0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
If the thought of being presented with a
multi-page wine list literally drives you to drink with its
scary-sounding words like “appellation,” “biodynamic” and “decantation,”
have no fear — you’re not alone.
by Jac Kern
95 days ago
Posted In: Events
at 12:47 PM | Permalink
It’s Pride Week in
Cincinnati, a time to celebrate and support the local LGBTQ community, promote
diversity as well as equality and just have a good time as a plethora of events
takes over the city.
The Pride party has been
going all week and the fun continues tonight with the Skyy Vodka Pub Crawl
featuring bars and clubs in Over-the-Rhine, Northside, Downtown, Newport and
Covington. Shuttles run three loops with six busses stopping at 20 bars. A $10
wristband gets you on the bus all night and into any bars that have cover
charges. Find details here.
Cincinnati Art Museum’s free
Art After Dark series also
takes a Pride theme this month. Stop by the museum before the crawl for
performances by Young Heirlooms and the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, gallery tours,
giveaways and more from 5-9 p.m. Bar crawl wristbands can be purchased at the
museum or Millennium Hotel, Below Zero, Rosie's Tavern or Chameleon between
The much-anticipated annual
Pride Parade steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday with a slightly different route due
to streetcar construction: Seventh and Culvert streets to Vine Street to Fifth
at Fountain Square, down Eggleston Avenue. The parade will end at Sawyer Point,
where a family-friendly festival runs 3-9 p.m. There will be two entertainment
stages (be sure to swing by the CityBeat stage!), rides and games for kids,
food and drink. There will also be a public commitment/re-commitment ceremony at 6
p.m., free to all couples interested in participating. The ceremony will cap
off with a couples’ first dance. The festival ends with a fireworks display at
9 p.m. Find a full entertainment lineup here.
And be sure to check out
this week’s Pride Issue.
We’ve got interviews with local LGBTQ advocates, a calendar of events and more.
The 2014 Cincinnati Fringe
Festival is in full swing this weekend (continuing through June 7). We’ve
previewed each of the 30-plus performances and will be posting reviews of every
show as well — check them out here.
sculptor, printmaker and collector of fancy antique oddities Hunt Slonem graces Cincinnati with his colorful,
fabulous presence this week. The American artist has work showcased in more than 100
museums across the world — and now, Miller Gallery in Hyde Park. Perhaps best
known for his neo-expressionist paintings of tropical birds and other animals,
Slonem will be at the gallery for the opening Friday night. Meet the artist and
peruse his works from 6-8 p.m.; The
Exotic World of Hunt Slonem will be on display at Miller through June 29.
Jane’s Saddlebag in Union,
Ky., is a unique attraction sprawling over 35 acres of land that features a
general store, restaurant, wine shop, petting zoo, historic spaces and
recreations. Located near Big Bone Lick State Park, Jane’s is great for a
weekend getaway close to home. Visit this weekend as they host their second
annual wine festival noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sample wines from 20
local and regional wineries and shop handmade items from more than 40 craft
vendors. Tickets are $12 and include four tasting tickets, a wine glass and
live music. Go here
for more info.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
by Amber Hemmerle
Posted In: Commentary
at 04:38 PM | Permalink
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
Do certain taste combinations really elevate the dining experience?
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Is there actual science behind why certain foods taste
better with certain beverages? It turns out there is, and some of our
local food professionals know exactly why.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
“These are quality wines under $15 that
taste expensive as hell,” said my neighbor and one of my go-to wine
guys, Alfonse Mele, senior wine consultant at Dep’s Fine Wines in
Covington. “They’re all unique. You could pour these in order for a
great tasting, or pair them with just about any holiday meal and impress
by Jac Kern
at 11:04 AM | Permalink
The Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch
present a screening of Josh Fox’s fracking documentary, Gasland, tonight at Esquire
Theater. Learn more about the controversial natural gas drilling techniques
taking place across Ohio, and discover potential health/environmental risks
that can result. The free screening begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by a
discussion with the event’s hosts, Representative Denise Driehaus and Southwest
Ohio No Frack Forum. RSVP here
— seats are first come, first served.
The Mercantile Library
welcomes author and garden designer Jon Carloftis
to speak as part of its Hearth & Home Lecture series. Carloftis, a Kentucky
native, has been featured in magazines and television and has won awards for
his landscaping, gardening and writing. He’s a driving force behind the
now-popular trend of small space/rooftop gardening. Lit lovers and gardeners
alike will enjoy hearing him reflect on his work. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.
tonight; admission is $15, $10 for members.
Shane Mauss kicks off his weekend at Go
Bananas tonight. Mauss has appeared on Conan
O’Brien (both shows) four times, is a regular on The Bob and Tom Show, has been
featured on Comedy Central and travels across the globe performing at
international comedy festivals. Tonight’s show features opener Michael Palascak
and MC Kelly Collette. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $8, $4 with college or
Winedog Wine Shoppe and Art
Gallery hosts a Last Blast of Spring tonight from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy shop wines
from Ralph Taylor, Spanish wines from Edgar Saborit of Cat Wines USA and Babee
Bites Catering hors d’oeuvres by Debbie Hook. The shop’s attached gallery,
Souleiado will feature artwork by Donna Schwarz and live music from Cheryl
Renee. Guests should have already reserved their spots; find out more about
closes its speaker series tonight with Andie MacDowell — Acting As A Way
Of Life. MacDowell has acted in Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a Funeral,
Sex, Lies and Videotape and many other films and television programs. She also
works to raise awareness for heart health. And she has amazing hair. Check her
out tonight for a lecture and Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. at the Aronoff
Center. Tickets are $25-$85; find them here.Check out more events, art exhibits and theater shows on our To Do page and follow our music blog for nightly shows.
New sister restaurant of The Green Dog feels at home in Columbia-Tusculum
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Some weeks need to end on a good buzz,
and I was delighted to head off to a brand new restaurant, Buz, in
Columbia Tusculum, as last week wrapped up. Buz is the new sister
restaurant of The Green Dog, and as we drove out Columbia Parkway there
was a gorgeous bright rainbow in the sky that arched almost down to the
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
When I look at a wine list or scan the bottles behind a bar, I look for the unfamiliar — and not just unfamiliar. In fact, the weirder the better.
So when I’m confronted by a list of Napa cabs and a shelf full of easily recognizable Russian vodkas, I opt instead for a seasonal beer on tap. At least I know it will disappear soon enough.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I just finished A.J. Jacobs' 'The Year of Living Biblically,' which recounts his adventures living strictly according to every law found in both the Hebrew and Christian testaments. When his wife becomes pregnant and asks him to swear off booze with her, the biblically mandated rules concerning alcohol consumption become an issue. He decides that scripture ultimately favors imbibing but agrees to water down his wine a bit.
Weekend vineyard tripping in the hinterlands? Believe it
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Meranda-Nixon? Kinkead Ridge? Most people outside of Cincinnati — and many people in Cincinnati — haven't even heard of them. But they're two rapidly-growing vineyards in Ripley, an hour east of town, that are producing some of the most refined, complex and sophisticated bottles you'll find anywhere in the country.