by Rick Pender
Posted In: Arts community
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Mia Gentile's voiceover demo gets love from company, Huffpo
If you grew up in the Midwest you’ve probably heard the
catchy jingle for “Stanley Steemer, the Carpet Cleaner.” But I bet
you’ve never heard it sung operatically, or with some bebop or thrash.
Now you can do that — all in one three-minute video featuring University
of Cincinnati musical theater grad Mia Gentile, a 2011 grad of the
College-Conservatory of Music. Local audiences know her for several
amusing turns in incarnations of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and the sold-out (and revived) production of next to normal, but trust me, this girl is bound for glory.
People who’ve never heard of her or the carpet cleaning company are tuning in now by the thousands, thanks to a YouTube video,
cleverly titled “The Stanley Steemer Variations (by Mia).” Gentile
generated with local musician and producer Roger Klug. Julie Spangler, a
professional pianist and musical theater instructor at CCM, introduced
Klug and Gentile, who wanted to produce a voiceover demo of the various
musical styles she could reproduce (which appears to be limitless). Klug
convinced her to translate her vocal performances into a video, which
they shot in one day over the summer. “It was a total collaboration,”
Klug tells me. “We talked about what each character would look like, she
did the makeup and hair, I shot and edited the thing. We completely did
it for no other reason than ‘just for the fun of it.’” It was shot at
the local studio Mental Giant with Klug using a Sony Handycam.
Well, that it was — it’s apparent from watching. But
everyone is getting in on the fun, and the video has taken off virally
on YouTube. When Klug contacted me on Monday morning, it had had 40,000
hits in just a few days. By midnight the piece had exploded, exceeding
100,000 hits. He and Gentile have created a blog site to support it: http://miavideo.wordpress.com.
Even better, the Stanley Steemer people have picked it up,
hyping it on their Facebook page, which has led to a suspicion that the
whole thing is a clever marketing ploy. “Another faction thinks Stanley
Steemer owes us a big check,” Klug jokes, “which I'm inclined to agree
with!” It’s spread to an international audience now, dare I say “picking
up steam” with a mention and a link in the U.K. edition of The Huffington Post. Before this winds up, Gentile will need her own 1-800 number!
DJ-turned-designer puts Ohio on the map
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It’s a timeworn story: creative type grows up in a small
town and feels compelled to leave for the big city. But instead of the usual ending
for local designer/businessman Floyd Johnson has instead created his own avenues
for creative success right in his hometown.
by Danny Cross
We didn’t mean to help re-elect a socialist
During the past year CityBeat has spent a lot of
energy reporting on countless Republican screw-ups, from typical
shortsighted policies to legislation that is straight-up offensive to women,
minorities, gay people and the poor and working class. But we didn’t
realize that by pointing out how offensive and irrelevant the country’s
GOP leaders were acting, that we were inadvertently killing America.
That's why we would like to formally apologize to the Lebanon tea party in Warren County. The email you sent to The Enquirer today hit us
pretty hard — the fact that you’re literally wearing black and mourning
America because “socialists, welfare and unions took over this country”
is super sad. In our haste to ask questions of elected leaders, fact
check their statements and put their beliefs and policies into perspective over the
past few months, we forgot how badly people in Warren County wish America
could be like the 1950s again, when women knew their place and black
people had to operate the elevators and never say anything whites didn’t
want to hear. Mad Men is a great show.
We didn’t mean to be tricked by President Obama’s stimulus
bill — we (stupidly) believed the economists who said it staved off a
depression caused by under-regulation of the housing and financial
industries (we tried to believe Mitt Romney’s concept of further
reducing regulations so the job-creators can stimulate the economy in
the private sector thus giving our wealth back to us, but it was maybe
too complicated for us to understand?).
Some people we know kept their jobs when the president
didn’t allow the American car companies to go broke even though they’re
the ones that decided to max out profits on SUVs with truck beds on the
back. Other people we know spent time last year without health care, and
this country’s health care costs are somewhere around twice as much as
any other country’s so we were like, “Yea, reforming that system sounds
about right.” But we admit that we don’t know what it’s going to be like
for the 15 percent of this country living in poverty to all of the
sudden have access to preventative care. Someone in Cincinnati died of a
tooth problem last year, and we don’t even know if that’s covered.
We realize that it wasn’t Mitt Romney who used the term
“legitimate rape,” but it made us want to throw up, which slowed down
productivity that might have allowed us to figure out that Don’t Ask
Don’t Tell was the only thing keeping our country’s military from
turning Afghanistan into a European-style gay disco.
We thought it was kind of gross when the president killed
Osama bin Laden, but everyone was really happy about it so we focused
our attention on the results of the president’s home buying and
refinancing programs that helped stimulate the economy and saved
people’s houses, even though we’re all a bunch of renters who don’t even
know how to use a level.
