0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Rhinegeist rings in Halloween with the
second-annual Hopgeist Double IPA festival.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Cincinnati Pops hosts a family-friendly,
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
If you’re looking to get some more
mileage out of your Halloween costume head to Fountain Square at lunch
for its ninth-annual costume contest.
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2015
With Halloween falling on Saturday this
year, pretty much every club you go to this weekend is going to be
having a Halloween party, most likely with a “Halloween costume contest”
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
For hundreds of years many people have
looked to revered religious figures with big hats for guidance on how to
be good people.
by Jac Kern
at 02:25 PM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
is officially over and I have to say, this year’s costumes — both celebrity and
normal humans — left a lot to be desired (and I’m not even going there with the
Ray Rice costumes). In my book, a costume can be scary, funny or sexy, but it
has to be clever, one-of-a-kind or really well-executed. Enough with the “I’m a
mouse, duh” getups, already!
star who slayed the costume game was Iggy Azalea. I-G-G-Y: I know I slammed you
last week for your lackluster SNL
performances, but you totally redeemed yourself. A little background first: There
have been memes going around comparing Iggy to the Wayons Brothers in White Chicks — both because of her
apparent cultural appropriation of the Dirty South and, well, because she kind
of looks like them.
had the last laugh on Halloween, dressing up in an eerie White Chicks costume with a friend.
did a killer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume.Also, Riri’s back on Instagram!
always sad when a holiday ends — except, of course election season. Let’s toast
to the end of campaign ads and at least a decrease in asinine political
Facebook posts. To this photobomber!
Cumberbatch is officially off the market, and he made the announcement
in the most Charlotte way ever. If you’re wondering what that faint
sound is, it’s a million CumberBitches’ hearts breaking simultaneously.
Spacey went on The Tonight Show on
Halloween and proved once and for all that he is an acting god, via the Wheel
somebody say, “wish”? If you were hoping for
a new Pee-wee Herman movie, well, Jambi has granted your wish. Paul Reubens is
working with Judd Apatow for a reboot I can definitely get behind for once.
Another mega-Yoncé album is coming this month. The Platinum Edition will feature
everything from Beyoncé, plus two new
songs, 10 live performances from the On the Run Tour, four remixes and some
other swag if you purchase a physical copy.
Watching ignorant politicians make fools of themselves on The Daily Show never ceases to amuse.
But when said ignorant politician is the Butler County sheriff, that just makes
it all the sweeter (Richard Jones and his epic 'stache come in around the one-minute mark, and again at 3:30).
The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video ArchiveYou know that iconic black and white photo of Sophia
Loren and Jayne Mansfield? Some see it as representing the rivalry between blondes and brunettes, others see it as a testament to Sophia Loren's killer side-eye. So what was she looking at? Apparently, what everyone else (presumably) was. "I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate," Loren told Entertainment Weekly. There you have it!You may know T-Pain from his Hip Hop hits rife with Auto-Tune.
Surprisingly, dude can sing for real. And he can buy me a drank any day.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 08:36 AM | Permalink
Don't be scared. Just because it's Halloween, you don't have to miss out on good theater. In fact, there are some great deals available. For instance, this weekend is your last chance to see Ensemble Theatre's production of An Iliad (CityBeat review here), a one-man retelling of Homer's epic tale of the Trojan War. (The final performance is Sunday at 2 p.m.) Bruce Cromer has been turning in one of the best acting performances seen locally in years as "The Poet" who narrates the story of the tragic conflict — as well as about a dozen of the story's central characters. Several of the weekend's performances are sold out, but seats do remain tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and if you use the coupon code SPOOKY to order tickets for either one, you'll get them for $25 each (they're usually $44). Box office: 513-421-3555.
