by Nick Swartsell
101 days ago
Posted In: News
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Dems won't come to Columbus; new OTR brewery to debut on Opening Day; how the New York Times kicks it old school
Hey all, let’s do a quick news update today. Normally, I like to lead with local stuff first, but the big news today is that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will not take place in Columbus, it seems. The city was one of three finalists for the event, at which Democrats will formally nominate their presidential candidate. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dems chose Philadelphia instead. Womp womp. Ohio is still getting two other major conventions that year, however: the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati. • OK. On to local stuff. A new brewery has announced it will debut on Reds Opening Day. Taft Ale House is currently working on its three-level brewery and restaurant near Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine and aims to be open for business on April 6, just in time to welcome the Opening Day parade. The brewery, bar and restaurant had aimed to be open in late 2014 but ran into complications with the old church building it has been renovating on Race Street. The building was originally scheduled to be torn down before plans for the Ale House materialized. But now, after developer 3CDC spent tens of thousands of dollars shoring up floors and making other structural adjustments, it’s on track for the big day.Bonus news in case you missed it yesterday: This year, none other than famous 1990 World Series-winning Reds relief pitching crew the Nasty Boys, aka Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Meyers, are marshaling the parade.• More good news for the city’s iconic public buildings. A local foundation has kicked in another $1 million for efforts to renovate Memorial Hall, bringing the project much closer to being completely funded. The Annie W. and Elizabeth Anderson Foundation put up the contribution toward the $8 million project, which will improve the building’s acoustics, replace seating and air conditioning, build a catering kitchen and renovate the building’s bathrooms. Hamilton County has pledged another $1.5 million to the project.• State officials for the first time yesterday acknowledged that the Hopple Street offramp collapse might have been caused by faulty demolition plans. The collapse killed construction foreman Brandon Carl, sparking possible lawsuits from his family. It occurred while Columbus-based Kokosing Construction worked on a $91 million contract to remove the offramp that passed over I-75. Some experts have said it appears last-minute changes to the demolition plans might have played a role in the collapse. Ohio Department of Transportation officials say they haven’t finished their analysis of the collapse but acknowledge the plans used failed. Kokosing has also said it is still investigating what went wrong with the demolition. • Gov. John Kasich looks to be ramping up a possible presidential bid. He’s visiting early primary state South Carolina next week as part of a national tour touting his balanced budget plans. Kasich polls fairly strong among GOP voters in Ohio, but he’s a virtual unknown outside the state. The trip could help boost his stature among GOP presidential nominee hopefuls and draw big-money donors to his campaign. • Speaking of Ohioans on the national stage, Cincinnatian and Department of Veterans Affairs head Bob McDonald had a pretty public dustup yesterday with Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman during a budget hearing in Washington, D.C. Coffman criticized McDonald for not doing enough during his first six months leading the V.A., pinning the blame for the agency’s continued dysfunction on its new leader. But McDonald wasn’t having it. He got a couple zingers off, including pointing out he’s run one of the country’s largest companies, before pointedly asking Coffman what he’s done lately. And while pointing to your last job when you're being criticized about your current one is maybe not the strongest argument, the former P&G head seemed to be holding his own. McDonald, who is also a Republican, was probably drawing fire from the congressman because he was appointed by President Barack Obama, though the official complaint was that his actions thus far have amounted to nothing more than public relations and have not enacted substantive reforms on the V.A., which has been rocked by record-keeping and patient treatment scandals in the past year.• Finally, if you’re like me, you do most of your news reading on a smartphone or, failing that, your laptop. But even if you’ve never touched a printed newspaper in your life, this piece about how the New York Times kicks it old-school and gets the paper out every day is pretty amazing. For something seemingly so low-tech, pumping out hundreds of thousands of newspapers each day is actually a mind-bending feat of engineering and coordination.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Art After Dark series is a really
cool way to experience the historic art institution. Each final Friday, the CAM
opens its doors after hours for a themed night of gallery tours, live
performances and a cash bar with happy hour drinks and appetizers. Friday’s Art
After Dark: Rococo Vibrations includes tour of Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700
(members-only at 5:30 p.m., public tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and the
Neo-Soul stylings of Tracy Walker from 6-8 p.m. The free event runs 5-9 p.m.;
parking is $4.