So we’re clearly at fault for your expectation of the
downfall of this country, and we realize that you’re upset and probably
right about America becoming a socialist nation within months. We messed
up bad this time, but we want you to know that we’re not blind to it —
your press release has put our actions into a perspective that we wish
we had yesterday or, even better, several years ago before we learned
how to do our jobs the right way.
At least you have the local daily newspaper to publish
your emotional reactions to historical election results and to continue
endorsing GOP candidates no matter how ill qualified and misguided they are.
Please don’t mourn long — there’s still hope for the type of social
regression you’re looking for, especially in Warren County.
by Andy Brownfield
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Bill Cunningham to seek advice on retirement because of Obama re-election
Voice of the common man, conscience of the American
people, shepherd of men and 700WLW staple Bill Cunningham made an
impassioned plea to his radio audience Nov. 2, saying if Mitt Romney
lost the election, he would end his 30-plus year career in radio.
“For nearly 30 years I’ve been the voice of the common man
and conscience of the American people. I have led you and you’ve
allowed me to lead you through thick and thin, through good times and
bad, through recessions, depressions, wars, feasts and famines, through
hurricanes, tornadoes and more,” Cunningham said.
“If Mitt Romney does not win the election, I, Bill
Cunningham, your shepherd, will quit radio on Wednesday Nov. 7. I’ll
give it up. Continue my great television career and practicing law, but
if my credibility means anything between you and me it means that you
will listen to what I have to say.”
Now, in the morning after, a time when we ourselves have often
felt that “oh God, what have I done” feeling, we at CityBeat want to
make our own impassioned plea: Don’t quit, Willie. Cincinnati needs you.
You’ve always been a source of inspiration and wisdom to
budding journalists and truth-seekers at CityBeat. Were it not for your
Aug. 28, 2009 interview with Cincinnati Profile, we would never have
known what “my baby daddy” was. We might forget what Barack Hussein
Obama’s full name is were it not for your show.
Without your faithful shepherding we’d go on believing the
lie that things like assistance to the disabled and payments to workers
who are injured on the job were good things!
We’re glad to hear that you are backtracking on your Nov. 2 pledge planning to go on an intervention with Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Gov.
John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman to determine your future in radio.
As you said on your show today, “every herd of sheep needs
a shepherd,” and you’ve been our shepherd for more than 30 years.
Please don’t “take [your] staff, crash in [your] skull and kill
[yourself].” We, the bleating masses of Cincinnati, still need you.
Former Oregonians produce award-winning wines in Ripley, Ohio
1 Comment · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The leaves and temperatures are falling in
mid-October, and red grapes varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon are ripe
for the picking.
1 Comment · Thursday, November 1, 2012
I realize I’m old school, but if I had requested someone
to visit me and when that someone arrived, I would have taking that
remote and turned off the television.
by Andy Brownfield
Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati warns against politicking in parishes
The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati this week sent a letter to all local parishes warning them to keep politics off the pulpit.
The letter reminds pastors and parishioners that church
leadership may not endorse parties or candidates or take any action that
could be construed as endorsement, let candidates or parties use church
facilities, distribute political materials in church or use church
publications to promote a party or candidate.
“The Church has the responsibility to provide moral
guidance on political issues; however, the Church does not wish to
engage in political activity,” Chancellor the Rev. Steve Angi wrote in
the Oct. 24 letter.
Some Cincinnati-area parishes had placed stacks of tickets
to a rally for Rep. Paul Ryan or stacks of Republican sample ballots,
according to Parishes Without Politics, a group of lay Catholics.
“We think the Cincinnati Archdiocese’s letter should be a
model for bishops nationwide and the rest of the Church leadership,”
group spokesperson Deborah Rose-Milavec wrote in an emailed statement.
“Catholics should feel free to vote their own consciences
without being bombarded by partisan political messages from the pulpits,
on parish websites, in parish bulletins, in the vestibules or anywhere
else on parish property.”
CityBeat has previously written about how both major
parties are using different aspects of Catholic social teaching to woo
by Stefanie Kremer
Romney makes case for election at Jet Machine in Bond Hill
There are only a few more weeks of political commercials, ads, promises and accusations flooding the TV and radio before the Nov.
6 presidential election. While many Americans are tired of political
campaigning, Ohio — the most important swing state in the United States —
has been showing a great response toward the campaign as it nears its
On Thursday, 4,000 people lined up outside of Jet Machine
in Bond Hill to hear Republican candidate Mitt Romney speak at 11 a.m.
After flying in to Lunken Airport on Wednesday night,
Romney had breakfast at First Watch in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday
morning before proceeding to the rally in Bond Hill.
His visit in Cincinnati was the first of a three-stop bus
tour in Ohio — along with Worthington and Defiance, Ohio later that
At the Jet Machine warehouse, Romney criticized Barack Obama's campaign, foreign policies and plans for America's future.
"The Obama campaign is slipping because he keeps talking
about smaller and smaller things when America has such big problems,"
Romney cheered on small businesses and promised that his businesses experience will help turn the economy around.
