by Jac Kern
German weekend is
upon us. Cincinnati hosts the largest Oktoberfest
in North America, bringing 500,000 people downtown to enjoy beer and bratwurst,
music and dancing. Oktoberfest takes over Fifth Street between Broadway and
Vine from noon-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday. Between filling up on Dunkel and sauerkraut, stop by the CityBeat booth
to pickup the official Oktoberfest guide, register for prizes and buy tickets
to next week’s MidPoint Music Festival. We’ll be accepting credit cards only because
staff members can’t be trusted with cash it’s 2012, so come see your
favorite staffers and get a wristband while they last!
If the food,
booze, polka dancers and giant crowds don’t interest you, The Wahl Mobile
Barbershop will be on hand Saturday and Sunday offering free shaves and facial
hair trims to area gents. They’ll also be scouting for the Wahl Man of
Cincinnati, so if you think you’ve got the best beard or mustache in town,
show off your scruff! The winner will receive $500 and go on to compete for a
national title. Whisker Wars much?
pop art lover hasn’t dreamed of going back in time and hanging out at Andy
Warhol’s Factory? Imagine: artists and socialites gathering to see and be seen,
creative producing interesting works, music and drinks abound. Warhol may have
come and gone, but on Friday night we can get a taste of what it was like as
the Contemporary Arts Center hosts Machine:
Andy Warhol and Photography. Coinciding with the Warhol exhibit is Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields,
Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots, which looks at farming as activism and an
art form. Friday’s dual opening reception is will be a feast for the senses
with a DJ set by VHS or Beta and a photo booth projecting Factory-style screen
tests across the museum. The party beings at 8 p.m. and is $10, free for
Buff your bowling
ball and mix up a White Russian, because Esquire Theatre hosts The Big Lebowski
Quote-a-thon Saturday. Don your bed Dude ensemble for a
costume contests, test your Lebowski trivia knowledge and participate
throughout the screening by quoting your favorite lines. The movie begins at
Nerds unite! The
Cincinnati Comic Expo runs through Sunday at Duke Energy Convention Center,
kicking off with a Geek Prom Friday. The expo will also feature arcades,
panels, cosplay and even something called sci-fi speed dating! Of course, many
attend to meet stars involved in comics, television and movies – guests include
Star Wars’ fight and light saber choreographer Nick Gillard, Green Power Ranger
Jason David Frank and Chandler Riggs, better known as Carl "Get out of here!" Grimes from The Walking Dead. Go here for
ticket pricing, a full event lineup and more information
and fall fashion spreads can often lead to budget woes. A change in seasons inspires
finding fresh duds, but if you’ve got a full closet and empty bank account,
you’re kinda stuck with what you’ve got. Enter Swappy Seconds,
Casablanca Vintage and Chicken Lays an Egg’s clothing swap. Here’s how it
works: Pick at least five items from your wardrobe that are clean and in great
condition, drop ‘em off at Mayday in Northside starting at 2 p.m Sunday. The
ladies of Chicken and Casablanca will sort and arrange all these clothes, shoes and accessories, then open
the doors at 3:30 pm. For $3 you can return and pick through the goods while
enjoying Mayday drinks and dogs. And guys: this isn’t just for the ladies! The
more who participate, the more treasures for the pickin’. You’ll clean out your
closet and supplement your wardrobe
for (300) pennies!
Check out our To
Do picks and full calendar for more arts, theater and events to check out this
The Cincinnati Comic Expo returns for a bigger, better second year of fun and fantasy
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Comic book culture is embedded in our collective imaginations like never before, inspiring a slew of Hollywood blockbusters like Batman and Superman (for starters), as well as a number of gritty independent films, such as American Splendor, Ghost World and Road to Perdition.
The genre also attracts all manner of craftsmen to explore it as a new
medium, from Michael Chabon to Kevin Smith to Stephen King.
Local illustrators talk about this weekend's Cincinnati Comic Expo
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Comic book conventions empower creators, helping them fly above the seemingly countless submissions flooding the comics industry. These are some boiled-down comments from locals Woodrow J. Hinton III and Josh Blair, both appearing this weekend at the Cincinnati Comic Expo.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
State workers may soon be able to extend their benefits to "live-in" partners. Against the idea is Citizens for Community Values leader Phil Burress, whose official statement on the issue included a disturbing metaphor about the ends of an extension cord not fitting together if each has three dicks.