Oyster Festival kicks off Friday. This 28th annual food fest features a menu of more than 40
styles of oyster dishes, including Smoked Oyster Salad, Fried Oyster Tacos,
Oyster Stuffed Jalapenos, Oysters Mardi Gras and Nantucket Oysters. Guests can
enjoy lunch, dinner and happy hour specials and pay to play various games for
prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Saint Francis Soup Kitchen in
Over-the-Rhine. Washington Platform’s Oyster Festival specials are available 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Thursday.
Recent Grammy Award winners
Roomful of Teeth perform at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday. The vocal
group specializes in blending classical singing techniques with diverse World
music styles for a completely unique sound — one of their songs is in a made-up
language! The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is just the latest offering from
the CAC’s solid performance series. Tickets are $14, $8 for members. Read our
story on Roomful of Teeth here.
This weekend is your last
chance to check out Krohn Conservatory’s spring show, Avant Garden. The show features exotic flowers and shrubs with
recycled materials in the landscape. Avant
Garden closes Sunday along with the Conservatory’s spring plant sale. The
anticipated annual butterfly show — this year it's Pura Vida: The Butterflies of Costa Rica — opens April 12.
Day in Cincinnati is not only a city holiday, but a rite of passage for locals.
It marks the first game of the Reds’ season (baseball’s first professional
team), the unofficial start of spring and the return of one of the best parades
of the year, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade — now in its 95th year!
Opening Day may not be until Monday, but Covington gallery BLDG is getting a
jump on festivities beginning Friday.
199C: Cincinnati’s Opening Day
is an exhibit of baseball-, Cincinnati- and Opening Day-themed art from more
than 40 artists from around the neighborhood and world. The exhibit opening
starts at 4 p.m. Friday with music from Automagik, food trucks, a live art
installation, retro video game competitions and a pop-up Wiffle ball game on
Pike Street. Find more info here.
Opening Day celebrations
run the gamut from sports-related fun to art, bar events and food. Check out a
roundup of Monday’s happenings here.
Be sure to read this week’s
Best of Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best
restaurants, businesses, events and more.
For more art openings, theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and
by German Lopez
Opening Day today, BMV to offer licenses to DACA recipients, Cranley suggests budget plan
It’s Opening Day today, which means it’s time for a
citywide celebration of the Cincinnati Reds and baseball. At the City Council meeting
last week, Mayor Mark Mallory declared today a local holiday, so if you
need an excuse to sneak in a few beers while watching the parade at
work, say the mayor made you do it.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will allow the children
of illegal immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) to obtain driver’s licenses.
DACA was signed by President Barack Obama to give recipients the
opportunity to remain in the country legally without fear of
prosecution, but until Friday, the BMV wasn’t sure that qualified
recipients for driver’s licenses.
Democratic mayoral candidate John Cranley proposed his budget plan
Thursday that he says will avoid layoffs and the city’s plan to lease
its parking assets to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development
Authority, but critics say the plan is unworkable and some of its
revenue sources are “fantasy.” Cranley’s proposal calls for $21 million
in casino revenue that Horseshoe Casino General Manager Kevin Kline
previously said will be available to City Council, but Jon Harmon,
legislative director for Councilman Chris Seelbach, says the number is
using an outdated model and the city’s estimate of $10 million is more
in line with recent turn of events. The budget proposal also claims to
make its cuts and raise revenue without layoffs, but even Cranley was
uncertain about whether that’s possible.
Opponents of the city’s parking plan say they’ve gathered more than 10,000 signatures
— more than the 8,500 required — but the signatures still need to be
verified before the plan is placed on the ballot. Last week, the
mayor told Cincinnati residents
to not sign the petition because he says it will force the city to make
budget cuts and layoffs. A ruling from Hamilton County Judge Robert
Winkler opened the parking plan to referendum by essentially striking
down the city’s use of emergency clauses.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is backing a wider religious exemption
for contraceptive coverage in health plans. As part of Obamacare,
health insurance plans are required to provide contraceptive coverage — a
measure that may save insurance companies money by preventing expensive pregnancies,
according to some estimates. But DeWine and 12 other Republican state attorney generals argue the mandate infringes on religious liberty.
