by Amber Hemmerle
Posted In: Commentary
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Cincinnati's most buzzworthy tweets of the week
Each week our intern Amber will be exploring what
Cincinnatians are interested in by scouring the local Twitter trends and
reporting on what she’s found. From serious tweets to goofy hashtags, she’ll
highlight what Cincy’s been buzzing about. So get to tweeting, folks.
Either you love it or you hate this zombie show — but if you
hate it, just keep your stinking mouth shut. Seriously, though, now that
football is over, it seems like Sundays are devoted to TWD in Cincinnati. New characters and old ones constantly dying off
either give viewers something to look forward to or break their hearts each
week. I think everyone can come to a consensus that Lizzie is a little, um,
psycho. Plus, three new characters, from the comic, were introduced last week.
What are you looking forward to in the next episode?
Tuesday, Feb. 18 was National Drink Wine Day. According to
NationalWineDay.org the purpose of the day is to spread the love and health
benefits of wine, so I’ll drink to that. If you celebrate wine every day, like
me, check out these local wine events:
WineStation Wednesdays: Free, every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.
at The Wine Merchant.Wine Tasting: Free, every Friday from 4-8 p.m. at DEPS Fine
Wines.Saturday Afternoon Tastings with David: $10 monthly through
July 2014, Noon-5 p.m. at Water Tower Fine Wines.Cincinnati International Wine Festival: $40, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
March 8 at Duke Energy Convention Center.
Trending, not necessarily because of his performance, but
because of the emotional post-race interview he had with Christin Cooper.
Miller’s brother, also a skier, passed away in 2012. Cooper pressed him with
questions about his win and his brother, even after he shed tears. Where do you
draw the line and become a person again instead of fishing for that next great
quote? There were people arguing both sides; some say she was doing her job and
others believe she went too far. As someone studying in this field, I think she
was doing her job. See the interview here and decide for
yourself. Miller, however, did not blame Cooper, tweeting:
Lorde won International Female Artist, Bruno Mars won
International Male Artist and David Bowie won British Solo Male Artist. There
might not have been any Miley moments, but they did have some fabulous
fashionistas in attendance from the States. Queen Bey made that green gown her
bitch and Katy Perry glowed, literally, during her performance of Dark Horse.
The one thing that the Brit Awards does have on us: Awesome English accents.
Jimmy Fallon started this brilliant hashtag. You’ve done it
too: Thought a song said something, belted it out and got funny looks from all
of your friends. Trends like this are just fun:
“Dirty deeds, Dunder
Chief…”“Got me feeling so
fried like a cheese stick…”“Excuse me while I
kiss this guy...”The entire Kidzbop
version of “Thrift Shop”
Votto was in the
running to be the Face of MLB Competition, but was eliminated by Felix
Hernandez of the Mariners by a margin of just .8 percent. Votto was the
reigning champ from the 2013 in the Twitter competition, but fell short this
year. Although Votto might have lost, Reds fans can rejoice in the fact that
Opening Day is now less than two months away. Voting continues on Twitter if
you are interested, click here for the bracket.
Other trending topics:
MVP, True Detective, Tornado Watch, #GhettoJeopardy, UNC, #USAvsCanada and
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Miley Cyrus kicked off her Bangerz tour in expected fashion: with a
mini-Britney, a gigantic phallic hot dog, the return of the infamous foam
finger and Miley entering the stage via a giant Miley head, sliding down a giant Miley tongue. Here’s a look at this recent performance of “Party in the USA,” basically a
children’s patriotic school play, if said children drank a bathtub full of
molly-laced Kool-Aid first.
Side note: This is what U.S. History class will look like in 2064.
We’re more than halfway through the Olympics and the U.S. is currently
in third place for medal standings
with 23 medals —the most decorated country at this point.
There have been some ups and downs: Superstars Shaun White and Shani
Davis failed to attain medals and other U.S. favorites scored much lower than expected. But history was made with Charlie White and Meryl Davis winning the first U.S.
gold in Olympic ice dancing; bobsledder Steven Holcomb again broke a 62-year
losing streak for the States (he and Steve Langton won bronze in the two-man
race, medaling for the first time since 1952; Holcomb in 2010 also led his
four-man sled team to the country’s first medal in that event in 62 years); and the U.S. commanded the podium for
men’s ski slopestyle as Americans Joss Christensen, Gus
Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took home the gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
The best spectacle came on the ice rink, though. Is that any surprise? With
music, dancing and sparkly costumes, the other sports just don’t compete when
it comes to entertainment. Retired ice princess Johnny Weir hasn’t missed a step with his
flawless looks while providing figure skating commentary for NBC — Gawker has
been on Weir Watch, documenting his sassiest
ensembles and accessories.
