by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
As the weather
gets warmer, music lovers tend to get antsy looking forward to summer concerts
and music festivals. There’s Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Bunbury all within a
reasonable drive from Cincinnati, plus tons of touring concerts like The Shins, The Lumineers, country acts galore and the most anticipated tour of them all: The Package. Boy band lovers of the ‘80s and ‘90s will unite for this music spectacular from New
Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Cincy’s own 98 Degrees. The tour kicks off next
month and Nick Lachey & Co. may not officially come home until the sold-out
concert June 25, but Buzzfeed is already getting in the spirit with this
collection of photos that reminds us about how Justin Jeffre was essentially
the Michelle Williams of 98 Degrees.
Upon looking up some 98 deets on Wikipedia, I realized dude is the only bandmate
who doesn’t have his own page. And he ran for mayor in 2005! Poor Justin. At
least he took a break from rehearsing to stop by our Best of Cincinnati party
last week (and if you obnoxiously asked him for a photo or just squealed and pointed at his
presence…Shame on you), which was just one
day before the release of the reunited band’s newest single. “Microphone”
(which, according to The Daily Beast’s painstaking analysis, could have also been entitled “Penis”) has all the ingredients for a killer
boy band tune: a danceable beat, barely-subtle phallic references that preteens
could unknowingly sing on the back of the school bus, and lyrics that pay
tribute to the group’s barber shop quartet past (“Say, ‘do-re-mi-fa-sooooo’ ”).
Cabrera? He was an early-2000s Pop singer who dated pre-Pete Wentz Ashlee
Simpson and was later resurrected on that post-Lauren Conrad final season of
The Hills that probably only I watched. Well, in a move I can only wish I was bold enough to pull first, he got Ryan Gosling’s face tatted
on his calf. One glance at the InAPPropriate
Comedy trailer and it was obvious — that shit was going to be bad. But as
this Huffington Post live-blog of the — ahem — “film” describes, it was baaad. Like being-inside-Lindsay-Lohan’s-vagina
bad (Spoiler Alert).
The Walking Dead’s
third season finale was Sunday night and, though the season closer was full of ample zombie/Governor scariness, the most terrifying part of the night came
during the live after-show, Talking Dead.
Somehow, this dude managed to make it on the air:
Hey, if you want a
captive, conspiracy-loving audience to stir up, TWD fans are it.
OK, time to get
serious for a minute. I don’t usually like to discuss serious matters like
death or illness on this silly pop culture blog, but this latest news from MTV
is just too crazy to ignore. A cast member from Buckwild, MTV’s take on
the rednecksploitation trend that replaced Jersey
Shore, was found dead in his car after having gone missing over the
weekend. While full details have not officially been released, it’s looking like the
accident is a result of off-roading after a stint at a local watering hole.
Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead with his uncle and a friend in Gandee’s truck,
which was partially submerged in mud. Their deaths have been ruled accidents, caused by carbon monoxide poisoning (with the car's exhaust stuck under mud, fumes filled the car).Obviously, this is tragic and not
something to make light of. What’s really disturbing is that, had this not
taken a terrible turn, the whole drinking-and-mudding scenario is something
that easily would have been included in an episode of the series. Not that MTV
needs to be a beacon for safety (see: Jackass,
Ridiculousness, the Jersey Shore's “smoosh room,” etc.)
But maybe it’s time to seriously re-think what we promote via reality TV
bullshit. Production on the show's second season has since been halted and it has been reported that Gandee's funeral expenses will be covered by Buckwild producers.
And here’s a cute video
of baby Gorilla Gladys at the Cincinnati Zoo to help you recover from that
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In what feels like an effort to make life even more glum
for the baby gorilla already rejected by its mother at the Texas zoo
where it was born, Cincinnati Zoo has dubbed the recently adopted infant
“Gladys.” Gladys. CINCINNATI -2
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Cincinnati Zoo had to euthanize one of the world’s
most famous endangered Sumatran rhinos, Ipuh, who in 2001 became the
first male Sumatran rhino to sire offspring in captivity since the 19th
Push for solar energy could help revitalize Cincinnati’s economy
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Could Cincinnati become the solar capital
of the region? A new report by a citizen-based environmental advocacy
group says yes.
by Bill Sloat
Little Joe lost weight and struggled after return to the wild
manatee is an orphan from Daytona Beach. He was brought to the
Cincinnati Zoo in June 2005 and thrived in its Manatee Springs exhibit
over the next four years. Little Joe then went to Tampa’s Lowry Park,
and from there to the wild. He made news last week when teams from Sea
World and the Florida the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
removed him from a waterway behind the University of Central Florida
campus — he appeared to be emaciated and stuck near a water treatment
plant. A video of the rescue is here.
