by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy will embark in its final
ride this fall, after a game-changing penultimate season. The show has featured a few guest stars from the music world, including Henry Rollins and Dave
Navarro. Next on that list is a surprising name — Marilyn Manson.
Manson will play a
recurring role in the final season: Ron Tully, a white supremacist behind bars
who could prove to be a useful player for Jax. Hello, nightmares!
It turns out Manson is far
from the heartless characters he portrays on stage or screen — he reportedly
picked up the role as a tribute to his dad, who is a big fan of the show.
“Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,”
he told Variety. “So I was determined
to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the
most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is
about that relationship.” Aww, Marilyn!
Marilyn Manson is not, for
the record, Paul from The Wonder Years.
We now know this as fact because the cast of the family classic recently reunited to promote a Wonder Years DVD set coming soon. We
all know Winnie (Danica McKellar) went on to become a super hot mega genius and
Kevin (Fred Savage) is still involved with show business (he's been a director and producer on Always Sunny and lots of other comedies), but what ever happened
As you can see, grown-up Paul
(Josh Saviano) looks nothing like Manson today. But I guess we never have seen them in the same place at the
While we’re taking a walk
down memory lane, O-Town is the latest early-‘00s boy band to reunite, though at least 15 women will be upset to discover Ashley Parker Angel, “The Cute
One,” is no longer a part of the band. If you recall, the band was formed as
part of 2000's Making the Band, a show
that acknowledged the inauthentic, assembly-line nature of manufacturing boy bands while also...manufacturing a boy band. O-Town was assembled by Lou
Pearlman, the manager behind the Backstreet Boys, *NSync, LFO, Aaron Carter and
other Pop acts of the 1990s and early
2000s.Fun Fact: Pearlman was sued by every band/performer he worked with
except one, and is now serving a 25-year sentence for charges of conspiracy,
money laundering and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding.
Tennis star Serena Williams
“crashed” a wedding last week, because I guess being asked to take a photo with
a bride and groom constitutes wedding crashing. It would be a fun memory to run into a celeb on your big day, but I don’t know
if I’d really want my new spouse to get an eyeful of this
right after committing eternally to me. Oh well, you know what they say: If you
choose to get married on a public beach, you just might get crashed by a bangin' pro tennis player in animal print. (Also: Are leotards the new
The Bottle Boys are a
Danish performance group that use bottles in various ways to play songs. Their
latest cover, of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” is going viral. Check it out.
The crew has competed on Britain’s Got Talent using beer bottles, water jugs and other containers to recreate popular
Two badass babes
have signed on to the upcoming Star Wars
Episode VII. Lupita N’yongo — Academy Award-winning actress from 12 Years a Slave and People’s “Most Beautiful” person of the
year — and Gwendoline Christie — better known as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones — are both slated to
star in the latest Star Wars chapter,
along with 600 other amazing actors.
Also in movie news: From
Edward to Indy? Robert Pattinson will likely take the role of Indiana Jokes for the next
Now, here’s Chance
The Rapper performing the theme song to my favorite educational cartoon, Arthur, at Sasquatch! Music Festival:(Thanks for the tip, Brooke!)
by Kenneth McNulty
When our summer interns go on family vacation, we can’t send them off without an
assignment. So our resident Star
Wars buff, Kenneth, gave us a rundown of Star
Wars Weekend at Disney World.
At the age when most children began watching Aladdin, Hercules and Beauty and the
Beast, I was lost in a galaxy far, far away. From those days on, my
obsession has only grown. So, as you can imagine, I went to Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends years ago before
Disney bought the franchise. People have voiced their opinions, which range
from: “They’re ruining the series!” to “They’ll make it too kid-ish!” The list
goes on. Opinions on that aside, Disney has been doing Star Wars Weekends for a while, since 1997. From what I remembered
as a kid, Disney did a great job — I know I had fun.