Is anyone else kicking themselves for having just discovered Russian
skating god Evgeni Plushenko? The highly decorated figure skater embarked on
his fourth Olympics in Sochi this year after undergoing surgery on his spine in
early 2013. Plush won Russia’s first gold at the games, competing in two team
events before kicking off the figure skating short program. Sadly — and right after
NBC aired an amazing reel on Plush and his very interesting history — the
skater injured himself during practice, just before he was about to compete.
Plush withdrew from the event, retiring from his sport effective immediately.
So this kind of thing happens all the time with athletes who push their
bodies to the limit. But Plushenko is more than just a talented skater. He was
a presence — with “top three in Russian woman” wife —
as this now-viral showcase (aka not a competition) performance proves.
And finally we have The Faces of Figure Skating, which pretty much
speaks for itself.
This dude is a dead-ringer for David Wain seeing a pair of boobs for the first time.You know that Crystal Head vodka that comes in a cool glass skull? Well,
fun fact, Dan Aykroyd founded the company, and some scientists created a face
based on the “skull’s” dimension. Here’s what it would look like if the Crystal
Head was a real guy:Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show hosting duties Monday and it’s
already clear fans of his Late Night
jokes, skits and recurring bits can expect just about the same from his new
show and time slot. A cavalcade of celebrities
welcomed Fallon on Monday, with Lindsay Lohan, Rudy Giuliani, Lady Gaga and
other famous New Yorkers paying up as if they lost a bet that he’d never take
over Tonight. Fallon’s first guest
was Will Smith who, along with Jimmy, schooled us on the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.
I also finally discovered that The Roots, when introducing Fallon, aren’t just yelling random numbers (I thought they were area code shout outs?), which
became clear when ?uestlove enthusiastically shouted, “One!” at the start of the
Fallon’s gonna kill it. So it’s definitely appropriate that his original
Saturday Night Live audition tape is
making its rounds. Spoiler Alert: Jimmy is a baby and auditioning for SNL appears to be the most terrifying
by Amber Hemmerle
Posted In: Commentary
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Cincinnati's most buzzworthy tweets of the week
Each week our intern Amber will
be exploring what Cincinnatians are interested in by scouring the local Twitter
trends and reporting on what she’s found. From serious tweets to goofy
hashtags, she’ll highlight what Cincy’s been buzzing about. So get to tweeting,
ten-year anniversary of Kanye West’s College Dropout
album was Monday, Feb. 10. Other than just making me feel old, this album does
bring back memories. Many people tweeted that it was one of the best rap albums
produced and, with songs like “Through the Wire,” “All Falls Down” and “Slow
Jamz,” it very well could be. Even if you don’t like rap or Kanye West, the
dude rapped “Through the Wire” with a broken
jaw and his mouth wired shut. There’s just something you have to respect about
No, not the drink... She was a 1930s child star
that worked her way up from acting and singing
to a place in politics. Temple was a young star that never went on to be plagued
with the many misfortunes of child performers today. Is it the media, the
relentless spotlight, the ruthless critics or the constant negativity on social
media that drive so many to overindulge in drugs and drinking today? Even in
the tweets about Temple, some were saying she died of AIDS, that she was a
racist and a communist. Really? She died at age 85 and so many of the stars we
all grew up with probably won’t even live to be half that old.
Tons of people were thankful for their hot cocoa
and caramel macchiato this week due to the below-freezing temps again. Throw in
the whole “Dumb Starbucks” stunt and you have thisa trending topic in Cincy. I
predict Graeter’s will be trending at some point this summer and there will be
pictures of banana splits and chocolate milkshakes everywhere. Someone should
make a “Dumb Graeters” and see how much money their old cup sells for.
Ahh, ‘tis the season for another funny trend
thanks to Valentine’s Day. What is it about Tuesday afternoons that makes it so
difficult for people to work? Now, imagine these sayings on a little candy
heart from your sweetie:
It’s not me, it’s you.If only someone loved you.You were almost my first choice.Front: ILY, Back: I’m Leaving You.
This hashtag was supposedly started about Shaun
White, the snowboarder. Of course, if you’re not following the Olympics this
trend could be seriously misconstrued. Whoever started this had to have seen
the blatant double meaning. If you want to start a trend on Twitter, by all
means go for it, but use your damn brain. Regardless of what this hashtag
means, it should say #IfIWereWhite. You’re welcome, grammar Nazis.
