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The Last Time I Saw Melissa

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I found out about Melissa’s death on Dec. 15, 10 days before Christmas.   

Shrewdness of Apes Gives Emerging Artists a Home

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are taking DIY to the next level with Shrewdness of Apes, their new Covington, Ky., gallery-boutique. After participating in what she calls a “makers’ movement” of arts markets across the region, Nauman says she and Boyd were inspired to create a more permanent home for emerging artists and makers.  

Lasting Legacy

Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always dove right in and went for it.    
by Jac Kern 11.13.2013
Posted In: Visual Art, Arts community at 09:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 
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UPDATE: Cork 'N Bottle Removes London Police Mural

Decision made one day after BLDG's Mike Amann passed away

UPDATE: Cork ‘N Bottle has reached out to BLDG and the public to apologize for the removal of The London Police mural made possible by BLDG and Mike Amann, who passed away Sunday. Cork ‘N Bottle’s Tim Hue met with BLDG owners to apologize for the unfortunate timing of the mural removal. The company says it will donate $1,000 to the American Cancer Society in Mike Amann’s name and work to bring The London Police back to Covington to create a new mural. Both the gallery and Cork ‘N Bottle shared the news on social media. From BLDG’s Facebook page: “Excellent update on the Cork-N-Bottle and The London Police - Official mural situation: We just had an excellent meeting with Tim Hue from Cork N Bottle issuing a formal apology along with a gracious $1,000 donation to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Mike Amann. We fully accept this apology along with Tim's eagerness to correct the situation. We will be working with Tim and Cork N Bottle on replacing the mural in a timely fashion. Also, we would like to state that the unfortunate timing of the event was in no way intended to be malicious or insensitive in any way. Thank you Cork N Bottle for doing the right thing for the City of Covington and our community.” Cork ‘N Bottle also reached out to fans on their page: “We understand and sincerely regret the hurt that the removal of the art mural has caused our community. We acted out of a concern of a Maker’s Mark copyright violation – which we feared might affect our relationship with a key supplier. We certainly had no intention of offending The London Police - Official, BLDG or the community who had come to appreciate and enjoy the mural. We have been a part of this community for 50 years and as always, wish to work in the best interest for our community's development and growth. We regret the loss of this piece of art, and thank you for your comments and your enthusiasm for Covington. We too share your passion for our neighborhood and love being a part of this community. In furtherance of our sincere apologies, Cork 'N Bottle has made a donation in the name and memory of Michael T. Amann to The American Cancer Society. We invite others to join us.” ORIGINAL POST: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 The London Police mural on the side of Covington’s Cork ‘N Bottle has been removed by the liquor store. British street artists TLP came to Greater Cincinnati this August as part of a collaboration with Covington’s BLDG. The London Police created one large mural and several smaller graffiti works across Covington during their two-week stay. Cork ‘N Bottle owners, according to BLDG, agreed to keep one of the works on the side of their building for at least one year. The mural was removed Monday.From BLDG’s Facebook Page: “Huge loss in Covington today. Cork 'N Bottle decided to paint over their The London Police - Official mural today. Let us state that the agreement of the mural being painted on the building was that the painting would be up for at least a year after completion. From this point forward, we will surely only shop at The Party Source for all our spirits!” This decision comes just a day after BLDG owner Mike Amann passed away Sunday after a battle with stage four neuroendocrine cancer.Friends of Amann and fans of the artwork reached out to Cork ‘N Bottle on Facebook for an explanation. The liquor store posted the following statement this morning. “The London Police mural was removed from our building at 501 Crescent Ave. yesterday. The reasons for this are that the contract to have it painted was unauthorized and the image was an infringement on the Maker’s Mark trademarked bottle image. Please look for new art coming this spring as a new mural is being properly contracted.” This blog will be updated when more information becomes available.
 
