by Jac Kern
Queen City again recognized on popular list-icle site
BuzzFeed — a
popular source for news bits, pop culture stories and “list-icles” such as “19
Relics From The ’90s Hologram Epidemic — has published many stories about
Cincinnati this year alone. There's “15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library,”
which compiles swoon-worthy photographs of our Main Library’s past, as well as “11
Cincinnati Foods That Are Better Than Yours”
and “31 Ways To Tell You’re From Cincinnati,”
both of which have been shared on social media by countless locals — and
mocked/criticized for being outdated and overly-generalizing (some of us
actually subsist on a diet of foods that are not covered with runny chili and
Chris Breeden, promotions director at Arnold's Bar and Grill, recently added another local list-icle to the site (on BuzzFeed’s
Community page), highlighting the city’s bevy of public art created by
globally recognized street artists. Breeden's “9 World Famous Street Artists (You Never Would
Have Guessed Are) Up In Cincinnati, OH”
features photos of work by Shepard Fairey, Vhils, The London Police and other
street artists that have adorned Cincinnati surfaces. Also on the list is
French artist JR, who was recently in town for his exhibit at the Contemporary
Arts Center (on view through Feb. 2, 2014).
Street art featured in the list can be seen everywhere from Arnold's downtown and Amerasia in Covington, Ky. The story details
each artist’s background and home base as well as how to find each
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A pair of recent online attempts to
encapsulate Cincinnati went viral, at least locally, and the responses
to them inadvertently shined a light on a few overlooked traits of
Cincinnatians — thin skin and chips on shoulders. (As a native, I
wholeheartedly admit to also having these traits engraved into my DNA.)
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 01:06 PM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
What a week, guys.
While I usually like to keep things light around here, this week's pop culture round-up is peppered with some
upsetting current events. So, if you experience an occasional case of the sads,
watch Carley Rae Jepsen throw a terrible first pitch, rock out to Britney’s new song
or look at this adorable, tiny cat who’s
being rehabilitated via crochet therapy.
By now you’ve
heard about the Asiana
Airlines Boeing 777 that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport
the weekend before last. Three people have died as a result of the crash and more
than 180 others were hospitalized for injuries. Unfortunately, when it comes to
sharing the news of such catastrophes, many television networks are primarily
concerned with breaking the story first. More than, say, getting the facts
straight. Take it away, KTVU!
The San Fransisco Fox affiliate has
retracted the information and apologized for the error, but Asiana confirms it
will sue the station. It was recently revealed that a summer intern at the National Transportation Safety Board
was the culprit who wrongfully confirmed the incorrect, racist — and, OK, some
may say comical — names to KTVU. In other news, apparently the National
Transportation Safety Board hires 10-year-old boys into its summer internship
So, to all our
summer interns who get tired of fact-checking and entering calendar listings
all day — sorry, guys. This is why you can’t have nice things.
Taking this whole
mess a step further, comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted in response to the KTVU
Salon saw the
tweet, gasped, clutched its pearls and unleashed an ever-updated story
proverbially wagging its finger at Oswalt for being racist, even though his
joke Tweet was completely within the context of the KTVU blunder. Check it out
writer Joe Veix submitted a hilarious post on BuzzFeed last week, only to have
it deleted and then become banned from the site within minutes. What heinous
article could he have possibly tried to publish? This awesome BuzzFeed parody. According to Bullett, Veiz said the community editor banned him for being “mean
spirited,” but this shit is just plain funny to me.
Beyoncé performed a sold-out concert in Nashville this Saturday. In
attendance were Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss
(who actually wrote Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Bug-a-Boo”),“Kid
Robby Novack and yours truly! A Beyoncé fan since I first put The Writing’s on the Wall in my Walkman,
the show was a true spectacle and — I’m not a bit ashamed to admit — a dream
come true. Mrs. Carter served up around 30 songs that spanned from her
Destiny’s Child days (“Survivor”) to her early solo stuff (“Crazy in Love,”
“Baby Boy”) to her most recent album (“Run the World,” “Love on Top”) and her newly leaked jams. One of
my favorite performances of the night was her new leaked-but-not-officially-released
song that’s featured on a Pepsi commercial, “Grown Woman.” Queen Bey, her
pop-and-lockin’ duo, “Les Twins,” (new dream: to have my own ambiguously named
sidekicks!) and backup dancers got down and played around onstage to an
Afro-beat in more fun, casual attire than the dramatic garb of the rest of the
show. I love my Divayoncé, but it was a refreshing departure and a great
At one point, Bey hopped on a harness and flew over the crowd to a
smaller stage in the back of the arena... My very high quality, professional photo of this epic moment...where she performed “Irreplaceable” —
allowing a few lucky fans, including Kid Prez and one hoarse, hyperventilating mega-fan, to sing “To the left, to the left” — and “Survivor.” You best believe I did
the choreography. Between acts, while Bey changed up her freakum dresses/weaves,
they played these awesome short films — everything from Beyoncé as a broke-down princess to personal videos (everyone freaked when we saw her kiss Blue Ivy,
and a shot of her with President Obama got massive cheers) to a remix of “Love
on Top.” Her backup singers — "The Mamas" — and her entire band — which included drums, brass, guitar and bass — were all incredibly talented black women. They got plenty of bi screen shots and Bey shout outs throughout the show, which I thought was really cool.In short, it was amazing — Mike, I hope you approve of my usage in
this instance! At the end of the night, Beyoncé asked for "A moment of silence, for Trayvon.” The George Zimmerman trial verdict had been reached at 10 p.m.
