by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Last week was Mercedes Benz
Fashion Week in New York, the time of year when style trends are set, when
fashion gods are carried from runway to runway,
when Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen emerge from their tiny troll lair to present a
new collection of looks for their line, The Row. Here are the sisters trying to
convince us they’re human before the show. I dare you to only watch once.
I like to think they’re
communicating using a sort of Morse code-esque troll twin hand gestures beneath
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
welcomed their baby girl into the world on Friday. In case you need to check
yourself: There’s a days-old human out there with better genes, a bigger bank
account, cooler parents and a nicer home that is already more famous than
you’ll ever be. Seriously, though, I hope they have a dozen body guards
watching that baby at all times. Between all the Hey Girls and The Notebook
fans out there still praying for the reunion of Ryan and Rachel and anyone
wanting to use Mendes-Gosling DNA for a voodoo-like beauty regime (guilty as
charged), someone is bound to try to steal that baby.When Fox 19 reality series Queen City ended,
we were left with a void of shows featuring mildly interesting locals
interacting with each other in staged scenarios. Thankfully, Dayton CW has
given us The Valley. The show stars
six Miami Valley-area high school grads during the summer before they head off to
college. Cameras follow the group as they hang out at area attractions, meet
“mentors” and explore personal issues — all while providing superfluous commentary after the
fact. Think Real Housewives without
the Botox or budget. Yes, it’s bad. Sadly, not even bad in a good way.
If I wanted to see awkward kids
mingle in forced situations, I’d watch teens on the Levee explore the confusing
world of “group hangs.” And if I did that, I’d be a fucking weirdo. I’m not
throwing shade at the kids involved — I shudder to think what 18-year-old me
would do on a local reality show. But who is the audience for a show like this?
Find out for yourself and watch the first episode here.
Miss New York Kira
Kazantsev may have won the Miss America crown this Sunday, but Miss Ohio MacKenzie
Bart stole the show with her talent: ventriloquism.
Obviously, Miss Ohio
Roxy was robbed.
Saturday Night Live returns for its 40th season next Saturday, Sept. 27 and, as usual, there
will be some casting changes. Last year’s newbies John Milhiser, Noël Wells
and Brooks Wheelan were let go; Mike O’Brien will leave the stage and return to
the writers room. SNL’s resident Kim
Kardashian (also a lot of other great characters) Nasim Pedrad departed to star
in the upcoming Fox comedy Mulaney.
Colin Jost, who took over Weekend Update with Cecily Strong when Seth Meyers
left, will return to the desk without
Strong (though she’s still a cast member). SNL
writer and Daily Show correspondent
Michael Che will replace her as co-anchor. Finally — hope you’re ready to feel
old — the show will bring on its first player born in the ‘90s as 20-year-old
comic Pete Davidson joins the cast. Chris Pratt hosts the season opener next
week with music guest Ariana “Not A Baby” Grande.
Nasim Pedrad may have taken
her talents elsewhere, but we can still enjoy her work in this unaired skit
where she plays —to perfection — Aziz Ansari.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: After plenty of teases, the
first full-length preview of The Hunger
is out; Serena —the 35th film
starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper — places the stars in 1920s North
Carolina; John Wick
stars Keanu Reeves as a former
hit-man thrown back into the game.
by Jac Kern
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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
'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.