Apparently MTV has a show that is not about the
young and pregnant or the young and drunk. Congratulations, Teen Wolf, apparently you are worthy of watching.
So, Big Lots will be the official discount seller of Hostess
products. Each week an assortment of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho-Hos will be shipped
to Big Lots everywhere and sold for cheap. Big Lots is based in Columbus, so it
makes sense that this would be trending in Cincinnati. In light of this trend,
many people were offering some of their best thrifty advice. Here were a few
tips I found interesting:Don’t use the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher; it saves money on
your energy bill.
Make a grocery list and only buy what is on it. This helps to
curb impulse buying at the store. This one is definitely harder than it sounds.
Go to the thrift store first. Many places have a rack with all
brand new clothes sent from the store because they weren’t selling, were
returned, have a crooked seam or something minor.
Bring your coffee from home. Figure out how much you spend a week on coffee
compared to investing in a coffee pot and making your own. The savings are more
than you’d expect.Follow @Thriftinnati or go to www.cincinnatithrift.com for more
info on thrifting and thrift stores in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.Also trending: Marcus Smart, Michael Sam, #Curling, #SoChi, #HoneyBooBoo,
Valentine’s Day, #SingleLife and #ForeverAlone.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 01:05 PM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Dumb Starbucks, we hardly knew you!
The “parody” coffee shop, which mimicked the
real Starbucks' name, logo, menu (Dumb Frappuccino, Dumb Espresso, served in
Dumb Tall, Dumb Grande or Dumb Venti), everything
— even font — opened in L.A. Friday only to be shut down by the Los Angeles
Health Department Monday. Forbes posted Dumb Starbucks’ “frequently asked
questions,” which explains that by adding the word “dumb,” it’s protected by
parody law. Therefore the “coffee shop” was actually recognized as an art
gallery and the coffee, art. Guests, who lined up out the door and around the
strip mall where Dumb Starbucks set up shop, were treated to friendly service
and free coffee and pastries (there were even CDs for sale at checkout,
including a “Dumb” Norah Jones album). The real Starbucks acknowledged the
parody shop, explaining the two had no connection and they were pursuing legal
Word about the stunt (which it obviously was, dummies) spread across the
Internet via various comedians’ Twitters, so some it was no surprise that a
comic was at the helm. Nathan Fielder, deadpan genius with the Comedy Central show in which he “helps”
struggling business by offering ridiculous ideas (among other meta satirical
“pranks”), revealed himself as the owner with this video:
Now I really can’t wait for
the next season of Nathan For You.
Some big changes are happening to NBC’s long-running late-night shows,
and you can read all about them in this week’s TV column.
After some sad goodbyes (Jay Leno’s
final episode of Tonight, Jimmy
Fallon’s last time hosting Late Night
and Seth Meyer’s final Weekend Update segment), there’s a lot to look forward
to. Fallon brings house band The Roots and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins
with him — hopefully the same goes for all the celebrity drinking games and
generally bizarre bits and skits. Like this gem:
Fallon’s first week of guests includes Michelle Obama and Justin
Timberlake, so fingers crossed for another Evolution of Mom Dancing
and History of Rap.
As for Late Night, Seth Meyers
starts his run Monday, Feb. 17 and in a total surprise announcement, Meyer’s
old SNL buddy and modern comedic god
Fred Armisen will be the show’s band leader.
The Olympics have taken over NBC (miss you, Parks and Rec) and oh, what a hot mess they’ve been! Plumbing
problems and strange bathroom setups in the Sochi hotels,
the Olympic rings mega-fail
during the opening ceremony, the fact that it’s actually too warm for any of these damn outdoor winter sports — the list goes on. C’mon, Russia, you can’t even get winter right? At least
we’ll always have this:
I'm not ashamed to admit VH1's Couples Therapy is one of my favorite shows on right now. With The Real L Word disappearing without a trace, I am finally able to get my Whitney-Sada fix (the couple is featured on Therapy), plus Jon Gosselin is apparently dating another mega-bitch and "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham is equally intriguing and frustrating and alienesque. But the true star of the show is Ghostface Killah's girl, Kelsey Nykole...'s hair. #flawless
Remember Celebrity Death Match?
The MTV claymation classic pitted musicians, actors and other famous people in
pop culture or the news against each other in an over-the-top gruesome fight to
the death. Showdowns included Marilyn Manson v. Charles Manson, Mariah Carey v.
