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Up in the Air

What will become of longtime sports and entertainment venue Cincinnati Gardens?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
With its plain, light-brown brick and simple square design, Cincinnati Gardens is an unassuming building, out of the way from the hustle of downtown and the riverfront. Driving by on Seymour Avenue (or Langdon Farm Road), you wouldn't think twice about the 65 years of history held within the building’s walls. To most, it’s just an outdated concert venue.   
by Jac Kern 06.06.2014 55 days ago
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/6-6/8

The Cincinnati Rollergirls close their season with the third annual Crosstown Knockdown Saturday. The double-header opens with a mixed game featuring CRG’s Black Sheep team and the Battering Rams, Cincy’s men’s team. During the main event, CRG’s Violent Lambs face-off with the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls’ Blackouts. CRG’s home rink is at the Cincinnati Gardens; with the arena for sale, it might be the crew’s last game there. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the first bout begins at 6 p.m. The game is also Fan Appreciation Night — the first 500 fans through the door will receive CGR cowbells and the girls will be handing out gifts to fans throughout the games. Tailgating is encouraged, parking is free and dollar beers are available from 5-6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Enjoy a taste of the Middle East this weekend with St. James’ Mediterranean Food Fest. Guests can binge on traditional fare including hummus and falafel, stuffed cabbage and grape leaves, varieties of kebabs, gyros, baklava and more. There will also be live entertainment and plenty of traditional carnival fare for the kids. The fest runs daily Friday through Sunday. Go here for directions and more info. Concours d’Elegance returns to Ault Park for another summer day of classic cars displayed in one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks. More than 200 collector rides will be showcased, with a spotlight on Mustangs and microcars and the 100th anniversary of Maserati. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day-of. The show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Here’s a twist on the typical summer yard sale: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens its scenery shop to the public for a big sale Saturday morning. Furniture, glassware, china, costumes, and other items seen onstage in popular Playhouse productions will all be priced to sell from 8 a.m.-noon. Bring cash or a check; all proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Playhouse. The MidPoint Indie Summer Series continues Friday with a great lineup of local acts. The Mason School of Rock opens the night at 7 p.m., followed by Honey & Houston, The Tigerlilies and Wussy at 10 p.m. Advance tickets to MidPoint Music Festival ($69 all music access and $179 VIP) will be on sale at Fountain Square. Check out the full Indie Summer Series schedule here.Second Sunday on Main kicks off this weekend, bringing more than 80 local vendors, food trucks, street performers, live music and specials at Main Street business to the street, between 13th and Liberty streets. This “Main Street Block Party” runs noon- 5 p.m., featuring music by The Hot Magnolias, a celebrity chef demo, a dog parade and contest, a clothing swap and community yard sale, entertainment at the Rock Paper Scissors performance tent and much more. For more art openings, parties, festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

Locals Join the Push for Men's Roller Derby

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
As the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls clatter around Colerain’s The Skatin’ Place track, Mark “Tink” Weber sits relaxed with his arms spread across the back of a bench seat.   
by Jac Kern 01.10.2014
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Your Weekend To Do List: 1/10-1/12

German composer/musician Volker Bertelmann, aka “Hauschka,” performs at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday. Hauschka performs on a prepared piano, placing foreign objects on the strings, dampers and hammers to create a unique sound. The CAC show begins at 8 p.m. Go here to read our interview with Hauschka. Souped up car show Cavalcade of Customs returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend. The 54th annual expo’s highlights include more than 500 cars on display, live music, a motorcycle stunt show and appearances by Rick and Kyle Petty, WWE’s Shawn Michaels and Chris Jerico, Shane Harper of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie and more. Cavalcade runs Friday-Sunday. Get tickets and daily schedules here. Cincinnati native and rising comic Geoff Tate makes a homecoming to record his third comedy album at Go Bananas nightly through Sunday. Tate spent the last year touring the country and with with Doug Benson and Bill Burr. Find show times and ticket info here. Top stylists from an array of local salons will create works of living art Sunday at The Art of Hair at The Carnegie in Covington. Tresses take the spotlight at this runway show, running at 1 p.m. and repeating at 3. Check out our cover story to get a glimpse of the preparation for this event; buy tickets here. Trackside seats at Cincinnati Rollergirls matches only get you so close to the action. Want to get even more involved? CRG are looking for skaters, referees and volunteers for their upcoming season. Roll on over to tryouts at The Skatin’ Place in Colerain Twp. Sunday for a chance to join the team. Go here for more details. For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Jac Kern 06.07.2013
Posted In: Events, Movies, Arts at 12:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/7-6/9

