0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Anthony Marra’s masterful 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,
rightly garnered high praise from across the literary landscape for its
graceful prose and its affecting ability to find humanity amid
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Michael E. Keating spent 34 years as a photojournalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer,
where his vivid work gave readers views of the Queen City that could be
beautiful, troubling or revealing — sometimes all at once and almost
always imbued with an uncommon sense of humanity.
by Jac Kern
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If all you care about is nugs, chillin’ and
grindage, you’re in luck this
weekend because Mr. Pauly Shore is in town. Grab your purple headscarf and
wheeze a little ju-uice then head to the Levee Funny Bone
Friday and Saturday. Shore is touring in
support of his upcoming comedy special, PAULY~TICS, which will be released Nov. 6. In this special,
Shore talks shop with Herman Cain, Barney Frank, Ralph Nader and other
politicos. Shore has reportedly already been sighted at the Newport Hooter’s, so stick
around the Levee for your chance to meet the one and only Weasel.
The City Flea moves from Washington Park to
Northside’s American Can Lofts Saturday with Factory Flea.
Shop for all the vintage items, furniture, artwork and other goodies City Flea
fans have come to expect in the ground-floor interior space of the American Can building.
Food trucks and other vendors will also be on-site outside. The Factory Flea
runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you’re looking for a few good books to curl up
with this fall, swing by Duke Energy Convention Center Saturday for Books By
The Banks. Bibliophiles of all sorts can meet more than 100 local, regional and
national authors, purchase a wide variety of books, sit in on panel sessions
and even check out cooking demos. There’s also a kids’ corner for young readers
to enjoy storytime, performances and more. Admission is free; find details here.
around the corner and The Walking Dead
having just premiered, it’s the perfect time for Saturday’s Cincinnati Zombie
Walk. Hoards of local undead (well, people
in zombie makeup) will meet at The Freedom Center at 7:30 p.m. then split into
two routes winding around downtown and meeting back up at Fountain Square, where
a free after-party will take place from 9:30-11:30 p.m. The crawl is free, but
all are encouraged to bring a canned good or two to donate to the Freestore
Foodbank. Donations will be collected at the beginning of the crawl and on
Design Event (CODE)
is an inaugural showcase of local style-, consumer- and entertainment-based
design. The event kicked off Wednesday and continues Friday and Saturday with
panel discussions on each aspect of design, happy hour events and more, all
culminating with Saturday’s Freelance Market (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and the Chaser
Finale fashion show (7-10 p.m.) featuring designs by Amy Kirchen, Kristy
Nguyen, Jovani and Project Runway’s
Find more arts,
theater and other events happening this weekend here. Looking to get in the
Halloween spirit this weekend? Peep this week’s ScaryBeat for haunted house
reviews and top picks for seasonal haunts and jaunts around town.
by Jac Kern
Books By The Banks may be a month away (Oct. 20 at Duke Energy
Convention Center), but local bibliophiles can get in on the fun early with
tonight’s Books By The Banks Poster Debut. The festival, now in its sixth year,
brings more than 100 local, regional and national authors to Cincinnati for
workshops, lectures, meet-and-greets and more for children and adult readers
alike. Each year an artist is commissioned to create a poster to
represent BBTB. Tonight at Joseph-Beth Cincinnati,
Covington artist Marlene Steele will unveil her design. Steele will discuss her poster and join past BBTB artists in a Q&A. 2012’s poster will be on sale
for $15; past years’ posters are $10.
Channel your inner
Marie Antoinette while supporting Transitions Global during tonight’s
ELLiPSiS…The Masquerade. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best mystery disguise
while enjoying music, art, cocktails, eats and a fashion show. Tickets
$35, $100 for VIP early admission, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and prime catwalk seating. Proceeds benefit
Transitions Global, a non-profit organization that helps rehabilitate rescued
sex traffic workers and reintegrates them back into society as strong,
independent women. Learn more about this important charity here. Tonight’s masquerade at The Bell Event Center
opens to the public at 7 p.m.
Actor and comedian Kevin Pollack performs at the Levee Funny Bone
tonight through Saturday in support of us upcoming book, How I Slept My Way to the
Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs. Pollack, who got his big movie break in the
Ron Howard/George Lucas adventure, Willow,
is best known for roles in A Few Good Men
and The Usual Suspects as well
as his spot-on impressions. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m. He does a mean
you missed this summer’s Fringe Festival or couldn’t make it to every show
(it’s a difficult task!), Know Theater is presenting four encore Fringe performances
through Saturday. Tonight’s Fall Fringe offerings include OCCUPY This: Tales of an Accidental Activist and Kevin J. Thornton: UNFRINGED. Solo
performance OCCUPY This (7 p.m.) tells
the story of a man who went to Occupy protests just to carry humorous signs but
ended up believing in the cause. Thornton’s unscripted show (8:30 p.m.) blends
comedic storytelling with original music to create a uniquely engaging performance
every time. Find tickets and more information here.
Books by the Banks headliner Dennis Lehane discusses the voices in his head
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dennis Lehane’s distinctive, often
disturbing visions have made their way into 10 novels, including his
ongoing series of crime thrillers featuring the working-class detective
duo Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, the widely acclaimed Mystic River and The Given Day, a dense, well-researched historical novel set, like nearly all of his narratives, in the author’s hometown of Boston.
Writing because he has to, not by choice
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Writing saved Augusten Burroughs life. Literally. As anyone who's read his 2002 memoir, Running with Scissors, will attest, the guy has led a challenging life informed by a deeply dysfunctional childhood that included a broken family, drugs, alcohol and a sexual relationship with a man twice his age. Burroughs, who comes to town Saturday for the annual Books By the Banks conference, talks about his meteoric rise to literary fame.
John Hartley Fox's new book looks at the history of King Records
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
As Jon Hartley Fox made his scheduled appearance at a Books by the Banks event at the Duke Energy Center Oct. 17, the many years the Dayton native had spent writing the just-published 'King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records' had finally paid off. This book was a daunting task.
British author's love of reading and writing pays off
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
R.J. Ellory is a persistent guy. It took the 44-year-old British-born author 16 years and 22 rejected manuscripts before he could get one of his novels, 2003's 'Candlemoth,' published. Six years and several successful books later, he's made his mark as one the most distinctive writers of the crime thriller genre. Ellory took time out of his busy book-tour schedule to answer a few questions for CityBeat in advance of his appearance at the Books by the Banks festival on Saturday.
Jessica Hopper provides a blueprint for aspiring female rockers
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Jessica Hopper started out playing in bands and working behind the scenes when she was just 15 — and remembers just how hard it was. In her new book, 'The Girls' Guide to Rocking,' she describes sitting "in a basement room for a half hour watching a very frustrated, ancient dude try to teach me ... a song I didn't know, and didn't want to know, from an era of music I hated." Now Hopper offers a straightforward, encouraging roadmap for girls who want to rock on their own terms.
Local lit scene stays lit up into the fall
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The state of Cincinnati's literary scene is as strong and diverse as ever. Things will only heat up as the weather turns chillier, with big-name authors at Joseph-Beth, the Mercantile Library's annual Neihoff Lecture and Books by the Banks.