It’s not just charter schools that do poorly under the state’s new report card system; most urban schools would flunk too.
An analysis by StateImpact Ohio found urban schools actually perform
worse in some areas, supporting arguments from charter school advocates
that the report cards’ harsh grades show a demographic problem in urban areas, not a
lack of quality in education. An analysis of old data by CityBeat in 2012 found Cincinnati Public Schools would fall under the new system.
A new study found bedbugs are afflicting less Cincinnati residents
— suggesting the reversal of a trend that has haunted local homeowners
for years. In the past few years, Cincinnati was marked as one of the
worst cities for bedbugs around the country.
The last two generations are falling behind their parent’s wealth. The trend shows a generational divide behind rising income inequality in the United States.
Ohio gas prices are starting to go down this week.
Scientists still don’t know what’s killing up to half of America’s bees.
Pete Rose comes home for Opening Day
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain
age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the
Big Red Machine will come up. Hey, probably better that than the
Mapplethorpe controversy, WKRP in Cincinnati or Jerry Springer’s various post-mayoral hijinks.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Alcohol
at 04:37 PM | Permalink
Opening Day downtown happenings
It’s almost here, Cincinnatians — Opening Day 2012 takes place Thursday. The beginning of
the Reds’ season is one of several cultural celebrations that the
Queen City does bigger than most other places (is it really possible
that another city gets down like our triumvirate of Opening Day-Taste
of Cincinnati-Oktoberfest?). As such, downtown Cincinnati will be
poppin’ off, as bars, restaurants and attractions attempt to engage
some of the locals who might only visit the business district for
such celebrations. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by the game against the Miami Marlins at 4:05.
following is a list of more than 40 downtown businesses offering food
and drink specials for Opening Day, according to Downtown Cincinnati
Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and
promoting downtown businesses.
right on the parade route at the corner of Race and 7th streets, the
newly relocated Jazz club/restaurant will have its kitchen open all
day, with happy hour specials including $2
Red drafts. Four big TVs and live music after the game. 700 Race St.,
One of the new restaurants in The Banks, the Holy Grail will host
several live radio broadcasts before and after the game, along with
its typical food and drink offerings. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way,
Opens at 10 a.m. and offering $5 bottled beer. 307
Sycamore St., 513-621-7009.
Venture into Over-the-Rhine and taste the Gateway’s resurgence, or
just a happy hour draft starting a 4 p.m. 1237 Vine St.,
This space-themed upscale lounge will open early and host DJs from
Q102 and will have the game on its numerous TVs.
435 Elm St., 513-381-2573.
One of downtown’s best live music bars will offer happy hour deals
from 4-9 p.m. 301 W. Fifth St., 513-721-7625.
Located on Fountain Square, Mynt will offer its new lunch menu
starting a 9 a.m., along with plenty of TVs and live music.
Dueling Piano Bar:
Plenty of TVs, plus $2.50 well drinks and $3 domestic beers. $5
cover. 441 Vine St., 513-621-2800.
Open at 1 p.m. with half-price drinks from 4-8 p.m., along with TVs
and a DJ spinning at 10 p.m. 641 Walnut St., 513-381-4408.
Another of downtown’s hot night spots, Scene will be opening early
to offer the game on TV. 637 Walnut St., 513-381-4327.
This corner bar will offer food and beer specials, starting at 8:30
a.m. 350 W. Fourth St., 513-621-3567.
The first 150 patrons will get a free Opening Day CD mix, and the bar
will give away tickets to Opening Day before the game. $5 for a shot
and beer, $3 Reds shots and more specials. 537
Pete Rose Way, 513-721-9227.
AND BAKERY SPECIALS:
cupcakes and other
flavors. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 41 W. 5th St., 513-335-0898.