The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend with final performances Friday and Saturday. If you still haven’t checked out any of the freaky, funny, unique performances in this 10th annual fest, go here to check out show reviews and find a full schedule and festival guide. Cincinnati Rollergirls host their last home game of the season at the Cincinnati Gardens Saturday. The 'girls face Kitchener, Ontario’s Tri-City Roller Girls in a double-header that kicks off at 7 p.m. And it’s Fan Appreciation Night, so expect plenty of free CRG goodies throughout the night! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($15/$17 for courtside seats). Happy Hour (dolla dolla beers, y’all) starts at 6 p.m. Find tickets and more info here. Last weekend, teams of filmmakers throughout Cincinnati (and across 125 other participating cities throughout the world) participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, requiring them to write, shoot and edit a movie in just two days. On Friday, they received a movie genre, character, prop and a line of dialogue to include in the short film and the rest was up to them — the finished product had to be completed by Sunday. This Sunday, the public can check out the eclectic mix of results at the Thompson House. Screenings take place at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for a single screening group, $30 for the whole day. Short Vine in Corryville is on its way to becoming the next happenin’ spot in the local arts scene. Don’t believe me? Check out the opening of 71 Gallery (2609 Vine St.) 5-10 p.m. Friday. Local artist Tony Dotson has created the space for outsider artists like himself as well as graphic designers. The gallery’s debut artist is Eye Candy Design agency’s Janet Berberich, who also works on Short Vine. Berberich also helped develop Artbeat on Short Vine, a monthly event that also kicks off Friday. Check out our feature on Dotson and Berberich here. Date Night Movies return to Washington park Saturdays this Summer but don’t let the event name fool you — anyone can enjoy these free, open-air films. The movies run 9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 17 (no movies Aug. 3-10). This week’s selection is the 1954 mystery classic, Rear Window. Go here for a full lineup of summer events at Washington Park.For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Jac Kern 05.10.2013
Posted In: Eats, Events, Music, Northside, Performances, Fun, Holidays at 11:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 5/10-5/12

This weekend is all mothers, so grab your mom, grandma, baby-mama or other motherly-type and take her out for a good time! The next few days are packed with stuff to do, with moms or otherwise. The 44th annual Appalachian Festival is already in full gear at Coney Island, with tons of live music, handmade artisan crafts, storytelling, food and an authentic pioneer village — for those who like to kick it super old-school. The fest runs until 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1-$8. Get a full lineup of activities and performances here. Cincinnati Rollergirls games are pretty much a guaranteed good time. Fun, fierce, badass chicks battle on the rink; $1 happy hour beers; hilarious roller derby nicknames; meet-and-greet with the girls after the game — need we go on? Roll out to the Cincinnati Gardens Saturday as the CRG face Toronto Roller Derby and The Dire Skates of Richmond, Ind., in a double-header. Saturday is Scout and Kids Night, so bring the chillun for a family-friendly event. Get tickets here and read our interview with Rollergirl Sydney “Big Ugly” Greathouse. Whether you’re looking to welcome a furry friend to your family or you want to treat your pup to a day on the town, head downtown to the Duke Energy Convention Center for Petopolis Saturday-Sunday. This pet expo features animal adoption opportunities, pet fashion shows (hopefully straight out of Anchorman), trick competitions, demos, informational seminars, activities for the kids and tons of vendors. Plus, moms will get complimentary pet photos for Mother’s Day. Go here for more information. Oktoberfest is months away, but local German enthusiasts can get their fill of beer, sausage and Gemütlichkeit at the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society’s Schwabenfest Friday-Saturday. Have your fill of homemade sausages, German brews, pretzels and cream puffs, compete in the stein-holding competition and, if you’re coming from Petopolis, dogs are welcome in the biergarten. Maybe you prefer more American-style fare. In that case, swing by Sawyer Point from 2-10 p.m. Saturday for the Cincinnati Wing Fest. This free food festival features chicken wings and side dishes ($2+) from Knocback Nat’s, Rooster’s, Montgomery Inn, Buffalo Wings and Rings and several other area restaurants. Northside Second Saturdays is a great opportunity to buy some artwork, jewelry, baked goods, clothing or home goods for mom (or yourself — no judgment). Stop by local businesses along Hamilton, Chase and Spring Grove avenues from 6-10 p.m. Saturday for sales, extended hours, drinks and food specials. Check out a full list of participating shops, restaurants and bars here. For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

Cincinnati Rollergirl 'Big Ugly' Talks Track

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Cincinnati Rollergirl rookie Sydney “Big Ugly” Greathouse is anything but unsightly. She has an infectious smile to match her peaceful demeanor, which probably has something to do with the fact that she blows off steam by beating up her friends at practice three times a week.   