In a response to the Cincinnati rally, the Obama campaign
explained that Romney's visit was just another attempt to try and
convince Ohio workers that he is on their side and will stand up to
China, when in fact it's the opposite.
"As a corporate buyout specialist, Romney invested in
companies that pioneered the practice of shipping jobs to places like
China, shutting down American plants and firing workers — all while he
walked away with a profit," Jessica Kershaw, Obama for America — Ohio press secretary, explained.
"These jobs are likely to come at the expense of American
workers in cities like Cincinnati, and that’s why the people of Ohio
will not be supporting Mitt Romney this November.”
Romney ended the rally encouraging the Buckeye state to go to the polls and vote early.
"We need to make sure Ohio is able to send a message loud
and clear: We want real change. We want big change," Romney encouraged.
In an attempt to secure Ohio, President Obama is due in
Cincinnati on Halloween. With just two weeks remaining before election
day, a new Ohio poll from TIME.com says that Obama is winning 49 percent of Ohio, compared with Romney's 44 percent.
by Andy Brownfield
Outcry, national attention spurred removal of voter fraud displays
A Cincinnati outdoor advertising company announced Tuesday
that it will take down controversial billboards that opponents claim
are aimed at intimidating voters.
Norton Outdoor Advertising had been contracted to put up
about 30 billboards that read “Voter Fraud is a Felony!” The billboards
also listed the maximum penalty for voter fraud — up to 3 and a half years and a
Opponents of the billboards claim they were strategically
placed in predominantly low-income and black neighborhoods in Cincinnati
as a means to discourage those largely Democratic voters from going to
The billboards were funded by an anonymous “private family foundation.”
In a statement posted online, Norton Executive Vice
President Mike Norton said the displays would be taken down as soon as
possible. He wrote that the
foundation and Norton agreed after hearing criticism that the sentiment
surrounding the displays was contrary to their intended purpose.
The family foundation didn’t intend to make a political
statement, but rather make the public aware of voting regulations, he
“We look forward to helping to heal the divisiveness that has been an unfortunate result of this election year,” Norton wrote.
Norton had previously told CityBeat that the billboards were not targeted but distributed randomly throughout the city.
Several Cincinnati officials wrote to the company requesting the billboards be taken down.
ClearChannel Outdoor Advertising announced on Monday that it was removing similar billboards in Cleveland and Columbus.
The billboards throughout Ohio had garnered national criticism and media attention.
A rival outdoor advertising company is putting up 10 new billboards to rebut the voter fraud ones.
The new red, white and blue billboards will read “Hey Cincinnati, voting is a right not a crime!”
Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld said in an
emailed news release that he reached out to Lamar Advertising
Company to ask if they would donate the billboards throughout
“We should be encouraging folks to participate in our
democratic process, not trying to scare them,” Sittenfeld wrote. “I
salute Lamar’s generosity and their support in encouraging citizens to
raise their voice and not be scared away.”
by Andy Brownfield
"Nuns on the Bus" tour to encourage voters to pick candidates that will provide for poor
A group of Catholic nuns kicked off a 1,000-mile, six-day
tour across Ohio on Wednesday, during which they plan on telling voters to
elect candidates who will do the most for the state’s poor.
“In democracy, the role of government is to represent all
of us and show us how we work together,” said Sister Simone Campbell, a
Catholic nun and executive director of Catholic lobbying group NETWORK.
“So that when some politicians want to tell us that there
is no role for government, that government is only there to let
individuals take care of their individualistic selves, I want to say,
‘that’s not democracy. That’s not our Constitution, and that’s not our
The “Nuns on the Bus” tour started Wednesday in Cincinnati
and will travel through Dayton, Lima, Columbus, Toledo, Fremont,
Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron, Athens and Marietta before ending back in
Cincinnati on Oct. 15.
The trip features Catholic nuns from across Ohio who will
be urging Ohio voters to examine what the Bible says about caring for
the poor. Dominican Sister of Hope Monica McGloin said voters should
choose the candidate who would best embody those teachings.
McGloin said the tour would not support any political party or candidate.
“We certainly don’t want to be partisan, because that’s
not what we’re about,” she said. “The fact is, neither candidate is
talking about the poor.”
While the bus tour kickoff was nonpartisan – speakers
avoided mentioning either candidate by name – a number of attendees had
their jackets or cars adorned with buttons or bumper stickers supporting
president Barack Obama.
McGloin said she had a list of things she’d like to see
from the next president: access to health care for all Americans, more
jobs, a focus on education and programs that help people meet their
basic needs, like housing.
This isn’t the first bus tour for Campbell, who planned on heading to work in Washington, D.C. after the first Cincinnati stop. She organized the original nine-state
“Nuns on the Bus” tour over the summer. The earlier tour was in protest
over the budget proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul
Ryan, himself a Catholic. Ryan’s budget would gut many social programs
relied on by the poor.