Jim Carrey (featuring Drew Carey) and Lil’ Kim v. Little Richard. Well, a few
years after its 1998 debut, Fox presented a toned-down real-life version with Celebrity Boxing, which went down as one
of TV Guide’s worst shows of all time. Has-beens like Danny Bonaduce and Barry
Williams (of The Partridge Family and
The Brady Bunch, respectively) took
to the ring in what usually just a really sad battle. Only two episodes aired.
So how do you take a bad idea like Celebrity
Boxing to another level of shame? Add in the man at the center of one of
the most controversial murder trials in recent years!
George Zimmerman was set to box rapper DMX in a televised match, but
both DMX and boxing promoter Damon Feldman have backed out, presumably after
thinking about it for three seconds. The fight is still on for now and will be
broadcast from a secret location this March, Zimmerman just needs an opponent.
In completely unrelated news, Brooklyn
Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti used to be childhood
Plus, Pop music at the Olympics and, spoiler alert, sometimes musicians mime on TV
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Nike releases Kanye West's new shoe like Beyonce releases a new album, Russia scrambles to find relevant Russian pop cultural touchstones for the Olympics' opening ceremonies and the social media world freaks out because the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug their instruments in during the Super Bowl halftime show.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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brand-building agency/print shop behind some of your favorite local
music/concert posters, opens its Newport studio doors to the public Friday for
it annual holiday party. ‘Housed for the Hollerdays is a perfect opportunity to
do some gift shopping for the music lovers on your list — posters run $10-$50;
framed prints start at $100. The free event also features live music from Pope
Goes the Evil (10-11 p.m.) and a holiday portrait photo booth. ‘Housed for the
Hollerdays runs 6 p.m.-midnight.
The 2014 Winter
Olympics begin in less than two months in Sochi, Russia. In anticipation for February’s
games, the United State Olympic Committee has organized the Road to Sochi tour.
The tour began in New York City last month, marking the 100-day countdown to
the games, and it stops at Fountain Square Friday. Fans can participate in
Winter Olympic simulated activities like ski jumping, curling and bobsledding
from 1-8 p.m.
African cultural organization Bi-Okoto hosts its annual Heritage Festival
Saturday. Swing by their Pleasant Ridge center to experience the traditional
music, dances, food and goods from various African countries. For more
information about Bi-Okoto and the fest, read our interview
with founders Ade and Jeaunita Olowe.
If you notice
dozens upon dozens of Santa Clauses traipsing across the city Saturday, don’t
worry — you’re not having a holiday party hangover-induced hallucination. It’s
Cincinnati Santacon time! Everyone in the holiday spirit is
invited to register online, grab a Santa suit and join in this holly jolly pub crawl. The Santa mob will
travel to various downtown bars and events until midnight, singing songs,
drinking booze and spreading holiday cheer. This year a “sleigh” (shuttle) will
be available for Santas wanting to swing through Mount Adams. To participate,
meet at Fountain Square at noon or follow Cincinnati Santacon on Facebook or
Twitter to join the group at another location.
also gets a holiday makeover Saturday. Volunteers will “Light Up OTR” with 2,000
luminarias distributed throughout Washington Park and on Elm, Race and Main
Streets from 6-9 p.m.
For more art openings,
theater shows, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks and full calendar.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Springsteen breaks own "longest concert" record, Skrillex fans never have to be without him and Morrissey and Mitt Romney have something in common — they are unimpressed by the London Olympics.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When one of the guys behind Mr. Show and Between Two Ferns creates
a podcast-turned-television series, you can’t expect a modern day
Johnny Carson. Scott Auckerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! playfully
spoofs the conventional talk show format, featuring interviews, shorts and skits
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Should Cleveland be offended that almost every major act
being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend had at
least one no show? The Ohio city is supposed to get the induction
ceremony every three years now, but given how many honorees played hooky
this year, should the Rock Hall be thinking of, say, taking their
talents to South Beach?
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps offered a classic celeb apology: Admit behaving badly while really not admitting he smoked marijuana. Blame youth/inexperience/Satan. Promise to reform. Something short of "I didn't inhale." His semipublic embrace of a bong is news if he presents himself as the anti-drug athlete. Otherwise, no, it isn't. However, the aftermath is news: renewed and canceled endorsements, suspension from competitive swimming and Mayberry cops investigating whether to charge him with a crime (they ended up not charging him).