Ten percent off lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and open for dinner from
5-10 p.m. 441 Vine St., 513-421-7111.
This quaint sandwich shop offers a variety of coffee, cappucinos and
lattes along with breakfast sandwiches and muffins, just around the
corner from the parade’s route on Race Street. 17 Garfield Place,
Cincy’s will be celebrating its grand opening, with ticket giveways
to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and a Cincinnati Reds game. 9
a.m.-midnight. 41 W. Sixth St., 513-621-6200.
at the Hyatt Regency: “Make
your own Bloody Mary” bar plus a breakfast buffet. 151 W.
Fifth St., 513-579-1234.
$1 off Ballpark hot dog. 633 Main St., 513-381-2907.
Opening Day tailgate with live music. $10 includes parking, cover and
one free Grecos Signature Cincinnati Pork Green Chili
Taco. Hamburgers, hotdogs and full lunch menu will be available
throughout the day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 700 W. Pete Rose Way,
Opening Day special “Buy a gyro, get a second gyro for $1.” 125
E. Court St., 513-422-4976.
Featuring "Go Reds" crepe with raspberries and vanilla
cream for $3.99. 39 E. Court St., or 151 W. Fourth St.
Chicken Etouffee and Spinach Mushroom Etouffee is the $5 big
bowl special. 425 Walnut St., 513-429-4549.
breakfast and regular menu before, during and after the game. 191 E.
Freedom Way, 513-834-6110.
Blue Pizza: Open at 11 a.m. with an
all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $7.50 that includes fresh
salad, homemade soup, soft drink or water, and all the pizza you
want. Buffet open until 2 p.m. Open for business all day and night.
35 E. Seventh St., 513-381-7777. McCormick
Opening at 11 a.m. and featuring two happy hours from 4-6:30 p.m. and
9:30-11 p.m. featuring a range of appetizers from $1.95 to $4.95. 21
E. Fifth St., 513-721-9339.
Lager House: Hosting
the Fuller Ford Opening Day Party from 11a.m.-4 p.m. with free music
by the Naked Karate Girls. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, 513-421-2337.
Open at noon with a great view of the Opening Day parade from windows
overlooking Fifth Street and Fountain Square. Offering full menu in
the dining room and bar bites in Bar 12*21. 441 Vine St.,
Full patio set-up and ready for pre- and post-game goers. 600 Walnut
Bud and Bud Light bottles and "Red Leg Bombs" for $4. 625
Walnut St., 513-564-9111.
Palomino: “The Big Red Flatbread” returns with four cheese spread,
sliced hot Italian sausage links, roasted yellow peppers, dollops of
bold smokey Ketchup and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, for $6. 505 Vine
Opening Day Ballpark Buffet with hotdogs, brats, metts, popcorn and
peanuts from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for $14.95. $2 domestic bottles and
$4 imports. $4 call liquor and $6 premium. Also, parade seating will
be available. 812 Race St., 513-721-8901.
Lunch service available until 5 p.m., with the bar remaining open
late-night. Big TVs. 423 Plum St., 513-651-4341.
Open at 9 a.m. and serving Donut Cheeseburgers on the patio. Located
on Fountain Square. 513-621-1588.
OTR hotspot is open from 11:30
a.m.-2:00 p.m. for lunch. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
serving Reds-related gourmet hot dogs. Full bar available. 1212 Vine
Open 6 a.m.-5 p.m. serving baseball decorated cookies at both
downtown locations and passing out pretzel sticks at the Local 12
booth during the Reds Rally on Fountain Square. On Fountain Square
and 41 E. Court St., 513-241-7500.
Free Busken cookie with purchase while supplies last. The buffet is
$6 and includes all you can eat pizza, salad and drink, or a baby
beast personal pizza pepperoni or plain cheese for $4.69. 330 Walnut
Free Busken cookie with purchase while supplies last, along with a
sandwich, chips and drink special. 344 Walnut St., 513-721-1128.
This new popsicle shop will celebrate its grand opening this week.
Open noon- 6 p.m. on Opening Day with 50 cents off all red popsicles.
