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Always-Recycler

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I’ve got a problem. Some call it a problem, at least. Personally, I prefer “fixation.” Better yet, a love. Passion. Interest. Civic duty, if you want to be fancy about it. Ask any of my former roommates; they’ll call it a compulsion. A quirk. The one descriptor they’ll use to sum me up to their next roommate. “God, she had this weird thing about recycling … drove me nuts.”    

'One Nation Under Dog' Kicks Off HBO Summer Doc Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series presents a different intriguing, timely film each Monday through July 30. The series covers a vast array of topics, from social issues to pop culture, each with a unique perspective. First up is One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal (9 p.m. Monday), a three-part documentary that sheds light on America’s complicated relationship with canines.  

To Black Fathers & Their Daughters

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I write this to the slurred black icky thump of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” (I know I/was born to die/searching to find/peace of mind),  pausing occasionally in my writing cockpit to look up at the grainy, overdeveloped black and white Polaroid of my parents on the Hamilton porch of my girlhood home. There is no phantasmagorical narrative. Their body language tells a sweet story.    

Skimp My Ride

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Don’t talk about my car. You know how guests on “talk shows” like Maury or Jerry Springer will literally break a chair over someone’s head if they mention the former’s mother? That’s how I feel (internally, thus far) when others try to bring up my ride.  

Doin’ Bad Things in Bon Temps

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A few seconds of True Blood’s opening credits (set to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) are all it takes to set the mood and excite audiences of the intoxicating vampire drama, which returns for a fifth season Sunday (9 p.m., HBO). With flashes of alternating sexual and religious, gritty, Southern-fried, swampy images, this intro perfectly encapsulates what fans love about the show without even mentioning vampires.  

Social Media Anxiety Attacked

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A couple of years ago, I went through depressive funk that led me to withdraw from most social settings. I hermited away not only physically, but also cyberly. I’ve always suffered from some level of social anxiety; now, I was experiencing a kind of social-network anxiety that caused me to ultimately break up with my Facebook page.   

Back to Black

6 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Your black-ass president is a fag hag. A fag hag is usually a woman who co-stars and co-signs in the lives of flamboyantly gay men. Fag hags are pesky cheerleaders buzzing about meaninglessly to little affect; they are quick to appear down with gay (and lesbian … dykes have fag hags, too) causes, but it’s all too much, too little, too late.  

Loving Days to Come

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
June 12 happens to be my stepdaughter’s birthday, but this year it takes on even greater significance to our family and thousands of other couples in the United States because it marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision making it legal in all 50 states for couples of different races to marry and live their lives without fear of harassment from law enforcement.   
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/1-6/3

Cincinnati’s annual seasonal art celebration, Summerfair, returns for the 45th year at Coney Island this weekend. The festival includes 300 crafters and fine artists from around town, the country and Canada as well as performers and food vendors. Peruse photography, glass and wood works, ceramics, fiber arts and more as you explore one of the longest running arts and crafts fairs in the nation. Admission is $10 (parking included). Summerfair runs, rain or shine, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tonight at Coney’s Moonlite gardens, Cincy Chic presents the Little Black Dress party and fashion show. Summerfair’s artworks get a fierce makeover at this event, which also features drinks and dancing from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15. Freestyle rap battle-meets-Draw Something: that’s how Ghost Empire Collective describes its Art of War show tonight. In the largest GEC event yet, seven artists from the collective will compete in a live art tournament. An MC will randomly select a card with a word on it for each artist, who will have 10 minutes to draw their subject (none of the artists have any idea what mystery subjects appear on the cards). Once their time is up, the audience will vote via applause for their favorites. The fun will continue until one artist remains. The Art of War goes down at The Avenue Lounge in Covington. Admission is free; the show begins at 10 p.m. Bike month is over, y’all and there are some new two-wheelers in town. The inaugural Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally celebrates scooters (mods) and motorcyclists (rockers) with a group ride and celebration Saturday. The ride kicks off at noon at Fuel Coffee in the East End, where scooters and bikes will split up for two different scenic routes and eventually meet in Rabbit Hash, then back north to Hoffner Park in Northside around 3 p.m. The rally at the park (2-8 p.m.) will feature grub, live music, art, and lots of car-less fun. Heat things up with a retro fashion show and pinup girl contest, hosted by the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Afterwards, the group will migrate to The Comet from 9-11 p.m. Find registration, a full route and schedule here. You don’t have to brave the city’s core to have fun this weekend, though. St. James Orthodox Christian Church in Loveland presents its annual Mediterranean Food Festival through Sunday. Enjoy Middle Eastern music, belly dancers, rides and games for kids and more authentic food you than can throw a falafel at! Have your fill of kibbeh, grape leaves, shawarma, gyros and more, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Always clever with a theme, Dance_MF embraces June’s National Safety Month status for its monthly event Saturday. Strap on your neon safety suit and boogie down to Northside Tavern from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. You can dance if you want to…This weekend is a great chance to check out some Fringe Festival performances. Go here for show reviews, schedules, ticket information and more.
 
 

Dear Downtown

5 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
You were a shit show this weekend and I straight up don’t appreciate it — in fact, I still get so irritated when I think about this weekend that my butt and calf muscles tense up into tiny little balls. I was too hot, too hungry and too dressed up to deal with whatever you were going through trying to figure out how to cram a thousand events into a single weekend.   

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