time.As far as winners go, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club cleaned up pretty well with three wins each and Gravity dominated the technical and directing categories, garnering a whopping seven awards. The Academy essentially said, "And none for you, American Hustle," and people are still crying over Leonardo DiCaprio's continued Oscar losing streak.
OK, that’s all the
important stuff. Peep all the winners below.
Picture of the Year
American HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomena12 Years A SlaveThe Wolf Of Wall Street
Performance by an
Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper, American HustleMichael Fassbender,12 Years A SlaveJonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall StreetJared Leto, Dallas
Performance by an
Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence,
American HustleLupita Nyong’o, 12
Years A SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, Nebraska
Performance by an
Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, American HustleCate Blanchett, Blue
JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaMeryl Streep, August: Osage County
Performance by an
Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, American HustleBruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo Dicaprio,
The Wolf Of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A SlaveMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
The CroodsDespicable Me 2Ernest & CelestineFrozenThe Wind Rises
The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins)
American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin) Totally blocked this one out of my memory.The Invisible Woman (Michael
O'Connor)12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)
American Hustle (David O. Russell)Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)Nebraska (Alexander Payne)12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
The Act of Killing (Joshua
Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary
Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill)The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)20 Feet from
Stardom (Nominees to be
CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)Facing Fear (Jason Cohen)Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)The Lady in Number
6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke,
Nicholas Reed)Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens)
Best Film Editing
American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan
Baumgarten)Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac
McMurphy, Martin Pensa)Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)The Great Beauty (Italy)The Hunt (Denmark) I tried to watch this on Netflix but the subtitles were faster that the actual audio and video, which made it impossible to watch. Had to turn it off, but ILY MADS.The Missing Picture (Cambodia)Omar (Palestine)
Best Makeup and
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty) Jesus H, a Jackass movie is nominated for an Oscar.The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny) I guess
turning Johnny Depp into a fauxtive American deserves recognition?
The Book Thief (John Williams)Gravity (Steven Price)Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)
Best Original Song
(Despicable Me 2)“Let It Go” (Frozen)“The Moon Song”
(Her) ROBBED“Ordinary Love”
(Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne
Woollard)The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)
Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)Possessions (Shuhei Morita)Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer)
Best Live Action
Aquel No Era Yo (That
Wasn't Me) (Esteban Crespo)Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier
Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
(Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill,
Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge,
Chris Ward)Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman)
Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark
Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead,
Chris Munro)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher
Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay,
Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil
Corbould)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri,
Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik
Nash, Dan Sudick)The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson
Williams, John Frazier)Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett,
Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)
American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten,
Melisa Wallack)Her (Spike Jonze)Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
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Last week on Survivor, most of the
episode was devoted to the Bikal tribe, aka the Favorites. Our homeboy Matt Bischoff didn’t get a ton
of airtime, but was selected to join an alliance with Sherri, Laura, Julia, Shamar and Mike. The other alliance, referred to as “The
Lovers,” is comprised of the four attractive people who bonded early on their
collective attractiveness. When Gota got their buts kicked in the
immunity/reward challenge, Cincy-born Reynold Toepfer immediately addressed his
issues with Shamar. The Iraq War
veteran, who started a tiff with Matt last week, prefers to “conserve energy”
and do crazy Pilates stretches over wasting time fishing, securing the shelter or doing pretty much anything
else. Feel the burn!After Reynold spoke his peace, he proverbially slipped in an extra chair
at the popular kids’ lunch table and asked Matt to join the pretty people’s
decision and vote Shamar off, going against Matt’s original alliance.
Later, Reynold found a hidden immunity idol (which is a thing?) that
protects whoever’s in possession from elimination. After hiding the object in
his pants, trying to keep it secret, Laura immediately noticed a telling
“bulge” and knew the plan to eliminate one of the Lovers was foiled. Clearly,
this was all just a producer’s plot to get people to talk about Reynold’s “bulge.”
Success! Unfortunately, Reynold did not give his immunity idol to cuddle buddy
Allie, and the blonde got six out of 10 votes (Matt stuck with his original alliance). Looks like there’s more space at
the popular table!
Speaking of locals on TV, it looks like Cincy
has their own Sons of Anarchy
You know how at
the end of every Law and Order episode,
a message states that the stories are not based on actual events? Well, we all
know that’s a bunch of bullshit, and this week’s upcoming episode of Special Victims Unit couldn’t make that
any more clear. Via Dlisted:
A famous young Hip
Hop couple in a physical dispute screams “Chris and Rihanna!” but, in SVU world, the abuser done gets killt!
People love it when local products make national news. The latest: BuzzFeed’s
list of “Cincinnati Foods That Are
Better Than Yours.” Sure, you’ve got the ubiquitous Skyline and Montgomery
Inn (yawn, sorry), but there are some fresh Cincy exports like Tom + Chee’s
grilled cheese donut, Kings Island’s blue soft-serve and portable yums from
It’s Just Crepes.
