by Jac Kern
The annual event, which turns 21 this year, celebrates Over-the-Rhine,
Cincinnati’s brewing history and the coming of Spring. And goats. But mostly,
beer! Bockfest weekend kicks off Friday with the parade, stepping off at 6 p.m. at Cincinnati’s
oldest bar, Arnold’s, and continuing north on Main Street to Bockfest Hall (1619
Moore St., Over-the-Rhine) for a ceremonial beer blessing.
Bockfest Hall will
fill with beer, food and live music all weekend long, offering brewery tours,
the Sausage Queen finals and traditional German performances throughout the
fest. Find a full event lineup here.
As usual, several bars
around Downtown and Over-the-Rhine also participate in the festivities with
plenty of local Bock beer.
annual showcase of edible artwork opens Friday. The Art of Food brings chefs and artists together for the seventh
year to prove you can wear your cake and eat it, too — that’s the saying,
right? Tonight’s opening features around 30 artists, more than 20 chefs and a
“Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk)” fashion show of beautiful and tasty
ensembles. Online tickets have sold out, but those in attendance are really in
for a treat (lots and lots of treats, actually). Read our cover story
for a look into the making of The Art of
Last year brought
us Night Owl Market, a
much-needed destination for late-night grub, shopping and music at the Central
parking lot at 107 Main Street. At Cincy NOM, local vendors and food trucks set
up shop near tons of popular bars until 3 a.m.! The Night Owl Market opens for
2013 in conjunction with Bockfest Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. When
your belly’s full of bock, swing by for some tasty noms from Café de Wheels,
C’est Cheese, Kaimelsky’s, SugarSnap! and more.
Saturday brings another
Macy’s Arts Sampler, a great opportunity to check out what all the local arts
organizations are up to. March’s sampler is focused in Washington Park and the
surrounding area in Over-the-Rhine (though there are a handful of participating
venues across the city). Free events include a Hip Hop dance class at Elementz,
a showcase of stage fight choreography at SCPA, performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Ballet, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Opera
and much more. Find a full lineup of events here.
For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our To Do page, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Saturday, rootsy Folk rockers The Kentucky Struts headline Over-the-Rhine’s beer-fueled Bockfest events at the fest’s headquarters, Bockfest Hall. The band plays 9 p.m.-midnight. (To check out all of Bockfest’s musical options, visit bockfest.com.) The Bockfest performance comes as the Struts are finishing up work on their next album.
Lagniappe's diverse Cajun gumbo has a completely unique musical flavor
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
In Cajun/Creole culture, "lagniappe" generally describes a tip for services rendered or additional items given to a customer in appreciation for a transaction. But the literal translation of the French-derived word is, as drummer/percussionist Yvan Verbesselt notes, "something extra, something special." That's precisely what the local Cajun-and-more sextet Lagniappe delivers on a regular basis.