2013 Jocks Staff Picks

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
From Joey Votto's cool hitting style to the local coaches, teams and recreational spots we enjoy all year long.   
by Jac Kern 06.08.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/8-6/10

This weekend marks the end of the Fringe Festival. If you haven’t seen any shows yet, go here to check out all reviews, show times and ticket info and go see some before Saturday’s final performances. Tonight at Know Theater, local live storytelling collective True Theater presents a special Fringe edition. True Fringe features five Fringe performers who will divulge personal stories of their experiences during this year’s theatrical fest. This is a one-time event, and True Theater shows are always intriguing, so stop by Know or go here for tickets ($12). Stories being at 7 p.m. It’s Northside Second Saturdays time again! Celebrate the funky-fab neighborhood by visiting local shops, salons, bars, restaurants and more between 6-10 p.m. Participating businesses offer sales, extended happy hours, food and drink specials and plenty o’ good times. This weekend, Fabricate opens Oh, Smell the People!, a mixed media exhibition by Michael Reuter, and NVISION presents an exhibit of youthful paintings and drawings by Angela Oster, titled Abandon Ship!. Last Year’s Crosstown Shootout ended in an all-out brawl, and Saturday’s Rollergirls Crosstown Knockdown is sure to bring body-slammin’ action, too — on the rink, that is. If you want to see a badass competition without the worry of getting punched by an athlete, cheer on your favorite chicks on wheels as the Cincinnati Rollergirls take on the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls in the first-ever Crosstown Knockdown at Cincinnati Gardens. Cincy’s B-team, the Violent Lambs will compete against the Little Steel Derby Girls at 7 p.m. and the main event kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $12. If you’ve never experienced a roller derby before, this will be an awesome introduction. Grab tickets here. Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market is back for the summer this Saturday! The City Flea makes its home at Twelfth and Vine streets in the Gateway District this season and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural summer. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, browse the open air market with vendors like Queen City Cookies, Fab Ferments, Brush Factory, Cincy Craft Cartel, Charmingly Modern and lots more local food, arts, clothing and other retailers. Find ‘em all here. People love comedian Aziz Ansari for his many laugh-out-loud roles. Some know him as Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, others recognize him from his small-yet-memorable characters in Funny People, Observe and Report or Flight of the Conchords, while longtime fans (ahem) still quote his hilarious sketches on Human Giant, but his stand-up trumps ‘em all. Saturday, the dude who has everyone “treatin’ they selves” performs at the Aronoff Center. From his family to celebrity encounters to everyday observations, Ansari brings the LOLs. Hopefully his alter-ego RAAAAAAAANDY will make an appearance. Go here to get tickets to tomorrow’s show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Second Sundays on Main also makes a return this weekend. Hop around OTR as you enjoy live music, food, beer and local shopping from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights this week include a Crafty Supermarket mini-market, Dr. Bongonatti's Art Parade, celebrity chef demos by Executive Chef Jose Salazar and Pastry Chef Russ Wheeler of The Palace and the ever-popular drag races. Follow our music and To Do pages for even more fun weekend stuff.
 
 
by Jac Kern 03.30.2012
Posted In: Arts, Concerts, Culture, Drinking, Events, Fun, Performances, Music at 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 3/30-4/1

Final Friday, Rollergirls, CSO and more

Happy Final Friday! If you're hitting up the monthly gallery/bar hop, stop by Yes (Primaries, 6-10 p.m.), Clay Street Press (The Revolution Says, 6-9 p.m.) and The Art Academy of Cincinnati (Sub-Surfaced, 5-8 p.m.) in addition to the several other participating venues. Read more about these featured exhibits here.Want to enjoy a more cosmic experience this weekend? Stop by the Cincinnati Astronomical Society in Cleves for the Mars Returns program. Mars is visible from Earth this time of year, and with CAS's powerful telescope, you'll get an excellent glimpse of the famed red planet (weather permitting). Learn about the myths and mysteries that surround Mars and the latest info from NASA. This free program takes place from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Consider making a small donation on your way out to create more astronomical opportunities at the center.If you missed legendary composer Philip Glass' MusicNOW performance with eighth blackbird Thursday, you can still check him out this weekend thanks to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere of Glass' Second Cello Concerto will be performed by cellist Matt Haimovitz tonight and Saturday at Music Hall. Go here to get last-minute tickets to the show.The Cincinnati Rollergirls take on the Demolition City Roller Derby from Evansville, IN. in the third annual College Night Saturday. Students, faculty and staff just need to show school IDs at the door for $10 tickets — the first 300 get free CRG bottle openers. If you missed the girls' season opener, be sure to check out this match, the second home double-header of the 2012 season. Doors open at 6 p.m.with the first bout rolling off at 7 p.m. As always, enjoy $1 happy hour beers from 6-7 p.m. and stick around after the game to meet those badass chicks!Quick Notes: Stage Door breaks down this weekend's theater offerings; find upcoming concerts and club shows here; Prairie Gallery's Airstream and the Contemporary Arts Centers' Dasha Shiskin exhibit are among this week's visual art suggestions; find even more events on our To Do page.Check out our Best of Cincinnati issue for reader picks and staff tips on where to get your eats, drinks, arts and shopping on.
 
 

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