This is also the final weekend for Falcon Theater's staging of The Woman in Black in Newport's tiny Monmouth Theater (which the group recently purchased, so it now has a permanent home, renamed "Falcon Theater"). The final performance on Saturday is sold out, but if you attend the classic ghost story tonight at 8 p.m. in costume, you'll get a $2 discount on your ticket (normally $19; $17 for students and seniors): 513-479-6783.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of The Birds (CityBeat review here) is also intended to give you the creeps, so it's another good choice for Halloween weekend. If that title sounds familiar, it's because Alfred Hitchcock adapted Daphne Du Maurier's short story into a classic thriller back in 1963. Cincy Shakes is presenting a more recent stage adaptation, this one by Irish playwright Conor McPherson (who has his own reputation as a storyteller who knows how to scare an audience, with past hits like The Weir and The Seafarer). It's an evening of psychological twists and turns with a cast featuring four of the company's best actors. This one will be around for another week, but if you're celebrating Halloween, you'll have fun with this one. Tickets ($22-$36): 513-381-2273, x1.
Also onstage through Nov. 8 is Know Theatre's production of Moby Dick (CityBeat review here.) It's not exactly a ghost story, but the obsessive Captain Ahab is certainly haunted by the specter of the great white whale, and Know's retelling of Herman Melville's great American novel is inventive and engaging. Tickets ($18): 513-300-5669.Other good choices onstage are Covedale Center's Into the Woods (CityBeat review here) and the Cincinnati Playhouse's Safe House (CityBeat review here.) The former (tickets, $21-$24: 513-241-6550) is Stephen Sondheim's classic musical that's a mash-up of fairytales; the Playhouse show is a world premiere of a play by native Cincinnatian Keith Josef Adkins about people like his ancestors, free people of color in 19th-century Kentucky (tickets, $30-$75: 513-421-3888).
Rick Pender's STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With Halloween coming up
Friday, we’ve got lots of costumes to look forward to/dread: over-the-top
celebrity ensembles, clever pop culture costumes, folks who didn’t get
the memo that Halloween is not an excuse to be racist. But we get an awesome
early costume from Paralympian Josh Sundquist.
The athlete lost his left leg as a child and couldn’t be any better of a sport
about it, as evidenced by his creative costumes year after year. This time
around, he’s a foosball player.Holy shit, Harry Potter can rap.
LeVar Burton has read countless books to children
during his time on Reading Rainbow.
But now, Burton just wants kids to Go the
Fuck to Sleep.
Let’s talk about last week’s SNL. Jim Carrey hosted for the third time, this one in advance of
the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel (so help us, god). If you’re wondering why
the comedian never starred on the sketch comedy show, instead getting his big
break on In Living Color, he tried
— read more about his failed auditions here. While the episode had its low points — more on musical guest Iggy Azalea later —
Jim Carrey served up classic Jim Carrey insanity with plenty of physical
humor, face-morphing impressions and even a walk down memory lane with
his characters from the past 25 years. Best of all was his take on the weird
Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads.
Then there was Iggy Azalea. The musical guests so
far this season have all catered toward a mostly younger audience, but that’s typically the
case. And whether you’re sick of her faux Atlanta rap-cent or you still have
“Fancy” as your ringtone, Iggy has churned out hit after hit over the past year
and she should have been able to produce at least a mildly entertaining
performance. But she did not. Both performances flat-lined, plagued with bad lip
synching to less-than-stellar pre-recorded tracks, awkward quasi-dancing (you
don’t have to have choreography just
because you’re a girl, you know) and featured artists with whom she had zero
chemistry. And I know following every episode of SNL someone writes a “Was this the worst performance in SNL
history?” commentary, but you really have to watch the uncomfortable, dead-eyed
performances for yourself.
It seemed more like a skit making fun of white girl
rappers than anything. But it stands as a reminder that ass alone does not a rapper make.
Blog You Should Follow: Drunk J. Crew
Pardon my Seinfeldism, but what is the deal with kids
on competition shows? First there was MasterChef
Junior, where kids who have been
cooking since they were in diapers compete to impress Gordon Ramsay and other
chefs. Now there’s Project Runway:
Threads with little
Tim Gunns that know their way around a sewing machine better I can ever dream
(hot glue is my savior). Do you want me to feel inferior to 9-year-olds?
Apparently you can permanently alter the color of
your eyes if you hate yourself just enough!
Marcel the Shell is back! Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s lovable personified shell returns
for the first time since 2011 with a new video and a book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On went
viral in 2010 but the short film actually has critical accolades, too: It was awarded Best
Animated Short at AFI FEST 2010, was an official
selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury and
Audience Awards at the New York International Children's Film Festival. (You
know, just in case you needed any further proof that Jenny Slate is the best.)
