by Mike Breen
7 days ago
Ohio Chamber Folk ensemble makes promo video in support of Memorial Hall performance
Over the past few years, Athens, Ohio’s Indie Folk troupe The Ridges have become a regular presence at Cincinnati area clubs, building up a nice local following. They’ve also become fairly regular participants in the MidPoint Music Festival (which returns starting this Thursday to the clubs and venues of Downtown/Over-the-Rhine) and they always provide fest-highlight-worthy performances. The band is returning to MPMF 2014 for its third visit to the festival, opening up the night at new MPMF venue Memorial Hall Saturday at 9:15 p.m. and rounding out a great bill that also includes anticipated MPMF sets by Saintseneca and Gardens & Villa. The Ridges (who’ve done several dates in the past year with Kishi Bashi, one of last year’s big MPMF breakthrough acts) often craft cool promo videos for their shows, particularly for bigger events like MPMF. The band’s video previewing its appearance at this year’s MidPoint was recently shot from the stage at Memorial Hall, giving a good look at the gorgeous venue for those who’ve never seen it.
“It’s always one of our favorite shows,” Ridges singer/songwriter/guitarist Victor Rasgaitis says about playing MidPoint. “The atmosphere is perfectly inspiring and the crowds are so incredibly receptive — we're lucky to have such an awesome festival here in Ohio.”
Tickets for MPMF are available here. For more on The Ridges, visit theridgesmusic.com.
by Jac Kern
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According to the
plethora of holiday shopping commercials (which started airing before freaking
Halloween), we’re apparently expected to have already begun buying gifts for
the upcoming season. If you want to get a head start on shopping without
supporting big box stores, check out The City Flea Small Mall at 21c Museum
Hotel this Sunday. The popular urban flea market goes indoors from noon-6 p.m.,
bringing favorite independent businesses under one roof — and a really cool
roof at that. Shop Casablanca Vintage, Indigenous, Mustard Seed Boutique,
Powerhouse Factories, It’s Only Fair and other great local and regional
businesses, without the stress of driving around town. Find a full list of
vendors here.The Greater
Cincinnati Holiday Market features a more traditional, Christmas-y experience
at Duke Energy Convention Center. From Friday through Sunday, the market will
open with more than 100 holiday displays from local and national retailers with
a focus on gifts, ornaments, specialty food and décor. Along with the market is
a Specialty Food and Treats Show featuring delicious demos and workshops form
local chefs, restaurants and businesses. Santa even makes a daily appearance!
Go here for more details.
kicks off its first Signature Series of performances, art, food and drink
Friday night with An Evening of the Classics. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a
reception and open bar followed by the world premiere of Entwined: An Artistic Sensory Experience at 8 p.m. Violinist Tatiana
Berman performs with Irina Botan on piano accompanied by digital animation.
There will also be performances by Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and School
for Creative and Performing Arts musicians, art from Solway Galleries, and food
tastings from Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jimmy Gibson and Jeff Thomas. Tickets are
$40 and can be purchased here.
Join in one of the
classiest bike events of the year with the Cincinnati Tweed Ride.
This Saturday, ladies and gents dressed in their most dapper attire will meet
at the National Steamboat Monument at Mehring Way and Broadway at 4 p.m. Prizes
will be awarded for Best Male Attire, Best Female Attire, Best Mustache and Best
Hat. All chaps and lasses are welcome to grab dinner and drinks and Moerlein
Lager House after the ride.
Museum Center continues its Passport to the World Series with Latin American
Culture Fest Saturday and Sunday. Families will learn about Día de los Muertos,
Carnival, the geography of Latin America and the various cultures and
traditions of its countries. Features include a marketplace, art display,
lectures, performances and lots of exhibits. Go here
for ticket information and details.For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
Oct. 4 • Memorial Hall
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 1, 2013
title track is a gorgeous slow-burner marked by Arnarson’s whispery
vocals and Arnalds’ atmospheric electronic compositions, which float by
via twinkling keyboards and glitchy beats that sound as if they’re
itching to break through to another, less nuanced record.
North African group Tinariwen opens MusicNOW with true World music
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The backstory of Tinariwen founder
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib is so cinematic in scope that it should be the basis
for an epic independent film.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Hamilton County Board of
Commissioners Feb. 27 unanimously approved a 40-year agreement with the
Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) that will lease
the county-owned Memorial Hall and provide renovations to the
by German Lopez
Agreement will provide renovations
The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners unanimously
approved a 40-year agreement with the Cincinnati Center City Development
Corporation (3CDC) that will lease the county-owned Memorial Hall and provide renovations
to the 105-year-old building.
County officials have long said the building, which is
used to host concerts, shows and speaking events, is in dire need of
upgrades, particularly overhauls to its roof, windows, facade work,
floors, air conditioning and bathrooms — all of which will now be
financed by 3CDC with the help of tax credits.