When he was
released last May, Little Joe weighed 1,515 pounds. He was plump and
primed for life in the Sunshine State. The zoo followed his progress in
Florida on its blog.
A year ago, when the last sighting was
reported, Little Joe was hanging out with six other manatees and feeding
on hydrilla — manna to manatees. The species — sometimes called seacows
— are endangered and the Cincinnati Zoo is a partner in a federal
program aimed at preserving and protecting manatees. The zoo says some
rescued animals need long-term rehabilitation and are sent to special
facilities for care, including the Cincinnati Zoo. The
zoo says its been home to nine manatees, and the majority have been
released back into the wild. “While a manatee is with us, it
periodically undergoes a medical exam to
assess its progress and condition. Once it's healthy, it is prepared
for release back into the wild. Accompanied by zookeeper staff, the manatee is transported back to the Florida facility
where it gets used to eating natural vegetation and living in saltwater
again,” according to the zoo’s 2011 manatee rescue web page.Slip and Little Joe in happier days at the Manatee Springs tank at the Cincinnati Zoo.
by Jac Kern
Young Bucks, French music, comedy and puppies galore
Tonight our sister publication A-Line Magazine hosts The Pet Event at Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa. If you fell in love with A-Line's April Pet Issue and all the adorable critters inside, tonight's your chance to meet them! The winners of A-Line's cute pet contest will be around, along with Louise Labrie of Nationwide, who's offering pet insurance quotes. For every quote given, Nationwide will donate $10 to the Cincinnati SPCA. Bring your leashed dog and check out the amazing facility while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 5-8 p.m. Find directions and more info here.Add a little français to your Thursday with Cincinnati Symphony's French Connection concert. Enjoy works of three French composers, performed by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, led by French conductor Stéphane Denève. Tickets for tonight's 7:30 p.m. show at Music Hall start at just $10 — c'est bon marché! The show continues Saturday and Sunday. Go here for tickets and performance details.Comedian Nick Griffin kicks off his four-night run at Go Bananas tonight at 8 p.m. The Kansas native has been doing stand up for more than two decades. You may have seen him on late-night shows like Letterman and Conan, or on Comedy Central. Check out his latest comedy album, Shot in the Face on iTunes. Tickets to tonight's set are $10, $4 with college or military ID. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes and Blooms series continues tonight with Magnolia Mountain and Comet Bluegrass All Stars. This free concert offers excellent local bands in the beautiful setting of the zoo's gardens. The concert runs 6-8:30 p.m.; admission to the zoo is free after 5 p.m. (parking is $8). Tunes and Blooms continues every Thursday this month.Tonight downtown drinkery Shooter's hosts its weekly western-themed night, Young Buck Thursdays. Get down with dance music, a Flashbox photo booth and $2 pink pony shots all night long. Mosey on down to the watering hole starting at 10 p.m. Find details here.Go here for tonight's live music lineup and check out our To Do page for more arts and theater events tonight.
Zoo installs largest publicly accessible, urban solar array
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Lions, tigers and bears ... and energy? The Cincinnati Zoo’s latest pet project won’t be housed behind glass or enclosed in habitats; instead, it will be openly displayed outside the facility for all to see. Developed, designed, owned and operated by the Melink Corp., the $11 million Melink Solar Canopy will provide 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs.
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
In the Good Old Days, journalists generally held a story if authorities said it could compromise the stakeout, chase or anticipated capture of a suspect. Even if we knew where agents were headed or or stood with them outside a motel where a kidnapper and victim were hidden, we responded with silence. These issues arose again when the 24/7-obsessed news media unthinkingly helped the Times Square bombing suspect almost escape.
Celebrating the 40th annual ode to Earth
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cincinnati doesn't mess around when it comes to Earth Day. Events take place at the Cincinnati Zoo, Sawyer Point, Fountain Square and more. If you're looking for a little green inspiration, there are plenty of area events to get involved in.
A dozen different ways to get your holiday on
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This time of year casts a bright, if cold, light on the many traditions that converge in America. Our shopping sprees and hectic schedules are time trial races and affectations that keep our eyes off the meaning — if there is any such holy grail to be found — of the holidays.