Check nearly any humor blog/Internet recreation site and you’ll likely
find a list of the “Worst Tattoos EVAR” complete with misspellings, poor
drunken decisions and unfortunate portraits. Also, you’ll probably see this
picture. Well, not anymore — Scott Versago of Akron’s Ohio Ink Studios fixed
the butchered tat! Channeling my guilty pleasure crush Oliver Peck (panel judge
on Ink Master and ex-husband of Kat
Von D — don’t judge me), I have to say the “new” tat has entirely too much dark
shading, but it’s certainly an improvement and looks much more like the
original woman who passed away.
The Oscars were kind of fun this year. Seth MacFarlane didn’t attack us
with his arsenal of voices (though many saw his jokes as misogyny at its finest) and the awards were pretty spread out among the films (as opposed to the
usual one or two favorites). But after watching Saturday’s Film Independent
Spirit Awards, no other movie awards show will match up. The
much-funnier-than-MacFarlane Andy Samberg hosted, the show is uncensored on IFC
and the evening was brought to us by Jameson, an apparently magical ingredient for a
high-larious evening. And, yes, independent films are way cooler than Lincoln.
kicked off with the award for Best First Screenplay (See what I mean? What a
cool award.) As the camera panned around to all the nominees, Derek Connolly (of the perfectly surreal Safety Not Guaranteed) took a giant swig
of what appeared to be a wine glass full of Jameson (each table had a half
gallon!). To his surprise, Connolly won and went on to make a speech that
stumbled along for more than six minutes (this was what appeared to be the only time
the show was cut/censored), ending with a fabulous moment with the one and only
Bryan Cranston. Check out this moment and more highlights:
And one last Oscars gripe: I was enraged to see Channing Tatum perform an entire dance sequence onstage without tearaway pants, Ginuwine's "Pony" or a single pelvic thrust. They totally overlooked a potential Magic Mike nod and I don't appreciate it.
by Jac Kern
More and more
restaurants and food trucks are offering late-night yums to meet the demands of
the area college students, bar crowds and general night owls. Usually “fourth
meal” conjures up the thought of tacos or pizza, but what about donuts? Busken
has set up a pop-up donut shop at 1218 Vine St. (between A Tavola and Sloane Boutique), open 7
p.m.-midnight Thursdays and 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March
16. Here, guests can swing by after dinner or drinks for a free Lite-Hearted
donut, Busken’s new heart-shaped glazed treat. After tasting one of these bad
boys, you’ll be shocked to find they’re only 140 calories a pop. You won’t have
to feel too bad about indulging in a mindnight snack, but you may be left
wondering whose soul Busken had to sell to get these delicious donuts to clock
in at 2.5 grams of fat.
Bockfest might not officially
begin until next weekend, but events leading up to the big parade and festival
are already in full effect. Friday is the annual Precipitation Retaliation
at Milton’s Tavern. Why the retaliation? In 2008, a huge snowstorm nearly shut
down Bockfest, so the next year a paper snowman was set ablaze as a sacrifice
to the precipitation gods. The burning snowman tradition stuck, and it continues
tonight at 8 p.m. Grab a drink and watch the sucker burn!
In the market for
some unique furniture, home décor or apparel? 20th Century Cincinnati is a must this weekend. The 19th
annual show brings vintage and mid-century modern trends to a one-stop shop at
Sharonville Convention Center. Sixty dealers bring furnishings, paintings,
textiles and much more, filling 20,000 square feet. And fashionistas: There
will be lots of vintage clothing, costume jewelry, accessories and more dating from
the ‘20s to the ‘80s. The showroom is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
$7 admission is good for the full weekend. Find more info here.
The Northern suburbs of Cincinnati
sometimes get left out of the city’s biggest celebrations, so they made one
their own! The Taste of Northern Cincinnati, also in the Sharonville CC,
features food from some of the top eateries in the ‘burbs. From noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, attendees will enjoy grub from LaRosa’s, Red Squirrel, Velvet Smoke
BBQ, Blue Goose and more. These restaurants will also be competing for awards
for best appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and a people’s choice prize.
Admission is $18; $5 for kids.
Awards are Sunday and if your invitation also got lost in the mail (every damn
year!), there’s a local way to celebrate. People Working Cooperatively presents
its annual Oscar party at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, complete with a red
carpet, cocktails, dinner, and a live screening of the show. Ticket sales
benefit PWC’s Modifications for Mobility Program, which helps low-income,
elderly and disabled homeowners make important alterations to their houses so
they can remain safe and comfortable in their own homes. Buy tickets and find details here.Check out our To Do list and full calendar for more events, art exhibits, theater shows and concerts.
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As a judge for this year’s Black Reel
Awards, I am screening the shorts and features up for
consideration, and at the conclusion of each new film I catch myself
swelling with real pride because, through these independently produced
films, I feel like the reflection I’ve been seeking sharpens as the
frames settle into place.