by Jac Kern
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When Catfish The TV Show premiered in 2012, I was less than impressed.
While I enjoyed the original documentary film
about a man’s (the filmmaker’s brother, Nev Schulman) online
relationship-gone-wrong, Nev’s MTV version lacked the same authenticity and felt
rather exploitative. But when Schulman tweeted about being in the Cincinnati
area (Findlay Market, specifically) this past February, my interest was
certainly piqued. Who doesn’t love seeing Cincy on TV (even if it inevitably
would be a negative representation of the city and its people)?
The Cincinnati episode of Catfish aired last week and local ties
aside, it was one of the most controversial episodes thus far. Nev and his docu-series
partner-in-crime Max embarked on a unique catfishing adventure when Carmen
contacted the duo to help her host a “catfish intervention” with her cousin
Antwane whom, despite never meeting the man in person, had been in a
relationship with a guy named Tony for three years. Antwane explained that he “met” Tony on a
late-night chat line but he’d never so much as seen a photo of him. Carmen and
‘Twane are both big personalities, sure to get a reaction from viewers, but
they both seemed genuine.
After a crazy turn of
events, Antwane’s cousin Carmen nonchalantly revealed that she was “Tony” all
along, and she had kept up the sick charade as revenge for…wait for it…the one
time Antwane called her “a fat ass Kelly Price” in front of her family three
years ago. Oy.
When Max and Nev learned that
Carmen was behind the whole thing and that she planned the Catfish cameras to catch her so she could get a brush with fame,
they were furious. And rightfully so, that’s a straight Disney villain move
(also your cousin?!). In a very
edited scene, Nev heatedly called out Carmen, mocking the way she talked, when
producers immediately stepped in to call for a break. While I in no way condone
any of her sociopathic actions, I did find it bitterly just that these MTV
hotshots got a taste of their own exploitative medicine. They embarrass
countless people on the show (though some might argue the subjects ask for it)
and while they say they do it to help people, like any television producers, it's all about ratings and "good" TV. In the end, this episode was sure to rack up plenty
After the show aired, Nev posted the following
message on his Facebook page, which reeks of his signature smug judginess:
“Shooting this weeks episode of Catfish was
one of the most intense and emotional experiences of my life. Relating to and
understanding Antwane was a struggle for me in many ways, but I really grew to
appreciate and respect him. He has many fears and flaws, but showed so much
courage and resolve in the face of adversity. He is a man who proves that you
don't need anybody else's approval to be happy. My lesson learned is to be
confident and proud of who you are no matter what anybody else says or thinks.
Life isn't always easy, but we can all chose to be positive in the way we treat
ourselves and others. Cheers.”
Watch the full episode
The show features shots of Short Vine (it looks like Antwane lives across the
street from Bogart’s); Coffee Emporium in Over-the-Rhine (Nev and Max famously
do all their research in a coffee shop in each episode, and were very impressed
by the local spot); and various locations across Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
The term “catfish” has
caught on as a definition for people who assume false identities on the Internet
(or the act of doing so) — so much so, that the word’s new meaning has been
added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Go here to read about how the term originated in
the doc by the same name.
Every year, the Guardians
of the English Language at M-W begrudgingly add new words and definitions to the
dictionary. This year’s list was just released and, in addition to catfish’s
new meaning, there’s hashtag, selfie and steampunk . Peep the full list here.
Brad Pitt and Matthew
McConaughey are neighbors now, and apparently just a couple of bros.
Magic Mike was a hit. Channing Tatum is apparently working on a sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
So it’s no surprise that “The Real” Magic
is also in the works. Directed by Joe Manganiello (“Big Dick” Richie in Mike, Alcide in True Blood), La Bare gives
a raw, inside look at the talented male dancers at La Bare Dallas.
LA BARE RED BAND
TRAILER from Main Street Films
on Vimeo.We now live in a world where Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets invited to give commencement speeches and receives honorary doctorates. Which is to say, an awesome world. Check out his words of wisdom here.
Jimmy Fallon has been doing
a Suggestion Box bit on The Tonight Show, where he takes completely random questions or ideas from
fans and brings them to life in epic Tonight fashion. Fallon has dubbed Game
of Thrones with children’s voices, gotten Audra McDonald to sing real Yahoo
Answers and tested out Digi-Staches on Higgins. But this might be one of my
by Jac Kern
firm Landor Associates hosts coinciding events Friday at the iconic Shillito’s department
store building downtown. Miketoberfest is a benefit for Mike Amann, owner of
Covington design firm BLDG and linchpin in the Greater Cincinnati arts scene,
who is battling stage 4
neuroendocrine cancer. The fundraiser features live music and DJs, grub from
local food trucks and local art and handmade goods for sale from 5-11 p.m.