1437 Main St., 513-446-7505.
of Belgium: Open
from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch (Taste of Belgium) and
5-10 p.m. for dinner (Belgium Bistro). Outdoor seating with delicious
Belgium waffles available. Offering Reds cookies and chocolate dipped
mini-waffles on a stick. Happy hour from 5-7 p.m. 1133 Vine St.,
Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill: Serving lunch and dinner all day
in an American-themed space. 145
E. Second St., 513-721-8629.
11 a.m. 634 Vine St., 513-345-3056.
appetizer with the purchase of two main courses. Offering a full bar
and a late night menu. 580 Walnut St., 513-723-0220.
Street Grill: Open
11 a.m.-midnight. Enjoy a 3 Olives party downstairs and a Budweiser
party upstairs. All drink specials will be effective all day and will
include wine, beer and liquor specials, plus $2 pints of red beer.
631 Walnut St., 513-241-0707.
Open before and after the parade. 1000 Elm St., 513-421-0110.
"Reds home run combo" featuring red garlic tomato soup and
quarter pound all beef Nathans dog for $7.79. 425 Sycamore St.,
by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 12:51 PM | Permalink
and catchers reported to the Reds’ spring training facility in
Goodyear, Ariz., over the weekend, which means we are only days away
from hearing about how awesome the team’s dudes are looking or how
quickly they get hurt and have to sit out, leaving us to wonder if
they’ll be ready by Opening Day. (March baseball involves a lot of
Reds will open camp with one of the most talented rosters they’ve
had in the last 15 years, as General Manager Walt Jocketty added
considerable muscle to the pitching staff during the offseason. New
Reds to keep an eye on include:
pitcher Mat Latos, who is expected to be the team’s No. 2 behind
Marshall, one of baseball’s best left-handed relievers last season;
Ryan Madson, who the Reds picked up late in the offseason in a
team-friendly one-year deal.
first two mentioned, Latos and Marshall, were acquired via trade of
prospects, which demonstrates a dedication by Reds’ management to
make a run at another division title (and perhaps more) during the
final two years of former MVP Joey Votto’s contract. (See CityBeat
sports columnist C. Trent Rosecrans’ Jan. 24 take in “Reds
Try to Win Now Without Breaking the Bank.”)
the offseason speculation will give way to preseason hype, as young,
no-name guys start hitting .400 during practice games and veterans
post high ERAs because they’re practicing specific pitches instead
of trying to get everyone out. There will be tons of reports from
Goodyear, such as “Bob Castellini Talks Reds, Baseball" and “Roster
we know it, we will have casually followed weeks of the Reds playing America’s
summer game in sunny Arizona, which will distract us from the fact
that we still have at least another month of crappy weather before we
can enjoy the unofficial start of springtime and Reds’ Opening Day
on April 5.
then, enjoy the pretend summertime in the highlights and mass influx
of information from the team’s month-long practice session. And if
you need even more sports speculation, trade rumors and contract
talk, here’s a sweet site dedicated to re-reporting everything it
can find on your favorite team: mlbtraderumors.com.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Anyone who frequents the downtown business district knows that certain local celebrations guarantee a less-than-diverse collection of visitors to our fair city (try yelling “Go back to Mason!” to random people at Opening Day, Taste of Cincinnati or Oktoberfest and you’ll be surprised at how many people think you know them).
April 5 • Arnold's Bar and Grill
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 30, 2010
While the Opening Day parade has for decades now been a cool little "uniquely Cincinnati" event folks look forward to every year, there is a newer Opening Day tradition that's beginning to rival it in terms of sheer baseball pomp and pageantry. Local Folk and Americana experts Jake Speed & the Freddies host a baseball-themed show the morning before the Reds season's first pitch downtown at Arnold's, and this spring's version is bigger and better.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
What's always impressed me about Cincinnati, as someone who didn't grow up here, is how the whole city embraces baseball and the Reds on Opening Day. It's another of those small ways that locals have stubbornly held on to a collective individuality, as quirky as three-way chili and "Please?" Baseball is the only American sport with any romance, so it's not surprising that Cincinnatians bond with the Reds.