And speaking of new installments of viral videos,
there’s a new Between Two Ferns with —
as Zach Galifianikis calls him — Bradley Pitts.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: Paddington Bear, a character made popular through
children’s books since 1958, gets the live-action treatment in Paddington;
A troubled young man finds the will to live when his young but more mature
niece is put in his care in Before I
and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea
Peretti has a stand-up special coming to Netflix next month, One of the Greats.
by Anne Arenstein
Posted In: Classical music
at 09:12 AM | Permalink
c:n's spooky show continues on Oct. 27
Before Anne Rice and Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe set the standard for gothic creepiness. He's the inspiration for Gothic Halloween, a terrific program of music and Poe's classic stories guaranteed to chill the blood temperatures to appropriate Halloween levels, performed with wicked glee by the adventurous ensemble concert:nova. It's an evening of music from the dark side seamlessly interwoven with equally scary stories and songs. Performed on the stage of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of The Birds, it's the perfect setting for an evening of macabre and mayhem. Many of the musicians sported black capes but harpist Gillian Sella takes the prize —more on her later.Bach's "Toccata" from the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" is a horror standard and that's what starts the evening, performed with gusto by local treasure, keyboardist Julie Spangler. It's so familiar that the opening three-note sequence evoked laughter, which was quickly silenced by Spangler's artistry. She makes the small electric keyboard resonate with the power of a cathedral instrument. The "Psycho Suite" features three pieces from the classic film score by Bernard Herrmann, performed by a string sextet — Eric Bates (no relation to Norman), Gerald Itzkoff, Mari Thomas, Rebe Barnes, Margaret Dyer and Theodore Nelson. There were also a few chuckles which quickly subsided. Those screeching string swipes don't need film to convey the murder in the shower scene or the ominous mood at the Bates Motel.Baritone Edward Nelson gave a powerful performance of Schubert's setting of German poet Heinrich Heine's "Die Doppelganger," a song about a frightening encounter with one's alter-ego. Spangler accompanied and segued into Part II of Gyorgy Ligeti's "Musica ricercata," ("Researched music"). Entitled "Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale," (Sad, rigid and ceremonial), the music is a series of repeated notes, restless and menacing.Sections of Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1 accompany a reading of Poe's "The Cask of the Amontillado," performed by Jason Podplesky and Edward Nelson. Podplesky seemed uneasy at first, stumbling over mispronunciations, but he recovered to bring the story to its macabre finale. Nelson did a fine job as the hapless victim. He remained onstage, joined by a string quartet for a performance of Samuel Barber's setting of Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach." Nelson conveyed the longing, passion and terror with elegant tone and flawless diction. The string quartet delivered an appropriately moody reading.The second half opened with violists Barnes and Dyer slinking out on stage to perform "Viola Zombie," Michael Daugherty's duet that's a mashup of horror themes and plucked strings. You gotta love a piece with movements entitled "Jerks of Rigor Mortis" and "Zombie revivus." Barnes and Dyer clearly do.The evening closed with Poe's ultimate horror classic, "The Masque of the Red Death," read by Podplesky, accompanied by French composer Andre Caplet's "Conte Fantastique: Masque of the Red Death" for string quartet and harp. In spite of a few mispronunciations here and there, Podplesky rendered the story with ghoulish delight. Caplet's score meshes fantasy and foreboding, and the harp glissandos add to the eerie atmosphere. Willowy harpist Gillian Sella nearly stole the show when she entered, garbed in a white satin cape and pointed hat. c:n Artistic Director and clarinetist Ixi Chen doesn't perform in this concert but her creative mark is all over this terrific program.You have one more opportunity to up your scare quotient on Monday evening, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. A party follows the performance. You go, ghouls. Tickets and more info here.
Harvest Festivals, haunted tours, costume balls and more fall events to trick-or-treat your way through a frightfully fun October
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
October is synonymous with Halloween,
haunted houses, harvest festivals and more-sexy-than-scary costume
balls. Whether you plan on being a slutty nurse, a moody John Snow, your
basic zombie or Dracula, the Tristate offers more than enough events
for you to get your freaky on all haunting season.