Coming back after all of these years, with knowledge
and wisdom of the series I’d acquired over the years in mind, I walked into
Hollywood Studios half asleep from getting to the park so early. Needless to
say, it was far more than I could’ve ever imagined. Disney has always been
known for its showmanship and they really came through for this year’s
Disney had an all-star lineup of characters from the
films and animated series, and fans could get autographs and watch them in
different shows throughout the day. Just to name a few: Ray Park (Darth Maul),
James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan in the animated series) Jeremy Bulloch (Boba
Fett), Warwick Davis (Wicket) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano from the
animated series). The park also had dozens of other characters guests could
take pictures with during the day. It was almost guaranteed that around every
corner, someone would run into a character from the universe. Whether it was
Darth Vader shrouded in Storm Troopers or Tusken Raiders, it was always a
The party carries on through four shows daily
Friday-Sunday and change slightly each weekend (this year, the event runs every
weekend May 17-June 9). There’s always a show with the special guest of the
week like Warwick Davis or Jeremy Bulloch — the talks were just interesting to
sit in on. The master of ceremonies and host of each show was James Arnold
Taylor, voice actor extraordinaire. He even demonstrated 200 different voices
he could do. Impressive, I know. Taylor hosted a talk show as well, where he
interviewed the visiting star and Ray Park each day. This could range from
being hilarious to quite inspiring depending on the guest. Trust me on that,
hearing a story of how Boba Fett messed up his lines on his first day is
something to behold.
If a taste for stunts and action are up your alley,
Ray Park had his own martial arts show where he went through different fighting
styles with an array of weapons. This was also where you learned to loathe the
children who got the chance to go on stage and do move sets with the master
himself. I’m still seething from that.
Special merchandise could be found at the one stop
Star Wars shop near the back of the park: the Darth Mall (clever title if I
don’t say so myself). Collectibles, helmets, toys, Disney characters in Star
Wars outfits — it was all there. Guests could truly lose themselves in a place
like that. If you’re an unabashed fan like myself, you can’t help but spend
oodles of money there. I went in wanting something small and spent more than
$90. Needless to say, it was neigh impossible to leave without some form of
paraphernalia in hand.
Now, to deflect, again, the opinions I may have about
Disney buying Star Wars. I have to say, Star
Wars Weekends are on par with some conventions I’ve heard of. When Disney
gets a hold of something, they’ll flaunt it and make it something everyone can
enjoy. These weekends are comparable to a sacred gathering for fans of the
series. To see people who enjoy these movies as much as I do having as much fun
as me was sublime. The energy there was almost tangible, especially during
Memorial Day weekend. The park’s population swelled so much, it almost reached
capacity. This weekend was full of characters, big name actors, festivities,
themes snacks, souvenirs and ways to immerse fans in the universe itself.
Guests could make themselves Storm Troopers — it was awesome. I digress, these
weekends were nothing less than magical for me and, from what I could tell,
those around me. Where else at this time could you see Boba Fett dance with
Princess Leia in her slave outfit?
For this Star
Wars fan, Disney did a great job setting the atmosphere of my favorite
series. The entire park was flooded with Star Wars music until the park closed.
The employees where all nice, the characters excellent and actors incredible, I
couldn’t have asked for a better time. The fireworks show was impressive, too — Disney literally ended the festivities with quite a bang.
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WEDNESDAY JAN. 9
As a sign of growing maturity and responsibility, WWE! is
going to refrain from making some sort of poop joke about the proposal
to install new public toilets downtown.
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
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David Gallo, 44, is everywhere, from 'Yo Gabba Gabba Live' and 'Spongebob Squarepants' to Broadway musicals in the U.S. and around the world. His realistic designs for several August Wilson plays earned Tony nominations, and his whimsical set for 'The Drowsy Chaperone' was a 2006 Tony winner. So what brings him to Cincinnati? "The Playhouse in the Park is unquestionably my favorite regional theater," Gallo says.