Meanwhile, Landor will also be guiding Shillito’s Abandoned tours every 10
minutes during that time. Visitors will go underground to explore the former
department store’s cafeteria, showrooms and Santaland for a spooky experience
perfect for Halloween. Admission for Miketoberfest is $15; tours are $10. All proceeds from the night benefit the Amann family. Go here
for more details.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is said to be
the site of various hauntings, which sets the stage for Friday’s Art After Dark
event. The museum will host ghost tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and screen
the 1922 classic Nosferatu with Folk
Rockers The Ridges providing a live score to the film from 6-8 p.m. Appetizers and
drinks (including Great Lakes Nosferatu ale) will be available for purchase;
admission is free.
style gets the spotlight at Rise of the Cool Kids, a production feature from
local retailers, designers, bloggers and other area fashionistas. The event
takes over Washington Park Friday with a happy hour 5-7 p.m. benefiting
Artworks; a dance party and projected fashion show 7-11 p.m.; and after-parties
at nearby 4EG bars. $10 tickets are available in advance online. Limited cash tickets
will be available tonight at the park.
For a classy twist on the adult Halloween party, check out The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers' Masquerade Saturday. The Christian Moerlein
Brewery serves as a chilling setting for a masquerade ball, complete with
masks and makeup artists to elevate your mysterious look, a DJ, photo booth,
local bites, drinks served by fave Japp’s and Bakersfield bartenders and a
special dance performance by Pones Inc. The Malice Ball runs 8 p.m.-midnight.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink ticket and
free shuttle to and from Washington
Park and Mercer Garages. Register here.
Channel your inner
Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Gears & Beers event Saturday.
It’s a steampunk soiree — Victorian aesthetic with a sci-fi edge — complete
with a costume and gadget parade, live entertainment and plenty of microbrews
and food pairings. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $40; $30 for CMC and Enjoy the Arts members. Go here
for event lineup and menu 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. Be sure to read ScaryBeat for more Halloween
events and holiday inspiration.
by Jac Kern
Odds are if you’re
reading this, you already know all about the 11th annual music
festival descending upon OTR and Downtown Cincinnati this weekend. MidPoint
Music Festival runs tonight through Saturday, bringing more than 100 local,
regional and national musicians to the city. If you still haven’t gotten
tickets, planned your schedule and read interviews with artists, find all that
good stuff here.
There’s more to
MPMF than hopping from venue to venue and discovering your new favorite band
(though that is an awesome aspect). The MidPoint Midway, which takes over
Twelfth Street between Vine and Walnut, is not only the box office location
(where you can still purchase three- or one-day tickets) but also features the
returning Box Truck Carnival, poster expo, photo booth, food court and more.
Here, MPMFers can enjoy box truck gallery exhibits, improv shows, an arcade
and more interactive activities between concerts each day.
Just down the
street at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Midland Film
Institute presents the first MidPoint Film Festival, featuring local,
independent and cult films (ahem, Human
Centipede double feature). It’s a great sign that MPMF has
expanded beyond music to incorporate art, film, theater and more entertainment
— there’s quite literally something for everyone, from children to hip kids to
old timers. Read more about the carnival and film fest here.
When you’re all
MPMF-ed out, there’s even more happening around town.
Amid the MidPoint
action, Night Owl Market returns to the parking lot at Main Street and Central
Parkway. Grub out on goodies from local food trucks like SugarSnap!, New
Orleans To Go and C’est Cheese from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Vendors
will also be on hand hawking goods each night.
Remember our cover
story on the area steampunk trend? The antiqued-futuristic creatives who
brought the Steampunk Symposium to Cincinnati present Pandoracon Friday-Sunday.
Whether you’re into comics, sci-fi, anime, cosplay or anything in between,
there’s a nerd in all of us that wants to come out and play at Pandoracon. Meet
fantasy artists and authors, geek out in the game room, dress in costume, watch
sideshow circus acts and stop by what are sure to be some of the craziest hotel
parties — all at Blue Ash’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. There are tons of events all
weekend long, so go here for more info and tickets.
This weekend is
locals’ last chance to celebrate Oktoberfest this year with Newport on the
Levee’s festival running Friday-Sunday. Enjoy live music, traditional dancers
and all the beer and schnitzel you can stomach. Find a full rundown of events and menus here.
