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by Jac Kern 06.08.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/8-6/10

This weekend marks the end of the Fringe Festival. If you haven’t seen any shows yet, go here to check out all reviews, show times and ticket info and go see some before Saturday’s final performances. Tonight at Know Theater, local live storytelling collective True Theater presents a special Fringe edition. True Fringe features five Fringe performers who will divulge personal stories of their experiences during this year’s theatrical fest. This is a one-time event, and True Theater shows are always intriguing, so stop by Know or go here for tickets ($12). Stories being at 7 p.m. It’s Northside Second Saturdays time again! Celebrate the funky-fab neighborhood by visiting local shops, salons, bars, restaurants and more between 6-10 p.m. Participating businesses offer sales, extended happy hours, food and drink specials and plenty o’ good times. This weekend, Fabricate opens Oh, Smell the People!, a mixed media exhibition by Michael Reuter, and NVISION presents an exhibit of youthful paintings and drawings by Angela Oster, titled Abandon Ship!. Last Year’s Crosstown Shootout ended in an all-out brawl, and Saturday’s Rollergirls Crosstown Knockdown is sure to bring body-slammin’ action, too — on the rink, that is. If you want to see a badass competition without the worry of getting punched by an athlete, cheer on your favorite chicks on wheels as the Cincinnati Rollergirls take on the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls in the first-ever Crosstown Knockdown at Cincinnati Gardens. Cincy’s B-team, the Violent Lambs will compete against the Little Steel Derby Girls at 7 p.m. and the main event kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $12. If you’ve never experienced a roller derby before, this will be an awesome introduction. Grab tickets here. Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market is back for the summer this Saturday! The City Flea makes its home at Twelfth and Vine streets in the Gateway District this season and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural summer. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, browse the open air market with vendors like Queen City Cookies, Fab Ferments, Brush Factory, Cincy Craft Cartel, Charmingly Modern and lots more local food, arts, clothing and other retailers. Find ‘em all here. People love comedian Aziz Ansari for his many laugh-out-loud roles. Some know him as Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, others recognize him from his small-yet-memorable characters in Funny People, Observe and Report or Flight of the Conchords, while longtime fans (ahem) still quote his hilarious sketches on Human Giant, but his stand-up trumps ‘em all. Saturday, the dude who has everyone “treatin’ they selves” performs at the Aronoff Center. From his family to celebrity encounters to everyday observations, Ansari brings the LOLs. Hopefully his alter-ego RAAAAAAAANDY will make an appearance. Go here to get tickets to tomorrow’s show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Second Sundays on Main also makes a return this weekend. Hop around OTR as you enjoy live music, food, beer and local shopping from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights this week include a Crafty Supermarket mini-market, Dr. Bongonatti's Art Parade, celebrity chef demos by Executive Chef Jose Salazar and Pastry Chef Russ Wheeler of The Palace and the ever-popular drag races. Follow our music and To Do pages for even more fun weekend stuff.
 
 
by Mike Breen 02.23.2012
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This Date in Music History: Feb. 23

'This Land Is Your Land' turns 72 and Aziz Ansari turns Kanye jokes into an artform

On this day in 1940, American music icon Woody Guthrie wrote his most famous song and one that has become embedded into the DNA of American life, "This Land is You Land." The Folk music legend and notorious fighter for the social causes of the poor and working class is said to have written the song after hearing (a few too many times) Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," which he felt was too hyperbolic. Just like Roxanne Shante's "The Real Roxanne" was written as a response to U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne Roxanne" (OK, maybe not JUST like), "This Land" was Guthrie's "answer song." Guthrie recorded the future standard five years later, but it wasn't until the ’60s Folk revival that the song really took flight, as everyone from Bob Dylan to The Kingston Trio covered the tune. Though "God Bless America" may be the song still sung at baseball games, "This Land is You Land" has endured as one of the greatest pieces of American art, a reflection of what many of us believe our country is all about — "We're all in this together and lucky to be on this wonderful little chunk of dirt, so shut up and quit being so selfish, jerk-ass!" Or something along those lines (maybe I read too much into it). The song is still common at protests and used in political contexts. Bruce Springsteen closed his acoustic concerts in support of Barrack Obama in 2008 with a version ("Yes We Can" chants added), while Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello serenaded the mass of humanity at the Occupy Wall Street protest in NYC with the song (lost verses and all) this past October. Here is one of the great "contemporary" versions — a rendition by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who give the song a sweet vintage Soul makeover:Click the jump for "Born This Day" featuring Aziz Ansari, the Mark Twain of Kanye West jokes.

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