 

Good Customer Service

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Walking home, I remembered being in a decent mood before I entered the store and now I felt pissed off. I’m in that damn Walgreens at least three times a week spending plenty of money. Why the hell would a cashier try to squeeze a little bit more out of me? And what business is it of hers if I want to drink Diet Coke? If I wanted to drink a gallon of Tide detergent, that’s my business and not hers.   

Looking for Mr. McNabb

3 Comments · Friday, August 2, 2013
When I moved to another apartment building here in Covington, Kentucky at the end of January, my decision was to stay pretty much to myself and not get involved with my neighbors.  
by Chelsea Spata 07.31.2013
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World's Longest Yard Sale Kicks off Thursday

Annual shopping event has local stop in MainStrasse Village

In my first days as a freshman at the University of Virginia, I was introduced to the “guys in ties, girls in pearls” traditional attire that students were expected to don at the season’s first football game. Frantic to find a set of pearls without visiting one of Charlottesville’s budget-busting boutiques, I called my mom, fashion guru and money-saver extraordinaire. One week later, the pearls arrived. Since then, I’ve received compliments from the most esteemed judges, including my Barney’s-or-bust roommate from Arlington, Va., and my friend’s grandma who once personally addressed Mick Jagger as "Mr. Yagger." Indeed, the pearls are a hit with high society, and it tickles me to know that my mom threw down a mere fifty cents to get them. In early August, there’s only one place where that’s possible.Beginning Thursday and running through Sunday, the 26th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale spans 690 miles from Addison, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala. Aptly nicknamed the 127 Sale, vendors set up along the Highway 127 corridor to entice buyers with all the classic yard sale merchandise: picture frames, knick-knacks, clothing, accessories, furniture, as well as other handmade goods akin to those at events like The City Flea. It is a celebration of summer cleaning, sharing, bargain hunting and sight-seeing, with notable stops like Big South Fork National River and Pickett State Park.Started in 1987 with the affirmation that “the back roads have something to offer,” the World’s Longest Yard Sale earned its name after the route began to cross the northwest corner of Georgia, adding another 100 miles to the existing 350-mile span of highway 127. Since then, it has continued to grow, with more than 200 miles of added terrain becoming part of the route.People come from all over the country and the world to brave the congested traffic conditions and summer swelter with the hopes of finding a hidden local treasure they can take home. Some even travel the entire 690 miles, while others stay within certain pockets of vendors. This year, the World’s Longest Yard Sale runs directly through MainStrasse Village in Covington, a location that includes more than 100 vendors and a Yard Sale Grill where shoppers can fuel up as they continue north, south or home for the evening. It is an event for tourists and locals alike, an opportunity to discover and rediscover the cultural richness of Greater Cincinnati. The World’s Longest Yard Sale not only rewards shoppers with inexpensive and unique items but also serves to stimulate local economies along the 127 corridor. Hotels fill up, restaurants prosper, and vendors renting space contribute to the local money supply. The sheer volume of shoppers usually results in fully booked hotels by mid-July, but a crowded landscape is considered a small price to pay for even smaller-priced goods and priceless views along the way. Southern hospitality has even led to travelers being taken into private homes if nothing else is available. Some people hope for cancellations, some travel upwards of 50 miles for a place to stay, and some sleep in their cars. But for shoppers, such lack of luxury is a small inconvenience in pursuit of the perfect set of 50-cent pearls. For more information, visit www.127sale.com.
 
 

Taking It to the Streets

1 Comment · Friday, May 31, 2013
 All of these women have different stories to tell and each are selling their bodies for their own personal reasons. I could simplify those reasons and say it’s all about money to get drugs, but that would be too easy and would only be scratching the surface.  

Worst Week Ever!: April 24-30

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
MONDAY APRIL 29: Cincinnati police were kept busy today searching for a large monkey on the loose near Union Terminal. Witnesses on the scene said the primate ran through a tunnel near Dalton Avenue.  

Parade (Review)

Carnegie, CCM co-production marches to a beat of injustice

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
The powerful true story of a terrible miscarriage of justice in 1913 Atlanta is the subject of the musical Parade.   

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