by Jac Kern
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It’s T-Shirt time,
and I’m not talking about juiced a-holes in Jersey. Cincy Apparel’s T-Shirt
Market is in full effect on Fountain Square until 11 p.m. Friday night. Stock
up on tees made by local designers, and plenty emblazoned with Cincinnati
inside jokes, landmarks and product logos. Park + Vine, Donkey Tees and Cinci
Shirts are just a few vendors hawking tees. And while you’re on the square,
hang around for MidPoint Indie Summer (7-11 p.m.) with Orgone, The Cliftones
and Eclipse Movement.
After all that
shoppin’ and dancin’ and drinkin’, you’re going to need some fourth meal
action. Head over to the inaugural Night Owl Market, at the corner of Main
Street and Central Parkway, for a late-night food fest. The Final Friday event,
appropriately abbreviated ”NOM,” will feature food trucks and booths serving
tasty local eats from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Three a.m.! Get your fill from Café
de Wheels, C’est Cheese, Fireside Pizza, Cincy Bag Ladies and plenty more.
There will also be artists, retail vendors and live music from The Pinstripes.
celebrates 50 years of bringing R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul music to the
Tri-State. Tom Joyner, Zay Foggs, Monica, The O’Jays and many others will
perform at Paul Brown Stadium Friday and Saturday. Outside the concert, on
Freedom Way between Elm and Vine streets, Festival513 keeps the good times
comin’ with lots of food, street vendors, art and more, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday
and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Tickets to Macy’s Music Festival are still
available for $48-$88.
UC DAAP professor
Henry Navarro and a group of the college’s students and grads have been working
on a fashion-art project at Bromwell’s Gallery downtown. Influenced by the city
— architecture, culture, landscape and local residents — the team has created a
Cincy-centric line of wearable art. Grey Cincinnati debuts Saturday
night at Prairie Gallery in Northside. Check out fashions designed to inspire
and empower Cincinnatians across demographics. The fashion show kicks off at 9
known best to many as Kurt from Glee,
will be in town Sunday to promote his new children’s book, The Land of
Stories: The Wishing Spell. The 22-year-old
Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner found time between takes on the Fox hit to
write a modern-day fairy tale, aimed at kids ages 8 and older. He will sign the
book at 3:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.
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by Jac Kern
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Golden Globe winner to sign new children's book July 29
In Glee, Kurt Hummel may have graduated from Lima, Ohio's McKinley High, but actor Chris Colfer will return his character's home state this summer while promoting and signing his new children's book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.Colfer, a 22-year-old Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner, found time between takes on Glee to write a modern-day fairy tale for children ages 8 and older. He will discuss and sign the book at 3:30 p.m. July 29 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.From Amazon: "Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced
adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the
enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner.
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave
their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder
and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters
they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters
with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is
going to be harder than they thought."Portraying an openly gay character on Glee (and being open about his own sexuality) has made Colfer somewhat of an icon in the LGBTQ community. After winning his 2011 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, he used his acceptance speech to support kids who watch the show that deal with bullies and naysayers. Colfer was bullied not only as Kurt on Glee, but in real life and resorted to homeschooling when he was in seventh and eighth grade. Check out his sweet, inspired speech below.Screw that, indeed!The Land of Stories is available for sale July 17. Reserve your copy in advance at Joseph-Beth, as it is anticipated that the book will sell out before Colfer's appearance.