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by Jac Kern 09.17.2014 32 days ago
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I Just Can't Get Enough

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 that scarf. 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 Games: Mockingjay 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 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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