Saturday — it was likely most concert goers were unaware of what had happened (I had no phone service throughout the whole show, 8-11:30 p.m., which includes her opener, Luke James).
After the somber moment, Beyoncé sang “I
Will Always Love You” which led into “Halo.”
People are loving Weeds
creator Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New
Black, the latest Netflix series now available in its entirety. Orange is based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, who
spent 15 months in a minimum security women’s prison for money laundering and
drug trafficking. Check it out!
In especially sad
news, actor and singer Cory Monteith, best known as Finn from Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver
hotel room Saturday. The coroner reports a mix of alcohol and heroin was the
cause of death. The 31-year-old was open about his past struggles with addiction and sought treatment
at a rehab facility in April. His girlfriend, 26-year-old Lea Michele, also
stars in the hit show.
don’t you go to www.vogue.co.uk. With your
arrow keys, hit up,
up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. Keep clicking A. Now feel less
Syfy’s Sharknado touched down Thursday,
proving the only thing more terrifying than a shark tornado is the revival of
Tara Reid’s acting career.
The original 90210’s (I can’t believe I have to say
that) Ian Ziering also starred. The movie got such a response, particularly on
social media, SyFy is already planning a sequel for 2014, set in New York.
Anyone else notice
Otis from The Walking Dead is now a vampire
therapist on True Blood?
by Maija Zummo
Posted In: Architecture
at 03:29 PM | Permalink
Site lists library among “The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books”
BuzzFeed, the viral video and pop culture aggregate, loves
lists. And Cincinnati has been mentioned in at least two of their “random
number funny sentence” list posts this past week.First, it’s always best to start with dessert … and chili.
BuzzFeed contributor and former Cincinnatian Donna Dickens makes a list of all
of her favorite Cincinnati foods that are better than food from other cities,
claiming, “The worst
part about moving away from Cincy is leaving behind this regional feast.”
on the list?
Graeter’s ice cream, Skyline chili (sorry, Gold Star), Izzy’s giant rueben,
Busken cookies, Glier’s Goetta, LaRosa’s, Montgomery Inn sauce and the
unnaturally blue, unnaturally delicious, formerly Smurffy blueberry soft serve
from King’s Island.
those of us less interested in praising our meat products (although perhaps we
should since they aren’t full of horse), can praise the beautiful
history of our public library.
at #28 on the 30 best places to be if you love books list, which includes Shakespeare and Company in Paris as well as the Oxford
Union Library, is an image of the Cincinnati Public Library looking as most of
us have never seen it — in black and white, yes, but also from its original
location, “Old Main,” at 629 Vine Street. With stories and stories of shelves
and shelves of books, each with a small catwalk, the expanse and whimsy of this
literary wonderland is fantastic. (And really makes you wish it was still
According the Main Library’s flickr page (where you can find more images of the original library location):
“The Main Library has occupied a prominent
position in downtown Cincinnati since 1874, when a new building was constructed
at 629 Vine Street. Considered the most magnificent public library building in
the country at the time, ‘Old Main’ featured one element similar to today’s
library: a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling. Of the dramatic atrium,
Harpers Weekly said, ‘The first impression made upon the mind on entering this
hall is the immense capacity for storing books in its five tiers of alcoves,
and then the eye is attracted and gratified by its graceful and carefully
studied architecture.’ The building closed in 1955, when the ‘New Main
Library,’ located at 800 Vine Street, opened.”
Find more historic
photos of Cincinnati and learn more about the history of our library on the
virtual library Facebook page.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A post on viral web cataloger BuzzFeed
last week accused U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt or her staff of airbrushing the
congresswoman’s Wikipedia page.
by Andy Brownfield
Viral web cataloger says local reps are among 33 Congress members to have altered pages
A post on viral web cataloger BuzzFeed accuses U.S. Rep.
Jean Schmidt or her staff of airbrushing the congresswoman’s Wikipedia
BuzzFeed claims that a user bearing the Internet
fingerprint shared by all Congressional offices removed the section of
Schmidt’s Wikipedia entry titled “The Armenian Genocide issue.”
Schmidt was one of 33 Congress members alleged to have had airbrushing done to their Wikipedia pages.
Also listed was House Speaker John Boehner, who allegedly
had mention of his knowledge of the Mark Foley congressional page
scandal scrubbed from his page.
CityBeat on Wednesday asked for comment from the offices of Schmidt and Boehner but no response was given.
“The Armenian Genocide issue” section appeared on
Schmidt’s page as of Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the section had
previously been removed.
According to the entry, Schmidt came under fire in 2008
from congressional challenger David Krikorian for failing to publicly
define the mass killing of 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians between
1915-1916 as the “Armenian Genocide.”
The Armenian-American Krikorian accused Schmidt of taking
tens of thousands in “blood money” from the Turkish government in order
to push the denial. Krikorian’s claims resulted in a defamation lawsuit
from Schmidt and a complaint before the House Ethics Committee.
However, Boehner’s page still contained no mention of his knowledge of the Foley page scandal as of Wednesday afternoon.
In 2006 former Republican Florida Rep. Mark Foley resigned
over reports that he had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to at
least one underage male former congressional page.
Boehner told The Washington Post that he had
learned of inappropriate “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page
and told then-House Speaker Dennis Hassert about it. He later told the
newspaper that he couldn’t remember whether he talked to Hassert.