From UC students
and grads to retired hippies to skater kids, Clifton has been home to many of
us at one point or another, and the neighborhood holds special memories for
most who have visited. Make more during A Weekend in Clifton, a celebration of Ludlow Avenue and its surroundings. The street will be closed
from 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday to accommodate Cliftonfest — featuring vendors, live
music and artists — and the 10th annual StreetScapes street-painting
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OTR Skate, Cincinnati Opera Gala, Steampunk Symposium, ReUse-apalooza and more
Thanks to the Contemporary Arts Center's current music video exhibition, Spectacle, a number of talented musicians, artists and directors have flocked to Cincinnati during the past two months to perform and discuss the power of music videos in our culture. Tonight, director Vincent Morisset stops by to screen Inni, his powerful black-and-white film about Icelandic Pop Rock group Sigur Rós. Morisset will then discuss his work with Sigur Rós and Arcade Fire and take questions. The event begins at 6:30 — come early to check out the Spectacle exhibit if you haven't yet. The screening and talk are free for members, $7.50 museum admission for non-members.
It's Final Friday and last year's popular monthly OTR Skate is back! Don your best hot pants and tube socks and roll over to the OTR Recreation Center for a night of old-school fun with a hip twist. Bust a move on the rink to the music of Automagik and You, You're Awesome. Admission is just $5 (skate rental included) and goes to the Rec Center to provide youth programs and scholarships for area kids. Enjoy free Vitamin Water and classic game room attractions like air hockey and foosball. Been a decade or two since you last laced up those skates? Cincinnati Rollergirls will be on hand for some pro tips. The fun begins at 8 p.m.
Northside's Building Value presents its third annual ReUse-apalooza tonight from 7-11 p.m. Learn about how the nonprofit reuses materials and what you can do to promote sustainable building practices. Music will be provided by Messerly and Ewing and there will be a silent auction featuring Building Value projects. Tickets are $20, $50 VIP. After the benefit, head over to Northside Tavern for a free after-party.
If you've checked out our cover story this week, you know about the steampunk movement that's taken flight locally. What started as a literary genre that mixes Victorian history with futuristic fantasy elements a la Jules Verne is know an underground culture with its own music, art, costuming and performance aspects. This weekend marks the first Steampunk Symposium at Tri-County's Atrium Hotel. While weekend passes are sold-out, Saturday one-day tickets will be available at the door for $20. Whether you're a diehard steampunk or just curious about the movement, this quirky event has something for everyone. Saturday's schedule includes various steampunk bands and authors, a midnight masquerade, workshops, fashion shows, a mustache parade, verbal dueling (a battle of wits) and dozens of other activities. Various events run from 10 a.m. until around 2 a.m. Read more about the culture and find a Saturday lineup here.May is Bike Month and the Main Library downtown kicks off the cycling celebration Saturday with a bike expo. Check out various bicycle exhibits, meet organizers from groups like MoBo Bicycle Coop, Queen City Bike and League of American Bicyclists and meet Bobbi Montgomery, author of Across America by Bicycle. Get all the information you need to become a regular cyclist about town. The expo runs from 2-4 p.m. Go here for more details.The Cincinnati Opera will perform the highly anticipated Southern-inspired George Gershwin hit Porgy and Bess in June, but you don't have to wait until summer to get in on the excitement. Saturday's Opera Gala, "A Hot Night in Charleston" will transport Duke Energy Convention Center's Grand Ballroom into the Pametto State with soul food, cocktails, music and dancing. After you've had your fill of Southern-style eats, stick around for the after-party, "Late Night in Charleston." Being a benefit for the Opera, tickets for the Gala are pretty steep ($250, $175 for first-timers); If you're on a budget, consider coming for the after-party, which runs from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. — tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin being serves at 6:30 p.m.
Add a little cuteness to your weekend with the Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic open house Sunday. The facility has been yarn bombed by the Cincinnati BombShells to welcome new cats ready for adoption. If you're looking for a new cuddle buddy, consider adopting one of OAR's rescue kitties at the event. The free open house runs 1-4 p.m. Go here for more details, directions and more info on donations and volunteer opportunities.For more art exhibits, theater shows events and concerts, check out our To Do page and music blog.
Locals put Cincinnati on the map of steampunk empire
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“I’m known to many as Aloysius Fox, and I am
actually British,” says the enigmatic founder of The League of
Cincinnati Steampunks. Though role-playing is a significant part of the
literary genre-turned-cultural movement, Aloysius assures that his
charming European swagger is, in fact, authentic (he notes that he moved
to the States from Britain in the mid-1990s).