“The public-private partnership between 3CDC and Hamilton
County will result in the preservation of historic Memorial Hall without
the use of taxpayer dollars for the improvements,” Commissioner Greg
Hartmann, a Republican, said in a statement. “3CDC has an impressive
track record with development projects in downtown Cincinnati and will
be a great partner to manage this project.”
The partnership will also relinquish the county
government’s operational funding for insurance and utilities for
Memorial Hall, which cost the county about $200,000 annually.
In a statement, Hartmann’s office said the partnership
with 3CDC “extends only to the renovations at Memorial Hall,” and the
county will retain ownership and the final say over any increased
The city of Cincinnati has repeatedly partnered with 3CDC, a nonprofit company, for projects at Fountain Square, Washington Park, the
Vine Street streetscape project and ongoing developments throughout
by Jac Kern
Tonight's the night! Our annual Best of Cincinnati Party is always one of the most fun events of the year. You voted for your favorite restaurants, bars, public figures, galleries, theaters, and everything in between – now's your chance to check them all out under one roof. This year's celebration is a preview party – our Best of issues doesn't hit the streets 'til Wednesday morning, which means those in attendance will be the first to know about all our winners!As always, there will be dinner-by-the-bite from your favorite restaurants like Adriatico's, Izzy's and A Tavola; coffee and dessert from Coffee Emporium and BonBonerie; and the city's best cocktails including martinis, Bloody Marys and margaritas. As you're eating your way through the beautiful Memorial Hall, enjoy music from a DJ and a live performance from Exhale Dance Tribe performers. If that's not enough, more than 100 guests will walk away with amazing swag bags from the Procter & Gamble eStore full of your favorite P&G products and coupons to local Best of businesses. Of course, like last year, we will feature Golden Ticket giveaways, which will feature amazing prizes like tickets to Bunbury, Forecastle, Bonnaroo, MidPoint Music Festival, eight consecutive Bogart's shows and much more. If you still don't have tickets, they'll be available at the door for $35. See you tonight!Other events tonight include a Make and Bake glass jewelry class at Brazee Studios from 5-7 p.m., a Homegrown Tomatoes workshop at the Civic Garden Center from 6-8 p.m. and free concert at CCM featuring the U.S. Navy Band from Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m.Find more daily arts, theaters and other events on our To Do page and follow our music blog for live show info.
by Jac Kern
Radius, a local crowd-sourced short film shot at MidPoint Music Festival, Final Fridays and other area events, premieres Saturday at Memorial Hall. According to the press release, the movie follows "a man's investigation into a mysterious superhero and its effect on the community leads to a startling revelation." The red carpet event kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and guests are invited to stick around after the premiere for drinks, noshes, music by DJ Pillo and entertainment from Cincinnati BombShells, Young Professionals' Choral Collective and Pones Inc. Tickets are $25 at the door; go here for more information and a sneak peek.20th Century Cincinnati is a vintage-modern (is that an oxymoron?) collector's dream. The 18th annual event brings 60 furniture and decor dealers to the Sharonville Convention Center with all kinds of goodies from the 1920s-1980s. Tickets are just $7 for the weekend, with the sale open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find details here.Born to Swap's February Swaptique Sunday is another fun shopping event this weekend. Clothing swaps are absolutely genius: just bring 5-20 fashion items in a bag and a potluck dish, and prepare to share both with a great group of women. You'll be able to get rid of shoes, clothes and accessories you no longer need, find a new-to-you ensemble and meet other eco-conscious, fabulous fashionistas like yourself. Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 if you don't have clothing to bring), $15 at the door ($20 without swapables) and leftover clothing will be donated to charity. Purchase tickets and find FAQs here.Do you think there's ever been a February Final Friday as mild as this one? Surely not. Hop around the galleries, restaurants and bars in Over-the-Rhine and make the most of this odd weather!For even more stuff to do, peep Mike Breen's weekend music forecast, Rick Pender's weekend theater suggestions and all of our recommended arts, performances and events for the week.
Secrets of a Civil War-era Queen City revealed on walking tour
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Somehow, a sensational thing happens when hiking around the city on a historic walking tour: The modern world is always present but seemingly overlaid with a transparency from the past, the ghosts looking back at us while we search for them. At least that's been my experience when good storytelling is involved, as it is in the new Cincinnati Civil War Tour, happening Saturdays through Sept. 25.
Bryce Dessner brings unique MusicNOW fest back for fifth year
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW brainchild has evolved into one of the singular musical events in the Midwest, a multi-day festival featuring a like-minded collection of creatively adventurous musicians who relish the opportunity to partake in its laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere. Dessner talks about his approach to MusicNOW, why Memorial Hall is the right venue and the upcoming album from his band, The National.